THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #17 JUNE 2016 IS NOW PUBLISHED
The WCF PRESSER Issue #14 for February 2016, has just been published here on the Section website, the ARRL website. THE WCF PRESSER was dissiminated yesterday (6/01) on the ARRL Section Email List for those who are ARRL members and are signed up for Section/Division news.
FORMER EMERGENCY COORDINATOR OF SARASOTA COUNTY ACS (ARES), RON WETJEN WD4AHZ SK
On Monday May 9th , having recently stepped down as ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Sarasota County, Ron Wetjen WD4AHZ lost his battle with cancer and became a Silent Key on Monday May 9th. He was 55 years old and had been licensed since 1976. In addition to his service in Sarasota County ACS and ARES, Wetjen was an avid CW contester and member of the Florida Contest Group.
A memorial service was held on Friday May 14th at Toale Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota. In memory of Ron, the Ron Wetjen Memorial Fund has been established. More information can be found at http://floridacontestgroup.org/WD4AHZ-Memorial
SARASOTA COUNTY EMERGENCY COORDINATOR RETIRES AND NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR APPOINTED
Ron Wetjen WD4AHZ, Emergency Coordinator for Sarasota County ACS (ARES) retired as Emergency Coordinator on Sunday May 1, 2016, citing health issues. Wetjen had served as an ARES volunteer for over 30 years, over 10 years as Emergency Coordinator, and in 2015 had the radio room at the new Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center, named in his honor, “The Wetjen Radio Room”. Ed Gansen K8DSS, Assistant Emergency Coordinator, will succeed Wetjen as the new Emergency Coordinator for Sarasota County ACS effective on Sunday May 1, 2016. Gansen has been licensed for many years and has been an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Sarasota County ACS for over 10 years and had been filling in for Wetjen in many capacities due to Wetjen’s recent health issues.
The ARRL West Central Florida Section thanks Ron Wetjen for ten plus years of service to Sarasota County ACS and wish him well in regaining his health. The ARRL West Central Florida Section welcomes Ed Gansen as the new Emergency Coordinator for Sarasota County ACS.
It is that time of the year again. The 2016 Florida QSO Party, which is sponsored each and every year by the Florida Contest Group, is just around the corner at the end of the month of April. The date for the Florida QSO Party will be Saturday April 30th from 1200 until 2159 and Sunday May 1st from 0800 until 1759, and all 67 Florida counties will be active. Please check out the rules for the 2016 Florida QSO Party, the 2015 Florida QSO Party results, and much more at the Florida QSO Party Website: http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/
Also there is entry on the Section special events calendar for the Florida QSO Party that has the information from the email announcement made by Chris Blake NX4N, who is coordinating the Florida QSO Party on behalf of the Florida Contest Group.
Thanks to Chris Blake NX4N for the information that went into this press release and the Section calendar entry.
THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #15 APRIL 2016 IS NOW PUBLISHED
The WCF PRESSER Issue #15 for April 2016, has just been published here on the Section website. There was no WCF PRESSER for March 2016. The WCF PRESSER was published on the ARRL website, and to the ARRL Section Email List for those who are ARRL members and are signed up for Section/Division news.
BEN HENLEY KI4IGX HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL RECOVERING. RANDY PAYNE. RANDY PAYNE K4EZM CONTINUING AS INTERIM SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
Ben Henley KI4IGX, our Section Emergency Coordinator, who had been in the hospital since early March in Orlando, is now home from the hospital with his family in the Sebring area in Highlands County. On March 11, Randy Payne K4EZM, was appointed interim Section Emergency Coordinator, and will continue as interim Section Emergency Coordinator, until Ben returns to good heath and can resume his responsibilities. For any needs for ARES in the Section please continue to contact Randy K4EZM. Continue to remember Ben, his wife Sherri, and
his daughter Victoria in your prayers and thoughts.
5TH ANNUAL MAKERCON SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 9, 2016, NOT MARCH 19, 2016
The 5th Annual MakerCon, the annual Makers Faire in the Tampa Bay Area, was erroneously listed on the West Central Florida Section website as being on Saturday March 19, 2016. The correct date for the MakerCon is Saturday April 9, 2016, the same date as the upcoming TARCFEST XXXVI. The time and venue was listed correctly. Hillsborough County ARES/RACES will have a booth at the MakerCon.
The West Central Florida Section wishes to apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused anyone.
THE MS CITRUS BIKE TOUR 2016 NOW JUST TWO MONTHS AWAY
The annual MS Citrus Bike Tour will be coming up on Saturday May 21, 2016 and Sunday May 22, 2016. This is one of the largest events that amateur radio provides communications for in the West Central Florida Section. This date is several weeks later than it has been in years past. Also the finish line on Saturday and the Start line for Sunday will be at Champions Gate just inside of Osceola County off of I-4 at Exit 58, instead of the Caribe Royale in Orlando as it has been for the past several years. As a result, approximately 98 percent of the ride will be inside of Polk County and the West Central Florida Section.
The amateur radio coordinator for this event again this year is Jason Triolo KD4ACG. Triolo has indicated that around 70 volunteers will be needed for this event. There are assignments available for rest stops, sag vehicles, etc. If you wish to volunteer you will need to register online at http://www.citrustourradio.org. For more information you may contact Jason via email at email@example.com or by cellphone at (425) 200-4516. If Jason does not answer, please leave a voicemail so he can return your call.
SETH “BIFF” CRAINE K4LAW RE-APPOINTED AN ASSISTANT SECTION MANAGER
Seth “Biff” Craine K4LAW, one of the founders of the West Central Florida Section, has been re-appointed as an Assistant Section Manager for Legal Affairs effective Tuesday March 1, 2016 . Craine, after suffering from renal failure in 2011, several years of poor health, and having a kidney transplant in the summer of 2015, has now regained his health. Craine is a practicing civil attorney in the area of real estate in Tampa and is an ARRL Volunteer Counsel.
The West Central Florida Section would like to thank Biff for his many years of service as an ARRL Volunteer Counsel and an Assistant Section Manager and welcome him back to the Section Cabinet
(4) National Parks On The Air Activation by four amateurs – For more information go to http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/npota-wcf/. This page contains the known activations of Desoto National Memorial for ARRL National Parks On The Air.