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Lakeland Amateur Radio Club at Sun n Fun 2023

LARC will operate the W4S Special Event Station again this year at the Sun n Fun Aerospace Expo. The station will be located in the corner of the Emil Buehler hangar (just off the right wing-tip of the 727 static display). Our participation in the event will run from March 28 until April 1st.

More info at:

We plan to operate primarily on 20 and 40 meters, but may add 17 and 10 if propagation permits. We will try to monitor the K4LKL repeater, but this is an airshow, so be patient if we are slow to answer.

The schedule and roster of operators is full at this point, but please feel free to drop by the station, sign the guest log and visit for a while.

Kathleen Area Historical Society

Heritage Day – March 18, 2023

8950 N Campbell Road, Lakeland, Florida

Join the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club at Heritage Park for live on-the-air demonstrations of amateur radio’s versatility and usefulness for everyone.

The Radio Amateur’s Code…are we living up to it?

The original Radio Amateur’s Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA over 90 years ago (in 1928), and it’s as relevant today as the day it was written…

The radio amateur is:

CONSIDERATE…never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL…offers loyalty, encouragement, and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which amateur radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY…slow and patient operating when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kind assistance, cooperation, and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school, or community.

PATRIOTIC…station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

If we’re operating on the air or working to mentor a new operator, are we living up to this ideal and passing it along to others?

Upcoming events in the area

We are in the the thick of hamfest season, and there is lots going on over the next few weeks…

01/20/23-01/21/23 Southwest Florida Regional Hamfest/ARRL South Florida Section Convention, Fort Myers

01/28/23 Desoto County Hamfest, Arcadia

02/10/23-02/12-23 Orlando Hamcation/ARRL Southeastern Division Convention, Orlando

02/18/23 Highlands County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, Sebring

02/18/23 Hernando County Amateur Radio Association Hamfest, Brooksville

02/24/23-/2/25/23 TechCon, presented by the ARRL West Central Florida Section, Tampa

It’s a good time to be a ham in Florida!

LARC Year in Review!

2022 was quite the eventful year for us all, and the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club was no different. From the Sun ‘N Fun Aerospace Expo special event station to Field Day to Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, it seems like there was always something going on. We even had a member with an article published in QST!

As 2022 comes to a close, on behalf of the LARC Officers and Board of Directors, your friendly neighborhood blogmaster would like to say 73 to all, and see you next year!

LARC December Meeting and Christmas Party!

The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club December meeting and Christmas party will be on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Parkview Baptist Church, 509 Parkview Place in Lakeland.

Admission is $10.00 per person and each attendee will get a ticket which will enter them for a door prize (and there’s some good ones! Dinner will be catered by Mission BBQ.

Please note the start time will be 6:00 p.m. (1800 local, 2300 GMT) and there will be no testing due to the early start time.