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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

SPARC Equipment for Sale

SPARC has a wide variety of used equipment for sale. Equipment is on display inside W4GAC Clubhouse. Local pickup only. Click here to view the list. 

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W8IM Places 3rd Worldwide

Dean, W8IM. earned 3rd place worldwide in the 10M PSK31 QSO Party that is sponsored by 10-10 International. What makes this accomplishment more amazing is that Dean won in the QRP category! An accomplished CW operator, Dean decided to expand his horizons with PSK31. Congratulations Dean. Click the title to see Dean’s certificate.

 

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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

After Holidays Party

This years After the Holidays Party is right around the corner. We will have the entire Skyway Diner, 4000 34th Street South, St. Petersburg at our disposal. Note: This is NOT Skyway Jack’s. The Skyway Diner is further south on the east side of US 19.

The festivities will start at 3:00PM on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Members will order off the menu, and are responsible for their own bill. Rumor has it that Santa may stop by on his way to his timeshare on St Pete … Click for more

Skywarn Training

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue will host a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training on December 14th.  This free 75-minute long class will be delivered by Tampa Bay National Weather Service Warning and Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah. Those completing this training will receive a weather spotter’s guidebook and become part of a nationwide network of citizen monitors.  Citizen monitors report anomalies such as tornados, flooding rains and extreme temperatures. 

WHO:        Anyone! You can attend the training even if you do not want to be an official spotter.   

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