FCC Confirms Field Office Closures in 2017

FCC Confirms Field Office Closures Begin in 2017
by Randy J. Stine
on 08.26.2016

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

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TARCFest This Saturday

Saturday at 8:00 AM. Only $4 admission – We guarantee a great time!

TARC, 7801 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33610

Click here for the flyer

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Treasuruer’s Report – August 2016


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Field Day Update

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.


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Field Day Itinerary


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:

Hour CW Phone Phone VHF requested
12 KR4X NX4N
8 NX4N
9 NX4N
12 Dave B
1 Dave B

Schedule of Activities:

Thursday, 6/23

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

Friday, 6/24

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.

Setup Plan:
Position towers.
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.

Saturday, 6/25

Sunlight (8a?) Continue with setup

10:00a Charlie Miranda, City of Tampa arrives

12:00p Lunch

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

6:00p Dinner

Send NTS, Section Manager messages, etc. .. Bonus point activity

Operations continue through the night

Sunday, 6/26

7:00a Coffee, breakfast
Operations continue
2:00p Lunch
Tear down begins immediately after Lunch

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TARCFest XXXVII – Saturday, August 20th, 2016 – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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!

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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.


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Tropical Storm Warning

DATE: Sun Jun 5 16:12:14 UTC 2016

Good afternoon everybody. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Hillsborough County. Tropical Storm Collin is expected to form later today and make landfall just north of the bay area on Monday afternoon/evening. There will be a conference call at 2pm this afternoon to discuss activation. More information to be provided as I get it.

Jon Rubin
Emergency Coordinator
Hillsborough County ARES/RACES

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Treasurer’s Report – June 2016


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Educator, ARRL Field Organization Veteran, Author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, SK

Past Connecticut ARRL Section Communications Manager (SCM — now SM) and veteran Field Organization volunteer, and author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, died on May 17. He was 67. An ARRL Life Member, Kemp served as Connecticut SCM for 6 years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over the years he also had filled several other ARRL Field Organization posts in Connecticut and in West Central Florida, including Assistant SM (1992 to 2004 and 2008 to 2015), Public Information Coordinator, District Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator, and Official Observer. For many years, he was an Assistant Director for New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI.

“He was a superb teacher in the high school, a wonderful mentor, licensed over 700 hams, an active member of Candlewood Amateur Radio Association, and one who really understood what it meant to actualize his potential,” said ARRL Connecticut SM Betsey Doane, K1EIC. “He was enthused about life and, really, he was a gift to all of us.”

A ham for 47 years, Kemp was the author of The Teacher’s Guide to Amateur Radio Instruction, published by ARRL in 2014. He also authored numerous articles and was a co-author of ARRL’s popular series of Emergency Communications courses, and of the Public Service Communications Manual.

Kemp was named Herb S. Brier Volunteer Instructor of the Year and Professional Teacher of the Year — the only person to receive both ARRL honors. Read more.

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