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 »

No Comments

New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!

Douglas WA8UWV Tallmadge, 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!

No Comments

Birthdays this Month

Robert KD8CGH Randall KD8ZSH Andrew KE8ELR
Randy N6TL Robert W8JFQ Ray WD8RAY
No Comments

Jim Aylward, KC8PD – SK

More information about services for Jim, KC8PD.

James J. Aylward, born December 4, 1949, in Akron, Ohio, passed away on August 17, 2017.
Jim was an amateur radio operator, call sign KC8PD, and his favorite aspect of the hobby was providing public service and emergency communications. He led the Communications Unit of the Portage County Emergency Management Agency and was a member of the EMA’s Incident Management Assistance Team. He coordinated radio communications support for a variety of local events including the Cleveland Marathon. He volunteered with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service serving the Red Cross in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina. 
He was one of the founding members of the Portage County Amateur Radio Service and was its original vice-president and then president, each a three year term, and took great pride in the growth and success of the club and the fun that it provided for ham radio operators in Northeast Ohio. 
Per Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. To honor and rejoice in his life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM with a time of remembrance at 5:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Casual attire suggested. 
Should you desire, donations can be made in Jim’s memory to Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street, Ravenna, Ohio 44226. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com
No Comments

Ohio QSO Party Meeting

Just a reminder to one and all that we will be meeting Tuesday evening, Aug. 22, at 7PM to discuss the up coming Ohio QSO Party. If you are planning to participate or even if you are just thinking about joining us, please attend the meeting.  We will be reviewing the rules and regulations of this contest and you will want to be there.
Tom WB8LCD has graciously volunteered again to man the grill because, as you know, the Ohio QSO Party is also our Ohio QSOBBQ. The QSO Party takes place next weekend on August 26th.  I'm sure he would like to have folks bring a side dish to pass.  The club will be supplying the Brats and Burgers, buns and condiments. 
So come on out to our planning meeting and make plans to participate in the QSO Party. As in the past, it should be BIG FUN!

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

No Comments

Beam Repair Project

The club needs help fixing our beam antenna in time for the OHIO QSO Party!!!!

Rick Kruis has talked to Family Services and they have given him a key to the office building.  We are planning, if I can get the help, to begin the beam repair this Saturday starting about 10 AM.  We will be lowering the end of the 40 meter NVIS antenna connected to the office building using a long enough rope to allow us to pull it back up.  It is currently in the way of dropping the beam and tower.  We will then lower the tower and determine what needs to be fixed.  We know the beam is not working at any frequency so we expect to find a feed line issue.  We will make required repairs, raise the beam and raise the dipole.  The project will require a few hours.

If you can help, please let me know either tonight at the Cruise-In or by email.  

I really appreciate the help we get on these projects.

Also,  Hope to see you all at the Cruise-In.  Between 6 and 7 we will be making contacts on as many bands as possible.  Also the PCARS Net will be directed from the Cruise-In location.

Jim, AC8NT

No Comments

Jim Aylward KC8PD SK

It is with great sadness that we learned of Jim’s passing away early this afternoon. I have no details yet of services but will keep everyone informed when I get information.

Please keep Jim’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Rick K8CAV

No Comments

PCARS Cruise-In TONIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See you at the PCARS Cruise in TONIGHT – Agust 17th !!!!!!!!!!!!!
No Comments

Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held, TONIGHT, Tuesday, 8/15/2017, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend and participate.

Tonight our special project will be to lower the club beam antenna for inspection and repair.  The antenna is not performing properly and we need to fix it ASAP.

As always, come on out to this Antenna SIG and talk about those antenna projects you are wanting to build.  See you all there!!
Tony Romito  WA8AR
No Comments

Tour of TinyCircuits

We will be visiting TinyCircuits in Akron for a tour of their facility and a look at their products. The tour will be on Saturday September 16 starting at 11 AM. We could then go over to Spaghetti Warehouse for lunch. I need to know if you are interested by Saturday September 2nd.

Please send me an email if you are interested.


Jim, AC8NT

No Comments

Ohio Section News

Hi Gang,

The latest Ohio Section News Update is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Here’s some things that you’ll find in this edition..

 * Handbook Give Away
 * Amateur Radio During Solar Eclipse
 * 2017 Scholarship Award Winners
 * Highland Amateur Radio Association Honored
 * Fun Things To Do

Go take a look!!    >> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/ps-08-14-17.pdf


Scott, N8SY

Ohio ARRL Section Manager
No Comments

PCARS Meeting

Hey everyone!

Don’t forget about the August PCARS meeting at the American Legion Post 496 in Kent Ohio, tonight August 14th at 7:00 PM. Come early and have something to eat, grab your favorite beverage and spend some time with your PCARS friends.

We have a GREAT presentation this evening on JT-65, FT-8, and others using the  WSJT-X ap to demonstrate. I think everyone will enjoy it!

Also some NICE 50-50 prizes – An Alinco DJ-500 dual band HT, a nice prize to go along with Jim’s presentation, and for you Collins Radio fans, a very cool special prize.

So come on out for a really great evening of K8BF, BIG FUN!

73, Rick K8CAV  

No Comments

Minutes from the July Officer’s Meeting July Club Meeting.

Attached are the minutes of the July Officer's meeting, as approved by the officer's at their August meeting.  Also attached are the July General Club meeting minutes, which will be approved (hopefully) at this coming Monday's meeting.
73 to all,
Tom wb8lcd
PCARS Secretary
No Comments