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

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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Fwd: SpotTheStation

This could be a pretty good pass if you like getting up early!
Tom wb8lcd
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 5:57 PM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Fri Jul 21 5:25 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 63°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 10° above ESE

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Latest DX News

Here's an interesting one.

A43FD Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman

Khalid A41ZZ informs DxCoffee Readers:
“Activity from Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain), 21 to 22 July as A43FD. 
Working on HF bands.
The team: A41KT, A41LE, A41LX, A41MS, A41OF, A41RN, A41SS and A41ZZ.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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PCARS Thursday Night Net

That's tomorrow night (or today if you don't see this until Thursday AM).  8PM on the K8IV repeater.  YES!  Echolink is working!  Rick – K8CAV will be your NCS. Check in and find out about all the PCARS activities coming.

Hear you on the net!  73.
Tom wb8lcd
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PCARS August Newsletter – Inputs requested

Hello PCARS,


The August issue of The RADIOGRAM is being worked on. I need
your inputs for the club newsletter.  The
deadline for submitting is always the last Friday of the month. This month the deadline date is the July 28th.


The August issue will have the final information on how
PCARS did during Field Day 2017.


Plus, we’ll be starting to talk about the TENTH annual Ohio
State Parks On The Air contest
– sponsored by PCARS. This year there will be
some special prizes for those of you activating and entering the OSPOTA contest
from an Ohio State Park.


I’m also looking for your inputs about Field Day 2017. Drop
a few lines and tell everyone what you thought of Field Day 2017. Even if you
did Field Day on your own – let us know how it went!  Pictures (in focus and large format, please) would
be great as well.


How about a shack shot and some pics of your antenna(s)? A
shot of you at the microphone would be a great addition. Write up a few lines
about your equipment and what you like doing while on the air.


Swap-N-Shop: This is a member benefit – What have you got
for sale – or what are you looking for (ham related items).


What project(s) are you working on that you care share with
the rest of the PCARS members?


Send in your newsletter inputs NOW !!!!!!! (please


I’ll be looking for your inputs. Send them to: KB8UUZ@portcars.org.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon – 73.


Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ

PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure KB8OCP

> The Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure is just 17 days away as of July 17. The team travels to Costa Rica on August 3 returning home August 8. Plans have been made to be qrv the evening of Aug 3 and operating until the evening of Aug 7. There may be times of being off the air due to conditions as we will be on a mountain top which is not lightening friendly. Also there is some plans for a local trip to enjoy the area.
> Currently we plan to operate as TI5/homecall so try to work everyone. 160 is a challenge so no promises. We will antennas on most bands so check the spots. Our website, qsl.net/n6jrl will attempt to kept up to date. Since we are using homecalls then clublog may not be possible for realtime checking. We are investigating solutions.
> On this trip we plan to do some digital which is a first for the group. Psk and rtty will be the Moses. JT8 is just too new for us to try. Maybe next time. Plan ssb and cw. Will have two rigs so going to try to have them both running as long as no interaction exists. Antennas are close together due to landscape.
> Look for us and work the kids so they get the full DX pileup workout. Have some really good team members so should be quite exciting.
> Jim Storms
> AB8YK team leader
> Sent from my Verizon iPhone. Please disregard all auto correct errors.

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Latest DX News

SU/DM4DX Egypt

Christian DM4DX is currenly living in Egypt (Cairo) and will be active until November 2017 as SU/DM4DX.
Working from Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society Club station SU0ERA on 20 – 10m SSB.
QSL only via LOTW.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held, tonight, Tuesday, 7/18/2017, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend and participate.

Tonight the special topic will be OSPOTA:  Antennas and equipment that you have actually used to successfully make contacts for this contest.  I have used a couple setups and have my favorite.  Tell us about your OSPOTA station.

As always, come on out to this Antenna SIG and talk about those antenna projects you are wanting to build.  See you all there!!
Tony Romito  WA8AR
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Digital Net Wednesday

I'd like to invite you all to join our digital net tomorrow,
Wednesday 7/19 at 7:30. We'll be on 80 meters, around 3.584 Mhz at 7:30
PM. We'll start on Olivia 8/500. We had fun working Feld-Hell on the VHF edition of the net, so let's plan to try it on HF!

Please join us, and if you run into any issues, I'll be monitoring the K8IV repeater.

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DX News (Radio Society of Great Britain) RSGB IOTA Contest

Some of you who work IOTA are well aware that the RSGB IOTA Contest takes place a the end of this month (July 29-30). The following is a list of some of the activities that will be taking place.
AS-136.  Operators Dale/BA4TB, Yu/BG4TMC, Tao/BG4TRN and Zhou/BG4TVT
           will be active as BG4TMC from Chongming Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power
           entry. QSL via BG4TMC.

  EU-004.  Gabriel, EA6VQ, will be active as AM625VQ from Mallorca Island,
           Balearic Islands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th)
           as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via EA6VQ or LoTW.
           The special callsign is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of
           the EA Digital Federation.

  EU-008.  Operators Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Steve/GM4OSS, John/GM0DJG,
           Jason/GM7VSB and Gordon/GM7WCO will be active as GM7A [callsign
           of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC. (GM0ADX)] from Lismore Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-
           Mode entry. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via GM7WCO,
           direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-016.  Operators Franjo/9A6M, Dragan/9A6W, Branko/9A7YY, Silvo/S50X,
           Tomaž/S51AC, Krajcar/S52P, Zarko/S53Z, Milan/S58MU and Dragon/
           S59A will be active as 9A0AA from Vis Island during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via S50A.
           The team will be active between July 25th and August 1st.
           Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters.

  EU-016.  Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as 9A/OM6NM from Korcula Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op
           entry. QSL via OM2FY.

  EU-024.  Alan, G4DJX, will be active as IS0/G4DJX from Sardinia during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Island-
           DXpedition/CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct.

  EU-029.  Palle, OZ2PBS, will be active from Zealand Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via OZ2PBS, direct, by
           the Bureau or LoTW.

  EU-029.  Steen, OZ8SW, will be active from Sjaelland Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-
           Power entry. QSL via OZ8SW.

  EU-034.  Toivo, ES2DJ, will be active as ES0DJ from Muhu Island during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Fixed-IOTA/
           CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via ES2DJ.

  EU-056.  Josef, OK1XC, will be active as LA/OL7X from Flemsoya Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via OK1XC.

  EU-057.  Eddi, DO7ES, will be active from Ruegen Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/
           Low-Power entry. QSL via DO7ES or eQSL.

  EU-136.  Janez, S53V, will once again be active as 9A8CV from Krk Island
           from between July 27th and August 3rd. Activity will be CW only
           on various HF bands. He will also participate in the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via eQSL only.

  EU-140.  Members of the OH5AD group and possibly others will be active
           as OG5A from Nuokot Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           29-30th) as a Multi-Op/One-TX/Island-DXpedition/High-Power
           entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 80-10 meters
           using CW and SSB. QSL via OH5AD, direct or by the Bureau.
           Operators mentioned are Simo/OH5GIO, Jukka/OH5GJZ, Meiju/OH2ENF,
           OH2FXK, Panu/OH7CW and Vili/OH5GE.

  EU-146.  Teun, PA5TT, will be active from Schouwen Duiveland during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode entry.
           QSL via PA5TT.

  EU-170.  Operators Branislav/OM1BD, Brani/OM2FY and Radovan/OM2ZZ will
           be active as 9A/OM2ZZ from Pag Island, Croatia, during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/
           Fixed/Low-Power entry. QSL via OM2FY.

  EU-172.  Immo, DL8MF, will be active as OZ/DL8MF from Samso Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a QRP/Mixed-
           Mode entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau
           or LoTW.

  EU-185.  Valery, RU6DX, will be active as RU6DX/p from Sudzhuk Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via RU6DX.

  NA-055.  Mike, W2IY, will once again be active from Mount Desert Island
           (USI ME-021S, WLOTA 1129, Hancock County, Maine) during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Low-Power entry. Outside
           of the contest, activity will be holiday style. QSL via his
           home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

  NA-083.  Jeff, N3JS, will once again be active as K4P from Chincoteague
           Island (USI VA002S) between July 23-31st. Activity will include
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Island/Fixed
           entry. If like last time, activity during the contest will
           primarily be on 40, 20, and 15 meters SSB. Before and after
           the RSGB IOTA Contest, K4P will also be active on SSB, PSK31,
           JT65/JT9, and possibly CW, on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters.
           QSL via N3JS.

  NA-126.  (Change) Fred, VE1FA, will once again, along with operators
           Helen/VA1YL, Wayne/VE1BAB, Al/VO1NO, Lowell/VY2OX, Rich/VA1CHP
           and Sheldon/VE1GPY, be active as VC1G from Bon Portage (Outer)
           Island, off of Nova Scotia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           29-30th) as a Multi-Op/One-TX/High-Power entry. QSL via VA1YL.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

Here's one more:
3D2, FIJI. Bill, VK4FW, will once again be active as 3D2T from Nadi,
Viti Levu Island (OC-016), between July 16-27th. He is there on a family
holiday set up by his sister. Using a K3, Bill will be active on 40/30/
20/17/15 meters using mainly CW. He plans to activate some WWFF areas
in Fiji. QSL via his home callsign.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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