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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

Welcome Back to NCS George Miller, W3GWM
"After a household accident that put him in the hospital, and is requiring a neck brace while he convalesces from some broken vertebrae, George, W3GWM, returned to NCS duties on Friday, 11 August. George will pick up NCS duties as able while he convalesces. Welcome back George." Reported by Net Manager Bob Goodwin, N4HCI 8/11/2017

Camping and Ham Radio - A Great Article by Mike Pechura, WA8BXN.
Ham Radio operators are always looking for new experiences to use equipment from their favorite hobbies. Mike Pechura, WA8BXN is definitely NOT an exception to this. He packs up his ham gear and sets out in his Class B motorhome for a camping and radio expedition. Mike has been kind enough to put together an article for our website, highligting his most recent adventure. Please click here. (Adobe Reader or similar required for reading) Thanks Mike for the interesting read. 7/2/2017

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

Interim Report on the Above EAAR Grant
ECARS has received an interim report from Dr. William Hewitt, W3FRB, Executive Director for the Education Alliance for Amateur Radio (EAAR). It appears that the project is going quite well for the Boy Scouts who completed the Radio Merit Badge on Field Day Weekend. The feedback from both the Scouts and their parents was quite positive. Read more in a letter from Dr. Hewitt along with with some pictures of their activities. You can read his letter here (Adobe Reader or similar required.)  7/6/2017

New/Renewed Members
Welcome to our new and renewed members
(8/3/2017 to 8/8/2017)

WB3BNYKenWK3TMikeN2GSAAndrew *
WA5GADGeorge *N2HIPRobert *KW4XPCharles *

* 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.
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"?  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
Visitor Number
Since 3/13/2017

Official Announcements
ECARS Service
ECARS Wants You! The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 1/15/2017

ECARS Abbreviated Summer Net Schedule 

During the summer months ECARS has discontinued net operations on weekends, and from 1-2 pm on weekdays, but will resume normal operations commencing 2 September. 6/6/2017

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

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. 

Last Week's Website Usage

(Week of 8/7/2017 exclusive of Webmaster accesses)

Page Page Count
ECARS Home Page415
Show Us Your Shack5
Swap and Shop32
About ECARS20
Join ECARS Page18
ECARS Operations Manual12
Membership Certificates10
The Monitor Page0
ECARS Store0
NCS Operations / Tools11
Roll Call Schedule9
ECARS Organization4
From The President1
Hamfest Index0
Members Views & News0
ECARS Bylaws5
Officers Chronology0
NCS Logging Software2
ECARS Silent Keys0
ECARS Grant Program4
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