Put a little SPARC in your life!
This South Central Connecticut area amateur radio club offers four repeaters, two with EchoLink and IRLP. Members enjoy weekly breakfast get togethers. We sponsor several weekly nets on the Club repeaters where any amateur operator is welcome. We also assist with volunteer events, such as walk-a-thons throughout the year.
Newly licensed hams or those just new to the SPARC repeaters are always welcome!
A new repeater has been added to the SPARC line up! This repeater is now online!
The frequency is 224.040 with a 77.0 PL. This repeater is located at the Woodbridge site and the plan is to eventually link this full time to the 224.500 repeater in Northford. It is expected that between both 220 repeaters, that it will cover a fairly large area. This link between the 220 repeaters is not currently active.
K1SOX has been issued a "construction permit", which is for the testing phase prior to full coordination by the CSMA.
If you don't have any 220 equipment, please take a look at the tri-band HTs that can be found for under $30!
The next SPARC meeting is April 8, 2024.
SPARC normally meets on the second Monday of April and September at 7:00 P.M. We meet at the Twin Pines Diner at 34 Main Street, East Haven. Check back for updates! Talk-in is the 442.500 repeater.
The meetings are open to all!
We will no longer be linking into the Statewide ARES net on Sunday night due to linking restrictions on the KB1AEV system.
Thank you to all that volunteered and to WARA for their assistance.
Check the media section for pictures!
Take a look at what the SPARC website looked like in 2007 and in the 90s!
This website and a Club email service were maintained at K1SOX's house on several servers. Here is the link - Wayback Machine (archive.org)
By the way, our original domain was sparcweb.net and prior to that, we were a subdomain on QSL.net - qsl.net/sparc. Here is a look at what the site look like back in the 90s - Shore Point Amateur Radio Club (archive.org). A lot of the graphics are missing, but you get the idea. Very simplistic by today's standards.
SPARC's website first went live on March 8, 1998.
You can listen to the 147.505 and 442.500 from your phone or the web!
You can download a free app for your Android or iPhone to listen to either repeater live, or you can listen right from this webpage. Click the Repeaters - Live Audio link in the menu for more info!
There are many Club expenses, if you use the SPARC repeaters, please consider a donation.
Please go to the INFO / DONATION section of this site. You can use a credit card, PayPal or mail a check.
Saturday Mornings at 9:30!
Brenda, KW1YL runs the breakfast net for those not attending the actual Club breakfast. Please check in on the 442.500 on Saturday mornings at 9:30 for the SPARC Breakfast Net.
Check out the KW1MH Net on Tuesdays at 6 PM on the 147.505.
Your net control is Brenda, KW1YL. She will be running the net from the MakeHaven Underground Radio Group's station. This net is open to all amateurs.
Join us every Saturday morning for breakfast at Pop's in Milford at 9:00 AM.
Week 1 - Brenda KW1YL
Week 2 - Brian K1SOX
Week 3 - James AB1DQ
Week 4 - Bob WA1RAB
Week 5 - Craig W1MHz
If we get any others who would like to run the net to give the regulars a night off, please email nets at sparc.us! Thank you and looking forward to hearing you on the net!
The Weather Nets are held on a weekly basis at 7:00 PM every Tuesday. SKYWARN Nets are brought up as needed.
SPARC has had a Facebook page for several years but it seems some members are unaware of it. Although, you can always get the latest news here on our website, sparc.us, the Facebook page allows members to interact by posting and replying. Also some posts might not be "Club News" but something you would like to share with the other members. Members' posts will be in the Community section. Please check it out, like and follow the page. Just remember - facebook.com slash followed by our Club callsign!
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