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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Flea Market and Antique Center in Mt Dora Florida - Starting a
Antique Radio Show - Requesting comments
webmaster received this message sent from a William Bales of the
above business stating that they are in the planning stages of
starting an Antique Radio Show, which may be of general
interest of many hams. Therefore, we are coping and pasting the
email message for your interest or comments. Please respond
directly to William Bales using his email hyperlink next to his
name at the end of his message. We have no idea if he is a
Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:43 PM To:
firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Radio Show Projected For Renningers Flea Market
Mt Dora, FL
work for the Renningers Flea Market and Antique Center in Mt
Dora Florida. We are in the planning stages of Starting a Antique Radio Show here at our Mt Dora Antique
Center with a projected show Date of January 11, 2014
and would like to receive feedback for the local Radio clubs to
see if they interested in Set-up, participating, or even just
relaxing and shopping at our show. We would like to network
everyone involved, interested or has a passion for Radio. Thank
you for your time. We look forward to your reply.
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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
ARLD049 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by KI1U, 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.
MONACO, 3A. Special event station 3A60ARM is QRV during the
month of December in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the
Association des Radioamateurs de Monaco. QSL via bureau.
SENEGAL, 6W. Mark, AA1AC plans to be QRV as 6W/AA1AC from Somone
from December 8 to 14. QSL to home call.
BARBADOS, 8P. Look for Mike, KI1U, Mike, N1TA and Bruce, K0BJ to
be QRV as 8P9IU, 8P9TA and 8P9BJ, respectively, from December 9
to 16. Activity will be on 160 to 2 meters including 60
meters and straight keys, using CW, SSB and RTTY. They may also
be active on Satellite SO-50. They will be QRV as 8P8T in the
upcoming ARRL 10 Meter contest. QSL all calls via KI1U.
CHILE, CE. A group of operators are QRV as XR150CBS during the
month of December to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the
Santiago Fire Department. Activity is on all HF bands using SSB
and various digital modes. QSL via XQ7UP.
NIUE, E6. Operators Alan, VK4WR and Graeme, VK4FI will be QRV as
E6RQ and E6SG, respectively, from December 7 to 17. Activity
will be on 40 to 6 meters, with an eye towards good sporadic-E
and TEP propagation into Asia. QSL both calls direct via VK4FI.
NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Freddy, F5IRO will be QRV as FK8RO from Ouvea
Island, IOTA OC-033, from December 9 to 13. Activity will be on
40 to 10 meters using CW. QSL to home call.
NORTHERN IRELAND, GI. Special event station GI100RSGB is QRV
until the end of 2013 during the final leg in the RSGB's
centennial celebrations. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL
DJIBOUTI, J2. Christian, F5MBF is QRV as J28NC for another two
years. He is active on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via
BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Radio Club Blagovestnik are QRV as
LZ867MWB during December to honor St Mihail Voin. QSL via
CURACAO, PJ2. Jeff, K8ND plans to be QRV as PJ2T in the ARRL 160
Meter contest. QSL direct via W3HNK.
EASTERN KIRIBATI, T32. A group of operators are QRV as T32RC
from Christmas Island, IOTA OC-024, until December 11. Activity
is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an
entry in the ARRL 160 Meter contest. QSL via N7RO.
MICRONESIA, V6. Haru, JA1XGI is QRV as V63XG from Chuuk, IOTA
OC-011, until December 12. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an entry in the ARRL 160 Meter
contest. QSL to home call.
VIET NAM, XV. Mats, is QRV as XV2LRR from Phan Tiet until
December 14. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.
ROMANIA, YO. Special event station YP95GU is QRV until the end
of 2013 to commemorate the 1918 unification of Transylvania,
Banat, Crisana and Maramures into Romania. Activity is on 40, 20
and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via bureau.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL 160-Meter CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, TARA RTTY Melee,
Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, VU
International DX Contest, TOPS Activity CW Contest, EPC Ukraine
DX BPSK63 Contest, AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 CW QSO Party, 10-Meter
RTTY Contest and the CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe CW Run will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The QRP CW
Fox Hunt, CWops Mini-CWT Test and NAQCC Straight Key/Bug CW
Sprint are all scheduled for December 11. Please see
December QST, page 66 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites