Category Archives: general

Weekends are made for HF Contesting (or, how to work a lot of stations in a short time)

If you’ve worked HF for any length of time you know that HF contests on weekends are “target rich environments”. You don’t have to be a contester to work a lot of stations and pick up new countries, states and US counties. Just this coming weekend are:

  • Collegiate QSO Party
  • Iowa QSO Party
  • New Hampshire QSO Party
  • New Jersey QSO Party
  • Washington State Salmon Run
  • Wisconsin Parks on the Air
  • And More!

These events are full of stations wanting to work YOU!

A great way to see what events are coming down the pike is the WA7BNM Contest Calendar The calendar has an 8 day schedule, 12 month schedule, QSO party calendar and others.

Check it out, and get on the air! (and be sure to send pics of you at your station to

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.

LARC Meeting Monday Night!!!

YES!!! You read it right…the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club is meeting again. The Aerospace Center for Excellence has graciously invited us to meet at the Florida Air Museum at Sun & Fun. For September and October we’ll be meeting under their outdoor pavilion adjacent to the museum. Here are the specifics:

Location: Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland FL 33811 (on the grounds at Sun & Fun, north of Pipkin Road, East of County Line Road).
Date: Monday, September 14 and Monday, October 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7
Parking: There is limited parking available near the pavilion, so please reserve those spots for our more “seasoned” members who might be a little less ambulatory.  The rest of us can park a little further away and shuttle over if we need to.

Seating is available at picnic tables under the pavilion.  However you are welcome to bring your own beach or lawn chairs which will probably be more comfortable.  Also…keeping in mind that it is an outdoor facility in Florida in late summer, it would certainly be a good idea to bring some personal insect repellent!

There will be testing available for anyone interested it obtaining an amateur radio license (or upgrading what they have now).  Testing will start at 5:30 p.m. For information on testing contact the club at

When’s the next Hamfest?

Recently I monitored a conversation on the LARC repeater where two local hams were discussing hamfests, the need to go to one and wondering where and when one would be. Ask and ye shall receive! The ARRL website has a searchable hamfest calendar. Check it out! (While this calendar only lists league-sanctioned events, your club PIO does his best to get the word out for other events, too)

FCC Application Fee Proposal Proceeding is Open for Comments

FCC Docket 20-270 (which would require $50 fees for Amateur Radio licenses if passed) is open for comments. To comment, click on the link above and search for docket 20-270.

We need to make our voices heard on this issue. A few hundred comments may not make much of a difference with the decisions makers at the FCC. A few thousand comments might. A couple of hundred thousand comments would go a long way!

Thursday Night is Net Night!

Thursday night is net night in the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club! The action kicks off at 6:30 with the Fusion net and Lee, N4HES is net control. At 7:30 is the LARC Trader’s Net on the FM side with Dan, NZ1P as your net control operator (although if anyone else would like to be net control, Dan would be happy to give them the opportunity…it’s always good to have other net control operators available, and Dan can use a night off now and then. As long as we don’t spoil him).

Both nets are on the LARC repeater at 146.685 (-600, PL tone 127.3). In addition, if you have an item for sale and want to list it on the net, be sure to send the information to and we’ll get it listed in the classified ads on the blog.

See you on the nets!

Discover the benefits of membership in the ARRL!

The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club, and just over half of our club members are also members of the league…which means that close to half of our club members are missing out! The ARRL, which is our National Association for Amateur Radio offers many benefits for it’s members, including:

  • Your choice of magazine. You can receive QST (monthly) or the leagues newer offering, “On The Air” (bi-monthly) which is aimed toward newer hams. A new benefit to league members is that in addition to your choice of print magazine, you also can read all four (QST, On the Air, National Contest Journal and QEX) online!
  • Members-only online services such as the QST archive and periodical search; free E-newsletters; Product review archive from 1980 to the present; a free email forwarding service with your own ***** email address; ARRL member directory
  • Complimentary license renewals and callsign changes (without having to try to remember how to login to the FCC website)
  • Outgoing QSL service
  • Continuing education and radio courses
  • ARRL’s Regulatory Information Branch provides information on FCC and regulatory questions; problems with antenna, tower and zoning restrictions; and reciprocal licensing procedures.
  • And much more!

In addition, and possibly the most important is that the ARRL is our advocate with the government. ARRL supports legislation in Washington, D.C. that preserves and protects access to existing Amateur Radio frequencies as a natural resource for the enjoyment of all hams. As a member, you contribute to the efforts to preserve our privileges.

Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, every membership in the ARRL benefits all of us and helps make Amateur Radio stronger.

If you’re a league member, thank you. If you’re not, won’t you consider joining? Go to and click on Membership for more information.

You asked for it…you got it! The classifieds are back!

That’s right, friends…the classified ads are back! The classified page will be at the top of the blog page on the right. If you wish to place an ad, please email Jimmy Russ, AB4KA at with the following information:

  • Item description and condition
  • Cost
  • Sellers name, callsign and contact information (phone number and/or email address)

Ads will be listed for (approximately) two weeks. If an item is sold or needs to be re-listed, please email Jimmy.

Now for the rules (there are always rules)…

ALL transactions shall be conducted solely between the individual parties involved. The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club has no pecuniary interest in any transaction and bears no liability therein regarding any transaction.

Also, if you wish to conduct a transaction on behalf of a 3rd party (i.e. on behalf of a Silent Key), please ensure to protect the privacy of the 3rd party and make sure they are not contacted by anyone seeking to take advantage of them.

Happy selling!