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The Wetjen Radio room at the EOC

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 )

Local News:

Brent Parker W8XG has accepted the position of Deputy Radio Officer for the ACS and Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for Sarasota County ARES

Congratulations Brent!


the Isles CERT Team ready for action

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Kevin Kuhl KM4RET, Guy Spencer KT4GUY, Ann Spencer KM4REW, Stan Robinson W9SMR

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

(Link to press release)

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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.

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WinLink Diagram

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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

TourdeCure2016Thanks 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)Sarasota Half Marathon

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 BuckHurricane Flags

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 )

Activation

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.


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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.

Ed Gansen
K8DSS


APRS:

Tour de CureAmerican Diabetes Assoc

THANKS to ALL VOLUNTEERS

Outstanding Job!

Watch this video:

The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club supports the Tour de Cure


Sarasota Half Marathon 

FANTASTIC JOB BY ALL

THANKS

2015 Half Marathon

 

Whiskey Key 2015_11

 Whiskey Island Dxpedition

February 28, 2015

Pictures

( 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!


 

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***  Field 2014 Day Wrap Up ***

The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club had a great Field Day:
2014 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 

and the
Florida QSO Party Band QSOs Points Multpliers
7 8 16 1
14 272 544 38
21 19 36 8
OPS: K4JBV  K9RWH  KK4WBU  KK4ZYE  W2DEN  W2RWH  W3DJM 28 4 8 2
Non-Ham: Micky Taylor Totals 303 604 49

Logger: N2RDX

Score 29,596

were a huge success. Everyone had a great time! 

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Thanks to our volunteers:

Rich K9RWH Radio Room / Fl QSO Party
Dave W3DJM Radio Room / Fl QSO Party
Gil AK4YH CW Demonstration Station
Stan W9SMR PSK Demonstration Station
Net N2RDX Public Relations
Bill K4JBV Repeaters, etc.
Bill & Friends K4FLV Emergency Communications
George W4SMA SOTA Station Demo

 Rotor is fixed!
Thanks to Bill, Bill, Rich, Net and Den the SERC Rotor at the Red Cross building is fully functional

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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:

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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!

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Picture have been posted: Field Day 2013 Aalbum

Operators:

Bill Martin K4JBV SSB
Ken Wisell K1KEN SSB
Rich Hillyer K9RWH SSB GOTA
David Merullo W3DJM SSB DIGITAL GOTA
Den Spiess W2DEN CW
Net Spiess N2RDX Logger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNN 6 showed up and over the weekend the following video aired about once an hour: