The exam on August 10 had 14 applicants, 12 of which were from the class. Nine of the 14 got the Technician licenses, one got the General upgrade, and one person went from zero to Extra. The VEs were KA5DLV, KM4OZK, KL7LS, AJ4XK, KJ4RWD, KK4WDQ and W4BZM.
The list follows:
Christopher Bolin KO4GDR Tech; Suzanne Cain KO4GDS Tech; David Cook KY4AI Extra; David Craft KO4GDT Tech; Mackenzie Holliday KO4FUU to General; Scott Friesen KO4GDU Tech; Christoper Kelly KO4GDV Tech; James King KO4GDW Tech; William King KO4GDX Tech; Katherine Talley KO4GDY Tech; Michael Williams KO4GDZ Tech
Congratulations to all of the new hams, upgrades, instructors and VEs.
A Technician License Study Course will be offered this summer by the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club (NOARC) of Crestview, Florida.
Classes will be on Mondays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, starting July 13, 2020, for four weeks (July 13, 20, 27 and August 03). The cost of the class is FREE, but donations will be accepted. The class will be taught using Zoom software. This method will save time and travel, and help with the social distancing.
Contact Mike W4BZM (W4BZM@arrl.net), or Bruce KA5DLV with questions, or use the Contact NOARC page on the NOARC website (https://w4aaz.org/contact/). An exam will be planned for August 10 (NO Walkins) with the place to be determined. We will need your name, phone number and email address for the class.
The Club President was asked in early February by Police Chief Steven McCosker for the club to assist his officers with the first Unity Flashlight Walk. The 1.2 mile walk (5:45 pm on February 29, 2020) in downtown Crestview requested we be their “eyes and ears” while the patrol officers walked with residents as a sign of solidarity of community strength and unity. The hams were to be aided by Okaloosa Sheriff and other community volunteers. As the last marchers passed each of 14 checkpoints (street intersections), horse-type barricades would be removed and we were to be released.
The club was allowed to setup a tent (net control point) at the start/finish of the walk, which was City Hall. There was also one ham “ bicycle mobile” as a roamer. The net was run on 447.000 Mhz.
Thanks to the hams the participated: KM4OZK as a community walker; KI4MEU, KM4YOH, N4DPM, KF6LEC, KI4ZIH, KJ4PIU, KM4SPJ, KI4ZER and friend, KN4UDS and daughter, KF4RAF, KA5DLV, KM4SRO and wife, KI5FR, WB4EWS, KJ4FNA, AK4XK, KL7LS, KK4WDQ and KO4AFZ.
Thanks to Mayor JB Whitten and Chief McCosker for attending our meeting and presenting their request.
Of the five applicants that tested, Glen Simon, KN4UDY upgraded to Extra, and Randy Church, KN4OPX upgraded to General. Jonathon Murphy, son of President-elect Bob Murphy has a new call of KO4AFZ. These items got entered last night.
Please congratulate the upgrades when you hear and / or see them.
On Monday, October 21, 2019, the Mayor and Crestview City Council wanted to extend appreciation to the clubs and organizations in the city for their work. NOARC was invited to attend the modified City Council meeting, where approximately thirty organizations gave two-minute talks on their organization.
Bruce Adams spoke for our club. He mentioned the FCC mandate of being “a voluntary non-commercial radio service, with emphasis on emergency communications”; that the club is 41 years old this month; and also mentioned some of the public service work that is provided in the city and county.
Flyers were available for those interested in more information, plus the club’s website was delivered in the presentation. Again, NOARC thanks the Mayor and the City for the recognition.
Photo: (left to right) Alex Barthe’, Steve Strom, Bruce Adams, and Jim Morrison. Not pictured are Juanita and Craig Young, and Bob and Sally Walker. Photo by Robb Sugg.
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.