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

NVIS Test scheduled in Highlands County on 8/22/20.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-45

WCF Section Technical Net gets a new Net Manager.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-44.

TARCFest for August 2020 transitioning to a virtual format.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-43

New ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Polk County appointed.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-42.

The JULY 2020 issue of the WCF PRESSER is published.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-41.

Change of ARRL Emergency Coordinators in Manatee County.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-35.

The Spring 2020 issue of the WCF EXPERIMENTER is published.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-33.


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.

10/17/20: ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Luncheon – Fall 2020 – Schedule is tenative and may be cancelled due to COVID-19 situation.

10/17/20: ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Meeting – Fall 2020 – Schedule is tenative and may be held as a Zoom meeting if the “face to face” meeting is not possible due to access to facilities.

12/11/20 – 12/12/20:  45th Annual Tampa Bay Hamfest and 20th Annual ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention – Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds – Expo Center.


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.

8/22/20:  TARCFest ZoomFest  – Zoom Teleconference – For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-43.

9/26/20:  Pasco County Hamfest Fall 2020 – Gunn Highway Flea Market – Odessa, 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.