Video From the W4S Special Event Station at Sun ‘N Fun!

The Lakeland Amateur Radio Club Special Event Station W4S is featured in this Youtube video put together by the Florida Aviation Network. Check it out!

Many thanks to everyone who was involved, and a special thanks to Club President Mike Shreve N6MRS and Vice President Geoff Schuck WA4MMO whose many hours behind the scenes making this happen are much appreciated.

Coming Attractions…

The weather is quickly warming up and the snowbirds are leaving, which can only mean that summer is upon us (I know, it officially starts in 3 months but lets face it…we really only have two seasons in Florida, summer and maybe two weeks of winter).

But, we’ve got more than enough coming up to keep us busy!

April 30: March for Babies at Lake Hollingsworth (see blog post of April 6)

April 30-May 1: Florida QSO Party (

May 28: EPARS tailgate in Dade City (disregard the published date, it is confirmed at May 28

May 28: Wormfest (which has to be the greatest name for a hamfest ever) in St Pete (

June 11: The 3rd Annual Dade City Pre-Field Day Tailgate (

June 25-26: FIELD DAY!

2022 March for Babies is April 30!

March of Dimes – March for Babies 2022 – Lakeland March – Saturday, April 30 at Lake Hollingsworth

LARC has, once again this year, been chosen to provide communication support for the Lakeland portion of this national event. Volunteer Radio Operators are needed from 7:30 AM until approximately 10:30 AM.

Please bring your HT. We will be using the LARC repeater at 146.685 PL 127.3. The event will once again be held at the First Presbyterian Church  175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801

We need a minimum of 10 volunteers to fulfill the needs of the event. All LARC club members are welcome. 

Please email Bob Doherty ( KM4BAO) at to sign up. A detailed email will then be sent to all volunteers about 10 days prior to the event. 

Thank you in advance for volunteering! 

Breaking News! FCC license fee will not apply to upgrades

In response to a request from the ARRL. the FCC has clarified that the $35 license fee will NOT apply to license upgrades. The license fee will still apply to new license applications, renewals, vanity callsign requests and rule waivers. It will not apply to upgrades and administrative requests such as changes to mailing or email addresses.

Picnic this Saturday!

The LARC Spring Picnic is going to be held on Saturday, March 26 at Lake Parker Park, 910 Granada St, Lakeland FL 33801. Come early! There will be portable HF stations set up and operating.

Lunch will start around 11:00 – 11:30. Meat will be provided by the club, bring a side or drinks for you and a friend and there will be plenty of food for everyone.

See you there!

FCC License Fees to Start April 19

The day we all knew was coming is here.

Today it was announced that the FCC will begin collecting license fees for amateur radio licenses on April 19. If you’re within your 90 renewal window, you want to change your callsign or upgrade your license, you have until April 18 to do it at no cost. Beginning April 19, it will cost $35 to do any of those things.

We knew this day was coming so no one should be surprised, and quite honestly, at $3.50/year, an amateur radio license is a bargain!

The FCC plans to start collecting the fees within the ULS system. More details will be shared as they come available.

Hey! We have an email discussion group, too!

For those who aren’t interested in communicating via social media (or maybe you’re just looking for something different), we have an email discussion list, too!

If you look at the top of this page you’ll see a tab called “LARC Mailing List”. Now this isn’t just any old mailing list. If you click on that tab and sign up, not only will you get the latest and greatest news about the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club (and no spam!), but it’s a great way to communicate with your fellow hams, exchange ideas, talk about radios, talk about antennas, talk about hamfests, talk about pretty much anything you can think of (but please, as in any polite form of communication, keep the politics and religion off of it).

The LARC mailing list isn’t just for dissemination of information…think of it as an open forum where you can express your ideas too (because that’s exactly what it is). Try it out!

LARC Picnic This Saturday!

The LARC Spring Picnic will be this coming Saturday, March 12 at Lake Parker Park. There will be folks arriving early, so whenever you feel like coming out, come on out! There will be portable HF stations set up and operating from the site. If you have never operated a portable station on HF, now’s your time to see how it’s done.

The club will be furnishing the meat (hot dogs and BBQ pork) and is requesting everyone bring a dish to share or drinks. Lunch will start around 11:00-11:30.

Lake Parker Park is at 910 E Granada St, Lakeland, just east of Joker Marchant Stadium.

See you there!