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:

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 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

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



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 ( 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

Citrus Tour Bicycle Race 2018

DATE: Mon Feb 19 15:20:22 EST 2018
The Citrus Tour is a 2 day bicycle event in Polk County Florida and is the largest fund raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Central Florida. We average between 800 to 1,000 bicycle riders every year.
Proceeds from this event go to research to find a cure for MS and to helping local families effected by MS.
Amateur radio volunteers provide ALL communications and route support for this event. Most of our amateur radio volunteers have been working this event for years and some come from as far away as Miami.
Whether you want to go out and use your new amateur license to meet other HAM’s or you want to get involved with emergency communications, the Citrus Tour is the place to be.
The Citrus Tour has many experienced HAM’s that are willing to help you learn the hobby and it is the closest you can get to disaster communications training without the disaster. We run a fully directed net with tactical call signs, we track units using APRS and handle priority and emergency traffic during this two day event.
• Rover Unit A rover unit is a mobile unit (personal vehicle) operated by an amateur radio operator on the course that is unable to transport bicycles & riders.
• SAG Unit (Support and Gear) A SAG unit is a mobile unit (personal vehicle) operated by an amateur radio operator on the course that can transport bicycles & riders.
• Greenway Unit (Support and Gear) A Greenway unit is a pickup truck supplied by Greenway Ford in Orlando operated by an amateur radio operator on the course. They transport bicycles & riders and are typically the first units on the course and the last units off. (Greenway’s are subject to availability).
• Logistics Support Amateur radio volunteer driving Rest Stop supply trucks provided by the MS Society to support a rest stop.
• Shadow Unit A Shadow unit is an amateur radio volunteer that riders with a member of the MS Society staff or a bicycle mechanic to provide a direct radio link to that person during the event.
• Passenger (Radio Operator, non-driver) A non-driving amateur radio passenger who rides in a mobile unit to provide radio communications for that unit so the driver can concentrate on the road.
• Rest Stop Communicator An amateur radio volunteer stationed at a rest stop to communicate the needs and status of that rest stop.
• Command Post Staff An amateur radio volunteer stationed at the Command Post to assist with primary and/or secondary net control.
• Start / Finish Line An amateur radio volunteer at the starting line or finish line and providing radio communications for their position.
2018 BikeMS Citrus Tour Routes
• 50, 75 & 100 Mile Courses leave Fantasy of Flight in Polk City and end at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate SUNDAY May 6th.
• 20 Mile Course leaves Fantasy of Flight in Polk City and ends at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City • 50 & 75 Mile Courses leave the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate and end at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City.
If you would like more information on how to get involved with the Citrus Tour or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit our website at and go to the contact us page. We will direct your inquiry to the proper person.
Local NMSS Office National Multiple Sclerosis Society 4919 Memorial Hwy—Suite 103 Tampa, FL 33634 (813) 889-8303
There is something for every ham operator to do!
If you planning on helping both days please make sure to register for both days!
Saturday – Please Register here: