I would like to
thank everyone for their support of the hamfest in Plant City this past
weekend. We had several club members stop by our table to sign in. A few of
the members stopped by to show off their great deals from the tail gate area
while others were on their way to forums. Peggy, N4PEG, and Bill, KI4ZMV, spoke
with several of the visitors at the table as well as other members that stopped
by. Other area clubs stopped by our table and took away some good ideas for
their club tables and club meetings. I was surprised to find that several other
clubs in the central Florida area know all about us. They know because they
told me that they read our blog regularly.
The East Pasco
Amateur Radio Society, EPARS, located in Dade City extended an invitation to
visit with Santa Claus, K4EX, during the Christmas Church Street walk in Dade
City, Dec. 21-23, 7-9 pm. EPARS always sets up a VHF station that allows people
to talk to Santa on 2 meters. Hundreds of people turn out for this gala light
show each year. It started out years ago as a Christmas card lane with the
locals taking part in placing giant, 4’ X 8’, Christmas cards along Church St.
It has grown into what it is today. I have been going to this for most of my
life as I am from Dade City. Church Street in Dade City is blocked off from
about 11th street to 14th street each year and the streets
are full of people looking at the lights that adorn the private homes and
churches. People from all over the area show up to see this event. Parking can
be found on block South of Church St. near the middle school but there will be
people parking on all of the nearby streets. http://eparsonline.org/
attraction to remember is the Citrus Tower in Clermont. Each year at Christmas
time the Citrus Tower is lit up for the Christmas light show. All 226 feet of
the tower is lit with 75,000 LED lights which can easily be seen from 4 miles
away. The music that plays is coordinated with the lights to provide a
beautiful show. It is free. You sit outside and listen to the music and watch
the lights from 6pm to 10pm. If you would like to ride to the top of the tower
there is a $6.00 charge but the trip is worth it. For more information go to
the Citrus Tower website at http://www.citrustower.com/clermont/light-show/
. Remember to take a handheld with you. On the top level you are almost 500
feet above sea level and over 200 feet above the ground. I have checked into
the Thursday night net from up there and Andrew, WX4AMS, spoke to me last week
from the tower through the LARC repeater.
This year, the party will be held December first. Festivities will start at six. Contact Rich if you wish to attend. You can pay at the door, but contact him first so that he can plan with Jimbo's. As in years past, we would like all those with a sweet tooth to bring a desert to share.
And don't forget, there will be a food collection for VISTE. Your donations will be most appreciated, especially at this time of year.
Ernie and Geoff congratulate Corry McBride KM4EAX on passing his General. Geoff told us he owned a plane, but I for one had no idea how impressive it was. :-)
From left to right Glen, Daniel Keath KM4FOT, Joseph Torrence KM4FOU, Peggy, Ron, John Shufflebarger KM4FOS. and Jim.
The Guest Speaker For The November 2014 Meeting Was Paul Womble
We had a record turnout for Paul Womble's presentation. By most counts there were seventy-five in attendance. Paul K4FB is the Program Manager for Polk County Emergency Management. His presentation covered both his responsibilities and that of his agency. Amateur radio operators have a special role in times of emergency. Paul suggested, among other things, first and foremost, to be prepared yourself, have a plan, and keep sharp on your radio communication skills. Know your equipment, and make sure you can manage simplex, should the repeater systems go down.
You can get more information at this website Click here
Here are some helpful frequencies to know. See how many you can reach, and in what mode.
For the last seven weeks we have been collecting and publishing names of those who checked into the net. I thought it would be a good time to summarize our stats to date. Dan and I both encourage you to join the net each Thursday, and if you get the urge, consider hosting once in a while to give Dan a break. Give him a call. He would appreciate it.
The following pictures were taken at the October picnic at Lake Parker Park. Thirty one attended. Picnics are always a great time to socialize, and eat. This one was also good for radio. Andrew in particular got the chance to cut his teeth on HF, making several DX contacts on 10-meters.
On the same day as the picnic, the Lakeland Police Department held its annual open house. As in years past, LARC made sure its presence in the community was recognized. The first of two photos is of the LARC booth. The second is of the CERTS booth, notable because it was manned by one of our most charming members, Roger.
There is no limit to the extent we will go to raise interest in the hobby. Jim is having so much fun he has even decided to run for the board. That kind of enthusiasm really rocks!
Prior to me being elected to the position of president of LARC, past presidents and board members were hammering out the design for our club obtaining a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. LARC has received IRS approval of our application and LARC is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This opens up new avenues for us as a club to receive donations that can now be used as a tax deduction for the person donating to our organization. I will be giving more information on this at the October meeting.
I would personally like to thank those that came before me in this office and the board members who worked hard to make this happen.
Thanks to all and congratulations as we enter a new chapter in our organizations growth,
The say when it rains, it pours. This October 18 is no exception. Clearly there is something for everyone on this day. First, there is the club picnic. Again, it will be held at Lake Parker Park, from sun up to mid afternoon. The club will provide the meat, you are asked to bring a side to pass, and something to drink. Activities will include HF radio, and another opportunity to test out your volt meters. Rich will make his standard sources available for this purpose. This will be both a fun and educational day.
Each year we have supported the LPD's Open house. The club is looking for members to support this activity again this year. This is a fun event, and a side benefit is that you will be able to see, touch, and even use the ham radio facilities housed at LPD. Those interested should contact Rich.
And last, but not least, you can volunteer to help out at the Rattlesnake and Run event. They are looking for operators with HT's to provide communication during this event. See the blog entry for September 5 for more details. Click here to go there. . .
As hams we make purchases from time to time. What better place to share our experiences than in the club's blog. I invite everyone who has recently purchased a new, or new to them rig to share their experience with the group. Al was nice enough to give us an example to model our reporting after. Essentially I am looking for one or two images and a paragraph or two.
I got the Seagate wireless to working this evening. It is
very user friendly to set up. It already has folders and is formatted for a PC
I was able to drag and drop photos from my main PC at a pretty good clip. I do
not have USB 3.0 which would have made it even faster but still did 18 GB in
about 15 minutes. I then deleted some of that, and it went much faster on the
delete than the transfer. I downloaded the Seagate App to my iPad, and had the
usual Apple App problems but after careful reading, I accessed the photos and
Seagate sample of video and docs on the Apple with speed that is certainly
satisfactory—faster than my Internet connection by far. My next task is to drag
some photos to permanent storage on the iPad from the Seagate. Tomorrow, I
hope. Once again, I do not consider the iPad to be very friendly in that there
is no equivalent of Windows Explorer which I use a lot—we’ll see. So far it is
a really useful and neat tool. They say it will hold 300 videos and accommodate
three users (phones, tablets or laptops)simultaneously. The 2TB would do even
This just in from our events coordinator Bill Paul:
From: Melissa Sanchez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 10:31 AM
Subject: Warrior Walk
Just another note of THANKS to your groups for such a fantastic job at the 5th annual Warrior Walk in Lakeland.
I received so many compliments about your group and the extraordinary help you all provided. Especially to me and my key contacts.
As a matter of fact, I wish we would have connected years ago as I could have used your talent and services for years prior. It would have made this event MUCH easier!!
Thank you again for everything you provided and the services you offered. What a fantastic event and you were a big part of making it as smooth as possible.
Communications/ Events Coordinator
Lakeland Association of REALTORS®
863.687-6111 Ph. ** 863.688-8253 Fx.
Ham Radio Operators are now part of the
Rattlesnake Runs Communication Team. Operators offer accurate and reliable
voice communication support between the Aid and Medical Stations along the
course and the Event Command Center. We are seeking FCC-licensed amateur radio
operators. Volunteers are not required to have prior experience, but if you do
have experience with marathons, road races, adventure relays, or similar public
service events let us know. Volunteers must be able to supply their own
equipment.( a 2m handie-talkie)
If you wish to be part of the Ham Radio
Volunteer Program at the 2014 Rattlesnake Run, please send an email to
n2kbk@... or call/Text 727-484-8099
Ham Radio Volunteers will be using the
E.P.A.R.S. VHF repeater (146.880 -.600) to support the event. Volunteers will
work alongside the local service agencies and municipal city departments to
ensure participant safety.
The registration deadline for all Ham
Radio Volunteers is Saturday October 11th (1 week prior to event) Contact
n2kbk@... to let him know that you can help.
Thank you for your support!
Chris Bloxsom , N2KBK
This year we will have a special event
station set up at the rattlesnake festival. Promoting Amateur Radio to the
public. Please come by and visit. We are also looking for people to operate and
meet the public.