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Dee Turner, N4GD - Section Manager

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The West Central Florida Section is one of seventy-one administrative sections of the ARRL - The American Radio Relay League.   The ARRL is the National Association for Amateur Radio in the USA.

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.   

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Clearwater Amateur Radio Society Celebrates 60 Years as ARRL-Affiliated Club
 
The Clearwater Amateur Radio Society (CARS) has celebrated 60 years as an ARRL-affiliated club. CARS, which boasts nearly 50 members, became affiliated with the ARRL on January 18, 1954. Representing the ARRL at club's February meeting to present a plaque was ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager Dee Turner, N4GD. CARS President, Craig Shapiro, KJ4BYK, accepted the award on behalf of the club. A small celebration took place following the meeting to commemorate the event. -- Kevin Poorman, KV4CT, PIO
 
 
NEW ASM APPOINTED
 
SM Dee Turner, N4GD, appointed Darrel Davis, KT4WX as ASM yesterday, February 9, 2014.  Darrel has been involved in the WCF Section since its inception back in 2000, serving as the WCF Technical Coordinator for many years before moving out of the section. Darrell can be reached at 6350 Mills Rd, Fort Meade, FL, 33841-9584, kt4wx@arrl.net Ph (863) 245-9923.

The Section staff again welcomes Darrell back to the Section Cabinet!

 
 
Florida Amateurs Support Kiwanis Midnight
Run Public Service Event
Dunedin, FL, July 15, 2013- Amateur Radio operators from Pinellas
County, Florida, ACS/ARES, Eastlake CERT, and the Tampa
Amateur Radio Club
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 CQ Maginine Article about the Midnight Run
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Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club presentation to the MOAA

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 Management.

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

03/06/2013

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 information.”

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
 
 
 

*JUNE/JULY. 2013* ISSUE OF THE WCF TS EXPERIMENTER NOW AVAILABLE  in .pdf (Click on any text to link)

"Revised" DATABASE OF THE WCF SECTION COUNTY HAM TOWER/ANTENNA RULES & REGULATIONS (05, 2010)

Our WCF Section ASM & TC, Geoff, N1GY, has complied a list for our ten (10) WCF Section County Amateur (HAM) Tower and antenna rules and regulations. Click here to access this link!

WCF Club Newsletters

The Latest issue of The Communicator from the TARC.  TNX to Jack Sproat, W4JS, their editor for forwarding a copy to post on the WCF Section Webpage!

 
The EARS Newsletter is now available at this link!  
 
Florida Contest Group (FCG)  "Contest Gazette" Newsletter - Now Available Here!
 
The Kings' Point ARC Newsletter is now available by clicking this text!
 
Latest issue of the WORMHOLE Newsletter is here! 
 
St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) "Spark Gap" Newsletter      
 

Florida D-Star Information Site   &   West Central Florida -DSTAR Group    

MARCI - Manatee AmateurMARCI _ Manatee Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Newsletter Radio Club Inc. - Newsletter

Florida State-Wide D-Star Hurricane Net Started                       (Click on any text for Link)

  LINK - The Official Newsletter of The Suncoast Amateur Radio Club

North Port Amateur Radio Club CW Training Net

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

Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Activities

Our club has been very active and we are getting more calls for our communication
services!

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.
Respectfully,

Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
Public Information Officer
Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 595 New Port Richey, FL 34656
ki4qjk@yahoo.com
727-869-0784

2013 FIELD DAY REPORTS

Hopefully, Club PIO's will send  this year upcoming Field Day Reports, for posting!

Click this link to see upcoming WCF Section & Florida Statewide Hamfests & Tailgates!

 
 
WCF Section Net Schedule
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.  
Day(s)   Net Name Time (ET) Where
Daily   Eagle Net (WCF Florida Section Traffic Net) 8:30 PM NI4CE/R
Sunday   West Central Florida Section Weekly (VHF/UHF) 7:30 PM NI4CE/R
Monday   West Central Florida Section ARES Net 7:30 PM NI4CE/R
Tuesday   Open 7:00 PM NI4CE/R
Wednesday   Tampabay Traders Net 9:00 PM NI4CE/R
Thursday   WCF Technical Net 9:00 PM NI4CE/R
Friday   Open    
Saturday   WCF Section HF Net  8:30 AM 3.911 MHz LSB and 7.281 MHz LSB.(alt.)
Saturday   WCF YL Net   7:30 PM NI4CE/R

 

This Weeks DX NEWS.... 

ARLD016 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by NC1L, QRZ DX, 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.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Jean, ON8RA is QRV as 5T0JL and is active on 15, 12 and 10 meters using CW. He will also be active in the CQ Manchester Mineira DX CW contest. QSL via PY4WAS.

LESOTHO, 7P. Operators HB9OCR, K5LBU, K5YY, K9APW, N5JR, G8APB and ZS6RJ plan to be QRV as 7P8MH, 7P8CF, 7P8YY, 7P8RL, 7P8JR, 7P8CP and 7P8RJ, respectively, from Roma in the Maseru district from April 22 to May 1. Activity is on 15 to 10 meters, and possibly 30 meters at night, using mainly SSB with some CW and RTTY. QSL to home calls.

SABLE ISLAND, CY0. Aaron, VA1AXC is QRV as CY0P, weather permitting. This includes some activity on 60 meters. QSL via operator's instructions.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Joerg, DL3LUM will be QRV as D44TXU from Santa Maria on Sal Island, IOTA AF-086, from April 19 to 25. Activity will be holiday style mainly on the high bands using CW with QRP power. QSL via operator's instructions.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. In celebration of the IARU's 89th anniversary, members from the DARC district Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are QRV as special event station DR89WARD until April 25 from various locations. QSL via bureau.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Tim, LW9EOC is QRV as 5J0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until April 25. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call. In addition, a group of operators will be QRV as 5K0M from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, from April 19 to 24. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters from the Colombian Red Cross facility. QSL via HK7IPT.

PANAMA, HP. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, special event station HO100CANAL will be QRV from April 19 to August 25. Activity will be on all HF bands.  QSL direct via HP1DBK.

THAILAND, HS. A group of operators are QRV as E20HHK/p from Nu Island, IOTA AS-145, until April 20. Activity is on the HF bands using all modes. QSL via E21EIC.

WESTERN SAHARA, S0. Naama, S01A has obtained a license for 60 meters and is generally QRV on 5403.5 kHz. QSL via EA2JG.

BANGLADESH, S2. Rana, S21R is QRV for the next two weeks. He is generally active on the HF bands from 1200 to 1500z. QSL via N4VA.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Pascal, F5JSD is QRV as S79SD from Mahe, IOTA AF-024, until April 25. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters, and 6 meters as conditions permit, using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Budi, YF1AR is QRV as YF1AR/0 from Payung Besar Island, IOTA OC-177, until April 20. This includes the lighthouse ARLHS IDO-236. QSL via N2OO.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is approved for DXCC credit: Mellish Reef, VK9MT, 2014 operation.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/0 in Mississippi and W1AW/0 in North Dakota are QRV until 2359z on April 22. In addition, W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in New Hampshire and W1AW/2 in New Jersey will be QRV starting at 0000z on April 23.  They will be active until 2359z on April 29.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL SSB Rookie Roundup, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Holyland DX Contest, TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest, ES Open HF Championship, Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest, CQ Manchester Mineira DX CW Contest, Nebraska QSO Party, EU SSB Spring Sprint, Michigan QSO Party, EA-QRP CW Contest, North Dakota QSO Party, Ontario QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the YU DX CW Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest and Low Power Spring CW Sprint are scheduled for April 21. The ARLHS Annual Spring Lites QSO Party runs until April 22. The SKCC Sprint and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and 432 MHz Spring Sprint are scheduled for April 23. Please see April QST, page 82 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

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