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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.   

More News.........

Darrel Davis, KT4WX elected WCF Section Manager
 

Darrell Davis, KT4WX received confirmation from ARRL HQ on Monday September 8, that his petition for nomination as WCF Section Manager was the only petition received by the end of the nomination period which was Friday September 5.  He was therefore declared elected and his term will begin on January 1, 2015.  Our current SM, Dee Turner, N4GD declined to run again after serving as SM for the past ten (10) years.

 

Congratulations to Darrell and a THANK YOU Dee for your service as WCF SM!

 
 
ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications
Starting October 1, The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications from eligible young radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. Individuals and clubs support many of the 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. In addition, one applicant may be selected to receive the prestigious William R.
Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship, a “gap” scholarship that assists with the cost of college throughout four academic years to earn a bachelor’s degree in a business, computer, medical, nursing, engineering, or science-related field. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application, which will be available on October 1.

For more information:

http://www.arrl.org/news/the-arrl-foundation-invites-scholarship-applications-for-2015-16-academic-year

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Doug Rehman, K4AC
Director
&
Mike Lee, AA6ML
Vice Director
 
 
A BILL TO EXTEND PRB-1 TO PRIVATE HOAs

Have you sent your Representative in Congress a letter asking for their support by co-sponsoring H.R.4969? More information about H.R.4969, including letter writing assistance can be found here:  http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969

About eight years or so ago the ARRL created a grassroots program for lobbying Congress on issues affecting amateurs. While the outline for the program exists, it hasn't been operational in our Division.

GivenH.R.4969 and other potential legislation on the horizon, Vice Director Lee and I would like to get the program running. The first step is to identify and appoint a member of the Division that is interested in taking on the position of Division Legislative Action Chair (DLAC) and has the time to be able to commit to it.

The DLAC appoints, trains and manages one or more Legislative Action Coordinators (LAC) for each state in the Division. The two documents available at http://www.arrl.org/resources-1 describe the ARRL's grassroots program in detail and there is also a training video on that web page.

The DLAC position can be done electronically via email, telephone, and web meeting; the DLAC is not required to physically travel around the Division.

If you are interested in the DLAC position, please email me at k4ac@arrl.org. Please include the following in your email:

1) If you have prior experience that would help in the DLAC position such as grassroots campaigning/organizing or management in a volunteer organization (or whatever you believe would be beneficial)

2) Why are seeking the position

3) Why you are the best candidate for the position

Once we have a DLAC in place, we'll begin to fill the other positions in the structure.

The good news is that the DLAC is paid the same salary as the Division Director! The bad news is that the salary is zero (the same as all of the hard working Division and Section elected and appointed officials).

Thanks & 73 de Doug, K4AC, and Mike, AA6ML
ARRL Southeastern Division
Director: Doug Rehman, K4AC
k4ac@arrl.org

 
 
New Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee Set at $21.40

The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward - to $21.40 - its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term.

The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years.

The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register.

In the R&O, the FCC said it considered eliminating the regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications but decided not to do so "at this time," because it lacks "adequate support to determine whether the cost of recovery and burden on small entities outweighs the collected revenue; or whether eliminating the fee would adversely affect the licensing process." The Commission said it would reevaluate this issue in the future to determine if it should eliminate other fee categories.

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau sets the vanity call sign regulatory fee using projections of new applications and renewals, taking into consideration existing Commission licensee databases, such as the Universal Licensing System (ULS) database.

The FCC reported there were 11,500 "payment units" in FY 2014. The Commission said the vanity program generated an estimated $230,230 in FY 2013 revenue, and it estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100 in FY 2014.

The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable when applying for a new vanity call sign or when renewing a vanity call sign, although some older vanity call signs are not subject to the regulatory fee.

 
 
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 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

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

(Attention all WCF PIO's & Clubs. Please send any information you would like to have added to the WCF Web Page!  Just attach them to an email and send to webmaster@arrlwcf.org and it will be added ASAP!)

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.... 

ARLD045 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. A group of operators will be QRV as 9M2SE from Pangkor Island, IOTA AS-072, on November 8 and 9. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct via 9M2RDX.

BAHAMAS, C6. Steve, KG4LJB will be QRV as C6AJB from Eleuthera Island, IOTA NA-001, from November 8 to 16. Activity is on the HF bands mainly during his morning and evening hours. QSL to home call.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Fran, EA7FTR plans to be QRV as D44KS from November
9 to 15. Activity will be in his spare time on the HF bands. QSL via EB7DX.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Members of the Club Oceanien de Radio et D'Astronomie are QRV as FO9AA/p until the end of 2014 to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK, RTTY and JT65. QSL via operators' instructions.

TROMELIN ISLAND, FT/T. Members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang are QRV as FT4TA until November 10. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters with four stations using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F1NGP.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Gerd, DL7VOG is QRV as J6/DL7VOG until December 4.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW and RTTY. This includes being active in the Worked All Europe RTTY DX contest and the upcoming CQ World Wide CW contest. QSL to home call.

SVALBARD, JW. Svein, LA9JKA is QRV as JW9JKA from Bear Island, IOTA EU-027, until April 2015 while working for the Meteorological service. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL direct to home call.

BELGIUM, ON. Members of the Belgian Railway Amateur Radio Club will be QRV as special event station OR50FIRAC from November 8 to 12.  QSL via operators' instructions.

DODECANESE, SV5. Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as SV5/DL2JRM from Rhodos until November 11. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Toshiharu, JA3JND is QRV as T88ON until November 11.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. This includes being active in the Worked All Europe RTTY DX contest and the Japan International SSB DX contest. QSL to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Shinji, JF2SDR and Kazuhiro, JF2XQP are QRV as V63PJ and V63NK, respectively, from the South Park Hotel on Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010, until November 10. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and SSTV. QSL to home calls.

BRUNEI, V8. Operators Mio, JR3MVF, Evelyne, F5RPB, Ruth, IT9ESZ and Walli, DJ6US are QRV as V84YL until November 10. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via DJ6US.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, VU4. Operators Pai, VU2PAI and Kirsh, W4VKU are QRV as VU4CB from Nicobar Island, IOTA AS-033, until November 12. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via W4VKU.

CAMBODIA, XU. Vladimir, RN5A is QRV as XU7/RN5A from Sihanoukville until November 20. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via RC3C.

VENEZUELA, YV. Members of the Grupo DX Caracas radio club are QRV as YW6X from Islas Piritu, IOTA SA-090, until November 9. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via DM4TI.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/7 in Washington State, W1AW/0 in Kansas and W1AW/KH8 in American Samoa are QRV until 2359z on November 11. In addition, W1AW/1 in Rhode Island, W1AW/5 in Mississippi and W1AW/KH8 in American Samoa will be QRV starting at 0000z on November 12. They will be active until 2359z on November 18.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL EME Contest, Japan International DX Phone Contest, Worked All Europe RTTY DX Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, 10-10 International Fall Digital Contest, OK/OM DX CW Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Kentucky QSO Party, CQ-WE Contest and the EANET Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The QRP CW Fox Hunt, CWops Mini-CWT Test and RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Sprint are scheduled for November 12. Please see November QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

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