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
Andrew KE8BWAMogadore, OH
Keith KE8TQRUniontown, OH
Kevin KE8YZDMacedonia, OH
Christopher AJ8QRavenna, OH
Carlton K8NUColumbus, OH
Joe KD8GHBWindam, 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

Michael KP4VZAmy N8AMYMike N8ND
Deron N8XTH

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 December 2023 issue of The RADIOGRAM 

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

The December 2023 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Here is the link: https://www.portcars.org/wp/go/dec-2023-radiogram/

Hope you enjoy this issue – Club Officer for 2024 elected – Center of Hope Donation – Christmas Dinner Meeting – Tech Tip on 50 ohm Coax – FYAO Info – Something for everyone!

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or the Portage County Amateur Radio Service in Ohio (PCARS).

Take care & 73,

Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor – Final Issue

Any mistakes found in the newsletter are there on purpose so some of you can have fun finding them…. 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 (https:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:  newsletter@portcars.org

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REMINDER! – PCARS Christmas Party Dinner Meeting

The PCARS December meeting will be held at the Kent American Legion Post 496 on Monday, December 11, 2023. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM sharp!

This is our annual Christmas Dinner meeting, open to all PCARS members and their families. The dinner will be catered by the Kent American Legion Post. The cost is $25 per plate (plus the PayPal processing fees). The entrees for this year’s dinner will be your choice between Chicken Breast or a 7 oz strip steak. Each meal also comes with parsley potatoes, candied carrots, and salad. Beverages will be available from the American Legion canteen. Dessert will also be provided. Don’t forget, dinner will be served at 7:00 PM!

IMPORTANT! You must RSVP by November 30! If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP today on our website!
After the dinner, there will be a short PCARS meeting and our PCARS Gift Exchange! Please bring a ten-dollar gift and mark it for a HAM or a NON-HAM. (Non-ham gifts should be gender-neutral.)


If you are bringing children, please bring a special gift for your own children, and mark the child’s name on the gift so we can make sure it gets to him or her.

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Send a Get Well Card or Get Well QSO Card

Hello PCARS,
I received this from our long time PCARS member from Little Rock, Arkansa and wanted to pass it on to you:


I had left hip replacement surgery done on November 13th, and ended up staying in the hospital for two nights because of the pain. Then, I stayed with friends for three nights, and then back home. However, I cannot plug in the UPS and computer units until I’m released from the doctor, and that may not come till next year. In short, I will be off the air until further notice.

Daryl, WX4QZ 

So – Let’s all send Daryl a get well card or get well QSO card to help cheer him up a bit and let him know we are thinking good thoughts for him.

His address is:

Daryl Stout
PO BOX 55655
Little Rock, AR 72215

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December Newsletter Inputs Requested

December 2023 newsletter inputs needed, please.

November is flying past, and that means it is time for gathering inputs for the November issue of the PCARS newsletter – The RADIOGRAM!

Inputs for the December 2023 issue of The RADIOGRAM are due on Friday November 24th at 8pm. (as always – the last Friday of the month).

Don’t get caught short from the turkey coma – please get your inputs in as soon as you can !!!

Help keep the newsletter interesting to all by sending in your article for the PCARS newsletter. And, don’t forget the in-focus, large format photos as well!!!

Let all of PCARS know what projects or ham operations are keeping you busy.

It would be very much appreciated if you send your inputs in prior to the deadline.

Send your inputs and in-focus photos to kb8uuz@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Take Care & 73,
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Great Lakes Division Election Results

2023 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® announces the results of the 2023 ARRL Division elections.

ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Scott Yonally, N8SY (2,175 votes), of Lexington, Ohio, defeated candidate Michael Kalter, W8CI (2,023 votes), for the position of Division Director. Yonally will assume the role when Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who has held the seat since 2014, completes his current term at the end of the year.

In the Great Lakes Division, Roy Hook, W8REH, will be the next Vice Director. Hook ran unopposed for the seat vacated by Director-elect Yonally.

Winners will assume their roles for terms beginning January 1, 2024.

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Spot The Station Friday November 17th 6:23 PM

Could be a good pass to watch if the sky is clear.

Time: Fri Nov 17 6:23 PM, Visible: 5 min, Max Height: 68°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 35° above ENE


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Jim Korenz N8PXW Silent Key

James F. Korenz, N8PXW
January 15, 1947 — November 7, 2023

James F. Korenz, 76, passed away November 7, 2023.

Born in Akron, he was a resident of Uniontown. He graduated from the University of Akron and retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber after over 30 years of service. He enjoyed HAM radio, 3D printing, geocaching, and biking.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Frank M. and Pauline Korenz. He is survived by his brother, Richard M. Korenz (Celeste); nieces, Calista Edinger and Kathrine Immel; great-nephews and niece, Liam Caldwell, Wade Robert Edinger, Estelle Mae Immel.

Family and friends will be received Friday, November 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hopkins Lawver UNIONTOWN Funeral Home, 3553 Northdale Street NW (one block NW of the square of 619 & Cleveland Avenue), Uniontown, Ohio 44685. Funeral mass will be held Monday, November 20th at 10 a.m. at Nativity of The Lord Jesus Catholic Church, 2425 Myersville Rd. Akron, OH 44312.

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Portable operating SIG – Tuesday, 11/14 at Club Site

Our next portable operations SIG is Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. 

We’ve been talking about our next outing, which is planned for January 20th, which is Winter Support Your Parks Weekend. Last year, Brandon hosted a ParkPedition to Lake Milton SP. For This time, we are returning to Wingfoot Lake. We’ll be at the Oak tree Shelter, and will have it partially walled off, and we’ll have heaters for your comfort. Come out Tuesday night, and learn more. 

We’re always open to any and all subjects. Drop in at PCARS World Headquarters. The address is 705 Oakwood St, Ravenna, OH. We will also be available via Zoom

Here’s the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89732195744?pwd=cldtZmxMcmFqQndhQWtJN0s2NUNnUT09

Passcode: PCARS2022 

See you at the meeting 73,

John – WG8X

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PCARS Monthly Meeting – Monday, November 13th

We’re just a few days away from our next PCARS meeting! Join us Monday, November 13th at American Legion Post 496 on Mogadore Rd in Kent. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM sharp!

Center of Hope Fundraiser

This month is our big fundraiser for the Center of Hope. All proceeds from the 50/50 will go to the Center of Hope. We have a lot of great prizes this year. All tickets must be purchased in person.

Election of Officers

This month we also elect our officers for 2024. Please be in attendance in person or on Zoom so you can vote!

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 837 3464 8478

Passcode: PCARS2022

Nick AC8QG

PCARS President

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