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Northern Florida

Northern Florida

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Northern Florida
Stephen W. Szabo WB4OMM
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April 1 2016

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

The current issue of the NFL Newsletter (another spectacular issue!!) is available on the NFL Webpage  - feel free to distribute this as widely as possible!  Thank you Marty and John for the excellent work you do!! 

Here is the NFL Web Page Address:   Thank you Bert for the excellent work you do too!

And here is the Web Page Newsletter Address:

The “National Parks on the Air” continues – my local group participated on March 19th and many other locals activated parks in the NFL Section during March, with more to come.  Details of this operating event are at: .  Be a “chaser” or be an “activator” …have fun!

Some new appointments – A hearty “Welcome” to John Greiner KJ4YPZ the newly appointed EC for Gilchrist County, and Bud Sinor KA3OGG newly appointed EC for Nassau County.  Thanks to both for “stepping up to the plate” - please support these folks in their new positions.  A BIG THANK YOU to Dave Gilliam K4DFG in Gilchrist County and  Eric Anderson W4SFA in Nassau County for their many years at the helm.  Next month’s message should announce more appointments to vacant spots.

The nomination process for the NFL Section Manager has closed, with no candidate applicants.  As such, the ARRL has notified me that I am “re-elected” for another 2 year term ending June 30, 2018.  I continue to value your support  and partnership.  I will continue to expend every effort to make the NFL Section efficient, effective, and friendly!

Still looking!!  We have several positions that have had long time folks “doing the job” for extended periods of time or are now vacant; and some are looking to “retire” or have already indicated they are willing to “vacate” one a suitable replacement is available.  Here’s the list: 

  • Affiliated Club Coordinator – Steve Barber WA4B has done great stuff with this position, but is ready for some well-deserved rest!  He is willing to remain in an “assistant” capacity but would like someone who can spend the time to work with our numerous clubs all over the section.  It entails contacting Affiliated Clubs, maintaining coordination with the Newsletters, nets, special events, activities and the like.  The position description is here:
  • State Government Liaison – Currently vacant, the previous occupant did not want to continue when I took office 18 months ago.  This position might require a trip to Tallahassee from time to time so someone in that region (or within 120 miles or so) would be best suited.  The positon description is here:  (IMPORTANT:  THIS POSITION ALSO REPRESENTS THE WCF AND SFL SECTIONS!)
  • Public Information Coordinator- Also vacant.  Coordinates PIO efforts with other PIOs in the Section,  The position description is here:
  • Section Youth Coordinator –  Also vacant.  I would hope for someone already working with youth organizations, Boy/Girl Scouts, faith-based organizations and the like.   Also supports Kids Day, Jamboree on the Air, etc. activities.  The position description is here: 


My scheduled visits to Hamfests and “tailgates”, club and ARES meetings  for April:

Saturday April 2nd, The Jacksonville Radio Free Flea

Wednesday April 6th, Orlando Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday April 13th, Daytona Beach CERT Amateur Radio Team

Friday, April 15th, NAQCC Florida Chapter, Holly Hill

The Statewide Hurricane Exercise Amateur Radio ARES participation has been tentatively scheduled for May 18th.  More information will be provided in the next few weeks to the ARES folks.  The State has included Amateur Radio support in this year’s exercise, and a simple message sent to the State EOC via HF or SARNet is the challenge for every county group. 

Speaking of EMComm, the NFL Section ARES Communications Plan has been revised and updated.  It is in the review process and will be distributed/posted with ample time for familiarization before the Statewide Exercise.  It is reduced in size, includes updated technologies/modes, and better supports local operations and management.  It aligns with the DHS/FEMA direction of “all emergencies are local” and is now NIMS compliant.

Field Day will be here before you know it!  Start your planning process now!! 

For you Contesters, the Florida QSO Party is on April 30th & May 1st.

For you DX hounds, the VKØEK Heard Island DXpedition is in full operation – go work a new one!

As always, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.  Without you, nothing else happens, and nothing else matters.

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
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