Upcoming events

FPCARC meeting  Sep. 13 Las Palmas

ARES meeting Sept 18 FHF

Bike MS Sept 20 & 21  ARES event

October – really busy

4th Hamfest JAX sponsored by Orange Park Club

10 & 11 Melbourne hamfest, one of the better


18 FPCARC meeting AM Las Palmas here     VE at EOC 1:00PM

25 NORARS tailgate JAX


1 LARA tailgate – clubhouse

8 FPCARC meeting AM Las Palmas


December 3        Holiday Party  PCYC

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Meeting Minutes, May 31, 2014


Meeting Minutes
May 31, 2014

A special meeting of the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 09:06 on May 31, 2014 in Las Palmas by Mel Levinson, President.

Pledge of Allegiance


Members Present:

Joe WB2QAV, Jim KK4KNA, Anthony KG4JSK, Gene W4PRS, Thomas NP2D, John W8JW, Charles WB2CIC, Karl N2EAO, Dave KA4TXY, Marilyn, Mel W2MEL, Bill WS1C, Tim WA3QCV, Sally KJ4ZPP, Rick KC2HFL

Approval of Minutes

The minutes from the previous meeting, as posted on the club web site, W4FPC.org, were unanimously approved.

Open Issues

Mel W2MEL - The special meeting was called to assess the potential new meeting site at Las Palmas.

Financial Report – Totals given for Club and Repeater Accounts as reported by the treasurer, Sally. Motion to approve was seconded and approved by the floor.

Repeater Committee – Bill WS1C

  • Bill Spoke of a Repeater Committee meeting in January. Committee members not present were emailed. Covered funding, rent, voice ID, PL tone, inventory, donations, hospital repeater and DStar.
  • DStar no longer a viable option at the college repeater site due lack of internet.
  • Advised of monies received as donations. Installation was paid for. Advised of the cost per month, unbilled rent and rent due through December. The current amount in the repeater fund can cover the rent.
  • Voice ID, complaints were made and the ID was removed.
  • Hospital Repeater – Mike Lee has a repeater there on loan. Tim has donated antenna and other equipment. The hospital club call is W4FHF.
  • Mike Lee has asked to be paid for the materials used in the installation of the repeater at the college. Inventories were provided by both Mike and Tim. The amount Mike has asked for is substantially less than the actual value. Tim will donate the repeater and additional equipment. The invoice Mike submitted is due upon receipt.
    • Discussion on how the invoice is to be paid. Bill asked for additional monetary donations from the membership.
  • Motion by Anthony to pay Mike as soon as possible. Seconded by Bill.
    • Additional discussion on the motion. Members not in attendance are to be emailed the motion and should be given the opportunity to vote on the question.
    • Motion voted on approved to pay Mike.
  • Motion by Bill for the club to loan the repeater fund from the general fund, to be paid back in future years. Seconded by Anthony KG4JSK.
    • Discussion.
    • Motion approved for the loan to the repeater fund.

Motion by Bill WS1C to dispense with the regular meeting on Tuesday, June 3rd. Seconded.

  • Motion carried. Email blast to members not in attendance.

School Committee – Anthony KG4JSK

  • The STEM grant, which Jose was working under, is expiring.
  • Up to the teachers to carry the torch.
  • Motion by Anthony to rescind the clubs’ $500 donation to the schools and give them donated helium tanks. Seconded by Bill.
    • Discussion.
    • Motion approved.
  • Bill – Update on classes. Darius has not been heard from. Not encouraging, forth radio given away with no return on investment. Dana’s direction is robotics. No interest in Raspberry Pi.
  • Anthony – Teach ham radio for adult classes at FTI. Anthony will look in to the possibility.

Antenna Committee – Anthony KG4JSK

  • Bob Lavelle is now a permanent resident at Moultrie Rehabilitation. Visitors are encouraged. Room 140.

Charlie WB2CIC – Tribute to Sarjit Paintel WA2YFN who has passed on May 19th.


- Coffee break -


Bill WS1C – Discussion of meeting place and days available.

  • Charlie WB2CIC – The library first caters to organizations with activities that involve children.
  • Pros and cons of Las Palmas.
  • Conflicting Saturday dates, hamfests, etc. Saturdays seem to be the consensus.
  • Motion by Charlie WB2CIC to move the meeting to this location (Las Palmas) on the best Saturday’s possible for our schedule. Seconded.
    • Motion voted on and approved.
    • Discussion ensued on the motion.

Food Committee – Marilyn

  • Field Day – requests and discussion of food for the event.
  • Discussion on Pizza Social.
    • Mel to pay for the party.
    • Date to be determined.
  • Field Day discussion. Food to be served at 5:00 pm.

Bill WS1C – Field Day.

  • Discussion on proclamations and publicity.
  • 3 stations; CW, HF, digital.
  • Gear storage at EOC. Help needed with loading and moving.
  • Setup to start at 10:00.
  • Operating time commitments. Email blast for operator time slots.
  • More discussion on the number of stations to be setup.
  • Charlie WB2CIC to invite guest operators.
  • Motion by Charlie WB2CIC to make Field Day in honor of Sarjit Paintel WA2YFN.
    • Seconded by Bill WS1C.
    • Motion voted on and passed.

Bill WS1C – Discussion on tour of Las Palmas as a program for the next meeting. All agreed to the program.

New Business

No new business.


Motion to adjourn by Charlie WB2CIC, seconded Anthony KJ4JSK.

  • Motion passed.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:09 by Mel W2MEL.

Minutes respectfully submitted by:

           Richard J Reuther KC2HFL
Co-Recording Secretary


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Bike MS

Bike MS is just about a month away. The dates are September 20th and 21st. This is one of the largest events of the year so if you can help it’s greatly appreciated. If it’s just one or both days every bit matters and is greatly appreciated.

If interested please contact Flagler EC Jason Writtenhouse at kk4osd@arrl.net and he will get you signed up.

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For Sale from WB1AIL

A local ham has some items for sale
Ham Radio Items-
George Harnden-WB1AIL-386-864-5279-5/4/2014
(all prices are asking prices)

1. SWR and RF Power Meter-Tempo RFB-1A (no manual).Price-$30
2. Baker &Williamson TVI Filter-FL-10/1500. Price-$40
3. IC Active Audio Filter-Autek Research QF-1 (w/manual).Price-$25
4. SSB Transceiver-Swan 700cx (manual, earphones and mic). Price-$400 for items 4 , 5 ,and 6.
5. Power Supply (117 VAC) for above Swan 700.
6. Set of replacement tubes for above Swan 700 (w/8950 matched pair).
7. Transmitter-WRL Globe Chief Model 90 (w/manual).Price-$40 for items 7 and 8.
8. Set of spare tubes for Globe Chief (5-807’s, 1-6AG7, 1-12AU7A).
9. Micronta Field Strength and SWR Tester (w/manual). Price-$10
10. Wire Dipole with W2AU matching Balum set for 20-meter CW band, and
50 feet of RG-8U 50 Ohm Coax Cable (w/spare used Balum).Price-$25
11. Early telegraph Keyer and Receiver (J-38).Price-$20.
12. Several Standard Power Supplies
a. SPS 90D 12/15 Option 93, 12 to 15 vdc at 3.0A.Price-$20
b. SPS 30D 12/15 12 to 15vdc at .7A and 12 to 15vdc at .7A.Price-$10
13. Regulated Power Supply-Power/Mate Corp. 5volt 1.2A or 6volt 1.0A.Price-$15
14. W2AU Traps, two for 20 Meters, one for 10 Meters, and one for 15 Meters. Giveaway
15. Electronic Paddle Keyer-CMOS Circuitry plus four blank keyer pc boards. Price-$15
16. Two High Voltage Coils, two inch diameter, one 32 turns, the other 47 turns. Price-$5
17. Two large Variable Capacitors. $10 each
18. High Voltage Tubes (Used), 4X-250B Eimac (3), 4X-150A Eimac (5),New JAN 7034 Eimac (1) (4X-150A), RCA 8072 (2), and Eimac JAN-CIM-2C39A (2). Price for new tubes-$20 each, Used-$5 each
19. Two sockets SK600 (Air system socket for 4X-!50A Tube). Price-$25 each
20. Fluke 1910A Multi-counter and probe. Price-$40
21. Newport Panel Voltmeter-DC Volts (w/manual). Price-$10
22. Two multi-drawer table top cabinets of electronic parts resistors, capacitors, crystals, and sockets, etc for bread boarding transmitters and receivers. Price-$20 each cabinet. (one cabinet 50 drawers, other one less drawers)
23. Fifteen high voltage electrolytic capacitors for power supplies. Price-$15.
24. Eight small variable capacitors, various sizes. $10

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WS1C sale

For Sale    WS1C@fpcarc.org   or 386-283-4017       Will bring to May 3 tailgate

  1. Yaesu FT- 817   excellent condition with accessories, battery, Cell holder,                            AC charger, DC cable , book, box, PGM  software.                                      $500
  2.  Drake TR-4  W/Drake speaker – PS, new caps. mike, spare finals &                                other  tubes, Relay and socket, book, 150W output measured                 $400
  3.    Yaesu  ATAS- 120   automatic antenna W/ homebrew  mount  n 370  $200
  4. Bird 43 with N connectors, 100E UHF slug                                                   $200
  5. IC-T-90  Excellent with box and accessories  50, 144, 440 HT                 $150
  6. Mirage B108    tested 10=78, 5=60     W/preamp                                          $70
  7. Dummy load  to  900Mhz  -  100W CW   500W PEP                                    $50
  8. Garmin GPS-76 w/ external  antenna                                                             $40
  9. Micromatch  HF wattmeter 10-100-1000W  forward-reflected                $40
  10. Astron RS-12   13.6V 12 A linear PS     OK for 50W VHF-UHF                  $30
  11. Sola 120V 1000W ferro- resonant regulator                                                 $20
  12. Powerstat Q116 9A 120V 1000VA  variable transformer                           $20
  13. Pro Mariner 30A marine 3 battery charger                                                   $20
  14. Insignia DTV receiver with remote                                                                 $20
  15. Workman   UV325 dualband –NMO  new   146=1.5, 440=1.5                   $20
  16. Larsen Kulrod  5/8 w/magmount  7 cable BNC  145=1.15                          $15
  17. Antenna Spec.  magmount   2m 5/8  w/ UHF cable  148=1.1                     $15
  18. Unknown 5/8  Spring mount   excellent w/UHF cable 146=1.1                 $15
  19. CB magmount modified for 10 meters with UHF cable                               $15
  20. Uniden Bearcat BC-200XLT  with charger                                                   $15
  21. HF VSWR bridges, Motorola, Heath, Swan,  Amer.  Elect.    each              $10
  22. Texscan/Theta Comm 7272 VHF Signal level meter                                   $10
  23. Hombrew Power supply 13.6V 4.5A  w/powerpoles                                    $10
  24.  Hombrew  power supply 13.6V 4.0A  /powerpoles                                     $10
  25. Netgear WNR834B & Linksys BEFW1154 wireless routers both              $10
  26. Data switches, 2 way, one 4 way db-25 both for                                          $10
  27. Garmin GPSMAP 168, not working,  DC cable, data cable,                                                        AC supply, book                                                                                             $10
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DSTAR and DMR on the same radio – COMING..!!

UPDATE – just got off the phone with Jerry from CSI – he informed me that the estimated price of the unit will be around $249 (tentative). This is a killer-price for the only radio in the world that does DMR and DSTAR and analog (narrow and wide-band).

If you just couldn’t make a decision on whether to get DSTAR (from Icom) or MotoTrbo from Motorola, you soon won’t have to choose. Get BOTH on the same handheld radio, in either VHF or UHF. Projected timeframe is FALL of 2014.

CSI (Connect Systems Inc) – legendary makers of the tone encoder/decoder boards (back when they weren’t available in handhelds and had to be installed as an aftermarket device) is already building DMR radios (of course, also capable of narrowband-FM) and have recently announced that they will be expanding the capability of their DMR radio to include DSTAR..!!

No cost projections yet, but their standard DMR radio is only $185 (Amateur Net) – compared to over $600 from Motorola, so expect that the new combo radio will be in the $350-400 range (my wild-ars-guess).

Here are some details

Screenshot 2014-03-23 18.17.17

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Ham Radio Software

Ham Radio Software


CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats.

I have not tried yet, but AA6ML says it works.

73 Bill, WS1C

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A Wonderful Video Series on Amateur Radio

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DSTAR Repeater Install Soon

We will be installing a DSTAR repeater on the same tower as the current 147.075 (analog) machine in the next couple of weeks. No other assistance is needed at this time – and we will announce the frequency and callsign at a later date.

The repeater will not initially have Gateway access, since we don’t yet have an internet connection, but we’re hoping to have that problem resolved in the next few weeks.

More details to follow..

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