The Medical Amateur Radio Council

The Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) is an international organization composed of hams in the Healing Arts. Their Website is  Florida will be host to their 2019 annual meeting.

 The 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

Some details for the Tampa business session and social activities are availalbe now,
with more available in December 2018. A summary of those events follow.  Details regarding the post-meeting cruise are complete except for on-shore excursons and radio operating info.

To reserve for the cruise it is very important to make reservations ASAP with our travel agent group planner. Our block is currently stil open until the the end of  November 2018. 

Click here for reservation and payment details

Click here for cruise itinerary details
Click here for Tampa business meeting details

Click here for desintation photos
Click here for Radio operation planning document
Click here for tentative radio equiment list
Click for cruise line info about what their ships have to offer

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We have selected a cruise ship that allows us the best mixture of features, locations and timing in regard to post-meeting travel.  Carnival cruises has approved our request to bring radio equipment on and off in each port so we may operate as DX, as well as be vacationeers.  We are making arrangements on board group activities, and for on shore - both radio and exciting sightseeing activities There will be activities for ham members, spouses and family members.   Friends who are not hams are invitied to join the cruise as well, let's have some fun!

The cruise departs out of the port of Tampa, FL on Sunday 4/28/19, on the Carnival Miracle.  The first full day is at sea, followed by a day in port at Cozumel, Mexico. 
The next three days will be dx oppornities in port for those who want to participate as we set up ham radio equipment in Belize (V3), Roratan Honduras (HR)and Grand Cayman (ZF).  We then have a full day at sea before arriving back in Tampa Sunday May 5th.  2m HT are approved on board, and we will give SAT radio demonstrations.

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For cruise reservations contact our MARCO group trip planner Ilene Premer
at Avoya Travel, (tel) 1-800-380-1489,
(mobile) 305-798-1143,
or e-mail

We are a group cruise with certain amenities and activities that one cannot get outside of our group.  There are Internet non-group available prices that may differ slightly but realize that items such as meeting places, dining together, considerations for radio operation, and more, are a feature of our group only.  There are some Internet Special like early-bird reservation reduced cost opportunties listed below if you are willing to place a $250 per person non-refundable reservation.

Our travel agent works hard to negotiate the lowest group prices with Carnival Cruise line.  Our largest challenge is getting a group block, and having cabin availabilty before the cabins sell out.  If you wait you may not only miss out on the nicest cabin locations, but also availability.

Information Mrs. Premer will need from you:
- Names as they appear on your passports
- Birthdates
- AddressTelephone #
- E-mail
- Cabin Type desire

Prices including taxes for our group as of November 2018 (reserve now to obtain current pricing) are

- Balcony Cabins $924 - per person
 -  Early bird non-refundable deposit rate Balcony Cabins $879.40 - per person *
-  Early bird non-refundable deposit rate Balcony Cabins partial obstruction view $809.40 - per person *
- Inside Cabins $ 674.40 - per person
- Ocean View Rooms $749 can be requested per person
- Completed deposit of $250 per person with names is due by Oct. 30, 2018
- Final Payment is due by Feb. 5, 2019

  • * For early bird reservations the deposit is nonrefundable AND $50 per person (pp) fee assessed for ship/sail date changes made prior to final payment date. Cancellations prior to final payment date will receive future cruise credit(FCC) for deposit amount less a $50pp fee.

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    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)    

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The MARCO 2019 Tampa business meeting and formal activites will be held
on Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28. 

The hotel selcted, The Tampa Airport Marriott, and the block of rooms will be
availalbe starting Wedneday April 24 for those who can arrive early. 
We have a few rooms set aside for those who need to stay over Sunday April 28th.
A link for reservations will be placed on this page later this month. The hotel is attached to the airport terminals so there is no need to rent a car, just roll your luggage in adn relax!

Tampa Airport Marriott Video

For those who can arrive early on Thursday we will meet for dinner a the hotel's rooftop "rotating" restaurant. If you arrive during the day on Friday we will plan an afternoon activity and an evening dinner function.

Saturday April 27:

 - Breakfast for members and spouses 9 AM (included)
- business meeting will be in the morning. 
-early afternoon trip to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete
-  evening night out and dining in historic Ybor City

Sunday April 28:

-group Bon Voyage breakfast get-together
before departing home, or on the cruise

We wish everyone could take the time to cruise with us but understand that taking time off from work and family life is not aways possible. Much fun and excitement will be had by all that come whether or not you attend the optional post-meeting cruise. 

We will not hold an annual meeting banquet this year.  Our program will be being out-and-about in the Tampa Bay area enjoying the scenery!  It will be fast and furious with a lot of action for a short visit in an exciting city/area that is well worth visiting. - The Dali Museum - Ybor City - The Historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City

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Last updated 11/07/2018