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
David W8GWI 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

Gene AC8RH Chuck K8BBE Melanie K8KSU
Wes K8NYM Frank W8EZT Richard WA8TSI
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PCARS digital net

PCARS will be holding an HF Digital net on Tuesday 24 May at 1900 EDT. The net will open on 3583 kHz plus or minus QRM and will use Olivia 500 Hz bandwidth 8 tones (8/500). Bring some traffic to the net for practice. Hope to see you there.
73, Rick K8CAV

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DX/Contest SIG

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24, we will be holding our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting at the club site. Starting time is 7PM. We will be looking at some upcoming contests in which K8BF will be active.  So if you were thinking of participating in a contest and would like to get your feet wet, please attend to see what we have planned.  Hope to see many members there.
​For now…..​

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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June newsletter Inputs needed

Hello PCARS !
Looking for inputs for the June 2016 issue of The RADIOGRAM. 
Send your inputs as soon as you can (with pictures, too!). 
This Friday is the deadline – May 27th. BUT – You can always send  them in earlier – it really helps if you do.
Send them to: KB8UUZ@portcars.org
Parky, KB8UUZ
Newsletter Editor

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Hamvention Pictures & Stories WANTED

Hope everyone that went to Dayton has recovered. My legs are still a bit sore….
Anyway – looking for pictures from Dayton that you took – PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME. 
Also, do you have a story or two about your Hamvention adventure?  Send it to me. Even a quick – "had lots of fun" type of story. 
Something of interest you ran in to? Send your stories NOW – before you forget. 
I can use this all for the next PCARS newsletter.
73 and Waiting to hear from you,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Dayton Hamvention

For those of you headed to Dayton this weekend:  Please take plenty of photos.  Afterward, each of us can put together  a "travelogue" and share the "Dayton Experience" with those members of PCARS who were not able to make it.
And don't forget, the PCARS net, Thurs night at 8:00PM on 146.895 Mhz!  Check in from where ever on the K8SRR Echolink node.
If you are going to Dayton, please drive safe, and enjoy your time there!
de 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, 5/17/2016, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome.
In addition to our regular antenna design/construction topics I would like to get input from the group on how we can get a PCARS antenna construction assistance group up and running.  The initial concept is that the group would be managed through the Antenna SIG but volunteers to assist with construction work would be recruited from the entire membership.
It is Spring which means it's antenna season!  So come on out and talk about those antenna projects you are thinking about building.  See you all there!!
Tony Romito  WA8AR

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Dave Bell, W6AQ (SK)

In 1951 Dave was licensed as W8GUE and he was living in Andover, Ohio. Dave graduated from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. I was fortunate to contact Dave on 10, 15 and 20 meters. The card I have from him was for a 10 meter contact back in 2000 while mobile in Garrettsville.          Parky, KB8UUZ
From the ARRL:
Hollywood Producer, ARRL Patron Dave Bell, W6AQ (SK)

Award-winning Hollywood producer and ARRL benefactor Dave Bell, W6AQ, of Encinitas, California, died on May 13. He was 84 and had been a radio amateur for 65 years. Bell had been suffering from cancer and was in hospice care. An ARRL Life Member and a former chair of the ARRL Public Relations Committee, Bell directed Amateur Radio Today and produced several other ham radio-related promotional videos and films, starting with The Ham's Wide World, a TV documentary filmed in black and white.

"If I have a claim to fame in Amateur Radio, it's probably that I produced the first television documentary about ham radio that got worldwide distribution, and then I made several others before I 'retired' from the ham radio film/video hobby-within-a-hobby and got busy making a living producing TV movies, specials, and documentaries for all of the networks including HBO and Showtime, and made a couple of theatrical feature films – Nadia and The Long Walk Home," Bell recounted on his QRZ.com profile. He started TV's Unsolved Mysteries, and he received an Emmy Award in 1985 for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Do You Remember Love. Bell chronicled his filmmaking and his Amateur Radio and professional lives in a memoir, World's Best Hobby.

Last year, Bell and his wife Sam, W6QLT (she's a quilter), donated a signed Andy Warhol print to the ARRL. The artwork – "Myths: Superman 1981" – sold at auction last fall for $150,000. The proceeds are being used to create "The Dave Bell, W6AQ, Endowment Fund" to benefit the League.

Bell also produced The World of Amateur Radio, This is Ham Radio, and Moving Up to Amateur Radio. He directed the Amateur Radio Today video in 2002. The short presentation about emergency preparedness was narrated by former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD (SK), written by Alan Kaul, W6RCL, and produced by Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK) and Bill Baker, W1BKR. Bell and Pasternak also created The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio in 2011, and he co-produced The ARRL Goes to Washington, also voiced by Cronkite. Working on his own, Bell filmed videos for the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) events in 2000 in Slovenia (The Ham Radio Olympics) and in 2002 in Finland.

A DXer, casual contester, and a past president of the Southern California DX Club, Bell was a frequent speaker at Amateur Radio gatherings. He was named the 1984 Ham of the Year at Dayton Hamvention, and, in 2003, the ARRL presented Bell with its first Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on films and videos about Amateur Radio. In 2011 he was named to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Heil Sound Ltd's Bob Heil, K9IED, called Bell "one of the great ones." Heil said Bell's "great smile and laughter" and his "generosity to the hobby" would be missed, "but most of all, we will miss his spirit."

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Dayton update plus live stream info for those not attending Dayton

Contest University Dayton (10th year) is 100 % filled this year. Those not
attending CTU can watch selected sessions of CTU via LIVE Ustream thanks to
Icom America. Go to the Contest University homepage and click on the Icom
button this coming Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM EDT.
The live streams will be recorded and posted to You Tube after Dayton.

To see the list of presentations for the Dayton Antenna and Contest forums, please go to the Contest Super Suite web site and click on "Contest Related Events" http://contestsupersuite.com

Tickets are still available for the Friday night TOP BAND DINNER http://topbanddinner.com

The Spurious Emissions Band performance at 10 PM EDT Friday night will be LIVE streamed thanks to Icom and DX Engineering. Go to the Contest Super Suite web site and click on the Icom button on the left side. http://contestsupersuite.com The live stream will be recorded and posted to You Tube after Dayton.

The 24th Annual Contest Dinner is also sold out (first time ever), however selected segments of the Contest Dinner will be LIVE streamed thanks to Icom and DX Engineering. You will be able to see the induction ceremony for the CQ Contest Hall of Fame and you will be able to see John, W2GD's keynote talk live. Go to the Contest Dinner web site on Saturday evening starting at 6:30 PM EDT and click on the Icom button for Ustream TV. http://contestdinner.com The live stream will be recorded and posted to You Tube after Dayton.

Thanks to Scott, KA9FOX for making our web sites work great!

Tim K3LR

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public service event volunteers needed

Hello everyone,

It’s the time for some public service
events. I’m looking for volunteers to help with the Marlene Watt
memorial 5k run/walk in Ravenna on Saturday, June 18 and the GWRT half
Iron Triathlon (56) miles on Sunday June 12. Any and all help is
appreciated. Details as I get them. Thanks.

Mike, KD8FLZ



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Petition for Rule Making regarding CW

The following Petition For Rule Making may not be a good thing when it comes to the CW portions of our bands.  Seems that this guy wants to do away with those portions of the bands designated for CW and simply have something called "symbol communication sub-bands."  I think this might create a lot of chaos, especially during contests. Read it for yourselves and if you are so moved, make your comments known to the FCC.  

Missouri Radio Amateur Petitions FCC to Designate “Symbol Communication” Subbands


James E. Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, has petitioned the FCC to designate Morse (radiotelegraphy) Amateur Radio band segments as “symbol communication” subbands. The FCC has invited comments on his Petition for Rule Making (RM-11769), filed on May 2. Arguing that retaining the current regime of “legacy” CW subbands has proven to be grossly inefficient, Whedbee said he’d like to see the FCC delete all privilege restrictions that limit any part of the Amateur Radio spectrum to Morse code to the exclusion of other modes.

“Nostalgia for retention of Morse code telegraphy-only subbands is also an insufficient reason to avoid moving forward to [the] elimination of such subbands, because nothing about this Petition suggests the elimination of the mode itself, only that it not be the sole authorized mode in the subject subbands,” Whedbee told the FCC.

Whedbee characterized CW-only subbands as “an excessive regulatory constraint, as well as a poor use of the spectrum concerned.” He proposed that the FCC’s Part 97 rules reflect the “ultimate form of communication reproduced at the receiving end.” As he explained it, his regulatory scheme would break down modes into three categories — “symbol communication mode” — for CW, digital, and other emission modes that reproduce a discrete symbol on the receiving end — “voice mode,” and “image mode.”

“[C]ontinuing regulation by specific emission designator is proving to be onerous with changes to the state of the art,” Whedbee said. “Accordingly, to continue developing the state of the art in radiocommunications, Amateur Radio needs to clearly get away from regulating in that fashion and return to consideration of what the receiving end of the communication reproduces.”

He proposed that where the Part 97 rules refer to exclusive radiotelegraphy allocations — or subbands — privileges be changed to reflect symbol communication modes. Where the rules prohibit voice and image modes, he would revise the rules to reflect symbol communication modes. In situations where current rules prohibit symbol communication modes other than Morse, that voice and image modes would be permitted, “with an exception for manually keyed” radiotelegraphy.

For example, he would drop the distinction between 75 meters and 80 meters, authorizing symbol communication modes between 3.5 MHz and 3.65 MHz, and voice and image modes between 3.65 MHz and 4 MHz, with manual radiotelegraphy authorized throughout the band.

Whedbee told the FCC that, if his Petition is accepted for filing and put on public notice, he would submit an appendix spelling out proposed service rules as part of his Petition.

Commenters have 30 days to respond to Whedbee’s Petition.

73, Chuck W8PT

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