Upcoming Activities

The fall is the busy time for NOARC. Several activities could use your help. Contact Activities Director Rich Girardin, N4DPM for more details.

10/19 JOTA with BSA 0900-1700 in Defuniak.
10/31 Live Oak BC Fall Festival 146.55 Mhz
11/11 Veteran’s Parade Downtown 147.36 repeater

12/7 Christmas Parade Downtown 147.36 repeater (night ops)
12/?? Christmas Party, Location To Be Determined
01/25,26 Winter Field Day, Park on FL393

Check back for updates.


There will be an amateur radio exam on Monday, November 18th, 18:30 start, at room 304 of the Crestview Campus of Northwest Florida State College on Highway 90, about 1/2 mile east of 85.

Going east on 90, from 85, turn south onto Hathaway Street (you will see the Knights of Columbus building as you pass Twin Hills Park), take the next left through the college. Park in the grassy area on the east side of the building, essentially on Highway 90. Room 304 is on the outside, ground floor, right side, as you walk toward the “main area” of the one campus building.

The exam is planned to start at 1830, so please try and arrive about 1800 or a little after. The fee is $10.00; if writing a check, make it out to WCARS/VEC. Unlicensed applicants must have an FRN (Federal Registration Number); Social Security Numbers are no longer allowed. Obtain your FRN from the FCC site at https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/systems-utilities/universal-licensing-system

Applicants are urged to preregister to me directly, or send a note to me via the club website CONTACT US tab at w4aaz.com.



The EXTRA License Study Course still has room for those whose schedule may have improved.

Classes are Mondays, 1830 to 2130, room 304 at the Crestview campus of NWFSC. Parking is on the northeast side of the campus, right next to US 90.
We are using the ARRL Extra study guide. Grab a book, review chapters one and two, and read three which will be covered this Monday. No class on Labor Day and no cost for the class.

Contact KA5DLV or W4BZM with questions, or use the Contact US page on this website.

Extra License Fall Class

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.

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.




Here are the callsigns of the eight upgrades at the most recent exam given in Niceville. Seven of them were in the class held at Rocky Bayou Church.  All were unlicensed prior to the exam:

KN4UDS Joe;  KN4UDT Bob; KN4UDU John; KN4UDV Jim;  KN4UDW Dawn (a speaker recently at the club) ;  KN4UDX Troy; KN4UDY Glen (a former licensee); and  KN4UZD Jeff.

Please say HELLO to them when you hear them on the air, and / or see them at a meeting.  Congratulations to all of you!

2019 Club Officers elected

The results of our December 13th business meeting election of next years officers are as follows.

  • President – CJ KJ4PIU
  • Vice President – Craig KK4WDQ
  • Secretary – Rob KM4SPJ
  • Treasurer – Robert KM4VKY

The Result of NOARC Business Measures in the order they were voted on.

Bylaws Rewrite – Approved
Budget – Approved
Dues increase to $30 – Not Approved

Main Street Crestview Association Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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!

Prep Day, October 5th

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.

Bob Walker, N4CU