Happy New Year!
The Emerald Coast Amateur Radio Association would like to wish everyone a healthy and safe 2018. For our members (and all ham radio operators), we would encourage you to get out and use your skills! This can be something as simple as checking into a radio net. There are several within the area that you can check in on using a handheld radio.
Maybe one of your New Year's resolutions is to get upgraded to take advantage of the HF frequencies! We have several Volunteer Examiners who are always willing to provide a quick testing session. If you want to get some experience with HF on the air, there are several contests coming up. You could team up with an Elmer and increase your radio operations skills. Field Day 2018 will be upon us faster than you think. We are looking for someone to head up our 11th annual Field Day effort.
Lastly, if you need a short vacation, take the family to Orlando the weekend of February 9-12 and attend the annual Hamcation. This is the 2nd largest ham fest in the US and features a lot of equipment, forums, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Plus you can't beat the location...Orlando, Florida.
Enjoy 2018 and hope to hear you on the air!
Field Day Results
Well, Field Day 2017 is in the books. Even with the mediocre propagation, we were were a small, but busy group enjoying Navarre Beach and Amateur Radio. The Navarre Press wrote up a very nice article on us. We even got the reporter to try his hand at making a contact, even though it was unsuccessful.
For 2017, we had 299 QSOs and earned 2318 contest points. For our "Most Contacts" contest, the hands-down winner was K4PV with 109 CW and phone contacts. Runner-up was K4KBD with 32 phone contacts.
Several ideas were shared for next year regarding locations and other options. Hopefully atmospheric conditions will continue to improve. Thanks to the many people who stopped by and thanks to the few who came out to operate.
The National Weather Service in Mobile is now conducting Basic Skywarn Classes ONLINE. For more information and to sign up (when available), go to http://weather.gov/mob/spotter_training.
SRC ARES Net
The Santa Rosa County ARES Net, which is a net open to ALL amateur radio operators, meets each Tuesday evening at 1900L hours. Operators from Pensacola to Milton to Crestview to Destin to Navarre check in every week. Tune your radios to 146.700 MHz (pl tone of 100hz) and join in!