Photos of the New PSOC

The Hillsborough County ARES/RACES group recently held an open house at the new PSOC. Here are some pictures.

There are pictures of the Operations Center and the ARES/RACES room (much roomier than the previous digs). And finally a picture of the people in attendance at the open house.

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Testing at the Clubhouse

Good evening everybody. There will be testing at the TARC clubhouse this Thursday, December 29th starting at 7pm. All levels from Technician to Extra will be available. No appointment necessary. Good luck to all.

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Ring in the New Year with ARRL Straight Key Night, AMSAT CW Activity Day

Ring in the New Year with ARRL Straight Key Night, AMSAT CW Activity Day

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Treasurer’s Report – December 2016

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TARCFest XXXVII.V – Saturday 01/14/17

TARCFest Hamfest XXXVII.V “Snowbird Edition” will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Click here for details.

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TARC Christmas Party – Monday 12/05/16

Join us at the Frontier Cattle Company on Monday, December 5th at 6:00 PM.

The address is: 8602 E Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33610

You don’t have to buy tickets – Just order whatever you want from the menu.

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Treasurer’s Report – November 2016

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Volunteers Needed For Hamfest Dec 9/10

The Tampa bay Hamfest is just a month away. Volunteers are needed for ticketing and tailgate areas. Attached is a site map showing where the volunteers are needed and attached is a signup sheet showing times needed at each spot. Email me if you can volunteer before/after/while you are at the Hamfest. A flier is attached with Hamfest times.

Each volunteer will receive a raffle ticket for each hour worked. At the end of the show a ticket worth a $50 prize will be drawn.

Thanks

FRED/N3BUL
Volunteer Coordinator
Fred.hendershot@verizon.net

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ARES/RACES HURRICANE MATTHEW DEPLOYMENT & STATUS UPDATE

Good evening,

We would like to provide an update as to the Hillsborough County ARES/RACES status regarding Hurricane Matthew. Thank you for those that have contacted us volunteering to deploy to our neighboring counties, we sincerely appreciate it. As an organization we are currently in a wait and see stance with no current deployment requests. At this time we ask that you be on stand-by for a potential EOC activation in the coming days.

Detail:

There are three points we would like to address, deployment, Hillsborough County Emergency Management’s current posture regarding EOC activation and local storm impact (along with links to where you can find the current forecast for our area).

DEPLOYMENT STATUS:

We are currently not requesting any Hillsborough County ARES/RACES team members to deploy to any neighboring counties. This is a request from the WCF ARES section. We may need volunteers here at home.

ACTIVATION STATUS:

Hillsborough County Emergency Management’s current posture regarding activation is ‘wait and see’. There’s not a large wind threat currently forecasted for us but there may be a large influx of our neighbors from the east fleeing Hurricane Matthew. Opening shelters cannot be ruled out at this point.

At this time we ask that you be on stand-by for a potential EOC activation in the coming days.

IMPACT:

From the NWS in Ruskin:
509 PM EDT Wed Oct 5 2016

… Tropical storm watch in effect…

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm wind conditions are
possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours

* locations affected
– Tampa
– Apollo Beach
– westchase

* wind
– latest local forecast: below tropical storm force wind
– peak wind forecast: 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph

– current threat to life and property: elevated
– the wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
– Remain braced against the reasonable threat for tropical
storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph.
– To be safe, efforts should fully focus on avoiding injury.
Properties remain subject to limited wind impacts.
– Now is the time to hide from the wind. Failure to
adequately shelter may result in serious injury. Remain
sheltered until the hazardous wind subsides.

– Potential impacts: unfolding
– potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.
– The extent of realized impacts will depend on the actual
strength, duration, and exposure of the wind as experienced
at particular locations.

* Flooding rain
– latest local forecast:
– peak rainfall amounts: additional around 1 inch

– current threat to life and property: none
– the flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.
– Emergency considerations need not include a threat for
rainfall flooding. Locally heavy rain and nuisance flooding
may still occur.
– Little to no preparations needed to guard against excessive
tropical rainfall.
– Ensure readiness for the next tropical rainfall event.

– Potential impacts: little to none
– little to no potential impacts from flooding rain.

* Tornado
– latest local forecast:
– situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

– current threat to life and property: none
– the tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
– Emergency considerations need not include a threat for
tornadoes. Showers and thunderstorms with strong gusty
winds may still occur.
– Little to no preparations needed to guard against tropical
tornadoes.
– Ensure readiness for the next tropical tornado event.

– Potential impacts: little to none
– little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

* For more information:
– http://www.Weather.Gov/tbw

We appreciate your patience on stand by, we will provide more information as it becomes available.

If you would like more information or have questions feel free to contact:

Jon at 813.417.2357
KJ4NYD@gmail.com

or

Matt at 813.334.3496
K4MJG.RACES@gmail.com

***DO NOT SELF DEPLOY AT THIS TIME ***

Thanks in advance!

73s,

Matt Gibson
K4MJG – Hillsborough County ARES/RACES Liaison Officer

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Remote Base Users – Some Operational Suggestions

Hi all Remote Base users:

Some things I have noticed that might help you enjoy the RB a bit better.

  • VOX – Please don’t use VOX.  This has been recommended by the software developers.  It has problems in the current client.  This may be rectified in the new client once it is released.  Vox looks like it works, but wont make you more intelligible.  Avoid VOX
  • This is a Kenwood radio.  Most of you are used to an Icom radio.  There is no real need to turn the preamp on unless you are on 10 meters, and that is if conditions are poor.  Using the preamp will just make the receiver much more noisy.  Kenwoods hear quitewell and don need the preamp like Icom radios do.  Ignore the S meter.  If you can hear the station clearly, leave the preamp off for best receiver audio and intelligibility
  • Turn the processor on.  The radio system is optimized for the processor.  It will help keep levels consistent between all the different users and microphones that are used on the remote.  You are in control of the audio from your computer.  Set it carefully so that you have a few red spikes on the audio wave display on the client top window.  With the proceessor on, this will give you good audio reports. Email me or any of the other admins for help with your audio settings.  The better your microphone, the better your results.  We are optimized for Yamaha CM500 headsets.
  • Please make sure you have AGC on and its either on Fast or Slow.  No AGC means no S meter.  It also means low audio and you will have to manage RF gain.  On the remote it will be much easier to not have to manage RF gain.  Make sure AGC is turned on before operating
  • Make sure you are on the wide filter.  Use the narrower filter only if you really need it for QRM. The receiver sounds much better with the wider filter.
  • MAKE SURE you press TUNE every time before you transmit.  This sets the tuner to the antenna.  This will help keep the transmitter transmitting.
  • Don’t forget that the antennas are switched for you automatically depending on the band you are operating
  • Please remember that the remote takes a little time to switch from receive to transmit and that there is a half second delay from when you press the PTT button to the time the transmitter comes on and goes off.  Practice with this timing, especially in pileups.  It takes a while to get the hang of it. Practice makes perfect.

We hope that these things help you enjoy the remote base a bit more.

With best 73
Lu Romero – W4LT
Senior RB Admin

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