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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. "Membership:Application / Renewal
You may access the Join/Renew page HERE

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.
You may access the Join/Renew page HERE.

Want to improve your CW?

Participate in the ARRL Rookie Roundup on 20 Dec, from 1 - 7 PM Eastern. Details at: http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup .

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.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing is the norm in Amateur Radio. We have been doing this for more than 100 years. NO ONE caught a virus from operating their radio. Operate more -- it's for your health!

Member Projects

Experimental radio design and modification is still alive and well in amateur radio. Using the baseline design of the HF Signals uBITX 5 band QRP radio, many hams have developed a variety of improvements/modifications/hacks to the uBITX that improve its function and operational enjoyment. Our own Vic Klein, WA4THR, has incorporated several of these aftermarket changes into his uBITX, and has provided links to source documents for several of the changes. Read what he has done, and how it was done, in the Member Projects menu item of the ECARS website, or by going directly to Vic's article 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 updated 3/20/2020

Welcome to Our New and Renewed Members

(09/01/2020 To 09/30/2020)

KD8QNZEric * KB3JOMMitchellKC1LKOMiguel *
W5ATKArthur * K3JFJeffreyWB1EWSPaul *
KA2FWCFrankW1FCYRaymond * AF4YRoland
W2EMLNicholasK2QWQDouglasKG1QMark *
KC8KYWJohnNI4DCarl * KO4BHNGary *
K9GDGeraldN3RVMRobertVE1OLAubrey *
K8MEJMichael * W3WUVRobertAK2TJohn *
KN4KNLLawrenceK8TAGThomas *

* Lifetime Memberships

Official Announcements
ECARS Service
Happy Halloween!
The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 3/26/2018

ECARS will hold an election in December for the 2021 Officers and Directors. Nominations will be accepted in Oct and Nov. The election process will be overseen by the Election Committee consisting of
Bob Hartenstein - WB9UDW (Chairman),
Gary Smetana - W1EBM, gary_smetana@hotmail.com
Jim Queen - KE8LDB, ellery575@gmail.com

The membership will also be voting in December to approve a revised set of ECARS Bylaws. You can review the revised bylaws, and compare to the current bylaws, here.
IMPORTANT: Please Read These BEFORE You Vote!

ECARS Scholarships

The ARRL has announced that James Gavrushenko, KB3ZGX, is the 2020 recipient of the ECARS Scholarship ($2000). You can see a short biography of James Gavrushenko, and his Thank You Note.

The Foundation for Amateur Radio 2020 recipient of a similar ECARS Scholarship remains to be announced.


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.

End of Official Announcements

Signal Report Needed - ?

Signal reports, long a fundamental part of amateur radio, can be problematic. There is no commonly understood, known, or described science to signal reports. The S-meter report is to uncalibrated meters and is mostly a function of propagation. The readability report is very subjective and a function of propagation and receiver (rig and operators hearing) as well as the transmitting station. It would be so much better if you could hear your own signal, make adjustments, and then hear the effects those adjustments had in the near term. NOW YOU CAN!
WebSDR technology is a very convenient way to hear your transmitted signal and even make recordings of it.

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.