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!

Roberta KD8YXH Ravenna, OH
David WV8P North Olmsted, OH
Steve KD8ZDZ Kent, OH
Steve W6VM Akron, OH
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
John KC8KYW Mike KC8UNR Andrew KD8BBT
Jim KD8FME Frank KD8HGI Michael KD8JRE
Richard KD8PBL Scott KD8UXG James KD8VT
Steve KD8ZDZ Bob N8KBX Robert N8RLG
Bob NT8K Duane W8DAC Bill W8IFM
Mike WB8VYW Karen WD8BIW Ted WD8CVH
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DX Activation


​For those of you who need Malawi, here is a message from Karl-Heinz – DK2WV:
“Hello, I am visiting Malawi again. I am QRV from October 1st till 21st October, 2014 as 7Q7VW. My activity on 6m to 160m in CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment:: K3, PA 700 watts, wire antennas, 1 beam for 10m, 15m and 20m. QSLs are printed and can distribute immediately, via Home Call.” 73 de Karl-Heinz DK2WV

7q7vw_1


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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October Newsletter Inputs. Please

The days are getting shorter – the end of September is creeping up on us. That means the October issue of The RADIOGRAM will be coming out soon.
So, get your inputs in for the newsletter as soon as you can. The last Friday of the month is only a week away!
Looking for those ham related items you need, or have something for sale? We have the Swap-N-Shop column.  Always looking for Shack Shots  and a few words about your set up. Could also use a scan of your QSL card to share with all the PCARS members.
So, while it's on your mind, type it in and send it in for the newsletter, now !
73,
Tom, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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PCARS Net and Tech Class

Tomorrow evening, at 8:00PM local, PCARS will hold it's weekly club net on the K8IV repeater – 146.895 Mhz, PL 110.9.    KC8PD will be the net control op for the evening, and he's expecting a BIG turnout!   So, take a break from whatever it is you're doing and check in.  Let us know what you're up to and find out about all the activities PCARS has planned for the near future.
Speaking of the near future, the fall tech class starts NEXT WEEK!  (gosh, I feel like I'm in a time warp)  I've attached a flier for you to put out wherever you can, or forward it to your non-ham friends who might have an interest.
73 for now,
Tom wb8lcd

pdf icon TechClassFlier-Sep23-Nov11-2014.pdf

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DX/Contesting Special Interest Group Is Coming Up

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.

The next scheduled SIG meeting is the DX/Contesting SIG, which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and is moderated by Chuck, W8PT email.
Are you interested in DX, or contesting? Why not stop by, and check out this group?


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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Antenna Special Interest Group

The Antenna Special Interest Group will be meeting, Tuesday, 9/16/2014, at the Club Site. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. All PCARS members are invited to attend. If you are considering building a new antenna/antenna system at your QTH please feel free to stop in and discuss your plans with the group.
I hope everyone got the qst message I sent out over a week ago announcing that our High Altitude Balloon Launch had to pushed back into next month due to problems obtaining launch date clearance from the FAA.  I say "hope" because AOL mail enacted new security which started a secrete war between the PCARS qst-mail robot and my AOL mail server; eventually getting my mail address banned.  Of course the robots did not inform me that they had gone to war until after it was all over.  I am now using gmail; maybe this will work.  The previous announcement is shown below; I still don't know how many people actually got it.
This week we will discuss the balloon launch as much as we can, but until we have actual launch date(s) from the FAA it is not possible to organize volunteers or even announce our plans.  Hopefully this will be resolved shortly.
 
As always, assisting fellow club members with their antenna projects will be job #1 for the group. So come on out and discuss your spring antenna projects with the group.
See you all there!
Tony WA8AR
 
OLD MESSAGE:  qst; sent  9/7/2014
The PCARS high altitude balloon launch is being delayed due to government red tape. We should be announcing a new launch date next week, most likely early October.  The FAA initially led us to believe that we would get clearance for one of our proposed dates in September.  However, the number of air shows and Air National Guard exercises made the process nearly impossible for the entire month of September.  With nothing resolved by the FAA by end of business last Friday it became clear that we were not going to get the launch off this month.
 
In addition to the FAA, The State of Ohio informed us that they did not want us to use state rest stops or state parks; they were afraid we might dent a car.  And, to make things just a little more difficult, Homeland Security put hydrogen gas on their bad list, so we need to prove that we are not going to do something bad with the hydrogen; that delayed us getting our working gas.  All of this made trying to launch on Sept 14 nearly impossible.  Just a side note:  as compared to all of the other common flammable gasses and liquids, hydrogen is probably the least hazardous.
 
The good news is that October looks open for FAA Approval and weather for a flight is usually as good or better than September.  Hopefully we will know by the end of next week and go on from there.  Stay tuned!
 
Tony  WA8AR

tonrom1 to qstshow details
        
       

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2015 January VHF Contest

PCARS Contesters:

Rick, K1DS reported the following:
The 2015 edition of the ARRL's January VHF Contest will fall on the fourth weekend of January (24-26 January 2015), not the customary third weekend. The fourth weekend was chosen to avoid conflict with NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. In 2016, things will probably return to normal. (Thanks, ARRL Contest Branch Manager, Matt W1MSW)I confirmed this with Matt.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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North American SSB Sprint

I just want to remind you that a small band of PCARS revelers will be operating this Saturday evening from the club site putting K8BF on the air in the North American SSB Sprint. The contest runs from 8PM to Midnight local time. We should be gathering no later than 7PM to again review the rules of this Sprint and to make sure that all is well.  I will probably be there even earlier. 
So for those of you who are curious (and want to have some laughs at our expense), come on out and have some fun watching our merry band operate in it's very first Sprint contest. It should be a hoot or a howl depending on how you look at it. No matter what, we will have FUN!


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Geomagnetic Storm Warning

http://io9.com/an-x-class-flare-unleashed-right-at-earth-1633238435

 

The sun fired off an
X-class solar flare, the most powerful classification, this afternoon, 
from an Earth-facing sunspot called Active Region 2158. The flare was powerful enough to cause a
sustained blackout of high-frequency radio communication here on Earth.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spied the flare this
afternoon
(9-10-14), beginning at 1721 and peaking at 1745 UTC
(13:21 and 13:45 EDT, respectively).

The flare was accompanied
by a coronal mass ejection (CME). NOAA forecasters have issued a
geomagnetic storm warning for this Friday,
September 12th,
when SpaceWeather.com
reports
the CME is "expected to deliver a glancing but potent
blow to Earth's magnetic field":

The storm could reach
moderate intensity (
G2-class)
with auroras visible across northern-tier US states such as Maine, Michigan,
and Minnnesota. Another CME could be following close on its heels if today's
X-flare also launched a cloud in our direction. It all adds up to a high
probability of geomagnetic storms in the days ahead.

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A Must See Video

Take a look at this video:
 
ARRL National Centennial Convention 2014 – FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate’s Keynote Speech
 
Importance of Amateur Radio in emergencies
 

 

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PCARS Balloon Launch Delay

From Tony, WA8AR:

The PCARS high altitude balloon launch is being delayed due to
government red tape. We should be announcing a new launch date next
week, most likely early October.  The FAA initially led us to believe
that we would get clearance for one of our proposed dates in September.
  However, the number of air shows and Air National Guard exercises made
the process nearly impossible for the entire month of September.  With
nothing resolved by the FAA by end of business last Friday it became
clear that we were not going to get the launch off this month.

In addition to the FAA, The State of Ohio informed us that they did not
want us to use state rest stops or state parks; they were afraid we
might dent a car.  And, to make things just a little more difficult,
Homeland Security put hydrogen gas on their bad list, so we need to
prove that we are not going to do something bad with the hydrogen; that
delayed us getting our working gas.  All of this made trying to launch
on Sept 14 nearly impossible.  Just a side note:  as compared to all of
the other common flammable gasses and liquids, hydrogen is probably the
least hazardous.

The good news is that October looks open for FAA Approval and weather
for a flight is usually as good or better than September.  Hopefully we
will know by the end of next week and go on from there.  Stay tuned!

Tony  WA8AR

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