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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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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Changes to UK Licensing

PCARS DXers & Contesters:

The UK has made some changes to their licensing, the most significant is that they have up’d the legal power from 400w to 1KW. Read below:

UK Licensing changes now in effect
By G4IRN, John Warburton

From 21st March 2024, the UK licensing authority OFCOM has made changes to UK amateur radio licenses. The full statement can be read here: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/278345/amateur-radio-general-notice-decision.pdf

Changes impacting DXers and contesters:

  • Holders of full licenses can now operate 1KW output on the primary amateur radio bands (up from 400W).
  • The use of ‘Regional Secondary Locators’ is now optional for call-signs beginning M or G. The RSL is the second letter of the call-sign where D=Isle of Man, G=Guernsey, I=Northern Ireland, J=Jersey, M=Scotland, W=Wales. Stations in these entities can now drop the second letter and use just their G or M prefix.
  • Stations in England can optionally add the Regional Second Locator letter ‘E’ – so their M0ABC call-sign can become ME0ABC.

The UK DX and contesting community envisage that most stations will continue to use their Regional Secondary Locators, however for contests where the DXCC entity is a multiplier, it is recommended that contest organisers mandate the use of a prefix that identifies their DXCC entity.

73 – Chuck W8PT


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DX/Contesting Special Interest Group – next Tuesday , February 27, at 7PM

Here is a friendly reminder that our DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting will take place next 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 by 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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