WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #12

HF EDITION OF WCF SECTION ARES AND INFORMATION NET CHANGING FREQUENCIES

Starting on Saturday April 22, 2017, the WCF Section ARES and Information Net will move from 3913 KHz to 3940 KHz.  This move was approved at the WCF Section ARES Meeting on Saturday April 8, 2017.  The move has been necessitated due to extensive activity on 3910 and 3915 KHz which makes holding the net on 3913 KHz difficult on many occasions.  The net will start at 0830 or immediately following the Southern Florida ARES Net whichever is later.

Currently the following nets are scheduled on Saturday on 3940 KHz:  Florida Phone Traffic Net at 0655, the ARRL Information Net at 0730, and the Southern Florida ARES Net at 0800.  Following the Southern Florida ARES Net at 0830 will also make it a “one frequency stop” for all stations to check into all the above nets without changing frequencies as well.  The WCF Section ARES and Information Net on Monday evening at 1930 on the NI4CE Repeater System will continue as currently scheduled.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #11

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #24 APRIL 2017 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #24 for April 2017, has been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website. THE WCF PRESSER will be disseminated shortly on the ARRL Section Email List for those who are ARRL members and are signed up for Section/Division news.

For the PDF version of this newsletter and past issues in PDF format go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-section-presser-arrl-west-central-florida-section-news/.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #10

MUNICIPAL PARKS ON THE AIR START DELAYED UNTIL 1/01/18

Due to the time and logistics necessary to compile a complete list of the city, town, and county parks in the ARRL West Central Florida Section, the start of Municipal Parks On The Air (MPOTA) will be delayed until January 1, 2018.  This will also give more time for advertisement of the event to amateur radio operators both inside and outside the Section.

Municipal Parks On The Air is an operating event, where any and all city, town, and county parks in the ARRL West Central Florida Section will be eligible for activation in an event similar to ARRL National Parks On The Air in 2016.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #9

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #23 MARCH 2017 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #23 for March 2017, has been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website. THE WCF PRESSER will be disseminated shortly on the ARRL Section Email List for those who are ARRL members and are signed up for Section/Division news.

For the PDF version of this newsletter and past issues in PDF format go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-section-presser-arrl-west-central-florida-section-news/.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #8

FLORIDA QSO PARTY FOR 2017 ANNOUNCED

On Thursday February 9th, the ARRL West Central Florida Section received official notice from the Florida Contest Group that the Florida Contest Group is once again sponsoring the Florida QSO Party.  It will run on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th.  For more information of the specifics of the contest download the PDF copy of the contest rules at http://arrlwcf.org/download/wcfevents/FloriidaQSOParty_Rules.pdf

For more information go to http://www.floridaqsoparty.org

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #7

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #22 FEBRUARY 2017 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #22 for February 2017, has been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website. THE WCF PRESSER will be disseminated shortly on the ARRL Section Email List for those who are ARRL members and are signed up for Section/Division news.

For the PDF version of this newsletter and past issues in PDF format go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-section-presser-arrl-west-central-florida-section-news/.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #6

MUNICIPAL PARKS ON THE AIR OPERATING EVENT COMING TO THE SECTION

Today the ARRL West Central Florida Section is announcing the “Municipal Parks On The Air” operating event for the West Central Florida Section. Due to the success of National Parks On The Air in 2016, it was felt that the hams here in the Section needed an operating event that would allow more of them to be activators and more frequently, due to the fact that most hams have a municipal park within a few miles on their home. Also it would give more opportunities for chasers to work more parks and on more bands as well.

Tentatively, the event is scheduled to begin on April 1, and run through November 30.  This will allow us to get totals in and have the top category winners recognized at the ARRL forum at the Tampa Bay Hamfest.  The Section Cabinet has had much preliminary discussion on how the event should operate, getting a municipal park list compiled and finalize the rules.  The rules will be published on a dedicated page on the Section website.  Municipal parks by definition will include all city, town, or county parks.

Stay tuned to the Section website, the WCF PRESSER, and the Section ARES and Information net on Monday evenings on the NI4CE Repeater System as details emerge.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #5

TECHCON CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND PRESENTATION LIST DRAFTS NOW PUBLISHED

The drafts of the conference speakers schedule and list of presentations, with a brief description of the presentation, are now published on the TECHCON page on the Section website.  You may go to the TECHCON page at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/.  The PowerPoint slides and Papers that are produced by the various presenters will go live on the TECHCON page the morning of the conference and will be archived for any future reference just as the past conferences have been.

If you are planning on attending TECHCON please register online at the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/wcftechconfregistration/.  Also please check back as the final revision of these documents will be published in the next couple of weeks.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #4

PHIL CLARK KM4DPV IS A SILENT KEY

Phil Clark KM4DPV, of New Port Richey, became a Silent Key on January 18, 2017, following a period of poor health.  Clark was 62 years old.  Clark was a graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science.  Clark had been very active in Pasco County ARES and was serving as an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Pasco County ARES, often representing Pasco County on the Section ARES and Information Net.  A memorial service will be held at a later date in Kentucky.

For more information you may read the Obituary at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?pid=183678087

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #3

TECHCON THIS YEAR TO DEBUT A FRIDAY EVENING SOCIAL

Starting with the 3rd Annual TECHCON, the WCF Section Technical Conference, this year will be the debut of a Friday evening social before TECHCON on Saturday for those who wish to come out the evening and talk technology or just have a good time of fellowship with their fellow experimenters and builders. The Friday evening social will start at 1800 (6:00 P.M.) and will be held at the Der Dutchmen Restaurant in Sarasota, which is not too far from the Sarasota Red Cross Headquarters on Cantu Court just off of Cattlemen Rd.

Darrell Davis KT4WX, Section Manager and Chairman of TECHCON admits, “This is another great idea I borrowed from the ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference, just like almost every other aspect of TECHCON. Nearly every aspect of TECHCON was borrowed from DCC, with the exception that we do a talk in. The formula has worked for them and it has worked well for us. Just a technical conference and no hamfest, tailgate, buying or selling. Just come and present your ideas and hear others present their ideas. You might walk away with an idea for a new project.”

If you are around Friday evening in the Sarasota area come and join us. For information about the location go to the TECHCON page on the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/

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