Scenes from the 2020 Warrior Walk

It was a beautiful day for the Warrior Walk Saturday, and while the turnout was much lower than in previous years, the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club was well represented by…

  • Mike Shreve, N6MRS – Local Net Control Station
  • Bob Doherty, KM4BAO – Remote Command Center
  • Bill Aten, K4JZ – Roving Vehicle
  • Ringo Breton, K2TDR – Embedded Walker
  • Stacy Breton, K1TDR – Embedded Walker Monitor
  • John Beatty, KN4SAU – Station One
  • Top Smith, WB6ZEQ – Station Two Commander
  • Glenn Smith, KO4AWJ – Station Two First Mate
  • Gracie – Station Two K9 Security
  • Mike Lunsford, KB4FHP – Station Three Commander
  • Ken Evers, KO4HIF – Station Three First Mate

Many thanks to all who took time out from their weekend to participate and support the club and our community.

Warrior Walk this Saturday! Volunteers still needed…

Just a reminder that the 2020 Warrior Walk around Lake Hollingsworth is this Saturday, October 24. The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club will be providing communications for the event (via the LARC repeater, so bring your HT) and additional volunteers are still needed. Please contact Bob Doherty, KM4BAO at for additional details and to volunteer. Volunteers should plan to be available from 8 a.m. to noon (the start time has been pushed back to 8:30 a.m.)

Please see the earlier blog post for additional details. See you at the lake!

LARC Monthly Meeting reminder

It’s almost time for the meeting! We’ll meeting Monday, October 12 at the Florida Air Museum at Sun & Fun, 4175 Medulla Rd in Lakeland. The meeting will be held in the covered, open-air seating area outside the Sunset Grill, which is near the compass rose inside of Sun-n-Fun. Click here for the map location, and check the map below

There will be license testing at 5:30 followed by the club meeting at 7:00. We’ll be discussing the upcoming elections (for club officers and board) so please come out and support YOUR club.

See you there!

Warrior Walk 2020 is coming!

On October 24 the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club will be supporting Warrior Walk 2020. The walk will be held at Lake Hollingsworth from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and volunteers are needed to provide communications. Base camp will be at the First Presbyterian Church at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Please contact Bob Doherty at to volunteer. See you at the lake!

Warrior Walk 2020 – Lakeland – Saturday October 24Th, 2020

175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801

LARC has, once again this year, been chosen to provide communication support for the 2020 Warrior Walk. Volunteer Radio Operators are needed from 7:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.

Please bring your HT. We will be using the LARC repeater at 146.685 PL 127.3. The event will once again be held at the First Presbyterian Church. We need a total of 10 volunteers to fulfill the needs of the event.

Please email Bob Doherty ( KM4BAO) at to sign up. A detailed email will then be sent to all volunteers.

Thank you in advance for volunteering!”

The airwaves are hot this weekend!

It’s a great time to be working the airwaves!  Courtesy of it’s easy to see that the bands will be hot with…

  • California QSO Party
  • TRC DX Contest
  • Oceania DX Contest (SSB)
  • RSGB DX Contest
  • SKCC QSO Party (for the CW ops among us)

You don’t have to be a contester to get involved…it’s a great way to pick up new counties, states and countries and most of all, have fun!
There are also a number of great special event stations on this weekend, including…

  • The Lester Dent-Doc Savage Special Event
  • The New England Wireless & Steam Museum Yankee Steam-Up
  • National Fire Prevention Week Special Event

Visit for details on the Special Event stations.

Let’s get those rigs fired up and put those licenses to work. See you on the air!

Former home of the Dayton Hamvention being demolished

For those who don’t know, the Dayton Hamvention is THE hamfest. Held every year (although not this year) in May, it is the largest event of it’s kind in the country. The Hara Arena in Trotwood, Ohio, just outside of Dayton hosted Hamvention from 1964 until 2016, when it was announced that the arena would be closing and the event was moved to Xenia, Ohio. There was hope of rebuilding the venue, but extensive damaged received during the tornado outbreak on Memorial Day weekend 2019 put an end to that.

Photos from the September 14 Meeting

Glenn (Li’l Top), KO4AWJ sent us a few pics from the last club meeting out at the Florida Air Museum at Sun & Fun. Remember to send your photos in to (they don’t have to be club related, just ham radio related). Thanks, Glenn!

Public Information Officer Jimmy Russ, AB4KA was busy providing information
Michelle Rhinesmith of the Aerospace Center for Excellence (who we have to thank for the opportunity to meet at the Florida Air Museum)
A bunch of people 😉