Friday, February 27, 2015

LARC Net February 26, 2015

Please keep the following in your thoughts and prayers:

Barbara Jean James, wife of Luther Jeff James is recuperating from a broken hip, now in Valencia Rehab Center.
Carolin Van Winkle is home, recovering from pneumonia, and doing much better.
John is still in rehab. He would still like to hear from you. 813-839-6341 room 229.


We are planning a club picnic. The date is set for March 28th, Lake Parker Park. Same as always, bring a dish to pass, the club will provide the meat and buns. More information to follow.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the monthly meeting where Daryl Davis will present the case for Picaxe  in ham radio.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Zephyrhills Hamfest 2015

Hamfest 2015 will take place
March 7, 2015

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday Net February 12, 2015

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

John Gets A Surprise Visit

John has moved from the Bartow Hospital to a rehabilitation center in Tampa. He is now staying at the Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital, 4555 South Manhattan, room 229.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday Net February 5th, 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Predating The First Soap Opry

Standing proudly before their shop and home during the Alafia River Rendezvous 2015 are Stephanie and Mike Hildreth. Their great, great, great grandchildren are to become Stephanie KK4RAH, and Mike KK4RAJ thee generations later. :-)

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Weak Signal Presentation, February 2015

We were very fortunate to have Buddy Morgan deliver an outstanding presentation on Weak Signal Propagation.  Buddy’s presentation has been added to our Yahoo Groups site and can be downloaded from there. Alternately, you can get a copy by clicking on the following link.

Most of us came to the meeting thinking that there was little more to 2 meters and 70 cm other than repeaters and Simplex. Those who attended, now know better. This is an area that needs some exploration. In addition to Buddy's excellent presentation, here are some links that you might find helpful:

Florida Weak Signal Society website
Your Grid Square Locator calculator
For those who want to give a listen:
  Weekly FLWSS SSB Net
*  432.090MHz SSB Net every Thursday evening at 8:30pm EST, Rotating NCS Monthly
* East Coast 70cm Net every Wed. 9pm 432.090 W4DEX NCS


Cool formula to remember- Line of sight

Buddy covered many topics, but this is one we all can appreciate, the formula for determining the line of sight distance between two antennas, given you can find the height above sea level for each. Google Earth can be of great help here. 


Theory is fine, but does it work? Let’s see. Peggy makes the Thursday Net easily from her home outside of Tampa which I happen to know from a good source is 37.17 miles from our repeater. Her antenna is is 23 feet tall, but you have to take into account the elevation of the ground at her home which is 37 feet above sea level. That puts her antenna at 60’ relative to sea level. The Lakeland Repeater’s antenna is 350 feet above sea level. OK, lets do the math.

d1 = 1.41 * SQRT 60  = 10.80 miles
d2 = 1.41 * SQRT 350 = 26.38 miles
Total distance = 10.8 +26.38 or 37.18 miles! Excellent agreement with the formula!

So download the slideshow and have some fun with something that has been there all along, but for most of us, unnoticed. 


Pre-meeting Hands On 

Bill KI4ZMV  assists Buddy Morgan WB4OMG with some last minute antenna adjustments while Glenn looks on. 

Introductory Remarks By Rich

  Buddy's Presentation Drew A Record Crowd

There were 63 attendees, not counting a mysterious one armed man who joined us for coffee and cake. 

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