Next Meeting October 26th, 2015 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club website.
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.
with any suggestions, good or bad, content to add (especially upcoming events), photos and what ever you like.
Rattlesnake Run, Saturday October 17, 2105 8:00 AM
San Antonio, FL
Coteeman Triathalon, November 14, 2015
We need Operators! Please contact Barry, N2NVP at 727-277-5794 to sign up.
At City of New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, Saturday, November 14, 2015
GCARC Christmas Party, December 13, 2015
Bring a covered dish and join the fun!
2:00 PM Sunday, December 13, 2015
Located at the clubhouse
6909 Tierra Verde St
Port Richey, FL 34668
GCARC Go Box Night, January 25, 2016
Bring your Go Box, plans, ideas!
7:00 PM Monday January 25, 2016
Following the Club Meeting at the clubhouse
6909 Tierra Verde St
Port Richey, FL 34668
The Great Escape 2015
New Pasco ARES Website
New site with updated schedules and events, see it HERE at www.pascoares.org.
Rap River Run
Today June 13th hams from GCARC got together at 5:30 in the morning to provide communications for the Rap River Run event.
We covered two races that morning. The first was a 5 mile and the second was a 5K. Both races went off with any problems. The 5K race had over 800 entries.
The following I would like to thank for getting up so early on a Saturday to help:
Phil KM4DPV, Al KJ4OEK, Steve KI4LVH, Carl KB9WLF, Dawn KJ4ZBK, Bill KI4QJK, Roy KM4OR, Chris KK4CTX, Bill NG4L, and
Barry N2NVP net control.
Without their help we could not do what we do.
The next event is The Great Escape which is held at the Pasco County Jail in Land O Lakes Oct 3rd.
CERT Class Completes Training at Heritage Pines
With the help of retired members of the Navy, Marine Corps, New York Police Department and the
Heratige Pines Community Response Team, and the cooperation of the residents of Heratige
Pines, 18 Graduates of CERT Class 15-1 completed eight weeks of training with an excercise in the
community. The scenario involved storm damage to a residential area with victims and structural
issues that tested their planning and assesment skills. Incident commad was established with radio
communications. Several volunteers played the part of victims, and medical injects added to the
realism. Team leader Tom Cegla thanked the residents for helping put the excercise together. New CERT
graduates include: Pam Cegala, Carol Donahue, Zee Ferris, Laura Newkirk, Tom Newkirk, Mary Ryan,
Robert "Skip" Scott, Ludwig Waller and Teri Zdazenski, all of Heritage Pines, and Pasco residents Burton
Hineline, Kathleen Hineline, Barry Keaveny, Melissa Pinke, Sandra Sue Sunberg, Rene Van Mensel,
Connie Widmann, David Widmann and Anna Zaczynski.
Tampa Bay Times, Firday July 31, 2015 , Hometown Pasco. Courtesy of Marge Warren.
Ozark County Times -- Area man uses Ham radio to call for help
Orlando Hamcation 2015 with Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, CQ Magazine
Here is Joe Eisenberg K0NEB with Dawn Randazzo KJ4ZBK and Guy Siciliano AK4YO at the CQ Magazine booth at Orlando Hamcation 2015. We and Bill Pfaff Jr, KI4QJK were invited to attend Joe's Kit Building Seminar there. Joe has been building and teaching building kits as Kit Building Editor at CQ Amateur Radio Magazine for many years,and his style, organization, and energy will get almost anyone excited about kit building.We all had a great time there, Thanks, Joe!
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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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
. You can also find us on Twitter @NWS.
GCARC 2014 VE Testing Summary
During 2014 the GCARC held 12 VE testing sessions. Thirty nine individuals attended these sessions and tested for a total of 50 exams.Testing will continue on the same schedule (first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the club house) during 2015. An additional session will be held at the club's annual Hamfest at EZ Mini Storage in Hudson on Saturday - March 28th, 2015.During 2015 the ARRL testing fee remains unchanged at $15.00.
On July 1, 2015 a new General Class license question pool will go into effect. Therefore, those wishing to upgrade using the current question pool will have to test before the end of June 2015.
Jeff Hartman- W2JL
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
Global 24 Radio
Hello,We thought your ham radio club membership would be interested in learning
about Global 24 Radio.
Global 24 Radio (htttp://www.global24radio.com) will be broadcasting on
shortwave on 9395 kHz from WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida beginning on
Read (and please share with your members) this press release:
We will feature several programs about shortwave listening, DXing and ham
radio that will be of great interest to your members.
Thank you passing the word along!
Shortwave radio has long been an "Entry" point for the Amateur Radio hobby
and we hope your club can help spread the word...
Director of Programming
Join our newsletter here:
New Lake Placid Repeater On The Air
A new UHF Repeater has been added to the NI4CE system. 443.950 MHz (+) CTCSS 100.0 is now on the air in Lake Placid ( Highlands County ). This new NI4CE repeater enables Hams in DeSoto, Glades, Highlands and Polk Counties to better access the NI4CE system.
Special thanks to John-KK4LI for helping make this new Lake Placid repeater a reality.
The NI4CE Repeater coverage map is available on our website http://www.ni4ce.org/ under the Maps and Frequencies tab.
Paul Knupke – N4PK
West Central Florida Group, Inc.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Proclamation of Amateur Radio Week, June 23-29, 2014
Whereas, Amateur Radio operators are celebrating over a century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the airwaves; and
Whereas, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas; and
Whereas, Amateur Radio Operators have also provided countless hours of community services both in emergencies and to other local organizations throughout these decades; and
Whereas, these Amateur Radio’s services are provided wholly uncompensated; and
Whereas, the State also recognizes the services Amateur Radio’s people also provide to our many Emergency Response organizations, including the American Radio Relay League, Inc., and the Northern Florida Section, the West Central Section, and South Florida Section; and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service; and
Whereas, these same individuals have further demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs and other charitable public events; and
Whereas, the State of Florida recognizes and appreciates the diligence of these "hams" who also serve as weather spotters in the SKYWARN program of the US Government Weather Bureau; and
Whereas, Amateur Radio once again proved its undisputed relevance in the modern world in 2005 by providing emergency communications when other systems failed in the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the USA and in the Tsunami catastrophe overseas; and
Whereas, the ARRL is the leading organization for Amateur Radio in the USA; and
Whereas, the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise will take place on June 28-29, 2014 and is a 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self-supporting communications without further infrastructure being required; now
Therefore, I, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, do hereby officially recognize and designate
June 23-29, 2014 as Amateur Radio Week in Florida
Field Day 2014 June 28 - June 29th
EZ MINI STORAGE
15830 US 19 N
ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of fun!
We need to set up about 10:00 AM on Saturday June 28th. We need volunteers to help with trailers and antennas. Some of you have indicated that you would help, please come out and have some fun. We also need operators. If you are any class amateur you can operate during this event as an extra class. HF is a lot of fun and you will meet others around this great nation and make some friends.
A Letter from our President
As I sit here on New Years Eve, I'm reflecting back of the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club and the accomplishments the members have achieved during the year. We are becoming well known in the county because of our involvement with civic groups and Pasco County Emergency Management by providing Amateur Radio communications for their events and providing HAM radio displays and information tables at events such as the Pasco County Hurricane Expo and the Regency Park Library. Radio support was requested and provided at events such as the RAP River Run, Cotee Man Triathalon, Filthy Fun Run, Sheriff Nocco's "Jingle Bell Run", the United Cerebral Palsy, "Ride Without Limits", Boy Scouts "Jamboree On The Air".
The club members donated their time and radio equipment to provide communications with the event coordinators and Emergency Medical Services should they be needed. Also many members are certified SKYWARN weather watchers that provide severe weather information to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Fortunately this wasn't needed this year nor was a deployment of radio operators to hurricane shelters to support the Red Cross through the ARES/RACES program in conjunction with the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management. Training and preparation did continue to stay prepared in the event we were needed. I am proud of this club and its members for their service to the community and for their tireless efforts in the spreading the word on the fascinating hobby of amateur radio. I am honored to be the club president and looking forward to even a better year in 2014.
Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
The Passing of Club Member John Bertoli N1BJT
Again it is with a saddened heart, that I must report the passing of another club member.
John Bertoli, N1BJT, the husband of Carol Bertoli, KG4WAZ passed away after a long fight with
a serious illness.
John is the member that designed and built the club emblem that hangs over the officers table
at the club house.
Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with Carol and the family in their time of mourning.
Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
Public Information Officer
The Passing of Club Member Linda Sullivan
It is with a saddened heart, that I am making this announcement. Our friend and club member Linda Sullivan, wife of Robert "Sully" Sullivan, W4KHY has passed away in Ohio. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Sully and their family All of us that know and love her will dearly miss her her smile and great attitude. God Bless you Linda and Rest in Peace.
Bill Pfaff Jr KI4QJK
Public Information Officer
Ham Radio to the Rescue
by Dawn Randazzo KJ4ZBK
On the night of August 3 2013, I was Driving Northbound on us 19. My SUV started struggling and was getting no power. I was in the middle lane and couldn't get over due to traffic. No warning lights came on to let me know there was a problem. At first I thought it was the transmission, then smoke started coming from under the hood, and I thought it was overheating. I got on the radio and said my car is on fire! As I was traveling down the road N2KNW Mike came back to my call and asked me where I was. By the time I made it to the gas station, he told me that he was right behind me. Mike and his friend came with a container of water and filled my radiator. Mike stayed with me until my Parents arrived so I wouldn't be alone. I was thankful that he was on the frequency that night and couldn't thank him enough. Turns out the car would have gone on fire if I kept going since it was the ABS braking system. Also, the serpentine belt had broken, and the water pump wasn't pumping water through the engine. Ham radio came to my rescue that night. Thank you to all who helped me that evening! Dawn KJ4ZBK