April 2018 General Operator Class

NOARC will offer again classes for the General license starting in April 2018.  Classes will be held on Monday nights, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, at the Bob Sikes Center of Northwest Florida State College,  805 E James Lee Blvd (Hwy 90, just east of Hwy 85) in Crestview, Florida.  Classes will be held on April 9, 16, 23, and 30,  and on May 7 and 14.  We anticipate offering an exam session shortly after completion of the course.

The classes are free and open to anyone.  Having a Technician license prior to the class is beneficial, but not a requirement.

If you are currently a Technician working primarily voice on VHF/UHF, and would like to explore the exciting world of DX (distance) contacts on the HF bands, come join us!  (And no, there is no longer a requirement to send and receive Morse Code for the General license.)

For questions, contact W4BZM, Mike Behr,  behrcave@gmail.com , or KA5DLV, Bruce Adams, badams138@yahoo.com.

February Technician Class

February Technician Class

NOARC will be presenting free classes for the Technician license during the month of February 2018.  The Technician exam is the entry level to get your Amateur Radio license.  Despite the name, you don’t need a lot of technical expertise to get this first license.  Don’t be concerned if you don’t have any experience with electricity or radios.  We have friendly, experienced  instructors to show you the way.  We will do our best to present the material in a relaxed and helpful atmosphere.  We want you to become a fellow ham!

The classes will be held from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (with breaks) on Tuesday nights, February 6, 13, 20, and 27.  The location will be Classroom 304 at the Crestview campus of Northwest Florida State College, on Hwy 90 near Twin Hills Park in Crestview (just East of the intersection of Hwys 85 and 90).  The entrance to the college is located on N. Hathaway Street, just down the hill from the Knights of Columbus hall.  The best place to park is the lot on the East side of the main building (past the “Goose Crossing” sign).  If you arrive a bit early, we will try to have free parking passes available for your car.

The textbook for the class will be the “ARRL Ham Radio License Manual”, 3rd edition.  It is available in both a normally-bound version and a spiral-bound version from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) web site at arrl.org, under the tab marked “ARRL Store” and “Licensing, Education & Training” on the left-hand menu.   (It has a red cover.  The ones with a blue or green cover are for higher licenses.)  Note:  If you go to the ARRL web site, you may see a book entitled “ARRL’s Tech Q&A 6th Edition”.  This is an abbreviated version of the License Manual with ONLY the questions and the correct answers — handy as a supplemental guide for studying for the test , but lacking the additional background  info you will need to become a proficient ham radio operator.  All the exam questions and answers are in the License Manual, too, just in a different order.  So get the Q&A if you like, but not as a replacement for the License Manual.  And of course, if you want to borrow the License Manual from a friend, that’s OK too — just make sure it’s the 3rd edition.

You might want to bring to class a notebook, pencil or pen, and a calculator. (One that does simple multiplication and division will do just fine.)

If you plan to attend, please confirm with us via e-mail to behrcave@gmail.com and badams138@yahoo.com.  This is to make sure we have enough instructional materials on hand.

Did we mention we want you to have FUN ?!!  You’ll be on the air with your own call sign in no time.  Hope to see you on February 6!

2017 Ham’s of the Year

2017 Ham’s of the Year

Thursday Night, December 21 2017, we held the Regional Amateur Radio Christmas Party. One of the things NOARC does at that time is announce the Jimmy Whitaker NOARC Ham of the Year. We don’t do nominations for the award, we ask all the Hams in the to list the 3 Hams they thought were Ham of the year.

For the first time since we revived the award, co-winners were chosen. The winners both have something in common, something noticed by many members, their willingness to roll up their sleeves to make things happen! Our members were not surprised to find Mike Sharp (KK4LLS) and Arc Thames (W4CPD) named as co-winners of the NOARC Ham of the Year!

Crestview Christmas Parade

The busy holiday season couldn’t stop our amateur radio volunteers from supporting this year’s Christmas Parade sponsored by the Main Street Crestview Association.  Our team members supported lineup operations as well as providing communications about incoming trains that may impact the parade flow.

We are very thankful for the active team of amateur radio volunteers that are always willing to support whatever event may come our way!