Welcome to Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club
Our Repeater Tower at WQCS Radio Station
Our Repeater Tower
At WQCS Radio Station
Important Reminders and Events

FORT PIERCE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
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FOR WEEKLY NET INFO PLEASE CLICK OUR EVENTS TAB ABOVE OR SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE TO WEEKLY NETS. 

*** Jesse W. Porter, W4DNS (SK) & Harold Levy  N3UY (SK) Obit in Link on menu on left ***

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The next FPARC meeting is Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave, Ft. Pierce, Classroom Building "R", Room 124.

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM. All area hams and interested parties are welcome and invited to attend. 
Club members may get together for diner before the meeting at 6:15pm. Please inquire at our weekly club nets to see who plans to be there.

 
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UPCOMING ON AIR EVENTS
 
WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2024 - Apr 15-Apr 22, 1600Z-1600Z
W2W, Rochester, NY. ROC-HAM RADIO NETWORK. ECHOLINK CONFERENCE ROC-HAM 531091 ALLSTAR2585,47620,47918,531310 14.313 28.405. QSL. W2JLD/JOHN DERYCKE, 85 AMHERST ST, APT2, Rochester, NY 14607. This will be our 9th annual WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY celebration. Many conferences and nodes will be connecting for this event. Special event. T-shirts will be available to mark the occasion. Special event net is on APRIL 18TH@1700 UTC-0200 UTC CHECK OUT ROC-HAM.NET for more details roc-ham.net

FLORIDA QSO PARTY - Saturday/Sunday, April 27-28, 2024
The Florida QSO Party will take place April 27-28, 2024. This is your opportunity to work other Florida hams using HF from your your home, club, school, mobile, etc. All are welcomed. Check out https://floridaqsoparty.org/ for more info.

International Marconi Day Award Station Apr 27, 1300Z-2100Z
K3S, Baltimore, MD. Nuclear Ship Savannah ARC. 7.1 14.1 21.1 28.1. QSL. K3LU, 980 PATUXENT ROAD, Odenton, MD 21113. Single transmitter SSB and CW aboard N/S Savannah. Please check spotting networks for frequencies. Info on QRZ.com qrz.com/db/k3s

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IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN THE ST LUCIE COUNTY ARES SIMPLEX EXERCISE PLEASE SEND YOUR REPORT FORMS TO W4ISZ @ OUTLOOK.COM.

WINLINK WEDNESDAY
Don't forget to practice your Winlink skills by participating in Winlink Wednesday. Each week a Winlink form will be designated. Please see Events calendar for form details. All Winlink messages should be sent to the tactical address SLCEOC-2 or W4ISZ.  Please contact W4ISZ@outlook.com to be added to the SLC ARES mail outs.

If you are new to Winlink you can start by downloading the latest version of Winlink Express from:

https://downloads.winlink.org/User%20Programs/

Winlink Setup Info and Account Log In can be found here: https://www.winlink.org/user

It's ok to be creative when filling out the forms if you wish. The purpose of these varied requests is to acquaint you with using a variety of forms and to practice both locating and sending them. Now is the time for practice so that we don't have to learn during an actual emergency.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!

73, Paul Horner, W4ISZ
Emergency Coordinator
St. Lucie County ARES


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Treasure Coast Ham News - 1st Quarter 2024 Issue
The Treasure Coast Ham News Spring 2024 issue is here.
Treasure Coast Ham News (TCHN) is not affilicated with any amateur radio club. It is free and published quarterly for the benefit of all area hams and interested parties.  If you would like to be included in their email newsletter list, please send an email to:  tchamnews@gmail.comTCHN is always looking for articles of interest.  If you or your club have an item please email the publishers at the address above.

SPECIAL NOTICE
FPARC plans to hold officers and directors elections in 2024. The club needs members to step up and volunteer to serve on the FPARC board to support the club, please contact: Pete, Secretary at KD4SPW@aol.com for more information.

TO ALL FPARC MEMBERS
This is your club.  We can not exist without your participation.  Attending meetings, serving as an officer or director, participating in weekly nets, and being a part of club activities are critical. As we move forward to get the club back on track we need your active support and paying of yearly dues.
 
PLEASE SEE OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR MORE TREASURE COAST EVENTS.
Club Meeting  ALSO SEE EVENTS LINK AT TOP OF PAGE
The FPARC meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month (Dates to be announced)  at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave, Ft. Pierce, Classroom Building "R", Room 124.
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM. All area hams and interested parties are welcome and invited to attend. 
Club members may get together for diner before the meeting at 6:15pm. Please inquire at our weekly club nets to see who plans to be there.

 
<<< ARES INFO * SEE ARES GROUP MENU ON LEFT, THIS PAGE AND EVENTS CALENDAR
 
Weekly Nets
Rag Chew/Traders (analog) Net: 8 pm Tuesdays on our 147.345(+), tone 107.2. Weekly Net Controls are: 1st week - Barry AL7LJ,  2nd week - NEED VOLUNTEER,  3rd week - Jon Hall KN4QQF, &  4th week - Pete KD4SPW. If the month has a 5th week - Dave KG4ORQ
When using ECHOLINK:  W4AKH-R node:2004
Also Web site  WebApp.Echolink.org  (use EDGE browser on phone or pc)


D-Star Net: Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. (immediately following the Rag Chew/Traders Net) on our W4AKH 444.500 +5 Port B repeater, link to Reflector 78C.

DMR Net: Tuesdays at 9:00pm on DMR 31123.  Contact
Kevin, W4KKW

Suggested Etiquette for Radio and Echolink is to wait 3 seconds before talking to give others a chance to break in.

Membership, Dues and Donations *  SEE TOP MENU ITEM ON LEFT
Individual Member Dues are $25 per year. Family Membership Dues are $30 per year.
($5 of your dues goes to WQCS and IRSC)
If paying by check please write your callsign on the check.

**NEW CLUB Mailing Addree To:

Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club
c/o Peter Amar, Secretary
1046 Trinidad Ave.  Ft. Pierce, FL 34982

You can also bring a check or cash to a membership meeting.


Pay by credit card is also available. Click here Pay Dues Here via PayPal

If you need a Membership Application Form  for mail in - please go here:  Membership Application

FPARC NEWS ITEMS: (please click the Events tab at the top of the page for current events)

Treasure Coast Ham News - 1st Quarter 2024 Issue
The Treasure Coast Ham News Winter 2023/2024 issue is here.
Treasure Coast Ham News (TCHN) is not affilicated with any amateur radio club. It is free and published quarterly for the benefit of all area hams and interested parties.  If you would like to be included in their email newsletter list, please send an email to:  tchamnews@gmail.comTCHN is always looking for articles of interest.  If you or your club have an item please email the publishers at the address above.

Amateur Radio Exam Opportunities
There are multiple opportunities available to take amateur radio exams.

The
Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association offers testing 4 times per year. Additional exam sessions may be available on a case by case basis. Exams are given at the Indian River State College, Pruitt Campus, Veteran's Resource Center, 500 NW California Blvd, PSL. For more information please contact - Robert Brown, AI4RB, VEC at  brownpsl@comcast.net 

The Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club offers testing on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM,, Indian River County Emergency Operations Center. For more information please contact Bud at WA4ASJ@arrl.net.


ST. LUCIE COUNTY ARES * << SEE ARES GROUP MENU LINK ON LEFT
St. Lucie County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) needs volunteer emergency communicators. You do not have to be skilled in emergency communications to belong, only an interest in serving the public and county in times of emergency. Training is available. Please contact Paul, ARES Emergency Coordinator at W4ISZ@outlook.com.

WINLINK VARA FM FOR RADIO MESSAGING - VHF & HF
VARA FM is a very fast mode for WinLink messaging. ARES organzations use this software application for sending and receiving messages.or
St. Lucie County ARES has a weekly WINLINK Wednesday practice session. (Please contact Paul, W4ISZ at w4isz@outlook.com for details.

If you are unfamiliar with VARA FM you can practice by sending an Ecomm Practice Message using the following: (Winlink Net info:  
https://W4AKH.NET/)

TO:  W4AKH
SUBJECT LINE:  FL WL NET, FIRSTNAME, CITY, ST (2 CHARACTERS), MODE(VARA FM,PACKET, HF, TELNET ANY MODE)

Connection Info:
Winlink RMS VHF station W4SLC-10 Packet 145.530 or VARA FM 144.990 at St. Lucie County EOC for radio email.
Also KG4ORQ-10 144.990 VARA FM  in Vero Beach, K2JJK-10 144.990 VARA FM at Vero Beach EOC
Note: You can also use W4AKH-2 for a via Digipeater for Packet.   For VARA FM you can digipeat any station.

John KK4SHF has offered to help get you up to speed.
KK4SHF's NET CHECK-IN APPLICATION
John, KK4SHF has provided the club a logging application to use for our nets. By going to Logger.PlumTX.com, activity in real time can be watched. The logger includes check-in, mapping and archiving.

HAMFEST VIRTUAL TICKETING
John, KK4SHF has written a computer application to use at hamfests for attendee ticketing.
Check out
PLUMTX.COM if interested.
 
 
 
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