Message from our New PIO, Jason Ford W4JMF

Jason Ford W4JMF
Public Information Officer
First and foremost, thank you for the opportunity to assist TARS as your Public Information Officer.  I will certainly do everything I can to serve effectively.  I thought it would be good to share a bit about myself. I am originally from New Castle, IN.  We relocated to West Central Florida in 1994, moving to Tallahassee in 2005.  I am 46 years old, and happily married for the last 28 years to my wife, Donna.  We have 4 children; Jason 26, Alex 24, Meagan 22, and Ethan 19.  Alex and his wife Cat just blessed us with our first grandchild, Aralyn Mae, this past month!  I proudly work for the City of Tallahassee as a Graphic Design and Installation Specialist, designing and installing all of the vehicle wraps and graphics for the city fleet, and working with various departments on special events and marketing.

I have been licensed since 1998, and finally obtained the perfect vanity call W4JMF last year.  I enjoy D-Star, DMR, Allstar, and I own an Echolink Conference server *THEGUILD* Node 679320.  I am also the President of World Wide Amateur Radio Guild Inc, which is a virtual amateur radio club with nearly 500 members from all over the world.  This group primarily serves to provide education, training, and fellowship to both licensed and non licensed individuals.  Previously, I have also served in another county as Assistant Emergency Coordinator, Public Information Officer, and club president.

Moving forward, I will begin doing research and planning in the next several days.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at any time.

My contact information is:

Jason Ford, W4JMF

Twitter:  @w4jmf

Tallahassee Marathon – Sunday, February 5th

TARS needs volunteers to answer to the call to provide communications support and safety oversight to the Tallahassee Marathon on Sunday, February 5th.  If you have participated before and would like the same checkpoint, please let John Pantoja, KM4FAM, know.  If you are unable to participate the entire time he can make provisions for you. You can work a full or part day shift in either the morning or mid-morning-to-afternoon slots (and check in on the air.) The first portion of the course will be shut down starting around 10:30 a.m. In addition to the normal checkpoints, there is a need for NCS, SAG wagon and a liaison for Medics.

Volunteers will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Winn Dixie
parking lot off of Magnolia. All checkpoints at the beginning of the course (up to Myers Park/Cascades Park) must be at their assigned position no later than 7:15 a.m. Positions for the latter-half of the course should be on site no later than 10:00 a.m. (give or take.)
You only need an HT (with 2m and 70cm) as the entire race is within the city.  For more concise info on routes please visit:
To volunteer, please provide forward your call sign
, preferred position and your t-shirt size to John
Pantoja at
Tallahassee Marathon 2016