ARES Net Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us this Thursday at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County
bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check
in. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with pl tones of 110.9 and 118.8.

Also,

Wednesday March 5th is statewide testing of severe weather/Tornado sirens. NR8W will bring up an ARES net at 9:30AM to coincide with the state test at 9:50AM, check in and let him know if you can or cannot hear your local siren.

73,

Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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DX/Contest SIG

Hello to all you DXers and Contesters.  Tonight at 7PM we will be holding our monthly DX/Contest SIG at the club site.  I am happy that there will be no conflict with the Field Day meeting which has been rescheduled.

If we have the use of the DVD player and the large TV, we will be showing a very well made video on the K5D Desecheo Island DXpedition that took place in 2009.  So come out and see what it's like to be a part of a DXpedition.

See you there….


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Field Day Meeting has been cancelled for tonight

Hi everyone,

The February 25th Field Day meeting at the club site has been cancelled, per James, KD8VT

It has been rescheduled to March 11th. Still 7PM at the club site.

73,

John, KD8MQ

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Macrh Newsletter

Hello PCARS,
February – the shortest month is just about over – that means it's time for the March issue of The RADIOGRAM. And, hopefully some warmer weather.
Yep – next Friday – February 82th is the last Friday of the month and I need your inputs as soon as possible. 
Got some shack shots? QSL Cards? Some ham related item  for sale? A quick Hamfest Report? Comments on Freeze Your Acorns Off?  Send them in !

Please send your inputs in .TXT format and also include some pictures – let all the members know what's happening in your part of the hobby.  Send to KB8UUZ@portcars.org

Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky". KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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NWS February newsletter

    Thanks for your interest in the NWS Aware Newsletter. The latest edition has been posted at the following link:
    Please feel to pass on this link or to reprint Aware. If you have suggestions for future topics, comments or compliments, please send them
to Melody.Magnus@noaa.gov
    Melody Magnus, Managing Editor

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Lost and Found

During our recent FYAO, a nice EKCO serving spoon with a black insert handle was left behind.  I brought it home and washed it and now it's looking for its owner.  Let me know if you have lost this spoon and I will see that it is returned.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX/Contest SIG

This coming Tuesday we will be meeting for our DX/Contest Special Interest Group. I received a well edited DVD on the K5D Desecheo Island DXpedition. Twenty-two ops plus a large support group put together this DXpedition which turned out to be awarded the 2008-2009 DXpedition of the year.  Come and join us to see what it's like to be on the other side of a DXpedition and see what life is like for two weeks on a normally deserted island. 

We will start at 7PM.  See you there.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Important PCARS Information

Don't forget!  This Saturday, 2/22, 10:00 AM at the club site we'll have the power-pole distribution box project.  If you haven't already, let me know if you are going to want a kit.  Cost is $20 for a kit with a voltage meter.  This is an easy build, so don't be shy!  Hope to see you there.

And…..don't forget about the PCARS 2 meter net, Thursday 2/20 at 8:00PM (local) on the K8IV repeater (146.895Mhz with a buzzzzz – either 110.9 or 118.8).  You can also check in via echolink on the K8SRR echolink node – if our internet connection is back up and running…….  check in and say "Hello".

73,
Tom wb8lcd

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The Antenna Special Interest Group will be meeting, Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at the Club Site. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. All PCARS members are invited to attend.  If you are considering building a new antenna/antenna system at your QTH please feel free to stop in and discuss your plans with the group.
 
This month our special discussion topic will be the first PCARS Amateur Radio high altitude balloon launch project.  The goal of the project will be to launch a balloon that will carry a PCARS built instrument package to an altitude of 80,000+ feet; conduct amateur communications through an onboard repeater; track the flight with an APRS system and recover the payload after it parachutes back to the ground.  The package may include some additional environmental sensors.  A launch date sometime in late summer or early fall 2014 seems feasible providing the technical and regulatory challenges can be overcome.  The project will be managed out of the Antenna SIG and should be fun (big fun that is) for all club members who participate.  I will have a very preliminary project plan outline for us to talk about at the meeting.   We are fortunate to have Jim AC8NT on board, since he has been involved with two similar launches in the past and can guide us past the rookie pitfalls and give us a much better chance of having successful first launch.
 
 
See you all there!
 
Tony WA8AR

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ARRL Membership

Because of the way dues have been paid, we haven't always gotten an update on the other information that goes along with your membership.  Since this is the 100th anniversary of the ARRL, I would like to have that count correct on our membership roster.  If you ARE an ARRL member, please send me a return email giving me your callsign, PCARS member number, and the expiration date of your ARRL membership.

You might want to check out the member information on the PCARS website and if anything else in your record is incorrect, please let me know that, too.
I would appreciate that very much.

Thanks, 73,
Tom wb8lcd

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