WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #37

SECTION NET CANCELLATIONS FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS HOLIDAYS

The following Section Nets will be cancelled in observance of Christmas and New Years

  • Section ARES/Information Net on NI4CE Repeater System:  Monday December 26th and Monday January 2nd.
  • Section ARES/Information Net on 3913 KHz:  Saturday December 24th and Saturday December 31st.  Also the net will be cancelled on Saturday December 10th due to the Tampa Bay Hamfest.

The Section Technical Net and the Eagle Net will continue to operate through the holidays as scheduled.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #36

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #20 DECEMBER 2016 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #20 for 2016, has been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website. THE WCF PRESSER was disseminated Monday (12/05) on the ARRL Section Email List for those who are ARRL members and are signed up for Section/Division news.

The WCF PRESSER was not published for the months of September, October, and November due to the busy college schedule and recent illness of the Section Manager Darrell Davis KT4WX.

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 #35

SECTION TECHNICAL NET TO BE CANCELLED ON 11/24/16

The following statement was issued by Geoff Haines N1GY, Technical Coordinator:  In observance of Thanksgiving, the West Central Florida Technical Net scheduled for November 24, 2016 will be cancelled.  The West Central Florida Technical Net will resume on Thursday December 1, 2016.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #34

SECTION ARES SET DELAYED UNTIL SPRING 2017

At the last quarterly WCF Section ARES Meeting on Saturday October 15, it was decided to postpone the Section ARES Simulated Emergency Test that was scheduled for Saturday October 29, 2016.  The Simulated Emergency Test will be postponed until the spring of 2016.  The exact date, time, and any revisions to the SET scenario will be discussed and finalized at the next Section ARES meeting on January 28, 2017.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #33

GREG FAIRBROTHER KD4VLX IS A SILENT KEY

Greg Fairbrother KD4VLX, a regular net control and alternate net control for THE EAGLE NET as well as the weekly SKYWARN net, became a Silent Key on Saturday September 24, 2016.  Fairbrother was 55 years old and had been a licensed radio amateur for over 20 years.  He is survived by his mother, aunt, and several cousins.

Please remember Greg’s family in your prayers and thoughts during this time of loss.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #32

THE WCF EXPERIMENTER – Fall 2016 – ISSUE HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED

The Fall 2016 edition of THE WCF EXPERIMENTER, the Official Technical Newsletter of the ARRL West Central Florida Section has just been published.  You may download the Fall 2016 edition at http://arrlwcf.org/download/wcfexperimenter/WCFExperimenter_4Q2016.pdf.  For all past issues of THE WCF EXPERIMENTER since its reboot a few years ago you may go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-experimenter-technical-newsletter/.

This issue is one of the largest issues published recently thanks to the contribution of some articles by amateur radio operators who reside in the West Central Florida Section.  Geoff Haines N1GY, our Technical Coordinator for the West Central Florida Section is the editor of THE WCF EXPERIMENTER.  The next issue will be the WINTER 2017 issue so now is the time to get busy writing an article for the next issue if you have a project or idea you would like to write about.  Send any submissions for THE WCF EXPERIMENTER to Geoff Haines N1GY at n1gy@arrl.net.

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WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #11 – 10/07/16 – 0730

HURRICANE MATTHEW EXITS FLORIDA AND OFF OF SOUTH CAROLINA COAST

As of 0500, Hurricane Matthew, now having weakened to a Category 2 hurricane, was centered 20 miles southeast of Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Matthew was moving north-northeast at 12 miles per hour with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.  Matthew is expected to continue its path towards the north-northeast, turning northeast, continuing to skirt the South Carolina and North Carolina coast before turning out into the Atlantic and eventually turning back southeast and eventually south towards the Bahamas, but is also predicted to be weakened by strong shear from the westerlies and by the time it reaches 27 degrees north, it is forecast to be a tropical depression.

All Hurricane Watches and Warnings and Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings for the State of Florida have been discontinued as of this morning.  At this time all ARES groups that had activated to support hurricane shelters in the West Central Florida Section had deactivated due to their shelters being closed and their assistance no longer being requested.  However please continue to monitor the advisories on Matthew as issued by the National Hurricane Center, as a much weakened Matthew could threaten our area once again in the middle of next week.

The West Central Florida Section would like to sincerely thank all ARES groups, CERT groups, and other amateur radio operators who made themselves available and provided communications for their served agencies during Hurricane Matthew.  Without all of you, this would not be possible.

This will be the last WCF Section Special Bulletin unless Matthew threatens our Section again.

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WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #10 – 1800 – 10/06/16

HURRICANE MATTHEW APPROACHING THE EAST FLORIDA COASTLINE.  SEVERAL WCF COUNTIES ARES GROUPS ACTIVATED FOR SHELTER DUTY.

Hurricane Matthew, a very strong Category 4 hurricane is in the northwestern Bahamas and is moving northwest at 13 miles per hour and is approaching the east Florida coastline.  Matthew is still forecast to approach the east Florida coastline and continue northwest and eventually turn north and then northeast around the periphery of the mid Atlantic ridge of high pressure.  Matthew will basic stay very close to the east Florida and Georgia coastline before turning out into the western Atlantic.  However in the last 24 hours the computer prediction models are showing an eventual turn back south and the southwest back east of Florida early to the middle of next week.  This does not happen often but can happen on occasion given the right circumstances.

Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for Broward County all the way through the middle of South Carolina.  Tropical Storm warning remain in effect for Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Collier Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Levy Counties.  Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties.  Flood Warning have been issued for portions of the Peace and Myakka Rivers.

At this time the following counties in the West Central Florida Section are known to have activated ARES personnel:  Hardee, Highlands, and Polk Counties. These counties are the nearest to the path of Hurricane Matthew.  Hillsborough County ARES is in the process of providing mutual assistance to Palm Beach County ARES.  A reminder that amateurs are not to self activate to do any mutual aid outside their home county.  There is an established procedure for this.

All amateurs who are not already involved in shelter operations with their ARES or CERT groups, are asked to continue to monitor the latest advisories, watches, and warnings issued by the National Hurricane Center (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov) and to the National Weather Service Office in Ruskin (http://www.weather.gov/tbw) for any Local Hurricane Statements or other watches or warning that may be issued.  All amateur should rush any preparations to completion, check their hurricane supplies, and check their radio equipment.  All ARES members in the West Central Florida Section should stay in communication with their local ARES Emergency Coordinator,   All amateurs involved with CERT should be in contact with their respective leadership.

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WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #9 – 1200 – 10/05/16

PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW.  SPECIAL SECTION ARES NET SCHEDULED.

Hurricane Matthew, although slightly weakened, is still a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, is now heading northwest at 12 miles per hour. Matthew crossed the west coast of Haiti and the southeastern edge of Cuba yesterday and last night and is now approaching the southern Bahamas. Matthew is now directly influenced by the mid Atlantic ridge and has already started the journey around the edge of his high pressure.  At 1100 this morning a Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the coastal counties from Broward County up through Volusia County. A Hurricane Watch is issued for the coastal counties from Flagler County to the Florida/Georgia state line. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the interior counties of Sumter, Lake, Polk, Highlands, Glades, Hendry, and Monroe County, east of Seven Mile Bridge, including Florida Bay. The government has Hurricane Warnings in effect for nearly all the Bahamas except the extreme southeast Bahamas.

Darrell Davis KT4WX, Section Manager, has already been in communication with ARRL Headquarters Staff concerning the response to Hurricane Matthew.  At this time and unless the forecast track changes, the most impacted counties in the West Central Florida Section will be Polk and Highlands Counties.

All amateurs are asked to continue to monitor the latest advisories, watches, and warnings issued by the National Hurricane Center (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov) and to the National Weather Service Office in Ruskin (http://www.weather.gov/tbw) for any Local Hurricane Statements or other watches or warning that may be issued.  All amateur should rush any preparations to completion, check their hurricane supplies, and check their radio equipment.  All ARES members in the West Central Florida Section should stay in communication with their local ARES Emergency Coordinator, particularly in Polk and Highlands Counties.  All amateurs involved with CERT should be in contact with their respective leadership.

A brief special session of the West Central Florida Section ARES Net has been scheduled at 2000 this evening on the NI4CE Repeater System for the ARES Emergency Coordinators and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators to exchange information and coordinate response for communications to our served agencies.

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