Saturday, November 26, 2011

Grumpy's Ranch and KK4DWC Antenna Farm

I had the opportunity to visit Grumpy's Crooked Fence Ranch and the KK4DWC Antenna Farm the Friday after Thanksgiving. The proprietor is Don Cornelius (Not the one from Soul Train). Don and his sons live North of Southport on 388 East. The highlight of the farm is the horses and each one has their own story which Don will fill you in on. Don's Son Gene has the ajoining Lazy C Ranch. Gene offers pony parties, riding lessons and more. See

Don KK4DWC is getting setup on the HF bands and has a nice tower up which is just the beginning of his antenna farm. The tower has a G5RV now hanging from it and may get a yagi soon. Don is one of the of the new hams at the Panama City Amateur Radio Club. He has received elmering from Henry N4HHM and Steve AC4QB. Of course we appreciate Don running for Club Treasurer. He is unopposed. So give him your support next year. By the way Don has invited the club out to the ranch to do portable ops.

Greg N4KGL

Monday, November 14, 2011

Amateur Radio Technician License Class December 10 & 17

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club is offering a two day Technician License Class December 10 and December 17 at the Panama City ARC Club House. Students must register by November 30. To register for the class, contact: Greg Lane N4KGL at  

Please get the word out anyway you can! Let your church, other clubs, co-workers and neighbors know. There is a flyer attached.  Thanks for your help.

Greg N4KGL
Panama City ARC President

The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio   
  • Earn your ham radio Technician class radio privileges
  • Pass your FCC amateur radio license exam right in class on the second day
  • Multiple-choice exam, *No Morse Code Required*
  • Live equipment demonstrations
  • Learn to operate on the ham bands, 10 Meters and higher
  • Learn to use the many VHF/UHF FM repeaters in Florida
  • Find out how to participate in emergency communications
  • Find out how to communicate with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS)

There is no charge for the class (donations accepted)

However, students must have the required study guide: Gordon WestTechnician Class 2010-2014 guide, 7th Edition $20.95 and pay the FCC Exam Fee: $14.00  The text book is available on Amazon.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 12th Lynn Haven Portable Ops

The park by the bay at the west end of 5th street in Lynn Haven FL was an excellent portable location and the blue skies made it even better. Jason Charles N4JTC had his ground plane setup for 10 meters which was very hot. Using PSK-31 he worked:

IW0BMC - Rome, Italy
YU7YG - Serbia
HB9BRU - Switzerland
IK5FKB - Italy
OE6BMG - Austria
9A1CCB - Croatia
VE7MWP - B.C. Canada
DL2OCE - Germany

Jason also did phone message relay, health and welfare for ve7mwp. He has relatives here and wanted to send a message of hello all is well from B.C., Canada.

Marv KK4DKT had his 20 meter dipole setup at the shore. Jim K4LIX had a QRP setup and Greg had a QRP rig hooked to a 40 meter full wave loop. Thanks to all for a great turn out.