The Florida QSO Party


The 2019 Florida QSO Party is *this weekend*; we sure hope you’ll join us.  All 67 counties will be active. I will open the club station for anybody who wants to participate in the FLQP. QSO party details can be found at https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestdetails.php?ref=325.

Please check out the 2018 FQP results and much more at Web Site: http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/

Extra! Extra!

2019 FQP Rules Changes-

– New Expedition Category added; perfect for portable multi-county adventurers/campers

– Lowering the Low Power limit from 150W to 100W output

– Suggested frequency ranges are established


The Florida QSO Party
Object: Everyone works Florida, Florida works Everyone
Activate and work ALL Florida counties
Have as much FUN as possible!

When: April 27 & 28, 2019
Two ten hour operating periods, with a ten hour break:
Saturday, April 27 1600Z (Noon EDT) – 0159Z (9:59 PM EDT)
Sunday, April 28 1200Z (8 AM EDT) – 2159Z (5:59 PM EDT)
20 Hours total

Exchange: RST and County (Florida stations)
RST and QTH (State, Province or Country for non-FL)

Where: 10, 15, 20 and 40 Meters

SUGGESTED OPERATING FREQUENCIES:

CW:       7.020-7.045, 14.025-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.050 MHz

Phone:  7.185-7.245, 14.240-14.295, 21.320-21.350, and 28.450-28.480 MHz
Contacts outside these frequency ranges are still valid; see rules for details.


MOBILE WINDOW:
At least 15 Mobile stations will be on and most can be found here:
CW:  7.025-7.035, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050 MHz
SSB: 7.230-7.240, 14.265-14.275  MHz
If you are not mobile, *please* refrain from calling CQ in these windows.


Categories:
Single Op, Multi Op, Multi-Multi, Mobile, Expedition, Technician and School.
Three power levels: QRP, Low, and High Power.
Use CW, SSB or both.

22nd Anniversary Special Event Award- 2019 FQP Spelling Bee! 

There are a total of 5 special 1×1 stations below whose suffixes spell BEACH. Contact all 5 of these 1×1 stations to earn this award.  These stations will be on both modes full-time and should be very accessible. QSL these 1×1 calls active in FQP via KU9C direct or via bureau.

The callsigns and hosts:

CALLHOSTCTY
W4BN4UUALC
W4EN4OXESC
W4AWX4GSAR
W4CWO4OLAK
W4HN4WWORA

Prizes: Beautiful color Certificates for top participants
Plaques for top finishing entrants.

Web Site: http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/
Detailed rules, mobile routes, past results, plaques, county maps and much more!

ACTION REQUIRED!!!

Florida Stations of all types – please go to the FQP website and register your fixed, mobile, expedition and 1×1 Spelling Bee operations; just click on the “Counties” link and then the Activation Forms to get started – thanks!

Logs to logs@floridaqsoparty.org or via US mail to: Florida QSO Party, c/o Ron Harps, K8NZ, 1997 Willow Glen Ln Columbus, OH 43229-1550.

Any questions or feedback? Please feel free to e-mail:cqdenx4n@gmail.com

We highly encourage you to sign up to the new FQP email Group fqp@groups.io. Anyone wishing to subscribe to the FQP email reflector may send an email request to George, K5KG at k5kg@k5kg.com.  Upon receiving your request to join, George will send you an invitation to subscribe to the reflector.  When you receive the invitation, simply follow the instructions, and sign yourself up.

THANK YOU in advance for making the 2019 FQP another terrific event!

The club station will not be open on Sunday due to church activities.

73 de N4DPM

Fox Hunt!

The April 25th Tech meeting will be the first Fox Hunt for NOARC in a long time. It will be a practice to find a fox on the church property.  Depending on the results, the activities chairman, Rich, N4DPM, will schedule the next fox hunt. 

The tape measure beam and offset oscillator tech nights both demonstrated the use of a directional antenna locating a unseen signal location.  Bring your flashlight, a your tape measure beam, your offset oscillator and a receiver you can program or switch to 146.55 and .58.  There will be a fox in the assembly hall on .55 and at 7:25 PM and leave to find the outside fox on .58.  

At 7:55 all return to the assembly hall for a quick review and close of meeting.

Bob Walker, N4CU

Technician Study Session Exam

The exam date will be Tuesday, 4/23/2019 starting at 1800.  I will ask applicants to arrive by 1815.  

Location will be the Rocky Bayou Church, Genesis Hall, in Niceville, 2401 Partin Dr N, Niceville, FL 32578.   It is about 1/2 mile south of College and Partin, on the east side of the street.  I’m attaching a map of the campus.    

Do not forget to bring your ID with you, and to get your Federal Registration Number from the FCC. Cost is $10.00, with checks made out to WCARS / VEC.  We accept cash too. 

The exam is open to all levels.

And to reiterate, we are meeting at The Church, not the school.  Any questions, contact me or ask on Tuesday. 

Bruce

Click here for campus map

NOARC Technician License Class

NOARC will offer classes for the amateur radio Technician license in March and April 2019. 

Classes will be held on four Tuesday nights from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, starting on 26 March and continuing through 16 April. 

The location for the classes is the Niceville campus of the Northwest Florida State College, Student Services Center (Building 400), Room 306. Click here for campus map.

Classes are free but students are expected to acquire the textbook (The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Fourth Edition).  No previous electronic experience is required. 

An examination for the license will be conducted following the four classes.  Morse code is not required to obtain the license. 

For further information, please email Mike Behr at the address of W4BZM@arrl.net.


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

The HF Beam is UP!

NOARC has a HF beam up again! Thanks to Scott Moneypenny and many others. With a few seconds before my kitchen pass expired I heard the best signals i ever heard on 40 meters at the club station. We are all now ready to use a great station with up to date radios and and excellent beam.

Bob Walker, N4CU

September 27th. Tech Night

We had good attendance at the Technical Night held on 27 September 2018.  At the meeting, NOARC  members were introduced to an antenna that many of the experienced club members had built as their first amateur radio antenna — a 2-meter, vertical, ground-plane antenna constructed from an SO-239 coax connector 12 AWG copper wire.W4BZM provided a short discussion on the theory of a ground-plane antenna, and KK4KRZ explained the twisting of the wires for rigidity and provided several twisted wires for use.The parts kits of connector, antenna wires, and hardware were then distributed.  Six members constructed antennas and tested them using antenna analyzers, and four more kits were purchased by members for later assembly.Thank you to KK4KRZ and KI5FR for providing extra parts, tools, and antenna analyzers for use on this project.Mike Behr W4BZM