• 04 Oct 2017 21:43 | Ray Jaworski

    This FREE SKYWARN BASIC SPOTTER class will give you all the information needed to become a registered spotter for the National Weather Service.

    Saturday January 20, 2018

    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Anyone interested in weather, Amateur Radio, Aviation, CERT, Red Cross, 1st Responders, Police, Fire, Mobile Home residents etc. are invited. Bring a friend!


    For more information or to sign up please email Ray Jaworski, KI4RHL, Martin County Florida Skywarn Coordinator at , or call (772) 485-9677. Reservations are recommended.

    You can also sign up for this or other local Spotter classes at:

    Training will be held in Room 225, 2nd floor, at the Martin County Emergency Operations Holt Center, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida, 34994. Doors open at 9:30 am for registration.

  • 22 Sep 2017 08:49 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)
    Hurricane Irma

    Amateur radio operators from Martin County Amateur Radio Association and Martin County ARES/RACES were activated and deployed to shelters and hospitals throughout the county supporting emergency communications for the duration of Irma's visit here.  Deployment began at 0800 on Saturday, September 9th, and continued until Monday afternoon.

    A very special thanks goes out to all those who deployed, their families, and all those who supported the deployment of the thousands of volunteers throughout Florida! 

  • 20 Aug 2017 11:06 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Thanks to much effort by Eric, W4ELB, EchoLink has returned to Stuart!

    Repeater:  WX4MC

    Location: Adjacent to Martin Hospital South

    Frequency: 444.90 MHz

    PL Tone:  107.2 Hz
    Offset: +5 MHz

    Echo Link Station: W4ELB-R

    Echo Link Node:  858505

    To connect to an EchoLink node thru the WX4MC repeater, use the touch-tone keypad on your radio.  While holding down the PTT button, enter the # sign, followed by the desired node number.  Then listen for progress messages.  To disconnect, enter the # sign twice.

    Most smart phones are EchoLink capable with the installation of a simple application.

    Issues experienced with EchoLink on the WX4MC repeater should be reported to Eric, W4ELB via email:

    For more information about EchoLink on the Web, consult

  • 08 Aug 2017 09:04 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    On Monday, August 7th a group of MCARA and MCARES members joined Bill W2DRX at his QTH to celebrate his 95th birthday!  After the singing and the pie and whipped cream, we all checked into the Monday Night Net.  We wish you many more Doctor X!!!


  • 01 Jul 2017 14:22 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)
        Field Day 2017

    MCARA/MCARES members began Field Day preparations on Friday by erecting 8 antennas and two towers, and setting up four radio stations.  Then, on Saturday morning, Tom K4TMA fired up the BBQ!  And the weekend just kept getting better from there!

    The weather was perfect, the radios worked flawlessly, the food was fantastic, and we even made some new friends!  We really didn't want to break it all down on Sunday!

    K4ZK Field Day SiteAerial by Mike K4MNJ

    Thanks to all who contributed to make possible another great Field Day event!

  • 26 May 2017 21:06 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Susan & KI4RHL & Leah KI4RHL, K4GMW K4GMW, W4SPR, KM4STV 

    The second annual Maker's Faire was held on Tuesday afternoon, May 2nd, in the gymnasium at the Pinewood Elementary School in Stuart.  MCARA and MCARES members presented several educational activities in an effort to ignite the fires of creativity in those attending, both young and old.  Conductive dough was used to teach basic electrical principles, and, when connected to a RaspberryPi-based 12-channel capacitive touch-driven sound synthesizer, to entertain.  In addition, a GOTA station served to segue to our favorite hobby, Amateur Radio!

    KM4STV testing LEDs Listen to the RaspberryPi K4GMW 

    Photos by K4OIL

  • 04 May 2017 10:19 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Thank You MCARA!!

    Sincere thanks to all of you that worked to make the 2017 Stuart Hamfest a great success!  Not only was the weather perfect, and the food great, the comradery and the deals were outstanding as well!

    Congratulations to the following prize winners:

    Grand Prize, an Icom IC-7300, was won by Ramon Alicea KJ4UZM
    Second Prize, a Kenwood TM-V71A, was won by Erica Simpson KM4WRG
    Third Prize, a Yaesu FT-60R, was won by Marc Weiner K4MGW.

  • 02 May 2017 08:24 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Stuart Amateur Bob Dye (N4PSK) just put up a new UHF repeater in Hobe Sound!

    Bob says “443.900 107.2  It is on the air.  I just tested it from Hobe Sound to Tradition's in PSL at Gatlin on a 2W hand held.”

    The repeater uses a positive 5 MHz transmit offset, and requires a 107.2 Hz tone.

    Bob indicates that the repeater is on private property.  All licensed amateurs are welcome to use the repeater.  Questions or comments should be directed to Bob via

     email:  bob (at)

    Thanks to Dave N4DWM for reporting and providing the photos!

  • 30 Apr 2017 17:51 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Almost a dozen MCARA members came out for the Saturday, April 28, March of Dimes event in Jensen Beach's Riverside Park.  Radio Operators were stationed around the course to improve communications for event support personnel. The March raises awareness and funds to improve the care of babies from preconception to annual family walk day.

    Left to Right: K4TMA, N4DWM, KV4MS, K4MNJ, KE4MZT, KD4PQQ, K4GMW, K4OIL, W4SPR, KI4OXP.  Photo by K4OIL.

  • 25 Jan 2017 16:28 | Ray Jaworski

    5 1/2 Hour Skywarn Net Summary

    On the evening of January 22,2017, at the request of National Weather Service- Melbourne Florida, we activated a Martin County Florida Skywarn Spotter Net on the 145.150 repeater. The net started at 8:00PM and lasted through the night until 1:30AM on the 23rd with Net Controllers* changing guard at the top of the hour. While Martin County was spared any major damage, no reports of hail, rain, or wind damage (that met the Spotters guidelines) were reported.

    Successfully, we monitored the path of the potentially severe storm in Martin County which impacted the entire state of Florida. The Skywarn Net was prepared to take any reports which could have been relayed to NWS-Melbourne via RF, Echolink,landline, cell phone, Twitter, and Facebook. The Statewide Amateur Radio (SAR) Net was also monitored on UHF 444.150 as well as the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN) on the 146.775 repeater.

    Thank you to all that checked in and/or monitored:















    Ray Jaworski KI4RHL

    Martin County Florida Skywarn Coordinator

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