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*****HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SIGNIFICANT WEATER ADVISORY*****
The Office of Emergency Management has briefed ARES/RACES regarding the potential for heavy rainfall in our area over the next several days from reports out of the NHC:
At this time we are asking that you prepare for a POSSIBLE activation. Check your radios, batteries and ‘go kit’ for all necessary items. Refer to your personal plan and the communication plan for frequencies that will be used. Potentially, volunteer radio operators may be needed for sandbagging sites, shelters and staffing at the PSOC. Further updates will be sent via email. As a reminder NI4CE Repeater System 442.55 negative offset with a pl of 146.2 is used for Skywarn net. ARES/RACES will use 147.105 with a pl of 146.2.
More Information Here, disturbance two:
2. A well-defined, non-tropical low pressure system has developed over
the northeastern Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles south-southwest of
Apalachicola, Florida. Upper-level winds are only marginally
conducive for this system to acquire subtropical or tropical
characteristics tonight and Monday before it moves inland over the
central Florida peninsula on Tuesday, and into the western Atlantic
by Wednesday. Regardless of development, the low is expected to
produce locally heavy rainfall across portions of central and
northeastern Florida during the next couple of days. Please see
additional information from your local National Weather Service
Forecast Offices concerning the rainfall threat.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.
STATIONS OPEN IN TAMPA TODAY:
TAMPA – The city of Tampa opened three sandbag locations Sunday, following concerns of localized flooding.
Residents can fill sandbags from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the following locations:
-Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W. Mango Ave. in Tampa.
-Barksdale Active Adult Center at MacFarlane Park, 1801 N. Lincoln Ave.
-Jackson Heights Community Center Playground, 3310 E. Lake Ave. in Tampa.
Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags are required to show identification to verify they live in the city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification.
There is a 10-bag limit.
Please remain alert as conditions can change rapidly as storms move through. OEM will continue to monitor this situation and provide further updates to us as necessary, which we will pass on.
Please refer to http://hcaresraces.org/nws-
brief-for-heavy-rain-potential / for the forecast from the NWS. We will continue to update the website with NWS forecast for the weather event.
Please direct any questions to myself or KJ4NYD.
73s stay dry,
HC ARES Liaison Officer
August 19, 2017
8:00am – 1:00pm
“Florida’s Friendliest Tailgate”
Set up for tailgaters begins at 7:00am
Trading opens up at 8:00am
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! ARRL Card Checking!
VE Testing after the event (1p)!
From I-4 Take the Hillsborough Avenue (US 92) exit west to 22nd Street and turn North on 22nd Street, TARC is located at the end of 22nd Street on the right.
From I-275 take the Sligh Avenue exit east to 22nd Street and turn North on 22nd Street, TARC is located at the end of 22nd Street on the right.
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 the end of 22nd Street on the right.
See you there!
For Immediate Release
For additional information contact:
“If the BIG ONE Comes, Who Ya’ Gonna Call? Tampa Bay Radio Hams!”
Public Demo of Emergency Communications commencing 2:00 PM Saturday, June 24th until 2:00 PM Sunday, June 25th
Tampa Amateur Radio Club (TARC)
7801 N. 22nd St. Tampa, FL 33610 (dead end of N. 22nd St. north of E. Sligh Ave).
Very visual demonstration of volunteer emergency communications at the start of Hurricane Season! Live shots easily accommodated hard feature stories.
Tampa, Florida, June 20, 2016- Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams”, provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Tampa Bay area “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities June 24-25th.
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 24-25, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Tampa Bay area ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about, as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Bill Bode, President of the Tampa Amateur Radio Club. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”
In the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Amateur Radio Club (TARC) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the TARC Clubhouse, 7801 N. 22nd St. Tampa, Florida on June 24th and 25th. We invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.hamclub.org. The public and media are most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!
Bryan W9CR has let me know that he has finished the technical integration of
the new Quantar system with the CAT300 controller and the refurbished
duplexer. From what I have seen from the tests, I’m expecting excellent
performance from this system. The Quantar and the duplexer survived 24
hours at maximum power without raising a sweat. We are burned in and ready
So, the new 105 is now released from integration/test and released for
So, here is what will be happening in the next several days, due to this
being a Holiday weekend:
– Bryan will finish the interconnection cables and feedline from the
Demarc to the repeater rack.
– I need someone “young” and “flexible” to volunteer to remove the old
Lightning Arrestor and install the new one in the bulkhead and help with the
gear at the EOC.
– We will wait until after TARC Net this Tuesday. Tuesday should be
the final TARC Net with the Yaesu system online
– On Wednesday or Thursday of next week, around people schedules, the
following will happen:
o Take the system offline and remove the Yaesu Repeater, loaner
duplexer and existing circulator
o Clean up the rack and remove everything that won’t be needed for the
o Remove the RG8 feedline to the bulkhead
o Remove and replace the existing Lightning Arrestor with a new one
o Rack up the duplexer, the Quantar and the CAT300
o Run the new feedline to the rack from the bulkhead
o Plug the whole shebang in and test it on air, check SWR and power
o Make rack look nice and add blank panes, clean up and tidy wiring
All of the above WILL REQUIRE 105 TO GO OFF THE AIR, POSSIBLY FOR AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME! Also, we really DO NOT need an audience at the
repeater site to cheer us on. Just stay at home and wait for us to install
the system. Then rejoice in the new system’s performance. Leave the heavy
lifting up to us!
Once the Quantar is up and running, this will then complete phase 1 of the
As I stated before, I would appreciate signal reports, especially from
stations that were “fringe” before. Try using it with a handheld. Try low
power on your mobile. Let us know how the coverage is and how it differs
from what we are operating now. I believe you will all be very happy with
the resulting coverage. Remember that this is a COMMERCIAL repeater. Hi Fi
audio is not its strong point. Communications quality audio is what it was
designed to deliver.
Phase 2 will require help from AG4QX and KJ4JYV (Internet drop and
telephone). Gentlemen, please call or email me, I have some questions for
In the next month, we will implement 24x7x365 audio logging on the repeater
for license security reasons. We will also need to speak with the Net
coordinators for TARC Net and the CERT net (is this still being done?) so
that we can set up both the DVR messages and any timers that need to be set
up for these functions.
More details about the new operating parameters of the repeater will follow.
Folks, now is the time for you to read your radio manual and learn how to
set your radio to use CTCSS (PL) receive decoding. Trust me on this, you
will not want to operate without this once you listen to how quiet things
sound with this option turned on. The repeater will generate 146.2 PL
(CTCSS) on its OUTPUT, as well as REQUIRE this tone on its INPUT. Due to
the way the system control parameters will be implemented, not only will we
have courtesy tones again, but you will NEVER hear a squelch crash ever
Best 73! More news will follow shortly.
Lu Romero – W4LT
Your Obedient Repeater Servant.
13 May is the day for the East Pasco Amateur Radio Society tailgate in Dade City at 37745 Church Ave. Their website is available at http://eparsonline.org . 8AM-1PM, Donation $5, for info contact Chris, AA4CB, tel 727-484-8099.
27 May is Wormfest 2017 – the Glorious Society of the Wormhole will be hosting Wormfest 2017 at Freedom Lake Park (9990 46th Street North) in Pinellas Park. Flyer is available on the website ( w4orm.org )Festivities start at 8AM and admission is ham-friendly (free). Contact Mike Scott at 727-492-6454 for more details.
73 de Lee KX4TT