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Deer Prairie Exercise

Mark you calendars… January 16, 2016

An emergency drill with the EOC, K-9, ACS, local hams etc.

Radio operators are needed. No experience necessary.

In the field:

> with a 2M Ht to provide communication to the Emergency Teams

> fully capable portable stations for Net Control

At Home: to simulate shelters etc. All you need is a 2M radio and some time

Red Cross: We’d like someone at the Red Cross to provide radio support

E-mail Bill K4FLV  ( with your capabilities ASAP. He needs a preliminary list by Friday 10/9.

This is an RSVP event so you MUST sign up with Bill

More to come . . .

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October 14, 2015
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Red Cross Building 2001 Cantu Ct, Sarasota, FL ‎(Map)
ALL are invited
Contact Den ( or Dan ( for information



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Amateur Radio License Exam Session

October 31, 2015 

9 AM – 11 AM

Red Cross Building2001 Cantu Ct.

Sarasota, FL ‎(Map)


Testing all license classes

$15 fee

What to bring: ARRL VEC

Local contact:

SERC’s November and December meetings
November 2: Officer elections. Interested in helping out? The Secretary’s position is open.
Ed Gansen will give a talk on Sarasota’s Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS).  What it is, how you can help in times of an emergency… he’ll answer all your questions about ACS!


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.

Comments to are welcome.

The SERC iGate is now running Xastir on Ubuntu



Gateway Consolidation… needs help

An updated laptop has become available for SERC to use as our WinLink and APRS gateways.


  • Ubuntu O.S.
    • Win 7 would be better if a legal copy were available.
  • WinLink: Linux RMS Gateway ↔ USB/Serial Dongle  ↔ Kantronics KPC 9612 TNC ↔ 2M radio (145.050 MHz)
  • APRS: Xastir ↔ DireWolf ↔ soundcard ↔ soundcard modem ↔ 2M radio (144.390 MHz)

Anyone interested in helping out, 

possibly with Ubuntu experience,

please contact Den via,




Stan and Bob going APE again this summer
The report is in . . . . .
Read all about it  HERE


Ron Wetjen Honored

The Emergency Management staff has named the Comm Room at the new EOC as the “Wetjen Radio Room”, as you can see in the attached picture. This is in recognition of Ron’s continuous dedication and service to Sarasota County. This is the 30th anniversary of Ron’s initial involvement with Emergency Management.

Join me in congratulating Ron on this milestone and his recognition by Sarasota County.

Ed Gansen

Upcoming events:

50th Annual Melbourne Hamfest
Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10
Melbourne Auditorium – Melbourne, FL. 

Lake Amateur Radio Association Annual Tailgate 
November 7, 2015 
Setup 6:30-7:30 AM, Sale 7:30 AM – NOON 
11146 Springdale Avenue, 
Leesburg FL 34788

Sparkfest 2015
Saturday November 14th
Freedom Lake Park
Largo, FL.

2015 Ocala Hamfest
Dec 5, 2015  8a - 4p
FL National Guard Armory
900 SW 20th St.
Ocala FL 34471

Tampa Bay Hamfest
Dec 11,12 2015
Agricultural Show Center 
2508 W. Oak Avenue 
Plant City, Florida
Hamcation: National Convention / Hamfest
February 12,13,14 2016
 Central Florida Fairgrounds
4603 W Colonial Dr 
Orlando, FL 32808 


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)

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts by Bill Martin ( K4JBV ) the SERC 444.700 MHz UHF DMR repeater is now up and running.

There is definitely a learning curve on how to use the incredible capabilities of this machine. If anyone, in or out of SERC, would like to try explaining just how to use this repeater please contact us. A nice write up for the web and possible hosting  pre-meeting technical seminar would be terrific.

For now you can access some information at the following two sites:  (  (

Preliminary: We are planning on having Nick join us via the internet for the August Techie Roundtable to give us a basic primer on DMR. More to come as we firm this up. Please send any questions / topics you want covered

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!

*** FCC News ***

Need / want a paper copy of that new or upgrade FCC license?

Click here for information on how to get one.


The current Amateur Radio General license exam question pool will expire at mid-night June 30, 2015.

The new question pool goes into effect on July 1, 2015.

The new question pool is available here.


Vanity call sign fee has been dropped ( Click for More Info )

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.

ARRL Centenial LogoARRL Centennial Awards

The awards are now available

Sign in here follow the instruction in the ‘Award’ tabs.

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?


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..

SERC Radio Room Upgrade Project

The SERC radio room is slowly being organized and improved.
It started with the tower project that gave us a fabulous 4 band Yagi at 50 feet
The project is moving forward with some very nice donations.
How about helping out…..
Here’s is what we need… :
  • Laptop computer:  Wired and/or wireless network, serial port or serial to USB adapter.
  • Vista, Win7 or Win8 OS… sorry but XP is getting too outdated.
  • Wireless router: wireless G, (G/N would be nice) with at least 4 wired ports.
  • a TNC (see Winlink below).
  • 2 – flat screen monitors… 600 x 800 resolution or more.
  • 2 – usb keyboards.
  • 2 – amplified audio distribution systems for the rig outputs…..
    • Minimum 2 headphone jacks.
    • Speaker.
    • Volume controls.
  • Windom Improvement:
    • The Windom antenna does not function very well… proven during the FL QSO Party.
    • Help is needed to recondition it and put it back up at a higher point on the tower.
  • Additional antenna(s) for HF.
  • A dream: a triplexer and 3 band pass filters for the YAGI so we can run 2 stations into the single antenna!
  • Wire A/C for the amplifier… need 20 amp 110 or 220 vac (preferred) dedicated line.
  • ??? we are looking for suggestions, what would you like to see in the room.

2 computer to radio interfaces are being constructed and should be completed by field day.
This will allow voice keying from the computers as well as digital modes; PSK, RTTY etc.

If you would like to contribute, time, money, equipment please contact any SERC board me