Welcome to Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association

~ Important reminders and events ~
(last updated: 01/31/2022)
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PSLARA Events Calendar
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2023 PSLARA MEMBER DUES
After 2 years of dues abeyance because of COVID, the PSLARA is resuming association dues for 2023. Anyone who paid their dues in 2022 will be credited for 2023. If you believe we have your webpage paid dues information is incorrect, please send an email to treasurer@pslara.com.  

Any paid member in good standing can update their membership information by using your PSLARA login and clicking Member Profile under the Member Menu.  If you are a new member and have not had your initial membership record created, please contact brownpsl@comcast.net.

 
The PSLARA cannot exist without the financial support of its members.
Dues can be paid at association meetings, by US Mail to PSLARA, P. O. Box 7461, Port St. Lucie, FL 34985 or PayPal.
For PayPal payment information, please click About Us.

 
PLEASE SUPPORT THE PSLARA BY PAYING YOUR 2023 DUES
 
2023 Monthly Membership Meetings
We meet monthly at the Indian River State College, Pruitt Campus, Veteran's Resource Center. The address is 500 NW California Blvd. (N 27.32820 W 80.39816)  All members and visitors are invited to attend. Click here for a location map showing the location of the Veterans Resource Center. While we hope our club members or vistors can attend in-person meetings.

The PSLARA realize's attending in-person meetings due to transportation, physical limitations/distance and time of day is not always possible. We therefore are offering "limited" ZOOM availability for our monthly club meetings. Please look for ZOOM connection info via our monthly meeting email announcement or send an email to brownpsl@comcast.net

 
Our next meeting will be February 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The location will be the Indian River State College, Pruitt Campus, Veteran's Resource Center.

Our February meeting will feature a “Show and Tell” session.  Members are encouraged to bring an interesting ham radio item and give a brief two minute explanation to the group. 

Click here for a location map


Jerry Henderson KX4FE (SK)
On Christmas eve Jerry Henderson, KX4FE (SK) passed away.  Jerry had been a member of the PSLARA and was a member of the FPARC. 

Jerry's son is inventorying his father's ham radio gear.   Initially, he is selling his father's 2 towers, Cushcraft A3S YAGI, 2 meter YAGI, CDE rotor and other items.  Please click the HamRadio Estates page (left side) for items for sale.

 
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PSLARA 2023 LICENSE EXAM SCHEDULE
Prior to COVID, license testing sessions were generally scheduled monthly. Our testing session schedule changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Special sessions were arranged when sufficient demand dictated, provided we had a facility willing to host us.  Our PSLARA monthly meeting location provider (IRSC) has agreed to let us use the Veteran's Resource Center 4 times per year to hold testing sessions.

If interested in taking an amateur radio license test, please contact us at testing@pslara.com.  We will add your name to the list of interested candidates and notify you as soon as an exam session is finalized.

 
NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED LICENSE EXAM DATE IS FEBRUARY 11, 2023.

2022 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

ARRL members have reelected Mickey Baker, N4MB as Southeastern Division Director.
Jeff Beals, WA4AW was elected as Vice Director. Their terms begin January 1, 2023. 

Please support their and South Florida Section Manager, Barry Porter's efforts promoting and protecting amateur radio for Southeastern Florida Hams.
 
 
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PSLARA CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
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WELCOME NEW PSLARA MEMBERS
The PSLARA welcomes new ham members Doug, AC3JD, Greg, KC2ESP, Marie, KC3MAR, Robert, WI6MXT, Chris B., and Ron, W9GOL.

We welcome all active and returning hams as well as those studying for their licenses to become a PSLARA member. Please join us at an upcoming meeting.

If you would like to join the PSLARA, a membership application is available here.


RECENT PSLARA RAGCHEW, TECH AND TRADING NET CHECK-INS
Thursdays at 7:30pm - 146.955 -600 - Tone 107.2

(Check-ins always welcome)

01/26/23 - Thursday - 19:30 Hours
Total Participants - 15
Net Control - KO4DAD (Derek)
Short of Time/Mobile Check Ins:
W4ISZ - Paul
W4SLD - Jody
Regular Check Ins:
AI4RB - Bob
K3AYW - Cy
KC3MAR - Marie
KI6MXT - Robert
KJ4LWZ - Glenn
KJ6OTV - Carl
KK4CID - Craig
KQ4DHQ - Kenny
KS4PB - Mina
W4KFH - Kurt
W4OFR - Jay
W8PPI - Harold


Net Discussion:
High School Reunion; 20 people in attendance at PSLARA IRSC meeting; Bass Pro Shop; Missed meeting but wanted to attend; W8PPI Happy Birthday! Staying at shack for Winter Field day; Eating at Mikata; Computer printouts for 40M net; Portable setup and weather update for Field day; Tower shelter is tight bring chairs & cover for outdoor activity; FPL mains query; Satellite (POTA) qrp rig; Health seminar; Watching Youtube videos,; Card games at Jensen Beach; Check in from Stuart; Lithium Battery and Solar panel discussion; Bioenno; &
Winter Field Day.

HF & DX INTEREST GROUP MEETING
The HF & DX Interest Group meets for breakfast 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 left corner of the restaurant.  All are welcome.  (Note: You are responsible for your own meal).  More information is available by clicking HF & DX Group.
 
LICENSE TESTING SESSIONS
PSLARA VEs schedule testing sessions on a quarterly basis at the IRSC Veteran's Resource Center, 500 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie. The exams will begin at 10:00 AM. Please arrive 30 minutes early. If you are planning to take an amateur radio exam or know someone looking to take an exam, please send an email to testing@pslara.com For more information about training and testing please click Testing,Training.
 
FEBRUARY 2023 TREASURE COAST HAM NEWSLETTER
Click here for latest issue
The Treasure Coast Ham News is a free independent publication for the benefit of all our Treasure Coast ham clubs. The newsletter is available on PSLARA and FPARC websites.  If you did not receive an email announcement for the most recent issue, it may mean the publishers do not have you in their email list, have an incorrect email address or have inadverdently unsubscribed.  Send a note to brownpsl@comcast.net to be added to the distribution list or detials of why you are no longer receiving the newsletter. 

Current and past editions of the newsletter are available for reading on the PSLARA and FPARC websites.  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

 
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INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
 
RECENT PSLARA SILENT KEYS
Ken Lenz, WA4ABR (SK)  -  President, Port St. Lucie Amateur Association
Dick Cassada, W4DAC (SK) - Former Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association Officer & Board Member
Jerry Henderson, KX4FE, PSLARA and FPARC member

For more information please click Silent Keys

PSLARA DUES
The PSLARA did not collect dues during the 2 year COVID pandemic.  As 2023 nears the PSLARA will again collect member dues. Member dues pay for our meeting location and expenses, State of Florida Corporation fees, GoDaddy email, club liability insurance. The dues also help support our repeaters repair and replacement, operations and maintenance.  Any dues paid in 2022 are credited for 2023.  Dues can be paid at our monthly club meeting by check or cash or paid via PayPal. For more information please click About Us

Please support the PSLARA by paying yearly member dues. 
 
VE LICENSE TESTING
During the COVID pandemic, scheduled license testing sessions were suspended or arranged on an "as needed" basis. As we get back to more normal times we plan to schedule testing sessions on a quarterly basis. Testing sessions are held quarterly at the IRSC Veteran's Resource Center, 500 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie. 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  
 
PSLARA RAGCHEW, TECH AND TRADING NET
PSLARA has a Ragchew, Tech and Traders Net every Thursday, 7:30 PM  on the club's 146.995 (-), 107.2 VHF analog repeater.  Please  click Calendar of Events (or Events at top of this page) for details. EchoLink is temporarily down and needs a club member to take over operation. When EchoLink is operational, please leave a 3 to 4 second break before talking. 

The PSLARA needs Net Operators for the Ragchew, Tech and Trading Net.  Being a Net Operator is fun and provides good experience that every ham should have.  Net scripts are available, but checking into the net is a great way to learn how it is organized and run. Please give consideration to being a Net Operator. 
 
BREAKFAST SOCIAL
Our breakfast social, normally held the first Saturday of every month 8:30AM at Golden Corral (the group meets at the far right side), St. Lucie West Blvd, was suspended during the COVID pandemic.  We hope to get this fun group back together. If you are interested in attending, please let us know at info@pslara.com. We hope to see you there once the group meets again.  
 
SLOW SPEED CW TRAINING NET
The twice weekly Slow Speed CW training net was hosted by Paul, W4ISZ for over five years. The Net helped many hams learn CW or improve their CW proficiency.  With Paul needing a break, it was decided to stand down the net for a while. If demand warrants, the CW Training Net may return.  We thank Paul for hosting this net for so many years.  Watch this page for any future announcements about the CW Training Net. For more information please click PCN Learn CW.

SILENT KEY HAM RADIO EQUIPMENT & RELATED ITEMS
At the request of a silent key family, the PSLARA can help inventory and sell ham radio equipment and related items.  This is a service the PSLARA provides to silent key club member families and non-members.  The PSLARA also accepts silent key ham radio equipment and related items donations.   The PSLARA is an IRS 501 (c) 3 charity. Donations are used to sustain club operations. For more information please click Ham Radio Estates.
 
PSLARA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The PSLARA Board meets at 7:00 PM, 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Meetings are 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.
 
 
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ST. LUCIE CO AMATUER RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES)

ARES MONTHLY MEETING
ARES monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 PM at the St. Lucie County EOC, 15305 W Midway Road, Fort Pierce.  UPDATE: SLC ARES MONTHLY MEETINGS HAVE MOVED TO ZOOM. In person meetings are now quarterly. For more information please click ARES Group

St. Lucie County ARES needs additional members. Please consider joining us. 


ARES MONTHLY NET
ARES monthly net are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month on the ARES repeater (147.240) at 7:30 PM. For more information please click ARES Group.
 
ST. LUCIE COUNTY 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)

 
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PSLARA GENERAL INFORMATION
 
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.

PSLARA REPEATERS: 
PSLARA Repeaters: 146.955 -.600kHz, 443.650 +5 MHz, Tone on both 107.2. (Echolink K4PSL-L node 644473) 
PSLARA DMR Repeater - 444.000  +5 COLOR 1, Time Slot 1

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.  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.  For more information please contact brownpsl@comcast.net

CLUB EMAIL:   Info@PSLARA.com (General info), brownpsl@comcast.net (Membership info) , Testing@PSLARA.com (for Testing and Training info)


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