Welcome to Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club
Our Repeater Tower at WQCS Radio Station
Our Repeater Tower
At WQCS Radio Station
Important Reminders and Events

FORT PIERCE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
  
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FOR WEEKLY NET INFO PLEASE CLICK OUR EVENTS TAB ABOVE OR SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE TO WEEKLY NETS. 
  
SPECIAL NOTICE
FPARC plans to hold officers and directors elections in 2024. The club needs members to step up and volunteer to serve on the FPARC board to support the club, please contact: Pete, Secretary at KD4SPW@aol.com for more information.
*** Jesse W. Porter, W4DNS (SK) and Harold Levy  N3UY (SK) Obit and bottom of this page. ***

TO ALL FPARC MEMBERS
This is your club.  We can not exist without your participation.  Attending meetings, serving as an officer or director, participating in weekly nets, and being a part of club activities are critical. As we move forward to get the club back on track we need your active support and paying of yearly dues.
 

PLEASE SEE OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR MORE TREASURE COAST EVENTS.
Club Meeting  ALSO SEE EVENTS LINK AT TOP OF PAGE
The FPARC meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month (Dates to be announced)  at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave, Ft. Pierce, Classroom Building "R", Room 124.
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM. All area hams and interested parties are welcome and invited to attend. 
Club members may get together for diner before the meeting at 6:15pm. Please inquire at our weekly club nets to see who plans to be there.

 
<<< ARES MEETINGS * SEE ARES GROUP MENU ON LEFT
 
Weekly Nets
Rag Chew/Traders (analog) Net: 8 pm Tuesdays on our 147.345(+), tone 107.2. Weekly Net Controls are: 1st week - Barry AL7LJ,  2nd week - NEED VOLUNTEER,  3rd week - Jon Hall KN4QQF, &  4th week - Pete KD4SPW. If the month has a 5th week - Dave KG4ORQ
When using ECHOLINK:  W4AKH-R node:2004
Also Web site  WebApp.Echolink.org  (use EDGE browser on phone or pc)


D-Star Net: Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. (immediately following the Rag Chew/Traders Net) on our W4AKH 444.500 +5 Port B repeater, link to Reflector 78C.

DMR Net: Tuesdays at 9:00pm on DMR 31123.  Contact
Kevin, W4KKW

Suggested Etiquette for Radio and Echolink is to wait 3 seconds before talking to give others a chance to break in.


Membership, Dues and Donations *  SEE TOP MENU ITEM ON LEFT
Individual Member Dues are $25 per year. Family Membership Dues are $30 per year.
($5 of your dues goes to WQCS and IRSC)
If paying by check please write your callsign on the check.

**NEW CLUB Mailing Addree To:

Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club
c/o Peter Amar, Secretary
1046 Trinidad Ave.  Ft. Pierce, FL 34982

You can also bring a check or cash to a membership meeting.


Pay by credit card is also available. Click here Pay Dues Here via PayPal

If you need a Membership Application Form  for mail in - please go here:  Membership Application

FPARC NEWS ITEMS: (please click the Events tab at the top of the page for current events)

Treasure Coast Ham News - Winter 2023/2024 Issue
The Treasure Coast Ham News Winter 2023/2024 issue is here.
Treasure Coast Ham News (TCHN) is not affilicated with any amateur radio club. It is free and published quarterly for the benefit of all area hams and interested parties.  If you would like to be included in their email newsletter list, please send an email to:  tchamnews@gmail.comTCHN is always looking for articles of interest.  If you or your club have an item please email the publishers at the address above.

Amateur Radio Exam Opportunities
There are multiple opportunities available to take amateur radio exams.

The
Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association offers testing 4 times per year. Additional exam sessions may be available on a case by case basis. Exams are given at the Indian River State College, Pruitt Campus, Veteran's Resource Center, 500 NW California Blvd, PSL. For more information please contact - Robert Brown, AI4RB, VEC at  brownpsl@comcast.net 

The Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club offers testing on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM,, Indian River County Emergency Operations Center. For more information please contact Bud at WA4ASJ@arrl.net.


ST. LUCIE COUNTY ARES * << SEE ARES GROUP MENU LINK ON LEFT
St. Lucie County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) needs volunteer emergency communicators. You do not have to be skilled in emergency communications to belong, only an interest in serving the public and county in times of emergency. Training is available. Please contact Paul, ARES Emergency Coordinator at W4ISZ@outlook.com.

WINLINK VARA FM FOR RADIO MESSAGING - VHF & HF
VARA FM is a very fast mode for WinLink messaging. ARES organzations use this software application for sending and receiving messages.or
St. Lucie County ARES has a weekly WINLINK Wednesday practice session. (Please contact Paul, W4ISZ at w4isz@outlook.com for details.

If you are unfamiliar with VARA FM you can practice by sending an Ecomm Practice Message using the following: (Winlink Net info:  
https://W4AKH.NET/)

TO:  W4AKH
SUBJECT LINE:  FL WL NET, FIRSTNAME, CITY, ST (2 CHARACTERS), MODE(VARA FM,PACKET, HF, TELNET ANY MODE)

Connection Info:
Winlink RMS VHF station W4SLC-10 Packet 145.530 or VARA FM 144.990 at St. Lucie County EOC for radio email.
Also KG4ORQ-10 144.990 VARA FM  in Vero Beach, K2JJK-10 144.990 VARA FM at Vero Beach EOC
Note: You can also use W4AKH-2 for a via Digipeater for Packet.   For VARA FM you can digipeat any station.

John KK4SHF has offered to help get you up to speed.
KK4SHF's NET CHECK-IN APPLICATION
John, KK4SHF has provided the club a logging application to use for our nets. By going to Logger.PlumTX.com, activity in real time can be watched. The logger includes check-in, mapping and archiving.

HAMFEST VIRTUAL TICKETING
John, KK4SHF has written a computer application to use at hamfests for attendee ticketing. Contact PLUMTX.COM if interested.

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JESSE W. PORTER, W4DNS (SK)
August 27, 1929 — February 1, 2024
 
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jesse Porter, W4DNS (SK). Jesse was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His family moved to Ft. Pierce when he was 3 years old.  Jesse lived in Ft. Pierce until his passing.  
 
Jesse is survived by his wife, Sally W. Porter; daughter, Cathie Bales, many grand, great and great, great  grandchildren and many other family members.  
 
Jesse was introduced to ham radio as a young boy and never lost interest.  He participated in many ham groups over the years including the Ft. Pierce Amateur Radio Club where he most recently served as the club's chief volunteer examiner.  He will be missed by all he touched over his many years as a ham.
   
Jesse served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952. Jesse retired as a lieutenant in 1960 after many years with the Ft. Pierce Fire Department.  In May of 2022 he was awarded a retirement badge from the department.  It was a treasured memento displayed where he could see it daily.  Jesse worked for Southern Bell, the Ft. Pierce Utility Authority, and the U.S. Postal Service. 
   
Jesse was appointed Harbormaster for the Port of Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County in June 2005.  He served a 2-year term.  He always loved working on the sea. In 1957 he became a member of the Fort Pierce Masonic Lodge, # 87, where he was a member for over 65 years.  He also held a dual membership in Georgia for a time.
   
One of his favorite joys in life were the many Dachshund’s he’d loved and cared for through the years.  He had a special place in his heart for them and we believe he’s now probably loving on them. 
 
Silent Key - Harold Levy, N3UK
Many Treasure Coast hams will remember Harold Levy N3UY (SK).  Harold had lived in Fort Pierce and was an active member of the Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club (FPARC) for many years. Harold also had served as club president and board member.  He was active in Saint Lucie County ARES where he served as Technical Operations Officer.  The club and ARES benefited greatly from his expertise.
 
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