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

If you are interested in joining PCARS, click on Club Info to find out how!

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Birthdays this Month

Jim K8JE Vivian KB8CLH George KB8SK
Michael KC8LJY James KC8YYS Mike KD8FLZ
Carl N4IT David WV8P
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QRP Build Day

The QRP Build will be held at the club site between 9 AM and noon this Saturday the 25th.  Please bring your own tools and soldering equipment.  We have four kits that have been earmarked already.  Please watch these two videos on the construction of the tuner before to come to the build.  They contain a lot of very good information.




Jim, AC8NT

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PCARS 2 meter net

Tomorrow night! (Thursday). 8:00pm on the K8IV repeater. And…..It's net night at the club site!  Be there!  AC8NT will be our first time NCS – get on the air and give him a BIG roster!

See you tomorrow.
de Tom wb8lcd
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Cuyahoga Falls Foxhunts Start Mar 15,2017 6:30PM

This is just a headsup notice for the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club foxhunts for the 2017 season.


We have 5 Wed in March this year, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. 

Since Daylight Saving Time 2017 in Ohio will start at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12, that eliminates the 1st Wed of the month. Therefore, the first foxhunt of the 2017 season will be on the 3rd Wed, Mar 15 at 6:30PM. Sunset for that date is 7:32PM, so we will have the full 1 hour time limit for the hunt. Since we have 5 Wed this month, another "bonus" hunt will occur on Mar 29.

Anyone interested in learning about hidden transmitter hunting is welcome. Our hunts are are hidden mobile, on public accessible locations.  We have limited space for ride alongs but we will try to accommodate anyone who shows up. We meet after the hunt for supper and to discuss what we did wrong. The hunt details follow.

The Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Wed) foxhunt will start at 6:30 PM  this Wed, Mar 15 at the Scout House in Silver Lake, Ohio. The mailing address is 2850 Church St, Stow, Ohio. The GPS coordinates are 41 09.0117 81 27.54714 . It is located on Church St. a block south of RT 59, Kent Rd. 

The talk-in freq. is 147.27, the club repeater. The hunt freq is 147.525 simplex.

Directions from the RT 8 freeway are as follows: From the South Exit at Rt 59 (to STOW) and follow the road 3 or 4 traffic lights, till you see a church on the South-East side of the road, and a "Silver Lake" sign on the North side. Turn right, and go South for about 1/2 block, the parking lot will be on your left, behind the church. It's harder from the North. Exit At 2nd st. That puts you in the wrong direction but go to a traffic light, turn left, go 1 block and it dead ends on a 1-way to your left on Front St. and Rt 59. 
Then follow the previous directions to the Scout House.

Hope you can make it,

Jim Korenz N8PXW
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Latest DX News

Here are a couple that DXers don't hear all the time.

5X8EW Uganda

Eric SM1TDE will be active from Uganda 23 to 26 February 2017 as 5X8EW.
 Active on 40 – 10m CW.
QSL via home call.

E51KTA Rarotonga Island OC-013

Dom M1KTA will be active from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC – 013, 10 – 19 March 2017 as E51KTA.
He will operate on HF Bands including activity in BERU Contest.
May activate other IOTA and E5/N
QSL via home call.
Ads for direct QSL:
Dominic Baines, 34 Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP, England.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held tonight, Tuesday, 2/21/2017, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend and participate.

Over the past couple years the ASIG has attempted to organize a PCARS High Altitude Balloon Launch.  We never got one of these to fly due to numerous technical and cost problems.  The worst is that by launching in NE Ohio it is highly unlikely that we would recover our expensive instrument package.  Therefore I am suggesting that we change course to build and launch a medium altitude "Circumnavigator" that would travel around the globe in the Jet Stream; transmitting telemetry via WSPR mode and received by stations in many countries.  This project would be far less expensive and technically feasible.  As we heard at the club meeting last week, QRP-Labs can supply most of the low cost hardware we would need.  Let's discuss this.
I would also like our group to support the Field Day Antenna Team.  This team will be responsible for quickly and efficiently erecting antenna systems for ALL the PCARS stations.  It should be fun and educational for new hams who are less experienced actually building putting up several types of HF antennas.  Let's help Chuck, W8PT, get this team together. 
Also feel free to 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
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QRP Build

Just a reminder we will be having a build day at the club site this Saturday.  We will be building a QRP tuner.  All the available kits have been allocated, but if you bring your own kit we will help with the build.  The event will start at 9:00 AM and run until noon.


Please bring your own hand tools including soldering iron.  Also please watch the following videos by W5CYF before the build.  They provide a lot of good information.



See you there.

Jim, AC8NT

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March Newsletter

Wow – February is going FAST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The last Friday of the month is coming up in just a few days – February 24th.  That means it is time to send in your material for the March PCARS newsletter !!!!!
Deadline is Friday, but if you can get it in earlier, it will be appreciated.  Send in those shack shots, or how about a scan of your QSL card for everyone to see?
Looking forward to hearing from you – soon.
73,
Parky – KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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ARES Net Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please take time to check in this Thursday to the ARES of Portage County bi-weekly training net, 7:00 PM. This gives you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES and Ham Radio procedures and operations. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 110.9 and 118.8.
You do not need to be a member to check in.

73,

Mike, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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GOTA Day and WSPR Build

Tomorrow we will be having a Get-On-The-Air day at the club site. Everyone is welcome. If you are a Tech and want to try HF; are interested in trying digital modes or just want to use the equipment, come to the club site. The event will run from 9 AM till Noon,

We will also be available to help with questions and assistance for those who are still working on their WSPR transmitters. This will also run from 9 AM till noon.

See you there,

Jim, AC8NT

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Latest DX News

For those of you who need Uganda:

5X1O Uganda

Jonathan KK7PW will be active from Uganda 21 February to 7 March 2017 as 5X1O.
Active on 40, 20, 15, 10m.
QSL via EA5GL.

​And something extra:

TX5T Raivavae Island OC-114

Members of CanAm DX Group will be active from Raivavae Island, IOTA OC-114, 20 February to 3 March 2017 as TX5T.
Active on HF bands in CW, SSB and Digi.
Team: W5MJ, VA7DX, VE7KW and W5RF.
QSL Via M0URX.

web site: http://www.australs2017.com/

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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