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!

Ralph N8BAYStow, 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

Vince AC8XOBen AD8FQKevin AD8MO
Steve KC8YSURena KD8EPFRandall KD8JN
Jennifer KD8LIRJohn KD8SIZRichard KD8WCK
Bernadette KE8LWOKeith KE8TQRMark N8NH

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Latest News

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Antenna SIG QST For Tuesday June 18, 2024

The next meeting of the PCARS Antenna Special Interest Group will be held Tuesday June 18, 2024 at 7:00 PM. We will be in-person at the PCARS club site, and on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 992 7385 5876

Passcode: 047804

I don’t remember who on the net last Thursday needed help with their radio, but the person who needs help with their Icom Radio can bring it to the club site on Tuesday so that we can help find out why it’s not working as it should.

The Antenna SIG meetings are open to all PCARS members and guests. All ham radio operators or anyone interested in Amateur Radio are also welcome to attend.

We will be discussing all aspects of antenna design, construction, test equipment, and experimentation. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion, and talk about their antenna related projects with the group.

Looking forward to another exciting year for the PCARS Antenna Special Interest Group.

Bob Hajdak N8QE

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Due to a last minute conflict, the June Flex Net scheduled for Wednesday June 12th is CANCELLED. I apologize for the cancellation and look forward to our next Flex Net in July.

73, Rick K8CAV

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Portable Operating Special Interest Group – New time, New location this month!

Our June Portable Operations SIG Is going on the road again. This month, on Tuesday, June 11th, we will be at West Branch State Park. More specifically, we will be at the West Boat Ramp Mountain Bike Trailhead. Which is off of Rock Springs Rd. You can click here for directions.

For more information, you can go to our POTA Field trips page at https://www.portcars.org/wp/club-info/club-activities/pota-field-trips/#WestBranch.

Bring your QRP gear, and make some contacts from POTA park # US-1999! Some of us will be there at 6 PM, but some (me) will be coming from work, so maybe 5-ish? Who knows? Come out and have some fun hanging out.

Also, the guys on the chat group brought up an interesting idea for another event. You can hear more about this on Tuesday.

Sorry, No Zoom this month for the Portable Ops SIG, but we’ll be back at the club site next month.

See you there! 73, DE WG8X

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PCARS Monthly Meeting – Monday, June 10, 2024

Don’t miss out on our upcoming PCARS meeting, which is just around the corner! Be sure to mark your calendars for Monday, June 10, and join us at American Legion Post 496 on Mogadore Rd in Kent. The meeting will commence promptly at 7:00 PM.

During this month’s gathering Tony Romito, WA8AR, the PCARS Field Day Chairman, will be delivering a progress report on the preparations for our upcoming field day event. Assisting him in this endeavor will be the Captains of the CW, VHF, 20, 40, and FLEX stations.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Portage County Amateur Radio Service is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PCARS Monthly Meeting
Time: June 10, 2024 06:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 977 9986 7749
Passcode: 575209

Minutes of May 2024 Monthly Meeting:
Click here to see last month’s meeting minutes or use the following link copied to your browser:


Mike – KP4VZ
PCARS President

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Field Day 2024 – Drinks and Snacks

Field Day 2024 – Snacks and Drinks

PCARS will be supplying plenty of cold water on Field Day, along with coolers and ice. For the days leading up to Field Day, temperatures are forecast to be in the high 80’s; creeping to the low 90’s so please stay hydrated and be careful to get enough electrolytes (salt) . Regardless of the daytime temperatures, the nights can get very cool, so operators need to come prepared. Rain is always a possibility! The Club will also have Coffee and a coffee maker in the picnic shelter. There will also be a microwave setup for heating food as needed.

The Club, as usual, will not be supplying Soft Drinks; please bring your own and if possible, some extra for sharing with others. There will be plenty of extra coolers and Ice supplied by PCARS.

Also please donate chips, pretzels or other snacks for sharing. Those operators work up an appetite burning up the airwaves; making all those Q’s!!!

Tony WA8AR,
Field Day Chairman

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