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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Flea Market and Antique Center in Mt Dora Florida - Starting a
Antique Radio Show - Requesting comments
webmaster received this message sent from a William Bales of the
above business stating that they are in the planning stages of
starting an Antique Radio Show, which may be of general
interest of many hams. Therefore, we are coping and pasting the
email message for your interest or comments. Please respond
directly to William Bales using his email hyperlink next to his
name at the end of his message. We have no idea if he is a
Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:43 PM To:
email@example.com Subject: Radio Show Projected For Renningers Flea Market
Mt Dora, FL
work for the Renningers Flea Market and Antique Center in Mt
Dora Florida. We are in the planning stages of Starting a Antique Radio Show here at our Mt Dora Antique
Center with a projected show Date of January 11, 2014
and would like to receive feedback for the local Radio clubs to
see if they interested in Set-up, participating, or even just
relaxing and shopping at our show. We would like to network
everyone involved, interested or has a passion for Radio. Thank
you for your time. We look forward to your reply.
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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
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
Coast Amateur Radio Club Activities
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.
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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.
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
ARLD048 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by NC1L, 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. Operators Johnny, SM6JBC and Jan, SM6GOR are QRV
as 3B8JB and 3B8/SM6GOR, respectively, until December 16.
Activity is on 20 to 10 meters and possibly 30 meters using CW,
SSB, PSK31 and PKS63. QSL to home calls.
JAMAICA, 6Y. Valery, UN7LZ is QRV as 6Y5/UN7LZ until November
Activity is mostly on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters using CW. QSL to
CAPE VERDE, D4. Keith, G3TTC is QRV as D44TUE from Sao Vicente,
IOTA AF-086, until November 30. Afterwards, he will be QRV from
Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, on December 1 and 2. Activity will
be on 20 and 17 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.
CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Andrea, IK1PMR and Claudia, PA3LEO are QRV
as EA8/home calls until January 7. Activity is on the HF bands
and 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.
REUNION ISLAND, FR. Jean-Pierre, F5AHO is QRV as FR5/F5AHO until
December 4. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB and various
digital modes. QSL to home call.
ST. LUCIA, J6. Operators W3FF, AA4W, K3JDB, N9AW, NM4T, W4QO,
W5EXJ and W6HFP will be QRV as J68FF and J6/home calls,
respectively, from December 1 to 9. Activity will be on 160 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home
WESTERN KIRIBATI, T30. Operators Ted, JF1CCH and Kazu, JA1FUF
are QRV as T30TS and T30KN, respectively, until December 4.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW,
SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home calls.
SOMALIA, T5. Roger is QRV as 6O0LA and has been active on 20
meters using CW around 1640 to 1730z. QSL via LA4GHA.
MICRONESIA, V6. Haru, JA1XGI will be QRV as V63XG from December
4 to 12. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. This includes and entry in the upcoming ARRL 160
Meter contest. QSL to home call.
AUSTRALIA, VK. Special event station VK2013TDF is QRV until the
end of the year to commemorates the Tour de Freedom cycling
event being held between Esperance and Perth. QSL via operators'
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Ted, SP3IPB is QRV as VP2V/SP3IPB
until November 30. QSL to home call.
LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND, VU7. A large group of operators are QRV as
VU7AG from Agatti Island, IOTA AS-011, until December 10.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. In
addition, VU7KA is QRV from Kavaratti Island briefly during
demonstration purposes for the local administration. QSL both
calls via W4VKU.
ALBANIA, ZA. Peter, DL4KM is QRV as ZA/DL4KM. Activity is on the
HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.
ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. A group of operators will be QRV as ZD8UW
from Green Mountain from December 2 to 6. Activity will be on 40
to 10 meters using CW and SSB and possibly WSPR. QSL via M0OXO.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The QRP ARCI Topband Sprint, RSGB
80-Meter Club CW Sprint, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, Feld Hell
Sprint and the SARL Digital Contest are all on tap for the next
few days and upcoming weekend. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is
scheduled for December 3. Please see November QST, page 87,
December QST, page 66 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites