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!

Keith AC8PR Solon, OH
Chuck K8BBE North Canton, OH
Ruben K5RDL Akron, OH
Andrew KD8BBT Brady Lake, OH
Norm K8NI Youngstown, 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

Mark AB8SX Dennis AI8P Ed K8CVZ
Robert KD8PMH James KD8RJV Paul KD8SJE
Lauren KK4MRR Bill KW8KW George N1EZZ
Leon N8GLK Bryan N8OQQ Bob N8QE
John W8JJW Dave WB2DFC
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International Marconi Day

From Dave, WB2DFC -
Greetings Fellow PCARS ops and all ships at sea !!!

Below are two links regarding International Marconi Day on April 26th, 2014. Many stations will be on the air as special event or participating stations. It could be a “good listen” as they say across the pond….. and you will probably hear some CW… !

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Net Night at the Club Site


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Linux Special Interest Group Is Coming Up

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.

The next Special Interest group meeting will be the Linux for Hams SIG. It is conducted by Terry Morris, KB8AMZ and Mike Ryan, KB8TUY.

Discussion about Open Source Operating Systems and what software is available to the amateur community for adaptation to the open source OS will be discussed and demonstrated.

Both GUI and CLI programs will be discussed or demonstrated. Live-CD OS will be available to run on club PC’s or an individual’s laptop/netbook PC. The 5th Tuesday of the month is the scheduled meeting at 1900 EDT at the PCARS clubhouse.
73 de KB8AMZ es KB8TUY

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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Late DX News

Rocco DG5AA, Rich DK8YY and Dieter DL1AWD will be active as 3D2RH from Fiji on 80 to 10 m in CW, SSB and digital Mode from 23 April to 4 May 2014.

QSL for this activation only via DH7WW – bureau or direct.


​Please note that the guards at the plane are there to make sure that no QRP equipment is taken on-board.​ HIHI

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX/Contest SIG

To all our contesters and DXers, this is the 4th Tuesday and that means that the DX/Contest SIG will be held tonight at 7PM.  We are going to look at up-coming contests to plan which ones K8BF can play in.  I will also have the Video on the 2012 HK0NA DXpedition to Malpelo Island with me if we decide to play that.  So come on out to the club site and put your two cents in to the conversations.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Net Night at Casa de PCARS

Thursday, April 24, 2014.  For what it's worth, this is the closest Net Night to May 5th – we will celebrate accordingly………..
Doors will open at 6:30 PM until closed.  Net Night Quiz will be on Antennas and Feedlines, just to get you warmed up for Tony's presentation on Saturday morning.

C'mon out and check into the nets from Casa de PCARS!
Amigo Tom  wb8lcd

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PCARS Weekend Workshop

    Don’t forget – Tony, WA8AR, will be conducting the Weekend Workshop starting at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 26th, at the PCARS club site.
    The topic is the Theory and Use of Manual Antenna Tuners.  This should be a great hands-on workshop and will help clear up a lot of misconceptions about how to properly use antenna tuners.
    Hope to see you there!
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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FOX HUNT – Hey, you could have some FUN

It's that time again. The April Alliance ARC Fox hunt is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23rd, at 6:30 PM. Th hunt will be on 147.525 MHz.

The starting line is at the old Buds plaza on Union ave, at Hartshorn st.; Just north of State & Union.

The address is 1900 S. Union Ave (Rt 183), Alliance, OH 44601
GPS coordinates are: 40.902709, -81.105327

The hunt frequency will be 147.525 MHz.
We will be monitoring 145.37® (No PL)

Good luck!


John, KD8MQ

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NWS April newsletter

The latest edition of the NWS Aware Newsletter has been posted at the following link:
Please feel to pass on this link or to reprint Aware. If you have suggestions for future topics, comments or compliments, please send them
to Melody.Magnus@noaa.gov
Melody Magnus, Managing Editor

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ARES Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us this Thursday 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 pl tones of 110.9 and 118.8.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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