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!

Jack N8BI Chardon, OH
Paul N8QZ Chagrin Falls, OH
Roberta KD8YXH Ravenna, OH
David WV8P North Olmsted, 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

Keith AC8PR Rich AF1K George K3GP
Bob K8FEY Tom K8STK Kristen KB3OQV
Parky KB8UUZ Ted KC8SYD Susan KD8ERY
Mary KD8GGZ Ed KD8RHW Richard KD8SJB
Eric KD8UXJ Zeb KD8WZS Jerry N8ATV
Jack N8BI Nick N8WLE Bob W8RID
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DX/Contest SIG

Greetings to all you DXers and Contesters.  Last night's meeting was enjoyable even though only two people showed up.  I am hoping that we can chalk that up to a holiday week with a lot to do.  Given that thought, I have decided to cancel December's DX/Contest SIG since it would take place two days before Christmas.  I don't know about all of you, but that week is very busy for me. So I wanted to give you a very early head's up so that if you have other things to do, you can plan them without concern regarding being at the club site a day before Christmas Eve.
I have also received some requests to be dropped off of the notification of DXpeditions taking place as well as IOTA activations. Given that this would take a person completely off of the PCARS Email list, we have come up with the idea of having a list of those who still want to continue to receive these notifications.  We would set up a separate qst list that I could use to send out the notices.
In order to do this, I would like to have all those who DO NOT WANT these notices, to send me their name and call sign in an email.  We will then make up the list for those who still want to be notified.
Your email does not have to be long.  Just use NO DX/IOTA in the subject line and list you name and call sign in the body of the email. That should do it.  There may be many of you who never get on the HF bands to work DX and would simply like to receive one less email.
I hope that all of you enjoy a great Thanksgiving.  There is a lot for which to be thankful.

​and blessings to all of you,

 Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Digital Modes Special Interest Group

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.

Next up is the Digital Mode Special Interest Group, which meets on Tuesday. They meet at the Club Site, on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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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This Week PCARS Net Cancelled!

Being Thanksgiving, we have decided to CANCEL the PCARS net for this Thursday evening.  Enjoy the evening with your family and report back at 8:00PM (local) on Thursday December 2nd!
Tom wb8lcd

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DX/Contesting SIG Meeting

    This is a reminder that tomorrow evening is the monthly meeting of the DX/Contesting SIG meeting at the Club House at 7:00 pm.  Bring your most recent QSL cards to pass around and explain to everyone what is significant about the card and what was interesting about the QSO.
    Because the forecast is for foul weather and dropping temperatures,  the meeting is weather permitting.

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Net Night at the Club Site

Don't forget – not next week – TONIGHT!   6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the PCARS world headquarters on Oakwood St.

Hope to see you there.


Tom. wb8lcd

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held tonight, Tuesday, 11/18/2014; 7PM at the club site. All PCARS are welcome.
In addition to our regular antenna project discussions we will be going over our plans to do extensive pre-flight testing and documentation of our High Altitude Balloon instrument package.  Since we will be flying multiple transmitters and other instruments, the more we test things the more likely we will be successful when the real thing goes up. 
See You All There!
73 Tony WA8AR

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Thanksgiving holiday is about a week away, and you'll be busy with all the holiday stuff, not to mention the Black Friday planning.
So – Why not beat the rush? The rush in getting your inputs for the December PCARS newsletter – The RADIOGRAM  sent in!!
Go ahead – send them in early so we can all enjoy the turkey induced sleepiness…. 
The last Friday of the month is November 28th – the day after Thanksgiving. And we all know, the deadline for newsletter inputs is usually the last Friday of the month.
But, you can beat the rush and get your inputs in sooner!!  Send in those Shack Shots with a write up of your shack – and maybe a shot of you at the controls!. Or, how about a scan of your QSL card to share with other PCARS members.
It will be a busy holiday season, so get your inputs in as soon as you can.
Thanks & 73,
Tom, KB8UUZ (a.k.a. Parky)
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Center of Hope Donation

PCARS -  What a fantastic effort to support our community!  Through 2013 our largest contribution was just over $2500.00.  Early next week, we will be delivering our contribution for 2014.  As of right now, the total stands at  $3531.00. 
This will certainly go a long way in helping our less fortunate neighbors through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  You should all be as proud as I am to be involved with an organization such as PCARS that not only serves it's members, but serves the community in which it operates, in many different ways.
Thank you for all you do, not only for the club, but for others too.
Tom wb8lcd – PCARS Pres.

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Important Net Night Announcement

Net Night at the club site will be one week earlier this month!  That makes it Thursday November 20th.   This way everyone can stay with their families on Thanksgiving evening (and check into the PCARS net from home).  Hope to see you out on the 20th.


Tom  wb8lcd

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The ARRL Phone Sweepstakes is THIS WEEKEND! Rules and info is here: http://www.arrl.org/sweepstakes

The are many Phone SS section records dating back to the 1990's. With all the sunspots, this is the year to set new standards that will hold until the next sunspot cycle. But one element may be lacking – activity.

You can do something about that. Get on. Challenge yourself to make not just a few hundred contacts, but 500, 1000, 1500 or more QSO's. GO FOR THE CLEAN SWEEP!!!!

Don't forget to put in Portage County Amateur Radio Service as your club name when you send in that log!

P.S. Phone SS records are at:

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