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!

Scott K8SWJ Chardon, OH
Don KD8WBC Cleveland, OH
Marc KD8WGX Canal Fulton, OH
Kevin KE8CLO Ravenna, OH
Andrew KE8BWA Kent, 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

Jim K8JE Vivian KB8CLH Russ KB8DPN
Michael KC8LJY James KC8YYS Ray KD8DFL
Mike KD8FLZ Bob KD8TNZ Carl N4IT
David WV8P
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Amateur Radio Roundtable


Dr Robert (Bob) Schmeider, KK6EK

Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: Heard Island DXpedition ready to go


This week’s guest on W5KUB.com’s Amateur Radio Roundtable (Feb 9) will be Dr. Robert Schmieder, KK6EK, from Walnut Creek, California.  Bob is the founder and Expedition Leader of Cordell Expeditions, a nonprofit research group started in 1977.  The group is responsible for the creation of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and for numerous research expeditions to remote oceanic sites.  Bob is a research physicist, by profession, with about 100 publications and four patents. 

During our webcast, Bob will provide details and an update on the progress of the Heard Island DXpedition.  They depart on March 1st for the 45 day event.  The DXpedition will be operating for 21 days but the entire trip takes 45 days to complete. We hope to have live updates from this group during our Tuesday night shows in March.

To learn more about the Expedition, go to their website, Heard Island: The 2016 Cordell Expedition and/or subscribe to their newsletter.

Next week (Feb 16) Riley will be back with us.  Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH is the former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement in Amateur Radio, and will  answer your questions.  Send your questions to askriley@w5kub.com?subject=Questions%20%22Ask%20Riley%22” target=_blank>askriley@w5kub.com for discussion in the program.  The phone lines will be available for questions.  Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB will be back showing some new kits.

If you missed last week’s show on FlexRadio Systems you can watch it here.

W5KUB.com webcasting was proud to be featured on radio station KTKK in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Feb 6. The program’s host was Pat Daniels, K7LNP, and the name of his show is The Fringe Radio Show. You can hear the archives here.

We are proud to announce a new sponsor of our webcast, CQ Amateur Radio Magazine, a magazine for active hams, with a focus on the practical.  The magazine is available in both print and digital editions.

Amateur Radio Roundtable, is a live weekly amateur radio and shortwave program, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0200 UTC Wednesday).  The show can viewed at W5KUB.com or heard on shortwave radio station, WBCQ on 5110 KHz. 

To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable on Tuesday evenings, go to W5KUB.com.  If you are listening on 5110 KHz, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to tom@w5kub.com” target=_blank>tom@w5kub.com and tell us your location and signal report.

We need help with topics. If you have a specific subject that you would like to present in a future show, send an email to tom@W5KUB.com?subject=Amateur%20Radio%20Roundtable%20Topic%20Suggestion” target=_blank>tom@W5KUB.com.  Forward this message to a Friend will allow you to share this message with your friends.

Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB


Heard Island

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Only a few days to FYA 2016 !!!!!!!

Get your gear ready!  Only a few days left until the 11th annual Freeze Your Acorns Off (FYAO) event – Saturday – February 13th.
A GREAT place to be on a cold Saturday. 
Come on out and operate, or come on out to visit and talk with PCARS members. 
FYAO Inline image 1is always BIG FUN.  See you there !!!!
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VP8SGI South Georgia

Weather again forces QRT:'

"Past night they had a big storm and VP8SGI members went back to Braveheart for security reasons.

Everybody is OK and now they are waiting a weather change to dismount and pack everything.

Last log file will be uploaded from Stanley, Falkland Is.

VP8SGI now is QRT.

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot"

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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VK0EK Heard Island

VK0EK Heard Island DX-pedition, Equipment [6 February – Update]

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6 February 2016

From VK0EK web site:

Equipment Arrives in Cape Town

Feb. 5, 2016. The container carrying the equipment for the expedition has arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, and has been put into storage awaiting arrival of the advance team March. 3. The vessel Braveheart will arrive March 5, while the full team will arrive March 7. We will sail for Heard Island March 10, weather permitting, of course!

In addition, we are very appreciative of our South Africa team: Paul ZA1A, Pierre ZS1HF, Malcolm ZS6MAL, Sue ZS1AFR, and Tom ZS1AFS. Together with similar teams in California, Virginia, and Perth, Australia, the logistics is being managed professionally and securely.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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I need Your Help de WB8LCD

I'm resending this to you because the Hamvention Awards Committee has extended the nomination deadline until March 1st!  Please, if you have not submitted a nomination for PCARS as "CLUB of the YEAR" – do it now!  What better way could PCARS start it's second decade?

Thanks, es 73 de wb8lcd

Every Year at Hamvention, there is an award given for the club of the year.  I believe that it should be a club from Ohio, and narrowing it down even more, I believe it should be PCARS! 
Help me by convincing the Hamvention award committee that PCARS would deserve this honor.  I've included here a copy of the nomination form, in both .pdf and.doc format, so that you can fill it out and submit it to the committee.  Here is what they say they are looking for: 
The Club of the Year will be honored for their contribution to and service of their community, their state and the nation. Special attention will be given to bringing young folks into the world of amateur radio.
Once you've completed your form, please email it to:  awards@hamvention.org.   
or mail to:
Attn: Awards Committee
Box 964
Dayton, OH 45401-0964
If you know of others who might be willing to submit a nomination, please forward it to them also  (Think members of other clubs and their officers, ARRL officers, community members, and especially, "young folks")
Any questions?  email me directly – wb8lcd@portcars.org
Lets give it our best shot!
73, and "Thank You" for your help with this,

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South Georgia Is. Latest News

The team continues operating on several bands today in spite of the bad weather reported by the Chief Pilot. Please note the comments about ATNO tomorrow; 6 meter activity and also the 160 meter timing.

"Today I was in contact with N6PSE from early morning. We exchanged a lot of messages while they are in the middle of a big storm with high winds and snow. It seems that South Georgia weather does not want to give them a rest.

ATNO plans are going to change due propagation is shifting day to day. 
TomorrowFebruary 7th, they will be asking for ATNO contacts time to time 
on any band so please, follow operator instructions and respect to those 
for whom VP8SGI is still an All Time New One.

We did not speak about 6 meters but plans for this band are still the same, 
if there is an available radio during his afternoon-evening, Paul will call me via 
Iridium Satellite few minutes before to start to call on 50.110Khz so check DX Cluster spots.

I asked them for an earlier 160 meter activity looking to Western Europe 
and also to take profit of Grey Line with East Coast and it seems they are going 
to be on the Top Band earlier than previous days.

In my last press release, I stated that this project exceeds $215.000. Well, 
VP8 project budget is $425.000, team members contributed with $210.000.

They are very grateful to all sponsors and individual donors who will helps them to cover remaining $215.000

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot"

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Freeze Your Acorns Off

In less than seven days (Saturday, Feb. 13th) we will be holding PCARS' 11th Annual Freeze Your Acorns Off QRP event. The site of this event is Fred Fuller Park in the Roy Smith Shelter House. If you need an address to put into your GPS system, it's 497 Middlebury Rd., Kent, OH. 
Set up time begins at 9AM and operating the event will take place starting at 10AM and going until 4PM local time.
I will be there earlier than 9AM getting things set up in the shelter. I will have information packets containing the documents you will need if you are planning to participate.
Our past event has always been well attended and I can promise that if you show up you will have fun.  And it appears that the WX will cooperate with the "Freeze" aspect of this event in that temps will be no higher than 20 F with early AM temps possibly in single digits. I don't expect any of our intrepid ops to be bothered by that.  
So come on out and have some BIG FUN with your fellow PCARS members as well as friends of PCARS who will be attending.
See you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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VP8SGI Update

Received from Paul, N6PSE at 16:15z:

“Today is day 8 at VP8SGI.  We are pushing forward to our goal of 80,000 contacts from the South Georgia Islands.  The ten and twelve meter bands are very good today.

Our biggest challenges are the high winds which are destroying our antennas and tents and the many out of turn callers that continually call while we are trying to work others.  We are particularly frustrated by those European callers that continue to call as we are trying to work to Asia/Japan.  Please lets all show our best Ham Spirit over the next three days so that everyone has a chance to work VP8SGI.  On Sunday, we will be seeking ATNO (all time new one) contacts on 17 meters SSB.  We will QRT on Monday morning (local time).  Best wishes from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team.”

At this point, I want to remind everyone that the VP8 team members left their homes on January 7th, and they expect to be back at home around February 22nd.  More than 45 days out of home, working and risking their lives in one of the hardest places of the World, trying to give us three new DXCC countries, two of which are in the highest part of the most wanted list, in a project that exceeds $215,000.  So please, let’s help them to reach their aim by following operator instructions and respecting other callers.

Paul will try to do first six meters QSO during their afternoon and evening time (local time).  Take a look at my spots on the DX Cluster Network.  Paul will call me by Sat phone a few minutes before he starts to call CQ on 50.110 MHz.

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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DX Updates

Here are 3 notices of upcoming events.

T88KU & T88KH Palau OC-009

Hagen DL2KUH and Ken BM2JCC will be active from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, 17 to 21 March 2016 rispectively as T88KU and T88KH.

QSL via home call, LOTW, eQSL.


VK9L/G7VJR Lord Howe Island OC-004

Michael G7VJR will be active from Lord Howe Island, IOTA OC-004,  15 to 20 April 2016 as VK9L/G7VJR.


N0J Tinian Island OC-086

N0J is Special Event Station of Annual TINIAN Hot Peppper Festival and supporting Club are NH0J and AH0K. 

N0J Schedule was limited active on 12th Feb to 24th Feb 2015 also New plan is on 9th Feb to 23rd Feb 2016.

​This year (2016) will be active 10th Feb to 15th Feb. 

TINIAN Hot pepper is main product in this island and Our teams is made supporting this big event.

N0J is from RST (The Radio Space of TINIAN) and QSO data has supporting Club Log;  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/N0J

N0J and NH0J  Contact Manager is WS2Y (JQ2GYU also JF1LZQ) Yutaka Sakurai. 



 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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3XY1T Guinea – Los Island AF-051

Latest news form the 3XY1T Team:
“Everything is ready as planned for our departure on February 17th, 2016. We anticipate arriving at Los Islands (AF051) in the morning of Thursday 18th. 
The islands do not have a power grid; our resort has a generator operating only during the night. We rented two generators for daylight operations; as a consequence, there might be occasional breaks for the maintenance of this equipment.
We received several requests for RTTY activity. In order to offer such a “mode new one” to as many OMs as possible, we shall concentrate our RTTY operations on a single band, i.e. 15m.
In analyzing statistical data, we noticed that there is a high demand for this country in VK/ZL. These stations are invited to use the cluster to warn us of possible openings.
Long-path openings to Japan will be closely monitored, and we suggest these stations to make use of propagation forecasts to optimize their chances.
We plan to have, as usual, our real-time online Log available via internet, with uploads every minute (barring connection problems). It can be accessed at the address http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline.
Also, the online QSL request (OQRS) will be active as from the very first QSO.
We advise to check the time/date of the latest online update, as shown on the Log entry page, before repeating a QSO.
Specific requests should be addressed ONLY to our pilot stations, IK7JWY Arturo and IK0FTA Sergio (for the 6m band). The pilot stations can check and correct possible Log errors.
During the DXpedition do NOT send mail to I2YSB or other Team members, such messages will not be answered.”
News and Forum at:
http://www.hamradioweb.net/ 3XY1T home page at:

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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