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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


Dayton Hamvention 2018

ECARS members WA4THR, N4HCI, K9ARM, NJ2US, K1VLB, and W3ZR met up at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. Many other ECARS members probably also went. WA4THR and N4HCI provide a write up of this year's Hamvention and provide pictures of the experience. They offer their observations, comparisons, and opinions of the 2018 Hamvention. Check out their article here.  
5/21/2018


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



Member Projects

There is an increasing interest in QRP radios especially ones that are inexpensive.  The BITX radio kits, designed by Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, have become strong contributors to this craze.  Ashhar's 40 meter band radio, the BITX-40 costs just $59, and the multi-band uBITX radio costs just $109.  Both are a preassembled circuit board and separate pre-assembled Raduino LCD display and controller, and require assembly into a buyer provided enclosure, and assembled with buyer provided 12 vdc power supply, microphone, and speaker or headphones.  There are several user groups focused on these radios, with the Groups.io group probably being the most active. While fully functional as designed, these radios are designed to be hacked and improved and there is a minor cottage industry doing just that with software and hardware improvements.  And the designing and manufacture of enclosures for these radios has been an industry in itself.  This might be just the thing to reinvigorate your interest in Ham radio and kit building!

See reports on some of our member projects 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




Welcome to Our New and Renewed Members

(05/01/2018 To 05/15/2018)

CallNameCallNameCallName
N8AUGJamesK1LCLindsleyN3JOCAllen *
KC1TTYKevinW6CLCarol * N6CLJoseph *
KJ4SYPMichaelAC1EGKeith * NX2GTimothy *
AB4KAJamesK4GWFGeorgeWD8IIJMonte
AC2TTCliffordAB8DEKevin

* Lifetime Memberships


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.
9/1/201


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, (now NJ2US) 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?
Modified 12/22/2016, updated 9/6/2017





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

Many Thanks  Thank You Bob Goodwin, N4HCI, for taking over the position of Webmaster during my recent hospital stay and recuperation at home. It has been over a month now and things are finally getting back in order for me.
Bob is also Net Manager and Secretary/Treasure for ECARS. He volunteered to maintain our web site in my absence and has done an exemplary job, no easy task considering his already heavy workload.
I am looking forward to getting back to the tasks at hand and will strive to maintain the high standards set forth by ECARS. Again Bob, Thank You!
Troy McCoach, WB2FNG, ECARS Webmaster
4/26/2018  

New Membership Database The ECARS Webmaster has implemented a new on-line SQL Membership Database. It is currently live and all Member Lookups from the website are accessing this database. For the next several months, the Secretary / Treasurer will continue to maintain the old Access membership database as a backup, in parallel with this new system.

This new SQL database has replaced the previous method in which an Access database was maintained by the Secretary / Treasurer on his local computer, and which required him to periodically create an external active members database and upload it to the website. Since modern website host server software no longer supports directly reading Access database files, the Webmaster was having to convert the Access db to SQL after each active members table upload by the Secretary / Treasurer. This was cumbersome and created substantial delays between membership applications and when the data would appear on the website. Membership updates are now immediately visible on the website as soon as the Secretary / Treasurer enters the data via the on-line data entry tools.

If you see any problems with the data in the Member Lookup utility, please notify the Secretary / Treasurer, who will research and resolve the issue.


Net Control Operators Needed

To volunteer, contact the Net Manager at ecars-netmanager@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


NEW Swap & Shop

On Line Swap & Shop is back. Be among the first to enter your Swap & Shop Ads or requests. 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.   Also catch the ECARS ON AIR Swap & Shop, now Running on 7.255 on Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
3/25/2018


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.
7/16/2016


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