The Medical Amateur Radio Council

2019 MARCO Annual Meeting and Optional Post-Meeting Cruise

 The annual meeting business sessions and social activities will take place in Tampa FL
Friday April 26-Sunday 28th 2019, followed by an optional cruise to the Western Caribbean
 on the Carnival Miracle from Sunday April 28 - Sunday May 5th 2019

Tampa Airport Marriott
- Our hotel and site of the buisness meeting.  Plans are being arranged by Jay Garlitz

Members will fly-in and stay at the airport hotel. Events planned are as follows,  Let us know which events you will be attending so we can arrange for transportation.  Let Jay know your expected date and time of arrival.

Thursday April 25

For those who can arrive on Thursday we will meet in the lobby at 6pm and chose a restaurant to go out to.

April 26

- If you arrive during the morning on Friday we will plan an afternoon activity
- For those arriving in the afternoon we will have an evening out for dining at the Columbia Restaurant, followed by a stroll through the historic Ybor City entertainment district. - Ybor City - The Historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City

Saturday April 27

 - Breakfast for members and spouses 9 AM (included)
- Business meeting at this time 9 AM - noon
- early afternoon trip to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete
- dinner in St. Pete

We will not hold an annual meeting banquet this year. 
Our program will be being out-and-about in the Tampa Bay-St. Pete area enjoying the scenery! - The Dali Museum

Sunday April 28:

- group Bon Voyage brunch get-together at 10am (your cost)
before departing home, or to the carnival Miracle for the cruise
- For those going on the crusie we will arrange for transporation (at cost) to the port of Tampa.
Ourbus will leave at approximately 1pm.  This will give us ample time to check in, board the ship and enjoy someon-board afternnon time before the ship departs on our cruise.  Once we board there will be food available for a late lunch and an eveing to expore the ship and it's entrtanment options.

On Board and Port Activities

The goal of the cruise is camaraderie and fun, no pressure or stress, pick and chosse your experience.  Many activites are available while on the ship during the days and evenings at sea.  Each day the crew will provide a printout of choices which include entertainment, shows, trivia sessions, lounge and night club hours, bingo, art auctions and casino times.

We are doing free style dining that allows us to be flexible in dinner plans, arriving at designated dining rooms between 5:45pm and 9:30 pm.  Buffett options are available as well (aside from dining rooms).  Breakfast and Lunch is open seating for all in the dining rooms, with the buffett options availalbe as well.

We will coordinate our on board social activities by 2m FM using our HT radios.

Make sure to go onto te Carnival crusie Line Website and use their online interaface to plan your personal experience on board.  Excursion reservations, optional specialty dining, printing of luggage tags and boarding passes, WIFI options are all done here.

Our group has reserved 11 cabins, a total of 21 participants.

On board radio activity is limited to arranging social activities by 2m FM using our personal HT radios. No HF operation will be allowed on board

On the last day at sea (May 4th), pending crew apporval, Jay will have a handheld satellite VHF/UHF radio for us to have the challenge, fun and educational experience for those inerested in trying to track and find low earth orbitting satellites carrying amateur radio (OSCARs) from a moving boat!  We will find a quiet area on the top deck away from crowds with an unimpeded view of the sky and have a unique experience.

Monday April 29

Enjoy a leisurely morning of activites of you choice. 
The night club has been reserved for us to have a group meeting from 11 AM- Noon.
At our meeting will will answer any questions and finalize group plans.

In the afternoon we will request a visit to the radio room and ship's clinic to see how
commincation and Medical care occurs on a cruise ship.

April-30 - May 3rd are four days with port stays. Sign-up for your excursions on or just hang out on ship for R&R.  Feel free to use our group e-mail of to coordiante excurions with other MARCO group members, if you desire.

Tuesday April 30

Plan your day in Cozumel while we are in port, or stay back on the ship for R&R.  We will not be having on-shore HF operation while in port. 

Sign-up for "Chef's table" dining experience and galley tour that evening for members of the group who want to participate. Find this option on teh website under specialty restaurants and in the "special occasions" field write "MARCO group" even (no date is listed).

Days of HF radio operation on shore, May 1 - May 3

We have licensing for special call sign activiation of V31D in Belize and ZF2D in the Cayman Islands.  A special event call of HQ9D has been requested in Honduras, and if not granted in time we will operate as WB5D/HR9.

Belize City and Georgetown Grand Cayman are ports where we do not dock but are transported to shore by boat tender. To make life more simple for Carnival, and ourselves, in the Cayman Islands we have arranged to hold our ZF2D operation on May 3rd at the home station, and using the station of ZF1EJ who is located about 20 minutes from port.  HR and V31 operation locations have not been selected yet but our preference is to try to find a similar arrangement.  If we do need to bring equipment on shore we have two portable 100 w HF stations with us and are arranging with Carnival to make sure Customs and the Cruise line will allow the equipment to be brought with us to shore. Jay is the call sign trustee for these onshore operations.

Due to the complex nature of getting equipment of the boat in port, completing local arrangments, setting up station equipment at a pre-arranged site,and getting back in plenty of time to board before departure, we are allowing two hours after arrival for this to occur, and completing radio operation two hours before departure.  Tell Jay your operating preferences and he will put you down for operating slots. See the following table for radio operations. You are not rquired to operate radio, yiou are required to do what you enjoy and have fun!

Wednesday May 1 - Belize City - V31D

HF1 - 20m SSB/CW Time   16:00 - 21:00 UTC HF2 - 17m CW/FT8/SSB
JA0BXP Etsu 10 AM - 11 AM availalble
availalble 11 AM - Noon availalble
available Noon - 1 PM AA4FL Jay
K4LRC Bob 1 PM - 2  PM availalble
K4LRC Bob 2 PM - 3  PM availalble

Operators who want time as available for QSOs as their non-excursion time allows -
Mike McGirr, Susan McGirr, Jeff Wolf

Thursday May 2 - Roatan Honduras - HQ9D

HF1 - 20m SSB Time  16:00 - 19:00 UTC HF2 - 17m CW/FT8/SSB
JA0BXP Etsu 10 AM - 11 AM N8CL Chuck
N5RTF Chip 11 AM - Noon N8CL Chuck - Maria
N5RTF Chip Noon - 1 PM NI3M - Keith

Friday May 3 - Grand Cayman - ZF2D

HF1 - 20m SSB Time   17:00 - 21:00 UTC HF2 - 17m CW/FT8/SSB HF3 - 15m SSB
available 12 pm - 1 PM AA4FL Jay NN4DF Dave
available 1 pm - 2 PM NN4DF Dave availabe
JA0BXP Etsu 2 pm - 3 PM available available
K6JW Jeff 3 pm - 4 PM K4LRC Bob KM2L Bruce

Operators who want time as available for QSOs as their non-excursion time allows -
Mike McGirr, Susan McGirr

Saturday May 4

Day at sea.  Time for fun and relaxation! 
Oscar satellite tracking fun, time to be announced.
Join Randi and Jay at the specialty steakhouse at 6 PM for dinner if you desire, make your reservation online

Sunday May 5

We are back in port by 8am, and Disembarkment is usually within an hour or two.  Taxi or Uber your to the airport at the time you need.

    Our Route    
    Our Ship    
    Top deck for OSCAR SAT demos    
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    Cozumel Mexico (XE)    
    Belize (V3)    
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    Roratan Honduras (HR)    
    Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island (ZF)    

Last updated 03/31/2019