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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

Dennis Baumgarte, AE2EE In Hospital Due to a Stroke
Dennis AE2EE is back in the hospital and resting. He had a stroke at 2 AM 9/14, but is talking now although he is weak. No calls please, but cards to the house or emails are ok. With the ok from the doctors, he could be home Monday. This information was reported to us from Dennis' son, Scott.  9/14/2017

HD8M DXpedition to Galapogos
"The HD8M DXpedition is in place on Isabella Island of the Galapagos Islands. ECARS' own Ellis Rud,N1MWJ, 10103, is a member of the DXpedition and he reports that they should be on the air between 0500 & 2300 Galapagos time (GMT-6). Look for HD8M on your favorite cluster and make contact. " For more information on this event check out http://www.hd8m.com/.   Check out the beautiful photos sent to us by Ellis here. 9/18/2017

Upcoming Hamfest with an ECARS Presence
Jim Freed, KA1MQ sent us a reminder of a northeast region hamfest.   Plan on attending the Near-Fest New England Amateur Radio Festival in Deerfield, New Hampshire On October 13 and 14 2017. Jim will be at Near-Fest on October 13. For more information on Near-Fest, check out Near-Fest here. 9/1/2017 updated 9/14/2017

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. 6/16/2017

New/Renewed Members
Welcome to our new and renewed members
(8/28/2017 to 9/10/2017)

CallNameCallNameCallName
KF4IXMMikeW2BLCBillN3DJIFrank
W8JMZJimAF8TVJohnN2QXBPaul
W2FNRobert *WA2GLADon *KC2CWTBob *

* 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.
7/16/2016
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. 9/1/2016

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?
  8/1/2016   Modified 12/22/2016, updated 9/6/2017
 
 
 
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Official Announcements
ECARS Service
ECARS Wants You! The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 1/15/2017

Nominations for 2018 ECARS Officers and Directors 

In accordance with our Bylaws, ECARS will hold an election for officers during the month of December 2017. During this election we will choose next year's President, Vice President, Secretary / Treasurer, and two Directors. Directors Vic Klein (WA4THR) and Vince Motto (K1AH) are concluding the end of their 2nd year and their positions are open for this year's election. Before conducting the election, ECARS will open the floor for nominations for the offices being filled. Any ECARS member may nominate a member, including himself/herself. The floor will open for nominations commencing 15 October 2017 and will close during the 3rd week of November. Nominations are made by calling or sending an email to a member of the Nominations Committee. The Nomination Committee membership will be announced on the ECARS website prior to 15 October. Nomination Committee members will also serve as the Election Committee members who validate the votes received and the election results. 9/21/2017

ECARS Net Schedule Changes 

ECARS has resumed weekend operations and needs net control operators for Saturday (10-11 & 11-12)and Sunday (9-10). If you can serve Saturday 10-11 and/or 11-12, and/or Sunday 9-10, please volunteer. 9/2/2017

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

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 and Shop 
Submit items for sell, or trade or purchase to Swap and Shop by email to the Webmaster .  He will post them on the Swap and Shop page for you.  2/6/2016


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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


Camping with Paul Gerhardt, K3PG.
Paul Gerhardt, K3PG and his wife, Trish and their 2 dogs, Jack and Abby, returned home earlier this month from a camping trip to Cape Charles, Va. They spent Labor Day Weekend at Kiptopeak St. Park. Paul was kind enough to share his trip along with several pictures with ecars7255.com. Read more about his camping trip on "Camping and Ham Radio" here. Thanks Paul for the great article and pics. 9/21/2017

 
 
 
 
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