Monday, April 27, 2020

Announcement: Two-Meter FM Spelling Bee for May 2020



Objective: The objective of the spelling bee event is to increase two-meter FM activity and to have fun.

Goal: The goal is to spell all the words in the list below using letters from the call sign of contacts you make on two-meter FM. The letters from callsigns can be reused on multiple words.

Icom
Kenwood
Yaesu
Elecraft
Flex
Alinco

QRP Labs
Xiegu
Hallicrafters
Motorola
Baofeng

Eligibility: Eligible participants include PCARC club members where ever they live or any Bay County ham. N4KGL will not participate as he is the administrator of the event. However, if you work N4KGL you can use his callsign.

Winners: The first five hams to spell all the words are winners. If less than five hams spell all the words by the last day in May, entries with the most words spelled will be winners to complete the five winners. The letters of a callsign worked can be re-used on multiple words. 


Winner #1 Rick NZ2I

Exchange: The QSO exchange must include callsign and birth month.

Valid Contacts: Contacts must be on two meters FM on a repeater or simplex. Scheduled net or roundtable contacts do not count. However, contacts that are made after the close of a scheduled net or round table do count. Club calls do not count.

Entry Submission: Please email the 1.) list of stations with their birth month you worked to spell the words, 2.) The words spelled to lanekg@gmail.com. If all words are spelled submit the list ASAP. A partial list of words spelled will be accepted between June 1st and June 5th at midnight The earliest email date will be given priority over later entries for a tie.

Prizes: The winners will get their choice from a limited pool of inexpensive prizes. The winners get their choice in the order they submit a winning entry to lanekg@gmail.com. The prize list will be announced on April 30th. The prizes for the May Spelling Bee will be delivered in June. If there are hams that would like to donate a prize, identify the prize to me via email before the first winner is confirmed.



May Spelling Bee Prize List

Code Practice Oscillator 1 Each 5 Available Greg N4KGL
12 Watt Dummy Load Prize 1 Each 1 Available Greg N4KGL
Barrel Connector Adapter 2 Each 1 Available Greg N4KGL
Anderson Power Poles 30 amp 5 Each 2 Available Greg N4KGL
Egg Insulators 5 Each 2 Available Greg N4KGL
Ham Radio Bumper Sticker 2 Each 2 Available Greg N4KGL
QRP Sticker 1 Each 1 Available Greg N4KGL
Power Pole Polarity Indicator/Corrector 1 Each 1 Available Greg N4KGL
SMA Female to UHF Male 1 each 2 Available Greg N4KGL
SMA Male SO239 Female 1 Each 2 Available Greg N4KGL
Hints & Kinks Book New 1 Each 1 Available Jack Crusan N1HQ
Custom-cut vinyl call sign stickers 1 each 2 Available Austin Williams KN4WVR
Homemade Bell Rope 1 each 1 available Jim KW4UT
HP Pavilion Desktop Computer with Linux Mint and ham software installed. John Sanderson
Electronics Demystified book by Stan Gibilisco Greg N4KGL 1 each 1 available
Beaglebone Black Single Board Computer 1 Each 1 Available  John Sanderson

Photos of Prizes:



Hints & Kinks Book New

two custom-cut vinyl call sign stickers (winner choice of color)
  for windows or anything else, you want to stick them on.
Homemade Bell Rope
HP Pavilion Computer with Linux and ham software installed

Model Number of the above computer.


Electronics Demystified book by Stan Gibilisco
Beaglebone Black Single Board Computer


Good luck,

Greg N4KGL
Lanekg@gmail.com

Monday, March 23, 2020

Wednesday Night Panama City ARC Roundtable

To fill the gap of not having the weekly meetings at the clubhouse, join me Wednesday night at 1900 CDT on the 145.210 repeater for an informal roundtable net.

73,

Bob Leasko, WB8PAF
Panama City ARC President


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

PCARC In-Person Club Meetings/Activities Canceled

PCARC,

With the recent chain of events concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am canceling all in-person club meetings/activities until further notice.  Be safe and take care of yourself and your family.  

73,
Bob, WB8PAF
President PCARC

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Club Tailgate This Saturday 3/14

PCARC,

We are having a Tailgate on Saturday, 14 March 2020.  Come on down to the clubhouse and join the fun.  You can bring your gently used gear to sell, trade, barter, swap, give away, get advice on, or whatever else. It should be a good time for all. Come see the improvements to the clubhouse.

Starts at 9:00 AM
Doughnuts will be available.
License Testing in the PM

130 N. Church Ave
Panama City, FL
www.w4ryz.org
Club repeater 145.210 100Hz tone

Bob Leasko
WB8PAF
President PCARC









Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Beginner's Academy Talk March 11, 2020

Mark Cantrell KD4IMA will give a talk entitled: "Getting the Most From Your Handheld Transceiver"  on March 11, 6 PM at the PCARC Clubhouse. See you there!

photo from k4tlh.net



Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Beginners Academy: Satellite Station Presentation by Chris VA3ECO

For those that may have missed it, here is a recording of Chris, VA3ECO giving his informative presentation on the club's new satellite station.


-Bob KK4DIV

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Panama City ARC is on Amateur Satellites: Demo on Feb 26 at 6 PM

The club satellite base station has recently been completed and tested on the air. Chris Bigelow VA3ECO will demonstrate its capability for a 6:20 PM satellite pass and a 7:40 PM satellite pass on Wednesday, February 26th at the clubhouse. Please be seated at 6 PM while Chris explains how the station works.

VHF and UHF Yagis pointed by azimuth and elevation rotators on our tower.

The amateur radio satellites have low earth orbits that bring them over for short periods once or twice a day. Our station uses the SatPC32 software to point our antennas in the correct direction as the satellite moves across the sky. The program interfaces with the control boxes for both azimuth and elevation rotators. The antennas are on a short tower outside the clubhouse. There are two antennas since the satellites use one band for the uplink and another band for the downlink. Our antenna has a crossed yagi for 2-meters and a 70-centimeter band. The crossed elements are phased to provide right-hand circular polarization.


A screen shot for the pcsat32 satellite software


The uplink and downlink operate at the same time or full-duplex. Our transceiver is the Icom 910h, which supports full-duplex on VHF and UHF. Since the satellites are traveling very fast to maintain their orbits, this causes a doppler shift of the signals. The Sat PC 32 software automatically adjusts the frequency on both the uplink and downlink for the doppler shift by sending commands to the radio.

The Icom 910h full-duplex VHF/UHF transceiver

This station can access the linear satellites as well as FM satellites. The linear satellites translate a band of frequencies on the uplink to the downlink. Both CW and SSB modes are used and multiple conversations can occur while the satellite passes over. The footprint of the satellites can support conversations across the US as well as into Canada and Central America depending on the pass. Contacts with Europe are possible.

Our members contributed various skills and donated equipment to complete the station. In particular, Chis VA3ECO on vacation from the Canadian Winter this year has been our mentor and leader for the assembly and testing. Chris calls this a "Cadilac" satellite station. It is much easier to use than a portable satellite station.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

DSTAR Repeater On The Air

To all:

The DStar repeater is up and running on the IHeart radio tower thanks to Charlie NF4A for the use of this location.

The KK4TAD Repeater is operational for local use but is not hooked to the internet at this time

146.8800  KK4TAD C node

DSTAR Users use your call in "mycall" and "KK4TAD C" in rpt1/rpt2 for 146.880.

73
Steve N4VSP


PCARC Tailgate Saturday, March 14th

PCARC,

We are having a Tailgate on Saturday, 14 March 2020.  Come on down to the clubhouse and join the fun.  You can bring your gently used gear to sell, trade, barter, swap, give away, get advice on, or whatever else. It should be a good time for all. Come see the improvements to the clubhouse.

Starts at 9:00 AM

Doughnuts will be available.

License Testing in the PM

130 N. Church Ave
Panama City, FL
www.w4ryz.org
Club repeater 145.210 100Hz tone

Bob Leasko
WB8PAF
President PCARC









Monday, February 10, 2020

Beginners Academy Antenna Talk/Demo Feb 12

Our next talk/demo will be Wednesday February 12th, 6 PM, at the Panama City ARC Clubhouse. The topic will be Dipole Antenna Basics and HOA Installations. The presenter is Frank Roman, KC8VKA.

Panama City ARC has launched Beginners Academy. Our goal is to help new hams get started in the hobby. Our club members have volunteered to give short talks and demos on amateur radio topics for beginners. These talks will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6 PM. However, for January, they will be on the 4th and the 5th Wednesdays. You do not have to be a member of our club or licensed to attend. Also, experienced hams wishing to mentor new and returning  hams are encouraged to attend.

We will tailor our talks to your interest. You don't have to RSVP to attend, but a reply email would be helpful if you are interested in the idea of a Beginners Academy.

Ham Radio has come to the forefront since Hurricane Michael.  Bay County Amateurs formed an Amateur Radio Emergency Organization, see baycountyares.org. Also, visit www.w4ryz.org for club announcements.

73,

Greg Lane N4KGL

Graphic from https://hamradioschool.com/your-first-dipole-antenna/

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Beginner Academy Antenna Analyzer Talk Jan 29th 2020

Our next talk/demo is on January 29th, 6 PM, at the Panama City ARC Clubhouse. The topic will be using the inexpensive NanoVNA analyzer with some practical antenna guidance. The presenter is Chris Bigelow VA3ECO.  Chris will be available to discuss some of the more advanced applications of the NanoVNA afterward around 7 PM.

Panama City ARC has launched Beginners Academy. Our goal is to help new hams get started in the hobby. Our club members have volunteered to give short talks and demos on amateur radio topics for beginners. These talks will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6 PM. However, for January, they will be on the 4th and the 5th Wednesdays. You do not have to be a member of our club or licensed to attend. 

Ham Radio has come to the forefront since Hurricane Michael.  Bay County Amateurs formed an Amateur Radio Emergency Organization, see baycountyares.org.

NanoVNA see https://hackaday.com/2019/08/11/nanovna-is-a-50-vector-network-analyzer/



Sunday, January 19, 2020

Beginner Academy Talk: 21 Things to Do with Amateur Radio, January 22nd 6 PM

Panama City ARC is launching Beginners Academy. Our goal is to help new hams get started in the hobby. Our club members have volunteered to give short talks and demos on amateur radio topics for beginners. These talks will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6 PM. However, for January, they will be on the 4th and the 5th Wednesdays. You do not have to be a member of our club or licensed to attend. 

Our first talk is on January 22nd, 6 PM, at the Panama City ARC Clubhouse. The talk will be 21 Things to Do After You Get Your Amateur Radio License, adapted with permission from the book of the same name authored by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. 

Ham Radio has come to the forefront since Hurricane Michael.  Bay County Amateurs formed an Amateur Radio Emergency Organization, see baycountyares.org. Also, visit www.w4ryz.org for club announcements.