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FIELD Day Activities:
Hosted by Suncoast Amateur Radio Society and the ACS

Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota County. just east of I-75, off of Clark Rd (RT. 72).
Look for the covered picnic pavilion, on your left as you drive in.


  • Antenna Installation Friday 6/24 1PM to 5PM
  • Radio Setup & Testing Saturday 6/25 9AM to 1PM (Bring your lunch)
  • Field Day Operation Saturday 2PM to Sunday 2PM – 24 Hour Operation
  • Picnic Saturday ~ 7PM
  • Tear Down & Cleanup Sunday 6/26 2PM to 3PM

(We can use everyone’s help during Antenna Installation and Tear Down!)


  • All are welcome
  • Bring drinks and something to share.
  • We will provide burgers and the fixings.
  • No alcoholic beverages in the Park.


  • 3A Category, using generator power.
  • One station will be SSB
  • one station will be CW
  • the third station will be SSB/CW.  open to everyone that wants to operate.
  • You do not have to be experienced at all – there will be people around to help you.


All are welcome.
The SARA Field Day is a Saturday event, SERC is not hosting FD this year,
so come over to Twin Lakes Park whenever you can.

Please note that the July SERC meeting will be help on July 11 due to the 4th of July holiday


The SERC Laurel Repeater (145.130 SAR-2) needed a new duplexer to the tune of $1200. The money was fronted by one of our members so we can keep this important repeater on the air. It is the only repeater in the southern end of our county and covers well into Charlotte county. 

We are asking members and non-members to contribute to help pay off the duplexer.

Currently we’ve raised $931 toward our goal of $1,200.

You can pledge your donation to 

We’ll get back to you on where to forward you donation

Thanks to all who have already contributed and to those who will.


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.

Sarasota County Drill: Hurricane BuckHurricane Flags

Sarasota EOC will be conducting a hurricane drill on May 20th.

This will include both voice and digital amateur radio communications;

VOICE: Controlled net on SAR-1 (146.730 repeat). All are welcome to check in.

DIGITAL: A digital (peer to peer Winlink packet) net will be conducted during the morning of the drill. The digital net will be supervised via a voice control net on 145.050 MHz simplex. Please follow net control’s instructions. All stations with Winlink capability are welcome to check in.

PRACTICE: A practice digital net will be conducted on Tuesday May 17 starting at 1 PM. Control will be via a voice net on 145.050 MHz simplex. All Winlink capable stations are welcome. Please follow net control’s instructions.

NOTE: Please turn off all beacons for the practice and drill.




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:


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:

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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

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De Soto National Memorial ( Link )

National Parks On The Air ( Link )



A group of local hams put De Soto National Memorial, NM05 on 3/19/2016 burning up the ions on 40 & 20m SSB before being rained out.

More pics ( here )


From the left:

George K5KG, Bob KJ4SV, John KM4EJE, Bill K4FLV, Jack K1KNQ (standing),
Ed K8DSS, Steve (standing in yellow – no call,  Ed’s bro-in-law visiting from MI)

Sarasota Half Marathon (Link)Sarasota Half Marathon


Over 3,000 runners and everything went perfectly.

Good organization by Laura

Doug was stellar on net control

Thanks to everyone who made this a perfect ham radio day!

Tour de Cure

TourdeCure2016Thanks to all who participated, great job!

The APRS positioning was a BIG help, Very successful.

A big THANKS to Bill (k4FLV) for a superb job organizing the event


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There was a lot of interest shown by everyone who attended the WinLink Technical Seminar before the March 2016 meeting.

For soundcard (Signalink) installation: AGW Express — Read the Guides, watch the videos

Any questions contact Den W2DEN (AT) comcast,net

What to do in case of a local emergency:

Now located on the EmComm Post ( Link )

the Isles CERT Team ready for action


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


W2DEN will most likely not be able to conduct any field day activities at the Red Cross

If someone else would like to take charge, please do so.

The fecilities are available and itis a great place to operate.

I may be able to attend, but in very limited capacity.



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 )



(Link to press release)



An experimental N4SER APRS iGate has been set up at the Red Cross building in Sarasota.

Frequency: 144.390 MHz

This is an APRS internet gateway only. It does NOT digipeat.

It will beacon every 30 minutes.

Thanks to Doug KI4RHU for donating Windows 7 for tis application

Comments to are welcome.




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 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 (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?


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..