Public Service volunteers needed!

I still have positions open for the Portage County Parks Headwater Adventure Race event that takes place on July 12th. It’s a morning event that wraps up by noon and I’m looking for radio operators to help out with our last few open positions. If you are new to public service events and don’t feel comfortable operating on your own, please let me know and I’ll pair you up with a more experienced operator so that you can learn the ropes. Contact me at if you can help out. Thanks!!
73, Rick K8CAV 

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Digital SIG meeting

It’s that time again for the PCARS Digital Special Interest Group meeting. I know lots of you are ‘burned out’ from a great effort at supporting the club’s Field Day effort so we’re planning a very relaxed and informal meeting this month. No special topic is planned, just open discussion about any digital topic and as we always do, we’ll be available to help with any hardware or software problems or issues you may be having. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM on July 1 at the PCARS club site. Happy upcoming fourth of July to all and congratulations to all involved in the PCARS Field Day effort!
73, Rick K8CAV 

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Field Day CW Team

A really BIG THANK YOU to those who operated the CW station during the 2014 ARRL Field Day. There is no way the CW station could have been as successful without the contributing ops. Unofficially, 918 Qs  (vs 831 in 2013)

Thanks to OPs: George K3GP, Bill WB9LBI, Terry KB8AMZ, Jim KD8FME… and any others I did not see operating.

Also a thank you to Russ, Rich, James, Dan, and any others I did not see during the making a the feature film, "How to use the AIR BAZOOKA"…. a seriously funny effort to install the G5RV…. really appreciated the extra help getting the antenna in the air.

And……… GUACAMOLE………   more on that in the article from me for the July newsletter…

73 to all and thanks for a great event !

Dave, WB2DFC   dit    ditditditdit   dit dit

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Field Day Photos

Please – if you were at the PCARS Field Day and took pictures, please send the photos to me so I can put them in the archive and also get them posted on our web site. Send your photos to: as soon as you can.
Thanks & 73,

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PCARS Field Day

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Field Day with the club.  What a HOT weekend!  We'll be working to get our score computed as quickly as possible and will let you know our results as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, thank you for the hard work that was contributed by everyone, especially the cw team, who surpassed their QSO count from last year.  It was truly a "club" effort that every PCARS member can be proud of!


Tom. wb8lcd

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PCARS July 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 July 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 download your copy – here or in the NEWSLETTER area – right click, 'save-as' and then put it on your computer to view off-line.
Hope you enjoy this issue – A 33 Pager !!

Since this is coming out one day before Field Day – you'll have to wait until the next newsletter to get all the details on how GOOD and how much FUN PCARS had during Field Day 2014.  

Meanwhile enjoy all the good articles in this month's newsletter. Our own webmaster John KD8MQ has been appointed as the Ohio Affiliated Club Coordinator – Changes to Part 97 Rules – Callsigns for WRTC are announced – Annual 13 Colonies Special Event information – PCARS Visits the K3LR Super Contest Station – AND MUCH MORE !

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 and pictures in .JPEG format to the editor: Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ at:

pdf icon PCARS-NewsJul14.pdf

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Fw: HamRadioNow: Propagation (Field Day, if you hurry), KICKSTARTER and more

Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

—–Original message—–

From: KN4AQ <>
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 19:20:39 GMT+00:00
HamRadioNow: Propagation (Field Day, if you hurry), KICKSTARTER and more


Episode 156 is all about Propagation, with CQ’s columnist Tomas Hood NW7US. We get his Field Day weekend prediction (right up front, so watch that, then watch the rest after your nap on Sunday). 

Episode 155 looks at the Kessler auto-tuner (on steroids!), and the RemoteShack auto-disconnect for your feedline. Both from the Hamvention.

Episode 154 is our KICKSTARTER application video, and some other stuff. I’ve sent in the application. Hoped to hear by today, but no word yet. Should be soon. If it’s accepted, the campaign will run until the end of July.

73, Gary KN4AQ
Gary Pearce KN4AQ
508 Spencer Crest Ct.
Cary, NC 27513


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Additional DX News

As always, there seems to be more things going on in regards to DX than I can get into the Radiogram DX column.  Here are a few more interesting activations.

9M6XRO/p  Labuan Island OC-133
John, 9M6XRO, will be active from Labuan Island, IOTA OC-133, 26-30 June 2014, as 9M6XRO/p. QSL via M0URX.

FS/W7NZJ St. Maarten NA-105
Paul, W7NZJ, ANNOUNCEMENT: “Orient Beach, Ste. Maarten, French West Indies, 29 Jun – 6 Jul 14.  Icom 706, 100w, Buddistick and 20m dipole.  Digital and CW, 20/17/15m.  

5R8M Nosy Be- Madagascar

Nosy Be means “big island” in the Malagasy langu age and Nosy Be, not far, from the mother island Madagascar, will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo International Dx ClubTeam !

So great news to save in your DXCC scheduled dates. First of all the call-sign: 5R8M

The leader Antonio, IZ8CCW and the co-leader Gabriele I2VGW, are happy to announce to the Dxer Comunity that, with the great help of a local friend, Michele 5R8UI, From October 20 to November 4 th 2014, therefore 16 days and 14 nights, they have planned the new  Dxpedition at Nosy Be Island. According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to give to a lot of dxers the possibility to work this Country in the Low bands, Warc and especially in the Digis modes. As usual the team will be an international team with 16 people coming from five Countries

On the air will be four stations around the clock

For any further news and updates please visit the official web site od Bangladesh 2013 adventure:

Any donation  will be,of course,very very appreciated by the team.


SV5/OK5DJ Rhodes EU-001

David, OK6DJ, will be active from Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, as SV5/OK6DJ in QRP DXpedition. Date: 1-7 July 2014. QSL only via OQRS

3D2ML & 5W0ML  IOTA Tour by RM2A

Dmitry, RM2A, announces his Pacific IOTA Tour.

– 3D2ML     01-02 jul 2014     Beachcomber is., Mamanuka gr., Fiji OC-121
- 5W0ML    03-07 jul 2014     Upolu is., Samoa ОС-097
- 3D2ML     08-13 jul 2014     Nanuya Balavu is., Yasawa gr., Fiji OC-156
- 3D2ML           13 jul 2014     Viti Levu is., Fiji ОС- 016

HF bands – CW & SSB. 

QSL via home call.



So there you are DXers, have BIG FUN!!

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Public Service Event help needed!

Portage County Parks Headwaters Adventure Race Public Service Event


ARES of Portage County will be providing communications support for the Portage County Parks Headwaters Adventure Race on July 12th. This is a three part race starting with a run, then bicycle, then canoe in Mantua and Hiram townships. We need volunteer radio operators for this event at various points on the course, a NCS, and one operator comfortable in a canoe to assist Mike KB8TUA as the sweep vehicle. The race starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. If you can assist with the race please drop me a note at Thanks!

73, Rick K8CAV

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Only a few days left before the last Friday of the month is here!

The last Friday of the month is only a few days away. 

I need your newsletter inputs for the July issue as soon as you can get them. 

Just like you, I'm getting my stuff all ready for Field Day 2014 which starts this Saturday. So, the sooner I can get the newsletter done, the better it will be!

Please get your inputs to me no later than Friday at 8pm so I can get the newsletter finished and out, and then manage to get some sleep before the long FUN weekend of Field Day.

Thanks & 73,

PCARS Newsletter Editor

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