On Field Day, Hams will be all over the HF bands using privileges that they themselves do not have. If you are a Technician Class Ham, you may get to use 20 Meter Voice, 40 Meter Data and more. How is this possible? Is this legal? It is possible and legal if you follow the guidelines in this document “Who is in control of your Field Day station”. This is great info not just for Field Day, but any time you are involved in a group event.
The 2019 update is better and more complete than last
SKYWARN Training at the county EOC this Wednesday night at 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 29 6:30pm. Tropical Town Hall – Niceville, FL (Okaloosa County) WhenWed, May 29, 6:30pm – 8:30pm WhereOkaloosa County Emergency Management, 90 E College Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578, USA
Are you ready for Field Day 2019? The past few have been great, especially the
2018 Field Day, when NOARC used the
Paxton (FL) Agriculture Center for its 24 hour operation. It is located at 21972 US Highway 331. Google locates it at 30.975932, -86.303176,
or 2.6 miles south of Paxton [between the Baptist Church and the Auto / Truck
Parts store]. We will be there again in
There is plenty of parking, lots of room to spread out, air
conditioning, room for food, a small kitchen, room for four or five HF
antennas, lots of room to operate, fellowship area, indoor restrooms, air
conditioning, possibly a station for new or non-licensed amateurs, adjacent covered
area, did I mention air conditioning – for those needing a perk?
The rumored intent this year is to operate all stations from
solar power. In 2018, all stations
operated from batteries. The laptop
computers will be the challenge this year.
The club operated primarily from generator power the two previous years.
The intent of Field Day is for all US hams to practice at
least once a year their activation of preparedness measures, specifically
operating under abnormal conditions.
That could include operating from your car; a park; on battery, solar or
generator power; in the woods, etc.
The event lasts 24 hours, from 1:00 pm Central Daylight time,
starting Saturday, June 22nd.
Certain stations can start setting up a few hours before the event.
For more information and rules on
Field Day, read up on the ARRL site http://www.arrl.org/field-day. The club will have a preview / assignment
session at the May 23rd Tech Night at Live Oak Baptist Church’s
Fellowship Hall at 7:00 pm.
If you have an idea and / or want
to bring something (food or equipment) to Field Day, contact Rich N4PDM, C.J.
KJ4PIU, Jesse KB2OBQ, or drop a line using the CONTACT US tab on this site.
The NOARC Training Team is trying to decide on the next
course to teach later this year of 2019 – the General or the Extra. For those desiring to upgrade, would you
be “Seriously Interested” in
attending an upgrade course? Seriously
Interested means attending six sessions for the General and 12 sessions for
the Extra study course. An exam would be
planned about a week or so after the last class. A
syllabus of topics by instructor would have to be developed, based on
availability, plus a location.
The text to be used is the ARRL License manuals. There are various locations online to take
practice tests. Each session, whether
General or Extra course, is approximately three hours – in the past – from 6:30
to 9:30 pm. The recent locations have
been either the Crestview or Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State
Please contact Bruce, KA5DLV, Mike, W4BZM, or use the Contact
Us tab on the club’s website www.W4AAZ.org to
drop us a message. We look forward to
hearing from you by June 1!
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.