Next Meeting January 26th, 2014 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 events, local ARES/RACES support, Club HF station, VHF/UHF repeaters and more.
with any suggestions, good or bad, content to add (especially upcoming events), photos and what ever you like.
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
Hello,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
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...
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.
Gulfcoast Amateur Radio Club Nominations
The club nominating committee is soliciting candidates for club officers and directors.
At the November members meeting we will elect the following:
If you are interested in one of these positions please advise a committee member prior to the October general meeting.
Nominating committee: KM4OR Roy phone as listed in members directory
KB9WLF Carl email:
NG4L Bill email:
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
EZ MINI STORAGE
15830 US 19 N
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.
Message from our President
The executive board and the membership have decided to address the lack of some members of not paying the yearly dues. Some members haven't paid for two years and is an issue for those of us that do pay.
Today, I mailed out 23 letters requesting that the dues be paid. This may seem to be harsh to some but remember this, the dues issue has been discussed at meetings and on our weekly nets for two years and now written notification is necessary.
Our next meeting is on Monday the 24th. At that meeting, I will be asking that those who have not paid, to be removed from the membership list. Thank you for your support and understanding
Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
A Letter from our President
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