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• Florida Statewide Policy on ARES

 ARRL Requests Your Help to Call and Write Senator Nelson about the Amateur Radio Parity Act 

• Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-Air JOTA, October 20-22, 2017

Previous Headlines are at the bottom of this page.

•  The October 2017 QST NFL Newsletter is now available thanks to editor Marty Brown WB2VYK.
•  The NFARES NET ROSTER OCTOBER 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 SEPTEMBER 2017 are now available thanks to Tom Housworth KI0JO.

October Section Manager’s Message:  

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

Hi Folks,

The obvious topics of interest are Hurricanes Irma and Maria.    Please keep those folks Puerto Rico in your thoughts and prayers.  That could have been us.  Stay aware and prepared.  Have a plan!!!

As I have time to “recover”, I will go through the hundreds of messages, e-mails, reports, and try to come up with a composite of Hurricane Irma with necessary changes in our plans if necessary.  I will get this out to all as soon as I can.

I will be meeting with the WCF and SFL Section Managers and ARRL HQ Staff at the Melbourne Hamfest in two weeks (October 13 and 14).  Hope you can attend this great event and support our folks in SFL!

Lotsa’ contests in the immediate future….and while propagation is not great, the contests are!  Look here for a schedule of contests and activities:  http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/contestcal.html.

Also the Simulated Emergency Test is next week, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, more info is here:  http://www.arrl.org/news/get-with-the-set-arrl-simulated-emergency-test-set-fall-classic-just-ahead .  My guidance for the SET?  LOCAL!!!!  Work with your local partners, shore up, strengthen, or initiate relationships with our served agencies.    RESTOCK, REPLENISH, REVIEW!  With Irma gone, you may have used items that are stored for use – and now is a good time to replace those items used, and maintain your equipment!  Yes, now is great time to get that generator serviced, buy water and fresh batteries, make arrangements for you and your family should another storm/event appear.  Don’t wait until there is a CAT 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin to go do that stuff!

Check out our fabulous NFL Section Web Page and read our spectacular Newsletter (October issue) QST NFL.

I don’t have any planned visits for this month, but then again, who knows, I may just show up somewhere!

Keep vigilant on the weather and Happy Halloween!

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


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


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Previous Headlines:

Below is a list of previous 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.

•  Section Manager Message – Tropical Storm Nate, October 6, 2017
•  CODB Tropical Storm Nate #8A Final Advisory, October 6, 2017
•  ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), October 7-8, 2017
•  Amateur Radio Volunteers Aiding Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
•  NFL Section Manager – Volunteers Needed Sep 14, 2017
•  NFL Section Manager Report – Level 1 Activation Cancelled
•  Hurricane Irma Information
•  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, 2017 
•  Start of Hurricane Season 2017
•  Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated for DXCC 
•  Armed Forces Day Crossband Test – May 13, 2017
•  *EXERCISE*  FL Hurricane Exercise – May 1, 2017
• *EXERCISE*  FL Hurricane Exercise – April 28, 2017
• *EXERCISE*  FL State EOC Information – April 28, 2017
• *EXERCISE* FL Hurricane Exercise – April 27, 2017
• *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, 2016
•  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, 2016
•  Section Manager Weather Guidance – Sept 12, 2016
•  Hurricane Hermine Information
•  FEMA Webinar on August 22, 2016
•  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, 2016.  Don’t miss it!
•  National Parks on the Air is in full swing!
•  Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (Updated for 2017)
•  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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