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ARRL Sections - Northern Florida

Northern Florida

Northern Florida

Contact Information

Section Name:
Northern Florida
Contact:
Stephen W. Szabo WB4OMM
Daytime Phone:
386-566-2085
Email:
wb4omm@arrl.org

Basic Information

Division:
Southeastern
Description:

June 1 2015

I hope this message finds you well and active in the greatest hobby/public service pastime in the world…ham radio!

This month’s NFL Newsletter is available on the NFL Web Page.  The new look of the NFL Web Page is great!  http://arrl-nfl.org/  Take a look around!!  East to navigate and lots of information!

A few new appointments.  Welcome to John Blaisdell W4CJB, New EC of Walton County; and Douglas Stewart KI4NAD appointed as a new Official Observer for NFL. Congrats to both of you and good luck!

Our Section participated in the May 20th Florida Statewide Hurricane Exercise (some folks exercised on April 29th, some May 30th).  Why exercise?  To test plans, train folks, and prepare.  So how’d we do?  From all reports, the exercise was a resounding success.  Why? Because we found out some things didn’t work!  (And THAT ladies and gentlemen, is why we exercise!) .  Strait Hollis KT4YA has received about 15 reports, if you participated and have not done so yet, please get your report to him. 

·         Initial Exercise Observations: 

o   The morning 80M net had poor, if any use (noise, propagation).  As such, Net Manager Mac W4RNG has already requested using the 40M frequency that seems better.  We’ll keep all informed as we go. 

o   The Orange City SARNet repeater is down, excluding many counties from using it (including yours truly in Volusia County!!)

o   Some messages using WinLink2K did not go through.

o   We could use some message handling training.

o   WE ALL LEARNED SOMETHING!!  (most important)

o   WE HAD GREAT NUMBERS IN THE SECTION PARTICIAPATE (even more important!!)

·         An After Action Report/Improvement Plan will be distributed as soon as we can get one finalized, but no later than the end of July.

  • IF YOUR ARES GROUP OR CLUB IS OUT FOR FIELD DAY PLEASE SEND A SHORT BLURB TO FLOYD LARCK KK3Q OUR NFL NEWSLETTER EDITOR!  ORGANIZATION NAME, LOCATION, CALL SIGN IS A GOOD START.  HIS E-MAIL ADDRESS IS:    hamradio@kk3q.net

The new ARRL ARES Manual is out!  If you have not reviewed it, here is the link to download an electronic copy:   http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/ARES/ARESmanual2015.pdf

Field Day is this month – and today is the start of Hurricane Season.  Get prepared! Get on the air!  HAVE FUN!!!

See you at a club meeting or on the air!  Stay safe, and stay hydrated!

73!

Steve Szabo WB4OMM

NFL Section Manager

 

 

Links:
NFL Section Webpage

Northern Florida Officials

  • Stephen Szabo

    Section Manager

    Stephen W. Szabo WB4OMM

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  • Edward Biederwolf

    Assistant Section Manager

    Edward A. Biederwolf W9CHA

  • L Hollis

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    L Strait Hollis KT4YA

  • Donna Barker

    Assistant Section Manager

    Donna J. Barker WQ4M

  • Patricia Steinberg

    Assistant Section Manager

    Patricia A. Steinberg KB2EV

  • John Reynolds

    Assistant Section Manager

    John C. Reynolds W4IJJ

  • Stephen Barber

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Stephen W. Barber WA4B

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  • Don Duckett

    Section Traffic Manager

    Don A. Duckett N9MN

  • Joseph Bushel

    Assistant Section Manager

    Joseph D. Bushel W2DWR

  • Rick Lloyd

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Rick A. Lloyd AA4W

  • Ronald Mettler

    Assistant Section Manager

    Ronald K. Mettler WB4GHU

  • Kent Hutchinson

    State Government Liaison

    Kent B. Hutchinson KC4TOC