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A Website Makeover…

Welcome to the new look of the SPARC website. This is the same WordPress site underneath but a new format. The new site uses a three column design so one does not have to scroll down the page to see current topics. You can also see the 10 most recent posts on the right under … More

SPARCFest 2017 Recap

A picture of the SPARC table with various items for sale
SPARC Silent Key Items for sale

One could not have asked for better weather for the annual SPARCFest this year. The event was held at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park on Saturday November 11, 2017. As usual, even though the official start is 8:00 AM people start congregating around 6:00 AM to setup and … More

Festival Goers Exposed to CW

KR4U, NZ1Q, KI4UIP and N4GD Setting up the booth
Getting Ready for the Crowd [N2ESPhoto]

SPARC completed another successful day at the St. Petersburg Science festival. Situated under a big oak tree on the breezy shore of Tampa Bay, SPARC station W4GAC was again on the air.

This year we focused on CW. We noticed in prior events that the sound of Morse code … More

The MAK is Back

SPARC contesters enjoyed entering W4TA in the newly reestablished Makrothen RTTY contest. Makrothen is a Greek word meaning distance. In spite of poor propagation, the SPARC team made 541 QSOs with a claimed score of 2,203,706 points.

Tom W4CU running while Ron KP2N watches [N2ESPhoto]

What makes the Makrothen different from the other contests we … More

Upcoming Activities

Besides this being the start of contest season, we also have some other events that you might want to check out.

On October 13 through October 15, there is the Makrothen RTTY contest at the club station. See here for more info….

On October 21, it’s the St. Petersburg Science Festival. Look for more … More

All About Batteries by Ed, NZ1Q

Everything you wanted to know but never got to ask.  Perfect for this active storm season.

Ed will discuss the different types of batteries available to the amateur such as NiCad, Nickel metal, lead acid, Lithium based and new types like LiFePO4.

Topics to be covered include the best applications for each battery type and … More

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