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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.   

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SUNCOAST ARC HAMFEST COMING SEPT 27 2014
A printable flyer (.pdf) is available by clicking any text on this line!
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For information call, Ron N9EE
Phone : 352-683-4476
e-mail: mccrpt@tampabay.rr.com
 
 
 
 
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 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

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.... 

ARLD035 DX news

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

MONTENEGRO, 4O. Alex, US0KW is QRV as 4O/US0KW until September 4.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

BARBADOS, 8P. Mike, G4BLH is QRV as 8P9MC until September 1.  Activity is on 20 and 10 meters using SSB and possibly some CW. QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Gordon, K7TRB is QRV as 9X0VA until October 2014. QSL to home call.

BOTSWANA, A2. Gerard, ZS6AYU will be QRV as A25GF from September 1 to 3. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters depending on conditions, using CW. QSL to home call.

NIUE, E6. Maurice, ZL2MF will be QRV as E6MF from September 2 to 9.  Activity will be on 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters using SSB. This includes an entry in the upcoming All Asia SSB DX contest. QSL to home call.

SPAIN, EA. Operators Nardo, EC1DD, Alberto, EA1IQM and Miguel, EA1BP are QRV as EG1EI for a first time activation from Estela de Fora Island, IOTA EU-080, until August 31. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly SSB with two stations. QSL via EC1DD.

FRANCE, F. Special event stations TM14JEM, TM50JEM and TM61JEM are QRV until September 7 during the 7th World Equestrian Games being held in Lower Normandy. QSL via operators' instructions.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Cezar, VE3LYC and Bob, KD1CT will be QRV as TX4A from Matthew Island, IOTA OC-218, from September 4 to 7. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB with one station manned around the clock. QSL via VE3LYC.

POLAND, SP. Special event stations PA70POLISH and PA70PARA will be QRV from September 1 to 28 to commemorate the Polish First Independent Parachute Brigade for the September, 1944 Operation Market Garden. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB. QSL via operators' instructions.

GREECE, SV. Marian, YO2MBU is QRV as SV8/YO2MBU from the National Marine Park Zakynthos until September 1. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Taka, JH1UVV and Hara, JH1MLO are QRV as T88UN and T88HR, respectively, from the West Plaza by the Sea Rental Shack on Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until August 31. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home calls. In addition, Tony, KQ2I is QRV as T88AT from the Palau Pacific Resort Hotel on Arakabesan Island, IOTA OC-009, until September 3. Activity is on 40 and 30 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

UKRAINE, UR. Club station UR4LWY is QRV as EM50LWY until year's end to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via UR4LWY.

MACAO, XX9. Andy, IK7YTT will be QRV as XX9TYT from September 4 to 8.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. This includes an entry in the upcoming All Asia SSB DX contest. QSL via IZ8CCW.

VENEZUELA, YV. Members from Grupo DX Caracas are QRV as YW5D from Isla la Tortuga, IOTA SA-044, until August 31. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via DM4TI.

ALBANIA, ZA. Yuris, YL2GM is QRV as ZA/YL7A. His length of stay is unknown. This includes an entry in the SCC RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operations are approved for DXCC credit: Timor-Leste, 4W/HB9FLX, 4W/N1YC, 4W/PE7T; Bhutan, A52JR. If you have had cards for these operations rejected in a recent application, please send an email to the ARRL DXCC Desk at dxccadmin@arrl.org and you will be placed on the list for an update.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in Maine and W1AW/7 in Arizona are QRV until 2359z on September 2. In addition, W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/4 in Tennessee and W1AW/7 in Oregon will be QRV starting at 0000z on September 3. They will be active until 2359z on September 9.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Colorado QSO Party, SCC RTTY Championship, YO DX HF Contest and the SARL HF CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint is scheduled for September 1. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for September 2. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test is scheduled for September 3. Please see August QST, page 74, September QST, page 81, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

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