LCARS Officers for 2018 are Elected

Congratulations to the newly elected LCARS club officers for 2018.  The following were elected to their respective positions during the December 9th monthly meeting:

  • President – Chuck Kubasek [KB2AHZ]
  • Vice-President – Charles Mooney [K4CTM]
  • Secretary – Andrew Moseley [KF4KBS]
  • Treasurer – Gary Weingarten [W3INO]

Both Chuck and Andy are founding members of the Lake Country Amateur Radio Service. Please support both the club and the new officers throughout the upcoming year.  Both your presence at meetings and events are appreciated.

Introduction to WordPress – LCARS Monthly Training Class

Anybody interested in developing and maintaining a personal or organization Web Site is invited and should plan to attend the LCARS Monthly Training Class – Introduction to WordPress, on Weds 22 Nov, 2017. Class will be held in room 103 in the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital training center (left of main entrance at 125 Buena Vista Cir, South Hill, VA 23970).  This class is open to all interested individuals.

The class PowerPoint slides and a User Guide are available in the reference library. All individuals interested in supporting the LCARS web site are encouraged to attend, so they may ask questions and work on a live site.

During the class participants will create a new site, develop and maintain users, manage plugins, and create individual pages and posts. This hands on approach will demonstrate how easy it is to manage and maintain a website using WordPress (the system that supports this website). If you are interested in serving with the web staff, please contact a club officer.


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