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W4S Special Event Station at Sun ‘N Fun

The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce that we have been selected as the host amateur radio station club for the 2021 Sun ‘N Fun Aerospace Expo.

W4S will be in operation April 13-18. The event will be headed up by Geoff Schuck, WA4MMO and Todd Rush, W7STR. The station will be set up by the education building, west of the museum and will have both HF and VHF/UHF radio stations. Please note that due to COVID restrictions, only those operating will be able to access the station. Visitors will not be permitted.

Have fun!

No exams on Monday, April 12

While we will be having our next regularly scheduled LARC club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12, please be advised that there will be no amateur radio license exams that night. See you at the meeting!

Herman “Top” Smith, WB6ZEQ and Wilbur “Chet” Carruth, AB4XK, SK

Herman “Top” Smith, WB6ZEQ became a Silent Key on Friday, April 2, 2021. “Top” was retired from the United States Marine Corps. He was active in his church as well as the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club, most recently serving as the club’s vice president.

Also, Wilbur “Chet” Carruth, AB4XK became a Silent Key on Monday, March 29, 2021. “Chet” served in the United States Navy, and was also active in his church as well as he was a member of the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club.

Both of these gentlemen will be missed.

Want to work lots of stations on HF? This weekend is for you!

The CQ WPX SSB weekend is upon us, and it’s an easy contest…the object is to work as many different prefixes as you can, both stateside and DX. Essentially, work everyone! The exchange is easy as it’s the signal report and the sequential serial number starting with 001.

For complete rules and to learn more about it, go to

Happy hunting!

$35 Application Fee does NOT take effect yet

According to the ARRL, even though the document has an effective date of March 19, the Amateur Radio fees will not yet be required.
The fee changes outlined in this order will not take effect until the requisite notice has been provided to Congress, the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date. This will most likely be in the summer.

So, if you are considering upgrading your license, changing your callsign or renewing your license (which can be done within 90 days of expiration), now is the time!

It’s Picnic Time

LARC will be having a picnic at Lake Parker Park on Saturday, March 27 at the pavilion. The club will provide burgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments, slaw, potato salad, chips, soft drinks and paper goods. Due to current protocols individuals are permitted to bring food for their own consumption, but it is not to be shared with anyone else.

Come as early as you like (the park opens at daylight and there will be folks there and there will be coffee) to visit and operate, and we’ll eat around noon.

See you there!

The ARRL DX SSB contest is this weekend!

The ARRL DX SSB weekend is upon us! If you’ve ever thought about getting your DXCC Award, this is a great weekend to ramp up your country totals. There will be lots of DX stations on the air and their goal is to work YOU! It starts at 0000z on March 6 and runs through 2359z March 7. Good luck!

Upcoming Hamfests

The Peace River Radio Association is presenting the Charlotte County Hamfest on March 6th at 8 a.m. Admission is $7 with free tailgating. It will be held at 30337 Cedar St, Punta Gorda FL 33982. For additional details, go to

But wait…there’s more!

The Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio Club will be hosting its Spring Tailgate & Swapmeet on Saturday, March 20th from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be held at Saint Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 5855 16th St, Zephyrhills FL. Admission is $5 and there will be testing (pre-registration required…walk-ins will not be accepted). For more info go to