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DALTON OR BUST!

This last weekend (Feb 24),some of the PARC Team set sight on making it to Dalton Georgia for their Hamfest! Wow what an event and a great mini-vacation! This was done by leaving on a Friday, traveling 6.5 hours North, and enjoying the sights, sounds, flavors, and of course, the Ham!

We went into Tennessee not once, but twice! once for a dinner and the other time for the International Tow Truck Museum!  before heading home!

The Dalton Hamfest is an exceptionally large show with three indoor buildings and a large outdoor tailgate area! The activity in this area is all about radio! CB, GMRS, FRS, HAM, you name it, if it’s radio, it’s there! No segregation of services as they merge and blend all facets of communication into one! We highly recommend checking this show out! Follow this link for the 2024 video!

 

 

What a nice Sunny Day!

Today [President’s Day] offered the chance for some of the members in the Playground Amateur Radio Club to perform antenna maintenance. Recent windstorms have taken their toll but that is the exception, not the rule when you perform regular maintenance on your antenna systems. Safety being the key right alongside having those that have the skills and the physical durability to ensure a job well done. The pictures below only depict some of the things found wrong, in need of repair (which were) or unusual cases of wear. Stay safe, plan you your inspections and ham on!

 

73’s, W4ZBB/K4FWB

 

 

 

Fox Hunt Success with the Playground ARC!

The event started off at the PARC Clubhouse during one of the greatest opportunities of warm weather we have had all January!

Being that we were hunting from our vehicles around the city, the walking to hunt was down to a minimum except to stop and isolate further once the first harmonic was received at a full 9 on the S meter! below is the write up from the Club’s Treasurer!

Hunting Foxes in the PanhandleEd Underfinger (AA0EU)
The Playground Amateur Radio Club hosted a fox hunt on January 20th. This was my second such event, the first time I was a hunter. This time I took on the role of the fox. Queenie (KQ4FRB) organized the event and planned a cookout to follow the hunt. At 9 AM the hunters gathered at the PARC clubhouse, which is on the south side of town. They were given the fox frequency (146.565 mhz) and in a mad dash, the fun began. As the hunters split into 4 teams, I turned the incredibly powerful 5 milliamp transmitter on and the cooks got started.

Two and a half hours later, and 2.5 miles north, Selena and Dale (KQ4MVC) were the first to find the stuffed fox I had staged as the final step. The other teams were Ted (KO4NCL) and his dog Jaeger, DJ (KI4ZER) and Maria, and Rob (waiting on his callsign) and his son. The support team was Queenie, Rey (KM4DYA), and Randy (KJ4FNB).

Over lunch the teams discussed their strategies and any difficulties encountered while I plotted a greater challenge for next time.
Congratulations to all participants for making this a fun event!

 

Ham for the Holidays Potluck

Playground ARC is hosting a Holiday Potluck! We would like to welcome you to bring a dish and a White Elephant gift to exchange ($20 limit). Please bring your families for some Ham Holiday Cheer!

For further details and sign up, please visit www.w4zbb.org or email PARCFWB@gmail.com with questions. Reach out to Queenie KQ4FRB@gmail.com for further details.

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C084AA9AA2FA0FDCE9-46273241-hamfor

GIVE BACK FRIDAY – Help Our Homeless

Coming up in November, Playground ARC is taking back Black Friday to GIVE BACK to those in our community who might otherwise go without this holiday season! We are joining Greater Vision Church of FWB to collect donations of personal hygiene items to be handed out to the homeless on November 24th at 12pm. Please refer to the suggested donations list to see what you can contribute!

 

Please bring items to the PARC Clubhouse Friday November 24th at 1200. 17 First St SE FWB FL

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) at PARC! Oct 22, 2023, 1200 CST!

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack.

For 2023, The Playground Amateur Radio Club proudly opens its doors to BSA Troop 157 for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) at PARC! Oct 22, 2023, 1200 CST!

Location: PARC Clubhouse, 17 First St SE, FWB, FL 32548

Be sure to come and see the antenna field and active training session which will be dedicated to showcasing Amateur Radio and Scouting! Take a look at the Ham Radio Merit Badge Worksheet to see further details and come join in on the great opportunity!

http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/radio.pdf 

For more information, please email us at PARCFWB@Gmail.com

OKALOOSA ARES ANNOUNCEMENT

THERE WILL BE A GENERAL ARES MEETING THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 1400 HRS. AT THE OKALOOSA COUNTY EOC BLD. 210, 90 COLLEGE BLVD IN NICEVILLE. TO ALL OKALOOSA COUNTY LICENSED RADIO OPERATORS/HAMS, CLUB MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER AND WORKING WITH OKALOOSA ARES GROUP, YOU SHOULD ATTEND THIS MEETING. BRING A COPY OF; FLORIDA DRIVERS LICENSE (FRONT ONLY), FCC LICENSE, ALL RELATED TRAINING CERTIFICATES SUCH AS, ARRL, FEMA, ICS, NIMS, NWS, AND MEDICAL. ALL COPY MATERIALS WILL BE KEPT FOR RECORDS FOLDERS. PLEASE RESPOND TO W4KKJ@COX.NET. NOTE: AFTER ARRIVING IN THE PARKING LOT CALL 850-651-4544 OR 850-902-3550 TO GAIN ENTRANCE. PLEASE DO NOT RING DOORBELL!

THANK YOU

 

  • Capt. John Johnston/W4KKJ
  • ARES/EC OKALOOSA COUNTY
  • 850-651-4545

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