Jan 11

One for the records Book!

Great meeting last night! Our new president (Larry K3PTO) really knows how to run things. Not only was the meeting in its self good, but the turnout was outstanding! We had twelve (12) members in attendance and three (3) visitors Daniel Malloy, Ann Mott (who tested for Tech and PASSED), and Ron Gentry (who also tested for Tech and PASSED). Hope you all are thinking about joining the club!

Fred (K0FG) gave a rundown of the outcome of our Eagle Days SE:
Total Contacts;   78
            33 on 40 meters
            45 on 20 meters
We worked 26 States
3 Canadian provinces
1 DX – Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean
Fred has received 17 requests for QSL cards. Below is a sample of the QSL card the club is sending.
Again a really big THANKS to those listed below, with whom without the event wouldn’t had happened:
Fred Groce K0FG – who was instrumental in setting things up and getting the SE call sign.
Larry Cicchinelli K3PTO – President of LOARC
Jerry Parmer KE0OTM
Lee (duck you head) Cole KC0KTY
Ray Myers WB0AYF and his lovely Wife Debbie
Scott Poest KB8KGU
Ben Poest whose call sign I don’t know
Jack McGuire KD0QEB
And a really big THANKS to Ernest Venis W0LTC who offered the use of the Camden
county EOC’s facilities for the club to use and donated his time.

On a different note, Ernie (W0LTC) would like to hear from anyone interested in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) . You can click HERE and download the application form. You can fill out the form and then either scan it and email to Ernie, me, or to the website. I will make sure it gets to him. Also, anyone who is already active he would like you to submit another form.

The club president Larry (K3PTO) asked for some ideas for any projects the club members would like to do. This would include building electronic projects, training lessons or any other activities of interest within the realm of HAM radio, computers, or electronics.

Don’t forget about Winter Field Day which is going to be the 27th & 28th of January, anyone interested can find out more HERE. (The club is not participating, just something the webmaster thought would be of interest.)

Well I guess that’s about all for now . . . don’t forget to check where the Eat’n Meet’n is going to be, check out the for sale items, and the pictures of our Christmas Party and Eagle Days.

Jan 07

In the books!!!!

Well another Eagle Days SE is in the books! A big THANKS to those that came by the Camden County EOC and worked as operators:

Fred Groce K0FG – who was instrumental in setting things up and getting the SE call sign.
Larry Cicchinelli K3PTO – President of LOARC
Jerry Parmer KE0OTM
Lee (duck you head) Cole KC0KTY
Ray Myers WB0AYF and his lovely Wife Debbie
Scott Poest KB8KGU
Ben Poest whose call sign I don’t know
Jack McGuire KD0QEB

And a really big THANKS to Ernest Venis W0LTC who offered the use of the Camden
county EOC’s facilities for the club to use and donated his time.

At this time I don’t have an official count of contacts, but if I recall correctly we had 30 or so on 40m and about 35 or 40 on 20m. We started at 9 AM and ran continuously till 4 PM. Those not working the radios had lots of good conversations covering a plethora (whole lot) of topics. I have posted some pictures of both the Eagle Days operation and our Christmas party.

Updated the Eat’n Meet’n for Jan 12th & 19th.

DON’T FORGET OUT CLUB MEETING ON WEDNESDAY DEC 10TH AT 7 PM. It will be held at the fire station like always. Be sure to read the “rules” listed here.

AND

DON’T FORGET THE EMERGENCY NET ON WEDNESDAY DEC 10TH AT 10 AM ON 146.730

Updated other things to but you’ll have to search for them . . . hi hi!

Dec 09

Meet our new President — Larry

Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO)

Dear LOARCer’s,

Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) is our new LOARC president.  In spite of his attending our meetings and participating in Field Day and other events for the past three years, some people may not know Larry, so I (Glenn, K0KER) interviewed him in order to find out just who he is.

Larry was born in Eastern Pennsylvania, grew up there and became interested in electronics through his subscription to Popular Electronics magazine and during school by joining the Junior High Ham Radio Club.  He got his first license, novice, as (KN3PTO) and progressed to Technician (becoming K3PTO) and then General by the time he was a senior in high school. He attended Drexel Institute of Technology majoring in Electronic Engineering.  While in Jr High, he became a member of its Ham club – K3PNP.

Upon graduation from Drexel, Ford Motor Company employed Larry to design automobile electronic test equipment and to program it.  Most programs are written in a language such as COBAL, Fortran, C or C+ and then converted to machine language (this is what actually runs on the computer) using an assembly language.  Larry prefers to write his programs directly in machine language.  He says this makes the program do exactly what he wants it to do and is far more efficient.  He stayed with Ford for a total of thirty three years, most of which was in the Philadelphia area, but his last two years were with Ford in Dearborn, MI at which time, he retired and moved to Sacramento, CA to take an engineering position with a small microprocessor manufacturer: Rabbit Semiconductor. 

Meanwhile, his continued interest in ham radio compelled him to obtain his Advanced license when he obtained his current call sign, K3PTO.  After twelve years with Rabbit, he retired in 2012 and moved to the Lake.  He and his wife, Debbie, of 45 years have a son living in Kirksville, MO, and another son still living in Eastern PA.

Larry runs a Yaesu FT-450 and enjoys digital modes, particularly PSK-31.  Instead of buying a signal processor, he designed and built his own interface.  So, he is both an electronic circuit designer and a programmer.

One of Larry’s “hobbies” is writing articles on electronics and circuit designs.  Larry has had several articles published in magazines such as QST, QEX, Circuit Cellar, Audio Express, Nuts and Volts and The ARRL Handbook.  He has also written a book entitled “Assembly Language Essentials”.  He has designed a synthesized audio frequency generator for use in testing audio equipment using a PIC microprocessor and written an associated article which was published in Nuts and Volts.   He has designed a logic analyzer, written the program to run it and explained it in an article published in QEX magazine.

Larry, we are looking forward to your leading our Club.

Updated the Eat’n Meet’n for December 15th & 22nd.

Don’t forget the Christmas Party at Lil’ Rizzo’s on the 13th. Let Glenn know if you are coming.