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Cancelled: October SPARC Operating Event: Makrothen RTTY Contest

Unfortunately SPARC will not participate in theMakrothen RTTY event and the club station will not be open October 14 and 15

Makrothen RTTY  is a favorite operating event of SPARC and other RTTY operators because the score for a contact is the distance from you to the contact. Scores in the millions of points are routine. In fact, in 2017 SPARC placed Second World Wide with a score of 2,023,660. This year’s contest will take place October 14 & 15.




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North American QSO Party Side Band Results!

SPARC had another successful effort in the August 19, 2023 NAQP SSB contest. The W4TA team worked a total of 873 QSO’s in 12 hours for a score of 136,118 points. The score was the second highest of Florida Contest Group Multi Two entries exceeded only by a group in the Virgin Islands. Looking at the 3080’s reported M/2 entries, W4TA was 11 out of 20 in the category.

SPARC operators were: AA2MF, WD8MIU, K04WPO, KQ4DVG, KQ4DXM, KA4IOX and W4CU. Special thanks to W7WFS who worked on raising the tower, … Click for more

SPARC NAQP RTTY 2023 Results!

NAQP RTTY LogoSPARC Participated in the NAQP RTTY Contest Saturday, and we’re proud to share our scores!

At the time of posting, SPARC is 18th place by score of ALL scores in the world, 5th place overall in our class (multi-op multi-transmitter), and 1st of the stations submitted under the Florida Contest Group!

Here’s our score summary, and you can view the results of the contest so far here

North American QSO Party, RTTY - July

Call: W4TA
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SPARC’S next Operating Event will use Radio Teletype

Original RTTY
Classic Teletype Machine with paper output now replaced by computer program and screen

Radio teletype or RTTY is easy to learn and fun to use. The club will be entering the North American QSO Party RTTY event which starts at 2:00 pm Eastern on Saturday July 15 and runs for 12 hours. Like all our Operating Events this is open to all members. We will be entering in the Multioperator Two-Transmitter (M2) division so there will be operating time for everyone even trainees new to RTTY. Visitors are welcome.

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SPARC Field Day Video


The video covering most of the efforts by the SPARC operators was captured by 3 participants and put together in a short video on the SPARC YouTube channel.

Video Here

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Jack – W1BBU SK, June 13, 2023

From Jack’s QRZ page:
“I was first licensed in 1957 as a Novice as KN1EJT. Upgraded to Tech and later Conditional as K1EJT. In 1969 and 1970 was YB0AAC, one of the first two foreign amateurs legally licensed in Indonesia. In 1971 was authorized to use KR6JH by US authorities in Okinawa (Ryukyu Islands). Upgraded to Advanced class KF4SX in 1985. After the death of my father, who was licensed as W1BBU circa 1927, I applied for and received his call – W1BBU.
Member of ARRL, St Petersburg Amateur
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