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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.   

WHEN: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

H.R.4969 – Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014

There is a proposed bill in congress that needs our support.

The short version is as follows:

To direct the Federal Communications Commission to extend to private land use restrictions its rule relating to reasonable accommodation of amateur service communications.

To see the entire bill click here:

Bill/hr4969-113/text

Don’t forget to Click “Support” on the right side of the page.

The Five Sounds Of International Morse Code

International Morse Code is not a written language. It is a language of sounds. Not just two sounds, a long and a short, but there are actually five distinctly different sounds that make up the code. Learning the code’s five distinct sounds is the best way to master the code.

The first sound is: dah’  This is the sound of a long key contact

The second sound is: di’  This is the sound of a single short key contact that is not at the end of a letter … 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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