SARNet, Statewide Amateur Radio Network

Stephen W. Szabo
11:18 am (2 days ago)


For those of us new to this excellent idea……..this is the information on SARNet, Statewide Amateur Radio Net. In a single sentence, it is like a big repeater with a giant “footprint”. The Gainesville tower will be active pretty quick. The first link explains it…..The map link has the information on the sites, frequencies and tones.
Steve WB4OMM

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April Volusia ARES Meeting Agenda.

We will be reviewing the PSN shelter exercise we had in March. I want to cover what worked and what needs improvement. Also discuss ways of communications between ARES and other groups in Volusia & Flagler like local hospitals and other emergency organizations.
With out preparedness and planing we would be no good to our served agencies and communities.
See you this weekend.

Karl Martin

Volusia County

ARES Emergency Coordinator

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ARRL NFL Section Manager Election

FROM: Stephen W. Szabo
Mar 11

Good Day to You!

I have been nominated and accepted as a candidate for the ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager position. If you are an ARRL member in good standing and live in the NFL Section, you are affected by this election which is approaching quickly.

You are receiving this message as you are in my contacts list and it is my belief you are one of the NFL section members who has a choice in this election. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO RE-SEND IT TO ANY CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, OR OTHER ARRL NFL MEMBERS YOU KNOW!!

The SM is the elected position that represents the section, makes ARRL appointments at the section level, and oversees ARES efforts. It is an important position. I am an ARRL Life Member, have worked at several ARRL field appointments, and support the league’s many efforts; even though at times, like you, I may not agree with everything that is done.

If you look up my call (WB4OMM) in and read my bio and background, I am sure you would agree my qualifications far exceed the minimum for this position. Others may have some of these experiences, but not near the same level, tenure, or depth that I have. I am a retired Police Captain from Daytona Beach, experienced as an EOC Manager, and I enjoy an excellent reputation for organization and leadership.

I’m running on a platform of “no hidden agendas” – or put simply, I am not looking to “play politics”. I am not “coming in dumping people”, nor am I looking to make “big sweeping changes”. But it is my intent to move our Section forward and expand our capacities and capabilities. Our section has enjoyed some great successes and I want to build on these POSITIVE results. I am sure that like any other organization, there will be changes at some time, and some place, but that’s NOT what I am about.

EmComm and ARES remains a top priority and will continue to be sustained and guided. I also believe the Section Manager is responsible to support all of the interests of our service…. Contesting, QRP and CW, Traffic Handling, Nets, WinLink, Portable Ops, D-RATS, NTS, Digital, D-STAR, EchoLink, and QCWA, FCG, SKCC, OMISS, 10-10, ARCI-QRP and the multitude of other specialty modes and operations……..all deserve equal attention and I have been (and will remain) actively involved in most of them.

My vision for the Section is simple: Support and enhance the part of the Amateur Radio Service that is important to YOU; because without you, there is no Amateur Radio Service. Every facet of this hobby appeals to everyone differently. And that diverse, technical and operating knowledge and experience is what makes us a valuable community asset. We need to “market” ourselves and increase the public perception of what we do NOW, not what we did 50 years ago (although I am highly supportive of our great history!). We should increase our ranks with folks who are “radioactive”, and can contribute new ideas and develop new perspectives in our Service. We should thank those who have given personal time and effort for so much time while providing a service to our nation and the world.

I am hopeful the NFL members will elect me as a competent, fair, and unbiased ham radio practitioner looking to support all ARRL members and the entire Amateur Radio Service. That’s my platform. If you have any questions, contact me – by e-mail or telephone. I am here for YOU.

I am hoping you are a supporter! Either way, thank you for your time!

Steve Szabo WB4OMM

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March Meeting Agenda

During this weekend’s meeting I’m going to be updating everyone on more information about the March 20 SET. Chuck and I had a meeting with the county and health department on how they see the exercise unfolding. This year we will be a major part of the event and we still need your help.
The second part of the meeting will be covering the forms that need to be filled out during any deployment.
I hope more of you are able to attend the meeting this weekend. It’s not just a good learning experience but we all get to share ideas that help the ARES organization grow.
Karl Martin
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Volunteers needed for exercise in Volusia

Hello everyone

Some of you may know we have a shelter exercise on March 20th from 8am to around 12pm. We need people to deploy to two shelters and the health department. The two shelters are Atlantic High School and Heritage Middle. It would be wonderful if we could have at least two people per location. If you have a D-rats setup that would be a plus.

We will be sending and receiving message traffic using ICS-213 and logging everything using the communications logging sheet. Both can be found here


During the March meeting we will cover how to fill these forms out, log information and discuss all the information we have about the the event. The meeting is March 15th at 3pm. The Fire Training Center can be found at

3889 Tiger Bay Rd Daytona Beach, FL 3212

If you would like to volunteer or need more information then please contact me anytime.


Karl Martin

Volusia County

ARES Emergency Coordinator

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February Meeting Agenda

This weekend is our regular monthly meeting. We will be covering shelter procedures and ICS forms. On March 20 there will be a simulated emergency test or SET. It will run from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. This is a short but important exercise. The Volusia County EOC and the Volusia County school Board have ask for our participation.

If you have any questions or like to volunteer please contact me.

This is all the information we have at this time. As new information is released I will update the group.


Karl Martin

Volusia County

ARES Emergency Coordinator

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Volusia ICS Classes Rescheduled

The two courses scheduled to be held this Saturday, February 15 are being rescheduled to a future date.  We are sorry for any inconvenience but will let you know as soon as possible when the courses are scheduled.

Here are the direct links to the courses

I will update the group ASAP.



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ICS-100 & 700 Training for VARES

Volusia County Emergency Management will be offering ICS-100.b & 700.a Classes to Volusia ARES members. These classes are still required by the county. This  is a great opportunity for those who haven’t taken the classes.

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and class will begin at 9:00 am.  Your social security number is needed for the exam registration, please be sure to bring it with you.

Registration – February 15 – 8:30 am -9:00 am
IS-100.b – 9:00 am – 12 noon

Lunch – PLEASE BRING YOUR LUNCH. -12 – 12:30 PM
The facility is located out on West International Speedway Blvd/US Hwy 92 with no restaurants close by. Participants are asked to bring their lunch to expedite the day.

IS-700.a – 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Please contact Ruthann Townsley at 386-254-1500 Ext 11633 to register.

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Gov. Scott Announces 15-day Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Preparedness Supplies

The proposed sales tax holiday will begin June 1 and run through June 14, 2014, and will cover hurricane preparation supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other basic items that are essential to building a disaster supply kit.

The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:

· A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less

· A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less

· A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less

· A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less

· A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less

· A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less

· A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less

· A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less

· A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less

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Volusia ARES EC appointment

Please join me in congratulating Karl Martin, KG4HBN on his appointment as Volusia ARES Emergency Coordinator.

-Jason, KK4OSD

Posted on January 12, 2014 by Karl Martin
Thank you all.

As most of you may know I’m not good at long drawn-out speeches or emails for that matter so I’ll keep this short.

I’ve seen how difficult it is to be an emergency coordinator and the politics involved.

We joined ARES to help our community and fellow hams not dwell on the past. I want ARES to lead the way and be an active part in our county.

I’ve been in contact with our new district emergency coordinator and he has some great ideas for the district. We are in the planning stages of a combined S.E.T between Volusia and Flagler counties in the near future. Jason Writtenhouse KK4OSD our new DEC is planning on coming to this months meeting to introduce himself and share his new ideas.

I plan on having a new activity after every monthly meeting and when you leave I hope you excitement about the changes to come. Together we can create a better 2014.

The agenda for this months meeting will be simple introductions and any questions you may have. Please come out on Saturday, January 18 at 3 PM to help plan 2014.

Thank you again and I hope to see you at this months meeting.

Karl Martin
Volusia County EC

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