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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

(05/01/2022 To 06/01/2022)
Call Name Call Name Call Name
N1HJU Binney * KD3GZ Derek * AK3B Christopher
N4SIG Siegfried * WA1ELA J. WA3ROW Vernon
W2BUD Warren * W3LES Lester KA1VF Robert *
KB1CHU Stephen N1ZIH Donald KD2PAF Gary
KE8ICI Roger K4RMG Robert * VE1IOU Richard *
WB1FMW Dale KC4SM Steve WB1ELG James
KC3POC Peter KY4OR Daniel * AD2CD Tobi
KB4RQM Ronald K2EYS Terry * W2TLC Timothy
W4LZZ Matthew W1SWL Art * WA3NGA Andrew *
W1BEY Marway KO4VZD Jerry KE8UIV Joseph
W3VMI Joseph * W2BEW Peter N3BUD Michael *
NY1Z Gerald W1TI Robert *
* 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 ! !

Hamvention 2022 was a great success with substantial participation by ECARS members and users.  See the write up by NJ2US, Jeff, and pictures from VE3IPS and NJ2US at this link.6/8/2022

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.