October 23, 2014

Headlines Now:

Couple Arrested in Bartow on Multiple Charges of Animal Cruelty In Connection With Dog Fighting Ring -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

241 US Soldiers Killed In Early Morning Terrorist Attack -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

November 7-8, 2014 When Pigs Fly South – A BBQ Challenge -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 24-26 Aerospace Discovery Weekend – a 3-day Aviation Adventure (formerly Wings ‘n Things) -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Learn About Snakes In Polk County At This Educational Seminar -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 22, 2014 -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wacky Wednesday – RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Cemetery Hopes 5K Race Will Draw New Customers -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fire to Home on Thelma Drive in Lakeland Claims Life of a 60 Year Old Man -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Man Found Deceased in Car Near Dicks Sporting Goods at Posner Park -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lake Wales Police Make Arrest In Late Night Burglary on Sunset Point -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

“Black Hawk Down” Hero To Speak In Lake Wales Thursday -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UPDATE: Lily and Patches Missing from Lake Hamilton -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lake Wales Suspect Found Hiding Out in Auburndale -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 21, 2014 -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

K9 Officers Dale Hampton and Chad Landry with K9 Deacon and K9 Badge Competing At National Competition -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOUND CENTER HELPS RAISE AWARENESS FOR DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS -

Monday, October 20, 2014

EDWARDS TO PRESENT AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE -

Monday, October 20, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 20, 2014 -

Monday, October 20, 2014

33 Year Old Demetrious Anton Jones Wanted for Attempted First Degree Murder -

Monday, October 20, 2014

COOKING ON THE RIDGE – PUMPKIN BARS -

Monday, October 20, 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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