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We need approx 10-12 volunteers for the Tampa-bay Frogman Swim.

This is a really good event for our group as it will allow us to work on our

communications capabilities on land and water.



Sunday, January 15, 2017. Gandy Beach, St Petersburg to Picnic Island,


Our mission will be to support communications between support vessels and

land based units.

If any of you are EXPERIENCED Kayak Operators we have a need for at least 2


We will also have a need for a couple operators to ride with some of the

Marine Units.

Below is an outline of the event:


0500 Stage start area

0600 Race start area/parking open at Gandy Beach.

0615 Swimmer/Kayaker check in

0715 Check in closes

0715-0740 Swimmer & Kayaker Brief with Q&A

0745 Navy ROTC Post/Opening Ceremony (reading of names of KIA/KIT)

0800 National Anthem/Colors

0815 Comms check/all support staff on station

0820 Wave 1 start

0825 Wave 2 start

0830 Wave 3 start

0835 Wave 4 start

0840 Wave 5 start

0845 Wave 6 start

1045 Swim Course closes

1100 After Race Party & Awards Ceremony at Hula Bay Waterfront Bar & Grill

(5210 West Tyson Avenue Tampa FL 33616)

Please respond Directly to Clayton, KJ4RUS if you can assist in this event.

I need to get all the volunteers that will be assisting their assignments

and positions.

I will be sending our more details and assignments once I have the listing

of volunteers.

Thank you in advance for your support and look forward to hearing from you.

Clayton Parrott

Pinellas ACS/ARES Emergency Coordinator





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Weekly Training Activity

This week’s training is a simple task. Give a whirl at completing it!

Although we talk a lot about various FEMA forms (ICS-213’s etc), we sometimes “forget” basic ARRL forms and information. We are going to fill out a FSD-255 for either your base station or, if you are a shelter operator, try filling it out for the shelter where you volunteer.


You can find the form here:


I’m going to try something different… Rather than walking you through filling out the form, everyone try first on their own. I will post an update tomorrow on this post with an example for those who would like it, but until then try to fill out the form! Leave a comment when you’ve done it and/or if you have questions or suggestions.

Next week will be a “spot the errors” and “spot suggested improvements” in an audio recording of sample message traffic between W4ACS and my volunteer for the recording.


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Shelter Operator Survey

ICS-217A Pinellas Shelter Radios 06032015 with linksPlease take the time to fill out a short shelter operator survey. It will help us prepare for Hurricane season! Please Choose an Alternate Shelter in case your Primary Shelter is Not Opened.
See the 2015 SHELTER LIST below the Survey

ICS-217A Pinellas Shelter Radios 06032015 with links

Here is the Final Copy of the Shelter Radio VHF List

VHF Radio Freqs


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echolink1We are working on getting EchoLink working smoothly on the W4ACS repeater system.  At this point in time, access to the repeater via EchoLink is restricted to those who have been granted prior approval.

Prior approval is only granted for those who are registered in the Pinellas County ACS/ARES Database

Please fill out and submit the form below to request approval.

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