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Some great new items listed on our For Sale Page

Check them out ( Link )

VE License Testing

9 AM November 12

 Red Cross Community Room

2001 Cantu Ct, Sarasota, FL ‎(Map)


Hamfest season is here…
scroll down to the events section

SERC Fund Raiser


The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club is asking for donations to purchase a PACTOR-4 modem ( Link )

The modem will be used during emergencies to  provide reliable, high speed, digital HF communications outside of the affected area. While the PACTOR-4 protocol is not yet FCC approved this modem can handle PACTOR-2 and -3. Its -4 capabilities will have us ready when the FCC rubber-stamps that protocol.

PACTOR is the primary mode used by the Winlink HF network. Should local communications be shut down SERC will maintain the ability to communicate via PACTOR / Winlink with the rest of the world. 

The modem will be connected to an HF radio in the Red Cross Radio Room and be part of the Sarasota Digital Network that has been under development.

Please contact with your donation.


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PayPal has made it to the SERC web site YEA!

You can now pay your dues, new or renewal via PayPal.

Navigate to the Join / Contact Page ( HERE )

Pick your membership level (Single or Family) then enter your e-mail and click pay.

Even if you are just renewing please fill-in and submit the membership application so we can confirm your information

This is new so please let us know if you have any problems or suggestions

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SERC’s Elmer is at it again

Interfacing an Elecraft Kx3 to a Raspberry Pi 3

The tutorial is a WIP but is far enough along to demonstrate that this marriage is very viable. Follow along as the project progresses:

Remote a Headless Raspberry:


We have reached our goal of $1200 for the Laurel Repeater (145.130 SAR-2) duplexer.

Thanks to all who contributed:

Derek Parker Dick Hullfish Eddie Palmer Jim Broome
Net & Den


Rick Brown SERC Bill Martin
Joseph Everett Herb Lauber Brent Parker 2J Farms (Chuck Johnston)
Doug Reynolds Bill Franklin Micky Taylor Will Wright

Bob Vrabel


Sarasota Emergency Radio Club Events

The Sarasota Digital Network Team (part of SERC) meets every Tuesday, contact W2DEN if interested.

Other Amateur Events

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Who: Sarasota ACS

When: 7:30 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (Calendar)

Where: SERC 147.390 (SAR-5) repeater.

What: To discuss ACS activities and related subjects.

This is a controlled net so please listen to the net control operator for instructions.

All are invited

Stone Mpountain 2016

Sliver Springs Radio Club

Low Dough Hamfest

Dec 3 

7:30 am – 2 pm

Ocala Fl

( Link )

2016_ARRL_NP_Carousel2016 ARRL National Parks On The Air

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks

A year long special event

Links: ( Information )

( NPOTA Activators Guide )

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An all year event with a special contest day of 4/1/17

Anyone interested in a portable operation to a local State Park


 Sarasota Digital Network

Perhaps you haven’t noticed all the packet activity on 144.950. Well that frequency has become a bee hive of buzzes and other strange sounds of multiple packets flying around the county.

A small team of locals has been hard at work establishing a rather broad network of WinLink, BBS’ and other packet related systems throughout Sarasota County.

Details can be found here:


Join in SERC’s Wednesday night net and let the control operator know you want to know more about the SDN or contact us at:


All it takes is a letter to Rep. Vern Buchanan
We CAN make a difference. Take 5 minutes and send a letter to the ARRL as explained in the link.

More information is available : Link

What to do in case of a local emergency:

Now located on the EmComm Post ( Link )

Update: the SERC Digital Repeater Project (DMR)

Micky KM4BHF has written a terriffic article on our DMR installation in our ‘Your Elmer’ section

Here’s the Link

The repeater is on loan to SERC, for as long as we utilize it from Nick DeRoda (N2JTI), Micky’s ( KM4BHV) brother. Nick has been an amateur radio operator for 25 years. He climbs towers for a living and resides in NJ. He coached his sister Michele (Micky) who passed the test to become a ham radio operator last year. Michele is an SERC member. Nick donated the DMR repeater and additional support to the club as we get the repeater up and running.  Thank you, Nick!

Shacks & Ants

A new photo album has been added ( Link ) called ‘Shacks and Ants’. It will feature your photos of your radio shack, Go Box etc. and your antennas.

Of course we need your pictures to post… so take a snapshot or two fo your shack and antennas and send the to and we will gladly post them.

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How about adding your QSL card to the N4SER shack’s wall?

Bring one to a meeting or mail one to Den (QRZ address is OK)

We’ll put it up in the shack.

SERC Members only please.

Have you checked into our Wednesday Night Net???

7 PM every Wednesday

146.730 (-) PL 100

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On the air (144.950 MHz):

N4SER-10: e-mail gateway

N4SER digipeater air

DIY: Soundcard WinLink.. how you can put WinLink in your shack without a TNC..

THANKS to those who contributed time and/or $ W3DJM, K4FLV, AK4YH, W9SMR, AJ4FW, W2DEN / N2RDX, K4JBV

Everything you ever wanted to know about WinLink on our Elmer pages: HERE

Want to get more involved?


The Red Cross needs you.

Radio operators are needed to help the Red Cross during a disaster. Working in the Red Cross Chapter House, operating from a shelter etc. If you are interested talk with Den W2DEN and he can help you get signed up..