Thursday, August 29, 2019

Our regular monthly meeting scheduled for September 2nd will be canceled due to weather. More information will follow after the storm passes.

The following information is current as of Thursday 9/29/19

Hurricane Dorian projected to become a major hurricane as it churns toward Florida

Strengthening is forecast over the next few days, and Dorian could be become a Category 3 storm on Friday.

As of 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, Dorian's center was some 20 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and about 595 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, the hurricane center said. Dorian was moving at 9 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.


The state’s east coast from Fort Lauderdale up to Cape Canaveral and inland to Orlando are still within the three-day cone of uncertainty, though. The five-day projection includes even more of the state, but the consensus path now has the storm headed for landfall near the South Carolina and Georgia border.

Hurricane Dorian cone of uncertainty as of 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.
Hurricane Dorian cone of uncertainty as of 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (National Hurricane Center/National Hurricane Center)
Florida Gov. DeSantis, though, cautioned that the storm paths will continue to change and that Florida residents need to be wary.
“There is still significant chance of a strike on the state of Florida,” DeSantis said during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center this morning. “Anyone inside of that cone needs to be prepared.”

As of Saturday 11:00 PM Saturday the forecast is for Dorian to track North with its center staying over the Atlantic as it passes Florida. Good news for us.

As of 11:00 PM Sunday

Monday AM.
Dorian continues on a path that would put its center off the Eastern coast of Florida. At this time is does not appear to be a threat to central and western Florida. Current projection is for the storm center to be well north of us by Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

And the forecast is for the storm to remain off the coast as of late Monday.

Well goodby Dorian, at least as far as we are concerned!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

LARC SkyWarn Attendees

LARC members who attended the Skywarn training posing with Dan Noah WX4DAN

Monday, August 12, 2019

August 2019 General Meeting


Congratulations go out to Darrin, KC6HSP, our new EXTRA. Darrin wanted to be on a ship, but not a cruise ship, so we found passage for him on a freighter. This would be my choice if I had the urge to take a sea voyage. No noisy casinos, no tempting foods that you know you should not eat, and plenty of time to sit back and just enjoy the ride. Of course I would want to know all about how a big cargo ship moves from place to place, and how cargo is kept track of, picked up and dropped off. The more I think of it, the more I think Darrin has a good idea here.


Happy Birthday

Turning 92 is special. This called for something special. Fortunately I was able to scour up seven local hams to celebrate with Don. This was not as difficult as you may have guessed. Most of us would agree that ham radio is a very exciting and attractive hobby. And with hams like Don leading the way, how can you resist? Happy Birthday Don.

Review Of Field Day

Fred reviewed the statistics from Field Day. Our club did well, and about the same as last year. Numbers aren't everything. Just getting together and having fun is what really counts. I say, mission accomplished!

Our Main Speaker

Our main speaker for the evening was Drew KO4MA. Drew has spoken to club members on several occasions. While the subject is the same, Amateur Satellite, you can't help coming away with something new after each presentation. Who would have guessed that stabilization is achieved by using a bar magnet inside the cube-sat, or that cube-sats woud be deployed by a process similar to delivering candy from a Pez candy dispenser. How about deploying antennae? One end is fixed permanently, while the other is held in place by a fusible link. After deployment, a signal is given to melt the fuse, releasing the spring steel antenna tucked along side, allowing it to deploy. Simple and very clever. 

Thank you Drew. It is presentations like yours that have members coming back to meetings. 

And while we are on the subject of attendance, our Sargent at arms, Top, has informed me that we had 57 attendees at the August meeting. They are listed below. If there are any errors or omissions, please let me know.


AB1DX Oliver Richards Amateur Extra YES NO
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K3JAZ Larry Turner General NO NO
K4EMT Sarah Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
KB0QMN George Rezac General NO NO
KI4CDY Patrick O'Neil Amateur Extra YES YES YES
KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES YES YES
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO YES
KJ4UW George Mann Amateur Extra YES NO YES
KK4LYQ William Paul Amateur Extra YES NO YES
KK4VCN Eleanor Marshall Technician NO NO YES
KM4STT Aimee Holzer Amateur Extra NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KN4FRA Susan Pugh General YES YES
KN4OTO Charlotte Shaver Technician NO NO
KN4OTS Harley Leavitt General NO NO
KN4PIH Richard Lennon Technician NO NO
KN4SAU John Beatty General NO NO
KN4SAV Edward Schairer Amateur Extra YES NO
KQ4KX Richard Sharp Amateur Extra LIFE NO YES
KT2T Michael Oliver Amateur Extra LIFE YES YES
N2TE R. Marchese Amateur Extra YES NO
N4ESS Richard Kennedy Amateur Extra LIFE NO YES
N4HCZ Robert Griggs Amateur Extra NO NO
N4PEG Margaret Kennedy Amateur Extra YES NO YES
N6MRS Michael Shreve General YES NO YES
N7CUC Samuel Shaver Amateur Extra NO NO
NC8I Robert Berquist Amateur Extra YES NO
NJ4Y Matthew Stevens Amateur Extra YES YES YES
W4EMT Eric Clark Amateur Extra NO NO
W4MAG Michael Girard Amateur Extra YES NO
W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES YES
W8DUK Richard Grubb Amateur Extra YES NO YES
WA4MMO Geoffrey Schuck Amateur Extra YES NO
WB6ZEQ Herman Smith Amateur Extra YES NO NO
WB8QQR Norman Nissen Advanced YES NO NO
WX4AMS Andrew Stevens Amateur Extra YES YES YES
WX4NEX Norman Xanders Technician NO YES YES
WZ1P Daniel Gagnon Amateur Extra NO NO
KM4BAO Bob Doherty Amateur Extra YES NO POL-829


KC6HSP Darrin Heard

KI4CRI Charlie Gribble

KI4EFL Don Jeerings

KM4UYX Ken Lozla

KN4DII Bob ?

KN4KIB Joseph Hansel

KN4UJI Larry Collins

KO4MA Andrew Glasbrenner

Bing Bartlett

Bob McCarthy

Glen Smith

Kathy Schuck

Min Hee

Wendy McCarthy