St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club

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K4SCL Milestone

SPARC would like to celebrate its newest member of the Century Club.

K4SCL Celebrates 100

No, not the DXCC, but the real Century Club.

Congratulations to Woody, K4SCL for celebrating his 100th birthday. Woody’s shirt reads “Yes people you are looking at a Genuine Centenarian.”

Woody and his XYL Fran, K4RXO, are both life members of SPARC.

Thanks Woody for setting an extraordinary example that we will all try to match.

Field Day 2017

Join us June 23rd, 24th and 25th at the SPARC club house for this year’s ARRL FD activities.

2016 SPARC Field Day

Our goal is not a big score, but for everyone to take part and experience station setup and getting on the air.

  • Field Day setup begins on Friday at 2:00PM. We will begin station configuration. This includes tables, antennas, radios, computers, and power.
  • Saturday morning, beginning at 10:00AM, we will finish station setup and verify all systems are go. We will form Ad Hoc committees to take care of the operating schedule, food and any other necessities.
  • The event starts Saturday afternoon at 2:00PM. Let the fun begin. Operators of all experience levels are welcome to operate. CW/Digital/SSB operating positions will be available at various times of the day. If enough operators are available, we can keep the station open a full 24 hours. Remember to bring your own headphones.
  • Sunday at 2:00PM the operating event ends and station take-down begins. Many hands make light work, so chip in and don’t miss the fun.

The new SPARC FD format should be more fun and less hassle for all members. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Operators needed for W4S at the Sun n’ Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland.

Coverage is needed Tuesday, April 4, through Sunday, April 9, 2017. Operating hours are 0900 – 1700 each day except Sunday, 0900-1500. W4S will be setup at the back West exit of the Museum. General information on the Fly-In, can be found at the Sun n’ Fun web site click HERE.

Volunteer time will be 3 1/2 to 4 hours per day. I need to know the day they wish to and if they would like to work AM or PM hours. Volunteers will get a pass into the Fly-In for each day they operate, a parking pass as well as sandwiches for lunch and drinks.

If you would like to volunteer, please advise me of the day and AM or PM hours you would like to operate. I will do my best to honor your request, depending if someone has already requested that time period. Please contact me ASAP with Call sign, T-Shirt size and emergency contact. I will get all other information off I prefer you contact me via email so I have information in Black & White. You are welcome to call or text me with any questions etc.


Bob Flynn WA4OAB

1281 Forrest Hill Dr.

Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-458-4420

Members Inducted Into A-1 Club

SPARC announces that three of its members have been inducted into the ARRL “A-1 Operator Club.” Nominated by Dave, KR4U and George, W1AAG, SPARC members Dee, N4GD; Tom, NY4I and Bob, N2ESP received framed A-1 Operator Club Member certificates and pins at the February club meeting.

L-R: N4GD Dee, NY4I Tom, N2ESP Bob

L-R: Dee, N4GD; Tom, NY4I; Bob, N2ESP

First organized in May 1933, the ARRL A-1 Operator Club has a proud history and occupies an important place in Amateur Radio tradition. Communications Manager Ed Handy, W1BDI, announced its formation with these words in July 1933 QST:

Are you an A-1 Operator? Excellence in stations has often been emphasized. Yet, station performance, equipment, adjustment, etc., are but part of the story. The operation of the equipment, knowledge of procedure, and general communications technique are of very great importance in determining the results of any station. To bring attention to good operating as a paramount issue, and to give it something of the importance it deserves we are this month announcing in these columns the launching of a club for A-1 operators. 

Through the years, recognition as an A-1 Operator represented an unsolicited acknowledgment of one’s high standing among one’s peers. Prospective members must be nominated by two current members of the A-1 Operator Club. This prestigious award is based on:

  1. General considerations.
    • Transmissions: well filtered, minimum required bandwidth.
    • Voice: clarity, brevity, wording, grammar
    • Digital: tones, operating-frequency selection.
    • CW: character formation, spacing, appropriate speed
  2. Procedure.
    • Listen before transmitting.
    • Appropriately short CQs
    • Proper procedures and abbreviations
    • Make sure that traffic is routed to its destination.
  3. Judgment and courtesy.
    • Courteous, and considerate of the other operator’s point of view.
    • Assists others, especially beginners.
    • Patient and helpful
    • Never knowingly operates as to lessen the pleasure of others.
  4. Copying ability.
    • Passing information through interference from other stations (QRM), atmospheric noises (QRN), fading (QSB), etc.

Congratulations Dee, Tom and Bob.

Skywarn Training

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue will host a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training on December 14th.  This free 75-minute long class will be delivered by Tampa Bay National Weather Service Warning and Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah. Those completing this training will receive a weather spotter’s guidebook and become part of a nationwide network of citizen monitors.  Citizen monitors report anomalies such as tornados, flooding rains and extreme temperatures. 

WHO:        Anyone! You can attend the training even if you do not want to be an official spotter.   

WHEN:      Wednesday, December 14th at 10:00am 

WHERE:    St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1st Floor Classroom

                    400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S.

                    St. Petersburg, FL 33701 

WHY:         You can help protect yourself, your family, and neighbors by becoming a trained SKYWARN Spotter.  A trained spotter knows the weather threats in Florida, safety rules, and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strength.  

HOW:         Reserve your seat by emailing or call

                    727-892-5200. Seating for the course is limited to the first 40 people.  

Information on SKYWARN –


URGENT Action Required for the Amateur Radio Parity Act!

From the ARRL:

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), is still not supporting H.R. 1301 / S.253 the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

In fact, Senator Nelson has placed a “hold” on the legislation, effectively barring consideration of the Bill despite its widespread bipartisan support.  If this hold isn’t removed, the bill will die in the Senate and require the process to completely start over when the new Congress begins on January 1, 2017.

You are one of well over 40,000 licensed Amateur Radio operators living in Florida.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

We need you to reach out to Senator Nelson TODAY!  Right away.  We know that thousands of you have written to the Senator.  NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL HIM ON THE PHONE, tell him you’re a constituent, that you support H.R. 1301 and S.253, demand that he stop blocking the Bill, and to support the legislation to its passage.

Here are his phone numbers.  Please call your local office AND the Washington D.C. office.

Office                                Phone
Washington D.C.:          202-224-5274

Broward                           954-693-4851

Fort Myers                       239-334-7760

Jacksonville                     904-346-4500

Miami-Dade                    305-536-5999
Orlando                            407-872-7161 or toll free in Florida: 1-888-671-4091

Tallahassee                      850-942-8415

Tampa                               813-225-7040

West Palm Beach            561-514-0189

Thank you.
Very 73,

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Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio®


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