HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The ARRL West Central Florida Section wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Day.   As you gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, it is always a good time to count up all the blessings for which we should thankful, including even surviving and overcoming the landfall of hurricanes Ian and Nicole.  Also take time out to encourage that one who may be struggling with loss and or grief which can manifest itself most keenly during the holidays.  Thank you to all of you for your service to amateur radio and to your communities.



LATEST SOLAR CONDITIONS

Courtesy of Paul L. Herrman N0NBH website:  http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html


ARRL West Central Florida Section Social Media Outlets

ARRL West Central Florida Section – YouTube  Channel.

  ARRL West Central Florida Section – Facebook Page.


ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Alert Status

WCF SECTION ARES ALERT LEVEL:  No Alert.

  • Return to No Alert:  Effective at 2100 EST – 11/10/22.
  • Level 2 Alert:  Effective at 1800 EST – 11/09/22 – Hurricane Nicole  – Hillsborough County ARES/RACES, Hardee County ARES, and Highlands County ARES – staffing shelters.
  • Level 3 Alert:  Effective at 0800 EST – 11/08/22 – Subtropical Storm Nicole.

WCF Section ARES Providing Other Services:

  • None at the present time.

Recent Activations:  Activations Archive.

WCF Section Alert Levels:

Level 3:   One or more ARES groups on Standby for possible activation in one or more WCF Counties.

Level 2:  One or more WCF Section ARES Groups are activated.

Level 1:  All WCF Section ARES Groups are activated.


LATEST SECTION NEWS

Mike Douglas W4MDD re-elected as Section Manager, Mickey Baker re-elected as Division Director, and Jeff Beals WA4AW as Vice Director.  For more information see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #22-27.

Nominations for the 2022 Ellen White W1YL Award are now open.  Ellen White W1YL recently a Silent Key.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #22-26.

Section Net Cancellations for Thanksgiving Day and weekend.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #22-25.

9th Annual TECHCON date and venue set.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #22-20.

The Southern Florida ARES Net to go to six day a week schedule.  Participation from West Central Florida is encouraged.  For more details see WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #22-03.


UPCOMING SPECIAL MEETINGS AND EVENTS IN THE ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION

12/09/22 – 12/10/22:  47th Annual Tampa Bay HamfestStrawberry Festival Grounds TECO Expo Center – Plant City, FL – ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention.

2/24/23 – 2/25/23:  9th Annual TECHCON – Hillsborough County EOC – Tampa, FL.


UPCOMING HAMFESTS IN THE ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION

1/28/23:  2022 Desoto County Hamfest – Arcadia, FL.

Note:  Due to plug in issues with our website the special events calendar will have to be rebuilt.  Our apologies to all for this inconvenience.

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.