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Ron Wetjen WD4AHZ SK
We are sorry to announce the passing of Ron on 5/9/16.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Ron touched the lives of most hams in the Sarasota area with his dedication to emergency communication.
RIP Ron, you will long be remembered.
WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20
SARASOTA COUNTY EMERGENCY COORDINATOR RETIRES
NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR APPOINTED
Read the entire press release ( Link )
Brent Parker W8XG has accepted the position of Deputy Radio Officer for the ACS and Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for Sarasota County ARES
the Isles CERT Team ready for action
This photo shows the newly licensed Amateur Radio Operators now in the Isles. Congratulations to Kevin, Guy and Ann on studying for and passing the examinations to obtain their licenses recently. Stan has been licensed since 1958 and provided a helping hand to the new “Hams”.
Guy, Ann and Stan provided critical communications from the Isles CERT Drill to the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the recent simulated tornado drill. They relayed messages to and from the EOC to practice procedures that will be used in a real emergency situation. This would be very important if existing land-line or cell phone services were interrupted during a severe storm, for instance.
The Isles will now have year-round Amateur Radio communications capability in case of a real emergency.
WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #3
SARASOTA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS WORK WITH MULTIPLE AGENCIES TO TEST PREPAREDNESS AND INTER-AGENCY CAPABILITY DURING WILDFIRE EXERCISE
N4SER APRS iGate
An experimental N4SER APRS iGate has been set up at the Red Cross building in Sarasota.
Frequency: 144.390 MHz
This is an APRS internet gateway only. It does NOT digipeat.
It will beacon every 30 minutes.
Thanks to Doug KI4RHU for donating Windows 7 for tis application
Comments to SERC@N4ser.org are welcome.
There was a lot of interest shown by everyone who attended the WinLink Technical Seminar before the March 2016 meeting.
For soundcard (Signalink) installation: AGW Express — Read the Guides, watch the videos
Any questions contact Den W2DEN (AT) comcast,net
Tour de Cure
Thanks to all who participated, great job!
The APRS positioning was a BIG help, Very successful.
A big THANKS to Bill (k4FLV) for a superb job organizing the event
Sarasota Half Marathon (Link)
GREAT JOB BY ALL
Over 3,000 runners and everything went perfectly.
Good organization by Laura
Doug was stellar on net control
Thanks to everyone who made this a perfect ham radio day!
Sarasota County Drill: Hurricane Buck
Sarasota EOC will be conducting a hurricane drill on May 20th.
This will include both voice and digital amateur radio communications;
VOICE: Controlled net on SAR-1 (146.730 repeat). All are welcome to check in.
DIGITAL: A digital (peer to peer Winlink packet) net will be conducted during the morning of the drill. The digital net will be supervised via a voice control net on 145.050 MHz simplex. Please follow net control’s instructions. All stations with Winlink capability are welcome to check in.
PRACTICE: A practice digital net will be conducted on Tuesday May 17 starting at 1 PM. Control will be via a voice net on 145.050 MHz simplex. All Winlink capable stations are welcome. Please follow net control’s instructions.
NOTE: Please turn off all beacons for the practice and drill.
De Soto National Memorial ( Link )
National Parks On The Air ( Link )
A group of local hams put De Soto National Memorial, NM05 on 3/19/2016 burning up the ions on 40 & 20m SSB before being rained out.
More pics ( here )
From the left:
George K5KG, Bob KJ4SV, John KM4EJE, Bill K4FLV, Jack K1KNQ (standing),
Ed K8DSS, Steve (standing in yellow – no call, Ed’s bro-in-law visiting from MI)
2M / 70 cm Antennas for sale
Sorry we are sold out
Rick, AJ4FW, is constructing a number of dual band J-Poles similar to the Arrow OSJ J-Pole (Link).
Lots of information available here: Link
These will be available for $25 each, half the cost of the Arrow antenna.
Ron Wetjen Honored
The Emergency Management staff has named the Comm Room at the new EOC as the “Wetjen Radio Room”, as you can see in the attached picture. This is in recognition of Ron’s continuous dedication and service to Sarasota County. This is the 30th anniversary of Ron’s initial involvement with Emergency Management.
Join me in congratulating Ron on this milestone and his recognition by Sarasota County.
- Beginner Guide 2015: Answers the question:How does APRS work ? ( Article ) (Presentation )< scroll down
- Great APRS and WX site… APRS Florida
THANKS to ALL VOLUNTEERS
Watch this video:
The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club supports the Tour de Cure
Sarasota Half Marathon
FANTASTIC JOB BY ALL
Whiskey Island Dxpedition
February 28, 2015
( Here )
SERC Needs a TNC
Do you have an old PK-88, KPC-3 or perhaps a MFJ-1270 in your junk box?
Want to put it to good use?
Donate it to SERC
We need a TNC to put our digi-peater back on line.
Contact Den: SERC@N4SER.org
You missed SOTA ?
Check out George’s, N2SQ, great writeup in our Elmer section (link)
‘Be Ready Florida’ free workshops’
MAKE MITIGATION HAPPEN!’ How to prepare your home for hurricanes.
Visit their site for more information and to register: http://www.bereadyflorida.org/
There is lots of additional information on this site… worth taking a look at!
The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club had a great Field Day:
- 3 Stations on the air (2 SSB, 1 CW) using the club’s beam and windom along with a couple of portable antennas in the parking lot.
- Some non-hams, hopefully soon to be, got to experience amateur radio first hand and left smiling.
- We rekindled the ham flame in a few ‘inactive’ hams, hopefully they will continue to enjoy the hobby.
- Everyone had a great time…
- Our final score…. were we supposed to keep score?
…. bottom line: we met our primary objective, we had fun.
… Hope to See you Next year …
Open House / Elmer Day
|OPS: K4JBV K9RWH KK4WBU KK4ZYE W2DEN W2RWH W3DJM||28||4||8||2|
|Non-Ham: Micky Taylor||Totals||303||604||49|
were a huge success. Everyone had a great time!
Pictures <<<<<<< Click
Thanks to our volunteers:
Thanks to Bill, Bill, Rich, Net and Den the SERC Rotor at the Red Cross building is fully functional
Some of you may remember when SERC was an active Skywarn Club (www. skywarn.com), it was a few years ago. There is interest in once again participating in Skywarn. The West Central Florida Group (NI4CE) has the Skywarn nets well covered but there are few, if any, trained Skywarn volunteers in our area.
… SERC would like to sponsor a Skywarn Class sometime in the next year. You must be trained in order to participate!
If anyone would like to volunteer to set up the class with NOAA please contact Al (KI4YEH) or drop an e-mail to SERC@N4SER.org
A nice write up in the Florida’s West Coast Region Red Cross July Newsletter on our Field Day operations:
Office for Radio Field Day
The American Red Cross can turn to our amateur radio operators
if we lose communications in our area after a storm. The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club worked out of the Sarasota office to participate in the annual 24 hour Amateur Radio Field Day training. The event involves more than 35,000 certified operators in the US and Canada.
The group was busy logging contacts with other operators throughout the field day. Other local radio groups were set up at different locations in our area. In addition to being vital in emergency situations, users also enjoy the recreational aspect of radio.
FIELD Day 2013 Report:
This was the best field Day I have yet to attend at the Red Cross Building.
We operated 2F WCF with a GOTA station. Modes: CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. Good fun!
Final score: 1,910 … Good job to all who participated!
Picture have been posted: Field Day 2013 Aalbum
|Rich Hillyer||K9RWH||SSB GOTA|
|David Merullo||W3DJM||SSB DIGITAL GOTA|
SNN 6 showed up and over the weekend the following video aired about once an hour: