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Repeater Trustee Request

The SPARC repeater system has FCC mandated 3 minute timeout requirement programmed into its RC-210 controller.  This holds true for all amateur radio repeaters under FCC license.

Most hams using the SPARC system, for the most part, are using programmable radios that have a timeout (TOT) feature in the software.  I am requesting you program your TOT to less than 3 minutes.  This would help to keep our repeaters from timing out from the occasional stuck microphone switch or shorted PTT line.

Our system also has a BEEP signal that … Click for more

Spare Arc-Plugs for Alpha Delta Switches

Many of us use Alpha Delta coax switches in our stations for antenna selection. These switches use Arc-Plug gas discharge tubes as lightening protection. Spare Arc-Plug elements sell for $10 – $12 from the traditional ham retailers. Mouser Electronics  sells them for $2.37 each in quantities of 10. P/N 576-CG21000.

Thanks to Richard K2UPS for this tip.

SPARC Holiday Party

Don’t forget about the annual SPARC after-holiday party on February 9, 2020. That is the Sunday after the club meeting and the same weekend as Orlando Hamcation. So unless you are spending the whole weekend in Orlando, stop by Brooklyn Pizza in Seminole and join the club at 3:00 PM. No signup needed as there is plenty of room. More info is available here.

Tips for Winter Field Day 2020

Greetings! Winter Field Day is almost here and we expect this to be a great deal of fun. First, to recap, the Winter Field Day site is at the Clearwater Fire Training Center at 1700 N Belcher Rd. That is just past the railroad tracks between NE Coachman and Sunset Point Rd. US 19 to Sunset Point Road or Belcher Road are your best bets. We will start setup between 8 and 9 AM on Saturday with operating starting at 2:00 PM and running through to 2:00 PM Sunday. Help … Click for more

Winter Field Day 2020 Sign Up Roster

Here is the list of people that have already signed up for Winter Field Day:

(Note if you still need to signup, click here.)

Tom Schaefer NY4I
Jason Esterline N4BOZ
Glenn Panazzolo N4ESU
Ron Hall KP2N
Jack Kinney N4KIN
Patrick Connelly AA0O
Ken Shur KO4V
Ron Appel W4RFA
Ruth Appel None
Kenneth Martens WK4KM
Herb Mooney KM4YZP
Alan Streitman W4UB
Steve Foy N4FOY
REX W. SYMONDS kb8esy
George WB9AZV
David W Trewin KR4U
Julia Sausville NF1T
Scott Sausville KN4NNA
Ira Brand KC1EMJ
Gerry Pollack WR6N
Henry AK4M
Norman KA1IJA

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Please sign up for Florida QSO Party

We need operators for the FQP effort at the club station. This doesn’t require an all day commitment. Just an hour or so is fine. Please check the schedule here and claim a spot by emailing contesting@sparc-club.org.

As I have told many people, when not operating, this is also a great place for new people to ask questions of the other hams there. If you are trying to decide what radio to buy or antenna to install, this is the place to ask. Contests at the club station are … Click for more

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