Congratulations Kayla!

We have a new tech in the fold.  Kayla is now Kayla KK4NSD. Her reward for passing the test was a very brief trip to Hawaii. Now that you have your call sign Kayla, we expect to hear her on the rag chew, and the Thursday night nets as well. Congratulations on a job well done. Now get cracking on that General license. 🙂

But wait, there is more.

We have to honor yet another teen tech this month. Andrew KK4KIC, shown here with his dad,  got his license some months back. Andy is a good-natured kind of guy, and that’s why some of us like to pick on him, not in a bad way, but because we like him. It turns out that Andrew is in the process of furnishing his new shack, and we thought it would be nice if he started with a radio and antenna. No excuses for you now. Like Kayla, we expect to hear you on the radio. We love to hear you check in on the net, and keep in mind, the repeater is open 24/7 if you would like to talk with other hams your age, or ours. J

Other news

The first meeting of the year was well attended. Almost a full house. This is especially noteworthy with all the flue and colds going around. Our best wishes for all those who are sniffling for a speedy recovery.

A big thank you goes out to Kayla’s dad Brian N3WAJ for stepping up and volunteering to be the host for the meetings. It is this kind of spirit that makes the club what it is.

Fred K1DU volunteered to coordinate the club’s Elmers. He will be notified of all new members, and after contacting each of them, ask someone who signed up with a specialty to follow up with support on any questions the new member may have in that Elmer’s area of expertise. This is not a new concept, but one we would like to emphasize this year. Please note, Goto People on the blog has been changed to Elmer Group, and Fred has been listed as coordinator. If you would like to help out, contact Fred.

There will be a picnic January 26, 2013 at the Circle B Bar Reserve. Directions and more information to follow. For those not familiar with the location you can get more information at

Because of other obligations, Gary Lee had to step down from position as Vice President. He did an excellent job last year, setting a new standard for club programs. His time and expertise in this capacity will be sorely missed. Ernie KG4YNI volunteered to fill this position for the remainder of the year.

Upcoming events
Central Florida Tailgate and Luncheon
Saturday of January, Jan. 19, 2013
The Golden Corral
4705 U.S 98 North, North Lakeland, Fla, 33809

TARCFest XXVIII.V Snowbird Edition
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Set up for tailgaters begins at 7:00am
runs to around 1:00 PM

For more information please contact
Bill Bode, N4WEB
14302 Capitol Drive
Tampa, FL 33613
Phone: (813) 382-9262
Fax: (813) 878-7954