Welcome to the ARRL NFL Section…!


•  Hurricane Matthew Information

•  Amateur Radio Parity Act 

•  NFL Section Manager Urges Support for ARPA


•  The October 2016 QST NFL Newsletter is now available thanks to editor Marty Brown WB2VYK.

•  The NFARES Net Roster October 2016  (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 September 2016 are now available thanks to Tom Housworth KI0JO.

October Section Manager’s Message

Good Day to You! I hope this message finds you enjoying the Greatest Hobby and Service in the World!

The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is here!  This Saturday/Sunday, October 1st and 2ndhttp://www.arrl.org/news/view/get-set-for-the-set-arrl-2016-simulated-emergency-test-is-october-1-2-weekend .  The SET is a locally operated exercise to help with skill and relationship building with local served agencies.  I encourage all groups to locally “activate” and test equipment and plans.

Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Big Bend/Tallahassee area a few weeks ago.  While the After Action analysis is still in progress, based on the news releases, comments from public safety officials, and the local reports from the ARES leadership, it appears we did very well in our efforts.  A few issues that came up (no HF propagation for one!) will be addressed in a future document to all involved.  But from where I sit, we did not overreact, did not freelance, did not embarrass our service.  We did work with our local served agencies, we did figure out what was needed (and we provided it when asked) and we did make a positive, professional image.  THANK YOU to all that worked (and may be still working) during this event.

STAY SAFE!  Keep monitoring your local news, NHC, NWS, or whatever to be up-to-date on the storm out there.   We still have two more months of Hurricane Season left!

I was able to visit the Gainesville ARS for an evening, and spend a day with the great folks in Pensacola at the Five Flags Hamfest, great stuff by great people!!!  I enjoyed both visits, and as always appreciate the warm and friendly reception! My only scheduled visit for the month of October is the Melbourne Hamfest, Oct 22 & 23
http://www.pcars.org/hamfest/2016/ .

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


73, Steve WB4OMM

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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.

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

•  Hurricane Hermine After Action Report Request

•  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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