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.

Dec 04

Merry Christmas to all

Our new president, Larry Cicchinelli checked with Mid-County Fire Station to see if we were on the schedule for the use of the upstairs meeting room next year.  The answer was that we were not, and because they had refurbished the room they were going to charge us $25.00 per meeting for use of the room.

Larry checked with the Camdenton Library to see if we could use their meeting room, and the answer was that we could and at no charge, the only caveat is that we have to leave the building by 8 PM. So be aware; until further notice, we will be holding LOARC Meetings on the usual date (2nd Wednesday of the month) but at the Camdenton Library which is east of Hwy 54, and south on Rodeo Drive, STARTING IN JANUARY 2018. See “Club Info –> Meetings” for a small map. However, remember this months meeting will be held at Lil’ Rizzo (at the Outlet mall) for our annual Christmas party (Social at 6 PM, meal ordering at 6:30 PM). Don’t forget to call Glenn and let him know if you are coming.

Nov 27

Wow, where did it go?!!

Can you believe it? December is just days away, Wow, where did this year go?

Couple of things coming up:

  1. Christmas Party Lil Rizzo’s (over at the Outlet Mall) 13 December Social starts at 6 PM with dinner ordering at 6:30 PM.
  2. Club Officers will be introduced at the Christmas party:
    1. President — Larry Cicchinlli (K3PTO)
    2. Vice-President — Jack McGuire (KD0QEB)
    3. Secretary/Treasurer — Glenn Commons (K0KER)
      Officers will take on their responsibilities on January 1, 2018.
  3. 2017 SKYWARN Recognition Day

    December 2, 2017 from 0000z to 2400z

    SKYWARNTM Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. For more information click Here.

  4. Eagle Days January 6th & 7th 2018. Click Here for more information.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving looking forward to seeing all y’all at the Christmas party. Well that’s about all for now. Probably won’t be any updates in December so




Nov 13

Mr. Cicchinlli wins by a LANDSLIDE

Just a quick addition here. Yesterday Nov, 17 at the Eat’n Meet’n it was decided that the Eat’n Meet’n for the 24th would be cancelled because it is the day after Thanksgiving. Also, the next Eat’n Meet’n will be at Chili’s in Osage Beach on the 1st and 8th of December.

Hey guys, had a really good meeting on the 9th. if you missed it you really missed a good one.

Okay first off we held our elections, kinda anti climatic though. Two officers stayed on board, Glenn (K0KER) stayed on as Secretary and Jack (KD0QEB) remained on as Vice (and boy does he have some) President. A hardy WELL DONE goes out to Larry Cicchinlli (K3PTO), as our NEW CLUB PRESIDENT. Thanks for stepping up Larry. All will take office after the 1st of the year.


More information can be found under “CLUB INFO–>FOR SALE”

Club’s annual Christmas Party will be held at Little Rizzo’s on Dec13, Social hour at 6 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM. PLEASE send an email to Glenn at if you plan on attending.Looks like there will be an Eagle Days Special Event held on January 6th 2018 starting at 8AM till around 4PM. Operations will be held at the Camden County Emergency Management office located at 12 VFW Rd, Camdenton. For more information go to “Upcoming Events–>Eagle Days SE 2018”

Finally – Updated the Special Events & Hamfest pages.

Till next time   73!

Nov 06

Read all about it!

Updated Eat’n Meet’n for Nov. 10th & 17th and Field Day 2018.

Posted October 2017 minutes

At the next meeting on November 9th we will be discussing several very important issues; 1) Where to hold the annual Christmas Party, 2) Whether or not to hold our annual Eagle Days Special Event, and 3) voting for the officers for next year (2018). YOUR ATTENDANCE WOULD BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED!!!!

There will be two “Emergency Communication” exercise during the period of October 30th through November 1st and November 4th through November 6th. For more information on these and how to interact with the exercise click on the dates.

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