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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. 

Frequencies for Hurricane Florence

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated Wednesday, 9/12 11:00 AM EDT (1500 UTC).
Hurricane Watch Net
Day: 14.325MHz
Night: 7.268MHz

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Network)
National: 14.265MHz
Southern Territory: 7.262MHz

Georgia ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.975MHz
Alternate: 3.982.5MHz, 3.995MHz, 5.330.5MHz, 7.287.5MHz
Special modes: 3.583MHz (PSK), 3.549MHz (CW)

North Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.923MHz
Alternate: 7.232MHz
CW: 3.573MHz

South Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.990MHz
Alternate: 3.993.5MHz, 7.232MHz

W1VVX, Dick Blanchard Home from Hospital

ECARS member, net control operator and Director Dick Blanchard, W1VVX, has come home after a month of hospitalization. He is now providing his own email updates instead of via the XYL. He estimates that he will be back on the air in early October, assuming progress continues as he expects. Well wishers should be able to leave him messages at home via his email address of record.

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.

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

(09/01/2018 To 09/15/2018)

W1FBIEdwardW1FPBob * K1RDXRobert
KN4GPTTom * W4FAEFredN1ZRLPeter *
N4KJJerry * KB4WYAPerryNG3PGwendolyn *

* 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 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, (now NJ2US) 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
The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 3/26/2018

Congratulations George - W3GWM   Our own George Miller , W3GWM, ECARS # 20743, has been selected to be the Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager starting in October 2018, further solidifying the link between ECARS and the ARRL. Congratulations George! Good luck in all that you do as Section Manager. 6/15/2018  
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 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.

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