ARRL Sections - Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Contact Information

Section Name:
Southern Florida
David L. Fowler
Daytime Phone:
561-628 -4384 or 252-6707
Evening Phone:
561-628-4384 or 252-6707

Basic Information


                        Southern Florida Section Contact Information


Section Manager  David Fowler, K4DLF   561-628-4384

Assistant Section Manager  Jeff Beals, WA4AW    561-252-6707

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

Section Emergency Coordinator     David Fowler, K4DLF

Assistant SEC                                 Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Section Traffic Manager     Phyllisan West, KA4FZI  

Section Webmaster      Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT          

Technical Coordinator       Don Drennon, N4TZH       


                                   District Emergency Coordinators


Gold Coast District                   Jeff Beals, WA4AW    Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties

Palm Beach District                  Vacant

Treasure Coast District            Steve Lowman, N4SGL       Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties

Space Coast District                 Ray Kassis, N4LEM      Brevard & Osceola Counties

Gulf Coast District                     Thom Street, N5KFR           Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties






                                                SECTION NEWS


                   Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments


Broward County      Jon Kramer, W4JRK      OO

Collier County           Ed Esborn, K1UQE        EC

                                       Ken Bills, W9KB           AEC

                                      Mark Harms, AC4ZM    AEC

Lee County                  Tom Muye, AC4TM        OO

                                       Richard Hillyer, W2RWH     PIO

Martin County              Steve Marshall, WW4RX       EC

Monroe County             Chris Vasilenko, K4FLL       EC

Osceola County           Mel Liwag, KF4PN       OO

Palm Beach County    Dr. Ron Goldstein, KJ4UUG     ADEC

                                          Bob Vastola, KK4ATI       EC & OES

                                          Chris Anderson, KK4ENJ      AEC

St. Lucie County           Steve Lowman, N4SGL     DEC, Treasure Coast


PR-101 Graduates       Richard Hillyer, W2RWH

                                          Jeff Beals, WA4AW


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.



Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ, Lee County EC receives Doolittle award from Lee County DEM


May 22, 2013 -- Ft. Myers, FL -- (photo above) Larry Zimmer W4LWZ, ARES EC for Lee County and leader of A.L.E.R.T. was presented the General James H. Doolittle Award by Lee County EOC Operations Chief Sandra Tapfumaneyi.

     The General James H. Doolittle Award is “Presented to volunteers who exemplify the volunteer spirit in their generous commitment of time, effort, and support to our endeavors”. The award is relatively new, with the first recipient being John Ludlum in 2010. Larry is only the second volunteer to receive it. Top photo : Larry and his wife Fran K4FPZ.









                                   Visit our SFL Section Website



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



 Flamingo Net / UoM Free Flea                                April 19, 2014


Fort Pierce Hamfest                                                 August 9, 2014



Florida State Convention at Melbourne       October 10, 2014



 Flamingo Net / UoM Free Flea                                Nov. 15, 2014
















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) 146.790- 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,

David, K4DLF

Jeff, WA4AW


Southern Florida Officials