The North American SSB QSO Party is next weekend. At 1 PM Saturday, activities manager Rich, N4DPM, will open the club station. Three club members have volunteered to operate for periods of the 10 hour contest.
Bob, KN4UDT, will be there at one, followed by Jim, KN4UDV. Finally, around 5 PM, Rodney, KJ4JAH, will start operating. Of our 60 members, only three have signed up to operate in this club activity.
Provided there are at least six, the operator with the most contacts will receive the ARRL’s “Portable Antenna Classics”. This a very nice book with good drawings and pictures.
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.
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.
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!