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.
Clearwater Amateur Radio Society Celebrates 60
Years as ARRL-Affiliated Club
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, email@example.com Ph
The Section staff
again welcomes Darrell back to the Section Cabinet!
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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
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
ARLD008 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by 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.
UGANDA, 5X. Alan, G3XAQ will be QRV as 5X1XA from Kampala from
February 25 to March 16. Activity is on the HF bands using only
CW. This includes an entry in the upcoming BERU contest.
QSL via G3SWH.
MALDIVES, 8Q. Kasimir, DL2SBY is QRV as 8Q7KB from Fihahohi
Island, IOTA AS-013, until February 24. Activity is on 20 to 10
meters and possibly 30, 17 and 12 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL
to home call.
TONGA, A3. Klaus, DK1AX and Heidi, DK1MA will be QRV as A35AX
from Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, and from Vava'u Island, IOTA
OC-064, from February 24 to March 7. Activity is holiday style
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via operator's
NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Kazu, JA1IST will be QRV as FK/JA1IST from
Noumea, IOTA OC-032, from February 25 to March 1. Activity will
be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.
SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM. Roman, OM3TOW is QRV as OM44LTE for all of
2014 to mark the introduction of the 4th generation LTE standard
for mobile communications in Slovakia. QSL direct to OM3RP.
BRAZIL, PY. Orlando, PT2OP is QRV as ZZ8S from the Santana
Lighthouse on Santana Island, IOTA SA-018, until February 24.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. This includes being active in
the 6th South American Lighthouses Weekend. QSL direct to home
GREECE, SV. A large group of operators will be QRV as SX1AA in
the CQ 160 Meter SSB contest. QSL direct to SV1CNS.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Operators Babs, DL7AFS and Lot, DJ7ZG
will be QRV as V21ZG from the Villa Sundowners near Pottery
Village on Antigua beginning February 26 and active for four
weeks. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using SSB,
RTTY and PSK and possibly SSTV. QSL via DL7AFS.
MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Bob, N6MW plans to be QRV as V73MW from
Majuro Island, IOTA OC-029, from February 25 to March 4.
Activity will be mainly on 160, 80, 20 and possibly 17 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via M0URX.
BERMUDA, VP9. Michael, G7VJR is QRV as VP9/G7VJR from Hamilton
Parish until February 27. QSL via M0OXO.
CAMBODIA, XU. John, KF0RQ will be QRV as XU7ACQ from Phnom Penh
from February 25 to March 21 while on a family visit. Activity
will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and digital modes. QSL to
ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Werner, DJ9KH will be QRV as ZD8D from
February 24 to March 11. Activity will be holiday style mainly
on 160 to 40 meters, and possibly 60 and 6 meters, using CW.
This includes an entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW
QSL via DL9HO.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/8 in
Michigan and W1AW/4 in Florida are QRV until 2359z on 25
February. In addition, W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/7 in
Washington and W1AW/0 in Kansas will be QRV starting at 0000z on
February 26. They will be active until 2359z on March 4.
SPECIAL EVENT STATION. W1AW Centennial Station W1AW/KG4 in
Guantanamo Bay will be QRV starting at 0000z on February 26 and
active until 2359z on March 4. QSL to ARRL Headquarters.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, North
American RTTY QSO Party, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
REF SSB Contest, UBA DX CW Contest, 6th South American
Lighthouses Weekend, High Speed Club CW Contest, North Carolina
QSO Party and SARL Digital Contest are all scheduled for this
upcoming weekend. The CQC Winter QSO CW Sprint is scheduled for
February 24. The QRP CW Fox Hunt and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are
scheduled for February 26. Please see February QST, page 88 and
the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.