Welcome to Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association

~ Important reminders and events ~
(last updated: 5/11/2022)

* * * * *  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS  * * * * *

PSLARA PRESIDENT KEN LENZ, WA4ABR (SK)
It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our President Ken Lenz, WA4ABR.  Ken was PSLARA club president for 2022.  Ken had been a PSLARA director for many years prior to accepting the presidency.  He also served in past years as vice-president and chair of the program committee.  Recently, Ken had been working on improving his CW skills, as well as increasing his activity on FT8 and working toward DXCC status.  Ken was also active in the Lake Charles community where he resided.  Please remember the Lenz family in your prayers.  Here is a link to his obituary:
     https://www.haisleyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Kenneth-Lenz-3/#!/Obituary


MEMBERSHIP MEETING - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The June membership meeting will be at the Veterans Resource Center located on the Saint Lucie West Campus of Indian River State College.  The address is 500 NW California Blvd.  Visitors are invited.  Members, bring along a friend.  Click here for a revised map showing the location of the Veterans Resource Center.

VE LICENSE EXAM SESSION POSSIBLE IN JUNE
If arrangements can be made, a license exam session may be scheduled for late June.  Watch your email and this page for an announcement should we be successful at arranging a session.


FORT PIERCE HAMFEST
Coming in August.  Watch for further announcements.

AMATEUR RADIO WEEK PROCLAMATION
By special proclamation at their April 11, 2022 meeting, Port Saint Lucie City Council proclaimed the week of April 17 - 23, 2022 as Amateur Radio Week in Port Saint Lucie. 

Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the Port Saint Lucie Amateur Radio Association were President Ken Lenz - WA2ABR, Secretary Bruce Carroll - WA3RHW and ARES coordinator Paul Horner - W4ISZ.  A copy of the proclamation can be viewed here.  A photo of the club officers accepting the proclamation from Council is available here.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Reminder - The next live meeting of the post-covid era will be held at the Veterans Resource Center of the IRSC St. Lucie West campus, 500 NW California Blvd.  Visitors are invited.  Members, bring along a friend.  See link to map at the top of this page.

                                   
                      JUNE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Jun  1    St. Lucie ARES Net                  147.240           7:30 PM
Jun  2    Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun  2    PSLARA Net                             146.955           7:30 PM
Jun  6    Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun  8    PSLARA BOD Meeting             via Zoom         7:00 PM
Jun  9    Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun  9    PSLARA Net                             146.955           7:30 PM  

Jun 13   Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun 15   SLC ARES Meeting - EOC       Midway Road  7:00 PM
Jun 16   Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun 16   PSLARA Net                             146.955           7:30 PM
Jun 20   Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun 22   PSLARA Meeting - Veterans Ctr, 500 NW California Blvd 7:30 PM
Jun 23   Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun 23   PSLARA Net                             146.955           7:30 PM
Jun 25   Field Day

Jun 26   Field Day
Jun 27   Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun 30   Slow Speed CW Training Net   146.955           6:30 PM
Jun 30   PSLARA Net                             146.955           7:30 PM


MORE NEWS

ECHOLINK: PSLARA's Echolink node is back up and operating.  Try it out when you have a chance.


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VE LICENSE TESTINGFor the duration of restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, scheduled license testing sessions are suspended.  Examination sessions will be arranged on an "as needed" basis.  If you need an exam to upgrade your license, or know someone looking to take the technician exam, please send an email to testing@pslara.com.   

SUPPORT OUR AREA CLUBS:
Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club - Hamfest coming in August.  Watch for details.

BREAKFAST SOCIALWatch for an eamil announcing a resumption of the monthly Saturday morning breakfast gathering.

***** OTHER NEWS *****   Thursday nets at 7:30 PM (2330Z) on the 146.955/107.2 rptr are still active and the best places for the latest information.  We need Net Control operators.  Please consider helping out.

CLUB SHIRT ORDER FORM:  A draft copy of the new order form for PSLARA club shirts is now available on the web site.  Use this link to download a copy:  Shirt Order Form.  Shirt orders are self-service.  Download the order form, complete it and take it to Burns Embroidery at the address shown on the form.

TREASURE COAST HAM NEWSLETTER:  Read the latest Treasure Coast Ham News, which is available here on this website.  If you did not receive an email announcement of the most recent issue, it means we do not have your correct email address.  Send a note to info@pslara.com and we will add you to the distribution list.  The current and past editions of the newsletter are available on the club web site.  To view past editions click on the "Pub Documents" or "Memb Documents" link on the left side menu.

***** SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES *****

CW TRAINING NET:  Every Monday and Thursday, 6:30 PM 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, followed by the actual CW transmissions.  Additional details are on the CW Training Group web page.

PSLARA RAGCHEW, TECH AND TRADING NET:  Every Thursday, 7:30 PM  on the club's 146.955 MHz repeater.  Details are available further down on this page.  Details are available further down on this page. Please leave 4 second Break before talking to allow others in and for Echolink users.

BREAKFAST SOCIALCurrently on hold due to Covid-19. The first Saturday of every month 8:30AM at Golden Corral, St. Lucie West Blvd, just west of the turnpike overpass in Lowe's Plaza.  Look for the group sitting in the far right of the restaurant.  There is plenty of seating.  We push tables together to accommodate everyone.  Hope to see you there.

MONTHLY ARES NET:  First Wednesday of every month on the county 147.240 MHz repeater.  Details are on the ARES Group web page. 

HF & DX INTEREST GROUP MEETING:  Breakfast meeting at 9:00 AM on the 2nd Friday of every month at Bob Evans restaurant, 1830 SW Fountainview Blvd, Saint Lucie West.  Look for the group in the far back corner of the restaurant.  All are welcome.  (Note that you are responsible for your own meal).  More information is available on the 2X4 DX Group web page.

PSLARA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  7:00 PM every 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Currently meetings are being held via Zoom.  All members are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member desiring to present an item to the board must notify the president or secretary prior to the meeting so the item can be included on the agenda.  To attend the meeting or place an item on the agenda, send an email at least one day prior to the meeting to info@pslara.com.

ARES MEETING:  ARES monthly meetings are held on 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.
 
OTHER INFORMATION

DUES REMINDER:  2022 dues have been waived by the Board of Directors.  Dues already paid for 2022 will be credited for 2023.  See the treasurer or membership chair 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.

2X4 DX GROUP NETS:  The 2x4 DX Group nets are suspended at this time.  Watch these pages for an announcement when they resume.  

PSLARA BYLAWS:  A copy of the current PSLARA Bylaws has been posted on the web site.  You can view the bylaws by clicking on the "Memb Documents" link on the left side of the Members Menu page and scrolling down to the Reference section.  Note:  you must be a club member to view the bylaws.

EMAIL SYSTEM UPDATE:  The club's migration to a new email system hosted by GoDaddy is complete.  Most emails sent by the club are now sent from the new platform.  If you are not receiving our emails, please verify your email address on the club web site.  If it is wrong, send an email to info@pslara.com telling us your correct email address and we will update the mail system.

CLUB INFO

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS  - Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month except December at 7:30 PM at the Veterans Resource Center, Indian River State College - Pruitt Campus, 500 NW California Blvd, Port Saint Lucie.  We meet in the large conference room.  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)


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


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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.  Meetings are held at the Veterans Resource Center at Indian River State College - Pruitt Campus, 500 NW California Blve, Port Saint Lucie.  Meetings are open to all persons interested in ham Radio.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 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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