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

Gene AC8RH Chuck K8BBE Melanie K8KSU
Wes K8NYM Bob W8BGE Frank W8EZT
Richard WA8TSI John WA8US
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Please!  Be sure to check into the PCARS Net tonight!  8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater.   NCS tonight is PCARS President Rick – K8CAV.
Here's an even better idea – Stop out at the club site for "Net Night"!  You can check into the PCARS net at 8:00, and, if you're a member of the Comms Unit , you can check into the Comms Unit net at 7:00. 
After the Nets I'm asking everyone to bring some snacks to share with the group (beverages are available) and whatever you picked up at Dayton this past weekend.  I know everyone wants to see some of the new stuff that was available there, AND, there will probably be more than a few comments about the new venue!
Hope to see you tonight (I know you wont be out mowing).
Doors open from 6:30 to 10-10:30.
Tom wb8lcd
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Net Night at the Club Site

Don't Forget!  Tomorrow Night – Hamvention 2017.
See you there.
Tom wb8lcd
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Digital Net Tonight!

I'd like to invite you all to join our digital net tonight,
Wednesday 5/24 at 7:30. We'll be on 80 meters, around 3.584 Mhz at 7:30
PM. We'll start on Olivia 8/500, but switch to a new mode. I'd like to
use a newer mode called FSQ. FSQ is a very interesting mode that was
designed for NVIS communication, and so should meet our needs well!
There are other interesting FSQ features we can discuss tomorrow on the

FSQ is part of FLDIGI, or you can use
FSQCALL–they are interoperable, so install your choice and join the
fun! If you want to try this out in the meantime, FSQ utilizes calling
frequencies at: 7.104, 10.144 & 14.104. I find the 40 meter frequency to be
more populated.

More information is available at: http://wb9kmw.com/WB9KMW/FSQ/FSQ_configuration.pdf
FSQ is not difficult to get up and running, but if you run into trouble, I'll be monitoring the K8IV repeater as
well. If you have any questions,
please feel free to email me at: roland.andrew@gmail.com.

Hope to see you on the air — Andrew, KE8BWA

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Spurious Emissions Band from Dayton

My "official" YouTube video playlist of the entire performance of N0AX's Spurious Emissions Band, recorded Friday, May 20th, 2017 at the Dayton Crowne Plaza Presidential Ballroom, is now available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube, here:

https://bit.ly/DaytonSpurs2017  (redirects to YouTube)

Highly recommended:  W1BXY's solo performance of "Don't Cry for Hara Arena".

These videos are best enjoyed while following along with the lyrics.  The song lyrics may be viewed in the "Description" section of each video.

To view the lyrics on a computer, click SHOW MORE below the title and description.

To view the lyrics on a smartphone or tablet, first tap the little white up arrow in the black section next to the playlist name, then tap the little black down arrow in the white section, next to the song title.


Host:  K3LR
Lyrics: N0AX (L1AR), KX9X, K4RO, and W1BXY (see first line of "Description")
Mandolin/Lead: N0AX
Guitar:  K4RO
Bass:  W4PA
Drums:  KX9X
Solo vocal and backup vocal:  W1BXY
Sound Engineer:  K8GT
Video:  N6TV
Powerpoint Projector (for lyrics):  W4NZ, N5OT
Roadies: WF7T, W1MSW, K4UU, K0BJ

Bob, N6TV
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DX/Contest SIG

Fresh from Xenia/Dayton, I have not had time to decide on what we can do for the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday, May 23).
So I will be there with the DVD of the 2016 EP2A DXpedition to Iran. If there is another topic that needs to be discussed, let me know. Other wise, I hope to see many of you at 7PM tomorrow night at the club site.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Net Night at theClub Site

This coming Thursday!  (May 25)
Bring along your recent purchases from the Hamvention along with any info or trinkets you would like to share.  It was a good time as always and we can update you on the new venue too. 
We'll open the doors at 6:30 and close up shop at 10-10:30.  Stop out and check into the nets from the club site!
Tom wb8lcd
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June Newsletter

Hello PCARS Members,

The Dayton(R) Hamvention is history. May will be coming to an end soon and that means I'll be looking for your inputs for the June issue of The RADIOGRAM.
The last Friday in May will be this week – on the 26th. Please send your inputs to me as soon as you can. 
Did you go the Hamvention(R)? How about a few sentences about your impressions, what bargains did you find?  Send me some pictures!!
I'll be looking for your e-mails.
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
Send your inputs to: KB8UUZ@portcars.org
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PCARS Group Photo

Sitting here on the bus, going nowhere fast, I've decided that the time of the PCARS group photo will be changed to 2:30 PM, on Saturday.  As originally planned we will attempt to do the photo at the OH Section booth at the ARRL booth.

Please, spread the word to all the PCARS members you run into at Hamvention.  If you miss the group shot send me some "selfies" to work into a collage.  
Thanks es 73,
Tom wb8lcd
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GWR Half Ironman

Hello everyone.

I talked with the race manager and she
would like for us to help out again this year. Tentative date is
Sunday, June 11. I will forward information as I receive it. Anyone who is interested you can send an email to me at KD8FLZ@portcars.org.


Mike, KD8FLZ


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New Band Chart from the ARRL

Frequency Bands Chart

Information about the US Amateur Bands is available on the Frequency Allocations page as well as the frequency bands chart.

NOTE: The new 630-meter and 2200-meter bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order granting these allocations has not yet been determined, and until the start date has been set, it is not legal under an Amateur Radio license to transmit on either band. The FCC will publish a notice in The Federal Register “announcing such approval and the relevant effective date.” ARRL will announce the UTC notification procedures and the effective date to use these new bands as soon as these are known.


Printing the chart

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