Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Two Upgrades And A New Tech

Club president, Patrick KI4CDY congratulates Tom, KJ4WFS on his passing the Extra exam. Tom, board member and Arduino guru, is always there to support a club members interested in either electronics or C programming.

Welcome to the fold, Colt. Congratulations on passing your tech exam with flying colors. It was obvious that you studied well for this exam. We are looking forward to seeing more of you in the months to come.

And congratulations Bob KK4EJG on passing the General. All three candidates are proof that passing with flying colors is a matter of knowing your stuff, and this group, without exception, proved this point.

PSK31 Anyone?

PSK 31 is a relatively new amateur mode. Incredibly, in the space of one voice QSO, mode PSK 31 allows nearly ten digital conversations. Bandwidth economy is not the only amazing feature of this mode. Its ability to span large distances with relatively low power, 25 watts or fewer, is its other claim to fame.
Members of LARC look on as Glen and Judson demonstrate the mode.

Glen WB4KW is seen in the foreground to the right showing off the some of the many features of Ham Radio Deluxe, the preferred software for communicating in PSK31.

Glen was half of a two man team making the presentation. His partner Judson KJ4IDH can bee seen at the far end of the counter working a second PSK31 station. In the foreground, Charlie KI4CRI, wife Norma KI4HIM, and Fred K1DU look on.

Many Activities Planed For 2012

A host of activities are in the works for this year starting with the Orlando HamCation this weekend (2012, 2, 8).

Listed below are several others, but to make sure you don’t miss an event, check the LARC calendar frequently. You can find a link to our calendar by clicking on the Menu Item labeled LARC Web Site.

Here are several other planned events:

February 23rd, 2012 Sky Warn Training at the Polk County EOC

February 25th, 2012 Disaster Preparedness Day for the Local 912 Project Group
If you are interested, there website is

Saturday, March 10th, 2012 Open house at the Lakeland Police Department Let Patrick know if you can help out from 10am to 2pm.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 The Heritage Day Festival in Kathleen The event runs
from 9am until 2pm. Setups can begin on the preceding Friday.

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 Our Club will be having A Special Event Station celebrating the 38th Annual Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland. If you have never operated a special event station where people are trying to contact you, it is definitely an experience! Location will be Lake Parker Park; further communications will follow.

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 The March of Dimes March for Babies More information to follow

If you can support any of the above events, please contact me (Patrick) at