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Serving the needs of the Amateur Radio Operators in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties.

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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.   

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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
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, Ph (863) 245-9923.

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

Florida Amateurs Support Kiwanis Midnight
Run Public Service Event
Dunedin, FL, July 15, 2013- Amateur Radio operators from Pinellas
County, Florida, ACS/ARES, Eastlake CERT, and the Tampa
Amateur Radio Club
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 CQ Maginine Article about the Midnight Run
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Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club presentation to the MOAA

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 Management.

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 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)


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

North Port Amateur Radio Club CW Training Net

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

Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Activities

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

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 and on FACEBOOK.

Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
Public Information Officer
Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 595 New Port Richey, FL 34656


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.... 

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 via F6ICG.

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 call.

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 details.

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