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!

Nicholas AC8QG Stow, OH
David KD8YKY Ravenna, OH
Andrew KD8YKZ Brimfield, OH
Jason KD8YLA Atwater, 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

Westy AB8IE Nicholas AC8QG Wayne AK8U
Dick G0BPS Dick KB8JFF Dan KD8EPA
Valeri KD8QEI John KD8QEJ Jason KD8YLA
Willie n/a Rod N4PKW Larry N8FTP
Karen N8HUC Ray N8JLC Brian N8ZPS
Chuck W8PT Bill WB9LBI
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National Weather Service newsletter

    To all who may have an interest in the NWS Aware Newsletter. The latest edition has been posted at the following link:
    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/Aware/pdfs/14jul-aware.pdf

    Please feel to pass on this link or to reprint Aware. If you have
suggestions for future topics, comments or compliments, please send them
to Melody.Magnus@noaa.gov
 
    Melody Magnus, Managing Editor

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DX Contest SIG

Tomorrow is the fourth Tuesday of the month and that means the DX/Contest SIG will be meeting at the club site at 7PM.  We will be discussing the upcoming Ohio QSO Party which takes place on Aug 23-24.  We will also want to discuss the North American QSO Party – SSB that takes place on Aug 16-17.  And if we have time we will also see a video on a recent DXpedition.

So come out and join us for this discussion and planning session.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS Picnic and Net Night at the Club Site

It's a busy weekend coming up with PCARS!
To get it all started, Thursday (7/24, the FOURTH Thursday of the month, as always) is Net Night at the Club Site!  Come on out and spend a pleasant evening with us AND check into the PCARS net at 8:00PM on the K8IV repeater.  Even if you can't make it to the club site, please, check into the net and let us know how your summer is going and what kind of Ham Radio Fun you're having.

Saturday, 7/26, is the PCARS annual picnic at the VFW in Ravenna.  This year, we've moved the start time to noon, and we'll plan to eat between 1-1:30.  So bring the family and the volley ball nets, croquet set, kites, portable stations, or any other fun activity you would like to do.  We'll (PCARS) provide the hamburgers, brats and hot dogs, bring along some sides and/or desserts to share and beverages of your choice.

More to follow – I certainly hope to see you there!  (both activities)
73,
Tom  wb8lcd

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August Newsletter Inputs

July is almost over and the last Friday of the month is coming up fast.
Yes, this month is a bit different, the last Friday is the 25th even though there are 31 days in the month.  
Anyway, that means the inputs for the August newsletter are due in what seems to be sooner than usual. Friday – June 25th – Please get your newsletter inputs in. 
Still looking for Shack Shots with a few words about your shack.  Got a ham related project in the works? Let the members know about it – we all love hearing about ham projects!

So, take a short break from the yard work and jot a few lines down to share with your PCARS friends. Send your inputs to me as soon as you can. Oh, ya,  we really like pictures, too.

Tom, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Antenna 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 Antenna SIG, which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and is moderated by Tony, WA8AR email.
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! As always, the floor will be open for discussion of any antenna topic by members attending the meeting.


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)
  • 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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Bellefaire Biathlon – volunteers needed

 
From: Mathew Nickoson <kc8nzj@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:20 AM
To: Mathew Nickoson <info@ccskywarn.org>
Subject: Bellefaire Biathlon
As you all prepare for some of the big events coming up, please keep in mind another one that I am looking for help with. The Bellefaire Biathlon. This is a combined running, biking, walking event from Shaker Heights to Gates Mills and back. The event benefits the Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau. We will need  people on the course in key locations. We may also potentially need limited SAG support, or at the very least, someone to ride along with the event SAG vehicle.
It’s a laid back, low key event. Some come out, relax, and have fun.
  • Sunday August 24, 2014 7:00 AM 
  • 22001 Fairmount Blvd. Shaker Heights, Ohio 44118
  • There will be free food provided (burgers and hotdogs if memory serves me correctly)
If you can help out, please register here: http://bit.ly/bjcb2014 

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ARES Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us tonight at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County
bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check
in. These nets give you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES operations and procedures. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 110.9.

73,

Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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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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Club Picnic

The Club Picnic will be Saturday, July 26th., starting at NOON.  Please note the change in time to noon.  We'll plan to start eating somewhere between 1 – 1:30.
Please bring your spouse or significant other, your kids, and anyone else who might be interested in seeing what a fun crowd PCARS is!  

Basic hamburger, hot dogs, brats will be supplied.  We need you to bring side dishes and desserts to share, and beverages of your choice. 
Once again we'll be at the Ravenna VFW in the pavilion to the rear of the main building.  We have the place for the afternoon and into the evening, so, if you're interested in softball, badminton, volley ball or any other activity, bring it along and make the challenge!

Hope to see you there!
Tom wb8lcd

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IOTA Activations

Just received these notices a couple minutes ago.
RI0Z – Karaginsky Island IOTA AS-064

Some members of the Russian Robinson Club RRC announced an upcoming IOTA activation for the month of August. RA1ZZ, UA0ZC, RA3AV, UA1ZZ and UA3AKO will be active with the call RI0Z from Karaginsky island (IOTA AS-064) between 21st- 28th of August, 2014.

This island is located in the Kamchatka region in the Asiatic Russia, off the coast of the Bering Sea, the only facility is a beacon and in this the team will find refuge. This remote Arctic island has not been activated for over 12 years, credited to the 18% for the IOTA program, you can imagine the enormous demand for QSOs that will be there.

The setup consists of 4 stations complete with amplifiers, even for digital modes, as well as for SSB and CW and directional antennas by Spiderbeam and verticals for the low bands.

For the QSL card these are the note by the team:

At the end of the expedition we will send special QSL to all correspondents who keep us QSO. For Russia – by mail to the Regional Bureau QSL. For other countries – QSL via bureau to central or local offices, depending on the number of QSO. Sending your QSL card is not needed!

Those who do not use the QSL bureau, and they want to receive the QSL at home can do so by paying the shipping charges associated to RA1ZZ.

Also, to all those who have provided financial assistance to the expedition, the QSL will be sent to your home address!

More information on the website under construction: http://ri0z.org

​BY4IB – Liugong Island IOTA AS-146

Members of the Marconi Radio Club will be operating as BY4IB from Liugong Island (IOTA AS-146) between July 20-27th,2014.

Activity will be on 80-6 meters, as well as 2m and 70cm, in CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL only direct to BD4KM: Yongwei Yu, P.O. BOX 73, Weihai City, ZIP 264209, China.

Log will be uploaded on ClubLog.


SV5/IZ8IYX – Rhodes Island IOTA EU-001

Pasquale IZ8IYX will be operating this afternoon after 1500UTC from the Radio Club of Rhodes Island SZ5RDS (IOTA EU-001) with the callsign SV5/IZ8IYX.

Activity in holiday style that possibly he will repeat in the coming days.

QSL via home call.

OK DXers and IOTA hunters, let me know how you do.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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