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• The Creation of a New Volunteer Monitoring Program

• Gov. Rick Scott Proclaims Amateur Radio Week in Florida

• Kevin Bess KK4BFN has been elected NFL Section Manager – ARRL Bulletin 12 May 23 2018 

•  The August 2018 QST NFL Newsletter is now available thanks to editor Marty Brown WB2VYK.
•  The NFARES NET ROSTER AUGUST 2018 is now available thanks to Mac McArdle W4NFG.
•  The North Florida SEC DEC EC Jan 1 2018 is available thanks to Steve Szabo WB4OMM.
•  The Northern Florida STM Reports are available at thanks to Tom Housworth KI0JO.

August Section Manager’s Message

Greetings North Florida Hams! Welcome to the GREATEST HOBBY IN THE WORLD!

Wow, it’s been one month into my term as SM, and I’m still getting used to things. Between trying to fill a few spots, work, and still adjusting to the SM role, I’ve been busy!  I meant to go to Milton this past month, but I didn’t plan it right. I also was planning to attend OARC’s meeting, but ended up having to work late. It was one of those nights where I didn’t get home until after 10 PM!  I am planning on attending OARC’s meeting this Wednesday, August 1st at 7:30 PM, and making sure my project manager doesn’t send me to Timbuktu or something!

As for upcoming hamfests, Pensacola’s Hamfest is going to be in September, on the 21st and 22nd. http://www.pensacolahamfest.com/  I would love to go, but if I did it would probably be a Saturday only. Also, we have the Bahia Shriner’s Tailgate happening on the 22nd as well, from 8 AM until noon. http://radio.bahiashrine.org/Tailgate.htm  If I don’t do Pensacola, I will probably go to this one.

As for the section, there have been some new appointments and confirmations. First, I have assigned Karl Martin KG4HBN as the Section Emergency Coordinator. He has done a great job as EC for Volusia County, and I’m confident he will do well as our SEC. Secondly, we have Doug Ritchie KF5BCX as the PIO for Walton County, and last but not least, Scott Roberts KK4ECR, as Section PIC.

For those following HR 555, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, I’m sorry to say that the language for it has been removed from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Parity Act would grant radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities the right to install effective outdoor antennas. Source:  http://www.arrl.org/news/parity-act-options-open-despite-removal-from-defense-authorization-act-conference-report  It’s important to know that there are still other options to see the Parity Act succeed, so let’s not give up hope yet!

Well, that’s all I have for this report. I want to bid everyone a good day, and close by saying “Get involved, get active, get happy! Stay safe, get on the air, no matter the mode, and have fun!” Amateur radio is the greatest hobby, and I am proud to be a ham!


73, Kevin KK4BFN
NFL Section Manager
ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio™
kk4bfn@arrl.org (will be active as of July 1st)
kk4bfn@gmail.com (currently active)

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