The North American SSB QSO Party

The North American SSB QSO Party is next weekend.   At 1 PM Saturday, activities manager Rich, N4DPM, will open the club station.  Three club members have volunteered to operate for periods of the 10 hour contest. 

Bob, KN4UDT,   will be there at one, followed by Jim, KN4UDV.   
Finally, around 5 PM, Rodney, KJ4JAH, will start operating.   Of our 60 members, only three have signed up to operate in this club activity. 

Provided there are at least six, the operator with the most contacts
will receive the ARRL’s “Portable Antenna Classics”.  This a very nice
book with good drawings and pictures.

Bob, N4CU

Rules can be read here. 


Extra License Fall Class

NOARC will offer a class for the Extra license this Fall.  Classes will be held at the Crestview campus of Northwest Florida State College on Monday nights from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, starting on 19 August and continuing through 11 November, with a test tentatively schedule for 18 November.

Class will not be held on Labor Day (02 Sep) but we plan to hold a class on the evening of Veterans Day (11 Nov) at a location other than the college.

Notification e-mails have been sent out to those who indicated a “serious interest” in the class, but there should be room for additional students.  We have made an announcement to Playground Amateur Radio Club if anyone there is interested. 

If you are planning to attend, please notify Bruce Adams KA5DLV or Mike Behr W4BZM so that you can be put on the e-mail distribution list for additional information prior to the start of classes.

Exam Results

Two applicants were tested on 8/5/2019, with David, KM5AT passing his Extra.  He was licensed previously as an Advanced. 

Others helping with the session were W4BZM, KI5FR, AJ4XK, KL7LS, KJ4RWD AND KK4WDQ.  New member and new ham Bob, KN4UDT, assisted with setup and crowd control.  He plans on becoming a VE within the next year. 

Thanks to Live Oak Baptist Church, NOARC, the applicants, and most of all the other VEs.   A special thanks to Ron for getting the Fellowship Hall.