ARRL Sections - Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Southern Florida

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Southern Florida
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                        Southern Florida Section Contact Information


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

Assistant PIC                                      Sherri Brower, W4STB

Section Emergency Coordinator     Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ

Assistant SEC                                    Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Section Traffic Manager                Mike Sanner, KM2V   

Section Webmaster         Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT          

Section Youth Coordinator      Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL       

ASM-Youth Activities               Tom Loughney, AJ4XM    

State Government Liasion      Sherri Brower, W4STB   

Technical Coordinator           Don Drennon, N4TZH       



                                       District 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 Counties

 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

                                      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


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




                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 received his award at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT  See photo below:

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.


Kai Siwiak, KE4PT and Bruce Pontius, N0ADL receive DeMaw Technical  Excellence Award  

Our congratulations to Kai Siwiak, KE4PT and Bruce Pontius, N0ADL upon receiving the prestigious Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Technical Excellence Award by the ARRL Board of Directors at their recent meeting in Hartford, CT.   A well deserved recognition !    Photo below:



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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Early Efforts on Behalf of “The Amateur Radio Parity Act” HR.4969 Bearing Fruit


Initial efforts to secure additional co-sponsors for “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” — HR.4969 — are starting to produce results. As of August 5, 17 co-sponsors have signed onto the bill, which was introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June. Additional co-sponsors are anticipated. HR.4969 would call 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 bill’s primary sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and it received initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT), who attended the ARRL National Centennial Convention on July 19 to speak with League officials and those attending the event.

“With Congress on break for the month of August, we are encouraging our members to meet with their representatives while they are home on break in their districts, and urge their support for HR.4969,” said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. “We’re very pleased with the initial response, but the more noise we make, the better our chances.” He emphasized that a successful outcome requires as many co-sponsors as possible, and that’s where ARRL members come into play in their role as voters and constituents.

The League has opened a HR.4969 page, which contains information and guidance for clubs and individuals promoting efforts to gain co-sponsors for the measure by contacting their members of Congress. The web page includes a sample letter to a member of Congress and a list of “talking points.” For in-person visits, the League recommends organizing small teams of knowledgeable, articulate radio amateurs to approach lawmakers one to one to plead their case.

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.

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. The League had approached Walden, who helped to engineer the bill.

Henderson said that in response to the “Get Behind HR.4969” effort at the Centennial Convention and last month’s edition of the Legislative Update Newsletter, more than 2000 individuals drafted letters to their congressional representatives, urging them to co-sponsor the bill. He asked League members to e-mail or mail letters directed to their US House of Representatives member to ARRL Headquarters for forwarding. E-mails will be printed beforehand, he noted. Henderson explained that this approach speeds delivery, since individual pieces of mail to members of Congress are scanned for threats. Henderson said he’s already received another 200 or so letters to forwarding to House members.

Direct letters to HR.4969 Letter Campaign, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. If e-mailing, include the bill’s number, HR.4969, in your subject line. Henderson pointed out that all correspondence to members of Congress must be signed and include the constituent’s mailing address. “We’re only targeting members of the US House and not approaching members of the US Senate right now,” he said. “We’ll handle that when the time comes.”

Henderson said a campaign opposing passage of HR.4969 also is underway and gaining steam. “The leading opposition group is putting out a lot of misinformation — that the bill would invalidate all CC&Rs,” he said. “HR.4969 only seeks ‘reasonable accommodation’ for Amateur Radio communication. It would give you a seat at the table with your homeowners’ association, requiring it to arrive at a reasonable antenna accommodation, instead of imposing an absolute and outright ban on all antennas."









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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


11/15/2014 | Free Flea

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


11/29/2014 | Hamfest In The Woods

Location: Okeechobee, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club


01/16/2015 | Southwest Florida Regional 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


03/14/2015 | Palm Beach County Hamfest

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Palms West Amateur Radio Club


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

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 -- 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