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!

Mark W8BBQ Canfield, OH
David W8GWI Tallmadge, OH
Edward KE8CLN Rootstown, 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

Gene AC8RH Chuck K8BBE Melanie K8KSU
Wes K8NYM Frank W8EZT Richard WA8TSI
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Antenna Day

I forgot something in my previous email and it was pointed out to me, so thank you Parky.
What I forgot is an invite to ANY PCARS member that wants to attend Antenna Day.  This is not just for the FD Staff.  My previous email was partially to make sure that all staff members attended.  But any PCARS member is certainly welcome to attend.  You all have the directions and the map so please feel free to come out to help keep us focused and to support our FD outing.

 73 – Chuck W8PT

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Antenna Day

Attention Field Day Staff:
Antenna Day, as you know, is this Saturday. There is a 40% chance of rain but so far it's scheduled for the evening so we should be OK.
We will start to gather between 9 and 10AM, but no later than 10.  Set up and on the air to work in various State QSO Parties.  I will have info on these for the station captains.  I am not going to dictate which you want to work in.  That will be up to you depending on what you hear on the band you're supposed to work.
This is the day we iron out any kinks and discover if we have any issues.  I'm not looking for perfection but if that occurs, so much the better. Let's just have fun and not get too frustrated at the  speed bumps.
Please remember that the main generator will not be set up.  Station captains are expected to take care of supplying power to their own stations.  I will be bringing a 2000w generator for the 20 m station. 
If you have any questions, please email me as soon as possible.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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It’s that time of year where I offer bribes for IT stuff

If you're interested in being part of the PCARS IT Team for Field Day this year, give me a yell. We usually meet for breakfast at around 7am and plan to begin setting up computers by 9. Teardown starts on Sunday as soon as the event is over and in-between all of that action, those of us that decide to hang around tend to pick up some of the late night operating or logging shifts that don't get filled for the station captains.
The best part is that we *probably* won't have to lug "the buckets" around this year AND I'll still buy breakfast the morning of Field Day if you volunteer to be on the IT team.
The bad news: Breakfast will be at Mike's Place, so you might wish that you'd have just stayed home and had corn flakes instead.

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Latest DX News

PY0NY Fernando de Noronha Island SA-003

Janio PY4NY will be active again from Fernando de Noronha Island, IOTA  SA-003, 13 to 23 May 2016 as PY0NY.
Active on 80 – 10m CW, SSB and Digital Modes.
QSL via home call .


 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Quick DX Calendar for May

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This came in a bit late for the newsletter. 
Download the PDF file and schedule yourself to be on-the-air to make contacts.

pdf icon MayDX.pdf

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May PCARS Newsletter is here

0516_Thumbnail Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,If you are getting this via e-mail: Attached is the May 2016 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure!

If you’re reading this on the PCARS web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view the newsletter 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 – PCARS 10th Anniversary of being an ARRL Affiliated Club Special Event Station .. We made 327 contacts! – Get Ready for Field Day 2016 – Mini Maker Faire at Kent State – Satellite OSCAR 1 – Special Interest Group Reports – HAMVENTION 2016, YOU GOTTA GO ! – 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

May 2016 Radiogram


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PCARS May Board Meeting

PCARS will be holding the May Board meeting on Monday May 2nd at the PCARS club site in Ravenna. All club members are invited to attend.

73, Rick K8CAV


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April Minutes

pdf icon PCARS-Meeting-Minutes-4-11-2016.pdf

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Check into the PCARS net tonight!  8:00PM on 146.895 Mhz.  UPDATE:  KD8SKL – Amy – will be tonight Net Control Op.
Also:  It's net night at the club site!  Stop out.
de wb8lcd

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Latest DX News

There is a lot going on in May.  You’ll see by the number of DX entities that are going to be activated.

A91HI Hawar Island AS-202


27 April 2016, 1040UTC

The Team via twitter:

“Team set foot on AS-202 New. QRV in few hours”


K4T Dry Tortugas Island NA-079

Ricky K4JTT, Tim WK4U, Nathan K4NHW, Hemmet W0QH and Hemmet (Hj) KD0DTS will be active from Dry Tortugas Island, IOTA NA-079, 6 to 9 May 2016 as K4T.

QSL via buro, direct, LOTW and eQSL.

CE0Y/LU9EFO Easter Island SA-001

Martin LU9EFO will be active from Easter Island, IOTA SA-001, 6 to 13 May 2016 as CE0Y/LU9EFO.
He will operate on HF Bands.
QSL via F4BHW.


YJ0CS Vanuatu OC-035

Chris HB9LCA will be active from Vanuatu, IOTA OC-035, 1 to 27 May 2016 as YJ0CS.
He will operate on HF Bands CW (mostly) SSB and JT 65.
QSL via home call.




T88RF Palau OC-009

Kan JJ2RCJ will be active again from Palau, IOTAA OC-009, 1 to 5 May 2016 as T88RF.
He will operate on HF Bands mostly in RTTY.
QSL via home call direct, LOTW and eQSL.



XR0YS Easter Island SA-001

Jeff, K5WE, informs DxCoffee readers:

XR0Y, Easter Island.

“Jeff, K5WE, will be active as XR0YS from Hanga Roa, Easter Island beginning May 25 through Jun 8. He will operate all bands, mostly CW with some RTTY, including an entry in the WPX CW contest. Subject to a reliable internet connection, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily.

Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon returning home.

QSL via ClubLog OQRS or via K5WE.”



 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT


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