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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. 
7/27/2016


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.
7/16/2016



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.
4/23/2018




Welcome to Our New and Renewed Members

(11/01/2018 To 11/15/2018)

CallNameCallNameCallName
W1JPZJohn * N3PPOAllanK1NRGene
K2AQXLeeW2JPSJohnN2OPEJoshua
WX8JDMJohn * WB6ZEQHermanKA2TSDMarshall
WW8PRWilliamK1TCPChristopherKC9VFIDoug
W3DLBDavidVA3VMDVitoW1SEXPaul *
KD2DMRJeremyW2MURMichaelKN4NYBMichael
W8DCRDavidW8BUJamesN1NPQWilliam
K1DSKDevendra *

* 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.
9/1/201


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

Nominate 2019 Directors and Officers
 
Each year, from 15 Oct through 25 Nov, ECARS members nominate candidates for the next years Directors and Officers.

Nominations will close at midnight on Sunday 11/25/2018!

Nominations are open for President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and 3 Director positions. The WA4THR and NJ2US Director positions still have a year plus remaining in their terms.

Nominations/Elections are governed by the ECARS Bylaws, Article 5, as well as articles 2.2C, 3.1, 3.3, and 7B.This process is overseen by a Nominations/Election Committee. This year's committee consists of:
- Les Morrow *, W3LES, lesterf52@gmail.com
- Ray Payne, K3RRP, pa77083@gmail.com
- Fred Souza, K1FCS, k1fcs@yahoo.com
- Duffy Hearrell, AD4VA, duffyhearrell@gmail.com
* Chairman

Nominations should be made to the Nomination/Election Committee members via the above contact information. Please be sure that anyone you nominate is willing to serve in the office for which you nominate them.
10/11/2018  

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

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.
6/28/2018


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.
7/16/2016

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.
7/16/2016














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