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EchoLink has returned to the SPARC 220 Repeater

EchoLink is now reconnected to the SPARC 224.660 repeater for voice access.

The setup uses a PC running EchoLink software, which is connected to a 220 radio+antenna within range of the repeater site in St Pete, FL.   When a ham station running EchoLink on their PC, tablet, smartphone, etc, connects to NZ1Q-L using their EchoLink software and PC, they then have access to the repeater from any location in the world as long as they have Internet connectivity.

The Internet links the PCs and EchoLink software together and to the … Click for more

2 Meter 6:30 PM Net to start EXTRA Class Questions tonight

Every night on the net members and non-SPARC members check-in to just chat about their day after handling any NTS traffic.  We also have a multiple choice question each night from the license pool.  On your check-in you can give your best answer or just take a guess. We do it just for fun and to help those that are thinking of taking an exam.

We just completed the General class questions and are now starting the Extra Class questions. Even if you are studying for the General Class, many … Click for more

SPARC Repeaters get a new dual-band antenna.

Check out the video on SPARC’s new YouTube page.

This past week the dual-band antenna was replaced because signals were somewhat degraded. The new 2m/70cm dual- band antenna is in place atop the building at 27th Ave N and MLK.  The 220 antenna is a separate single-band antenna and continues to work well.  With such a great repeater location, no wonder that these repeaters do such a wonderful job.  Many thanks to the repeater team that keep things running.… Click for more

SPARC Net Controllers Honored at May Meeting

At our May meeting, our net control operators were given certificates of appreciation.

Click photo to enlarge [AI4QP photo]

From left to right: Bob KC4SXO, Darell KV4HI, Tom AI4QP, Steve W4KET, Brad KM4LTG, Rick KK4WTE and Ron KK4KRC.

Not shown: Linda KI4RV, Dee N4GD, Leslie WA4EEZ and Bill WZ4GW.… Click for more

New SPARC 220 MHz Repeater Installed

Ron, KP2N, and Dee, N4GD, installing the new WA4AKH 220 MHZ SPARC repeater. Please visit us on 224.660 MHz, no tone required.

KP2N (L) and N4GD (R) installing repeater

SPARC also has repeaters on 147.060 MHZ, no tone, and 444.475 MHZ (tone 146.2). When in the area check us out.… Click for more

SPARC Members attend West Central Florida Section TECHCON

Section Manager Darrell KT4WX discussing PICAXE Microcontrollers.

On Saturday, February 25, several members of SPARC made the trip to Sarasota for the 3rd annual WCF section TECHCON. This is a free technical conference put on by the WCF ARRL section technical staff. The location changes to various places around the section to allow the most section members to attend.

This year, there were two conference tracks. One focused on more introductory topics such as station design, antenna building, APRS and programable microcontrollers such as the PICAXE and the Arduino. … Click for more

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