2018 Christmas Party


This is to announce the NOARC Hosted Area Wide Christmas Party and 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Thursday, 20 December 2018 6:00PM at the Live Oak Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  4565 Live Oak Church Road, Crestview, FL 32539

I am starting now to put out invites to clubs in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. Please feel free to forward to local clubs and invite other fellow hams.

We will also invite folks from Live Oak Baptist Church.

This has been a pot luck in past years, we will do that again this year.

What I need:
5-6 People to be at the Church around 4:00 for set up.
5-6 Folks to stay around for the cleanup.

Email me at president@w4aaz.org Please put “Christmas Party” Somewhere in the subject line.

Please let me know how many are coming, what type of dish you want to bring, about how many servings you think you have. As we get the first dishes/items in, I will start sending emails out with specific requests to ensure we have a variety of dishes.
You can also bring plates, Cups, Drinks, & utensils.

And let me know if you can help with set up or clean up.

Thanks all, I look forward to a wonderful night.

Ron Mahn KI5FR
President NOARC

2018 By-Law Changes

At the 13 Dec 2018 (Business Meeting, we will have an up or down vote on the attached by-law changes.  Our current By-Laws were last substantively amended 10 Apr 2014 (8th revision), great work by Mike KK4KRZ by the way, followed by by-law maintenance by Shirley KK4PUG (Thanks) for readability and editing errors in preparation for this significant rewrite approved 13 Sept 2018 (9th revision).

Click here for the  full markup of the 9th revision with the 10th revision changes. Words eliminated are struck through, the words added are in red.

Click here for a clean copy of the proposed by-laws with none of the editing indicators above.

What was done:

  • Ensured we supported the 2016 Update to the Articles of Incorporation supporting our 501(c)3 status with the state of Florida.
  • Better support the committee structure as implemented by the club summer of 2018
  • Update rules of operation to adapt to our larger club.
  • Standardize terms across the By-Laws.
  • A caveat that legally binding laws, rules and regulation take precedent over the By-Laws
  • A November date for the annual meeting for elections, budgets etc.

The committee listened to all inputs sent to the committee and many were implemented.  Those that weren’t generally fell into 2 categories, were a choice of 2 or more alternate inputs for the same area, or they were not compatible with the Articles of Incorporation or 501(c)3 status.

If you have questions, please reply to the committee chair, Shirly KK4PUG, her email address is in the membership rolls posted in the “Membership Only” area of this web site.  She will either answer directly or turn it over to other committee members to answer.

Thank you for your patience in this process,

Ron Mahn KI5FR
President NOARC

Main Street Crestview Association Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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!

Saturday Station Open-27 Oct.

DX Contest

This is the weekend of a major DX contest in which at least 10 rare DX station are participating. Duci island it high on the most wanted list and has been on the air this week on 40 meters. The rotatably dipole will be able to work them and they will also be on other bands. They leave next week. The station will be open Saturday, 9 AM-11 AM. There will be donuts and the second cup of coffee. It is also a committee work day so there should be plenty of help using the Yaesu 450Ds.

Bob, N4CU

October 25th Tech Night

DawnPackThis Tech Night, we will have a presentation from Ms Dawn Pack from Destin Middle School.  Ms Pack attended the ARRL Teacher Institute in the Summer of 2017.  We look forward to learning about the Institute as well as how she is implementing Amateur Radio in her classroom. Those of you at the last business meeting were expecting some ARES issues to be discussed.  Our county EC will coordinate at a future time and has kindly given this date over to Ms Pack.—Ron Mahn KI5FR

The HF Beam is UP!

                 Before                              After

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