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!

Michael KD8YXJ Tallmadge, OH
Nicholas AC8QG Stow, OH
David KD8YKY Ravenna, OH
Andrew KD8YKZ Brimfield, OH
Jason KD8YLA Atwater, 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

Westy AB8IE Nicholas AC8QG Wayne AK8U
Dick G0BPS Dick KB8JFF Dan KD8EPA
Valeri KD8QEI John KD8QEJ Jason KD8YLA
Willie n/a Rod N4PKW Larry N8FTP
Karen N8HUC Ray N8JLC Brian N8ZPS
Chuck W8PT Bill WB9LBI
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Digital Modes Special Interest Group

Each Tuesday evening the PCARS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meet at our club site(705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna ).

The meetings begin at 7:00 pm, and are open to all PCARS members.

Next up is the Digital Mode Special Interest Group, which meets on Tuesday. They meet at the Club Site, on the 1st Tuesday of each month.


If you have any questions about a particular group, contact the moderator, using the e-mail link below. Or, if you have a suggestion for any other group that you would like to get started (satellites, D-STAR, EME, you name it) send a note to Tom, WB8LCD email.Here is the current schedule for SIG meetings, along with the moderator contact info for each:

  • First Tuesday of the month: Digital Modes (Rick, K8CAV email)
  • Second Tuesday of the month: QRP/CW (WA2DFC email /WB8LCD email)
  • Third Tuesday of the month: Antennas (Tony, WA8AR email)
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month: DX/Contesting (Chuck, W8PT email / Joe, W8KNO email)
  • Fifth Tuesday of the month:Linux for Hams (Terry, KB8AMZ email/Mike, KB8TUY email)

For More information on any of these Special Interest Groups, Click Here.

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PCARS Field Day

Today was the deadline for FD submissions to the ARRL.  I want to assure you that our submission was made in a timely manner. 
Our total claimed score is 9520.  That's down 6 points from last year when our "official" score was 9526.  That's only 6 points, but, there is one bonus of 100 points we've applied for that could be ruled against us.  That would drop us to 9420.  We'll have to wait till October for the official ruling on that.  Last year, 9526 points put us at #52 overall, we'll just have to wait to see where we come in this year. 

Individual Station totals are as follows:
40 Meter Station    -   1353 Q's
CW Station             -    904 Q's
20 Meter Station    -     615 Q's

Flex Station            -     186 Q's
GOTA Station        -        47 Q's
VHF Station           -        42 Q's
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make the PCARS Field Day a success.

Watch for an announcement shortly regarding a pre-planning meeting for next year.
73 to all,
Tom  WB8LCD

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PCARS Thursday Night Net

How about checking into the net this week?  Last week, first time ever PCARS NCS Brian – N8ZPS – scored over 30 check-ins!
This week John – KB8UHN – is looking to do that and better!  The net starts at 8:00PM (local), on the K8IV repeater, with a PL tone of 110.9. 

I'm not for certain, BUT, this could be your last check in via the temporary system at the club-site, or, it could possibly be your first check in via the new and improved K8IV repeater system!  It could go either way, so don't hold me to anything, but I know Ed has been working on the finishing touches, so either way, it won't be too  much longer…………I hope to be checking in via Echo-Link from the San Francisco area.  No guarantee on that either…..

73,
Tom  wb8lcd

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ARES invite

Hello everyone,

Please check in this Thursday to the ARES of Portage
County
bi-weekly training net, 7:00 PM. This gives you an opportunity to check
equipment and get training on ARES and Ham Radio procedures and
operations. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 110.9.

73,

Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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Ride needed by Ray. WA4WGA

If anyone would be to give Ray a ride to the picnic and home from the Chapel Hill area, please contact Ray direct.

Thanks,

Tom. wb8lcd

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PCARS August Newsletter is here

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the AUGUST 2014 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 IT – ARRL FIELD DAY information – Top Operators List – Report from the ARRL Centennial – Ohio QSO Party Information – OSPOTA info – HR-4969 – Pictures and MORE!! LOTS of 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.or

pdf icon PCARS-Aug14.pdf

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PCARS Cruise In August 13,2014 (date changed)

The PCARS Cruise In is just around the corner!  The date is August 13th.  Please see the attached flyer, and pass it on to anyone that might be interested.  As always there will be prizes and BIG FUN!


Erica Pelz — AE8YL

pdf icon CruiseIn-13Aug2014.pdf

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PCARS Picnic

Don't forget:  PCARS Picnic – tomorrow, Saturday July 26th, noon – ???
Mow your lawn and wash the car TONIGHT!  You won't want to miss this  "best ever" PCARS Picnic.  

See you there.
Tom wb8lcd

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Ohio QSO Party

Since I had to correct the time listed when the contest would take place, I thought I would include a brief review of the more salient points of the Rules.


Objective:  For Amateurs inside the state of Ohio to make contact with as many Amateurs as possible both inside and outside of Ohio.  For Amateurs outside the state of Ohio to make contact with as many Ohio stations as possible.  Non-Ohio stations may work only Ohio stations, while Ohio stations may contact anyone.

Period:  The Ohio QSO Party occurs on the fourth Saturday of August.  The contest period extends from 1200 EDT (Noon) to 2400 EDT (Midnight) (1600UTC Saturday until 0400UTC Sunday).  All stations may operate the full twelve hours.

Bands & Modes:  CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters.  More on this later.
Category:  K8BF would be entering as a Multi-Op entry.
We will be covering the complete rules during our OQP meeting.

​So for now….​


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Pcars spud gun

Will whoever has the pcars spud gun please contact me immediatly!

Thanks.

Tom  wb8lcd

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