Section News

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-10

SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS FOR 6TH ANNUAL TECHCON ARE NOW AVAILABLE

The speaking schedule and the program descriptions list for the 6th Annual TECHCON Saturday Presentations are now available for download from the TECHCON webpage on the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/.  These documents are located in the “Conference Information” section of that page.   The presentations and or papers written for the conference will go live in the morning on Saturday February 22.  If you are planning on attending, and have not done so already, please be sure to fill out the TECHCON Registration Form at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/wcftechconfregistration/ so we will have a proper count to have enough supplies for TECHCON.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-09

6TH ANNUAL TECHCON FRIDAY WORKSHOP INFORMATION RELEASED

The information for the Friday Afternoon Workshop for the 6th Annual TECHCON has been posted to the TECHCON web page at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/.  The link to the workshop documents is in the Friday Afternoon Seminar section of the TECHCON web page.  This link will take participants to a Google Docs page where they may order parts if they wish to do the hands on experiments, instructions on how to setup their computers to do the experiments, and other general information about the workshop.

The Friday Afternoon Workshop is being presented by Jon Pellant W1JP, one of our ARRL Technical Specialist and the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Charlotte County.  Also note that in the Saturday General Presentation track there will be another seminar on Linux by Dave Birnbaum K2LYV, our new Technical Coordinator for the ARRL West Central Florida Section.  Birnbaum did the Introduction to Python at the 5th Annual TECHCON in 2019.

The 6th Annual TECHCON will take place on Friday February 21, and Saturday February 22 at the Charlotte County EOC in Punta Gorda.  There is scheduled also a Friday Evening Social at the Golden Corral on U.S. 41 in Punta Gorda just a few miles from the EOC.  If you are planning on attending any of the TECHCON activites, please go to the TECHCON Registration Form at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/wcftechconfregistration/. and register to attend the activities you plan to participate in if you have not done so.

The list of presentations and speakers schedule for Saturday will be posted on Monday or Tuesday on the TECHCON web page.  The conference flyer, list of restaurants, and list of nearby hotels are already listed.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-08

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #46 FEBRUARY 2020 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #46 for February 2020, has been published on the Section website.  We are running slightly behind schedule due to preparations for and time spend at Orlando Hamcation.  An announcement of the publication of the WCF PRESSER will be disseminated on the ARRL remailer shortly. If anyone has any information that is amateur radio related that you would like to go into the next issue of THE WCF PRESSER, please send that to our newsletter editor, Jim Weslager K3WR via email at weslager@gmail.com.

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 #20-07

K4WCF 20TH ANNIVERSARY OPERATING EVENT ACTIVATION FROM SARASOTA COUNTY ON WINTER FIELD DAY WEEKEND

For the weekend of Saturday January 25 and Sunday January 26, Sarasota County ARES, will activate K4WCF on HF, VHF, and UHF for Sarasota County.  Sarasota County ARES will active K4WCF. via the NI4CE Repeater System from 1000 through 2000 hours on Saturday and Sunday.   For information about the NI4CE Repeater System, including a list of repeater frequencies, go to http://www.ni4ce.org.  On Saturday, Sarasota County ARES will also active K4WCF on 146.550 MHz or 146.580 MHz for contact via 2 Meter simplex from approximately 1600 hours through the early evening hours and may be repeated on Sunday.  This will be the first activation of K4WCF on voice operation in 2020.

WCF SECTION PRES RELEASES will be used to announce upcoming activations of K4WCF 20th Anniversary Operating Event as they are planned.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-06

UPDATE TO K4WCF 20TH ANNIVERSARY RULES AND RULES CLARIFICATIONS

After collecting some feedback since the first of the year and in order to improve operations, the following changes to the K4WCF 20th Anniversary Operating Event will be enacted immediately:

(1) All weekends through the year 2020, except for ARRL Field Day, will be available for activation of K4WCF by any club, ARES group, CERT group, radio group, or individual amateur radio operators.  Operations of K4WCF have to be pre-approved by the Section Manager, Darrell Davis KT4WX.

(2) Clubs or groups currently scheduled and approved to activate K4WCF for a weekend will continue to be scheduled and approved to do so.

(3) To apply to activate K4WCF for a weekend, please use the Contact Form on the Section website.  Please indicate in the application what times and frequency ranges will K4WCF will be activated.  Operation over the whole weekend is not required but at least a portion of one or both days is encouraged.

(4) All logs will be uploaded in the ARRL LoTW, as soon as they are available from an activation, to provide contact confirmation and or for QSL purposes.

As a reminder, the only criteria for activation of K4WCF, is that the proposed activation has to be conducted in the county being activated.  Activations for different bands and or modes may be held by a club or group activation at different locations, as long as they are in the same county that is being activated.  For example:  Podunk Radio Club can hold an HF activation in one location in Podunk County and another location for VHF/UHF in another location as long as that operation is inside Podunk County.  Also repeaters and satellites are permitted and encouraged, so as to get our Technician class licensees involved in this operating event.

If anyone has any further questions, please use the Contact Form on the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/contact-info/ to submit those questions.  For complete information on the K4WCF 20th Anniversary Operating Event please go to http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/k4wcf-20th-anniversary-operating-event-2020/.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-05

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #45 JANUARY 2020 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #45 for January 2020, has been published on the Section website.  An announcement of the publication of the WCF PRESSER will be disseminated on the ARRL remailer shortly. If anyone has any information that is amateur radio related that you would like to go into the next issue of THE WCF PRESSER, please send that to our newsletter editor, Jim Weslager K3WR via email at weslager@gmail.com.

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 #20-04

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ACTIVATE K4WCF SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE WCF SECTION.

The Section will be holding a ARRL West Central Florida Section 20th Anniversary Operating Event special operating event to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the ARRL West Central Florida Section.  As part of this celebration, K4WCF, the callsign of the West Central Florida Section, will be activated one weekend in each county of the West Central Florida Section until all ten counties are activated over a period of ten weekends.  A K4WCF operation was done in January of 2000 when the West Central Florida Section commenced operation. This will be repeated once or twice more later during the year, either in the fall and or the summer and fall, to give everyone an opportunity to work K4WC in all ten counties. This will not be a contest but simply an operating event to celebrate the anniversary of the West Central Florida Section.

The West Central Florida Section is now taking applications for ARES and or ACS groups,CERT groups, or radio clubs to apply to be authorized to activate K4WCF for a weekend at a time for each respective weekend. A special event web page on the Section website will be setup once the rules are finalized.  The following is the tentative schedule of operating weekends for the first running of K4WCF in the Winter and Spring of 2020 and the groups, clubs, or individuals who have volunteered to operate K4WCF:


• Hillsborough County: 1/11/20 and 1/12/20
• Manatee County: 1/18/20 and 1/19/20
• Sarasota County: 1/25/20 and 1/26/20
• Charlottte County: 2/01/20 and 2/02/20
• Desoto County: 2/15/20 and 2/16/20
• Highlands County 2/22/20 and 2/23/20
• Polk County: 2/29/20 and 3/01/20
• Hardee County: 3/14/20 and 3/15/20
• Pasco County: 3/21/20 and 3/22/20
• Pinellas County: 3/29/20 and 3/30/20 – St.Petersburg Amateur Radio Club.

The publication of the WCF Section 20th Anniversary Operating Event page and the schedule of who is going to operate will be announced by future WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASES and in the January WCF PRESSER.  Groups interested in operating K4WCF in a particular county please use the Contact Form on the Section website to apply.  Please state on the Contact Form the name of your organization, where you would activate K4WCF, and for what county you are volunteering to activate.  The criteria for operating K4WCF is two fold:

(1) A station operating K4WCF must be located in the county it is activating.  (2)  Have the capability to hand out contacts on VHF and UHF so that our Technician class licensees can participate by making contacts as well. K4WCF may be operated either portable, from a club station, an EOC station, or a base station.

For the full list of activation critieria, operating rules, etc., may be found on the K4WCF Special Operating Event webpage at http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/k4wcf-20th-anniversary-operating-event-2020/.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-03

MooWCF SECTION 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ANNIVERSARY PARTY FOLLOWING THE TARCFEST

The ARRL West Central Florida Section will turn 20 years old on January 15, 2020. The Section will be holding a WCF Section 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday January 11th, 2020 at 1200, immediately following the conclusion of the Winter 2020 TARCFEST, at the Tampa Amateur Radio Clubhouse, which is located at 7801 North 22nd Street on the north side of Tampa.

If you have never been to the Tampa Amateur Radio Clubhouse, the best way to get there is to take I-275 to exit 48, which is Sligh Avenue, go east on Sligh Avenue for approximately 1-2 miles, then turn left onto 22nd Street, and take it all the way to the end.  The clubhouse will be on your right. We look forward to seeing many of you there. Stop by and share your good memories of how amateur radio is special to you.  That is a great way to celebrate the WCF Section 20th Anniversary.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-02

JIM WESLAGER K3WR APPOINTED AS AN ASSSISTANT SECTION MANAGER

Jim Weslager K3WR was appointed an Assistant Section Manager for Publications on January 1, 2020.  Weslager has been editor for the WCF PRESSER since February of 2019 and editor for the WCF EXPERIMENTER since its reboot in the Summer of 2019.  Weslager also designed the 20th Anniversary West Central Florida Section logo, the new TECHCON logo, and the County Parks on the Air logo. Darrell Davis KT4WX said the following about the appointment, “Jim has been doing nearly all of the work for the Section publications for the last year, so it was fitting to recognize that officially by appointing him as an Assistant Section Manager for Publications. Thank you Jim for your service to amateur radio.”

Weslager, first licensed as a novice in early 1976, currently enjoys various HF digital modes, including RTTY, SSB voice, satellites, and APRS. Besides amateur radio, Weslager’s current interests include motorcycling, photography, videography, and competitive firearms shooting.

Weslager was professionally employed in the public safety sector prior to transitioning to and retiring as the corporate security director for one of the top-10 largest banks in the U.S. doing business in 20 states, the District of Columbia, and abroad. Weslager’s career activities included employing various cutting-edge technologies, many still unknown to the general public, which were used to apprehend bank robbers, burglars, and fraudsters, and included working with with various federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, USSS, BATF), Interpol, and many other law enforcement agencies with respect to criminal investigations, arrests, and convictions.

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WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-01

SECTION 20TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO UNVEILED AND SECTION WEBSITE MAKEOVER

This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the creation of the ARRL West Central Florida Section.  As part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, the Section will use a special 20th Anniversary Logo, in place of the regular Section Logo.  Jim Weslager K3WR, editor of the WCF PRESSER and WCF EXPERIMENTER, created the 20th Anniversary logo.  The logo is available for download from the Section website at http://arrlwcf.org. The standard Section logo was created by the late Paul Knupke N4PK, who became a Silent Key very suddenly in 2002, whose callsign is held today by Paul Knupke Sr.

The Section website has gotten a new look for the 20th Anniversary celebration as well.  This is the first new look that the Section website has had since January 2015, when the Section website got a complete overhaul, the first overhaul since the website was originally created in January 2000.  Other celebrations planned in 2020 will be the anniversary party on January 11, 2020 at the TARCFest and the K4WCF Special Event Station activation planned for several times in 2020.

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