Club Meeting New & Notes for September 14

Tonight the members (and prospective members) of the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club gathered together for a club meeting for the first time in six months! The meeting was held at a new location, which was the outdoor pavilion adjacent to the Florida Air Museum at Sun & Fun. Many thanks to Michelle Rhinesmith, Development Director for the Aerospace Center for Excellence for inviting us to their location. There were 32 in attendance (plus Buddy, the official shack dog of KN4LEH) and the location was well received by all.

There were a variety of topics discussed at the meeting. Among them were:

  • Recognizing Michelle Rhinesmith, Development Director for the Aerospace Center for Excellence and expressing the gratitude of the club for inviting us out
  • “In person” introduction of new club Public Information Officer Jimmy Russ, AB4KA, who made an announcement to the attendees regarding classified ads on the blog (if you’ve to stuff to sell, we want to list it for you!)
  •, which is a new email address for members to send photos they take of club events, non-club events and general ham radio stuff (send those photos in!)
Because a photo of Rich Kennedy, N4ESS with a helicopter makes any blog post better

The big news was our upcoming election of club officers. Matt Stevens, NJ4Y presented information regarding the elections. The club is in need of members to fill the following positions:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Nominations are due no later than October 2nd, ten days prior to the October club meeting. Please consider volunteering for a position as your club needs you…no experience necessary! Results of the nominations will be announced at the October 12 meeting with elections to be held at the November meeting. Rich Kennedy, N4ESS spoke briefly about being a club officer. Rich has extensive experience as an officer in the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club, and encouraged folks to volunteer (Rich is our E.F. Hutton…when Rich talks, people listen).

Club President Mike Shreve, N6MRS also discussed the NJQRP Skeeter Hunt, a qrp operating event that was held August 16th. If you’re a qrp aficionado who enjoys portable operation, this is right up your alley!

Prior to the club meeting, a number of folks took the plunge and took their amateur radio license exams. Congratulations to our new crop of hams…

  • Kenneth Evers, KO4HIF
  • Armando Matos, KO4HIG
  • Ken Waibel, KO4HIH
  • David Kelsey, KO4HII
  • Corey Edmundson, KO4HIJ

Join us in congratulating our new amateur radio licensees! We all hope to see you on the airwaves.

VE John Stanford K0ZD, Ken Evers KO4HIF, David Kelsey KO4HII, Ken Waibel KO4HIH, VE Glenn Culler W4JGC
VE John Stanford K0ZD, Armando Matos KO4HIG, VE Glenn Culler W4JGC
VE John Stanford K0ZD, Corey Edmundson KO4HIJ, VE Glenn Culler W4JGC

Many thanks to all who came out on short notice on a rainy night to a new location to make this month’s meeting a succcess! 73 to all.