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SPARC Gap Newsletter, Dec 2023

A couple of months ago Bruce, KF4TYA created the first issue of the new SPARC newsletter, SPARC Gap. It has been some years since SPARC published a newsletter.  Bruce is now working on a second issue.  I thought it would be a good idea to start circulating the first issue. Enjoy

SPARC Newsletter v1n1-Dec 2023

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The SPARC Tower has a new Power Winch

The SPARC team finished the installation of the power winch on the club tower replacing the old hand crank.  Those who have cranked the tower up in the past using the old hand crank can appreciate the improvement.

Watch the video Here

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Upcoming SPARC Operating Events

These events are for all SPARC members. Also invited are operators from other area clubs, Hams visiting the area and anyone interested in learning more about Amateur Radio

Name: ARRL International DX Contest, SSB
Date/Time: 7:00pm Mar 1 to 7:00pm Mar 3
Note: Work DX with your own call.
We will set up a log for you.

If you are interested in participating in operating, training or just observing operations, notify Tom W4CU ( to register and obtain additional details.

If there is sufficient interest, the operating events will … Click for more

Friday, Feb 2 is Home Brew Night!

SPARC members! Friday, Feb 2 is Home Brew Night! Let Carol – AB4YI, SPARC VP know what you have for the Show-and-Tell. Any radio project is acceptable – radio mods, antennas, go boxes, solar & batteries, rare QSL cards, etc.

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“Fill up your propagation toolbox” by Glenn, N4GRC, presented at the Jan 5th, 2024 SPARC meeting.


This presentation given by Glenn, N4GRC followed last month’s presentation by NZ1Q on “The Sun and HF Propagation”, this presentation discusses tools to use that can help us with solar weather, propagation and DX predictions

Download the PowerPoint slides here: Propagation Tools Slides

Watch the video here

Tune in to the SPARC nightly net for the latest numbers on our repeater (Nightly SPARC Net 6:30 pm, SPARC Repeater 147.060, pre-net @ 6 pm), via EchoLink (NZ1Q-L), or on as WA4AKH

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