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Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
Club House: 
6909 Tierra Verde ST
Port Richey, FL 34668

P.O. Box 595
New Port Richey FL 34656-0595

WA4GDN Repeater
146.670 MHz  No Tone

Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK President


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 Next Meeting February 22nd, 2016 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club website.

We are located in Port Richey, Florida in Pasco County, West Central Florida just Northwest of Tampa.

Everyone is welcome!!! Activities to include annual Field Day event, Club Picnics, Annual Club Ham Fest, Fox Hunts, ARRL/VEC exams, special event
s, local ARES/RACES support, Club HF station, VHF/UHF repeaters and more.

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Pasco county CERT Class

Gran Fondo Florida Needs HAMS! 

Gran Fondo Florida, presented by Duke Energy
Saturday March 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM; San Antonio, FL

And we are looking for HAMs to station along the 3 courses.

This year the Gran Fondo is being held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday which will hopefully allow more of you to participate. It will also probably create a greater chance the riders on the course experience problems with vehicular traffic so a greater amateur radio presence will be very helpful. THE DATE: MARCH 26, 2016...

The course will be the same with the Start/Finish in San Antonio, FL rather than Dade City. The riders last year stated that the 100 mile course was beautiful and provided a continual change in the terrain and scenery. If you wish to help at the same location as you did last year I'll do my best to make sure you are so posted. Those that haven't helped with this event in past years should know that most posts do not require you to spend the entire day. Timing is pretty accurate as to the start and end time for each location. When responding to this request please indicate the time you can give. The race starts at 0800 and those of us at the Start/Finish are in place by 0700 and done around 1700. Most venues are less than four hours so let me know what you can do. Also, I will need (as usual) your shirt size and CELL number. With "RF deprived" spots on the course we find it useful that all carry a cell phone... Could save a life!

If you would respond to this notice with an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the Subject: GRAN FONDO. Place your call sign and contact info in the text. I will provide additional details as we get closer to the event date.

If you know others in Hernando and Citrus Counties that might enjoy helping with this event please share this info with them. This event covers a lot of territory!

Thanks to all of you for your support. We can't do things without you. 73,

Gary, N3OS
Originally written to Bill, KI4QJK

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Update on WiRES-X

after all these months. Yaesu has released the patch for the wires X to work on the repeater.
it is a new version of the software. you do not need to install anything on your side.
All users with YSF capable radios can now get on the 146.880 repeater and join in.
My node is pointing to the repeater from my house in Ridge Manor.
I have had it on all weekend with a couple of 'local' West central Florida check-ins, as well as all the DX stations across the world.
The digital sound quality of YSF makes it sound like they are in the room with you.
I have been keeping the repeater connected to room 21080 'America link' or room 21568 'Alabama link'.
The Alabama linked room is also cross connected to the NEW Yaesu Reflector . What does that mean?
It means if you run a DV4mini dongle you can access the FSC001 reflector and get into the repeater from anywhere.
......Even Boise,IDAHO!! hint hint Mr.Parker.....
more and more users are showing up on this new mode everyday. (guess Santa had a lot of DV4MinIs in his bag)
If anyone wants to change rooms they will need to connect to the laptop controlling the wires-X software/Box.
Go download a copy of Teamviewer 11 from https://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx
this is a remote control program that will connect you to other computers.
Send me an Email and I will send you the login and password.
Any Questions about Wires-X , Yaesu, DV4Mini, E=mc² Shoot me a direct email.
Chris Bloxsom N2KBK
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The Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsor, November 18, 2015

The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the voice vote on November 18, two Senators — Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) — asked to be recorded as voting “no.” The Committee held an executive session to consider the various legislative measures and nominations.
“Our work is not finished on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, although this is a huge step forward,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN.  She urged ARRL members to continue to write, call and e-mail their Senators about S. 1685 to build up its support for the future. “We know that members’ response to the call for a communications blast last week made all the difference for some Senators on the committee.”
S. 1685 picked up another Senate cosponsor on November 18, when Sen Jerry Moran (R-KS), who sits on the Commerce Committee, has signed aboard the bill. “ARRL members in Kansas should contact his office to say thanks,” President Craigie said. “Having an additional cosponsor who’s on the Committee is especially good news.”
On hand to observe the Committee mark-up session were ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, and ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD.
President Craigie encouraged ARRL members in Florida and Hawaii to keep contacting Senators Schatz and Nelson, urging them to change their minds about the legislation. “Don't be harsh or angry,” she advised. “Keep it factual and courteous, and don't give up.”
On November 5, US Sen Al Franken (D-MN) signed on as the second cosponsor of S. 1685. That legislation and its US House twin, H.R. 1301, call on the FCC to extend the limited federal pre-emption of PRB-1 to cover private land-use restrictions such as deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). If the legislation becomes law, radio amateurs living in antenna-restricted communities would have the opportunity to negotiate with homeowners associations to install an antenna that reasonably accommodates Amateur Radio communication.
H.R. 1301 has 114 cosponsors as of November 18. President Craigie said ARRL members should continue to urge their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 1301 and to thank those who already have signed on.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page on the ARRL website has more information on how you can become involved.

EPARS Technical / Operating Weekly Net

The Great Escape 2015

New Pasco ARES Website
New site with updated schedules and events, see it HERE at www.pascoares.org.

Rap River Run
Today June 13th hams from GCARC got together at 5:30 in the morning to provide communications for the Rap River Run event.
We covered two races that morning. The first was a 5 mile and the second was a 5K. Both races went off with any problems. The 5K race had over 800 entries. 
The following I would like to thank for getting up so early on a Saturday to help:
Phil KM4DPV, Al KJ4OEK, Steve KI4LVH, Carl KB9WLF, Dawn KJ4ZBK, Bill KI4QJK, Roy KM4OR, Chris KK4CTX, Bill NG4L, and
Barry N2NVP net control.
Without their help we could not do what we do.
The next event is The Great Escape which is held at the Pasco County Jail in Land O Lakes Oct 3rd.

CERT Class Completes Training at Heritage Pines

With the help of retired members of the Navy, Marine Corps, New York Police Department and the
Heratige Pines Community Response Team, and the cooperation of the residents of Heratige
Pines, 18 Graduates of CERT Class 15-1 completed eight weeks of training with an excercise in the
community. The scenario involved storm damage to a residential area with victims and structural
issues that tested their planning and assesment skills. Incident commad was established with radio
communications. Several volunteers played the part of victims, and medical injects added to the
realism. Team leader Tom Cegla thanked the residents for helping put the excercise together. New CERT
graduates include: Pam Cegala, Carol Donahue, Zee Ferris, Laura Newkirk, Tom Newkirk, Mary Ryan,
Robert "Skip" Scott, Ludwig Waller and Teri Zdazenski, all of Heritage Pines, and Pasco residents Burton
Hineline, Kathleen Hineline, Barry Keaveny, Melissa Pinke, Sandra Sue Sunberg, Rene Van Mensel,
Connie Widmann, David Widmann and Anna Zaczynski.

Tampa Bay Times, Firday July 31, 2015 , Hometown Pasco. Courtesy of Marge Warren.

Ozark County Times  -- Area man uses Ham radio to call for help

Orlando Hamcation 2015 with Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, CQ Magazine

Guy AK4YO, Joe K0NEB, and Dawn KJ4ZBK at Hamcation 2015 Bil, Guy, and Dawn Orlando Hamcation 2015

Here is Joe Eisenberg K0NEB with Dawn Randazzo KJ4ZBK and Guy Siciliano AK4YO at the CQ Magazine booth at Orlando Hamcation 2015. We and Bill Pfaff Jr, KI4QJK were invited to attend Joe's Kit Building Seminar there. Joe has been building and teaching building kits as Kit Building Editor at CQ Amateur Radio Magazine for many years,and his style, organization, and energy will get almost anyone excited about kit building.We all had a great time there, Thanks, Joe!

Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club, you're a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

From: WRN Feedback - NOAA Service Account
Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM
Subject: Congratulations, Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club, you’re a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

Welcome to the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™  initiative. Your organization has been accepted as a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, your organization is committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

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Attached please find the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation logo. You may use it on the web and in print, subject to the terms in the 
Terms of Use. If you use it on your organization’s website, include a link to the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

What’s Next
A NOAA point of contact will reach out to you shortly to answer questions you may have and explore collaboration opportunities.

In the meantime, please take the time to learn more about Weather-Ready Nation on these websites:

Be a Force of Nature

Weather-Ready Nation Accomplishments

For More Information
If you have would like more information, please visit the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Frequently Asked Questions. And if you need any additional information, email us anytime at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also find us on Twitter @NWS.

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GCARC 2014 VE Testing Summary

During 2014 the GCARC held 12 VE testing sessions.  Thirty nine individuals attended these sessions and tested for a total of 50 exams.Testing will continue on the same schedule (first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the club house) during 2015.  An additional session will be held at the club's annual Hamfest at EZ Mini Storage in Hudson on Saturday - March 28th, 2015.During 2015 the ARRL testing fee remains unchanged at $15.00.

On July 1, 2015 a new General Class license question pool will go into effect.  Therefore, those wishing to upgrade using the current question pool will have to test before the end of June 2015.


Jeff Hartman- W2JL

FCC Allows Partial Credit for Expired Licences 

From The ARRL Website:

On July 21, 2014, the FCC revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses.  
Information for VEs can be found on the VE Resources web page in the section 
titled "New Exam Element Credit".  Additional information and clarification is 
located on the Exam Element Credit web page.

 ARRL Website: http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training


 Global 24 Radio


We thought your ham radio club membership would be interested in learning
about Global 24 Radio.

Global 24 Radio (htttp://www.global24radio.com) will be broadcasting on
shortwave on 9395 kHz from WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida beginning on
November 1.
Read (and please share with your members) this press release:

We will feature several programs about shortwave listening, DXing and ham
radio that will be of great interest to your members.

Thank you passing the word along!

Shortwave radio has long been an "Entry" point for the Amateur Radio hobby
and we hope your club can help spread the word...

Marcy Schlegel
Director of Programming

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New Lake Placid Repeater On The Air

A new UHF Repeater has been added to the NI4CE system.  443.950 MHz (+) CTCSS 100.0 is now on the air in Lake Placid ( Highlands County ).  This new NI4CE repeater enables Hams in DeSoto, Glades, Highlands and Polk Counties to better access the NI4CE system.
Special thanks to John-KK4LI for helping make this new Lake Placid repeater a reality.
The NI4CE Repeater coverage map is available on our website http://www.ni4ce.org/ under the Maps and Frequencies tab.
Paul Knupke – N4PK
West Central Florida Group, Inc.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Proclamation of Amateur Radio Week, June 23-29, 2014



Whereas, Amateur Radio operators are celebrating over a century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the airwaves; and

Whereas, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas; and

Whereas, Amateur Radio Operators have also provided countless hours of community services both in emergencies and to other local organizations throughout these decades; and

Whereas, these Amateur Radio’s services are provided wholly uncompensated; and

Whereas, the State also recognizes the services Amateur Radio’s people also provide to our many Emergency Response organizations, including the American Radio Relay League, Inc., and the Northern Florida Section, the West Central Section, and South Florida Section; and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service; and

Whereas, these same individuals have further demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs and other charitable public events; and

Whereas, the State of Florida recognizes and appreciates the diligence of these "hams" who also serve as weather spotters in the SKYWARN program of the US Government Weather Bureau; and

Whereas, Amateur Radio once again proved its undisputed relevance in the modern world in 2005 by providing emergency communications when other systems failed in the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the USA and in the Tsunami catastrophe overseas; and

Whereas, the ARRL is the leading organization for Amateur Radio in the USA; and

Whereas, the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise will take place on June 28-29, 2014 and is a 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self-supporting communications without further infrastructure being required; now

Therefore, I, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, do hereby officially recognize and designate

June 23-29, 2014 as Amateur Radio Week in Florida


Field Day  2014 June 28 - June 29th

Front Lot
15830 US 19 N
Hudson FL

ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of fun!
We need to set up about 10:00 AM on Saturday June 28th. We need volunteers to help with trailers and antennas. Some of you have indicated that you would help, please come out and have some fun. We also need operators. If you are any class amateur you can operate during this event as an extra class. HF is a lot of fun and you will meet others around this great nation and make some friends.

A Letter from our President

Dear Members,

As I sit here on New Years Eve, I'm reflecting back of the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club and the accomplishments the members have achieved during the year. We are becoming well known in the county because of our involvement with civic groups and Pasco County Emergency Management by providing Amateur Radio communications for their events and providing HAM radio displays and information tables at events such as the Pasco County Hurricane Expo and the Regency Park Library. Radio support was requested and provided at events such as the RAP River Run, Cotee Man Triathalon, Filthy Fun Run, Sheriff Nocco's "Jingle Bell Run", the United Cerebral Palsy, "Ride Without Limits", Boy Scouts "Jamboree On The Air".

The club members donated their time and radio equipment to provide communications with the event coordinators and Emergency Medical Services should they be needed. Also many members are certified SKYWARN weather watchers that provide severe weather information to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Fortunately this wasn't needed this year nor was a deployment of radio operators to hurricane shelters to support the Red Cross through the ARES/RACES program in conjunction with the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management. Training and preparation did continue to stay prepared in the event we were needed. I am proud of this club and its members for their service to the community and for their tireless efforts in the spreading the word on the fascinating hobby of amateur radio. I am honored to be the club president and looking forward to even a better year in 2014.


Bill Pfaff Jr  KI4QJK




The Passing of Club Member John Bertoli N1BJT

Again it is with a saddened heart, that I must report the passing of another club member.

John Bertoli, N1BJT, the husband of Carol Bertoli, KG4WAZ passed away after a long fight with

a serious illness.

 John is the member that designed and built the club emblem that hangs over the officers table

at the club house.

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with Carol and the family in their time of mourning.

Bill Pfaff Jr  KI4QJK
Public Information Officer 

The Passing of Club Member Linda Sullivan

It is with a saddened heart, that I am making this announcement. Our friend and club member Linda Sullivan, wife of Robert "Sully" Sullivan, W4KHY has passed away in Ohio. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Sully and their family   All of us that know and love her will dearly miss her her smile and great attitude. God Bless you Linda and Rest in Peace.

Bill Pfaff Jr  KI4QJK
Public Information Officer

Ham Radio to the Rescue

 by Dawn Randazzo KJ4ZBK

  On the night of August 3 2013,  I was Driving Northbound on us 19. My SUV started struggling and was getting no power. I was in the middle lane and couldn't get over due to traffic. No warning lights came on to let me know there was a problem.  At first I thought it was the transmission, then smoke started coming from under the hood, and I thought it was overheating. I got on the radio and said my car is on fire! As I was traveling down the road N2KNW Mike came back to my call and asked me where I was.  By the time I made it to the gas station, he told me that he was right behind me. Mike and his friend came with a container of water and filled my radiator. Mike stayed with me until my Parents arrived so I wouldn't be alone. I was thankful that he was on the frequency that night and couldn't thank him enough. Turns out the car would have gone on fire if I kept going since it was the ABS braking system.  Also, the serpentine belt had broken, and the water pump wasn't pumping water through the engine. Ham radio came to my rescue that night. Thank you to all who helped me that evening!  Dawn KJ4ZBK

Echolink for Android PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 22:22

Echolink is now available for download for Android phones.  Search for Echolilnk in the Market for download or scan this image.

echolink market code

You'll need to be registered with Echolink prior to running this software which can be done on www.echolink.org.

Once you sign in you can do a search for your favorite station and connect.  Sounds realy good over the speaker phone.  My first contact I made with the software, the operator on the repeater said my audio was choppy which I might be overdriving our internet connection and need some tweaking on our end.  Software runs real smooth and the 15 minutes that I had it running didn't drain my battery to bad.  You can send text messages to other users that are logged in to your link.  Favorites is a nice feature just like the full program on your PC.  Settings has options to pick your type of connection as direct if using wifii or relay if using the data on the phone, like 3G.  If you use direct on your WiFii network you have to make sure your router is setup to do Port Forwarding.  Other options to include using the speakerphone (default setting) or using the earpiece, user name as reported on the connection, microphone gain settings.

The website has more indepth information at http://www.echolink.org/faq_android.htm

Now you have no reason not to check into the net on Tuesday nights.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:54 )
Echolink PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 July 2010 22:52

ECHOLINK IS BACK ON THE AIR!  == We stiil have some equipment setup and moves for the future, but we will keep you posted. 



    This is a PC program that allows you to link to other stations via the internet around the world.  Echolink can be downloaded from http://www.echolink.org and there is even a version for iPhone users (Droid coming soon too!!!!).  The hardest part of using this software is you must forward some ports on your router to the PC you are running the software on.  There are some great tourtorials for doing this on www.portforward.com with various routers to choose from.

If your doing some traveling you can look up a repeater in your area and connect back to us.  Echolink has an online site for listing status of nodes and seaches at http://www.echolink.org/links.jsp .  If you have Google Earth you add a network link http://www.echolink.org/node_location.kmz and show locations all around the world.

Our node is 46670 like our repeater frequency.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:54 )
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