St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club


Next Meeting

The next SPARC meeting is Friday September 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

PROGRAM: September is the middle of hurricane season.  In an effort to make sure that your handheld transceiver (HT) is in good operational shape SPARC presents “HT Night.”

Dee Turner, N4GD, and Ron Hall, KP2N, our repeater gurus, will setup their service monitors to checkout your transceiver.  Be sure the battery is fully charge and the HT works. They have antenna adapters for RCA, BNC and SMA male and female connectors.

Bring your HT and join us

New SPARC Gap is online

The latest issue of the SPARC GAP April-July 2014 was put on web 7 August 2014. Note this is a 30 MB file this month due to the pictures.

NEW Meeting Location

SPARC now 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.

The SPARC monthly meetings are held the first Friday of the month, starting at 7:30PM. Please use the REAR ENTRANCE next to the patio.

Updates (See Below:)

The Five Sounds of International Morse Code
Uploaded N4NSS’s QRP operation

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

is September 6th 2014 at 2:00PM at DMI Research 6699 90th Ave N Pinellas Park. All members are welcome.

The SPARC Fest is scheduled for 8 November 2014

Click here for flyer.

SPARC Field Day T-Shirts

are still available.SPARC FD T-Shirt

Size Cost
M, L, XL $12

DX News – August 8th 2014

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD032ARLD032 DX newsZCZC AE32QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 32 ARLD032From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT August 7, 2014To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD032ARLD032 DX newsThis week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided byQRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, ContestCorral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar… (read more)

H.R.4969 – Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014

There is a proposed bill in congress that needs our support. The short version is as follows: To direct the Federal Communications Commission to extend to private land use restrictions its rule relating to reasonable accommodation of amateur service communications. To see the entire bill click here: Bill/hr4969-113/text Don’t forget to Click “Support” on the… (read more)

The Five Sounds Of International Morse Code

International Morse Code is not a written language. It is a language of sounds. Not just two sounds, a long and a short, but there are actually five distinctly different sounds that make up the code. Learning the code’s five distinct sounds is the best way to master the code. The first sound is: ‘dah’  This is the sound… (read more)