Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Very Special Field Day

Although the weather forecast suggested otherwise, Field Day 2012 was an unqualified success in just about every measurable way. The Lakeland Amateur radio club is all about Service, Knowledge, and Comradery, and all three were present on this occasion. Field day is all about being prepared in case of an emergency in order to serve as communication support where needed, regardless of the weather. There was training on PSK-31, a relatively new form of digital communication. Finally, judging from the turnout in the face of a grim weather forecast, it is obvious that a little rain can’t dampen this clubs spirit of comradery.

As in years past, both the Lakeland Police Department as well as the Polk Sheriff’s Department were represented. Bill LePere, the new City of Lakeland Communications Director was present. Also representing LPD was Officer Farley. The Polk County Sheriff was represented by Captain Andy Ray. Outgoing County Commissioner Sam Johnson came by, as well as candidate for County Commissioner Richard Castret.

This year was a first in many ways. One of those was our providing testing during Field Day. I am happy to report that four of the four candidates passed their exams. The Amateur Radio community now has two more Extras and two more Techs. Congratulations to all of you.

One of our graduates is from Jersey; not the New but the Old, so we picked a British theme for this months graduates. Pictured from left to right are Natalia Globa (new Tech), VE George KI4NBE, Fay Barber (new Tech and also from Jersey), Patrick KI4CDY (club president), and Bill LB3CCJ (new Extra). Also present but not pictured were VE and former club president Ernie KG4YNI, VE Bill KI4ZMV, and John KK4EBR (new Extra).

And last but not least, here are the pictures of you and your fellow hams at Field Day 2012. I did my best to include everyone at least once in the ninety plus images. If I missed you, I apologize.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Field Day

The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club will have Field Day at Hunt Fountain Park, 2020 Duff Road, Lakeland, Florida.


Setup will begin at daybreak! We will be operating from 2pm, Saturday, June 23rd to approximately 2pm, Sunday, June 24th, 2012.

There will be food, and your family is invited. Please let us know how many members of your family will join us for Saturday's picnic at 6:00 PM, and Sunday breakfast at 9:00 AM. so that we have sufficient food on hand, but avoid waste. Email me with the number for each meal at: ki4cdy@arrl.net

Our Club will supply the hamburgers and hot dogs for this event along with the buns and condiments. All we ask is that each family bring a covered dish to share with everyone and drinks for there family. Baked beans will be provided this year.

Fred Delaney, K1DU, is our Field Day Leader and is responsible for the event. If you have not scheduled radio time during the event, or would like to help with this event in another capacity, please contact Fred at k1du@aol.com or call him at (863) 816-0507. Fred can still use some help on the "graveyard" shift and on Sunday morning. We will start to gather at the site at day break on Saturday to assemble the antenna system. Please let Fred know if you can join us.

There will be special events this year that won't want to miss. At 2:30pm on Saturday, we plan to have demonstrations on PSK31, satellite communications, and a natural power demonstration. This year we will be operating a station with PSK31.

There will be a raffle this year. Raffle tickets will only be available at Field Day and are one dollar a ticket. The drawings will begin around 7:30pm.

Also, if anyone would like to take an exam, please let us know, we need to coordinate VE availability. This will be our last chance to give the expiring Extra exam.

See you there,

Patrick O'Neil


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LAKELAND - Agnes Dorothea Siegel, 101, died June 6, 2012 at her home due to natural causes. She was born April 30, 1911 in Belleville, New Jersey.

Mrs. Siegel graduated from the American Institute of Banking and Insurance of Chicago in 1931. She later became a nurse and had a second career in the medical field. After retirement, Mrs. Siegel moved Margate, Florida and then to Lakeland in 1995 where she attended Compass Point Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Herman Siegel. Mrs. Siegel is survived by her son, Robert Siegel (Diane) of Lakeland, sister Eleanor Orson of Clifton, N.J. and brother Lawrence Lukowiak of Mt. Pocono, Pa. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 15 at 11 A.M. in the chapel of Lakeland Funeral Home.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A New Extra And Two New Techs

It is nice to get away from the heat once in a while. Patrick thought a trip to the mountains might be nice, especially for those who have never experienced snow.

Mike Martin and Joe Alderman passed the tech exam. Great job guys. We encourage to go for that General and Extra next. In the mean time, we hope to see you at the club meetings.  Seen here, Al W4ZSC is congratulating Mike, while Patrick KI4CDY does the same for Joe.

Finally, congratulations to Dave KI4WRX on his upgrade to Extra. Great job Dave. You did good! Dave center, is recounting his harrowing experiences on the slopes earlier in the day to Mike and Joe.

Also present but not shown were Bill KI4ZMV and Mike KT2T.