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Ham Radio Garage Sale

WD4AHZ (SK) Estate

Saturday, July 30th

5362 Castleman Dr.

Sarasota ( Map )

10AM to 4 PM

near Bee Ridge and Honore

Several HF and VHF rigs

Numerous Ham Station Accessories

Low prices!

All proceeds go to Ron’s mother

Cash or personal checks

Talk-in: 146.73+

Please stop by


SERC Fund Raiser

WE NEED YOUR HELP

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 SERC@N4SER.org with your donation.

Thanks: W2DEN / N2RDX, AJ4FW <<< add you call here, please donate!


iota-TRANS

RSGB IOTA Contest

July 30-31 ( Link )


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: http://n4ser.org/2016/raspberry-pi-kx3/


Thanks

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

Spiess

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

 

tapr-logoThe 35th Annual

ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

September 16-18, 2016, St Petersburg, FL ( Link )

Wetjen

The Wetjen Radio room at the EOC

Ron Wetjen WD4AHZ SK

We are sorry to announce the passing of Ron on 5/9/16.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

Ron touched the lives of most hams in the Sarasota area with his dedication to emergency communication.

RIP Ron, you will long be remembered.


WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20

SARASOTA COUNTY EMERGENCY COORDINATOR RETIRES

NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR APPOINTED

Read the entire press release ( Link )

Local News:

Brent Parker W8XG has accepted the position of Deputy Radio Officer for the ACS and Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for Sarasota County ARES

Congratulations Brent!


 Sarasota Digital Network

Perhaps you haven’t noticed all the packet activity on 145.050. 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: http://n4ser.org/sarasota-digital-network-2/

Interested?

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: SERC@N4ser.org


New NetACS LogoTransparent

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


What to do in case of a local emergency:

Now located on the EmComm Post ( Link )


the Isles CERT Team ready for action

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Kevin Kuhl KM4RET, Guy Spencer KT4GUY, Ann Spencer KM4REW, Stan Robinson W9SMR

This photo shows the newly licensed Amateur Radio Operators now in the Isles. Congratulations to Kevin, Guy and Ann on studying for and passing the examinations to obtain their licenses recently. Stan has been licensed since 1958 and provided a helping hand to the new “Hams”.
 
Guy, Ann and Stan provided critical communications from the Isles CERT Drill to the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the recent simulated tornado drill. They relayed messages to and from the EOC to practice procedures that will be used in a real emergency situation. This would be very important if existing land-line or cell phone services were interrupted during a severe storm, for instance.
 
The Isles will now have year-round Amateur Radio communications capability in case of a real emergency.


Sarasota Emergency Radio Club Events


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

Other Amateur Events

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 )


AntennaLIVE IN AN HOA?

WANT TO INSTALL AN ANTENNA?
SUPPORT HR 1301  THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015
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


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 SERC@N4SER.org and we will gladly post them.


N2RDX_Front_VeryLoResPaper the Walls

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


WinLink:Winlink Logo

On the air (145.050 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?

RedCross

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..