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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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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
 
 
 
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 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
(Click on any text above to read the .pdf article)
 
 CQ Maginine Article about the Midnight Run
(Click on any text in the above line for .pdf article)
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.... 

ARLD037 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, 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.

ROTUMA ISLAND, 3D2. Antoine, 3D2AG is QRV as 3D2AG/p until September 26 while working here on a climate change project. He is active in his spare time on 40 to 6 meters using mostly CW. QSL direct to home call.

BOTSWANA, A2. Operators K5LBU and N6TQ are QRV as A25CF and A25TQ, respectively, from the Lotsane Safari Lodge in the Tuli Preserve until September 18. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters. QSL to home calls.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Heinz, DF1YP will be QRV as FO/DF1YP from Moorea, IOTA OC-046, from September 13 to October 9. Activity will be mostly on 20 meters using SSB for 2 to 3 hours a day. QSL to home call.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as AH0CO from Saipan Island, IOTA OC-086, until September 16. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. This includes an entry in the WAE SSB X contest. QSL to home call.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PA950SLD is QRV until the end of September to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the town of Sliedrecht. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and JT65. QSL via PA3FOE.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Andre, PP6ZZ and Leo, PP1CZ will be QRV as PY0FF and PY0F/PP1CZ, respectively, from September 18 to 25.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL PY0FF via W9VA and PY0F/PP1CZ direct to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Christian, HB9LCA is QRV as S79LCA until September 27. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using mostly CW. QSL direct to home call.

GREECE, SV. Laci, HA0HW and Gabi, HA1YA will be QRV as SW8WW and SV8/HA1YA, respectively, from September 16 to 24. Activity will be mostly on 6 and 2 meters with some HF. QSL via operators'
instructions.

CANADA, VE. Mike, KI1U is QRV as KI1U/VE9 from Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, IOTA NA-014, until September 14. Activity is mostly on the HF bands with a focus on CW and digital modes. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL September VHF QSO Party from grid square FN64. QSL to home call.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9n. Chris, VK3QB, Luke, VK3HJ, Lee, VK3GK and Brenton, VK3CBV are QRV as VK9NT until September 21. Activity is on
160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VK2CA.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Ivaylo, LZ1CLM is QRV as XT2CML from Bobo-Dioulasso until September 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Budi, YF1AR is QRV as YF1AR/p from Java Island, IOTA OC-021, for the next several weekends. He is active on 80 meters during his nighttime hours and 40 meters during his daytime hours.  QSL via N2OO.

CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZL7. Operators Kaz, JH1HRJ, Tack, JE1SCJ, Tatsu, JH1TXG and Kazu, JA0VSH are QRV as ZL7X until September 16.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via JA0VSH.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in New Hampshire, W1AW/0 in Colorado and W1AW/5 in Texas are QRV until 2359z on September 16. In addition, W1AW/1 in Connecticut and W1AW/4 in North Carolina will be QRV starting at 0000z on September 17. They will be active until 2359z on September 23.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL September VHF Contest, North American SSB Sprint, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder, NCCC Sprint, FOC CW QSO Party, Worked All Europe SSB DX contest, Kulikovo Polye CW Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Arkansas QSO Party and the WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test is scheduled for September 17. Please see September QST, page 81, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

 

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