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New page to show upcoming contesting efforts from club station

In order to let people know what club contesting activities are planned, there is now a page that members and guests can review. This will be updated with information about each contest and the planned schedule of operating. You can find this page in the menu on the left side of the club website as well as here. If there is other information you would like to see here, please email

Tower Installation Coming Soon

The site behind the DMI Research building where the SPARC station is located is being prepared for the tower. Click on photos to enlarge.

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Silt Fence (required by permit) Protects Grass From Sand

Next step is getting the dirt out that is in the way of the concrete (a.k.a. a BIG hole is needed). White paint marks the spot! The hole will be dug near the building foundation. The tower base will be angled to allow folding over with clearance for the fence and A/C units. John, KI4UIP reports the Click for more

SPARC Eyeball QSL Cards Available

In order to promote our club, SPARC “eyeball” QSL cards are available free to members. These cards are business card size versions of our world famous W4GAC QSL cards, and feature our web address and Mr. Sun on the reverse side.

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Carry a few in your wallet or in your car. When asked about the world’s greatest hobby, simply hand out a card. Personalizing the card with your name and call is encouraged.

Cards are available at all club meetings.



Radio Testing to be Rescheduled

Ham Radio Tower & SparksSeptember is the middle of hurricane season.  In an effort to make sure that your handheld and mobile transceivers are in good operational shape. SPARC will be available to test your HT and/or (uninstalled) mobile rig on TBD at the club station. HF, VHF & UHF radios can be accommodated.

Our radio gurus, will setup their service monitors and our spectrum analyzer to checkout your transceivers.  Be sure the battery is fully charge and the rig works.

W4GAC / W4TA “Reorganization”

The station crew invites you to stop by the station on Saturday August 29 at 10:00AM to help reorganize (read clean) the station and storage areas. We will break for lunch and then convene the SPARC Executive Board meeting at 2:00PM. All are welcome.


Adding a Second Receiver and DVR to the Elecraft K3 at the Club Station

On Friday, June 12, four of us met down at the station for lunch and then to work on the K3. The K3 that the club uses is a radio that was used in the WRTC-2014 contest held in New England last summer. As contest radios don’t really need a second receiver or a digital voice recorder (DVR), this K3 was not fitted with these options. As we also like to DX with the radios at SPARC, NY4I procured the parts for the radio to add the second receiver, upgrade … Click for more

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