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!

Bobby Spence Mantua, OH
Janice Miller Ravenna, OH
James KC8RKD Kent, OH
Darren KE8BBJ North Olmsted, OH
Alex K8EUR Parma, OH
Jeff KB8ZWT Stow, OH
Gene AC8RH Akron, OH
Robert K8RFS Hudson, OH
Ned KD8YPN Diamond, OH
Donald N6JRL Kettering, 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

Gene AC8RH Chuck K8BBE Wes K8NYM
Ronald KD8UDS Frank W8EZT
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FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee

FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee

05/22/2015 - ARRL

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.

“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 “payment units” in FY 2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.

In its 2014 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for FY 2014, the FCC had sought comment on eliminating several smaller regulatory fee categories, such as those for vanity call signs and GMRS. It concluded in the subsequent Report and Order (R&O) last summer, however, that it did not have “adequate support to determine whether the cost of recovery and burden on small entities outweighed the collected revenue or whether eliminating the fee would adversely affect the licensing process.”

The FCC said it has since had an opportunity to obtain and analyze support concerning the collection of the regulatory fees for Amateur Vanity and GMRS, which the FCC said comprise, on average, more than 20,000 licenses that are newly obtained or renewed, every 10 and 5 years, respectively.

“The Commission often receives multiple applications for the same vanity call sign, but only one applicant can be issued that call sign,” the FCC explained. “In such cases, the Commission issues refunds for all the remaining applicants. In addition to staff and computer time to process payments and issue refunds, there is an additional expense to issue checks for the applicants who cannot be refunded electronically.”

The Commission said that after it provides the required congressional notification, Amateur Radio vanity program applicants “will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments. The revenue that the Commission would otherwise collect from these regulatory fee categories will be proportionally assessed on other wireless fee categories.”

The FCC said it would not issue refunds to licensees who paid the regulatory fee prior to its official elimination.

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WIllis Islets

VK9WA Middle Island

An international team of amateur radio operators, Rob N7QT, Jared N7SMI, Sandro VE7NY, Adam K7EDX and others, will be active from Middle (Mid) Island, Willis Islands (Willis Islets) 12 – 21 November 2015 as VK9WA.
 They will operate on 160- 10m  CW, SSB, RTTY.
 The team will depart Cairns, Australia on the MV Phoenix.
 Middle (Mid) Island is only 4 acres in size and uninhabited.
 Middle Island and Willis Islets are part of Coral Sea Islands Territory, Australia.
 Willis Islets is currently Nr 34 on the Club Log most wanted list and not activated since 2008.

  DXCC Country – Willis Islets
 WAZ zone – CQ 30.
 ITU Zone – 55.
 RSGB IOTA – OC-007.
 QTH Locator – QH43xs.

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 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online

The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) Manual now is online.( http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/ARES/ARESmanual2015.pdf )
This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.
ARES consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership.

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Net Night at the Clubsite

Just to clear up any confusion, tonight is the PCARS two meter net at 8:00PM (local).  Next week, May 28 (the 4th Thursday of the month), is Net Night at the Clubsite!  Tune in to tonight's net for more information.
73,
Tom wb8lcd

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George Dobbs G3RJV

If you weren't aware of it, an AVID QRP'r from the UK, George Dobbs – G3RJV, was awarded the Dayton Hamvention's 2015 award for Technical Excellence! 
George is an ICON in the QRP world, but perhaps you have never heard of him  I made reference to him awhile back at the QRP/CW SIG, and on the PCARS website.  
Follow this link to go to the original post I made.  I would encourage you to follow the link in the webpage and listen to George's presentation to a QRP group a few years ago.  I'm sure you'll find it not only entertaining, but enlightening too!
Even if you're an avid QRO op, (ED), I'm sure it will be worth your time!
73/72,
Tom wb8lcd

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Field Day Meeting

I have been reminded several times now that I didn't mention that the meeting would take place on the 4th Tuesday of this month and that that would make it this coming Tuesday.
However, from the number of reminders I received, it tells me that the majority of you know that the 4th Tuesday is always DX/Contest SIG meeting night.  And as the announcement stated, we will be using this meeting as our Field Day meeting.
But it is always good to be safe rather than sorry.  So for you who may have forgotten or simply can't remember:
What:    Field Day Meeting
When:   Tuesday, May 26th
Time:    7PM Local Time
Where:  PCARS Club Site – 705 Oakwood, Ravenna, OH
Now if you need more than this, then we might start to question whether or not you should have anything to do around equipment that produces RF.
See you Tuesday.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Field Day Donations

Two important items:
First, there is still time to make a donation to cover some of the cost of our participation in Field Day this year.  Please see me or Bob – N8QE to make a donation.
We will of course also accept offers of soda, water, chips, cookies or homemade baked goods.  
And secondly, take this as a service announcement.  Please make sure that you drink plenty of water.  Two years ago, I thought I was taking care since I had been drinking soda most of the day with some coffee.  I could not have been more mistaken.
Coffee and tea count but all soda does is up our sugar and caffeine levels.  It does not help to hydrate our bodies.  I ended up dehydrated and had to leave Field Day in the middle of the night.
Even if it is not especially warm, keep sipping on a bottle of water. Yes, you can certainly drink soda, but also make sure you get a good supply of water. We don't want to have any misfortune regarding an illness that can be prevented.  I will be instructing our Safety Manager to keep his eyes open for anyone who exhibits symptoms of dehydration.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Field Day Meeting

We will be using the normal DX/Contest SIG meeting to hold our Field Day meeting. We'll meet at 7PM and I hope to see all of the station captains plus the other staff members so that we can address any remaining needs and make sure that we are ready for our Field Day event.
Please try to be there.  Field Day is just over a month away and we want this to be the best yet.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS 2-meter net TONIGHT!

Don't forget the PCARS 2 meter net this evening at 8:00PM, 146.895 (K8IV Repeater)  tone 110.9 or Echo Link on the K8SRR Echolink node.
Tell us about your experience and/or what you picked up at Dayton.
If you are reading this email, then we expect to hear you on the net!
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; 5/19/2015; 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome.
I have had a couple requests from members for assistance putting up wire antennas.  I would like to discuss getting antenna parties together to assist these members.
As always the floor will be open to all discussion topics, so come on out and have a good time.
73 Tony WA8AR

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