The North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club (NOARC) will hold classes for the General license beginning in January 2021. Classes will be held remotely, via the Zoom application. Our current intention is to hold classes from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (with breaks) Central Time on the following dates in 2021: January 25 February 1, 8, 22 March 1, 8 Mach 15 – tentative test under WCARS VEC
We will be using the ARRL General Class License Manual, 9th Edition. A Zoom account will be required, available free from zoom.us.
NOARC’s home location is in the Florida panhandle, but during a previous Technician class, we had students from out of state (Alabama) and in other time zones (Tampa area). So don’t let geographic separation be a limiting factor.
Interested in participating in the classes? Please contact one of the following instructors prior to the signup deadline of Thursday, 07 January 2021.
At the Annual Meeting of the club on 11/12, incumbent President Bob Murphy, KI4MEU, was re-elected for another two year term. Bob Hurley, KN4UDT, was elected Treasurer for the same term, starting January 1.
Please congratulate, and work positively with the new officers and the existing officers. The other “returning” officers are Vice-President Ron Mahn, KI5FR, and Secretary Ralph Zecco, KM4JJS.
Matthew Colucci, an associate of Jesse Peters, passed his Technician license and is now KO4JBC; Don Boaz, KD4BWN, upgraded to General from Technician; Joseph Hughes, KO4FNK, also upgraded from Technician to General, plus brought donuts for the group; and Bob Raffety, N1KRE, took his last exam – going from General to Extra. You will recognize the last three as NOARC club members. Hopefully Matthew will join us.
Thanks to Live Oak Baptist Church allowing us to test at their facility; thanks to the four VEs – we are always looking for more volunteer examiners – it is easy to get credentials, and minimal time commitment; thanks to the applicants for showing up on time (we actually started five minutes early) and showing that you all were prepared.
A huge shout out and thanks to everyone from NOARC who supported the Live Oak Baptist Church (LOBC) Fall Festival on 31 October. The LOBC have been outstanding hosts to the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club (NOARC) over the years and this is one of the ways we try to pay back their hospitality.
Because of COVID, the event was much smaller this year than usual, which was good because we had a little less space to park than usual. However our lead, Joe KN4UDS packed those cars in like sardines…safely but tight enough to have plenty of space available. We had more folks then we needed for parking the cars, but having those vests all over the place showed how serious we are about assisting the church.
This year we had lights, based on ideas from Joe KN4UDS, Rob KM4SPJ, and Bruce KA5DLV. This was key to a safer event this year. While we have had no accidents in the past, the lights made it easier for walkers to watch their step and drivers to see walkers a little better. Yet more improvement. Thanks everyone for joining us this year.