St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club

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

PROGRAM:  QSLing.  Scroll down for detailed post.

The next Executive Board meeting is Saturday August 29th, 2015 at 2:00 PM. 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.

Size Sale Price
M, L, XL $10

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)

Keeping Up with SPARC!

You know things are always happening at SPARC. But, how do you hear about them? Maybe you don’t get to make the 6:30 nightly net as often as you like. Well, we have ways to keep you in the loop. The first way is the website. The home page of the website,, always has the… (read more)

Who will copy the Field Day bulletin?

We still need a volunteer to copy the Field Day Bulletin. This is an easy 100 points. Here is a link to the schedule: You can copy this from home on Friday night or if you are a purist, from the Field Day site. The radios should be setup by 11:00 AM for the phone… (read more)

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