September 06, 2023

This month we are pleased to welcome Anthony Luscre; K8ZT, to talkabout all aspects of Amateur Radio Contesting.  


 Anthony is an avid contester who has consistently finishes in the top ten of a variety of major contests,  such as finishing first in the US in both CQ Worldwide Phone and CW QRP categories multiple times.  He will explain his strategies for contesting and also point out how to use contests to increase your DX country totals and in general sharpen your operating skills.
First licensed in 1981 as KA8NRC, Anthony has been a QRP operator from his very first QSO (no one told him Novices should not start with a 2 watt QRP rig). He changed callsign to K8ZT in June 2000 after upgrading to an  Extra Class License. He is active in a variety of Amateur Radio activities, but his favorite activity is operating! Whether it is contesting, DXing or rag chewing, satellites, CW Phone or Digital, he now has over 103,000 QRP contacts. As a bonus, his QRP DXCC total recently topped the 326 mark and he has completed 11-band WAS. 
Anthony currently serves as ARRL Ohio Section Youth Coordinator. He enjoys sharing his Amateur Radio interests with others by maintaining two websites and, writing articles for a variety of publications including CQ Magazine (new column “Ham Radio Explorer” debuts in Dec 2021 issue), DX Engineering blog “On All Bands” and developing an online course for the ARRL. In addition to frequent in-person club presentations pre-COVID, during the pandemic, he has done over 100 club presentations virtually in multiple states and countries.


Join us in-person at the Harding Community Center

or via Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 987 3689 7490
Passcode: 001960

PARC was founded in February of 1936 and strives to provide the best services available to the San Diego HAM community.  PARC hosts monthly membership meetings at the Harding Community Center (3096 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008)., details about the next meeting can be found on the Events page.  We also host several annual events, like Field Day, Operating Day, and a picnic.  Our repeaters serve not only as a means of communication for all HAMs in the area, but also host specific nets to allow specific topic discussions or practice for emergency preparedness.  Some of our nets include the National Traffic Service (NTS), MARA, SATERN, and Red Cross.  Special interest nets include Microwave, Ham Help, Handi-Hams, and the new C4FM Help group.

Did you know that Palomar Amateur Radio Club is now a 501(c)3 non-profit organization? This means that donations of items and cash are tax-deductible! We are also registered with Amazon Smile, simply follow the link and search for Palomar Amateur Radio Club as the charitable organization, then all of your purchases done through Amazon Smile will result in small donations from Amazon to support the club. Please contact the board for more information.

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Radios for Scouts is a program that the club sponsors, through generous contributions by our members, to provide a brand new pre-programmed Baofeng radio to local Boy Scouts who pass their Technician class exam and obtain their first callsign! Please contact the board for information on sponsoring this project

Our repeaters are located near the top of Palomar Mountain, at about 5600ft above sea level, and operate on a battery bank that is fed by commercial power.  We proudly maintain independent power for several weeks in the event of an extended grid outage, and indefinitely if we make a trip with a generator and fuel.

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to give a shout out on our repeaters, or join us for our monthly meeting!
Membership is not a requirement for using the repeaters or attending the meeting. However, we would encourage you to join the club and experience all the benefits of membership.

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Thank you and 73 de K6JPE on behalf of W6NWG

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