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Welcome to the 146970.com Website!

The goal of this website is to provide you with a little information about the Sun Country Amateur Radio Society, our repeaters, some of the activities associated with our group and a bunch of general ham radio information.

Additionally we want to provide you with a “One Stop“ source of ham radio events and activity. Here you'll find information on hamfests, special events, contests, ham radio testing for new licensees and those upgrading and much more. We have also provided links to the ARRL search pages for all these activities. We hope that you find this information useful and look forward to making contact with you on the air.

The Goal of our Repeater is to provide all licensed hams that behave properly, operate in accordance with FCC Part 97 Rules and Regulations, who are pleasant and welcoming to all, and willing try to uphold the 5 basic purposes of the amateur radio service are welcome on KA4WJA/R, 146.970 MHz (-600khz) repeater!

Those that are rude, crude, abusive, inappropriate, etc., or racist, sexist, misogynistic, etc. are not welcome, and should find another form of communication that better suits there needs (such as CB Radio, GMRS, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)!

Those that have differing views and opinions on this are absolutely entitled to them, however please understand it is the legal and ethical responsibility (FCC Part 97.1) for KA4WJA to uphold the purposes and principles of the amateur radio service on the KA4WJA/R, 146.970 MHz Repeater. Also please remember it is the reputation of KA4WJA for all that is broadcast on the 146.970 MHz repeater....so, should you desire to express rude/abusive ideas, please find somewhere else.

Our repeater is located in North Central Florida, Marion County, in the town of Anthony, just north of Ocala, FL. We are about 90 NNW of Orlando, about 75 miles from the east or the west coast of Florida and about 35 miles south of Gainesville. MAP

KA4WJA/R, 146.970, Voted "Best (non-Linked) Repeater" in "4" Call Area. Click Here to Read about more about it Needless to say, we are very proud of this recognition!

Our group is more of a social group rather than a official structured club. We get together every 2 weeks and meet at one of the local restaurants in town for some food, fun and relaxation. We start at 6:30PM and continue on until we are ready to call it quits for the evening. Our next meeting is at Mimi's Cafe on Tuesday - October 3 2023 @ 6:30PM.

If you would like to learn more about ham radio, if you think you have some interest in ham radio but would like to learn more or if you are a local ham operator looking for a great group of people to socialize with, we encourage you to come and join us. Everyone is always welcome!!

Updated: September 20th, 2023

Updated: September 21st, 2023

Important Information from the National Weather Service not just for hurricane season but all year long.

               All Weather Hazards    
All of the above Logos are Links to that website

Hurricane Preparedness Guide

has been updated!

This Question Pool becomes effective on
07/01/2023 and expires on 06/30/2027

If you plan to take the General Class Exam anytime before June 30, 2027 you should use this question pool for the most up to date information and test questions

Updated: September 20th, 2023

Ham Radio Special Event Hunter on Facebook
Schedules for Special Event Stations on Facebook

Operation Able Archer - 1983

October 21st thru October 22nd, 2023.
Click on Event Name for more details.

Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald
Novenber 4th and 5th, 2023

Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 4-Nov 5, 1500Z-2355Z, W0JH, Stillwater, MN. Stillwater, MN Amateur Radio Association (SARA). 3.860 7.260 14.260 21.360. Certificate. QSL to w0jh23fitz@outlook.com, for, e-certificate.

Click on Event Name or Pictures for more details.

Updated: July 6th, 2023

Local / Nearby
Florida Hamfests

Within about 100 miles
Within 2 to 3 Months

58th Annual Melbourne Hamfest
ARRL Florida State Convention

Melbourne, FL
October 13th and 14th, 2023
My countdown

2023 Ocala Hamfest
Ocala, FL
December 2nd, 2023
My countdown

48th Annual
Tampa Bay Hamfest

West Central Florida's
Best Hamfest and Convention
Tampa, FL

December 8th and 9th, 2023
My countdown

Other Hamfests
Happening Soon
but Not Local

2023 Stone Mountain Hamfest
Stone Mountain, GA
November 4th and 5th, 2023
My countdown

Some of the Local Area Repeaters

Here are of few of the repeaters in the area. This is not a complete list but these are some of the popular ones. If you have a repeater in the area and would like to be listed, send us an email with the necessary information and we'll add it as soon as we can.

(Updated) April 29, 2022

Sun Country Repeaters (In order by Frequency)
Frequency Offset Tone Call Sign Location
146.970 MHz -600 kHz No Tone KA4WJA Anthony, FL
147.165 MHz +600 kHz 123 N4STP Ft McCoy, FL
224.100 MHz -1.6 MHz No Tone N4TSV Anthony, FL
444.325 MHz +5 MHz No Tone KA2MBE Anthony, FL
444.375 MHz +5 MHz 123 N4STP Ft McCoy, FL

Other Ocala Area Repeaters (In order by Frequency)
Frequency Offset Tone Call Sign Location
145.170 MHz -600 kHz D-Star KG4NXO Ocala, FL
145.270 MHz -600 kHz 123 KQ4PP Ocala, FL
145.430 MHz -600 kHz 141.3 KD4GME Ocala, FL
146.610 MHz -600 kHz 123 K4GSO Ocala, FL
146.790 MHz -600 kHz D-Star K4GSO Ocala, FL
147.210 MHz +600 kHz 123 KI4MTN Ocala, FL

The Villages Repeaters (In order by Frequency)
Frequency Offset Tone Call Sign Location
146.925 MHz -600 kHz 123 KS4EOC Summerfield, FL
147.030 MHz +600 kHz 123 K4HOG Lk Panasofkee
443.225 MHz +5 MHz 103.5 K4VRC The Villages, FL

Gainesville Repeaters (In order by Frequency)
Frequency Offset Tone Call Sign Location
146.640 MHz -600 kHz DMR KC4MHH Gainesville, FL
146.685 MHz -600 kHz DMR K4GNV Gainesville, FL
146.820 MHz -600 kHz 123 K4GNV Gainesville, FL
146.850 MHz -600 kHz 123 KD4MGR Gainesville, FL
146.865 MHz -600 kHz DMR K4GNV Gainesville, FL
146.985 MHz -600 kHz 123 K4GNV Gainesville, FL
147.270 MHz +600 kHz 123 KD4MGR Gainesville, FL
224.160 MHz -1.6 MHz No Tone K4GNV Gainesville, FL
444.8375 MHz + 5 MHz DMR KC4MHH Gainesville, FL
444.925 MHz +5 MHz No Tone K4GNV Gainesville, FL
444.9875 MHz +5 MHz 123 K4GNV Gainesville, FL

University of Florida Repeaters (In order by Frequency)
Frequency Offset Tone Call Sign Location
146.910 MHz -600 kHz No Tone W4DFU Gainesville, FL
444.725 MHz +5 MHz No Tone W4DFU Gainesville, FL

Other Misc. Repeaters (In order by Frequency)
Frequency Offset Tone Call Sign Location
147.390 MHz +5 MHz 123.0 W4DAK Chiefland, FL
443.950 MHz +5 MHz 123.0 W4DAK Bell, FL

This area is intended to provide an assortment of Technical Information that should be of Interest / Value to all ham radio operators. In general this information has been provided by fellow ham radio operators. Hope you find this information useful to you.

Ham Radio YouTube Playlist

 This link provides a Youtube Playlist with some "Radiowave Propagation Videos", that should be of interest to all hams, and especially useful to new hams and/or those new to HF comms..

Link to: Ham Radio YouTube Playlist

Provided By: John - KA4WJA
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Rig Reference

 This link contains a wealth of information about nearly any ham radio equipment that you can think of. The list of radios is so large it's fun to just browse. One of the best compilations of information!

4283 - Rigs874 - Reviews
1580 - Manuals2822 - Prices
5285 - Images293 - Manufacturers
967 - Shacks

Link to: Rig Reference

Provided By: Jim - KA2MBE
Last Updated: Jan 1, 2023

Schematics 4 You

 Lot's of good information including schematics, service manuals, radio mods and a lot more. This site is a lot more than just schematics.

Link to: Schematics 4 You

Provided By: Fred - AE2DX
Last Updated: Jan 1, 2023

Old Books, Magazines and Other Interesting Links

 Here's a collection of old magazines, books, CallBooks and a lot of other information. The ads in the old magazines bring back a lot of memories. Hope you find some good use and enjoy all of these links provided by AE2DX!

Provided By: Fred - AE2DX
First Posted: August 19, 2017
Updated: January 21, 2023

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

 Here's some sites to check out if you are in need some good information or pricing on miscellaneous hardware.

  • Amplified Parts
  • MonoPrice Parts
  • RigPix Database (Similar to Reg Reference)
  • Explore Radio Waves
  • Amateur Radio Bits & Pieces NEW!
  • Provided By: David - N4EST
    Updated April 3, 2023

    On The Lighter Side

    Something a bit different. Normally "On The Lighter Side" is a comic that came from Facebook or the internet or somewhere else. This time it's a song it's a song written and performed by Steve - KE4SQR. Everyone should take the time to listen to this. It is funny but there is a lot of truth to it too!!

    The Radio Song
    Posted with permission from the song writer

    Who knew we had all this talent among us?