Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Dinner 2017

It is that time of year again. Christmas dinner will be held at the Golden Corral, 98 North on December 4th, starting at 6:00 PM.

Prices are the same as last time:
8 years old and younger, $6.41
Adults $15.28
Seniors 60+ $14.75
All prices include a drink
As in the past, the club will handle the tip for the waitresses.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 2017 General Meeting

Election Results
   President Matthew Stevens, NJ4Y
   Vice President Bob Doherty, KM4BAO
   Secretary Bill Johnson, KI4ZMV
   Treasurer Patrick O'Neal, KI4CDY

Board of Directors: 
James Stewart W4XDS, Mike Oliver KT2T, David Zdanowicz KI4WRX, Richard Kennedy N4ESS, Stephanie Hildreth KK4RAH, Geoff Schuck WA4MMO, Al Sheppard W4ZSC, and Kevin Rought N4KWR

Presentation - The Outernet
Our presenter for the evening was Bob Doherty who spoke about the Outernet. The Outernet as apposed  to the Internet is satellite based rather than land based, and serves the millions of people in the world who do not have access to the Internet because they live in remote areas, or third world countries. You can view Bob's presentation on our Yahoo Website. Alternately, you can click on the LARC Web Site tab above, and then select General Meeting Presentations. Bob's presentation will be on top, with earlier presentations following in chronological order.


AA4HT Robert Van Winkle Amateur Extra YES NO
AB1DX Oliver Richards Amateur Extra YES NO
AC7CL Christopher LeBlanc Amateur Extra YES NO
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K2EUH Robert Foxworth Amateur Extra YES NO POL-405A
K4JZ William Aten Amateur Extra LIFE NO POL-933
K8TPH Richard Wilt General YES YES
KB0QMN George Rezac General NO NO
KG4PWF James Scott General NO NO POL-173A
KI4CDY Patrick O'Neil Amateur Extra YES YES POL-219A
KI4NBE George Gafford Amateur Extra NO NO POL-316A
KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES YES
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO POL-840
KJ4AFB Patricia Morris General YES YES
KJ4DSQ Roger Land Technician YES YES POL-208A
KJ4UW George Mann Amateur Extra YES NO POL-410
KM4BAO Robert Doherty General YES NO POL-829
KM4STS Liam Holzer General NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KM4UYX Kenneth Kozla General NO NO
KN4CHP James Edmonson General YES NO
KN4FBD John McCullough Technician YES NO
N4FRK Victor Saxe General NO NO
N4HCZ Robert Griggs Amateur Extra NO NO
N4KWR Kevin Rought General YES YES POL-868
N7CUC Samuel Shaver Amateur Extra NO NO
W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES YES
NJ4Y Matthew Stevens Amateur Extra YES YES POL-680A
W4ZSC Albert Sheppard Amateur Extra YES NO POL-843
W7STR Springer Rush Amateur Extra YES NO
WX4AMS Andrew Stevens General YES YES POL-838


K2U Gary Perkins

W4SAJ Steve Justus

Carl Begley

Monday, November 13, 2017

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2017

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2017
Friday December 1 from 7 to 10 PM
Saturday December 2 from 9 AM to 5 PM
The Tampa Bay National Weather Service office in Ruskin will be participating in SKYWARN Recognition Day this year. We will be operating Friday evening, December 1nd and again during Saturday, December 2rd
SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to celebrate the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. During the event SKYWARN operators visit NWS office and contact other stations across the nation and world.
All amateur radio operators are invited to drop in and help us made contact with as many other stations as possible. If you have any question please contact; Daniel Noah at or (813) 645-2323 x223 or Rudy/KE4EXL at or (813) 645-2323 X329.
Links with additional information:
Our address:
National Weather Service
Tampa Bay Area, FL
2525 14th Ave. SE
Ruskin, FL 33570
(813) 645-2323

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Several Members of LARC Attend The Weak Signal Society Meeting

Matthew, Rich, Bill, and John were guests at Buddy Morgan's Weak Signal Society Meeting. The meeting was held Saturday, November 11. All toll, there were 21 members and guests present.

Weak signal as I understand it is a subset of amateur radio that deals with signal transmission on frequencies VHF and higher over large distances. Large distances may be 400 miles. Weak signal differs from QRP which may reach another station thousands of miles away using 5 watts power compared to a thousand watt signal at higher frequencies reaching another station only about a quarter of that distance. The difference is in the transmission frequency, not the power used to transmit. For sure, both signals may be weak when they arrive, but only the VHF and higher frequencies qualify as weak signal contacts.

 Attendees discuss radio before the meeting. Left to right, Buddy, Matthew, John, and Rich. Bill, not shown, was taking the picture.

 Twenty-one in all attended.This is a very specialized group.

After the meeting attendees relax by the pool, and enjoy lunch, complements of the Morgans.

The overflow lunch crowd in the dinning room, including our hostess Lydia Morgan. Lydia is left of center. (This is not intended to be a political statement. :-) )
After the meeting, Buddy gave us a tour of his shop. Some of his assemblies are over 20 feet in length and contain several dozen elements. Buddy's shop is large enough to easily hold two Greyhound Buses. In fact, that's what the previous owner built it for.

Towers are very important for this type of radio, and Buddy has two.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

LARC Supports The Lakeland Police Department's Open House October 2017

Left to right, Bob Doherty, LARC VP,  Police Chief Larry Giddens, and Jim Stewart LARC Board

Liam KM4STS with the mike, and brother Aiden demonstrate radio technique to the  young visitor to the booth in the blue shirt, while dad, Leon KM4STU, looks on.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November 6th Meeting Canceled and Rescheduled!

 A message from our VP

Our general meeting for November has been moved from Monday November 6th to Monday November 13th. Our meeting place is an official Polk County Polling location. Voting machines will be installed Monday and the building will be secured for next Tuesday’s election.

Please help by getting out the word to fellow club members who may not read their email often.

We apologize for the late notice.

Thank you and see all of you a week from Monday... November 13th


Bob Doherty
Vice President

LARC Hamfest November 4th

By every measure, the LARC Hamfest was a great success.

Let's start with Daniel Garlans, a new Tech, seen here congratulated by George KI4NBE. Nice job Dan! I am sure you will put all that technical knowledge to good use in your new hobby.

The man with the winning ticket to our Hamfest drawing was Angel. Congratulations Angel. Hope to see yo at the next meeting.

Left to right, Matthew, club President, Bob, Vice President, Angel, and Hamfest manager, Kevin.

Many hams participated in the tailgate. Lots of new faces from other clubs were present, and this is a good thing.

For more images from this event click on

Friday, November 3, 2017

For advanced ticket sales See Sam Shaver. For more information about this event click n the following link:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LARC Picnic Saturday October 28th

We were long overdue for a picnic. The weather cooperated. The food was great, and of course the company was the best.

There are more pictures online at