ARRL Sections - Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Southern Florida

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Southern Florida
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Basic Information


                        Southern Florida Section Contact Information


Section Manager  Jeff Beals, WA4AW   561-252-6707

Assistant Section Manager 

Affiliated Club Coordinator     Steve Lowman, N4SGL

Official Observer Coordinator    Al Flapan, KN4FA   

Assistant OOC                         Marshall Paisner, K4MAP

Assistant OOC                          Harry Newell, N3HN              

Public Information Coordinator    Dan Fisher, AI4GK

Assistant PIC                                    Sherri Brower, W4STB

Section Emergency Coordinator     David Fowler, K4DLF

Assistant SEC                                 Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Section Traffic Manager     Phyllisan West, KA4FZI  

Section Webmaster      Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT          

State Government Liasion   Sherri Brower, W4STB   

Technical Coordinator       Don Drennon, N4TZH       


                                       Assistant Section Managers

                                   District Emergency Coordinators


Gold Coast District               Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach                                                   Counties

Asst. SM                                       Marty Falk, KI4IQZ       

District EC                                   Jeff Beals, WA4AW   


Treasure Coast District         Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee


District EC                                    Steve Lowman, N4SGL


Space Coast District               Brevard & Osceola Counties

  ASM/DEC                                     Ray Kassis, N4LEM     


Gulf Coast District                    Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties

Asst. SM                                         Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ

District EC                                      Thom Street, N5KFR  





                                                SECTION NEWS


                   Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments


Broward County       Marty Falk, KI4IQZ           ASM, Gold Coast


Hendry County             Gary Striker, KB4K         TS


Indian River County   Sherri Brower, W4STB    SGL & Asst. PIC


Lee County             

                                        Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ         ASM, Gulf Coast



PR-101 Graduates       Richard Hillyer, W2RWH

                                          Jeff Beals, WA4AW



              Amateur Radio Week in Florida    June 23-29, 2014


Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed June 23-29th as Amateur Radio Week in the State of Florida. This proclamation coinsides with the annual ARRL Field Day exercise. Our thanks to Gov. Scott for recognizing the valuable resource that Amateur Radio provides to the citizens of Florida.

Amateur radio week.pdf


                Pete, N8PR wins June QST Cover Plaque Award


The winner of the June QST Cover Plaque award is Pete Rimmel, N8PR, for his article “A Portable Two-Element 6 Meter Quad Antenna.”

Pete will receive his award at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT next month.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the July issue today.


Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and Palm Beach District ARES sign Memorandum of Understanding 


The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday, 11/25/13. The MOU outlines the commitment of the two agencies to work together to prepare for and respond to emergencies. ARES provides a critical link in emergency communications to shelters, emergency operating areas, the EOC, and CERT teams to highlight a few. “We are thrilled to formalize our relationship with ARES through this MOU, which will contribute to a heightened state of disaster readiness for the County,” said Bill Johnson Director of Palm Beach County, FL Division of Emergency Management.

David Fowler, K4DLF, SFL SM / PBC DEC signing the MOU at the  Palm Beach County, FL Division of Emergency Management offices.



Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014


A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” was introduced on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed legislation. The bill’s sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It has initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.

“There is a strong federal interest in the effective performance of Amateur Radio stations established at the residences of licensees,” the bill states. “Such stations have been shown to be frequently and increasingly precluded by unreasonable private land-use restrictions, including restrictive covenants.”

The 11-page PRB-1 FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order is codified at §97.15(b) in the FCC Amateur Service rules, giving the regulation the same effect as a federal statute. In short, PRB-1 states that local governments cannot preclude Amateur Radio communications; they must “reasonably accommodate” amateur operations, and the state and local regulations must be the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate governmental interest. Subject to those guidelines, municipalities may still establish regulations with respect to height, safety, and aesthetic concerns.

For 28 years, FCC regulations have “prohibited the application to Amateur Radio stations of state and local regulations that preclude or fail to reasonably accommodate Amateur Service communications,” the bill points out, “or that do not constitute the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate state or local purpose.” Since PRB-1 was enacted, the FCC has said several times that it would prefer to have some guidance from Congress before extending the policy to private land-use regulations.

HR.4969 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.

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is a principal advocate for the current legislative initiative to gain PRB-1 recognition for CC&Rs. Lisenco said the most urgent task now is to get additional co-sponsors to sign onto HR.4969.








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Surf to 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 


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: for hamfest and convention rules
See: 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:

"A great hamfest is usually one that you find something you wanted or something you thought you would never see," says Bill, W2CQ.


                                            Upcoming Events


ARRL Centennial Convention                             July 17-19, 2014

Hartford, CT Convention Center                   Info: 



08/09/2014 | Ft. Pierce ARC Hamfest

Location: Ft. Pierce, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ft. Pierce Amateur Radio Club


08/16/2014 | Southeastern Division Convention (Huntsville Hamfest) - "REGIONAL ARRL CENTENNIAL EVENT"

Location: Huntsville, AL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Huntsville Hamfest Association


10/10/2014 | Florida State Convention (Melbourne Hamfest)

Location: Melbourne, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society


11/15/2014 | Free Flea

Location: Coral Gables, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Flamingo Net ARC / University of Miami ARC


01/17/2015 | Fort Myers Annual Hamfest

Location: Fort Myers, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club


01/30/2015 | 2015 Miami Tropical Hamboree

Location: Miami, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Dade Radio Club of Miami


03/21/2015 | Southern Florida Section Convention (Stuart Hamfest - Martin County)

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:

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:
I will be happy to mail traffic handling information to anyone interested... Just ask. de KA4FZI@ AOL.COM

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 Phylisan KA4FZI 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 Phone Traffic Net -- FL AL GA) 3.940 Daily 7:55 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 -- 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 For more info, contact our PIC, Dan Fisher, AI4GK at


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.


Vy 73,

Jeff, WA4AW


Southern Florida Officials