Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas 2015 Is Just Around The Corner

Once again, our Christmas dinner will be catered by Jimbos. 
It will be held on the first Monday of the month,  December 7th.
The location will be the same location as our meetings. 
Dinner will start at 6:00 PM.

Please let Richard know that you are coming, and the number in your party, so that he can order sufficient food. You can pay at the door, but you must let him know in advance so that he can order enough vittles to go round. 

You can call him, or email him, or contact him on the radio, but let him know. 

        Phone: 813-240-5614
       Radio: N4ESS

Finally, in keeping with tradition I have hauled out our Martha Stewart inspired Christmas wreath. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Mildred Kennedy

Mildred V. Kennedy (1/11/1934 - 11/11/2015) 81, of Zephyrhills passed away November 11, 2015. She was born January 11, 1934 in Zephyrhills to Felton and Maud (Hancock) Hill. Mrs. Kennedy was a longtime employee of Progressive Insurance Company. She is survived by a son, Richard Kennedy (Peggy) of Zephyrhills; grandson, Richard Kennedy II (Melinda) of Riverview, FL; two great grandsons, Richard Kennedy III and Josh Manning; great granddaughter, Shelby Manning; one brother, James Ira Hill (Cindy) of Shallote, NC; brother-in-law, Jim Kennedy (Lyndall) of Live Oak, FL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Reuben Kennedy and a son, David Kennedy.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Saturday, November 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home. Funeral Services will take place 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pictures From The First LARC Hamfest

Click on the image to see all photos of this event.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Two Upcoming Hamfests

The Florida Gulf Coast Amat eur Radio Council Presents:
ARRL West Central Florida Convention Second Largest Hamfest in Florida
Location: Agricultural Center Strawberry Festival Grounds,
              2508 W. Oak Avenue Pl ant City, FL 33563
Date:       December 11-12, 2015
Times:     Friday, 1PM to 6PM—Saturday, 8AM to 4PM
Talk-in:   145.410 -, PL 131.8

For up-to-date information visit

LARC contact person for this event is Don Jeerings. See Don for advanced ticket sales.

The Hamcation 2016 will be February 12, 13, and 14. 
The contact person for Hamcation is Bill Johnson. See bill for advanced ticket purchases, $13 each. Admission at the door will be $15.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Three New Licensees

From left to right, George, Glenn, Randy Penn, KM4NUZ, a new general, Donald Willets, KM4ORX,  new Tech, Ron, our most illustrious VE Coordinator Peggy, and Butch, KM4MJH, now a general. There is one other individual who made it into the picture. I doubt if he is interested in getting a license. My guess is he just feels comfortable hanging out with a great bunch of guys and gals.

Our Presenters This Evening Were Al and Andrew

Al,  introduced us to the latest digital mode, FSQ. His presentation along with Andrews has been posted on Yahoo Groups.

Andrew covered another two other digital modes, variants of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), of which the two most popular flavors are IRLP and Echo Link. 

And last, but not least,

     The Winner Is . . .

                              all of us!!!
    Thank you Molly for all your help. :-)

Employee Deductions and Amazon Smile

Excerpt from the LARC Board Of Directors Meeting, 2015,10,13

Mike presented his effort to date on making payroll deductions to LARC a reality. Donations of this sort are done through intermediary organizations, known as 501C3 aggregators. “Your Cause” is one example. Mike reported that his employer, AT&T, is on board with this. He is also working on the club’s participation in Amazon Smile program. It is important to note when applying for either to be sure to uses our official name. LARC’s official name is The Lakeland Repeater Association Inc. Use this name to use when contacting your employer or Amazon. Alternately, you can also use the club’s EIN number, which is 59-007638 . Finally, it is important that we keep the same bank.