Club Minutes

                     November 14, 2013


This meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Club President Bob Walker, N4CU followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation given by E.Y., WB4CDR.



The meeting was conducted by Club President Bob, N4CU. There were 15 members present.


Secretary Report:

 October minutes were posted on the W4AAZ.ORG website.  Glenn, K4GAG made a motion to accept the minutes as posted, 2nd Bob, N4CU and approved by membership.


Treasurer Report:

None given and there was no discussion.


Repeater Report:

Steve, N4GXX was not present but the repeater is working. There were no other comments about the repeater.


Station Report:

Richard, KE4BFX was not present and there was no discussion on the club station.


Training Report:

Ron, KI5FR was not present but Bob, N4CU said the Tech Class on October 26th and Testing on November 2nd resulted in several new Hams.  A list will be provided later.  In addition Ron has conducted three training classes in emergency procedures for Okaloosa Gas Company, Laural Hill Water, Okaloosa Health Department, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  In January there will be a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for the Okaloosa Gas Company to practice using there amateur radios.  Laurel Hill Water, Okaloosa Health Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) also received training.  Please contact Ron at if you have any questions, concerns or comments about training. 


Website Report:

Phil, N6COP, Webmaster, was not in attendance.  However, the website is up and working.


SYSOP Report:

None given


ARES Report:

Tony, AK4ZI was not present and no report was given.


Activities Report:

Cal, W4GMH was not present but next event is the Crestview Christmas Parade.  The following is information reprinted from October activities report and should be accurate.  On Saturday the December 7th is the Crestview Christmas Parade.  NOARC has been asked to provide communication.  This is the largest Parade in Crestview. Volunteers include Jim AJ4XK, Bob W5RE, Bob N4CU, Richard KE4BFX, Mike KJ4FNA, and Ron KI5FR.  More radio operators are needed.  Meet at the intersection of Main Street and MLK at 4PM.  The Parade starts at 6:30PM and support is needed to 8PM. Starting frequency is 146.555 (this may change). 


NOARC members take an active role in the running on this parade.  As parade entrants begin they are assigned a number.  This number must be affixed to the entrant and communicated to the judging stand along with a description of the entry.  Keeping these in order is a challenge.  In addition it has been suggested that exiting entries proceed to side streets in an orderly fashion and not stop at end of parade to unload.  Stopping at the end stops the entire parade.  Keeping these entries moving to their designated side street will also require communicators, working with Crestview Police and parade staff.


NOARC was commended by the Crestview Fire Chief and Organizers of the RACE for LACE for their communication support on November 2nd.  NOARC was also commended by the Organizers of the Veterans Day Parade held on November 11th in Crestview.  13 NOARC members supported the event.


The Tri-Club Christmas party will be on;

Date: December 19, 2013

Time: 6PM

Location: North Bay Baptist Church

 4681 Hwy 20E, 7/10 mile East of White Point Road. 


Attached to these minutes is a list of food items various Tri-County Clubs will be bringing to the Christmas party.  Everyone is invited to attend.


Old Business: 



New Business:

Bob, W5RE made three recommendations following the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 12, 2013 at 9AM.


1.There was no formal announcement that a test was going to be conducted.

2.Calling stations where not always identified.

3.The frequency of operation was not given during the announcement or during the SET.

4.During the SET the fact there was a simulated emergency was not provided enough.

5.Messages were not given in the standard NTS format. (Bob N4CU said some messages followed the ICS 213 format but did admit the message traffic was not consistent)


Bob, W6VVA suggested more cooperation between the three main Ham radio clubs in Okaloosa County.  A discussion continued about provided a DSTARS node in Fort Walton Beach.  Bob, N4CU said the problem is finding a suitable location on a high enough tower with internet access.  Bob, W6VVA said he would attempt to organize a forum between the three clubs for the purpose of discussing common issues.  This may take the form of a NET, Skype, or face to face meeting.  Bob, W6VVA will contact the other two radio clubs in Okaloosa County.


Bob, W5RE wanted the club to recognize two club members as achieving Life Membership Status. After discussion Bob, W5RE made a motion to grant EY Mock, WB4CDR and Lew Bowers, KA4KMP Life Membership status. This will entitle EY and Lew membership without payment of any dues. Mike, KK4KRZ 2nd and carried unanimously to accept the motion with no opposing votes.


Bob, N4CU asked for a 2014 NOARC officer nomination committee to be formed. Mike, KK4KRZ has been asked to head the committee with Steve KJ4RWD, Bob W5RE, and Daniel KK4VAX as members. Recommendations will be provided at the December meeting for NOARC consideration. Those who would like to be considered for an officer position contact Mike, KK4KRZ 

( The officer positions are President, Vice President, Treasure, and Secretary. Consideration should be considered for the non-officer positions. The non-officer positions are Training, Activities, Station, Webmaster, ARES Report, SYSOPS Report, and Repeater.


Josiah, KK4EBQ donated an HP touch smart computer, keyboard, and mouse to NOARC. Thanks for the donation.


Motion to adjourn was made by Glenn, K4GAG and 2nd by Mike, KJ4FNA and carried unanimously to accept the motion with no opposing votes.


Submitted by Mike Martell, KK4KRZ



NOARC, PARC, Twin-Cities, and Walton Co. Radio Clubs are providing food for December 19th Tri-club 2013 Christmas Party.


Time: 6PM

Date: December 19, 2013

Location: North Bay Baptist Church

 4681 Hwy 20E, 7/10 mile East of White Point Rd.


Menu to date, as of the closing of these minutes.


Turkey (16 Lbs) - Luie Holland, WB4UVI

Turkey  -Sally Walker

Ham Bob - Murphy, KI4MEU

Diabetic Cherry Pie - Sherri Bell, KJ4KBO

Green Beans - Chris and Crystal Burton, KK4VBE

Dressing & Gravy - Curt Kroha, WA4BOZ

Spanish Rice - Nancy and Tom Cardinal, N2XU

Cole Slaw - Bob Sullivan, W5RE

Rolls and Butter - John Baughman, KI4UMT

Cucumber, Onion, and Vinegar Salad - Bob Benson, K6VVA

Spring Mix Salad - Bob Benson, K6VVA

Caesar Salad - Bob Benson, K6VVA

Cranberries (4 Cans) - Daniel Horne, KK4VAX

Green Bean Casserole, Wendell Benttie KK4VBA

Corn - Phil Mackrael, N6COP

Pumpkin Pie - Jim Morrison, AJ4XK  



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