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!

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 AC1TT Rick K8GI Mike KB8TUY
Al KB8VJL Sandra KD8JCY Rosie KD8OKK
Mark KD8PTQ Vee n/a Randy N6TL
Kenneth N8WWG Paul NC8T Robert W8JFQ
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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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September PCARS meeting

The September meeting will be Monday, 9/8, at the Overlook Restaurant in Twin Lakes.  This month we will have Don DuBon, N6JRL, (President of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association – DARA) as our guest speaker, along with a few others.  Every year for the past few, we have participated in the Youth DX Adventure program.  Don will be bringing a few of the participants of this years Expedition along to talk about their experience as DX and what the program has meant to them.  The program was run at PJ2T this year, and by coincidence, Geoff Howard, W0CG, the proprietor of PJ2T will also be with us!

This will be a fun night with lots of discussion about being / working DX and what it takes to get out there.  Be sure to put it on your calendar and join us!  You won't want to miss it.

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I'm looking for volunteers to be Net Control Operator for the PCARS nets in the upcoming months, AND on this Thursday, August 21st.
If you would like to do August 21st, let me know right away so I know I've got this week covered. 

Beyond this week, I want to fill in the NCS roster for October, November, December 2014.  Please send me an email if you are willing to participate (even if you are one of the current NCS ops).  If you have a date of preference, let me know that, too.

There are a lot of you who have never taken a shot at it – it's really not difficult and everyone should do it at least once!  So send those emails in and lets hear a few new voices on the net!

Tom wb8lcd

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IOTA Activations

Just receive these this AM:

TM32O Oleron Island EU-032

Lionel, F5HNQ,
informs DxCoffee readers:

group of YL and OM will be active as TM32O from Oleron Island (EU-032) from 21 to 26 September on HF/VHF SSB/digital.
More info on QRZ.comand http://tm32oleron.blogspot.com
.  QSL via F6KFI bureau.”

Diaporos Island EU-174

DK7TX, informs DxCoffee readers:

will stay from 4th to 16th September in Chalkidiki Greece.. From there I plan
to make sporadic activation from Amouliani Island, Drenia Island and if time permits
from Diaporos Island in EU-174 “.
QSL via home call

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The Antenna Special Interest Group will be meeting, Tuesday, 8/19/2014, 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.

This month the special discussion topic will be the continued planning for the first PCARS Amateur Radio high altitude balloon launch project.  This will be probably be the last meeting before our first attempted flight so we will be discussing final plans and technical details which still need resolved before we launch.  We will be looking for volunteers for the launch teams (Launch Operations Team; Communications Control Team and the Chase/Recovery Teams).


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

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W1AW/8 in Ohio

For those of you chasing the W1AW/states – here is a listing of the ops for the tour in Ohio coming up this week.

W1AW/8 will be active from Ohio starting Wednesday
UTC.  Here is a link to the operating schedule plan from NX8G, Rex: 


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Ohio QSO Party Planning

Hello PCARS Contesters


There will be a short meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7PM at
the club site in Ravenna for the upcoming Ohio QSO Party that we plan to
participate in. 

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There will be a review of the OQP rules for this contest and
we will make sure that all is ready for the contest that takes place on Aug.


If you are going to participate, please make an effort to
come to the meeting. The meeting is open to all – if you just want to know a
bit more about the OQP – stop in, all are welcome!


Hoping to see you all there.




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September Newsletter

Hello PCARS Members,
Summer is flying by unbelievably fast. Don't put off that antenna work you have been planning, it won't be long before it will be cold outside and you just can't do anything without freezing. 

While you are pondering what needs to be done this fall – take a break and write up that article you've been thinking about for the PCARS newsletter and send it in. Don't forget the photos to go along with it. And, please, small out of focus phone pictures just don't cut it – I can do some pretty slick stuff with photos, but bad – is just bad. So please, break out the regular digital camera.

Yep – the September issue of The RADIOGRAM is in the works already. The deadline for inputs is the last Friday of the month – August 29th – is just a few weeks away. Please get your inputs to me before that deadline so I can make sure it gets in the newsletter for all to see.

Send in that Shack Shot of you by the gear and tell us what your set up is all about.  Or, how about a nice copy of your QSL card? 
PCARS has been really busy with all kinds of activities for everyone – how about a few lines about what you have been doing, too?

I'll be looking in my e-mail box for your inputs.
"Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Ohio QSO Party

Hello to PCARS Contesters:
I would like to have a short meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7PM at the club site.  We will be reviewing the rules for this contest and make sure that all is ready for the contest that takes place on Aug. 23.  If you are going to participate, please make an effort to come to the meeting.

Hoping to see you all there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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IOTA Activations

T88DF Palau OC-009

Yasu, JH2DFJ, will be active again from Palau, 20-25 August 2014, as T88DF.

QSL via home call


And for those of you who have never activated a castle before, we give you:

SE100SAF Vaxholmen EU-084

SE100SAF – Celebration of the 100 anniversary of the costal radio SAF.

“Several operators from Täby Sändaramatörer (SK0MT) in collaboration

with Södertörns Radioamatörer (SK0QO), RadioScouter i Stockholm
(SC0UT), Kvarnberget ARC (SK0UX), SSA Youth Team (SK0YT),

Storstockholms Radioamatörer (SK0ZS), FRO Norrtelje (SL0ZG) and FRO
Stockholm (SL0ZS) will be active on the 23rd of August 2014 from

Vaxholmen aka [Vaxholms kastell], IOTA: EU-084 a part of Vaxholm
Fortress, WCA: SM-00186. More info on QRZ.COM.

QSL will be sent via bureau shortly after the activity.”


Vaxholms fästning, Vaxholms kastell, Vaxholm, Sverige

IB0/ IZ0CKJ Island of Palmarola EU-045

Alessio, IZ0CKJ, informs


“From 08.14 to


 I will be active as IB0/ IZ0CKJ island of Palmarola IOTA EU-045 

and some references IIA satellite island (Plates, galleys, Scoglio San Silverio) 

QSL via home call, bureau or direct.” 

73s Alessio IZ0CKJ


​So have some fun.​

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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