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VE Testing and Changes For 2015

During 2014 there were 6 test sessions with 90 candidates. 83 earned a new license or upgraded their current licenses.

Don Fraser(K2DF) has turned over the position of VE Liaison Coordinator to Richard Miller (K4IFG).  During the last 8 years he has conducted 95 test sessions. We would like to thank Don for everything he has done and for supporting the Orange Park Amateur Radio Club,  your time and dedication is greatly appreciated.

The testing dates for 2015 are March 14, June 13,  Sept 12, and December 12.  The contact and registration information is on the registration page.

QRP Meeting Change: October 25, 2014

The QRP group normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 1pm at Ted’s classroom across from the OPHS Cafetorium.

However this month the 2nd Saturday (11 October) the group will not meet because Ted and some of the group we be attending the Melbourne Hamfest. They will meet on the 4th Saturday (25 October) as usual.


2014 Orange Park Hamfest – October 4, 2014

The  Orange Park Amateur Radio Club Hamfest is October 4, 2014 from 7am to 1PM.

Download The Printable Hamfest Flyer

RSVP For Camping Form

The admission, tailgating, camping, and parking are all FREE!.  Tailgate check in is Friday (Oct 3) @ 5PM.

We will have raffle tickets for sale for a 50/50 and a radio.

The raffle ticket prices are
50/50 – $1.00
Radio – $5.00

If you would like to camp please RSVP using the form or email us at orangeparkarc@gmail.com so we can reserve a spot.

The camping is only DRY camping so no power or water onsite. Check in will be that Friday at 5PM and checkout will be Sunday by 2pm.

Jacksonville Dog Fanciers’ Assoc, Inc
6932 Morse Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida
Get Directions From Mapquest

The official link to the hamfest page is http://oparc.net/hamfest/

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014

This is of interest to those living in gated or HOA communities with restrictions concerning ham radio antennas and equipment.


A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” was introduced on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed legislation. The bill’s sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It has initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.

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2014 Field Day – Times Union Article

Field Day was a GREAT success as operators from both Clay County ARES and OPARC joined forces at the Orange Park High School to contact all 50 states and most of Canada — at last report over 1000 contacts were made.

“ORANGE PARK | Be it hurricane, wildfire, flood or tornado, when disaster wipes out communications at home or abroad, Clay County volunteers are ready to relay messages so emergency authorities can get help where it’s needed and let families know their loved ones are safe.” Continue reading

Field Day Preparation: June 7, 2014

Mark your calendars.

We will be meeting at my place, June 7, 2014 to clean up and organize the field day trailer, check antennas and coax, and whatever else needs to be done. This preparation makes the set up on the actual ARRL Field Day much easier for us all. We will meet at my place (1020 Browns Rd. Middleburg, FL 32068) @ 9:00 on Saturday June the 8th after the OPARC breakfast. Come out and help prepare for the big event and enjoy the fun and fellowship. With a little help, we should get done before lunch.

Greg Fitcher N4RVD

Click the map below to see the whole map. We’ll be looking for you.1020 browns rd