The WCF Section of the ARRL Field
Organization serves amateur radio operators in ten counties in
Florida: Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.
The WCF section includes the following cities: Bradenton,
Clearwater, Lakeland, New Port Richey, Punta Gorda, St.
Petersburg, Sarasota, Sebring, Tampa and Winter Haven.
This web page has
information specific to the ARRL Field Services activities in
West Central Florida.
Clearwater Amateur Radio Society Celebrates 60
Years as ARRL-Affiliated Club
Amateur Radio Society (CARS)
has celebrated 60 years as an ARRL-affiliated club. CARS, which
boasts nearly 50 members, became affiliated with the ARRL on
January 18, 1954. Representing the ARRL at club's February
meeting to present a plaque was ARRL West Central Florida
Section Manager Dee Turner, N4GD. CARS President, Craig Shapiro,
KJ4BYK, accepted the award on behalf of the club. A small
celebration took place following the meeting to commemorate the
event. -- Kevin Poorman, KV4CT, PIO
NEW ASM APPOINTED
SM Dee Turner, N4GD, appointed Darrel
Davis, KT4WX as ASM yesterday, February 9, 2014.
Darrel has been involved in the WCF Section since its inception
back in 2000, serving as the WCF Technical Coordinator for many
years before moving out of the section. Darrell can be reached
at 6350 Mills Rd, Fort Meade, FL, 33841-9584, firstname.lastname@example.org Ph
The Section staff
again welcomes Darrell back to the Section Cabinet!
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Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club presentation to the
On March 28, 2013, Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club, Port Richey,
FL., president, Bill Pfaff Jr. KI4QJK, gave a HAM radio
presentation to the Military Officers Association of America,
Sun Coast Chapter, Port Richey, Florida. The presentation
consisted of the history of HAM radio, the hobby, community
service and emergency communications. He had a typical HAM radio
"shack" set up with all of the items found in most HAM shacks
and brochures to hand out including hurricane preparation
brochures from the Pasco County Florida, Office of Emergency
Those present were amazed at the current state of HAM radio and
the advancement of the hobby and its importance in providing
emergency communications. The fact that we can communicate with
the International Space Station and the hobby is growing more
now than ever, was amazing to them.
Bill received a certificate of appreciation and a gift from the
MOAA Chapter President Robert Ayers., Col U.S. Army (Ret) that
showed their appreciation for his presentation.
Florida Hams Prove that Ham
Radio Works When Cell Phones Don’t
After a day of exploring the Green Swamp Wildlife Management
Area -- which covers 50,692 protected acres in Florida’s Lake,
Polk and Sumter Counties -- with his grandson, Joe Cody, KE4WDP,
of Winter Haven, Florida, saw that the roads were flooding and
becoming hazardous. As he tried to drive out of the area, Cody’s
small pick-up truck got bogged down in the mud. Since he was out
of cell phone range, Cody tried calling for help on the Dade
City 146.880 repeater. Richard Parker, KF4ORW, of Dade City,
Florida, heard the call and answered.
After hearing the situation, Parker called 911 in Pasco County,
who put him in touch with the dispatch in neighboring Polk
County. Cody passed his location on to Parker, who in turn
passed it on to the Polk County Sherriff’s Office. “Polk County
911 took over trying to get help,” Parker said. “They called me
back several times for more information and I was able to relay
information from Joe to them. Then Ted Bulmanski, W4TKB, who is
also from Dade City, started monitoring and copying Joe’s
About 30 minutes later, Parker saw a helicopter fly over and
around Cody’s position, and after another 30 minutes, Cody
radioed back on the repeater, saying he was on his way home --
thanks to a Lake County Deputy in a Sherriff’s Office truck that
had a winch. “We learned that Joe was eight miles inside Lake
County,” Parker explained. “That’s why the Lake County
Sherriff’s Office responded instead of the Polk County
authorities. The Polk County Sherriff’s Office called me back to
say that the helicopter from Lake County found the truck inside
Lake County and sent both a deputy from Lake County, as well as
a Fish and Game Officer and winched him out of the mud. They
called me back to thank us for assisting the stranded pair. Ham
radio still works when other forms of communications don’t.” --
Thanks to ARRL West Central Florida Section Public Information
Coordinator Kevin Poorman, KV4CT, for the information
A reminder that the weekly North Port
Amateur Radio Club CW Training Net will be held on
Sundays, at 8:30 PM local time - CW on 28.350 and voice
on NPARC Repeater 147.12.
Net Control is K8QI - The goal of this net is to
encourage members to develop their CW skills to a level
where they feel comfortable in making CW contacts. The
speed will be around 5 wpm - characters sent at 12 wpm
with 5 wpm spacing - Farnsworth Method
Did your New Year's Resolutions include CW? Tune in on
28.350 and check-in or just "copy the mail"
73, Barry K8QI
Coast Amateur Radio Club Activities
Our club has been
very active and we are getting more calls for our
The first call for us was from the Pasco County
Sheriff's Office. They requested
communications assistance from the Pasco County
ARES/RACES Volunteers and
some of the members from the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio
Club volunteered. This was
for the United Cerebral Palsy's "Ride Without Limits"
rally on Sunday Nov. 11th in
Darby, FL. It consisted of three courses of 36, 63 and
100 miles. We were located around the courses to provide
communications for the whole day.
The second was for the "Filthy Fun Run" on Saturday,
Nov. 17th sponsored by the Pasco Pediatratic
Foundation which raises funds for children
and young adults needing assistance in Pasco County.
This was held at Safety Town on
SR 52 in Land O Lakes. It consisted of a 5k course with
eleven mud filled obstacles.
The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club has other events
coming up and I will keep you
informed of our activities. Our events are posted on the
clubs web page at
www.Gulfcoastarc.org and on FACEBOOK.
West Central Florida Section Nets --
The WCF Section has several nets during the week.
Most of the nets are held on the NI4CE repeater system
on 145.43 / 442.95 Verna, 145.29 / 443.45 St Pete,
442.825 / Peebledale (just south of Mulberry in Polk)
& 146.76 /442.650 Port Richey (Pasco). All require
100.0 Hz Sub-audible tone.
Eagle Net (WCF Florida Section Traffic Net)
West Central Florida Section Weekly (VHF/UHF)
West Central Florida
Section ARES Net
Tampabay Traders Net
WCF Section HF Net
3.911 MHz LSB and 7.281 MHz LSB.(alt.)
WCF YL Net
ARLD015 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by NC1L, QRZ DX, the Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News,
The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest
Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
MAURITIUS, 3B8. Mart, DL6UAA is QRV as 3B8MM until the end of
April. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, with some SSB and
digital modes. QSL to home call.
FIJI, 3D2. Wes, ZL3TE is QRV as 3D2SE from Viti Levu, IOTA
OC-016, until April 14. Activity is on the HF bands using mostly
CW with some digital modes. This includes an entry in the Japan
International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.
CROATIA, 9A. Pista, HA5AUC and Ed, HA5BWW are QRV as 9A/home
calls from Rab Island, IOTA EU-136, until April 14. Activity is
on the HF bands using CW. QSL via bureau.
MOROCCO, CN. Carlos, CT1QP is QRV as CN2CL from Hassilabiad
until April 15. QSL to home call.
SPAIN, EA. Members of the Local Section of the URE in Toledo
will be QRV as EH4GT from April 14 to 24 to mark the 400th
anniversary of the death of El Greco, the famous Cretan painter.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via EA4TE.
FRANCE, F. Special event call TM92UFT is QRV until April 20
during the Union Francaise des Telegraphistes 29th annual
meeting in Aubagne. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW. QSL
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. Vlad, UA4WHX is QRV as HC8ART from Isla
Isabela, IOTA SA-004. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB
and RTTY. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.
ST. VINCENT, J8. Brian, GW4DVB will be QRV as J88PI from Palm
Island, IOTA NA-025, from April 13 to 23. Activity will be on
the HF bands using SSB around 2000 to 2300z. QSL to home call.
OGASAWARA, JD1. Minekazu, JA2NQG is QRV as JD1AAI from
Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, until April 17. Activity is on
the HF bands. This includes an entry in the Japan
International DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.
NETHERLANDS, PA. Jan, PE1GNP and Marc, PD7YY are QRV as PH38EU
from Terschelling Island, IOTA EU-038, until April 14. Activity
is on 40 to 10 meters and 2 meters using SSB. QSL via bureau.
SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. Frank, K3TRM will be QRV as PJ5/K3TRM
from St. Eustatius, IOTA NA-145, from April 12 to 20. Activity
will be on the HF bands using SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL to home
POLAND, SP. Dionizy, SP6IEQ will be QRV using special call sign
3Z14EASTER from April 12 to 24. QSL to home call.
CAMEROON, TJ. Thomas, TJ3TS is generally QRV on 20, 15 and 10
meters using mostly digital modes and some occasional SSB.
SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Operators ZS1AFS and ZS1AFR are QRV as ZT1T
until after the Easter holiday. Activity is holiday style on 20,
17, 12 and 15 meters, and possibly 40 meters, with two stations.
QSL via operators' instructions.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in
Massachusetts, W1AW/KP4 in Puerto Rico and W1AW/4 in Virginia
are QRV until 2359z on April 15. In addition, W1AW Centennial
Stations W1AW/5 in Mississippi and W1AW/0 in North Dakota
will be QRV starting at 0000z on April 16. They will be active
until 2359z on April 22.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Japan International DX CW
Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint Ladder, OK/OM DX SSB
Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, New Mexico QSO Party, EU
Spring CW Sprint, Georgia QSO Party, Yuri Gagarin International
DX CW Contest, International Vintage HF Contest and the
Hungarian Straight Key CW Contest are all on tap for this
upcoming weekend. The 222 MHz Spring Sprint is scheduled for
April 15. The CWops Mini-CWT Test and RSGB 80-meter Club SSB
Championship are scheduled for April 16. Please see April
QST, page 82 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for