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(last updated: 4/14/19)

ANNOUCEMENTS

PSLARA NEWSLETTER
:  The latest edition of the PSLARA Newsletter was emailed on the morning of 4/2/2019.  If you have not received it please send an email to info@pslara.com and we will resend you a copy.


IMPORTANT REMINDER:  2019 dues are now due.  If you have already paid your dues, THANK YOU.  If you have not yet paid, please do so now.  See an officer or director at any club event to pay your dues.  Either cash or check is acceptable  Or, you can send your dues by mail.  Dues are $25.  Make a check (no cash in the mail, please) payable to PSLARA and send to PSLARA, PO Box 7461, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34985.

UPDATE ON DICK CASADA, W4DAC:  Dick has been transferred to Brennity Assisted Living Facility located at 10685 SW Stoney Creek Way, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34987. Brennity is a gated facility. If you wish to visit Dick and find the gate closed, follow instructions on the sign near the gate and use the keypad to enter the indicated code. The receptionist will admit you onto the property. Everyone please keep Dick, his wife Dawn and their family in your prayers.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MARCONI DAY:  The 2019 International Marconi Day Celebration will take place on April 27, 2019.  A list of stations planning to participate can be found at Marconi Day Stations.  Additional information is available from the same web site.  

HURRICANE EXERCISE:  ARES will be participating in a Hurricane Exercise scheduled for May 8, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  All amateurs are urged to participate.  Details will be provided at a later date. 

BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION UPDATE:  The Bouvet Island DXpedition team arrived safely back in Cape Town, South Africa on April 2, 2019.  As you are probably aware, the team was within 70 nautical miles of Bouvet when their ship encountered 36 foot waves and 80 knot winds from a developing storm.  A radar unit and HF, VHF and V-SAT antennas were torn from the mast and lost to the sea.  For safety reasons the captain felt it prudent to return to port for repairs.  The DXpedition is postponed at this time; but the team intends to announce a new schedule later this month.  For further details visit the Bouvet Expedition web site. 

THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES

CW TRAINING NET:  Monday, April 15, 6:30 PM (and every Monday) on the club's 146.955 MHz repeater.  Join Paul, W4ISZ, and the gang to learn or practice slow CW.  Check in is on the repeater.  Then listen on 7.121 MHz for the actual CW transmissions.  Additional details are on the CW Training Group web page.


MONTHLY ARES MEETING:  The next ARES meeting will be on Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 PM (and the 3rd Wednesday of every month) at the St. Lucie County EOC, 15305 W Midway Road, Fort Pierce.  Details are on the ARES Group web page.  ARES needs additional members.  Please consider joining us.

2X4 DX GROUP NET:  Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 PM and every 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Wednesday of the month.  The net is held on the PSLARA 146.955 repeater.  Don, WY5I, is the host for this net.  More information is available on the 2X4 DX Group web page.

CW TRAINING NET:  Thursday, April 18, 6:30 PM (and every Thursday) on the club's 146.955 MHz repeater.  Also listen on 7.121 MHz for the actual CW transmissions.  Additional details are on the CW Training Group web page.

PSLARA RAGCHEW, TECH AND TRADING NET:  Thursday, April 18, 7:30 PM (and every Thursday) on the club's 146.955 MHz repeater.  Details are available further down on this page.


FUTURE EVENTS

NEXT 2X4 DX GROUP MEETING:  Wednesday, April 24, 9:00 AM and every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  The group meets at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, NW Prima Vista Blvd and Irving St, Port Saint Lucie.  Meetings are held in the small meeting room located on the west side of the church property.  More information is available on the 2X4 DX Group web page.

NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING  - Our next membership meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd, Port Saint Lucie.  We meet in the Fellowship Hall on the north side of the church property.  The program will be a video presentation by George Henf (SK), KK4CW.  George is the inventor of the GAP antenna.  This is going to be an interesting and informative presentation.  Be sure to invite a friend.  And remember, visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

NEXT MONTHLY ARES NET:  Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 PM (and the first Wednesday of every month) on the county 147.240 MHz repeater.  Details are on the ARES Group web page.

NEXT PSLARA BOARD MEETING:  Wednesday, May 8, 1:30 PM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, NW Prima Vista Blvd and Irving St, Port Saint Lucie.  The meeting is held in the small meeting room on the west side of the church property.  Members are welcome to attend the board meetings.  If you have an item you wish to discuss with the board, please notify the secretary prior to the meeting by sending an email to info@pslara.com.

NEXT VE LICENSE TESTING SESSION:  Saturday, May 11, 8:30 AM at the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center, 15305 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL.  Pre-registration is not necessary at our test sessions, and walk-ups are always welcome.  Click the Testing,Training link on the left side menu for additional details.  Our complete 2019 testing schedule is also listed on the same page.

OTHER NEWS

FLORIDA STATE PARKS ON THE AIR:  The event is over and was a success.  Special thanks go out to club member Bruce Carroll, WA3RHW, for organizing the event and setting up the radio station.  And thanks to Joey Lopez, KJ4VVU, for setting up a second station.  We also had an information table set up for non-ham visitors to the park.  Propagation was not good, which limited contacts; but for all who participated it was a fun event.  Click here to view the K4PSL Event Log.

ECHOLINK - Echolink is now back in operation on the club's 146.955 MHz repeater.  Our Echolink node id is 644473.  A big THANK YOU to Harold, W8PPI, for volunteering to host the Echolink equipment in his shack.  And also a big THANK YOU to the team who worked to make it happen.  Good job team!

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS  - Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month except December at 7:30 PM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd, Port Saint Lucie.  We meet in the Fellowship Hall on the north side of the church property.  Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.  You don't need to be a licensed ham to participate.

JOIN US - Our weekly Ragchew, Traders and Tech Net is held on both repeaters each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
     PSLARA Repeaters: 146.955 -.600kHz, 443.650 +5 MHz, Tone on both 107.2.
     Echolink K4PSL-L node
644473.  ECHOLINK IS UP!.

NEW DMR REPEATER - 444.000  +5 COLOR 1, Time Slot 1
DMR Net 9PM Tuesdays, on Talk Group 31123, connect to our DMR repeater (also Ft.Pierce  and VERO)


2X4 DX & HF GROUP NET - Join the 2X4 DX Group net every 1st, 3rd (and when necessary 5th) Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM on the PSLARA 146.955 repeater.  All amteurs, member or not, are invited to participate.

OTHER ANALOG NETS (with ECHOLINK)
     K4CPJ-R  Vero MONDAYS  7:30 PM 146.640 +.600  pl 107.2  
     W4AKH-R  FT PIERCE 8:00 PM TUESDAYS 147.345 +.600  ( 107.2  Tone) 
     AF4CN-R Treasure Coast Weather Net SKYWARN  SUNDAY, 9PM    146.775 (tone 107.2). also REPEATER NET AT 8:00Pm


DINNER MEETINGS - Please join us for dinner prior to the monthly meetings.  We meet at 5:30 PM at the Golden Corral in St. Lucie West (next to Lowe s). This is a great chance to socialize and enjoy a meal together! 

BREAKFAST MEETINGS - 1st Saturday of every month, at 8:30 AM at the Golden Corral in St. Lucie West (next to Lowes).


LICENSE TESTING - We hold VE license testing sessions ten times per year at the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center, 15305 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL.  Pre-registration is not necessary at our test sessions, and walk-ups are always welcome.  Click the Testing,Training link on the left side menu for additional details.  Our complete 2019 testing schedule is also posted on the same page.  Be sure to check it out.

2X4 DX & HF GROUP MEETINGS - The group meets at 9:00 AM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  They meet at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd, Port St. Lucie.  The church is located one block west of the intersection of Prima Vista Blvd and Airoso Blvd.  Meetings are held in the small meeting room on the west side of the main church building.  Visitors are always welcome.  Please join us.  For more information on the 2X4 DX & HF Group please send an email to: DX Group Info.

 
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WHO WE ARE 
The Membership of the Port Saint Lucie Radio Amateur Radio Association (PSLARA) is comprised of licensed amateur radio operators and persons interested in the "ham" radio hobby. We are an official affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
 
OUR PURPOSE 
PSLARA s purpose is to promote Amateur Radio as a hobby. Accordingly, the goals of PSLARA are to further the exchange of information and cooperation among members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating efficiency. We aim to conduct club meetings, programs and activities in a manner that advances the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio. The Association is also dedicated to providing emergency communications as a public service in the event of a local or national emergency.
 
OUR MEETINGS 
The monthly meetings of the PSLARA are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The meeting location is St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie. The church is located one block west of the intersection of Prima Vista Blvd and Airoso Blvd.  Meetings are open to all persons interested in ham Radio.  Visitors are always welcome.

*** Join us for dinner at the Golden Corral in St. Lucie West (next to Lowes) prior to the monthly meeting.  We get together for dinner at 5:30 pm.  This is a great chance to socialize and enjoy a meal together!

*** Breakfast Meetings 1st Saturday,  at 8:30 AM at the Golden Corral in St. Lucie West (next to Lowes)
 
OUR ACTIVITIES 
Our many programs include several major social events a year.  We also participate in several community events annually. 
 
MEMBERSHIP 
Membership in the PSLARA is open to all who have an interest in amateur radio. You do not need to be a licensed amateur operator to become a member. An application form is available under the "CONTACT US" tab. Membership dues are $25 per year. For members, dues are due by the end of December in the amount of $25.00.  Make checks payable to PSLARA, Inc. and mail them to PSLARA, P. O. Box 7461, Port St. Lucie, FL 34985.

CLUB EMAIL:   Info@PSLARA.com (for general info and membership) , Testing@PSLARA.com (for Testing and Training)
 


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