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Ham Radio on Florida's West Coast
224.22 KO4CR/R, Largo
Amateur Radio activities on Florida's West Coast, including links to Hamfests
and Ham Club links plus links to sites relating to the weather,
digital photography, motorcycle events, and other stuff.

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224.22 Repeater Update

EchoLink is up and running on 224.22.

See below for more on EchoLink.


The 224.22 repeater has an audio test function.
If you would like to hear how you sound over the repeater, just follow this procedure:
- Key up and identify.
- Enter "8 1" on your TouchTone pad and unkey. If your input is decoded properly, you'll hear "O K" in CW.
- Key up again and make a short (10 seconds or less) voice transmission and unkey.
- You should hear your audio played back over the repeater.

Updated 06/09/17



EchoLink�

EchoLink software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities.

EchoLink software opens up new possibilities for communicating around the world with other amateurs. Your PC links you or your local repeater to any of the more than 200,000 validated users worldwide � in 151 of the world's 193 nations � with about 6,000 online at any given time.

Sign up and download the free software here!

EchoLink is up and running on the following area repeaters:
224.220-    KO4CR-R    NODE 363699    PL Tone - NONE
147.060-    WA4AKH-R    NODE 1002437    SPARC Club repeater via NZIQ Link    PL Tone - NONE
443.050+    WD0DIA-R    NODE 385591    HEART Club repeater    PL Tone - 141.3
147.030-    WD4SCD-R    NODE 155568   PL Tone - Multiple




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Hamfests

2023
     11/28/23

December 8-9         Plant City               West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City, at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds in the Strawberry Festival Expo Building, 301 Berryfest Pl, Plant City, FL 33564, Tailgate open 1 PM to 6 PM Friday and 8 AM-4 PM Saturday, Talk-in 145.410 (PL 131.8), for information contact Bill Williams AG4QX, [email protected], Website: http://www.fgcarc.org/ or. http://www.TampaBayHamfest.org

2024

Saturday Jan 13      Orlando                  K4KDI FREE Tailgate, 6 AM to 12 PM, No charge for admission or set-up, Largest free tailgate in central Florida, 61 tailgaters last year. South Conway Baptist Church, 6099 S Conway Rd, all free, no talk-in, limited food. They have accommodated RV parking the night before. Website: http://k4kdi.square.site or http://k4kdi.org, INFO: Jack Moyer, K4KDI, 9757 Portofino Dr. Orlando, FL 32832, phone: 407-443-1963, Email: [email protected]

January 21-27         Quartzsite, AZ         Quartzfest, ARRL Convention, Free Event, Location: Roadrunner short term BLM camping, US95 @ 53rd St. N., Quartzsite, AZ 85346Website: http://quartzfest.org, Talk-In: 146.55 simplex, Public Contact: Kristyn Weed , KR1SS, 2114 W. Grant Rd., PMB 50 Tucson, AZ 85745, Phone: 520-730-1806, Email: [email protected], Amateur Radio, Forum, RV's, Desert Camping, Go on line to see all the daily activities for Amateurs and non-Amateur Family Members. You do not need a reservation for your RV, Dry camping (no hookups), dates coincide with the Quartzsite Arizona "RV Show".

Thursday Jan 25     Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

February 9-11         Orlando                  Hamcation, Southeastern Division Convention, Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Tickets $20 in advance, $25 after Dec 21 and at the door. Talk in 146.760 (-600/ PL 103.5) and D-Star 146.820. RV check-ins begin February 9 and may stay to the 14th. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 9am to 5pm, 9am to 2pm on Sunday. All the information at www.hamcation.com, Email: [email protected] or call (407) 841-0874 or 800-214-7541. There is also an AM low power Information Station on AM 610.

Thursday Feb 25     Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday March 28 Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday April 25    Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

May 17-19              Xenia, Ohio             Dayton Hamvention, 210 Fairground Road, Xenia 45385, www.hamvention.org. About 990 miles from Clearwater.

Thursday May 23    Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Saturday May 25     Pinellas Park           Wormfest 2024, Freedom Lake Park, Southeast corner of US 19 and 49th Street. Free, park opens at sunrise for vendor setup, hamfest starts at 0800., Talk-in on 146.850 ? 146.2, INFO: Bill, AG4QX, 3215 West Tambay Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611-1539, phone: (813) 837-3833, Email: [email protected],Web: http://www.TheWormholeSociety.org

Thursday June 27   Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday July 25     Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday Aug 22     Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday Sep 26     Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday Oct 24     Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

Thursday Dec 5       Minnreg office         Heart meeting, 5:30 PM, 12467 62nd St. N., Unit 103, Largo, FL 33773, talk in on 443.05.

2025

February 7-9           Orlando                  Hamcation, Southeastern Division Convention, Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Tickets $20 in advance, $25 after Dec 21 and at the door. Talk in 146.760 (-600/ PL 103.5) and D-Star 146.820. RV check-ins begin February 9 and may stay to the 14th. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 9am to 5pm, 9am to 2pm on Sunday. All the information at www.hamcation.com, Email: [email protected] or call (407) 841-0874 or 800-214-7541. There is also an AM low power Information Station on AM 610.

2026

February 13-15       Orlando                  Hamcation, Southeastern Division Convention, Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Tickets $20 in advance, $25 after Dec 21 and at the door. Talk in 146.760 (-600/ PL 103.5) and D-Star 146.820. RV check-ins begin February 9 and may stay to the 14th. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 9am to 5pm, 9am to 2pm on Sunday. All the information at www.hamcation.com, Email: [email protected] or call (407) 841-0874 or 800-214-7541. There is also an AM low power Information Station on AM 610.

2027

February 12-14       Orlando                  Hamcation, Southeastern Division Convention, Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Tickets $20 in advance, $25 after Dec 21 and at the door. Talk in 146.760 (-600/ PL 103.5) and D-Star 146.820. RV check-ins begin February 9 and may stay to the 14th. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 9am to 5pm, 9am to 2pm on Sunday. All the information at www.hamcation.com, Email: [email protected] or call (407) 841-0874 or 800-214-7541. There is also an AM low power Information Station on AM 610.

 

 

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Check out the 147.03 Repeater system!
The transmitter is located in mid-Pinellas county,
and there are several remote receiver sites
serving Pinellas and North Hillsborough Counties.
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