Upcoming Hamfests

Just a reminder that there are a couple of Hamfests in the area for November.

4 November – Lakeland ARC Hamfest; this is a rescheduled event, as Hurricane Irma interrupted the original 9 September event. See  http://lakelandarc.org for further details.

11 November – SPARCFest is back for 2017. It is again at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park. See http://sparc-club.org for more information.

Future events include the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention in Plant City in December, TARCFest XL here at the Tampa ARC clubhouse in January, and the Orlando Hamcation in February.

Stay tuned!

73 de Lee KX4TT

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Hi Volunteers,

As mentioned in the meeting last night, the Tampa Hamfest is approaching, Dec 8 and 9, and I am looking for volunteers to sell tickets and help with tailgate. With Brandon being the closest club to the Plant City fairgrounds it has always been our people who do the most work, and I thank you for that. Attached is the assignment sheet and a view of the Hamfest site. This will be the same as last year. Yes, it is a bit early, but plan to spend some extra time at the Hamfest, I know you are going (GRIN), and help out.


Volunteers are needed for the Tampa Bay Hamfest on Friday Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. We are still at the Strawberry Fairgrounds in Plant City, see the attached Site Photo.

There will be three locations, “A”, “B” and “C”

Position “A” is the main ticket booth with two windows, A1 and A2,

Position “B” will be opposite “A” and is the entrance for tailgate vendors. It will require three volunteers, B1 and B2 for tail gate sales. B3 will help vendors and handicapped park. Vendors will leave through the main gate as do handicapped.

Position “C” 1 will be a crossing guard across Woodrow Wilson St. on Friday only between the Tailgate/Testing area and the Hamfest building on the left of the photo. Plant City will close the road on Saturday and a crossing guard is not needed.



Each volunteer will receive a coupon for each hour worked. At the end of Saturday the coupons will be put in a hat and a lucky coupon will be drawn to see who gets a gift worth $50.00. I am not eligible.


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Arrangements for Neil’s (W4NHL) Funeral

DATE: Thu Oct 19 12:01:42 UTC 2017


Neil (W4NHL) became a ‘silent key’ this past Friday.
As promised here are the arrangements for Neil’s (W4NHL) funeral.

Service will be on:

Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 1:30pm (13:30)
Location: Bays Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33708

Please feel free to pass this message on to any of the groups that would be interested in this information as I don’t want to miss anyone.

Thanks all:

Clayton E. Parrott KJ4RUS
Pinellas County
ACS/ARES EC-Radio Officer

(727) 215-8140

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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.

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Treasurer’s Report – October 2017


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Treasurer’s Report – September 2017


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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

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Hurricane Irma Information

Click here for the latest information from the National Hurricane Center


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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


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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

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