PCARS Christmas Meeting


PCARS will hold our annual Christmas Dinner Meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015. (Our regular meeting night) The meeting will take place at the American Legion Hall (our usual meeting place) and the dinner will be catered by the Little City Grill of Kent. Dinner will be served at 7:00PM promptly, so please try to arrive on time, or maybe even a little early.

The cost of the dinner is $17 per plate and will include a dinner salad, roll and butter, potato and your choice of chicken or prime rib. Beverages will be a la carte from the canteen, and I’ll ask everyone to bring a small plate of Christmas cookies to share for dessert.

I’ll need your reservation and payment no later than Saturday, December 5
th to make our final order with Little City Grill. You can either send me a check in the mail (WB8LCD 1480 Lake Martin Dr., Kent, OH  44240) or you can use the paypal button on the website. I’ll need to know the entree choice for each dinner reservation made.
NOTE: The cost per Entree will be $17.75 if paid online. This is to cover the Paypal fee.

After dinner, Parky – KB8UUZ – will give a presentation on PCARS and all we  have accomplished in our 10 year history, followed by our annual gift
exchange. Please bring a ten dollar gift and mark it for a Ham or Non-ham. (non-ham gifts should be gender neutral) If you are bringing children and want to make sure they get a special gift – please mark your child’s name on the gift so it’s sure to get to him/her.

I truly hope that you will attend along with your significant other or spouse.  This is designed to be a “family friendly” meeting and give us all a chance to share the fellowship of the Christmas Season.



Entree Choice
Your Callsign, and/or Name

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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!

David K1ZZ Coventry, CT
Tim K3LR West Middlesex, PA
Christopher N1CJW Kent, OH
Tom W8OJM Ottawa Hills, OH
Jeff WA8SAJ Willoughby, 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
Tim K3LR Bob K8FEY Tom K8STK
Kristen KB3OQV Parky KB8UUZ Ted KC8SYD
Richard KD8SJB Eric KD8UXJ Zeb KD8WZS
Janet KD8ZXB Jerry N8ATV Jack N8BI
Scott N8SY Nick N8WLE Tom W8OJM
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PCARS December Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the December  2015 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! If you're reading this on the web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click and 'save-as', then put it on your computer to view off-line.
Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Congrats to the newly elected PCARS officers – Center of Hope Donation a success – OSPOTA 2015 results – Field Day 2015 results – ARRL Dues Increase January 1st – How I spent my Summer vacation, the New tower in Sugar Bush Knolls – plus more! PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: kb8uuz@portcars.org

pdf icon PCARS-Dec-15.pdf

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The net will start at 8:00 PM.  Unfortunately, the K8SRR Echolink node appears to be MIA. 
Hope to hear you on the net, if not, I hope you've had a fantastic Thanksgiving and get to enjoy a long weekend.
Tom wb8lcd

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DX News

Hey DXers – Two more for your consideration!

6W7SK Senegal

Another activity of Francis F6BLP from Senegal as 6W7SK between January 5/31, 2016. He will operate on HF bands and 6mt. CW, SSB, RTTY. He informs that mainly activity will be on 10/80meters and, if possible, also on 160meters.

QSL via LOTW, Bureau or HC: FRANCIS PINSON, 4, rue de l’Allier, Saint Sebastien sur Loire 44230 – France.



YJ0AFU Vanuatu OC-03

Daniel VK4AFU informs the DX Community that he will be active YJ0AFU from Vanuatu, between January 2/10 2016. QRV on HF and 6mt. bands CW/SSB/Digit.




 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Tuesday digital net

PCARS will be holding a HF digital net this evening at 7:30 PM. The net will open on 3.584 MHz with an alternate of 3.583 MHz and it will open using the PSK-31 mode with your cursor set to 1,500 Hz on the waterfall. We may also try using Olivia using the 8-500 setting if we have time but note that unlike PSK-31, this is a sideband dependent mode. By convention, digital operations on all HF bands are done in USB so if everyone on the net is in USB we should be able to operate with no problem. If your radio won’t operate in USB on the 80m band, tune the net’s signal in using LSB and then just use the “Reverse” button in fldigi.


We will be using the basic list of prosigns and Q signals that were sent out last month but I want to emphasize that if you don’t know them or how to use them, please check in regardless and just type any information you need to convey. When you check in, please pause for a few seconds before transmitting to make sure you do not double with another station. I will acknowledge each call as I receive it before asking for the next check in. If you have problems or issues, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help out. I will also monitor the K8IV repeater during the net to try and address issues but be patient and keep it short when you call as I am also the NCS for the digital net. Hope to hear you there tonight.


73, Rick K8CAV 

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PCARS Thanksgiving Net and Christmas Dinner

Just a reminder:  There WILL be a net on Thanksgiving!  If you're around, please check in and say Hello!
Information on the December Christmas Meeting / Dinner is on the website, www.portcars.org .  Please make sure to get your dinner reservation in asap so I can make sure we are properly set up. 
Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Tom wb8lcd

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Amateur Radio Roundtable


Arizona Near Space Research Balloon Launch

Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: The Edge of Space

This week’s W5KUB.com show (November 24th) will feature Jack Crabtree, W7JCL, of Prescott, Arizona.  Jack is the founder of two high altitude balloon groups, Edge of Space Sciences in Denver, Colorado, and  the Arizona Near Space Research.  He has been involved in over 150 balloon flights most carrying student built payloads and many have reached over 100,000 feet.  Check out www.ansr.org for more information.  More than 800 students have participated in the balloon flights.  He retired from Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colorado where he was Engineering Manager and Subcontract Manager working mostly with space communications equipment.  He now works part-time at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as an adjunt professor and mentor to engineering students.  They are currently developing a cubesat dubbed EagleSat, scheduled for launch soon.

 Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, will be back with us with more new kits.

Please send your FCC related questions to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, at askriley@w5kub.com?subject=Question%20for%20Riley” target=_blank>AskRiley@w5kub.com. He will answer your questions on a future webcast, and in some cases, he may just call you on the phone if you leave a number.   Riley retired from the FCC’s Compliance and Information Bureau as Legal Adviser for Enforcement Program. 

Amateur Radio Roundtable is a live weekly amateur radio webcast, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CT (0200 UTC Wednesday) at  W5KUB.com.  The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, hamfest updates, and more.  Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat room or telephone. 

Our shows are usually recorded and placed on YouTube’s W5KUB channel the following day.

We need your help.  If you use Twitter, please send out a tweet 15 minutes before the show or retweet our announcement. I suggest something like “live #hamradio show starts in 15 mins on w5kub.com 8 PM CT”.  This should help increase our viewer base.
Towards the end of each show, we provide a link and viewers who have a camera, microphone, and a Google+ account, can join the show. Your video and audio will be on the webcast.  This part of the show is very informal and up to 10 people can join. We talk about anything the viewers want to discuss.

We would like to share pictures of your ham shack on the webcast. Send a picture of your ham shack with a description and we will feature your shack pictures on the show.  In fact, if you give us your permission, your shack could be used as the background of that week’s webcast!

If you have a specific subject idea for a future show, send an email to tom@w5kub.com?subject=Idea%20for%20future%20show” 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


 Jack Crabtree, W7JLC

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DX/Contest SIG

DXers and contesters are invited to the club site on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7PM for the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting.  AS mentioned before we will be viewing the VP8ORK South Orkney 2011 DXpedition DVD and setting the 2016 Contest Schedule for K8BF.
Hope to see you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX News

ZD8AA Ascension Island AF-003

Dick N6AA will be active from Ascension Island, IOTA AF-003, till end of November 2015 as ZD8AA.

QSL via home call.



 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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"We learned this afternoon our wonderful mentor and inspiration Rich Strand KL7RA passed away in Anchorage after a brief illness.  This is a huge sorrow for the contest community and for Alaska hams in particular.  His countless friends and a few enemies alike will always remember Rich for the funny, generous, determined, pig-headed genius he was.  He built friendships and spread knowledge around the world."
from the KL2R Blog – November 20, 2015

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Net Night at the Club Site

Come on OUt!  Tonight the doors will open at 6:30PM and we'll be able to check into both the ARES of Portage County net at 7:00PM and the PCARS net at 8:00PM.  We'll have some snacks and beverages and some conversation about the upcoming PCARS year and the upcoming ARRL SWEEPS (Phone) this weekend.  Hey, you can make your own topic if you want…..Just Be There!
Tom wb8lcd

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