June 2024 Meeting

The St Augustine Amateur Radio Society will meet  Wednesday June 5th at 6:30 PM. The meeting location will be the St. Augustine Airport Conference Center, 4730 Casa Cola Way, St. Augustine. (map).

Our guest speaker for the June meeting will be Alan Alsobrook, KD4QOF

NOTE: Due to the recent challenges in securing a meeting venue we are moving the June 2024 meeting from Tuesday to Wednesday. While we do not intend for this to be a permanent change, future meeting nights will be determined as a venue is secured.

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Outreach at St Augustine Amphitheater Farmers Market

We will be having an outreach event at the St Augustine Amphitheater Farmers Market 8:30 am to 12:30 pm further details via email and on the net.

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May 2024 Meeting

The St Augustine Amateur Radio Society will meet  Tuesday May 7th at 6:30 PM. The meeting location will be at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (map).

The program will be on satellite operations by Mike Randazzo, KO4PDI.

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April 2024 Breakfast Social

BreakfastSaturday, the 27th is the last Saturday of the month when we do a Breakfast Social.  This Saturday we will be at  “The Spot” which is located 4508 US 1 St. Augustine near the airport.  (MAP) The Spot opens at 7:30 which is also our normal time to gather for breakfast.

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April 2024 Meeting

The St Augustine Amateur Radio Society will meet  Tuesday April 2nd at 6:30 PM via Google Meet. Please see Bob’s email for meeting information.

We will start with a brief business meeting and planning for Florida Parks on the Air, followed by our guest speaker at approximately 7 pm ET.

This month’s meeting will feature a presentation on the upcoming Solar Eclipse QSO Party, to be given by Gary Hogsten, AB4GH, of the HamSCI.org group.

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Hamfest Fundraiser …

… for James Lea and his family.
Palm Coast Elks Lodge #2709 in Palm Coast Florida
53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 32137 (MAP)
The event will be held on March 9th, 2024, From 9 am-4:30 pm
Tables inside 2 will be available for $30 cash and you can enter as early as 6 am.
Parking spaces are limited outside but you can get one to sell for $20. Setup at 6 am.
Admission will be $20 Cash only.
The bar will be available for an extra cost. There will also be food offered by the Elks for an additional fee.
There will be door prizes and some lectures

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March 2024 Meeting

The St Augustine Amateur Radio Society will meet  Tuesday March 5 at 6:30 PM. The meeting location will be the St. Augustine Airport Conference Center, 4730 Casa Cola Way, St. Augustine. (map).

In anticipation of the upcoming total solar eclipse, we are excited to host Paul Jones, Vice President, Ancient City Astronomy Club (ACAC), as our guest speaker for the March Meeting. In addition to information about the eclipse, Paul will tell us more about the ACAC, including what they do, how they do it, and the club’s 50+ year history.

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February 2024 Meeting

The St Augustine Amateur Radio Society will meet  Tuesday February 6th at 6:30 PM. The meeting location will be the St. Augustine Airport Conference Center, 4730 Casa Cola Way, St. Augustine. (map).

Our guest speaker for the February meeting will be Jay Garlitz, AA4FL, President of the North Florida DX Association

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January 2024 Breakfast Social

BreakfastSaturday, the 27th is the last Saturday of the month when we do a Breakfast Social.  This Saturday we will be at  “The Spot” which is located 4508 US 1 St. Augustine near the airport.  (MAP) The Spot opens at 7:30 which is also our normal time to gather for breakfast.

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Winter Field Day 2024

winter_fdThe St Augustine Amateur Radio Society will participate in Winter Field Day 2024 with operations at Faver-Dykes State Park on Sat 1/27 and Sun 1/28. We have the pavilion nearest the water reserved for Saturday and Sunday.

Faver-Dykes State Park. 1000 Faver Dykes Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32086. (MAP) The entrance is just north of the US1/I-95 interchange in the southern part of St Johns County. Park admission is $5 per vehicle using the honor station at the entrance to the park. You can also purchase single-day use passes online ahead of time  at: Single use day pass

Winter Field Day operations start at 2 pm local time Saturday. Since January 27 is the last Saturday of the month we can still meet for the monthly breakfast . If you arrive at the park in the 10 am to 11 am time frame you should have plenty of time to set up.
Our operation time
We expect the bulk of our operation to be on Saturday afternoon, with some members staying on through the evening. We’ll need to break down the stations and antennas when we leave for the day (unless someone intends to operate through the night).

Food and drink
There are no concession stands at the park, and not much else in the general vicinity. The club will provide lunch in the 12 noon-ish to 2 pm time frame (just prior to operations). We recommend that you bring your own drinks and bring food for later in the day. There will be no meal service on Sunday, so pack food and drinks accordingly if you intend to operate from the park that day.

Fleas and ticks
The park is known for its share of insects, so we recommend you pack insect repellent.

We will also conduct a pre-event planning meeting. See Bob’s email.

We look forward to our first event of 2024 and hope to see you there. Even if you don’t intend to operate, stop by to see the setups and enjoy some lunch.

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