THE WCF PRESSER – ISSUE #4 – APRIL 2015

THE WCF PRESSER: ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION NEWS

Issue #4 – April 2015

By Darrell Davis KT4WX

ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager

 

RECOVERING FROM ILLNESS:

I have been ill since the last days of February and am nearly back to good health. I have not a period of sickness like this since June 2009, when I had pneumonia. If I have failed to reply to your email or telephone call, please forgive me. Your continued prayers and thoughts are sincerely appreciated. To my knowledge, I have finally caught up on the backlog of communications. If I have not replied to your phone call or email, please resend or call again and I will be glad to communicate with you.

 

AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 1301) INTRODUCED INTO CONGRESS:

Shortly after going to press with the last issue of THE WCF PRESSER, US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats. The following I will quote from the page on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301: “HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.”

Be sure to contact your representative in the House of Representatives. This issue of amateur radio operators living in Covenant, Conditions, and Restriction (CC&R) neighborhoods and not being able to have antennas at all is a major problem for many in amateur radio and in our Section. Some accommodation is better than none, so be sure to make those contacts and encourage them to support this bill. If you prefer you can send your letter of support to the ARRL and they will send it on to the House of Representatives. For specific instructions go to http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301.

 

THE FIRST ANNUAL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TECHNICAL CONFERENCE JUST AROUND THE CORNER – SATURDAY APRIL 4:

We are only a few days away from The First Annual West Central Florida Section Technical Conference that will be held on Saturday April 4, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4905 George Blvd, Sebring. Welcome and last minute registration will begin at 8:15 A.M. If you are planning on attending, please go to the WCF Section Technical Conference Registration Page at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/ and fill out the online registration form. You will receive an online and email confirmation of your successful registration. On that page you can also download the following: conference flyer, conference speakers schedule, list of conference presentations, a restaurant and lodging list, and a link to the WCF Section Technical Conference Event Page on the WCF Section Events Calendar, which has a Google Map showing the location of the Agri-Civic Center. The direct link to the Section Calendar Event Page for the WCF Section Technical Conference is at http://www.arrlwcf.org/event/first-annual-arrl-wcf-section-technical-conference/.

 

NEXT WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION ARES MEETING AT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EOC – SATURDAY APRIL 11:

Also coming up a week after the WCF Section Technical Conference, will be the next WCF Section ARES Meeting which will be held at the Hillsborough County EOC which is located at 2711 E. Hanna. Av., not far from Hillsborough Av. In Tampa. The meeting will begin at 1300 (1:00 P.M.). The meeting will be preceded by an WCF Section ARES Luncheon at the Taco Bus on Hillsborough Avenue at 1100 (11:00 A.M.). For specific information about the location of the luncheon go to http://arrlwcf.org/event/wcf-section-ares-luncheon-2/ and for specific information about the location of the Section ARES meeting go to http://arrlwcf.org/event/wcf-section-ares-meeting-3/.

 

WCF SECTION 15TH BIRTHDAY QSO PARTY:

The ARRL West Central Florida Section turned 15 years old on January 15, 2015. It seemed appropriate that we celebrate the 15th birthday of the Section. The period of the WCF Section QSO Party has been revised and will begin on April 15, 2015 and will end on June 26, 2015, the day before ARRL Field Day. The full contest rules have just been published on the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/west-central-florida-section-qso-party/. Also we are planning to have K4WCF portable operation at least once in each of ten counties of the WCF Section. If your an amateur radio club, group, or even an individual and are interested in running K4WCF for a day in your county, please fill out the Contact Form on the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/contact-info/. All modes and frequencies, including repeaters will be allowed. This will allow many of our new hams who do not as of yet have HF privileges to get on and make contacts during the West Central Florida Section QSO Party.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – MS CITRUS BIKE TOUR – MAY 2 AND 3:

This is one of the largest public service opportunities that we see each year in the West Central Florida Section. Forty to fifty volunteers are needed each year to make the event successful. As of the date of this publication, approximately ten to twenty volunteers are needed to the proper number of volunteers. The event starts at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk County near I-4 and go through parts of Polk, Osceola, and Orange Counties and ends at the Royal Caribe Hotel in south Orlando. This event is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your communications skills and exercise your emergency communications equipment. I will be participating in this event as the rest stop coordinator and working a rest stop. If you wish to join me and volunteer, please email Jason Triolo KD4ACG, the amateur radio coordinator for the MS Citrus Bike Tour at jtriolo@verizon.net for more information and how to register to volunteer for this event.

 

STATION APPOINTEE MONTHLY REPORTS – NOW FILE THEM ON LINE:

If you are serving as an ARRL Station Appointee, please be sure to file a monthly report by the 5th day of the month following the month being reported. For example for the month of January, your report would be due by February 5th. To those who have been filing their monthly reports, a sincere thank you for your effort. If you wish, you may now go to our Section website and fill out your monthly report there. Go to the section in the menu called Section Forms which is at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/arrl-net-manager-monthly-report-form/ or Select the appropriate report form in the Section Forms menu. Upon successful submission you will receive an on screen confirmation and almost immediately you will receive an email confirmation for your records that also goes to the Cabinet member that oversees your program. Your report is then filed and you are all done for the month. Regular reporting is an ARRL requirement to hold an ARRL Station Appointment.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MONTH OF MARCH:

On Monday March 1, Christine Duez KK4KJN (Section Youth Coordinator) and I spoke at the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club and both of us where treated very well. The folks that attended enjoyed our presentations on current youth activities in the West Central Florida Section and “Introduction to the PICAXE” respectively. On Saturday March 7, I attended the Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio Club and East Pasco Amateur Radio Society combined hamfest at the Zephyrhills Lions Club. The folks at the hamfest were very gracious and treated me very well and I enjoyed the hamfest, even though I was not very well at this point. On Saturday March 14, I attended the Highlands County ARES Foxhunt, but was too ill by that point to participate in the foxhunt (as I dearly wanted to participate). The foxhunt was followed by a good pot-luck chicken dinner. On Saturday March 28, after having to deal with a tire replacement on my “classic” (in other words a beater which has not been restored yet) 1989 Ford Thunderbird, which delayed my departure from Polk County until almost 0900, I finally made it to the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in Hudson. That was the first time, since becoming Section Manager, doing an ARRL “table” outside at a tailgate. I will post the pictures in an upcoming WCF Section Press Release that you will really enjoy viewing. The hamfest however was well attended and the folks in the club were very gracious to me. The location and facilities were quite nice as well. I look forward to attending next year.

 

SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGERS REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2015 – By Doug Williams N2DW:

Station Activity Reports (SAR):

Call Sign Originate Receive Sent Delivered TOTAL

N2DW      0                8              6       0                 14

K4EEI      0               41            57     1                  99

W8IM       1               20            11      0                 32

Public Service Honor Roll:

N2DW 109

W8IM   82

West Central Florida Section Net Activity Reports:

Net Name Session Stations Traffic Minutes Net Manager

AIN                  3              30             1          52           WA4ATF

EAGLE NET 31            1066        31        892         W4PXE

SPARC          40            580          32        1139       W4TSP

 

UPCOMING HAMFESTS IN THE SECTION:

Hamfest season is rapidly coming to a close. We only have two hamfest coming up in the Section for the month of April and May.

  • Saturday May 23: Wormfest 2015 – Pinellas Park, FL
  • Saturday April 18: TARCFEST #33 – Tampa Amateur Radio Clubhouse – Tampa, FL

For more information on hamfests and events in the Section , please visit our website Section Calendar at http://www.arrlwcf.org/events for more information.

WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION FIELD DAY 2015 CARAVAN:

Once again this year there will be a West Central Florida Section Field Day Caravan. However you will see different people on the caravan. The Field Day Caravan this year will be Ben Henley KI4IGX, our Section Emergency Coordinator, and myself. So be sure to register your Field Day operation with the ARRL as we will use that list to generate a travel itinerary and get to stop by and see your club or group Field Day operation. Look forward to seeing many of you on Field Day.

SECTION MANAGERS CONTACT INFORMATION AND CONCLUSION:

Here is my contact information. Much of this is listed now on Page 16 of QST.

  • U.S. Mail: 6350 Mills Road Fort Meade, FL 33841
  • Telephone: (863) 245-9923
  • Email: kt4wx@arrl.org
  • Website: http://www.kt4wx.org.

That is all for this issue of THE WCF PRESSER. See you all here next month and hopefully I will get to see many of you at a meeting, hamfest, or talk to you on the air.

73 de Darrell KT4WX

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20 – 3/31/15

WCF SECTION QSO PARTY RULES AND LOG SHEETS NOW PUBLISHED

The West Central Florida Section QSO Party Rules and Log Sheets are now published on the Section website.  You may go to the WCF QSO Party webpage at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/west-central-florida-section-qso-party/.  There you will find the QSO Party Rules in PDF format and an Excel format spreadsheet that can be submitted electronically or a Word format log sheet for submission of logs manually.  Submission of logs in electronic format is encouraged but not required.

The West Central Florida Section QSO Party will begin on Wednesday April 15, 2015 and run through June 26, 2015, the day before ARRL Field Day.  We are still looking for amateur radio clubs, groups, or individuals that are willing to host a K4WCF portable operation in their county.  We would like to have at least one K4WCF portable operation in every county in the West Central Florida Section.  More than one operation in any county is welcome.  Please get with Assistant Section Manager Randy Payne K4EZM via email at k4ezm@arrl.net if you like to schedule a K4WCF Portable operation.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #19 – 3/26/15

WCF QSO PARTY START WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL 4/15/15.  QSO RULES TO BE PUBLISHED ON 3/30/15.

The start of the West Central Florida Section QSO Party, to celebrate the WCF Section turning 15 years old, will be postponed until Monday 4/15/15.   This will allow everyone time to read and understand the QSO Party rules adequately.  The WCF Section QSO Party rules will be published on Monday 3/30/15 on the Section website.  Look for a WCF Press Release to announce the release of the rules.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #18 – 3/18/15

WCF TECHNICAL CONFERENCE SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – BOB ALLISON WB1GCM, ARRL LAB

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Our special guest speaker for the West Central Florida Section Technical Conference, which will be held on Saturday April 4, 2015, will be Bob Allison WB1GCM from the ARRL Laboratory.  You will not want to miss hearing Bob doing a couple of presentations which will include how QST does Product Reviews and a description of the various functions of the ARRL Laboratory.

Bob resides with his wife, Kathy, KA1RWY, in Coventry, CT. As Senior Test engineer at the ARRL Laboratory, Bob tests the latest Amateur Radio related equipment for QST’s monthly Product Review Column. He also has written several Product Review articles, as well as many technical and historical articles for QST magazine. Prior to his work at the ARRL Laboratory, Bob worked at WVIT-NBCCT (Channel 30) for 28 years as a Broadcast Engineer and Studio Supervisor. Bob is a graduate of Ward Technical College at the University of Hartford. His Hobbies are Amateur Radio (41 years), antique phonographs, antique radios and enjoying his 1931 Model-A. Bob also volunteers as a tour guide at the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum in Windsor Connecticut.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #17 – 3/18/15

WCF TECHNICAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE

The First Annual West Central Florida Section Technical Conference schedule has just been published.  Also a restaurant and lodging list and descriptions of the presentations have just been published as well.

To download the conference schedule, conference presentation list, and a list of local restaurants and lodging go to http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/.  All documents are in PDF format.

The First Annual West Central Florida Section Technical Conference will be held on Saturday April 4, 2015 at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center on the south side of Sebring.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #16 – 3/05/15

THE WCF EXPERIMENTER HAS A NEW NAME AND EDITOR.  NOW AT HOME ON THE SECTION WEBSITE

 

THE EXPERIMENTER, the Official Technical Newsletter of the ARRL West Central Florida Section has a new name, editor, and home.  The newsletter name has been slightly changed to THE WCF EXPERIMENTER and Geoff Haines N1GY, Technical Coordinator, is once again the editor for THE WCF EXPERIMENTER.  Also THE WCF EXPERIMENTER is now at its new home on the section webpage.

THE EXPERIMENTER was started in 2000 by Darrell Davis KT4WX, the Technical Coordinator for the ARRL West Central Florida Section at its inception.  Geoff Haines N1GY became the newsletter editor in 2005 soon after succeeding Darrell as Technical Coordinator.  Darrell revived the newsletter in 2012 after being in hiatus for a few years and produced it until the end of 2014.  Geoff became the newsletter editor again in January 2015, with the election of Darrell to be the Section Manager.  With the publication of Issue 204, the newsletter name was changed to THE WCF EXPERIMENTER.

THE WCF EXPERIMENTER now is at its new home on the Section website.  You may visit its new home at http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-experimenter-technical-newsletter.  Past issues will be added in the near future.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #15 – 3/03/15

THE WCF EXPERIMENTER #204, SPRING 2015, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED

Geoff Haines N1GY our Technical Coordinator for the ARRL West Central Florida Section is once again at the helm of THE WCF EXPERIMENTER, formerly called THE EXPERIMENTER.  Geoff assumed the editor’s desk from Darrell Davis KT4WX when he was elected to be Section Manager.

THE WCF EXPERIMENTER will be a quarterly newsletter and there is in the works a download section for this issue and all past issues going back to 2000.

Please click here for THE WCF EXPERIMENTER #204 – SPRING 2015 ISSUE

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THE WCF PRESSER #3 – MARCH 2015

THE WCF PRESSER: ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION NEWS

Issue #3 – March 2015

By Darrell Davis KT4WX

ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager

 

THE FIRST ANNUAL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TECHNICAL CONFERENCE:

The time is drawing closer and we are only a little over a month away from The First Annual West Central Florida Section Technical Conference that will be held on Saturday April 4, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4905 George Blvd, Sebring. Welcome and last minute registration will begin at 8:15 A.M. If you are planning on attending, please go to the WCF Section Technical Conference Registration Page at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/ and fill out the online registration form. You will receive an online and email confirmation of your successful registration. There you can also download the conference flyer, and look WCF Section Technical Conference Event Page on the WCF Section Events Calendar, which has a Google Map showing the location of the Agri-Civic Center. The direct link to the Section Calendar Event Page for the WCF Section Technical Conference is at http://www.arrlwcf.org/event/first-annual-arrl-wcf-section-technical-conference/.

We are still looking for more speakers. If you have an area of expertise in any area of amateur radio or amateur radio related technology consider being on of our speakers. Having a PowerPoint slide show and or PDF handouts is a great addition but not required if you wish to speak. We will have a section on our website for PDF handouts and or PowerPoint presentations that will go live when the conference begins, so those who attend the conference will be able to view and or download these materials on their tables and or smart-phones for viewing during the presentations.

The conference schedule will be finalized in mid to late March and the conference schedule will be published on the Section website mid to late March as well. We will have hourly door prizes and several door prizes at the end of the day. You must be present to win one of the door prizes. Also we will have a guest speaker for one of the conference slots from ARRL Headquarters. Anyone from inside or outside of the Section is welcome to attend or be a speaker af the conference.

WCF SECTION 15TH BIRTHDAY QSO PARTY:

The ARRL West Central Florida Section turned 15 years old on January 15, 2015. It seemed appropriate that we celebrate the 15th birthday of the Section. The period of the WCF Section QSO Party has been revised and will begin on April 1, 2015 but will end on June 26, 2015, the day before ARRL Field Day. The full contest rules will be published on the Section website in the next week. Also we are planning to have K4WCF portable operations at least once in each of ten counties of the WCF Section. If your club or group is interested in running K4WCF for a day in your county, please fill out the Contact Form on the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/contact-info/. All modes and frequencies, including repeaters will be allowed. This will allow many of our new hams who do not as of yet have HF privileges to get on and make contacts for the WCF Section QSO Party.

STATION APPOINTEE MONTHLY REPORTS – NOW FILE THEM ON LINE:

If you are serving in one of these appointments, please be sure to file a monthly report by the 5th day of the month following the month being reported. For example for the month of January, your report would be due by February 5th.

As promised, your Section staff have made this a lot simpler for you. You may now go to our Section website and fill out your monthly report there. Go to the section in the menu called Section Forms which is at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/ and select the appropriate form for your Station Appointment. Upon successful submission you will receive an on screen confirmation and almost immediately you will receive an email confirmation for your records that also goes to the Cabinet member that oversees your program. Your report is then filed and you are all done for the month. Regular reporting is an ARRL requirement to hold an ARRL Station Appointment.

STATION APPOINTEES PLEASE REAPPLY – LAST CALL:

To those of you who have re-applied for your various ARRL Station Appointments, thank you very much. If you have been serving as an ARRL Station Appointee (Emergency Coordinator, Official Relay Station, Net Manager, Official Emergency Station, Official Observer, Local Government Liaison, Technical Specialist) and have not reapplied, please go to our newly redesigned Section website and reapply on the Online Station Appointment Form at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/station-appointee-application-form/ to continue your appointment. This allows us to know who is interested in continuing to serve as an ARRL Station Appointee and who is no longer active. Please be sure to do so by the end of this month.

SECTION CALENDAR – CALL FOR YOUR CLUB MEETING, RADIO NETS, AND REPEATER INFORMATION:

To those who have already sent us their club meeting information, thank you for sending in that information. If you are contact for your radio club or group, please help us getting out your club meeting, radio net, and repeater information in the right places on our Section website by filling out a Contact Form at http://arrlwcf.org/contact-info/. You will receive an online and email confirmation of what you submitted. Then we can compile this information and put it on the Section website.

UPCOMING HAMFESTS IN THE SECTION-FORMS

We have the following hamfest coming up in the Section for the month of March:

  • Saturday March 7: Zephryhills Area ARC and East Pasco ARS Hamfest: Zephryhills Lions Club, Zephryhills.
  • Saturday March 28: Gulf Coast Hamfest: Lake Josephine Baptist Church, between Sebring and Lake Placid.

For more information on hamfests and events in the Section , please visit our website Section Calendar at http://www.arrlwcf.org/events for more information.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY:

February was another busy month for your Section Manager and staff as it is this time of the year. On Friday February 13th a meeting was held between two representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (Phil Royce KE4PWE, Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Communications Branch Director and Bob Little KK4OAI, FDEM Planner) and the Section Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators of all three ARRL Florida Sections. The meeting took place at the Orlando Hamcation next to the forum rooms, humorously having to pause for a forklift working next to our meeting location. Ben Henley KI4IGX (ASM and SEC), Randy Payne K4EZM (ASM and ASEC), and I had a very productive and flowing conversation with our counterparts from the Northern Florida Section, Southern Florida Section, and Florida Division of Emergency Management representatives with future meetings planned. The following Section Cabinet members were in attendance at the Orlando Hamcation one, two, or all three days: Darrell Davis KT4WX (SM), Dee Turner N4GD (ASM), Randy Payne K4EZM (ASM), Ben Henley KI4IGX (ASM and SEC), Jeff Bronsing KJ4NEO (ACC), Doug Williams N2DW (STM), and Geoff Haines N1GY (TC). On Saturday February 21st, Jeff Bronsing KJ4NEO (ACC), Geoff Haines N1GY (TC), Randy Payne K4EZM (ASM), Ben Henley KI4IGX (ASM and SEC), and I attended the Highlands County Hamfest just south of Sebring. This is a small hamfest was despite of the weather being still a little cool on the back end of an unusual cold spell for Florida. On Saturday February 28th, Randy Payne K4EZM (ASM) and I have the privilege of participating in the first Highlands County Amateur Radio Club and Highlands County ARES 2 Meter Simplex Contest. I operated portable fixed making contacts with many on 2 Meter FM Simplex from Fort Meade, Bowling Green, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Avon Park, and Sebring. Randy operated W4HEM, the amateur radio station at the Highlands County EOC.An enjoyable lunch after the contest was held at Hibachl’s Buffet on the north side of Sebring.

SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGERS REPORT FOR JANUARY 2015 – By Doug Williams N2DW:

Station Activity Reports (SAR):

Call Sign Originate Receive Sent Delivered TOTAL

N2DW      0              8             6      0              14

K4EEI      0              41           57     1              99

W8IM      1              20           11     0              32

Public Service Honor Roll:

N2DW 109

W8IM 82

West Central Florida Section Net Activity Reports:

Net Name Session Stations Traffic Minutes Net Manager

AIN           3           30           1         52         WA4ATF

EAGLE NET 31       1066       31       892       W4PXE

SPARC        40       580         32      1139      W4TSP

SECTION MANAGERS CONTACT INFORMATION:

Here is my contact information. Much of this is listed now on Page 16 of QST.

That is all for this issue of THE WCF PRESSER. See you all here next month. Hopefully I will get to see many of you at a meeting, hamfest, or talk to you on the air.

73 de Darrell KT4WX

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #14 – 2/23/15

LEMUEL “WOODY” FURMAN KJ4KSG APPOINTED TO BE AN ARRL NET MANAGER, AS ASSISTANT NET MANAGER FOR THE EAGLE NET

On Monday February 16, Lemuel “Woody” Furman KJ4KSG, was appointed to be an ARRL Net Manager as Assistant Net Manager for the Eagle Net, the NTS Traffic Net for the ARRL West Central Florida Section.  Woody’s responsibilities include helping Dave with collecting Net Control Station reports from the various Net Control Stations that run the Eagle Net as well as a Alternate Net Control when needed.

Woody, originally from the outer banks of North Carolina, is a retired plumber and a part time musician.  Woody, first licensed in 2008, enjoys amateur radio and is enthusiastic about the hobby, and is very active in the Manatee County Amateur Radio Club, the Bradenton Amateur Radio Club, and Manatee County ARES and has a dual role as an ARRL Public Information Officer in Manatee County.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #13 – 2/20/15

FLORIDA SECTIONS AND FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAVE FIRST MEETING AT ORLANDO HAMCATION

On Friday February 13, at the Orlando Hamcation and in the middle of the afternoon, the Section Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators of all three ARRL Florida Sections have their first “sit down” meeting with Phil Royce (who is also KE4PWE), the new Communications Branch Director and Bob Little (who is also KK4OAI) Communications Planner, both from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

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At the meeting, which was held next to the forum rooms at the Hamcation and often humorously interrupted with the sound of a tractor style forklift working nearby, the first agreements were made as to how the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center will interface simultaneously with all three Florida Sections and all 67 County Emergency Operations Center.  The meeting lasted for over an hour and future meetings and less formal gatherings are planned.

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