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.
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
REPORT ON TAMPA BAY AMATEUR
RADIO SUPPORT FOR THE
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION 2012 TAMPA, FLORIDA
Bill Williams AG4QX, Hillsborough County
ARES/RACES Operations Manager/Assistant Emergency Coordinator
and the Greater Tampa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Liaison for the City of Tampa was asked by the Tampa Office of
Emergency Management to provide emergency back-up communications
for the City during the timeframe of the Republican National
Convention, August 24 through September 2, 2012.
This tasking required amateur radio at four primary locations:
the Tampa EOC, Tampa Fire Station #1, Tampa Fire Station #3 and
the Tampa Fire Rescue Training Academy & Police Training Center
staging area. Each location had ICOM Model IC-2820 radios
pre-programmed with numerous D-Star and analog frequencies, any
of which were tested and could be used for emergency
communications. Two training sessions were conducted prior to
the event, to familiarize the operators with the radio operation
and the Incident Command System-compliant plans for the
This was treated for the City as a CERT event, and for the
County, an ARES/RACES activation. Volunteer radio operators were
scheduled for 24/7 coverage at the four locations, plus the
Hillsborough EOC was available for any additional activations if
Over 1800 volunteer hours were put in to prepare for and support
the city and county for the week long operation. The city
operated the Consequence Management EOC, staffed that was
supported by the RNC, Secret Service, FBI, State Warning Point,
Hillsborough County and surrounding counties Emergency
Management representatives. A Joint Incident Command was
established and operated nearby.
Even the threat of Hurricane Isaac did not interfere with the
operation. Under the county plan, ARES/RACES put out the call
for more operators to support Hillsborough County and the Red
Cross shelter operations, and the city support continued
The county RACES Officer and ARRL Emergency Coordinator, Keating
Floyd KC4HSI, called on operators from the Tampa Amateur Radio
Club to run a Resource Net until the storm threat passed.
Hillsborough County experienced heavy rains and flooding but
only minor damage was reported. All facets of the amateur radio
operation were undeniably successful. The RNC went off with very
few problems, and congratulations are due to Bill Williams for a
job well done, along with all the CERT and ARES/RACES members
who supported him and the Tampa Bay community.
Budd Johnson WB4J
Hillsborough County AEC - Club Liaison
ARRL West Central Florida Official Emergency Station email@example.com
Additional comments so far received:
All, I am pleased
and honored to know that we have such a dedicated group of
individuals that would be able to provide a critical service and
function if the need arises. Bill and so many others have
proven this time and time again. The events of this week
reaffirm the fact that we are more prepared than ever for
disasters. Enjoy a wonderful and un-eventful weekend.
Thank you for all
County Fire Rescue
acknowledgment is well deserved. Bill, Keating and the
rest of the CERT and ARES/RACES volunteers are remarkable
citizens and very gracious with giving the city/county so much
of their personal time and expertise.
Airport Fire Chief
Tampa Fire Rescue
Thanks again for
the dedication, effort, time and professionalism you always
provide. The support you and your team provided to the City of
Tampa and 2012 RNC is greatly appreciated and will not go
unnoticed. My hat is off to all that supported and continue to
support the mission.
This go to show
the willingness and support that volunteers and their agencies
can and do provide, not just in times of a disaster but whenever
the call go out.
Thanks again for a
job well done and the continued support you always have
Oliver E. Greene, Jr
Eric, KD4MZM & Bill K4FLV
put together an Island Activation event in
A group of operators in
Sarasota put Venetian Waterway Park in Venice on the air the
weekend of May 19, 2012.
Since the island was a
never on the air before it received a designator of FL-488. The
group make over 140 contacts on CW, SSB, PSK31 and BPSK63.
The group of
operators were: Eric KD4MZM, Bill K4LFV, Craig KI4SNR, Net
N2RDX, Den W3DEN, Dick KI4EFJ, Eddie K4JP Louis WA2COP, Mark
KV4FC, Scott KG4YHR, Tony KE4AWM, Jim W4JDB.
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.
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
ARLD020 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided
by CS5CRE, F5TRO, 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.
CYPRUS, 5B. Tony, RT9T is QRV as 5B4ALB until May 28. Activity
is on all HF bands and modes. This includes being an entry in
the upcoming CQ WPX CW contest, possibly with a different call
sign. QSL direct to home call.
SENEGAL, 6V. Vlad, RK4FF is QRV as 6V7S from Le Calao in
Ngaparou until May 30. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.
PORTUGAL, CT. Special event station CS25ARVM will be QRV from
May 20 to 26 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ARVM. Activity
will be on 80 to 10 meters, as well as 2 meters and 70 cm, using
CW and SSB. QSL via CT1VM. In addition, special call sign CR5AT
will be QRV on May 18 from the castle Amieira do Tejo. QSL via
FRANCE, F. A group of operators will be QRV as F6KUF/p from May
18 to 20 from the Ile de Noirmoutier. Activity will be on 80 to
6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations. QSL via
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, E7. Special event station E720SRRS is
QRV until the end of 2013 in celebration of 20 years of the
Savez radio-amatera Republike Srpske. QSL via bureau.
BELARUS, EW. Special event station EV196VTAP is used to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of a military regiment. QSL via
GALAPAGOS, HC8. Alex, HD2A and Alberto, HC2AQ are QRV as HD8A
from Isla de Santa Cruz, IOTA SA-004, until May 20. Activity is
on the HF bands. QSL direct via HD2A.
COLOMBIA, HK. A large group of women operators will be QRV as
5K3YL on May 18 during the Days of YLs contest. Activity will be
on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via EA3DUF.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Kang, DS4DRE/5, will be active from Hajo
Island, IOTA AS-060, until December. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL via home call.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Look for Fred, K9VV to be QRV as NP2X
and Bob, WP2XX to be QRV from May 21 to 28 from the Radio Reef
DXers Super-Station on St. Croix Island, IOTA NA-106. During the
upcoming CQ WPX CW contest, they will be active as KP2M. QSL
KP2M direct to AI4U, NP2X direct via K5WW and WP2XX direct.
BONAIRE, PJ4. John, K4BAI will be QRV as PJ4/K4BAI from May 22
to 27. Activity will be on the HF bands. He plans to be active
as PJ4A in the upcoming CQ WPX CW contest. QSL both calls via
SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S545DSW is QRV until May 31
in celebration of the founding of Radio Club Mozirje 45 years
ago. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly SSB and
digital modes. QSL via S51DSW.
GREECE, SV. A group of operators are QRV as SZ8S from Samos
Island, IOTA EU-049, until May 30. Activity is holiday style on
the HF bands. QSL direct via G1LAT.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Dave, W5CW is QRV as VP5/W5CW
from Caicos Island, until June 11. Activity is on 160 to 6
meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Andy, M0HLT is QRV as VP8DOH while on
work assignment for the coming two years. He is active on the
higher bands using SSB in his spare time. QSL via operator's
OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operations
have been approved for DXCC credit: Ghana, 9G5EME, 2013
operation; Cocos Island, TI9CCC, February 15 through February
28, 1984 operation.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint,
The Day of YLs, UN DX Contest, EU BPSK63 DX Contest, Aegean RTTY
Contest, His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint,
Baltic Contest and the UA2 QSO Party are all on tap for this
weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for
May 20. The SKCC CW Sprint and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are
scheduled for May 22. Please see May QST, page 80, and the ARRL
and WA7BNM Contest websites for details.
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