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

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

Jim AC8NT Ruben K5RDL Norm K8NI
Glenn KA8CMD Richard KA8OAT John KC8KYW
Mike KC8UNR Andrew KD8BBT Jim KD8FME
Frank KD8HGI Michael KD8JRE Tom KD8JRK
Richard KD8PBL Rick KD8TNY Scott KD8UXG
James KD8VT Bob N8KBX Robert N8RLG
Bob NT8K Duane W8DAC Bill W8IFM
Mike WB8VYW Karen WD8BIW Ted WD8CVH
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Contest Meeting

Fingers work faster than the brain sometimes.
Anyway……
Attention PCARS contesters:
​As mentioned in the Radiogram, we will be having a special meeting tomorrow evening at 7PM at the club site to discuss our foray into the North American SSB Sprint contest that will occur on Sept. 13.  We will review the special rules of a Sprint contest ​and discuss how we want to proceed.  Please keep in mind that if you want to operate, you need to attend.  One of the requirements of entering this contest is that we have to send a list of all operators seven days PRIOR to the contest, to those hosting the contest.

See you tomorrow night.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Contest Meeting

Attention PCARS contesters:
​As mentioned in the Radiogram, we will be having a special meeting tomorrow evening at 7PM at the club site to discuss our foray into the North American SSB Sprint contest that will occur on Sept. 13.  We will review the special rules of a Sprint contest ​and discuss how we want to proceed.  Please keep in mind that if you want to operate, you need to attend.  One of the requirements of entering this contest is that we have to send a list of all operators PRIOR


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS September 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 September 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 – OSPOTA is just around the corner – Ohio QSO Party Info – Cruise-In Winners – Balloon Launch Coming Up Soon, CW Class Starts – Technician Class Starts – Ode to Morse Code – The RADIOGRAM Wins – Pictures and WIAT THERE's 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.org

pdf icon PCARS-Sept2014.pdf

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Net Night at the Club Site

Tonight!  Bring your crystal radio set.

See you there.

Tom  wb8lcd

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IOTA Activation

YW5D Isla la Tortuga SA-044 – UPDATE

27 August 2014

For the Team, Carlos Tommasi YY5CTN, informs in exclusively DxCoffee readers:

“Last night, the authorities have officially assigned the callsign YW5D. Today the team is leaving. From tomorrow the team of YW5D will be on air.”

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The Grupo DX Caracas will be active from the Isla la Tortuga (Tortuga Island), IOTA SA 044, as YW5D. Date 26 – 31 August 2014.  Other referces:  ARLHS (VEN 047) WLOTA (3027). QSL via DM4MI. 

73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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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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Net Night at the Club Site

Thursday, August 28.  Doors open around 6:30 till ?????    Please, come on out, check into both the ARES and the PCARS nets.  We'll have plenty of beverages and snacks. 
And don't forget to bring that crystal set!  This is for the 50/50 tickets at the next club meeting.  Must be a home made radio and it must work!  Let's see what you've got.

See you there,
Tom wb8lcd

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PCARS Balloon Launch Special Meeting – Tuesday

As planned, there will be a special meeting at the club site for Members participating in the Balloon Launch Project (Tuesday 8/26/14).  The meeting will be at 7 PM; we will meet in the classroom bay so we do not interfere with the scheduled DX/Contest SIG.  ALL interested members are welcome to attend.

 

Tony  WA8AR

 

 

AGENDA

 

Finalize possible launch dates?  Depends on FAA approval

 

Final Flight System Construction Checklist:  or, who is responsible for finishing each component and what is our target date for final assembly and testing.

 

Launch Team:  This team is set and will be doing a practice launch coordinated by team leader Jim AC8NT.

 

Chase Team:  The lead chase car will be Keith AC8PR, he will need one spotter riding with him TBN.  We are looking for one additional car equipped to receive direct APRS data transmitted from the balloon (driver and spotter) TBN.  A third chase car is also needed, APRS capability optional (driver and spotter), TBN.  We have not yet determined what, if any, foxhunt receiving equipment will be deployed with the chase teams FINAL decision at the meeting

 

Balloon NET Control:  There will be primary and a secondary Net Control Stations for repeater operations.  Stations need to have 70cm (uplink/xmit) and 2m (downlink/recv) capabilities.  Logging and possible voice recording protocols need to be finalized at the meeting.  Net Control Operators and Loggers will be needed TBN.

 

Web system to publicize real-time launch status:  Needs to be finalized.

 

TBN = To be named or need volunteers. 

 

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PCARS

2 Items for you:
#1  -  I've got the net control roster filled out through the end of January 2015, with one exception:  January 1, 2015.   I'm going to be out of town that week, and I don't want to just arbitrarily assign it to someone.  If you would like to take that night, please let me know.  That will be the first night of the beginning of the PCARS 10th year!  I'll be waiting to hear from you.

#2  -  Thursday August 28 – Net night at the clubsite.  KB8UUZ is our NCS for the evening.  Your task is to show up with a working crystal set that you built!  Everyone with a working radio gets 5 tix to the Sept 50/50.  The Crystal Set deemed the best gets an additional 10 tix for a total of 15!  Put it together and come on out!  See you there for some beverages and snacks.

73,
Tom  wb8lcd

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OQSO

Is anyone from this end of the county planning to go to the club site to work the OQSO party
tomorrow? If you are and if you can drop by on the way up I would appreciate it. TNX folks.

Ray T. Mahorney
WA4WGA

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