It’s that time again…

We're starting to get close to Field Day once again and it's time for me to look for anyone willing and able to help out with IT but first and foremost, I'd like to thank everyone who helped out last year. Dave KD8VCJ, Brian N8ZPS, Bob KD8PMH and John KD8SIZ…. There's no IT without a solid team to put it together and you guys were invaluable. 
As I discovered last year, working on the IT team is a great way to contribute to Field Day. All we have to do is plug some things in and then unplug them a few hours later. In between that, we get to socialize with other hams, enjoy the great meals that the club provides and fill in as operators and loggers when the station captains need some extra help.

So, if you're the kind of ham who likes to lug computers around in the hot summer sun, then I've got the job for you. Ask anyone who I suckered into helping out last year and they'll tell you that we had a great time. If any of them say otherwise, be sure to get me their name so that I can thank them for their honesty with a rubber hose.

I'm looking for help with the setup before Field Day and tear down afterwards in addition to a few extra sets of hands some night (date to be determined) at the clubsite to help test all of the equipment. I've already checked out all seven of our PCs and even though they needed a little TLC, all of them are back in order and ready for another year.

Scheduling is still tentative at this point but set up will likely start around 9am on Saturday, June 28 and I'd like to have at least one or two people stick around for a few hours afterwards so that we can do some testing and troubleshoot problems. We'll be getting organized for tear down at 1:30pm on the 29th. I'll try to schedule our testing night either during one of the SIG meetings or net night, more on that to follow. If you show up and help out, I'll be sure to make sure you're not thirsty.
I'd like to have three to four of us for each activity. If you can commit yourself to at least TWO of them and let me know by May 9th, I'll have a T-shirt with an incredibly witty logo on it for you. 

Zeb – KD8WZS

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PCARS May issue of The RADIOGRAM

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Other Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the MAY 2014 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure!

If you're reading this on the web page: Hey – click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click, 'save-as' and then put it on your computer to view off-line.

Hope you enjoy this issue - 
READ ALL ABOUT IT – 100th issue of The RADIOGRAM! – Info on Antenna Day & Field Day 2014 – The Kent State Makers Faire – The Mysterious Line "A" – Net Night Quiz – and MORE!!

LOTS of 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: Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ at:

pdf icon PCARS-MAY2014.pdf

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Cleveland Marathon – volunteers needed

To all PCARS members -
    We are still in need of volunteers for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon which will be held on Sunday morning, May 18th.
    This is one of the largest events in Northeast Ohio with amateur radio communications support which has become highly valued after the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
    If you would like to volunteer to be part of the communications team, please send me a note at  Please don’t wait till the last minute to volunteer because we need to develop our assignment list well prior to the race.
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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Aves Island DXpedition Announcement

From the YW0A Team:

“After hard work we will be leaving for the day Bird Island 04/29/2014 at 07:00 YV, the trip takes about 40 hours, stay tuned, we will be starting the activity around the 30th of April to noon , will be operating between 5 and 7 days, this last fact is confirmed.”

The YW0A Team.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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International Marconi Day

From Dave, WB2DFC -
Greetings Fellow PCARS ops and all ships at sea !!!

Below are two links regarding International Marconi Day on April 26th, 2014. Many stations will be on the air as special event or participating stations. It could be a “good listen” as they say across the pond….. and you will probably hear some CW… !

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Net Night at the Club Site


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Late DX News

Rocco DG5AA, Rich DK8YY and Dieter DL1AWD will be active as 3D2RH from Fiji on 80 to 10 m in CW, SSB and digital Mode from 23 April to 4 May 2014.

QSL for this activation only via DH7WW – bureau or direct.


​Please note that the guards at the plane are there to make sure that no QRP equipment is taken on-board.​ HIHI

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX/Contest SIG

To all our contesters and DXers, this is the 4th Tuesday and that means that the DX/Contest SIG will be held tonight at 7PM.  We are going to look at up-coming contests to plan which ones K8BF can play in.  I will also have the Video on the 2012 HK0NA DXpedition to Malpelo Island with me if we decide to play that.  So come on out to the club site and put your two cents in to the conversations.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Net Night at Casa de PCARS

Thursday, April 24, 2014.  For what it's worth, this is the closest Net Night to May 5th – we will celebrate accordingly………..
Doors will open at 6:30 PM until closed.  Net Night Quiz will be on Antennas and Feedlines, just to get you warmed up for Tony's presentation on Saturday morning.

C'mon out and check into the nets from Casa de PCARS!
Amigo Tom  wb8lcd

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PCARS Weekend Workshop

    Don’t forget – Tony, WA8AR, will be conducting the Weekend Workshop starting at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 26th, at the PCARS club site.
    The topic is the Theory and Use of Manual Antenna Tuners.  This should be a great hands-on workshop and will help clear up a lot of misconceptions about how to properly use antenna tuners.
    Hope to see you there!
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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