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Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
Club House: 

6909 Tierra Verde St
Port Richey, FL 34668

P.O. Box 595
New Port Richey FL 34656-0595

WA4GDN Repeaters

146.670 MHz  No Tone
145.330 MHz  No Tone 
Michael Christopher, W2IW


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Welcome to the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Website!

Next Meeting June 27th, 2016 7:00 PM

We are located in Port Richey, Florida in Pasco County, West Central Florida just Northwest of Tampa.

Everyone is welcome!!! Activities to include annual Field Day event, Club Picnics, Annual Club Ham Fest, Fox Hunts, ARRL/VEC

exams, special events, local ARES/RACES support, Club HF station, VHF/UHF repeaters and more.

Please email webmaster@gulfcoastarc.org with any suggestions, content (especially upcoming events), photos or Ham related items of interest.


GCARC LogoG.C.A.R.C. Tuesay Night Net0267.GIF - 6.21 Kb

 All Amateur Radio Operators Are Welcome!

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club’s Tuesday Night Net is being held on the WA4GDN club repeater On 146.670 Mhz. This is a Trader's Net and General Information Net. If you have an amateur radio related item to buy, sell, trade, or want, you may list it here. All brief amateur related announcements may be made here.

 <<< Check In - Check Us Out >>>


 G.C.A.R.C Event Notice

Field Day 2016

What: Field Day 2016
When: June 25th - 26th

This year Field Day 2016 is being held on June 25th - 26th.  The website for the ARRL Field Day is http://www.arrl.org/field-day For club information contact  Mike, W2IW at 727-809-1225 or by email at w2iw@yahoo.com Field Day is open to all hams you need not be a member to join us for Field Day.

N2KBK Chris is the official chairperson for the 2016 ARRL Field Day event.  N2KBK Chris may be reached at fd2016@gulfcoastarc.org with any questions, help or information regarding Field Day.

G.C.A.R.C. Coffee Break

< Tuesday Morning Coffee & Fellowship [10 AM] >

When: Every Tuesday (Starts April 19th, 2016) at 10 AM

Where: McDonald's (11542 US Hwy 19 N, Port Richey, FL 34668)

Every Tuesday morning at 10 AM (excluding Holidays) the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will hold its informal coffee break at McDonald's on US Hwy 19 N across from the Flea Market in Port Richey, FL. Hope to see you there.

Hello all, just wanted to update everyone on our first Tuesday morning informal coffee break.  We had 5 members show up and what a rag chew (hihi) we had, lasted for a few hours. I hope that more of you will show up next Tuesday time permitting. We really had a great time.

Michael Christopher, W2IW

<<< Come Join Us For Your Tuesday Morning Coffee Break >>>


G.C.A.R.C. Club Luncheon

Come Join Us For a Great Meal and Fellowship.

Where: TBA (No Luncheon for month of May)

When: Date and Time TBA

The Club met on Saturday at 11:30 AM at Smith's Cafe and had some great food and fellowship. A total of fourteen Members and XYL's where present.  As usual, we love to talk about Ham Radio. If you weren't there you missed a good time.  Perhaps you'll be able to attend our next luncheon.  Our next luncheon may not be until July since May 14th is our Annual Club Picnic and June 25th-26th is Field Day.  Be sure to check in with KJ4ZBK - Dawn (kj4zbk2010@yahoo.com) to get your name on the Club Picnic sign-in sheet.  Come to the meeting on May 23rd at 7 pm and help decide where we go next.


G.C.A.R.C. Club Picnic

Come Join Us For Food, Fun and Fellowship.

Where: Crews Lake Park

When: Saturday May 14th, 2016 between 10am and 2pm

Wow! What a great picnic.  We had roughly 30 Member, Family and Friends attend our annual Club Picnic.  First I would like to thank Dawn KJ4ZBK for doing a great job as Chairperson.  Also, Barry N2NVP for doing another great job cooking those burgers and dogs.  ...And to all those members that help bring this together.  Most importantly, I would like to thank everyone that brought a covered dish or item.  Did you see that Cake!  Just beautiful.  We Would like to give a special thanks to Don KK4VK for the nice message on the sign at the Train Depot, Thanks Don. We had some really great food and fellowship.  Can't wait until next years picnic.

Anyone who took pictures and would like to share them please send them to the webmaster@gulfcoastarc.org.


<<< Pictures Are Now On Line! >>> 

G.C.A.R.C. President's Corner

Hello All,

Just a few reminders and a few words of thanks. First, please remember the Club picnic is on May 14th at Crews Lake Park starting at 10 AM until 2 PM. If you haven't signed up yet, please contact Dawn our picnic Chairperson at kj4zbk2010@yahoo.com and let her know that you're coming and how many people your bringing. We encourage you to bring your family.

This year's Field Day is the weekend of June 25th and 26th, based on our last meeting we should have a nice turn out.  This year our Field Day Chairperson is Chris (N2KBK). There will be something there for everyone so come on down, play a little radio, have some dogs and hamburgers, and share in some good fellowship. Chris can be reached at fd2016@gulfcoastarc.org or email me Mike (W2IW) at w2iw@yahoo.com. Special thanks to Al (KI4OEK) for the loan of his Kenwood TS-690s.

Thanks to Phil (KM4DPV) for helping Norm (K4NRM) in getting the pictures on the web and thank all of you that have told me how good the web page is looking. It truly means a lot to Norm and I. At this time we're getting about 2,000+ hits a month (very impressive).

Welcome new members Kenneth Richardson (no call yet) and Jerry Willoughby (AE4OB) and his XYL, Janice.

Michael Christopher, W2IW

Rap River Run 2016

June 11, 2016 – 5 Mile, 5K Run & Walk, Double Sweat Challenge & Kid’s Adventure Run / Sims Park, NPR





Saturday, June 11, 2016- Rain or Shine!


Sims Park (Downtown New Port Richey)
6400 Circle Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL


5 Mile Run – Starts 6:30 am
5K Run & Walk – Soft Start for Ainsley’s Angels at 7:45 am. Everyone else starts at 7:50 am
5 Mile & 5K Double Sweat Challenge
Kids Adventure Fun Run – Starts 8:45 am
Team Challenge

This is an early event but it's for a very good cause.  We need to me at Sims Park no later than 6:00 AM.  Some Ham volunteers may be able to go directly to their stations.  A 2-meter Mobile or HT is necessary.  Talk-In will be on the WA4GDN Club Repeater 146.670 MHzSimplex 146.550 will be used for the race.  For information and to sign-up email N2NVP Barry at keavbv@msn.com.

<<< Lets Have Fun & Do What We Do Best >>>

G.C.A.R.C. DX Contest/Spot Report Happenings


I’m sure there are some that like to chase after DX, for those of you that do; here are some DX expeditions that are on the air in the month of April. I hope you enjoy this column and check back next month to see what rare DX the month of May brings.

April 5-9 Spratly Island…Call to be announced. Mainly SSB and some CW. QSL via OH Buro or direct 80- 6 meters.

April 5-11 East Timor 4W call to be announced…10-160 meters CW, SSB and RTTY

April 5-17 Maldives ( NEW) 8Q7NT…10-40 meters CW,RTTY and PSK..Holiday style operation.

April 9-10 Market Reff…OJ0W..80-10 meters focus on high bands CW and SSB

April 9-16 Guernsey….GI4BRS CW, SSB and Digital. QSL via DJ6OI, Direct or eqsl

April 11-24 Guyana…8R1A …80-10 meters CW. QSL via the buro or direct.

April 14-26 Cambodia…XU7AKC …SSB,RTTY, and PSK…QSL via SP5APW, direct or the buro.

April 12-19 Janmayen (new)…JX9JKA…160-10 SSB and Digital. Operation expected to continue until Oct. 4, 2016.

April 14-26 Trinidad & Tobago…9Y/K2HVM…10-40 SSB and CW

April 15- 25 Liechtenstein…HB0/EA5IDQ…40-10 meters. Focus on ware, Rtty and some SSB.

DX Contest - Spot Reports

Michael Christopher, W2IW

G.C.A.R.C.  <<< Spring Radio Clinic >>>


Are you having problems programming your favorite 2 meter or dual band HT or mobile unit? Maybe you would just like to check your SWR and power output? Well, come on down to the GCARC club house located at 6909 Tierra Verde Street, Port Richey Florida we'll be glad to help you with programming and checking your forward and reflected power.

 Have your General or Extra class license but no equipment but would like to be "radio active" or maybe a tech license but would like to see what HF is all about, come on down, the club has two operational HF stations with three different HF antennas. I would love to see you . I am usually at the club house most days of the week on the air or doing some sort of work at the club house.

 If you'd like to call before coming down you can reach me at 727-809-1225.

Michael Christopher, W2IW

G.C.A.R.C. Update on WiRES-X

after all these months. Yaesu has released the patch for the wires X to work on the repeater.
it is a new version of the software. you do not need to install anything on your side.
All users with YSF capable radios can now get on the 146.880 repeater and join in.
My node is pointing to the repeater from my house in Ridge Manor.
I have had it on all weekend with a couple of 'local' West central Florida check-ins, as well as all the DX stations across the world.
The digital sound quality of YSF makes it sound like they are in the room with you.
I have been keeping the repeater connected to room 21080 'America link' or room 21568 'Alabama link'.
The Alabama linked room is also cross connected to the NEW Yaesu Reflector . What does that mean?
It means if you run a DV4mini dongle you can access the FSC001 reflector and get into the repeater from anywhere.
......Even Boise,IDAHO!! hint hint Mr.Parker.....
more and more users are showing up on this new mode everyday. (guess Santa had a lot of DV4MinIs in his bag)
If anyone wants to change rooms they will need to connect to the laptop controlling the wires-X software/Box.
Go download a copy of Teamviewer 11 from https://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx
this is a remote control program that will connect you to other computers.
Send me an Email and I will send you the login and password.
Any Questions about Wires-X , Yaesu, DV4Mini, E=mc² Shoot me a direct email.
Chris Bloxsom N2KBK

The Amateur Radio Parity Act
Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsor, November 18, 2015

The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the voice vote on November 18, two Senators — Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) — asked to be recorded as voting “no.” The Committee held an executive session to consider the various legislative measures and nominations.
“Our work is not finished on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, although this is a huge step forward,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN.  She urged ARRL members to continue to write, call and e-mail their Senators about S. 1685 to build up its support for the future. “We know that members’ response to the call for a communications blast last week made all the difference for some Senators on the committee.”
S. 1685 picked up another Senate cosponsor on November 18, when Sen Jerry Moran (R-KS), who sits on the Commerce Committee, has signed aboard the bill. “ARRL members in Kansas should contact his office to say thanks,” President Craigie said. “Having an additional cosponsor who’s on the Committee is especially good news.”
On hand to observe the Committee mark-up session were ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, and ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD.
President Craigie encouraged ARRL members in Florida and Hawaii to keep contacting Senators Schatz and Nelson, urging them to change their minds about the legislation. “Don't be harsh or angry,” she advised. “Keep it factual and courteous, and don't give up.”
On November 5, US Sen Al Franken (D-MN) signed on as the second cosponsor of S. 1685. That legislation and its US House twin, H.R. 1301, call on the FCC to extend the limited federal pre-emption of PRB-1 to cover private land-use restrictions such as deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). If the legislation becomes law, radio amateurs living in antenna-restricted communities would have the opportunity to negotiate with homeowners associations to install an antenna that reasonably accommodates Amateur Radio communication.
H.R. 1301 has 114 cosponsors as of November 18. President Craigie said ARRL members should continue to urge their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 1301 and to thank those who already have signed on.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page on the ARRL website has more information on how you can become involved.

Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club, you're a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

From: WRN Feedback - NOAA Service Account
Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM
Subject: Congratulations, Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club, you’re a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

Welcome to the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™  initiative. Your organization has been accepted as a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, your organization is committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

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Attached please find the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation logo. You may use it on the web and in print, subject to the terms in the 
Terms of Use. If you use it on your organization’s website, include a link to the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

What’s Next
A NOAA point of contact will reach out to you shortly to answer questions you may have and explore collaboration opportunities.

In the meantime, please take the time to learn more about Weather-Ready Nation on these websites:

Be a Force of Nature

Weather-Ready Nation Accomplishments

For More Information
If you have would like more information, please visit the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Frequently Asked Questions. And if you need any additional information, email us anytime at wrn.feedback@noaa.gov. You can also find us on Twitter @NWS.

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 <<< Attention >>>

FCC Allows Partial Credit for Expired Licences 

From The ARRL Website:

On July 21, 2014, the FCC revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses.  
Information for VEs can be found on the VE Resources web page in the section 
titled "New Exam Element Credit".  Additional information and clarification is 
located on the Exam Element Credit web page.

 ARRL Website: http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training



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