October 2, 2014

Headlines Now:

Wacky Wednesday – Coyote Found Wedged In Bumper After Being Hit By A Truck -

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

19 Year Old Winter Haven Man Charged with 3 Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder -

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lake Wales Woman Crashes Into 3 Vehicles Fleeing Police -

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First Imported Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Deputies Conducting Poinciana Fatal Crash Investigation -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This Day in History – September 30, 1868 – First Volume of Little Women is Published -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COOKING ON THE RIDGE: Banana’s Foster Bread -

Monday, September 29, 2014

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Deputies Charge Lakeland Man with Kathleen Road Hit-and Run -

Monday, September 29, 2014

Multiple Victims In Haines City Shooting -

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Homicide Detectives With PCSO Working Hit & Run Fatality -

Friday, September 26, 2014

This Day In History – September 25, 1970 – The Partridge Family Premiers on ABC Television -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Winter Haven PD Looking for Suspect Who Threatened Store Clerk -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Little Stolen Pig Returned to GJHS – One Suspect In Custody, One At Large -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Help WHPD By Identifying These Two Women -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tony Stewart Won’t Be Charged in Death of Kevin Ward Jr. -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

John Aaron Parkerson Has Been Captured in Brandon -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CRIME STOPPERS REWARD INCREASED: Information Sought In Hit-And-Run Investigation in Clubhouse Road in Lakeland -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Eight Men Arrested During Undercover Vice Operation in Winter Haven -

Wednesday, September 24, 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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