July 2021 Radiogram

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

The July 2021 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy. Here is the link: https://www.portcars.org/wp/go/july-2021-radiogram/

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Field Day 2021 – Ham Radio Movie Review – The Russian Woodpecker – Net Night at the Club Site – Something for everyone!

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.

Take care & 73,

Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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 (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: kb8uuz@gmail.com

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Field Day Final Update – More Help Still Needed

First we still need 3 or 4 more volunteers to help with Setup. Anyone that wants to help just show up at the Field Day site by 9:45 am for a brief safety meeting and we will get right to work. Coffee, water and a pizza lunch will be provided. We should have all work done by 12:30 to 1:00 pm. A few more hands will help get it all done quicker! Note that the grass may be wet in the morning, so dress appropriately, and have rain gear available. With the high heat and humidity showers can pop up at any time.
The field Day weather forecast has improved. Only a trace (<0.1″) is forecast for early Saturday morning. Temps should be in the high 80’s both days with lows in the high 60’s. No thunderstorms in the forecast. Be aware of the heat, drink plenty of water.
Everyone Stay Safe and have FUN!!
Tony WA8AR Field Day Chairman
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PCARS Field Day 2021 – General Information AND Important Announcements

PCARS Field Day 2021 – General Information AND Important Announcements – Just 5 days to go!
Field Day is Saturday June 26, 2:00 pm (start operating) to Sunday June 27, 2:00 pm (stop operating)
IMPORTANT: Operators are still needed for our 20 meter and Flex stations. Four time slots (for each station) are open for both the 20m and the Flex station. See the time slot listings under the Field Day tab at the portcars.org website. Just contact the station captain at their respective email addresses if you want to operate for a particular time slot. Don’t worry if you are new to FD operating, someone will be around to help you get started, just come make some contacts and have fun!
Also PCARS will be operating a Get On The Air (GOTA) station on 10 meters. The station will be supervised by Jim Wilson, AC8NT. The station is for Newly licensed hams and those who are interested in Ham Radio but not yet licensed. You do not need to register for any specific time slot. For all the specifics on who qualifies to operate please refer to the ARRL Field Day rules/GOTA station, or just stop out at our FD site and talk to Jim. You can also reach him by email (see address below).
IMPORTANT: Volunteers (10 total) are STILL NEEDED to help Setup/Teardown antennas and pull power cables. For information on work schedules and such, please refer to my earlier QST message. If you are willing to be a volunteer please contact me by email (Tony WA8AR: address  tromito99@gmail.com), and I will put you on the crew list. If you did not get the last QST I will send you the info directly, just contact me.
General Announcements for Field Day
Visitors and Guests:  Since all COVID state health orders have been lifted, all PCARS members and guests are welcome. Fully vaccinated visitors need not wear masks. I suggest that anyone who is not vaccinated wear masks for their own protection. We will have a hand washing station available to all on site.  Please do not walk into any of the stations (particularly those located in trailers) without getting permission from the station captain, unless you are scheduled to operate the station.
Food & Drink: There will be no big club provided dinner or breakfast this year (as previously announced). The only club provided food will be pizza lunches for the Setup/Teardown crews. All operators/loggers and others will need to provide their own meals (other than the two pizza lunches). Coffee and cold bottled water will be provided by the club for all attending FD. Ice filled coolers will be available for anyone that wants to bring other drinks. The picnic shelter may be used by anyone attending FD.
Individual Station Rules: Each station captain is 100% in charge of their own station and may set any rules for their individual station. Each captain may have specific rules about anything from operating procedures to sanitizing work stations. Operators and loggers just need to coordinate with the station captain.
Sanitary Facilities: The club will be supplying two(2) fresh, clean porta johns. The Township also has one (less fresh) porta john on site (choose wisely).
Field Day Location: The location of our Field Day site remains the Freedom Township Park, immediately southwest of the intersection of Streeter Road and SR 700. An interactive map of the area can be found on the PCARS website under the Field Day tab. You can probably put the address shown on the map into your GPS and easily navigate to the site.
Operating Schedules:  The operating schedule for each station will be posted in the picnic shelter. When you arrive on site please check the schedule for your station(s) to be sure you know the correct time slot. Please try to get to your station 5 to 10 minutes before your scheduled operating/logging start time.
Field Day Weather Forecast (Mantua): As Monday the 21st at 13:30, High temps Saturday and Sunday will probably be ~76 degrees(F) ‘ with a low night time temp of ~66 degrees(F). There will be a ~50% chance of scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday (it’s June!!). We will be watching the weather closely and will suspend operating if lightning is seen too close to the FD site.
Field Day Team Contact List
FD Chairman/Safety Officer Tony  WA8AR  tromito99@gmail.com
CW Station                        George K3GP   rttyfan@gmail.com
Flex Station                       Rick K8CAV      k8cav.coms@gmail.com
GOTA Station                    Jim AC8NT       jawilson@j3solutions.com
Power Team                      James KD8VT   jkandrews@hughesnet.net
VHF Station                     Mike R KB8TUY mryan@apk.net
20 Meter Station               Mike S N8CWP  n8cwp.us@gmail.com
40 Meter Station              Ed       K8IV      ed.k8iv@gmail.com
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Net Night at the Clubsite

CQ CQ CQ. Yeah, YOU!
I know that you’re busy this weekend (and it better be Field Day!). But what about Thursday evening?
I hope you’ll come out for the PCARS Clubsite Post-Covid, it’s about time, Grand Re-Opening. AKA “Net Night at the Clubsite”. Doors open at 6:30 +/- a couple, and we’ll be there until 10:00. (Some of us still gotta work on Friday)
Yes, you will be able to check into the net. You’ll be able to meet some of the voices you hear on the radio in person! Got questions, you can get answers. Hungry? We’ll have food and beverage available. If you want to bring some snacks to share, that’s always appreciated. Bring along your latest project to share with the group.
The best part of the whole evening is getting to know your fellow PCARS members!
Hope to see you there. 73.
Tom wb8lcd
**** I shouldn’t have to say this, but…….
If you’re not feeling well, please check into the net via RF or Echo-link.
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DX/Contest SIGTuesday 6/22 at 7 PM

Just a reminder:
As I recently mentioned, our Special Interest Group meeting will take place on June 22 at 7PM and we will be holding it at the club site. For those of you who feel more comfortable attending from home, here is the link:
Topic: Host PCARS DX/Contest SIG
Time: June 22, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 871 3624 2530
Passcode: 022422
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Memorial Service for Rick Tenan, WA8TSI

A Memorial Service for Rick, WA8TSI is scheduled for Saturday, July 17th
starting at 1:00 pm.
The service will be held at the Atwater Congregational Church – 1237 State Route 183 in Atwater. (located on the corner of Routes 183 and 224). https://www.atwaterchurchalive.org/
If you wish to represent PCARS at the service, Parky is requesting you bring an HT. He will be sending a Silent Key message and would like to have the people in the church hear it coming out of a radio.
A meal will be served following the memorial service at the church. If you plan on staying for the meal or would like to represent PCARS (don’t forget the HT), please send Parky an email at kb8uuz@gmail.com. The church needs a count of those that will be staying for the meal. Please let Parky know no later than July 3rd.
More information can be found at https://portcars.org/files/Rick_Tenan.pdf
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PCARS July Newsletter – Inputs Requested

Hello PCARS,
June is almost over and July is just around the corner. That means the July issue of ‘The RADIOGRAM’ is under construction.
Send in something for the newsletter to share with the rest of the PCARS members – information on a project you are working on, your ham shack set up, a new antenna – just about anything ham related. And, be sure to include some (in-focus) large format photos as well!
As usual, the deadline for inputs is the last Friday of the month – Friday – June 25th 8pm. Yes, the day before Field Day starts.
Send your inputs to KB8UUZ@gmail.com
I’ll be watching my email box for YOUR inputs.
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Field Day Volunteers Neededfor Setup/Tear Down

As we have done in recent years I will need at least 10 volunteers to assist the Field Day team with Setup and Tear down of antennas and stringing power cables from the main generator to stations. If you have done this before, great, but you do not need any experience to volunteer. The Captain for each station will direct all work for their station. If you are a new Ham this is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience putting up antennas, including a 20m beam (with tower) and dipole/inverted V antennas. Setup has normally been completed in about 2.5 hours (more or less). Teardown after Field Day has been done in less than 2 hours. If you cannot volunteer for both, no problem, just let me know which task(s) you are volunteering for. The Club will supply coffee and water plus pizza for lunch(s).
Here are the schedules:
SETUP Saturday June 26
 9:30am Arrive on site (meet at the picnic shelter of the Freedom Township Park) PLEASE BE PROMPT
 9:45am Safety meeting
10:00am Begin Work
12:30pm Antennas up and ready for testing; power cables strung and energized [Pizza Lunch]
 2.00pm Field Day Stations On-The-Air
TEARDOWN Sunday June 27
 2:00pm Stations Off-The-Air Work begins immediately [Pizza Lunch served before 2:00]
 3:30pm All antennas down and stowed for transport. Power cables coiled up. Field Day over and done.
The only equipment the volunteers need to bring are gloves and safety glasses (REQUIRED). Steel toe shoes are always a good idea. Rain gear is essential. If shoes/boots are not waterproof an extra pair of dry shoes and socks are a good idea. The current long range weather forecast (Scientific Wild Guess) is calling for 77 to 78 degrees for high temps with lows of 60. Scattered or isolated thunder showers are a possibility. The club will supply basic hardhats.
With regard to COVID Safety: If you are fully vaccinated, just be sure to wash hands and don’t stick fingers in your ears or eyes. A hand sanitizing station will be provided. If you are not vaccinated you may want to wear a mask, that is up to you. We will be out in the open air which reduces risk. If you feel sick or have a fever please stay home, just let me know if you can’t be there.
To volunteer for the PCARS Field Day Setup/Teardown crew just send an email to me at tromito99@gmail.com , Specify if you are volunteering for Setup, Teardown or Both as soon as you can. I will confirm by email.
Come out and help make 2021 another successful PCARS Field Day! Email me with any questions.
Tony WA8AR, PCARS Field Day Chairman
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Flex Station Schedule for Field Day

The PCARS Field Day Flex Station still has four openings for you to operate. They are Saturday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Saturday 8:00 PM to 10 PM; Sunday 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to noon.
 Multiple bands and modes are available so come on out and enjoy some K8BF BIG FUN at the Flex Station for your Field Day! Contact me at k8cav.coms@gmail.com if you want to participate.
73 Rick K8CAV
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DX/Contest SIGTuesday 6/22 at 7 PM

Hello PCARS DXers & Contesters:
As I recently mentioned, our Special Interest Group meeting will take place on June 22 at 7PM and we will be holding it at the club site. For those of you who feel more comfortable attending from home, here is the link:
Topic: Host PCARS DX/Contest SIG
Time: June 22, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 871 3624 2530
Passcode: 022422
73 – Chuck W8PT
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