St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club

Enrollment Open for Weekend Upgrade Workshop for General Class License

The Weekend Review Workshop for the General class license will be held on March 14th, 2015 at DMI. Please see below for more info. Contact Tom Schaefer ( ) by January 25th to enroll. See below for more info.

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 February 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

PROGRAM: It’s home brew night. Show your project to your fellow hams. A valuable prize will be given for the most unique project.

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.

SPARC Field Day T-Shirts

are still available.SPARC FD T-Shirt

Size Cost
M, L, XL $12


2015 ARRL RTTY Roundup Result

Ron KP2N reports that the club station exceeded the last few year’s score in this past weekend’s ARRL RTTY Roundup at the W4GAC station. Using the contest callsign W4TA, several RTTY operators activated the club station to compete in this RTTY favorite. Results from this year and a few years past are:


Year     QSOs     Multipliers        Score

2015      1002             115           115,230

2013        939             109           102,351

2012        899              118           106,082

2011       1028            106           108,968

Thanks to all the operators that came down and helped out.


If you want to contest, lookup out for more announcements on upcoming contests to run from the club station.

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.

Planning a Weekend General Upgrade Class

Tom Schaefer, NY4I, is coordinating 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).

You must have a Technician class license to participate.

The date of the workshop is March 14th @ 9:00 AM. This will go all day so plan on until 6:00 PM including the test. The location is DMI Research. Note that you MUST contact Tom Schaefer by January 25th to ensure you can get your study materials. This is NOT a “cram” session. You are expected to go through the manual ahead of time and come prepared. Your success in upgrading is directly proportional to the amount of preparation you do prior to the weekend. There will also be an exam following the course.

You will need the Gordon West, General Upgrade Manual (2011 – 2015). You can order this though any source you like including Amazon. If we have enough people, I can place a bulk order but the difference between that and Amazon is negligible. Here is a link to Amazon:

You may also want the audio guide the Gordon West makes. Note there is NO charge for the class itself  other than you have to buy a book. You will also be responsible for the $15 for the VE exam that you will take at the end of the class. Our goal is that everyone that starts, walks out after passing the General class.  Contact Tom at or 727-437-2771

If you want to help putting on the class, please contact me as well.