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!

Martin kd8zlu Akron, OH
Robert ke8efw Silver Lake, OH
George KB8SK Mogadore, OH
Mark W8BBQ Canfield, 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

Nathan Sheline Bob K8AAB Rick K8CAV
Donald K8DER Mark K8HYM Jane K8JAA
James KC8RKD Ken KD8EPG Michael KD8IUA
Jonathan KD8MLE John KD8MQ Robert KD8ZXD
Andrew KE8BWA Paul KE8EFG Pat N8ONI
David W8GWI Tony WA8AR Jeff WA8SAJ
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DX/Contest SIG

Just a final reminder that our DX/Contest SIG will meet tonight at 7PM.  Again, we will be discussing 2017 FYAO and also 2017 Field Day. If you will be participating in either one, please try to make the meeting.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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PCARS November Newsletter – Inputs, please

Hello PCARS,
October is rapidly ending – the last Friday of the month is October 28th – just a few days away. 
Please get your inputs for the November newsletter in to me as soon as you can. Pictures always welcomed. 
Send your inputs to: KB8UUZ@portcars.org
Hope to hear from you soon.
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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CEO of the ARRL to visit in Sharon, PA – Nov 9th

Hey Gang..

Here's an important message from my buddy over in Western PA..

All interested Amateur Radio operators are invited to attend a very special evening with Tom Gallagher, NY2RF – the new CEO of the ARRL-hosted by the Mercer County ARC. Tom's prepared presentation will start at 7 PM at Penn State Shenango in downtown Sharon, PA. There is plenty
of seating available.

More information is available on the MCARC web site http://w3lif.org  – click on the Penn State address for a pop up map.



ARRL Ohio Section
Section Manager: Scott D Yonally, N8SY

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DX/Contest SIG

NOTICE:  We will be meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7PM at our club site for our DX/Contest SIG. This month's meeting will be dedicated to a brief discussion of our upcoming Freeze Your Acorns Off QRP event with the majority of the time dedicated to Field Day 2017.
If you will be taking part in either event, please try to attend the meeting. 

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Oct. Minutes

Attached are the October 2016 PCARS meeting minutes.  Please contact me if there are any changes or corrections.

Also, a reminder that membership season starts now.  You can renew your membership in three convenient ways:

-Paypal through the club website:  http://www.portcars.org/wp/?page_id=4919

-Download and mail application:  http://www.portcars.org/wp/?page_id=4919

-At the next meeting:  check/exact change appreciated.

Mark, K8MSH

PCARS Secretary

pdf icon PCARS-Meeting-Minutes-10-10-2016.pdf

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Step Ladder

The ceiling florescant lights in Bay 3 at the club site are all out and the club’s 8 ft step ladder is too short to safely reach them for servicing. Does anyone have a taller step ladder we could use? Please let me know at k8cav@portcars.org. Thanks!

Rick K8CAV

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PCARS Net Tonight!

8:00PM on the K8IV repeater.
No debates
No baseball
Nothing to do outside in the rain
No Browns game
So – I'll Hear you on the Net Tonight!
Tom wb8lcd

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Ubiquiti Antenna Build

Just a reminder we will be having some fun this Saturday starting at 9 AM building some 10 db collinear antennas for the Ubiquiti access points. The event will be at the club site and I have enough materials for 6 antennas. For those that can’t make it, I will be leaving the bending and cutting jigs at the club for future use. Also, this will be a good time to check my written instructions. Please join us for some fun.

Jim, AC8NT

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Latest DX News

9G5AM Ghana

9G5AM is a small DX-pedition by  Peter S54W,  Janko S57L and Rado S59ZZ.

DX-pedition will take place between October 19th and October 26th 2016.

QTH: Langma, Kokrobite (nr Accra) – WWL: IJ95TL

We will be active on 80m up to 10 meters, hopefully 160m as well.

Logs will be daily uploaded to Clublog, LOTW later.

QSL via S59ZZ and Clublog OQRS.”


7P8EUDXF Lesotho

“Pista HA5AO arrived Maseru, Lesotho on the afternoon of Friday, 14 Oct with 4 suitcases weighing over 110 kg (242 lbs) of radio equipment and gifts for the orphanages where he is a volunteer. 

He began setting up the station and antennas on Saturday and will finish on Sunday. The noise levels are S2-3 on the higher bands, but S5-6 on the low bands. He has an appointment on Monday with the Lesotho Communication Authority to pick up the license. He has written confirmation that a special callsign, 7P8EUDXF,  may be issued celebrating 30 years anniversary of “European DX Foundation” (EUDXF). At this time he does not plan to use 7P8AO, just depends on what is actually issued on Monday.

He hopes to be on the air starting Monday 17 Oct for at least 10  days – look for him on CW, late afternoon and evening / night. Blackouts are frequent, usually 15 minutes to 1 hour. If he unexpectedly disappears without sending QRX or QRT it is possibly due to a blackout. 

There is Internet access, he will upload logs daily to OQRS on – HA5AO.com – he will operate has much as possible.

He begins working on his humanitarian projects at the orphanages on Tuesday.
Gene K5GS for Pista”

Note:  Pista is already on the air.  I heard him yesterday with a strong SSB signal using the call sign 7P8EUDXF.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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If we have clear skies tonight, this could be a very good pass!  Get out there and check it out before the weather turns bad.
de Tom wb8lcd
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 7:57 AM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Tue Oct 18 7:24 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 81°, Appears: 15° above WNW, Disappears: 10° above SE

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