Monday, August 12, 2019

August 2019 General Meeting

Congratulations


Congratulations go out to Darrin, KC6HSP, our new EXTRA. Darrin wanted to be on a ship, but not a cruise ship, so we found passage for him on a freighter. This would be my choice if I had the urge to take a sea voyage. No noisy casinos, no tempting foods that you know you should not eat, and plenty of time to sit back and just enjoy the ride. Of course I would want to know all about how a big cargo ship moves from place to place, and how cargo is kept track of, picked up and dropped off. The more I think of it, the more I think Darrin has a good idea here.

 

Happy Birthday


Turning 92 is special. This called for something special. Fortunately I was able to scour up seven local hams to celebrate with Don. This was not as difficult as you may have guessed. Most of us would agree that ham radio is a very exciting and attractive hobby. And with hams like Don leading the way, how can you resist? Happy Birthday Don.

Review Of Field Day



Fred reviewed the statistics from Field Day. Our club did well, and about the same as last year. Numbers aren't everything. Just getting together and having fun is what really counts. I say, mission accomplished!

Our Main Speaker



Our main speaker for the evening was Drew KO4MA. Drew has spoken to club members on several occasions. While the subject is the same, Amateur Satellite, you can't help coming away with something new after each presentation. Who would have guessed that stabilization is achieved by using a bar magnet inside the cube-sat, or that cube-sats woud be deployed by a process similar to delivering candy from a Pez candy dispenser. How about deploying antennae? One end is fixed permanently, while the other is held in place by a fusible link. After deployment, a signal is given to melt the fuse, releasing the spring steel antenna tucked along side, allowing it to deploy. Simple and very clever. 

Thank you Drew. It is presentations like yours that have members coming back to meetings. 

And while we are on the subject of attendance, our Sargent at arms, Top, has informed me that we had 57 attendees at the August meeting. They are listed below. If there are any errors or omissions, please let me know.

Attendance

CALL FIRST LAST CLASS ARRL ARES SKYWARN
AB1DX Oliver Richards Amateur Extra YES NO
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K3JAZ Larry Turner General NO NO
K4EMT Sarah Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
KB0QMN George Rezac General NO NO
KI4CDY Patrick O'Neil Amateur Extra YES YES YES
KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES YES YES
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO YES
KJ4UW George Mann Amateur Extra YES NO YES
KK4LYQ William Paul Amateur Extra YES NO YES
KK4VCN Eleanor Marshall Technician NO NO YES
KM4STT Aimee Holzer Amateur Extra NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KN4FRA Susan Pugh General YES YES
KN4OTO Charlotte Shaver Technician NO NO
KN4OTS Harley Leavitt General NO NO
KN4PIH Richard Lennon Technician NO NO
KN4SAU John Beatty General NO NO
KN4SAV Edward Schairer Amateur Extra YES NO
KQ4KX Richard Sharp Amateur Extra LIFE NO YES
KT2T Michael Oliver Amateur Extra LIFE YES YES
N2TE R. Marchese Amateur Extra YES NO
N4ESS Richard Kennedy Amateur Extra LIFE NO YES
N4HCZ Robert Griggs Amateur Extra NO NO
N4PEG Margaret Kennedy Amateur Extra YES NO YES
N6MRS Michael Shreve General YES NO YES
N7CUC Samuel Shaver Amateur Extra NO NO
NC8I Robert Berquist Amateur Extra YES NO
NJ4Y Matthew Stevens Amateur Extra YES YES YES
W4EMT Eric Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
W4MAG Michael Girard Amateur Extra YES NO
W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES YES
W8DUK Richard Grubb Amateur Extra YES NO YES
WA4MMO Geoffrey Schuck Amateur Extra YES NO
WB6ZEQ Herman Smith Amateur Extra YES NO NO
WB8QQR Norman Nissen Advanced YES NO NO
WX4AMS Andrew Stevens Amateur Extra YES YES YES
WX4NEX Norman Xanders Technician NO YES YES
WZ1P Daniel Gagnon Amateur Extra NO NO
KM4BAO Bob Doherty Amateur Extra YES NO POL-829







Guests





KC6HSP Darrin Heard



KI4CRI Charlie Gribble



KI4EFL Don Jeerings



KM4UYX Ken Lozla



KN4DII Bob ?



KN4KIB Joseph Hansel



KN4UJI Larry Collins



KO4MA Andrew Glasbrenner




Bing Bartlett




Bob McCarthy




Glen Smith




Kathy Schuck




Min Hee





Wendy McCarthy





Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rag Chew July 31, 2019

  • Checked in 7/31
    WB6QEZ Top
    KI4CRI. Charlie
    WX4NEX Norm
    KN4SAU John
    KN4SAV. Ed
    KT4WX Darrell.    First time?
    N6MRS Mike
    N7HUG Steve
    KJ4SGJ James.  First time. (Reconnected with Charlie)
    KK4LYQ Bill

Monday, July 29, 2019

Warrior Walk 2019

Once again,  LARC showed out in force to provide radio support to a worthy cause. This time it was the Lakeland Warrior Walk. Here are some photos of the event.

Words are not needed!

Hams are a fun group of guys, or an incorrigible lot, take your pick

To the right, and blending into the crowd, is our fearless net control operator.

We were pleased to have had Darrell Davis join us on this march.

Steve, hand on the button, ready to respond.

Victor's dream come true." I always wanted an adult Tonka Toy when I grew up."

Bill, ever vigilant on station

Last but not least, Next to Glenn Smith we have his very patriotic pouch. Patriotism runs in this family.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

A Little Humor Never Hurts

Lee, N4HES's kids got this sign for his birthday last week, and he wanted to share this will the group. If you must have one of these for your very own, they are available on Amazon. 

I am not so sure I want to take this message literally. My experience has been that teleham is right up there with telephone and telegraph. 

Thank you for sharing Lee.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Warrior Walk 2019


Time to volunteer for the 2019 Lakeland Warrior Walk.

Date: Saturday July 27th
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, Florida, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Start time for LARC:  7:15AM
Your Contact person: Bob Doherty KM4BAO@yahoo.com






Sunday, June 30, 2019

Field Day Celebration Dinner


The dinner celebrating field day will be held next Monday, July 1st at the 98 North Golden Corral. Dinner will start around 6:00 PM. Just arrive and pay for your meal. We have reserved the private room.

For directions Click here

Friday, June 28, 2019

Field Day 2019 Was A Great Success!

First we will start with the testers. We have two new Techs, Diane KN4VIH and Bob KN4VII Sanchez. No need to hunt for a background for this picture. Field Day is the perfect local to mark the occasion.

From left to right we have VE Coordinator Peggy N4PEG, new Tech Diane KN4VIH, 
Diane's husband Bob and also new tech KN4VII, and next to Bob, 
Bill KF4Q Have Antenna, Will Travel 

 Field day was a great success in no small part to those who generously rolled up their sleeves, an did the set up, and most important the take down at the end of the event. If I missed your name, I apologize. Let me know an I will be happy to add you to the list.

Here is the list of those who helped with setup and take down. 
Thank you. 
You made Field Day A Success.
Call Name
AE4RM Roger Meadows
K0ZD John Stanford
K1DU Fred Delaney
KF4Q Bill Busbin
KI4EFL Don Jeerings
KI4ZMV Bill Johnson
KJ4UW George Mann
KK4VCN Eleanor Marshall
KM4BAO Bob Doherty
KM4STS Liam Holzer
KM4STT Aimee Holzer
KM4STU Leon Holzer
KN4BOK Tom Conner
KN4FRA Michelle Pugh
KN4OTS Harley Leavitt
KN4VII Bob Sanchez
N4FRK Victor Saxe
N6MRS Mike Shreve
N7CUC Sam Shaver
NC8I Bob Berquest
NJ4Y Matthew Stevens
WB4OMG Buddy Morgan
WB6ZEQ Top Smith

Aiden Holzer
KN4SAV Ed Schairer
WA4MMO Geoff Schuck







I will post over seventy pictures taken at field, some by me and some by Matthew, but here are a few highlights.  



For more images from Field Day 2019    Click here

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

Field Day 2019


Field day this year 
will be held at the Kathleen Historical Society Lodge

Directions: Click Here

Setup will begin Friday around 3:30 PM. If you are new to Ham radio, you should make every effort to get involved with setup. You will learn a lot about setting up antennas, radios, and operations. Your presence is a win win for everyone.

Saturday morning there will be final checks on radio and antenna installations. Then promptly at 2:00 PM Field Day begins. Even if you have not signed up to operate, take a few minutes to watch and learn, and then ask to give it a try. Everyone has to learn sometime. Look at this as a learning opportunity.

Dinner this year will be catered by Jimbo's and will take place at 6:00 PM. All club members and familys are encouraged to attend. (Note, there will be a light lunch for operators earlier on Saturday.)

Take down will be Sunday. Please volunteer, if you have not already done so, to help with this. Many hands make the work light.

Thursday Night Net June 13, 2019


This is the log for Thursday night net 6/13/2019 for the Blog.
Robert Young AG4E net control for the evening

KN4SAU John selling or trade a MD-100 mike new condition 100.00 also looking for a tuner and power supply for a FT-450D.
KI4EFL Don
KN4CHP Jim
N7CUC Sam
WB6ZEQ Top
N4HES Lee
KN4LEH Dan
K1OPQ Dave
KN4FBD Dan

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rag Chew 6-12-19




Subjects addressed this week were diverse. On the digital side, Yaesu Wire format.
On the traditional side, center fed dipoles along with J-poles and other
two meter antennas. Antennas remain a popular topic, so we will continue
next week with this along with any other topics introduced.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

May 2019 General Meeting

Congratulations James Finnegan KN4UWK!


James Finnegan, center, surrounded by a plethora of VE's congratulating him on his new Tech license.




Happy Birthday Glenn!


Peggy and wife Lois congratulate Glenn on his birthday. Unfortunately, church fire regulations prevented the number of candles it would take to accurately mark the event. :-)


Our Main Speaker Kraig KA2LHO On The WWFF



Our speaker this evening was Kraig Pritts, KA2LHO.  Kraig introduced our club to The World Wide Flora and Fauna In Amateur Radio Program. This program is similar to Florida Parks on the air, but much broader in scope.

The World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF) program wants to draw attention to the importance of protecting nature, flora and fauna. In this spirit amateur radio operators set up and operate their radio stations from designated nature parks and protected nature areas-generating attention for these areas whilst givng the ham radio community an interesting activity to contact. WWFF is an international and non-commercial program run by the National coordinators of a large number of national Flora and Fauna programs including the United States (KFF) program.

It is all about teamwork!



In order to insure continuity as well as support for major club activities, the board decided that we will have committees to oversee major club functions. Each committee will be chaired by a board member, but will also include at least one member from the general membership. 

One such team will oversee Service events like the March for Babies, Warrior Walk, and the Citrus Bike Tour. For these events the board contact will be Glenn. Glenn will work very closely with Bob Doherty coordinating these events. Bob has had years of experience arranging club participation in these events and will continue to do so.

Other coordinators and team members will be introduced in the future. So far, the board has identified David Zdanowicz as coordinator of hospitality. David will work with volunteers like Sam Shaver and others to make sure club functions have snacks and coffee. 

Several other positions are open. We need a coordinator for picnics and special events, as well as a coordinator for Field Day. 

The driving force behind the committee concept is to encourage and give others the opportunity to take responsibility for club functions. The goal is to tap into the club's talent pool to make us even better.


Attendance for May

CALL FIRST LAST CLASS ARRL ARES SKYWARN
AA4HT Robert Van Winkle Amateur Extra YES NO
AB1DX Oliver Richards Amateur Extra YES NO
AB4XK Chet Carruth Amateur Extra YES NO
AG4E Robert Young Amateur Extra NO NO
K0ZD John Stanford Amateur Extra YES NO
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K2TDR Ringo Breton Amateur Extra NO NO
K3JAZ Larry Turner General NO NO
K4EMT Sarah Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
K4JZ William Aten Amateur Extra LIFE YES POL-933
KB0QMN George Rezac General NO NO
KB4BDQ Judith Bukoski General LIFE NO
KB4FHP Joseph Lunsford General YES YES
KF4Q William Busbin Amateur Extra YES YES
KG4YNI Ernest Haynes Amateur Extra YES NO POL-296A
KI4CDY Patrick O'Neil Amateur Extra YES YES POL-219A
KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES YES POL-415A
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO POL-840
KJ4DSQ Roger Land Technician YES YES POL-208A
KJ4UW George Mann Amateur Extra YES NO POL-410
KJ4WFS Tom Evans Amateur Extra YES YES
KM4STS Liam Holzer General NO NO
KM4STT Aimee Holzer Amateur Extra NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KN4BOE Thomas Conner General YES NO
KN4FBD John McCullough General YES NO
KN4FRA Susan Pugh General NO NO
KN4LEH Danny Dickey Technician NO NO
KN4OTS Harley Leavitt General NO NO
KN4PIH Richard Lennon Technician NO NO
KN4PII Sharon Kirkland Technician NO NO
KN4SAU John Beatty General NO NO
KQ4KX Richard Sharp Amateur Extra LIFE NO POL-127A
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
N4FRK Victor Saxe General NO NO
N4HCZ Robert Griggs Amateur Extra NO NO
N4PEG Margaret Kennedy Amateur Extra YES NO HIL-1000
N6MRS Michael Shreve General YES NO
NJ4Y Matthew Stevens Amateur Extra YES YES POL-680A
W4EMT Eric Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
W4MAG Michael Girard Amateur Extra YES NO
W7STR Springer Rush Amateur Extra YES NO
W8DUK Richard Grubb Amateur Extra YES NO POL-782
WA4MMO Geoffrey Schuck Amateur Extra YES NO
WB4OMG Harmon Morgan Amateur Extra NO NO
WB6ZEQ Herman Smith Amateur Extra NO NO
WB8QQR Norman Nissen Advanced NO NO
WX4AMS Andrew Stevens General YES YES POL-838
N7CUC Sam Shaveer Extra


Guests





K1TZD Greg Burton



KN4UJI Larry Collins



KK4TBK Frank Fernandez



KI4NBE George Gafford



KI4CRI Charley Gribble



KN4KIB Joseph Hansel



KI4EFL Don Jeerings



AE4RM Roger Meadows



KK4LYQ Bill Paul



KN4SAV Ed Schairer




Debra Bershak




James Finnegan




Robert McCarthy




Wendy McCarthy




Diane Sanchez




Robert Sanchez




Kathy Schuck




Glenn Sims




Glenn Smith




Minhei Rezac