Educator, ARRL Field Organization Veteran, Author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, SK

Past Connecticut ARRL Section Communications Manager (SCM — now SM) and veteran Field Organization volunteer, and author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, died on May 17. He was 67. An ARRL Life Member, Kemp served as Connecticut SCM for 6 years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over the years he also had filled several other ARRL Field Organization posts in Connecticut and in West Central Florida, including Assistant SM (1992 to 2004 and 2008 to 2015), Public Information Coordinator, District Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator, and Official Observer. For many years, he was an Assistant Director for New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI.

“He was a superb teacher in the high school, a wonderful mentor, licensed over 700 hams, an active member of Candlewood Amateur Radio Association, and one who really understood what it meant to actualize his potential,” said ARRL Connecticut SM Betsey Doane, K1EIC. “He was enthused about life and, really, he was a gift to all of us.”

A ham for 47 years, Kemp was the author of The Teacher’s Guide to Amateur Radio Instruction, published by ARRL in 2014. He also authored numerous articles and was a co-author of ARRL’s popular series of Emergency Communications courses, and of the Public Service Communications Manual.

Kemp was named Herb S. Brier Volunteer Instructor of the Year and Professional Teacher of the Year — the only person to receive both ARRL honors. Read more.

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Treasurer’s Report – May 2016


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Photos from Introduction to Amateur Radio Class

Liz Mueller held an IMG_20160412_192014[1]“Introduction to Amateur Radio” class at the Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N. Central Ave. Eighteen persons were in attendance while several modes were demonstrated, including live check-ins to the TARC net.  We hope to hear some new hams on the air shortly!

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147.105 Repeater Update

Last Friday, we made two changes to the 105 system.  Please let us know your thoughts.

  • We increased the power out from 5 watts to 20 watts
  • We changed the system to accept Fusion well as FM as an input mode.   The system will ONLY transmit FM, regardless of the input mode.

The system continues to accept and transmit FM.

There is a possibility the trunking systems at the 105 transmitter site may look to the repeater as C4FM, and attempt to transmit it (aka, P25 is a variation of C4FM).   If this happens, the system will transmit a hash/static sound for no apparent reason, or not drop after a transmission.  If you notice this, please let us know.  We may have to remove the ability for it to accept Fusion and convert it to FM on output.

Bill, N4WEB

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Treasurer’s Report – April 2016


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Radio FOXHUNT after TARCfest

There will be a Foxhunt informal contest after TARCfest on April 9th., beginning at 12:30 PM.  It will be held at the Tampa Amateur Radio Club.  Go to for directions.

Every Saturday at 9:00 AM and Every Monday at 7:30 PM until April 9th,  there will be a session to teach you how to build a directional antenna to be used for the Foxhunt.  The antenna will be constructed of a metal tape measure and PVC pipe.  Paul Wiese will be the instructor.  He will provide all the materials, such as glue, connectors, cable, etc, as well as tools,  for you to build a unique hand held beam antenna for the foxhunt.  You will need that directional antenna to locate the “Fox” transmitter. on April 

You will be working in pairs for the actual foxhunt.  So, you will need to have one hand held 2 meter amateur radio for the foxhunt.  Paul will have one to show you how to use it.  He will provide the necessary connectors for your radio, such as BNC, SMA (male or female).

Bring your radio and don’t forget to charge your battery!

Contact Joel John, KI4SFT with any questions.

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Last Call for Dues Discount

TARC is offering a $5.00 dues discount until Friday, April 1st. Join or renew your TARC membership at the discounted rate of $30 for the next year (normally $35).

You can join or renew online at

If you have any problems processing your membership, please let us know.

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Treasurer’s Report – March 2016


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Introduction to Amateur Radio – Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 PM

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. When a disaster occurs ham radio operators go into action and save many lives.

Come learn the basics of ham radio and experience a live ham radio event outside of the Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N. Central Library, Tampa, FL 33603.

Contact Librarian Liz Mueller for more information or call (813) 276-2027.

Click here for the Intro. to Amateur Radio Flyer.

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Treasurer’s Report – February 2016


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