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•  NFL Section Manager – Volunteers Needed Sep 14, 2017

 NFL Section Manager Report – Level 1 Activation Cancelled

  Hurricane Irma Information

•  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).


Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day Holiday!

Get involved, get active, get happy!  Stay safe, get on the air, and have fun!!


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Steve Szabo WB4OMM
NFL Section Manager
ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio™


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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.

•  Hurricane Irma
•  A Message from ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR 
•  Contact Your Senator Today – Support the Amateur Radio Parity Act…! 
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate 
•  ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534
•  NFL Section Manager Message – Hurricane Harvey
•  Silver Springs Radio Club Field Day
•  Silver Springs Radio Club Field Day on WOCA
•  Clay County ARES and Orange Park ARC Field Day on WJAX
•  Field Day Activities 2017
•  Gov. Rick Scott Declares Amateur Radio Week
•  ARRL Field Day – June 24-25 
•  Start of Hurricane Season 2017
•  Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated for DXCC 
•  Armed Forces Day Crossband Test – May 13
•  *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
•   Florida QSO Party – April 29-30, 2017
• CQ FL HAMS – FQP 2017 Announcement
•  Florida QSO Party – Seeking Mobile Participants
•  Club Log is Now a Logbook of The World Trusted Partner
•  Florida State Parks on the Air – April 1, 2017
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to House Passage 
•  New FCC Chairman Praises Amateur Radio Parity Act
•  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Kills Amateur Radio Parity Act in 2016 
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Reintroduced in US House of Representatives
•  Santa Claus is on the Air…!
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act – Last Call
•  Urge the US Senate to pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act
•  Silver Springs Hamfest Dec 3 2016
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act
•  NFL Section Manager Urges Support for ARPA
•  Hurricane Matthew Information
•  Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air Oct 14-16
•  NFL Section Manager, Steve Szabo, Revises ARES Structure and Procedures
•  Gov. Rick Scott Declares Amateur Radio Week in Florida
•  After Action Report Request Sep 6 2016
•  ARRL/TAPR Conference Sept 16-18
•  Section Manager Weather Guidance – Sept 12
•  Hurricane Hermine Information
•  FEMA Webinar on August 23
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act Receives Favorable House Energy and Commerce Committee Report
•  Contact Senator Nelson to Request Support for the Amateur Radio Parity Act
•  Hurricane Kimo Exercise 2016
•  Field Day is June 25 – 25.  Don’t miss it!
•  National Parks on the Air is in full swing!
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015
•  The Florida QSO Party (Updated for 2017)
•  Heard Island and Juan de Nova DXpeditions Head Into Final Push
•  The Orlando 2016 HamCation and ARRL National Convention. What a great time!
•  Read about HamCation 2016 (Updated for 2017)
•  ARRL National Convention and Banquet in Orlando
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Sponsors
•  “Clarity on Parity” — The Video
•  Watch the “Clarity on Parity” Video
•  ARRL Clarifies the Amateur Radio Parity Act
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 – H.R. 1301
•  Amateur Radio Week Proclamation 2015 from Governor Rick Scott
•  Florida Hurricane Exercise Story from The ARES E-Letter

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