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 Silver Springs Radio Club Field Day on WOCA

•  Clay County ARES and Orange Park ARC Field Day on WJAX

•  Gov. Rick Scott Declares Amateur Radio Week 


•  The June 2017 QST NFL Newsletter is now available thanks to editor Marty Brown WB2VYK.

•  The NFARES NET ROSTER JUNE 2017 (download) is now available thanks to Mac McArdle W4NFG.

•  The North Florida SEC DEC EC September 1 2016 is now available thanks to Strait Hollis KT4YA.

•  The Northern Florida STM Reports for MAY 2017  are now available thanks to Tom Housworth KI0JO.

June Section Manager’s Message:
Greetings North Florida Hams!  Welcome to the GREATEST HOBBY IN THE WORLD!
Wow, I had a busy month in May!

As I am still the EOC and EM fella at the City of Daytona Beach, I ran two seminars, two workshops, and a citywide hurricane tabletop exercise for my City; plus, attended the Volusia County Hurricane Tabletop and After-Action workshop exercises, and the Statewide Hurricane Exercise.  Lotsa’ hurricane prep items on the desk….along with planning for the Coke Zero 400 and a Shriner’s Convention in July!  Two trips to the University of Central Florida in Orlando; one locally for the University of Phoenix.  Started delivering a face-to-face UCF course, and taking an online UCF faculty development course.  Mother’s Day!


I was at the OARC (Orlando) club meeting on May 3rd……..as usual, had a blast!  Always enjoy this group’s meetings (they have good doughnuts and coffee…….<grin>).  I also got to see the HamCation folks and some of the club officers in Xenia as they were up there to “scope out” Hamvention. Friday night I had dinner with these excellent folks and truly enjoyed being with them!  OARC and its members are a Class Act!  Thank you for treating me so well.

I made the trip to Xenia, Ohio for the 2017 Dayton Hamvention in its new digs at the Greene County Fairgrounds & the Four Days in May (FDIM) CW/QRP gathering in Fairborn, Ohio during the same time frame.  I only did Vendor night and the banquet for FDIM but saw quite a few nice folks.

So…..Xenia and Hamvention.  Let it suffice to say, DARA’s Hamvention has some “issues” to work out! But in fairness, a smaller location, new site, new everything presents many new and unanticipated challenges!  With time I’m sure they will get everything worked out.  (For a line by line synopsis, go to my web page and review my Dayton Hamvention post – www.wb4omm.com).

While at Hamvention, I attended the ARRL Forum.  ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher and ARRL President Rick Roderick both spoke.  And to these two presentations, I must provide you the summary and comment.

I was impressed with both of these gents.  Particularly with the statements that we need to re-evaluate how to keep our new licensees and maintain our position in the radio “spectrum”.  Technology has changed, America and how we communicate has changed, and the World and how we communicate has changed.  And while both of these fellas made it clear that we are always in a “state of transition” as radio amateurs, they both kept it positive.  I really liked Tom’s analogy of “bricks”.  You build a building one brick at a time.  That individual brick (size, shape, strength, density, ability to withstand pressure) is paramount.  It is the ‘bedrock”.  With all of the other bricks it defines our ability to survive.  Each ham (especially the new folks) are like bricks; when “made right” they support our hobby in a positive way.  When ignored or treated poorly, they are “lost” or become “unusable”.  Both Tom and Rick asked everyone in the audience to, “pick up a brick”.  I support that request and encourage ALL OF YOU READING THIS TO GO OUT AND PICK UP A BRICK.  Go out and mentor a new ham, encourage an interested person to get licensed, introduce a friend or acquaintance to a new mode or facet of the hobby.  Do something new.  Learn something new.  Get better at something you know and SHARE IT.  The analogy wasn’t lost on me. It makes perfect sense.  We need to change.  We need to “survive”.

I hope to see you soon and say, “Hi” face-to-face!  And a reminder…..wildfires are already here, and hurricane season starts today, so get prepared and get ready!  It appears this may be an active season.

Some upcoming events….

Field Day is this month, June 24-25.  Get out there and get experience!  Invite new folks, try new modes.  Make sure you advertise and send in reports on your operations.  I am waiting on Governor Scott’s office to send me the Florida State Proclamation for Amateur Radio Week……I hope to get it soon, and will forward/post it as soon as I get it.

The Milton Hamfest is July 7th and 8th. Get more info at: http://www.miltonarc.org/MiltonAmetuerRadio-Flyers.pdf

Read our spectacular June issue of the QST NFL Newsletter.

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.

• 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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