- Section Name:
- Southern Florida
- Jeff Beals
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
Southern Florida Section Contact Information
Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW 561-252-6707 email@example.com
Affiliated Club Coordinator Steve Lowman, N4SGL firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Observer Coordinator Al Flapan, KN4FA email@example.com
Assistant OOC Marshall Paisner, K4MAP firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant OOC Harry Newell, N3HN email@example.com
Public Information Coordinator Dan Fisher, AI4GK firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant PIC Sherri Brower, W4STB email@example.com
Section Emergency Coordinator Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant SEC Jeff Beals, WA4AW email@example.com
Section Traffic Manager Mike Sanner, KM2V firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Webmaster Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT email@example.com
Section Youth Coordinator Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM-Youth Activities Tom Loughney, AJ4XM email@example.com
State Government Liasion Sherri Brower, W4STB firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Coordinator Don Drennon, N4TZH email@example.com
District Assistant Section Managers
District Emergency Coordinators
Gold Coast District Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties
Asst. SM Marty Falk, KI4IQZ firstname.lastname@example.org
District EC Jeff Beals, WA4AW email@example.com
Treasure Coast District Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties
District EC Steve Lowman, N4SGL firstname.lastname@example.org
Space Coast District Brevard & Osceola Counties
ASM/DEC Ray Kassis, N4LEM email@example.com
Gulf Coast District Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties
ASM/DEC Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ firstname.lastname@example.org
SFL ARES NM Thom Street, N5KFR email@example.com
Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments
Broward County Marty Falk, KI4IQZ ASM, Gold Coast
Mike Sanner, KM2V STM
Hendry County Gary Striker, KB4K TS
Indian River County Sherri Brower, W4STB SGL & Asst. PIC
Lee County Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ SEC & ASM, Gulf Coast
Steve Smith, W9GPI EC
Palm Beach County Rick Byrnes, KJ4ZHO LGL
Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL SYC
Tom Loughney, AJ4XM ASM-Youth Activities
Al Maslin, N3EA TS
EC-001 Graduates Barry Porter, KB1PA
Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV
Wayne Ledder, W1EWL
Lisa Lindner, KK4CIE
Jamey Nealy, KM4AED
Gary Webster, N1PZB
EC-016 Graduates Barry Porter, KB1PA
PR-101 Graduates Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV
Jeff Beals, WA4AW
Barry Porter, KB1PA
Gary Webster, N1PZB
“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress
Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the just-adjourned 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in January. Introduced with bipartisan support last June, H.R. 4969 called on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption currently applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions or CC&Rs — without direction from Congress. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, this week stressed that the fight is not over.
“While we are disappointed that the bill did not make it through the process during the session, the effort was extremely energized by the efforts of thousands of ARRL members who participated in our grassroots lobbying effort,” Henderson said. “In just 6 short months we gained tremendous traction for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.”
Henderson explained that sometime after the new Congress is called into session in January, a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill with a new number will be introduced into the US House. “Once this happens, the ARRL will gear up for a fresh effort to push this legislation forward,” he added.
In a note to ARRL Section Managers this week, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, thanked Section leaders and Field Organization volunteers on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors and Headquarters staff for their help in garnering legislative support for H.R. 4969. “We had hoped to gain 30 co-sponsors for the bill and ultimately ended up with 69, plus the sponsor,” Sumner noted. “The overwhelming majority of these 70 supporters are returning in January, which gives us a good base on which to grow additional support.”
Sumner said the objective for 2015 is to continue the momentum, gathering enough support to move the bill through the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We have received expressions of interest from the Senate side and are hoping to have the bill introduced there as well,” he added.
Henderson said the bill would not have attained its current level of support in the US House without the thousands of letters and phone calls made by ARRL members to their congressional representatives. “The success of this crucial issue relies on the efforts of all radio amateurs and ARRL members,” he said. “We know you will step forward in the new year, when we renew our efforts on Capitol Hill.”
Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Invites Scholarship Applications
The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) invites applications for the Amateur Radio-related scholarships it administers. These academic awards are sponsored by individuals and by Amateur Radio clubs across the US. The FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. For 2015 FAR is administering 67 scholarships worth an aggregate $125,500. The list includes 36 Quarter Century Wireless Association scholarships worth a total of $77,000 for 2015 (these require a recommendation from a QCWA member). Individual awards range from $500 to $5000. Applications are due by March 30, 2015.
The preferred method to apply is to enter the required information into the electronic form on the FAR website. Information entered on the form goes directly into an encrypted, password-protected PDF file that is available only to the review committee. Raw data are not stored online. Applicants will have an opportunity to print their applications and to edit them.
The application cannot be downloaded and completed, however. Applicants who are unable or unwilling to use the online application should contact Dave Prestel, W8AJR. FAR may be able to provide an alternate form of the application.
Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted but are not required; it is preferred that these documents be scanned into PDF files, if they are to be submitted via e-mail. Schools that prefer to mail paper copies should send them to FAR Scholarships, PO Box 911, Columbia, MD 21044.
FAR’s scholarship program is one of the largest for Amateur Radio licensees in the US. The organization’s purpose is to further Amateur Radio in all of its various facets.
Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award
The Boy Scouts of America’s National Awards and Recognition Committee has officially recognized the ARRL “Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award” as part of its family of Community Organization awards. The ARRL award recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and valuable Amateur Radio experience. This program allows Scouting leaders to wear the Community Organization Award square knot on their uniform, in recognition of their service within their community organization.
“This is yet another step in ARRL-BSA cooperation, one that will recognize the Scouting leaders who have worked tirelessly to introduce the science, technology, fun, and excitement of Amateur Radio to the youth involved in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing,” the Boy Scouts organization said in announcing its formal recognition of the League award.
This award was officially established through a resolution adopted by the ARRL Board at its 2013 Annual Meeting. It builds on the long relationship between the BSA and ARRL that began with the development of the Wireless Merit Badge in 1918 — now the Radio Merit Badge. This relationship was formally recognized through a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (view a video of the signing.
Nominations for the Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award are made through the appropriate ARRL Section Manager. A nominee must meet five of 10 requirements. The requirements range from teaching the Radio Merit Badge to participating in the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), to providing communications support for Scouting events. Scout leaders cannot nominate themselves.
Currently 18 other organizations are included within the BSA’s Community Organization Award program.
ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 100 Million QSL Records!
The ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW) online “card-less” contact-confirmation service this week recorded a new milestone — 100 million QSL records out of some 630 million uploaded contacts. That’s an increase of more than 18 million QSL records since the end of last year. First described conceptually in the October 2001 QST “It Seems to Us…” editorial, Logbook of The World launched in September 2003. Since then, it has become an accepted Amateur Radio institution — perhaps not at the same level of traditional QSL cards, but close and gaining. The 100 million contact confirmations, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, pointed out, is the equivalent of 200 million QSL cards.
“If placed end to end, that many QSLs would reach more than 17,000 miles — not quite all the way around the world, but enough to qualify as a ‘long-path’ QSO,” he quipped. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, pointed out that using LoTW can mean a considerable saving in postage for DXers and others over the expense of exchanging QSL cards.
LoTW was an instant success. Within 2 weeks of its debut, the service already had some 2200 registered users and had confirmed some 51,000 contacts out of more than 8 million uploaded. The number of users today number more than 72,000 — up by nearly 10,000 this year alone.
Over LoTW’s 11-year lifetime, many logging programs have incorporated features to enable them to interface smoothly with LoTW. Several awards programs, starting with the ARRL DX Century Club (DXCC) award, now rely largely on LoTW to determine whether an applicant has met the award’s requirements. It’s also made it easier for award seekers to track their progress. LoTW is the primary means to confirm ARRL Centennial QSO Party contacts. The service also supports VUCC, WAS, and WPX.
LoTW is open to all; ARRL membership is not required in order to use LoTW. Applying for a digital certificate is the first step toward taking advantage of the system. The digital certificate authenticates the user's identity. The digital certificate is free, and LoTW only charges when users apply credits toward an award.
Once they have registered and have a valid certificate, users can digitally sign log uploads via the Internet. If the information in a submitted QSO matches the information submitted to LoTW by the other station, LoTW credits both operators and will display the submitted QSO as confirmed.
A call sign certificate authenticates a specific, registered user as the source of each submitted contact, and other users may not see information submitted by other operators. This combination maintains the integrity of the contact verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards programs.
Visit our SFL Section Website
Surf to www.sflarrl.org to get additional info about our section & it's activities. Take a look at the site and if information about your county is missing or outdated, ask your EC or Club President to send the information to our Webmaster, Bill, N4BKT. His email is support@avatava.NET
If you need more detail on Section officials and District & County Emergency Coordinators go to www.sflarrl.org.
Please check the Affiliated Club listing and update the contact name, phone number, e-mail and web site address. You won't get new club members is your club can't be contacted and the meeting sites can't be located. Also, be sure to appoint a club PIO in order to have local media outlets contacted for meeting dates and club events.
Hamfests and Free Fleas
Any hamfest, no matter what size may request ARRL sanctioning. Please see: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/hamfests/rules.html for hamfest and convention rules
See: http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/checkers.html for the list of ARRL awards checkers. If you wish to have an awards checker at your hamfest these arrangements must be made by the hamfest committee and the cards checker.
If you wish to have cards checked at a location other than a hamfest contact the card checkers directly
*** for details on submitting cards for DXCC awards go to: http://www.freewebs.com/fecdx/dxcccardchecking.htm
"A great hamfest is usually one that you find something you wanted or something you thought you would never see," says Bill, W2CQ.
01/16/2015 | Southwest Florida Regional Hamfest
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club
01/23/2015 | Puerto Rico State Convention
Location: Hatillo, PR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Puerto Rico AR League, Caribbean AR Group & Hatillo Municipality
01/30/2015 | 2015 Miami Tropical Hamboree
Location: Miami, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Dade Radio Club of Miami
Location: Orlando, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC)
03/14/2015 | Palm Beach County Hamfest
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Palms West Amateur Radio Club
Location: Stuart, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Martin County Amateur Radio Association
Section policy has been and will continue to be: if health, family or work matters interfere with an appointee performing the duties of the appointment he/she may step aside without hard feelings and may apply for an appointment at a later date when the other matters are settled.
Amateur radio in many areas receives a lot of favorable press and praise from government officials for their work during and after the storms. Why? Because there were PIOs (Public Information Officers) working with ARES to get the information out in real time and the PIOs were available to the media. Where does your ARES group stand in this area?
Need to know who your ARES® Emergency Coordinator is? When the traffic nets are held? Hamfests throughout the area? How to complete the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) report? Go to: www.sflarrl.org
Need traffic handling procedures? Need information about ARES® and RACES functions? Can't find information on your individual traffic count for your Station Activity Report? Go to: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/index.html
I will be happy to mail traffic handling information to anyone interested... Just ask. de KM2V@arrl.net
SFAN (Saturday at 8AM local, 3.940MHz ), Net Manager is Thom, N5KFR.
All ECs are encouraged to check into these nets or send an OES representative if you cannot join the net. All ARES members are welcome to join the nets.
If your weekly net and local repeater has IRLP or Echolink check-in available please let Mike, KM2V and us know. Also advise the ARES EC in your county and the neighboring counties. This information could be useful during disasters.
If you are going out of town for more than a few days when the season is quiet or more than 48 hours with a system beginning, please notify your local EC. Time is of the essence when a phone tree is activated or when members are phoned after they do not check into a resource net. And, especially if you can't deploy to a shelter or to another area, please offer your time to phone members, enter logs into a database, provide route directions, or other at-home activities. Everyone can do something.
Check into a net - better to learn how now than during a disaster!
FMSN (FL Medium Speed CW Net) 3.651 Daily 6:30 PM
QFN (All FL CW Traffic Net) 3.547 Daily 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM
FAST (FL Amateur Sideband Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 6:00 PM
FMTN (FL Midday Traffic Net 7.242 Daily 12:00 Noon
FPTN (Friendly Florida Phone Traffic Net -- 3.940 Daily 6:55 AM
NFAN (North FL ARES Net) 3.950 M-S 9:00 AM
NFPN (North FL Phone Net) 3.950 Daily 5:30 PM Winter 6:30 PM Summer
SFAN (South FL ARES Net) 3.940 Sat 8:00 AM
TPTN (Tropical Phone Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 5:00 PM
SEFTN (Southeast FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.610- Daily 6:00 PM
SWFTN (Southwest FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.685 M-S 10:00 AM
http://wx4j.com -- A great place to check for other ARES/NTS info
Does your club have a Publicity Chairperson? Is there a Public Information Officer for your ARES group? Are these people actively promoting amateur radio on an ongoing basis and are they known at the EOC by the county or city PIO? For more information read the e-magazine "Contact", at www.arrl.org/pio. For more info, contact our PIC, Dan Fisher, AI4GK at firstname.lastname@example.org
Say Hello to your world with Amateur Radio. Get on the air, talk up ham radio, be an Elmer to a new ham & support your local club and ARES group.
Southern Florida Officials
Section ManagerJeff Beals WA4AW
Assistant Section ManagerMartin J. Falk KI4IQZ
Assistant Section ManagerRay Kassis N4LEM
Assistant Section ManagerTom Loughney AJ4XM
Official Observer CoordinatorAlbert Flapan KN4FA
Affiliated Club CoordinatorStephen G. Lowman N4SGL
State Government LiaisonSharon Brower W4STB
Technical CoordinatorDonald P. Drennon N4TZH
Assistant Section Manager,Lawrence W. Zimmer W4LWZ
Section Emergency Coordinator
Section Traffic ManagerMichael D. Sanner KM2V
Public Info CoordinatorDan Fisher AI4GK
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