TARS is sponsoring a TARS SSB WPX Contest coinciding with the CQ SSB WPX Contest, March 28-29, 2015, from 0000Z, Saturday to 2359, Sunday (That’s 8 pm Friday night until 8 pm Sunday night for us common folk.)

Two ways to Join In!

Actually, there are two activities:

  • An internal contest with members competing against one another
  • A TARS club effort combining members’ scores for the worldwide contest

The TARS Contest

The general gist of the TARS contest is simply that we will compete against each other internally within the worldwide contest. The TARS Contest Rules are basically the same as the CQ WPX Rules with a few minor exceptions, mostly having to do with participation and log submission. Members may submit logs to CQ for the main contest and also to TARS for the local contest. We will award certificates for first and second places in high-power, low-power and QRP categories at the May meeting.

The TARS Club Participation

Whether or not you participate in the TARS Contest, you can join the TARS club in the CQ WPX Contest club competition. While we probably won’t beat out those big clubs our first time out, I have seen the scores of last year’s entries and I am confident that with enough participation, we can put up a respectable score. All you have to do is enter “Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society” in the field on your electronic log where it asks for “club,” and your score will automatically be aggregated with TARS when you submit your log under your own callsign to CQ. Don’t worry about how few points you have. Every point counts.

Technicians Can Play Too!

Technicians. Don’t forget that you have HF SSB privileges on 10 meters. That means you can play too. There is great DX on 10.


If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Stan Zawrotny at K4SBZ.Stan@gmail.com


TARS Holiday Party

by Stan on December 6, 2014

TARS Holiday Party

 In Lieu of our December meeting, TARS had their annual Holiday Party, held at the Capital City Country Club.

1a Group

1b Group

There were many eyeball QSOs. We once again met each other’s spouses.

2a Eyeball QSO

2b Eyeball QSO

Our Prez, Gerry, WA6POZ, was the emcee for the evening. He wore out the batteries in the mic and they had to supply him with a fresh set.

3 Gerry

We had a buffet dinner of steak, chicken and all the extras. There was enough for seconds (and thirds).

4 Food

Larry, KI4MAJ, last year’s recipient of the TARS and Feather Award, held the audience in suspense while he read the presentation for this year’s award.

5 Larry

The award was presented to Stan, K4SBZ.

6 TARS and Feathers

Gerry and Norm handed out the door prizes.

7 Gerry and Norm

There were many, sometimes valuable, prizes this year.

8a Gerry with Prize

8b Gerry with Prize

Norm, K4GFD, was in charge of the drawing.

9 Drawing

And the prizes brought smiles to their lucky winners.

10 Eric and wife with Prize

Everyone went home full of good cheer, prepared to take on another year of Amateur Radio challenges.

 Happy Holidays!

(Photos by Sal, K4YFW, and Stan, K4SBZ)


TARS Holiday Party Address and Map

November 17, 2014

Chief has provided a map for the TARS Holiday Party location.You can also copy the address into Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/@30.4671395,-84.2568559,11z , MapQuest http://www.mapquest.com/, or your favorite mapping systems to provide a map to the event. Or, of course, you may enter the address into your car’s GPS, if it has one. See you there! Capital City […]

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TARS Fundraiser – Logan’s “Raise The Steaks”

September 20, 2014

TARS Fundraiser Logan’s “Raise The Steaks” Friday, October 24 from 11:00 am to closing at 11:00 pm. The folks over at Logan’s Road House (750 Apalachee Parkway) have graciously agreed to provide TARS with an outstanding fundraising event. First, they normally only do these events on Monday-Thursday from 4:00 pm to closing at 11:00 pm. However, due to many on […]

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Holiday Party

September 20, 2014

WHEN: The 2014 TARS Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Social time will be from 6:00-6:30 p.m. and the buffet style dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. We must vacate the facility not later than 9:00 p.m. WHERE: The location is the Capital City Country Club, 1601 Golf Terrace Drive in […]

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Alan Torledsky, W1ABT, SK

July 9, 2014

Alan Torledsky, W1ABT, SK It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Alan Torledsky, W1ABT. Alan passed Sunday morning, July 6th 2014. He had been battling cancer for several months. When I last saw him at the TMH Rehab Center a few weeks ago, he was doing physical therapy. He was […]

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TARS 2014 Field Day

July 1, 2014

On Saturday, June 28th, dozens of radio amateurs gathered in a small clearing in Tom Brown Park to embrace the many joys of their hobby. We ate donuts.  . Testing produced new amateurs and several upgrades.    We did some Training and people took home some nice antennas.   Phil’s GOTA Station was very successful.       Andraew assisted Tom […]

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Field Day – June 28-29

June 11, 2014

Where? This year TARS is holding Field Day at Tom Brown Park on Easterwood Road off Capital Circle NE. See the map of Tom Brown Park for our exact location, but there will be signs guiding you to our site. When? We will start setting up around 8 am Saturday, June 28, in preparation for […]

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July Meeting Rescheduled to the 10th

June 11, 2014

Please note that the July TARS meeting will be on the 10th because the 3rd is so close to the holiday.

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NOAA Hurricane Hunters – TARS Event – More Information

May 11, 2014

NOAA Hurricane Hunters – TARS Event – More Information    More information is now available regarding the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center visit of the NOAA Hurricane Hunters to the Tallahassee Regional Airport on Thursday, May 22nd. As was previously announced, this is a unique opportunnity to see the NOAA WP-3 Orion […]

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