PCARS Honored as Hamvention Club of the Year 2018


“The Dayton Hamvention® Club of the Year honors go to the Portage County (Ohio) Amateur Radio Service. This very busy club says it has over 40 hours of activities each month, including public service, student outreach, periodic “Build Days” for working on projects together and monthly “Get On The Air” days when the club station is open for members and guests to learn about HF and different modes of operation.

The honors will be presented at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention awards banquet in May.”

The members of PCARS are proud to have been selected
for this prestigious award.

All of the members – past and present – have helped make
our club what it is today.

Along with future members our club will be even better in years to come.

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New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!

Marla KE8GBL Mantua, OH
J.C. KC3JXQ Jenkintown, PA

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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PCARS Net Night at the Clubsite – April Edition

Next week, on Thursday April 26th, it's once again Net Night at the Club Site! 
Our April net night will be a celebration of PCARS being awarded the Hamvention "Club of the Year" award.  We will order some pizzas ( any small donations would be appreciated for that),  we will have some cake and ice cream for dessert,  and there will be both soft drinks and adult beverage available.  Tom – WB8LCD will present a short presentation with some information and stories regarding the Birth of PCARS! 
Come on out and make it a PARTY!
On another topic, from your secretary, I need you to send me your Birth Year.  With our latest addition to the PCARS Constitution and By-Laws, there is a special class of life membership for members who have attained the age of 75 (and who have been a PCARS member for at least 5 consecutive years).  To accurately track that we need your full date of birth, not just the day and month as we have collected in the past.  You can send that to me at  tomsly29@gmail.com
Thanks!  Hope to see you on the 26th, and hear you on the nets.
PCARS Secretary
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DX/Contest SIG


PCARS Members:

A week from tonight (Tuesday, April 24, at 7PM) we will be holding our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting at the club site. Since we will be participating in the Florida QSO party that takes place on the 28th & 29th, we will be doing a brief review of the rules and also planning how we will set up the 4 operator positions for the contest. We will also discuss if we can set up a 5th position for Search & Pounce operating.

If you plan to operate during the contest, please attend the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing many there. Until then….

73 – Chuck  W8PT
​PCARS Contest Coordinator​

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Radio Room dedication

Saturday April 21st PCARS will be holding an open house and dedicating the VHF radio Room to Jim Aylward KC8PD. The dedication will take place at 1:00 PM, and Mark Frazone from Family and Community Services will be dedicating the Radio Tower to Jim at the same time. The open house will take place from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PMand refreshments will be available. We will also have tables set up in the far bay with equipment for sale from Jim’s estate. A list of most of the equipment to be sold was published in the April issue of the Radiogram.

73, Rick K8CAV
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Tonights Antenna SIG is Cancelled

The Antenna SIG scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th is cancelled. Sorry, an unexpectred dental procedure will have me tied up. We’ll see everyone next month.
Tony, WA8AR
Antenna SIG Coordinator
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March PCARS Meeting Minutes

Attached are the meeting minutes from the March PCARS meeting.  Please let me know if you  have any corrections or additions you would like me to make.
I'll look forward to seeing you all at the meeting Monday night (4/9).  Don't forget our speaker for the evening will be Jim Storms AB8YK along with Ron Doyle N8VAR representing the David Kalter (KB8OCP – SK) Memorial Youth DX Adventure program.  PCARS has been a proud supporter of this program and I hope you will consider being an individual supporter as well.
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Lots of Things Happening in April

April has a lot of great events for our members. So many, I decided to send out a reminder.
Full schedule can be found on our club calendar
VE Session THIS Saturday, 10 AM
If you know of anyone that would like to get their license or would like to upgrade we will be having a testing session this Saturday April 7th starting at 10 AM. The fee for the test is $15. Examinees will be required to bring photo ID and a copy of their current license for if they are upgrading.
April Monthly Meeting – Monday April 9, 7 PM
This month we are going to have a great speaker. Jim Storms AB8YK will be talking about the Youth DX Adventure to PJ2T. These adventures are a great opportunity for young hams. PCARS supports these activities and Jim can show us what results from our support. We will also have a great 50/50 and enjoy getting together to discuss our great hobby. Please plan to attend and have a great time.
Makerfaire Kent State – Friday April 13, 11-4
Makerfaires are a great opportunity to see what is happening in electronics, rapid prototyping, the arts and new technology. PCARS has taken part in the Kent State fair for a couple of years and it has always been a lot of fun. Lots of people have stopped by to see what ham radio is all about. The age range of the visitors covering young students to the retired provides a great opportunity to get a lot of interest in ham radio. If you would like to help us represent PCARS let me know. You will have a great time, help introduce ham radio to all ages, and see some new stuff.
GOTA/Project Event – Saturday April 14, 9-12 Noon
If you would like to work on a project or run the club stations, the club will be open from 9 till noon. If you are or know of a Tech that would like to try HF this is a great time to do it. The lab will be available for working on projects. If you need any help with your projects or need a question answered, help will be available.
Technician Class – Starts Wednesday April 18, 7 PM-9 PM
We are starting our Spring 2018 Technician Class Wednesday April 18th. If you know of anyone interested in getting their license, have them contact me (Jim, AC8NT) or simply show up for the first session. The cost is $25 (free for PCARS members). Each student will need a copy of "Ham Radio License Manual". These will be available for purchase the first night of class. They are also available from the ARRL or DX Engineering. The class lasts for 8 consecutive Wednesdays with the last session a VE test session where the license exam will be offered.
Club Site Open House and VHF Room Dedication – Saturday April 21, 10-3
If you have not been to our club site in a while, please plan to attend our upcoming open house. Operation of our club stations will be available; the lab will be open for use; and snacks will be served. Most important will be the ceremony dedicating the VHF room to Jim Aylward SK, one of the founding members of PCARS. The ceremony will held at 1 PM. There will also be equipment from Jim's estate available for purchase.
Net Night at the Club – Thursday April 26, 7 PM
We always have a great time when we hold the Thursday Night Net from the club site. Snacks and lots of conversation are outstanding reasons for attending these events. Tom, WB8LCD does a great job making sure all have a lot of fun. Come join us.
Florida QSO Party – SaturdaySunday April 28-29
If you are a contester or would like to see how a contest works, visit the club site for this QSO party. Complete details are on the club calendar at our website portcars.org. If you would like to operate during the contest, please contact Chuck, W8PT.
As you can see, we have a busy month ahead. Lots of opportunities for club members to take advantage of our club site and the fellowship offered by PCARS. Come join us for one or all of these events.
Jim, AC8NT

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New Technician Class

We have scheduled a new Technician class. The class will run for 8 consecutive weeks each Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM starting April 18th. The eighth night is a VE test session where students can take the exam ($15 dollar ARRL test fee required).

We really need people to register for this class. We will need a minimum of three students to hold the class. If you know of someone interested in getting his license, please have them contact me at jawilson@j3solutions.com or call 330-342-8149.

The cost of the class is $25. No fee for PCARS members. Each student will also need a copy of “Ham Radio License Manual”. These books can be purchased from the club the night of the first class or from the ARRL.

This is a great opportunity for those interested in ham radio to get the knowledge to pass the test and the skills to get on the air.

If anyone would like a copy of the flier to post, just let me know.

Jim, AC8NT

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DX Calendar For April

Hello PCARS DXers !

Here's the April DX Calendar to post near your radio. How many of these stations will you contact this month? Get on-the-Air and have some FUN !
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April issue of The RADIOGRAM

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
The April issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.
Click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab on the PCARS web site and you can either view the newsletter on-line, or right click and ‘save-as’, then put it on your computer to view off-line.
Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – PCARS is awarded the Hamvention 2018 Amateur Radio Club of the Year  – PCARS Open House & VHF Radio Room Dedication this month – Field Day Volunteers Needed – Yes, this is the APRIL issue, so look for some fun stuff – PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
Take care & 73,
Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
Any mistakes found in the newsletter are there on purpose so some of you can can have fun finding them….
The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: kb8uuz@gmail.com
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DX/Contest SIG Tomorrow at 7PM

This is just another reminder all PCARS DXers and Contesters that the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting will be held tomorrow evening, Mar. 27, at the club site at 7PM.
We do have a contest coming up in April and since this will be the first time we wll put K8BF on the air in this contest, we will briefly review the rules. The contest is the Florida QSO Party that takes place the weekend of April 28-29.
We will also look at any upcoming RTTY contests since our RTTY mentor, George, K3GP, has made a good point of not wanting anyone who worked the last RTTY contest from K8BF to lose what they may have learned.
So come on out and have some fun and good discussion with your fellow PCARS members.
See you tomorrow evening.
73 – Chuck W8PT
​PCARS Contest Coordinator​


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