Monday, June 26, 2017

Field Day 2017

Field day 2017 is behind us. Only the memories remain. This was our first time at an air conditioned venue. By one count there were 72 visitors.

By all accounts, everyone had a good time. The food was excellent, as usual. There was no shortage of old timers, and more importantly, we were fortunate to have some younger hams taking part in filed day activities.

Liam, a fourth grader and our youngest club member, holds a General License.

You can see many more images by gong to this link
Some of the images may be a surprise to you if you were not present. You never know what you might miss if you don't show up at field day. :-))

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Venue For Field Day And July Meeting

It is that time of year again. Field day is only a few days off.  Activities will begin Friday afternoon, around 4:30 PM. Teams will start setting up at this time. Feel free to drop by and help out.

Several things will break with tradition this year. For one thing, the location. Field day will be held this year at the Kathleen Historical Society Grounds. There is plenty of room to place antennas, the facility is air conditioned, and there is indoor plumbing. As usual there will be plenty to eat.

You can get directions on Google,-82.0115195,473m/data=!3m1!1e3

Here is a map of the general area. The location is a bit out of the way, so plan ahead before you jump into your vehicle. (you can click on this map to enlarge it.)

The July meeting is traditionally an after Field Day Dinner Event. This year it will be held at the Golden Corral. Here are the details:

Location 98 North. 4705 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
We have a private room in the rear that seats 75.
Plan to arrive at 6:00 PM
Pay when you enter. Prices include drink and tax.
     Children: $  6.41
     Adults     $15.28
     Seniors    $14.75 (60 and over)

If there are any questions, please contact one of the club officers. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Once Again, Congratulations Are In Order

Left to right, Dave Ingram, new Tech - KN4DTS, Rich, Craig Bailey, new General, KN4DLS, Peggy, testing coordinator, and Duane Archibald, N4WDH who is also the president of the East Pasco Amateur Radio Club.

Left to right, George, Peggy, Dave KN4DTS, a new Tech, Duane, and Richard.

Fred going over the details of Field Day. 
In all there were 42 people present, including guests, and members.

Club Attendance June 2017

Please check for errors. If you were there, and you circled your call sign, but are missing, or data is not correct, please let me know.

Call Sign  First         Last           Class              ARRL ARES   Skywarn
                  Carl          Begley       
AE4RM Roger Meadows Amateur Extra YES NO POL-914
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K2EUH Robert Foxworth Amateur Extra YES NO POL-405A
KB0QMN George Rezac General NO NO
KB4BDQ Judith Bukoski General LIFE NO
KC2RMZ Brian Volz Technician NO NO
KG4BAS Ren Monllor General NO YES NO
KG4PWF James Scott General NO NO POL-173A
KI4CDY Patrick O'Neil Amateur Extra YES YES POL-219A
KI4NBE George Gafford General

KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES YES
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO POL-840
KJ4AFB Patricia Morris General YES YES
KJ4AYU Victoria Walker Technician YES NO
KJ4DSQ Roger Land Technician YES YES POL-208A
KK4ASD Gabby Monllor Technician NO NO
KM4BAO Robert Doherty General YES NO POL-829
KM4STS Liam Holzer General NO NO
KM4STT Aimee Holzer General NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KN4BOE Thomas Conner General YES NO
KT2T Michael Oliver Amateur Extra LIFE YES POL-322A
N2TE R. Marchese Amateur Extra YES NO
N4ESS Richard Kennedy Amateur Extra LIFE NO PAS-570
N4PEG Margaret Lang Amateur Extra YES NO HIL-1000
N6MRS Michael Shreve General YES NO
N7CUC Samuel Shaver Amateur Extra NO NO
W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES YES
W4ZSC Albert Sheppard Amateur Extra YES NO POL-843
W8DUK Richard Grubb Amateur Extra YES NO POL-782
WD4LKY Charles Bukoski Advanced LIFE NO
WX4AMS Andrew Stevens General YES YES POL-838

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Members Who Signed In At The May 2017 Meeting

Clubs collect attendance. It is a tradition. LARC has been doing it since day one. The funny thing is that no one, to my knowledge, has ever made use of the data on our sign in sheets. In fact, the last time anyone ever sees it is after they check off their name. Except for me, that is. I file them.

You no doubt have noticed that the sign in sheets have changed a bit over the last year. Instead of a blank sheet, call signs were prerecorded so you only had to check a couple of boxes. The result was more legible, but not in format easily shared. Two months ago a bar code appeared next to your call sign. Here is what that is all about. By scanning the bar code representation of your call sign into a file, it can then be joined up with the official list of club members and shared with everyone. In essence What follows is the result.

(As an aside, the inspiration for bar codes came from the Morse Code. No it is not the same code, just the same principle, short and long, or in the case of the bar code, black or white. There are numerous bar code systems. I am using Code 128. Grocery stores, and Libraries each have their own system. Even the Universal Product Code, UPC is not all that universal. European UPC codes are not the same as ours.)

So if you are not on the list, and you are a member in good standing, please let me know. Also, let me know if you find any errors.

Attendees at the May Meeting

 AA4HT Robert Van Winkle Amateur Extra YES NO
AA4HTXYL Caroline Van Winkle

AD4AT William Aten Amateur Extra LIFE NO POL-933 AD4AT
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K2EUH Robert Foxworth Amateur Extra YES NO POL-405A K2EUH
K2TDR Ringo Breton Amateur Extra NO NO
K4EMT Sarah Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
KG4PWF James Scott General NO NO POL-173A KG4PWF
KI4EFL Donald Jeerings General NO NO
KI4EFLXYL Norma Jeerings

KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO POL840 KI4ZMV
KJ4DSQ Roger Land Technician YES YES POL-208A KJ4DSQ
KK4ITX John Leahy Amateur Extra YES NO PAS-607 KK4ITX
KM4BAO Robert Doherty General YES NO POL-829 KM4BAO
KM4CUG Debra Leahy Technician YES NO
KM4STS Liam Holzer Technician NO NO
KM4STT Aimee Holzer Technician NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KN4BOE Thomas Conner General YES NO
N4ESS Richard Kennedy Amateur Extra LIFE NO PAS-607 N4ESS
N4KWR Kevin Rought General YES YES POL-868 N4KWR
N4PEG Margaret Lang Amateur Extra YES NO
N7CUC Samuel Shaver Amateur Extra NO NO
W4EMT Eric Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES YES
W4ZSC Albert Sheppard Amateur Extra YES NO POL-843 W4ZSC
W8DUK Richard Grubb Amateur Extra YES NO POL-782 W8DUK
WA4MMO Geoffrey Schuck Amateur Extra YES NO
WZ1P Daniel Gagnon Amateur Extra NO NO

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sad News. Jeff James Becomes a Silent Key

Jeff (Luther) James passed away Friday, May 12th. He was preceded by his wife Barbara Jean James nearly one year to the day. Jeff is survived by his son Glenn and his daughter Vicky. There will be an informal service Saturday, 10 AM - 12:PM at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home 3350 Mall Hill Dr, Lakeland, FL 33810.

 Jeff and Barbara Jean James

Jeff "two hats" James
We will miss you.


LAKELAND - Luther 'Jeff' J. James, Jr., 83, passed away at his home on May 12, 2017, surrounded by his family. Jeff had fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Jeff was born and raised in Lakeland, FL. He was married for 60 years to Barbara Britt James, who preceded him in death on May 15, 2016. Jeff graduated from Lakeland High School, Class of 1952. He served in the United States Army, being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves after attaining the rank of Sergeant. He worked 41 years with the railroad, retiring from CSX Transportation in 1996.

Jeff is survived by his daughter, Vicki Spears of Lakeland; son Glenn James (Mary) of Polk City, FL, granddaughter Brittany Spears of Newport, NC; and 26 nieces and nephews. In addition to Barbara, he was preceded in death by his parents, L.J. and Clemmie James; brothers Dewey, Howard, Vernon, and Marshall; and sisters Daisy Blondena, Gilda, and Evelyn. 

Visitation at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Drive, Lakeland, FL 33810 on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimer's disease research, Vitas Hospice or Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Voices From On High

Drew Draws A Crowd

Speaking to a captivated audience, Drew presented the the history and theory behind satellite communication. Later the group retired to the outdoors where he put theory into practice. In the space of a few minutes he made a contact with a ham in Texas.Then, wishing to share the fun Drew got Liam KM4STS to participate.

Liam KM4STS makes the call while Drew aims the antenna.

Liam takes his turn holding the antenna while
Tyler takes the mic,
and Liam's mom, dad and grandpa, all hams, look on. 

They make it look so simple. Like child's play. :-)

In his presentation Drew discussed the history, theory, and practice of ham radio satellite communication. It was made clear that it doesn’t take much to get started in satellite radio. An antenna and a dual band HT will do. Two dual bands are better.

For those interested, the Internet is a great place to start learning about this phase of ham radio. Besides the radio you will need a directional antenna and some idea of where the satellite you are trying to reach is at any moment. Antennas can be purchased, or if you prefer, you can build your own. The two popular brands are the Elk and the Arrow. Both are priced in the $145 dollar range. This is a lot of money if you just want to experiment to see if you might be interested in this phase of the hobby. For the cost conscious, the tape measure beam optimized for direction finding might be just the ticket.

I built one of these for fox hunting, but I am told it will work with satellites as well. You can’t beat the price.

So assuming you have the radio/s and a suitable antenna, how do you determine the direction to point the antenna and the frequency to set your radio?

The pointing solution comes from software programs which use unclassified information collected by NORAD and passed onto NASA. From this data, these programs predict the position of the satellites at any one time. Using software like this lets you know when the satellite is in range.

Most of us are familiar with repeaters and how they rebroadcast an incoming signal either above or below the received frequency. However, with satellites, the operation is somewhat different. Most satellite transponders, repeat what they hear, the up-link signal, on a another band, the down-link signal. There is another wrinkle. Because the satellite is moving it will exhibit a Doppler shift. This means that as the satellite rises its frequency will appear to be higher than published, and then once it has reached its peak, will become progressively lower than published. This shift is more pronounced on the higher frequencies.

Mode describes the up-link and down-link bands used. For example Mode V/U means the up-link is on VHF, and the down-link on UHF. Mode U/V would be the reverse.

Schedule is another important piece of information to have. Satellites are not always on. However, schedules are published for each. It is a good idea to check ahead of time.

This link will get you started:

Click on the above link. This will take you to the AMSAT site.

Start by clicking on the drop down menu Satellite Info
Scroll down to Communications Satellites
Pick one, ie AO-85
Read about its history and discover the frequencies it operates on.

Go back to the drop down menu Satellite Info
This time select Pass Predictions
Select the Satellite of interest AO-85
Enter your location grid square or latitude and longitude
Click on Predict and a table similar to the following will appear.

To interpret this chart you need to know the following:
AOS (UTC) stands for Acquisition Of Signal in Greenwich Mean Time – the time the satellite just pops over your horizon
AOS Azimuth – the location of the satellite in relation to true north as it just pops over your horizon.
Maximum Elevation is the maximum height of the satellite above the horizon in degrees.
Max EL Azimuth is the direction relative to true North when the satellite is at its highest point on the horizon relative to your position.
LOS Azimuth stands for the direction relative to true north when the signal will be lost.
LOS(UTC) is the Greenwich Mean time the signal will be lost.

So on May 6, at 14:54:36 AO-85 just popped over the horizon for someone living in Lakeland. The direction was 226 degrees from North. After about 5 minutes the satellite reached a height of 32 degrees above the horizon at a direction of 311 degrees from North. Finally, the satellite disappeared over the horizon about five minutes later at a direction 15 degrees from North.

Finally, by clicking on View the current location of AO-85 you can get a plot of where it is and where it is expected to be in the near future.

If this information gets you interested in satellite communications, it has done its job. Several of our club members are heavily involved with this mode of operation. Two in particular are Matthew KK4FEM and Rich N4ESS. I am sure they would be happy to share their experiences with you.

Note: after reading this post Matthew made some valuable suggestions.They follow:

Hi bill,

I read your blog post. If I may offer a few suggestions...

You don't have to pay $145 for an arrow. The least expensive one they offer will work fine with 2 radios (it doesn't include a duplexer) for $90. Also, if you purchase any of these things through the amsat store, they get a percentage of the sales to support operating and building more satellites.

We also highly recommend AGAINST using tape measure Yagis for sats. These may have worked fine in the past for birds with stronger down links, but with the current fleet of sats people will just be frustrated trying to use them. They don't have enough gain, especially on 70cm to allow people to copy the downlink effectively.

A much better alternative if folks don't want to shell out the cash for an Arrow or Elk is the WA5VJB "cheap yagi" that drew mentioned during his presentation. This can be built using scrap wood and common house wire for almost no money. Here is the info.


- Matthew kk4fem

Monday, May 1, 2017

March For Babies 2017 Was A Success!

The club was well represented with volunteers, as usual. No mishaps this year, but we did have one little gal that needed some assistance. She was too tired to walk and mom had her hands full with her sister. I think she may have been saving her energy for the inflatable playroom available to the kids, after the walk. 

Jim Stewart brings new meaning to going the extra mile.

As in past years, LARC Ladies participated in the walk.

There is nothing like a little walking to get you into shape.

Also, as in previous years, Publix was well represented.

For more images of this event click March For Babies 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marvin Johnson Becomes a Silent Key

Marvin Johnson passed away, April 22, 2017. He was 83 years old. Marvin was a long time ham, and faithful supporter of LARC. He held the position of Treasurer for many years. Always a gentleman, know for his kind smile, he will be missed.

Marvin Johnson being presented with an award for his his many years of service as club Treasurer by then President and now Treasurer, Patrick O'Neil. This picture was taken in 2012.

 The service will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel, Lakeland, FL.You can get directions, and learn more at Funeral Arrangements

Sunday, April 23, 2017

March For Babies 2017

As in years past, our club is supporting this event in two ways. Please contact Bob Doherty to volunteer to work a station. Around fifteen volunteers will be needed to cover all the locations. Bring your HT.

The club will sponsor walkers again this year as well. Please let Bob know if you will be walking in support of this cause.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Meeting

These are times of change. The most obvious is our new meeting location. It is much more comfortable than the last location from the point of view of space and acoustics. It is easy to be heard and understood, even without a microphone.

Field Day
The venue for Field Day 2017 has changed. Plans are to hold this year's event at the Kathleen Historical Society grounds. This facility is air conditioned, making it more comfortable for participants. For those not familiar with this location, you can visit their website at

Deadline for MIGS
The deadline for Member In Good Standing status was April 1. If you have not paid your dues, and still wish to be a club member you should contact Patrick to pay your dues.

Club Records Update
April is also the time of year when we look at club records. Mike Oliver and Bill Johnson will be making a push to make sure club records are up-to-date. If you have not made changes to the paper that was circulated during the meeting, you will be contacted by phone. If the phone number we have for you is not current, then we will contact you by email. If neither phone nor email is current you will simply be unreachable. This could be disadvantageous, so unless you chose to be a Stealth Member, you should contact the Secretary to update your records. :-)

Sheets
As secretary I soon became aware that from day one, LARC has always had sign-in sheets at meetings and some events. No one ever questioned this, and to my knowledge no one has ever made use of them. I suppose on the outside chance you need an alibi for where you were on the first Monday of the month they might come in handy, but only if they are accurate. This is one reason we are considering the bar-code approach to attendance records, but there are others.

Generating bar-codes is not a big deal. If you wife is not also a ham, I created a bar-code with the suffix XYL for her. I also created a bar-code for you if you bring your son, YM or YL if you bring your daughter.

Other than being rather cool looking, and related to amateur radio in the sense that they were inspired by the Morse Code,bar-codes are a very practical and efficient way of generating attendance reports. A marked up sheet of bar-codes can be scanned into a worksheet in less than two minutes. But then what? For those interested, here is the workflow:
  1. Members circle their call sign
  2. Scan bar-codes into a spreadsheet - less than two minutes
  3. Port data to a table in a data base - about a minute
  4. Marry the scanned data with other information in the database, print out a hard copy, and generate a soft copy for publication. about five minutes. 
We are going to try this for a while. There have been suggestions made to affix a bar-code to the back of your membership card. This is very doable, but it requires that you carry your membership card in your wallet. The concept of bar-coded tattoos on the forehead was rejected out of hand. However, judging from the amount of ink we see these days, maybe sometime in the future. :-)

So what does a hard copy look like: (Please keep in mind that we are in the process of updating our records so if you paid your dues, or your information is not accurate, please be patient. Feel free to contact me with any updates and corrections.)

AA4HT Roberet (Rip) H. Van Winkle YES YES NO NO
AB1DX Oliver L. Richards NO NO NO NO
AE4RM Roger O. Meadows YES NO NO NO
K1DU Fredrick (Fred) A. Delaney, III NO NO NO NO
K2EUH Robert F. Foxworth YES YES NO YES
KA2BVC Alwin (AL) E. Pogue YES YES NO NO
KF4Q William R. Busbin YES YES NO NO
KG4PWF James (Jim) O Scott YES NO NO NO
KG4YNI Ernest (Ernie) H. Haynes, III YES YES NO YES
KI4ZMV William (Bill) Johnson YES YES NO YES
KJ4AFB Patricia E. Morris YES NO NO NO
KJ4AYU Victoria L. Walker YES NO NO NO
KJ4MJ Joy Gafford NO NO NO NO
KK4FEM Matthew R, Stevens YES YES YES YES
KK4YXR Franklin F. Fitzgerald NO NO NO NO
KM4BAO Robert Doherty YES NO NO NO
KM4CUG Debra (Debbie) M. Leahy YES YES NO NO
KM4STU Leon T. Holzer YES NO NO NO
KR4R Johnnie M. Ritter, Jr. NO YES NO NO
KT2T Michael (Mike) Wayne Oliver YES LIFE YES YES
N2TE R. Edward Marchese YES NO NO NO
N4ESS Richard (Rich) Kennedy YES LIFE NO YES
N4KWR Kevin W. Rought YES NO NO NO
N4PEG Margret (Peggy) Lang YES YES NO YES
N7CUC Samuel (Sam) H. Shaver YES NO NO NO
W4MQB Barbara S. Ritter NO YES NO NO
W4XDS James (Jim) Stewart YES NO YES NO
W4ZSC Albert (Al) P. Sheppard, Jr. YES YES NO YES
WX4AMS Andrew Stevens YES NO NO YE

What? You were there but you did not circle your name. Guess you will just have to make a point to do it next time. :-(

Guest Book
 In the past we have asked guests to sign in at the bottom of the sign in sheet. There wasn't much space to do this and we did not ask for their email. That has changed. We now have a sign-in book, with a place for email so that those who visit can keep up with club activities, and maybe even become members someday.

Testing Testing 1,2,3 Testing
Left to right, George, Thomas KN4BOE, Joh, KM4MTQ, Mark Tech, Duain TECH, A, and Richard. Jon Byrd is now Extra, Thomas Conner General, Mark Welch General, and Dwain Hoffman is a new Tech. Brandon Dye also tested, and is a new Tech.

 Below, Paul Pippin KG4EPU proudly holds his graduation certificate. He is now a General and free to roam the HF bands.Directly to Paul's right, and also in the picture above is Chris AA4CB a visiting VE from the East Pasco Amateur Radio Society.

Congratulations to all

Don't Forget -March For Babies Is Coming Up. 
See Bob To Volunteer
Bob presenting a first contact award to Thomas Connor. Congratulations Thomas.

Our Guest Speaker - Ben Henley
  Digital or analog? Itt all depends. The choice is yours.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LARC Participation at Kathleen Historical Society A Great Success

Interest in Amateur Radio was high at the Kathleen Historical Society Event this year. Rich, Bob and Bill chatted with a total of  fifty-one attendees during the day. Some were interested in becoming Hams, others just curious, and one gentleman was writing a book and wanted to check some facts about EMP, or Electro-Magnetic Pulse, for a fictional novel he is writing. When all else fails, tube radios still work! Of particular note was a middle-schooler named Hunter who was sending code with an electronic paddle after only a few minutes of practice.

Besides the three Hams manning the booth, several others stopped by to show support.  A very special  thank you goes to Chris AA4CB for taking the pictures at this event. 

Bob, Bill, and Rich fielding questions at the same time.  

Bob our VP and George Rezac conferring.

Rich handing out information about our club and our new meeting location.

Bill extolling the benefits of  Ham Radio to a father and son. What  a great way to keep in contact.


On The Outside Chance That You Missed The Announcment

There has been concern among some of the club members that a few members will show up at the wrong location for the April meeting. Not to worry. We have this eventuality covered. I have hired this man, and he is a professional, to station himself by the old meeting place. He has already been paid; so don't let him con you into asking for more money to give directions!

Thursday, March 9, 2017


A message from Herman A Munster to all members of LARC:

Starting April 3, 2017 LARC monthly club meetings will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church School building located at 1435 Gilmore Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805. This facility is located one street East of Lakeland Hills Blvd. Turn onto Parkview Place,  in the direction opposite to the Lakeland Hospital Emergency Entrance.

 Click Here For Directions

Compared to our previous location, the new facility is quite spacious. The board members are looking forward to seeing you at the new location starting in April. The times for testing and the meeting are the same.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Congratulations Tom Connor

An event deserving of a pint of the black stuff!

Tom Conner passed the Technicians Exam on Monday. Due to the marvels of technology, the team was able to present him with his new call sign within minutes of reporting his score to the FCC. Welcome to the ranks, KN4BOE!

Monday, March 6, 2017

LARC Represented At The Winston Academey Of Engineering

LARC had a presence at the Winston Academy Of Engineering Open House. At the request of Mrs. Pope the club demonstrated CW along with some of the more modern digital formats.

Staffing the LARC exhibit were Rich N4ESS, Peggy N4PEG, and Bill KI4ZMV.

Rich and Bill chatting with a future engineer. The future looks bright!

Winston Academy Of Engineering's Vision and Mission statements below tell it all.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to collaborate and use creative thinking to solve real-world problems, build and achieve dreams, embrace diverse cultures, and cultivate competitive engineers by preparing them for a diverse global society.

Our Vision:

Winston Academy of Engineering will ensure the highest standards of intellectual development through a stimulating and comprehensive STEM program with an emphasis on Engineering.  The learning community is actively involved to instill within students the courage to take appropriate risks, and have the confidence to accept challenges.  Together we will give rise to students who are resilient and adaptable, equipped with knowledge and a 21st century skill set to achieve their greatest potential in an ever changing, diverse society.

LARC was both honored and pleased to have been asked to participate.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

March 6, 2017 Meeting Location

The March 6th meeting will be held at the Polk EOC instead of the normal meeting location. There we, along with several other clubs, will receive SKYWARN training. Training will start promptly at 6:30 PM. Be sure to arrive early.

For directions Click Here

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Obituary for Edward Falcon

Edward Frank Falcon, Jr.
September 19, 1946 - February 08, 2017

Edward Frank Falcon, Jr., 70 years old of Zephyrhills, FL passed away on Feb. 8, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Tampa, FL to Edward and Annie Falcon. He was predeceased by his parents, grand-daughter: Michelle Booker, and daughter-in-law: Jenny Booker. He is survived by his wife: Janice Falcon; children: Jane Booker-Scrivens (Larry), David Booker, Jr. (Shirley), Mike Booker (Bonnie), Kenny Booker; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several cousins. There will be no service per his request. A memorial service may take place at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center. Arrangements were made by Hodges Family Funeral Home.

Janice Falcon - KM4IEY
39848 Pretty Pond Rd
Zephyrhills, FL 33540

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Obituary for Calvin Edward Reames

The Reams family announces the celebration of the completed life of Calvin Edward Reams who was born on September 11th 1924 and passed away on February 10th 2017 He is now with his late wife Idalee Brouillette to whom he was married for 51 years.

They had two children Calvin Edward Jr. and Mary Jeanne plus three grand children and one great grand child.

He was a WWII Veteran and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war he worked for General Telephone first as line man and later in management. He was a life long Mason and a ham Radio operator.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Calvin Edward Reames, please visit our Tribute Store.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two LARC Members KI4EXO and K9RWP Become Silent Keys

On February 8th, 2017 Ed Falcon KI4EXO passed away. He is survived by his wife Janice KM4IEY.

On February 10th, 2017 Ed Reames K9RWP became a silent key. He is survived by his son, Ed Reames  Jr. N3PGW. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

March 6th Meeting To Be Held At The Polk EOC

The location for the March 6th meeting is the Polk EOC. The meeting will start at 6:30. LARC along with several other clubs will receive SKYWARN training at this time. Click here for directions to the EOC.

Record Turnout For The February 2017 Meeting

There was a record turnout for the February monthly meeting. Over sixty were present, pushing the limits of our current location. Patrick gave an overview of finances, then Bill presented this j-pole build story. All 19 units for sale were sold. Finally, Matthew presented a program on Parks On The Air.
Before the meeting, Marcus Harmon and Kenneth Kozla successfully advanced. Marcus KD2GTW is now extra, and Kenneth KM4UYX is now General.
Left to right, Richard, Ron, Marcus KD2GTW, Peggy our Testing Coordinator, Kenneth KM4UYX, and Al .

Upcoming events where the club can provide service to the community:

o       Winston Academy of Engineering March 18th
o       Heritage Day March 18th
o       March for Babies April 29th
o       Warrior Walk Saturday July 29th

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Take a look at the hamfest schedule as it appears to be quite busy.
Saturday January 14: TARCFest XXXVIII – Tampa ARC Clubhouse – Tampa, FL
Saturday January 14: SouthCars Annual Tailgate – Golden Corral – N. Lakeland, FL
Saturday January 28: Desoto County Hamfest – Turner Agri Civic Center – Arcadia, FL
Friday February 10 – Sunday February 12: Orlando Hamcation and ARRL Southeastern Division Convention – Central Florida Fairgrounds – Orlando, FL.
Saturday February 18: Highlands County Hamfest – Lake Josephine Baptist Church – Sebring, FL