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

The APRIL 2020 issue of the WCF PRESSER is published.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-23.

New Emergency Coordinator appointed for Hillsborough County ARES/RACES.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-22.

Roy Drury K4DCT is a Silent Key.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-21.

NWS Ruskin to offer a virtual SKYWARN training class on 4/01/20.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-20.

Florida QSO Party to proceed as scheduled.  For more information see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-19.

Spring 2020 Section ARES Luncheon and Meeting cancelled.  Spring TARCFest 2020 cancelled.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELELASE #20-18.

Additional hamfest and amateur radio event cancellations as a COVID-19 precauton.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-17

Upcoming hamfest and amateur radio event cancellations as a COVID-19 precaution.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-16.

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.

5/09/23:  EAST PASCO ARS Spring 2020 Tailgate – Church Street Park –  Zephyrhills, FL.

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

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.

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 followin ten counties in Florida:

Charlotte Manatee
Desoto Pasco
Hardee Pinellas
Highlands Polk
Hillsborough Sarasota

The WCF section includes the following cities:  Bradenton, Clearwater, Lakeland, New Port Richey, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Sebring, Tampa, and Winter Haven.

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