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!

Melanie K8KSU Munroe Falls, OH
Robert W5OV Stow, OH
Richard WA8TSI 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 Richard KA8OAT
John KC8KYW Andrew KD8BBT Jim KD8FME
Frank KD8HGI Richard KD8PBL Scott KD8UXG
James KD8VT Nick KD8WHL Robert N8RLG
Bob NT8K Robert W5OV Mike WB8VYW
Karen WD8BIW
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PCARS net – critical update

    As of 1850 hours this evening, the K8IV repeater is off the air.  Ed, K8IV, will be investigating the matter but the repeater may still be off the air at 2000 hours for the PCARS net.
    Please be prepared to operate simplex on 146.895 if you want to check in to the net.  Tom, WB8LCD, will be net control and he will advise when the net opens if he is on the repeater or simplex.
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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Digital Special Interest Group

The Digital Special Interest Group will meet tonight (Tuesday, September 1st) at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site in Ravenna. There is no particular topic for this evening but we’ll be open to discussions/topics that you may be interested in. As always if you are having problems or issues we’ll make time to try and help you with them.
73, Rick K8CAV 

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September 14th PCARS Meeting

I want to remind you that this month we have a very special speaker for the PCARS meeting – Dave Sumner – K1ZZ.  Dave is CEO of the ARRL and will be speaking on the subject "Amateur radio – Present and Future". 
We will be moving the meeting to the Underwood Hall at the American Legion Post.  This is a very large room which will accommodate a much larger group.  We have invited many of the other NE Ohio clubs to attend, and I'm hoping we have a very large crowd for this special event.  I've attached the flier for the meeting and I hope that you will make it a priority to attend this meeting yourself, and, reach out to your other ham friends and invite them to attend with us.  Let's reinforce all the good images the ARRL has of PCARS by filling the room for K1ZZ !
When we invite others, I would recommend that we invite them for the meeting only.  If we asked everyone and anyone to show up for dinner, we would probably blow out the kitchen at the Legion!  PCARS members are certainly welcome to come early and have a dinner in the area we normally occupy.  There will be no food or beverage service in the Underwood Hall.  Beverages will be permitted in the hall, but only in plastic cups – so be sure to ask for one if you plan to carry it back to your seat for the meeting.
See you at the meeting!
Tom  wb8lcd

pdf icon Dave-Sumner-meeting.pdf

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Amateur Radio Roundtable


Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: Amateur Radio Saves Humanity – Sept 1


This week’s guest on W5KUB.com’s Amateur Radio Roundtable will be Dale Winther, W6PDL from Coarsegold, California.  Dale has been licensed since the mid-sixties and has some interesting stories about his 160 meter AM days as a teenager. Dale will also share his story about the time he used a ham radio auto-patch from an airplane when the aircraft radios stopped working.  Hear his story what he had to do before the air traffic controllers would believe him. He will also discuss an interesting career in Pasadena at the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Also, Dale is an author of a ham radio fiction book entitled, “The Brotherhood of the Beast” which is about ham radio saving humanity from a global tyranny.

Also this week we start a new roundtable segment called “Ask Riley”.  Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH and former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement in Amateur Radio, will be available to answer your questions.  Send your questions to askriley@w5kub.com for discussion in the program.  The phone lines may also be available for questions. Depending on Riley’s schedule, we plan to include this segment every other week.  

Amateur Radio Roundtable, is a live weekly amateur radio webcast and simulcasted shortwave program, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0100 UTC Wednesday).  The show can viewed at W5KUB.com or heard on shortwave radio station, WTWW on 5085 KHz.  Tom Medlin, W5KUB, is joined by co-host Ted Randall, WB8PUM, from the QSO Radio Show.  The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators, shortwave listeners, and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, Satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, and more.

To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable on Tuesday evenings, go to W5KUB.com.  If you are listening on 5085 KHz, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to tom@w5kub.com and tell us your location and signal report.

Be sure to check out Ted Randall’s show, the QSO Radio Show. Information about Ted’s Saturday shortwave show can be found at qsoradioshow.com.

We need help with topics. If you have a specific subject that you would like to present in a future show, send an email to tom@W5KUB.com.

Forward this message to a Friend will allow you to share this message with your friends.

Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB
Ted Randall, WB8PUM


Dale Winther, W6PDL
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH


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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  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 IT – Radiogram wins 3rd place in Section Newsletter Contest – K1ZZ to visit PCARS – Tour of the Super Contest Station K3LR – 6th annual Mobile Cruise In – OQP Results – OSPOTA 2015 is Fast Approaching – 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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September board meeting

Due to the Labor Day holiday the PCARS board meeting will be held on Tuesday September 8th at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site in Ravenna. All PCARS members are welcome to attend.
Rick K8CAV

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Volunteers needed

    We can still use some additional communications volunteers for the Mantua Potato Stomp on the morning of Saturday, September 12th. 
    If you are available for this event, please send me a note at aylwardjim@aol.com.  Thanks!
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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Cruise in!

That's right the cruise in is tomorrow night at the A&W – 769 Main Street in Ravenna!

Three lucky winners will be receiving…   Nah, I can't spill the beans yet.  You'll just have to come and see what the winners get.  You never know it just might be you.

Are you ready for some BIG FUN?

Erica Pelz — AE8YL

pdf icon AmateurRadioCruise-2015.pdf

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Make Your Reservation for the K3LR Contest Station Visit

Time is running out to reserve YOUR place for the K3LR Super Contest Station visit scheduled for this Saturday
K3LR Contest Station Visit is scheduled for this Saturday – August 29th.

We will be LEAVING the 'PCARS World Headquarters' (the club site) in Ravenna at 10:00 am SHARP. Due to limited parking – we will car pool.
For those of you that live near PA – you can meet at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon, PA – Mark, K8MSH said he will be there to start a car pool from there. You still need to send KB8UUZ your RSVP.
This is an RSVP event – we MUST know how many people are going to visit K3LR, per Tim Duffy's request.     I need to know if you are going.     Not on list – no go……
Drop me an e-mail ASAP I need the total count by Thursday at the latest – PLEASE. Drop an e-mail to kb8uuz@portcars.org now.
(So far (as of 8/26 at 12:15pm) we have only 11 people signed up)
Thanks & 73,
Parky – KB8UUZ

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For those DXers that need Zone 19, here's another chance.  It's actually close to a "2 fer…"

3W3MD Vietnam

Great news from the Mediterraneo International Dx ClubTeam.
During their already announced Da Nang city-Vietnam  dxpedition with the call-sign: 3W3MD from October 31 to November 10 the international team leading by Antonio, IZ8CCW and Gabriele I2VGW will be able also to active for some days also
Cham island IOTA AS-162 (claimed only by17% of IOTA chasers)
As a matter of fact some operators will leave the main land for 3-4 days and with two stations and a couple of antennas they will try to give the reference to many Iota chasers as possible.
Of course the rest of the team (19 skilled dx operators coming from 9 Countries)
will be on air from the beach of Da Nang with five station 24 hours around the clock.
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.
Quite a bit of the equipment and antennas are ready for the new adventure of MDXC team.
All the licenses are in hands of Ant and Gab and all has been already arranged (boat,generators, contacts etc) for the transfert on  Cham Island AS-162.
Save the dates and keep ears open, because the call sign for the Iota operations of the team will be 3W3MD/P

 Any donation will be very very appreciated by the team

 For any further news and updates please visit the official web site of this new great adventure 
 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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