The WCF Section of the ARRL Field
Organization serves amateur radio operators in ten counties in
Florida: Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.
The WCF section includes the following cities: Bradenton,
Clearwater, Lakeland, New Port Richey, Punta Gorda, St.
Petersburg, Sarasota, Sebring, Tampa and Winter Haven.
This web page has
information specific to the ARRL Field Services activities in
West Central Florida.
Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club presentation to the
On March 28, 2013, Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club, Port Richey,
FL., president, Bill Pfaff Jr. KI4QJK, gave a HAM radio
presentation to the Military Officers Association of America,
Sun Coast Chapter, Port Richey, Florida. The presentation
consisted of the history of HAM radio, the hobby, community
service and emergency communications. He had a typical HAM radio
"shack" set up with all of the items found in most HAM shacks
and brochures to hand out including hurricane preparation
brochures from the Pasco County Florida, Office of Emergency
Those present were amazed at the current state of HAM radio and
the advancement of the hobby and its importance in providing
emergency communications. The fact that we can communicate with
the International Space Station and the hobby is growing more
now than ever, was amazing to them.
Bill received a certificate of appreciation and a gift from the
MOAA Chapter President Robert Ayers., Col U.S. Army (Ret) that
showed their appreciation for his presentation.
Florida Hams Prove that Ham
Radio Works When Cell Phones Don’t
After a day of exploring the Green Swamp Wildlife Management
Area -- which covers 50,692 protected acres in Florida’s Lake,
Polk and Sumter Counties -- with his grandson, Joe Cody, KE4WDP,
of Winter Haven, Florida, saw that the roads were flooding and
becoming hazardous. As he tried to drive out of the area, Cody’s
small pick-up truck got bogged down in the mud. Since he was out
of cell phone range, Cody tried calling for help on the Dade
City 146.880 repeater. Richard Parker, KF4ORW, of Dade City,
Florida, heard the call and answered.
After hearing the situation, Parker called 911 in Pasco County,
who put him in touch with the dispatch in neighboring Polk
County. Cody passed his location on to Parker, who in turn
passed it on to the Polk County Sherriff’s Office. “Polk County
911 took over trying to get help,” Parker said. “They called me
back several times for more information and I was able to relay
information from Joe to them. Then Ted Bulmanski, W4TKB, who is
also from Dade City, started monitoring and copying Joe’s
About 30 minutes later, Parker saw a helicopter fly over and
around Cody’s position, and after another 30 minutes, Cody
radioed back on the repeater, saying he was on his way home --
thanks to a Lake County Deputy in a Sherriff’s Office truck that
had a winch. “We learned that Joe was eight miles inside Lake
County,” Parker explained. “That’s why the Lake County
Sherriff’s Office responded instead of the Polk County
authorities. The Polk County Sherriff’s Office called me back to
say that the helicopter from Lake County found the truck inside
Lake County and sent both a deputy from Lake County, as well as
a Fish and Game Officer and winched him out of the mud. They
called me back to thank us for assisting the stranded pair. Ham
radio still works when other forms of communications don’t.” --
Thanks to ARRL West Central Florida Section Public Information
Coordinator Kevin Poorman, KV4CT, for the information
REPORT ON TAMPA BAY AMATEUR
RADIO SUPPORT FOR THE
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION 2012 TAMPA, FLORIDA
Bill Williams AG4QX, Hillsborough County
ARES/RACES Operations Manager/Assistant Emergency Coordinator
and the Greater Tampa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Liaison for the City of Tampa was asked by the Tampa Office of
Emergency Management to provide emergency back-up communications
for the City during the timeframe of the Republican National
Convention, August 24 through September 2, 2012.
This tasking required amateur radio at four primary locations:
the Tampa EOC, Tampa Fire Station #1, Tampa Fire Station #3 and
the Tampa Fire Rescue Training Academy & Police Training Center
staging area. Each location had ICOM Model IC-2820 radios
pre-programmed with numerous D-Star and analog frequencies, any
of which were tested and could be used for emergency
communications. Two training sessions were conducted prior to
the event, to familiarize the operators with the radio operation
and the Incident Command System-compliant plans for the
This was treated for the City as a CERT event, and for the
County, an ARES/RACES activation. Volunteer radio operators were
scheduled for 24/7 coverage at the four locations, plus the
Hillsborough EOC was available for any additional activations if
Over 1800 volunteer hours were put in to prepare for and support
the city and county for the week long operation. The city
operated the Consequence Management EOC, staffed that was
supported by the RNC, Secret Service, FBI, State Warning Point,
Hillsborough County and surrounding counties Emergency
Management representatives. A Joint Incident Command was
established and operated nearby.
Even the threat of Hurricane Isaac did not interfere with the
operation. Under the county plan, ARES/RACES put out the call
for more operators to support Hillsborough County and the Red
Cross shelter operations, and the city support continued
The county RACES Officer and ARRL Emergency Coordinator, Keating
Floyd KC4HSI, called on operators from the Tampa Amateur Radio
Club to run a Resource Net until the storm threat passed.
Hillsborough County experienced heavy rains and flooding but
only minor damage was reported. All facets of the amateur radio
operation were undeniably successful. The RNC went off with very
few problems, and congratulations are due to Bill Williams for a
job well done, along with all the CERT and ARES/RACES members
who supported him and the Tampa Bay community.
Budd Johnson WB4J
Hillsborough County AEC - Club Liaison
ARRL West Central Florida Official Emergency Station firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional comments so far received:
All, I am pleased
and honored to know that we have such a dedicated group of
individuals that would be able to provide a critical service and
function if the need arises. Bill and so many others have
proven this time and time again. The events of this week
reaffirm the fact that we are more prepared than ever for
disasters. Enjoy a wonderful and un-eventful weekend.
Thank you for all
County Fire Rescue
acknowledgment is well deserved. Bill, Keating and the
rest of the CERT and ARES/RACES volunteers are remarkable
citizens and very gracious with giving the city/county so much
of their personal time and expertise.
Airport Fire Chief
Tampa Fire Rescue
Thanks again for
the dedication, effort, time and professionalism you always
provide. The support you and your team provided to the City of
Tampa and 2012 RNC is greatly appreciated and will not go
unnoticed. My hat is off to all that supported and continue to
support the mission.
This go to show
the willingness and support that volunteers and their agencies
can and do provide, not just in times of a disaster but whenever
the call go out.
Thanks again for a
job well done and the continued support you always have
Oliver E. Greene, Jr
Eric, KD4MZM & Bill K4FLV
put together an Island Activation event in
A group of operators in
Sarasota put Venetian Waterway Park in Venice on the air the
weekend of May 19, 2012.
Since the island was a
never on the air before it received a designator of FL-488. The
group make over 140 contacts on CW, SSB, PSK31 and BPSK63.
The group of
operators were: Eric KD4MZM, Bill K4LFV, Craig KI4SNR, Net
N2RDX, Den W3DEN, Dick KI4EFJ, Eddie K4JP Louis WA2COP, Mark
KV4FC, Scott KG4YHR, Tony KE4AWM, Jim W4JDB.
A reminder that the weekly North Port
Amateur Radio Club CW Training Net will be held on
Sundays, at 8:30 PM local time - CW on 28.350 and voice
on NPARC Repeater 147.12.
Net Control is K8QI - The goal of this net is to
encourage members to develop their CW skills to a level
where they feel comfortable in making CW contacts. The
speed will be around 5 wpm - characters sent at 12 wpm
with 5 wpm spacing - Farnsworth Method
Did your New Year's Resolutions include CW? Tune in on
28.350 and check-in or just "copy the mail"
73, Barry K8QI
Coast Amateur Radio Club Activities
Our club has been
very active and we are getting more calls for our
The first call for us was from the Pasco County
Sheriff's Office. They requested
communications assistance from the Pasco County
ARES/RACES Volunteers and
some of the members from the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio
Club volunteered. This was
for the United Cerebral Palsy's "Ride Without Limits"
rally on Sunday Nov. 11th in
Darby, FL. It consisted of three courses of 36, 63 and
100 miles. We were located around the courses to provide
communications for the whole day.
The second was for the "Filthy Fun Run" on Saturday,
Nov. 17th sponsored by the Pasco Pediatratic Foundation
which raises funds for children
and young adults needing assistance in Pasco County.
This was held at Safety Town on
SR 52 in Land O Lakes. It consisted of a 5k course with
eleven mud filled obstacles.
The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club has other events
coming up and I will keep you
informed of our activities. Our events are posted on the
clubs web page at
www.Gulfcoastarc.org and on FACEBOOK.
West Central Florida Section Nets --
The WCF Section has several nets during the week.
Most of the nets are held on the NI4CE repeater system
on 145.43 / 442.95 Verna, 145.29 / 443.45 St Pete,
442.825 / Peebledale (just south of Mulberry in Polk)
& 146.76 /442.650 Port Richey (Pasco). All require
100.0 Hz Sub-audible tone.
Eagle Net (WCF Florida Section Traffic Net)
West Central Florida Section Weekly (VHF/UHF)
West Central Florida
Section ARES Net
Tampabay Traders Net
WCF Section HF Net
3.911 MHz LSB and 7.281 MHz LSB.(alt.)
WCF YL Net
ARLD021 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by HA0HW, K1SFA, NC1L, The Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX
News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL
Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
AZERBAIJAN, 4K. Alim, 4K6FO plans to be active in the CQ WW WPX
CW contest. QSL via operator's instructions.
GEORGIA, 4L. Vaho, 4L8A will be a Single Op/Single Band on 20
meter entry in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL via operator's
CYPRUS, 5B. A group of operators will be QRV as P3N as a
Multi/Single entry in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL via RW3RN.
MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT3. Operators DL8LAS, DL9EE and DK9IP are QRV
as CT9/homecalls. They will be active as CR3L in the CQ WW WPX
CW contest. QSL CR3L via DJ6QT and all others to home calls.
CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Luis, EA8AY will be QRV as EE8X from
Tenerife, IOTA AF-004, in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL direct
FRANCE, F. Special event station TM100USA will be QRV from the
Montfaucon American Monument on May 25 and 26 as a special
tribute to the American troops who served here during the first
World War. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via F6KUP.
JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, M0CFW is QRV as MJ0CFW from St. Brelade until
May 27. He will be active as MJ5Z in the CQ WW WPX CW contest.
QSL both calls direct to home call.
SVALBARD, JW. Operator DK8FD is QRV as JW/DK8FD until May 27.
This includes an entry in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL to home
LUXEMBOURG, LX. Look for LX7I to be a Multi/Two entry in the CQ
WW WPX CW contest. QSL via LX2A.
ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Tomi will be QRV as OH0Z from Fasta Aland,
IOTA EU-002, in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL via W0MM.
CZECH REPUBLIC, OL. Special event station OL2013DIG is QRV until
June 6 during the international DIG-meeting. QSL via OK1AR.
GREENLAND, OX. Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as XP2I from Kangerlussuaq
until May 27. Activity is on the HF bands using only CW. This
includes an entry in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. A group of operators are QRV as PJ6A
from Saba, IOTA NA-145, until May 27. This includes an entry in
the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL via N4NX.
GREECE, SV. Laci, HA0HW is QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island,
IOTA EU-174, until June 5. Activity is on all HF bands and 6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an entry in the CQ
WW WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL to home
TURKEY, TA. Special event station TC1919ATA is QRV in
commemoration of the landing of Kemal Atatuerk in Samsun in
1919. QSL via TA6P.
CANADA, VE. Ron, VA3RVK is QRV as XL3T until June 23 to
commemorate the Canadian Arctic Expedition that took place from
1913 to 1916. This includes an entry in the CQ WW WPX CW
contest. QSL via VE3AT.
AUSTRALIA, VK. Special event station VI103WIA is QRV until May
27 from Freemantle, Western Australia during the Wireless
Institute of Australia AGM and National Conference. QSL via
VANUATU, YJ. Bill, K2PO is QRV as YJ0PO from Efate Island, IOTA
OC-035. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. This includes an entry
in the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Holger, ZL3IO will be QRV from Hawke's Bay on
the North Island, IOTA OC-036, as a Single Op/All Band entry in
the CQ WW WPX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.
PRINCE EDWARD AND MARION ISLANDS, ZS8. David, ZS8Z has been QRV
20 meters using SSB around 1340 to 1500z and 10 meters around
QSL via ZS1HF.
OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is
approved for DXCC credit: North Cook Island, E51WL.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Portuguese Navy Day
Digital Contest, QRP ARCI Hootowl CW Sprint and the SARL Digital
Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming
weekend. The MI QRP Memorial Day CW Sprint is scheduled for May
27 and 28. Please see May QST, page 80, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest websites for details.
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