- Section Name:
- Southern Florida
- Jeff Beals
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Southern Florida Section Contact Information
Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW 561-252-6707 firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliated Club Coordinator Steve Lowman, N4SGL email@example.com
Official Observer Coordinator Al Flapan, KN4FA firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant OOC Marshall Paisner, K4MAP email@example.com
Assistant OOC Harry Newell, N3HN firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Information Coordinator Dan Fisher, AI4GK email@example.com
Assistant PIC Sherri Brower, W4STB firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Emergency Coordinator Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ email@example.com
Assistant SEC Jeff Beals, WA4AW firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Traffic Manager Mike Sanner, KM2V email@example.com
Section Webmaster Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Youth Coordinator Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL email@example.com
ASM-Youth Activities Tom Loughney, AJ4XM firstname.lastname@example.org
State Government Liasion Sherri Brower, W4STB email@example.com
Technical Coordinator Don Drennon, N4TZH firstname.lastname@example.org
District Assistant Section Managers
District Emergency Coordinators
Gold Coast District Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties
Asst. SM Marty Falk, KI4IQZ email@example.com
District EC Charlie Benn, WB2SNN firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasure Coast District Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties
District EC Steve Lowman, N4SGL email@example.com
Space Coast District Brevard & Osceola Counties
ASM/DEC Ray Kassis, N4LEM firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulf Coast District Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties
ASM/DEC Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ email@example.com
SFL ARES NM Thom Street, N5KFR firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Gary Webster, N1PZB ARES PIO
Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV PIO
Lee County Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ SEC & ASM, Gulf Coast
Steve Smith, W9GPI EC
Palm Beach County Charlie Benn, WB2SNN DEC, Gold Coast
Barry Porter, KB1PA EC
Chris Anderson, KK4ENJ EC
Chris Hite, AJ1Q OO
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
Southeastern Division Assistant Director Charles I. “Chuck” Baer, W4ROA, SK
Long-Time ARRL Southeastern Division Assistant Director Charles I. “Chuck” Baer, W4ROA, of Sunrise, Florida, died March 7 after a lengthy illness. He was 74. An ARRL member, Baer had served three ARRL Southeastern Division directors over the years.
“Chuck and I have worked together for over 30 years with local ARRL affairs,” said ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW. “He was very active in the Broward County Amateur Radio community.”
Originally licensed KN9TVA in 1959 when he was 17, Baer worked at Allied Radio in Chicago before moving to South Florida to work for Motorola at the company’s Plantation manufacturing facility.
“He led the team that produced the Amateur Radio gear for the Space Shuttle program,” said Beals. “Chuck was a founding member of the Motorola Amateur Radio Club W4MOT and served as repeater trustee for many years.” Baer retired from Motorola after nearly 3 decades of service.
Baer was a member of the South Florida DX Association, the Broward Amateur Radio Club, the Palmetto Amateur Radio Club, and the Everglades Chapter 69 of QCWA. He was active on the Southeast Florida Traffic Net. He belonged to the ARRL A-1 Operators Club and served as an ARRL Official Observer for more than 50 years in Illinois and Florida.
Survivors include his son Mark, KF4MXS. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 10, at noon, at the Star of David Memorial Gardens and Chapel, 7801 Bailey Road in North Lauderdale.
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress
"The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015" -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of legislation.
"The introduction of H.R. 1301 with so many original co-sponsors, so early in this session of Congress, is very encouraging," said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. "Several additional members of Congress already have agreed to be co-sponsors. This bill has momentum, but introduction is only the first step. Many of the next steps will be taken as ARRL members contact their US Representatives urging co-sponsorship and thanking them as they sign on to the bill."
If Congress approves the legislation, and it is signed by the president, H.R. 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and
US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-OH) introduced "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015" on March 4.
local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.
H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. The League had worked with Walden on the 2014 bill during the 113th Congress.
Among H.R. 1301 initial co-sponsors is Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT), who attended the ARRL National Centennial Convention last summer to speak with League officials and those attending the event about the earlier bill.
Craigie encouraged ARRL members to urge their US House members to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. If the House member is already a co-sponsor, call the member's local office or send an e-mail via the member's official website to express their thanks. She called on League members to encourage other hams to do the same, and to be sure to refer to the bill by its number, H.R. 1301. The ARRL has an H.R. 1301 resources page on its website
"Remember what those pile-ups on the W1AW portable stations sounded like last year?" Craigie said. "Let's be that avid in calling for even greater support in Congress for this essential legislation
REMINDER: FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIPS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL APRIL 15th THIS YEAR
2015 Scholarship Information The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., will be administering a total of 67 scholarships worth an aggregate of $125,500 for the coming academic year. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each. All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
* Hold a valid US or foreign amateur radio license, * Be enrolled, or have been accepted for enrollment, at an accredited university, college or technical school. * Applicants who attend a school located outside of the United States must enclose a brochure describing the school. * Individual scholarships may have additional requirements.
Please note that the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) will award 36 scholarships, worth a total of $75,000, All that is required to qualify for one of these awards is to obtain a recommendation from a QCWA member. Instructions for obtaining the recommendation are in the form.
This year the F A R is using a web-based application form, in lieu of the PDF form that we have used for the last two years.
A complete list of the scholarships and their requirements may be accessed at: <https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwGFyopxqmdKWU9wRnhaWEhoTUk/edit>. The 2015 FAR Scholarship application form may be accessed at: <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15EJvFzMSJNJ6YHrpVPmezFEDASu6bD406LeRpA1nUaQ/viewform>.
Number of US Amateur Radio Licensees at All-Time High
The US Amateur Radio population continues to soar. At the end of 2014, the total number of US Amateurs in the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) database reached an all-time high of 726,275 -- and the trend has continued in the first 2 months of 2015, which saw the total rise to slightly more than 727,000. The figures exclude expired licenses that are within the 2-year grace period, and club
Amateur Radio numbers in the US from 2000 through 2014. The FCC dropped the Morse code requirement in 2007. Click to enlarge the graphic. [Prepared from statistics compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A]
station licenses. Outside of a little dithering last fall, growth in the Amateur Radio Service in 2014 was steady, according to figures compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A, on his FCC Amateur Radio Statistics web pages. Over the past decade, the number of Amateur Radio licenses in the ULS database grew by some 8.1 percent. But 2014 was also a banner year for the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC).
"For the first time in the ARRL VEC program's history, we have conducted more than 7000 Amateur Radio exam sessions in a year, an important milestone," said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. "A total of 7216 ARRL-sponsored exam sessions were administered in 2014, compared to 6823 in 2013."
Somma said the number of new licensees spiked to more than 33,000 in 2014, up by about 15 percent from the previous year. Successful license upgrades rose last year by an unprecedented 13 percent over a year earlier.
ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.
At the end of 2014, there were 136,405 Amateur Extra, 169,524 General, and 357,236 Technician class licensees -- all record numbers, Somma pointed out. While the number of Amateur Extra licensees grew in each month of 2014, the number of Technicians and Generals -- and of licensees overall -- faltered a bit last July and September. Last year's overall upward trend quickly recovered, however, during the final quarter of 2014. The General population also dipped briefly in May 2014, before rebounding.
Somma believes the July and September dips may have been a result of applicants adjusting to the new Technician question pool that went into effect last July 1. "We always expect an adjustment period when a new question pool is introduced to the public, as VEs, teachers, and candidates must prepare new study and exam materials," she said. Somma called the dips "a normal part of the question pool cycle."
Technician licensees comprise slightly less than one-half of the US Amateur Radio population. As of December 31, some 51,000 Advanced and 12,000 Novice licensees remained in the FCC database. The FCC no longer issues Advanced and Novice licenses, and their numbers continue to decline.
Once again, California far and away was home to the largest number of licensees among the 50 states, with 102,806 at the end of February. Texas was a distant second, with 51,022, Florida came in third, with 40,743, Washington was fourth, with 30,511, and Ohio was fifth at 28,256. With the exception of Ohio, the licensing trend in these states has been through the roof. In Ohio, ham radio numbers began to flag a bit in 2014, after holding steady for about the past 4 years.
The state with the fewest Amateur Radio licensees in 2014 was North Dakota, with 1477, but in an overall upward trajectory since around 2009. Others with small ham populations included Delaware (1715 and growing), Rhode Island (1926 and dropping), Wyoming (1868 and headed up), and Vermont (2101 and slipping, after a bump in 2013 and 2014). These numbers may go a long way toward explaining why these are rare multipliers in the ARRL November Sweepstakes and other events.
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.
Location: Stuart, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Martin County Amateur Radio Association
3/28/15 Boca Raton ARA Clubhouse Open House
10875 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach @ 10 AM
04/18/2015 | Flamingo Net / UMARC Free Flea
Location: Coral Gables, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Flamingo Net ARC & University of Miami ARC
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 email@example.com
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 Manager,Lawrence W. Zimmer W4LWZ
Section Emergency Coordinator
Section Youth CoordinatorBruce R. Ratoff KO4XL
Public Info CoordinatorDan Fisher AI4GK
Assistant Section ManagerRay Kassis N4LEM
Assistant Section ManagerMartin J. Falk KI4IQZ
Official Observer CoordinatorAlbert Flapan KN4FA
Assistant Section ManagerTom Loughney AJ4XM
State Government LiaisonSharon Brower W4STB
Affiliated Club CoordinatorStephen G. Lowman N4SGL
Section Traffic ManagerMichael D. Sanner KM2V
Technical CoordinatorDonald P. Drennon N4TZH
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