Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nets of Interest

The Panama City ARC Two Meter Net is on the W4RYZ 145.210 Repeater each Monday at 7PM.

The Northern Florida Phone Net (NFPN) meets seven evenings a week on about 3950 kHz at 1930 Eastern Time (1830 Central), the year round, LSB as a regular part of ARRL's National Traffic System. Its primary purpose is to handle routine message traffic and to train net members and net control operators in message handling and net procedures.

The North Florida ARES Net that meets Wednesday 8 AM local time on the hotspot. Use the quick key method to check in as directed by the NCS. The KK4IQW hotspot is available to everyone with D-Star capability. The hot spot allows you to connect to reflectors and repeaters via the internet. Please use it and enjoy. FREQUENCY:144.9050 MHz CALL SIGN: KK4IQW

The North Florida  6M AM Net meets Sunday at 7:00 pm CST/8:00 pm EST on 50.400 MHZ from Marianna, Florida. I am on a directional antenna so please be patient, and I will get around to your direction. I start out East and work counter clockwise. We are adding the opportunity to check-in via Echo-Link for those that sometimes can't hear net control due to band conditions. The number is 438183. This is the W4BKD repeater in Marianna. K4KHV will be listening for anyone wishing to check-in during the net tonight. W4ICU Alec

The South Coast Amateur Radio Service, popularly known as "South-Cars", or "SCARS" is a service net, (recognized by the ARRL), whose purpose is to assist those seeking to contact other amateur radio stations, or areas; to provide weather and travel information when needed and when available; to assist in emergencies. All amateur radio stations with a general class license or above are welcome. We do not handle formal traffic, but can and will in the event of an emergency. South-Cars is in operation every day of the year. Net times are 8 AM until 1 PM, all times are Eastern. Net operations are conducted on 7.251mhz (40 meters).

14.300 MHz has become a very well known frequency in the Amateur Radio world. There are three major nets in the Western Hemisphere that operate on 14.300 MHz. From early morning until late evening the frequency is busy with traffic of one form or another. Begining at 0700 ET daily, The Intercon Net, formally know as The Intercontinental Amateur Traffic Net, starts out the day. Intercon runs until 1200 ET before handing the frequency over to The Maritime Mobile Service Network. The MMSN, which also runs daily, operates from 1200 ET until 9 PM EST / 10 PM EDT or 0200 UTC. After The MMSN raps up The Pacific Seafarers Net begins operation at 10 PM EST / 11PM EDT or 0300 UTC and runs various lengths of time, depending on traffic load, but usually about 2 hours or less.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Ham's Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Panama City Amateur Radio Club!

The story behind the video and the live version below.

Panama City Area Activators Guide

The Portable Activation Guide is an aid to local and visiting hams in the Panama City, Florida area. Use it to choose a site and an activation program for your outing. We are blessed with many beautiful sites nearby. Some are on the saltwater gulf or bay which can enhance radio propagation. Our weather allows activations year round.Click on this link or the image.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Panama City ARC Activates the Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Seven amateur radio operators attended the Panama City ARC activation of the Cape San Blas Light Lighthouse in Port St. Joe Florida. The lighthouse is ARLHS USA-135M. We were surprised by the stiff breeze and overcast. That made it chilly but bearable. The preliminary count of contacts is sixty-five. There were many lighthouse chasers eager to work us. Jim K4LIX worked a VK7 in Austrailia on 17 meters. There were five stations operating.
  • Jim K4LIX - Elecraft KX3 and DX Commander vertical antenna.
  • Cory N4UVR - Elecraft KX3 and OCF dipole
  • Bob KK4DIV - Yaesu FT 817 and Chameleon F Loop magnetic loop
  • Bob WB8PAF - Yaesu FT 817 and Alexloop magnetic loop
  • Greg N4KGL & Dennis WA6QKN - Icom 7300 and a 100 ft loop

We also had Bob WB4BLX visit from Panama City and three Port St Joe hams including Jimmy KN4EDZ and Mac W4NFG.
Jim K4LIX, Lew KK4YPA, Bob KK4DIV, Bob WB8PAF, Dennis WA6QKN, Greg N4KGL and Suzy
Here is an excellent video by Bob KK4DIV:

Now the station photos:

Bob KK4DIV station

Jim K4LIX station

K4LIX DX Commander Vertical

Cory N4UVR Station

Bob WB8PAF Station

Dennis WA6QKN and Suzy

Greg N4KGL and Suzy

Greg N4KGL station

Friday, November 10, 2017

Panama City ARC will Activate Cape San Blas Lighthouse on Nov 11th 2017

The Parama City ARC will activate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse ARLHS USA-135M at George Core Park in Port St Joe, FL Saturday, Nov. 11, 1500 UTC to 1900 UTC or 10 AM to 2 PM EST. The grid is EL79IT. Look for W4RYZ/P  on 40 thru 10 meters, SSB, CW, PSK-31, & FT8 modes. Digital stations will identify the location as "WLOL USA-135M"  In particular check 7.270 LSB between 11 EST and Noon and 14.270 USB Noon to 1PM

WB8PAF, K4LIX, KK4DIV, N4URU, and N4KGL will be setting up stations. They will be dispersed around the park. WA6QKN will be assisting and others are welcome.The Port St Joe repeater is 147.300+ 103.5 tone. All club members and families are welcome to come enjoy the park with us. All Gulf County hams are welcome too.

Links of interest:

The Cape San Blas Light House ARLHS USA-135M on World List Of Lights

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Panama City ARC Team Successfully Qualifies St. Vincent Island

A team from Panama City ARC successfully qualified St Vincent Island, Florida for the US Islands Award Program. The island is now USI FL006. The team members included Jim K4LIX, Bob WB8PAF, Bob  KK4DIV, Phil N4STC, Greg KG4LFS, Dennis WA6QKN and Greg N4KGL. The qualification required 25 contacts. However, he team made 128 contacts in just over two hours. Our time was limited to four hours on the island and two hours operating time. The contacts also count for Parks On The Air as KFF-0257. St. Vincent is only accessible by boat. The team used the St. Vincent Island Shuttle to get to the island. The team is eager to do more expeditions.

The following photos capture some of the fun. Also, Bob KK4DIV did an outstanding job on the video!

Left to Right: Phil N4STC, Bob WB8PAF, Dennis Wa6QKN, Bob KK4DIV, Greg KG4LFS and Greg N4KGL

Boarding the St Vincent Island Shuttle

Captain Joey at the helm.


The 100 watt station

The 100 ft loop antenna

Bob KK4DIV's station

Jim K4LIX station
Greg KG4LFS sports his Friends of St. Vincent shirt

Dennis WA6QKN logs contacts

Bob WB8PAF operate 20 meter SSB

The post-event gathering at Indian Pass Trading Company
Enjoy more photos here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

St. Vincent Florida Island Expedition

The Panama City ARC will qualify St. Vincent Island, Florida on Sept 30 13:00 - 15:00 UTC. The call is W4RYZ. We will call CQ US Islands Florida New until 25 contacts. Then we will use FL006. The Island is also Parks On The Air KFF-0257. We will operate primarily 40 and 20 SSB. Other bands and modes will be used based on openings.Contact: Greg Lane at panamacityarc@gmail.com

Qualification means we are the first to operate from the island for the US Islands Awards Program. We have a team of at least seven club members. Access to the Island is only by boat. We will take the St. Vincent Island Shuttle.

Here are some links:

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

US Islands Award Program

Parks On The Air WWFF-KFF