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!

John WA8UGM Hudson, OH
Vince AC8XO Stow, 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

Brian AC8WX Alex K8EUR Michael K8FS
Mark K8MSH Peggy KB8SZI Ronald KC8BTN
Eddie KD8SOP Steve KD8VCK Roberta KD8YXH
Janice KE8BFA Bobby KE8BMP Robert KE8EFW
Christopher N1CJW John N8GIE Neil N8IL
Jim N8PXW Russell NR8W Mark W8BBQ
Tom WA8OHK Bill WA8OKR
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Field Day/FYAO/DX/Contest SIG

Please be reminded that this coming Tuesday, Jan.24, we will be meeting at the club site at 7PM to review planning of PCARS 2017 Field Day event and also to briefly review our upcoming Freeze Your Acorns Off contest.
Those of you who have FD responsibilities should make a point to attend. I look forward to a good and productive meeting.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

VQ9HF Diego Garcia Island AF-006

Stephen W3HF will be active again from Diego Garcia Island, Chagos Islands IOTA AF-006, 20 to 27 January 2017 as VQ9HF.
Operate on 40 – 10m in PSK31.
QSL via home call.

6W2SC Senegal

“If all goes well, will be QRV from about 20.01.17, until March. As usual, mostly CW, but if you need a Phone or Digi QSO, ask for a sked by Email. 

QSL after the trip, via my homecall HA3AUI.”

73, Peter

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Fast Solar Solar Wind & First Sunspot of a New Cycle: Storm Forecast

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WSPR Build

We are a go for this Saturday. I have received a lot of emails from people that have received their kits. We will start the build at 9:00 AM and work until about noon. Please bring hand tools and soldering equipment. We have one soldering station at the club. Also visit the QRP Labs site and download the assembly instructions. It is handy for everyone to have their own set for making notes and checking off completed steps. Looking forward to watching everyone complete their project.

The NA QSO party will be taking place in the operation room, so we will be building in the newly lighted bay three. It will be a busy day at the club, with a lot of hams having fun.

Jim, AC8NT

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NAQP – Saturday!

Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 
Subject: NAQP

PCARS Contesters:
This is just a reminder that K8BF is planning to be on the air during the NAQP this Saturday starting at 1PM.  I will be at the club site early for anyone who plan on participating so that we can review the rules for this contest.
Keep in mind that we can only have 2 ops on at a time since the rules for this contest limit Multi stations to only two signals at a time. That being the case, we will have to make op changes on a regular basis to make sure that everyone who comes to operate, has a chance to operate.
Hope to see many of you PCARS contesters there.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

TO7D & FG/F6ITD Desirade Island NA-102

Jean Pierre, F6ITD will be active from Desirade Island, IOTA NA-102, 19 January to 9 March 2017 as TO7D and FG/F6ITD.
Active on HF bands and 6m SSB,

QSL via home call.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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North American QSO Party

This is just a reminder that K8BF is planning to be on the air during the NAQP this Saturday starting at 1PM.  I will be at the club site early for anyone who plan on participating so that we can review the rules for this contest.
Hope to see many of you PCARS contesters there.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Digital Net on Wednesday

I'd like to invite you all to join our digital net on Wednesday 1/18 at 7:30. We'll be on 80 meters, around 3.584 Mhz at 7:30 PM. We'll start on Olivia 8/500, which will be in USB mode on your radio. If you run into trouble, I'll be monitoring the K8IV repeater as well.

It's been awhile since we've run a digital net, so dust off your keyboard and join in! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: roland.andrew@gmail.com.

If you prefer working digital modes on VHF, don't feel left out! We'll have a VHF night in the next few weeks.

Hope to see you on the air — Andrew, KE8BWA

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January Minutes

PCARS Members:

Attached are the January 2017 meeting minutes. Please contact me if there are any additions or corrections.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as club secretary for the last two years.


MEMBERSHIP Renewals:

If you have not renewed your membership yet, you can still do so on Paypal or mail a check and membership form to me:

PCARS, C/O Mark Haverstock, K8MSH, 6835 Colleen Dr., Youngstown, OH 44512  

Membership applications can be found on the PORTCARS.org website: http://www.portcars.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PCARS-MembershipApp-15Jan2015.pdf

I will continue to process memberships until January 31.  Tom, WB8LCD, will take over on February 1.  A reminder will be posted on or about January 31, along with address information for Tom.

73,

Mark, K8MSH

pdf icon PCARS-Meeting-Minutes-01-09-2017.pdf

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January 2017 Edition of the Ohio Section Journal now aviable on line to see

Check it out:

Please take note that we now have the Ohio Section Journal in a format where we can include  pictures, graphs and all kinds of neat items that you won't see in the text version. Please, I want to encourage ALL of you to go to http://n8sy2.blogspot.com/  to get this more enriched version of the OSJ

In this issue:

-> SAFE ROOMS – REBATE PROGRAM UNDERWAY
-> WINTER RESOURCES AVAILABLE
-> WINTER SEASONAL OUTLOOK
-> SKYWARN TRAINING
-> THE TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
-> AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR REPORT
-> NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR
-> THE SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
-> THE PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR
-> THE SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER
-> OUT AND ABOUT
-> ARES TRAINING UPDATE
-> LET'S TALK
-> THE OFFICIAL OBSERVER COORDINATOR
-> WEBSITE STATS
-> SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS IN OHIO
-> OHIO HAMFEST CALENDAR
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