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A Ten County Slice of Florida Paradise!

 
Dee Turner, N4GD - Section Manager

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The 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 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.   

More News.........

73 from Dennis Griffin - W4DG, ASM & Webmaster

SM-elect, Darrell Davis, KT4WX has notified me that he has appointed new ASM's as well as a new webmaster, effective January 1, 2015. I'm certain, there will be a whole new look for this website.

It has been an honor to have been asked by both previous SM's to serve as an ASM and the Webmaster, as well as many other WCF appointments, during the past twelve (12) years.

I have been asked to stay on as the Section OOC, in Darrell's new Section Cabinet and will be glad to support him and continue my support of the WCF ARRL Section, in any way possible subject to my health issues, as well as family's health issues.

As Life Member of the ARRL for over 45 years of my 57 years as a licensed Amateur Radio operator, I have served in many positions over the past half-century, none of which I have enjoyed as much as my participation in the ARRL WCF Section!

It has been my pleasure to be of service to all amateurs in the ARRL West Central Florida Section.

73, Dennis Griffin, W4DG

ASM, OOC & Webmaster

Posted November 23, 2014 © Dennis Griffin, W4DG

 
Darrel Davis, KT4WX elected WCF Section Manager
 

Darrell Davis, KT4WX received confirmation from ARRL HQ on Monday September 8, that his petition for nomination as WCF Section Manager was the only petition received by the end of the nomination period which was Friday September 5.  He was therefore declared elected and his term will begin on January 1, 2015.  Our current SM, Dee Turner, N4GD declined to run again after serving as SM for the past ten (10) years.

 

Congratulations to Darrell and a THANK YOU Dee for your service as WCF SM!

 
 
ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications
Starting October 1, The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications from eligible young radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. Individuals and clubs support many of the 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. In addition, one applicant may be selected to receive the prestigious William R.
Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship, a “gap” scholarship that assists with the cost of college throughout four academic years to earn a bachelor’s degree in a business, computer, medical, nursing, engineering, or science-related field. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application, which will be available on October 1.

For more information:

http://www.arrl.org/news/the-arrl-foundation-invites-scholarship-applications-for-2015-16-academic-year

73 de

Doug Rehman, K4AC
Director
&
Mike Lee, AA6ML
Vice Director
 
 
A BILL TO EXTEND PRB-1 TO PRIVATE HOAs

Have you sent your Representative in Congress a letter asking for their support by co-sponsoring H.R.4969? More information about H.R.4969, including letter writing assistance can be found here:  http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969

About eight years or so ago the ARRL created a grassroots program for lobbying Congress on issues affecting amateurs. While the outline for the program exists, it hasn't been operational in our Division.

GivenH.R.4969 and other potential legislation on the horizon, Vice Director Lee and I would like to get the program running. The first step is to identify and appoint a member of the Division that is interested in taking on the position of Division Legislative Action Chair (DLAC) and has the time to be able to commit to it.

The DLAC appoints, trains and manages one or more Legislative Action Coordinators (LAC) for each state in the Division. The two documents available at http://www.arrl.org/resources-1 describe the ARRL's grassroots program in detail and there is also a training video on that web page.

The DLAC position can be done electronically via email, telephone, and web meeting; the DLAC is not required to physically travel around the Division.

If you are interested in the DLAC position, please email me at k4ac@arrl.org. Please include the following in your email:

1) If you have prior experience that would help in the DLAC position such as grassroots campaigning/organizing or management in a volunteer organization (or whatever you believe would be beneficial)

2) Why are seeking the position

3) Why you are the best candidate for the position

Once we have a DLAC in place, we'll begin to fill the other positions in the structure.

The good news is that the DLAC is paid the same salary as the Division Director! The bad news is that the salary is zero (the same as all of the hard working Division and Section elected and appointed officials).

Thanks & 73 de Doug, K4AC, and Mike, AA6ML
ARRL Southeastern Division
Director: Doug Rehman, K4AC
k4ac@arrl.org

 
 
New Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee Set at $21.40

The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward - to $21.40 - its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term.

The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years.

The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register.

In the R&O, the FCC said it considered eliminating the regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications but decided not to do so "at this time," because it lacks "adequate support to determine whether the cost of recovery and burden on small entities outweighs the collected revenue; or whether eliminating the fee would adversely affect the licensing process." The Commission said it would reevaluate this issue in the future to determine if it should eliminate other fee categories.

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau sets the vanity call sign regulatory fee using projections of new applications and renewals, taking into consideration existing Commission licensee databases, such as the Universal Licensing System (ULS) database.

The FCC reported there were 11,500 "payment units" in FY 2014. The Commission said the vanity program generated an estimated $230,230 in FY 2013 revenue, and it estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100 in FY 2014.

The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable when applying for a new vanity call sign or when renewing a vanity call sign, although some older vanity call signs are not subject to the regulatory fee.

 
 
Clearwater Amateur Radio Society Celebrates 60 Years as ARRL-Affiliated Club
 
The Clearwater 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, kt4wx@arrl.net Ph (863) 245-9923.

The Section staff again welcomes Darrell back to the Section Cabinet!

 
 
Florida Hams Prove that Ham Radio Works When Cell Phones Don’t

03/06/2013

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 information.”

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
 
 

*JUNE/JULY. 2013* ISSUE OF THE WCF TS EXPERIMENTER NOW AVAILABLE  in .pdf (Click on any text to link)

"Revised" DATABASE OF THE WCF SECTION COUNTY HAM TOWER/ANTENNA RULES & REGULATIONS (05, 2010)

Our WCF Section ASM & TC, Geoff, N1GY, has complied a list for our ten (10) WCF Section County Amateur (HAM) Tower and antenna rules and regulations. Click here to access this link!

WCF Club Newsletters

The Latest issue of The Communicator from the TARC.  TNX to Jack Sproat, W4JS, their editor for forwarding a copy to post on the WCF Section Webpage!

 
The EARS Newsletter is now available at this link!  
 
Florida Contest Group (FCG)  "Contest Gazette" Newsletter - Now Available Here!
 
The Kings' Point ARC Newsletter is now available by clicking this text!
 
Latest issue of the WORMHOLE Newsletter is here! 
 
St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) "Spark Gap" Newsletter      
 

Florida D-Star Information Site   &   West Central Florida -DSTAR Group    

MARCI - Manatee AmateurMARCI _ Manatee Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Newsletter Radio Club Inc. - Newsletter

Florida State-Wide D-Star Hurricane Net Started                       (Click on any text for Link)

  LINK - The Official Newsletter of The Suncoast Amateur Radio Club

Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Activities

Our club has been very active and we are getting more calls for our communication
services!

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.
Respectfully,

Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
Public Information Officer
Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 595 New Port Richey, FL 34656
ki4qjk@yahoo.com
727-869-0784

(Attention all WCF PIO's & Clubs. Please send any information you would like to have added to the WCF Web Page!  Just attach them to an email and send to webmaster@arrlwcf.org and it will be added ASAP!)

2013 FIELD DAY REPORTS

Hopefully, Club PIO's will send  this year upcoming Field Day Reports, for posting!

Click this link to see upcoming WCF Section & Florida Statewide Hamfests & Tailgates!

 
 
WCF Section Net Schedule
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.  
Day(s)   Net Name Time (ET) Where
Daily   Eagle Net (WCF Florida Section Traffic Net) 8:30 PM NI4CE/R
Sunday   West Central Florida Section Weekly (VHF/UHF) 7:30 PM NI4CE/R
Monday   West Central Florida Section ARES Net 7:30 PM NI4CE/R
Tuesday   Open 7:00 PM NI4CE/R
Wednesday   Tampabay Traders Net 9:00 PM NI4CE/R
Thursday   WCF Technical Net 9:00 PM NI4CE/R
Friday   Open    
Saturday   WCF Section HF Net  8:30 AM 3.911 MHz LSB and 7.281 MHz LSB.(alt.)
Saturday   WCF YL Net   7:30 PM NI4CE/R

 

This Weeks DX NEWS.... 

ARLD047 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AJ9C, VU3DSI, 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.

VIET NAM, 3W. Tony, KM0O will be QRV as 3W3O from Da Nang from November 25 to December 24. Activity is on all bands. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Operators Vadim, R9DX, Serge, UA8DX and Igor, UA9CDC will be QRV as 8Q7DV from Sun Island, IOTA AS-013, from November 24 to December 4. Activity is on the HF bands with a main focus on the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via R9DX.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6. Dave, N4QS is QRV as A6/N4QS from Dubai until November 26. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Gerben, PG5M will be QRV as CE0/PG5M from November 23 to 28. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW. QSL via operator's instructions.

JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND, CE0. Felipe, CE5WQO is QRV as CE0Z/CE5WQO until November 27. QSL direct via KA3LKM.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as FK/JA0JHQ from Noumea, IOTA OC-032, until November 23. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters depending on conditions. QSL to home call.

GRENADA, J3. Rob, DL7VOA is QRV as J34O until December 6. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Ron, K6REF is currently QRV as K6REF/KC4 from the US Yesterday Camp on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica for about two weeks. QSL via operator's instructions.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Masa, JH3PRR will be QRV as KH8B from Tutuila Island, IOTA OC-045, from November 24 to December 1. Activity will be mainly on 160 meters but on all bands during the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

ANTIGUA, VP2E. Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN will be QRV as VP2EAQ and VP2EAR, respectively, from November 23 to December 1. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home calls.

INDIA, VU. Datta, VU3DSI is QRV as special event station AU2JCB until December 9 to commemorate the birthday of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and FM. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Juergen, DL7UVO and Burkhard, DL3KZA are QRV as YB9/home calls from Komodo Island, IOTA OC-151m, until November 27. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. The islands are part of the Komodo National Park, WWFF YBFF-027. QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN. Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 25 to December 3. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via operator's instructions.

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Massimo, IZ0EGB is currently QRV as Z81B from Juba. He is active on 40 to 6 meters using SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/4 in Florida and W1AW/5 in Arkansas are QRV until 2359z on November 25. In addition, W1AW/3 in Delaware, W1AW/5 in Louisiana and W1AW/KP4 in Puerto Rico will be QRV starting at 0000z on November 26. They will be active until 2359z on December 2.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, YO International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest and the LZ DX Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The SKCC CW Sprint and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for November 26.  Please see November QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

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