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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Gasparilla Parade Radio Net

As you all know the Gasparilla Parade is this Saturday.  The Tampa EOC will be activated.  We will have an informal net running from about 1000 to about 1900 (7:00 P.M.).  We will not be making net calls, just monitoring.  If you are going to the parade then take your HT with you.  If you see something that needs to be reported then you can call it in.  If something comes up I may make a call for any information anyone out there might be in a position to provide.  Otherwise the net will be pretty silent.  Actually if you are near the parade route you will probably have trouble hearing your radio anyway.

The frequency is 146.940 – offset and a tone of 146.2.

If you don’t know how to program your radio for that then you need to come to our communication workshop on the third Wednesday each month.  It is at the Hillsborough County EOC at 2711 E Hanna.

Bill Williams  AG4QX
Tampa EOC   ESF02

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$5.00 TARC Dues Discount Available until Apri 1st

Happy new year from TARC!

We wanted to let you know that we are currently offerering a dues discount!

If you renew your TARC membership prior to April 1, you will receive a $5.00 discount on your renewal ($30.00 instead of $35.00).

If you are a new member, or your membership has expired, you can still get the $5.00 discount.  Membership for the current fiscal year AND next fiscal year (until March 31,2017) is only $38.75.

Please consider supporting your club. You can renew online by clicking the “Membership Self-Service” link above.

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