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
Andrew KE8ELR Akron, 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

Jim AC8NT Ruben K5RDL Richard KA8OAT
John KC8KYW Andrew KD8BBT Jim KD8FME
Frank KD8HGI Michael KD8JRE James KD8VT
Steve KD8ZDZ Bob N8KBX Bob NT8K
Robert W5OV Mike WB8VYW Karen WD8BIW
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October Newsletter Inputs, PLEASE

Hello PCARS !
September is almost gone, Fall has started and I hope you are busy getting your outdoor antenna work done before the foul weather approaches.
While you're pondering what to fix or install, remember – the last Friday of the month is coming up next week – Yep, Friday September 30th is the last Friday of the month and the deadline for The RADIOGRAM inputs.
Send your inputs in early, please. That way I can rest up for the VE test session and the CA QSO Party fun at the club site starting on Saturday October 1st.
Send your inputs in .TXT format and large format pictures to KB8UUZ@portcars.org.
Looking forward to hearing from YOU!.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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California QSO Party

I just wanted to remind all PCARS members that K8BF will be participating in the CA QSO Party on Oct 1 – 2.  We will be having a briefing during our rescheduled DX/Contest SIG on Sep 29 at 7PM at the club.
Everyone who wants to take part, please attend the meeting. 
I will be out of town the next few days attending the W4DXCC Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. I'll try to wave the PCARS sign to as many as I can. It doesn't hurt to make other aware what our club is doing. The plan is to be back in town late Tuesday the 27th.  See you all on the 29th.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

XW1IC Laos

Champ E21EIC will be active again from Laos, 23 to 27 September 2016 as XW1IC.
Operate on HF Bands including activity in CQ WW DX RTTY Contest.
QSL via home call, OQRS and LOTW.



 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Net Night

PCARS net tonight at 8pm on the K8IV repeater.

Come on out to the club site!  You can check into the nets from there.  After the nets we have 2 dxpedition movies: Banaba Island and Peter I Island. 

Tom. wb8lcd

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Latest DX News

For those who need Comoros Is., read below.


Pavel, OK1FPS; David, OK6DJ; Pavel, OK1GK; Rudolf,
OK2ZA and Petr OK1BOA will be active from Comoros Islands
(IOTA AF-007) 18 – 30 September 2016. They will operate on
160 – 10m CW/SSB/RTTY with 3 Elecraft K3.PA feeding 2
Spiderbeams, 1 vertical for 40/30 and another for 160/80 with a
special receiving antenna for the low bands. QSL via OK6DJ,

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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ARES invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us tonight at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County
bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check
in. These nets give you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES operations and procedures. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 110.9.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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All-OH ARES Conference

Here is the agenda for the 2016 All-Ohio ARES Conference. 


The conference is set for September 24, at the Marion Technical College (co-located with OSU-Marion).  It’s on St. Rt. 95, west of Rt. 23.  It’s a great facility!  If YOU attend, you will make it a great conference!


Bring go-boxes!  We have a large lot so we would like to see YOUR mobile communications vehicles! 


REGISTER ONLINE http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/default.html



RNC WEEK – Roundtable discussing activities during RNC week- things you can take back and use in your organization

HIPAA – ARES often works with hospitals and health providers, and the HIPAA regulations always come up. We have an expert who’s put together training you can apply at home to make sure your group does it right!

FAMILY SAFETY – Our first responsibility in a time of disaster and ARES activation is our family. FEMA has recently produced a “Family Communications Plan” to help protect those closest to us. We have a FEMA veteran who will present this vital information!

VOLUNTEER MOTIVATION – What if we run an activation and nobody shows up?  We have several keys to keeping your people interested, presented by Tom Sly, who has a record of successes with building and keeping a club!


This conference is open to ALL ARES MEMBERS –  and it’s especially important for EC’s to attend!   Hope to see you there!!

Personal Note:  I'll be going down early Saturday morning and staying for the duration.  Any one wanting to take a "free ride" and spend the day there, let me know!   Tom wb8lcd

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PCARS Fall QRP Operating event

WHEN:       Sunday, September 25, 2016      3:00 – 6:00 PM
WHERE:    Fred Fuller Park – Kent, OH   (Just in the park – No Shelters reserved)
WHAT:       A PCARS QRP event, piggybacked on the North GA QRP Club's Peanut Power Sprint.   (See attached flier)
You don't have to participate in the contest (So if you want to run a mode not covered, no problem) to participate in our event.  Heck, you don't even need to set up a station if you don't want to, come out and check out the folks who are having fun!
If you are going to participate in the contest, please get a Peanut Number!   It will help us all to get a better score.  Even if you can't come out to the park, you can participate in the contest from home – even at higher power levels – so get a number and get on the air and give us some Q's!
Thanks, hope to see you there!
72/73,  Tom  wb8lcd
By the way, check out the No GA QRP Club's website at www.nogaqrp.org – they have a lot of useful information there.

pdf icon Peanut-Power-Rules.pdf

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Net Night at the Club Site / PCARS Fall QRP operating event

Tomorrow night is the 4th Thursday of the month!  That means "Net Night at the Club Site".  You  can check into both nets from the club, or in your mobile, then hang around with your PCARS friends!  We'll have some snacks and beverages.
AND, for those of you not lucky enough to experience the DX from a South Pacific Island, we'll have a movie of a DXpedition.  See what's really involved in putting on an operation from a corner of the earth that's not that easy to get to!  You'll enjoy it for sure.
Doors open 6:30 till about 10:30.  Russ – NR8W will be our NCS for the net!
Sunday, (9/25) is our PCARS Fall QRP operation form Fred Fuller Park in Kent!  Bring your qrp rig and get on the air from 3 – 6:00PM.  If you cant come out to the park, at least get on the air and give us a few Q's on 15, 20 or 40 meters!
73/72, de Tom   wb8lcd

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DX/Contest SIG Meeting Rescheduled

DXers and Contesters:
In case you may have missed this earlier email, Let me again say that:
I will be out of town on Tuesday, Sep 27, which would be the night of our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting.  Therefore, we are rescheduling the meeting to Thursday, Sept 29 at 7PM at the club site.

I understand that there may be another function at the club site that evening.  We will try and wrap up our meeting in a timely manner.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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