Making Contact In The ‘Olympics’ Of Ham Radio – Well done story about WRTC2014.

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Two by two, competitors representing 38 countries were called to the stage at the World Radiosport Team Championship, held last month in Westborough, Massachusetts. They’re not identified by their names, which nobody knows anyway, but by their call signs.

Play the audio file, too.

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IOTA Activations

With the upcoming activity from various islands and lighthouses, I am receiving a number of announcements regarding the activation of such.  Here are a couple more.

AT5RP Pamban Island AS-173

Ramesh VU2LU, Govind VU2GGM and Ajoy VU2JHM will be active from Pamban Island, IOTA AS-173, as AT5RP.

Date: 14 to 17 August 2014.

QSL info via

Other Reference:

1.Pamban Island IOTA AS-173

2.Pamban Channel LH  ARLHS IND-048  GL: MJ99og

3.Rameswaram LH      ARLHS IND-058  GL: MJ99ph

4.The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park  VUFF-030


VK3VTH/7 King Island OC-233

Tony, VK3VTH, announcement:

“I will be active King Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania, IOTA  OC-233,  August 14-17 2014.

Light House AU-0016. Currie Lighthouse, King Island… will be activated across ILLW.

Visit VK3VTH/7 on QRZ.COM for further details including proposed activation schedule.”

QSL via home call.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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IOTA Activation

Here are a couple more to whet your appetite.

TM3NOI Noirmoutier Island EU-064

I will be active as TM3NOI from 16 to 17 of August 2014 on Noirmoutier Island IOTA EU-064.

QRV from 80m to 10m SSB.
APRS on 144.800MHz

QSL via Bureau, e-QSL, LOTW or direct via F4FVI (SAE)
All info and online log on


And the second one is:

NH0J Tinian Island OC-086

Yutaka, JQ2GYU, and Miho, JJ2VLY, will again active from Tinian Island, 10-15 August 2014, as NH0J 

QRV on 80-10m CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL via JJ2VLY and LOTW.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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IOTA Island Activation

PCARS Members and other interested parties:

SZ5RDS/p Activation of Stroggili Islet (IOTA EU-001) & Ipsili Lighthouse during the ILLW 2014

A group of 4 hams (SV5AZP, SV5DDT, SV5DKL & SV5KKA) all members of the Radio Amateur Association of Dodecanese (, will perform a mini DXpedition to Stroggili islet (IOTA EU-001), 5nm southeast of Kastellorizo (Megisti) island, during this year’s ILLW (International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend) on 16-17/08/2014.

Callsign to be used is  SZ5RDS/p

Despite only military personnel is allowed on the islet, not only we managed to obtain all required permits for this operation, but we will be transferred to/from the islet by army’s means.

Stroggili is a small rocky islet administrated by Megisti Municipality and its area is approximately (1,5km long by up to 700m).

A beautiful Lighthouse (named Ipsili) exists at the Southern part of Stroggili. It was originally put in service back in 1910, using oil lamp, which produced a luminosity of 20 nautical miles. It has a focal plane of 85 meters and it consists of a 6,6m high round tower. Since 1987, the Lighthouse operates automatically, solely with solar power and its current luminosity is 17 nautical miles. It is worth mentioning that before Cyprus enrolled the E.U., Stroggili islet used to be the southeasternmost part of European Union.

Our DXpedition will activate, in summary, the following:

  • DXCC: SV5 (Dodecanese)

  • IOTA: EU-001 (Dodecanese)

  • GIOTA: DKS-001

  • MIA: MGD-022

  • WLOTA: L-1653

  • ARLHS: GRE-123


Plus, we will take part in the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend.

The QTH Locator of Stroggili islet is: KM46TC (Maidenhead / Grid square)

The coordinates of the Lighthouse are:

  1. 36.10992, 29.63236

  2. 36° 6.595′ N, 029° 37.942′ E

  3. 36° 06′ 36″ N, 029° 37′ 56″ E




 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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RTTY Rookie Roundup Contest

QST all Amateur Radio Rookies!
If you’ve been licensed or relicensed (does not include renewals) this year or in the last two calendar years the ARRL Rookie Roundup contest is just the thing for you! On Sunday August 17th the ARRL will hold its RTTY Rookie Roundup contest starting at 2:00 PM local and ending at 8:00 PM local. PCARS is opening up the club site for those interested in operating this contest, and we’ll have a presentation and training session an hour beforehand to help those new to contesting in general, and RTTY specifically.
There is no Non-Rookie entry category but experienced operators are encouraged to participate and report their contact totals using the online score reporting form on the Rookie Roundup web page ( Non-Rookies may call CQ but may only work Rookie stations in the contest. 
I know this is short notice but I think all of you that are newly licensed, especially those who have been attending the monthly Digital Special Interest Group meetings would enjoy this. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend, and what time frame you’re looking at operating and I’ll try and get a schedule set up ahead of time for operators at the club site. Drop me an e-mail at and let me know. If you’d like more detailed information about the ARRL rookie roundup series of contests, here’s the link: which includes everything you need to know including report information, forms, and the like.
73, Rick K8CAV

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I'm sending this to all – if you've got a clear view, this should be a good pass to watch for!  Please, check into the PCARS 2 meter net first….
Tom  wb8lcd

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The PCARS Cruise In is only one week away!

Wow!  I can't believe how fast August is moving already.  The PCARS Cruise In is one week from today.  Is your mobile ready to go?  Last minute tweeks all finished?  I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag, but there are some decent prizes this year.  I hope to see a lot of mobiles and even more faces Wednesday August 13th at 6:00PM at the A&W in Ravenna!

Erica Pelz — AE8YL

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Awards presented at the Ohio Section Conference – August 2nd in Columbus

Hi All,

Here's the results of the Twenty-Second Annual Ohio Section Newsletter


Honorary Mention..

Monday Morning Message – Alliance Amateur Radio Club – John Myers,

KD8MQ editor

Monday Morning Memo – Highland Amateur Radio Association – John Levo,

WA8KIW editor

Third Place..

The QSO – Marion Amateur Radio Club – Lynn Lovell, W8MLL editor

NODXA Rag – Northern Ohio DX Association – David Autry, WD8IOU


Second Place..

The Radiogram – Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) – Tom

Parkinson, KB8UUZ editor

First Place..

The Mike & Key – Greater Cincinnati Amateur Radio Association – David

Self, K8SSN editor..


The twentieth recipient of the Allan Severson Award was announced and

it was none other than Frank J. Piper, KI8GW.

Jackie Piper, KC8ESO was given the Ohio Section Manager’s “Special

Recognition Award”  In recognition for her many years of patience and

understanding and willingness to put up with all of us that demanded

time from her family

And there you have it all..

Thanks go out to everyone that came and had good fun and fellowship at

this years Columbus Hamfest /
Ohio Section Conference..


Scott, N8SY..


ARRL Ohio Section
Section Manager: Scott D Yonally, N8SY

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August Digital Special Interest Group meeting

The Digital Special Interest Group meeting will be held this evening, August 5th at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site. This will be an open meeting so bring any issues you may have to the meeting. Also, if you’re having problems getting up and running we’ll do our best to get them solved.
73, Rick K8CAV

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PCARS Field Day

Today was the deadline for FD submissions to the ARRL.  I want to assure you that our submission was made in a timely manner. 
Our total claimed score is 9520.  That's down 6 points from last year when our "official" score was 9526.  That's only 6 points, but, there is one bonus of 100 points we've applied for that could be ruled against us.  That would drop us to 9420.  We'll have to wait till October for the official ruling on that.  Last year, 9526 points put us at #52 overall, we'll just have to wait to see where we come in this year. 

Individual Station totals are as follows:
40 Meter Station    –   1353 Q's
CW Station             –    904 Q's
20 Meter Station    –     615 Q's

Flex Station            –     186 Q's
GOTA Station        –        47 Q's
VHF Station           –        42 Q's
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make the PCARS Field Day a success.

Watch for an announcement shortly regarding a pre-planning meeting for next year.
73 to all,

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