St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club

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The next monthly SPARC club meeting is Friday September 4th, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

PROGRAMRon, KP2N will explain and demonstrate HT & Mobil rig testing and results. HT and/or mobile rig testing Postponed. Scroll down for details.

The next Executive Board meeting is Saturday August 29th, 2015 at 2:00 PM. There will be a station clean up session before the meeting, starting at 10:00AM. All members are welcome.

SPARC meets at DMI Research at 6699 90th Avenue North in Pinellas Park. More details and a map are available on our meeting location page available here. Please use the REAR ENTRANCE next to the patio.

SPARC is on Twitter and Periscope!

If you want to stay up to date on the latest happenings on the SPARC website, follow @SPARC_W4GAC on Twitter and Periscope. Whenever items are added here, the website instantly sends a Tweet from the @SPARC_W4GAC account. It’s an easy way to stay up to date. If you don’t know what Twitter it, ask your grand kids to help you out.:)

Periscope is a real-time video broadcast application so you can see live action videos of SPARC members doing ham radio things. To use Periscope, you have to own an Android or Apple smart phone.  Just follow @SPARC_W4GAC on Twitter and you will see whenever SPARC is sending video. Note you can also look at archived video so even if you cannot watch live you can find out what you missed. Our first video is of the WPX CW contest held May 30-31.

Buy Sell Net

Check out Mike K4ZPE’s Buy/Sell web site, and the weekly Buy/Sell Net on the SPARC Repeater at 6:45PM or after the SPARC Daily net.

NOTE: The list has been purged of old listings. If you had an item for sale, you may need to re-list it.

SPARC Field Day T-Shirts


Now on sale while they last.

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M, L, XL $10

Radio Testing Postponed

September is the middle of hurricane season.  In an effort to make sure that your handheld and mobile transceivers are in good operational shape SPARC will be available to test your HT and/or (uninstalled) mobile rig on a date to be determined at the club station. HF, VHF & UHF radios can be accommodated. Our… (read more)

W4GAC / W4TA “Reorganization”

The station crew invites you to stop by the station on Saturday August 29 at 10:00AM to help reorganize (read clean) the station and storage areas. We will break for lunch and then convene the SPARC Executive Board meeting at 2:00PM. All are welcome.  

QSLing: Direct, Buro, LoTW and More

This month’s meeting program by Tom Schaefer, NY4I will cover the various methods of confirming a 2-way contact. Known as QSLing, direct, incoming and outgoing QSL bureaus (buros), as well as ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW) will be covered.  For those that have had challenges with LoTW, this is the program for you. Tom… (read more)

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