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Posts published by “Tom Schaefer NY4I”

Hello. I live in Madeira Beach and have been licensed since 1980. I serve SPARC as a board member as well as the club's webmaster. I also do work on the club's remote station. I am active in DXing, contesting, station and computer integration and also enjoy making presentations at the club.

Announcing the July 2017 SPARC Mobile Installation Contest

Are you proud of your mobile installation? Why not enter it in the first annual SPARC mobile installation contest? At the regular July SPARC meeting on July 7th, members are welcome to enter their car in the contest for a chance to win a nice prize in either the HF category or VHF/UHF category (or … More

Enjoying the Dayton Hamvention Without Actually Going

Anyone that has been involved with amateur radio for any period of time has most likely heard tales of the Dayton Hamvention. If you have never been, it is an event unlike anything you can imagine. Rows and rows of tables in the outdoor area where you can find most anything you desire related to … More

May 2017 Meeting Recap

This is our first recap of the meeting as part of the project to move information that would have been in the club newsletter to the website. This is a high-level recap to share the general topics discussed along with some info about the particular presentation for that evening. This is not to be mistaken More

Random Lessons from 30+ Years of Field Days

by: Tom Schaefer, NY4I

First, these are my own opinions, but I thought the club might enjoy some things I have picked up over the years. I have seen all of these things actually happen.

  1. Going to Field Day is the best ham radio best decision you will ever make!
  2. This one is only half-joking…The

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