St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club

New SPARC Gap Newsletter

The latest SPARC Gap is now available on the website. Click on the Latest Newsletter link to your left to view the latest.

Next Meeting

The next SPARC meeting is Friday January 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

PROGRAM: A video of the ZL8R Raoul Island Kermadec expedition featuring basic ICOM 7000′s and dipole antennas.

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.

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.

Next Executive Board Meeting

The next meeting date is February 28, 2015. Meetings are held at DMI Research 6699 90th Ave N Pinellas Park at 2:00 PM. All members are welcome.

Home Brew Meeting Night 

What new projects, software, antennas, etc. you have been working on? Show and tell us at the February meeting. A valuable prize will be awarded to the most interesting project. More details next year.

SPARC Field Day T-Shirts

are still available.SPARC FD T-Shirt

Size Cost
M, L, XL $12


2015 Dues are Due

Our $15 single / $20 family membership dues have remained the same for years, despite increasing costs. To check your dues payment status, click “Member List” on the menu to the left, then find your call / name. Dates showing 2015 or later indicate you are paid for the upcoming year.

Treasurer Tom, AI4QP is ready to receive your payment, or mail to SPARC, PO Box 2217, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

After the Holidays Party

SPARC has grown so much over the last years that we have outgrown our traditional eatery. This year, we will have a private room at the Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffett Restaurant, 391 34th Street North, St. Petersburg .

The festivities will start at 2:00PM on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Members can choose from a HUGE variety of food, and are responsible for their own bill. Rumor has it that Santa may stop by on his way to his timeshare on St Pete Beach.

Be sure to sign up at the meeting or email Bob (click here) with the number of attendees.

Planning a Weekend General Upgrade Class

Tom Schaefer, NY4I, is investigating the idea of a weekend General Class upgrade class. Note this is NOT an exam cram class. The student is expected to do pre-study (lots of it using the Gordon West book).

But, first, Tom needs to find out of there is much interest in this. We often see Tech classes offered but General and Extra seem to be left to folks to learn by themselves. If you think you might be interested in a General class or know someone that is, please let Tom know. And just for planning, if you would like to see a weekend Extra workshop, let Tom know that too.

This is just to get an idea of the level of interest. Contact Tom at or 727-437-2771