2018 Pasco County Disaster Expo

2018 Pasco County Disaster Expo

The Pasco County Division of Emergency Management would like to invite you to the 2018 Disaster Expo. The Expo will be Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The goal of the Expo will be to provide as much property and life-saving information, as it relates to disaster preparedness to as many people as we possibly can.

We hope to see you there!

The 2017 Pasco County Disaster Planning Guide is Here!

This year’s guide contains vital preparedness information including how to protect your home, family, and pets; what to expect after the storm; insuring against disaster; and much more.

Also included in your guide, is an evacuation map and storm shelter listing.

Do you know your evacuation zone?

Guides are available through the Pasco Office of Emergency Management and several other locations such as your local Post Office or at a Pasco County Library.

Twitter Social Network 2017 Disaster Guide

Disaster Planning Guide (PDF)

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!


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

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 www.citrustour.org 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:http://hillsboroughares.org/event/5796/