Welcome to PCARS

PCARS puts the FUN in Ham Radio!

Check us out at our local meeting and see how much fun we’re having in person! In addition to our monthly meeting, we try to have at least one activity each month—another good opportunity to check us out. If you think we look like we’re having FUN, then the next step is to join us.   We’ve got members as far away as California and we welcome all Hams as part of our group.

In addition to having fun, we have made friendships with other Amateur operators, and have spread the message about what Ham radio is all about to our communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!

Douglas WA8UWV Tallmadge, OH
David N8NB Youngstown, OH

If you meet these people on the street, in a meeting, or on the air, be sure to say Hi and introduce yourself. Let’s make our new members feel welcome!

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Birthdays this Month

Allan AB8AA Vince AC8XO Gary KB8VJO
Jeffrey KD8DQT Rena KD8EPF Jennifer KD8LIR
John KD8SIZ Richard KD8WCK Coletta W8CDL
Howard W8SV Bob WB8OVQ
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13 Colonies Special Event Starts July 1st

They are back again for 2017 – The 13 Colonies Special Event

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See if you can contact all of the stations (13 plus bonus stations) and get a really nice certificate!!

See: http://www.13colonies.net/ for all of the details!
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Field Day After Meeting

Just a reminder that tomorrow evening at 7PM we will have an After Action meeting at the club site to discuss our Field Day effort. We will review the good and the not so good things regarding this year's FD event.  If you were part of the Field Day staff or were a part of any of the FD teams, please try to attend so that we can have as complete a review as possible.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Hello PCARS,

Field Day is over, time to get back to regular stuff  –  NEWSLETTER !!  Hey – this Friday, June 30th is the last Friday of the month – I need your inputs for the newsletter as soon as possible.
I'll have some preliminary results on Field Day in there, but the August issue will have lots of pictures. 
Have you got a story about Field Day – SEND IT IN!!!!
Looking forward to your inputs for the PCARS newsletter.
Send them to: kb8uuz@portcars.org
73 to all,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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PCARS Field Day 2017

Well, it's history. And I am back in the land of the living.
I got home and slept for 4-1/2 hours. Am I done?  Absolutely not! But I had to put in an appearance so my family would not declared me a missing person.
I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to the Field Day Staff, without whose work this event could not have happened. If I started to name names, I know I'd forget someone so I will simply say thank you!!! A tip of my hat to all the ops, loggers, antenna crew, cooks, and any others who stepped up to help make this a success.

For all those members and friends of PCARS who showed up to either to man the ops seats or logging seats, again, THANK YOU! 

All of you made this year's Field Day a great success!

For those who did not attend, you missed a really BIG FUN time. All worked well and the food for the weekend was fantastic to say the least. Thank you to all the cooks. I also want to thank all those who donated the various food items, whether made from scratch or store bought.  All of it was well worth the price of admission.

And I know that the Freedom Township trustees will not see this, but I want to extend my thanks to them for allowing us to take over their community park for the weekend. This is a great venue and we certainly appreciate it.

As mentioned, I am probably forgetting someone or some group and for that, I apologize, but there is simply too many to thank.

We will soon publish the raw results and see how we did against previous years. And keep in mind that this Tuesday, June 27th, we will have an after action meeting at the club site at 7PM to review what went right and what we still need to tweek to make the next Field Day an even bigger success.

I look forward to PCARS Field Day 2018, as we start tomorrow to plan for it!  


​a very ​

73 – 


​- ​


​2017 PCARS Field Day Chairman​

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Latest DX News

VK9AA Christmas Island OC-002

Chae HL1AHS will be active from Christmas Island, IOTA OC-002, 24 June to 1 July 2017 as VK9AA.
Working on 80 – 6m in CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK 31.

QSL via home call direct, LOTW.

8Q7RN Maldive Islands AS-013

John G4IRN will be active from Maldive Islands, IOTA AS-013, 26 June to 4 July 2017 as 8Q7RN.
Working on HF Bands.
QSL via home call, OQRS, LOTW.


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V6J Mwoakilloa – Mokil Atoll OC-226

A team of Radio Amateurs from Japan will be active from Mwoakilloa, Mokil Atoll, IOTA OC-226, 28 June to 2 July 2017 as V6J.
Working on HF Bands.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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FD Antenna Crew -Ready to Go

First, Thanks to all those who volunteered.  With 12 volunteers we now have a full crew ready to go and I am sure that we will get all the antennas up and operational in record time.  The following is a list of the crew members:

Jim    AC8NT
Paul  N8QZ
Bob   N8QE
Ed     K8IV
Ed     KD8RHW
Tony  WA8AR
Paul   KE8EGF
Eddie KD8SOP
Rick   KD8WCK
In addition Al has volunteered even though he cannot do much of the physical work.  So Al will act as my inspector to watch the construction and advise me of any problems he sees while I am working at one of the stations.
Everyone please meet at the picnic shelter just before 10:00 for a very brief meeting.  Below is a slightly revised work and safety plan.  See you all there Saturday and Thanks Again!
73  Tony  WA8AR
The Basic Work Plan:  The Antenna Crew needs to show up at the FD Site by 10:00am and meet at the picnic shelter.  Station captains will be on site with all the equipment and tools needed for their stations.  The station captains know what we will need to erect and we will follow their instructions.

Initially we will divide up into three teams:  4 volunteers will go to the Flex station and 4 volunteers to the CW station.  Ed (K8IV) and two(2) volunteers will go to the 40m station.  The 40m inverted V is ready up for a quick install and should go up in about 30 minutes.  Ed and his crew person will then go over to the 20m station to help Erica get the 20m beam ready to erect.  The  Flex and CW station dipole systems should go up in about an hour.  After those systems are up 4 volunteers will head to 20m and at least 3 will go to the VHF station.  That will give us 7 crew to help raise the 20m tower and beam.  All antennas should be up and operational by 12:00 or 12:45 at the latest.  However, remember that NO plan survives contact with reality.  So we will need to adapt and get it done.  Yes there will be coffee, water and donuts there for crew support!
Safety Equipment:  Everyone must have safety glasses (your own prescription shatter resistant glasses are okay); Gloves (have them with you); A hard hat (there will be hardware tens of feet above your heads, and a bolt falling from 30 feet will ruin your day if it hits you!);  Steel toe boots are never a bad idea if you have them.  YOUR BEST Safety Equipment is between your ears, stay alert and think ahead.  AND you should bring rain gear and insect repellant.

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Saturday Morning FD Breakfast

My FD tradition has always been starting off the day with a GOOD breakfast at the Little City Grill in Kent.  I'll be there around 7:00 am for coffee, 7:30 am breakfast.  Come on out, join me, and get a good breakfast for a good FD!

73, Tom wb8lcd
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Field Day

PCARS Members and Field Day Staff:
Field Day is only a day away!! 
For the Staff:  Please remember to bring the documentation I gave you at one of our FD meetings.  This is the packet that had the rules and other helps all stapled together.
We will be having a brief meeting prior to the start of the event.
Antenna Crew:  As Tony has requested, please make sure that you are at the FD site no later than 10AM.  I'm sure that tony would like to brief you on his plan of attack.
Those of you who will be helping to load the U-Haul truck, please meet at the club site no later than 7PM, Friday evening.
The Power Team will also need some help pulling cables so if you would like to help with that, please show up at the FD site no later than 8:30AM on Saturday.
Above all, we want to have a FUN and SAFE time.  It will be quite warm during the days this week end with the evenings getting cooler.  So dress accordingly with light clothing during the day and possibly a jacket or sweatshirt for the evening.  Ticks are a real problem this year with a particular tick that causes a person to have an allergic reaction to red meat later in life. So PLEASE use some precautions by using OFF or DEEP WOODS or some other insecticide.  HOWEVER, do not get these chemicals on or near the rigs since it will react with the screens and cause them to get cloudy. Apply the insect repellant and then wash your hands.
By all means, keep yourselves hydrated. That means WATER not pop or coffee. There will be a lot of water handy.  PLEASE NOTE:  The pump at the FD site DOES NOT PROVIDE POTABLE water, I have been told.  So don't drink water from the pump.
There will be enough bottled water available and we can always get more. I'm looking forward to a great weekend.  I hope you are also.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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CW Operations Tutorial for Field Day

Attached is a CW Operations tutorial for field day.

A limited number of laminated copies will be available at the site.

See you Saturday!

George K3GP

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Steve, K8SRR and I have finished the installation of new computer and network equipment at the club site. The old EchoLink and firewall computer equipment supporting our club has been replaced with a new Windows computer supporting EchoLink, a Raspberry Pi supporting some of our website and a new dual band WIFI router. It took a while to get Windows 10 to work properly with EchoLink. All Steve and I have to say is you gotta love Windows 10 power management. EchoLink should work fine for tonight’s net.


Jim, AC8NT

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