About Us

The Sheriff's Tactical Amateur Radio Communications (STARC) was founded in August 1999 and formally adopted a constitution and by-laws on February 26th 2001. The purpose of the organization is to provide communications services, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster:

We are not a CLUB, we are a service organization. STARC Volunteers are required to undergo an extensive background investigation including fingerprinting by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

All volunteers are expected and required to contribute a minimum of 9 (nine) hours every 3 (three) months, attend 2 (two) meetings per calendar year. 1 (one) meeting from January to June and 1 (one) meeting from July to December not including the holiday meeting.

You are provided a shirt. You are required to purchase your own pants and Amateur Radio communications equipment.

STARC volunteers are civilians and employees of various Hillsborough County Government agencies, Verizon Telephone, Tampa Electric, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Police Department, and other public and private agencies. In the event of a disaster, radio operators will provide communications between participating agencies if normal means of communications are lost. Special two-way amateur radio equipment is installed in all major facilities of the Sheriff's Office to provide for this capability.

Deployments can be within Hillsborough County, State of Florida or any other state or where requested. Remember you are a volunteer Amateur Radio Operator and will not be compensated.

Basis and Purpose of the Amateur Service

a. Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

b. Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

c. Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.

d. Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians and electronics experts.

e. Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.

Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations

PO BOX 341471
TAMPA FL 33694-1471