The SPARC Contest Group, W4TA, just completed another running of the Florida QSO Party sponsored by the Florida Contest Group. The only good thing I can say about the propagation was that it sucked equally for all contestants. In spite of conditions, the FCG did everything in its power to pull off another successful … More
Posts published by “Bob Wanek N2ESP”
Originally licensed as WN2JTL in 1968. License and interest lapsed until 1984 when relicensed as N2ESP. I currently hold an Extra class license and a BSEE from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Currently I’m President of the St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) and trustee of W4TA, the club’s contest station. I’m also a member of Florida Contest Group, an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, member of the ARRL A-1 Operator Club, frustrated DXer, 10-10 member (40586) and charter member of the Radio Shack Battery of the Month Club.
Station QTH is a small island (USi: FL285S Coquina Key) on the shores of Tampa Bay (Pinellas County / EL87qr). Station consists of an Elecraft K3/P3 (100W) into a ZeroFive GP-1040 Vertical/Ground Plane or an 80M Horizontal Loop.
Did you know that Wi-Fi and mobile technology are the main ways people access the internet? How do 50 wireless clients can all share the same access point channel at the same time? Why are there so many questions about Wi-Fi? Join us at our May 4th meeting as SPARC member and Wi-Fi professional, … More
Technically, it’s still after the holidays, so….it’s time to party.
Thanks to efforts by Molly, KN4GFN, we have a place for our After the Holidays Party. We’ll be dining at Bob Evan’s Restaurant at 2410 66th Street (corner of Tyrone & 66th). The date is Sunday, March 18 at 4:00PM. Dress is … More
This serving of Lagniappe features some poetry of Olde.
By Howard O. McCall
From The Sparks Journal, Vol. 3 #2
A shaft of sunlight,
Pierces the gloom,
Of the shadowy quiet,
In the radio room,
The equipment sits idle,
Because, you see,
The one who used them,
Joined SILENT KEY.
The … More
Another interesting email arrived at SPARC this week. A lady had “received” a message in Morse code she couldn’t decode. Strange you ask? True. She asked us for help in decoding the message. Forwarding the request to a few SPARK members, Ed NZ1Q, stepped up to the challenge.
Ed was given a phone number that … More