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.
GOV. RICK SCOTT PROCLAMATION OF AMATEUR RADIO WEEK, June 23-29, 2014
Whereas, Amateur Radio operators are celebrating over a
century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the
Whereas, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge
between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships
and the sharing of ideas; and
Whereas, Amateur Radio Operators have also provided countless
hours of community services both in emergencies and to other
local organizations throughout these decades; and
Whereas, these Amateur Radio’s services are provided wholly
Whereas, the State also recognizes the services Amateur
Radio’s people also provide to our many Emergency Response
organizations, including the American Radio Relay League, Inc.,
and the Northern Florida Section, the West Central Section, and
South Florida Section; and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service;
Whereas, these same individuals have further demonstrated
their value in public assistance by providing free radio
communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons,
fairs and other charitable public events; and
Whereas, the State of Florida recognizes and appreciates the
diligence of these "hams" who also serve as weather spotters in
the SKYWARN program of the US Government Weather Bureau; and
Whereas, Amateur Radio once again proved its undisputed
relevance in the modern world in 2005 by providing emergency
communications when other systems failed in the devastation of
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the USA and in the Tsunami
catastrophe overseas; and
Whereas, the ARRL is the leading organization for Amateur
Radio in the USA; and
Whereas, the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise will take
place on June 28-29, 2014 and is a 24 hour emergency
preparedness exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’
skills and readiness to provide self-supporting communications
without further infrastructure being required; now
Therefore, I, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, do hereby
officially recognize and designate
June 23-29, 2014 as Amateur Radio Week in 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
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
ARLD028 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by IK1QBT, 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.
GEORGIA, 4L. A group of operators will be QRV as 4L0G in the
IARU HF World Championship. Ukrainian stations QSL via UT7QF and
all others direct via EA7FTR.
EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. John, 9M6XRO is QRV as 9M6XRO/p from Labuan
Island, IOTA OC-133, until July 30. Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and possibly some RTTY. QSL via M0URX.
TAIWAN, BV. Members of the Taipei Amateur Radio League will be
QRV as BV0HQ from New Taipei City in the IARU HF World
Championship. QSL via bureau.
CUBA, CO. Members of the Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba
will be QRV as T49C in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL
direct via K8SIX.
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Andy, E51AND and Kathy, E51KC will be
QRV from Mangaia Island, IOTA OC-159, from July 15 to 19 while
Katy is working at a local school. They will be QRV on the HF
bands using CW and SSB. QSL direct via E51AND.
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, E7. Special event station E72NATO is QRV
until the end of 2014 to commemorate the cooperation of NATO and
Bosnia-Herzegovina that was established in 2006. QSL via E73Y.
LIBERIA, EL. A group of operators will be QRV as EL2BEN during
the IARU HF World Championship. The call sign honors Ben, EL2BA
who was the past president of the Liberia Radio Amateurs
Association. QSL direct to EL2BG.
ECUADOR, HC. Members of the Quito Radio Club will be QRV as
HD082QRC from July 13 to 23 to celebrate their club's 82nd
anniversary. Activity will be on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL direct via HC1JQ.
ITALY, I. ARI station II0HQ will be QRV during the IARU HF World
Championship. QSL via bureau.
MONGOLIA, JT. Peter, I5NOC is QRV as JT1NOC until July 16. He is
traveling to various locations throughout Mongolia. Activity is
on 20 and 15 meters using CW. QSL to home call.
GREECE, SV. Nikos, SV1CEI will be QRV as SV8/SV1CEI on Kea
Island, IOTA EU-067, from July 15 to 31. Activity will be on the
HF bands using CW only. QSL direct to home call.
PALAU, T8. Ken, BM2JCC is QRV as T88KH from the West Plaza Hotel
by the Sea on Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until July 13. Activity
is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.
NAMIBIA, V5. A group of operators will be QRV as V55HQ in the
IARU HF World Championship. QSL via DL9NDS.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Members of the Cayman Amateur Radio Society
will be QRV as ZF1A from Grand Cayman Island, IOTA NA-016,
during the IARU HF World Championship. QSL via K6AM.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Station W1AW/4 in South
Carolina will be QRV starting 0000z on July 16. It will be
active until 2359z on July 22. In addition, W1AW Centennial
Stations W1AW/1 in Rhode Island and W1AW/9 in Indiana will be
QRV starting at 0000z on July 23. They will be active until
2359z on July 29.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The IARU HF World Championship, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, FISTS Summer CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend
CW Sprintathon and the CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The WAB
144 MHz Low Power Phone contest is scheduled for July 14. The
RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship and CWops Mini-CWT Test are
scheduled for July 16. Please see July QST, page 79, and
the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.