St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club

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W8IM Places 3rd Worldwide

Dean, W8IM. earned 3rd place worldwide in the 10M PSK31 QSO Party that is sponsored by 10-10 International. What makes this accomplishment more amazing is that Dean won in the QRP category! An accomplished CW operator, Dean decided to expand his horizons with PSK31. Congratulations Dean. Click the title to see Dean’s certificate.



2015 SPARC Plug Award Winner Announced

John Toth, KI4UIP was awarded the SPARC Plug Award for 2015 at the After Holidays Party.

2015 SPARC Plug Award

Bob N2ESP (L) presents award to John KI4UIP (R). photo by AI4QP

The award is given for exceptional service to the club.  Thanks John for all the extra effort you gave to make SPARC the successful club that it is. More photos of the After he Holidays party are available in the SPARC Gap.

2016 Dues are Due

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Lighthouse Larry says Dues are due

The earth has made one more orbit around the sun, resolutions have been made and broken, and the national news shows a lot of white stuff up north. It must be time to transmit your $15 ($20 for families) dues to our treasurer. Due to prudent management of funds and increasing membership, we are able to keep our dues at the same level as previous years.

If you can’t make a meeting, dues can be sent to PO Box 2217, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

You can check your dues payment status on our web site by clicking on the member list and reviewing the date in the last column.

Thank you for your continued support of our club.

SPARC Eyeball QSL Cards Available

In order to promote our club, SPARC “eyeball” QSL cards are available free to members. These cards are business card size versions of our world famous W4GAC QSL cards, and feature our web address and Mr. Sun on the reverse side.

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Carry a few in your wallet or in your car. When asked about the world’s greatest hobby, simply hand out a card. Personalizing the card with your name and call is encouraged.

Cards are available at all club meetings.



Keeping Up with SPARC!

Things are always happening at SPARC. But, how do you hear about them?  Maybe you don’t get to make the 6:30PM nightly 2M net as often as you like. Well, we have additional ways to keep you in the loop.

SPARC Web Site

The first way is this website. The home page of the website,, always has the latest information about the happenings in the club.

Yahoo Group Reflector

You can also stay in touch on the SPARC Yahoo Group Reflector. “What’s that you say? You say you didn’t know about that?” Well, I know it is an Internet thing but it is 2016 after all and we are hams, so it’s time to get with the program.  There is a great community of folks that share information that is of interest to SPARC members. We make sure it does not turn into one of those “free-for-alls” where people send information completely unrelated to ham radio simply because they think there to be a tangential relationship between the latest thought in their head and ham radio. We do respect your time and are careful to send emails judiciously.  By this time, you may be asking how you sign up. It could not be easier…Simply send an email to In fact, it’s so easy, you can just click on this link and your email program will popup and you click Send to send a message. No need to type anything in the email. Just send that from the email account you want to subscribe and Yahoo will send you an email to confirm. Reply to that email and you will be signed up. It’s as simple as that.


Another way to stay in touch is to follow the club on Twitter. You can get more information on Twitter at The club’s account is @SPARC_W4GAC. Whenever a post is updated on the club website, a new “tweet” is sent. You can see updates right away.


We are not done yet, so keep reading. Maybe you like MeetUp. MeetUp is a tool to view events happening in the greater St. Petersburg area. SPARC is testing a MeetUp account under St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club. Our Field Day is on there as an event as well as our monthly meetings and testing sessions. You can find all the SPARC events on MeetUp here:


The club also has a FaceBook page. You can find our FaceBook page under

There is also a “Friends who like St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club” FaceBook page:

eMail to Members

Lastly, the website has a way to email all registered members (with email addresses of course). We use that VERY cautiously. Only messages of importance to the membership are sent using this method. We have used it a few times during Field Day, but our preference is that you opt into one of the tools mentioned above and get your information from there.

Stay Informed

There are many ways to up to date with SPARC. Take advantage of one or more of them to make the most of your membership. And remember there are always the monthly meetings, where you can actually meet club members and communicate face to face.

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