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 •  Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to House Passage 

 •  New FCC Chairman Praises Amateur Radio Parity Act  

 •  Florida QSO Party April 29-30, 2017 


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

•  The NFARES NET ROSTER FEBRUARY 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 January 2017  are now available thanks to Tom Housworth KI0JO.

February Section Manager’s Message

Greetings North Florida Hams!

HamCation is almost here!

Our Section’s biggest event – the Orlando HamCation on February 10, 11 & 12 – is just about here!

As usual, I will host a Section Forum in HIPPS 3 at the Lakeside Pavilion (usual place) starting at 11:15 am, for about an hour; Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt W4OZK and Southeastern Division Vice Director Joey Tiritilli N4ZUW will also be there.  Stop by and say “Hello”!!  I’ll also be at the ARRL booth, helping with Card Checking and welcoming folks to HamCation; I will be there all three days.  While a bit “brisk” as of this writing (it’s 46 degrees!) here’s to hoping for Chamber of Commerce weather for the entire event!  For more information – http://www.hamcation.com/   Come on out the largest Hamfest in the Southeast!  This is ALWAYS a great event!  Meet old friends, make new friends, and mingle!  The Orlando Amateur Radio Club puts on a class act!

For those of you that contest, I have been fortunate to sneak in a few hours here and there for some of the recent ‘tests.  I was duly impressed this past Saturday night during the CQ World Wide 160M CW Contest – the band was quiet and lots of signals!  I worked several new states/DXCC entities into the log.  I snuck in a few minutes in the NAQP CW Contest, and NAQCC sprints.  Conditions have not been so good (like where ARE those sunspots?) but every now and then, the deserving get a glimpse of what propagation is!

The EmComm front has been largely quiet since our visit from Hurricane Matthew back in October.  This past weekend saw some anticipated concerns, but not of real consequence.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

Anyone going to Dayton this year?  I am planning on it, absolutely HAVE to see the new site.  More on this trip in a few months.

Hope to see you at HamCation!  No plans for any meetings or Hamfest travel in February or March.  Hoping to schedule some visits staring in April.  As always, I am just an e-mail or phone call away!

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™

→  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.

  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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