November Monthly Meeting Monday November 11th at 7 PM

I would like to invite you to visit the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) for our November 2019 meeting! Everyone is welcome to attend, and this would be a very good month to do so. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a meeting, come out and see what we’re doing – you’ll be glad you’re a member.
November is the month that PCARS dedicates it’s 50/50 drawing to help support a local charitable organization called The Center of Hope. The Center of Hope provides food and meals to the disadvantaged citizens of Portage County. Our contribution started out small, but has grown over the past 15 years. Last year we raised and donated over $9000 to this worthy cause! We would certainly appreciate your help. For our November 50/50 the club’s portion is donated to the Center of Hope and there are usually somewhere between 30 – 50 items to be won! This year’s auction will include a new, Yaesu FT-450 HF Radio, some DMR handi-talkies, a handful of BaoFeng handi-talkies and way too much other stuff to list here. It’s going to be a fantastic night, and you could go home with a nice prize. (If you are unable to attend but would like to support our effort, you can donate directly to the Center of Hope through the PCARS web-site, . There is a PAYPAL button in the upper right of the homepage designated for the Center of Hope donations.)
Another really good reason to attend is to support our OHIO Section Manager, Scott – N8SY, who will be receiving the ARRL’s Knight Distinguished Service Award at the meeting. Presenting the award will be Dale Williams – WA8EFK – the Great Lakes Division Director.
Don’t worry, we’ve got room for everyone who wants to venture out to visit with us! The meeting will be held on Monday November 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM. PCARS meets at the Kent American Legion Post 496, located at 1945 Mogadore Rd. Kent, OH 44240. The meeting will be held in the Underwood Hall in the Legion. I hope you’ll join us for fantastic evening!
de Tom Sly WB8LCD
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DX Calendar for November

How Many can you work?
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Here’s the November Issue of the Radiogram

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,

The November 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – This is a big issue with LOTS of Photos – Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) Results are out – Center of Hope Donations Requested – You are an ARRL member, if not, JOIN NOW – Akron Mini Maker Faire Photos – Spring Forward & FALL BACK – The PCARS Squirrel is back !! – Something for everyone!

You can find it at

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.

Take care & 73,

Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

Any mistakes found in the newsletter are there on purpose so some of you can can have fun finding them…. The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back  to the very first, are on the club website ( for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:

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November Newsletter Inputs Needed by this Friday October 25th

November Newsletter Inputs Requested
Just as friendly reminder. If you have inputs for the November Newsletter, they need to be submitted by this coming Friday. The earlier the better.
Send articles in .TXT format and photos in large format and in-focus, please to KB8UUZ@
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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This Thursday (October 24) is “Net Night at the Clubsite”

This Thursday (October 24) is “Net Night at the Clubsite”. The clubsite will be open from 6:30PM to approximately 10:30PM. Come out for an evening of Ham Radio fellowship, check into the PCARS net. You can bring along some snacks, or, if enough want to get together on it we can order some pizzas. After the net we will have a movie running – “Short Circuit” (suitable for all ages).
Gregg – KA8TOA – is scheduled for NCS, so, even if you can’t make it to the clubsite, check into the net and let’s give Gregg some BIGFUN numbers!
I hope to see you there!
Tom wb8lcd
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Subpedition Thursday October 24 around 1400Z

Attention PCARS Members:
A group of Hams will be putting the submarine, USS Requin, on the air this Thursday. Here’s the info if you are interested in working them on CW.
John K3WWP and Mike KC2EGL (and ?) will be doing another subpedition on the USS Requin on Thursday October 24 starting around 1400Z and going for 3 or 4 hours depending on conditions.
We can only operate one band at a time on the Requin since it has only a
single vertical antenna, and which band will depend on conditions at the
time. Look for us using the sub’s call NY3EC around 7040.5 and 14060.5.
Let’s hope conditions are good and we can make a lot of contacts.
If you do work us and want a QSL card, QSL to the NY3EC address in QRZ.
Any questions? Ask.
John K3WWP – 100% CW / QRP – Proudly promoting Morse Code:
73 – Chuck W8PT
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DX/Contest SIG Meets this Tuesday October 22 at 7 PM

Attention PCARS Contesters and DXers:
As I announced at our recent Monthly Meeting, the DX/Contest Special Interest Group will be holding this month’s meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at 7PM.
We will be discussing our recent participation in the CA QSO Party and the AZ QSO Party. We will also be setting the 2020 Contest Schedule for K8BF. So if you want to put forth your ideas regarding which contests we should play in, show up at the club site at 7PM this coming Tuesday.– 73 – Chuck W8PT

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November Newsletter Inputs Requested

November Newsletter Inputs Requested

October is rapidly nearing an end. 
The Last Friday of the month is October 25th and that means the November newsletter is already in the works.  
Your inputs are requested to be in no later that 8pm on October 25th.  
Looking forward to getting your articles and photos as soon as you can. 
Send articles in .TXT format and photos in large format and in-focus, please to KB8UUZ@
Tom, KB8UUZPCARS Newsletter Editor

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Jamboree on the Air Scout Event at Club Site Saturday Oct. 19th 1-4PM

The club site will be open from 1 to 4 PM this Saturday October 19th to support the JOTA scouts get on the air event. If you know any scouts of any age that want to get on the air, pass the word and tell them to come to the club. They do not need a license to take part in this great event.

We will also have fox hunting equipment available if they want to give it a try.

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Antenna SIG October 15th @ 7 PM

The September Antenna SIG will meet at 7:00 pm in the PCARS club site radio room, tonight, Tuesday 10/15/2019 .  All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend the Antenna SIG.  We will be discussing all antenna related topics including selection, design, construction, trouble shooting and safety for all Amateur Radio bands.
In addition to our general discussion, tonight I want to get input on special topics that we may want to cover in 2020. These can be new antennas that the group is interested in or digging deeper into any of the topics relating to antenna design, construction or operation. And, instead of simply discussing a particular topic, I would propose that we turn our discussions into simplified technical papers that document the “How To” for building specific antennas and components. These will go into a PCARS Antenna Manual that will be available to PCARS Members.
Tony WA8AR
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