Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council
The Thirty-Ninth Annual
Our guest speaker is Ken Rand, the man who wrote the book, from Times Microwave who will present the:
Times Microwave Lightning Surge Protection Workshop
A semi-technical seminar for those involved with RF radio systems. Topics will include...
Statistical nature of the lightning event including current and voltage wave shape analysis
Effects of lightning induced voltage and current on wireless Infrastructure equipment
Proper grounding, bonding and shielding of wireless installationsionsions
Equipment and structure damage mitigation techniques
Overview of lightning protection technologies RF & Microwave
Ken Rand is the Senior Technical Consultant of Times Microwave Systems and author of Lightning Protection and Grounding Soutions for and Lightning Protection & Grounding Solutions for Communication Sites, PolyPhaser and many lightning protection articles and presentations for Times Microwave.
The West Central Florida Section Convention forum will have representatives from Headquarters in attendance in addition to our Section officials and visits from other Florida Sections. Visit and meet your elected and appointed officials in the ARRL booth. Ask questions and hear the latest from Headquarters. Chuck Skolaut K0BOG is the guest ARRL speaker and headquarters representative. His topic is FAMOUS HAMS. It is about past and present famous hams ranging from kings and queens that are or were hams, famous musicians and actors, and a favorite of Chucks, Jack Kilby, the inventor of the IC, because he grew up in the same home town of Great Bend, KS. Chuck will be available in the ARRL booth before and after the section meeting to answer your questions.
The South Coast Amateur Radio Service (Southcars) will be running their net from the hamfest on both Friday and Saturday. Stop by and say hi! They will have a Meet & Greet Friday night at 6 PM. They will present a forum on Saturday at 11am.
The Florida AM Group will put on two forums. On both Friday night at 4pm and Saturday afternoon at 2pm they will present Pang-Jin - From Hong Kong to the 1939 New York Worlds Fair or Bust Presented by Stan Wood WA4NFY. On Saturday at 10am various speakers will present Restoring oat Anchor Radios and Rich Fischer WA3SXX will present Indoor Antennas for 75M.
AMSAT, MARS, The Florida AM Group, QCWA, The West Central Florida Group Inc / NI4CE and The Florida Repeater Council will all have meeting. All are open meetings and any interested party is encouraged to attend.
Weak Signal: Presented by Buddy Morgan, WB4OMG on behalf of the Florida Weak Signal Society (FLWSS), http://www.flwss.net/ which is associated with the Southern VHF Society from the Southeastern Weak Signal Conference. Weak Signal work defined. What are grid squares? The different propagation modes of VHF and UHF. The characteristics of each band above 10M. The type of equipment needed to operate on these bands. How far you can expect to communicate on each band. What you need to get started.
QRP The QRP forum will explore on the air operating events, kits & kit building, antennas for portable operations, and the many ways you can have a lot of fun running 5 watts or less.
QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association) forum is open to all interested parties. What the QCWA is and what it does will be presented.
Ham Radio Deluxe Rick the founder of W4PC Software and an owner of HRD wll speak on where they are now and what their plans are.
VE Exams are available from 10:00 AM to 2:00 P.M. Come on in and upgrade or bring your spouse or child in for his/her Technician license. Amateur Radio testing FCC exam fee is $15.00.
Also all day will be the DXCC/WAS/VUCC/IARU card checking. Drop off your cards and have them checked while you attend a forum, visit your favorite commercial vendor or stroll the swap tables. The card checking will probably be in the main hall so check the schedule or the FGCARC booth for the location.
ARRL ARECC Exam will be given. EC-001, Introduction to Emergency Communications. Examinees must present positive identification and must document that they have completed the two FEMA course pre-requisites, ISC-100 and IC-700. The completion dates of these pre-requisites are required on the exam session paperwork.
Forums, locations and times are subject to change. Please check the schedule on a regular basis to keep yourself informed of the latest changes.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2013
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013
The Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council (FGCARC) is an organization of thirty amateur radio clubs/groups from West Central Florida. The purpose of FGCARC is to bring together hams to share information and ideas.
FGCARC is an ARRL affiliated council.
The major project of the The Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council is to sponsor the yearly Tampa Bay Hamfest.
Meetings are held monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 7:30 P.M.
Although we make every effort in making sure all information is accurate, we can not be held responsible for typographical errors.
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