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(last updated: 8/8/2022)
* * *  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS  * * *

Richard A "Dick" Cassada W4DAC (SK)
Long time PSLARA member Dick Cassada W4DAC (SK) passed away on July 24th, 2022. Dick served the club for many years in various capacities as an officer, voluneteer examiner and member.

Dick was well known to Treasure Coast hams. There will be a condolence card to sign at the PSLARA table at the Ft Pierce Hamfest, August 13th, 2002. 

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, August 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The August 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.

FORT PIERCE HAMFEST  Saturday August 13, 2022
Time: 8am to 1pm (6am setup)
Note: New Hamfest Location at IRSC Main Campus: Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex - 4600 Kirby Loop Rd, Ft Pierce
Hamfest Flyer  -  Buy Tickets & Tables

 
PLEASE NOTE: Amateur Radio exams will begin promptly at 8:30am
 

SLOW SPEED CW NET ON VACATION
The twice weelky CW training net is taking some time off.  Paul, W4ISZ has been hosting the net for the past five years.  During that time, numerous hams have learned CW or improved their CW proficiency.  With summer upon us participation has decreased, so it was decided to stand down the net for a while.  If demand warrants it the CW net may return at some future date.  Thanks Paul for hosting this net for so many years.  Watch this page for any future announcements.
                                   
                      AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS
August 6    Breakfast Social - Golden Corral Rest.                      8:30 AM
August 3    St. Lucie ARES Net                                147.240      7:30 PM
August 4    PSLARA Net                                           146.955      7:30 PM
August 8    HF&DX Group Mg - Bob Evans Rest.(PSL)              9:00 AM
August 10   PSLARA BOD Meeting (via Zoom)                           7:00 PM
August 11   PSLARA Net                                           146.955     7:30 PM  

August 17  SLC ARES Meeting - (via ZOOM)                             7:00 PM
August 18   PSLARA Net                                           146.955     7:30 PM
August  24  PSLARA Mtg - IRSC Pruitt Campus Veterans Ctr    7:30 PM
                                            500 NW California Blvd
August 25  PSLARA Net                                             146.955    7:30 PM


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.

MORE NEWS

ST LUCIE CO. ARES WINLINK WEDNESDAYS
Time: Every Wednesday. Please check-in anytime with a WINLINK form
Mode: Any (Telenet, Packet, VARA HF/FM, etc.) with the Form of the Week." 
All WINLINK Messages should be sent to the tactical address: SLCEOC-2 or W4ISZ
For further details contact: Paul Horner, W4ISZ, SLC ARES Emergency Coordinator (w4isz@outlook.com)

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 August 13, 2022.  See details on this page.

BREAKFAST SOCIALWatch for an email announcing 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, available here on this website.  If you did not receive an email announcement for the most recent issue, it means the publishers do not have you in their email list or have a correct email address.  Send a note to brownpsl@comcast.net to be added to the distribution list.  Current and past editions of the newsletter are available for reading on the PSLARA web site.  To view past editions click on the "Pub Documents" or "Memb Documents" link on the left side menu.  The TCHN is always looking for local interest submissions and article authors.  Please contact the publishers at: tchamnews@gmail.com. 

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

CW TRAINING NET:  Every Monday and Thursday, 6:30 PM on the club's 146.955 MHz repeater.  Please join 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.  UPDATE - EFFECTIVE JULY 2022 THE NET IS ON HIATUS UNTIL A NEW NET CONTROL COMES FORWARD.

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 SOCIAL:  Normally held 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.  UPDATE: SLC ARES MONTHLY MEETINGS  HAVE MOVED TO ZOOM. In person meetings have moved to quarterly.
 
OTHER INFORMATION

DUES REMINDER:  2022 DUES ARE 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.  Dues can also be paid via PayPal. 

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 Blvd, 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. You may also pay dues via PayPal.

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


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