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Welcome to ECARS

We would be pleased to have you check into the ECARS net.  ECARS is an open service.  If you enjoy "ECARS," consider joining.  See 'Become an ECARS Member' below and the  "Membership:Application / Renewal menu option above. 

Become an ECARS Member

The annual dues are $3.00 per year, and you can subscribe for 1 or 3 years, or for a lifetime membership. Applications can be submitted either by mailing a paper application form, or by submitting electronically using the PayPal┬« application option. 

If using the PayPal┬« option, use the 'Membership Level' dropdown box to select either a 1 year, 3 year, or lifetime membership.  Be sure you always provide your current call sign when submitting an application or renewal.

See the 'Membership: Application / Renewal' menu option. After submitting your application, you can check that your membership has commenced using the 'ECARS Member Lookup' option above in this column, but be patient.  It will take a while for it to show up.

Dick Blanchard W1VVX - Silent Key

ECARS has been notified by his wife, that Dick Blanchard, W1VVX, has passed away. Dick has been a member of ECARS since 2001, and an active Net Control Operator and was a serving ECARS Director at the time of his death. Dick was hospitalized on 12 August, coming home to convalesce on 7 September. Dick hoped that after a brief period of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy that he would be able to again resume being a Net Control Operator, but the PT and OT did not proceed as well as hoped. And now, sadly, a valuable ECARS member, and friend to many of us, has joined the Silent Key ranks. Those of us who were acquainted with and worked with Dick, will miss him. Please keep his wife and family in your thoughts and prayers this Christmas and Holiday season. You can read his obituary here.

ECARS Will Be At Frostfest Again

As the 2019 hamfest season starts up, ECARS will be present with a table at the Richmond VA Frostfest (Sat, 2 Feb 2019). WA4THR and N4HCI will be manning the table and would love to see as many ECARS members as possible. The ECARS table location can be seen here and the Frostfest webpage is here. Frostfest attendees can be seen in the ECARS hamfest archives here for 2014, 2016,2017 and 2018. Come add to the ECARS history for 2019.

EAAR ECARS Grant Final Report

The ECARS Grant awarded to the Education Alliance for Amateur Radio (EAAR) of Pottstown, Pa, has issued their Final Report. This grant was awarded last year. William Hewitt, Ph.D, W3FRB, Executive Director of EAAR states that the grant has used its final funding in November of 2018. Please read his report here. as well as pictures of the projects of EAAR in action here.

Member Projects

There is an increasing interest in QRP radios especially ones that are inexpensive.  The BITX radio kits, designed by Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, have become strong contributors to this craze.  Ashhar's 40 meter band radio, the BITX-40 costs just $59, and the multi-band uBITX radio costs just $109.  Both are a preassembled circuit board and separate pre-assembled Raduino LCD display and controller, and require assembly into a buyer provided enclosure, and assembled with buyer provided 12 vdc power supply, microphone, and speaker or headphones.  There are several user groups focused on these radios, with the Groups.io group probably being the most active. While fully functional as designed, these radios are designed to be hacked and improved and there is a minor cottage industry doing just that with software and hardware improvements.  And the designing and manufacture of enclosures for these radios has been an industry in itself.  This might be just the thing to reinvigorate your interest in Ham radio and kit building!

See reports on some of our member projects here.

NOTE: We would like to add other member projects to this link.  What ham related project have you undertaken?  Write it up and provide pictures and it will be added to this link.  Antennas design and manufacture, Radio design and manufacture including kits, Radio and Amplifier restoration, Remote radio interface design, manufacture, or installation, etc. are all good projects to be added here.

Welcome to Our New and Renewed Members

(01/01/2019 To 01/15/2019)

AB1FFThomas * KG4FSEColemanK2POWLtCol
KA1YZCPaul * VE2CMDMarcW2KAPRichard
WB2FBPMichaelKG4BJames * KD8YFUKevin
KA4TOMThomas * K4AKYFredW8GMFGarry *
WB4LAIWilliam * KK4UCZRobertW4DMZStephen

* Lifetime Memberships

ECARS Membership Certificates

See additional and revised ECARS Membership Certificate options at Membership: Order Membership Certificate .  New options include signed certificates, on various papers, in either portrait or landscape, and mailed to you.

When Did You 1st Operate ECARS?

ECARS now has 50 years of operating history, going back to 1968. Who can demonstrate that they worked, or were members of, ECARS back in the "good old days"? Tim, K3DPT, has ECARS membership number 204, which Tim reports goes back to 1968. Rick, K3IW, has made an impressive claim of QSOs back to 1969 .  Jeff, K2CGH, (now NJ2US) has ECARS QSL cards from 1972 /73 when serving as an NCS in his mid-teens after school.   Arnie, W8DU, who has just become a lifetime ECARS member, reports that he first checked into ECARS on 20 April, 1969, as WA8TBB, with Net Control K4VAH, Cliff, in Alexandria VA. Who else has old history with ECARS?
Modified 12/22/2016, updated 9/6/2017, updated 11/24/2018

Official Announcements

ECARS Service

The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 3/26/2018

Election Results
The 2019 Officers and Directors commenced their term of office on 15 January 2019. You can find a listing of the ECARS Officers, Directors, and appointees here.

Net Control Operators Needed

To volunteer, contact the Net Manager at ecars-netmanager@cox.net See guidance on being a net control operator here.
ECARS Grants

The East Coast Amateur Radio Service, Inc. can provide financial support for worthy amateur radio related initiatives. The focus of this grant program is to support Amateur Radio and other non-profit organizations with programs to educate, license and otherwise support Amateur Radio activities with emphasis on youth-based projects.   See menu item 'Organization: Apply for a Grant' OR Click Here for Information.
Feb 2017

Swap & Shop - Summer Schedule

On Line Swap & Shop is back. Be among the first to enter your Swap & Shop Ads or requests. Fill out the form with your information and wait for approval. All new ads will be posted within a day or two of request. Check out the Swap & Shop Here.   Also catch the ECARS ON AIR Swap & Shop, now Running on 7.255 on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

End of Official Announcements

Member Information Changes

If you have changed your Call Sign or email address please see "Membership: Update Membership Data" page for instructions about how to update them.

Show Us Your Shack

It is always a pleasure to see how other Hams have set up their Shacks.  So, ECARS has a section of the website dedicated to showing pictures of member's shacks.  If you have not done so already, share your pride and joy on the website. Follow the menu option above to view member's shacks. See the instructions for submitting your "Shack" photo for inclusion in the slide show on the "Operations: Show Us Your Shack" page. This is for ECARS members only.