Saturday, December 27, 2014

Straight Key Night Kicks Off the New Year!

The Panama City ARC club house will be open Wednesday, December 31st, New Years Eve at 6 PM. The ARRL Straight Key Night will be on-going on the ham bands. The gear at the club is available to participate in SKN. See you there!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Ham Night Before Christmas

The Panama City ARC club house will be closed Wednesday, December 24th,  Christmas Eve. However, the club house will will be open about 6:30 PM on  Wednesday, December 31st, New Years Eve.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Harold Crosby KF4YDO is Silent Key

Harold Crosby, 81, of Callaway, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 4,
2014, at a local hospital. A native of Cranesville, Pa., he had
resided in Bay County since 1975. Harold retired from the USAF after
20 years of service and then worked for Civil Service at the Navy
base. He was a Ham operator and member of the National Association for
Amateur Radio and Panama City Amateur Radio Club.

We remember Harold for being present and helpful for most Panama City ARC events. The only time we did not see Harold was when he was on cross country trips operating his mobile amateur radio station. He was well known on the air waves including the 20 meter Maritime Mobile Net.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Panama City ARC Field Day 2014

The Panama City ARC held their 2014 ARRL Field Day at George Park in Panama City, Florida. It was a 2A club entry under the club's W4RYZ call sign. The principal operator station was in a trailer brought by Marv KK4DKT the club president. Marv's FT-897 fed a 80/40/20/10 Off Center Fed Dipole. A second station was setup at the North end of the park. It was a Icom 7100 brought by N4KGL using a 100 foot doublet fed with a SGC 237 tuner. The Icom 7100 was operated by a battery assisted by a solar panel. Operators included Marv KK4DKT, Bob WB8PAF, Phil N4STC and Greg N4KGL. Don KK4DWC and Harold KF4YDO accepted visitors in the Panama City ARC clubhouse also in the park. Other club members assisted with logging and help with setup. This fun activity demonstrated a emergency capability of amateur radio to provide communications should normal means be unavailable. Contacts were made across the US and Canada including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

More photos at this link.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Panama City ARC operates Field Day June 28/29 2014

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club will participate in Field Day on June 28/29 at George Park near the PCARC Clubhouse. The address is 130 N. Church Avenue Panama City, 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.  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.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gulf Coast Triathlon

Panama City ARC will support the Gulf Coast Triathlon May 10th in Bay County FL. We will provide SAG wagons for the bike course. 

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Friday, March 7, 2014

PCARC Tailgate Saturday April 12, 2014

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a tailgate on Saturday April 12th, 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. There will be raffle prizes including $150 HRO Gift Certificate. Food is available. License testing at 2PM. 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

A fox hunt will be held on site. Gather in the clubhouse at 10:50 for instructions. The hunt begins at 11:00. The fox frequency is 146.580. There may be multiple foxes. The winners will be rewarded with raffle tickets.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ham Radio at Gulf Coast Home & Garden Expo

The Panama City ARC will have a booth at the Home Show at the Fair Grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hams can volunteer for the booth or come on by to say hello. Contact Marv KK4DKT for more info.


LOCATION: Bay County Fair Grounds, 2230 E. 15th Street, Panama City, FL 32405

DATES: March 8-9-10

SHOW HOURS: Friday, March 8th Noon to 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 9th 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 10th 10:00 to 3:00 PM

Monday, January 27, 2014

Registration is open for Technician License Class

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 cost for the class (donations accepted) However, students must have the required study guide: Gordon West Technician Class 2010-2014 guide, 7th Edition $20.95 And pay the FCC Exam Fee: $14.00  The text book is available on Amazon.

The two day class will be held on February 22nd and March 1st 2013 at the Panama City ARC Club House. Advance registration is required (no later than February 12th, earlier is better!) To register for the class, contact: Gary Bills at  

Class Location: Panama City ARC Club House 130 N. Church Ave Panama City, FL. 

Preparation for first class: Read pages 1 through 125 of the Gordon West Technician Class Book Optional: Read the entire book and start taking online practice exams Bring a sack lunch to class

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