2017 Comes to an End

Hello all and Happy New Year.

Just a few reminders as we enter the new year. First, January will be a very busy month around the Club and I wanted to post reminders for all the goings on so you can join us.

Our January General Membership Meeting will be held on the second Monday this month since the first Monday falls on New Year’s Day. The January business meeting will be on January 8 at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

On January 4, the Morse Code class begins at 6:30pm. Our first four classes will be held at the PSOC on Columbus. Classes will continue January 18th, January 25th and February 1st. The final 2 classes will be held at the clubhouse and will be coached, on air CW QSOs with random hams throughout the country. The last two classes will be February 15th and 22nd at 6:30pm at the clubhouse.

On January 13th, TARCFest will be held at the Clubhouse, 7am set up, 8am open. Food, fun and fabulous deals

Our January program will be Monday January 15th at 7:30pm featuring Yaesu corporate representatives visiting our club for the first time to present a program on Yaesu System Fusion, the Yaesu sponsored digital mode. TARC has supported the mode by having a DRX-1 repeater in Fusion mode at 444.750, as well as a Fusion Node (N4TP-ND at 147.570) that can be used for linking to the Fusion system making possible QSOs around the world possible through the Fusion system. This will great program and those in attendance will get Free Pizza and drinks prior to the presentation. Club members throughout the entire WCF are invited.

Biff Craine, K4LAW

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Upcoming Tech and General Classes

Good evening everybody. Hillsborough County ARES/RACES is proud to announce new Technician and General classes. Both classes take 2 full Saturdays. They’ll start on January 20 and finish on February 3rd. The cost is $40 which covers both your study guide and the exam fees.

If you are interested, or know somebody who is, please register on our website at www.hillsboroughares.org

Jon Rubin
Emergency Coordinator
Hillsborough County ARES/RACES

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Treasurer’s Report – January 2018

Happy New Year!


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TARCFest XL – Snowbird Edition – Saturday, January 13, 2018

Click here for a downloadable flyer

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Treasurer’s Report – December 2017


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Mark Your Calendars for Monday, December 4th — XMAS Party is Fast Approaching

The Club Christmas Party will soon be here…it’s only 3 ½ weeks away!

We’ll be going to the Frontier Steak House, 8602 Sligh Ave. on Monday, 12/4 in lieu of our December General meeting.

The format will be dutch.

We’ll start gathering about 6:00 PM and should conclude about 9:00 PM.

Please RSVP to me so I can keep a tally. If enough people attend, we can get the back-room like we did a few years ago.

Hope to see you all then!

Merry Chrismas and 73,
Bill, N4WEB

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Treasurer’s Report – November 2017


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Upper Pinellas ARC Hamfest – Saturday, October 28th

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Upcoming Hamfests

Just a reminder that there are a couple of Hamfests in the area for November.

4 November – Lakeland ARC Hamfest; this is a rescheduled event, as Hurricane Irma interrupted the original 9 September event. See  http://lakelandarc.org for further details.

11 November – SPARCFest is back for 2017. It is again at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park. See http://sparc-club.org for more information.

Future events include the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention in Plant City in December, TARCFest XL here at the Tampa ARC clubhouse in January, and the Orlando Hamcation in February.

Stay tuned!

73 de Lee KX4TT

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Hi Volunteers,

As mentioned in the meeting last night, the Tampa Hamfest is approaching, Dec 8 and 9, and I am looking for volunteers to sell tickets and help with tailgate. With Brandon being the closest club to the Plant City fairgrounds it has always been our people who do the most work, and I thank you for that. Attached is the assignment sheet and a view of the Hamfest site. This will be the same as last year. Yes, it is a bit early, but plan to spend some extra time at the Hamfest, I know you are going (GRIN), and help out.


Volunteers are needed for the Tampa Bay Hamfest on Friday Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. We are still at the Strawberry Fairgrounds in Plant City, see the attached Site Photo.

There will be three locations, “A”, “B” and “C”

Position “A” is the main ticket booth with two windows, A1 and A2,

Position “B” will be opposite “A” and is the entrance for tailgate vendors. It will require three volunteers, B1 and B2 for tail gate sales. B3 will help vendors and handicapped park. Vendors will leave through the main gate as do handicapped.

Position “C” 1 will be a crossing guard across Woodrow Wilson St. on Friday only between the Tailgate/Testing area and the Hamfest building on the left of the photo. Plant City will close the road on Saturday and a crossing guard is not needed.



Each volunteer will receive a coupon for each hour worked. At the end of Saturday the coupons will be put in a hat and a lucky coupon will be drawn to see who gets a gift worth $50.00. I am not eligible.


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