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Southern Florida

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Southern Florida
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Basic Information


                        Southern Florida Section Contact Information


Section Manager  Barry Porter, KB1PA   561-499-8424

Assistant Section Manager        Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Affiliated Club Coordinator           Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Official Observer Coordinator      Tom Muye, AC4TM 

Public Information Coordinator         Dan Fisher, AI4GK

Assistant PIC                                      Sherri Brower, W4STB

Section Emergency Coordinator     John Wells, W4CMH

Assistant SEC                                    Barry Porter, KB1PA

Section Traffic Manager                Ed Johnson, W2PH 

Section Webmaster                     Barry Porter, KB1PA  

Section Youth Coordinator      Tom Loughney, AJ4XM 

State Government Liasion      Sherri Brower, W4STB  

Technical Coordinator             Phil Mollica, W2AR         


                                     District Assistant Section Managers

                                         District Emergency Coordinators


Gold Coast District  

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties

Asst. SM                               Marty Falk, KI4IQZ       

Asst. SM                                 Jeff Beals, WA4AW   

District EC                                Vacant


Treasure Coast District 

Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobe Counties                                   

District EC                                Gary Webster, N1PZB


Space Coast District              

Brevard & Osceola Counties

  District EC                                Vacant


Gulf Coast District                    

Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties

ASM                         Tom Muye, AC4TM                     

DEC                         John Wells, W4CMH                                 

SFL ARES NM             Thom Street, N5KFR


                                                SECTION NEWS


                   Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments


Brevard County      

                                     Ed Johnson, W2PH             STM


Broward County       Marty Falk, KI4IQZ           ASM, Gold Coast

                                      Kenny Hollenbeck, KD4ZFW         NM

                                      Pete Rimmel, N8PR                       TS

                                     Scott Ireland, KK4WYB                    PIO

                                       Jeff Stahl, K4BH                             EC


Collier County               Larry Kielasa, N4LAK                      EC

                                         Dave Sheppard, W2PAX                  NM


Hendry County             Gary Striker, KB4K                    TS

                                        Frank Harris, WA4PAM             DEC/EC

                                        Andrew Frame, WD4RCC     AEC


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

                                         Gary Webster, N1PZB     DEC & PIO

                                          Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV      PIO

                                           Phil Mollica, W2AR                      TC

                                            Mike O'Dell, N2MX                     OO 


Lee County                  

                                        Steve Smith, W9GPI              EC

                                          John Wells, W4CMH             PIO/SEC

                                          Tom Muye, AC4TM                ASM/OOC

                                           Jeff Kennedy, NK4AA             PIO


Miami-Dade County          Frank de Cespedes, AK4FU     EC             


Palm Beach County          

                                               Barry Porter, KB1PA           EC

                                              Chris Anderson, KK4ENJ   AEC

                                              Tom Loughney, AJ4XM      SYC & TS

                                             John Fulford, WA4VPY       TS

                                              Al Maslin, N3EA                 TS

                                        Charlie Dennis, KM4DIZ      PIO

 St. Lucie County              Richard Cassada, W4DAC         TS

                                             Paul Horner, W4ISZ                     EC


EC-001 Graduates     

Jan C Lederman        K9JCL

Jack Meehan             KJ4VLV

Charlie Benn              WB2SNN

Terri Moorhouse         KJ4FJC

Simon Sapot              KM4IQZ

Melen Ham                KM4EWO 

Kevin Jackson            W4JKJ

Nicole Falcone-Weiner    KM4MOM

Gene Weiner             KK4UKC

Chris Anderson         KK4ENJ 

Karen Anderson        KK4ENM

John Wells                 W4CMH

Mike Wilson               KK4HPB

Brad Magill                KW1P

Ron Schoner             K4OIL

Jeff Kennedy             NK4AA

Tom Muye.                 AC4TM


EC-016 Graduates      Barry Porter, KB1PA

                                     Gary Webster, N1PZB

                                      John Wells, W4CMH

                                      Jeffrey Kennedy, NK4AA

                                       Jeff Beals, WA4AW

                                       Dolph Holmes, WA2NTW






EC-015 Graduates         Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV

                                          Jeff Beals, WA4AW

                                           Barry Porter, KB1PA

                                           Gary Webster, N1PZB

                                           Mike Stowe, KV4MS

                                           John Wells, W4CMH

                                           Charlie Dennis, KM4DIZ

                                            Jeff Kennedy  NK4AA

                                             Erik Olmer, W4EJO



                                   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, Barry, KB1PA. His email is



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.


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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.

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 Ed, W2PH 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!

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,

Barry, KB1PA

Southern Florida Officials