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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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.
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.


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.

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

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Field Day Antenna Crew

Just a reminder regarding the announcement at the last meeting.  
I'd like to have 7 or 8 volunteers to make up an antenna crew to set up the various antennas that will be needed for Field Day. You will also be needed on Antenna Day so please don't wait until the last minute to let me know.
Please help out by volunteering. Simply respond to W8PT@portcars.org with a yes.
Chuck, W8PT
PCARS Field Day Chairman
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PCARS net tonight. 8:00PM

I hope to hear you all tonight on the net! Echo-Link willing, I'll be checking in from Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma county) with a Pliney in front of me!  

Currently stuck in the Denver airport.
73, Tom wb8lcd
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Latest DX News

S21GM & S21KW Bangladesh

Yuris YL2GM informs DxCoffee Readers:

“I would like to tell you about our next DXpedition.

Country: Bangladesh
DXCC most wanted list: Nr 56
Dates of operation: 15 MAR 2017 – 27 MAR 2017
Callsign: S21GM & S21KW

List of operators:
1.YL2GM (team leader)

DXpedition website: http://www.lral.lv/s21gm/index.html “


 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

DXers, here is something for all you CW ops.

9X2CW Rwanda

Eric SM1TDE will be active from Rwanda 17 to 22 February 2017 as 9X2CW.
Active on 40 – 10m in CW.
QSL via home call.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Digital Net tonight!

I'd like to invite you all to join our VHF digital net tonight, Wednesday 2/15 at 7:30. We'll be meeting on the K8IV repeater (146.896, PL 110.9 or 118.8).

Hope to see you on the air!

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Positions open at DX Engineering

This letter (see the PDF File) was sent from DX Engineering.  Most of you know that many of the PCARS members are employees of DX Engineering. Additionally, DX Engineering has been very good to PCARS over the years with donations for our club activities and discounts for equipment we use in our radio room. Here is an opportunity to join the DX Engineering team. If you are interested see the details in the letter. You can also find out more information on the DX Engineering web site at: https://www.dxengineering.com/aboutus/jobposting?id=118

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