QST NFL for April 2024

QST NFL April 2024

What’s Inside…
Section Manager
Section Emergency Coordinator
Section Manager Candidate—Scott Roberts
Section Manager Candidate—Jim Kvochick
Loften High School ARC & April Events
Scouting for Summer Field Day location
MERT Update
Hearing Deficit Equalization
SPARC Swap Meet & Mobile Hamfest & Tallahasse Auction
HamCation Report
Crazy Stuff with Alachua County Crew
Digital Library of Amateur Radio
Suwannee County ARC & ARES®
The nanoVNA
The Future of Data Communications
Okaloosa County
Playground Amateur Radio Club
Friendship Amateur Radio Club
Testing Information

Earl McDow, K4ZSW

Section Emergency Coordinator Transition

After serving the Northern Florida Section since 2018, Karl Martin – K4HBN has stepped down from the position of Section Emergency Coordinator due to personal reasons.  Karl was instrumental in the creation of the Florida Tri-Section ARES Position Task Book and many other efforts to help unify ARES across the state.  “It’s been a privilege working with you these past years.  I hope to still be an active participant in the Section and ARES so I may help in any way I can,” said Karl in his message to the section’s Emergency Coordinators.

Stepping into the role is Arc Thames – W4CPD.  Arc is no stranger to incident management having served in the Auxiliary Unit of the Crestview, FL Police Department for nine years, ending as the Lieutenant of their volunteer police force.  In 2019 Arc’s focus shifted to amateur radio in Santa Rosa County where he became an ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator.  In 2020, just prior to Hurricanes Sally and Zeta that impacted the county, Arc succeeded Ray Crepeau-K1HG as ARES Emergency Coordinator of Santa Rosa County.  “I have worked with Arc for some time, and I think he will make a great SEC.  I look forward to working with him during the transition,” said Karl-K4HBN.

“I’m extremely excited, energized, and thankful to be given this opportunity,” said Arc-W4CPD.  Arc says he has many ideas he hopes will continue the work Karl-K4HBN had started.  As to not lose his talent and wealth of knowledge in emergency communications and ARES, Arc has asked Karl to stay on as Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.  “Stay tuned for great things ahead,” said Arc-W4CPD.

For more information on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program in the Northern Florida Section, visit their website arrl-nfl.org/ares.