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  • 20 Aug 2017 11:06 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Thanks to much effort by Eric, W4ELB, EchoLink has returned to Stuart!


    Repeater:  WX4MC

    Location: Adjacent to Martin Hospital South

    Frequency: 444.90 MHz

    PL Tone:  107.2 Hz
    Offset: +5 MHz


    Echo Link Station: W4ELB-R

    Echo Link Node:  858505


    To connect to an EchoLink node thru the WX4MC repeater, use the touch-tone keypad on your radio.  While holding down the PTT button, enter the # sign, followed by the desired node number.  Then listen for progress messages.  To disconnect, enter the # sign twice.


    Most smart phones are EchoLink capable with the installation of a simple application.


    Issues experienced with EchoLink on the WX4MC repeater should be reported to Eric, W4ELB via email: w4elb@att.net


    For more information about EchoLink on the Web, consult www.echolink.org


  • 08 Aug 2017 09:04 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    On Monday, August 7th a group of MCARA and MCARES members joined Bill W2DRX at his QTH to celebrate his 96th birthday!  After the singing and the pie and whipped cream, we all checked into the Monday Night Net.  We wish you many more Doctor X!!!


    W2DRX, W4SPR, K4OIL, WW4RXBill W2DRX



  • 26 May 2017 21:06 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)


    Susan & KI4RHL & Leah KI4RHL, K4GMW K4GMW, W4SPR, KM4STV 



    The second annual Maker's Faire was held on Tuesday afternoon, May 2nd, in the gymnasium at the Pinewood Elementary School in Stuart.  MCARA and MCARES members presented several educational activities in an effort to ignite the fires of creativity in those attending, both young and old.  Conductive dough was used to teach basic electrical principles, and, when connected to a RaspberryPi-based 12-channel capacitive touch-driven sound synthesizer, to entertain.  In addition, a GOTA station served to segue to our favorite hobby, Amateur Radio!


    KM4STV testing LEDs Listen to the RaspberryPi K4GMW 

    Photos by K4OIL

  • 04 May 2017 10:19 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Thank You MCARA!!


    Sincere thanks to all of you that worked to make the 2017 Stuart Hamfest a great success!  Not only was the weather perfect, and the food great, the comradery and the deals were outstanding as well!

    Congratulations to the following prize winners:

    Grand Prize, an Icom IC-7300, was won by Ramon Alicea KJ4UZM
    Second Prize, a Kenwood TM-V71A, was won by Erica Simpson KM4WRG
    Third Prize, a Yaesu FT-60R, was won by Marc Weiner K4MGW.


  • 02 May 2017 08:24 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Stuart Amateur Bob Dye (N4PSK) just put up a new UHF repeater in Hobe Sound!


    Bob says “443.900 107.2  It is on the air.  I just tested it from Hobe Sound to Tradition's in PSL at Gatlin on a 2W hand held.”


    The repeater uses a positive 5 MHz transmit offset, and requires a 107.2 Hz tone.


    Bob indicates that the repeater is on private property.  All licensed amateurs are welcome to use the repeater.  Questions or comments should be directed to Bob via

     email:  bob (at) n4psk.com


    Thanks to Dave N4DWM for reporting and providing the photos!

      
  • 30 Apr 2017 17:51 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)
    http://www.marchforbabies.org

    Almost a dozen MCARA members came out for the Saturday, April 28, March of Dimes event in Jensen Beach's Riverside Park.  Radio Operators were stationed around the course to improve communications for event support personnel. The March raises awareness and funds to improve the care of babies from preconception to annual family walk day.



    Left to Right: K4TMA, N4DWM, KV4MS, K4MNJ, KE4MZT, KD4PQQ, K4GMW, K4OIL, W4SPR, KI4OXP.  Photo by K4OIL.


  • 25 Jan 2017 16:28 | Ray Jaworski

    5 1/2 Hour Skywarn Net Summary

    On the evening of January 22,2017, at the request of National Weather Service- Melbourne Florida, we activated a Martin County Florida Skywarn Spotter Net on the 145.150 repeater. The net started at 8:00PM and lasted through the night until 1:30AM on the 23rd with Net Controllers* changing guard at the top of the hour. While Martin County was spared any major damage, no reports of hail, rain, or wind damage (that met the Spotters guidelines) were reported.


    Successfully, we monitored the path of the potentially severe storm in Martin County which impacted the entire state of Florida. The Skywarn Net was prepared to take any reports which could have been relayed to NWS-Melbourne via RF, Echolink,landline, cell phone, Twitter, and Facebook. The Statewide Amateur Radio (SAR) Net was also monitored on UHF 444.150 as well as the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN) on the 146.775 repeater.


    Thank you to all that checked in and/or monitored:

    WW4RX*

    KD4PQQ*

    W4SPR

    AJ4Q

    KM4STV

    N4BG

    N2IVN

    N4BKT

    KI4OXP

    W4DAS

    K4BQP

    KJ4CWJ

    KI4RHL*


    73

    Ray Jaworski KI4RHL

    Martin County Florida Skywarn Coordinator

  • 08 Dec 2016 18:00 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    KM4RTQ, W4ELB (hiding) and K4OIL, Photo W4SPR


    Our members operated a station at the Road To Victory Military Museum to commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Wednesday, December 7th.

    There were many commemorative stations on the air from all over the country, including the Battleship Iowa in Los Angeles,  the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, and special event station W2W hosted by the Pearl Harbor Commemorative National Electronics Museum in Baltimore.


    Thanks to all who participated!

  • 23 Jun 2016 22:01 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Take advantage of a great laptop deal posted on eBay by our neighbors in Tampa:


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/151744607899


    This site is not affiliated with MCARA, and we do not benefit in any way by your patronage of this site.


  • 11 Jun 2016 09:30 | Ray Jaworski

    National Weather Service (NWS) Melbourne will come to Stuart Fl on Saturday June 11, 2016 to teach and certify anyone that wants to become a Skywarn Spotter. Registration is requested. If you haven't attended a Skywarn class in 2 years please attend to get recertified with the NWS program. Hope to see you there! 

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