ECARS 7.255 MHz The next Roll Call is November 14, 2015 on 7.255 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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We welcome you to the East Coast Amateur Radio Service web site.

ECARS began operation in 1968 as an Amateur Radio public service net for mobile operators on 7.255 MHz.

You need not be an ECARS member or mobile to check into the nets. We look forward to your checking in on 7.255 MHz.

If you have some time and enjoy the ECARS net please consider becoming an NCS even if you're just a backup. Contact John W1JPZ see "Help Wanted" below for contact information. It would be helpful to have some backup NCS to fill in when someone isn't available. Over the past few months there have been a few occasions that the "Swap and Shop" had no NCS. If you have some time and want to give it a try let John know.
t's the many volunteers that keep ECARS a very popular 40 M net.





ECARS on Location
ECARS will be at the RF Hill Hamfest on Oct 18 in Sellersville, PA.
ECARS as of now will be represented by Paul Gerhardt - K3PG, Vic Klien - WA4THR and Gary Kulling - K3TCU. All are invited to attend and stop by and have an "Eyeball" QSO, look for the ECARS banner.

ECARS will also be at the Nutmeg Hamfest on Oct 18 in Meriden, CT.
ECARS as of now will be represented by Steve Perkins -W1PRK. All are invited to attend and stop by and have an "Eyeball" QSO, look for the ECARS banner.


"Swap and Shop" is now held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 AM - 11 AM.

October's next "Swap and Shop" will be held on October 17th.

Annual Dues

ECARS is happy to announce that effective April 1, 2013 the annual dues are now $3.00 per year. You can pay for multiple years in advance. For example, a 3 year membership is only $9.00. On the PayPal® form change the quantity to 3 for a 3 year membership.
But best bargin is the Life membership.  ECARS is also offering a Life Membership for a one time dues payment of $30.00. On the PayPal®
form change the quantity to 10 for a Life Membership. 




Show Us Your Shack

All of us take pride in our Shack so share your pride with your fellow ECARS members. Follow the link on the left 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.


Help Wanted!

ECARS is always looking for help. Members in good standing are always invited to serve as Net Controls. Please contact John, W1JPZ if you are interested. 


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Saturday & Sunday nets have resumed begining 09/05/2015 from 8 AM - Noon. The NCS schedule has been updated.

Importent message from ECARS President Paul Gerhardt K3PG

Due to 40M band conditions members are invited to check-in to ECARS on the ECHOLINK. Use the QRP Conference Node at 8pm on Tuesdays until further notice.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Attention members and avid SWL there is an "ECARS" Facebook group. For those interested in joining you can either search for "ECARS7255" without quotes or click on the Facebook link on the left side of this page. This is a closed group to keep out the spammers so you have to submit a request to join this group if you haven't already.
"Swap & Shop" was updated for 10/03/2015
thanks Len N8AD.
Updated "ECARS on Location" 09/29/2015 added Nutmeg Hamfest. If there are any other ECARS members attending this Hamfest that would be willing to help Steve W1PRK please contact him. Any help you could provide would be appreciated.
ECARS Web Site 
The ECARS website is under new management. Jack Tyler, KB3USA, has been appointed the new webmaster by ECARS President Paul Gerhardt, K3PG.
ECARS wishes to thank Vince, K1AH, for his six years of service and dedication to the ECARS organization. Vince managed the web site for six years, and worked for three years as editor of  The Monitor.   We wish him well.

Radio Inteference Protocol

To ensure the safe opeation of the ECARS nets you should familarize yourself with the protocol for dealing with radio inteference. Please follow the link to the protocol. Read it. Embrace it.
This is the protocol that NTS operators will be following. It will only be effective if we support them.

General Membership Meeting
"To Be Announced Later"

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.


Need a Membership Certificate?

Gary KJ8D has created a really nice membership certificate that he is happy to share with the members. Simply send him your name, call sign, ECARS number, and membership expiration date and he will email you a color certificate suitable for framing that you can print out. The certificate is a Word Document and measures 8˝" x 11". To see a sample "Certificate" click here. Gary's email address is Thank you Gary!

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