We were proud to have assisted with the Main Street Crestview Fall Festival again this year providing event communications for vendor setup. NOARC members were critical to the success of this event to check vendors in and help them locate their spaces. While the weather didn’t want to cooperate we made sure everyone was where they needed to be and had the utilities they needed to operate their booth.
This is also the first year that we setup an information tent at the fall festival to provide information to the community about our club and amateur radio. We even gained two new members from this effort!
Thanks to everyone that braved the storm and stuck with us to the end!
For our October tech night we got our hands dirty and put together some tape measure direction antennas. This antenna is designed for the 2 meter band, which, for a new ham operator, is one of the bands available under the Technician license. It’s fairly easy to build and gives a great opportunity to learn several tasks such as soldering with a hands-on approach. A great time was had by all and it was one of our largest attended tech nights!
NOARC was proud to work with the Boy Scouts again this year for JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) that provides scouts the opportunity to get on the air and experience amateur radio for themselves. Notably the scouts were able to make contact using a satellite bounce technique as well as speak to scouts in France using DSTAR.
Another fun fact about this year’s JOTA, we operated from the highest point in Florida, Lakewood Park.
Thanks to all our members who made this event a great success!
Please see the following link for our October 2017 business meeting agenda – NOARC Mtg Agenda 2017-10-12
Please see the following link for our September 2017 business meeting minutes – North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club Minutes September 2017
Please see this link for the minutes for our August 2017 meeting – North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club Minutes August 2017
Several NOARC members volunteered their time and equipment to assist evacuees from Central and South Florida who sought shelter at the Shoal River Middle School in Crestview.
Members monitored frequencies for emergency traffic and were available to relay any high priority traffic that may have taken place during the evacuees’ stay. Members also kept Randy McDaniel, the Okaloosa EOC Manager, apprised of all check-ins and check-outs of the evacuees.
Thanks to all who volunteered their time to help!