October 31, 2014

Headlines Now:

Pink Heals Tour Coming to Polk County November 6 -

Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN – HERE ARE SOME SAFETY TIPS! -

Friday, October 31, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 31, 2014 -

Friday, October 31, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY KINCAID ALARM COMPANY! -

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun Friday – CornFusion Crop Maze and Fall Festival -

Friday, October 31, 2014

Stress Less Thursday – Need A Stress Reliever – Try Coloring -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 30, 2014 -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Two Nursing Home Workers Arrested For hitting Man With Alzheimer’s -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Missing and Endangered Elderly Man From Frostproof -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time to Get Ready for the Polk Senior Games for 2015 -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

39 Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale Saturday November 1 from 8 to 2 -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Traffic Update: Accident Hunt Brothers Rd and 11th St Lake Wales -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 29, 2014 -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wacky Wednesday – Woman Fakes Ebola At Hospital Emergency Room, Lands In Jail -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Driver Critically Injured In Early Morning Crash On West Memorial Blvd. -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Missing Teens Found – Young Man In Custody -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two Juveniles Arrested In Lake Wales Business Burglaries -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around…Chas Kincaid Coming Home for EP Release Party -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Man Decorated Home In Ebola Quarantine Theme -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 28, 2014 -

Tuesday, October 28, 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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