ECARS 7.255 MHz The next Roll Call is September 10, 2016 on 7.255 MHz at 10:00 AM.ECARS 7.255 MHz Apply for ECARS Membership by clicking on the "APPLICATION / RENEWAL" button on the left side of this page ECARS 7.255 MHz
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Welcome to the East Coast Amateur Radio Service website
ECARS began operation in 1968 as an Amateur Radio public service net for mobile operators on 7.255 MHz and has been operating ever since.
We would be pleased to have you check into the ECARS net.  ECARS is an open service.  You do NOT need to be an ECARS member to participate.

If you enjoy "ECARS," consider joining.  See 'Become an ECARS Member' below and the  "Application / Renewal" menu option above.
New  One of Our Own  New
There is always someone listening.  On 6 July WA4THR (Vic, 4760) spoke with W1JHS (Jack) during Vic's NCS session while 30+ campers and a reporter listened from a YMCA camp in Winthrop ME.  Read about it here.
The "NCS Operations / Tools" page was updated (7/22/2016)
  Changes include:
a) NCS Operations / Tools page greatly simplified and menu implemented similar to above
b) Net Operations Manual received minor revision and organizational editing
c) Communicating Clearly page added
d) "Arrows in NCS Quiver" page added
e) Contact Mapping page added
ECARS on Location at Hamfests
There are no current Hamfest plans
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, change the quantity to 3 for a 3 year membership, or to 10 for a lifetime membership.

See the 'Application / Renewal' menu option above. 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.
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 "Show Us Your Shack" page. This is for ECARS members only
Member Information Changes
If you have changed your Call Sign or email address please see "Update Membership Data" page for instructions about how to update them.
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Official Announcements
ECARS Webmaster
Jack, KB3USA, has resigned his appointment as the ECARS Webmaster for personal reasons.  We all owe Jack thanks for his steadfast service and stewardship of the ECARS website.  Bob, N4HCI, has accepted appointment as Temporary ECARS Webmaster. 

ECARS is looking for a member who would like to be the Webmaster.  Experience with HTML and Webpages is a plus but not a requirement.  Past Webmasters have been self-taught.
New Website Information
The following new information is posted on the website at the location indicated:
- Chronology of ECARS Officers since 1969
Weekend Net Operations
Weekend Net Operations have been discontinued for the summer months, but will resume on  3 September 2016.
Swap and Shop
Swap and Shop has returned to Wednesday at 11-12.  Thanks to Len, N8AD for hosting Swap and Shop.  The list of items for sale or trade can be found using the Swap and Shop Menu button to the left
Member Input Sought
ECARS will celebrate its 50th year on air in 2018.  We are looking for information about the first years of operation.  If you have any information, please notify the Webmaster.

End of Official Announcements
You Are Needed!
There is no ECARS without the service of the Net Control Operators!  If you enjoy ECARS please volunteer to be an ECARS Net Control Operator either for a regularly scheduled time slot, or as needed to fill in when there are schedule openings. 

See the 'NCS Schedule' menu option above to see if there are openings that would benefit from your service and contact the Net Manager ( to volunteer.

General Membership Meeting
To Be Announced Later

Historical Ham Radio & ECARS Audio Now Available
ECARS has received a gift from Lloyd Bankson Roach, K3QNT, ECARS #3823,  consisting of the recording of a historical commercial radio broadcast which he wrote and directed in April of 1969.  It was broadcast over WERS-FM and WBZ-AM in Boston, Massachusetts.  It is entitled,  “200 Meters and Down.”

It has been donated to ECARS for historical purposes only.  It features amateur radio operators in the Philadelphia and Boston area including ECARS founding member Jim Lightfoot, WA1KRN, then VP/Gen Mgr of WBZ Radio. Not only does it cover Amateur Radio in general but has a generous discussion about ECARS, its  origin and its purposes.

The recording is available for download by clicking the link below. It is a large audio file (24 MB) and could take a few minutes depending on your connection.The file is in MP3 format.
If you wish to listen to the audio file, just click the link. However, if you wish to download the file then right-click and choose "Save Target as..." or "Save Link as..."

200 Meters and Down.

ECARS is very grateful to Lloyd, K3QNT, for his generous gift.

Jan 2016
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