Welcome to PCARS !
The Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS) is located on the central east coast of Florida in the city of Melbourne. PCARS has been in existence for over 55 years and includes more than 125 members.
FLASH! The next PCARS Tailgate will be Saturday, November 28th
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The 55th Annual Melbourne Hamfest is history!
Thanks to Greg Bowman (N4EN) - Hamfest 2020 Chair and
A FEW WORDS FROM N4EN - THE 2020 PCARS HAMFEST CHAIRMAN…
MANY PCARS MEMBERS HELPED IN MULTIPLE AREAS:
Many others assisted during portions of setup/teardown and operation of the station, too many to list including visitors. A special thanks for all those who got soaked during the teardown!
Jan Heise K4QD Consignment Table lead with help from:
Bob Creswick - lead for the membership table and was instrumental in getting new banners we used this year (and they can be re-used!). Also helping Bob were:
PCARS Forums presenters:
Test session lead Judy Gardner (AA9GW) - In previous years we utilized nearby rooms which were not available this year due to COVID-19 issues so an off-site session was held with much success. Thanks to Judy and all the VE’s that participated and thanks to the VFW for use of their meeting room and Phil Tso W7TSO for facilitating that. And congrats to the new licensees and upgrades!
PCARS Monthly Meetings
PCARS club meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Coffee and Cake socializing starts at 6:45pm followed by the business meeting and program at 7:00pm. All licensed Amateur Radio Operators and prospective amateurs are invited to attend.
PCARS meetings are held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) facility located at 3201 Dairy Road in Melbourne. The VFW building is painted bright blue and there is a tall large diameter flag pole at the rear of the facility. Parking on the grass is ample (but be careful not to park on the large mound that covers a former septic tank).
You can get to the VFW from US192 by driving south on Dairy Road for 1.2 miles (the VFW is on your left) or from Palm Bay Road by driving north on Dairy Road for 1.8 miles (the VFW will be on your right). Coffee and Cake socializing starts at 6:45 pm followed by the business meeting and program at 7:00 pm.
The PCARS class is free...
PCARS Quarterly Tailgates
All amateur radio operators and radio enthusiasts are invited to swap, sell, or purchase ham and electronics gear. All amateur radio and related technical items and gear are welcome.
Unless the owner brings a table, usually most of the items are displayed on the trunk or tailgate (or in the trunk) of the owner's vehicle.
Admission is free!
Location: Melbourne Fire Department Training Center, 1980 Hughes Road, Melbourne, FL.
Expected Duration: Approximately two hours.
2020 Tailgate Date: November 28th
This event is informal (without the overhead and staffing needed for a hamfest). Mark the dates on your calendar and join us for a few hours of wandering among the stuff, junk, and treasures (and take home those magic beans you have been seeking all your life or just enjoy a fun gathering with fellow hams without buying or swapping anything).
Important Legal Notice (because even hams have lawyers) - PCARS is hosting the event and provides a space for a vehicle (or table) and an event time. All transactions are between the seller and buyer or swappees (swappers?). PCARS is not a party to any transaction and has no responsibility for any aspect of a sale, condition of items, or any representations made by the seller. PCARS disclaims all liability with respect to the tailgate activities.
Organizer: Peter Ricci, KN4ZGQ
PCARS Tailgate Swapfest Chairman
Want more info? Send an email to: KN4ZGQ
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