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!

Vince AC8XO Stow, 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

Ian Sheline Ed K8IV Greg KA8TOA
Terry KB8AMZ John KB8UHN Jim KC8PD
Errol KC8RJR Richard KC8TZU John KD8EPE
Pete KD8GYI Tim KD8ICP Amy KD8SKL
Arlene n/a Deron N8XTH David WA8GCF
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Transatlantic Reception Anniversary Special Event Set for December 11

From K3LR:

Transatlantic
Reception Anniversary Special Event Set for December 11

An
Amateur Radio special event on December 11 will commemorate the 95th
anniversary of the first transatlantic shortwave reception between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Scotland. A school
near the original site is hosting the event. ARRL,
the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Radio Club of America (RCA),
are partnering in sponsoring the activity
. The
Greenwich Historical Society will also participate.

http://www3.arrl.org/nl/al/image/N1BCG%20QSL.jpgOn December 11, 1921,
reception in Ardrossan, Scotland, of a radio signal transmitted from the
official test station of Minton Cronkhite, 1BCG, in a small shack on the corner
of Clapboard Ridge Road and North Street in Greenwich, helped to usher in the age
of global communication. The special event will use N1BCG, the call sign of Clark Burgard of
Greenwich, who obtained that call sign to commemorate this bit of radio
history. Burgard was instrumental in making arrangements for the event.

The
N1BCG special event will begin on Sunday, December 11, at 1200 and conclude at
0300 UTC on December 12. It will include an attempt at a two-way contact
between N1BCG and GB2ZE, operated by Jason O'Neill, GM7VSB, in Ardrossan.

The
1BCG 1 kW CW transmitter.

Reception
in Scotland of the 1BCG signal was part of the second series of ARRL
transatlantic tests. For the receiving end, the ARRL Board had selected a
receiver designed by Paul Godley, 2ZE, and Godley traveled to the UK to oversee
that end of the circuit. Joining Godley in a field in Ardrossan, southwest of
Glasgow, was Marconi Company District Inspector D.E. Pearson. As the QST
article, "The Transatlantic Tests" (QST Dec. 2014) by Michael
Marinaro, WN1M, recounted, "The two attempted to keep out of the driving
wind and rain by sheltering themselves — and their equipment — in a tent.
This rough listening post was comprised of a (superheterodyne and regenerative)
receiver, a 1,300-foot Beverage antenna suspended 12 feet above ground,
batteries, and auxiliary equipment."

http://www3.arrl.org/nl/al/image/Transatlantic%20tests%20Jan%201922%20QST%20Cover.jpgJanuary 1922 QST
trumpeted the success of the transatlantic tests.

On
the morning of December 10, CW signals of 1BCG, which had been designed and
constructed by Radio Club of America members — were solidly copied on 230 to
235 meters (about 1.3 MHz). They were the only signals heard that morning in
Ardrossan. By the end of the test, eight spark and 18 CW stations had been
heard as well.

N1BCG
operation will be on AM on 75 and 40 meters; CW and SSB on 40 meters, CW on 30
meters, and CW and SSB on 20 and 17 meters.

Approximate
frequencies are 3.880 (AM), 7.290 (AM), 7.235 (SSB), 7040 (CW), 10.112 (CW),
14.280 (SSB), 14.040 (CW), 18.125 (SSB), and 18.088 MHz CW.

 

Read more about the original transatlantic test from this
excellent slide deck that RCA member Frank Donovan, W3LPL created.
http://topbanddinner.com/attachments/1921_TransAtlantic_Tests.pps

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PCARS Christmas Dinner – Time is running out

Subject: PCARS Christmas dinner meeting
Our 2016 PCARS Christmas Dinner meeting will be held on Monday, December 12th, 2016. (Our regular meeting night)  The dinner will take place at the American Legion Hall in Kent (Our regular meeting place) and the dinner will be catered by the Little City Grill of Kent (Same as last year).  Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 PM, so please try to arrive on time, or maybe even a little early!
The cost of the dinner will be $19.00 per plate and will include a dinner salad, roll and butter, potato and your choice of chicken or prime rib.  Beverages will be ala carte from the canteen, and I'm asking everyone to bring a small plate of Christmas cookies to share for our dessert.
Important: I'll need your reservation and payment no later than Wednesday, December 7th so I can make the final order with Little City Grill.  You can mail your payment to me at:  Tom Sly, 1480 Lake Martin Dr., Kent, OH  44240, please make your check payable to PCARS.  If you prefer to pay with cash, please give me a call to make arrangements to meet prior to the 7th.  I'll also need to know the entrée choice for each dinner reservation made.
After dinner we will have the PCARS gift exchange!  Please bring a ten dollar gift and mark it for a HAM or NON-HAM.  (Non-ham gifts should be gender neutral)  If you are bringing children, please bring a special gift for them, and mark your child's name on the gift so we can make sure it gets to him/her.
I truly hope that you will attend along with your spouse or "significant other".  This is designed to be a "family friendly" meeting and give us all a chance to share in the fellowship of the Christmas Season.
73,
Tom wb8lcd
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PCARS Secretary

Mark K8MSH, who has served as the club’s secretary is stepping down effective the first of the year. Mark has done an outstanding job as secretary and is handing off his records to the next secretary in excellent shape.

And that brings me to the next point, finding a volunteer to serve as the club’s secretary. In brief, the secretary is responsible for taking minutes at club meetings, and maintaining the membership database and information. The position is appointed by the president. If you’re interested in serving as secretary, please let me know.

73, Rick K8CAV

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PCARS Board Meeting

PCARS will be holding its monthly board meeting on Monday December 5th at 7:30 PM at the club site in Ravenna. All PCARS members are invited to attend.

73, Rick K8CAV

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Pearl Harbor Special Event Station

Battleship Iowa Special Event to Commemorate Pearl Harbor Attack

12/01/2016

Members of the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, December 7, 1600-2359 UTC, operating shipboard from the Iowa as NI6BB.

The primary BIARA team will staff SSB and CW stations on 20 through 10 meters, commensurate with conditions. Suggested frequencies are 14.041, 18.078, 21.041, 24.896, and/or 28.041 MHz on CW, and 14.341, 18.141, 21.441, 24.941, and/or 28.441 MHz on SSB.

The “gray radio gang” will operate the ship’s c1980s radio gear on 40 meters, SSB, 1800-2300 UTC, on 7.241 MHz. The transmitters are on Deck 3, and the receivers are on the Main Deck, so stations should ensure they are on frequency before call in. There will be a delay between transmit and receive, due to the receiver recovery time.

QSL information is on the NI6BB QRZ.com profile. — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News via OPDX 

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PCARS Net

Tonight, 8:00 PM,  146.895Mhz   110.9PL.
Hope to hear you tonight!
73,
Tom  wb8lcd
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November Minutes

Attached are the minutes from the November PCARS meeting.  Please contact me if you have any additions or corrections.

Don’t forget:

–Christmas Party, Dec. 12–get your reservations to Tom, WB8LCD, ASAP

–Membership renewals for 2017 (membership application attached)

Mark, K8MSH

PCARS Secretary

pdf icon PCARS-Meeting-Minutes-11-14-2016.pdf
pdf icon PCARS-MembershipApp-15Jan2015.pdf

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DX Calendar for December

This just in. Download the PDF file and print out your copy to keep by the radio – Make those contacts !!

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pdf icon DX-December.pdf

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Thursday Night PCARS 2 Meter Net

Tomorrow night (Thursday) is the weekly PCARS net!  Stop in and say Hello.  I'm hoping to finish up 2016 with a BANG###!  But, to do that we need you to check in.  If you haven't been a regular, maybe now's the time to work on that 10 in a row Net certificate.  Find out about all the things PCARS has going in the next couple of months.  No world series, no basketball playoffs, definitely no football, no debates, the election is over – there is absolutely no good reason for not being on the net!  Don't make me come and get you!
73,
Tom  wb8lcd
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PCARS Christmas dinner meeting

Our 2016 PCARS Christmas Dinner meeting will be held on Monday, December 12th, 2016. (Our regular meeting night)  The dinner will take place at the American Legion Hall in Kent (Our regular meeting place) and the dinner will be catered by the Little City Grill of Kent (Same as last year).  Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 PM, so please try to arrive on time, or maybe even a little early!
The cost of the dinner will be $19.00 per plate and will include a dinner salad, roll and butter, potato and your choice of chicken or prime rib.  Beverages will be ala carte from the canteen, and I'm asking everyone to bring a small plate of Christmas cookies to share for our dessert.
Important: I'll need your reservation and payment no later than Wednesday, December 7th so I can make the final order with Little City Grill.  You can mail your payment to me at:  Tom Sly, 1480 Lake Martin Dr., Kent, OH  44240, please make your check payable to PCARS.  If you prefer to pay with cash, please give me a call to make arrangements to meet prior to the 7th.  I'll also need to know the entrée choice for each dinner reservation made.
After dinner we will have the PCARS gift exchange!  Please bring a ten dollar gift and mark it for a HAM or NON-HAM.  (Non-ham gifts should be gender neutral)  If you are bringing children, please bring a special gift for them, and mark your child's name on the gift so we can make sure it gets to him/her.
I truly hope that you will attend along with your spouse or "significant other".  This is designed to be a "family friendly" meeting and give us all a chance to share in the fellowship of the Christmas Season.
73,
Tom wb8lcd
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