On March 26th, Club Treasurer Steve Strom will discuss why we have ARES, interfacing with the county and city EOCs, requirements for membership, past – current – and future practices, and upcoming changes to the service.
In April, I will do a tech night on the IC-7300 our club HF radio. I know a couple of members have the radio and I am sure they will attest to what a great radio it is at such a reasonable price. In order to get off on the right foot, I would like you to consider downloading a few items as well as joining a Facebook group about the IC-7300 if you are so inclined. Here are links to download the basic manual pdf and download the full manual pdf from ICOM.
Ron Mahn, KI5FR
Date: 23 April 2020 7:00 pm
Location: Live Oak Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
4565 Live Oak Church Rd
Crestview, FL 32539
Due to COVID-19 PARC is postponing Hamfest and will be rescheduling sometime later this year.
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.
Dustin “DJ” Stewart, KI4ZER, will present the use of Incident Command System (ICS) Forms for the ham in EOCs (Emergency Operations Centers) and other coordinated ham radio work. DJ has worked in military emergency management and brings a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
DATE and LOCATION: May 28, 2020, 7:00 PM at the Live Oak BC Fellowship Hall in Crestview.
Of the five applicants that tested, Glen Simon, KN4UDY upgraded to Extra, and Randy Church, KN4OPX upgraded to General. Jonathon Murphy, son of President-elect Bob Murphy has a new call of KO4AFZ. These items got entered last night.
Please congratulate the upgrades when you hear and / or see them.
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
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.
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.