St. Johns River Celebration

We had a great time this weekend at the River Clean Up. It was a beautiful calm, clear, and cool day to be out doors with friends helping others serve their community. We saw more smiles this year than ever before and I can’t help but feel that our members were a big part of it. At every station we observed friendly, courteous, and encouraging assistance to all the participants involved. I am confident that it will leave a lasting impression on those that were present.

Most of the volunteers were moms and dads with one to six (yes, I said six) children. There were a lot of teens that have been coming out for years as little ones, now all grown up. People from all types of fields were there, public service, construction, small business owners, engineers and accountants.  Grandparents with grandchildren and neighbors with friends were walking and picking up trash left along trails and tributaries, all having good outdoor fun and a rewarding time of conversation and fellowship together.

One thing that kept resonating in my ear, from staff and volunteers, was the appreciation for OPARC and It’s long relationship and commitment to the River Clean Up in Clay County. At first I thought that there were just being polite, but then I started to realize that they were truly sincere and really value our relationship. They consider our people, our group, our club, friends of Clay County River Clean Up. More than that, they consider us their personal friends. They count on us to be there for them.

OPARC’s commitment and dedication to events, such as these, sets us apart. It makes us who we are and guides us to who we will be. Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s River Clean Up.  I also want extend a special thanks to those that have helped make this relationship as strong as it is today over the past two decades. Through your dedication, sacrifice, and diligence, you and some now silent keys, have helped set an example of service, southern style.

We leave a footprint, an impression, at every event that we participate in. Make the most of it! Carry your friendly smile and only let encouragement ride your tongue. Who knows how powerful of an influence you may be? Someone is always watching, especially the little ones. Great job OPARC!

Greg Fitcher



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40th Anniversary Of Orange Park Amateur Radio Club

As part of my research into the club I discovered an article from 2010 that tells us a little about the history of our organization.

We have been:
1.  An official club for 40 years
2.  ARRL affiliated for 38 years
3.  Incorporated for 23 years

Larry Filzen was quoted as saying “In 1973, Ted Jahn, K4YLX and myself, WB4CGD. We went to hamfests and city surplus auctions and bought repeater equipment and put it on the air. We hooked up an autopatch and charged local users$ 25.00 per year to pay for expenses. We were one of the first clubs to offer an autopatch. We wanted to keep costs down so we became a club with a bigger membership and started giving Ham Radio classes”.

Additionally in the article he was also quoted as saying “In 1975, with at least 51% ARRL members, we were recognized as an ARRL affiliate club”.

Congratulation’s OPARC this is a huge achievement we have reached.  We are 40 years old.

Happy Anniversary !

February 21, 2013 Meeting Agenda

The agenda for this month’s meeting is to discuss:

1. Hand out remaining plaques
2. Update

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3. T-Shirts
4. Mission Statement

This month is the Club Auction, Don’t miss it you may find the treasure you can’t live without.

If anyone hasn’t paid their dues this is a great way to start the year off.

Did you know that based on some research I have done Orange Park Amateur Radio Club is 40 years old?

Final Draft Of OPARC Mission Statement

The next item in the development of OPARC is to establish our mission statement which helps us guide our organization down the path we wish to follow.

Please review the statement and let us know what you think.  Feed back can be given via the website contact form or at the upcoming club meeting.

Orange Park Amateur Radio Club exists to promote the diverse aspects of the amateur radio hobby and service projects throughout Orange Park and surrounding communities. This is achieved through education, encouragement and event opportunities for the individual operator, the organization and the community.

We would like to thank Joe Bassett W1WCN who helped us in the creation of our mission statement.

Orange Park Amateur Radio Club & Town of Orange Park Farmer’s and Art’s Market 01/27/2013

The Orange Park Amateur Radio Club, Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service  and KB4SA Ham Radio Boy Scout Organization will be onsite Sunday 01/27/2013 from 11AM to 5PM for their 1st quarterly public event.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and  enjoy the market and check out the station at the event.

If you want to help out when you arrive let us know, we always need people to answer questions.  We will have a Buckmaster OCF 7 band, 2 meter antenna and HF Digital  on site.

Address is:
Town Hall building
2042 Park Ave
Orange Park, Florida

AMSAT President giving presentation at NOFARS 02/14/2012



Barry Baines, WD4ASW, the President of AMSAT will be

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doing a presentation at the February 14th NOFARS meeting.

The meeting starts @ 7:30PM.

The meeting will be held at
Ed White High School
1700 Old Middleburg Road

Near interstate 295 and Normandy Blvd.

To learn more about AMSAT goto