Sunday, April 29, 2012

Panama City ARC Open House and Florida QSO Party Report

Our Open House had a QRP radio and a key display by Jim K4LIX see photos.  Our main focus was on operating and we kicked off the Florida QSO Party at 11 AM. We operated under the call sign K6JSS Saturday and Sunday which is a special call of the QRP Amateur Radio International Club. We operated QRP only at only 5 watts CW and SSB. We broke in some new loggers Tom KK4TLC and  Don, KK4DKT. Dale AJ4TM kept us company. The operators were Greg N4KGL, Marv KK4DKT and Ron KK4DWE.  The FQP summary is

40 meters CW  13 QSOs 78 pts 2 SPCs
40 meters LSB  6 QSOs 18 pts 2 SPCs 
20 meters CW  40 QSOs 240 pts 20 SPCs 
20 meters USB  29 QSOs 87 pts 15 SPCs 
15 meters CW   9 QSOs 54 pts 5 SPCs
15 meters USB 3 QSOs 9 pts 1 SPC
Total CW and SSB 100 QSOs 486 pts 45 SPCs
Score : 21,870

It is notable that most of the QSOs on 15 meters were Italians and we worked one Italian on USB and then also on CW.  Marv had a nice string of ten contacts in a row. Ron did a good job as well. We ran into some other Bay county operators including K4MTI, N4JTC, KN4Y and NK4A. We exercised the N1MM logger. All in all this was a great warm up for Field Day. Come out and support us on Field day June 23/24 at the Bay County EOC.

See photos here.

Greg N4KGL

Friday, April 27, 2012

Panama City ARC Open House Saturday April 28

The Panama City ARC club house will be open 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday. We will be glad to talk with any new hams or anyone interested about on the air operations .Also we can introduce any ham to contest/event operating as the Florida QSO party will be on-going. If you already know all about this come down and share your expertise.

Note:  I have volunteered to operate as a special QRP ARCI station K6JSS during the Florida QSO party. So I plan to take advantage of the antenna at the club house. I'll see how many of the twenty hours I can operate. If you would like to operate, log or just provide moral support, call on the145.210 repeater and see what is going on.

The Florida QSO Party
April 28th and April 29th, 2012
Two - 10 hour operating periods (20 Hours total):
Saturday April 28th 16:00z (11:00 CDT) - 01:59 (8:59pm CDT)
April 29th 2012
Sunday April 29th 12:00z (7am CDT) - 21:59z (4:59pm CDT) April 29st

Greg N4KGL

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Panama City ARC April 14th Tailgate was a Fun Event

Enjoyed by many, the Tailgate was a success this year! It had good combination of seller, buyers, newcomers and old timers. Congratulations to Bob Jurgonski KK4CVU. He was the winner of the $150 HRO Gift Certificate.  Don Cornelius KK4DWC was the winner of The Bounty Hunter $50 gift certificate also from HRO. We picked up new members and renewals. We also managed to exchange many of the donated items for cash. A test session was held at 1 PM headed up by Gary Bills AJ4KY. The food service was outstanding thanks to Jenny and Tom Cothern KK4TLC. Don Cornelius the Treasurer handled lots of money and memberships. Thanks many who helped out in various ways including Addison Marvin KK4DKT and Charlie Lewis KF4JR. More detailed information will be available at the next club business meeting.

A special thanks to Jim Johnson KC4HW and James Nelson KE4GWW from the Wiregrass ARC for attending. The WARC Spring Tailgate is on the square in Headland, AL on April 28th.