Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Charlie Bukoski Becomes A Silent Key

You are invited to attend a Celebration of Charlie's Life on Sept 28th, at 6 PM at the QB (Quiet Birdmen) Shack on the Sun n Fun Campus. It will be an informal gathering with drinks, snacks, and cake. Charlie loved a good party and never passed up a piece of cake.  Be casual and plan to bring a tale or two that Charlie would enjoy.  Regrets only  by Sept 24th. to
Charles (Charlie) Bukoski, WD4LKY,  became a silent key on August 6.2018.

Charlie passed away following a septic bacterial infection while traveling in his motor home in Iowa. He was being treated for Multiple Myeloma for 2.5 years and his depleted immune system was unable to overcome the massive infection. He is survived by his wife, Judy (KB4BDQ), two sons, 3 grandchildren, and one sister. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rex Mott Became A Silent Key August 14, 2018

Rex Mott KC1WE passed away on August 14. He lost his battle with cancer shortly after being diagnosed about a month or so before. He is survived by his wife Maggie There will be a memorial service Saturday, August 25, 2018, 4:00PM, at the Cypress Lakes Estates, 10000 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Marge Sheppard Passed Away August 14, 2018

Services for Marge Sheppard will be held Wednesday, August 22nd, 10:30 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

Obituary for Marjory Ward Sheppard
Marjory “Marge” Ward Sheppard, 80

Lakeland- Marjory “Marge” Ward Sheppard passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Lakeland Hospice House in Lakeland, FL. She was born in Auburn, NY on September 17, 1937 and graduated from Union Springs Central School in 1955.
Her family moved to Lakeland, FL in 1957. She married Daniel Edson Dewell from Tampa, FL in 1959. They had three children, Ellen, Michael, and Patricia and lived in Miami, Atlanta, New Jersey, Tampa, and Lakeland, where Edson passed away in 1991.
Marge was working at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, where she met and married Albert P. Shepperd in 1995
She enjoyed travel, especially cruising with her husband and family, reading, her participation in P.E.O. Chapter DO, and her Women’s Circle at First Presbyterian Church, where she had been a member since 1985.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edith Ward; brothers, Charles Ward and Don Ward and her first husband, Edson Dewell.
She is survived by her loving husband, Al Sheppard; daughters, Ellen Zamorano (Gerhard) and Patricia Thompson, and son, Michael Dewell (JoAnn), six grandchildren, Alden and Landen Zamorano, Kali Dewell, Emily, Grace, and Graham Thompson and four step grandchildren, Mark and Paul Sheppard and Ella and Davis Hancock and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803 or Chapters Health Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Tampa, FL 33637 or

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bob Doherty's Mother-In-Law Passes

POU, 88

PLANT CITY - Maida Frances Badcock Pou, 88, of Plant City, Florida, passed away August 8, 2018. Born at home in Mulberry to the late Wogan and Evelyn Clark Badcock on January 15, 1930, she graduated from Mulberry High School, and attended Florida State College where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. After graduation in 1951, she taught elementary school in Sarasota and Plant City until she became a full-time mother. Over the years she was a Trustee for First United Methodist Church of Plant City, UMC Children's Home in Enterprise, and Florida Southern College in Lakeland. She was married to the late Billy Pou for 52 years. They shared their love of travel with their children and grandchildren. She loved children and made it her mission to give all children a thirst for learning.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Billy Pou; infant daughter, Salley Badcock Pou; parents, Wogan and Evelyn Badcock; and brother, Wogie Badcock, Jr. She is survived by her son, William 'Bill' Pou, Jr. (Kathy); daughter, Evelyn 'Ebbie Sue' Doherty (Bob); sister, Evelyn Baber; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and friends. The family has been blessed by her special caregiver, Betty Dixon, caregivers and Mary Spake at Comfort Keepers, and entrusted physician for over 30 years, Dr. Robert Bevis - she loved his kindness and compassion.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 13 at 11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church, 303 N Evers Street, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 A.M. Private interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Plant City. In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity, First United Methodist Church in Plant City, 303 N Evers Street, Plant City 33563, and/or Florida Southern College, Advancement Office, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801. Expressions of condolence at .

Monday, August 13, 2018

How Many Lakeland Sketers Does It Take To Make A Contact?

Three Skeeter Hunters On Safari

I am sure there will be a full report at the next club meeting of the exciting adventures of these two dauntless airways hunters.

They are hard to hear, but they are out there!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August 2018 General Meeting

Patently Obvious-- we have a new General

John KN4NTK has once again distinguished himself by passing the General Exam. Only last month he took and passed the Technician Exam. Nice going John. I especially like that pearl handled revolver. Nice touch.

We Also Have a New VE

 Normally we only feature those who have acquired a new license, but this time we need to make note of a brand new VE, who recently became an Amateur Extra Class licensee. Congratulations Aimee KM4STT for joining the VE team, and thank you for giving back.

We Have Two First Contact Awards!

The ham who makes first contact with a new ham can apply for a certificate to commemorate the event. Not one but two First Contact Awards were handed out at this meeting. Bob Doherty presented one to John KN4NTK, who also passed the General exam earlier in the evening. Bill Johnson presented the second First Contact Award of the evening to Michelle KN4FRA. Way to go the both of you.

Fred Update on Field Day

Fred summarized our position on Field Day 2018, comparing our results this year with last. The club is holding its own.

Our Guest Speaker - Paul Womble


 Our guest speaker this evening was Paul Womble Paul is the Polk County Emergency Management program director. In addition to the overview of his responsibilities, Paul, also a ham, emphasized the roll Amateur Radio plays in an emergency. 

 Fifty Attendees Including Several Guests

LARC guest speakers continue to draw large crowds. Club meetings reflect the three pillars upon which the club is based, Education, Service, and Comradary.


AA4HT Robert Van Winkle Amateur Extra YES
AB1PX Oliver Richards

AE4RM Roger Meadows Amateur Extra YES POL-914 NO
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES
K4EMT Sarah Clark Amateur Extra NO
K4FB Paul Womble Extra YES
K4JZ William Aten Amateur Extra LIFE POL-933 YES
K4ZVVU Gilbert Llucas

KB0QMN George Rezac General NO
KB4FHP Joseph Lunsford Technician NO
KB4FHP Mike Lunsford Technician

KE4AL Robert Bankston Amateur Extra LIFE

KF4TPW Lydia Morgan Amateur Extra NO
KI4NBE George Gafford Amateur Extra NO POL-316A NO
KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES POL-840 NO
KJ4DSQ Roger Land Technician YES POL-208A YES
KJ4UW George Mann Amateur Extra YES POL-410 NO
KK4LYQ William Paul Amateur Extra YES
KK4SFX Christopher Linck Technician

KK4VCN Eleanor Marshall Technician NO OSC-074 NO
KM4BAO Robert Doherty General YES POL-829 NO
KM4STT Aimee Holzer General NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO
KM4UYX Kenneth Kozla General NO
KN4FBD John McCullough Technician YES
KN4FRA Michele Pugh Technician

KN4NTK John Stanford Technician NO
KQ4KX Richard Sharp Amateur Extra LIFE POL-127A NO
KQ5TXU? Kieth Rasmes

KT2T Michael Oliver Amateur Extra LIFE POL-322A YES
N4ESS Richard Kennedy Amateur Extra LIFE PAS-570 NO
N4FRK Victor Saxe General NO
N4HCZ Robert Griggs Amateur Extra NO
N4KWR Kevin Rought

N4PEG Margaret Kennedy Amateur Extra YES HIL-1000 NO
NJ4Y Matthew Stevens Amateur Extra YES POL-680A YES
W4EMT Eric Clark Amateur Extra NO
W4VCO Julian Homan General

W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES
W8DUK Richard Grubb Amateur Extra YES POL-782 NO
WA4MMO Geoffrey Schuck Amateur Extra YES
WB4OMG Harmon Morgan Amateur Extra NO
WB6ZEQ Herman Smith General NO
WB8QQR Norman Nissen Advanced

WX4AMS Andrew Stevens General YES POL-838 YES

Tim Harris

WD4LKY Charles Bukoski Silent Key

Friday, August 3, 2018

Warrior Walk 2018

Once again LARC supported Lakeland's Annual Warrior Walk to benefit local veterans. We had more than enough club members to man all positions. This was not only an opportunity to serve the community, but also a chance for some of our newer members to talk radio with more experienced club members. This was a win win for all involved. 

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