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

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

Bob K8AAB Rick K8CAV Donald K8DER
Jane K8JAA Angela KC8DBX Ken KD8EPG
Michael KD8IUA Curtis KD8JRI Jonathan KD8MLE
John KD8MQ Pat N8ONI Dennis W8DMH
Tony WA8AR
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Looks like this good be a good pass to watch for!
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: United-States-Ohio-Hudson-PM@lists.hq.nasa.gov

Time: Fri Oct 24 7:39 PM, Visible: 5 min, Max Height: 59 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: ESE

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Net Night at the Club Site

Thursday, October 23rd.  Hey – that might be tonight!   C'mon out to the clubsite to check into the ARES net and the PCARS net.  Doors open from 6:30 to 10:30.   Beverages and snacks will be available.  Try your Ham Radio knowledge on the new – improved – Net Night Trivia Quiz.  There will be a prize for the winner -  to win, you MUST have checked into the PCARS net.  So, bring your HT, check in from your car, or from the PCARS station.
If nothing else, we always have a really good time! 
The PCARS station now has a radio at the third operating position thanks to a generous donation by Jim – KC8PD.  Check it out.  With three fully functional antenna systems, get on the air!  Just be there.
See you there, es 73,
de Tom wb8lcd

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You may wonder if your antenna got un-plugged

LOTS OF SOLAR FLARES: Solar activity is high. During the past 48
hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity.
The eruptions crossed the threshold into X-territory with an X1-class flare on Oct. 22nd.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a powerful flash of extreme UV
radiation in the sunspot's magnetic canopy at 14:30 UT:

not one of the explosions so far has hurled a significant CME toward Earth. The
primary effect of the flares has been to ionize Earth's upper atmosphere,
causing a series of short-lived HF radio communications blackouts.
blackouts may be noticed by amateur radio operators, aviators, and mariners.

Earth-effects could
increase in the days ahead. AR2192 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic
field that harbors energy for powerful explosions, and the active region is
turning toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate at 65% chance of M-class flares
and a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. 

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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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Net Night at the Club Site

This week!  Thursday, October 23rd.   6:30 – 10:30.
Stop out, we'll have a new Net Night Quiz.  No, I can't give tickets to next months 50/50 (just to keep it fair), but I will have a special prize for the Quiz Winner – no waiting – drive it home that night.
Check into the ARES net at 7:00PM and Check into the PCARS net at 8:00PM  (Check in to PCARS required to win quiz prize).  Beverages are on hand and we'll have some snacks.  Mostly just a good time to hang out.  You might even want to check out the new HF rig at the shack donated by Jim – KC8PD.  You're welcome to get on the air now that all antennas are up and running.
Hope to see you there.
Tom wb8lcd

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Antenna Special Interest Group Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held Tuesday, 10/21/2014; 7PM at the club site.  All PCARS are welcome.
There will be some discussion about the postponed High Altitude Balloon Launch that has now been delayed until spring.  A number of members continue to make suggestions to improve our first launch and all suggestions will be considered.  Jim, AC8NT was still planning on doing a practice launch using a small balloon, providing the weather cooperates sometime soon.
A couple members have expressed interest in working on fall antenna projects at their home QTH and I look forward to supporting their efforts.
See You All There!
73  Tony  WA8AR

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DX Events

I thought you DXers would like to know:

4W, TIMOR LESTE (Reminder). The same group who was active as VK9X/K7CO
will be active as 4W/K7CO between October 19-31st. Activity will be on
80-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as participate in the CQWW SSB
Contest (October 25-26th). The current team of operators are Jon/K7CO,
Christian/K7CXN, Ed/VE4EAR and John/9M6XRO. Four other operators are
checking their schedules and finalizing plans in order to commit to the
team. QSLs will be available via an OQRS on ClubLog. For more details
and updates, watch:         http://www.nielsen.net/4w/
TO0, MAYOTTE. Vincent, F4BKV, will be active as TO0X from Mayotte (AF-027,
DIFO FH-001, WLOTA 0376) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. After the
contest, Vincent will active as FH/F4BKV until October 29th. ADDED NOTES:
After this operation, Vincent will be one of operators of the upcoming
FT4TA Tromelin Island DXpedition, so you may hear other team members sign

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Reminder/Update). A Polish team of operators are
now active as VK9XSP from Christmas Island (OC-002) until October 31st.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested
frequencies are listed in OPDX.1168 or can be found at:
  They will have two to three stations on the air 24 hours a day, and pay
special attention to the lower bands and to areas where VK9X is the most
difficult to work from. Also, look for one station to be in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th). QSL via SP6EQZ. For more details and
updates, watch:             http://www.vk9xsp.dxing.pl

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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IRAN Island Activation

EP6T Iran – Kish Island AS-166

DXpedition to Iran, Kish Island IOTA AS-166, date January 2015 by the Rockall DX Group.

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source: QRZ.com


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Balloon Launch Delayed Until Spring

While we did finally solve our H2 gas acquisition problem, however, The FAA Columbus district failed to do their jobs so we will not be getting a permit to launch from them.  With the fall weather becoming less and less stable there is no sense trying again until Spring (as we speculated at our meeting Tuesday).  We did discover that the Oberlin FAA district is much easier and more dependable to work with.  So I will be looking for a new launch site in their district.
Since we have the time, we will continue to tweak our instrument package to give us the best chance of a very successful first flight.  And, to that end Jim (AC8NT) will be scheduling a practice launch very soon.
Thanks to all for their help, and stayed tuned for future Balloon Launch News.
73  Tony  WA8AR

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WB2DFC Expedition


Attention PCARS Members and ALL SHIPS AT SEA……….

Many of us are off to the forest (Allegheny) tomorrow (Wednesday 10-15-14) to camp in a very rustic area…. The Hearts Content Recreation Area….

A tentative HF schedule as follows:
7:00AM to 8:15AM  60 meters, 5330.5 (primary) 5346.5 (secondary)
8:30AM to 9:15AM  40 meters, 7.143 local group sched
9:30AM to ?            40 meters, 7.258 MIDCARS

We may also monitor 7.272 as available.

Hopefully the balloon launch will happen… very exciting !!!  If the launch is set, anyone with that info can reach us on HF…. based on the sched above…..  I really would like to work the balloon ! I am setting up my Arrow antenna in hopes of hearing and communicating via the balloon.

Cell service is poor in the Hearts Content Area…. but I can check for text and email messages from time to time.  I look forward to hearing from you-all…..!

73 to all….. Dave, WB2DFC
PS: It looks like a full roster on this trip…. so you may hear many call signs from the Hearts Content Area……

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