April 2018 newsletter




The Gulf Coast ARC newsletter is back.


The April issue is out now in .pdf form.


(note:No electrons were harmed during the creation, transmission or reading of this posting. However, many were excited and
some may have enjoyed the experience. )

Hope you enjoy it. Any comments or suggestions please email webmaster@gulfcoastarc.org

Partial credit for expired license

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio. The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed.

In other words. If you have let your license expire and can produce evidence you were previously licensed, you can take the Technician License test and when you pass it you will regain your General or Extra Class license (with a new callsign)

Go the link below for all the details and get back on the air!


Field Day 2018 Poster


CERT Training-April 2018

G-317 Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training-April 2018


CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property.

This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster.

The target audience for this course are individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster.

Individual Topics Covered:
–Disaster Preparedness
–Fire Safety and Utility Controls
–Disaster Medical Operations
–Light Search and Rescue Operations
–The CERT Organization
–Disaster Psychology
–Terrorism and CERT
–Course Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation (Hands On)

Friday April 13th, 2018 – 1800 (6:00PM) – 2100 (9:00PM)
Saturday April 14th, 2018 – 0800 (8:00AM) – 1700 (5:00PM)
Sunday April 15th, 2018 – 1200 (12:00PM) – 1700 (5:00PM)

Graduation – Sunday ~17:00 (5 PM) – 18:00 (6 PM)

East Lake Fire Rescue Station 57
3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd
Palm Harbor, Fl 34685

More information about CERT: http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

Minimum Age Limit: 14 years of age

Cost: Free

Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 6:00 PM –

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 6:00 PM EDT

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East Lake Fire Rescue Station 57

3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd

Palm Harbor, FL 34685

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Intro to amateur radio presentation


A Basic ‘What is Amateur radio’ presentation was held at the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club’s club house on Sunday. 03-11-2018. A non-ham Florida club “Florida III% Patriots” was in attendance. For the past couple of months I have assisted on helping members get licensed by getting them Tech manuals from A.R.R.L. We now have 3 new hams. Two techs and a General.

Ham Radio Podcasts


[Note:The following information was ‘borrowed’ off the Hamradio360.com site. Hey he has a really good list. please visit his site]

To further the hobby and bolster our community I’ve listed all known and current Ham Radio Related Media Providers below.  Enjoy!


Practical Amateur Radio Podcast

Linux in the Ham Shack

QSO Today

Everything Ham Radio

100 Watts and a Wire

ICQ Podcast

This Week in Amateur Radio

Ham Talk Live

Amateur Radio Newsline

ARRL: Audio News

ARRL: The Dr

Ham Nation

Solder Smoke

The RAIN Report

The Phasing Line

Foundations of Amateur Radio





Field Radio












Ham Radio 2.0

Ham Nation


Resistance Hams


Ham Radio Answers KE0OG

more to come

Dawn WA4YL on HamRadioNow.tv

While at this years Hamcation in Orlando Florida. Gulf Coasts Amateur Radio Club’s own Dawn Randazzo WA4YL was on one of the most popular TV shows on the internet.Ham Radio Now.




While on the show she spoke about how she first got into ham radio. Dawn, accompanied with her friends Catherine AC4YL and Melanie AG4YL, go on to talk about women in Amateur radio.  For more information on women in ham radio go to http://www.ylrl.org/



Volunteers needed for race event

Looking for volunteers to help out covering a race in San Antonio,FL
no experience necessary
All you need is to volunteer for a couple hours in the morning. If you do not have a radio I can Supply you with an HT.
Please email Gary Mentro N3OS for volunteering


I just want to remind everyone that we have a few events requesting our assistance with communications over the next couple of months.

The event is the Gran Fondo, March 25th. The usual route with the same site assignments available to all that want the same as prior years. This bicycle race covers 100 miles through Pasco, Hernando, & Citrus Counties; and it goes all day long but most assignments require less than four hours with starting times based on cyclists’ anticipated arrival at each site. I sure could use everyone’s help. If you already signed up, Thank You, and if you’ve been holding off or forgot please sign up as soon as possible. A great deal of man/girl-power is needed. If you want to help as a SAG unit or Tail-gunner please be sure to tell me that in your email.

The event gets you a shirt and a fairly good meal as well if you want it. The past two years the catered meal was at The Total in San Antonio.

In your email to me (n3os@arrl.net) please indicate your name, your CALLSIGN, your cell number, and your shirt size. If you have limited availability for the Gran Fondo please indicate the times and I will see if I can make those work for you so you can join in the fun. IT IS FUN!

Thank you all for stepping up to keep others safe as they participate in these charitable events.


Gary N3OS
Pasco County RACES Radio Officer