NI4CE regional linked repeater system

Organization

The West Central Florida Group, Inc. is a non-profit Amateur Radio organization. The organization was founded in 2001 with a mission statement reading “To promote and advance the art, science, and visibility of Amateur Radio and provide necessary Amateur Radio communications infrastructure during communications emergencies”. Keeping with this spirit, we operate West Central Florida’s only regional coverage linked amateur radio repeater system, NI4CE. The network operates five analog repeaters from four sites linked 24 hours a day. The group also operates numerous APRS digipeaters as well as an NXDN digital repeater on the NXDN World-Wide Network. The Board of Directors is elected by active contributing members and is entrusted with the responsibility of operating and maintaining the NI4CE Repeater System and the organization’s other programs.

Our Leadership Team

Paul Toth - NB9X - President / Director

Licensed in 1995 – Amateur Extra Class
Former Broadcast News and Weather Journalist
Former IT Manager and Programmer
Land Mobile Radio Consultant
2005 NOAA Environmental Hero

 

Richard Sharp - KQ4KX - Vice President / Director
Licensed – Amateur Radio Extra Class

 

Larry Gispert - KR4X - Secretary / Director

Licensed – Amateur Radio Extra Class
FCC Commercial General Radio Telephone License with Ship’s Radar Endorsement
2nd Class Radio Telegraph License
U.S. Coast Guard as a Radioman (E-5)
A.A. in Business
A.S. in Radio Communications
B.S. in Business Management
Former radio communications and operations officer,  Office of Emergency Management of Hillsborough County
Former Manager of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue 9-1-1 Dispatch Center
Former Director of Emergency Management for Hillsborough County
Former President of the Florida Emergency Management Association (FEPA)
Former President of the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM)
Retired from Hillsborough County Government after 32 years of service

 

Paul Knupke, Sr. - N4PK - Treasurer / Director

Licensed in 1996 – Amateur Extra Class
FCC Commercial First Class Radio-Telephone license 1968-1978
B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Masters in Business Administration
Former Broadcast Engineer and On-Air Personality
Former Design Engineering Manager, R & D Manager, and Quality Manager
Former founder and President at a custom military & industrial electronics manufacturer
Former Contract Consulting Engineer

 

Jason Triolo – KD4ACG - Technical Coordinator / Director

Licensed in 1991 – General Class
Previously spent 14 years in the retail electronics industry.
Currently IT Project Manager for a major fine dining restaurant brand.
Current WCFG Board Member, and manager of social media.
Actively involved in communication support for National MS Society’s BikeMS ride. Past coordinator for comms team.
Recipient of 2015 MS Volunteer of the Year award.
Primary interest in HF, as well as digital voice modes.

 

William Pfost -N4APG - Trustee / Director

Licensed in 1978 – Amateur Extra Class
Retired Special Agent-Computer Investigative Specialist, U.S. Treasury
Retired Internal Auditor – Saudi Aramco
Operations Officer – Florida Army MARS

 

Matthew Copeland – NC4FD - Director

Licensed – Amateur Radio Extra Class

 

Nick Palomba – N1IC - Director

Licensed – Amateur Extra Class

 

David Rockwell – W4PXE - Director

Licensed in 2013 – Amateur Extra Class
FCC Commercial First Class Radiotelephone Operator, 1974-1984
B.S.in Electrical Engineering
M.S. in System Engineering
Former Broadcast Engineer
Former Land Mobile Radio Manager, USAF
Former Communications-Electronics Engineering Officer, USAF
Former Chief Scientist, Federal Data Systems
Branch Chief, Contingency Communications, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Staff
Radio Operator, Pinellas County Auxiliary Communications Service
ICS Instructor

 

Ed Allen - WA4ISB - Broadcast Liaison
Picture of Ed Allen - WA4ISB

Licensed in 1976, Amateur Radio Extra Class
Holds Society of Broadcast Engineers certification as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist
Over 51 years as a Broadcast Engineer
Tampa SBE Chapter 39 EAS Chair
Co-founder of the Sarasota Emergency Radio Club in 1976

 

Postal Address:
West Central Florida Group, Inc.
11931 92nd Way N.
Largo, FL 33773-4321

E-Mail Addresses:

Webmaster: webmaster@ni4ce.org

Information: info@ni4ce.org

Contributions: support@ni4ce.org

NI4CE Trustee: trustee@ni4ce.org