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!

Jack N8BI Chardon, OH
Paul N8QZ Chagrin Falls, OH
Roberta KD8YXH Ravenna, OH
David WV8P North Olmsted, 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

Keith AC8PR Rich AF1K George K3GP
Bob K8FEY Tom K8STK Kristen KB3OQV
Parky KB8UUZ Ted KC8SYD Susan KD8ERY
Mary KD8GGZ Ed KD8RHW Richard KD8SJB
Eric KD8UXJ Zeb KD8WZS Jerry N8ATV
Jack N8BI Nick N8WLE Bob W8RID
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Net Night at the Club Site

Don't forget – not next week – TONIGHT!   6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the PCARS world headquarters on Oakwood St.

Hope to see you there.


Tom. wb8lcd

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DX/Contesting Special Interest Group Is Coming Up

Each Tuesday evening the PCARS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meet at our club site(705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna ).

The meetings begin at 7:00 pm, and are open to all PCARS members.

The next scheduled SIG meeting is the DX/Contesting SIG, which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and is moderated by Chuck, W8PT email.
Are you interested in DX, or contesting? Why not stop by, and check out this group?

If you have any questions about a particular group, contact the moderator, using the e-mail link below. Or, if you have a suggestion for any other group that you would like to get started (satellites, D-STAR, EME, you name it) send a note to Tom, WB8LCD email.

Here is the current schedule for SIG meetings, along with the moderator contact info for each:

  • First Tuesday of the month: Digital Modes (Rick, K8CAV email)
  • Second Tuesday of the month: QRP/CW (WA2DFC email /WB8LCD email)
  • Third Tuesday of the month: Antennas (Tony, WA8AR email)
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month: DX/Contesting (Chuck, W8PT email / Joe, W8KNO email)
  • Fifth Tuesday of the month:Linux for Hams (Terry, KB8AMZ email/Mike, KB8TUY email)

For More information on any of these Special Interest Groups, Click Here.

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held tonight, Tuesday, 11/18/2014; 7PM at the club site. All PCARS are welcome.
In addition to our regular antenna project discussions we will be going over our plans to do extensive pre-flight testing and documentation of our High Altitude Balloon instrument package.  Since we will be flying multiple transmitters and other instruments, the more we test things the more likely we will be successful when the real thing goes up. 
See You All There!
73 Tony WA8AR

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Thanksgiving holiday is about a week away, and you'll be busy with all the holiday stuff, not to mention the Black Friday planning.
So – Why not beat the rush? The rush in getting your inputs for the December PCARS newsletter – The RADIOGRAM  sent in!!
Go ahead – send them in early so we can all enjoy the turkey induced sleepiness…. 
The last Friday of the month is November 28th – the day after Thanksgiving. And we all know, the deadline for newsletter inputs is usually the last Friday of the month.
But, you can beat the rush and get your inputs in sooner!!  Send in those Shack Shots with a write up of your shack – and maybe a shot of you at the controls!. Or, how about a scan of your QSL card to share with other PCARS members.
It will be a busy holiday season, so get your inputs in as soon as you can.
Thanks & 73,
Tom, KB8UUZ (a.k.a. Parky)
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Center of Hope Donation

PCARS -  What a fantastic effort to support our community!  Through 2013 our largest contribution was just over $2500.00.  Early next week, we will be delivering our contribution for 2014.  As of right now, the total stands at  $3531.00. 
This will certainly go a long way in helping our less fortunate neighbors through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  You should all be as proud as I am to be involved with an organization such as PCARS that not only serves it's members, but serves the community in which it operates, in many different ways.
Thank you for all you do, not only for the club, but for others too.
Tom wb8lcd – PCARS Pres.

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Important Net Night Announcement

Net Night at the club site will be one week earlier this month!  That makes it Thursday November 20th.   This way everyone can stay with their families on Thanksgiving evening (and check into the PCARS net from home).  Hope to see you out on the 20th.


Tom  wb8lcd

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The ARRL Phone Sweepstakes is THIS WEEKEND! Rules and info is here: http://www.arrl.org/sweepstakes

The are many Phone SS section records dating back to the 1990's. With all the sunspots, this is the year to set new standards that will hold until the next sunspot cycle. But one element may be lacking – activity.

You can do something about that. Get on. Challenge yourself to make not just a few hundred contacts, but 500, 1000, 1500 or more QSO's. GO FOR THE CLEAN SWEEP!!!!

Don't forget to put in Portage County Amateur Radio Service as your club name when you send in that log!

P.S. Phone SS records are at:

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BREAKING Field Day News!

Field Day results are in, and on the ARRL website.
Overall, K8BF ranked #52
4A,         K8BF ranked #5
Overall, in OH, K8BF ranked #3
4A, OH, K8BF ranked #2
Congratulations to all who participated!

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7:00PM  Tonight at the club site.
Tom wb8lcd

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Election of Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of PCARS.  Beginning January 1, 2015 they are:

President. -   Rick,  K8CAV

V President. -  Tony,  WA8AR

Treasurer. -   Bob, N8QE

3 yr Trustee. -  Chuck, W8PT

Last nights meeting was well attended, the 50/50 was a huge success.  As soon as I have the final tally on the Center of Hope donation I will let you know.

Finally, the AMSAT presentation by EMike, KC8YLD, was very interesting and informative.  All in all, it was a good night for PCARS. 

Thank you to all who came out.


Tom. wb8lcd

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