Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Party - New Date

October 20-21 Jamboree- On-The Air

Mark your calendars. October 20 and 21, 2012  are the days you should be listening for Boy Scout activity on the amateur HF bands. Help promote Ham radio by engaging in QSO's with future hams. The 55th Jamboree-on-the-Air will be held at the National Scouting Museum. Planned activities include making contact with the International Space Station. For information:

Sky Warn Class Lake Alfred

The National Weather Service in Ruskin, and the Lake Alfred Fire and Parks &
Recreation Departments have teamed together to offer a Skywarn Class to the
citizens of Lake Alfred. The class will be held on Thursday, November 8th from
7:00pm until approximately 9:00pm in City Hall. The course will be presented
by Dan Noah, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the NWS.

National Weather Service SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotters help keep people safe
by reporting hazardous weather in their community. Amateur radio operators, emergency
response officials, and the general public are the backbone of this voluntary program. SKYWARN has evolved to include smart phone Apps, pictures, and streaming video. Come to the training to find out how you can help keep your community safe from the ravages of severe weather.

This is a free class that is open to all residents of any age, however, one must be 18 or older
to receive an ID card.

For more information about this event call the
Lake Alfred Fire Department at 863-291-5202
Or visit the Skywarn website at
to learn more about Operation Skywarn

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New General And Another Great Program

Christopher Costine, K4CLC, earned his General License this evening.
He is pictured here shaking hands with Patrick KI4CDY, with his son Chris Jr looking on. Ernie KG4YNI is on the right. Thanks to Christopher, the club now has a presence at the South Pole. Also present but not shown were VE's Mike KT2T, George KI4NBE, and Bill KI4ZMV.
Patrick addressed several items of interest before the main speaker. These included the following.
  1. A 40 cup coffee pot was purchased for the clubs use during meetings and events.
  2. The Kathleen Historical Society will hold its annual fall event Nov 3. Club representation this year  has not been confirmed. If you would like to man a booth for the club, please contact Rip AA4HT
  3. The Boy Scouts of America are looking for support for Lake Wales Jamboree. Please contact Charlie, KI4CRI for more information.  
  4. MARS is looking for new members. Patrick has more information if you are interested.
  5. There will be Sky Warn classes held at Lake Alford November 8th from 7 to 9pm.
  6. The Christmas party will be held Monday, Dec 17. The cost will be same as last year, $9.00 per person, and deserts are welcome. Note, the Christmas party will take the place of the monthly meeting for December.
  7. We will be collecting food for VISTE at the November meeting. Peanut butter and tuna fish are good suggestions if you wish to participate, and clean plastic bags are always appreciated.
  8. The board is actively pursuing the interests of the club's younger members and will form a committee seeking their suggestions.
  9. Roger and Ren reported on the need for candidates for one or possibly two positions on the board. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact either Roger or Ren.
  10. The speaker at next month’s meeting will be Mike Sinclair from Microsoft. More on this to follow.
  11. Tom Evans took names for a course on digital electronics that he plans to teach to club members next year. If you are interested, but were not present, you can contact Tom on Yahoo Groups.
The main speaker for the evening was Dan who presented a program on Dxpeditions, or what you can do at a reasonable cost, and with fifty pounds of gear, on an exotic island. The next scheduled trip is to Barbados Jan 29th to Feb 6th, and is already booked solid.
At the end of his presentation, several interested hams gathered round to see what fifty pounds of gear looks like.