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 N8NB Youngstown, OH
Julie K8VOX Ann Arbor, MI
Raiden KE8GBJ Cuyahoga Falls, 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

David K1ZZ Mark KC8FQV Alice KE8EGG
Bill KW8KW Bob N8QE Dave WB2DFC
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Field Day Meeting

This is just a reminder that this month's DX/Contest SIG meeting will actually be a Field Day meeting to address any lingering issues. 
The meeting will take place Tuesday evening, April 25, 2017, at 7PM at the club site.  Since it is the last meeting scheduled before Antenna Day, I hope that all Field Day Staff will make every effort to attend.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

Here are some interesting DX opportunities:

A25UK Botswana

“A25uk is a DXpedition to Botswana. We will be arriving around the 25th of April and departing on the early Am of the 6th of May.”

Working on 160 – 10m CW, SSB and RTTY.

web site: http://www.a25uk.com/

N4T Dry Tortugas Islands NA-079

Nelson NE4LS and John KE4IDW will be active from Dry Tortugas Islands, IOTA NA-079, 21 to 24 April 2017 as N4T.
Working on HF Bands in CW and SSB.
QSL via NE4LS.

web site: http://s9qrp.com/Main.htm

2M0GUA Mull Island EU-008

John 2E0GUA will be active from Mull Island, IOTA EU-008, 22 April to 2 May 2017 as 2M0GUA.
Working on HF, 2m and 70cm Bands.
QSL via 2E0GUA and LOTW.

VK5CE/7 Bruny Island OC-233

Craig VK5CE will be active from Bruny Island, IOTA OC-233, 22 to 23 April 2017 as VK5CE/7.
Operate on 20 and 40m.
QSL via home call, ClubLog OQRS.

web site: https://oc233.wordpress.com/

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Net starts at 8!
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Net Night

PCARS Net – 8:00 PM tonight on the K8IV repeater
Net Night at the Club Site – 6:30 – ???  (not too late – I still have a job!)
Hope to see you there, or at least hear you on the net.
Tom  wb8lcd
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PCARS Weekly 2 Meter Net

Please join us on the PCARS net, Thursday April 20th at 8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater!  Not only that, as previously mentioned, Thursday night (4/20) will be "Net Night at the Club Site" for this month.  Come out and enjoy an evening at the club site and you can check into the net from there!  Doors will open at 6:30PM.
Hope to see you there!
Tom wb8lcd
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Latest DX News

Here are three DX Entities that many of you PCARS members need and are not all all the time.

5A5A Libya

Dmitri RA9USU will be active from Libya until 23 April 2017 as 5A5A.
Operate on HF Bands.
QSL via UA3DX.

5V7P Togo

David OK6DJ and Petr OK1FCJ will be active from Togo 21 to 28 April 2017 as 5V7P.
Operato on HF bands in CW, SSB and Digital modes.

XV9G Vietnam

Jesus JP7MBO will be active from Vietnam 19 April to 9 May 2017 as XV9G.
Operate on 40, 20 and 15m mostly CW.
QSL via home call.

Good luck and Gud DX.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held Tuesday, 4/18/2017, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend and participate.

At this meeting of the Antenna SIG we will get our first look at the WSPR payload that will fly on our first Circumnavigator balloon.  Weighing in at just a few grams it will include everything from transmitter to solar cells to charge its battery And a 30 meter dipole antenna. 

We are still looking for another 5 or 6 volunteers to support the Field Day Antenna Team.  This team will be responsible for quickly and efficiently erecting antenna systems for ALL the PCARS stations.  It should be fun and educational for new hams who are less experienced actually building putting up several types of HF antennas.  Let's help Chuck, W8PT, get this team together.  Time is running out…… Please Volunteer!!
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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PCARS Net Tonight

I hope you'll join us on the PCARS weekly 2 meter net, this evening at 8:00PM.  Jim – KC8PD will be our NCS tonight, on the K8IV repeater.  146.895 Mhz, with a PL of either 110.9 or 118.8.
Also, at 9:30 this evening, those of you who have been learning the morse code in the QRP/CW SIG, we will have an "on air" code practice session.  It will take place on the repeater (as above).  Once we get through learning the complete alphabet (we're about half way there) it will become a code practice session alternating between slow and fast code.  This will continue on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  Well, with one immediate exception – I'll be in CA again on the 27th of April, so we'll defer that to the second Thurs in May.
The code practice / learning is open to everyone!  You don't have to be involved in the SIG to take advantage of this.
Tom wb8lcd
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Latest DX News

Good day PCARS DXers:
Here's a couple of operations to look for:

T88IH, T88FT, T88TA & T88UW Koror Island OC-009

Shinichi JI6IHG, Kazuhiro JA7WFT, Toshio JM1LRA and Ichiro JH7IPR will be active from Koror Island (Palau), IOTA OC-009, 13 to 20 April 2017 as T88IH, T88FT, T88TA an T88UW.
Operate on HF bands and 6m in CW, SSB, JT65 and JT9.

QSL info:

T88IH via JI6IHG. 

T88FT via JA7WFT. 

T88TA via JM1LRA.

T88UW via JH7IPR.


VK3FY/p Phillip Island OC-136

Chris VK3FY will be active again from Phillip Island, IOTA OC-136, 13 to 17 April 2017 VK3FY/P.
Operate on HF Bands.



Jesus, WP4JBG/JP7MBO, will be operating from Ho Chi Minh
City April 19 to May 9 on 40, 20, and 15 meters mostly on CW with some SSB. Since there is no QSL information given, it probably would be best to check his QRZ.com page to see how to get a confirmation if you should work him. 

I know that many of you are still looking for Vietnam or any DXCC in this ITU Zone. I try to include anything I hear about in this part of the world so that you who need this zone will be aware that something is going on . Since Jesus will be mostly on CW, this might be a better way on getting Vietnam than trying by SSB.  Good luck and Gud DX

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Digital Net Wednesday 4/12

I'd like to invite you all to join our VHF digital net tomorrow,
Wednesday 4/12 at 7:30 PM. We'll be meeting on the K8IV repeater
(146.895-, PL 110.9 or 118.8).

Hope to see you on the air!


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