Wednesday, June 22, 2011

No Meeting This July


Because Monday happens to fall on the Fourth of July, there will be no meeting this month. The next meeting will be August 1, 2011. Enjoy the Fourth!

Now, I know some of you just hate to miss a meeting for any reason whatsoever. I can understand that this may be disconcerting for some, but I have some good news. Since 1900 the the Fourth of July only fell on Monday 16 times, including this year. The next time this will happen will be in the year 2016. Ample time to plan. And, for those really really interested, the Fourth of July will also fall on a Monday in the years: 2022, 2033, 2039, 2044, 2050, 2061, and 2067. By this time most of us will be well into our hundreds. :-)

Now that I have convinced most of you that I need to get a life, once again, Enjoy the Fourth! Bill KI4ZMV

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Generation, New Tech


Jason Hibbard is seen here being congratulated by Ernie KG4YNI and Bob WA4YFN. Jason just earned his Technician’s License, and plans to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, now a silent key. He has fond memories of the hours spent as a young child with his granddad, as he worked the radios in his shack. Perhaps someday he too will pass the enthusiasm for the hobby to the next generation.

Also present Bill, KI4ZMV.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Busy Weekend For LARC


Steve Warnic passed his Technicians test this morning. He is seen here being congratulated by Bill KJ4IAI and Ernie, KG4YNI.

Only hours later, Steve is seen here chatting with Ren KG4BAS at the Polk County Hurricane 2011 Expo. Ren is flanked by his two children and fellow hams, Gabby KK4ASD and Ansel KJ4ZRU. Judging from the intense look on Ren's face, my guess is that he is talking up QRP and the magic of CW with Steve.

Ren is quite a salesman. After showing Steve how to learn the Morse Code in 2 minutes, Steve can't wait to share this information with Roger, club unofficial chairman of proper attitude. :-)
Every event needs organizers, and this one is no exception. Here Rip AA4HT, LARK organizer, and Robbin, ARES president, chat during a lull in the activities.
And a whole bunch of familiar faces: