ARRL 10 meter Contest

     If you participated in this weekend's contest, please let me know and show "Portage County Amateur Radio Service" as your club.
                                  Joe – W8KNO

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ARRL 10 Meter Contest

It’s time for the ARRL 10 Meter Contest. It will be taking place from Saturday, December 13, 00:00 UTC through Sunday, December 14, 23:59 UTC. We think that this is a very interesting contest as many Dxers love the 10 meter band. With the current solar activity, it is possible to work many remote parts of the world these days, despite the fact that we have almost come to the winter solstice and there are only a few hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere.

With these nice conditions, it will be possible to have fun in this contest and there is no guarantee for the years to come in this solar cycle. Thus it’s better to take advantage of the 2014 edition of the ARRL 10 meter contest!

The modes are SSB (2 points per QSO) and CW (4 points per QSO). The power limit for low power entries is 150 Watts. The multipliers are the DXCC entities worked, the Canadian states/territories, the US states and the Mexican states.

There are a few changes for this year’s running. Single-Operator stations using assistance no longer will be categorized as Multioperator entries.

Also, nine new Unlimited categories have been added: Single Operator QRP, Low and High Power CW Only, Phone Only or Mixed Mode.

Logs must be sent to: 10meter@arrl.org in Cabrillo format no later than January 13, 2015. For all details, see www.arrl.org/10-meter.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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QRP/CW SIG at the Club Tonight

7:00 PM.  Talk about FDIM (Four Days in May) and why you should be there.
Per my earlier plea, if you could bring a food donation for Kent Social Services, I'll deliver it via the Overlook Restaurant.
See you tonight.
73/72,
Tom wb8lcd

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Overlook Restaurant – Kent Social Services

Parcasians,
I'm asking you to dig deep!  Last night after our Christmas dinner meeting, the bartender at the Overlook (Christina) asked me for some help.  She was trying to raise some food contributions for Kent Social Services, and basically had a whole lot of NOTHING to show for it.  The contribution is due by 12/12 – this Friday. 
How about helping out?  This could go a long way in helping us get some consideration for the menu at our meetings!  If you could either drop it off there, and let them know it is on behalf of PCARS, or call me and make arrangements for me to get it from you, I would appreciate it as well as the benefit it would have to Kent Social Services.  If everyone could come up with just $5 worth of contributions, it would make a HUGE difference!  Not only for KSS, but for Overlook Restaurant and PCARS as well!
Do what you can and it will be greatly appreciated!
73,
Tom wb8lcd

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HamRadioNow – current videos

From the staff at HamRadioNow:

If you’ve missed them, a bunch of new programs are now online from HamRadioNow:

Episode 174 has retired FCC enforcement guy Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH addressing a North Carolina radio club. The ARRL watched the video and their takeaway is “Enforcement is not dead,” but there’s a lot more. And at the end you’ll get a tour of the W4NC club station.

Episode 175 and 176 are two more from the ARRL & TAPR DCC.

Episode 177 is a Skype talk with a ham from Portland, Oregon, who’s leading their ARES team on a project to build an EmComm trailer. This is a peek at the early stages. They’ve put in a lot of work so far, and there’s a lot of enthusiasm, but they’ve got a long way to go before they key down on the first event.

Episode 178 is pure Jeff (AC4ZO) & Gary rambling on about a bunch of stuff. I call it “Radio Games” because I think if we rebrand “Contesting” to “Radio Games,” maybe we’ll attract some interest from the Video Games crowd of somewhat technically astute young people. That’s just for openers. We end with “Jeff’s Telegraphy Moment: Name That Tune Edition,” and there’s a bunch of other stuff in between. There must be – it runs over 90 minutes!

Episode 179 is another Skype chat with a couple of hams who are involved with the WW1USA special event station commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. They’re on the air several times a year from a museum in Kansas City. Coming up on December 27-28 is the remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce, an unofficial cease-fire on Christmas Day when enemy troops crosses the lines and talked, sang, exchanged gifts and played a bit of soccer… before the brass realized that this wasn’t helping the soldiers see their opponents as subhuman beasts. 

And it wouldn’t be the holiday season without watching A Ham’s Night Before Christmas once or twice (the shortest video I’ve ever produced). 

If somebody’s bugging you for a suggestion for an inexpensive present, HamShirts.com has HamRadioNow logo t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies (and lots more ham-radio themed apparel). For you, it’s guaranteed unique, and maybe a way to promote the show when friends ask “What’s HamRadioNow?” For us, it’s just a nice way to get the name of the show out there a little more (see Episode 141 for the background on HamShirts.com). No, we don’t get a cut. Tom’s offered, but this is a struggling little business, and he needs all he can get.

We’re not done for December… we’ll have more from the DCC, and I’m hoping to put a brain-trust together for an episode on the year’s activities at the FCC and ARRL… we’ll see.

Poscasting (for those interested…)
I’m trying to teach myself the in’s and out’s of RSS (if you don’t know what that is, you can skip this discussion. I’ll get back to you on it when it’s fully baked).

For a while, iTunes carried HamRadioNow through an agreement with Blip.tv, and through iTunes we appeared on various podcast apps. Blip.tv got bought out by Make Magazine, and dropped most of their “partner” shows, including us, so we lost iTunes and our link to real podcasting (being on YouTube doesn’t count – you can’t download the show there).

To get that back, I need a couple of things. The biggest thing is a place to host the audio and video files that can hold all the content (each show is about a GigaByte of video, or 20 MB of audio) and can stream it out. Time-Warner’s not going to let me do that from home without paying them a ton of money. There are several commercial providers for video podcast streaming, but they are also way too expensive (and no, YouTube won’t do it. YouTube is free, even though I have ads turned OFF [you can thank me now, but they’d just be a pain for you and make me no real money]). I’ve had an offer of free server space from a friend of the show that I’ve been really slow on following up, but maybe that will happen soon.

The second thing is simpler, but it’s been the hold-up – it’s just me understanding the details of setting up the feeds. I’ve been playing with that, and if you’ve got a podcast app (and know how to use it), use the “Find podcast by URL” function and try this URL: http://arvideonews.com/hrn/hrnrss.xml. That should load our picture, and offer you a subscription to our feed, which right now is just a few of the audio versions of the program. Those audio files are on the HamRadioNow web host, and our ISP does not expect to be holding tons of audio and streaming it out, but they haven’t complained yet.

For this little test, you’ve got to enter the URL manually. A podcast search for HamRadioNow in your app will just bring up the old iTunes feed, and that will be empty.

If the hosting works out, I’ll be able to apply to iTunes, Stitcher and a few others to get HamRadioNow on the feeds. That will make it easier for everyone who uses podcast apps to automatically pull new episodes, either audio or video. If the hosting offer doesn’t come together (and anything offered free is always a bit tentative), I can afford commercial hosting of the audio, which is probably good enough. I “watch” most video podcasts in audio-only myself, because I don’t have time to stare at a screen for hours a day, but I do have time to listen. I might even think harder about the audio-audience when producing shows (but I’m not planning on turning HamRadioNow into a radio show).

THANKS to everyone who’s contributed  financially and/or by getting the word out about the show. AND for all the comments and suggestions. I can’t do everything everyone wants to see (so I kind of do the stuff that gets my attention and hope you like it, too). 

73 and I hope you have a fully adaquate holiday – Gary KN4AQ


HamRadioNow.tv
Gary Pearce KN4AQ
508 Spencer Crest Ct.
Cary, NC 27513
kn4aq@arvn.tv
919-380-9944

www.HamRadioNow.TV

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Monday Christmas Meeting

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 will be our annual PCARS Christmas meeting.  We encourage you to bring your family and enjoy an evening of fellowship.  There will be no business meeting (with the exception that we will open officially if we have new member applications to vote on).  Instead of a 50/50 raffle, we will have our annual gift exchange (see complete details in the December Radiogram).  We will be ordering off the menu, so please try to time your arrival between 6:30 and 7:00 so we can all order and eat dinner together, but you may order as soon as you are ready so we don't all hit the kitchen at exactly the same time!
After dinner I will have some awards to present, then we will have the gift exchange and after that you are free to enjoy the evening and your PCARS friends.
If you are unable to attend, we will miss you, and want to wish you now a most Joyous Christmas Season and Happy New Year!
73,
Tom  WB8LCD

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PCARS Net Tonight

Don't forget!  8:00PM on 146.895 – K8IV. 
Unfortunately, as of this minute, echolink is not up.  There seems to be a problem with the WIFI connection at Oakwood St.
73,
Tom wb8lcd

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December Digital SIG

The December Digital Special Interest Group meeting will be held on Tuesday December 2 at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site in Ravenna.
 
There is no special topic, just a review of some of the areas of interest talked about in2014, a look ahead to 2015, and as always, help and advice with your digital questions and issues. Bring your computers and radios and we’ll do our best to get you up and running.
 
73, Rick K8CAV 

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Here’s The Latest Issue Of The Radiogram!

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people, If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the December 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: 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 – PCARS Elections Held – new 2015 Officers take over January 2015 – Update – Center of Hope Holiday Donations – CQ Boogie – OSPOTA Awards – Digital & DX/Contest SIGS – Field Day 2014 Results Posted – Lots of good information. PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!

PLEASE – Be at the December PCARS Meeting/Christmas Party – it will be FUN! Don’t forget the Christmas meeting/party gift exchange.

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.

From the entire staff at The RADIOGRAM – we wish you the very best Holiday Greetings and hope you have a Wonderful New Year. Be safe – enjoy the holiday season.

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 (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: kb8uuz@portcars.org

PCARS-Dec-2014

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December PCARS 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 December 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: 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 – PCARS Elections Held – new 2015 Officers take over January 2015 –  Update – Center of Hope Holiday Donations – CQ Boogie – OSPOTA Awards – Digital & DX/Contest SIGS – Field Day 2014 Results Posted – Lots of good information. PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
PLEASE – Be at the December PCARS Meeting/Christmas Party – it will be FUN! Don't forget the Christmas meeting/party gift exchange.
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
From the entire staff at The RADIOGRAM – we wish you the very best Holiday Greetings and hope you have a Wonderful New Year. Be safe – enjoy the holiday season.
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 (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: kb8uuz@portcars.org

pdf icon PCARS-Dec-2014.pdf

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