October 16 TARC Program – HF Propagation

Please plan on attending the TARC October Program on HF Propagation, as taught by Lu Romero, W4LT. This is an entertaining and enlightening program regarding the fundamental understanding of HF Propagation and how to cope with the solar cycle low we are entering.

This will be a power point presentation and there will be plenty of time after the presentation for questions and discussions. This is an excellent program for any amateur at any level. We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted in Activities, Program Night | Leave a comment

Treasurer’s Report – October 2017


Posted in Minutes, Treasurer's Report | Leave a comment

Treasurer’s Report – September 2017


Posted in Minutes, Treasurer's Report | Leave a comment

Urgent Tasking from Office of Emergency Management


Good Morning

We have a urgent tasking from Office of Emergency Management

The Red Cross is opening 17 shelters. They are listed in order of priority. Special needs, top 5 shelters and all others. Special needs and top 5shelters will set up on Thursday afternoon/evening, opening at 8am Friday. All other shelters will open at 3pm on Friday.

If you can assist please contact Dawn Drury K2WLS ddrury@hcaresraces.org 813-388-3581 or Matt Gibson K4MJG mgibson@hcaresraces.org 813-334-3694

**Please take care of your own family first**


Bedding, food/water, clothing, medicines, cash

HT/Mobile, extra batteries, power supply, power strip and antennae – If you do not have a radio you can take with you we do have a limited number of radios we can deploy.

Task 1 – Special Needs – Opens at 8am Friday

Strawberry Crest

Riverview HS

USF Sundome

Tsak 2 Top 5 Shelters – Opens at 8am Friday

Sessums Elem – Pets

Shields MS – Pets

Bartels MS

Burnett MS

Pizzo Elem

Task 3 – Opens at 3pm Friday
Middleton HS
Simmons Career Ctr
Cypress Creek Elem
Hammond Elem
Brandon HS
Sgt. Paul Smith MS – Pets
Valrico Elem – Pets
Summerfield Crossing Elementary
Greco MS

Task 4 PSOC Staff – still needing additional radio operators

Sent of behalf of Jon Rubin KJ4NYD EC

Dawn M Drury K2WLS
AEC Administration
Matt J Gibson K4MJG
Club Liaison

Posted in ARES/RACES, EmComm | Leave a comment

Hurricane Irma Information

Click here for the latest information from the National Hurricane Center


Posted in ARES/RACES, EmComm | Leave a comment

Area Hamfests – September

Well, the August TARCFest kicked off the West Central Florida hamfest season. For September, there are two hamfests in the area.

Sept 9th – Lakeland ARC; Kathleen, Florida. See http://lakelandarc.org for details.

Sept 23rd – Suncoast ARC Pasco County Hamfest; Odessa, FL. See http://sarcfl.com for the details.

October will feature the Florida State Convention in Melbourne, so get ready………….

73 de Lee KX4TT SK


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Frequencies Currently in Use for Texas

Texas: Ham Radio Emergency (updated 6:40PM CST 8/27/17)

All Sections:

14.300.00 USB Maritime Mobile Service Net
14.325.00 USB Hurricane Watch
3.873.00 LSB Texas ARES/Texas Traffic Net
3.910.00 LSB Central Texas Emergency
3.935.00 LSB Texas ARES Health & Welfare/Hurricane Watch Net
3.975.00 LSB Texas RACES Alternate/State Operation Center
3.980.00 LSB Alabama Traffic Net (Supporting Harvey Health and Welfare)
7.240.00 LSB Texas Emergency
7.248.00 LSB Texas RACES Primary
7.250.00 LSB Texas Emergency
7.273.00 LSB Texas ARES Alternate
7.285.00 LSB Texas ARES Emergency Day
7.290.00 LSB Texas ARES Health & Welfare

South Section: Texas Traffic Net

3.955.00 LSB South Texas Emergency

Posted in ARES/RACES, ARRL, EmComm | Leave a comment

Treasurer’s Report – August 2017


Posted in Minutes, Treasurer's Report | Leave a comment




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.
Forecaster Stewart
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.

Keep up to date with the latest http://hcaresraces.org and www.facebook.com/hcaresraces/ also the ultimate authority to reference on this is the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Please direct any questions to myself or KJ4NYD.
73s stay dry,
HC ARES Liaison Officer

Posted in ARES/RACES, EmComm | Leave a comment

TARCFest XXXIX – Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 8 AM to 1 PM

TARCFest XXXIX (Click for a flyer)

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)!

Questions? tarcfest@hamclub.org


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!

Posted in Activities, TARCFest | Leave a comment