Welcome – We’re PCARS

PCARS is an ARRL Affiliated, Special Services Club. We are a group of Amateur Radio hobbyists located in Portage County, Ohio who believe that the whole point of being in the hobby of Amateur Radio is to have fun with it. Whether you are a new ham or an “old timer”, PCARS has something to offer you. The PCARS monthly meeting is held the second Monday of each month and the meetings start at 7:00 PM. We meet at The American Legion Post 496 – 1945 Mogadore Rd, in Kent. Click for more info!!

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New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!

Chris CFORNESWindham, OH
Jennifer KB3GXBAtwater, OH
Kristen KB3OQVAkron, OH
James KD8VTAtwater, OH
Andrew KE8ELRAtwater, OH
Karen N8HUCAtwater, 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

Russ K8QFJennifer KB3GXBMontie KE8KCJ
Blair KE8UBCDaryl N5VLZDan N8FUM
Jim W8CYNJoe W8KNOTom WB8LCD

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Latest News

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2024 Freeze Your Acorns Off

PCARS Members and Friends of PCARS:

Freeze Your Acorns Off 2024 will take place tomorrow, March 2, at the Roy Smith Shelter House in Kent’s Fred Fuller Park.

We will be celebrating our 19th year of holding this event. Those of you who will be setting up a station, you know what you have to do to plan your operation.

As in previous years, the operating format will be a “contest” for all participants that set up a station and operate from the FYAO site. And as in years past, the host site is the shelter house at Fred Fuller Park in Kent. The winner will receive a certificate and his or her name and call sign will be added to the FYAO plaque displayed at the PCARS Club site.

We will also be having our contest within a contest…..the Best Recipe Cook-Off. So as many as you believe that you are great cooks, whip up your best recipe of chili, mac & cheese, spicy meatballs, stew, or whatever your heart desires and bring your dish to pass and have it judged by our “expert” panel of judges. (Judges to be chosen during the event to assure “NO COLLUSION – absolutely NO COLLUSION.)

The contest begins at 1500 UTC (10 AM Local) and ends at 2000 UTC (3 PM Local). For those of you setting up a station, you are encouraged to come one hour earlier to pick your operating spot. Remember, this is a QRP Event so keep your foot warmers at home. (And you know I’m not talking about heavy socks.)

Come on out and set up a station, bring lots of food, invite your friends to see what this is all about, and just have a good time with your fellow HAMS. Most importantly, we’re here to have BIG FUN so I hope to see a lot of you there.

73 for now,
Chuck W8PT

PS: Don’t forget to wear your best Hawaiian shirt!


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Bob Heil SK

The following was posted on the Steel City Amateur Radio Club by N3LRG.

Bob Heil. SK
Posted on 03/01/2024 by N3LRG

Today we say goodbye to our beloved founder, Dr. Bob Heil. Bob fought a valiant, year-long battle with cancer, and passed peacefully surrounded by his family. Bob’s impact on professional and live sound cannot be overstated. Driven by a lifelong passion for sound, Bob’s pioneering work revolutionized how concertgoers experienced live sound. Bob created and developed numerous pro sound innovations and products over the years, some of which are preserved in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. In 2007, Bob was the recipient of the Audio Innovator Parnelli Award, recognizing his outstanding influence on the live sound industry. Countless artists, creators, broadcasters, podcasters, sound engineers, and sound professionals worldwide continue to be impacted by Bob’s work. While Bob’s presence will dearly be missed, we are immensely proud and happy to honor and carry on his legacy.


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MARCH Radiogram Is Ready To View

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs, and all interested people.

The March 2024 issue of THE RADIOGRAM is on the web and ready for you to enjoy. Check out all of the latest happenings with PCARS!

https://www.portcars.org/wp/go/march-2024-radiogram/

In this action packed issue: Club Officers share their updates – Tech Tips on a Refined Tape Measure Yagi – Links from Around The World – Upcoming Events – And much, much more!

Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone who has an interest in ham radio or the Portage County Amateur Radio Service in Ohio (PCARS).

Thanks & 73!

J.C. – KC8JC
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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DX/Contesting SIG Tuesday February 27th @ 7 PM

PCARS DXers & Contesters:

One more friendly reminder that our DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday evening, February 27, at 7PM at PCARS World HQ.

Our discussion will be on the upcoming PCARS Special Event: Freeze Your Acorns Off that takes place on March 2. We will also be discussing our participation in the Wisconsin and Idaho QSO Parties that take place the weekend of March 10

So I hope to see many of you in person or attending on ZOOM.

Event: DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting
Topic: FYAO & WI and ID QSO Parties
Time: February 27 at 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98524721220?pwd=TDUwRjd3VHB5K1c3RTl5U3k4WkwxQT09

Meeting ID: 985 2472 1220
Passcode: 088557

73 – Chuck W8PT


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2024 Hamvention Youth Forum Donations

Dear friend and fellow PCARS member,

In the past, PCARS members have always shown great generosity in supporting different youth programs, and I’m confident that this time will be no exception. It’s that time of the year again when we gather our annual donations for the RCA Youth Activities, specifically for the Dayton Hamvention youth forums. Please make your checks payable to the RCA Youth Activities, and they will be sent along with the club’s check. You can bring your cash donation or check to the next two general meetings, or if you prefer, you can mail them to the club’s address.

Once again, PCARS will proudly sponsor the Youth Forum, and our logo will be displayed on the podium sign.

Thank you for your generosity!

Mike , KP4VZ


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