• The September 2017 QST NFL Newsletter update is now available thanks to editor Marty Brown WB2VYK.
• The NFARES NET ROSTER SEPTEMBER 2017 (download) is now available thanks to Mac McArdle W4NFG.
• The North Florida SEC DEC EC September 1 2016 is available thanks to Strait Hollis KT4YA.
• The Northern Florida STM Reports for AUGUST 2017 are now available thanks to Tom Housworth KI0JO.
September Section Manager’s Message:
Greetings North Florida Hams! Welcome to the GREATEST HOBBY IN THE WORLD!
Fall is almost here! Florida Fall that is ……. Humidity and Temps both drop below 90…. For most of us!
I attended the Gainesville ARS last month and had a blast! I truly enjoy meeting so many great folks! I provided a volunteers and EmComm presentation and brought the club members up to date on ARRL issues.
I also attended a farewell party for Orlando ARC’s previous officers and HamCation Chairs this past Sunday in Sanford. Peter and Lidy Meijers have retired, sold their home, and are headed back to The Netherlands. They received a nice plaque and a 2017 ARRL Handbook and Operating Manual , on behalf of the NFL Section for 10 years of hard work on HamCation. Truly two wonderful people and great hams. Safe travels and 73 to both!
The BIG NEWS this week – is Hurricane Harvey – please continue to keep those folks in your thoughts and prayers through some of the worst flooding in US history. NO SELF-DEPLOYMENTS PLEASE! There is not a need for communications at this time. 90% of the cellular system and Comm infrastructure is up. However, I would encourage you to donate to the VOAD charity of your choice to help out those in need. I sent the following e-mail out to my City on Monday from the Florida State Dept of Emergency Management:
We’re beginning to get in some reports of donation drives in Florida designed to assist Harvey survivors. Texas has yet to identify any needs and at this point has no ability to deal with any donations they receive, no matter how well-intentioned. Please help get the word out to your communities and local elected officials that right now the best way to assist is through cash donations to a recognized charity. Here’s a link you can use: https://www.nvoad.org/.
Bryan W. Koon
Florida Division of Emergency Management
And another important reminder – the AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT – CALL THE TWO FLORIDA SENATORS! Here is a link to the rally site: https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act. Call and send those letters NOW!
This month, I will visit the Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Club on Thursday, September 7th. Don’t forget, next month is the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test….and the start of Contest season!
Read our spectacular QST NFL Newsletter (the September issue is Here).
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SEND OUR FRIEND IN FEMA REGION IV INFO ON HURRICANE MATTHEW OPERATIONS!!!
Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day Holiday!
Get involved, get active, get happy! Stay safe, get on the air, and have fun!!
Steve Szabo WB4OMM
NFL Section Manager
ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio™
Previous Monthly Headlines:
Below is a list of monthly headlines that have appeared in the past. Some links are to external sources and their content may have been altered or removed by the original publisher.
• *EXERCISE* FL Hurricane Exercise – May 1
• *EXERCISE* FL Hurricane Exercise – April 28
• *EXERCISE* FL State EOC Information – April 28
• *EXERCISE* FL Hurricane Exercise – April 27
• *EXERCISE* FL Hurricane Exercise – Briefing Packet
• The Florida QSO Party (Updated for 2017)
• Read about HamCation 2016 (Updated for 2017)
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