May Newsletter

Hello PCARS members,

Yes – April is almost over – the last Friday of the month is April 25 – that's only a few days away. I'd appreciate your inputs for the newsletter as soon as you can. Always looking for Shack Shots with a bit of explanation on your gear and antennas and also member QSL cards. So, drop me a line for the May issue of The RADIOGRAM.

Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Net Night at the Clubsite

This Thursday, April 24 is NET NIGHT at the CLUBSITE!  I hope you will be able to join us for an evening of fellowship, check into the nets, have some snacks and  beverages, and maybe even win 10 free tickets to the 50/50 at next months meeting!    ( this month there will be another net night quiz on the topic of antennas and feedlines – too bad for Russ, NR8W, he couldn't win last months – if you want to knock him out this month get those manuals out and do a quick study!) 

Doors will open at 6:30 and close at approximately 10:30-11:00.
Hope to see you there!
Tom wb8lcd – your "net night" host, master of ceremonies, quizzer and coaxial commander.

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KSU Makers Faire

This Thursday is the Maker's Faire at KSU.  PCARS IS participating!  This is an outstanding opportunity to introduce college students to ham radio and all the things we can do.  Please attend with us (there is no cost) and help us man a booth to engage prospective new hams!  This will run from noon to 4:00 PM on Thursday 4/24. 

Please reply to this email to let me know if you will be able to help out.
Tom  wb8lcd

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Field Day Meeting Scheduled for 4-22-2014

Due to requirements of my job I must be out of town on the day of the originally scheduled Field Day meeting, 4-22-2014. Therefore I am rescheduling this meeting for Thursday 4-24-2014. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.

The time and location will remain the same, 1900 Hours or 7 PM EDT at the club site.


I would ask that ALL FIELD DAY CAPTIANS to plan to attend. I know everyone is busy so I will keep this meeting as short as possible.


Meeting Agenda


1.   Team Captains – Station staffing report & additional resources needed for Antenna/Field Day

2.   Logistics Team – Food Items needed & number of volunteer’s needed for food prep

3.   General Discussion Items

a.   Flex Station Captain – Position is still vacant

b.   Safety Issues – Lighting & Guy line markers

c.    Operator Schedules – Each Station Captain needs to submit a schedule to Chuck W8PT for posting

d.   Field Day Talk Around Frequencies – Need two 2 meter simplex frequencies

                                                            i.      Field Day Staff use only

                                                        ii.      General talk around

4.   Next Field Day Meeting Date – ?????

5.   Any additional Antenna/Field Day items those present would like to discuss   


I am still in need of a Flex Station Captain. I have a radio (FT-857), power supply, antenna tuner, antenna and coax for this station if it is needed.

The emergency power to this station will be provided by the main generator if the power cord I have is long enough.  If not I have a small generator

(3.5 KW) we can use for this purpose.


I have the pizza (Pappa John’s) and drinks secured for Antenna Day.  Pizza will arrive about 1200 hours. Donuts & coffee will be available as soon as the

power team can get the generator and power distribution in place. I plan to have a cooler with ice and water available as well and there should be additional

space if you have beverages you want to keep cold. 


I know that Robert N8RLG is in need of several pair of hands to help him prepare the feast.  So please contact him if you are able to offer any assistance in this

area. Robert can most easily be contacted this Thursday evening when he will be running the PCARS Net at 1900 hours on the 146.895 Repeater PL 110.9 Hz or

114.8 Hz.






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Antenna DAY

Fellow PCARS CW OPS….. Antenna Day and Field Day are rapidly approaching (even tho we may have to shovel snow on Antenna Day)…. 

If you are interested in operating the CW Station during Field Day, please send an email to "" .  No major changes of any kind in equipment or antenna, so if you have operated the Field Day CW station in the past… you are good to go, if not… more emails will follow with equipment info.

Remember…. the CW station is for all hams, no specific skill or code speed required. That being said, you should have some level of CW proficiency (5 words a minute or better) to make your experience rewarding. The CW station will make use of a computer for logging and some automated sending/receiving ….. however, don’t despair, you can bring your straight key or paddle……

So if your in….. send me an email and brush up on your CW skills….

C U @ Antenna Day

73, Dave, WB2DFC


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K3LR Contest Station Presentation – More Information

Hello PCARS,
Here is an additional item concerning the presentation at the last PCARS meeting (April 14th).
Tim Duffy, K3LR had a friend over and used one of those quad-copters to shoot a really nice video showing off the antenna farm at the K3LR Contest Station.

You can see the video on YouTube at:
Also, on the PCARS Yahoo Site – you can find a copy of the presentation that was shown at the meeting.

73 – Parky, KB8UUZ

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Field Day 20 Meters

It may not feel like it today, but Field Day is right around the corner.  If you would like to operate the 20 meter station, just drop me a line with your call and the time you would like will get it to me.   Let's get ready for some BIG FUN!

– 73, Erica Pelz — AE8YL

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MCARC meeting – map and invitation

BC3 at Linden Pointe

3182 Innovation Way

Hermitage, PA 16148 pointe/map-directions.asp

Note the google map at the above web site is wrong BUT the written directions are good all but the last sentence. Do not take the first right , go straight ahead.



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MCARC  Upcoming Event

SPECIAL INVITATION – MCARC would like to extend an invitation to the PCARS members who missed Bob Heil, K9EID’s presentation at PCARS, or who might enjoy seeing hime again, to be guests at the MCARC meeting.

April 22, 2014: Club Meeting – 7:00pm Speaker: Skype Interview with Bob Heil, K9EID. Heil Sound Ltd developed one of the most used microphones for Ham Radio.  Bob is also the host of Ham Nation an over the internet show devoted to amateur radio. To view the show just Google Ham Nation to link to TWiT.TV. Show #141 may be of interest to Club Members.



Jun 28, 2014: Field Day Weekend @ Buhl Park
Meeting Information

All members and guests are invited to the Regular Business Meeting of the MCARC.
The meeting is held the fourth Tuesday of each month @ 7:00 PM (December Excluded) at  BC3 LindenPoint

BC3 LindenPoint
Hermitage, PA 16148
Conference Room 121

Talk in is available on the W3LIF : 145.350-

Meeting April 22, 2014

Plan Ahead: 
  Field Day and future programs.
  News about summer happenings.
  Fox hunt, on air activities, and more.
  Thinking Ahead to Ham Cram 2


Skywarn presentation saw 5 club members update information from the NWS Pittsburgh.

Hams from both Mercer and Lawrence county support the PSU Shenango 5K Race.

The last walker crosses the line at the PSU Shenango 5K Race escorted by the Student support 5K Race CREW.

MCARC members reported race results from checkpoints through out the race course.

Copyright © 2014 Mercer County Amateur Radio Club, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this email as a member of MCARC. 

Our mailing address is: 

Mercer County Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 996

Sharon, PA 16146

Add us to your address book


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PCARS – May 31st visit to K3LR

My apologies for the typo in the previous email to all PCARS members.  The visit to K3LR will be on Saturday, May 31st and not the thirtieth.
Sorry for any confusion.  Watch for a separate email announcing that field trip and looking for sign-ups.
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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PCARS – See Bob Heil again

To all PCARS members -
    We had a great presentation at last night’s meeting from Tim Duffy, K3LR, and on top of that he has also invited PCARS members to visit the K3LR contest station on May 30th.  And like they say on the TV ads: “But wait!  There’s more!”
    Tim is the President of the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club (MCARC) and Bob Heil, K9EID, will be giving a presentation via Skype at the MCARC meeting on April 22nd.  Tim has graciously extended an invitation to PCARS members who may have missed Bob’s presentation at the March PCARS meeting, or who would enjoy seeing him again, to be his guests at next week’s MCARC meeting.
    You can find more information about MCARC at and the meeting announcement is printed below with a link to a map showing the meeting location.  This is also a great chance for PCARS and MCARC members to get to know each other and create a relationship between the clubs.  We hope that PCARS members are able to attend.
    Thanks again, Tim!
    73, Jim, KC8PD
MCARC Meeting @ BC3 Linden Pointe
WhenTue, April 22, 7pm – 8pm
WhereBC3 @ Linden Pointe, Innovation Way, Hermitage, PA, United States (map)
DescriptionThis is ONE meeting you do not want to miss. Pass the word – Bob Heil, K9EID will be our special guest speaker at MCARC – invite your friends.

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