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.
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.
It was a great night at the Main Street Crestview Association Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Patty KM4OZK, Bruce KA5DLV, Rich N4DPM and Ron KI5FR represented NOARC at the event. The first photo is the NOARC members, The second was Ron KI5FR accepting a very generous donation of $100 from Paul Lowry, President of Main Street Crestview. Thanks Main Street, we look forward to working in the years to come!
Antenna raising time. The advanced team met this morning to make preparations for tomorrow’s antenna raising. While waiting for some of the team to arrive, Bob Walker gave us an promptitude course in the use of tower climbing safety equipment.
NOARC has a HF beam up again! Thanks to Scott Moneypenny and many others. With a few seconds before my kitchen pass expired I heard the best signals i ever heard on 40 meters at the club station. We are all now ready to use a great station with up to date radios and and excellent beam.
We had good attendance at the Technical Night held on 27 September 2018. At the meeting, NOARC members were introduced to an antenna that many of the experienced club members had built as their first amateur radio antenna — a 2-meter, vertical, ground-plane antenna constructed from an SO-239 coax connector 12 AWG copper wire.W4BZM provided a short discussion on the theory of a ground-plane antenna, and KK4KRZ explained the twisting of the wires for rigidity and provided several twisted wires for use.The parts kits of connector, antenna wires, and hardware were then distributed. Six members constructed antennas and tested them using antenna analyzers, and four more kits were purchased by members for later assembly.Thank you to KK4KRZ and KI5FR for providing extra parts, tools, and antenna analyzers for use on this project.Mike Behr W4BZM