Amateur Radio

Special Announcement

Updated 3/25/15


Mar. 25th NOARC Newsletter

Mar. 12th NOARC Club Minutes



General or Amateur Extra Classes

Do you have a current Technician-class or General Class license?  Then plan on attending one of the “Upgrade” classes to help pass your General or Amateur Extra license exam to get to the next level in Amateur Radio.

General Class licensees are granted operating privileges on portions of all amateur bands, and have access to over 83% of all amateur HF bandwidth.  The Amateur Extra Class is the top US license class.  Amateur Extra licenses are granted all privileges on all US amateur bands.

The Emerald Coast Amateur Radio Club will be conducting Amateur Radio Upgrade Classes for both potential General and Amateur Extra licensees.  The General class will be held in February.  An Amateur Extra “Seminar” will be held in March.  Dates and times for each are as follows:

Day Date Start Time End Time
Friday February 20 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Saturday February 21 9:00 a.m. (0900) 5:00 p.m. (1500)
Sunday February 22 1:00 p.m. (1300) 4:00 p.m. (1600)
Friday February 27 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Saturday February 28 9:00 a.m. (1300) 3:00 p.m. (1500)
Sunday March 1 2:00 p.m. (1400) TESTING SESSION


Day Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday March 10 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Thursday March 12 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Tuesday March 17 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Thursday March 19 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Tuesday March 24 6:00 p.m. (1800) 9:00 p.m. (2100)
Thursday March 26 6:00 p.m. (1800) TESTING SESSION

Testing sessions are open to anyone.  HOWEVER…if you plan on taking the General exam, you MUST have a valid Technician license.  Likewise, if you plan on taking the Amateur Extra exam, you MUST have a valid General license. All classes will be held at the St. Sylvester Catholic Church on US 98 just west of Navarre.  They will be in room 201 in the Education Building.  The book we will be using for the General upgrade course is the “ARRL General Class License Manual (7th Edition)“.  The book for the Amateur Extra class is the “ARRL Extra Class License Manual (10th Edition)“.  Both books are available from Amazon.com. For more information, please email the instructor Ray Crepeau or call him at 407-256-0408. Additional information can be found on their website: http://emeraldcoasthams.com.


2015 Club Dues

Become a NOARC member!

  $12.00 gets you Associate Privileges, (Non-voting member)


$20.00 gets you Full Privileges 

Regardless of which membership you choose the repeater access is free to anyone wishing to use it.  These dues are mainly to ensure the repeater remains free to the public.

As we start a new year it’s time to support our club with its annual dues.  You can download our 2015 Club Application, (click here) and mail it to our new Treasurer Mark Hilliard – KA5NDH or bring your dues to our next club meeting.

Mark can be reached at email: MarkHilliard@yahoo.com or 

Mail to: Mark Hilliard

            6009 Dairy Road

            Baker, FL. 32531


The next NOARC club meeting will be held on

 Date: Thursday Apr. 9th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Old Dorcas Fire Station  

  ——Tech. Night——

  Topic: TBA

    Date:   Thursday Mar. 26th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Old Dorcas Fire Station

  Old Dorcas Fire Station #42 is located about 8 miles east of Crestview. Fire Station is on dirt road directly behind an Exxon Station off of U.S. 90.

Click here for aerial view  http://goo.gl/maps/HNB4l

  Sunday Club Operation 

The club station can be opened at any reasonable time after notifying the

  Station Manager.

Point of contact: Richard Bailey, KE4BFX

  E-mail Address(es):  bailey_richard@yahoo.com




Florida Panhandle Frequencies

(click here)

Thanks, Bob – N4CU and Phil – N6COP


New Ham Brochure

(Click Here)


  Satellite for Beginners 

Presented by Ron-KI5FR

   (Click here for .pdf file)



Operates on 147.360 MHz with +100hz tone

The North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (NOARC) is a service organization located in Crestview, Florida. It has members from Santa Rosa, Walton, and Okaloosa Counties in Florida and Covington County, Alabama.  During the club’s history, members have supported the community numerous times by providing emergency communications and were often the only means of communication in and out of areas affected by disasters.  Club activities include participation each year in the American Radio Relay League sponsored Field Day event, hidden transmitter hunts, picnics, and hosting Technician Classes.  Our goal is to enjoy amateur radio and to introduce and promote the hobby to the public to ensure that there will always be a pool of well trained and well equipped hams ready to support our community when needed.


   Tower Laws

Cal-W4GMH, has put together key legal information on Towers for Amateur Radio Stations.

See “Legal Area” (above), for attached PDF Files that cover 1. ARRL PRB 1 Info Page 2. Chapter 7 of Okaloosa County Ordinances-read section 1.01.073 3. The Original FCC PRB-1 Ruling of 1985 4. An FCC 2000 ruling on CCR’s that cites the PRB-1 5. Florida Tower Laws Thanks, Cal-W4GMH for this information.


Satellite Flyby’s

We have just added a new link for those who like to track satellites.  It’s labeled “Satellite Flyby’s”  click on it and put in your zip code.  It’s as easy as that.   Thanks, Tony-K4OZL from MARC and Cal-W4GMH for informing us of this website.


Technician Classes: Ron – KI5FR, would like to hold another General and Technician Class in October 2013.  If you are interested in getting your amateur radio license please contact him at noarc_class@yahoo.com


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  1. David Martin - W4DSM

    I really enjoyed going to MFJ yesterday with some of you. Thanks for welcoming into the group.


  2. Hi David,

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to MFJ with our group. Please check back with us here for future events.

    Phil – N6COP

  3. Ed Parent K4EDP

    The “Satellite for Beginners” slide show was interesting. Thanks for sharing/posting.


    1. I’m glad you enjoyed our slide show on “Satellite for Beginners”. We try to make improvements to our site each and everyday. It’s great to get feedback from other enthusiasts like yourself. Thanks for your comment. Phil – N6COP


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