Full Day of Hell Sprint

NOARC operators:  Have you ever used a mode called Hellschreiber  (“Hell” for short)?  Hellschreiber was a digital communications mode developed in 1929 by Dr. Rudolf Hell , when teleprinters were complex and expensive.  The Hell receiving mechanism had only two moving parts.  It was used mostly for land-line press services, which continued well into the 1980s.  It was widely used during WW2 for field portable military communications.  Hellschreiver generates text that looks almost as if it came off a fax machine.  Radio amateurs continue use of this nostalgic mode today.
If you’d like to experience the mode and your digital sofware supports it (there are several variants, the most commons being FSK Hell-105), the Feld Hell club is hosting a “5th Saturday” sprint on 30 May 2020 (actually starting at 0000 UTC 30 May, which is 1900 CDT on Friday 29 May). 
Details are available at:
The suggested frequencies are at: 
Have fun enjoying a vintage mode of radio communication!
Mike W4BZM

PODXS 070 Contest

Ø7Ø Club Three Day Weekend (TDW) Contest
open to all licensed PSK-31 Operators!!!

Purpose: To make as many PSK-31 contacts as possible.

When: 0000 UTC 29 May 2020 – 2359 UTC 31 May 2020


QRP – max power 5 watts output
Low Power – max power 25 watts output
Medium Power – max power 50 watts output
High Power – max power 100 watts output

**Highest power used at any time during the contest determines Category. ALWAYS comply with the FCC rule to use the minimum power necessary to complete the QSO.

Call: “CQ Ø7Ø TDW”.

Exchange: (Note: For the purpose of this contest only, “Member” is a member who has received their 070 number prior to the start of the contest.)

  1. Members send Callsign and their 070 Club Number.
    (Exchange example: K9DWR de K5SP 483 QSL? kn).
  2. Non-members send Callsign and 0000 in place of a 070 Club number.(Exchange example: K9DWR de KQ4XYZ 0000 QSL? kn).

Bands: All HF bands, 160 thru 6 Meters, but no WARC bands (or 60m).

Contacts: Work each station once per band. All contacts must be 2-way PSK31. No repeater, cross-mode or cross-band contacts. Each contact counts one (1) QSO Point. Dupes (same station, same band) count zero (0) points. 

Multipliers: Multipliers are the number of unique 070 club numbers worked (including 0000), counted once (not per band).

Bonus Stations: Each contact with a bonus station counts as one hundred (100) bonus points. Bonus stations for contest will be listed here one week prior to the contest start date.

Final Score: (Total QSO Points)  X (Total different 070 numbers) + (Total Bonus Points) = Final Score

Awards: The top three scores in each category and the top scoring Bonus Station will receive a certificate. The top score by a Member (excluding Bonus Stations) will receive the Top Dawg Award and a Rollo Dog Tag. Note: The Top Dawg recipient is automatically invited to participate in the next TDW as a Bonus Station.

Submission and Logs:
All entries must be received within ONE week after the conclusion of 070 Club TDW Contest.

Upload your ADIF file on the TDW Scorer

All entries are subject to verification. The 070 club reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed not in accordance with the above rules or contrary to the spirit of this event.

Bonus Stations: You can work each Bonus Station once per band, but please don’t ask them to QSY to another band for you. Bonus Stations will try to work as many bands as their equipment and propagation allows to give everyone a chance for extra points, but remember that they are in the contest, too. There is no guarantee that all Bonus Stations will be active on all bands.

Brag Files: Calling “CQ Ø7Ø TDW” means you are in a contest mode, so there is no need to send those brag files. If you want to ragchew, send a general CQ instead.

Macros: Take advantage of your Macro keys. Set one up with your exchange. 

Questions, or comments, send an email to contests@podxs070.com


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.


Officer Elections

In our Novermber 14th Business meeting we elected new officers:

President two year term: Bob Murphy
Vice President one year term: Ron Mahn
Secretary one year term: Ralph Zecco
Treasurer two year term: Steve Strom

NOARC Receives Appreciation from City of Crestview

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.

Exam Results

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.