LCARS Website Utilization

The upgraded LCARS website has been up for a little over two months, and comments passed back from users indicates that it is being well received. The website is based upon the WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. The beauty of WordPress is that a site administrator does not need to know PHP or MySQL to create and maintain a functional website.

During the November training class (22 November, 2017), we will focus on the basics of setting up and maintaining a website. LCARS members interested in helping manage and maintain the website are invited to attend, and those who want to create their own website will learn the basics also. Class participants will learn how to create pages, maintain the site, and perform modifications.  More Web staff members will help increase surveillance and content. If you are interested, please let a club officer know.

Finally, all members are encouraged to submit suggestions to the website or create a blog post for editing and inclusion on the site. The more the site is used to share information, view library documents, or provide comments and ideas helps LCARS grow. As soon as we can expand the web staff the faster we can introduce other improvements such as a Buy, Sell and Trade page.

Looking forward to seeing you in class.

73, K4PYR

Harvest Festival 2017

The morning was a bit cool and humid, but LCARS had the Harvest Festival 2017 information boot set up before 8000 hrs. Throughout the event, visitors were provided with a radio demonstration and information about fan upcoming technician class. Members walked throughout the festival area talking with other participants. Those organizations that provide first responder or public service capabities were provided additional information about the club and ham radio capabilities.

Thanks to all the members who turned out to help set up and break down the site, as well as those who came to visit and provide support. LCARS was able to gather five contacts for an upcoming Technician Class as well as discuss future capabilities with the Scouting programs in the local area. Calling cards were created and passed out with the club mission, meeting and contact information.

About 1445, a rain shower signaled the event was coming to an end. As the site was taken down, it was felt that the event venue was a success and that the Centennial Park site would be a good location for future club events. An informal After Action Review will be held at the next meeting.

73, Admin

South Hill Harvest Festival – 7 Oct 2017

LCARS is supporting South Hill’s Harvest Festival with a Public Information booth. Planning is ongoing and individuals have been identified to provide a shelter tent, tables, chairs, radios, etc. We need members to bring their HT’s and help explain the hobby and the club to visitors.

If you are interested in helping (either on- or off-site) please let the club secretary know. Off-site support members can communicate with the on-site staff to demonstrate radio operations. On-site members can mingle with the crowd and various booths, while communicating with each other and the local station.

We are also looking for your old issues of QST or CQ magazines that we can place an information label on that has the club contact information. Planning is continuing, so please consider how you can help and provide any ideas by contacting the club leadership.

Looking forward to seeing the station and the club membership for a few hours at the Harvest Festival.

73, Eric Wooster / K4PYR

New – Members Area

To provide information to LCARS members only, a new page has been created called ‘LCARS Members’. This page may only be accessed by LCARS members, and only after logging in will the ‘Members Area’ appear on the site menu.

A current club roster and the Monday Night Net Script are available to all members. Other materials will be posted as they are developed or provided by the membership. As we progress in building up the website, we need to know what you would like to see. Event photos are nice, but unless someone takes the pictures and provides them to the website staff for posting, they are never seen and recorded into the club history.

Get your ideas in and let’s grow the website and LCARS together.

If you have an item that you would like to add as a blog subject, please send it to the Website staff for editing and posting.

73, Eric Wooster / K4PYR


Site Rebuild

A complete site rebuild just occurred. A problem was encountered creating a separate menu for LCARS members that will provide additional content to them. As such, the entire site had to be wiped and rebuilt. The pages are back, but all the user accounts have to be rebuilt.

You will again receive an e-mail to change your password. You can use the one you just created if you want. I apologize for the rework on your part, but the end result will provide more content and a secure area for club related materials. This section will only be open to LCARS members.

Thank you for you patience and understanding. Please make the most of this new site as we provide more content for your use.

73,  Eric Wooster / K4PYR