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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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.