The SEPTEMBER Tech Night was presented by club member, past President and current Vice-President Ron Mahn, KI5FR. His topic is Satellite Operations: How do I get started?
Ron is one of the most active hams in the Panhandle using this mode. He has presented this topic numerous times to the club, and sets up a station at Field Day operations.
In this presentation learn about the various uplinks, downlinks, Cubesats other “birds”, and software to make the tracking easier on you. As many of you know, the International Space Station has amateurs on it also.
I recently accepted a donation of a Kenwood TH-7D7A handi-talkie for use in the NOARC “loaner pool”. (We currently have three Baofengs which can be checked out by new hams to get on the air quickly while they are deciding what hardware to buy.) This is an older HT, but still very capable — dual 2m/0.7m FM with built-in APRS capability and the long-life battery.
Unfortunately, it was donated without a charger or reprogramming cable. Both are available on eBay, but before I spend $50 for a charger and $25 for a cable, I’d like to know if the radio in fact still works. I have no idea how long it has been since it was operational, since it came from the estate of a silent key.
Does anyone have a Kenwood BC-19 or BC-17 charger, or a PG-4W programming cable, which I could borrow to test out this new-to-us HT?
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.
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.
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.
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.