Florida Hamfest/Convention Calendar and Operating Events

Activities in the Northern Florida Section are listed in bold

If you don’t find your local hamfest or activity listed here, contact the webmaster at the email address on the bottom of this page.  Find more information at the ARRL Hamfest Calendar.

Silver Springs Radio Club – Perry Field Event

SSRC Perry Field Event

SSRC Perry Field Event

The club picnic was on April 8, 2017.  Carl Berry KC5CMX sent these photos of the operating position and antenna for the event.

Amateur Radio Testing Sessions

Milton, Florida — Testing will be held on a WALK IN basis on the 2nd Thursday of every other month. Testing will be held on February 9, April 13, June 8, August 10, October 12, and December 14, 2017.

The location is West Florida Hospital Rehabilitation Institute at 8383 N. Davis Hwy. Testing will begin at 6:30 PM. Please bring a gov’t issued picture ID and $15.00 CASH for the testing. If you are up-grading you will need a copy of your current license or CSCE if you have recently tested.

The Rehab Center is located at the far right end of the Hospital complex if looking at the complex from N. Davis Hwy. The Rehab Center is located closer to Johnson and N. Davis. The Rehab Center is located at the blue pin

Submitted by Robert Speser, NB8S

Additional locations are listed in the QST NFL Newsletter under FCC Testing Information.  

Field Day   

The objective of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25.  For more information, visit the ARRL Field Day page.  The Field Day Site Locator page is now active.

NADXA (100/30) Challenge

NADXAThe NADXA (100/30) Challenge is just that, a personal challenge not a contest. It happens 4 times a year — March, July, October, and again in January.

Work 100 Countries, Islands or Entities within 30 days of the Month (January, March, July, and October)  submit the log to or by the 15th of the following month. QSL’s are not needed as we go by the honor system. (If you cheat you only cheat yourself). You can work CW, SSB, RTTY or digital (psk-31). It will be posted on the NADXA website.

More information can be found on the NADXA website.

What is JOTA? —  Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million–the largest Scouting event in the world.

Modern technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without leaving home. JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some operators use television or computer-linked communications.

Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. A change in policy from previous years, there is no set time for the start or end. Since it isn’t a contest, there’s no designating starting point. When your station is ready to go, get on the air and make contacts. You’ll have the whole weekend!


Boy Scouts Announce 2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme

Scouting’s World Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) Team has announced the theme for this fall’s JOTA-JOTI event: “60 Years Connecting Scouts.” The 2017 theme recognizes the event’s beginnings in 1957 and commemorates its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels activated this coming October. In addition to Amateur Radio, those channels include internet-based channels and other internet-based options, including social media, ScoutLink, IRC chat services, Skype, and more.

“It also recognizes the goal of the event — connecting Scouts so that they can engage in conversations with other Scouts across town and around the world,” said JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND. “This allows them to discover geographic and cultural differences and similarities. Plus, they are exposed to the technology that makes all this happen.”

The JOTA-JOTI logo contest is about to start. Plans for 2017 include a simplified registration system. According to the World JOTA-JOTI Report 2016, more than 1 million Scouters in 156 countries and at 33,000+ locations took part in JOTA-JOTI last fall. The numbers for US participants were 10,700 for JOTA and 560 for JOTI. Wilson said there was a problem integrating those statistics into the final report.

Suwannee County Fair March 2017  

Ham Radio Demonstration

The Suwannee ARC had two stations working as N4SVC/P at the fair for 9 days to introduce the public to ham radio.  The club used a DVD video to explain the hobby and provided ARRL handouts.  The goal was to get people interested in ham radio, plus come out to their club for a visit and maybe become a member.  Don’t forget the Suwannee ARCtailgate/hamfest on May 20, 2017 in Welborn, FL.

Information provided by Bill Preen W4NQP.


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