The West Central Florida Group, Inc.

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization to promote Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications on Florida's West Coast

The West Central Florida Group, Inc. is a non-profit Amateur Radio organization.   We were founded in 2001 to manage and operate West Central Florida's only regional linked amateur radio repeater system.  The NI4CE System covers all or parts of fourteen counties and provides extensive mobile coverage along the I-75 and the I-4 corridors.  The system's continuing growth and annual operating expenses are supported via tax deductable donations. Please visit our Contribute Funds page for information on how you can help.

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Recent NI4CE Repeater System News, Events and Information


WCFG Helps Bring Emergency Communications to North Pinellas County

Palm Harbor Fire Station #52 is now equipped with Amateur Radio communications, thanks to a Scout Explorer Leadership Project. The effort, spearheaded by Explorer Scout Parker Mitchell-KI4YAV (pictured center), will support disaster and emergency communications from the Fire Station located in Palm Harbor in North Pinellas County. Also pictured is Parker's father, Eric-AI4WY (left) and West Central Florida Group, Inc. President Paul Toth-NB9X (right), who were on hand to help install the VHF station equipment. A VHF radio and Power Supply were donated for the station by the West Central Florida Group, Inc.

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NI4CE Back At Full Strength - Dec. 19, 2013

The NI4CE Repeater System is back at full strength with the relocation of the 442.825 repeater to a new site in Polk County and the return of the 443.450 Holiday repeater to service.

The 442.825 repeater had been operating from the WMOR-TV tower at Pebbledale where it was put on the air in 2005. WMOR-TV recently advised they will be demolishing the tower and transmitter building in early January. The analog TV operation there was terminated in 2010 when commercial television went digital. The West Central Florida Group, Inc. would like to thank WMOR-TV and Hearst Communications to allowing the 442.825 to operate from the Pebbledale site for the past eight years.

The 443.450 repeater in Holiday has been off the air since mid-November to make way for WCIE-FM’s new transmitter and antenna. The repeater was brought back online with a new 8 bay Telewave UHF antenna at 1,100 feel AGL and shares a transmission line and filtering system with our site host, Clear Channel Broadcasting.

We would like to know how you are receiving the 442.825 and/or 443.450 repeaters at your location, send us an email at info@ni4ce.org with your callsign, location, repeater and signal strength.
 

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NI4CE-13 Weather Station

The West Central Florida Group, Inc., in partnership with Cox Media Group has launched the NI4CE-13 APRS Weather Station in Pinellas County. NI4CE-13 is located in Oldsmar just North of Old Tampa Bay. This new APRS Weather Station will provide LIVE weather data 24/7/365. To view NI4CE-13 weather data, go to http://wx.findu.com/ni4ce-13.

The NI4CE-13 station joins NI4CE-10 in Verna (Manatee Co.), NI4CE-11 and NI4CE-12 at Riverview (Hillsborough Co.)

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In case you missed the NXDN Forum at TampaBay Hamfest


The West Central Florida Group, Inc. and NI4CE presented a NXDN Digital Radio Forum at the 37th Annual TampaBay Hamfest with over 60 people in attendance. The NXDN Forum featured a LIVE demonstration of NXDN Digital Radio, Radio Programming Tips and information and a Question and Answer session.

NI4CE operates a dedicated NXDN Digital Repeater on 444.425 / 449.425 MHz - RAN 1 from our site in Riverview. NI4CE-NXDN Riverview is connected to the NXDN Worldwide Network. NXDN mode is also available on demand through the NI4CE 442.950 / 447.950 MHz repeater at Verna and the 443.450 / 448.450 MHz Holiday repeater.
 
The PowerPoint presentation is available here in case you missed the Forum.

To join the NI4CE-NXDN-Users Google Group, send an email to info@ni4ce.org to request membership. It's FREE!


73 de NI4CE
The West Central Florida Group, Inc.

 

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Intentional Interference on the NI4CE Repeater System


As you may know, the NI4CE Repeater System has recently become the target of one or more individuals who are interfering with the normal operation of the system. These transmissions have included extended periods of kerchunking, DTMF tones and audio not authorized for transmission under Part 97 rules. In all cases, the person(s) responsible refuse to identify their station, also a violation of FCC rules.

The target of these illegal transmissions has been the 443.450 repeater in Holiday. The frequency of this activity has noticeably increased since the 146.64 repeater was removed from service earlier this month.

We want you to know this activity has been brought to the attention of the FCC Field Office in Tampa. A case file has been opened by the Enforcement Division at our request. At the same time, our technical crew has been collecting recordings of these malicious transmissions and other data that will assist the FCC with locating and prosecuting the individual(s) responsible for this abuse.

These illegal transmissions have made it increasingly difficult to monitor the NI4CE system as well as use the system for legal two-way communications. Please know if the end game for this individual(s) is a termination of service on 443.450 to the Amateur Radio community, it is not going to happen.

One last item….there has been a swirl of rumors predicting the imminent loss of the Holiday site for the 443.450 repeater. We have had two lengthy discussions with our host, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. They have indicated they have no current plans to ask the West Central Florida Group, Inc, to turn off our repeater and vacate the tower site.

Very 73,

Paul Toth-NB9X
President
West Central Florida Group, Inc.

 

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NI4CE Digital Repeater now in service

A new, fulltime NXDN Repeater went into service on Sunday, March 11, 2012 on 444.425 MHz (RAN=1). This new NI4CE Digital Repeater replaces the NI4CE D-Star repeater which had operated from the Riverview site for several years. At the same time, the NI4CE 442.550 MHz repeater at Riverview becomes a fulltime analog-only voice repeater.

The new 444.425 repeater provides fulltime NXDN digital voice and text service to operators in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk Counties. Additionally, on-demand NXDN digital voice and text service is available via the 442.950 Verna repeater and 443.450 Holiday repeater.

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NI4CE Supports SKYWARN

The NI4CE Repeater Network continues to support the National Weather Service SKYWARN severe weather spotter program. Join the weekly SKYWARN Information Net each Tuesday evening at 9:00 PM EDT. SKYWARN Severe Weather Nets will be conducted on the system whenever severe weather threatens the NWS-Ruskin Operational Area. These Nets enable the timely issuance of severe weather warnings and the delivery of spotter information directly to WX4TOR at the National Weather Service.

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NI4CE-NXDN-Users Group

Get your questions answered about the NI4CE System's new digital mode, NXDN, by signing up for the NICE-NXDN-Users Group forum on Google Group. It’s Fun! It’s Informational! And it’s FREE! To find out more about NXDN digital Talk, Text and Track, join now. Send an email to subscribe-ni4ce-nxdn-users@googlegroups.com and get answers to your NXDN questions on the ARRL West Central Florida Section Tech Net, every Thursday evening at 9:00 PM ET on the NI4CE Amateur Repeater Network.

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Paul Knupke Jr
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