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Where did March go?



Well, it defies belief but another month is gone. March 13 was a sad day, but the rest of the Month was busy and fun. We were able to participate in a 5K road run to support Haven Hospice - a great experience. Having never done one before, I was excited just to finish without the need for EMS or an ambulance! ( Both Kathy and I finished and actually won ribbons - amazing but true. Here is proof !!




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Allan West, WA4JD, let me join to communications group that worked the 2012 March Of Dimes Walk for Babies. It is very gratifying to be able to help out on these type projects. We also worked a station for the recent Gainesville 5 Points of Life Marathon - both Kathy and I worked at one of the water and communications stations.

Thanks to Gary, I served as an examiner for the FCC Tech Class licensure exam - all of the candidates who took Gary’s excellent 6 hour class easily passed the exam and are now operating amateur radio operators. Some are anxiously awaiting a General License class. Congrats to them.

Another licensure exam is being held on Saturday, April 7 at 12:30, hosted by the Gainesville Amateur Radio Club. Please contact me if you are interested in sitting for this exam session. We are looking forward to examining those candidates and having more amateur tech license operators soon.

Back to football !

The Gators are making serious headway with recruiting for the 2013 class. Although signing day is still months away (February, 2013) our commit board looks as follows:

Tailbacks

Adam Lane - 5-8, 216lbs from Winter Haven, Fl
Kelvin Taylor - 5-11, 190 lbs from Belle Glade, Fl

Wide Receiver

Rodney Adams - 6-1, 175 lbs from St. Petersburg, Fl

Defensive Tackle

Caleb Brantley - 6-3, 307 lbs from Crescent City, Fl

Linebacker

James Hearns - 6-3, 237 lbs from Tallahassee, Fl

Dillon Lawson - 6-4, 216 lbs from Crestview, Fl

Daniel McMillan - 6-2, 220 lbs from Jacksonville, Fl

Quinton Powell - 6-2, 187 lbs from Jacksonville, Fl

Safety

Keanu Neal - 6-1, 200 lbs from Bushnell, Fl

Nick Washington - 6-1, 180 lbs from Jacksonville, Fl

Offensive Line

Rod Johnson - 6-5, 290 lbs from Delray Beach (American Heritage)

As we learn of more commits, we will add them to our list for your review.

As we all unfortunately remember, the offensive production of the Gators last season was not anywhere near expectations. A lot of discussion has dealt with the Offensive Coordinator play calling and coaching, a weakness of the offensive line (indeed the whole team) and numerous other issues.

It is heartening to see some of the changes already made by Coach Muschamp. He has his coaches and recruiters working overtime, has brought in a new offensive coordinator who is working with the quarterbacks and the wide receivers and a new Strength and Conditioning Coach who has already made a visual change to the condition of our players. The Spring Game will be very interesting to watch.

Andy Hutchins wrote an excellent article about Florida’s offense returning to form in 2012. In case you missed it, clink upon this
link and enjoy.

As always, thanks for taking time to read my blog. I look forward to any comments, suggestions or criticisms you might have.

Until next time -
GO GATORS !!!!