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“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
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Two Hamfests in April for this area.
April 8th is the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Hamfest in Hudson. Info at http://www.gulfcoastarc.org.
April 15th is TARCFest XXXVIII right here at the clubhouse – tax refunds will be useful here!! Info on this website – look for the TARCFest button on the main page.
For those of you who want to travel further afield, the Gainesville Hamfest will be in Waldo on the 29th – http://gars.net is the website for the Gainesville ARS.
I can provide a pdf with a list of upcoming events in the West Central Florida section, and other selected events.
73 de Lee KX4TT SK
TO: Hillsborough County ARES/RACES VOLUNTEERS
DATE: Mon Mar 6 14:39:43 UTC 2017
March 15th – Get To Know Your Radio Night – 7-9pm at the Hillsborough County PSOC on Columbus
Come and meet some Elmer’s, ask questions to learn and discover all there is to the world of amateur radio. If need a radio or HT programmed please bring your cables, programming software and the radios! The Gulf Coast Makers will also be on hand, we are hosting their monthly membership meeting. www.gulfcoastmakers.com
March 18th – MS Walk at Al Lopez Park – Set up is 7am, registration t 8am and the walk starts at 9am.
This is a fun event to work and a great one to learn the ropes and get your feet wet so to speak. We have been assisting with this event for many years!
March 25th – ARES/RACES Meeting – 10am at the Hillsborough County PSOC
Refreshments will be served. Come and learn what is in store for us for the year. Please bring any suggestions for training or what else you would like to see ARES/RACES provide to you. There will be a mandatory Officers meeting immediately following the membership meeting.
April 1st – Train the Trainer – Technician/General Class teachers 9am at the Hillsborough County PSOC
Refreshments will be served. If you are interested in becoming a trainer for ARES/RACES please feel free to come and learn! If you are a Tech License holder you can teach other Techs. If you hold General Class or higher you can teach other Generals.
April 15th/29th – Technician/General Class 9a-5p at the Hillsborough County PSOC
April 19th – Get To Know Your Radio Night – 7-9pm at the Hillsborough County PSOC on Columbus
April 19th – NET Control Training
We will be going over how to run an informal Net, Directed Net and Directed Net during an emergency activation. This is open to any and all amateurs. Those that attend this training are highly encourage to come and participate in the radio room at the PSOC during the Statewide Exercise – get some “real time” experience in a controlled environment.
May 1st-4th – Statewide Hurricane Exercise – more information to follow
If you attended NET Control training please come, observe or even participate in a controlled environment
May 17th – Get To Know Your Radio Night – 7-9pm at the Hillsborough County PSOC
June 21st – Get To Know Your Radio Night – 7-9pm at the Hillsborough County PSOC on Columbus
June 24th – Field Day 2pm – ?? at the Hillsborough County PSOC on Columbus
Come and participate in Field Day! Just one of the many fun events that as an amateur you can experience! Just remember if you operate from the PSOC you cannot operate at another station during field day.