PCARS is holding it's November meeting on Monday November 13th at The American Legion Post 496 in Kent. This meeting is very important for as many of you as possible to attend.
First, this is our annual fundraising event for The Center of Hope. The club's portion of the 50-50 raffle will be donated to the Center of Hope, along with your personal donations to the Center of Hope. We have some really nice prizes for the raffle, including a Kenwood TH-K20A 2m handheld, Baofeng UV82 dual band handhelds, an Arduino R3 developement kit including the R3 and a slew of accessories for the R3, and lots more great prizes. Please come out, buy lots of tickets, and be as generous as you can with your personal donations to the Center of Hope.
Second, this is our annual election for officers and trustee for PCARS. It's very important to the club that you show up to vote, and also if you have interest, to run for any of the officer positions. Please mark your calendars and be there!
73, Rick K8CAV
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PCARS Meeting Monday November 13 **IMPORTANT NOTICE**

This months meeting will be held in "Underwood Hall" at the American Legion.  Underwood Hall is the BIG room in the front of the building.  Enter as usual through the canteen (at the rear of the building), and you will be directed to the Underwood Hall meeting room.  They are working on the floor in the area where we normally assemble.
Now, I really hope you will make an effort to be at this meeting!  We will be holding our annual elections of officers, and we need you to come to be involved in the process.  We need you to be willing to serve, if not in an elected office, in any of a number of positions that are necessary to keep PCARS the FANTASTIC club that it is!
This meeting is also our annual fundraising meeting for the Center of Hope!  I urge you to dig deep, make a contribution and buy lots of 50/50 tickets!  If you would like to make a contribution, but cannot be at the meeting, you can mail a check payable to "the Center of Hope" to me –
Thomas R. Sly – PCARS Secretary
1480 Lake Martin Dr
Kent, OH  44240
and I'll make sure it is included in the PCARS donation to the Center of HOPE.
I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting!
Tom – wb8lcd
PCARS Secretary
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qst e-mail

As most of you know, we've been having some issues with the qst e-mail system. When qst e-mails are sent out to all of our members, they are also posted to the home page of the PCARS web site ( We are working on some solutions to the problem but until we can get them fixed, I'd like to ask all of you to check the home page of the PCARS web site to check for any qst e-mails that may have been sent out but that you did not get because of e-mail problems. Thanks!

Rick K8CAV
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Reminder – Digital Net Tonight!

Join us on the K8IV repeater tonight at 7:30 for digital modes fun! Come early if you want, I will be monitoring the repeater starting at 7:00 if you want to test your setup before the net.

73 — KE8BWA

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Field Day 2017 Results


(ALL of catagory 4A) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which means we were 1st place Great Lakes Division, 1st Place Ohio

Results are in the upcoming issue of QST.
Detailed information will be in the December issue of The RADIOGRAM.
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PCARS Board Meeting

PCARS will be holding its monthly Board Meeting on Monday November 6th at 7:00 PM at the club site in Ravenna. All PCARS members are invited to attend.

73, Rick K8CAV
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Dales Tales – Nov 2017

Greetings everyone, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for November 2017.

CONGRATULATIONS go out to all of the Great Lakes Division award winners
announced at GL HamCon.   ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR attended and
presented former ARRL Director Jim Weaver K8JE with the George S. Wilson
W4OYI Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of outstanding
service to amateur radio.  Stan Broadway N8BHL received the Great Lakes
Division Amateur of the Year Award.  Christopher Brault KD8YVJ was named
the Great Lakes Young Amateur of the Year.  The Great Lakes Technical
Achievement Award was presented to Bob Dixon W8ERD while the Portage
County (OH) Amateur Radio Assn, received the Joe Phillips K8QOE
Newsletter Award.   All of these awards are presented bi-annually at our
Division Conventions and the winners are selected from nominations
offered by the general membership.

THE BANDS seem to be holding their own, CQ-WW is running in the
background as I am writing this and the activity sounds reasonably good
on all bands.  We'll see what the scores bring in, but it is nice to
hear all of the activity.  November Sweepstakes is coming soon (Nov 4-6
CW and 18-20 phone) and those seems to be the traditional favorites for
many hams in the Great Lakes Division.  Let's all hope that every
Section is back on the air for SS and the opportunities are there for a
clean sweep.  Club and contesters alike, this may be a great time to
introduce contesting to some of our newer club members.  Have at it.

NOW THAT the cooler weather has settled in, for some strange reason, my
mind rolls around to antennas and all of the antenna projects I have put
off doing all summer.   It is crunch time, time to get the postponed
maintenance done, and time to put up the sloper I have been putting off
for an excessively long time.   Time to prune the birch tree that is
invading the air space near the tri-bander.   Time to find out why the
VSWR on the UHF vertical is a little high.  And here I go, attempting to
demonstrate again, that blizzard-borne antenna installations, held
together with bailing wire, duct tape and bubble gum are the best
working ether-grabbers.

My thanks to a couple of friends who stopped by to assist in a rotor
repair a couple of weeks ago.  At the very least, that project is
complete and I can target a couple of others before bringing out the BW,
DT and BG.  Interestingly, I thought I was the only ham that does this.
Surprisingly, I found several others in the final planning stages of
mid-fall antenna jobs.   Hmmm, it must be something caused by the cooler
fall weather.  It just couldn't be procrastination – never that.

GL HAMCON: This was the first ham radio event to be held at Michigan
International Speedway.  What a venue!  The HamCon team, 21 regional ham
clubs, went over the top to make this a successful effort.   The reviews
were glowing and importantly, the booking requests for space at the 2018
HamCon are already arriving.   Larry WB8R reports the 2018 dates are
October 6 & 7.  Will there be some things done differently?  Most
certainly.  This was a very large venue, the first effort and anyone's
expectations for absolute perfection might be a little high.  The
sponsoring clubs that make up the Great Lakes Amateur Radio Assn., have
offered their ideas and input for next year's effort, noting it is
resoundingly positive, resolute in optimism and loaded with excitement
for the future.  It'll be Great in 2-0-1-8.

TOM'S COMMENTS:  Comments from our Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD

Even though it’s the end of October, the highlight of the month had to
be the Great Lakes HamCon, held on the first weekend in October.
Congratulations to all the organizers, and especially to the coalition
of Michigan clubs who got together to sponsor the event.  Great venue,
excellent forums, and lots of people!  Looking forward to next year

Along with my travel to Michigan, this month included a lot of travel,
most of it personal.  The following reflection is not new, and not
un-noticed by others.  It’s just to note the continuing trend of
non-use of two-meter repeaters, pretty much across the country.  I
notice it when I’m home.  I monitor the club repeater, and try to
answer any call I hear.  And I don’t hear anyone, club member or
traveler, calling.

It’s the same when I’m on the road.  State by state, city by city, a
call on a local repeater produces only the ID.  No QSOs.  Where is

Of course, it’s not the same as in the 1970s or 1980s.  If I come
across a road emergency, or have trouble myself, 911 is now the best and
quickest solution.  It was great that we hams stepped up when there were
no such things as cell phones, and we were there with communications
when it counted.  We’re better off now than we were, and we did a
great service for the community.  So naturally, with less need, fewer
people monitor.  But did we turn off our VHF radios for good?  Yes,
there are nets, and some of them are well-attended.  But is once a week
for a half hour good enough?

We are tying up a lot of spectrum on 144-148 MHz.  Are we making good
use of it?  If you put a meter on your club repeater, to measure how
often the repeater comes on the air (exclusive of announcements) you
won’t find that it gets a lot of use.  There are exceptions, of
course.  By and large, though, we’re letting a good resource go

If there’s a solution, it’s not one that requires a big change.
It’s just a matter of individuals deciding that it’s worth making a
contact or two a day on the local repeater.  When you’re doing a
project at your workbench, do you have a scanner or your VHF/UHF rig on?
 Or if you’re in your car, does the music drown out the repeater
(assuming that the rig might even be on)?

I like operating HF and various other modes besides FM.  But the local
repeaters are the easiest and quickest ways to make contacts, and
sometimes provide as much interest as any other mode.  What do you say?
If I key up your club’s repeater while I’m driving by, will you be

73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:  We have approximately 65 ARRL hamfests each year in the
Division.  I do encourage each Hamfest Chair to register early for ARRL
Sanctioning.  Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date
is set.  Here is the current Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned
Hamfest Schedule covering the next couple of months.  These swaps have
received their sanctioning approval from ARRL HQ at the time of this

11/4/17         Grant ARC Hamfest       Georgetown, OH
12/2/17         Fulton County           Delta, OH
12/3/17         Lanse Creuse            Madison Heights, MI
1/14/17         SCARF Hamfest           Nelsonville, OH
1/28/17         Hazel Park Hamfest      Madison Heights, MI
2/3/17          HARA Hamfest            Negaunee, MI
2/1/17          Cherryland Hamfest      Traverse City, MI
2/18/17         InterCity Hamfest       Mansfield, OH
2/18/17         Livonia Hamfest         Livonia, MI

Be sure to check your Section's news pages for the latest local
happenings, club and net information.

73, Let's be radio-active.  I like Tom's request, we need to get back to
actually using our repeaters!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Great Lakes Division

ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK
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DX Chart for November

Here's the DX Chart for November. Download the PDF and keep it handy by the radio. Some good DX this month – how many can YOU contact?

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November Newsletter is Here !

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the November 2017 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! If you're reading this on the web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click and 'save-as', then put it on your computer to view off-line.
Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – ELECTIONS at the November Meeting – IMPORTANT >>> CENTER OF HOPE DONATIONS <<< – The RADIOGRAm wins the Great Lakes Division Newsletter Contest – HAMCON 2017 Comments – Special Interest Group Reports – PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
Don't forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour on November 5th.  Best wishes to all and I hope you have a lovely THANKSGIVING holiday.
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website ( for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:
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Net Night at the club site

Don't forget – Tonight!  starting at 6:30 at the PCARS Club site!  Bring along some Halloween Treats to share.  Check into the nets.  I'll have a "revived" net night quiz for you tonight!  Come on out and see who knows their Ham Radio Trivia!  The winner will have the well deserved admiration of their peers!

See you tonight!
Tom  wb8lcd
Don't forget to check into the PCARS net at 8:00 PM!
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