September 22, 2014

Headlines Now:

Lakeland Man Arrested For Child Neglect After 19-Month-Old Ingests Illegally Obtained Methadone -

Friday, September 19, 2014

PCSO Inmate Additionally Charged With Possession of Child Pornography and Attempted Possession of Child Pornography -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fun Friday – Sweetfields Farm -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tax Free Holiday – Today Through The Weekend -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Violent Crimes Detectives Worked Throughout The Evening on September 17 Investigating a Series of Illegal Events -

Friday, September 19, 2014

RidgeClassifieds.com: Electric Wheelchair for sale -

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Home Depot Completes Malware Elimination and Enhanced Encryption of Payment Data in All U.S. Stores -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Grandfather Kills Daughter and Six Grandkids -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pair Arrested For Scheming To Defraud, Contracting Without License, May Have Operated Elsewhere in Florida -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

E-Cigarette Shop Owner And Employee Arrested at Eagle Ridge Mall for Selling THC Wax “Lids” -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lakeland Couple Arrested After Being Caught on Home Surveillance Camera -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Charges on Armed Robbery Suspect Xavier O’Neal -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrest armed robbery suspect 20 year old Xavier O’Neal was out on bond for armed robbery -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lakeland PD Needs to Identify Suspects in Stolen Trailer/Motorcycles -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thanks To Neighbor Three Burglary Suspects Were Arrested In Lakeland -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Looking For Suspect Who Beat an 80 Year Old Woman and Stole her Car -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Send Us Your Football Fan Photos! -

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Man Drags Two WHPD Officers After Beating & Strangling Carjacking Victim -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pork Chops With Apples and Garlic Mashed Potatoes -

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Festival of Wreaths at the Polk County History Center -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amateur Radio Club Picnic

What was the first “Social Network”? Facebook? Twitter? AOL chat rooms? If you answered with any of those you are incorrect. The answer is amateur radio (ham radio). Hams have been socializing globally for the better part of a century, yes, almost 100 years.

While cell phones, texting, IM and email may be the new standards of communications, they have one tremendous Achilles heel. Infrastructure!

Remember the 2004 hurricane season?

Unplug your phone line, take the battery out of your cell phone and disconnect your internet. Now get a message to a friend or relative thousands of miles away. Short of using the pony express you would be hard pressed to get that message thru, at least in any reasonable time frame. Solution? Amateur Radio.

Amateur Radio operators have been doing just that for many years. On 9/11 ham radio was there in support of the communications breakdown and overloaded systems in New York. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the recent tornados across the U.S., and just last year in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy devasated the area, hams where there.

Whether a simple message to a parent that their child is safe and sound or a critical message that urgent care is needed, radio will work.

Hams rely on their electronic and technical skills to communicate with other hams anywhere on the planet and beyond. No, not aliens but with the International Space station (ISS). Regular contacts are made between schools and the ISS for educational purposes.

Our local Amateur Radio club, the (LWRA) Lake Wales repeater association is having its winter picnic this Saturday at Kiwanis Park on the shores of Lake Wailes at noon. If you have an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio feel free to stop by and visit.
You can also visit them on the web at www.lwra.us.

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