REMEMBERING MEMORIAL DAY

The ARRL West Central Florida Section is very grateful for the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the service of our country to preserve the freedom given to us.  We are also grateful for all those who have served in the armed forces of the United States both past and present.  Thank you to all of you for your service to our country.


ARRL NEWS:  ARRL HEADQUARTERS TO CLOSE.

The following ARRL News item was disseminated on Monday 3/23/20 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

 

 

 

ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23, 2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work remotely.

W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer service representatives will be available to take calls, although response times could be longer than usual. Operations at the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) will also continue, and the best way to receive a timely response is via email, as call volume has been heavy. The ARRL publication schedule will remain unchanged.

The ARRL warehouse will be working with a reduced staff, so orders will be delayed, and ARRL will not be able to respond to expedited shipping orders. ARRL Headquarters will remain open until 5 PM on March 23, as managers and staff prepare for the shutdown.


LATEST SOLAR CONDITIONS

Courtesy of Paul L. Herrman N0NBH website:  http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html


WCF SECTION ARES STATUS

 

WCF SECTION ARES ACTIVATION LEVEL:  No Activation

Last Activation:  Level 2 and 3 – Hurricane Dorian – 8/29/19 through 9/04/19

WCF Section ARES Groups Currently Activated:  None at the present time.

WCF Section ARES Providing Other Services: None at the present time.

WCF Section Activation Levels:

Level 3 – Stand By: ARES on Standby for possible activation in one or more WCF Counties.

Level 2 – Partial Activation: One or more WCF Section ARES Groups are activated.

Level 1 – Full Activation: All WCF Section ARES Groups are activated.


LATEST NEWS

WORMFEST 2020 cancelled.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-31.

Another SKWARN training opportunity.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-30.

The MAY 2020 issue of the WCF PRESSER is published.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-29.

New WCF Section Technical Net Manager Appointed. For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-28.

Revised edition of the WCF EXPERIMENTER Winter 2020 uploaded and QEX/NCJ journals are now digital.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-25.

Florida ARES Taskbook now available.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-14.


UPCOMING SPECIAL MEETINGS AND EVENTS IN THE WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION

Note:  These events are tentatively scheduled.  If they are cancelled a WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE will be disseminated to announce their cancellation.

6/27/20:  20th Annual WCF Section Field Day Caravan

7/11/20: ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Luncheon – Summer 2020Sonny’s BBQ – Winter Haven, FL.

7/11/20: ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Meeting – Summer 2020Polk County EOC, Winter Haven, FL

 


UPCOMING HAMFESTS IN THE WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION

Note:  These events are tentatively scheduled.  If they are cancelled a WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE will be disseminated to announce their cancellation.

5/23/20:  WORMFEST 2020 – Freedom Lake Park – Pinellas Park, FL.  CANCELLED 5/07/20

6/13/20:  Mid June Pre Field Day Tailgate 2020 – Masonic Lodge – Dade City, FL.

For a list of all hamfests that are scheduled in the West Central Florida Section please go the Special Events Calendar.  NOTE:  If a particular hamfest has been cancelled, it will be marked as cancelled and the date of the cancellation will be listed.

For hamfests in the Northern Florida Section:  http://arrl-nfl.org/

For hamfests in the Southern Florida Section:  http://sflarrl.org/


WHAT IS THE ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION?

wcfcountiesThe ARRL 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 West Central Florida (WCF) Section of the ARRL Field Organization serves amateur radio operators in the following ten counties in Florida: Charlotte, Desoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota.

The WCF section includes the following cities and towns:  Arcadia, Auburndale, Avon Park, Bartow, Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Englewood, Haines City, Lakeland, Lake Placid, Lake Wales, Land O Lakes, New Port Richey, North Port, Palmetto, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg, Riverview, Sarasota, Sebring, Sun City Center, Tampa, Venice, Wauchula, Winter Haven, and Zephyrhills.

This web page has information specific to the ARRL Field Services activities in the ARRL West Central Florida Section.