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All Hams on Deck

As president, I get a lot of emails from folks who search on Google for the terms “ham radio” and “St. Petersburg.” Recently I received an email from a boat owner who lives in Seminole. He was having VHF radio issues on his sailboat, and was not sure what or where the problem was. Sailors, More

Get your Homebrew project ready for Feb 2

For the last few years, SPARC has held Homebrew Night in February. No, we are not talking about beer. In a long tradition, Homebrew in Amateur Radio is the things you craft yourself that you find useful in some aspect of radio. This is an evening where club members can show the projects they have … More

A Tale of Two Roundups


W4TA 2017 RTTY RU Award

SPARC received word that we did well in last year’s RTTY Roundup, Multioperator Low Power category.

  • First in the West Central Florida Section
  • Second in the US & Canada
  • Winning the Southeast Division

Operators enjoying this victory are: KA4IOX, KB8ESY, KP2N, KR4U, N2ESP, N4GD, N4KPJ, N4RI, NY4I, VE3XD, W4CU … More

HF Propagation presentation is now available

“The Sun and HF Propagation” presentation by Lu W4LT, has been uploaded to the SPARC Resource Page under Ham Radio Resources.  Look toward the bottom of the left-hand column on this website ( to view the presentation.

Many thanks to Lu for sharing his presentation with SPARC and his presentation at the last club meeting.… More

Battery Presentation to be given at UPARC

The Battery Presentation will be given by Ed, NZ1Q at Upper Pinellas ARC on Saturday Jan 6. If you have an interest in batteries and missed the original presentation at SPARC you can attend the meeting at UPARC.  The presentation focuses on rechargeable storage batteries of all types and touches on how to get the … More

From President – A Year in Review

As the year comes to an end, we look forward to what awaits us in 2018. In 2017 we put the final issue of the SPARC GAP Newsletter to bed. In this age of electronic and social media, hard copy has become a thing of the past. How many of you still use paper logs? … More

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