Florida QSO Party – April 25th

The Florida QSO Party will be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Al Wilkie Park in Hastings. The park is located two blocks south of the traffic light in Hastings.

The St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) will team up with the Palatka Amateur Radio Club (PARC) in Hastings this Saturday to participate in the Florida QSO party. Plan to join in the fun. Set-Up will begin at 10:00am and we will start calling CQ at noon. The SAARS Club call, N4AUG, will be used during the event. Plans are to make as many contacts as possible between noon and 10:00pm.

Don’t miss out – Meet those Hams that you only hear on the air, help make contacts, learn from the Elmer’s, and enjoy hot dogs and chips to be served between 5:30 – 6:30pm. Many of us will head to the park following the 7:30am breakfast social at Theo’s. So join us for breakfast as well.


Dunn’s Creek State Park Open House

Pictures are starting to come in.

Camping – April 17th – April 19th, 2015
Check-in – Gate opens @ noon on Friday April 17th, 2015
Check-out ** No later than Sunday 4 pm April 19th, 2015

Saturday – April 18th, 2015
Use the link below to sign up to operate HF during the event.

Use this lick below to register with the park for admission and/or camping:
Also use this link for a full schedule of events:

Talk-in Frequency 147.060 Tone 123.0

SAARS Silent Key W4CXM Lives On

2015-03-28_14-38-56_813.pngOn a sunny Saturday afternoon in March 2015 SAARS members came together to dismantle the antennas and tower of SAARS silent key Samuel Snook Jr., W4CXM. The new homeowner contacted a SAARS member inquiring if anyone would be willing to take down the tower and antennas. After only a couple of calls plans were in motion. (View the pictures)

Jim Morrell KF4MX, Doug Stewart KI4NAD, Rick Hatton KK4GGL, and Alan Alsobrook KD4QOF all came together to tackle the project. Four hours later the tower was down and all items were removed. SAARS President, Doug Stewart KI4NAD, advised that some of the useable items could be used at field day while other parts and pieces might be given to members.

There is little doubt that Mr. Snook is smiling down on us. He would surely be very happy to know that he has once again helped SAARS continue it’s momentum and contributed to the growth of amateur radio in St. Augustine, FL.

HamCation 2015 – Everyone had a BLAST!

It was a fun weekend for all. No matter if you were there one, two, or all three days everyone could be found having a  GREAT Time.

IM000677.JPGSo, if you missed out this year it’s time to do what we are already doing. Plan for next year. The 2016 HamCation is February 12, 13, and 14, 2016. A group of us will be camping on the grounds. We’d love for as many of you as possible to join in on the fun. And there will be a cookout for SAARS & PARC members on one of the evenings around 5pm.

Daytona Beach Annual Tailgate Party

I received the following through our Contact Form:

From: Tom Bilello, NW0LF <nw0lf@nulldawoolfe.com>
Subject: Daytona Beach Tailgate Party 4/28/15

Message Body:
This is to cordially invite your club to the 2nd annual tailgate party sponsored by the Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association. It will be from 800-1300 and is free to buyers and sellers. More information and the flyer can be seen at the club website-www.DBARA.org. I am the POC for the event and can be reached for more info at my email-NW0LF@nulldawoolfe.com or 386-690-9412.Hope to see you there.

(I have checked their website, which shows the date to be Saturday, March 28. – RH)


Winter Field Day 2015

Winter Field Day 2015 has come and gone. Winter Field Day was established by the Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio in 2007. It has become an annual event.

This year the Palatka Amateur Radio Club, with members of the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society, participated in an event located at Triangle Park in Palatka. Antennas were raised (and lowered), lessons were learned, contacts were made and fun was had by young and (not so) old. Pictures are up.

Don’t forget, the Florida QSO Party, Field Day and the ILLW International Lighthouse Weekend are not far away.

Next up is Hamcation in Orlando. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone.