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.
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
This morning there were ten hams at The Station: KA5DLV, KM4OZK, N4CU, N4FQJ, KM4JJS, N4GXX, KN4OPX (New ham Van), KJ4RWD, KJ4PIU AND KE4BFX.The session opened up with a topic from N4CU on operating your HT with the antenna vertical and also horizontal. We talked about the power loss and the “coolness” factor.The presentation (which is attached) went well, with plenty of questions. We even had questions “before” the session started. We got into some of the common menuing items to program a memory, plus the high level variances between a Baofang and one of the big three radios (Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood). There was also discussion on the effectiveness of getting packages (cable and software) from RT Systems, and the effectiveness of using CHIRP for managing radio memories.I actually walked away with one additional radio to program.Thanks to all that showed up! I believe next week is “The Antenna Tuner Tuner”, by President Ron.73, and take care,Bruce