Thursday, November 8, 2018

Panama City ARC Post Michael Update

The Panama City ARC clubhouse sustained roof damage and the tower failed during Hurricane Michael. Until further notice, meetings at the clubhouse will be limited to business meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. Checking into the Monday night 7 PM two-meter net on the W4RYZ repeater 145.210 is a good way to get the latest status on the club. Gary Bills AJ4KY says arrangements can be made for license testing on the weekends.

Thanks to the volunteers who put a tarp on the clubhouse roof, cleaned up the fallen ceiling tiles and disassembled the club tower. Bob Lesko WB8PAF, our club president, is leading the recovery. Members, please give Bob WB8PAF and the other officers your support to return the clubhouse to full service.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Have fun with Packet Radio in Bay County, Florida

Packet Radio has started up again here in Bay County, Florida. Bob KK4DIV has a Bulletin Board System BBS at his home in Lynn Haven. The frequency is 145.050 on 2 Meter FM.  Connect to KK4DIV-1 for the BBS. Also, check out the chat server at KK4DIV-2. An introduction to Packet Radio is here.

The traditional way to do packet radio is using a hardware Terminal Node Controller (TNC). They are many TNCs for sale on EBay.  Most of them have a serial interface to the computer. You will need a USB to Serial Converter. There are some new ones for sale that have a USB interface like the Timewave PK-96 TNC available ar HRO. The radio to TNC interface can be homemade or purchased from BuxComm. If you like, do research on sound card TNCs and try them out. I have not tried a KISS TNC so I am unsure how well they will work.

Packet radio is an alternative way for hams to communicate locally. The more who participate the more fun it will be. Bob KK4DIV is experimenting with forwarding messages to the WinLink system via HF. Personally, I want to use packet to send Field Day messages for the bonus points. I am on packet radio as N4KGL and my Personal Mail Drop is at N4KGL-1


Greg N4KGL

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Study Materials for the New Technician Test Question Pool.

The Technician Class question pool has been updated and is valid for July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022. See updated aids below.

The new Technician Class No-nonsense Study Guide is a free download at 

The Gordon West 2018-2022 Technician Class Book is available at Amazon

Technician Practice Exams:

Technician Question Pool:

Amateur radio license tests are given at Panama City ARC 130 N. Church Avenue Panama City, FL. at 6 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. The test fee is $14. Bring an ID. You can take your General Class or Extra Class test at the same session with no extra charge. Gary Bills AJ4KY is the test coordinator.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Panama City ARC is Gearing Up for the 2018 ARRL Field Day Event

The Panama City ARC will be participating in the 2018 ARRL Field Day on June 23/24th. This year the club will be at their clubhouse at 130 N, Church Ave in Panama City, FL. The club will operate Class D using the rigs in the clubhouse and outside in the park. All local hams are welcome to get involved. Marv KK4DIV is the Field Day coordinator for the club. Attend the June 20th club 7 PM meeting for more details. Field Day demonstrates an emergency capability but is also lots of fun. The club will contact as many other Field Day stations as possible in the 24 hour period starting 1 PM CDT on Saturday. The club call sign W4RYZ will be used.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Shell Island One Day Getaway Expedition, May 12th

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club W4RYZ will activate Shell Island, Florida, USI FL401S, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 13:30 to 1630 UTC. Operations will primarily be on 40 and 20 meters SSB using 100 watts. This is part of the US Islands One Day Getaway (1DG). See for more info.  The Island will also count for K-1917 Parks On The Air POTA.

Previous 1DG on Shell Island

Frank KC8VKA

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sights and Sounds from the Panama City ARC Spring Tailgate

Bob Plank KK4DIV recorded some of the activity of the tailgate at the clubhouse including satellite pass, a fox hunt, and HF portable operations. The event included some tasty BBQ and social time for the participants.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Panama City ARC Spring Tailgate May 5th

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a tailgate on Saturday, May 5th  9 AM until 1 PM.

  • Panama City Amateur Radio Club, 130 N. Church Ave Panama City, FL
  • Talk-in repeater is W4RYZ 145.210 negative offset 100 Hz tone.
  • Parking is in the field behind the clubhouse.
  • Buy, sell or swap ham radio gear.
  • Limited tables in the clubhouse on a first come first serve basis.  
  • Pulled pork will be available.  If you like, bring a side dish or dessert.
  • License testing will be at 1 PM. Bring $14, picture ID and a copy of license if upgrading. 
  • Questions about this event can be sent to