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After Holidays Party

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In an effort to improve our collective culinary diversity, we have a new venue for this years After the Holidays Party. This year, 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 31, 2016. Members will order off the menu, and are responsible for their own bill. Rumor has it Click for more

2015 SPARCFest Review

It was a crisp morning, but it was a welcome respite from a summer in Florida that decided to overstay its welcome. Start time was 8:00 AM but as usual, that means folks were lines up at 6:30 to get the best spots. The SPARCFest at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park is in its 3rd year now. This is an extension of the hamfest the club used to do at Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg. The SPARCFest had the usual assortment of people selling treasures from their attic to … Click for more

SPARC Eyeball QSL Cards Available

In order to promote our club, SPARC “eyeball” QSL cards are available free to members. These cards are business card size versions of our world famous W4GAC QSL cards, and feature our web address and Mr. Sun on the reverse side.

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Carry a few in your wallet or in your car. When asked about the world’s greatest hobby, simply hand out a card. Personalizing the card with your name and call is encouraged.

Cards are available at all club meetings.



SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training Available

WHO: Open to all, but you must be 18 to receive an I.D.

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WHAT: SKYWARN Basic Spotter training by the National Weather Service.

For more information on SKYWARN, click here.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 PM

 WHERE: Pinellas Coty EOC   10750 Ulmerton Rd. Largo, FL 33778

Seating is limited to 100 people so sign up by clicking here.

For additional information, contact:

Clayton Parrott, KJ4RUS

Emergency Management Coordinator

Pinellas County Emergency Management

(727) 464-4526

SPARC at the St. Petersburg Science Festival

<h5by Bob Wanek, N2ESP —

Not a bad place to spend a Saturday...
Not a bad place to spend a Saturday…

The weather was perfect with a cooling breeze blowing over our waterfront venue. The 20M vertical and VHF/UHF Yagi antennas rose above the tent that provided us shade from the Florida sun. Signage identified our mission as strange sounds emanated from the radios we had set up. This was the scene at the SPARC booth as the 2015 St. Petersburg Science Festival got underway.
Tom, NY4I was searching for satellites to work aided by the custom antenna … Click for more

Attracting New Hams with Bright, Shiny Objects

As you may have read on this site, SPARC is setting up a display at the St. Pete Science Festival. This is the first year I have been in town to attend so I thought it would be a “cool” display to go “whole-hog” with the satellite demonstrations. One of the things that first drew me to amateur satellites was, believe it or not, the rotor turning automatically. I visited a ham in Salt Lake City and he had two beams (2m and 440) on a common boom and they … Click for more

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