The Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society will sponsor an Amateur Radio Technician License Class on Saturday, March 22, 2014. the class will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a VE exam session following the class. It will be held at the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1115 Easterwood Drive in Tallahassee (near Tom Brown Park). This will be a one-day class, with a short break for lunch. Please bring a brown bag lunch. There is no charge for the class.

Morse code is no longer required for an Amateur Radio License.

A $15.00 Exam Fee will be collected at the beginning of the VE Testing Session following the class.  Please bring a photo id for the testing session. TARS also has testing for all class licenses on the first Tuesday of every even numbered month at 7 pm at the Red Cross.

Interested students should order/borrow a copy of the current ARRL License Manual (Technician) with the Exam Practice Software (Windows PC) CD before the class and review the material and question pool before the class meets on March 22nd. The class by itself does not prepare you for the exam. The License Manual may be ordered online directly from the ARRL for $29.95, or from one of the local book stores.  A copy of all the current Question Pools (Technician, General and Extra) may be downloaded from ARRL Question Pool or NCVEC Question Pool (NCVEC.org).  A summary of the current (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014) Technician Question Pool with CORRECT ANSWERS ONLY may be downloaded & printed from the HandiHam website HandiHam.org Technician Pool.

You may wish to try one of the “on-line” practice exams in addition to the CD software that comes with the License Manual.  QRZ-Hamtests is one of the more popular ones available.  You can sign up with a free account and it will remember what question areas you need to work on before you take the “real license exam”.

Before you take the VE License Exam, it is recommended that you sign up for a FCC FRN (Federal Registration Number).  Follow the link and click on “New User Register,” it will ask for your SSN one time during registration.  The FCC FRN is safer than using your SSN when you take VE Exams and complete the paperwork to apply for your FCC Amateur Radio License. Bring this FRN when you come to class.  For complete information on how to get an FRN and other licensing details, click on the License Testing tab here on the TARS website.

* ARRL-American Radio Relay League

For more information contact Phil Ashler N4IPH@ARRL.net or (850) 893-2410.

(Links for non-electronic version of the flyer;)

QRZ-Hamtests                http://www.qrz.com/hamtest

ARRL Question Pool         http://www.arrl.org/question-pools

ARRL License Manual       http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training

NCVEC Question Pool       http://ncvec.org/page.php?id=338

FCC FRN Registration http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home

HandiHam.org Technician Pool (Questions and Correct Answers Only) http://handiham.org/local/blind/technician_2010-2014_pool_only_correct_answers.htm

Spanish Explorer Hernando DeSoto (c.1496/1497–1542) spent his first winter encampment in the new world in Tallahassee, Florida. It is likely they even observed Christmas at a special mass here. It has been claimed by some that this was the first Christmas observance in the continental United States.

The Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society (TARS) will be celebrating the 475th Anniversary of Desoto’s first winter encampment in the new world with a Special Event activity using the callsign “K4T.” The event is planned to commence at 1200 hours UTC  (7 am) on Friday, January 3rd, running to 2359 hours UTC (7 pm), Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

TARS will also be operating a Get On the Air (GOTA) Station at Myers Park in Tallahassee on Saturday, January 4th, from about 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

All confirmed contacts will receive a QSL card or a beautiful certificate, suitable for framing.
Please send an SASE for the QSL or $4.00 for the certificate to:

Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society
PO Box 37127
Tallahassee, FL 32315

23. Spain’s empire was funded by the vast amount of gold, silver, and precious stones taken from the people of the Americas and transported across the Atlantic in great fleets called plate fleets.

K4T Special Event Commemorating DeSoto’s First Winter Encampment in the New World

December 19, 2013

Spanish Explorer Hernando DeSoto (c.1496/1497–1542) spent his first winter encampment in the new world in Tallahassee, Florida. It is likely they even observed Christmas at a special mass here. It has been claimed by some that this was the first Christmas observance in the continental United States.  The Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society (TARS) will be celebrating the […]

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K4T Special Event — Update

November 22, 2013

  Get Ready for the TARS *K4T* Special Event Station! EVERYONE! …Including members of TARC and SPARC, as well as non-member hams are invited to join TARS’s very first official K4T special event station – this ship takes voyage the first weekend of 2014. (actually land-based) K4T will be on the air to celebrate the […]

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ARRL Email Address Problem

November 14, 2013

The ARRL has responded regarding the reject problem with the ARRL email addresses. The rejected emails fell into two categories: 1. People who were not ARRL members. 2. People who were ARRL members but had not properly completed the pass-through process. If you wish to use the ARRL for your email address, you must go […]

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ARRL / TARS Email Addresses

November 2, 2013

Notice If you are using an ARRL pass-through address for your TARS distribution, you may not be receiving your newsletters and announcements from TARS. We have had many rejections of messages addressed to <callsign>@arrl.net. If you are using an ARRL pass-through email address, please provide us with a direct email address to ensure that you […]

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Get Ready for the TARS *K4T* Special Event Station!

October 8, 2013

Get Ready for the TARS *K4T* Special Event Station! EVERYONE! …Including members of TARC and SPARC, as well as non-member hams are invited to join TARS’s very first official K4T special event station – this ship takes voyage the first weekend of 2014. (actually land-based) K4T will be on the air to celebrate the 475th […]

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TARS Holiday Party

October 8, 2013

The Annual TARS Holiday Party will be held at the LongHorn Steak House, 2400 N. Monroe St. Space is limited, so be sure to make reservations early with Chief, KA5USN@hotmail.com.

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Spaghetti 100

October 8, 2013

TARS will be providing communications support for the annual Spaghetti 100 Bike Ride, which will leave from the Miccosukee Community Center and ride north through scenic North Florida and Southern Georgia, ending back in Miccosukee for a traditional spaghetti dinner. There are many positions along the 100 mile course, including mile markers, aid stations, shadows […]

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Get Your Ham License! – Tech Class at the ARC, Sept. 21st

September 6, 2013

The Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society K4TLH.net will sponsor an Amateur Radio Technician License Class on Saturday, September 21st, 2013. The class will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (with a VE Exam Session following the class) and will be held at The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1115 Easterwood Drive in […]

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