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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. 

Michael Pechura Silent Key at the Age of 68

Friend and regular ECARS check in, Mike Pechura, WA8BXN from Willoughby Hills, Ohio became a Silent Key on Feb 8 as reported by Paul Gerhardt. You can read Mike's Obituary Here. Rest In Peace, Mike

ECARS supports Ham Aid efforts in Puerto Rico

After unanimous approval by the ECARS Board of Directors, a grant of $1000 has been awarded to the ARRL Ham Aid program. The ARRL, working with the Red Cross, has supplied 50 operators and HF and VHF equipment to facilitate communications in Puerto Rico. Fifty volunteer hams have been selected that will work as teams of 2 and will be in Puerto Rico for up to 3 weeks, and the ARRL has equipped each team with an HF transceiver, software, a dipole antenna, a power supply and all connecting cables, fitted in a rugged waterproof container. In an unprecedented and crucial move, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to help get the Ham Aid gear to Puerto Rico. In addition to 25 complete HF stations, the League also is sending two VHF repeaters, a dozen hand-held transceivers, five mobile radios, a number of small 2-kW portable generators, solar-powered battery chargers, and a pallet-sized load of batteries. The hams and their equipment will be sent to Red Cross shelters extending from San Juan to the western end of the island. In addition, ARRL has committed to purchasing up to $50,000 worth of new Ham Aid gear for this and for future emergencies. ECARS is pleased to support this effort through our Grant program. To Apply for a Grant click here for more information.
9/27/2017 updated 9/29/2017>

HD8M DXpedition to Galapogos

The HD8M DXpedition has ended on Isabella Island of the Galapagos Islands. ECARS' own Ellis Rud,N1MWJ, 10103, was a member of the DXpedition and he reported that they were on the air between 0500 & 2300 Galapagos time (GMT-6). We hope you were able to make a connection with HD8M. Ellis put together a beautiful pdf file of his trip here. (Adobe Reader or similar Required.)   For more beautiful photos sent to us by Ellis, click here.
9/27/2017 updated 9/29/2017

ECARS Grant Awarded

Following a successful application and approval by the ECARS board of directors, a grant of $948.20 has been awarded to The Educational Alliance for Amateur Radio, a 501 C3 non-profit corporation in Pottstown, PA, that conducts The Boy Scouts of America Radio Merit Badge courses for Boy Scouts and the ARRL Wireless Technologies Award for Girl Scouts. The classes are designed as an outreach program to promote amateur radio awareness. The programs are also designed to use amateur radio as vehicle for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The awarded funds will purchase Radio receivers, transmitter and Direction finding antennas to be used in the courses. The East Coast Amateur Radio Service, Inc. can provide financial support for other 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.

Welcome to Our New and Renewed Members

(03/01/2018 To 03/15/2018)

N2OBXDanielKK4TLKRobert * N9LOTDoug
KE8INSAmerican * WB4TVKVictorKC1BDLChristian
WB9BXTRogerKF5EJIEugene * N4REVRobert *

* Lifetime Memberships

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 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 has nearly 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, has ECARS QSL cards from 1972 /73 when serving as an NCS in his mid-teens after school.   Who else has old history with ECARS?
Modified 12/22/2016, updated 9/6/2017

Official Announcements
ECARS Service
ECARS Wants You! backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 1/15/2017

Webmaster In Hospital 
By report from his wife, Troy has entered the hospital for a short stay to resolve a problem.  She expects that he will return home on or about Tuesday of this week.  In this interval, if you have something for the Webmaster, please email it to Bob Goodwin.

News Collector/Reporter

ECARS is looking for a volunteer to serve as our news collector and reporter.  In this capacity, he/she will be responsible to the Officers and Board for collection of information regarding activities our members have engaged in (e.g. ham fests; participation in ham related activites such as NPOA, or traffic passing, or similar events of note or interest;  home brew construction projects; Field Days; or non-Ham life events of note). He/she would prepare short write ups of these and submit them to the Webmaster or PR Specialist, or both, for inclusion on the ECARS webstie, the ARRL website, and/or local news organizations, as appropriate.  Please contact K3PG by email if you are interested in this position.  3/29/2017

New Membership Database

The ECARS Webmaster has implemented a new on-line SQL Membership Database. It is currently live and all Member Lookups from the website are accessing this database. For the next several months, the Secretary / Treasurer will continue to maintain the old Access membership database as a backup, in parallel with this new system.

This new SQL database has replaced the previous method in which an Access database was maintained by the Secretary / Treasurer on his local computer, and which required him to periodically create an external active members database and upload it to the website. Since modern website host server software no longer supports directly reading Access database files, the Webmaster was having to convert the Access db to SQL after each active members table upload by the Secretary / Treasurer. This was cumbersome and created substantial delays between membership applications and when the data would appear on the website. Membership updates are now immediately visible on the website as soon as the Secretary / Treasurer enters the data via the on-line data entry tools.

If you see any problems with the data in the Member Lookup utility, please notify the Secretary / Treasurer, who will research and resolve the issue.

Net Control Operators Needed

To volunteer, contact the Net Manager at bobgn1@cox.net

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

Catch the ECARS ON AIR Swap & Shop, now Running on 7.255 on Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.  Since the ON AIR Swap and Shop has been running for a few weeks and appears to be doing quite well, ON LINE Swap and Shop is no longer accepting items for sale, wanted or swap. If you wish to have your items resubmitted you must check into the ON AIR Swap and Shop on Saturdays.

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.

FrostFest 2018

ECARS (WA4THR and N4HCI) manned a table at the Richmond Frostfest on Saturday, 2/3, which was well named as we woke to 22 degree weather that morning. FrostFest proved to be its usual very good season opening ham fest. The ECARS table was located very close to the table where the prizes were raffled off but, alas, the proximity did not have any beneficial effect and no prizes were won by ECARS attendees. The ECARS table was situated between the Tidewater Chapter of the QCWA, atypically 'manned' by two women, and the K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club, from Chesapeake VA. The latter organization is dedicated to conducting training for the next generation and this year they set up interactive simple electrical circuits (batteries, wires, Playdoh, LEDs) demonstrating the difference between open circuits, shorted circuits, and functional circuits with power being delivered to a load (LED). It was fun watching the Ham parents enjoying their children interacting with the K4AMG instructor. WA4THR made them aware of the Grant Program for just this sort of activity. We had 17 people who signed our sign in sheet either as current members, former members, prospective members and a prospective General level licensee. Attendees included:

Call SignMemberECARS #Name
WA6YOUY6008Ron Payne
N3AOY*3326Carter Craigie
KI4FONY4939Don Smith
WB3EHSY30352E. David Huston
WA3JY30374Allan Johnson
WB4EDBY4871Smiley White
WG8ARY*8278George Robinson
KX4HHN- - -Vinny Poto
K0LVSN- - -Vern Eubanks
WA3GIN Y3243Dave Jordan
KE4PRLY*4722Eddie Knight
WA4QFPY4986William Gandel
KC3JCQN- - -Gregory Pula
WA4LTYN- - -George Brewer
KE4URBN- - -Jerry Glass
KN4FEEN- - -Tim Coleman
KJ4ELIN- - -Jack Deem
* Membership expired

For Pictures on FrostFest 2018 here

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