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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. 

70 Years of Radio/Electronics History

WA3GIN, ECARS 3243 and former ECARS President, pointed out this wonderful archive of radio/electronics history. Starting in 1929 as 'Radio Craft' magazine, it became/merged with 'Radio-Electronics' in 1948, and 'Electronics Now' in 1992. The link https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Radio_Craft_Master_Page_Guide.htm provides an index of archived issues covering this dynamic period of radio/electronics development and history.

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.

ECARS Going to Dayton HamVention

Are you going to Dayton (Xenia) HamVention this year. A group of us will be going and we are setting up a text group to coordinate an eyeball QSO while we are there. Last year, we did this very successfully and a small group of us met out at the flagpole in the center of the fairgrounds (see write up for last year here). In addition, we will be using simplex frequency 146.430 as a coordination frequency.

If you are going, and would be interested in meeting and seeing the faces behind the voices you talk with on the net, send your Name, call sign, and mobile phone number to (757) 817-5249. I will add your name/number to the text group to allow efficient coordination on the run up to Dayton and while there.

Hoping to see you there!

Bob, N4HCI

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.

Official Announcements
ECARS Service

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

                          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

On Line Swap & Shop

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.

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