WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #2

HOUSE BILL 1301, THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE 1/12/16

URGENT:  The House Energy & Commerce Committee plans a hearing on bills including HR 1301 next Tuesday January 12, 2016. Representative Gus Bilirakis R-12th-FL, whose district covers most of Pasco County and part of Pinellas County and Representative Kathy Castor D-14th-FL, whose district covers much of Hillsborough County, are the only Florida Representatives on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and both have districts in the West Central Florida Section.

If Representative Biliraks or Representative Castor is your representative please call or email them today or tomorrow and urge them to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act tomorrow in this committee.  Urge them to remember that essentially homeowners just cannot be told “NO” by the Home Owners Associations.  They must be given some kind of accommodation, which they currently do not have.

Representative Bilirakis’ contact information can be found at https://bilirakis.house.gov/ and Representative Castor’s contact information can be found at https://castor.house.gov/

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #1

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #13 JANUARY 2016 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #13 for January 2016, has just been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website, and to 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/

Note: WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE numbers start over with the beginning of each calendar year, in similar fashion to ARRL bulletins.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #70

PINELLAS COUNTY ARES AND ACS HOST RECORD SETTING SKYWARN CLASS

Private Citizens, ham radio operators and CERT team members gathered last Tuesday night at the new Pinellas County EOC for a SKYWARN training class. The class was hosted by the Pinellas County ACS/ARES unit, along with their sponsoring agency Pinellas Co. Emergency Management.

SkywarnTraining121515_WX4DANThe class had 100 attendees, and was taught by Dan Noah, the NOAA Warning coordination meteorologist at the Ruskin, FL national weather service office. The class was welcomed to the new Pinellas County EOC by Emergency Manager Sally Bishop, who said in part, “This effort on the part of our ACS group netted the largest Spotter training class that Ruskin National Weather Service has ever had.  We are grateful for the community service provided by the Spotters as it is a vital piece of the process that takes place between the Weather Service and Emergency Management to ensure the community is warned and as ready as possible for weather events.”

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Clayton Parrott, KJ4RUS, Pinellas County ARES/ACS Radio Officer and Emergency Coordinator said, “We are helping our citizens become more aware of weather related events such as Tornados, Lightning, and now the threat of El Nino by providing them the tools such as this SKYWARN training. In doing this we help those to be better prepared for severe weather related events in their communities”

Thanks to Kevin Poorman KV4CT, ARRL Public Information Officer, for the information and photos for this press release.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #69

POLK COUNTY ARES EMERGENCY COORDINATOR RETIRES, NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR APPOINTED.

Robin Retzloff AF1RE will be retiring as Emergency Coordinator for Polk County ARES on December 31, 2015.  Retzloff served five years as Emergency Coordinator for Polk County ARES.  Mike Green AG4LT, Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Shelter Operations, will succeed Retzloff as the new Emergency Coordinator effective on January 1, 2016.  Green has been a licensed radio amateur for several years, has extensive experience in public service as a Polk County Deputy Sheriff, a Polk County Volunteer Firefighter, and is also currently a volunteer for the American Red Cross Polk County Chapter.

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The ARRL West Central Florida Section would like to thank Robin for his five years of service to Polk County ARES and the West Central Florida Section and wishes to welcome Mike as the new Emergency Coordinator for Polk County ARES.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #68

DAVE ROCKWELL W4PXE, RETIRES AS PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR, NEW SECTION PIC APPOINTED

On January 11, 2016 Dave Rockwell W4PXE, will retire as the West Central Florida Section Public Information Coordinator (PIC).  West Central Florida Section Manager Darrell Davis KT4WX, has appointed Ken Treffinger K4RSQ, to assume the responsibilities of the ARRL Public Information Coordinator position. Ken is an ARRL Public Information Officer (PIO) and has gained previous public relations experience from his years of public service.  Dave and Ken have already begun working together in order to create a smooth transition in January. The ARRL West Central Florida Section wishes to recognize Dave for his years of service to the Section, and thank him for serving as the Public Information Coordinator.

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Rockwell will continue service with his other ARRL station appointments as an ARRL Net Manager for the Eagle Net, the NTS traffic net for the West Central Florida Section, an ARRL Official Relay Station, and an ARRL Technical Specialist.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #67

SECTION NET CANCELLATIONS FOR THE DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

The following statements were issued by Darrell Davis KT4WX, Section Manager, Ben Henley KI4IGX, Section Emergency Coordinator, Geoff Haines N1GY, Technical Coordinator, and Neil Lauritsen W4NHF, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator and HF Net Manager on net cancellations for the month of December:

 
The Section ARES and Information Net on Monday at 1930 on the NI4CE Repeater System: The sessions scheduled for Monday December 21, 2015 and Monday December 28, 2015 will be cancelled in observance of the Christmas and New Years holidays. The Section ARES and Information Net will resume normal operation on Monday January 4th, 2016.
 
The Section Technical Net on Thursday at 2100 on the NI4CE Repeater System: The sessions scheduled for Thursday December 24th and Thursday December 31st, will be cancelled in observance of the Christmas and New Years holidays. The Section Technical Net will resume normal operation on Thursday January 7th, 2016.
 
The Section ARES and Information Net on Saturday at 0830 on 3913 KHz: The sessions scheduled for Saturday December 26, 2015 and Saturday January 2, 2016 will be cancelled in observance of the Christmas and New Years Holidays. The Section ARES and Information Net will resume normal operation on Saturday January 9, 2016.
 
This will allow everyone the opportunity to spend time with family and friends during the holidays.
 

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #66

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #12 DECEMBER 2015 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #12 for December 2015 has just been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website, and to 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 go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-section-presser-arrl-west-central-florida-section-news/  Starting with this issue, the PDF version will contain any associated media (pictures, sound, video, etc.)

The following are headlines from Issue #12 of THE WCF PRESSER:

  • ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION CONVENTION TO BE HELD AT THE 40TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY HAMFEST:
  • 2016 ARRL NATIONAL CONVENTION COMING TO ORLANDO HAMCATION THIS HAMFEST SEASON.
  • 2ND ANNUAL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TECHNICAL CONFERENCE – HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EOC:
  • ARRL NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR COMING TO A NATIONAL PARK NEAR YOU.
  • UPCOMING HAMFESTS IN THE SECTION:
  • THE 2015 HURRICANE SEASON IS HISTORY. PREPARE FOR THE WINTER STORM SEASON:
  • CHECK OUT THE SECTION WEBSITE – http://www.arrlwcf.org:
  • THE SECTION ARES AND INFORMATION NET COMPILING AN NCS ROSTER:
  • AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 COMPANION BILL (S 1685) PASSED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE. UP TO 114 COSPONSORS OF THE HOUSE BILL (HR-1301):
  • HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER:
  • SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGERS REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2015 By Doug Williams N2DW – Section Traffic Manager:
  • SECTION ARES REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2015 By Randy Payne K4EZM – Assistant Section Manager:
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL. REMEMBER WHAT IS IMPORTANT:
  • SECTION MANAGERS CONTACT INFORMATION AND CONCLUSION:

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #65

NEW WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR WEBPAGE

The West Central Florida Section website has added a new webpage devoted to National Parks On The Air 2016 operations that will take place here in the West Central Florida Section in 2016.  On this page you will find information on how to get started if you, a group, or a local club or even a DX association would like to operate.

 

The link to that website will be http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/npota-wcf/.

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There is only one National Park Admin istrative unit located in the West Central Florida Section.  It is the Desoto National Memorial and it is located just northwest of Bradenton along the shore of the Manatee River.  The street address is 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, FL 34209.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #64

SECTION TECHNICAL NET TO BE CANCELLED ON 11/26/15

The following statement was issued by Geoff Haines N1GY, Technical Coodinator:  In observance of Thanksgiving, the West Central Florida Technical Net scheduled for November 26, 2016 will be cancelled.  The West Central Florida Technical Net will resume on Thursday December 3, 2015.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #63

NEXT ANNUAL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TECHNICAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULED

The time, date, and venue for the 2nd Annual ARRL West Central Florida Section Technical Conference has been set. The 2nd Annual West Central Florida Section Technical Conference will be held on Saturday February 27th from 0900 (9:00 A.M.) until 1700 (5:00 P.M.) at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center located at 2711 E. Hanna Av. In Tampa.

You may checkout the most up to date Technical Conference information on the West Central Florida Section Technical Conference page at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/. More information will be posted as the conference date draws closer. Registration is now open and if you are planning on attending or wish to be presenter at the conference please fill out the online registration form at

We are also calling for anyone who wishes to be a presenter at our conference please fill out the online registration as soon as possible. That way work can begin work on the speakers schedule. Many of our presenters from the first conference have expressed a desire to return in 2016, but we still have room open for new presenters as well.

We will have a special guest speaker once again from the ARRL Lab at ARRL headquarters. That information will be revealed as soon as it is verified by ARRL headquarters. Make plans to attend.

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