I just want to remind everyone that would like to take part in PCARS entry in the California QSO Party, that we will be having a Field Day 2016 / CA QSOP meeting on Sept 29 – Tuesday.  If you plan to operate please attend the meeting.  Thank you.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Tomorrow Night (September 14th) PCARS meeting

Dear PCARS members,
Tomorrow night's meeting features special guest Dave Sumner – K1ZZ – ARRL CEO.  I hope you will join us for the meeting, I know Dave is expecting a big turn out from PCARS – let's not let him down!
I'm asking everyone to wear their PCARS badge as we've invited many other clubs from around NE OH to join us, and I want each and every one of you to welcome any guests we may have. .  Please be gracious hosts to any and all of our guests.  Please make sure that they sign in when they arrive, or make sure they sign in before they leave.  The hall is to the left, behind the bar as you enter the canteen.  There will be no food in the banquet hall, and drinks will only be permitted in if in plastic cups.  During the meeting it will be "self serve" at the bar, as there will be no wait staff in the banquet hall.
Our 50/50 will have less items than usual, but we hope to have a couple "above average" prizes and we encourage everyone to participate  (including our guests).  We should have a very healthy prize for the lucky winner!  
We'll be video taping the presentation for posting to the YouTube video channel!  Please be on your best behavior!
I know that you will enjoy the evening and you will get a first hand peak into all that the ARRL is doing on your behalf.  If you are not currently an ARRL member, but would like to become one, I've attached a membership application to this email.  Please complete it and bring it along with your check payable to "PCARS" – and we'll get you enrolled – just be sure to give it to me, either at the meeting, or send it to me in the coming week.  While I belong to several local (and some not so local) clubs, my most important membership is the ARRL.  Please save this email because you might not believe me now, but sooner or later you will figure it out!
I'm looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

pdf icon ARRL-Membership-Application.pdf

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PCARS net – critical update

    As of 1850 hours this evening, the K8IV repeater is off the air.  Ed, K8IV, will be investigating the matter but the repeater may still be off the air at 2000 hours for the PCARS net.
    Please be prepared to operate simplex on 146.895 if you want to check in to the net.  Tom, WB8LCD, will be net control and he will advise when the net opens if he is on the repeater or simplex.
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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Digital Special Interest Group

The Digital Special Interest Group will meet tonight (Tuesday, September 1st) at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site in Ravenna. There is no particular topic for this evening but we’ll be open to discussions/topics that you may be interested in. As always if you are having problems or issues we’ll make time to try and help you with them.
73, Rick K8CAV 

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September 14th PCARS Meeting

I want to remind you that this month we have a very special speaker for the PCARS meeting – Dave Sumner – K1ZZ.  Dave is CEO of the ARRL and will be speaking on the subject "Amateur radio – Present and Future". 
We will be moving the meeting to the Underwood Hall at the American Legion Post.  This is a very large room which will accommodate a much larger group.  We have invited many of the other NE Ohio clubs to attend, and I'm hoping we have a very large crowd for this special event.  I've attached the flier for the meeting and I hope that you will make it a priority to attend this meeting yourself, and, reach out to your other ham friends and invite them to attend with us.  Let's reinforce all the good images the ARRL has of PCARS by filling the room for K1ZZ !
When we invite others, I would recommend that we invite them for the meeting only.  If we asked everyone and anyone to show up for dinner, we would probably blow out the kitchen at the Legion!  PCARS members are certainly welcome to come early and have a dinner in the area we normally occupy.  There will be no food or beverage service in the Underwood Hall.  Beverages will be permitted in the hall, but only in plastic cups – so be sure to ask for one if you plan to carry it back to your seat for the meeting.
See you at the meeting!
Tom  wb8lcd

pdf icon Dave-Sumner-meeting.pdf

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Amateur Radio Roundtable


Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: Amateur Radio Saves Humanity – Sept 1


This week’s guest on’s Amateur Radio Roundtable will be Dale Winther, W6PDL from Coarsegold, California.  Dale has been licensed since the mid-sixties and has some interesting stories about his 160 meter AM days as a teenager. Dale will also share his story about the time he used a ham radio auto-patch from an airplane when the aircraft radios stopped working.  Hear his story what he had to do before the air traffic controllers would believe him. He will also discuss an interesting career in Pasadena at the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Also, Dale is an author of a ham radio fiction book entitled, “The Brotherhood of the Beast” which is about ham radio saving humanity from a global tyranny.

Also this week we start a new roundtable segment called “Ask Riley”.  Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH and former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement in Amateur Radio, will be available to answer your questions.  Send your questions to for discussion in the program.  The phone lines may also be available for questions. Depending on Riley’s schedule, we plan to include this segment every other week.  

Amateur Radio Roundtable, is a live weekly amateur radio webcast and simulcasted shortwave program, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0100 UTC Wednesday).  The show can viewed at or heard on shortwave radio station, WTWW on 5085 KHz.  Tom Medlin, W5KUB, is joined by co-host Ted Randall, WB8PUM, from the QSO Radio Show.  The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators, shortwave listeners, and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, Satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, and more.

To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable on Tuesday evenings, go to  If you are listening on 5085 KHz, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to and tell us your location and signal report.

Be sure to check out Ted Randall’s show, the QSO Radio Show. Information about Ted’s Saturday shortwave show can be found at

We need help with topics. If you have a specific subject that you would like to present in a future show, send an email to

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Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB
Ted Randall, WB8PUM
Dale Winther, W6PDL
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

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PCARS September Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the September  2015 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! If you’re reading this on the web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click and ‘save-as’, then put it on your computer to view off-line.
Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Radiogram wins 3rd place in Section Newsletter Contest – K1ZZ to visit PCARS – Tour of the Super Contest Station K3LR – 6th annual Mobile Cruise In – OQP Results – OSPOTA 2015 is Fast Approaching – and more good information. PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
Take care & 73,
Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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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September board meeting

Due to the Labor Day holiday the PCARS board meeting will be held on Tuesday September 8th at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site in Ravenna. All PCARS members are welcome to attend.
Rick K8CAV

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Volunteers needed

    We can still use some additional communications volunteers for the Mantua Potato Stomp on the morning of Saturday, September 12th. 
    If you are available for this event, please send me a note at  Thanks!
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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Cruise in!

That's right the cruise in is tomorrow night at the A&W – 769 Main Street in Ravenna!

Three lucky winners will be receiving…   Nah, I can't spill the beans yet.  You'll just have to come and see what the winners get.  You never know it just might be you.

Are you ready for some BIG FUN?

Erica Pelz — AE8YL

pdf icon AmateurRadioCruise-2015.pdf

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