Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Interested in the Birds?

A number of PCARC club members including Bob KK4DIV, Jim KK4LIX and Greg N4KGL have started experimenting with amateur radio satellites. If you are curious about satellite comms join the discussion at the PCARC clubhouse at the Wednesday meetings.



This article has good background but the satellite specifics are going out of date.


Here is another on-line resource and it has the current satellite info


Jim K4LIX has built his own satellite antenna.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Panama City ARC Fall Tailgate is Oct 22nd

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a tailgate on Saturday Oct 22nd, 9 AM until 1 PM. Buy, sell or swap ham radio gear. Limited tables are available for $5 on a first come first serve basis.  Drinks and snacks are available. License testing at 1 PM. Bring $14, picture ID and copy of license if upgrading. The location is the Panama City Amateur Radio Club, 130 N. Church Ave Panama City, FL. The talk-in repeater is W4RYZ 145.210 minus no tone. Questions about this event can be sent to panamacityarc@gmail.com.






Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Panama City ARC participates in the 2016 ARRL Field Day

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club participated in the 2016 ARRL Field Day on June 25/26 at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center in Southport, Florida. Hundreds of contacts were made with other amateur radio stations in the United States and Canada. This demonstrates our capability to communicate without phones or internet should those service be unavailable due to a disaster situation. This was done in coordination with the Bay County Emergency Communication Director, Mr. Joby Smith. We also had a liaison with the local Red Cross.

This is an activity the club members enjoy. We were active on the air for the entire 24 hours of the event. Our radios were setup inside and outside of the EOC. A variety of antennas were outside in the parking lot and behind the building. The outside site station was operated entirely on batteries with the aid of solar panels. Messages were passed via radio with to the National Traffic System. We got some young people on the air. The public and media were invited. The Panama City News Herald did an excellent article on the event. An Amateur Radio Test Session was held and new amateur radio operators got on the air for the first time.

Our hobby offers many of educational, pastime and service opportunities. Contact the Panama City Amateur Radio Club at panamacityarc@gmail.com to learn more.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Panama City ARC hosts Amateur Radio Field Day on June 25th & 26th

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club will participate in ARRL Field Day on June 27/28 at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center 700 Highway 2300 Southport, FL. We will be having fun contacting as many Hams as possible operating with similar setups around the United States. However, this will also demonstrate a capability to support emergency communications should normal systems be unavailable. The operating hours are 1 PM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday. A good time for visitors is between 2PM and 6PM Saturday but you can come at anytime. We will have various radios and antennas to operate voice, digital and morse code. The general public is welcome and youth groups are encouraged to attend.

The Bay County Emergency Operations Center is on Highway 2300. However Highway 2300 will be closed for construction. Please use the detour using Highway 2302 West at Highway 77 in Southport, Florida and follow the signs to Highway 2300 then head East to the EOC/Gulf Coast State College North Campus.




Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wires-X Node is Available in Panama City

Wires-X is up and running on 146.595  simplex.  You must have a Fusion transceiver to use this mode.  Please feel free to use the node.  The Wires-X node is at latitude  30° 11.729'N longitude  85° 40.447'W using a directional antenna pointing at about 45 degrees.  The transmitter is at 50 watts.  It is usually on America Link.  If you encounter any issues or need help accessing the node you can contact Jack at N1HQ@arrl.net. Also information can be found at https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/user/index.php You don’t have to be a registered user to look up nodes and other information.