Amateur Radio Code

hamradioopThe Radio Amateur is …

CONSIDERATE… never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL… offers loyalty, encouragement, and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE… with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY… slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interest of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur service.

BALANCED… radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC… station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

— The original Amateur’s Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.

Amateur Radio Parity Act

New – Consensus on Bill Language – June 2016

ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) — the national association of homeowners associations (HOAs) — have reached consensus on provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301. ARRL and CAI have worked intensively since February to reach agreement on substitute language for the bill in an effort to move it through the US House Energy and Commerce Committee. Read the complete story here.

The full text of the substitute bill is here.

<<< Important Update From ARRL >>>

Subject:  ARRL Urgently Requests the help of Members in Florida To Support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act

To All Our ARRL Members in Florida –

I am writing to you today because we are at a critical juncture in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act in the U.S. Senate (S.1685).

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), is not yet supporting the legislation despite the recent agreement between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI). This agreement is supported by all parties to the issue and leaves no visible opposition to the bill.  However, Senator Nelson’s support is critical to the success of our efforts.

You are one of well over 40,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in Florida. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

If you would like to have the opportunity to have an effective outdoor antenna but are not currently allowed to do so, or you already have outdoor antennas and want to support your fellow hams, then we need you to reach out to Senator Nelson TODAY! Right away.

Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts. The link will provide you with a letter that you can send to Senator Nelson.

https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/contact-senator-nelson-regarding-amateur-radio-parity-act

Thank you.

73,
Rick
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Rick Roderick, K5UR
President
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio™

Skywarn Spotter

NWS Tampa Bay SKYWARN® Program

skywarn logoThe impacts of hazardous weather are experienced by many Americans each year. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Please see http://weather.gov/tampa/?n=wx4tor for information on amateur radio networks and frequencies

 

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Take One or Both of these FREE Online SKYWARN Spotter Trainings

Three Training Options to become a Spotter for NWS Tampa Bay.  Spotters should renew every 3 years.

  1. Attend an in-person training (see schedule below)
    • These are few and far between and run from October through April
    • We do our best to do a training in each county every year
  2. Join the Spotter Network at http://SpotterNetwork.org
    • Create an account
    • Take their SKYWARN Spotter online training and pass quiz to become a member
    • Click on “Member Networks” in left hand menu, then join “Tampa Bay, FL (NWS/TBW)”
    • If you would like a NWS Tampa Bay Spotter ID, send us an Email after you’ve joined our member network and we will mail it out in 1 to 3 weeks.
  3. Take the MetEd SKYWARN Spotter online trainings above
    • Email your county location and both certificates to both daniel.noah@noaa.gov and jennifer.hubbard@noaa.gov
    • Check box to notify local WFO
    • It may take 1 to 3 weeks to receive your Spotter ID, but we will acknowledge your Email when we receive it

Tuesday Morning Coffee Break

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.

73,

Michael Christopher, W2IW

President GCARC

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

Winter 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.

73,

Michael Christopher, W2IW

President GCARC