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TARC Clubhouse Open
TARC Clubhouse OpenStarts: 9:00 AMEnds: September 3, 2016 - 12:00 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse
TARC NetStarts: 8:00 PMEnds: September 6, 2016 - 8:30 PMLocation: TARC 147.105 MHZ Repeater
TARC Board Meeting
TARC Board MeetingStarts: 7:00 PMEnds: September 8, 2016 - 8:30 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse, 7801 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33610
TARC Clubhouse Open
TARC Clubhouse OpenStarts: 9:00 AMEnds: September 10, 2016 - 12:00 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse
TARC Business Meeting
TARC Business MeetingStarts: 7:30 PMEnds: September 12, 2016 - 8:30 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse
TARC NetStarts: 8:00 PMEnds: September 13, 2016 - 8:30 PMLocation: TARC 147.105 MHZ Repeater
TARC Clubhouse Open
TARC Clubhouse OpenStarts: 9:00 AMEnds: September 17, 2016 - 12:00 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse
TARC Program Meeting
TARC Program MeetingStarts: 7:30 PMEnds: September 19, 2016 - 9:00 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse
TARC NetStarts: 8:00 PMEnds: September 20, 2016 - 8:30 PMLocation: TARC 147.105 MHZ Repeater
TARC Clubhouse Open
TARC Clubhouse OpenStarts: 9:00 AMEnds: September 24, 2016 - 12:00 PMLocation: TARC Clubhouse
TARC Clubhouse Open
TARC Clubhouse OpenStarts: 7:30 PMEnds: September 26, 2016 - 9:00 PM
Ham TestingStarts: 7:00 PMEnds: September 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM
- TARC Clubhouse Open
- There are no active watches, warnings or advisories September 27, 2016
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TO: ALL HC ARES/RACES VOLUNTEERS
DATE: Tue Aug 30 20:23:01 UTC 2016
Due to tropical depression number 9, Hillsborough County ARES RACES has been asked to activate starting at 7am Thursday until 7pm or as the situation warrants.
The HC EOC will be partially activated during this time. If you are able to come and assist for all or part of the time, please let me know. We will be running a net looking for reports of severe weather and/or storm damage in Hillsborough County.
We plan on using the TARC repeater but due to issues that it is having we may switch to an alternate.
Please Monitor 147.105 & http://hcaresraces.org for more information as it becomes available.
Hillsborough County ARES RACES
FCC Confirms Field Office Closures Begin in 2017
by Randy J. Stine
The Federal Communication Commission is confirming to Radio World that it will begin closing field offices in January 2017. Offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Buffalo, N.Y., Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia, San Diego, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Seattle, and Tampa, Fla., will be closed as part of the agency’s modernization plan.
The FCC announced in July 2015 it was closing the offices and trimming up to 44 positions to better reflect technological advances and in the face of budget reductions. The modernization plan creates rapid response teams to handle special enforcement issues. The FCC says the so-called Tiger Teams, based out of Columbia, Md., and Denver, will be dispatched within 24 hours of an interference crisis.
The restructuring plan has the National Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Broadcast Engineers worried that the cuts in the field will limit the FCC’s ability to mitigate interference complaints and leave potential holes in the enforcement fence.
Before the plan could be implemented the FCC had to reach an agreement over the projected job losses with the union representing FCC Enforcement Bureau field employees. The National Treasury Employees Union has been a vocal critic of the overhaul plan, openly questioning the commission’s ability to safeguard radio spectrum going forward. An FCC spokesperson confirmed on Thursday that the displaced FCC agents will have the opportunity to apply for vacancies in the remaining field offices if a vacancy exists.
FCC field offices will remain open in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbia, Md., Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Ore., and San Francisco.
– See more at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/fcc-confirms-field-office-closures-begin-in-2017/279516#sthash.y7arRAg3.dpuf
Saturday at 8:00 AM. Only $4 admission – We guarantee a great time!
TARC, 7801 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33610
We are a week away from setup, and all but one detail is in place. We still don’t have anyone who will handle the food. Given that, I’ll take the lead on this, and ask that everyone pitch in and help.
Since I have too many hats, to make this simpler, I would to make the food preparations this year a “pot luck” style affair. If anyone has the time to coordinate this, please let me know.
The plan …
I’ll get lots of water, sodas, snacks for munching on during the weekend
Saturday lunch will be subs, chips, etc.
Saturday dinner will be pot luck.
To make this work, we’ll need a signup, so we don’t have 20 bags of chips and pies, and nothing else.
I’d like to ask everyone bring something from the below list, but to keep it sane, please tell me what you plan to bring, so we don’t have more than three in each category.
Meat … Aka, chicken, beef, pork, etc. .. a casserole of this works best. Stews work too.
Pasta … Macaroni salad, three bean, etc.
Salad … Greek, Cesar, Italian, dressings, etc.
Vegetable … Beans, carrots, peas, etc.
Starch … potato salad, breads, etc.
Desserts … Pie, cake, cupcakes, etc. …
Plates, knives, forks, spoons, napkins
Cheese .. Like a platter with crackers, etc.
Whatever you bring needs to be able to sit out for 2-3 hours, and not require much more than being kept warm in a pan. We don’t have any cooking facilities except a gas grill.
Please let me know what you plan to bring, and I’ll keep a list and update it daily.
Sunday breakfast … Coffee, Donuts, breakfast sandwiches
Sunday Lunch … Something simple .. Maybe pizza, etc.
Below is the latest FD operating schedule. Below that is the weekend schedule. I have two 2 hour operating slots to fill, if anyone wants them.
We still need:
Volunteers to operate the VHF station.
Volunteers to lead the food prep – the menu is flexible (aka, your call).
For more information and / or to volunteer, Please contact Field-Day-Chairman-for-Life, Bill, N4WEB
Operating Schedule So Far:
Schedule of Activities:
8:00p Meet at the Clubhouse and pull out the equipment we will need and put it in the Clubhouse
Review what we have to avoid surprises Friday morning
8:00a Meet at Lupton’s for Breakfast
9:00a Start Setup
Tampa CERT will provide safety patrol and help setup.
HCFD truck, trailer, and camper arrive in the am.
Military mast in field
Military mast behind the Clubhouse
MARC unit about 150’ from military mast in field
Camper and trailer in field.
Trailer near military mast
Camper near MARC unit
HCFD Comm truck behind back fence
Baldor near HCFD Comm truck
C4 antenna in field on military mast
C19 in back near HCFD Comm truck
M2 6M5X by MARC unit
Rotors installed on all towers
Power cables for Baldor and MARC unit to reach campers/truck.
IC-7600s in trailer and HCFD truck .. Win keyer in trailer
IC-746 in camper w/voice keyer
6:00p (or so) quit for the day
~ 8:00p Copy FD message in the Clubhouse, or on one of the station radios if ready.
Sunlight (8a?) Continue with setup
10:00a Charlie Miranda, City of Tampa arrives
2:00p FD operations start
Satellite contact when a pass occurs. The time is fluid
??? Boy Scout visit
??? Girl Scout visit
We will try to coordinate our learning activity with these groups when they arrive
Send NTS, Section Manager messages, etc. .. Bonus point activity
Operations continue through the night
7:00a Coffee, breakfast
Tear down begins immediately after Lunch
Come and join us at “Florida’s Friendliest Tailgate” on Saturday, August 20, 2016
- Set up for tailgaters begins at 7:00am
- Trading opens up at 8:00am
- Fox Hunting after the event @ 12:30p
- Admission will be $4 per person children 12 and under free
- Tailgating will be an additional $3 Indoor tables at $15.00 in advance
- Great food and drink will be available for purchase
- W5YI VE Test Sessions after the Event
From I-4 Take the Hillsborough Avenue (US 92) exit west to 22nd Street and turn North on 22nd Street, TARC is located at on the right at the end of 22nd Street.
From I-275 take the Sligh Avenue exit east to 22nd Street and turn North on 22nd Street, TARC is located at on the right at the end of 22nd Street.
From I-75 take I-4 west to Hillsborough Avenue (US 92) exit west to 22nd Street and turn North on 22nd Street, TARC is located at on the right at the end of 22nd Street. See you there!
TROPICAL STORM COLIN FORMS – WCF SECTION PREPAREDNESS
On Sunday morning at 0800 EDT, Tropical Depression #3 forms near the Yucatan peninsula, then is upgraded to Tropical Storm Colin at 1630 EDT Sunday afternoon. Tropical Storm Colin was located as of the 1700 EDT advisory about 465 miles southeast of Tampa, FL. The storm is moving north and is currently expected to turn northeast before making landfall in the big bend area of the Florida panhandle sometime tomorrow afternoon. Tropical Storm Warning are currently in effect for Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Couties and for the gulf waters from Sarasota County through Pasco County. An Area Flood Watch will be in effect on Monday 6/06 from 0400 through 2400.
All ARES personnel should stay in contact with their local ARRL Emergency Coordinator in their county in case of any potential activation. All SKYWARN certified amateur radio operators should monitor their local SKYWARN net frequencies in case of any SKYWARN nets due to severe weather. All amateur radio operators in the West Central Florida Section are asked to monitor the latest advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center, any Hurricane Local Statements or any other related watches or warnings issued by the National Weather Service office in Ruskin, which covers all counties in the West Central Florida Section.
The website for the National Hurricane Center is
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov and the website for the National Weather
Service Office in Ruskin (Tampa Bay) is http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw.