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!

Mark W8BBQ Canfield, OH
Andrew KE8ELR Akron, OH
Pete KD8GYI Massilon, OH
Leanne Gray Stow, Oh
Steve Gray Stow, OH
Sam Vulgamore Windham, OH
Nathan Sheline Stow, OH
Ian Sheline Stow, OH
Brian AC8WX Mogadore, OH
Mark K8HYM Kent, OH
Paul KE8EFG Ravenna, OH
Alice KE8EGG Stow, 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

Westy AB8IE Nicholas AC8QG Dick G0BPS
Dick KB8JFF Dan KD8EPA Valeri KD8QEI
John KD8QEJ Rod N4PKW Larry N8FTP
Karen N8HUC Paul N8QZ Steve W6VM
Chuck W8PT Bill WB9LBI
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PCARS Thursday Night Net

8:00 PM on the K8IV Repeater – 146.895  pl 110.9    K8SRR Echolink node
Rick – K8CAV is the Net Control Op tonight – be sure to check in and find out the latest on all the PCARS activities going on!
Tom  wb8lcd

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QRP Build Day

Just a reminder that the QRP Day ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are working to reschedule this soon.

Jim, AC8NT

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August Newsletter Inputs Needed

Hello PCARS Members,
Since it's too hot to be working outside, take the opportunity to write up something for the August issue of The RADIOGRAM !!
August is closing in fast and the last Friday of July is the 29th – just a few days away (9). 
Deadline for inputs is 8 pm on Friday the 29th, but you can send in your articles before then – which make the job much easier.
Also, if you have pictures, please make sure they are in focus and are large file sizes. Some of the small pictures sizes just won't enlarge without losing resolution.
I'll be looking forward to your inputs as soon as you can get them sent to me at KB8UUZ@portcars.org.
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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ARES net

Disregard that email, ARES net is next week. “this is a test”

Mike, KD8FLZ

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ARES Net Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please take time to check in this Thursday to the ARES of Portage County bi-weekly training net, 7:00 PM. This gives you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES and Ham Radio procedures and operations. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 110.9.
You need not be a member to check in.


Mike, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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PCARS Net – Thursday!

Since many of you forgot to check into the PCARS net last week, I'm sending out this reminder ahead of time that the net will be held on Thursday, July 21 at 8:00PM on the K8IV repeater.  I hope you'll make a point of being there!
Next week, Thursday, July 28 is Net Night at the Club Site.  Not only will there be nets and fellowship, but we'll also have Rootbeer Floats for all in attendance.  You can take your choice between regular root beer, or, "Not your Father's" root beer, for a little extra kick!
So, get on the air, support the club nets and make the Net Control Ops EARN their pay!
(that "earn their pay" part was a joke)
Tom  wb8lcd

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 7/19/2016, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome.
In addition to our regular antenna design/construction topics, Jim AC8NT, will be continuing where we let off at the Antenna Build Day, unraveling the mystery of the spiral dipole and more tips on balun construction.
Summer is the heart of antenna constriction season.  So come on out and talk about those antenna projects you are wanting to build.  See you all there!!
Tony Romito  WA8AR

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PCARS Picnic


The annual PCARS Picnic will be held on Saturday July 16th at the Ravenna VFW, 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna OH. The event will start at 2:00 PM and we will start cooking at about 4:00 PM. We are asking people to bring a dish to pass around, their drinks and eating utensils. The club will provide hamburgers and brats, as well as, condiments. We plan and will have a great time.


Jim, AC8NT

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QRP/CW SIG Tonight!

QRP/CW Sig at the clubsite tonight at 7:00PM.  Topic will be setting up a QRP Field outing for sometime in Sept/Oct.
See you there!
Tom wb8lcd

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3DA0AY Swaziland

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Braam ZS6AYE will be active again from Swaziland,  18 to 25 July 2016 as 3DA0AY.
Operato on 40 – 10m DIGI.


 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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