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!

Gene AC8RH Akron, OH
Robert K8RFS Hudson, OH
Ned KD8PYN Diamond, OH
Donald N6JRL Kettering, 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

Joe KD8GHB Robert KD8PMH James KD8RJV
Paul KD8SJE David KD8YKY Bill KW8KW
Leon N8GLK Bryan N8OQQ Bob N8QE
John W8JJW Dave WB2DFC
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PCARS May Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the May 2015 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent  directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! If you're reading this on the web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it 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 ITAntenna Day is Coming – Report on the Kent State University Maker Faire – Special Interest Groups – Dayton is the place to be in MAY – Field Day is Coming – and more good information. 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
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@portcars.org

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Latest DX Info

FS5PL Tintamarre island NA-199

FS5PL will be active from Tintamarre (IOTA NA-199), 24 to 26 April 2015.

for info TNX to Jean-Michel F6AJA


A Vietnam adventure for the MDXC guys – Press Release #1

Do you know Da Nang ? May be yes, may be not. Da Nang city is one of the major port cities in Vietnam, situated on the Est Sea, but, overall, Da Nang will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo International Dx ClubTeam and so it will be soon on air any mode/any band

Great news to save in your DXCC scheduled logbook. First of all the call-sign: 3W3MD

The leader Antonio, IZ8CCW and the co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW, are happy to announce to the Dxer Comunity that, with the great help of a local friend, Bac XV2A,  from October 31 to November 10 , they have planned the new dxpedition on the beach of Da Nang.

According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to give to a lot of dxers the possibility to work this Country in the Low bands, Warc and especially in the Digis modes.

At the moment the team is already full of skill operators, as a matter of fact: 20 peoeple coming from 8 (eight) Countries. On the air will be five stations around the clock

For any further news and updates please stay tune because the official web site of this new great adventure is coming

 73’s MDXC H.Q.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Upcoming Public Service event

Updated information for the Public Service event at Stark State College in North Canton taking place on April 30th:
What: SSCARS Annual Color Blast Run/Walk
When: Thursday, April 30th 1230-230?
Where: Stark State Main Campus
What Equipment: HT’s and spare batteries
 Volunteers Meeting
 Stark State College
 April 28th @ 1730hrs
 Signage will be out to guide you to the meeting. Refreshments provided..
Contact Jennifer with questions:
Jennifer Andrews, President of S.S.C.A.R.S.

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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, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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PCARS Net tonight

Don't forget to check into the PCARS net tonight at 8:00PM.  Russ, NR8W, will be our NCS tonight.

And……..it's Net Night at the Clubsite, so come on out and check into the nets from the PCARS World Headquarters on Oakwood Street!  Doors open at 6:30PM.

73,  Tom wb8lcd

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Palmyra Atoll 2016

KH5 Palmyra Atoll 2016

Press Release #1

“Craig (K9CT) and Lou (N2TU) are proud to announce a DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll. Palmyra (KH5-P) ranks in the top ten on the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe.

After many months of negotiations with US Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy, the Palmyra Island DXpedition Group has been awarded permission to activate Cooper Island in the Palmyra Atoll during January 2016.

Craig is a veteran of many of the “Most Wanted” DXpeditions. He co-led Sint Maarten and Swains and operated from Conway Reef, Midway, Cocos Island, Wake Atoll and Amsterdam Island. Lou was a member of the Swains Team and led the Wake Atoll Commemoration. Craig and Lou have just returned from the Navassa Island K1N DXpedition.

A team of 12 highly experienced operators and veterans of many DXpeditions has been formed. Team members include Craig K9CT, Lou N2TU, Jerry WB9Z, Tom ND2T, Mike K9NW, Ralph K0IR, John K6MM, Bob K4UEE, Hal W8HC, Dick W3OA, Jim N9TK, and Glenn W0GJ.

They plan to operate five stations over a 14 day period, 160 to 6 meters on all modes, using a callsign to be announced at a later date.

Critical to major DXpeditions are the immediate, up-front commitment costs. INDEXA and NCDXF have been most generous in their support of Palmyra 2016 and this support is sincerely appreciated.

Logistical support for this operation is being provided by Kimo, KH7U and Don, N1DG. Joe, W8GEX and Janet, W8CAA have volunteered to assist the team in fund raising. Their experience in this area is highly valued.

Our website, Palmyra2016.org, developed by team member John K6MM, will provide updates as they become available. The Donation page of the website is currently active. The group will also have an OQRS link on the website for easy QSLing.”

Craig, K9CT and Lou, N2TU
DXpedition Co-leaders


–  73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Net Night at the Club Site

This Thursday!  (April 23)  Net Night at the PCARS Club Site.  Doors open at 6:30PM til ?????
Stop in, check into the ARES Net at 7:00 and then the PCARS Net at 8:00PM.  Hang out with your friends!  Operate some HF from the PCARS Radio Room!  See Ruby Falls! 
Rick, K8CAV, will be your net night host, Mike, KB8TUY, at the popcorn machine, and Russ, NR8W, in his usual perch.  Although I will be absent, I will endeavor to check in via Echolink to the PCARS net.
Tom wb8lcd

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The Antenna Special Interest Group will be meeting, Tuesday, 4/21/2015, at the Club Site. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. All PCARS members are invited to attend. If you are considering building a new antenna/antenna system at your QTH please feel free to stop in and discuss your plans with the group.
This month we will be building the prototype of the Magnetic Loop Antenna that will become a Club special project once we have all the bugs worked out of the construction.  So all who are interested pleas come out tonight.
As always, assisting fellow club members with their antenna projects will be job #1 for the group. So come on out and discuss your spring antenna projects with the group.
See you all there!
Tony WA8AR

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2015 Northeast Ohio Tour de Cure

2015 Northeast Ohio Tour de Cure

​Who: American Diabetes Association

When: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Where: Cleveland's Gateway Plaza
Address: Between Progressive Field and The Q

​Routes: ​100 mile, 74 mile, 57 mile, 28 mile, 5 mile

​NEW FOR 2015! The American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure is starting from downtown Cleveland​!! I am looking for volunteers to come help provide communications for this worthy cause. We're looking for operators to staff the command post at Gateway Plaza, rest stops, and strategic locations along the route. The more "eyes and ears" we have on the course, the better situational awareness we can provide to the American Diabetes Association.

The entire course goes from Cleveland Gateway Plaza out to Huron High School and back. The participant will ride some or all of the same course depending on the route chosen. Lunch is provided at the high school only for the 100 milers. All others will eat lunch at Gateway Plaza. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a free lunch for their tireless effort. MAPS are available at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7353735.

​All volunteers are asked to register by clicking on this LINK. Registration is important so I can make sure there are enough resources to suit the needs of the event.

​More information

​about the event ​

can be found at http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=10202

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

73 de Matt W8DEC​

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Volunteers needed – Cleveland Marathon

To all PCARS members -
    The Cleveland Marathon will be here before you know it on Sunday, May 17th.  That is less than a month away and we still need volunteers.  The course will be very similar to last year with some changes on the west end due to road construction in Rocky River. 
    If you are able to assist this year, please send me a note as soon as possible so that we can begin making assignments.  Please include your current cell phone number and tee-shirt size. 
    Let me know if you have any questions.  Please pass this information along to other hams who might want volunteer.
    73, Jim, KC8PD 

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