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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. 

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.

Be A Net Control Operator

Any member can be a Net Control Operator.  You can volunteer here.  7/24/2021


Jerry Robinson, K4JER, ECARS 40099, became a SK Sunday the 6th after a short hospital stay. He and Vic Klein, WA4THR, were housemates in the early 70’s while in grqaduate school, and were in each other’s weddings. In the last few years he had been a regular check in from Shelbyville, TN.


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.

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

(04/01/2022 To 04/30/2022)
Call Name Call Name Call Name
N1GKE Myrton * NN1F Aron * WA2ADS Alexander *
KA2A Timothy * KI4SPO Paul * K3UFM John
KA4CUE Richard WA3NFV Daniel K2EFS Edgar *
N8JJO John * K4EZY Robert VA3EDB Edward
K4UVX David * KC1BJG Joseph N1IIC Jason *
K1ABA Richard KM4WLS Philip * WB8NNJ James
W3JWS Joseph * W2WFJ Warren NZ8D Dennis
KD2RZW William * N3JNH Michael KD4FOV William *
KB2RF Richard * N7EMW Richard * KC3RFG James *
K2IB Ian * AC3FI Charles KC1CHA Charles
N9RIV William N8YJ Donald KB3SHV Leroy *
KE2BV Richard * KD2ZCB Keith K3FH James
KD2MNN Darryl
* Lifetime Memberships

Official Announcements
ECARS Service

The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its members. 3/26/2018

 ECARS 2021 Election
K3PG, Paul Gerhardt, and NJ2US, Jeff Doran, were re-elected to serve another 2 years as Directors.  The 2022 Officers and Directors are:
President: Vic Klein, WA4THR
Vice President: George Miller, W3GWM
Secretary / Treasurer: Bob Goodwin, N4HCI
     Jim Freed, KA1MQ
     Bill Riches, WA2DVU
     Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
     Paul Gerhardt, K3PG
     Jeff Doran, NJ2US


ECARS at Hamvention ! !

A number of ECARS members are going to Hamvention this year.  NJ2US, Jeff, is coordinating a Hamvention/Xenia ECARS QSO/Meeting, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM, at the flagpole.  On the fly meetups and shoutouts are being coordinated via Slack.  If anybody would like an invite to the free APP, send your call sign in an email to nj2us@arrl.net.  

The Hamvention VHF coordination frequency for meeting up is 146.40 simplex with optional PL Tone 118.8.


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.