Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Status of PCARC Clubhouse

PCARC,

As of today, the air conditioner is fully operational.

After Wednesday (July 10th) the club will go back to its original monthly schedule:

1st Wednesday of the Month - Business Meeting
2nd & 4th Wednesday of the Month - Rag Chew Meetings
3rd Wednesday of the Month - Testing & Presentation   

The CW Class will again be on Tuesdays and will resume on Tuesday (July 16th) at 1800. 

I will again try to have the clubhouse open at least one Saturday a month from 1200 - 1600.

It has been a long time, but we are back! 

73,
Bob, WB8PAF
President PCARC   


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Panama City ARC will be On-The-Air for ARRL Field Day.

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club is participating in the 2019 ARRL Field Day on June 22/23. This year the club will set up radios and antennas at their clubhouse at 130 N. Church Ave in Panama City, FL. Emergency power will be used.


Field Day demonstrates an emergency communications capability, but it is also lots of fun. The club will contact as many other Field Day stations around the country as possible in 24 hours starting at 1 PM CDT on Saturday. Our club call sign W4RYZ will be used.

The public and media are invited. The best time to visit is on Saturday between 2 and 5 PM. All local amateur radio operators are welcome to get involved. The clubhouse was repaired by the city after Hurricane Michael damage. Panama City officials have been invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

Addison Marvin KK4DKT is the club Field Day coordinator. Questions can be sent to panamacityarc@gmail.com.




Monday, May 20, 2019

Return To St. Vincent Island

Panama City ARC had four stations activating St Vincent Island on May 11th using callsign W4RYZ. The operators included Ron KK4DWE, Bob KK4DIV, Phil N4STC, Dennis WA6QKN, and Greg N4KGL. We operated for a little less than three hours and had 120 contacts. This counted as a Parks On The Air (POTA) activation and One Day Getaway for US Island. please see the videos below.



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

W4RYZ St Vincent Island Expedition Saturday Morning May 11th

The Panama City ARC will be operating with callsign W4RYZ from St Vincent Island, Florida Saturday morning  May 11th from 1230 to 1530 UTC or 8:30 to 11:30 EDT.. We are participating in the US Islands One Day Getaway and Parks On The Air. The Island is USI FL006S and POTA K-057. We will have several stations operating covering 80, 40 and 20 meters with all modes. We will be on 40 SSB for sure. Our time is short due to the island shuttle boat hours. Watch for our spots on the POTA spotting page, https://pota.us/#/  Contact Greg N4KGL at lanekg@gmail.com for more information. Our club website is www.w4ryz.org and the St Vincent Island website is https://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_vincent/



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Don Cornelius KK4DWC Silent Key

Don Cornelius, KK4DWC, passed away on April 6th, 2019. Don was an active club member and the Panama City ARC Treasurer for several years. He was always teasing us that the dues he collected were for his truck payments. Don was also a constant voice on the club repeater. Don was everyone's friend and is greatly missed.



Monday, February 11, 2019

New Panama City area DMR talkgroup on TGIF Network!



Primarily based in the Panama City area, FL Panhandle-RC is an informal DMR talk group where local hams in the Florida Panhandle between Tallahassee and Pensacola (area code 850) can gather, hang out, and fellowship. All other hams are welcome, too, of course!
73,
Bob J.
N4RJJ

Thursday, February 7, 2019

ARES Group Meeting with DSTAR Presentation on 2/14/19

The ARES group will meet the second Thursday of the month at the Bay County EOC at 7 PM. The February 14th meeting will have a presentation on D-STAR by Bob Dunkin WB4BLX. All hams are welcome to attend.


Friday, January 11, 2019

New Venue and Schedule for Amateur Radio License Testing

Testing will now be at the EOC, in room 101, the first Wednesday of the month from 1800 - 1900 before the club's business meeting until we get back into the clubhouse.  In addition, the ARES meeting will now be at the EOC on the second Thursday of every month starting at 1900 in room 101 for now on.

Those wishing to take an exam should be present by 6:00 PM CT to complete the necessary paperwork. Bring a photo ID and $14 exam fee. Other days and times can be arranged. For more information about testing, contact Gary at aj4ky@arrl.net

Volunteer Examiner (VE) assistance will be greatly appreciated. 

Gary Bills AJ4KY

VE Coordinator