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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.  7/276/2016
- Silent Key -
Pauline Bateman N2KKL lifetime member #20614 of Waterville NY passed away April 16, 2017. She was 75 years old. 4/18/2017
Satellite Fun!
While at Hamcation, Paul, K3PG, attended an AMSAT demonstration and brings back this report from the host.  Trying new things is what Ham radio is all about.

" One of the most exciting times I've had in ham radio was when I made my first contact through an amateur radio satellite. It was a Russian amateur satellite called RS-10. You would transmit up on VHF and listen for your signal on the satellite portion of the 10 meter band. To hear my own signal and knowing it was coming down from space was exciting enough, but after that I actually made contact with another ham and that topped it off.

That RS-10 contact was many years ago, and making satellite contacts now is much easier. All you need is a dual band (2M/70cm) HT and a dual band 5/8 whip and your on the air. From there, your next step would be accessing what we sat operators refer to as the "linear" satellites. These are a little more challenging since you have to use SSB or CW to work stations through them. You also have to continually "bump" your frequency as you operate due to something called Doppler shift, but don't let this scare you. Its really not all that hard to learn and its a lot of fun.

If this sounds exciting, you can find out more information about the amateur satellites be going to
www.amsat.org . There is also an email list you will find listed there that you can subscribe to and ask questions of the seasoned sat operators who will be glad to help to bring you up to speed. Hope to hear you on the air."  
New/Renewed Members
Welcome to our new and renewed members
(3/31/2017-4/7/2017):
Call Name Call Name Call Name
N5JED Charles KC3AFO Keith WQ2I Richard
WA3ZWX Charles


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' drop  down 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
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
 
 
 
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Since 3/13/2017


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

A Special Thanks to Bob Goodwin, N4HCI. 

Bob has done a terrific job as temporary webmaster for the past year.   This has been a tremendous effort, acting as both Net Manager AND Web Manager at the same time.   Either job is enough for one person, let alone attempting both at the same time. Bob will continue to act as Net Manager. Great job! Thank you for all your help in my transition to Web Manager.
Troy McCoach, WB2FNG 4/7/2017

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 Borad 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

Thanks for the Service. 
We all owe Steve, W1PRK, thanks for his long and faithful service as the ECARS Public Relations and Archivist.  Due to the weight of time and some recent medical issues, Steve has decided to resign in this role.  He will be missed.  Lets all hope for Steve's healthful recovery. 3/20/2017

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'. 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. 
7/16/2016


Last Week's Website Usage


(Week of 4/10/2017 exclusive of Webmaster accesses)

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ECARS Home Page625
Show Us Your Shack10
NET CONTROL SCHEDULE236
Swap and Shop43
New On ECARS12
About ECARS15
Join ECARS Page26
ECARS Operations Manual13
Membership Certificates11
The Monitor Page0
ECARS Store3
NCS Operations / Tools3
Roll Call Schedule8
ECARS Organization5
From The President0
Hamfest Index3
Members Views & News2
ECARS Bylaws2
Officers Chronology2
NCS Logging Software3
 
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