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Race to a Million

A million points, that is… As a tune-up for the CW contest part of Field Day, several operators of the SPARC Contest Group fired up the W4GAC station to have some fun in the CQ WPX CW contest. This is a 48 hour event where we try to contact as many other stations anywhere in … More

Field Day Update June 1, 2015

SPARC Field Day 2015

Field Day is an ARRL operating event where amateurs setup portable stations using temporary (non-fixed) antennas and radios. Field Day is a test to allow us to establish emergency communications. The contest part of Field Day helps train operators on handling a high volume of messages that would be required during … More

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Doug Mills, AG5I says hi from his new MI QTH. Click on card to enlarge.… More

440MHz Repeater to require CTCSS (PL) Tone

Due to the severe intermodulation problem experienced by our 440MHz repeater, the engineering team has determined we need to add a Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) to the repeater input. CTCSS, also knows as a Private Line (PL) tone will prevent the repeater from re-transmitting signals that do not contain this tone.

Once activated, all More

Noted DX’er and Ham Nation Host Visit SPARC

A few SPARC members has the pleasure of visiting with Jerry, WB9Z and Valerie NV9L over breakfast recently. Jerry has been on numerous DXpeditions, while his fiancée Valerie is a host on the ham radio webcast “Ham Nation.

N2ESP WB9Z NV9L at W4GAC
L to R: Bob, N2ESP; Jerry, WB9Z and Valerie, NV9L

After a filling breakfast, we … More

Field Day 2015

2015 ARRL Field Day Logo Field Day

The 2015 ARRL Field Day weekend is June 27-28, 2015.

“But, Tom, I’m a new ham and I have never heard of Field Day. What’s that?” I am so glad you asked. Field Day is an amateur radio exercise where we setup temporary antennas in a portable operation to test our ability to … More

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