LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2019 Delta Division Amateur of the Year Award.  Please email me ASAP for the nomination form.  I must have them forwarded to our Delta Division Vice Director Ed Hudgens by March 1st.

Silent Keys:

Paul Ecke  KC5BYE

Joseph Manena W5DEA

James “Bob” Jenkins WD5GBL

Robert Raborn KA5HUF

Michael Raymond W5IAA

Albert Edgar Baker KF5IBW

 

New Hams:

Report for 2019-02-04

Elliot D Eaton, KI5CVN
David Fulton, KI5CWP
John T Frank, KI5CVQ
David A Cook, KI5CVO
David A Nixon, KI5CTV
Nicholas Z Overby, KI5CUG

 

License Upgrades:

Report for 2019-02-04

Gregory B Fortune, WD5GNX
Patrick M Taylor, KG5YFR
Mikle B Schwaller, KI5ADL
James P Tillman, KG5CWE

 

New/Renewed ARRL Members:

Report for 2019-02-04

Brian M White, WB5BMW
David P Arceneaux, KI5CTE
Ronald E Martin, WB5QDR
Floyd E Milford, KG5OMH
Earl L Galle, KI5CTK
James H Redmond, K5QNT
Zeralda LaGrange
David J DeCourt
Michael H Gonzales
Edward Gatza, WB5BGY
James A Harvey, KG5TBL
Jake Williamson, KI5CDO
Cecil R Smith, N5DR
Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH
Anthony J Summers, KB5YHI
Douglas W Poole, KJ5WT
John N Armistead, KE5YSE
William F Hensel, K5KYD

 

FROM THE ARRL:

 

IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program Wants to Enlist More “Big-Gun” Stations

02/08/2019

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said young operators (age 26 or younger) in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) have been invited to participate in the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Youth Contesting Program (YCP).

“Youth members from IARU Region 1 member-societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called ‘Top Gun’ stations,” she said. “These young hams will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills, and aim for the best results together as a team.” Leenders said long-time YCP partners 9A1A, ES9C, and 4O3A are already on the schedule of host stations, and additional stations are welcome. LX7I will join the roster during the ARRL International DX Contest (SSB), and LZ9W, OZ5E, and DP9A will be available for other contests later this year.

More information and an application form is available on the YOTA website.

Inspired by the YOTA YCP, the unrelated Young Amateurs Radio Club (YARC) Youth Contesting Program (YCP) wants to match groups of enthusiastic young contesters with top contest stations to gain operating experience during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 30 – 31 weekend.

 

ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment

02/08/2019

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last November and had been awaiting unpacking and installation. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to locate a functional duplicate of the old ISS packet TNC module that had been in operation for 17 years and had become intermittent. Crew members installed the new module on February 2; the RF gear remains the same.

The ISS packet system, located in the ISS Columbus module, went down in July 2017, but it unexpectedly came back to life the following summer. The packet system operates on 145.825 MHz. ARISS is an official back-up system for astronauts to talk with Mission Control in the unlikely failure of the station’s primary communication systems.

In 2017, hams relayed nearly 89,000 packet messages via the ISS; response to its recent return has been enthusiastic, ARISS said.

Contribute to the all-new radio system set to launch this year via the ARISS website. For more information, contact ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, or ARISS ARRL Delegate Rosalie White, K1STO. — Thanks to ARISS

 

New IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island

02/07/2019

A new Islands on the Air (IOTA) island — Inakari Island (EU192) — now is being activated for the first time until Monday, February 11, 0600 UTC, by a small international team. Kataja/Inakari Island was added to the official IOTA list last fall. Martti, Laine, OH2BH; Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF; Niko Halminen, OH2GEK, and Gerben Menting, PG5M, will be travelling by snowmobile several kilometers over the frozen surface of Bothnian Bay to set up camp on the Finnish part of Inakari Island, where they will use an abandoned fisherman’s refuge.

Inakari Island is part of the Bothnian Bay National Park. The team will run two stations simultaneously on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, and 15 meters, CW and SSB, using the call sign OH10X (OH-ten-X). QSL via PG5M using Club Log. Daily posts on the PG5M website will offer updates. — Thanks to Martti Laine, OH2BH

 

ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

02/07/2019

ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs. The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest groups within the Amateur Radio community.

While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning Initiative will initially focus on creating online learning opportunities for new and newer hams, a segment of the Amateur Radio community desperately searching for educational and instructional and resources.

The ARRL Board of Directors set the Lifelong Learning Initiative in motion, endorsing and funding the program and approving the hiring of advertising agency Mintz + Hoke to work with ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, and other ARRL staffers in building this learning environment. Mintz + Hoke will conduct the research necessary to identify the different educational needs within the broader Amateur Radio community.

“Mintz + Hoke is a really strong partner in this project,” Bickell said, adding that the firm has developed a really deep understanding of the Amateur Radio community as part of the investigation phase of this endeavor.

Bickell noted that youth education will be a critical component of this Learning Initiative, but he also believes that overall opportunities in this area are huge, as many individuals are looking to expand their knowledge of Amateur Radio.

He said that, where appropriate, the content of these learning tracks within the initiative will build upon much of the knowledge base that already exists within ARRL, such as the material in QST and QEX magazines, as well as other ARRL publications and manuals. Some new content will be created as well, to ensure that the information being provided stays fresh and dynamic.

In addition to providing instruction, the Learning Initiative will offer resources that allow individuals to delve further into a subject, rather than just relying on ARRL content.

“We are building a new learning environment,” Bickell said. “It will take a lot of work to put this all together, but we believe that this initiative will firmly establish ARRL as an educational leader in Amateur Radio.” He expects the online Lifelong Learning platform to launch in the fall of 2019.

In conjunction with its support of the Lifelong Learning Initiative, the ARRL Board also endorsed CEO Howard Michel’s HQ reorganization plans, and the purchase of a modern association management software system.

“These are big investments the Board is making in ARRL, and a strong positive vote of confidence that we can deliver,” Michel said. “They are giving us the tools to be successful.”

 

Reshaping ARRL Objectives, Refocusing ARRL HQ Structure is New CEO’s Goal

02/07/2019

A plan by ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, to reshape and reorganize the management structure at ARRL Headquarters will go into effect on Monday, February 11. The ARRL Board of Directors endorsed the plan during its Annual Meeting on January 18 – 19 in Windsor, Connecticut.

“I see ARRL as a membership association, a business, and a 501(c)(3) public charity. As CEO, I intend to strengthen all three aspects. And all three must remain in balance for ARRL to function effectively,” Michel said.

“As a business, ARRL is not just QST magazine, The Handbook, DXCC or the VEC program. We can’t allow ourselves to continue to think within those traditional parameters.” He continued, “ARRL’s businesses are not membership, publishing, and advertising. ARRL’s businesses are value creation, value delivery, and advocacy. I plan to architect ARRL along those lines. To quote Steve Jobs, ‘More important than building a product, we are in the process of architecting a company that will hopefully be much more incredible, the total will be much more incredible than the sum of its parts.’” Michel said.

The reorganization has three key components. The first major change is the creation of a management council (MC). The MC will be a deliberative and generative body to discuss ideas, operations, and long-term planning for ARRL. The group’s goal is to foster horizontal lines of communication within the organization. Direct horizontal lines of communications are much more efficient than “up, over, and down,” Michel offered.

The second key change, Michel said, is the addition of a Product Development Manager. This individual’s responsibility will be to create new ideas for products and services, create pilot programs to quickly test those ideas, and then — if the pilot programs are successful — transition them to operations. “The motto in startups is to fail fast,” Michel said. “Let’s innovate like a startup.”

Third, he said, is creating the position of a Marketing Communications Manager. “Our brand works with our traditional members. It is not working for newly licensed hams,” Michel said. “If we are to create a demand for the value we bring to Amateur Radio, we need a coordinated and consistent message, across all forms of media that resonates with current and potential members.”

In conjunction with its support of this reorganization plan, the ARRL Board of Directors also endorsed a proposal to create a new Lifelong Learning platform that will establish ARRL as an educational leader in Amateur Radio, and the purchase of a modern association management software system that should dramatically improve ARRL members’ experiences.

“These are big investments the Board is making in ARRL, and a strong positive vote of confidence that we can deliver,” Michel said. “They are giving us the tools to be successful.”

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New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor “SpeakUp” Trojan

02/07/2019

A new backdoor Linux-based operating system trojan dubbed “SpeakUp” is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is able to evade all security vendors. A community of radio amateurs use various forms of Linux, including the popular Ubuntu software, which includes ham radio apps. Check Point Research said the attack is targeting worldwide servers.

“The attack is gaining momentum and targeting servers in East Asia and Latin America, including AWS [Amazon Web Services]-hosted machines,” the Check Point Research article said. “SpeakUp acts to propagate internally within the infected subnet, and beyond to new IP ranges, exploiting remote code execution vulnerabilities. In addition, SpeakUp presented ability to infect Mac devices with the undetected backdoor.” The origin of the malware appears to be in East Asia, although its developer may be Russian.

Check Point Research said the sample it analyzed had targeted a machine in China on January 14. Once the software successfully registers a victim, it receives commands to manipulate the machine to download and execute various files. Check Point Research said SpeakUp serves XMRig cryptocurrency miners listening to infected servers.

“SpeakUp’s obfuscated payloads and propagation technique is beyond any doubt the work of a bigger threat in the making,” Check Point Research concluded. “It is hard to imagine anyone would build such a compound array of payloads just to deploy few miners. The threat actor behind this campaign can at any given time deploy additional payloads, potentially more intrusive and offensive. It has the ability to scan the surrounding network of an infected server and distribute the malware.”

Linux is a family of free, open-source operating systems based on the Linux kernel first released in 1991 by Linus Torvalds.

 

World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host

02/06/2019

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Schools and organizations had submitted proposals seeking an opportunity to host contacts, and a review team of teachers from the ARISS-US Education Committee selected from those submissions. Applicants chosen will advance to the second phase of the selection process — developing an Amateur Radio equipment plan to host a scheduled ARISS contact.

ARISS’s primary goal is to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, and involve them in pursuits related to space exploration, Amateur Radio, communication, and associated areas of study and career options.

“ARISS is such an incredible opportunity for students to gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience and real-world skills that they can use the rest of their lives,” teacher Joanne Michael, KM6BWB, said following a 2017 contact at Meadows Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, California, where she and her students launch balloons carrying ham radio payloads. Meadows is also an ARISS-US Education Committee member.

ARISS anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations. Once the ARISS technical team approves the equipment plans, the finalists will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility line up with contact opportunities.

 

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

02/06/2019

 

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010.

“Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of ARES Connect,” said ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX. “The Headquarters team will miss Mike’s friendly personality and wishes him well in his pursuits. As Mike is an active ham, there is a good chance we will run into him on the air.”

As part of the overall restructuring at ARRL Headquarters, ARRL management will take the opportunity to examine the administration of the emergency preparedness program.

 

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

02/05/2019

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on government, industry, and consumer electronics.

“Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field,” the report said, noting that updated versions of the WMM are typically released every 5 years. This update comes about 1 year early.

“This out-of-cycle update before next year’s official release of WMM 2020 will ensure safe navigation for military applications, commercial airlines, search and rescue operations, and others operating around the North Pole,” said NCEI, which is part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “Organizations such as NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, US Forest Service, and many more use this technology. The military uses the WMM for undersea and aircraft navigation, parachute deployment, and more.”

Other governmental entities use the technology for surveying and mapping, satellite/antenna tracking, and air traffic management. Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the WMM to provide consumers with accurate compass apps, maps, and GPS services.

Airport runways may be the most visible example of a navigation aid updated to match shifts in Earth’s magnetic field. Airports around the country use the data to give runways numerical names, which pilots refer to on the ground. The declination has changed slightly more than 2.5° over the past 2 decades or so. Compasses use declination — the difference between true north and where a compass points — to help correct navigation systems for a wide variety of uses.

As Earth’s magnetic field evolves between the 5-year release schedule of the WMM, these predicted values can become off as the rate of change in Earth’s magnetic field evolves due to unpredictable flows in Earth’s core. The NCEI report said Earth’s north polar region is experiencing one of these erratic changes.

DXer and Contester Frank Donovan, W3LPL, said the slowly drifting geomagneticnorth pole has much greater significance to DXers and contesters because the northern auroral oval — which greatly affects HF propagation over the north Atlantic and north Pacific Oceans — is closely centered on the geomagnetic north pole and not on the magnetic — or dip — north pole discussed in the NCEI report.

“The geomagnetic north pole has been drifting generally northward at only about 3 miles per year,” Donovan pointed out. “The location of the magnetic north pole is important to navigation but of relatively little importance to space-based phenomena such as HF ionospheric propagation.” — Thanks to NOAA-NCEI

 

Brunei V84SAA DXpedition to Focus on Low Bands

02/05/2019

Setup is under way in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, located on the Island of Borneo and surrounded by Malaysia, for the V84SAA DXpedition. Eighteen operators under the leadership of Krassy Petkov, K1LZ, will fire up on February 7 and continue until February 18. Operation will concentrate on the low bands.

“Many of the team have already landed in Brunei, and the tent is set up on the beach for the CW team,” top band expert Jeff Briggs, K1ZM/VY2ZM, reported just prior to his planned departure from the US. Briggs explained in a February 4 update that two operating sites — one for CW and the other for SSB — will be set up some 25 kilometers apart. “The CW stations will be set up on Seri Kenangan beach, with an ocean shot to North America and Europe,” he said, adding that he anticipates the first real night will be February 8, as the team may not be fully set up on 160 meters on the first day, and “there is a lot on our plate.” After that, Briggs said he plans to be at the radio nightly, and he’s hoping manmade noise remains minimal to nonexistent.

All of North America will have some portion of common darkness with the V84SAA team. Briggs advises North American stations to look for V84SAA immediately after local sunset in Brunei, not necessarily at local sunrise in North America. “We may peak out of a 220° heading about 20 minutes after it gets dark in Brunei,” he said.

For antennas, the team will use verticals on 160 and 80 meters and a four-square on 40 meters located on the beach. Plans call for two Beverages — one for Europe and another for North America. While the team will focus on the low bands, expect to find V84SAA on the higher bands — including 30, 17, and 12 meters.

In addition to Petkov and Briggs, other US operators on the team include Briggs’s son Patrick, KK6ZM, and Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA. The V84SAA team will have the support of Tamat Lampoh, V85T, and the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association. QSL via Tony Stefanov, LZ1JZ, direct or via the bureau. During the DXpedition, V84SAA will upload its logs daily to Club Log.

Brunei is the overall 146th most-wanted DXCC entity, according to the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List, but it’s number 39 on 160 meters, and 73 on 80 meters.

 

AMSAT Announces 50th Anniversary Space Symposium

02/05/2019

The 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium will take place on October 18 – 20 at the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Virginia, next to Washington, DC. Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy access to the capital’s top tourist destinations, and tours will be available; it’s 6 miles from Reagan National Airport. The AMSAT Board of Directors will meet on October 16 – 17. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

 

Es’hail-2/P4A Satellite is Designated as Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100)

02/04/2019

AMSAT has now granted OSCAR status to 100 Amateur Radio satellites. The latest, Es’hail-2/P4A — now Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100) —launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in November. It carries the first geosynchronous Amateur Radio payload. Es’hail-2/P4A was developed jointly by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and Es’hailSat (the Qatar Satellite Company), with AMSAT-DL as the technical lead. Now at its final position of 25.9° E and with the narrow and wideband transponders having been successfully tested in December, the transponders are expected to be opened for general use this month. “May the 100th OSCAR satellite be the guide star to future Amateur Radio satellites and payloads to geostationary orbit and beyond,” invoked Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT Director of VP Operations and OSCAR Number Administrator. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

 

Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

01/31/2019

The FCC now officially has its full complement of five members. Democrat Geoffrey Starks, who succeeds Mignon Clyburn on the Commission, was sworn in January 30. He formerly served as assistant bureau chief in the FCC Enforcement Bureau and in the US Department of Justice.

“I am deeply honored to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and I thank the President and the United States Senate for this exceptional privilege.” Starks said in a statement. “As the last few weeks have affirmed, being a public servant is a calling to serve a mission bigger than yourself. Throughout my career, I have focused on protecting the most vulnerable and holding wrongdoers accountable. In my new role, I shall not only continue to pursue those goals, but also look forward to working with Congress, my fellow Commissioners, and the FCC’s outstanding staff.” Starks, who holds a law degree from Yale, said that every community “has a stake in the future of communications in this country, and all have the right to be heard. I will always be listening.”

Republican Brendan Carr, who already was sitting on the Commission after appointment to an unexpired term, recently was reconfirmed for a new full 5-year term. Three of the FCC’s five members are traditionally of the same political party as the President.

 

 

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:

 

REGION 1:

From the Ascension Airwaves

February 2019

The February monthly meeting is scheduled for

Wednesday 6 February 2019 at 19:00 hrs. at

the Ascension Office of Homeland Security and

Emergency Preparedness at 828 South Irma

Blvd in Gonzales.

 

Talk in is on 147.225+ MHz (107 pl).  You can

follow us at www.K5ARC.org or

www.FaceBook.com/k5arc

 

The  President’s Corner

Another month has flown by.  We have started off 2019

strong and hopefully will keep the momentum

going.  We are a small club but we are active again, we

are networking with other groups and we are hoping to

grow and do more.  Please come out to our meetings

and get on the nets and repeaters. If you haven’t paid

your dues please take a minute to get caught up. If you

know someone who is interested in ham radio please

pass along a copy of our newsletter or point them to

our website and social media. We need to spread the

word that AARC is back and better than ever. We have

lots to do in the coming weeks and months and we

want as many people as possible involved. I hope to see

everyone at the meeting Wednesday night.

73,

Steve, KC5SAS

 

Winter Field Day 2019

Weather Saturday was

awesome for a January day and we had a good turnout. We

pulled the trailer out from under the canopy at the Fire

Station on Roddy Road, fired up the generator, air

compressor, and pneumatic mast. Steve even pulled out our

inflatable tower and aired up that beast. We were able to

show members the trailer in action and made contacts over

FT8, PSK-31, 2 meters, and SSB. We even had good

propagation that day due to a Solar Flux Index of 76 and

sunspot number of 23. 20 meters was a little tough but

there was plenty of action on 40m were we made most of

our contacts including with the neighbors in Livingston

Parish.

The LOHSEP club also participated in WFD. They

operated the entire 24 hours and had almost 200

contacts from their mobile command post. On Sunday

Steve, KC5SAS, and Elmer, N5EKF, drove over and met

with them. They had a very good outing as well.

 

A Year or So in Review

I joined AARC almost a year ago in April and was

voluntold to be Secretary and Treasurer. Steve and

David had been working together to get the club going

again. Behind the scene we have had many e-mails,

text, phone calls, and work days to get us where we are

today. Some of the things we have accomplished-

1)  Ascension Airwaves- I thought it would be a good idea

to help spread the word if we did a monthly newsletter.

Not only does it go out to AARC but Baton Rouge,

MissLou, SELARC, LOHSEP, Livingston, Bayouland

(Houma/Thibodaux), BEARS (Morgan City), Acadiana

clubs all receive this newsletter.

2)  We have new bank accounts. Steve, David, and I spent

almost half a day opening new accounts for the club.

3)  We have an IRS EIN number. We had to have this to

open new bank accounts, file with the Secretary of

State, and apply for our 501c3 status.

4)  Our club is registered and in good standing with the

Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.

5)  We renewed the K5ARC club call with the FCC and are

good for the next 10 years.

6)  We have a new Trustee for the license after we were

not able to contact the previous one.

7)  We are an ARRL affiliated club.

8)  We are good on QRZ!

9)  We have an up to date webpage and FaceBook account.

10) We have updated our Constitution and Bylaws.

Treasurer’s reports and meeting minutes are all current.

11) We have our station at the EOC back in working order

and have reestablished ties with the Ascension OHSEP.

12) We have our communications trailer back in working

order after being stored in the open for over 2 years.

We have also gotten it out of the weather and are

looking at having shore power to maintain the batteries

in it.

13) We have the 225 machine back on the air after being

down for over 1 ½ years.

14)  We have applied for a grant to completely

replace repeater, duplexers, hardline, and antenna for

the 225.

15)   Our 310 and 985 machines are on the air. We

have just added EchoLink to the 310 machine.

16)   We have filed our application and it was

accepted by the IRS to be a 501c3 organization.

17)  This month we start our new meeting format-

short business meeting and then we will have a program

on a topic of interest. We have our next 3 months

already planned!

18)  We just operated Winter Field Day from our

trailer. Some issues and upgrades will be coming up.

 

This is just a few things that have come to mind. Let’s

see what we can add to the list in the near future!

 

ACTIVE LOCAL REPEATERS

Ascension

147.225+ (107.2 pl) Gonzales

146.985- (107.2 pl)  Convent/Sunshine Bridge

145.310- (107.2 pl)  Port Vincent *EchoLink*

28.211 (CW) K5ARC 10m beacon

Livingston

147.165+ (107.2) LOHSEP

145.23- (107.2) Fusion, Wires-X, DWARN

442.350+ (107.2) LOHSEP

EBR

145.49- Fusion/Wires-X, DWARN

146.88 D-Star (no reflector)

146.79- (107.2) FM/C4FM

443.100+ (107.2 pl)

443.375+ Fusion/ Wires-X/DWARN

Felicianas

53.83 (-1 MHz 107.2 pl) FM

146.835- (114.8 pl) FM, Echolink

443.850 (+5 MHz 107.2 pl) FM

Lafourche/Terrebonne

147.30+ (114.8 pl) Fusion/FM    Gray, LA

147.39+ (114.8 pl)

 

Local Nets

Sundays

Post Office Net 3.905 MHz LSB 07:00 local

ARES State Wide 3.878 MHz LSB 19:00 local

ARES Region 2 Net  146.79-   20:00 local

BRARC Club Net       146.79-   20:30 local

Mondays

10M Net 28.450 MHz USB 19:30 local

Bayou Region Net  147.39+ 19:00 local

Tuesdays

LOHSEP ARC 147.165+ 19:30 local

Wednesdays

MissLou 146.835- 20:00 local  (EchoLink KD5UZA-R)

SELSA Net 146.52  21:00 local

Thursdays

Livingston ARC  146.73- 19:00 hrs

BEARS Morgan City 146.91- 19:30 local (Echolink W5BMC-R)

K5ARC Informal Net 147.225+ 20:00 hrs. local

(Echolink K5ARC-R)

 

LWARN Linked Repeaters

Livingston-      444.350 +    pl 136.5

West Feliciana-                 443.625 +   pl 156.7

Greensburg-      442.275 +   pl 156.7

Washington Parish-   442.425 +   pl 156.7

EBR (Central)-        442.400 +   pl 156.7

St Tammany Parish    443.425 +   pl 156.7

These repeaters are part of the Governor’s Office of

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

(GOSHEP). Amateur operators are welcome to use them

 

DWARN Linked Repeaters

Livingston  145.23-       pl 107.2       DG ID 23

Bush    145.47-       pl 114.8       DG ID 92

Baton Rouge  145.49-       pl 107.2       DG ID 22

Baton Rouge  443.375+                         DG ID 21

Bush    443.400+    pl 114.8       DG ID 91

Madisonville  444.875+    pl 114.8       DG ID 93

New Iberia  442.025+    pl 103.5       DG ID 01

Parks    443.200+    pl 103.5       DG ID 01

Use PL tones for analog FM, DG ID for C4FM

 

Two new Fusion repeaters connected to the DWARN

network has just been added in New Iberia and Parks

(between New Iberia and Breaux Bridge). Great

coverage to the I-10 & 49 areas In Acadiana. For more

info see www.dwarn.org.

 

K5ARC.org Web Page Updates

David LeBlanc, N5LEB, and Steve Raacke, KC5SAS,

have been working hard to update the webpage.

Check it out for the latest news. You can use the link

to pay your dues. And we have just added a “Contact

Us” link and our snail mail address.

 

All three of us post often to Facebook with cool stuff

and announcements. Follow us at

www.facebook.com/k5arc

 

985 Repeater Updates

Conrad Baker, KG5FQT, went to the repeater site in Convent

and met with the manager Marcus Winslow of Continental

Cement. For those who do not know, our repeaters are

located on top of one of their cement silos just north of the

Sunshine Bridge. All 3 repeaters had gone down some time

ago and we were only able to get 985 working. That repeater

has a DB-224 antenna that points south and has excellent

coverage as far south as Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux,

and over to New Orleans.

The APRS and 70cm repeaters are

still off the air. The Club has

obtained a new APRS machine to

replace the old one. Hopefully that

will be functional by the time you

are reading this.

 

The 70cm repeater will be going

DMR in the near future. More

information will be coming on

that. We will also impose on Conrad to do a DMR

presentation at the March meeting. He works with the Gulf

Coast link and has other DMR repeaters.

 

Once the K5ARC 440 repeater is repaired we will be looking

for tower space for it.

 

There has been more activity on our

145.310 machine thanks to the

Echolink node we recently put up.

The power supply for the node radio

died but N5LEB was able to replace it and the Echolink node

is alive and well. Check it out and join us on Thursday nights

at 20:00 for our “informal net.” We have been having a good

turnout the last few weeks.

 

David LeBlanc, N5LEB, will have a presentation on Echolink

for our Club meeting Wednesday. So come out and learn

something new.

 

We are still working on getting the 225 repeater completely

replaced. We hope to update members at our meeting

Wednesday.

 

During WFD operations we assembled the Comet GP-9

antenna we have in our trailer only to find out we have some

parts missing. The parts were ordered from Comet and are

being shipped. Comet was nice enough not to charge us. Big

thanks go out to Comet antennas for helping out!

 

River Region Amateur Radio

Association

From Conrad Baker, KG5FQT

So for those that haven’t seen in the Plantation Club group

page, the Plantation club is no more. After years of

struggling, coming out of personal pockets (mostly Adam’s

pocket) and with the plans we have for 2019, it was decided

to begin afresh. While the Plantation Club has a long history

and it will never be forgotten for its services to St John the

Baptist Parish over the last 40+ years, it was just easier to

start a new organization. After membership hand offs,

floods, moving houses, and more, there was very little

paper trail with the Plantation Club. With the new

organization, we will be able to file for 501(c)(3) status,

which we could not do with Plantation. With this, we will be

able to accept donations from local industry and hopefully

reach a point to give back to the community. We

 

 

are not trying to plan for a large club with a large

membership, but a tight nit group of Ham operators to

keep up with local and regional repeaters and help provide

emergency communications to be used in emergencies.

2019 will be big for us and we have a lot of plans. We will

be seeing several brand new repeaters go up with brand

new feed lines and brand new antennas. While we

appreciate everyone who has helped piece and part our

current repeaters now, the fact that we have only 1 out of

our 3 main repeaters fully functional, was proof that

changes needed to be made. With the assistance of the St

John Parish EOC, St John Communications District, St John

Parish Sheriff’s Office, we will be able to get 3, possibly 4

new repeaters in the air hopefully by the summer on a

brand new 450 ft. tower in the center of LaPlace. (Stone’s

throw from Stephen Riley’s backyard). 6m, 2m, 70cm

analog, and 70 cm DMR will be on this tower, linked with

redundant power and redundant fiber. Along with our

local 70cm repeater that is working great at this point on a

separate tower.

We plan on working very tightly with our neighbors to the

West at the Ascension Club, neighbors to the south at the

Thibodaux/Bayou Region club, neighbors to the north in

Hammond and the many clubs to our East. We also felt

that this new club would fill in the gap nicely between St

Charles parish and St James Parish that doesn’t have any

types of clubs.

Please remember that this is the first step in getting our

club started, and we have many items to iron out. There

may be many questions to ask, and we may not have all

the answers. Soon as myself, Adam and Steve Riley can get

together for a meeting and start working some things out,

we will let people know. For now, I have attached the link

to our new group below. We will keep this as a closed

group but it’s open for Amateur Radio operators to join as

long as they can answer the few questions we have. We

have just experienced some issues with non-hams and

spam with the open public groups and wish to keep it

closed at this time. Thanks everyone for reading this long

thread, and welcome on our new journey.

De K5ARC- we wish our neighbors to the south

good luck in their efforts and look forward to

closely working with them

 

Parting  Shots

Many of us attended the Hammond Hamfest. This was the

first year I attended and had a great time. Southeastern

LA University is a very nice campus and was a great

venue. The club did nicely selling off some of our gear

from the seacan. What was really nice was meeting so

many of you I talk with on the air especially members

from neighboring clubs. Our hats go off to the SELARC

members who put the hamfest together.

 

I am looking forward to the Rayne Hamfest coming up

next month. That is always a good one. AND the only

hamfest in the world that has boiled crawfish!

 

Winter Field Day was a good outing as well and we will

start preparing for Field Day in June. There are some

repairs and upgrades we want to do with our trailer

between now and then. We will need some help with that

 

There is still plenty of work to be done to get the Club

where we want it to be. Top of the list is more members.

Invite a friend, make the drive to Gonzales for the

meeting, or at least join us on our net.

 

As Charles Osgood used to say, “I’ll see you on the radio”

or at the meeting this Wednesday.

 

73’s de N5EKF …-.-

 

REGION 2:

RF News

BATON ROUGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

2/2019 EDITION

Greetings everyone!!

I just wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the club meeting on

January 29th. The program presentation for the meeting was an excellent pre-

sentation via Skype with Tim Duy (K3LR). The K3LR contest station was really

something to see. Most of us amateur radio operators would only dream of even

having access to a station of that sort much less owning one. Thank you to Tim

for taking time out of his schedule to show us his contest station. Next month,

we will have a Skype presentation with Martin Jue (K5FLU). Martin is the owner

and president of MFJ Enterprises in Starkville, Mississippi. MFJ got its start in 1972

while Martin was in college. The first product that was oered by MFJ was an

audio filter for CW operation.  Next month’s presentation will be about “The Early

Days of MFJ. I am very much looking forward to that. Thank you to Robin Hudson

(KK5RH) for arranging the Skype presentations with Tim Duy of DX Engineering,

Martin Jue of MFJ as well as Bob Naumann (W5OV) of DX Engineering who did

a Skype Presentation for the club in October of 2018. We will have more great

programs throughout the year and I will write a description of them in future

editions of the RF News.

There will be a new Technician license course taught by Brett Hebert

(KG5IQU), Buddy Brown (N5BUD) and others. The class will run from Thursday

March 7th and will conclude with a license exam on Thursday April 25th. I would

also like to congratulate all of the new amateur radio operators who passed their

Technician license exam prior to the last club meeting on January 29th as well as

those who upgraded their present license at our quarterly VE session.

Keep a watch on the club website (www.brarc.org) as well and also give a

listen to our 2-meter public service net which is held on the 146.790 mhz 2 meter

repeater on Sunday Evenings at 8:30 pm for future club activities and announ-

cements.  I would  also like to thank Dan Lott (KF5TQN) for agreeing to become

our newest net control operator. Dan is filling the void le in August 2016 when

our previous second week NCS George Gelpi (W5GG)  was forced to discontinue

his NCS service due to the 2016 flood in which his home was badly damaged. His

ham radio gear did survive the flood. We hope to hear him on 10 meters again

soon.

That’s about it for this month. Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday

and Saturday mornings at The Warehouse restaurant as well as James Grill in

Denham Springs on Saturday mornings.  We also meet on Friday Mornings for

breakfast at Frank’s Restaurant on Airline Highway just north of what used to be

Cortana Mall. We eat a lot in this club. All of the breakfast meetings start around

6:30 AM.

Todd Huovinen, AB5TH

 

Upcoming Events

HAMFESTS

FEBRUARY 23, 2019 – ORANGE HAMFEST, ORANGE, TX

MARCH 1-2, 2019 – BirmingHAMfest, BIRMINGHAM, AL

MARCH 8-9, 2019 – ACADIANA HAMFEST, RAYNE, LA

APRIL 27, 2019 – NORTHEAST LA HAMFEST, WEST MONROE, LA

CLUB MEETINGS

FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY

7 PM PROGRAM: MFJ ENTERPRISES, MARTIN JUE

MARCH  12, 2019 – BRARC BOARD MEETING, FAIRWOOD LIBRARY

6:30 PM

MARCH 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY

CONTESTS/OPERATING EVENTS

MARCH 2-3, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL DX PHONE CONTEST

MARCH 16, 2019 – LA QSO PARTY

APRIL 14, 2019 – ROOKIE ROUNDUP – SSB

NETS

BRARC PUBLIC SERVICE NET – SUNDAY 8:30 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)

ARES NET – SUNDAY 8 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)

10 METER NET – MONDAY 7:30 PM 28.450 MHZ USB

TECH CLASSES

THURSDAYS STARTING MARCH 7, 2019 – EBRP MAIN LIBRARY 2ND FLOOR

 

ARRL LA Section News

Section Manager John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

 

The new year has gotten o to a great start in the LA Section beginning with the

Hammond Hamfest. The weather ended up nice aer all and the event was well attended.

Our ARRL/ARES forums were also well attended and we exchanged some good information

to those in attendance. We were also able to give away some nice door prizes.

The highlight of this event was for us to honor longtime ARRL and ARES member

DEC Robert “Bob” Priez, WB5FBS who retired as of January 1st.  Bob was presented a

plaque from both the Section as well as a plaque from Region 9 ARES presented by Ed

Mason, KE5GMN who took over for Bob as the new DEC.  Collins Simoneaux, W5OPS

Region 9 GOHSEP also presented Bob with a very special GOHSEP cap.  Bob has been a

very valuable asset not only to Region 9 but the entire Section for man,many years and we

thank Bob for his service.

Also at the Hamfest we were able to announce the 2018 ARRL LA Section Amateur

of the Year as James “Jim” Ragsdale, W5LA of West Monroe.  Jim was unable to attend

the Hamfest so on Tuesday February 5th I was able to travel to West Monroe and attend

the NorthEast LA ARC monthly meeting and present Jim with his plaque.  Jim was very

deserving of this award. Also at the NELARC meeting I was able to present our January

Book Giveaway winner Chris Joseph, KG5SSH his ARRL publications and “goodies”….

Congrats to Chris.

Speaking of the Book Giveway….Our 1st Club winner was the Acadiana ARA. I will

be at the Rayne Hamfest in March and get those books to them…..I hope many of you

can attend the Hamfest in Rayne….I’m looking forward to the fellowship and of course

the crawfish. We will have an ARRL/ARES forum and hope many of you will be able to

attend. We will have door prizes to give away. Our SEC Jim Coleman, AI5B will be giving an

excellent presentation on ARES and the changes we expect to see in the near future.

Speaking of ARES; please remember that if you are a past, current or want-to-be member

of ARES please go to the following link and submit your profile to ARES CONNECT:  ARRL

https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/la

Once your submission has been approved you will be placed in the proper group

and eventually contacted by your Region DEC or Parish EC.  Our newest appointment

of Corey McCrary, W5MMC is for ASEC over ARES CONNECT. Corey will be our Section

Administrator and liaison to ARRL HQ for all things ARES CONNECT.

I hope to see you at Rayne….

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

Meet Todd, AB5TH. Todd Huovinen was recently

awarded the Stan Preston Award by BRARC.  Stan Preston

was a longtime member of BRARC. When he became a

Silent Key, the club honored his good samaritan qualities

by naming an annual award in his honor.  This award is

presented to a licensed amateur who has demonstrated

continued good samaritan activites through Amateur Radio.

Todd started the hobby as a shortwave listener in

1977.  While in a Radio Shack store in Grand Prairie, Texas,

he saw a multi-band radio that picked up stations from

around the world.  Impressed that the radio was able to pick

up the Voice of America (VOA) and The Armed Forces Radio

and Television Service (AFRTS) inside the store with all of the

florescent lighting nearby, he decided to get it.

In the early 90’s, he attended Ham-Com in Arlington,

Texas with a friend who had been urging him to get his

license and he got his KB5TMD call on June 29, 1992.  He

used his Alinco DJ-580T until the limitations of a handie-

talkie frustrated him enough that he purchased an old Icom

27H 45 watt 2m mobile radio.  He now uses a Kenwood TS-

590S as his main HF station.  He upgraded to General Class

in May of 2000 and to Extra Class in June of 2005.

Todd has served as president of the Southwest Dallas County Amateur Radio club twice and was a

member of that club for 17 years until moving to Baton Rouge in 2009.  He has been a member of the Baton

Rouge Amateur Radio Club since then, as has served on the Board of Directors for many years, as well as Net

Control Manager for BRARC. He was a member of the Livingston Amateur Radio Society in Denham Springs and

served as net manager for 3 years and club president for one year.  He is also a member of the Ascension Radio

Club in Gonzales as well as the American Radio Relay League.

You can find Todd at most Amateur Radio events – those in person as well as on the air.  Club and Board

meetings, Nets, Breakfasts, Contests, Field Day, and many others.  Oentimes he will have his family there as

well – his wife Jessica, KD5SXF, and daughter.

Congratulations Todd, AB5TH, on your recognition as the 2018 recipient of the Stan Preston Award.

 

BRARC’s Board of Directors recently presented two awards for 2018. The Board awards

the Stan Preston Award and the BR Award annually.  The Stan Preston award is given to a

licensed Amateur that has shown continued “Good Samaritan” activities in Amateur Radio.

The BR Award is given a BRARC member that has made an outstanding contribution to the

advancement of Amateur Radio.

Congratulations to Todd, AB5TH for being recongized as the Stan Preston Award

recipient and to Brook, N5DGK for being recognized by BRARC as the BR Award receipient.

 

Future VE Sessions

Baton Rouge – Thursday, April 25, 2019 6 PM at EBRP Main Library

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6 PM at EBRP Bluebonnet Library

Lafayette – First Tuesday of each month, 6 PM at Lafayette Science Museum

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9 AM at AARA Hamfest, Rayne Civic Center

Hammond – Last Sunday of each month, 2 PM at North Oaks Diagnostics & E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center

 

Happy Mardi Gras!

This edition of the RF News is packed with lots of information.  A big thanks to all of those who contributed

to the February issue – Jerry Clouatre, AG5AY, John Mark Roberston, K5JMR, Todd Huovinen, AB5TH, and Brett

Hebert, KG5IQU.  As the editor, I edit the content that I receive.  I look forward to getting articles from more

members.  I want this newsletter to contain information that you find interesting and look forward to getting.  So

even if you aren’t able to submit an article, feel free to submit topics that you would like to know more about or

see covered.    I welcome all feeback and suggestions.

Please make plans to attend the club meetings at the EBRP Bluebonnet Library in the upcoming months.

We will begin collecting information and taking photos for the BRARC Directory.  If you prefer to choose your own

photo, please email it to me at the address listed below.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming meeting and at the Hamfest in Rayne.

Synomen Hebert, KG5IRS

Synomen is the newest Editor of the

RF News.  Please send all articles or

information you’d like to see in the next

issue to her at: RFNEWS@BRARC.ORG

 

 

REGION 4:

14th Annual Eagle Expo Special Event

Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) will hold a special events station for the 14th Annual Eagle Expo in Morgan City on February 23-24
(QST has wrong dates).
Call:  W5BMC
Times:  10:00 to 16:00 local
Frequency:  14.265~280 and 7.260~280 +/- QRM.
Talk-in: 146.91- (no pl) or EchoLink node 507010 W5BMC-R.
Location:  They will operate from Shannon Elementary School gym located at LA Hwy 182 & Brashear Ave. (at the foot of the old bridge).
This will be the second year that the display of birds of prey along with many other booths showing local wildlife. BEARS will showcase a history of telephone
and radio communications geared toward youth.
QSL to:
Jackie Price, KA5LMZ
1412 Maple St.
Morgan City, LA  70380

ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC

Volume 59, Number 02

 

Club Activites Chris recapped the list of 2018 club events that included Winter Field Day, AARA Hamfest, Tabasco Sauce Anniversary Special Event, Summer Field Day, Tour de Teche canoe race and the Veterans Day Special Event. Chris summarized the club’s Veterans Day Special Event which was held in November at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings, LA. The facility staff was very appreciative of the club’s efforts to honor these veterans and looks forward to hosting additional events in 2019. Cold weather reduced the number of facility residents that could visit the outdoor station which was set up outside the rear of the facility. For subsequent events efforts will be made to set up the station inside the facility. Conducting events in the spring when the weather is more pleasant will also be considered. Steve Webre recognized Chris for the work he put in to initiate and coordinate the event.

Since the Tabasco Sauce Special Event was held in conjunction with their 150th anniversary no repeat of this event is currently scheduled for this year. The option to have one is open should the club wish to pursue it. Winter Field Day activities will be conducted at the farm of Steve Webre in Church Point. Tentative plans are to finish tuning and deploy the club’s 80/40 portable dipoles along with the club’s two VHF/HF go-kits. If weather permits, mobilization of the club’s communications and antenna trailers will be considered. Chris will submit a flyer to be sent to the membership informing them of the planned activities and requesting from them an indication of their attendance plans. Paul McCasland N5KNY stated that the Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and suggested the club consider conducting a special event in conjunction with the LSM anniversary. Additional club events tentatively planned for 2019 include AARA Hamfest in March, ARRL Field Day in June and the Tour de Teche canoe race in October.

 

HAMFEST

Hamfest Chairman Brandon Stelly KG5LQM and Galen Wilson KF5BET updated the group on preparations for this year’s hamfest. The event will be held March 8 – 9 at the Rayne Civic Center. Access to the facility on Thursday may not be available so additional manpower will be needed to Friday to help get vendors unloaded and set up. Crawfish and music is planned. Recommendations for items to sell in the Sweet Shop are requested. Hamfest Chairman Brandon Stelly KG5LQM updated the group on the status of preparations for this year’s hamfest. The event will be held March 8 – 9 at the Rayne Civic Center. Ways to increase revenue to offset increased facility rental fees were discussed along with ways to increase attendance by the public. Having the Rayne city government co-sponsor the event will be evaluated in more detail. Galen and Glen will start contacting last year’s vendors to determine their participation in this year’s event. Brandon will register this year’s event with the ARRL and will update the membership during the tonight’s general meeting.

 

EMMCOM

Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP updated the group on Skywarn activities. He encouraged everyone to participate in the 2 meter net held each Tuesday night. Additional informal training exercises are planned to be conducted after the voice net is over. These activities will focus on digital communications such as VHF and HF Winlink communications using peer-to-peer and gateway connections. Everyone is encouraged to learn and practice their digital communication skills. He also updated the group on the trial digipeater installation held in November at the W5EXI repeater site in Duson. There were no issues temporarily converting the repeater to a 2 meter packet Winlink gateway. Several stations passed packet Winlink traffic thru the system including a station from the Pontchatoula area that accessed the gateway thru a digipeater in Livingston Parish. The gateway stayed up for several weeks and experienced no performance issues. Since Winlink is the preferred method of communications by GOHSEP into their EOC in Baton Rouge, permanent installation of a packet Winlink gateway station will be further evaluated.

 

Monday Night Net

Chris commended Barrett Oge KG5SSO for volunteering to be a net control station for the Monday Night Net. He also encouraged all members to participate in the net and consider serving in the net control rotation.

 

Miscellaneous

Larry Leblanc mentioned to the group that more and more of the new, high performance radios are Software Defined Radios (SDR) and encouraged everyone to learn more about SDR radios. Receive only SDR receivers such as models from Airspy and SDRplay are also very popular and can be used as Panadapters and wide coverage general receivers. He also encouraged everyone to consider radios capable of being computer controlled for their next purchases. Dave Redfearn N4ELM encouraged everyone to look into using small single board computers such as Arduinos and Raspberry PI’s combined with other small form factor modules to build inexpensive transceivers to do specific radio functions. Galen Wilson reported that he was approached by the director of a multi-day, long distance trail race held in an unspecified portion of the Kisatchie Forest inquiring if our club would consider providing radio communications in support of the race. The race is conducted continuously throughout the 2-1/2 day event and radio communications between first aid stations is needed. The group expressed a strong interest in participating in the event. However, due to the short time frame available to evaluate the currently unknown logistical and communications issues the club chose to not participate in this year’s event but would like to consider participating in next year’s event. Steve Webre volunteered to make a scouting trip to the race location to learn more about the logistical and communication issues that would need to be addressed.

 

HAM RADIO AND DIGITAL MODES

By Larry Leblanc KE5KJD dated January 16, 2019

This past Saturday a group of hams gathered at the Science Museum to “play” with radio in digital modes. We were hosted by Paul McCasland on the bottom floor of the Lafayette Science Museum. Paul explaided the use of the weak signal software and demonstrated how to make contacts with others. Several hams then gave it a try. He also showed how stations that heard the signals could be seen on PskReporter, an application that records each station that logged the contact on a map of the world. We all had a good time learning about the FT8 signal mode and how it can be used to see how your station is working. Present were KF5FNP and his wife, KE5AHD, KG5SSO, KI5ARX, KD5NVC, KE5KJD, N5KNY, and KD5JSM (and I may have missed a few). Danny had some hardware troubles with his station, debugged by all present, and finally fixed by late afternoon. All in all it was a very productive day. This proves that all it takes to keep hams interested is a radio (working or not) and an operator. We are all looking forward to Winter Field day at Steve’s farm. Included are a few pictures of the event.

Larry, KE5KJD.

 

AARA WINTER FIELD DAY 2019

by Chris Ancelet N5MCY

It all started on a cool morning at the farm of Steve (AF5VR) and Mel Webre in Church Point, LA. Although the temperature was cool, we all knew that once the sun came up, it would turn out to be a very nice January day. We had a relatively good turn out and we were able to get a few things accomplished. For starters, we knew that the club had a few 80/40 NVIS antennas that were constructed but had never been tuned, so we opted to get those two antennas ready for deployment. After deploying the antenna trailer, we hiked the mast up which allowed us to string up the diploes for tuning. With a trusty ole antenna analyzer and 6 subject matter experts, what could possibly go wrong? Both antennas were tuned to perfection and one of them was left deployed to be used in making the WFD contacts. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the property, Glen Thibodeaux (KF5FNP) had deployed his mobile communications box, which is a converted military communications shelter. Turns out, Glen has this shelter set up quite nice with quick deployable antennas, HF/VHF and digital communication capabilities. Albeit small, this shelter is obviously a great tool for mobile communications, able to be quickly set up and functioning in no time flat. Dave Redfern (N4ELM) was also set up on the south side of the property with a QRP vertical and an array of cool gadgets, solar chargers and batteries. It is always a pleasure to see Dave set up and see just how small and compact your go-kit can be to make distant contacts. Overall, the day was a complete success and I am currently awaiting a final number of contacts made for our first 2019 Club event. Even though our participation is more on the leisure side of contesting, we always try and turn these events into a trouble shooting/building/tinkering/testing/mobile set up kind of day. It is always good to get out with friends and share stories, failures and have a few laughs in the process. I would be remised if I didn’t thank Steve (AF5VR) and Mel Webre again for allowing us to utilize their extraordinary property and facility. If you missed out on the January 26 event, I can assure you that you missed a good time. Here is a list of AARA Members who attended the 2019 Winter Field Day. Steve Webre – AF5VR Glen Thibodeaux – KF5FNP David McCutcheon – KG5JHR Dave Redfern – N4ELM Tom Dischler – W5OHJ Barrett Oge – KG5SSO Greg Richard – KE5AHD Jim Bookter – N5NVP Michael Cavell – KI5ARX Paul McCasland – N5KNY Fred Marshal – W5MLE Chris Ancelet – N5MCY

 

REGION 4 SKYWARN NET

Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4 SkyWarn Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in Lafayette. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will be held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL Tone 103.5. The February schedule can be found at this link: http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm When using the SkyWarn 145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver PL Tone for your area as follows: NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE Quadrant 94.8 – Central 103.5.

 

FIRECRACKERS

From Ray W5EW

Ingredients: ~ Saltine Crackers—4 rows or a box of Nabisco “Mini” crackers ~ Canola Oil—1/3 cup per row of crackers or 1/2 cup for 1 box of Mini crackers ~ Ranch Dressing MIX—1 package(1 ounce) or 1 heaping tablespoon ~ Ground Red Pepper—-2 to 3 tablespoons Instructions: Pour Canola oil in a measuring cup and add Ranch Dressing Mix and Ground Red Pepper. Mix thoroughly. Place crackers in a gallon zip lock bag. Pour entire container of previously mixed ingredients into bag over crackers. Close bag and roll around to mix crackers with ingredients. Let stand for an hour and rotate bag 3 or 4 times to promote a good mixture. After an hour or so all they need is eating!

 

FCC Information Service Toll Free (WATS) for Amateur Radio license inquiries about new/ vanity call signs: 1-888-225-5322 This will connect you the FCC National Call Center, handled by the FCC’s Consumer Information Bureau. Amateurs having ULS problems or questions should contact the FCC’s ULS Technical Support staff at: 202-414-1250 or: ulscomm@fcc.gov. FCC Website: http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ New call sign information can also be obtained from the ARRL/ VEC at 860-594-3000. http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec The mailing address to the FCC is: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554.

 

REGION 8:

Submitted by Joe Holland

KB5VJY

LA Section PIC

Region 8 ARRS ADEC

 

The Louisiana Delta Radio Club in Region 8 held a Ham Study group February 8th and 9th at the District 8 EOC.  4 new technicians passed their test, and one extra upgraded..

 

Pine Hills Amateur Radio Association has voted in it’s 2019 officers.. Jerry AD5AQ – President, Rex KI5BUE Vice President, Joe KB5VJY Secretary, Bill KF5NQQ Treasurer .. Congratulations

 

The Louisiana Tech Amateur Radio Club and the Louisiana Tech Aerospace department launched a weather balloon on February  16th.  Part of the balloon had an APRS Tracker payload. The Balloon made a easternly track from its’ launch point and was trackable for the better part of an hour. The balloon achieved 40,000 feet before a GPSr failure caused the balloon untrackable over Vicksburg, Ms.

 

The Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club has announced that on April, 27th 2019, they will be hosting their 2019 hamfest at the West Monroe convention center.  More information can be found on their facebook page, facebook.com/groups/NELARC

 

NELA Facebook Pages:

facebook.com/groups/kc5dr     Louisiana Delta Radio Club

facebook.com/groups/nelarc    North Louisiana Amateur Radio Club

facebook.com/groups/kq5tphara   Piney Hills Amateur Radio Association

facebook.com/groups/w5hgt     Louisiana Tech Amateur Radio Club

 

NELA Nets

147.135  + LDRC District 8 ARES Training Net                 Mondays 6:30pm

146.550  –  LDRC District 8 ARES Simplex Training Net   Mondays 6:45pm

147.120  +  PHARA ARES Training Net                            Mondays 7:00pm

146.790  –   Jonesboro La Area Net                                   Mondays 7:30pm

147.120  +  PHARA Newcomers Net                                 Mondays 8:30pm

146.550       Baloney Sammich Net  (Winnsboro)              Thursdays 7:30pm

147.060  +   Winnfield Repeater net                                   Thursdays 8:00pm

 

The Louisiana ARES 80HF Net meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm on 3848khz

 

 

REGION 9:

The SELARC “Hamster”

*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*

Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
Visit our website: www.selarc.org

Vol. 46, No. 2 ………………………….. February 2019

 

SELARC 2019 Hamfest

The Hammond Hamfest held on January 19, 2019, was a resounding success with excellent turnout.
Photos from the event have been added to the SELARC website on the page: Hamfest 2019 Photos

A message from Hamfest Chairman and SELARC President Tyrone – N5XES:

On behalf of the SELARC membership, I would like to thank everyone who braved the weather and attended our Hamfest. It was great to see old friends and new acquaintances, if only for a quick handshake and “how’s the family”.

The Hamfest VE session went well with 5 new Technicians’ and two upgrades! Many thanks to the VEs’ who came out to help with this session, your dedication is greatly appreciated! Listed in the prize section of our Hamfest page will be a list of the winners of the major prizes, congratulations to them also, without the large attendance we had, this event would not have been possible.

To our Vendors and Swap tables, a very special thank you for attending this event. Without your new products and used equipment this event would not have been possible!

Lastly, I would like to extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to all the SELARC members who came out to help with this event. YOU, are the backbone of this organization. To the dedicated few, who go that extra mile to make sure that SELARC is always headed in a positive direction, you are the best!

Hoping to see everyone again next year for our 39th Annual SELARC Hammond Hamfest on 18 January, 2020!

73
Tyrone – N5XES
SELARC – President / Hamfest Chairman

 

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

2019 Orange HamFest – February 23, 2019, at Orange County Convention & Expo Center – more information…

59th Acadiana Hamfest 2019 – ARRL Louisiana State Convention – Fri Mar. 8th and Sat Mar 9, 2019, at the Rayne Civic Center – more information…

NELA Hamfest 2019 – Sat. April 27, 2019, West Monroe Convention Center, more details..

Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room “B” of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact n5xes@arrl.net or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.

 

In Sympathy —

We express our deepest condolences for the friends and family of SELARC member, now silent key: Albert Edgar Baker – Al KF5IBW – 82, who passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at his home in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

 

VE Session Results –

Congratulations to the following new HAMs and upgrades from the SELARC Hammond Hamfest VE Session.

Technician

Timothy Isom Jr. – Mandeville, La.
Kaydin Morgan – Denham Springs, La.
John A. Cavell – Baton Rouge, La.
Cris Parker – Pacayune, Ms.
Daniel Sillenger – Covington, La.

General

Jeff Sibley / KG5YDE Livingston, Tx.

Extra

Roger Peters / KG5ZLE – Denham Springs, La.

Many thanks to all the VEs’ who came out to participate in the Hammond VE roup Exam Session held at our SELARC Hammond Hamfest. For those of you who did check-in to see if we had enough volunteers, thank you! In the future, if you arrive at a VE Session but there are sufficient VEs’ on hand, please sign-in with the VE Liason, so that you will at least be logged in as showing up and will get credit for being there!

Again, thank you es 73
Tyrone Burns – N5XES

 

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ARES:

 

ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report

JAN 2019

Total number of ARES members  355

Number of ARES nets active  43

Number of nets with NTS liaison  1

Number of exercises and training  32 for 238 hours

Number of public service events this month    2 for 22 hours

Number of emergency operations this month  0

Number of SKYWARN operations this month  0

Total=  34 activities for 260 hours

 

Submitted by James Coleman, AI5B

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies
02/19/2019
http://www.arrl.org/…/new-plan-aligns-ares-with-the-needs-o…

The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.

With input from ARES members and a peer review team, and the assistance of emergency response officials with some partner organizations, the PSEWG came up with a plan that provides guidelines to ensure that ARES remains a service of organized, trained, qualified, and credentialed Amateur Radio volunteers who can provide public service partners with radio communication expertise, capability, and capacity, Williams added.

A drafted ARES Plan was circulated among ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (ECs) to gather feedback. During the comment period from August through October 2018, the PSEWG heard from 55 ARRL Sections, representing 40 states — more than 125 pages of feedback in all. The PSEWG expressed appreciation to all who submitted comments and ideas.

The PSEWG reviewed every comment and suggestion, identifying about a dozen key items commonly cited by those in the Field Organization to improve the plan.

Based on input from ARES participants, the training requirements in the final ARES Plan consist of the free FEMA Professional Development Series. The series comprises these independent study (IS) courses: 120.c, 230.d, 235.c, 240.d, 241.b, 242.b, and 244.b (as they may be amended), as well as the ARRL’s EC-001 and EC-016 emergency communication courses. As part of adopting the ARES Plan, the ARRL Board approved a proposal to make the ARRL EC courses free for ARES members.

The plan highlights some additional training programs that ARES participants are encouraged to consider taking, but that are not required, such as AUXCOMM and training courses like ICS-300 and ICS-400.

The ARES Plan outlines a three-tiered membership structure based on increased responsibility levels and accompanying training requirements. Although the tiers are not a required path, they serve to define three distinct ways to participate in the ARES program; it’s up to the participant to determine his or her level of involvement.

The ARES Plan points out that public service events such as parades and marathons are within the realm of ARES activity and are, in fact, a key part of it, because such events are an integral part of effective training.

In recognizing the local and regional nature of emergency communication needs in disaster response activations, the Plan notes that training requirements are ultimately the responsibility of the Section Manager, with each SM approving training for local ARES teams, as local conditions and needs dictate.

The ARES Plan also highlights the relationship between ARES and the National Traffic System (NTS). The PSEWG indicated that it will continue moving forward with efforts to find ways to refine and strengthen that relationship.

While the intent of the ARES Plan is to align the ARES organizational structure with the NIMS and ICS systems, Williams noted that, within the ARES structure, the Emergency Coordinator (EC) will continue to lead the ARES team locally during an incident, while the District and Section Emergency Coordinators will continue to serve as resources and support for the EC. (The emergency preparedness staff at ARRL is in the process of updating the EC manual.) The ARES Plan stresses that ARES participants are not first responders, and it encourages ARES leaders to develop and grow their group’s partnerships with state emergency management agencies and officials. Williams said the adoption of the ARES Plan is not the end of this process.

“ARES cannot remain stagnant only to be updated once every few generations,” he said. “The ARES Plan, and the ARES program, must be able to evolve.” Williams added that the ARRL Headquarters emergency preparedness staff will review the program annually to ensure its continued relevance.

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Section Traffic Manager Report

January 2019

 

SESSIONS  QNI  QTC  QTR

 

16               135   30    150

 

73,

Jimmy Lewis

Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

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Contests:

March 2019
2-3      International DX– Phone
April 2019
14       Rookie Roundup – Phone
June 2019
8-10     June VHF
15         Kids Day
22-23    Field Day
July 2019
13-14   IARU HF World Championship
August 2019
3-4  222 MHz and Up Distance Contest
17-18   10 GHz & Up – Round 1
18        Rookie Roundup – RTTY
September 2019
14-16    September VHF
21-22    10 GHz & Up – Round 2
21-22    EME – 2.3 GHz & Up

 

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MONTHLY BOOK GIVE-A-WAY

I will be going “Facebook Live” at noon March 1st to announce the February winners for the Book Give-A-Way.  If you have already sent your callsign to me , no need to send again….Please remember you MUST be an current ARRL Member to win….ALL ARRL LA Section Affiliated Clubs will be in the drawing as well……I will make the appropriate announcements following the drawing as well…….

 

I hope to see many of you at the Rayne Hamfest in March!

73,

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019
I am hoping that each of you had a Safe and Happy beginning to the New
Year!
I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2019.
I am beginning 2019 with 2 Book Giveaway’s; one for individual ARRL
members and the second for ARRL Affiliated Active Clubs.  I have gone
Facebook “Live” and posted not only on Facebook but also my Section
Manager’s email and ARES Google groups email about it.  I will be
giving away ARRL publications on the 1st of each month.  I am
automatically entering ALL ACTIVE CLUBS and have received many entries
from individual members.  Once you enter by sending me your call sign
you will be entered all year. I will go Facebook “Live” at noon on
the 1st of each month and then make the appropriate posts to notify
everyone who won for that month.  So if you have not sent me your call
sign and wish to enter please email me at K5JMR@ARRL.ORG, text me at
318-572-7917 or send me a Facebook message or respond to one of my posts
on the LA Section page or LA ARES page.  If your club is not currently
active; please go to ARRL.ORG and update your club’s profile and I
will add your club to the monthly drawing.
The Hammond Hamfest just concluded and we had a wonderful time attending
as always.  It was very well attended and the ARRL forums were also.
Thanks to SELARC for all you do!!!
We revealed our 2018 LA Section Amateur of the Year at the hamfest and
the award goes to……..
JIM RAGSDALE, W5LA of West Monroe.  Jim was unable to attend but we will
meet with him in early February at his local club meeting and get his
award to him.  We had several very worthy nominations and I thank those
who submitted them all….Again, Congratulations to our winner…Jim
Ragsdale!
SILENT KEYS
CHARLES P. WINDER, JR K5FNN
NEW HAMS
Report for 2019-01-04
John C Corlis, KI5CTG
Michael J Sax, KI5CTM
David P Arceneaux, KI5CTE
Mabel D Fisher, KI5CTI
Jeffrey A Willis, KI5CTP
Levi A Calvert, KI5CTF
Ludvig S Natell, KI5CNE
James M Tully, KI5CTO
Chelsea Edwards, KI5CTH
Anthony Rosal, KI5CTL
Natalie C Morvant, KI5CTQ
David W Frederick, KI5CTJ
Earl L Galle, KI5CTK
Brandon A Sanders, KI5CNC
Daniel W Schmolke, KI5CTN
Paul E Mobley, KI5CLZ
Shannon R Benedict, KI5CRZ
Carol L Venable, KI5CSA
Douglas Bain, KI5CRY
John C Bailes, KI5CRX
Gary K Kaufman, KI5CQZ
Kevin C Kimray, KI5CSS
NEW ARRL MEMBERS
Report for 2019-01-04
Brandon A Sanders, KI5CNC
Charles M Morgan, AA5SH
Nathan J Daigrepont, KF5HXB
Doran L Bullock, KF5ZKG
David C Jacobson, KB5VUR
Cory R Rogers, KG5QCU
Bobby L Brownlee, WB5OSD
David E Fogleman, AE5UW
JB Paul
Douglas Bain, KI5CRY
Paul D Wiedemeier, KE5LKY
Glen E Deas, K5GED
Glenn R Guillory, AA5NM
Thomas J Bird, WJ5Y
FROM THE ARRL
FCC Outlines Impact on its Operations of Potential Funding Lapse
01/02/2019
The FCC said in a January 2 Public Notice that in the event of a
continued partial lapse in federal government funding, it will suspend
“most operations” at mid-day on Thursday, January 3. Some systems
that have gone dark in prior government shutdowns will remain
operational this time, however. That includes the FCC website, although
it will not be updated except for matters related to spectrum auction
activities and those necessary for the protection of life and property.
until normal operations resume. The FCC Daily Digest will continue to
appear.
The Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Universal Licensing
System (ULS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), and the
Commission Online Registration System (CORES) will remain available, but
no support will be provided except that necessary for spectrum auction
activity. Processing of Amateur Radio applications will come to a halt,
however, said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Assistant
Manager Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL.
Also down will be the Consumer Complaint Center and the Experimental
Licensing System, among several others
Still available will be the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), the
Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), the Public Safety Support
Center (PSSC), the Licensing Management System (LMS), the Consolidated
Database System (CDBS), the Auctions Public Reporting System (PRS), the
Auction Application System, and the Auction Bidding System.
“All other Commission electronic filing and database systems will be
unavailable to the public until normal agency operations resume,” the
FCC said.
Third Wednesday Monthly Communications Exercises Set
01/02/2019
FEMA Region 10 will conduct monthly communications exercises (COMMEX) on
the third Wednesday of each month, starting on January 16, 1730 – 1900
UTC. Amateur Radio operators are invited to take part. The intent of
these exercises is to test and exercise interoperable communication
(federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) during a major disaster in
which the communication infrastructure is significantly damaged or
destroyed.
FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations associated
with agencies and organizations that provide response support in
accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to
participate.
The COMMEX will use these “dial” or “window” frequencies on 60
meters — including 5,330.5 kHz, 5,346.5 kHz, 5,357.0 kHz, 5,371.5 kHz,
and 5,403.5 kHz — as part of the exercise. The area of operation is
the continental US.
FCC Reaches $900,000 Settlement in Unauthorized Satellite Launch Case
01/02/2019
The FCC has settled an investigation into an alleged unauthorized launch
and operation of small satellites by Swarm Technologies. The company
agreed to a Consent Decree that included a $900,000 penalty, an extended
period of FCC oversight, and a requirement of pre-launch notices to the
FCC, among other stipulations.
“We will aggressively enforce the FCC’s requirements that companies
seek FCC authorization prior to deploying and operating communications
satellites and earth stations,” FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary
Harold said. “These important obligations protect other operators
against radio interference and collisions, making space a safer place to
operate.”
In April 2017, Swarm applied for an Experimental license to deploy and
operate two Earth stations and four tiny 0.25 U CubeSats called
SpaceBEEs. The FCC denied Swarm’s application in December 2017 over
concerns about the ability to track the satellites. Swarm nevertheless
launched the satellites on January 12, 2018, on a vehicle that also
carried an Amateur Radio satellite into space. After reports of the
unauthorized SpaceBEEs launch surfaced, the FCC launched an
investigation last March.
The FCC determined that Swarm had launched the four SpaceBEEs from India
and had unlawfully transmitted signals between Earth stations in Georgia
and the satellites for more than a week. In addition, the FCC discovered
that Swarm had also performed unauthorized weather balloon-to-ground
station tests and other unauthorized equipment tests prior to the
launch. All these activities required FCC authorization.
The December resolution requires Swarm to pay a penalty $900,000 to the
US Treasury and to submit pre-launch reports to the FCC for the next 3
years. The FCC said Swarm has committed to a strict compliance plan to
prevent future FCC rule violations.
The FCC issued an Enforcement Advisory last April to remind satellite
operators that they must obtain FCC authorization for space station and
Earth station operations. The advisory cautioned satellite operators and
launch companies against proceeding with launch arrangements following a
license denial or prior to receiving an FCC authorization.
WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Unveils New Website, Initial
Qualification Rules
01/02/2019
The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing
Committee has debuted its official website as well as the Initial
Qualification Rules — already under debate — to be selected as a
WRTC 2022 team leader. While 2022 may seem a long way off, the
qualifying events — 24 in all — take place between February 2019 and
November 2020. Each qualifying event has a point value that’s used in
calculating qualifying scores, and each entry category has been assigned
a weighting factor.
“Please don’t think that WRTC is only for Top Guns,” the
announcement said. “You might have a chance.” According to the
announcement, WRTC 2022 Selection Areas are much smaller, so that
operators on all continents will have more chances to qualify. Team
leaders, once established, will select a team member from among the top
applicants who did not qualify as team leaders. “WRTC 2022 is now for
everybody. The only things that you will need are commitment,
motivation, and skill!” the announcement said.
An email reflector has been set up to field “suggestions, corrections,
and new ideas” on the Initial Qualification Rules, and the Final
Qualification Rules will be published on January 31.
The first qualifying event is the ARRL International DX Contest CW. WRTC
2022 will be held in Bologna, Italy
January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship
Applications
12/28/2018
The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from
eligible applicants until January 31, 2019. All applicants must be
FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific
requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or
state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and
check off the ones for which they are eligible.
More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.
This year, the Foundation Board of Directors is offering several new
scholarships. These include The Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C.
Miller STEM Scholarship, The East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS)
Scholarship, The Palomar Amateur Radio Club Scholarship, and The Dick
Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship.
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CONTEST CALENDER
February 2019
11-15  School Club Roundup
16-17  International DX – CW
March 2019
2-3      International DX– Phone
April 2019
14      Rookie Roundup – Phone
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ARES
December LA Section Report
Total members: 353
Active nets: 35  w/NTS Liaison: 1
#Exercises/Training:  24  for 169 hours
#Public Service Events:  1  for 12 hours
#Emergency Events: 0
#Skywarn Events:  2  for 33 hours
Total:  27 Events for 214 hours
Submitted by Jim Coleman AI5B
LA Section Emergency Coordinator
Remember to sign up for ARES CONNECT at:
Please welcome and congratulate our new ARES ASEC who will be in charge
of “ALL – THINGS” ARES CONNECT…Corey McCrary W5MMC.  Corey will
manage LA Section ARES CONNECT and be our Section Liaison to HQ.
Please congratulate longtime ARES member Ed Mason KE5GMN who was
appointed to replacing the retiring Bob Priez as Region 9 DEC.  Ed was
ADEC for Bob and will make an awesome DEC.  We honored Bob at the recent
Hammond Hamfest for his long time service.
Also new appointment Thomas Bird WJ5Y EC for Sabine Parish.  Thomas
replaces Cecil Harper who passed away not too long ago.
ARES E-LETTER
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AROUND THE STATE:
REGION 2
BATON ROUGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
RF News JANUARY 2019
The 2019 Oicers and three new directors were
elected at the November club meeting.  They
were installed at the December banquet.
  BRARC monthly Board meetings are held at
6:30 PM on the first Tuesday of each month.
There is a new location for the Board meetings.
All Board meetings will be held at the Fairwood
Branch Library at 12910 Old Hammond Hwy,
Baton Rouge, La 70816.  All club members are
welcome to attend Board meetings
Annual Club Dues are DUE!
Checks, cash or credit cards are accepted at any club meeting.
NEW OPTION! Pay online at brarc.org
CLUB MEETINGS/VE SESSION
JANUARY 29, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, MAIN LIBRARY (GOODWOOD BLVD)
        6 PM VE TESTING SESSION (ARRIVE BY 5:45 PM)
        7 PM CLUB MEETING: DX SUPER STATION (K3LR)
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 – BRARC BOARD MEETING, FAIRWOOD LIBRARY
          6:30 PM
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY
          7 PM
NETS
BRARC PUBLIC SERVICE NET – SUNDAY 8:30 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)
ARES NET – SUNDAY 8 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)
10 M NET – MONDAY 7:30 PM 28.450 MHZ USB
STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT
By Dana Browne, AD5VC
  It’s quite dierent from many on-air activities. Put down the
microphone, set aside the electronic keyer, and unplug the digital
sound card. Forget canned high speed exchanges of a perfect signal
report and little more. Instead, plug in a manual CW key and have a
chat on the air. Get to know one of the thousands of hams who share
your love of radio. Straight Key Night (SKN), which runs from 0000-
2359 UTC on Jan 1, harkens back to the most basic of radio: turn the
transmitter on and o with a key, and decode the transmitted dits
and dahs with your head. The equipment isn’t fancy; many hams will
dust o vintage gear for the event.
  I nervously approached my first SKN in January 2006 with
a license just two months old. I could count my CW contacts on one
hand. I mean really nervous – I would end up sweating heavily if the
code speed crept much above 5 wpm. AGN? and QRS were constant
parts of my on-air vocabulary. I really worried at that time that every
operator would send blistering CW at me that would dissolve into
a continuous indecipherable burp of Morse. I learned that SKN is
very laid back. In reality, few hams can converse readily in CW above
20 wpm. Yes, we can handle canned exchanges like “599 K” at high
speed, but holding a rambling open-ended conversation with whole
words and sentences usually means the speed drops to well below
20 wpm. If you are using a manual key, it’s simple to match the
speed of the other station. That first SKN, I sent at 5 wpm, had a QSO
for more than an hour and 10 minutes, one of thirty minutes, and
three that were 15 minutes long.
  Thirteen years later, I am looking forward to SKN. My station
this year was a FT-857D at 70w and a 100 foot sloping center-fed
antenna. I used two dierent straight keys during the event. To
provide some strain relief, I switched to a side-swiper for one QSO,
and a bug for another. I currently can send continually at 15 wpm on
a straight key, so this is going to be just right for talking.
  My first contact was Pat in TX on 40m, calling slowly at 6-7
wpm. I would be surprised if he has completed more than a handful
of CW QSOs. Over 15 minutes, we exchange RST, our towns, our
names. He also sends me a SKCC number, and I send him mine.
SKCC is the Straight Key Century Club. It was founded in 2007 aer
SKN to continue the activity of manually generated CW during
the year. As a new CW op, I used SKCC contacts to build my skill in
sending and receiving. I enjoy giving newcomers a helping hand.
From his number, I can tell he has been a member for maybe a
month or two. Aer this basic exchange, he does not reply to a
request about what rig he is using. If he is anything like I was then,
he has probably had enough decoding.
  The next station I hear calling is Tom in NE. He sends slowly
and cleanly. In 10 minutes and 3 exchanges I learn the weather
in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also sounds like he is coming back to
CW aer a long absence, so I don’t press him to hold an extended
conversation.
  Then I have a chat with Andy in OH, who is using FLEX 6500
with a straight key, an interesting mix of the very new and very old.
The weather sounds cold and miserable there: cloudy, windy and
about 32F. He tries to tell me about his vertical antenna and his rig,
but the QSB wipes out most of the exchanges, so we give up about
aer 10 minutes.
  My first extended chat of the night comes at 0550 with
Joe in Ocala, FL on 40m. Joe is using a cold war spy radio with a
built in key. I can hear a slight chirp on his signal. I would guess we
conversed at 10-12 wpm, since it wasn’t easy for him to use the
built-
in key. His spy radio will tune from 3 mc to 22 mc (that’s megacycles
per second, not MHz, which shows the age of the rig). His transmitter
is rockbound with 2 W output. I learn he likes building kits and
vintage rigs. I tell him about the 80m Cricket that the LSU and Baton
Rouge clubs built. He says he has built crystal controlled kits, but his
next kit will be one with a VFO because he thinks it’s more fun to
use.
Aer about 35 minutes, he is starting to have trouble with the built-
in Morse key, and he admits he isn’t used to staying up so late, so we
call it quits.
  When I get up New Year’s Day, I test out 20m. At 1900 I chat
with James who lives near Rochester NY. It is nearly freezing where
he is, and he is using a vertical with radials. Since I have a really
good
589 signal from him, we talk about how many radials he uses (3 per
band) on his 8 band vertical. I think I understand why the vertical I
used to use with 3 radials stuck in the cracks in my backyard patio
never worked that well. Aer 30 minutes we sign.
  Next is Rex in Yerington, NV. Yes, I really did copy the QTH
on the air. He was licensed in Jan 2017. His CW is slow (14 wpm) but
very clean and easy to copy. He has some trouble copying me with
QSB, so the QSO doesn’t last beyond 3 exchanges.
  As soon as he stops at 2000Z, I get a call from Eric in Valley
Center, KS. His weather is cold (20F) so he wishes he had our 70F.
He is using a Kent straight key. He is using a TS-140S to an end-fed
wire. He works at the KAKE TV station in Wichita. He is also a SKCC
member, so I exchange numbers with him. We talk about the month-
long K3Y event in January that the SKCC holds, where various
members put a 1×1 call (K3Y) on the air from all ten call areas. If you
work all the 10 call areas, you can print yourself a niy certificate.
There are also DX stations who participate, from France to Australia.
Aer about 45 minutes, we say goodbye.
  The last contact is from Al in Dothan, Al. His weather is
warm like ours. I mention that the town’s name is familiar to me
and I learn that it is on the road we take when we go to the Alabama
Gulf Shore. He is using a Elecra KX2 at 10W to an end-fed wire. I ask
him how he likes the KX2, and tell him about the Elecra KX3 that I
have. Aer about 25 minutes, it is time for me to stop for New
Year’s
supper.
  So that was it. I had interesting conversations with
strangers who share my fondness for amateur radio. It is a distinct
operating event from November Sweepstakes or Field Day, and
shows how broad the opportunities are in amateur radio. I’ll look
forward to doing it again next year.
CW PRACTICE
Have you learned Morse code and still haven’t gotten on the air?
Do you freeze up when someone answers your CQ? Are you so
slow that you’re too self-conscious to try? Then we have good
news for you!!
    Calling all CW wanna-be’s!! We are beginning a new activity – on
the air one-on-one slow code for those that have learned all the
letters and numbers, but don’t know what to do next. We will pair
up and agree to get together on the air at least once per week.
More oen is great! Every week, we’ll swap and get a new partner.
To participate you simply need to know all of your letters and numbers.
We even have a ‘cheat sheet’ with
the script to get you started with your first QSOs. Speed isn’t
important! Accuracy is everything.
  So if you can copy and send at any speed, get your name on the list at
the next meeting. We will get
you through your first few contacts, and you’ll soon be exchanging
SKCC numbers, chasing DX, and working
towards your CW WAS!
For more information, contact Jerry, AG5AY at 225-276-0721
ELMERS
The term “Elmer” was inspired by a ham radio operator named Elmer P.
“Bud” Frohardt Jr, W9DY.  In
a 1971 column in QST, Rod Newkirk, W9BRD, wrote about how Bud took the
time to help and mentor
new Amateur Radio licensees.  He wrote, “We need those Elmers.  All
the Elmers, including the ham
who took the most time and trouble to give you a push toward your
license, are the birds who keep
this great game young and fresh.”  Because of the time he invested
into new operators, Bud was able
to interest many people in “science, radio, DX, CW and electronics.”
The BRARC has some members that are available for mentoring and
answering questions from new
hams, or anyone who may need some additional information.
Buddy Brown, N5BUD Paul Catrou, WA4MXT
No need to be shy when you need help.  Along with these Elmers, the
BRARC has a wealth of
experienced operators who will help – all you have to do is ask.  To
help with this, simply email your
questions to xxxxxxxxxxxxx.
For those of you with all of that experience, share it with others.
Encourage our new members with
your expertise!
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Mike, N5MT
Source: www.ten-ten.org
Meet Mike, N5MT.  Mike Davidson, was recently recognized as the Top Op
of
Ten-Ten International.  This award is based upon the number of times a
10-10
member’s call appears on new 10-10 member applications.  Mike is active
in
Ten-Ten International.  He writes the DX column for the organization’s
quarterly
newsletter, Ten-Ten International News. He is also their countries
awards
manager.  Mike can oen be heard on the local 10 meter nets listed
below.
The Ten-Ten International Net, Inc. was formed back in 1962 as the
Ten-Ten Net
of Southern California. Its purpose was to promote activity and good
operating
practice on the 10 meter amateur band. The original group of operators
decided
to meet every day of the week except Sunday at 10:00am local time.  “See
you
on Ten at Ten” quickly became the 10-10 Net.
To become a member of the Ten-Ten International Net, it is required that
you
contact 10 10-10 members (on 10 meters) and list them on the
application.  As a
new member, you are assigned a unique “10-10 Number” which is retained
for
life.  You can then exchange it with other 10-10 members.  There are
numerous
awards for collecting 10-10 numbers.  The organization has grown and now
over
75,000 10-10 numbers have been issued world-wide.
“Ten-Ten International Net, Inc. is an organization dedicated to
assisting,
encouraging, and promoting amateur radio activity on the 10 Meter
amateur
band, using all lawful modes of operation and embracing new
technologies.
Our aim is to assist in the growth of amateur radio around the world, to
mentor
new members, and enhance fellowship among radio amateurs.
Local 10 meter nets
Baton Rouge Monday Night Net
Mondays at 7:30 PM on 28.450 MHz
Louisiana Pelican 10-10 Net
Saturdays at 10:10 AM on 28.450 MHz
YOUTH YAK
This month’s contributor: Brynn Hebert, KG5KRV
I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio
Club.  It has provided me with so many opportunities I never would have
been exposed to without it.  I have completed many community service
activities with the club, including manning the Morse Code community
outreach table.  Not only has my involvement with the BRARC given me
service opportunities, I’m becoming closer to being fluent in another
language almost absentmindedly.  While I am operating the station and
helping people send their name in Morse Code, I am so immersed in the
activity that I don’t realize all that I am learning.  Since we’ve
started helping with these stations at community events, I’ve noticed
that I can easily identify some Morse Code.  When I got licensed 3 years
ago, I never would’ve believed you if you told me I would be able to
decode those dahs and dits.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me to learn so many new things
through the Baton Rouge
Amateur Radio Club!
Please join me in giving a big THANKS to Jen, K5NMT, for all of the work
she has done as Editor of the RF News for the past two years.  When I
heard that she was taking a break from the job, I thought I might give
it a try.  Having some experience with editing and formatting, I thought
it might be fun. I realize it looks dierent than past issues, but it
is my hope that you continue to enjoy reading it. I also hope that you
feel encouraged and welcome to contribute to it.  Please send articles
and tidbits that you would like shared with the membership.  Let me know
of topics that you would like to see covered.  Together we can continue
to make this newsletter outstanding.
  Radio provides our family with opportunities to meet new people, help
educate our community, as well as communicate clearly.  We have seen
growth in our abilities to hold conversations with new people, as well
as on the radio.  We’ve still got some room for growth, so we appreciate
any encouragement or conversations you have with us.
  We look forward to a great year in 2019!  I am looking forward to
hearing from you with thoughts and ideas this year!
BRARC has a healthy mix of license classes.  Let’s keep encouraging
our Technician and General class licensees to keep studying and striving
for the next class. You will see that there is a large
disparity in gender.  Appears to be a hobby that attracts the gentlemen;
however, we’ve seen a few more ladies attending in recent years.Also,
if you know anyone (male OR female) interested in learning more about
our hobby and is interested in getting a Technician license, please let
them know about our upcoming Technician class.  The next class will
begin in March 7 and last for 8 weeks, concluding with a VE session on
April 25.
For more information, consult http://
brarc.org/education/license-classes/
AMSAT has announced its 50th Anniversary Awards Program, to help
celebrate 50 years of keeping Amateur Radio in space. Satellite and HF
contacts can help participants to earn one of these awards:
  50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
Award
  50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
  AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award
  The 50th anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
Award will be issued on one of the original goldenrod paper stock
certificates and signed by AMSAT’s founding President, Perry Klein, W3PK
(ex-K3TJE). “With only 20 original certificates available, this award
will certainly become a collector’s item,” AMSAT said.  Awards cost
$25, plus postage. Certificates will be sequentially numbered.
To receive the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award,
work 50 stations on any satellite — with a limit of one contact per
day — during 2019. Contacts may be made from various locations, as
long as the operator uses his or her personal call sign (with any
appropriate locators). This award is $15, plus postage. To achieve the
AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award, work at least one AMSAT member on
any HF band in any mode. Additional award levels are based on the number
of AMSAT members you contact on the HF bands.
Complete details are on the AMSAT website.
ASCENSION AIRWAVES
The Official Journal of the Ascension Amateur Radio Club
JANAURY 2019
In Case You Missed It We did not hold a business meeting in December but
over some good food we did discuss several things. We will operate
Winter Field Day as a club from the 5th District Fire Station on Roddy
Road (where we keep the trailer). Since we do not have a vehicle to tow
it, this makes sense. We will put the trailer through a full exercise to
work the bugs out. We have filed the paperwork for our 501c3 status as a
club. It will take several months to get final approval but our
application has been accepted by the IRS before the shutdown and unless
we hear otherwise we are now a 501c3 organization! Ascension Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency is still working on the grant and will
hopefully have news by meeting time. AARC will have a table at the
Hammond Hamfest. Stop by and visit with us! David is working on an
Echolink node for the 225 machine and just got in RigBlaster interface.
He is planning on having it running before the meeting.
From The President
It’s the beginning of a new year. We usually think ahead to what we want
to do. Will 2019 be the year we upgrade our license? Or learn a new
mode? Will we save our pennies for a new radio, antenna or other item
for our radio shack? Will we mentor a new ham? Or make time to attend
meetings and events? Or have we done all that and this year will be the
year to just relax and enjoy what we have worked hard to achieve? I know
I have several items on my list to cross off. I started off this year by
putting up a new 80 meter dipole antenna. Next will be getting a new
VHF/UHF radio for my desk and putting up a better antenna and pole for
it. I am looking forward to the next few months and everything the club
has planned. We have come a long way in the past year and I can’t wait
to see where we are in another 12 months. We are starting off the new
calendar with our monthly meeting at the Ascension EOC. It will be the
beginning of our new “let’s have more fun” meeting concept. We are going
to spend less time conducting official business and more time on
programs and discussions. But there is a bit of business to get out of
the way. We have to nominate and elect officers for the new year. We
will plan our trip to the Hammond Hamfest where we will staff a table
and let others know about our great club. And we will go over a few
details relating to our Winter Field Day operations which will be a good
shakedown of our EmCom trailer and an Ascension Amateur Radio Club PO
Box 1617 Gonzales, LA 70707-1617 Steve Raacke KC5SAS President David
LeBlanc N5LEB Vice President Elmer Tatum N5EKF Secretary/Treasurer
ASCENSION AIRWAVES The Official Journal of the Ascension Amateur Radio
Club The opportunity for everyone to work some different bands. In
coming months we will have more guest speakers and presentations, some
purely social “coffee/breakfast” meetups and possibly Special Event
stations added to the calendar. Keep an eye on our usual social media
sites and newsletter as well as our new and improved website at
k5arc.org for any updates and announcements. And remember to get your
dues in. You can pay online via the website or at the meetings. Your
dues help with such things as paying the fees to incorporate and get our
501c3. We appreciate all of the support we receive from our members and
look forward to doing much more for you. Happy 2019 and 73, Steve
Raacke, KC5SAS
Local Club News & Events Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Jan 29 Regular
club meeting Goodwood Library 19:00 hrs. LOHSEP (Livingston Office of
Homeland Emergency Preparedness Amateur Radio Meets 3rd Thursdays of
month at OMV in Livingston at 18:30 local Acadiana Amateur Radio Club
The club has general meetings on the first (1st) Thursday of every month
@ 19:00 at the Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St. MissLou Club
meetings are the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at Kelly Farms at
2148 Highway 958 in Slaughter SELARC (Southeast Louisiana ARC- Hammond)
Meets Tuesday 8 Jan at the Ponchatoula Civic Center at 19:00 hrs talk-in
147.00- (107.2 pl) Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society (Thibodaux) Board
of Directors will meet Jan 12 at Terrebonne Parish Library in Gray at
13:00 hrs. Follow them on their websitewww.w5yl.org or newsletter at
https://w5yl.blogspot.com BEARS Morgan City Meets 2nd Wednesdays 18:00
hrs. at the Club radio room in downtown Morgan City. Talk in on 146.91-
BEARS will be doing a special events station for the Eagle Expo in
Morgan City in late February. Stay tuned for details in our next
Ascension Airwaves.
LWARN Linked Repeaters Livingston- 444.350 + pl 136.5 West Feliciana-
443.625 + pl 156.7 Greensburg- 442.275 + pl 156.7 Washington Parish-
442.425 + pl 156.7 EBR (Central)- 442.400 + pl 156.7 St Tammany Parish
443.425 + pl 156.7 These repeaters are part of the Governor’s Office
of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP). Amateur
operators are welcome to use them
ACTIVE LOCAL REPEATERS Ascension 147.225+ (107.2 pl) Gonzales 146.985-
(107.2 pl) Convent/Sunshine Bridge 145.310- (107.2 pl) Port Vincent
28.211 (CW) K5ARC 10m beacon Livingston 147.165+ (107.2) LOHSEP 145.23-
(107.2) Fusion, Wires-X, DWARN 442.350+ (107.2) LOHSEP EBR 145.49-
Fusion/Wires-X, DWARN 146.88 D-Star (no reflector) 146.79- (107.2)
FM/C4FM 443.100+ (107.2 pl) 443.375+ Fusion/ Wires-X/DWARN Felicianas
53.83 (-1 MHz 107.2 pl) FM 146.835- (114.8 pl) FM, Echolink 443.850 (+5
MHz 107.2 pl) FM Lafourche/Terrebonne 147.30+ (114.8 pl) Fusion/FM Gray,
LA 147.39+ (114.8 pl)
Local Nets Sundays Post Office Net 3.905 MHz LSB 07:00 local ARES State
Wide 3.878 MHz LSB 19:00 local ARES Region 2 Net 146.79- 20:00 local
BRARC Club Net 146.79- 20:30 local
Mondays 10M Net 28.450 MHz USB 19:30 local Bayou Region Net 147.39+
19:00 local
Tuesdays LOHSEP ARC 147.165+ 19:30 local
Wednesdays MissLou 146.835- 20:00 local (EchoLink KD5UZA-R) SELSA Net
146.52 21:00 local Thursdays Livingston ARC 146.73- 19:00 hrs BEARS
Morgan City 146.91- 19:30 local (Echolink W5BMC-R) K5ARC Informal Net
147.225+ 20:00 hrs. local
Louisiana Section ARES Leaders and Coaches As your ARES members register
themselves in the new ARES CONNECT database, you may be asked questions.
Here are a few FAQs and the suggested answers that may be helpful. ·
QUESTION : What is ARES Connect? o ANSWER: “ARES Connect is a
volunteer management system that covers event signup, reporting, and
roster management,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey,
KI1U, said. · QUESTION : I’m already registered as an ARES member
through the Louisiana Section webpage. Do I need to register again? o
ANSWER: Yes. The Louisiana database is being phased out. The ARES
CONNECT database will supersede and replace the Louisiana database. ·
QUESTION : How do I register in ARES Connect? • ANSWER: Please go to
the following link and create your account,
https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/la · QUESTION : When I registered in
ARES CONNECT my Region and/or Parish was not listed. What should I do? o
ANSWER: This information is being inputted into the system by Ken
Bailey, Emergency Preparedness Assistant at the ARRL in Newington.
Recheck your data in a few weeks for updated information. · QUESTION :
To assist my ARES members should I as a DEC or EC register for them? o
ANSWER: Basic information on all Louisiana Section ARES members is being
inputted into the system by Ken Bailey, Emergency Preparedness Assistant
at the ARRL in Newington. Give him a few weeks to complete this task.
Additional information to follow during this period of transition to the
new system. Hope to see you soon at the 2019 Hamfests! James M. Coleman
AI5B Louisiana SEC
Parting Shots Just like death and taxes it is once again time to pay
dues. Last year we amended the Bylaws and set dues at $25 per person per
year. Thanks to those who have already paid in via the PayPal link on
our website. We have been making some improvements to the club so we
need your money! At least this year it will be tax deductible as we have
filed our paperwork for our 501c3. Once filed, the organization is
considered a charity (unless the application is rejected). There have
been some YUUGE breaks for the Club recently. Come to the meeting and
find out what they are! Sorry, no, we don’t have the new repeater yet
but will hopefully have an update on that news 73’s de N5EKF …-.-
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REGION 4
Volume 59, Number 01 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC
This month’s general meeting was held in conjunction with the club’s
annual Christmas Banquet. It was held at the Golden Corral restaurant
with approximately 40 people in attendance. Club President Chris Ancelet
N5MCY conducted the meeting and congratulated everyone on a successful
year of club activities and thanked them for their support. Among those
activities were the annual hamfest, support for the Tour de Teche canoe
race, and the Tabasco Sauce Anniversary and Veterans Day Special Events.
Chris also encouraged all members to be extra safe while conducting
holiday activities and particularly while traveling during the holidays.
Drawings were held for various door prizes that were donated by the
club. Door prize winners were: James Romero – K5CNU, Brandon Stelly –
KG5LQM, Melissa Cearley – W5MLC and Michael Cavell – KI5ARX. Prepared by
David McCutcheon.
Cecil Harper W5CQG / WR5Y – Silent Key I just saw this post by Mark
Hargrove this morning: posted Dec.7, 2018 It’s with great regret I
have received word that Cecil Harper has passed away. He was a good
friend that always had a smile and a story to tell. He was a ham and
gave a lot to the hobby. He was also very active in his church as well.
He will be missed. RIP Mr. Cecil Harper Even though Cecil had been sick
he did his best to help all he could with ARES not only in Region 6 but
statewide. Cecil will be missed. He had recently changed his call from
W5CQG to WR5Y. Funeral arrangements are pending. John Mark Robertson
K5JMR LA Section Manager
Below is from Cecil Harper’s QRZ.COM Biography page:
I am 73 years ‘young’ and have been licensed for 39 years. I am also
retired from the Louisiana State Prison System. I was born and raised in
Port Neches, Texas and graduated from Carlsbad High School in New
Mexico. I worked at the Port Arthur, Texas Texaco Refinery for 13 years
and transferred to Louisiana with Texaco. In 1986 I started working for
the prison system where I later retired in 2004. I moved back to Texas
and presently live here on Toledo Bend lake about 60 miles north of
Jasper, Texas. I have been the Emergency Coordinator for Sabine Parish,
Louisiana for the past ten years. That sure is an experience, but things
seem to be going fine. I hope and pray it stays that way. I am a Member
of the A.R.R.L. (for 38 years) as well as a LIFE member, also a member
of the Gulf States Hurricane Net on 3.935 MHz, and Gulf Coast Single
Side-Band Net 3.925 MHz. as well as a Member of the Delta Side-Band Net
3.905 MHz. and the 3.957 MHz. Group. I belong to the Baton Rouge Amateur
Radio Club, a Member of the W.C.L.A.R.C of Leesville and a Member of the
A.R.C.S in Many, La. I am also on D-STAR (48-B). We have a net on
Tuesday nights (7:30 local). Feel free to join us. Around 5:30 am you
most likely will find me on 3.957 Mhz. I’m usually there for about an
hour. We have a good group of very nice people on the frequency from
Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas.
Now what?? by Joseph “Moe” Meaux
Keeping your ham radio and other equipment operational is extremely
important in a bug-out or portable situation. How long can your
equipment stay running in an emergency? Do you have a mobile unit
attached in your vehicle? How long can it run for if you run out of
fuel? If the electricity is not working because of a natural disaster,
how will you charge batteries? The one answer to this is Solar Power and
Storage. People have been talking about Solar Power for their houses and
businesses. Free energy from the sun that they can use, store, and even
sell back to the power companies. But most of these systems are
expensive, heavy, and stationary. Since Solar Panels came onto the
market about 1950, Eco-friendly people have been after them. Some states
even provide enough tax credit back to make the systems pay for
themselves with 5 or 6 years. Even our government is providing grants to
help pay for them. But they still have the problems with weight and
portability. Recently the thin-film flexible solar panel have come onto
the market. Now you can purchase a flexible, foldable panel that will
provide you the electricity you need to operate your equipment. The
price on these continue to go down, but for some they are still too
expensive. But they are cheaper than adding solar power to your house.
There is a YouTube channel by Julian OH8STN which deals with being
prepared for an emergency situation. It can be found at Survival Tech
North and does a good job of trying to explain what is needed for
emergencies. Being in Finland allows him to test equipment and
atmospheric conditions in some harsh weather. No one pays him to do it.
He tests what he buys. And what he makes. Julian packs his own equipment
in his backpack or on his sled to go out in the wild to work the bands.
Watching his videos and reading his blog teaches you a lot about
portable ham radio.
January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship
Applications from ARRL.org 12-28-2018 The ARRL Foundation Scholarship
program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January
31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many
scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of
study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants
should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are
eligible. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program
page. This year, the Foundation Board of Directors is offering several
new scholarships. These include The Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C.
Miller STEM Scholarship, The East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS)
Scholarship, The Palomar Amateur Radio Club Scholarship, and The Dick
Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship
AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net Rotation
http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm 35 Beginning January 1, 2018, the
net will not rotate between repeaters but the Net Controllers will
rotate each week and held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater only. In case of
a repeater failure, the alternate receiver will be the W5EXI repeater.
The January 2019 schedule can be downloaded and printed in Adobe Acrobat
.PDF from the club website.
REGION 4 SKYWARN NET Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4
SkyWarn Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in
Lafayette. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case the
145.370 repeater fails, the net will be held on the 146.820 W5DDL
repeater PL Tone 103.5. The January 2019 schedule can be found at this
link: http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm When using the SkyWarn
145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver PL Tone for your area as
follows: NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE
Quadrant 94.8 – Central 103.5.
UPCOMING EVENTS 59th Acadiana Hamfest 2019 March 8th Friday & 9th
Saturday Rayne, LA
Pronto Pups – Corn Dogs 1 lb. Hot dogs 4 Cups Vegetable Oil ½ Cup
Flour ½ Cup Cornmeal 1 tsp. Baking Powder ½ tsp. Salt ½ tsp. Sugar 1
Tbs. cold Vegetable Shortening 1/3 Cup Milk 1 Egg 8 – 10 Wooden
Skewers Cornstarch for dusting Bring 3 cups of water to boiling in a
large saucepan. Add hot dogs and bring back to boiling. Remove from
heat; cover 20 minutes. Pour enough oil to a 2-inch depth in a skillet
and heat to 375°F or use your deep fryer. Combine flour, cornmeal,
baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium-size bowl and blend with a
fork. Add shortening and cut-in with a fork until the size of small
peas. Combine milk and egg in a 1- cup measure. Stir into flour-cornmeal
mixture. Pour mixture into a tall glass. Remove hot dogs from water and
dry with paper towels. Insert skewer into the hot dog, and be sure to
leave a “handle”. Dust hot dog in cornstarch and dip hot dog into
batter; let excess batter drip into glass. Drop into hot fat and fry for
2 minutes, or until golden brown. Fry only two at a time. Serve with
yellow, prepared mustard.
Clubs and/or individuals who would like to see something published in
the Section Managers Newsletter please send me your
announcements/articles ASAP.
UPCOMING HAMFESTS:
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
03/08/2019 | Louisiana State Convention, 59th Acadiana Hamfest
Location: Rayne, LA
Sponsor: Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
11/02/2019 | Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
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73!
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter December 2018
I am hoping that each of you had a very Merry Christmas and will have a
very Happy New Year in 2019.
Silent Keys
Cecil Harper WR5Y(W5CQG)
Frank Dahlberg KA5AHK
Ronald Matherne KB5BB
Joseph Hains W5BMN
Brent Austin WD5BUC
Paul Partin WX5C
Fonda Hatfield KA5FOG
Gerarl Valure WB5VWN
New Hams
Ted F Vander Wiede, AG5SC
Nicholas W Simoneaux, KI5CHQ
David R Grim, KI5CHZ
Steven D Brinkley, KI5CGQ
Lance A Lobell, KI5CDR
Michael L Freyder, KI5CDK
William Craft, KI5CJS
Paula R Hidalgo, KI5CDJ
Isabella M Dugas, KI5CKA
Lyle P Guidry, KI5CEE
Jason A Williamson, KI5CDO
John Lundberg, KI5CHR
Jo’vante L Hills, KI5CLP
Claude B Petersen, KI5CDM
Brian A Moser, KI5CDN
Carter N Lang, KI5CKK
Makayla J Lister, KI5CKN
Justin C Lewis, KI5CKH
Edwin J Rivers, KI5CKO
Quentin M Spruill, KI5CKR
Denise Cavin, KI5CKL
Justin A Contreras, KI5CKQ
Brittany R Powell, KI5CKT
Michael C Kendrick, KI5CKM
William H Robertson, KI5CKP
Doyle R Grant, KI5CKI
Logan J English, KI5CKS
Edward D Butler, KI5CJU
License Upgrades
Robert A Branicky, KG5TGF
Edward A Hemard, KF5YCW
Elisha B Wilson, KI5ADM
New/Renewed ARRL Members
Edgar Womack
Steven R Powell, KG6IPI
Henry Muller, KG5FRI
Barbara J Muller, KG5IDB
George O Broussard, KA5HCO
Richard T Colburn, K7RTC
Josef L Hope, KF5YFC
Charles M Clark, W5SBU
Edward S Warren, AE5VC
Douglas J Aymond, KG5VYA
William W Barrett, WW5MB
Kenneth A Johnson, K5KAJ
Jerry W Darnell, AD5AQ
Daniel D Hoover, KF5IVT
Caroline B Ansley, KB5OBC
Thomas D McDaniel, KE5YXU
FROM THE ARRL
ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur
Radio Rules
12/19/2018
The ARRL has filed a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) asking the FCC to
amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of
the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Petition has not yet been assigned a
rule making (RM) number and is not yet open for public comment. In the
past, the FCC has said that it would not take such action without
guidance from the US Congress, but, as ARRL’s Petitionnotes, the
Congress “has overwhelmingly and consistently” offered bipartisan
support for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.
“Private land use regulations which either prohibit or which do not
accommodate the installation and maintenance of an effective outdoor
antenna in residences of Amateur Service licensees are unquestionably
the most significant and damaging impediments to Amateur Radio Service
communications that exist now,” ARRL said in its Petition. “They are
already precluding opportunities for young people to become active in
the avocation and to conduct technical self-training and participate in
STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] learning
activities inherent in an active, experiential learning environment.
Without the relief in this Petition, the future of Amateur Radio is
bleak indeed.” The proposed amendments would have no effect on the
FCC’s limited preemption policy in §97.15(b), which pertains to state
and municipal governing bodies, ARRL said.
Specifically, ARRL is proposing that the FCC amend Part 97 by adding a
new subsection under §97.15, that prohibits and ceases the enforcement
of, “Any private land use restriction, including restrictive covenants
and regulations imposed by a community association,” that either fails
to permit a licensee to install and maintain an effective outdoor
antenna capable of operation on all Amateur Radio frequency bands, on
property under the exclusive use or control of the licensee; precludes
or fails to permit Amateur Service communications, or which does not
constitute the minimum practicable restriction on such communications to
accomplish the lawful purposes specifically articulated in the
declaration of covenants of a community association seeking to enforce
such restriction. ARRL’s proposed rule would not affect any existing
antenna approved or installed before the effective date of a Report and
Order resulting from ARRL’s petition.
The proposed provisions reflect the accommodation reached in the
ultimate version of the Parity Act bill at the urging of federal
lawmakers between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI),
the only organization representing homeowners’ associations. “That
legislation was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives four
separate times and has the support of the Senate Commerce Committee and
the current Administration,” ARRL stressed.
“Private land use regulations are not ‘contracts’ in the sense
that there is any meeting of the minds between the buyer and seller of
land,” ARRL said. “Rather, they are simply restrictions on the use
of owned land, imposed by the developer of a subdivision by recordation
in the land records of the jurisdiction when it is first created. They
bind all lots in the subdivision. If an Amateur Radio licensee wants to
buy a home in a subdivision burdened by deed restrictions, that licensee
has precisely two options: Buy the residence subject to the
restrictions, or do not buy the residence. There is no negotiation
possible because the restrictions are already in place and cannot be
waived by a seller in favor of a buyer.”
ARRL noted in its Petition that an increasing number of homes available
for purchase today are already subject to restrictive covenants
prohibiting outdoor antennas, and that the Community Associations
Institute data show that 90% of new housing starts in the US are subject
to deed restrictions and other limitation that make installation of
outdoor Amateur Radio antennas ineffective or impossible.
Also, ARRL pointed out that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 gives the
FCC jurisdiction “to preempt private land use regulations that
conflict with federal policy and that private land use regulations are
entitled to less deference than municipal regulations, because the
former are premised solely on aesthetic considerations rather than
safety issues, whereas municipal regulations are concerned with
both.”
“It is now time for actual and functional parity in the Commissions
regulations in order to protect the strong federal interest in Amateur
Radio communications,” ARRL said.
Countdown to Third Annual AM Rally Has Begun
12/18/2018
The third annual AM Rally is on the near horizon — just about 6 weeks
away — getting under way at 0000 UTC on February 2 and continuing
until 0700 UTC on February 4. The event aims to encourage the use of AM
on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters while highlighting the various
types of AM equipment in use today. The event is open to any and all
radio amateurs running AM using any type of radio equipment — modern,
vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined, military, boat anchor,
broadcast, homebrew, or commercial.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming AM Rally in February, given
its growth over the past 2 years and the positive comments we’ve
received,” said Clark Burgard, N1BCG, who is spearheading the event
with Steve Cloutier, WA1QIX, and Brian Kress, KB3WFV. “In particular,
it’s great to hear how so many ops are giving this classic mode a try,
many for the first time, and of the help offered to them by those who
have mastered the technology.”
For many, if not most, radio amateurs getting on AM is as simple as
pressing the AM mode button on the front panel. Numerous transceivers in
use today offer AM capability. A lot of hams enjoy restoring and using
vintage Amateur Radio equipment, which typically means a separate
transmitter and receiver. Until SSB subsumed it on the ham bands, AM was
the primary HF voice mode. The change to SSB did not happen without some
pushback, however.
Today, a group of dedicated radio amateurs keeps the flame alive,
getting on AM frequently, and for many of them, AM is their primary
operating mode. The AM Rally gives the uninitiated a chance to dip a toe
into the pool, so to speak.
The event website has complete AM Rally details, contact information,
award categories, logging, and tips on how to get the most out of your
station equipment in AM mode. Contact Burgard for more information.
The event is sponsored by Radio Engineering Associates (REA), in
cooperation with ARRL, which supports all modes of Amateur Radio
operation. W1AW will play a leading role in the event, as it has for the
past two years.
Certificates will be awarded to stations scoring the highest number of
points in each of the five power classes, regardless of rig category,
both for most contacts and most states/provinces.
“All it takes is a turn, push, or click to participate!” Burgard
said. There’s also plenty of time to dig out and dust off that old
AM-capable tube gear sitting in your attic or basement.
New Amateur Radio Packet Gear Awaits Unpacking, Installation on Space
Station
12/18/2018
New Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet
equipment awaits unpacking and installation on board the station after
arriving in November as part of the cargo transported via a Russian 71P
Progress resupply vehicle. The new packet module for NA1SS will replace
the current packet gear, which has been intermittent over the past
year.
“With the arrival of Progress complete, the crew has to find free time
unpack Progress, uninstall the intermittent module, and then set up and
test the replacement packet module,” explained Dan Barstow, KA1ARD,
senior education manager of the ISS National Laboratory (CASIS), an
ARISS sponsor.
The ISS packet system was reported to have gone down in July 2017,
although it unexpectedly came back to life the following summer. At the
time of the failure, NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom,
N5VHO, said the revived system would fill the gap until the replacement
packet module was launched and installed. The packet system operates on
145.825 MHz. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to
locate a functional duplicate of the ISS packet module that has been in
use on the ISS for 17 years. ARISS said the subsequent installation will
depend on the crew’s busy schedule.
In an email to ARISS and other groups CASIS supports, Barstow pointed
out that ARISS is an official back-up system for astronauts to talk with
Mission Control in the unlikely failure of the station’s primary
communication systems.
Bartow said that in 2017, hams relayed nearly 89,000 packet messages via
the ISS — an average of 243 every day. The statistic so intrigued and
amazed Barstow that he decided to get his Amateur Radio license and gear
to join in the activity.
Satellite stalwart and ARISS supporter Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, won the
December 2018 QST Cover Plaque Award for his article, “Making Digital
Contacts through the ISS.”
Current International Space Station (ISS) crew members Serena
Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, and cosmonaut
Sergey Prokopyev are scheduled to return to Earth on December 20 on a
Soyuz vehicle.
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Registration is Open for QRP-ARCI Four Days in May 2019
12/17/2018
Registration now is open for the QRP Amateur Radio Club International
“Four Days in May” (FDIM), Thursday – Sunday, May 16 – 19, at
the Holiday Inn, Fairborn, Ohio. The annual FDIM event for QRP
enthusiasts and builders takes place in conjunction with Hamvention®.
Registration begins the evening of Wednesday, May 15.
Most of Thursday will be taken up with seminars, “meet the speakers”
opportunities, and an open room for casual show and tell. Most of Friday
and Saturday are open to attend the Hamvention and visit the QRP-ARCI
Toy Store.
Friday evening activities typically include “show and tell,” vendor
displays, and a homebrew contest. Saturday evening features social
activities and a banquet, while Sunday is open for Hamvention. Attendees
are invited to display their QRP-related projects at FDIM. One evening
will feature vendors offering QRP-related products, with some offering
FDIM discounts. Dress is casual for all events.
Reservations and special room rates for FDIM will be available after
January 1 through the QRP-ARCI website. For more information, contact
FDIM 2019 Chair Norm Schklar, WA4ZXV.
Registration Opens for 2019 ConTest University in Dayton
12/16/2018
Registration now is open for 2019 ConTest University (CTU), Thursday,
May 16, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio. This is the
day before Hamvention® opens in Xenia.
More than 7,500 students have attended CTU sessions over the last 13
years in eight countries, and more than 100 CTU professors have shared
their contesting experiences. The faculty lineup, posted on the CTU
website, includes several new and returning members. Newcomer Bryant,
KG5HVO, will present ideas for attracting youth into contesting, while
Dan, N6MJ, and Chris, KL9A — the gold medalists at WRTC 2014 — will
present advanced operating papers.
Not teaching but on hand to field questions will be CTU stalwart Frank,
W3LPL. The 2019 CTU Dayton course outline will be posted soon.
Scholarships (paid registration) are available for CTU attendees through
a grant from the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) for students
age 25 and younger. Click the “Contact Us” tab on the CTU website.
CTU Dayton 2019 registration information is on the CTU website.
Prospective attendees who have given or will give a talk about Amateur
Radio to any club, hamfest, or other group since May 16, 2018, qualify
for a $10 registration discount. Choose the “Registration with Club
Talk Discount” option.
First FT8 Roundup is a Huge Hit
12/13/2018
The first FT8 Roundup over the December 1 – 2 weekend attracted some
1,300 logs from those taking advantage of the ever-more-popular digital
protocol. This, despite its having been announced on fairly short notice
and with other contests such as the ARRL 160-Meter Contest under way on
the same weekend. More than 400 logs were from US radio amateurs in the
48 contiguous states, plus the District of Columbia. Overall, some
131,200 contacts were recorded. Participants from 91 countries submitted
logs, testifying to the fact that FT8 is not just an US phenomenon.
“The FT8 Roundup was the last shakedown for the WSJT-X 2.0-rc5 beta
software,” said well-known RTTY contesting enthusiast and expert Don
Hill, AA5AU, an FT8 Roundup cosponsor with Ed Muns, W0YK. “It
performed with no major complications.” The general availability
release of WSJT-X 2.0 is now out, and it’s not backward compatible
with WSJT-X 1.9 or earlier versions. Developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has
urged users to upgrade by January 1 to what now is new world standard.
Muns, who’s NCJ “Digital Contesting” contributing editor, said FT8
Roundup participation compared favorably with that for the ARRL RTTY
Roundup, which has averaged around 1,700 logs in recent years.
“Don and I expected the contest to be popular,” Muns said, “but
the participation far exceeded our expectations. I think it bodes well
for future FT8 contesting. Don and I are pretty bullish about continuing
the FT8 Roundup on the first full weekend of December each year.”
Nonetheless, Muns said he doesn’t believe FT8 will “really take
off” and displace RTTY until the contact rate can be significantly
increased through parallel QSO techniques.
Hill agreed on the event’s popularity. “I have to say it was a huge
success,” he said. “Ed and I never dreamed it would be this popular.
It didn’t make sense to continue the Ten-Meter RTTY Contest during
this part of the sunspot cycle. Replacing it with an all-FT8 HF contest
was the logical choice.” Hill and Muns also co-sponsor the Ten-Meter
RTTY Contest.
Hill told ARRL that final results of the inaugural FT8 Roundup should be
out in a few days. “After the New Year, we hope to have downloadable
online certificates available to all participants. We will definitely do
it again next year,” he said.
The 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup will permit the use of FT8.
Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Special Event Set for December 21 – 27
12/11/2018
Several NASA Amateur Radio clubs will mark the 50th anniversary of
Apollo 8 on December 21 – 27, concluding the year-long NASA on the Air
activity, which celebrates NASA’s 60th anniversary. The agency was
created in 1958 through an act signed by President Dwight Eisenhower.
Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968, and splashed down 6 days
later on December 27. It was the first manned spacecraft to leave
low-Earth orbit, orbit the moon, and return safely.
Special event operation will be on various bands and modes, and
participating stations will self-spot on the DX cluster as well as via
Facebook and Twitter.
Contact Rob Suggs, KB5EZ, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for
more information.
Hamvention® Seeks 2019 Award Nominees
12/11/2018
Hamvention® is soliciting nominees for its 2019 awards — Amateur of
the Year, Technical Achievement, Special Achievement, Club of the Year.
Since the inception of the Hamvention awards program in 1955, many radio
amateur have been honored for their dedication and selfless
contributions to Amateur Radio and to society.
•    The Amateur of the Year Award recognizes a radio amateur who
demonstrates a long-term commitment to the advancement of Amateur Radio,
a history of contributions to ham radio, and a dedication to service and
professionalism.
•    The Technical Achievement Award honors a radio amateur who has
achieved technical excellence in the world of Amateur Radio through
inventions, processes, discoveries, experiments, and technical
accomplishments, or through other outstanding technical achievement that
has contributed to Amateur Radio.
•    The Special Achievement Award goes to a radio amateur who has made
an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the radio art and/or
science. This award typically recognizes a radio amateur who has
spearheaded a single significant project.
•    The Club of the Year will be honored for clearly demonstrating its
involvement in varied aspects of Amateur Radio for the greater good of
their community or the nation.
Nomination forms for each award are available online and should include
the information requested. There are separate forms to nominate
individuals and to nominate a club. The individual(s) making the
nomination should provide contact information in case questions arise.
Submit nominations via email or via USPS mail to Hamvention Awards
Committee, Box 964, Dayton, OH 45401-0964.
The nomination deadline is February 15. The Awards Committee will
announce the award recipient after reviewing the nominations. An honors
convocation will be held on the Saturday evening of Hamvention weekend,
and presentations to award winners will take place on Sunday afternoon,
prior to the door prize awards.Contactthe Awards Committee for more
information. — Thanks to Mike Kalter, W8CI, and Frank J. Beafore, WS8B
News from the ARRL Contest Branch
12/10/2018
The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are
available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018
September VHF Contest. Preliminary results for the ARRL 10 GHz and Up
Contest also have been posted. The Contest Branch reminds participants
that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on
December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are due by 2359 UTC on
December 25.
WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade
Now
12/10/2018
The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe
Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will
become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been
enhanced in a way that is notbackward compatible with older versions of
the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.
“The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on December
10, 2018, and all users should upgrade to WSJT-X 2.0 by January 1,
2019,” Taylor said on the WSJT-X home page. “After that date, only
the new FT8 and MSK144 should be used on the air.”
Users are encouraged to read the new Quick Start Guide for WSJT-X. Gary
Hinson, ZL2IFB, has released an FT8 Operating Guide.
2018 ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates Page Now Live
12/05/2018
The ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates page is now live. As IGC
competitions are monthly, people can start generating monthly
certificates to display. At year’s end, IGC will have the option to
generate a certificate based on year-end tallies. For now, participants
can select a month, then select up to 16 band/mode certificates they’d
like to create. Participants with more than 16 band/mode activities can
choose to generate two certificates to encompass the excess (i.e., more
than 16 lines), or can just generate certain band certificates, or just
certain mode certificates — even just one band/mode if desired. This
is a work in progress, but give it a try! Feedback is welcome.
JOTA Reports 36% Growth in Scout Participation
11/30/2018
Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018 reports that total Scout
participation in the annual fall event jumped by 36% from 2017. Each
year more than 1 million Scouts and Guides get together over the
airwaves for JOTA, which takes place on the third weekend of October.
Since the first JOTA in 1958, millions of Scouts have become acquainted
via Amateur Radio, and contacts sometimes result in relationships that
extend for many years.
This year, 10,703 Scouts took part in the event, compared with 7,872
last year. Participating Amateur Radio operators topped 1,000 for the
first time since 2016. At 610, the number of registered JOTA locations
was way up, as was the number of JOTA stations registered, with 314.
Participating JOTA stations reported contacts with stations in 99
countries, also up over 2017.
JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said he was pleased with this
year’s numbers and hopes that 2019’s event will show a continued
increase, despite a lack of sunspots.
“Looking over the numbers, a big part of the increase in JOTA Scout
participation came from the World JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet)
Team’s registration and reporting system,” Wilson told ARRL. “We
had 233 stations report results on the US system, which is comparable to
last year’s 226. In addition to that, 90 stations reported their
results on the World system. After eliminating duplicates, this added 33
to our total of 266 station reports. That, chiefly, accounts for the
increase in total Scout participation. In summary, perhaps this nice
increase is due primarily to more accurate reporting.”
Wilson said he’s also looking forward to the final tally on US
participation in JOTI. “Location registration in the US jumped from
274 last year to 610 this year,” he said. “Several Amateur Radio
operations reported using JOTI chat and Skype to greatly improve their
ability to generate Scout-to-Scout conversations between the US and the
rest of the world. Of course, VoIP modes like D-Star, DMR, and EchoLink
also helped in our solar minimum.”
World JOTA-JOTI numbers are not expected until early 2019, as each
country reports its results by mid-December followed by number crunching
and compiling of the report, Wilson explained.
“Thanks to everyone who set up a JOTA station and helped Scouts
experience the technology, fun, and magic of Amateur Radio. Let’s do
it again next year,” he concluded.
FROM AROUND THE LA SECTION
Region 1:
While attending the Greater New Orleans Hamfest in November I was
honored to be able to go over to the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club’s
(JARC) Clubhouse and make a presentation for their renewed Special
Service Club award.  I was treated to a tour of the clubhouse and was
able to meet some very nice members who made me feel very welcome.
Attending the presentation that day was:
Chuck Sanders  NO5W, Secretary
Mike Coulter  K5DKQ, Vice President
Chris Miltenberger  W5CMM, President
Don Olson  WA5W, Treasurer
and their youngest club member 10 year old David Karcher KG5DRK with his
Dad Brian KG5GJT.
Thanks again JARC members and I look forward to seeing you guys again
soon!
Region 4:
ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Local 2-Meter Nets Monday AARA Monday Night Net 7:00 PM 146.820 PL 103.5
Lafayette, LA
Tuesday Region 4 SkyWarn Net 7:00 PM 145.370 – PL 103.5 Lafayette, LA
Wednesday Silent Key Memorial Net 6:30 PM 145.410 No PL New Iberia, LA
Thursday Youth Net 7:00 PM 146.820 – PL 103.5 Lafayette, LA EchoLink
Node: 370324
How to Send E-mail to a Disaster Area via WINLINK
There’s a common misconception that one has to have complicated
equipment, software and skills to leverage the ham radio-developed
WINLINK system to reach into disaster areas. In fact, one of the major
advantages of the system is that it can easily connect disaster
area-located volunteers (who must use radio to make any connection) with
anyone else in the state, nation or world. It provides an easy way for
“back-home” supporters, family and friends to keep in touch with
deployed volunteers. First you have to know the correct email Winlink
address of the disaster-located ham: it is simply their callsign (e.g.,
K4AAA) @winlink.org thus K4AAA@winlink.org Second, because WINLINK was
built to handle slow-speed radio connections, receiving a load of spam
would be catastrophic for throughput over a slow modem protocol. To
avoid this, WINLINK developers put in a “white list” — a list for each
WINLINK email user of who is allowed to send them email. While the
WINLINK user can simply add you to their email-okay list, there’s an
even simpler way for support amateurs to bypass this, which will not be
known by spammers — just put //WL2K at the beginning of your subject
line. For example, like this: //WL2K What is your current Status? With
those two critical components of the Winlink email message format,
anyone with normal email can make needed communications to a deployed
volunteer who is participating in the WINLINK system. One caveat:
WINLINK can’t “force” email onto a volunteer who doesn’t have their
radio turned on, or isn’t connecting into a Winlink server station, so
it depends on periodic check-ins by the participant to check for,
receive and send email by radio. Approximately 50,000 messages per month
are transacted by this system, so it is in regular substantial usage.
WINLINK email-users can also add entire domains to their “white list”
(e.g., arrl.org, arrl.net, em.myflorida.com and state.fl.us ) — which
might be a useful thing to do for those who are going to be deployed and
will be in contact with officials or managers. — — Gordon Gibby, KX4Z,
North Florida Amateur Radio Club Reprinted from “The ARES E-Letter for
November 21, 2018″.
A message from our AARA President Chris Ancelet N5MCY: There aren’t
many places around the world where men and women, whom we have never
met, choose to fight with their lives, to grant each one of us the
rights that not everyone else has. There aren’t many of those places
where these same men and women ask for nothing in return. There is no
institution in this world that commands such unwavering respect as our
United States Military. This is why it was such an honor for the members
of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association to partake in the 1st annual
Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home Special Event on November 10,
2018. Our event kicked off on a chilly Saturday morning at my residence
in Egan, where Tom Dischler (W5OHJ) and I loaded out AMOS II and the
antenna trailer. Tom and I made the short drive to Jennings and
immediately began setting up. We were met shortly thereafter by the
following club members: · Barrett Oge (KG5SSO) · Steve Webre (AF5VR)
· Danny and Kathy Daigle (KD5JSM & KD5TJZ) · David Forrest (KG5SBA)
from the neighboring Lake Charles Club · Glen Thibodeaux (KF5FNP) Once
we were set up, we had a brief meeting with the staff and we were
concerned that the cooler weather would hamper our outcome. We made
arrangements inside of AMOS II to accommodate anyone, even wheelchair
bound, inside of the communications trailer. This would get our veterans
out of the wind where they could sit and enjoy the event. We quickly
began making contacts on 20m as band conditions, overall, we not too
bad. We were able to log over 120 contacts and had a great time on the
radio. As contacts were made, I couldn’t help but notice that the
veterans began to pick up on some of the distances that we were making
contacts to and were amazed that we were even talking to folks as far as
Canada. You could see the excitement in their faces and some of them
began to recollect some of the radio equipment that they personally used
in the Korean and Vietnam war. It was great to be able to listen to
their stories and share in this experience. Another great take away from
today was the number of stations that commended us on hosting this
event. Many of them mentioned that they too had a War Veterans’ home
in their state and they were going to look into hosting events just like
this in the future. I am hopeful that this special event will gain
national notoriety and we have more amateur radio clubs from around the
United States participate in this event. In closing, I would like to
thank the staff of the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home for
allowing us to share in the many events of this weekend. For me, I would
have been perfectly content with only making one contact for the entire
event. Just the time spent listening to the stories from these wonderful
elders was satisfaction enough and very humbling to say the least. We
look forward to sponsoring another event here in the future and hope
that you will join us in recognizing such a great group of American
Patriots. We owe our Veterans a debt we can never fully repay.
Sincerely, Chris Ancelet (N5MCY)
UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS:
12/03 KG5PUL CAINE
12/09 NA5Q ROLAND
12/11 KG5QKH RAY
12/16 K2JDM MOE
12/22 KD6VPC GERARD
01/01 K5QXJ NICK
01/03 KE5UPM AL
01/05 W5AG ARCHIE
01/05 AB5GI ERICK
01/06 N5KNY PAUL
REGION 4 SKYWARN NET
Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4 SkyWarn
Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in Lafayette. Net
Control Operators will alternate each week.
In case the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will
be held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL Tone 103.5.
The December schedule can be found at this link:
When using the SkyWarn 145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver
PL Tone for your area as follows:
NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE Quadrant
94.8 – Central 103.5
Turkey Pot Pie
A simple recipe to make with those leftovers.
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup 1 can chicken broth
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 bag frozen mixed vegetable
4 cups cut-up cooked Turkey 2 Cups Bisquick mix
1 ½ Cup milk
1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray Pam into 9-X-13 inch pan.
2- In 4-qt pot, heat soups, turkey, and vegetables to boiling,
stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Add to pan.
3- In a medium bowl, stir the remaining ingredients together
until blended. Pour evenly over soup mixture. Crust will rise
during cooking.
4-Bake about 30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Try a variety of mixed vegetables and condensed cream soups,
depending on your taste and what you have on hand.
Region 8:
Submitted by Joe Holland KB5VJY LA Section PIC
NELARC and West Monroe High School are Training Hams
West Monroe, La-  A group of amateur radio operators, led by Jim
Ragsdale W5LA, were looking for ways to grow the amateur community.
Knowing that they needed younger people in amateur radio, they contacted
the STEM teacher, Denise Cavin, who invited them to come do a
presentation.  Other locations were also contacted included the Geneva
Academy, a private school, and ULM.
        A group of 14 kids were interested and they entertained the idea
of having a Technician Class training session, so on November 17th, 14
kids from the three schools gathered at the West Monroe High School on a
Saturday morning and the rest was history. 10 New Technicians were
tested and passed.
      The new hams are eager to get on the air, each of them has a HT
and they are expecting to be on the air soon!!  They are kicking around
starting an informal newcomers net!… Thanks to W5LA and his crew, and
Welcome to our new hams! KI5CKH JUSTIN, KI5CKJ TRINITY, KI5CKL DENISE,
KI5CKM MICHAEL, KI5CKN MAKAYLA, KI5CKO EDWIN, KI5CKP WILLIAM,
KI5CKQ JUSTIN, KI5CKR QUENTIN, KI5CKT BRITTANY.
Region 9:
The SELARC “Hamster”
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
Visit our website: www.selarc.org
Vol. 45, No. 12 ………………………….. December 2018
SELARC 2019 Hamfest
As a reminder, The SELARC Hamfest on January 19, 2019, in Hammond is
less than 6 weeks away, and the club is still in need of many more
ticket sales and necessary members or other volunteers to help work the
event.
The 4 main prizes for tickets also listed on the SELARC Hamfest page –
main prize winners do not need to be present at the drawing and if a
non-ham wins can receive the cash value equivalent in place of item,
prizes include:
1st Prize: Yaesu FT-891 HF Transceiver – HF and 6 Meters, All-mode
Transceiver, 100W (25W AM)
2nd Prize: Rig Expert AA-230 – Zoom Antenna Analyzer
3rd Prize: Heil Sound Pro Set – Elite 6 Headset
4th Prize: Yaesu FT-60 Dual Band Handheld
For any questions about the drawing or more information needed to help
sell tickets, please e-mail wb5net@arrl.net
Happy Birthday!!
Birthday Wishes in December go out to – Larry KJ6SET, Elizabeth KM6MWZ,
Richard KG5BA, and Carol KE5GOC.
VE Session Results –
Congratulations to the following new HAM from the November 25 VE
Session!
General: Paul Mobley – Gonzales, La.
Many thanks to the VEs’ who attend the Hammond VE Group exam sessions
every month! Without your support, we couldn’t continue giving back to
Amateur Radio!!
Hope to see you at the December session and again at the Hammond Hamfest
on 19 Jan, 2019!!
It has been a few years since SELARC was a Special Services Club. We
attain this status through the ARRL for maintaining a certain percentage
of SELARC members as as ARRL members, so….membership in ARRL gives
SELARC additional benefits and responsibilities, like appointing QSL
Card Checkers for WAS and WAC awards. you can check out the following
ARRL link for more details at:
If you haven’t joined the ARRL, please consider doing so. It benefits
the club and also gives us a voice with the ARRL as our lobbying body
for Amateur Radio issues in the political arenas!! You can join online,
by mail, or even through SELARC by submitting an ARRL new or renewal
membership application with your SELARC renewal also. By doing this,
SELARC may retain a portion of the ARRL membership fee!
Don’t forget, SELARC membership dues renewals, start on 1st of January
and are in effect until 31st of March of each year, at which time, you
are dropped from the roster!
You can download the membership application from our club webpage and
mail it in or bring it to any club meeting or function! We ask that you
submit a form each year with any changes to phone, email and physical
address so that we can reach you when needed! We also have applications
at all meeting and functions!
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ARES
LA Section ARES Report November 2018
364 Members
35 Active Nets, 1 with NTS Liaison
#Exercises/Training:  25 for 216 hours
#Public Service Events: 4 for 264 hours
#Skywarn Events: 3 for 24 hours
Total:  32 Events for 504 hours
Report by Jim Coleman, AI5B
LA Section Emergency Coordinator
***The Louisiana Section is undergoing the sign-up period and initial
roll-out of ARES CONNECT currently.  ARES members please be watching
your emails for additional information as it becomes available. ARES
CONNECT is scheduled to go online for all sections January 1, 2019.
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LA Section Traffic Manager’s Report
SESSIONS  QNI. QtC. QTR
16.                115  30    120
73,
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
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UPCOMING HAMFESTS:
01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
Location: Hammond, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
MILITARY NEWS:
Please keep Benjamin Holland, son of Joe (KB5VJY) and Meri Holland in
your prayers. Ben joined the U.S. Air Force this month and has begun
basic training in Texas.  Thank You Ben, for your willingness to serve
our country.
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REMINDER:
Deadline for nominations for 2018 Louisiana Section Amateur of the Year
AND 2018 Delta Division Amateur of the Year is December 31, 2018.
Please email me to request the nomination form(s) and instructions and
tell me which award you are sending for……they must be back to me no
later than December 31st……
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I want to take this time to thank everyone for all the support and words
of encouragement that I have received since my appointment as Section
Manager in April.  It has truly been my pleasure to serve each of you to
the best of my abilities. As a Section, we are really doing very well.
My recent trip to ARRL HQ for the “New” Section Managers meeting
revealed that to me.  We continue to receive tremendous support from our
Delta Division leaders like David Norris, K5UZ (Director), Ed Hudgens
WB4RHQ (Vice Director), Keith Barnes W5KB (Assist. Director) and Gary
Stratton K5GLS (Assist. Director).  I hope  each of you had a very Merry
Christmas and will have a Happy New Year and hope to see many of you at
2019’s first Hamfest in Hammond on January 19th.
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018

  • LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018
    SILENT KEYS
    Norbet Newby WA5CFW
    Elizabeth Denton KA5MTG
    Charles Winder, Jr. K5FNN
    Frank Thrash W4DLZ
    Henry P. Forbes KC5KJ
    Sam L. Richardson W5SMH
    Carl Beck W5BEK
    NEW HAMS
    Report for 2018-11-02
    Jared A Mayeaux, KI5BVA
    Donnis H O’bryan, KI5CBV
    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW
    T J Taplin, KI5CBW
    Rex A Schuttler, KI5BUE
    LICENSE UPGRADES
    Report for 2018-11-02
    Camille J Guidry, KG5SWD
    David J Cantrelle, KF5WMS
    Michael J Decossas, KB5OZE
    Gregory Speyrer, KE5DEU
    Michael A Carmouche, KG5TGG
    Dorothy L Minor, KF5YNM
    Richard L Cutrer, KF5TQT
    Shirley M Jordan, KI5BFH
    Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH
    NEW ARRL MEMBERS
    Report for 2018-11-02
    James P Marra, N5HZ
    Divini Luccioni, N3DI
    Ted F Vander Wiede, KB1NDX
    Nathan A Cooper, K5ZFC
    Steven D Brinkley
    William J O Donnell, W5VPM
    Susan Anderson, KE5FMX
    Timothy Sonnier, N5RKK
    Abbigail Wilson, KF5BEW
    Kendra Wilson, KF5FYS
    Galen D Wilson, KF5BET
    John B Maylard, KC6MNO
    David W Ables, KE5NIJ
    Kevin J Abshire, KE5RKT
    Paul J Maia, KB5AIF
    Leonard W Martin, WD5DNQ
    Keith A McDavid, KF5WTK
    Kevin N Boykin, N5CDB
    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW
    Terry J Peek, KD5BIO
    Charles H Edwards, WC5K
    Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ
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    FROM THE ARRL
    Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK
    11/01/2018
    The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing
    what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his
    life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim
    Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and
    retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure
    within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer.
    His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events,
    and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death
    and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him
    best.
    “No one was more generous, loving, and encouraging to others than the
    Reverend Paul Bittner,” said Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, in a post to the
    Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). “He called me last week to chat
    about what he and Mary were up to, like getting material together for
    their always long and hilarious Christmas newsletter. He also knocked me
    out with the latest of his funny experiences in his ‘Rent-a-Rev’
    sideline.” Bittner officiated at the June 2 wedding of two well-known
    midwestern contesters.
    Bittner was licensed in 1949 and held the same call sign ever since. He
    and his wife, Mary, WB0PXM, moved in 2000 to “The Farm,” a 120-acre
    spread in west-central Wisconsin. The first of the more than 50 towers
    began sprouting there before their arrival in 1982. As a ham, he enjoyed
    multi-multi contesting and DXing. His favorite band was 160 meters, and
    his favorite contest was the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest. Bittner’s
    son-in-law — Paul Husby, W0UC — operated VHF contests from The Farm
    and was a multi-multi regular as well.
    “His station stands as a great monument to a selfless man of great
    grace and remarkable achievements,” Lonneke said. “Paul once told me
    that AIH stands for ‘already in heaven.’”
    Contester and former ARRL staffer Dave Patton, NN1N, described Bittner
    as “such a good man and truly great ham.” W1AW Station Manager Joe
    Carcia, NJ1Q, noted that Bittner had volunteered to operate as W1AW/9 as
    a headquarters station in the 2019 IARU HF Championship to celebrate his
    decades in ham radio.
    NCJ Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, said that Bittner helped to build
    stations for many midwestern hams. “He was a mentor to hundreds of
    hams, and his enthusiasm for contesting was infectious,” Wright said.
    Bittner had said he wanted to be buried with a bible, a telegraph key,
    and a climbing belt.
    “Thank you for giving so much of yourself to me and the rest of the
    ham community,” said contester Scott Neader. “We will never forget
    you.”
    FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM
    Station
    11/01/2018
    In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson,
    New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of
    $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio
    station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A.
    Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed an April
    2018 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture(NAL) issued to Tulloch
    for alleged “willful and repeated violation” of Section 301 of the
    Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating an unlicensed FM
    radio station on 90.9 MHz in Paterson. Tulloch did not respond to the
    NAL, the FCC indicated.
    “Commission action in this area is essential because unlicensed radio
    stations do not broadcast Emergency Alert Service messages and therefore
    create a public safety hazard for their listener,” the FCC said in the
    Forfeiture Order. “Moreover, unlicensed radio stations create a danger
    of interference to licensed communications and undermine the
    Commission’s authority over broadcast radio operations.”
    Following up on February 2015 complaints regarding pirate radio
    operations in Paterson, FCC agents spotted a signal on 90.9 MHz that
    “appeared to be an unauthorized radio station.” Agents determined
    the signal was emanating from a multi-family dwelling and noticed an FM
    antenna on the structure. The measured field strength exceeded the
    limits allowed for Part 15 unlicensed devices.
    Through a solicitation broadcast on the station for advertisers and a
    vehicle parked outside the building, the FCC agents were able to
    determine that the telephone number in the announcement belonged to
    Tulloch, and the car was registered in his name. FCC agents made several
    visits to Paterson in late 2015 and early 2016. In October of 2016,
    agents returned to Paterson and determined that the signal source had
    relocated to another nearby multi-family structure. A Notice of
    Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) was posted on the door of the building and
    the following month, the FCC mailed an NOUO to Tulloch.
    Subsequent visits revealed that the station was still in operation, and,
    at some point, had moved back to its prior location. Additional NOUOs
    were issued. Finally, on September 15, 2017, two agents returned to
    Paterson and determined that the station no longer was on the air.
    In the Forfeiture Order, the FCC incorporated by reference the details
    of the investigation spelled out in the earlier NAL.
    The Tulloch case is among dozens that the FCC Enforcement Bureau has
    initiated in the past couple of years in efforts to shut down pirate
    broadcasters across the US, the vast majority of which are not FCC
    amateur licensees.
    New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests
    11/01/2018
    Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill
    side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL
    Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey
    native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since
    meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an
    eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and
    services in the same direction.
    “I’m still trying to understand what is working and where the
    challenges are,” Michel said. “Once I understand where the
    challenges are, I need to understand why. Before I make any changes in
    what we’re doing, I need to make sure the change is a step in the
    right direction and for the right reasons, and not kind of a random
    process.”
    Michel would like to see ARRL focus on the future of Amateur Radio and
    not become the redoubt of a particular generation of radio amateur or
    interest group. He said, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old
    guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new
    things that appeal to people who have different interests and different
    passions.”
    Ham radio appears currently entrenched with opposition often expressed
    to FT8 and other digital modes and protocols that bend Amateur Radio
    traditions and conventions, Michel observed. However, as he sees it,
    technology for the whole of Amateur Radio has been changing, and
    detractors to advances have always been present. He’d like ARRL to
    encourage more technological diversity without creating controversy.
    “My kick is seeing the technology advance,” the former IEEE
    president and CEO said. “I want to see hams embrace the new technology
    — as long as we do that in a way that those who don’t adopt the new
    technology won’t feel abandoned.” In his view, the real reason
    behind the continued enthusiasm for CW “is not the technology; it’s
    the legacy.”
    At the same time, resources should reflect usage and interest, with
    respect to the spectrum and with respect to how many pages QST devotes
    to a particular interest area. “Everything should reflect the growth
    and change, without abandoning the legacy interests.”
    Acknowledging the incessant push to get more young people into Amateur
    Radio, Michel wants to explore ways “to morph some of the League’s
    processes and services and products into something that would appeal to
    the newer generation of hams.”
    “Young people in general don’t join organizations, but they join
    causes,” he said. “With that kind of attitude, how do we develop the
    same kind of ability for people interested in Amateur Radio to
    self-organize around causes? And if we can design the infrastructure
    around that, maybe they’ll see value in ARRL and become a new type of
    member — not one who necessarily comes to ham club meetings once a
    month but finds the League can facilitate what they want to do.”
    Michel said he’s always enjoyed tinkering with ham gear, building it,
    modifying it, and repairing it, and then making it do something new or
    different. He concedes that while he has not had an opportunity to do
    much hamming as he’s moved around with the military and for academic
    and business pursuits, he’d like to become more active, and he is
    presently exploring his options as an apartment dweller. As for FT8,
    he’d like to try it, if for no other reason than the novelty.
    Michel said he definitely wants to encourage partnerships with other
    organizations with which ARRL might share some common ground, including
    IEEE.
    “We can’t do everything ourselves. We have to find partnerships,”
    he said. Some IEEE operating units would be applicable to Amateur Radio,
    and he’s already heard from two unit heads that are both hams.
    Michel also feels that radio amateurs need to extend their gaze beyond
    the everyday nuts and bolts of Amateur Radio operating. “What we need
    to do is protect the spectrum from competition, develop interest in the
    various facets of Amateur Radio, and not try to pick fights ‘in
    house,’” he said. “Spectrum is the gold of the 21st century.”
    Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication
    Development Director
    11/02/2018
    ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director
    of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication
    Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a
    three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018
    Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU
    executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Sustainable Digital
    Development for All,” Bogdan-Martin said she would work toward a
    Telecommunication Development Bureau that helps its members benefit from
    the drivers of innovation and economic development.
    “We must help governments integrate ICTs into their national
    development frameworks, actively support[ing] their ministries to ensure
    digital development strategies emphasize human capacity, digital skills,
    and empowering people,” she said. “I envisage the BDT redoubling its
    efforts on digital inclusion, working to bring online the remaining 3.9
    billion people still offline.”
    Her candidacy had strong support from US officials, including Secretary
    of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FCC Chairman
    Ajit Pai.
    “Ms. Bogdan-Martin is a true leader and professional who has dedicated
    more than 25 years to ensuring that all people can benefit from
    information and communication technologies,” Pompeo wrote in endorsing
    her candidacy. “I have no doubt that Ms. Bogdan-Martin will be a
    driving force to ensure connectivity for all.”
    FCC Chairman Pai extended congratulations to Bogdan-Martin, who, he
    said, “has deep expertise in development issues and will play a
    pivotal role in accelerating the spread of digital communications
    throughout the globe.”
    Bogdan-Martin has more than 20 years of experience at the ITU. During
    the past decade she has headed the ITU General Secretariat Strategic
    Planning and Membership Department for the Secretary-General. Her
    responsibilities have included developing the ITU’s strategic and
    operational plans in the context of ICT trends and the global
    information economy, representing the ITU in engagement with other
    bodies, and directing and managing all ITU global conferences.
    She launched Equals Global Partnership, a multi-stakeholder
    evidence-based network bringing women to technology, and technology to
    women. She also directed the first ITU global youth summit that featured
    700 participants and 3,000 remote participants, and she established the
    ITU office to the United Nations where she has been serving as ITU
    Representative to the UN High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP).
    2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day
    December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z
    SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather
    Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the
    contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the
    National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS
    offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
    SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions
    1. Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as
    many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15,
    10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via
    repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate
    the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators
    during threatening weather.
    2. Date NWS stations will operate December 1, 2018, from 0000 – 2400
    UTC.
    3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two-word
    description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly
    cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).
    4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM,
    RTTY, CW, FT8 and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event
    stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).
    5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a
    non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.
    6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide
    event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again
    be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion
    of SRD.
    7. Log Submission: To submit your log summary for SRD use the online
    submission form.
    Deadline for log submission is January 31, 2019.
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    ***2019 ARRL Field Day is June 22-23
    2019 Field Day will be held June 22-23, 2019.  Field Day is always held
    on the 4th full weekend in June.
    The 2019 Rules will be updated/released in March 2019.
    2018 Field Day results will appear in December QST
    LA SECTION RESULTS:
    LOUISIANA SECTION 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY RESULTS
    (PER DECEMBER 2018 QST)
    TOTAL ENTRIES: 24
    Score listings are grouped according to the number of transmitters in
    simultaneous operation and their entry class. The listings show club or
    group name, call sign(s) used, total number of QSOs, number indicating
    power output used, number of participants, and total score including
    bonus points and ARRL Section.
    THREE OR MORE PERSON CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE
    1A-COMMERCIAL
    WESTSIDE ARC  W5ABD  32/2/6/314 LA
    2A
    LA DELTA RC  KC5DR(+WA5WX)  395/2/45/1,982  LA
    SOUTH LAKE CHARLES HAM GRP  KI5EE  431/2/4/1,646  LA
    3A
    BATON ROUGE ARC  W5GIX(+K5LSU)  731/2/60/3,142  LA
    SPRINGHILL ARC LLC  N5II  240/2/6/698  LA
    3A COMMERCIAL
    SE LA ARC  WM5T  218/2/7/522  LA
    ACADIANA ARA  W5DDL(+W5EXI)  1,365/2/20/3,836  LA
    5A COMMERCIAL
    CENTRAL LA ARC  N5I  1,216/2/35/4,254  LA
    ONE OR TWO PERSONS/CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE
    1B-1 OPERATOR
    K5BIU  219/2/1/1,024  LA
    N5JSC  118/2/1/386  LA
    K5TAE  28/2/1/206  LA
    1B-1 OPERATOR BATTERY
    K5SL  515/5/1/5,400 LA
    HOME STATIONS COMMERCIAL POWER
    1D
    K1DW  175/2/1/750  LA
    AA5AU  318/1/1/636  LA
    K2ZP  57/2/1/164  LA
    KG5GJT  45/2/1/140  LA
    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER
    1E
    KA5M  406/2/1/1,774  LA
    3E
    W5GAD  1,085/2/57/4,878  LA
    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER-BATTERY
    EOC STATIONS
    2F
    BAYOULAND EMERGENCY ARC  W5BMC  12/2/11/474  LA
    5F
    OZONE ARC  W5SLA  102/2/25/808  LA
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    ARES:  LA Section
    October 2018
    ARES Members:  352
    Active nets: 53 / with NTS Liaison:  3
    Number of Exercises/Training:  41 / 361 hours
    Number of Public Service Events:  2 / 432 hours
    Number of Emergency Operations:  0 / 0 hours
    Number of Skywarn Events:  3 / 34 hours
    Total:  46 / 827
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    Louisiana Traffic Report October 2018
    SESSIONS    QNI    QTC    QTR
    16                105    20      1.5 HOURS
    LOUISIANA HF ARES NET
    SSESSIONS QNI QTC  QTR
    4                110  0      2 HOURS
    73,
    Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
    LOUISIANA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER
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    Subject: LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Nominations now being accepted
    All LA Section ARRL Members,
    Nominations for the LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Award are now being
    accepted thru December 31, 2018.  The award will be announced at the
    Hammond Hamfest January 19, 2019.
    The nomination procedure is as follows:
    1)    Please follow these instructions.  Complete the form and attach your
    documentation. The Award Selection Committee will only see your attached
    documentation for each individual with nothing to identify the nominee.
    a)    Minimum requirements for a nominee – 5 years uninterrupted ARRL
    membership.  (Committee may waive this for a new Ham who is an ARRL
    member and has shown exemplary participation and accomplishments.)
    b)    On an attached page please use only BULLET statements to document
    the
    nominee’s participation and accomplishments.
    c)    Do not use a name, call sign or any statement information that would
    identify the nominee in the bullet statements.
    2)    Mail or email the completed nomination to the ARRL Louisiana Section
    Manager (Mailing address available on ARRL website or latest issue of
    QST).
    3)    The Section Manager will appoint an independent selection committee
    to make the final selection.
    4)    Additional support documents (pictures, news articles) may be
    attached, but will not be used unless there is a tie or verification is
    required.
    To obtain the nomination form please email me at K5JMR@ARRL.ORG and I
    will email you the nomination form.  Please return to me no later than
    December 31, 2018.
    Thank you!
    ——————————————————————–
    ARRL Louisiana Section
    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
    UPCOMING HAMFESTS:  LA SECTION
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
    Location: Minden, LA
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association
    Website: http://n5rd.org
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
    Location: Hammond, LA
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
    UPCOMING HAMFESTS: DELTA DIVISION
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    12/01/2018 | Arkansas DX Association Annual Conference
    Location: North Little Rock, AR
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Sponsor: Arkansas DX Association
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    01/25/2019 | Mississippi State Convention (Capital City Hamfest)
    Location: Jackson, MS
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club
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    ARRL Louisiana Section
    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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  • Nicholas Frederick <djnick7@gmail.com>
    To:John Mark Robertson
    Nov 28, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Hey John Mark,

    I don’t really care, but I wanted you to know that I was left off the list of license upgrade. I upgraded at the same time as the rest of those guys. Like I said, I don’t care that I was left off, so don’t worry about it. I just wanted to make sure that you knew that I am now a full Amateur Extra.

    73,

    Nicholas Frederick – W4NDF

    District Emergency Coordinator – LA Region 1 ARES

    ARES Official Emergency Station

    Member – ARRL, ARES, JARC, DDXA, SELCOM, SKYWARN

    Vice Commander – USCG Aux Flotilla 47

    Email: W4NDF@arrl.net

    Phone: (504) 430-6018

    Hamshack Hotline: 618

    Fax: (504) 459-9300

    Emergency Line: (504) 383-4382

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    From: ARRL Members Only Web site <memberlist@www.arrl.org>
    Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:51 AM
    To: <w4ndf@arrl.net>
    Subject: Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter November 2018

    LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018

    SILENT KEYS

    Norbet Newby WA5CFW

    Elizabeth Denton KA5MTG

    Charles Winder, Jr. K5FNN

    Frank Thrash W4DLZ

    Henry P. Forbes KC5KJ

    Sam L. Richardson W5SMH

    Carl Beck W5BEK

    NEW HAMS

    Report for 2018-11-02

    Jared A Mayeaux, KI5BVA

    Donnis H O’bryan, KI5CBV

    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW

    T J Taplin, KI5CBW

    Rex A Schuttler, KI5BUE

    LICENSE UPGRADES

    Report for 2018-11-02

    Camille J Guidry, KG5SWD

    David J Cantrelle, KF5WMS

    Michael J Decossas, KB5OZE

    Gregory Speyrer, KE5DEU

    Michael A Carmouche, KG5TGG

    Dorothy L Minor, KF5YNM

    Richard L Cutrer, KF5TQT

    Shirley M Jordan, KI5BFH

    Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH

    NEW ARRL MEMBERS

    Report for 2018-11-02

    James P Marra, N5HZ

    Divini Luccioni, N3DI

    Ted F Vander Wiede, KB1NDX

    Nathan A Cooper, K5ZFC

    Steven D Brinkley

    William J O Donnell, W5VPM

    Susan Anderson, KE5FMX

    Timothy Sonnier, N5RKK

    Abbigail Wilson, KF5BEW

    Kendra Wilson, KF5FYS

    Galen D Wilson, KF5BET

    John B Maylard, KC6MNO

    David W Ables, KE5NIJ

    Kevin J Abshire, KE5RKT

    Paul J Maia, KB5AIF

    Leonard W Martin, WD5DNQ

    Keith A McDavid, KF5WTK

    Kevin N Boykin, N5CDB

    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW

    Terry J Peek, KD5BIO

    Charles H Edwards, WC5K

    Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ

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    FROM THE ARRL

    Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

    11/01/2018

    The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing

    what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his

    life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim

    Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and

    retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure

    within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer.

    His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events,

    and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death

    and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him

    best.

    “No one was more generous, loving, and encouraging to others than the

    Reverend Paul Bittner,” said Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, in a post to the

    Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). “He called me last week to chat

    about what he and Mary were up to, like getting material together for

    their always long and hilarious Christmas newsletter. He also knocked me

    out with the latest of his funny experiences in his ‘Rent-a-Rev’

    sideline.” Bittner officiated at the June 2 wedding of two well-known

    midwestern contesters.

    Bittner was licensed in 1949 and held the same call sign ever since. He

    and his wife, Mary, WB0PXM, moved in 2000 to “The Farm,” a 120-acre

    spread in west-central Wisconsin. The first of the more than 50 towers

    began sprouting there before their arrival in 1982. As a ham, he enjoyed

    multi-multi contesting and DXing. His favorite band was 160 meters, and

    his favorite contest was the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest. Bittner’s

    son-in-law — Paul Husby, W0UC — operated VHF contests from The Farm

    and was a multi-multi regular as well.

    “His station stands as a great monument to a selfless man of great

    grace and remarkable achievements,” Lonneke said. “Paul once told me

    that AIH stands for ‘already in heaven.’”

    Contester and former ARRL staffer Dave Patton, NN1N, described Bittner

    as “such a good man and truly great ham.” W1AW Station Manager Joe

    Carcia, NJ1Q, noted that Bittner had volunteered to operate as W1AW/9 as

    a headquarters station in the 2019 IARU HF Championship to celebrate his

    decades in ham radio.

    NCJ Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, said that Bittner helped to build

    stations for many midwestern hams. “He was a mentor to hundreds of

    hams, and his enthusiasm for contesting was infectious,” Wright said.

    Bittner had said he wanted to be buried with a bible, a telegraph key,

    and a climbing belt.

    “Thank you for giving so much of yourself to me and the rest of the

    ham community,” said contester Scott Neader. “We will never forget

    you.”

    FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM

    Station

    11/01/2018

    In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson,

    New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of

    $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio

    station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A.

    Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed an April

    2018 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture(NAL) issued to Tulloch

    for alleged “willful and repeated violation” of Section 301 of the

    Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating an unlicensed FM

    radio station on 90.9 MHz in Paterson. Tulloch did not respond to the

    NAL, the FCC indicated.

    “Commission action in this area is essential because unlicensed radio

    stations do not broadcast Emergency Alert Service messages and therefore

    create a public safety hazard for their listener,” the FCC said in the

    Forfeiture Order. “Moreover, unlicensed radio stations create a danger

    of interference to licensed communications and undermine the

    Commission’s authority over broadcast radio operations.”

    Following up on February 2015 complaints regarding pirate radio

    operations in Paterson, FCC agents spotted a signal on 90.9 MHz that

    “appeared to be an unauthorized radio station.” Agents determined

    the signal was emanating from a multi-family dwelling and noticed an FM

    antenna on the structure. The measured field strength exceeded the

    limits allowed for Part 15 unlicensed devices.

    Through a solicitation broadcast on the station for advertisers and a

    vehicle parked outside the building, the FCC agents were able to

    determine that the telephone number in the announcement belonged to

    Tulloch, and the car was registered in his name. FCC agents made several

    visits to Paterson in late 2015 and early 2016. In October of 2016,

    agents returned to Paterson and determined that the signal source had

    relocated to another nearby multi-family structure. A Notice of

    Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) was posted on the door of the building and

    the following month, the FCC mailed an NOUO to Tulloch.

    Subsequent visits revealed that the station was still in operation, and,

    at some point, had moved back to its prior location. Additional NOUOs

    were issued. Finally, on September 15, 2017, two agents returned to

    Paterson and determined that the station no longer was on the air.

    In the Forfeiture Order, the FCC incorporated by reference the details

    of the investigation spelled out in the earlier NAL.

    The Tulloch case is among dozens that the FCC Enforcement Bureau has

    initiated in the past couple of years in efforts to shut down pirate

    broadcasters across the US, the vast majority of which are not FCC

    amateur licensees.

    New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests

    11/01/2018

    Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill

    side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL

    Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey

    native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since

    meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an

    eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and

    services in the same direction.

    “I’m still trying to understand what is working and where the

    challenges are,” Michel said. “Once I understand where the

    challenges are, I need to understand why. Before I make any changes in

    what we’re doing, I need to make sure the change is a step in the

    right direction and for the right reasons, and not kind of a random

    process.”

    Michel would like to see ARRL focus on the future of Amateur Radio and

    not become the redoubt of a particular generation of radio amateur or

    interest group. He said, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old

    guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new

    things that appeal to people who have different interests and different

    passions.”

    Ham radio appears currently entrenched with opposition often expressed

    to FT8 and other digital modes and protocols that bend Amateur Radio

    traditions and conventions, Michel observed. However, as he sees it,

    technology for the whole of Amateur Radio has been changing, and

    detractors to advances have always been present. He’d like ARRL to

    encourage more technological diversity without creating controversy.

    “My kick is seeing the technology advance,” the former IEEE

    president and CEO said. “I want to see hams embrace the new technology

    — as long as we do that in a way that those who don’t adopt the new

    technology won’t feel abandoned.” In his view, the real reason

    behind the continued enthusiasm for CW “is not the technology; it’s

    the legacy.”

    At the same time, resources should reflect usage and interest, with

    respect to the spectrum and with respect to how many pages QST devotes

    to a particular interest area. “Everything should reflect the growth

    and change, without abandoning the legacy interests.”

    Acknowledging the incessant push to get more young people into Amateur

    Radio, Michel wants to explore ways “to morph some of the League’s

    processes and services and products into something that would appeal to

    the newer generation of hams.”

    “Young people in general don’t join organizations, but they join

    causes,” he said. “With that kind of attitude, how do we develop the

    same kind of ability for people interested in Amateur Radio to

    self-organize around causes? And if we can design the infrastructure

    around that, maybe they’ll see value in ARRL and become a new type of

    member — not one who necessarily comes to ham club meetings once a

    month but finds the League can facilitate what they want to do.”

    Michel said he’s always enjoyed tinkering with ham gear, building it,

    modifying it, and repairing it, and then making it do something new or

    different. He concedes that while he has not had an opportunity to do

    much hamming as he’s moved around with the military and for academic

    and business pursuits, he’d like to become more active, and he is

    presently exploring his options as an apartment dweller. As for FT8,

    he’d like to try it, if for no other reason than the novelty.

    Michel said he definitely wants to encourage partnerships with other

    organizations with which ARRL might share some common ground, including

    IEEE.

    “We can’t do everything ourselves. We have to find partnerships,”

    he said. Some IEEE operating units would be applicable to Amateur Radio,

    and he’s already heard from two unit heads that are both hams.

    Michel also feels that radio amateurs need to extend their gaze beyond

    the everyday nuts and bolts of Amateur Radio operating. “What we need

    to do is protect the spectrum from competition, develop interest in the

    various facets of Amateur Radio, and not try to pick fights ‘in

    house,’” he said. “Spectrum is the gold of the 21st century.”

    Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication

    Development Director

    11/02/2018

    ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director

    of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication

    Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a

    three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018

    Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU

    executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Sustainable Digital

    Development for All,” Bogdan-Martin said she would work toward a

    Telecommunication Development Bureau that helps its members benefit from

    the drivers of innovation and economic development.

    “We must help governments integrate ICTs into their national

    development frameworks, actively support[ing] their ministries to ensure

    digital development strategies emphasize human capacity, digital skills,

    and empowering people,” she said. “I envisage the BDT redoubling its

    efforts on digital inclusion, working to bring online the remaining 3.9

    billion people still offline.”

    Her candidacy had strong support from US officials, including Secretary

    of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FCC Chairman

    Ajit Pai.

    “Ms. Bogdan-Martin is a true leader and professional who has dedicated

    more than 25 years to ensuring that all people can benefit from

    information and communication technologies,” Pompeo wrote in endorsing

    her candidacy. “I have no doubt that Ms. Bogdan-Martin will be a

    driving force to ensure connectivity for all.”

    FCC Chairman Pai extended congratulations to Bogdan-Martin, who, he

    said, “has deep expertise in development issues and will play a

    pivotal role in accelerating the spread of digital communications

    throughout the globe.”

    Bogdan-Martin has more than 20 years of experience at the ITU. During

    the past decade she has headed the ITU General Secretariat Strategic

    Planning and Membership Department for the Secretary-General. Her

    responsibilities have included developing the ITU’s strategic and

    operational plans in the context of ICT trends and the global

    information economy, representing the ITU in engagement with other

    bodies, and directing and managing all ITU global conferences.

    She launched Equals Global Partnership, a multi-stakeholder

    evidence-based network bringing women to technology, and technology to

    women. She also directed the first ITU global youth summit that featured

    700 participants and 3,000 remote participants, and she established the

    ITU office to the United Nations where she has been serving as ITU

    Representative to the UN High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP).

    2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day

    December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z

    SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather

    Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the

    contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the

    National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS

    offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

    SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

    1. Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as

    many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15,

    10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via

    repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate

    the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators

    during threatening weather.

    2. Date NWS stations will operate December 1, 2018, from 0000 – 2400

    UTC.

    3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two-word

    description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly

    cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

    4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM,

    RTTY, CW, FT8 and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event

    stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).

    5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a

    non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

    6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide

    event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again

    be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion

    of SRD.

    7. Log Submission: To submit your log summary for SRD use the online

    submission form.

    Deadline for log submission is January 31, 2019.

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    ***2019 ARRL Field Day is June 22-23

    2019 Field Day will be held June 22-23, 2019.  Field Day is always held

    on the 4th full weekend in June.

    The 2019 Rules will be updated/released in March 2019.

    2018 Field Day results will appear in December QST

    LA SECTION RESULTS:

    LOUISIANA SECTION 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY RESULTS

    (PER DECEMBER 2018 QST)

    TOTAL ENTRIES: 24

    Score listings are grouped according to the number of transmitters in

    simultaneous operation and their entry class. The listings show club or

    group name, call sign(s) used, total number of QSOs, number indicating

    power output used, number of participants, and total score including

    bonus points and ARRL Section.

    THREE OR MORE PERSON CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE

    1A-COMMERCIAL

    WESTSIDE ARC  W5ABD  32/2/6/314 LA

    2A

    LA DELTA RC  KC5DR(+WA5WX)  395/2/45/1,982  LA

    SOUTH LAKE CHARLES HAM GRP  KI5EE  431/2/4/1,646  LA

    3A

    BATON ROUGE ARC  W5GIX(+K5LSU)  731/2/60/3,142  LA

    SPRINGHILL ARC LLC  N5II  240/2/6/698  LA

    3A COMMERCIAL

    SE LA ARC  WM5T  218/2/7/522  LA

    ACADIANA ARA  W5DDL(+W5EXI)  1,365/2/20/3,836  LA

    5A COMMERCIAL

    CENTRAL LA ARC  N5I  1,216/2/35/4,254  LA

    ONE OR TWO PERSONS/CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE

    1B-1 OPERATOR

    K5BIU  219/2/1/1,024  LA

    N5JSC  118/2/1/386  LA

    K5TAE  28/2/1/206  LA

    1B-1 OPERATOR BATTERY

    K5SL  515/5/1/5,400 LA

    HOME STATIONS COMMERCIAL POWER

    1D

    K1DW  175/2/1/750  LA

    AA5AU  318/1/1/636  LA

    K2ZP  57/2/1/164  LA

    KG5GJT  45/2/1/140  LA

    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER

    1E

    KA5M  406/2/1/1,774  LA

    3E

    W5GAD  1,085/2/57/4,878  LA

    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER-BATTERY

    EOC STATIONS

    2F

    BAYOULAND EMERGENCY ARC  W5BMC  12/2/11/474  LA

    5F

    OZONE ARC  W5SLA  102/2/25/808  LA

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    ARES:  LA Section

    October 2018

    ARES Members:  352

    Active nets: 53 / with NTS Liaison:  3

    Number of Exercises/Training:  41 / 361 hours

    Number of Public Service Events:  2 / 432 hours

    Number of Emergency Operations:  0 / 0 hours

    Number of Skywarn Events:  3 / 34 hours

    Total:  46 / 827

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    Louisiana Traffic Report October 2018

    SESSIONS    QNI    QTC    QTR

    16                105    20      1.5 HOURS

    LOUISIANA HF ARES NET

    SSESSIONS QNI QTC  QTR

    4                110  0      2 HOURS

    73,

    Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS

    LOUISIANA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER

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    Subject: LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Nominations now being accepted

    All LA Section ARRL Members,

    Nominations for the LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Award are now being

    accepted thru December 31, 2018.  The award will be announced at the

    Hammond Hamfest January 19, 2019.

    The nomination procedure is as follows:

    1)            Please follow these instructions.  Complete the form and attach your

    documentation. The Award Selection Committee will only see your attached

    documentation for each individual with nothing to identify the nominee.

    a)            Minimum requirements for a nominee – 5 years uninterrupted ARRL

    membership.  (Committee may waive this for a new Ham who is an ARRL

    member and has shown exemplary participation and accomplishments.)

    b)            On an attached page please use only BULLET statements to document

    the

    nominee’s participation and accomplishments.

    c)            Do not use a name, call sign or any statement information that would

    identify the nominee in the bullet statements.

    2)            Mail or email the completed nomination to the ARRL Louisiana Section

    Manager (Mailing address available on ARRL website or latest issue of

    QST).

    3)            The Section Manager will appoint an independent selection committee

    to make the final selection.

    4)            Additional support documents (pictures, news articles) may be

    attached, but will not be used unless there is a tie or verification is

    required.

    To obtain the nomination form please email me at K5JMR@ARRL.ORG and I

    will email you the nomination form.  Please return to me no later than

    December 31, 2018.

    Thank you!

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    ARRL Louisiana Section

    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS:  LA SECTION

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest

    Location: Minden, LA

    Type: ARRL Hamfest

    Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association

    Website: http://n5rd.org

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest

    Location: Hammond, LA

    Type: ARRL Hamfest

    Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS: DELTA DIVISION

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    12/01/2018 | Arkansas DX Association Annual Conference

    Location: North Little Rock, AR

    Type: ARRL Convention

    Sponsor: Arkansas DX Association

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    01/25/2019 | Mississippi State Convention (Capital City Hamfest)

    Location: Jackson, MS

    Type: ARRL Convention

    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club

    Website: http://msham.org

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    ARRL Louisiana Section

    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter April/May 2018

LA SECTION MANAGER NEWSLETTER APRIL/MAY 2018
NEW APPOINTMENTS:
Assistant Section Manager:  Michael R. (Mike) McCrary WB5LJQ.
Section Emergency Coordinator:  James M. (Jim) Coleman AI5B.
Section Traffic Manager:  Jimmy Lewis AB5YS.
Public Information Coordinator: Joseph (Joe)Holland KB5VJY.  Joe also
ADEC Region 8 ARES.
PIO Region 6: Jim Bookter N5NVP. Jim also remains as Affiliated Club
Coordinator.
PIO Region 4:  Ed Roy WA5TNK. Ed will also remain as EC Lafayette Parish
ARES.
Local Government Liaison-Region 4: Jaclyn (Jackie) Price KA5LMZ. In
addition to already being EC Region 4 St. Mary Parish.
Technical Specialist:  Cedric F. Walker K5CFW.
Technical Specialist:  Christopher Higginbotham KG5VRQ.
ARES Region 8 EC Ouachita Parish Kevin Thomas W5KGT.
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SILENT KEYS for 2018:
JIM MOLAN KG5IGG
JOSEPH C BIENVENU WO5G
DONALD L STRODTMAN NJ5X
RICHARD K MAIER K9FTT
CHARLES E STARK N5AIB
ALLEN G VROOMAN N0CMW
JOHN E NASTASI, Sr N5CBB
EVERETT W WILD KG5MKU
HOWARD M HILL N5HMH
EARL L MORROW W5ELM
HERBERT D YOUNG KC5DHP
CLARENCE G SIKES KA5BNV
LUTHER C APGAR N5SRY
EDMOND B MORRIS KZ5K
JIMMIE L REEVES N8OVD
BILL SULLIVAN KB5PKW
JIMMIE WEAVER KF5IHX
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New Louisiana Hams within last 6 months:  Congrats and Welcome!
James A Danley, KG5ZCD
Ramon J Vega, KG5ZLD
Casey N Fernandez, KG5ZCC
Ronald V Jung, KG5ZAM
John W Leblanc, KG5ZEX
Jacob T Miller, KG5ZAK
Matthew J Fore, KG5ZEW
Thomas E Bennett, KG5ZLF
Roger D Peters, KG5ZLE
Michael C Brandon, KG5ZAL
Becky B Fritchie, KG5ZLB
John H Willis, KG5ZCE
Charles E Foster, KG5ZLC
Benjamin M Simmons, KG5ZMP
Robert W Stoll, KG5ZMQ
Amber S Reese, KG5ZBZ
Per ARRL website.
LA License Upgrades within last 6 months Per ARRL: Congrats!
Michael A St Pierre, KG5TGN
David P Forrest, KG5SBA
Nathaniel T Holland, KG5VRS
Jeffrey N Marcotte, KG5RKU
Keith H Jordan, KG5ZEQ
22 NEW/RENEWAL LA ARRL Members Per ARRL: Congrats and Welcome!
William E Burke, W5XNO
James F Williams, KG5DGA
Francis Minor, KF5YNN
Dorothy Minor, KF5YNM
George R Macri, KC9BCD
James D Dillon, N0KWA
John Leblanc, KG5ZEX
Michael J LeBlanc, N5MJL
A J Powell, W5SPD
Roger D Peters, KG5ZLE
Beauman Breeden, KC5DXR
Lacy E Breeden, AB5SB
Erne M Noble, KB5FKA
John D Scalzo, KG5YZJ
Eddie J Guidry, KF5ZFR
David L Raney, K5NAX
Frank P Robison, KA5RRQ
Kevin G Thomas, W5KGT
Robert A Moore, W5OPF
George Gaiennie
Keith H Jordan, KG5ZEQ
Mark F Kelley, AG5DT
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ARRL NEWS:
New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change
04/04/2018
ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one
floor down at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership
of the organization with an overarching goal of promoting the League’s
mission, “To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur
Radio.” Shelley has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters
toiling out of the limelight, so he’s a bit of an unknown quantity
within the greater Amateur Radio community. But, he brings to his new
position nearly 3 decades of experience as ARRL’s Chief Financial
Officer. Shelley intends to leverage that background in his role as CEO,
enabling him to hit the ground running.
“I am familiar with the issues that matter to ARRL members and the
Amateur Radio community at large,” Shelley pointed out in his
inaugural “Second Century” editorial “Advancing Amateur Radio,
Together,” in the April issue of QST.
He acknowledged that with both ARRL and Amateur Radio undergoing “a
great deal of change,” not all League members will necessarily be on
the same page, but he believes disagreement about the way forward “can
be healthy, and bring new perspectives to light.” At the same time, he
encouraged individuals to “remain respectful and constructive” in
discussing issues about which they may not agree.
“In my opinion, fulfilling ARRL’s mission means doing so for all
Amateur Radio operators, regardless of their license class, level of
technical ability, or particular interests within the wide range of
activities that Amateur Radio has to offer,” Shelley allowed.
Increasing the number of younger radio amateurs will benefit both the
avocation and ARRL, he said. And despite any generational rift —
perceived or otherwise — between older and younger hams, “There’s
more to enjoy than ever before — Amateur Radio in 2018 looks and
sounds different than it did in 1968 or even in 1988 — and licensing
numbers indicate that people are still interested in exploring Amateur
Radio.”
Blazing the trail for Amateur Radio’s future should involve all hams,
Shelley believes, noting that for more than a year, a team at ARRL
Headquarters has been looking into how to better define the needs of
radio amateurs “in the various generational and interest groups, and
plan for how ARRL can respond to those needs” effectively. ARRL’s
research, he said, has made clear that all radio amateurs want help,
regardless of license class, experience, and interests. “They want
help figuring out which activities to get involved in, what kind of gear
they need for those activities, and where to find like-minded fellow
hams,” Shelly wrote, urging radio amateurs to be there for each
other.
“[We] all need to keep our vibrant and varied community moving forward
amid great change,” Shelley concluded. “Let’s keep encouraging
others to join our wonderful hobby, let’s keep talking to each other,
and let’s keep teaching each other — after all, that’s the
tried-and-true ham way. It’s how we’ve gotten this far.”
The ARRL Board elected Shelley as CEO in January, to succeed Tom
Gallagher, NY2RF, who has retired. As Shelley himself nears his own
retirement over the next 18 months, the League continues to advertise
for applicants to fill the CEO position on a long-term basis.
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Hamvention Setting Space Aside to Spotlight Emergency Communication
Vehicles
03/27/2018
In keeping with its theme, “Serving the Community,” Hamvention®
2018 is offering an opportunity for Amateur Radio groups to display the
communication vehicles they use to serve their communities. A special
area has been set aside at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
for emergency communication trailers, vans, trucks, and other vehicles.
Hamvention organizers are hoping that emergency response groups such as
ARES, RACES, CERT, and others with an interest in Amateur Radio
emergency communication will take advantage.
“The displays will allow groups planning to develop their own units to
get suggestions and ideas and ask questions of those supporting the
vehicles,” Hamvention said in announcing the special display area.
Groups planning to display vehicles are encouraged to have them staffed,
functional, and able to demonstrate their capabilities during
Hamvention.
Gary Hollenbaugh, NJ8BB, who has coordinated Hamvention emergency
communication vehicle displays for 10 years, said that many groups are
thinking about building units and could gain some beneficial ideas from
seeing what other organizations have done. He encouraged teams to make
information about their units available to share with visitors.
Hollenbaugh, who shares EmComm organization duties at Hamvention with
Mike Crawford, KC8GLE, and serves as an assistant to the ARES Section
Emergency Coordinator for Ohio, said he’s looking for innovative
solutions. Past displays have ranged from a pop-up tent at the rear of a
pickup truck to complex RV-based vehicles. Groups that want to
participate can obtain more information on the Hamvention website’s
EmComm page.
During Hamvention, emergency communicators also will have an opportunity
to attend more than 10 forums dealing with public service. Those
attending at least three ARRL-sponsored public service forums will
receive a certificate. One session will offer attendees a chance to hear
firsthand reports from radio amateurs who served in Puerto Rico after
the hurricanes this past year.
“Our theme recognizes the valuable service that Amateur Radio provides
to our communities,” Hamvention General Chair Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ,
said. “We hope the EmComm display and forums provide valuable
information we can all use to be better prepared for that service.”
Hamvention 2018 will take place May 18 – 20 at the Greene County
Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio
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Two Radio Amateurs Now on International Space Station
03/24/2018
With the addition of three new crew members, the International Space
Station (ISS) now has a full complement of six. Astronauts Ricky Arnold,
KE5DAU, and Drew Feustel, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev headed into space
on March 21 aboard a Soyuz MS-08 vehicle, launched from Kazakhstan.
The new ISS residents were welcomed on March 23 as part of the
Expedition 55 crew by station commander Anton Shkaplerov and crew —
Scott Tingle, KG5NZA, and Norishige Kanai. During his time in space,
Arnold, a former educator, will wrap up NASA’s Year of Education on
Station, an initiative to engage students and educators in human
spaceflight and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
careers.
Arnold and Tingle will take turns handling all scheduled Amateur Radio
on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts in April.
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HAMSHACK HOTLINE
By Robert Hobbs, N5ULA
ARES Region 2 DEC
Hamshack Hotline (HH) is a FREE dedicated voip telecom service for the
Ham Radio community.  Typically, phones are established in hamshacks,
EOCs, Clubs & club members, ARES, and other Ham related areas and
functions.  It is not the intention of HH to replace traffic carried
over radio in an emergency or other tactical operation, but rather to
augment it, by offloading managerial tactical operations and providing a
full duplex path for such communications when spectrum is occupied,
conditions diminished, or otherwise unavailable.  HH also supports
FAXing of information (with appropriate equipment) which allows tactical
offices to share documents & data between tactical locations.  In a
non-tactical use, HH is an effective resource for off-air
troubleshooting when you need to coordinate a troubleshoot of a radio
circuit off-air and between multiple SMEs.  In addition to all this,
conference bridges on the HH network allow large groups of Hams to
coordinate & meet in real time anywhere in the world.
Getting on board HH is easy!  Just acquire a SIP capable phone (our
network prefers to register hardware phones first), and open a ticket
once you have your phone.  If you have one of the phones on our
supported hardware list, then also include a picture of the Phone’s
MAC address for super easy provisioning.  Before joining HH, please read
and understand our Covenant.
These phones can be bought on Ebay or Amazon ( I recommend the Cisco
SPA-303  Just remember before you buy a phone make sure it is on the
approved list and that it is unlocked. )
www.hamshackhotline.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
and we’ll see if there’s a spot for you.
7) I have a supported device, I’ve been provisioned, but I can’t seem to
get a connection. What’s
wrong?
We have, from time to time, seen cases where connection can be
challenging. We’ve found that
sometimes rebooting your cable modem and then your router tends to solve
this problem. If
you have done this, and still have trouble, open a ticket with the
helpdesk.
8) Can I have more than one number?
Absolutely! HH will give you a second number on request if you have
another phone you’d like
to hookup. Just open a ticket for it and provide the info we need in
question 4.
9) I’d like to get my club in on this! Can we have a group bridge?
Yes! Please send a copy of your club call, or EOC verifiable contact,
and we can establish a
private or public bridge for your group.
10) I have a large group and we want a block of numbers assigned for
them, is this possible?
Yes, but only when evidence of hardware purchase commitment is provided.
If your group
already has phones, we will ask you for more information about the
phones and to document
who they will be issued to – ie. Tactical position. HHOPS team will
confirm these details with
your group leader for accuracy and completeness.
11) Do I have a voicemail box on my HH line?
Yes. Every HH number has a voicemail box.
12) Do you support FAX?
Yes, HH supports faxing and FEC FAX (T.38) using an approved ATA.
13) Can you call regular phones with an HH line?
Yes, if you have a PSTN agreement with HH. PSTN hosting on HH has a
monthly maintenance
charge of $5 flat. You can purchase your own SIP termination from a 3rd
party and have it
hosted on your HH line. This allows you to receive and make calls with a
public phone number
mapped to your HH line. You can even do simultaneous voice and fax on
the SAME number!
14) What is the service area of HH? If I set my phone up at one
location, and then use it at
another, will it work?
The HH service area is largely defined by the quality of your internet
connectivity. If your
maximum latency is below 500ms, you should enjoy trouble free
performance on HH. You can
setup your phone at one location and it does not matter where you use
your phone as long as the
phone is able to contact our servers. You can dial *43 on your HH phone
to access the echo test
line. You can also dial 611 for the HHOPS team.
If you need more information, please be sure to read the following
documents in our FILES area
or on our website at www.hamshackhotline.com.
• HH Supported Endpoints
• HH Covenant1) Can I use any SIP phone on the HH network?
You may use any SIP endpoint that is on our “Supported Endpoints”
list. See this list for further
clarification and reasoning.
2) Can I use a softphone on HH?
See our “Covenant” for clarification on softphones in the section
entitled “Allowed
Equipment”.
3) Can I connect my own PBX to HH?
Yes! We support SIP and IAX trunking if your PBX also supports it. Just
open a new trunk
request via the helpdesk, and our team will be happy to get you setup
and explain the details.
4) I already have a device on your supported list, what do I need to do
to get started?
Easy Peasey – just open a ticket with our helpdesk and include your
MAC Address, Callsign, &
phone model. Our team will take care of it and let you know when you’re
all set.
5) I don’t have a SIP phone, do you sell phones?
HH does not sell phones. Please acquire them from a source of your
choosing. ie. Ebay,
amazon, etc Read our warning in the Supported Endpoints list!
6) I’m interested in joining the team, who do I talk to?
We’re always looking for qualified help! We’re glad you like what we’re
doing and want to be a
part of it. Contact any member of the HHOPS team and tell us about you!
Let us know your
areas of expertise
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FIELD DAY
Greetings All,
We are quickly approaching the dates for Field Day 2018 and before we
get too close. Please keep in mind that this exercise in communications,
our abilities in engineering, and our leadership.  One thing that we oft
forget is the public.  This whole exercise is basically us passing
traffic for people.  Now take a step back, and even though we have made
our checklists, picked up our fuel, water, portable towers, etc…. we
tend to forget that the overall importance in this exercise is the
people in which we volunteer our time.
About a month out from your field day, whoever your organization has in
place to address the public, PIO generally speaking, needs to send out a
simple press release to your news media agencies.  Radio, Television,
and Print.  make sure you add a catchy first sentence, such as, “On June
23rd amateur radio operators around the world are mobilizing this month
to hone their emergency communications skills”…    This will catch
the eye of the assignment editor, and trust me, they are always looking
for cool “Fluff” stories… too often it’s about slappy the one eyed cat
who saved it’s human. or something like that.. This gives plenty of time
for the news wheels to turn.. (trust me on fluff pieces, it can take
awhile)…..about 2 weeks off from the event, send it again.. this time
follow up with a call if you haven’t gotten a nibble.
NEXT EASY EASY EASY way to get people to know what your doing…
Television and radio Morning shows are ALWAYS looking for something to
talk about..  Contact them at least a month out. because they love
morning guests like us.  A lot of times their show gets hard to fill,
and the cooking segment gets boring.., They will LOVE for you or someone
very talkative in your group, to come on and spend 3-5 minutes talking
about what is going on.  BRING STUFF like a FT-817ND, a Magnetic
resonant loop antenna, your com van/trailer/tent/ tarp huge big show and
tell.  GIVE THEM AN ON AIR CONTACT NUMBER.. for potential new hams.
People will see this, you will get some calls……
LASTLY if you are going to have a practice session… INVITE the media..
(to the actual event as well) they will love to come out..
I will be preparing several press releases for you and your groups to
use.. PLEASE, if you are sending your own, send me a copy.  If you need
help writing or customizing a release, please let me know and I will be
more than happy to help!
73 de Joe KB5VJY
Joseph Holland
Public Information Coordinator
LA-ARRL
ADEC
LA-ARES District 8
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NEWS FROM REGION 8:
Ruston, LA – Hams from all over the state descended in Ruston, Louisiana
on the 28th of April, for the Piney Hills Amateur Radio Association
(Phara) Hot Dog Social.  Club President Jerry Darnell AD5AQ said, ” the
Weather was perfect, for the event.” as he was dropping another bag of
crawfish in the pot.  They had several events including a fox hunt, home
made drones show and tell, a special event station, as well as great hot
dogs and hamburgers.  A drawing was held and the grand prize was a
Kenwood TM-V71A that was won by Darrell AF5NQ.  If you haven’t ever made
a hot dog social, you need to mark it on your calendar to attend!
West Monroe, LA –  The Louisiana Delta Radio Club (LDRC) is on the
move. In West Monroe, a new DMR Repeater is up and operation!  It is a
MMDVM (Multi Mode Digital Voice Modem) which allows several different
modes to operate.  Currently, only DMR and D-STAR is activated but it is
a welcome addition to the area.  If you happen to be in the Northeast
Louisiana area, you can find it on 443.800 + offset.  Callsign for
D-STAR is KC5DR B,  DMR is using Color code 3.  For more information,
please contact KB5VJY@arrl.net  or you can find them at
facebook.com/groups/kc5dr  73!
Monroe, LA –  April 21st was the date of the Northeast Louisiana
Hamfest Sponsored by the Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club.  The
doors were opened and hams from all over the region made their way to
the event.  ARRL Vice Division Director Ed Hudgens, WB4RHQ was well
received in the ARRL forum and brought a wealth of issues the league is
working on,  along with other presentations made by the Louisiana
Section Manager Mark Roberts K5JMR, and Jim Coleman AI5B, Louisiana
Section Emergency Coordinator. Tables were full in the swap and tailgate
area, and several vendors made the trip.  NELARC had a drawing and the
grand prize winner was Eddie Petits N5JGK  and he won the Yaesu
FT-DX1200.  Food and fun was had by all, and can’t wait to see what the
guys up in Northeast Louisiana plan for next year.  73!
NELA CLUB MEETINGS —  Piney Hills Amateur Radio Association  -June
7th at the Louisiana Center for the Blind- Great Room 6:30 pm  phara.us
      Northeast Louisiana Radio Club – June 5th at the West Monroe
Library 6:30pm nelarc.org    Louisiana Delta Radio Club – June 2nd at
Piccadilly Restaurant in Monroe, La 11:30
73 de Joe KB5VJY
Joseph Holland
Public Information Coordinator
LA-ARRL
ADEC
LA-ARES District 8
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NEWS FROM REGION 4:
REGION 4 ARES / SKYWARN ACTIVATION
On Saturday April 14, 2018 a line of severe thunderstorm activity moved
into the Acadiana area producing heavy rain, lightning, and high winds
with some tornado activity. A SkyWarn Net was activated at 0645 on the
145.370 SkyWarn repeater system and a text message alert was sent out to
all ARES members at 0655 Central time.
Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP volunteered to be Net Control Station for this
event. Ed Roy WA5TNK gave real time radar reports all during this
activation. Glen KF5FNP, Ed WA5TNK and David KGJHR were in chat
mode with the National Weather Station in Lake Charles.
Many of the local hams participated in calling in WX observations from
all over Lafayette Parish including Acadia, Iberia, St. Martin and
Vermillion Parishes. These observations included rain conditions, wind
speed / direction and lightning. Radar showed some possibilities of
tornado activity in the Youngsville and Broussard areas. These
observations were reported to the NWS in Lake Charles.
A tornado was reported 3 miles NNW of the Carencro, Louisiana area at
0637AM with a EF-2 rating producing peak winds of 115 MPH with a
path of 4.5 miles and a width of 650 yards and ended at 0640 AM. The
tornado damaged several homes and businesses, a large advertising
billboard and toppled several trees. No fatalities or injuries were
reported.
Those amateur radio operators that took part in this event were: Glen
KF5FNP, Ed WA5TNK, David KG5JHR, Tom W5OHJ, Ray KG5QKH,
Keith W5KB, Bob KG5AYK, Gene KG5PHJ, John KG5NZF, Caine
KG5PUL, Steve KF5VH, Herman KN5GRK, John KG5FMP, Derek
WM5TS, Greg K5LFT, Bob KE5WLZ, Larry KE5KJD and Ric KF5KEL.
The SkyWarn Net ended at 0807 hrs with a total of 18 check-ins with a
total of 36 man hours made this a very significant event for out area
and
every one is to be commended for a job well done.
Submitted by:
Herman Campbell KN5GRK
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NEWS FROM REGION 9:
We made it through April without too much rain, so things are looking
up, somewhat!! However, we did get enough rain to put a hiatus on our
Special Event Station operations at the Strawberry Festival. May brings
us a little dryer weather and also the Louisiana Special Olympics at SLU
this month. Please get with Bob Priez, WB5FBS, and sign-up for your
favorite operating location for this event. Nothing fancy required –
just a good HT and batteries!
June Field Day 2018 is around the corner, so get with Lyle Wales,
KD5JRY, and lock in your operating times if you plan to operate. This
year’s FD will be held at the Ponchatoula Community Center club station.
More discussion on this at the club meeting! Hope 2 CU there!!
From: The SELARC “Hamster” May 2018
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DDD+1:
Acadiana Amateur Radio Association sponsored the Delta Division D-STAR
Day.
May 5, 2018 Lafayette Science Museum.
Speakers and Agenda:
Ray Novak, N9JA – Icom America Inc.
Will Jourdain, AA4WJ – Icom America Inc.
John Davis, WB4QDX – GEMA and D-STARinfo.com
Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH – GA Digital and D-STARinfo.com
Jim McClellan, N5MIJ – US root and Texas Inter Tie, K5TIT
David Norris, K5UZ – ARRL, Delta Division Director
John Mark Robertson, K5JMR – ARRL, Louisiana Section Manager
Michael McCrary, WB5LJQ – ARRL, Louisiana Assistant Section Manager
Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC (Via Skype) – Internet Labs, DV Dongle/DVAP
Agenda
Topics (Subject to change)    Speakers
Delta Division Welcome
Louisiana Section Welcome     David Norris, K5UZ
John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
Intro    Ray Novak, N9JA
Lifecycle of D-STAR – G1/G2/G3    Ray Novak, N9JA
Jim McClellan, N5MIJ
John Davis, WB4QDX
Keith Barnes, W5KB
Quick Key Net – How to Log    John Davis, WB4QDX
Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
D-RATS – Email in an Emergency    John Davis, WB4QDX
GEMA – How We Roll    John Davis, WB4QDX
D-STARinfo.com – Repeater Directories    Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
Other Things D-STAR    John Davis, WB4QDX
Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC
D-STAR in the Area    Keith Barnes, W5KB
Open Microphone
This event was lie streamed by Amateurlogic.tv and is available on
YouTube.
This event was well attended by Hams from several states. Prizes given
away were an Icom ID-5100, Icom ID-4100 and Icom ID-51+2 D-Star radios.
Please see the following links for more information:
ARES:
**See Field Day Information above**
The Louisiana ARES Emergency Communications Plan will be reissued June
15th.  Please be looking for that.
More information on the ARRL ARES plans to be released following Dayton
Hamvention.
LOUISIANA ARES STATS FOR APRIL 2018:
MEMBERS:  311
# ARES NETS ACTIVE:  55
# ARES NETS WITH NTS LIAISON:  4
# EXERCISES & TRAINING SESSIONS:  26  PERSON HOURS:  581
# PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS:  2  PERSON HOURS:  24
# EMERGENCY OEPRATIONS:  0  PERSON HOURS:  0
# SKYWARN OPERATIONS:  6  PERSON HOURS:  129
TOTAL:  Events:  34  Person hours:  734
Jim Coleman, AI5B
LA Section Emergency Coordinator
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
Slidell Hamfest on July 21 at John Slidell Park, 105 Robert Road.
Shreveport-Bossier City Hamfest on 10-11 August with prizes, flea market
and FCC exams! Details at  http://www.shreveporthamfest.com
Greater New Orleans Ham Fest on November 10th, Harahan LA, with prizes
and flea market! Details at
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**If anyone has something they would like to see in the Section Manager
Newsletters; Please contact me at K5JMR@ARRL.org or LA Section PIC Joe
Holland at KB5VJY@ARRL.NET
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MILITARY SPOTLIGHT:
I would like to take this opportunity to Thank all our Men and Women who
serve and have served in our US Military. Your dedication to protect us
all is immensely appreciated. I would like to mention two of our
Louisiana Hams who are currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Both are with the LA National Guard Deployed from Bossier City with the
165th CSSB:
SFC MICHAEL (Mikey) R. McCRARY, JR, K5TNK.
Captain COREY M. McCRARY, W5MMC.
We pray for a safe return home to these two brothers and prayers for all
their family back home!
If anyone would like to see someone mentioned in our Military Spotlight
in future newsletters please let me know.
73,
John Mark Robertson
K5JMR
ARRL* Section Manager
Louisiana
www.arrl.org
www.laarrl.org
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter June/July 2018

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGER’S NEWSLETTER JUNE/JULY 2018
Greetings to all Louisiana ARRL Members! As you all know Hurricane
season began June 1st.  So far, we have had a quiet beginning and thank
goodness for that.
SILENT KEYS:  Our sincere condolences to the families.
Gerald Harking K5NCE
Clark Ruffner KE5LS
Chauncy Patterson W5CSP
Richard Teague K5BTP
Emerson Oaks K5CET
Calvin Bajon WB5CIH
James Mouille KJ5W
Fred Cook KE5LP
James Scott K5AFB
Jimmie L. Reeves N8OVD
NEW HAMS:  Welcome to the hobby!
Bryan P France, KG5ZRI
Brandon M Pierce, KG5ZVA
Conny I Tippett, KG5ZUZ
Gerard T Blanchard, KG5ZQE
Jordon G Gallacher, KG5ZPP
Ronald J Naquin, KG5ZPQ
Corey D Bordelon, KG5ZUR
Bradley T Miller, KG5ZSF
Christopher K Raymond, KI5ABN
Geoffrey R Garrett, KG5ZOD
Landon K Thornhill, KG5ZPC
Jimmy E Walters, KG5ZYM
John R Day, KG5ZPH
George C Gaiennie, KG5ZRL
Jerry S Wyles, KG5ZRJ
Michael J Danner, KI5AKL
Janice W Liang, KI5AKN
Timothy J Wilkerson, KI5AIO
Lindsay J Sullivan, KI5AKO
Patrick J Brady, KI5AKP
Mark P Dauer, KI5AKM
Ralph J Griffin, KI5AIN
Michael W Guzman, KI5AIL
Michael H Delee, KI5AIM
Elisha B Wilson, KI5ADM
Brian A Tarver, KI5AFY
Sean A Dixon, KI5AJY
Ian J Carney, KI5AJW
Phillip L Carney, KI5AJX
Donald W Ward, KI5AJV
Ronald J Bertucci, KI5AGS
Anthony W Miller, KI5AHX
Anthony W Ficklin, KI5AHW
Mikle B Schwaller, KI5ADL
Aaron P Ryan, KI5AHZ
Daiwei Lu, KI5AHQ
Kennedy A Lee, KI5AHY
Kenneth C Loftin, KI5ANX
LICENSE UPGRADES:  Congratulations!
David E Warren, N5YCP
Glenn H Bourgeois, KG5ZEA
William C Roy, KG5WBL
Jeffrey J Tircuit, N5SOE
Robert W Stoll, KG5ZMQ
Scott J Kropog, N5WWY
Michael G Tranchina, WD5CVN
Frank T Palermo, KG5UUN
NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERS:  http://www.arrl.org/membership
Report for 2018-06-04:  Welcome/Welcome back!!
Rudy P Reboul, N5YIC
Joseph L S St Amant, N4TSU
Conny I Tippett, KG5ZUZ
Gerard T Blanchard, KG5ZQE
Trent M Hernandez, KD5PCM
Ronald J Naquin, KG5ZPQ
Laura Leblanc, AB5YP
Irma L Bookter, KE5UPK
Terry L Reeves, KE5OTL
Reuben S Bienvenu, KE5UPJ
Scott A Menard, N5MEG
James W Smith, KG5WES
Steven T Schuler, K5LSX
Robert W Stoll, KG5ZMQ
James E Ogden, KG5BTN
Mitchell I Neill, KG5OIF
Jerry S Wyles, KD5JSW
Henry L Berchak, KG5GTQ
Mark P Dauer, KI5AKM
Jeffrey Farmer, KG5ZFV
Heather M Glass, K6HEY
Dennis V Raymond, KD5EWE
Raymond Costilla, N5KIR
Christopher K Raymond, KI5ABN
Alva L Whittington, KD5RET
Dennis J Stallings, KE5OT
Cheryl Ellis, KA5VOP
John W Odum, K5JWO
Charles E Lee
Neal A Jaber, KG5LWP
William Z Spivey, KD5NAE
Wendy Manuel, KG5MVJ
FROM THE ARRL:
WX4NHC Station Test “Very Successful”
05/31/2018
The annual on-the-air station test of WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station
at the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Saturday, May 26, was
“very successful,” Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R,
reported. Among the guest operators was the new NHC Director, Ken
Graham, WX4KEG.
“All of our radios and antennas worked well,” Ripoll said. “Even
with our equipment maintenance, software updates, we were able to make
over 150 contacts nationwide, including stations in the Caribbean and
South America.” Ripoll said a few dozen contacts were made on the
EchoLink Hurricane Practice Net, thanks to Rob Macedo, KD1CY, and the
VoIP Hurricane Net team.
Several contacts were made on the Florida SARNET, which links more than
25 UHF repeaters statewide, including many emergency operations centers,
Ripoll said. “We also received dozens of weather reports from stations
using HF Winlink
President Nominates Enforcement Bureau Official to FCC
06/04/2018
Acting on a recommendation from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer,
President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Enforcement Bureau Assistant
Chief Geoffrey Starks to fill the Commission’s sole open seat. If
confirmed by the US Senate, Starks would fill the seat vacated by Mignon
Clyburn. Both are Democrats. Republican nominees have a 3-2 advantage on
the FCC, which is headed by Chairman Ajit Pai. Starks’ term would end
in 2022. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is the other Democrat on the
FCC.
An attorney who holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale Law
School, Starks has worked in government for most of his career and
joined the FCC staff in late 2015. Before taking his current job in the
Enforcement Bureau, Starks worked for the Justice Department.
Rosenworcel congratulated Starks on his nomination and said he would be
“a welcome addition” to the Commission. “I look forward to working
with him to advance the public interest and ensure that everyone has
access to modern communications and a fair shot at 21st-century
success,” she said. “In the meantime, I wish him a speedy
confirmation.”
Clyburn called Starks “a sharp communications attorney committed to
public service.”
Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said of Starks, “I know he
will bring a new voice to important debates before the Commission. I
look forward to getting to know him and working beside him in this new
capacity, pending consideration of the nomination by the US Senate.”
FCC Denies Petition Aimed at Preventing Interference from Digital
Repeaters to Analog Repeaters
06/01/2018
The FCC has turned away a Petition for Rulemaking from a Michigan radio
amateur that asked the Commission to amend Section 97.205 of the Amateur
Service rules to ensure that repeaters using digital communication
protocols do not interfere with analog repeaters. Charles P. Adkins,
K8CPA, of Lincoln Park, had specifically requested that discrete analog
and digital repeaters be separated either by distance or frequency and
that digital repeaters be limited to 10 W output, the FCC recounted in
its June 1 denial letter, released over the signature of Scot Stone, the
deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility
Division. According to the letter, Adkins had characterized digital
repeaters as “a major annoyance” to analog repeater operators.
“In 2008, we rejected a suggestion to amend Section 97.205(b) to
designate separate spectrum for digital repeaters in order to segregate
digital and analog communications,” the FCC said in its letter to
Adkins. “We noted that when the Commission has previously addressed
the issue of interference between amateur stations engaging in different
operating activities, it has declined to revise the rules to limit a
frequency segment to one emission type in order to prevent interference
to the operating activities of other Amateur Radio Service
licensees.”
The FCC told Adkins that current Part 97 rules already address the
subject of interference between amateur stations, prohibiting, among
other things, willful or malicious interference to any radio
communication or signal, and spelling out how interference disputes
between repeaters should be handled.
“You have not demonstrated any changed circumstances or other reason
that would warrant revisiting this decision,” the FCC concluded.
“Consequently, we dismiss your petition.”
The FCC did not assign a rulemaking petition (RM) number to Adkins’
petition nor invite public comments.
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ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships
06/04/2018
The ARRL Foundation has announced two new scholarships available to
young radio amateurs to support their post-secondary education, bringing
the total number of scholarships the Foundation administers to 81. The
new scholarships have been endowed by the East Coast Amateur Radio
Service (ECARS) and the Palomar Amateur Radio Club (PARC). Applicants
for the ECARS scholarship must be performing at a high academic level
and pursuing full-time studies at a 2-year vocational school or 4-year
undergraduate degree-granting institution, with no restrictions on the
applicant’s field of study.
ECARS Scholarship applicants must be between 17 and 25 years old at the
time of the award and reside in the general ECARS coverage area, which
includes the ARRL Atlantic, Great Lakes, Hudson, New England, and
Roanoke Divisions (Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland/DC,
Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North
Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont,
Virginia, and West Virginia).  The scholarship award will be $1,000
annually. ECARS will submit an annual contribution for its scholarship.
Applicants for the PARC scholarship must be high school seniors
performing at a high academic level and accepted at an accredited
college, university, junior college, or a vocational-technical school in
the US. They should demonstrate activity and interest in radio service
or technical proficiency by participating in some form of radio-related
activity, such as emergency communications, equipment construction, or
community service. Preference will go to applicants who live in San
Diego or Imperial counties, California. Applicants are encouraged to be
members of PARC.
The scholarship award(s) will be $1,000 annually, with the first
scholarship awarded in 2019. The PARC Scholarship Fund Committee will
determine the number of scholarships to be awarded each year. The PARC
scholarship is endowed with a $25,000 gift from the club.
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Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media
Announcements – Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the
Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public
service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30-
and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with
their Section’s television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public
Relations Department also will provide these announcements files
directly to interested television and radio outlets, and the
announcements are available for downloading from the ARRL website for
members to use in promoting Amateur Radio at club meetings and public
presentations, such as ARRL Field Day on June 23-24 (PSAs specifically
for ARRL Field Day also are available). Those PSAs will also be
available for download from the ARRL website, so that members can
present them at club meetings and other public gatherings.
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MARS Urging Members to Use Computers that are Isolated from the Internet
– US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) headquarters is
recommending that MARS members “migrate to standalone computer systems
for [MARS] radio operations,” subject to the availability of a dedicated
computer. “These computer systems (or their associated local area
networks) should be ‘air-gapped’ from the internet,” Army MARS
Headquarters Operations Officer David McGinnis, K7UXO, said in a message
to members. “Although not a requirement for membership at this time, we
will continue make this a condition of certain parts of our exercises.”
McGinnis pointed to remarks by Cisco researchers in a recent Ars
Technica article that discussed how hackers “possibly working for an
advanced nation” have infected more than a half-million home and
small-office computers “with malware that can be used to collect
communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the
devices with a single command.” McGinnis told Army MARS members that
MARS Headquarters does not discuss specific cyber threats with MARS
members or with the public. “We also cannot confirm or deny information
about specific threats,” he said, adding that he had “no specific
knowledge” about VPN Filter malware and no comment on the Cisco report.
For communication exercises this year, MARS established conditions for a
certain portion of the drill that requires use of standalone computer
systems “normally not connected to the internet.” He said used or
refurbished PCs are widely available at low cost and could be dedicated
to serve a standalone function.
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ARRL Renews Memorandum of Understanding with SATERN, Promotes
Partnerships at Forum – On May 18 at Hamvention, ARRL and The Salvation
Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) renewed the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations that spells out how
they will work together in disaster and emergency responses. ARRL
President Rick Roderick, K5UR, signed the MoU on behalf of ARRL on
Hamvention’s opening day. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH,
represented SATERN at the signing and delivered a copy of the MoU
already signed by The Salvation Army. ARRL Emergency Preparedness
Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said ARRL and SATERN have enjoyed a formal
working relationship since 1976, and the MoU was up for renewal. The MoU
“defines the partnership” between ARRL and SATERN and The Salvation
Army, in which ARRL and SATERN agree to work together toward common
goals, particularly in disaster response, Corey said, adding that the
MoU opens the possibility for sharing resources. Corey said ARRL and
SATERN also have agreed to coordinate their disaster response
activities, to eliminate duplication of effort. SATERN meets regularly
on 14.265 MHz SSB, and is activated for extended periods during disaster
and emergency responses. Cooperation was the focus of an ARRL Hamvention
forum, “Building Partnerships,” attended by more than 100 people.
Leading the discussion were Corey and FEMA Community Partnership
Specialist Sarah Byrne, who outlined the four “Cs” of partnerships:
Collaboration, Communication, Cooperation, and Coordination.
CQ World Wide Contest Rules Updated for 2018 Contest Season
07/12/2018
CQ has announced that, effective with 2018 contests, some modifications
to the CQ World Wide Contest rules have been developed and approved by
the contest committee.
•    The “busted call/NIL” penalty is reduced from 3× to 2×.
•    Email addresses for log submissions have been removed, and the
committee now “strongly prefers” using web uploads to submit logs.
Paper logs will still be accepted.
•    The 10× penalty for “rubber clocking” with MS/M2 entries has
been eliminated, although the committee “will continue to vigorously
pursue time abuses.”
•    The observer program has been eliminated. “Given the absence of a
reasonable pool of volunteers and supporting funding, the program has
proven to be impractical,” CQ said.
•    The top entry in the “Rookie” category will be awarded on a
one-time-only basis. Previous Rookie winners are ineligible for plaques
in this category.
•    Radio Technology Designed by Radio Amateur Used in Thailand Cave
Rescue
•    07/12/2018
•    UK radio amateur John Hey, G3TDZ (SK), was the original designer of
special low-frequency radio equipment — the HeyPhone — used in the
recent cave rescue in Thailand. Al Williams, WD5GNR, reported in
Hackaday that the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was asked for its
help and equipped the rescuers with HeyPhones. The HeyPhone is “now
considered obsolete, but is still in service with some teams,”
Williams wrote. The radio transmits on USB at 87 kHz, which can
penetrate deep into the ground, typically via electrodes driven into the
ground.
•    In a 2018 update, the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) Cave
Radio & Electronics Group (CREG) HeyPhone Cave Rescue Communication page
called the HeyPhone “a pioneering development in cave radio” that
“can no longer be recommended for construction.” Several successor
products — including the Nicola Mark III, which has been tested by the
BCRC — have been developed.
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ARES
FROM HQ:
APRIL 2018 REPORT
MAY 2018 REPORT
ARES E-LETTER JULY 2018    http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2018-07-18
ARES® Continues Move Toward Enhanced Training, Paperless Reporting
As part of upgrades to the ARES® program, ARRL will phase out
traditional hard-
copy report forms later this year in favor of an online system, ARES®
Connect
a new volunteer management, communication, and reporting system. The
system, in beta testing since March in four ARRL sections with large
ARES
organizations, will allow ARES members to log information for ARRL Field
Organization handling but does not change how ARES serves partner
organizations. ARES training also is due for enhancement.
At the Hamvention®ARRL Membership Forum in May, Great Lakes Division
Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chairs the ARRL Public Service
Enhancement Working Group, discussed dramatic changes occurring among
agencies in the emergency/disaster response sector and the transition
to
ARES Connect. In his presentation, “ARES Advances into the 21st
Century — a New Program, a New Mission,” Williams outlined the
vision for an ARES comprised of organized, trained, qualified, and
credentialed Amateur Radio operators who can provide public service
partners with radio communication expertise, capability, and capacity.
Goals include aligning the ARES organizational structure with the
National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System
(ICS). Emergency Coordinators (ECs) will continue to lead local ARES
teams during an incident, with support from District and Section
Emergency Coordinators.
Changes would encompass additional mandatory training to include ARRL
Emergency Communications courses and the now-standard FEMA NIMS/ICS
courses IS-100, 200, 700, 800, with IS-300 and 400 for higher levels.
Other specialty training could include SKYWARN and agency-specific
programs.
Training levels attained would dovetail with three new levels of ARES
participation: Level One would be comprised of all entering the program
with no training, while progressing through the ARRL emergency
communications training and the FEMA Independent Study courses 100, 200,
700, and 800.
Level Two would be attained upon successful completion of these courses,
and would be considered the “Standard” level for ARES participants.
Level Three would be attained upon completion of the advanced FEMA
courses IS 300 and 400, which would qualify candidates for ARES
leadership positions.
Level One participants would be able to fulfill most ARES duties, with a
target of attaining Level Two in 1 year. Level Two, the standard
participant level, would permit participant access to most incident
sites and
emergency operations centers (EOCs). Level Three would convey full
access as granted by the authority having jurisdiction, plus
qualification for ARES leadership. It’s been proposed that ARRL
provide a basic ARES ID, which would convey recognition of registration
with ARES nationally and indicate level of training but convey no
guarantee of site access. The authority having
jurisdiction in an incident could grant an additional ID/pass for site
access.
The ARRL Headquarters staff is undergoing training in ARES Connect
administration, with group registration under way and IDs assigned.
ARES-related publications also are being updated, along with an ARES
strategic plan and introductory announcement. An article on ARES
enhancements — once they have been approved by the ARRL Board of
Directors — is set to appear in the September 2018 issue of QST.
— Thanks to Rick Palm, K1CE/ARES/E-LETTER.
LA Section Monthly ARES Reports:
May 2018
Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 46 for 608 Hours.
Number of public service events this month: 5 for 141 hours.
No emergency or Skywarn events in May.
51 total events for 749 hours.
June 2018
33 Active nets
Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 20 for 261 hours.
Number of public service events this month: 1 for 14 hours.
No emergency or Skywarn operations in June.
21 total events for 275 hours.
Please note:
Any suggested changes to the Louisiana Section ARES Emergency
Communications Plan should be sent to AI5B@ARRL.NET by Sunday, July
29th.
Jim Coleman, AI5B
Section Emergency Coordinator
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From PIC Joe Holland, KB5VJY:
Louisiana Delta Radio Club is Now an Official ARRL affiliated Club.
THE LA ARES 80m net is on 3.878 every Sunday night at 7:30 PM all
amateur radio operators that can operate on that frequency are more than
welcome to check in.
Louisiana DMR net is on Talkgroup 3122 (All Louisiana) on Wednesday’s
at 8:00 pm.
ARK-La-Tex D-Star net is on Tuesday’s Starting at 7:30pm on Ref48B.
FROM STM Jim Lewis, AB5YS:
MAY
SESSIONS  QNI  QTC  QTR
    12            160    15    136
JUNE
SESSIONS  QNI    QTC  QTR
    12              138    19      147
Jim invites everyone to check-in to the Louisiana Traffic Net on 3.910
LSB every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday(beginning in August) at
6:00pm.
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REGION NEWS:
REGION 4:
Communications support for the Cajun Cup race (downtown Lafayette) and
the Veterans Day Special Event SW Veterans Home, Jennings, LA are both
scheduled for November 10th.  Since the Cajun Cup race is a VHF event
that usually ends by lunch time and the Veterans Day Special Event is an
all-day HF, it was decided that any conflicts would be minimal.
Therefore, both events remain on the calendar as scheduled. Members
interested in supporting the Cajun Cup race let the club leadership know
so they can be put on the list for participation. The Avery Island
special event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Tabasco Sauce is
scheduled for May 19th & 20th.
The club communications and antenna trailers will be deployed at the
Tabasco visitor center on Avery Island.
D-Star Forum: Keith Barns W5KB gave the group an overview of the
upcoming D-Star forum to be held May 5th at the Lafayette Science Museum
(LSM). There are ~65 persons scheduled to attend including
those presenting information at the forum. Registration for the event
includes a shirt, meal and chance to win one of several D-Star radios
and ARRL gift certificates to be given away. A 70 cm UHF D-Star module
will be temporarily installed at the LSM for potential use during the
forum. Keith stated D-Star implementation is increasing across the Gulf
Coast area.  He  also  stated  that  the  owners  of  the  existing
KF5ZUZ  D-Star repeater in St. Martinville, LA are interested in
obtaining club assistance
to relocate the repeater to a higher site to increase its usage.  Dave
Kleinatland KE5BMS resides in Carencro and is working on getting his
WD5TR  UHF  D-Star  repeater  fully  functional. Dave is also the
administrator for the KF5ZUZ repeater. Anyone seeking D-Star related
information is encouraged to contact Dave at ke5bms@ke5bms.com.
LARC Club Newsletter
June 2018
AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net Rotation
Beginning January 1, 2018, the net will not rotate between
repeaters but the Net Controllers will rotate each week and held on the
146.820 W5DDL repeater only. During 2018, if you check into the net you
will receive one (1) point, and if you stay for the 73 round, you will
receive an extra point
for a total of two (2). At the end of 2018, persons with the top score
will receive a nice prize from the club. In case of a tie, a drawing
will be held to chose a winner.
In case of a repeater failure, the alternate receiver will be the W5EXI
repeater.
The July 2018 schedule can be downloaded and printed in Adobe Acrobat
.PDF from the club website
REGION 4 ARES / SKYWARN NET
Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4 ARES / SkyWarn
Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in Lafayette. Net
Control Operators will alternate each week. You do not have to be a
ARES
member to participate. In case the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will
be held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL Tone 103.5.The July schedule
can be found at this link: http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm
When using the SkyWarn 145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver
PL Tone for your area as follows: NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3
– SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE Quad-rant 94.8 – Central 103.5.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Tour de Teche
October 5-7
Rice Festival – Crowley
Cajun Cup
November 10
Veterans Day
November 10
Test Session Results
26 June 2018
We had a test session at the Lafayette Science Museum for the folks
taking
the Technician Class. It was fairly successful in as much as there were
4
who came out with a General Class.
Those earning a Technician License were: Keith Faulk; Andre L. LeMaire;
Charlene C. Chauvin & husband Albert J. Chauvin; Wilton J. Meaux; Paul
T. Holcomb; and Benjamin Crosier. Those earning General were: Blaire A.
Michel; Jess E. Crosier of Cade; Michael A. Cavell of Youngsville; and
Jeff P. LeBlanc.
The Ves in attendance were: Greg ~ K5LFT, Dave ~ N5ELM, John ~
W4HVH, 7 Galen ~ KF5BET.
It was a very good evening & I believe we will have some repeat
customers in the near future. Much thanks to the VEs for their always
wonderful assistance, & Congratulations to all the new HAMS.
LARC Club Newsletter
July 2018
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REGION 9:
SELARC ARES Members Honored
At the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association’s Annual
Membership Awards Luncheon in Baton Rouge on May 16th, Region 9 ADEC Ed
Mason, KE5GMN, and Tangipahoa EC Pat Mason, KE5KMM, received a
Dedication Award for Outstanding Service in Emergency Preparedness.
Congratulations and Thanks to both of them for their service to amateur
radio and our communities!
VP8STI/VP8SGI trip to South Sandwich and S. Georgia Islands presentation
by David Assaf III W5XU at the June 12th SELARC meeting — don’t miss
this one!
Field Day 2018 will be June 23-24 at the SELARC club station in the
Ponchatoula Community Center. Lyle Wales KD5JRY will head up
preparations for FD and invites you to participate.
Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of
each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room “B” of the
North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee.
Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact
n5xes@arrl.net or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.
Happy Birthday!!
Birthday wishes this June go to Dean Melancon KG5AAE, Scott Hernandez
KD5PCK, James Redmond K5QNT, Lambert Michel KG5DDW and Jason Liuzza
K5WDH! If we missed your birthday, please let us know.
GET WELL SOON –
Best wishes for a speedy recuperation go to Carmen Bray KF5VXO, Al Baker
KF5IBW, Sandy Blaize W5TVW, James Redmond K5QNT and Ken Brown WB7NCW. We
hope you are “up and about” and get back on the air real soon!
In Sympathy –
Our condolences go to the families and friends of two former SELARC
members:
John Braud KB5UV passed away on May 21 at the age of 65. Among his many
talents, John was an attorney, musician and benefactor of various causes
in our area.
Henry (H.P.) Forbes KC5KJ passed away on May 22 at the age of 91. He was
a retired US Navy Captain, served in the LA Air National Guard where he
retired with the rank of Colonel, and was an active businessman and
supporter of many civic and cultural events in Hammond. Among his many
survivors is son Harold C. Forbes N5JCM.
Congratulations to the following new Hams from the May VE session:
Technician: Mikle Schwaller – Prairieville
Eli Wilson – Covington
FROM: THE SELARC “HAMSTER” June 2018 edition
Happy Birthday!!
Birthday wishes in July go to Michael Mason KE5KMH! If we missed your
birthday, please let us know.
GET WELL SOON –
Best wishes for a speedy recuperation go to Al Baker KF5IBW, Sandy
Blaize W5TVW, James Redmond K5QNT and Ken Brown WB7NCW. We hope you are
“up and about” and get back on the air real soon!
In Sympathy –
Condolences go to SELARC members George AE5FK and Joseph KG5HZU Swan on
the loss of their sister-in-law Elizabeth Swan of Bossier City.
Elizabeth passed away on June 30 and was the wife of Ray Swan.
Tyke’s TidBits —
Well, FD 2018 is in the history books, for better or worse, it got
done!! I think the total number of contacts was 218. Band conditions
weren’t bad, great operating location, good weather and plenty of radio
equipment to do the job, and best of all…the food…fried speckled
trout, tater salad and a big ol’ pot of home cooked white beans! Many
thanks to Lyle and Pat for providing the food.
The Dxpedition presentation after the June meeting was well attended by
the membership also. David did a great job! I hope ya’ll enjoyed it.
Jerry W5NJJ was in attendance and it was good to see him!!
C’ya’ll at the club meeting at the PCC. We are about due for an eating
meeting, so think of a place we can go and throw your idea into the
hat!!
73, Tyrone Burns N5XES, President
VE Session Results…
Congratulations to the following new Hams and Upgrades from the VE
session of June 29 in Hammond:
Technician: Robert K. McCants – Baton Rouge
Lazaro Naredo – Franklinton
General: Mary Matamoros, KF5AXR – New Orleans Eli Wilson – Covington
FIELD DAY 2018 Report —
I want to thank everyone who participated in Field Day. We had a good
turnout. The food and drinks were great. Fried Speckled Trout, homemade
white beans, potatoe salad, and snacks kept everyone fueled up to
continue making contacts.
We had six antennas up and several hf radios. We made a total of 218
contacts. The logs have been submitted to ARRL.
Lyle Wales KD5JRY, FD Chairman
FROM: THE SELARC “HAMSTER” July 2018 edition
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HAMFEST/CONVENTION:
Hamfest/Convention
07/21/2018 | Slidell EOC Hamfest
Location: Slidell, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ozone Amateur Radio Club
Hamfest/Convention
08/11/2018 | Shreveport Bossier Hamfest
Location: Shreveport, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Shreveport Amateur Radio Association
Hamfest/Convention
11/10/2018 | The Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
CONTEST CALENDAR:
July 2018
14-15  IARU HF World Championship
August 2018
4-5  222 MHz and Up Distance Contest
18-19  10 GHz & Up – Round 1
19        Rookie Roundup – RTTY
September 2018
8-10      September VHF
15-16    10 GHz & Up – Round 2
29-30    EME – 2.3 GHz & Up
October 2018
15-19  School Club Roundup
27-28  EME – 50 to 1296 MHz
Club Corner:
This is YOUR corner of the newsletter. Send me what your club is doing
and I’ll make sure that it gets in. Got a special event or club
project that you
want everyone to know about? Send it to me!
Let me know what you club is up to. Are you going to have a special
guest at
your meeting or are you having a special anniversary? Just sent it to
MILITARY UPDATE:
Both Michael R. McCrary, Jr, K5TNK and his brother Corey McCrary, W5MMC
have returned safely to the US from overseas deployment.
If you have anyone you would like to see mentioned please let me know.
We want to thank all of our service men and women for their sacrifices.
FIELD DAY:
I plan to send out a newsletter in August and have as much Field day
coverage etc….as possible….so please look for that!
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter August 2018

Louisiana Section Manager’s Newsletter August 2018
      Summer is in full swing and I hope everyone has managed to stay
as cool as possible.
SILENT KEYS:
Broox Owen N5NS
Joseph Lodato W5IIA
Matthew Haggard KD5Buu
NEW HAMS:
Report for 2018-08-02
Kenneth C Lods, KI5BBQ
David H Liang, KI5BBR
Robert J Jourdan, KI5BBM
Christopher J Landry, KI5ASL
Andre P Granier, KI5BBO
Gillian C Decossas, KI5BBN
Lee S Whatley, KI5BBT
Henry J Kern, KI5BBL
Lazaro A Naredo, KI5APR
Jeffrey P Sanders, KI5BBP
Andre L Lemarie, KI5ARU
Albert J Chauvin, KI5ART
Charlene C Chauvin, KI5ARV
Lawrence F Lemarie, KI5AVC
Keith M Faulk, KI5ARP
Wilton J Meaux, KI5ARS
Benjamin Crosier, KI5ARQ
Paul T Holcomb, KI5ARR
Blair A Michel, KI5ARZ
Jeff P Leblanc, KI5ARW
Myron C Brown, KI5ARK
Loretta S Greenleaf, KI5ARL
Bruce E Easterling, KI5BBF
Leonard W Belcher, KI5ATU
Kenneth E Russ, KI5ATW
Camille I Humble, KI5AYR
William J Schahn, KI5AYX
Alice S Walters, KI5APW
UPGRADED HAMS:
Report for 2018-08-02
Rudy P Reboul, N5YIC
Charles E Safford, KG5EFK
Mary L Matamoros, KF5AXR
Marilyn M Mitchell, KE5LYC
Jess E Crosier, KI5ARY
Michael A Cavell, KI5ARX
David J Granger, KC5ZEJ
Hewitt C Smith, KG5RFQ
Greg E Parker, KG5UKB
William T Woodside, KA5HVK
Herbert P Brouillette, KD5HHH
Donald W Ward, KI5AJV
Joshua G Reese, KG5PFD
NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERS:
Report for 2018-08-02
Janice W Liang, WA5RDR
Rafael R Shabetai, W5BAI
Mary L Matamoros, KF5AXR
William R Hare, N5DEA
Elliot S Le Normand, KE5VJR
Wilton J Meaux, KI5ARS
Jeff P Leblanc, KI5ARW
Michael A Cavell, KI5ARX
Dustin K Royer, KG5AFX
Paul J Mccrory, KF5MHG
Terry J Martin, KG5MCQ
Gary A Fulton, KG5TBN
James Higdon
Linda V Evans, KG5SXY
Jimmy E Walters, WA5DFW
Donald W Ward, KI5AJV
Jerry A Keeton, WB5LHD
Anyone wishing to inquire on the status of their ARRL membership please
email me direct.
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FROM THE ARRL:
FCC Proposes $18,000 Fine in Louisiana Amateur Radio Interference Case
July 25, 2018
The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) proposing to
fine Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, $18,000
“for apparently causing intentional interference and for apparently
failing to provide station identification on amateur radio
frequencies,” the FCC said.
“Mr. Materne was previously warned regarding this behavior in writing
by the Enforcement Bureau and, given his history as a repeat offender,
these apparent violations warrant a significant penalty,” the FCC said
in the NAL, released on July 25.
In 2017, the FCC received numerous complaints alleging that Materne was
causing interference to the W5BII repeater, preventing other amateur
licensees from using it. In March 2017, the repeater trustee banned
Materne from using the repeater.
Responding to some of the complaints, the Enforcement Bureau issued a
Letter of Inquiry (LOI), advising Materne of the allegations and
directing him to address them. Materne denied causing interference but
admitted to operating simplex on the repeater’s output frequency. In
June 2017, the FCC received an additional complaint alleging that
Materne had repeatedly interfered with an attempted emergency net that
was called up as Tropical Storm Cindy was about to make landfall. The
complaint maintained that Materne “repeatedly transmitted on the
repeater’s input frequency, hindering the local emergency net’s
ability to coordinate weather warnings and alerts on behalf of the
National Weather Service,” the FCC said in the NAL.
Local amateurs were able to track the interfering signal to Materne’s
residence and confirmed their findings to the FCC, prompting a Warning
Letter advising Materne of the complaint and pointing out that his
behavior “as described in the complaint would be a violation of
Section 97.101(d) of the Commission’s rules.” Materne responded to
the Warning Letter to argue that it was legal to transmit on the
repeater’s output frequency, further stating that “he was tired of
this trash harassing me,” the FCC said.
In the wake of further complaints, FCC agents visited Lake Charles,
tracked transmissions on 146.130 MHz to Materne’s residence, and
monitored them for up to 7 hours. The agent reported hearing Materne
“playing music on 146.130 MHz and warning other amateur operators that
the local Amateur Radio club would not be able to conduct their net
later that day.”
That evening, the agent watched as Materne drove to a location near the
W5BII repeater, where, the agent said, Materne “began transmitting an
amateur digital radio signal from a hand-held radio in his vehicle,”
disrupting the net and failing to identify. Subsequently, the agent,
accompanied by a deputy from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,
approached Materne’s vehicle and confirmed that he possessed a radio
capable of operating on 146.130 MHz. “Audio recordings captured by the
agent demonstrate that the intentional interference ceased as the agent
and the Sheriff’s deputy approached Mr. Materne’s vehicle,” the
FCC said in the NAL.
The FCC said that based on the evidence before it, Materne “apparently
willfully violated Section 333 of the Act and Section 97.101(d) of the
Commission’s rules by intentionally interfering with other licensed
amateur communications,” and that he “apparently willfully violated
Section 97.119(a) of the Commission’s rules by failing to transmit his
assigned call sign.”
“[W]e find that Mr. Materne’s apparent repeated, intentional, and
egregious apparent violations of Section 333 of the Act and Section
97.101(d) of the Commission’s rules warrant an upward adjustment of
$10,000 to the proposed forfeiture,” the FCC said. “In applying the
applicable statutory factors, we also consider whether there is any
basis for a downward adjustment of the proposed forfeiture. Here, we
find none.”
Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club Fires Up 1950s Vintage Gear for
NASA on the Air Special Event
07/30/2018
W5RRR, the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club (JSCARC), is on the
air as part of the NASA on the Air (NOTA) year-long special event —
one of 12 NASA ham club stations participating in the event, which
celebrates significant NASA milestones as the agency observes its 60th
anniversary.
This week, JSCARC members will focus operations on 80, 40, 20, 15, and
10 meters, as well as on satellites. A commemorative 1958 vintage vacuum
tube vintage station will be activated. It pairs a Johnson Ranger
transmitter and Courier amplifier with a Hammarlund HQ-145C receiver,
courtesy of Kenneth Goodwin, K5RG, a JSARC member.
“This station will be used to make CW, SSB, and AM QSOs,” Keith
Brandt, WD9GET, said. “In addition, our other shack radios will use
SSB, FT8, FM, CW, and SSTV to make contacts on all bands.”
A special 60th anniversary QSL card — designed by AB5SS — will be
available with an SASE for contacts made only to JSC Amateur Radio Club,
2101 NASA Rd. 1 M/C AW7, Houston, TX 77058. A certificate is available
for top stations that work modes and bands across the NOTA NASA
centers.
ARRL Exhibits for First Time at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018
07/26/2018
ARRL has been exhibiting for the first time ever this week at AirVenture
Oshkosh 2018 in Wisconsin. The ARRL exhibit complements other ham radio
demonstrations at the air show. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen,
NQ1R, is working with a team of members who are supporting the exhibit
at the weeklong aviation celebration and fly-in. The annual event draws
more than 500,000 visitors. Inderbitzen said that by mid-week, the ARRL
guest book was filled with call signs from around the world.
“Cool! ARRL is here! That’s the sentiment shared by hundreds of ham
radio operators who have visited our exhibit at AirVenture this week,”
Inderbitzen said. ARRL Life Member and flight instructor TJ Johnson,
K9KJ, of Munster, Indiana, was among those stopping by the ARRL booth.
He shared his experience of operating aeronautical mobile during ARRL
Field Day with his friend Bob Johnson, W9XY. They made hundreds of radio
contacts from a Cessna 182 aircraft, 7,000 feet above the Wisconsin
countryside. They operated on 20-meter CW using an end-fed wire; they
also made many contacts on 2-meter FM simplex.
Two Amateur Radio Special Event Stations are on the air throughout
AirVenture. Organized annually by the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club in
Appleton, Wisconsin, W9ZL is set up at KidVenture at the Pioneer Airport
airstrip in Oshkosh. The EAA Warbirds of America AirVenture Celebration
Special Event Station, W9W, is set up near the display of vintage
military aircraft. It celebrates historic aviation achievements,
legendary pilots, and groundbreaking aviation innovations.
The ARRL display also includes an APRS beacon, operating as W1AW-9.
“Many pilots carry small APRS beacons on their aircraft,” said
Inderbitzen. “The beacons are easily tracked by other APRS users, but
also by friends and family who can track the beacons and aircraft
position in real-time on map-based web services such as aprs.fi.”
“Our booth volunteers are also helping direct newcomers to radio clubs
and testing locations,” said Inderbitzen. Those committed to getting
their first Amateur Radio license are able to become ARRL members at
AirVenture and get a free Technician class license manual in the
bargain. ARRL’s booth is located in Hangar B, Booth 2152.
Member Dan Vanevenhoven, N9LVS, from Appleton, Wisconsin — a private
pilot and one of the organizing chairs who oversee the show’s
admission booths — escorted Inderbitzen and ARRL Central Division
Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, around the sprawling grounds and
airfields where thousands of aircraft have converged for AirVenture. At
least for a week, the fly-in makes Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh
the busiest airport in the world. AirVenture continues through Sunday,
July 29.
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Welcomes First-Time
Lights
07/24/2018
Marking its 21st anniversary this year, the International Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend (ILLW) in August will celebrate Amateur Radio
operation at several lighthouses that will make debut appearances in
this year’s event. So far, 300 groups or individuals have registered
to indicate plans to participate from a lighthouse or lightship during
the 2-day operating activity. Newcomers joining the list of perennials
include the Ashdod and Mount Carmel lighthouses in Israel; Shabla
Lighthouse in Bulgaria; Porthcawl Breakwater in Wales, and Tanjung Datu
in Malaysia. Additional newcomers are in Mexico and Cuba, sponsors
said.
ILLW is always held on the third full weekend in August. This year, it
will get under way at 0001 UTC on August 18 and continue until 2400 on
August 19 — 48 hours in all. The ILLW typically attracts more than 500
lighthouse entries in dozens of countries. Registration is not required
for participation, but it does let other stations know which lighthouses
and lightships will be activated.
Other lighthouses making a first appearance in ILLW include Malarrif in
Iceland and Akmanrags Lighthouse in Latvia. The Lightship Huron on the
St Clair River in Michigan also is a newcomer.
As the ILLW website notes, “August seems to have become the
international weekend for lighthouses.” In the US, August 7 in
National Lighthouse Day, which is marked by Amateur Radio operations at
lighthouses during US National Lighthouse Week. In Britain, the
Association of Lighthouse Keepers conducts International Lighthouse
Heritage Weekend during the third full weekend in August, coinciding
with ILLW.
Sponsors stress that the event is not a contest — and there are no
prizes, certificates, or other enticements to participate. Each
station’s operators decide how they will operate their station with
respect to bands and modes, and participating stations do not have to be
on the air for the entire weekend.
Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself. A
Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the
light is sufficient. Sponsors say the intent of that requirement is to
make the station visible to visitors.
FROM LOUISIANA:  The International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend will
be on the weekend of August 18th & 19th, 2018 from
00.01UTC 18 August to 2400UTC 19 August 2018 (48 hours).
The Morgan City ARC BEARS (Bayou Emergency Amateur Radio Service) will
be operating from the Southwest
Reef Lighthouse (USØ176) Park using the call W5BMC.  We will operate 40
& 20 meters and EchoLink W5BMC-R.
Hours will be Saturday 1700Z to 2200Z and 1700Z to 1900Z Sunday but not
set in stone.
For some reason or other August seems to have become the international
weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the
world have become involved in one form or another of lighthouse
activity. Some years ago, the United States Congress
declared August 7th as their National Lighthouse Day and during that
first week in August amateur radio operators in
America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavor to contact
each other. This event is known as
the US National Lighthouse / Lightship Week.  The Southwest Reef
Lighthouse has been given the designation number
USØ176.
More information can be found at:  https://illw.net/
Captain Cook Commemorative Special Event Set
08/22/2018
The Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society (PDARS) in the UK has
been assigned special event call sign GB250CC (GB25ØCC) to mark the
250th anniversary of the first voyage of explorer Captain James Cook.
PDARS plans to apply for a series of regulatory variances (NOV) to
coincide with key moments in the voyage and hopes to make contacts with
the Pacific Islands that Cook visited 250 years ago. The first NOV for
August 23 will mark Cook’s departure from Plymouth on his first
voyage. Nigel Ferguson, G0BPK, a member of the Captain Cook Society and
of PDARS, said Cook rose from a humble background through the ranks.
“The Royal Society had approached the Admiralty for a ship to sail to
Tahiti and view the Transit of Venus in 1769, a rare astronomical
observation,” Ferguson explained. “The Admiralty insisted that the
captain should be from the Navy, and James Cook was chosen. This was the
first scientific voyage of discovery.” The bark Endeavour set sail on
August 25, 1768. Ferguson expressed the hope that regulator Ofcom will
continue to allow NOVs for GB250CC for the next 3 years. Logs will be
uploaded to Logbook of the World (LoTW).
Visit the GB250CC QRZ.com profile for more details.
ARRL Announces New Contests Web Portal
08/21/2018
The ARRL Contest Branch has announced a new ARRL Contests Portal, which
ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, calls “a one-stop shop
for all of your ARRL contest interests, offering access to everything
from the starting bell of a contest to your post-event hard-fought
certificate of accomplishment.”
Use the navigation tabs on the left to locate information about specific
contests. Use the tabs at the top to submit logs, manage club
eligibility lists, download certificates, and view other information for
all contests. Jahnke said the new portal is still under construction,
and information on specific contests and other contest-related content
is being added every week.
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ARRL 2017 Annual Report:
The ARRL Letter
ARRL Contest Update:
August 22, 2018:
August 8, 2018:
ARES:
E-Letter
LA Section ARES Report for July 2018:
ARES Members: 351
Number of ARES nets active: 44
Number of nets with NTS liaison: 1
Exercises/Training: 21 @ 271 Hours
Emergency Operations: 0/0
Public Events: 1 @ 7 Hours
Skywarn Events: 2 @ 7 Hours
Total:  24 events @ 291 Hours
ARRL ARES SEC Report for July 2018:
ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES
Strategic Plan
08/08/2018
Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July
meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has
contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency
Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the
proposed ARES Strategic Plan, via an online form.The deadline is October
31, in order to give the PSEWG sufficient time to review the comments
and suggestions, formulate any necessary revisions, and submit the
revised document to the Board for consideration at its January meeting.
Created in 1935, ARES has undergone very few changes over the years,
while the agencies ARES serves have undergone many. The PSEWG evaluated
the ARES program for 2 years and drafted several proposed enhancements
aimed at updating the program.
The ARES Strategic Plan introduces changes and a platform for future
growth. For many, this will represent a major paradigm shift; for
others, it will formalize many of the requirements they have employed
routinely for several years.
An independent team of individuals experienced in ARES and emergency
work from across the US has reviewed the proposed plan. Their
suggestions and recommendations were carefully considered, and many were
included in the plan during its development.
Now, the ARRL Board wants SMs and SECs to have the opportunity to offer
comments on the recommended changes prior to implementation of the plan.
While SMs and SECs are invited to reach out to their Emergency
Coordinators (ECs) for their thoughts and feedback, formal responses
must be submitted through SMs and SECs.
The PSEWG asks SMs an SECs to keep their comments respectful, concise,
and on point, and to keep in mind that the ARES framework must remain as
close to universal as possible, even while participants in some
geographical areas may require specific training that others do not
need. Mutual aid pacts may require training specific to adjacent
jurisdictions.
Also, SMs and SECs are reminded that specific agency agreements and
needs must be honored. Those having concerns about a proposed new policy
are requested to offer alternatives.
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SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER REPORT:  July 2018
SESSIONS    QNI    QTC    QTR
12                  110      33      121
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
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CLUB CORNER:
The following is a list of Louisiana Affiliated Clubs: In the order as
listed at ARRL.org….
Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
CABRINI AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Radio Amateur Service Club***
Louisiana Amateur Packet Radio***
BATON ROUGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB***
SHREVEPORT ARA
Bayou Contest Club***
THE WASHINGTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ASCENSION AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Delta DX Association***
NEW ORLEANS VHF CLUB; INC.***
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA ARC INC***
Southeastern LA University ARC
Acadiana ARA Inc
SW LOUISIANA AMATEUR RPTR CLUB***
WEST CENTRAL LOUISIANA ARC INC.
United Radio Amateur Club***
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB OF SABINE***
WESTSIDE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB; INC.
Jefferson ARC Inc
MINDEN AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
LOUISIANA CONTEST CLUB
Bayouland Emergency ARS
New Orleans ARES***
NEW ORLEANS AMATEUR RADIO CLUB***
LOUISIANA COUNCIL OF ARC; INC
Louisiana Tech Arc***
ARC OF SHREVEPORT (ARCOS)
Ozone ARC
SULPHUR AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
THIBODAUX ARC
Livingston Ars
Fist & Mouth Contest Company***
LOUISIANA DELTA RADIO CLUB
Twin City Ham Club
Once a club becomes affiliated, it will always be that unless the club
dissolves or chooses to no be affiliated with the ARRL.  After a two
year period of no one updating the club’s profile at ARRL.org the
status becomes “inactive”. I have placed asterisks on the clubs who
are currently “inactive”. To return the club’s status to
“active” please have someone with your club to go to the following
and update:
FacebookTwitter
PDF Tutorial – http://www.arrl.org/clubs
E-mail clubs@arrl.org with any questions about club updates.
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AROUND THE STATE BY REGION:
Region 2:  From August 2018 RF New/Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club
Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club PO Box 4004, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 Web:
www.brarc.org Email: brarc@brarc.org
Repeaters: 146.790 – and 444.400 + (PL tone 107.2) Both Yaesu System
Fusion
Nets: Region 2 ARES Net Sundays 8:00 PM 146.790 (PL tone 107.2)
BRARC Club Net Sundays 8:30 PM 146.790 (PL tone 107.2)
10 Meter Net Mondays 7:30 PM 28.450 MHz USB
Aug 28 (Tues) BRARC Meeting 7:00 PM
Main Library Goodwood Branch
Presenter: Dana Browne, AD5VC
Sept 4 (Tues) BRARC Board Meeting
6:30 PM Bluebonnet Library
Sept 6 (Thurs) Technician Class Begins
6 PM Main Library Goodwood Branch
Sept 13, 20 & 27
Sept 25 (Tues) BRARC Meeting 7:00 PM
Main Library Goodwood Branch
Topic: TBA
Visit the BRARC Website at
www.brarc.org to keep up-to-date
on all the club happenings including
meetings, activities, and classes.
W5KID Operating Schedule USS Kidd
11 Nov Veterans Day
7 Dec Pearl Harbor Day
Times and dates may vary, and will be included in RF News. Operating
times on the weekend are usually 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Sign-up sheets will
be available before the club meetings. Contact Dave Thomas, K5CGX
225.572.7836  If you would like to schedule another date/time to
operate the USS Kidd station, please contact the BRARC Board at
Technician Licensing Class An Amateur Radio Operator Technician
Licensing Class is scheduled to start on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at
the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. The
classes begin at 6 pm and will be held on Thursdays in the 2nd floor
Technology Lab. The classes will conclude with a VE session on October
25, 2018. There is no fee for the course. The recommended text for the
classes is Stu Turner’s HamRadioSchool.com Technician & General License
Course. Anyone interested in learning about Amateur Radio is welcome to
attend. For information on Amateur Radio visit arrl.org and brarc.org.
LA ARES Region 2 Quarterly Meeting 08.14.18 American Red Cross
The Louisiana ARES Region 2 held its 3rd quarterly meeting at the
Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross on Tuesday evening from
7:00pm to 8:30pm. Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Robert Hobbs, N5ULA,
welcomed amateur radio emergency operators, and thanked Steve Irving,
WA5FKF, Red Cross DST Lead, for hosting the meeting. The purpose of the
meeting was to give fellow operators an update from the major “served
agencies” within Region 2. Those agencies attending included the
American Red Cross, EBRP MOHSEP, and GOHSEP. SkyWarn updates are planned
to be presented at the 4th quarter meeting with EBRP MOHSEP. Steve,
WA5FKF, spoke to the group regarding Red Cross updates where there will
be a National response to Baton Rouge within 120 hours of a major storm
hitting South Louisiana. At 96 hours Steve would be alerting the 16
supervisors within DST as to the event. Steve is actively recruiting
communication personnel for those positions. Robert, N5ULA, gave an
update regarding the status of the radio room at EBRP MOHSEP and
HamShack Hotline that can interface with smartphones. Roger Fabre,
N5NXL, GOHSEP, was introduced by Jim Coleman, AI5B, ARES Section
Emergency Manager. Roger, N5NXL, introduced the link system using
repeaters in Southeast Louisiana along with GOHSEP band plan. Jim
Coleman, AI5B, presented the 2018 LA Section Emergency Operation Plan.
Jim, AI5B, indicated that there is no Command Staff, but rather a
Section staff of volunteers who would be available to assist the Parish
Emergency Coordinator (EC) when called upon to do so. If a Parish does
not have an EC, the Region’s EC would be available to the Parish EOC
if there is a request for amateur radio emergency services. The major
point in the plan is that the request must be initiated by the Parish
EOC Manager for the event or incident. Training: In regards to training,
an EC is recommended to have ICS courses IS100c, IS200b, IS700b, and
IS800c. The online courses are available on the FEMA’s Emergency
Management Institute website, https://training.fema.gov/emi.aspx. Region
ECs and Section level leadership are recommended to have additional
courses IS300 & IS400 which are classroom based. Non leadership
emergency amateur radio operators are not required, but recommended to
have the basis courses, IS100c & IS200b, IS700b, & IS800c. Both Roger,
N5NXL, and Jim, AI5B, shared that a number of the parishes EOCs,
“served agencies”, do require the basic 4 courses to operate in
their respective agency. The consensus of the presenters indicated that
it is important for ARES members to become embedded in their “served
agency” of choice rather than wait for an event or incident. A copy of
Jim’s, AI5B, presentation will be requested to post on the BRARC’s
website. Section Manager John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, was in attendance,
and thanked all who participate in amateur radio emergency services for
their time, money, and work in serving others. – Michael Nolan, KD5MLD
SkyWarn training is scheduled on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 PM. Amateur
Radio Emergency Services (ARES) is part of the SkyWarn system with our
National Weather Service. Location: The Mayor’s Office of Homeland
Security and Emergency Preparedness MOHSEP on Harding Blvd – 1 st
floor training room. It is near the Baton Rouge Airport. It will open to
the public and help fulfill a Storm Ready requirement for the
parish/city. We invite everyone to join the Region 2 ARES Net on Sundays
at 8 PM CDT on 146.790 (PL tone 107.2). – Michael Nolan, KD5MLD LA
ARES Region 2, ADEC
Hamshack Hotline is a free dedicated VoIP for ham operators. Its
intended use is to enable the transmission of emergency and/or tactical
traffic when normal radio traffic handling is overloaded or unavailable.
It’s another tool in the bag for emergency operators. Operators can
also be a part of conference bridges that connect hams worldwide in real
time A phone book is available on the website:
http://apps.wizworks.net:9091/. To open an account, you will need to
purchase a SIP capable phone. Then go to the website and open a ticket:
http://apps.wizworks.net:9090/. For FAQs, visit the Hamshack Hotline
website: https://hamshackhotline.com/. Information provided by Robert
Hobbs, N5ULA
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Region 4:  From the ARRA Newsletter August 20128
Tour de Teche Sandy Leblanc KE5KJF reported that the 2018 Tour de Teche
canoe race will be held October 5 th – 7 th. Volunteers are needed to
man the New Iberia check point on Saturday morning. Anyone wishing to
assist with this event should contact Sandy. Anyone wishing to operate
their own HF Special Event in conjunction with the race is encouraged to
do so.
LOUISIANA TRAFFIC NET EXTENDS NETS ARRL Louisiana Section Manager, Jim
Lewis AB5YS, has made a suggestion that the Louisiana Traffic Net that
meets on 3910 KHz on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 1800 hours Central
time, extend the net to include Sunday evenings during the months of
August and September due to these months to be the greatest risks for
Louisiana during hurricane seasons. The idea was hashed around by LTN
members and a vote taken and all agreed it was a good idea. Jim polled
the net members and volunteers were selected to be Net Control Operators
for these extra nets, If this idea takes off, we may carry it on during
other months during the year. Anyone licensed for this frequency is
welcome to check into the net. At times, we may pass NTS Radiogram
traffic and do some message handling training
The International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend will be on the weekend
of August 18th & 19th, 2018 from 00.01UTC 18 August to 2400UTC 19 August
2018 (48 hours). The Morgan City ARC BEARS (Bayou Emergency Amateur
Radio Service) will be operating from the Southwest Reef Lighthouse
(USØ176) Park using the call W5BMC. We will operate 40 & 20 m and
EchoLink W5BMC-R. Hours will be Saturday 1700Z to 2200Z and 1700Z to
1900Z Sunday but not set in stone. For some reason or other August seems
to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all
over the world have become involved in one form or another of lighthouse
activity. Some years ago, the United States Congress declared August 7th
as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August
amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at
lighthouses and endeavor to contact each other. This event is known as
the US National Lighthouse / Lightship Week. The Southwest Reef
Lighthouse has been given the designation number USØ176. More
information can be found at: https://illw.net/
Field Day Chris Ancelet gave a review of this year’s Field Day event
held at the farm of Steve Webre AF5VR in Church Point. The club operated
on the 80, 40, 20 & 15 meter bands and logged ~1365 contacts. Steve’s
farm provided a large, low noise environment that allowed the 40 meter
beam to operate without adversely affecting operation on the 20 meter
beam.
On behalf of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc., Herman
Campbell KN5GRK AARA member and SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency
Radio Network) liaison presents a check to Lt. John and Lt. Samantha
McGee officers of the Lafayette Salvation Army. This donation is to help
those in need. Each year the AARA makes a donation to charitable
organizations to help those in need. On average, The Salvation Army
Emergency Services attend an emergency at least once every day of the
year. It responds to people in times of emergency and disaster,
providing assistance such as: refreshments meals, clothing, financial
aid, accommodation, emergency shelters, counseling and responsible
referral. Herman Campbell KN5GRK SATERN Liaison K5LSA (Lafayette
Salvation Army)
REGION 4 ARES / SKYWARN NET Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the
Region 4 ARES / SkyWarn Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn
repeater in Lafayette. Net Control Operators will alternate each week.
You do not have to be a ARES member to participate. In case the 145.370
repeater fails, the net will be held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL
Tone 103.5. The July schedule can be found at this link:
http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm When using the SkyWarn 145.370
repeater, be sure to use the receiver PL Tone for your area as follows:
NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE Quadrant
94.8 – Central 103.5.
Region 9: From the August “Hamster”
Multiple Sclerosis “Dat’s How We Roll” Bike Tour a 150-mile ride from
Hammond to Percy Quin Park in Mississippi and back will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 6 & Sunday, Oct. 7. Ham radio volunteers to assist with
communications can contact wb5fbs@arrl.net for more information or to
volunteer.
Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of
each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room “B” of the
North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee.
Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact
n5xes@arrl.net or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.
GET WELL SOON –
Best wishes for a speedy recuperation from surgery go to Tom Simpson
N5HAY, who at age 96 is still “young”, and to Al Baker KF5IBW who has
been hospitalized. We hope you get back on the air real soon!
Congratulations to the following new Hams and Upgrades from the July VE
session in Hammond:
Technician: Ryan A. Kling – Port Mathilda, PA
General: Pat Mason KE5KMM – Amite
Craig Waggoner, KG5UAQ – Ponchatoula
Many thanks to all the VEs’ who come out to make these session
possible!
Congratulations also to Hillary Portier W5DIY who upgraded to General
class license at the Slidell Hamfest!
Tyrone Burns, VE Liaison N5XE
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FIELD DAY 2018:
The Louisiana Section had 20 Field day sites listed on the ARRL website;
they were:
WN5AIA, SHREVEPORT
N5VU, SHREVEPORT
K5SL, HAUGHTON
KI5EE, LAKE CHARLES
N5RD, MINDEN
W5BMC, MORGAN CITY
W5LSV, LEESVILLE
W5YL, HOUMA
N5I, ALEXANDRIA
W5ABD, BELLE CHASSE
W5DDL, CHURCH POINT
K5SAR, GREENWOOD
W5EA, WEST MONROE
W5GAD, METAIRIE
WM5T, TICKFAW
W5SLA, SLIDELL
KC5DR, WET MONROE
W5SUL, SULPHUR
W5GIX, BATON ROUGE
W5CCG, METAIRIE
The 2018 Field Day results have not been released by the ARRL as of this
posting; and once released I will publish them.
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HAMFESTS:
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
09/29/2018 | ARC of Shreveport Tailgate Party
Location: Shreveport, LA
Sponsor: Amateur Radio Club of Shreveport
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
10/13/2018 | CLARC HAMFEST
Location: Pineville, LA
Sponsor: Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
11/10/2018 | The Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
Location: Minden, LA
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://n5rd.org
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
Location: Hammond, LA
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter September 2018

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2018
Greeting all Louisiana ARRL members.  Well, we seemed to have dodged a
bullet with TS Gordon.  Hoping the rest of Hurricane season is quiet.
SILENT KEYS
Duane Ebarb N5VAL
Edmond B. Morris KZ5K
Roy A. Todd WA5UEO
NEW HAMS
Report for 2018-09-06
Shirley M Jordan, KI5BFH
Brooklyn Isaac, KI5BDT
James L Simon, KI5BDV
Brian M Bolden, KI5BDU
Charles E Lee, KI5BHW
Meagan R Raney, KI5BHY
Shawn P Dorsey, KI5BHU
Justin A Frasier, KI5BHV
Kimberly S Powell, KI5BHX
LICENSE UPGRADES
Report for 2018-09-06
Kenneth C Lods, KI5BBQ
Andre P Granier, KI5BBO
Lee S Whatley, KI5BBT
Jeffrey C Farmer, KG5ZFV
Jason J Pepper, KG5VHT
Mary B Mason, KE5KMM
Craig D Waggoner, KG5UAQ
Charles J Lopushansky, KE5THM
Jeffrey J Tircuit, N5SOE
Clayton F Runfalo, KF5SCV
John D Scalzo, KG5YZJ
Brynn E Hebert, KG5KRV
James M Smith, N5TOS
Jason C Smith, KI5BCM
John R Hurd, KC5RRL
Christy L Joseph, KG5SSH
Kenneth E Russ, KI5ATW
Timothy J Dempsey, KA5GEX
NEW ARRL MEMBERS
Report for 2018-09-06
Kenneth Lods, KI5BBQ
Ralph J Griffin, KI5AIN
Charles H Baughman, KG5OSX
Glen P Strecker, KG5CEN
Gregory B Fortune, WD5GNX
Dane L Devalcourt, W5DLD
James L Simon, KI5BDV
Charles L Drummond, KD5CCO
Willis E Shobe, W6LKT
Marty M Parent, KA5LUM
Henry Schwenke, KE5WUB
Jason C Smith, KI5BCM
Christy L Joseph, KG5SSH
James R Draeger, AB5JM
FROM THE ARRL
The October Edition of Digital QST is Now Available
09/07/2018
The September edition of Digital QST is now available for viewing on
your desktop or laptop.  It is also available for reading on your Apple,
Android, or Kindle Fire device.
● Build an active receiving antenna for the medium and long-wavelength
bands.
● Put your classic rig on digital modes with an easy interface.
● Discover the relationship between radio and the paranormal.
● Find out who pays for DXpeditions – and how much.
…and much more!
Enjoy Content You Won’t Find in the Print Edition…
● Watch our video review of the Icom IC-7610 HF and 6-meter
transceiver.
Every issue of QST is filled with the news and features you need to keep
active in Amateur Radio.
Top 10 Most Wanted DXCC Entities List Updated
09/06/2018
Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted entities list has been updated as of
August 28. The list includes 340 entities, and the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, is the #1 most-wanted DXCC
entity, as it has been for quite a few years.
The other top ten most-wanted entities, listed in descending order, are:
3Y/B Bouvet Island; FT5/W Crozet Island; BS7H Scarborough Reef; CE0X San
Felix Islands; BV9P Pratas Island; KH7K Kure Island; KH3 Johnston
Island; VK0M Macquarie Island, and FT5/X Kerguelen Island.
Ham Radio will be Represented at 9th Annual World Maker Faire in New
York City
09/06/2018
The Garden School (K2GSG) and Hall of Science Amateur Radio clubs (ARC)
in New York City will join forces this month to put Amateur Radio on
display during the 9th annual World Maker Faire NYC at the New York Hall
of Science in Corona, Queens, September 22 – 23. Last year’s World
Maker Faire NYC drew some 90,000 attendees. The Garden School’s ham
radio club advisor and science teacher John Hale, KD2LPM, said
participating youngsters will introduce Amateur Radio and mentor
attendees in constructing small, electronic “Maker Key” Morse code
oscillators. The project helped Garden School win a blue ribbon at last
year’s Maker Faire.
Something new this year: Visiting radio amateurs will be able to build a
tape-measure Yagi for satellite or terrestrial use. In cooperation with
the Hall of Science ARC, radio amateurs will attempt to make satellite
contacts with the tape-measure Yagis as a demonstration, Hale said.
The Hall of Science will host a working HF radio demonstration called
“When Disaster Strikes, Amateur Radio is Ready.” Radio amateurs will
be on hand to operate the radios and encourage those attending the Faire
to attempt to make some contacts.
Established in 2016, the Garden School ARC is an integral part of the
school’s curriculum for educating students in STEM (science,
technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. The Garden School ARC
students are mentored by the co-exhibiting Hall of Science Amateur Radio
Club (WB2JSM/WB2ZZO). Both are ARRL-affiliated clubs.
ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, believes that Maker Faire
events offer excellent opportunities to give greater exposure to Amateur
Radio. “Exhibiting at a Maker Faire is a great way for radio club
members to share their enthusiasm for ham radio with the public,” he
said.
Inderbitzen often gives tips to ham radio groups considering a Maker
Fair exhibit. “Your exhibit should represent radio communication as
innovative, hands-on, and cool!” he advised. “Not everyone will want
to become a ham, but have radio club, class, and licensing information
on-hand for Faire attendees who seem especially interested.”
Digital Mobile Radio Hotspots May Be Interfering with Satellite Uplinks,
AMSAT Reports
09/05/2018
This week, AMSAT News Service (ANS) cited an August 27 report from AMSAT
Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, saying that a digital
mobile radio (DMR) signal has been interfering with the AO-92 (Fox-1D)
satellite’s 435.35 MHz uplink frequency. Glasbrenner said hotspots,
repeaters, terrestrial simplex, and “anything not satellite” should
never transmit in the segments 145.8 – 146.0 MHz or 435 – 438 MHz by
international band plan. Well-known satellite enthusiast Patrick
Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, told ARRL that one DMR hotspot operating on the
AO-92 uplink frequency in the St. Louis area has shifted to another
frequency. But, he added, “I think there are still issues, since not
all hotspots will report their frequencies and positions to websites
such as BrandMeister or via APRS, where they appear on other sites such
“There are others surely operating near satellite uplinks,” Stoddard
added. “For many, the 435 – 438 MHz satellite subband is a big piece
of quiet real estate in a busy part of the 70-centimeter band for
weak-signal work, repeater links, amateur TV, and other possible
uses.”
Stoddard points out that FCC Part 97 addresses Amateur Radio operation
in these segments, although regulations in many other countries may not
be as detailed. §97.3(a)(7) defines Auxiliary Stations as, “an
amateur station, other than in a message forwarding system, that is
transmitting communications point-to-point within a system of
cooperating amateur stations.”
Stoddard said this would include remote bases, EchoLink and IRLP nodes,
and hotspots used for digital voice modes, as well as stations using
these hotspots and nodes. Auxiliary stations may not transmit in the
145.8 – 146.0 and 435 – 438 MHz satellite subbands (among others in
the 2-meter and 70-centimeter amateur bands), per §97.201(b).
•    §97.3(a)(40) defines a repeater as, “an amateur station that
simultaneously retransmits the transmission of another amateur station
on a different channel or channels.” Stoddard said that because most
hotspots operate on a discrete frequency, they would not qualify as
repeaters, even if they operate like a repeater, per §97.205(b).
•    §97.101(a) stipulates, “In all respects not specifically covered
by FCC Rules, each amateur station must be operated in accordance with
good engineering and good amateur practice.” Stoddard remarked,
“Whether the hotspot is interfering with a satellite downlink in a
particular area, or it is interfering with the satellite uplink
affecting a much larger area, this would not be good amateur
practice.”
•    In addition to subbands where hotspots are not permitted, Stoddard
said, §97.101(b) is also relevant. It states, “Each station licensee
and each control operator must cooperate in selecting transmitting
channels and in making the most effective use of the Amateur Service
frequencies. No frequency will be assigned for the exclusive use of any
station.”
Stoddard noted that frequencies used by satellites are usually incapable
of being changed and are coordinated in advance of launch, while
hotspots typically are frequency agile, and the frequencies used by
those systems can be changed to avoid potential interference to
satellites and other stations. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service, Patrick
Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK
Three Towers of San Marino Special Activity Announced
09/06/2018
The Amateur Radio Association of the Republic of San Marino (ARRSM) has
announced a special activity from the Three Towers of San Marino,
September 15 – 16 (UTC, 24 hours). A group of towers located on the
three peaks of Monte Titano, they are depicted on both the national flag
and coat of arms.
The event will take place in conjunction with a civil protection
exercise. The standard Three Towers Award is issued to a station
submitting proof of contact with all the three towers on at least two
bands; the honor roll award requires confirmation of contacts with all
three towers on three bands.
Stations will be active on 10, 15, 20, and 40 meters (modes not
available). Call signs will be T71A (Guaita), T71B (Cesta), and T71C
(Montale). All three towers have historic and architectural significance
and are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Request QSLs via T70A or via the bureau. Submit award requests directly,
including $15, to PO Box 77, 47890 Republic of San Marino (via Italy).
September’s US Route 66 On the Air Special Event Marks 19th Year
09/03/2018
The 19th annual Route 66 On the Air special event, celebrating the
storied highway between the west coast and the US heartland, gets under
way on September 8 and continues until September 16. The Citrus Belt
Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) of San Bernardino, California, sponsors the
event, which will feature 21 stations — including two rovers —
operating from sites along or near the path of US Route 66. Sporting
W6-prefix 2 × 1 call signs, the stations will be active on CW, SSB, and
digital modes, as well as some VHF and UHF repeater operation.
Through story, song, film, and television, the highway — also known as
“The Will Rogers Highway” and “The Mother Road” — came to
symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to
see America. Stretching nearly 2,500 miles from California to eastern
Illinois, US Route 66 was established in the mid-1920s. After it had
been replaced piecemeal by the Interstate Highway System, it was
formally removed from the US Highway System in 1985, although segments
of the highway now have been designated a National Scenic Byway —
Historic Route 66.
The US National Park Service says Route 66 “holds a special place in
American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom-and-pop
businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road.” NPS
includes the roadway in its “Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel
Itinerary.”
Started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, the US Route 66 Special
Event offered a way for radio amateurs to “relive the ride,” CBARC
said on its website. CBARC assumed sponsorship of the event a couple
years after the inaugural running, and it has become a staple of the
September special event schedule.
Several Amateur Radio clubs will participate in making the event a
reality by sponsoring stations set up along the original US Route 66 or
in cities nearby. Listen for W6A – W6U during the event period.
CW operation will center on or near 3.533, 7.033, 10.110, 14.033,
18.080, 21.033, 24.900, 28.033, and 50.033 MHz. SSB operation will focus
on or around 3.866, 7.266, 14.266, 18.164, 21.366, 24.966, 28.466, and
50.166 MHz. For digital modes, look for Route 66 stations around 3.580,
7.070, 10.140, 14.070, 18.100, 21.070, 24.920, and 28.120 MHz.
Commemorative QSL cards and certificates will be available.
Korean Postage Stamp Recognizes Amateur Radio Direction Finding
Championships
08/30/2018
Korea Post has issued a postage stamp in recognition of the 19th Amateur
Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, being held September
2 – 8 in Sokcho City, Gangwon Province, Korea. The Korean Amateur
Radio League (KARL) will host the event. Representatives of at least 30
countries, including the US, are expected to participate. Events will
include formal ARDF competitions on 2 meters and 80 meters, plus sprints
and foxoring. Each country may have up to three persons per age/gender
category on its team, in accordance with International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) ARDF rules. Nine men and three women have been preparing to
represent the US in Korea.
“I issued invitations to 30 persons to compete for the US, based on
their finishes in the 18th USA ARDF Championships in June and in the
17th USA ARDF Championships last August,” said ARRL/USA ARDF
Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV. “Because of health issues, economic
considerations and activity conflicts, only 12 were able to accept.”
Moell said Team USA members range in age from 29 to 76 and are paying
their own way to attend the event.
“They’re very motivated and I think they’ll have a great time,”
Moell added.
ARDF World Championships take place every 2 years, as hams from around
the world compete to determine who is best at on-foot hidden transmitter
hunting. The US has been represented at every ARDF world championship
since 1988.
In Korea, hidden transmitters will be scattered in a forest that might
encompass 1,000 acres or more.
Sokcho is located along the coast near the northeast corner in the
Gangwon-do province of South Korea. Participants and visitors will
arrive in Sokcho on Sunday, September 2. The next day will include short
practice courses and opening ceremonies. Foxoring events take place on
Tuesday, followed by the first classic event on Wednesday. The sprint
event will be on Thursday morning, followed by a cultural excursion in
the afternoon. The second classic event will be Friday, followed by the
farewell party.
This marks the second time that ARDF Team USA has competed in Korea. In
2008, Korea hosted the World Championships near Hwaseong. That year, in
the 2-meter competition, George Neal, KF6YKN, became the second Team USA
member to stand on the winners’ podium by capturing bronze in the M50
age category. The US has earned at least one medal in every World
Championship since 2006. The greatest number of medals the US team
brought home from a foreign competition was 2012 in Serbia, when team
members won five medals in the World Championships and eight more in the
associated World Cup competitions for individuals.
A weekend training camp for Team USA members and other ARDF enthusiasts
took place August 10 – 12 at Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National
Forest of California. Visit Moell’s “Homing In” website for more
information about Amateur Radio direction finding.
Ham Radio Equipment for Emergency Communication Delivered in Honduras
08/28/2018
The Honduras National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) on August
22 delivered Amateur Radio equipment to COPECO — a government
disaster-organization coordination agency — for use in an
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) pilot project that aims to
take wider advantage of the Winlink HF email system for emergency
communication. The ITU pilot project includes Central America and the
Caribbean with the aim of achieving implementation throughout South
America. Winlink already enjoys wide usage in North America by Amateur
Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams. ITU donated the equipment.
“The most important thing is that CONATEL, COPECO, and radio amateurs
start working with the Winlink tool,” said ITU Area D Representative
Miguel Alcaine. “I am very happy to know that we are doing something
before disaster strikes.”
The donation consists of an HF radio, a VHF radio, a multiband dipole, a
VHF antenna, an automatic antenna tuner, a modem, and coaxial cable.
National Commissioned Minister of COPECO Lisandro Rosales said that one
of his agency’s objectives has been to strengthen information and
communication technologies (ICTs) — a primary ITU initiative. “We
have realized that telecommunications is a key element in order to give
early warning and to warn about imminent danger, or to coordinate
assistance or reconstruction activities,” Rosales said, “and thanks
to them, the institution has one of the most powerful communications
networks of the region, with coverage of 95% of the national
territory.”
COPECO technicians, along with professionals of the 911 National
Emergency System and CONATEL personnel, initiated a series of workshops,
with the support of Honduran radio amateurs.
“This program and radio equipment will allow first responders that
work during emergencies to send information [via HF bands], when
telephone and digital communications collapse or if there are power
outages,” commented Omar Paredes, HR1OP, secretary of Club de Radio
Aficionados Central de Honduras (CRACH). — Thanks to IARU Region 2
New ARRL Chief Executive Officer Elected by Board of Directors
08/27/2018
The ARRL Board of Directors has elected Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX, of
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to be ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer,
starting on October 15. Michel (his name rhymes with “nickel”) is
currently Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, and Senior Vice
President of UBTECH Robotics, a $5 billion Shenzhen, China, artificial
intelligence and robotics company. As the Chief Technology Officer at
UBTECH Education, Michel helped build this company from a startup in
China to $100 million in valuation.
“I have Amateur Radio to thank for starting me on a very successful
career, and I’m excited about the opportunity to further ARRL’s
goals as CEO. Leading the League will allow me to ‘give back’ to a
great community and provide similar opportunity for future
generations,” Michel said. “I have been a licensed ham for 50 years,
and I’ve seen many changes in the hobby. One of my top priorities as
CEO will be to develop new products and services so all licensed hams,
whatever their license class or interest, find value in League
membership,” he added.
Michel was first licensed as WN2ITX when he was about 16 years old and
upgraded to General and Advanced within a year. He earned his Amateur
Extra-class license in 2000. He notes that he has always had a strong
interest in building and repairing radio equipment. “I’ve operated
CW/AM/FM/SSB/digital on 80/40/20/15/10/2 on equipment that I have either
built, repaired, or modified.”
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said, “We are excited to have
someone of Howard’s qualifications to lead this organization.
Howard’s management experience, along with his experience at leading a
membership-driven association, makes him an ideal person to move this
organization forward.”
In 2015, Michel was the volunteer president and CEO of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a volunteer-led IRS
501(c)(3) association advancing technology.
“In any large membership-led organization such as ARRL, its members
and volunteers are its greatest asset, and a good staff-volunteer
relationship is crucial to its success,” Michel said. “I intend to
build on this relationship and multiply and amplify the efforts of both
staff and volunteers in furthering ARRL’s goals to advance the art,
science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.”
Michel is a retired US Air Force officer, having served as a pilot,
satellite launch director, engineer, and engineering manager, including
a tour in the People’s Republic of China where he served as a senior
US government technical representative enforcing technology-transfer
control plans and procedures during two satellite launch operations.
He notes that during his time in the military, wherever he could set up
an antenna, he took the opportunity to operate.
Michel earned his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from New
Jersey Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in electronic and
computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a
master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern
California. He holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from
Wright State University.
His noteworthy academic background further includes current service as a
visiting professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering Science at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts
Dartmouth and of the University of Dayton.
Michel says that some of his favorite activities include attending
hamfests to find old stuff to repair or repurpose, contest operating,
and DXing, especially on 80/40 meters. He adds that he is a Life Member
of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association.
Michel will succeed Barry J. Shelley, N1VXY, who had been serving as
ARRL’s CEO since January of 2018 following the resignation of Tom
Gallagher, NY2RF. Shelley had been ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer
since January of 1992.
Captain Cook Commemorative Special Event Set
08/22/2018
The Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society (PDARS) in the UK has
been assigned special event call sign GB250CC (GB25ØCC) to mark the
250th anniversary of the first voyage of explorer Captain James Cook.
PDARS plans to apply for a series of regulatory variances (NOV) to
coincide with key moments in the voyage and hopes to make contacts with
the Pacific Islands that Cook visited 250 years ago. The first NOV for
August 23 will mark Cook’s departure from Plymouth on his first
voyage. Nigel Ferguson, G0BPK, a member of the Captain Cook Society and
of PDARS, said Cook rose from a humble background through the ranks.
“The Royal Society had approached the Admiralty for a ship to sail to
Tahiti and view the Transit of Venus in 1769, a rare astronomical
observation,” Ferguson explained. “The Admiralty insisted that the
captain should be from the Navy, and James Cook was chosen. This was the
first scientific voyage of discovery.” The bark Endeavour set sail on
August 25, 1768. Ferguson expressed the hope that regulator Ofcom will
continue to allow NOVs for GB250CC for the next 3 years. Logs will be
uploaded to Logbook of the World (LoTW).
Visit the GB250CC QRZ.com profile for more details.
Nominations Sought for 2018 ARRL Bill Leonard Award
09/17/2018
The ARRL Public Relations Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018
Bill Leonard Award, which recognizes this year’s best newspaper,
radio, or television news story about Amateur Radio. The award honors
professional journalists or journalistic teams whose outstanding
coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value
that Amateur Radio offers. It was created as a tribute to the late CBS
News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE, an avid radio amateur and advocate.
Awards are presented in print, audio, and visual categories.
Members of the ARRL Public Relations Committee will judge nominations
and recommend winners to the ARRL Board of Directors, which will
announce winners at its annual meeting next January.
Award winners in each category (either an individual or a group) will
receive an engraved plaque, and a $250 contribution will be made in each
winning entrant’s name to the charity of their choice.
Each nominee must be a professional journalist or a professional
journalistic team in print, electronic media, or multimedia. The
nominee’s work must have appeared in English, between December 1,
2017, and November 30, 2018, in a commercially published book,
recognized general-circulation (non-trade) daily or weekly newspaper,
general- or special-interest magazine (except publications predominantly
about Amateur Radio), commercial or public radio or television broadcast
(including services delivered via cable), a website operated by a
generally recognized journalistic organization (e.g., newspaper,
magazine, broadcast station, or network), or multimedia format intended
for and readily accessible to the general public within the US. The
scope of the work nominated may be a single story or series.
The story must be truthful, clear, and accurate, reflecting high
journalistic standards. Submission may be made by the authors of the
work or on their behalf by an individual who believes the work merits
the award.
Submit entries to ARRL Headquarters c/o Communication Manager, ARRL, 225
Main St., Newington, CT 06111, by 5 PM ET on November 30, 2018.
For more information about the award, contact ARRL Communications
Manager David Isgur, N1RSN, or call (860) 594-0328. The nomination form
is on the ARRL website.
Fifth Annual “Enigma Reloaded” Operating Event Set to Start on
September 28
09/24/2018
The fifth running of the “Enigma Reloaded” operating event will
begin on September 28. Sponsored by A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club, the event
celebrates the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role
in World War II, as well as honoring the individuals who developed the
device and contributed to its success.
Enigma Event 2018 takes place in two stages: from September 28 until
October 5, so-called Activator Stations will be on the air for others to
work and to qualify for awards. On October 6, the event’s final day,
Activator Stations will exchange predefined CW messages previously
encrypted by a real or emulated Enigma machine.
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact
Posting
09/24/2018
The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition, on schedule to begin October 20,
has announced that it will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time
basis. “Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions, offered the use
of DXA, and we gladly accepted,” the DXpedition said in a news update
this week.
“Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is
automatically updated to show your call sign; this confirms that your
contact is in the log (DXA reads the VP6D log). This process eliminates
the need for duplicate contacts on the same band/mode and minimizes the
confusion caused by pirates or other DXpeditions operating at the same
time.”
The DXpedition leaders said they performed an end-to-end test of the DXA
system, and expressed confidence that DXA “will significantly reduce,
or eliminate, the hundreds of emails asking for ‘log checks.’ If you
see your call sign on DXA you’re in the log.”
The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition will continue from October 20
through November 3. The VP6D team also plans to put Ducie Island on
6-meter moonbounce for the first time ever. Operation will be on 50.200
MHz using JT65.
ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program
Applications for the 2019 ARRL Foundation scholarship program will be
accepted between midnight, October 1, 2018 and 11:59 PM Eastern Standard
Time January 31, 2019.  Transcripts must be received by Thursday,
February 14, 2019.
More than 80 scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 are awarded
through the ARRL Foundation scholarship program.
The Louisiana Memorial Scholarship-
•    Award Amount: $1,000
•    Number of Awards: 1 per year
•    License Requirement: Active Technician Class or higher
•    Region: Any
•    Field of Study: International studies
•    Institution: Accredited post-secondary institution
•    Other:
1) Academic merit, financial need and interest in promoting Amateur
Radio
2) Preference to an ARRL member
3) Preference to baccalaureate or higher degree candidates
For additional information please contact Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD, in the
ARRL Development Office at 860-594-0348 or lclarke@arrl.org.
CONTEST CALENDAR
September 2018
8-10      September VHF
15-16    10 GHz & Up – Round 2
29-30    EME – 2.3 GHz & Up
October 2018
15-19  School Club Roundup
27-28  EME – 50 to 1296 MHz
November 2018
3-5      Nov. Sweepstakes – CW
17-19  Nov. Sweepstakes – Phone
24-25  EME – 50 to 1296 MHz
11/30-12/2  160 Meter
December 2018
11/30-12/2  160 Meter
8-9              10 Meter
16    Rookie Roundup–CW
Upcoming Hamfests
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
09/29/2018 | ARC of Shreveport Tailgate Party
Location: Shreveport, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Amateur Radio Club of Shreveport
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
10/13/2018 | CLARC HAMFEST
Location: Pineville, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
11/10/2018 | The Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
Location: Minden, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://n5rd.org
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
Location: Hammond, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
Around the State
REGION 4- From the AARA September 2018 Newsletter
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tour de Teche October 5-7 various locations
Cajun Cup November 10 morning hours
Veterans Day November 10
Tour de Teche ~ Sandy Leblanc provided an update on the 2018 Tour de
Teche canoe race to be held October 5th – 7th. The Command Center will
be located at St. Martinville on Friday and will relocate to Franklin
and Berwick as the race progresses over the weekend. Radio operators
manning checkpoints will receive a folder containing race information
and are requested to set up at their assigned checkpoint one hour before
racers are expected to arrive at their checkpoint. Individuals wishing
to operate their own special event station are welcome to do so. Danny
and Kathy Daigle volunteered to fill the one remaining slot at the New
Iberia checkpoint on Saturday morning.
GENERAL MEETING
September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Local 2-Meter Nets
Monday
AARA Monday Night Net 7:00 PM
146.820 PL 103.5 Lafayette, LA
Tuesday
Region 4 SkyWarn Net 7:00 PM
145.370 – PL 103.5 Lafayette, LA
Wednesday
Silent Key Memorial Net 6:30 PM
145.410 No PL New Iberia, LA
Thursday
Youth Net 7:00 PM
146.820 – PL 103.5 Lafayette, LA
EchoLink Node: 370324
REGION 4 SKYWARN NET
Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4 SkyWarn
Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in Lafayette. Net
Control Operators will alternate each week.
In case the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will
be held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL Tone 103.5.
The September schedule can be found at this link:
When using the SkyWarn 145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver
PL Tone for your area as follows:
NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE Quadrant
94.8 – Central 103.5.
Rice Pilaf
Not unlike store bought Rice-A-Roni.
2-2/3 Cups of Chicken Broth 1/3 Cup Butter
1 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Black Pepper 1/8 tsp Paprika
2 Tbs Olive Oil 1/3 Cup Vermicelli or Orzo
1 Cup Long Grain Rice 1/3 Bell Pepper, fnely chop
1 Tbs fresh or 2 tsp dried Parsley
DIRECTIONS:
In a medium saucepan set to medium heat, add the
chicken broth, butter, salt, garlic powder, parsley,
pepper, bell pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Once
the mixture starts to simmer, reduce to low heat.
In a large skillet, set at medium-low heat, add the olive oil.
When the oil is hot, add the vermicelli or orzo and
cook until brown. Add the rice and cook for 5-7
minutes, while stirring.
Pour the warm broth mixture into the skillet and stir to
combine. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, cover
and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until all the liquid is
absorbed.
REGION 7-
Minden Amateur Radio Assn. News by John Beck KB5LE
We meet this coming Saturday (third Saturday each month) at Chen’s
Garden
Buffet, 1104 Homer Rd, Minden, LA. Off I-20 take exit #47 or #49.
We eat and visit at 11:30am, and the business meeting follows at
12:15pm.
Hope to see you there.
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              MARA WEBSITE EXTRA FILES
There may be some files of interest in this directory, both ham radio
files
and other tidbits which have landed there.
It’s the EXTRA directory: http://n5rd.org/extra
For example, the pdf file regarding end-fed half-wave wires, subject of
Edwin’s, KD5ZLB, ‘show and tell’ last meeting. It’s direct address is:
REGION 8- Submitted by Joe Holland KB5VJY
Louisiana Delta Radio Club – Our Parks on the Air / Catfish fry was a
huge success.  Over 50 hams from across the area attended.  The Club
activated K-2369 and had several contacts.  Several portable stations
were set up for everyone to be able to use.  A huge 3 transmitter fox
hunt ended by loosing the last fox… Fortunately with over 20 hunters,
the Fox was found..
NELARC –  On August 27, Jim, W5LA, had the opportunity to make an
“Introduction to Amateur Radio” presentation to the Introduction to
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes at West Monroe
High School. There were two classes with about fifteen Freshman students
in each class. The goal at WMHS would be to get several of the students
licensed with the possibility of forming an Amateur Radio club at the
school. Thanks to the teacher, Denise Cavin, who arranged for this to
take place.
Pine Hills Amateur Radio Club –  On October 6th at the Lincoln Parish
Park, PHARA will host a Family day.  Fish Fry, Special Event Station,
Fox hunt,  with presentations on Portable operations, and Satellite
communications.  Food, Fun, and activities.  Please RSVP at
The 55 Simplex group will have their 2nd annual Hamboree at Cheniere
Lake AREA 1 Park on October 13th.  All persons interested in Amateur
Radio are invited to attend.
REGION 9- From “The Hamster” September 2018
Special Events, Hamfests & VE Sessions
Multiple Sclerosis “Dat’s How We Roll” Bike Tour a 150-mile ride from
Hammond to Percy Quin Park in Mississippi and back will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 6 & Sunday, Oct. 7. A few more ham radio volunteers to
assist with communications are needed, especially on Sunday. Contact
wb5fbs@arrl.net for more information or to volunteer.
Greater New Orleans Ham Fest on November 10th, Harahan LA, with prizes
and flea market! Details at
Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of
each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room “B” of the
North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee.
Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact
n5xes@arrl.net or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.
Happy Birthday!!
September Birthday Wishes go to John Shettles K5SNB, David Oehler K4BHY,
Sue Mueller WD5BVC and Brenda Ricks KG5KBS! If we missed your birthday,
please let us know.
GET WELL SOON –
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members James
Redmond K5QNT, Tom Simpson N5HAY, Al Baker KF5IBW and Sandy Blaize
W5TVW. We hope to work you on the bands real soon!
VE Session Results…
Congratulations to the following new ham from the August VE session in
Hammond:
David Esola – New Orleans
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ARES
August 2018 LA ARES Report:
ARES Members: 347
DEC’S reporting: 9 (100%)
NETS:  37
NETS WITH NTS LIAISON: 1
EXERCISES/TRAINING SESSIONS: 27 FOR 318 HOURS
PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS:  3 FOR 20 HOURS
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS:  0
SKYWARN EVENTS:  1 FOR 40 HOURS
TOTAL ACTIVITIES: 31 FOR 378 HOURS
JULY ARRL ARES REPORT:
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Louisiana Section Traffic Manager report for August 2018:
Sessions QNI    QTC    QTR
16            55        20      93
Louisiana HF ARES NET
Time
2 Hours
Checkins
120
73,
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Section Traffic Manager
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I will be attending the Section Manager’s workshop for new section
managers next month in Newington, CT and hope to have interesting news
to pass on for next month’s newsletter.
73
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter October 2018

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2018
I am beginning this newsletter fresh from my recent Section Managers
Workshop at ARRL HQ in Newington, CT.
SILENT KEYS:
William Ockman N5HGR
Henry Contant N5ZAQ
Jim Prothro N5IOO
NEW HAMS:  WELC0ME TO HAM RADIO!
Report for 2018-10-02
Jeffery S Pruitt, KI5BQC
Nathan A Cooper, KI5BRV
Charles T Clasen, KI5BQB
Bobby J Williams, KI5BNZ
Mark J Vining, KI5BNY
Anna C Gibbens, KI5BSC
Lynn P Percle, KI5BPE
Henrietta B Percle, KI5BPD
Lafayette, LA 70508-4251
Adam W Toepfer, KI5BRS
William S Tindall, KI5BRW
Madeline G Hunt, KI5BSA
Jamie A Jewell, KI5BRZ
Scott G Laiche, KI5BSB
Kenneth B Goodwin, KI5BSU
LICENSE UPGRAGES:  CONGRATULATIONS!
Report for 2018-10-02
David Esola, KI5BND
Charles P Kearney, KG5TRX
William Z Spivey, KD5NAE
Donald W Ward, KI5AJV
Jerry W Penfield, KG5UPA
NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERSHIPS:  WELCOME/WELCOME BACK
Report for 2018-10-02
Todd J Rudloff
Glenn H Bourgeois, WX5RLT
Andre P Granier, KI5BBO
Joe C West
David Esola, KI5BND
Angelo Glorioso, N5UXT
Charles Clasen, KI5BQB
Esdy S Agoro
Matthew Anderson, KD5KNZ
Veronica Ward, KE5MEM
Karl M Fontenot, KG5KZP
Samuel E Williams, WZ5A
Clay Runfalo, KF5SCV
Ronald G Stroope, W5RGS
Shawn P Dorsey, KI5BHU
Donnis H OBryan
Charles R Smith, AE7BM
James L Wallis, KG5CKS
Samual P Yanz, KF7YQC
Jimmy Reed, KI5BNX
Richard D Rose, KA5QJS
If anyone needs to know the status of their ARRL membership please just
let me know.  If you need to renew you can do so at the ARRL website:
NEW SECTION APPOINTMENTS:
Roger Farbe N5NXL Assistant Section Manager:  GOHSEP/LWIN/LWARN
Matt Anderson KD5KNZ Assistant Section Manager:  Red Cross/LCARC
Chris Joseph KG5SSH Emergency Coordinator Region 8 Union Parish
Dick Lundy WA5CAV Official Relay Station Region 6
FROM THE ARRL:
ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers
10/03/2018
ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC
Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale
of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to
resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the
importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC
certified for use in any radio service, but identified as Amateur Radio
equipment.
“While much of this equipment is actually usable on Amateur bands, the
radios are also capable of operation on non-amateur frequencies
allocated to radio services that require the use of equipment that has
been FCC-certified,” ARRL said. “Such equipment is being marketed
principally to the general public via mass e-marketers and not to
Amateur Radio licensees.”
ARRL said the upshot is that the general public has been purchasing
these radios in large quantities, and they are being used on the air by
unlicensed individuals. “
“Radio amateurs have complained of increased, unlicensed use of
amateur allocations by people who are clearly unlicensed and unfamiliar
with Amateur radio operating protocols,” ARRL said. But while it
supports the general tenor and intent of the Enforcement Advisory, ARRL
said it disagrees with the FCC on one point.
“In several places, the Enforcement Advisory makes the point that
‘anyone importing, advertising or selling such noncompliant devices
should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use
them,’” ARRL pointed out. “The Advisory broadly prohibits the
‘use’ of such radios, but our view is that there is no such
prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use — entirely within
amateur allocations — of a radio that may be capable of operation in
non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in
non-amateur spectrum.
ARRL has had extensive discussions about this issue with FCC Wireless
Bureau and Enforcement Bureau staff, and those discussions are ongoing.
“It is important to protect the flexibility of the Amateur Service as
essentially an experimental radio service, but it is also very important
to stop the unlawful importation and marketing of illegal radios in the
United States and the use of those radios by unlicensed persons,” ARRL
maintained. “We will keep our members informed as our discussions with
FCC on this subject continue.”
Remembering the Launch of Sputnik 1 — Earth’s First Artificial
Satellite
10/04/2018
October 4 marks the 61st anniversary of the launch by the Soviet Union
of Sputnik 1, Earth’s first artificial satellite. The Soviets heralded
the launch as a national triumph, and the space race between the USSR
and the US began.
Sputnik 1 was a 58-centimeter diameter, polished aluminum sphere
sprouting four antennas and transmitting a 1 W signal on 20.005 and
40.002 MHz, putting it within the range of nearly any radio amateur.
Orbiting the planet about once every 96 minutes, Sputnik 1 could be seen
from Earth. Following the launch, the US National Institute of Standards
and Technology’s HF radio station WWV even halted its nighttime 20 MHz
transmissions to avoid interfering with the satellite’s signal.
Scientists studying it gained information about such things as the
density of the upper atmosphere, deduced from orbital drag. The
propagation of its signals also helped to better understand the
ionosphere. The US launched its first artificial Earth satellite,
Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958.
FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Overhauls Marking Requirements for Short
Rural Towers
10/09/2018
Thanks to ARRL efforts on Capitol Hill, language in the 2018 Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, just signed by
President Donald Trump, resolves the issue of problematic or preclusive
rules affecting some rural Amateur Radio towers. The previous FAA
Reauthorization Act of 2016 had instructed the FAA to enact
tower-marking requirements, similar to those in some state statutes,
aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological
evaluation towers (METs). These towers are typically between 50 and 200
feet and set up in rural areas, often on short notice.
In the wake of fatal crop-dusting aircraft collisions with METs, the
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had recommended that states
institute laws, sometimes called “crop duster” statutes, requiring
marking and registration of METs. While some state crop-duster laws
exempted ham radio towers, federal regulations dating to the 1996 FAA
Reauthorization Act did not, and ARRL had expressed its concerns since.
“There is no evidence whatsoever that even one Amateur Radio antenna
below 200 feet has ever been involved in an aviation accident,” ARRL
General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said. “To impose painting and
lighting requirements on Amateur Radio antennas between 50 and 200 feet
tall would preclude many, if not most, of the exurban, rural, and, in
some cases, suburban Amateur Radio antennas that are and will be sited
outside incorporated towns and cities. This would ironically defeat the
entire reason such antenna facilities are sited in those environments:
because rural and exurban areas are where such antennas are permitted
and the few areas where antennas are not precluded entirely by private
land use regulations.”
Prior to 2017, per long-established FAA regulations, unless such short
radio towers were located within the glide slope of airports or
heliports, they were not required to be painted or lighted.
After attempting to address the issue through the FAA, ARRL’s
legislative team met with staff members of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and
other lawmakers and their staffs associated with the congressional
committees of jurisdiction. Senator Inhofe — himself a pilot — was
of the view that the 2016 legislation was excessive and that exemptions
should exist for both broadcast and Amateur Radio antennas and support
structures. “We worked with our close allies at the National
Association of Broadcasters (NAB), [who were] afraid that this
legislation would have a large adverse effect on short broadcast
towers,” Imlay recounted. “We also worked with the Association of
American Railroads, which has hundreds of short towers along rail lines
in rural areas that would have been affected.”
Imlay said Section 576 of the large 2018 FAA reauthorization now
requires that the only towers less than 200 feet tall that have to be
painted and lighted are meteorological aids and those within the glide
slope of an airport or heliport. The remainder of such towers in rural
or agricultural areas lower than 200 feet need to only be included in an
FAA-maintained database, which will be updated by the owners of such
towers.
Imlay credited members of the ARRL Legislative Advocacy team, as well as
Senator Inhofe and ARRL’s broadcast and land mobile association
partners for getting the language revised in the new, 5-year
Reauthorization Act. “We consider this a big success for Amateur
Radio,” Imlay said, “and it would not have been possible but for the
visibility that has been achieved for ARRL through our active Capitol
Hill advocacy for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.”
Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Looking Forward to Successful
2018 Event
10/12/2018
Some 450 sites in the US are among nearly 3,000 locations around the
world that will host Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the
Internet (JOTI) stations over the October 19 – 21 weekend.
“It looks [like it will] exceed last year’s registration number by
next weekend,” JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said.
One site that will be activated for JOTA is the Voice of America (VOA)
Museum in West Chester, Ohio, which hosts the West Chester Amateur Radio
Association’s club station WC8VOA. WCARA member Jocelyn Brault,
KD8VRX, grew up in Canada, where, as a 12-year-old, he took part in a
JOTA event, making a friend in France and becoming pen pals. Years
later, he became a Scout leader and a radio amateur. The station in the
VOA station has been hosting JOTA for the past 5 years and allows anyone
in Scouting to participate from the museum.
“For JOTA last year, we had over 100 Scouts stop by and get on the
air,” he recounted. “They could also explore the VOA Museum.”
Brault said that at one point, stations in five states conducted an
on-the-air roundtable, sharing stories and experiences. “That was a
great way to do it, it made it much more fun for the Scouts and for us
as well. I’m looking forward to repeating the experience again this
year,” he said.
Wilson urged JOTA station coordinators to review the best practices and
to try taking some video of JOTA-JOTI activity.
Bidding in ARRL On-Line Auction Set to Begin on October 19
10/15/2018
More than 230 items will be on the block as bidding gets under way on
Friday, October 19, at 10 AM ET (1400 UTC) for the 13th Annual ARRL
On-Line Auction.The auction will continue through Friday, October 26, at
10 PM ET (0200 UTC on Saturday, October 27). An auction preview opens on
Wednesday, October 17.
The 2018 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear,
vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items, plus the ARRL
Lab team has contributed four of the very popular “mystery boxes.”
Some premier “Product Review” items up for bid include the Apache
Labs ANAN-8000DLE HF and 6-meter SDR transceiver, an Icom IC-R8600
communications receiver, a Yaesu FT-991 HF/VHF/UHF transceiver,
BridgeCom Systems BCM-144 2-meter mobile transceiver, and many more
items.
The auction also will offer items donated from the popular television
series “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen, an actual radio
amateur who portrays the fictional Mike Baxter, KA0XTT, in the show,
which has featured ham radio in some episodes.
Among book offerings in the auction are History of QRP in the US 1924
– 1960, a special defense edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook
from 1942, and a 1958 ARRL Handbook.
Proceeds from the annual On-Line Auction benefit ARRL education
programs. These include activities to license new hams, strengthen
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® training, offer continuing technical
and operating education, and create instructional materials.
All bidders must register (your arrl.org user ID and password will not
work on the auction site). If you have registered for a previous ARRL
On-Line Auction, you may use the same log-in information. If you have
forgotten your user ID or password, click on the “Help” tab for
instructions on how to retrieve these credentials. Make sure your
correct address and other information are up to date. The auction site
only accepts Visa and Mastercard.
DX Group Seeks Reconsideration of Kure Atoll DXpedition Permit
Application
10/16/2018
The Pacific Islands DXpedition Group (PIDXG) is hoping to gain approval
of its latest application for a DXpedition from Kure Atoll — currently
the 7th most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The last ham
radio activity on Kure Atoll took place in 2005. Once home to a US Coast
Guard LORAN station, Kure Atoll is a part of Hawaii, although separated
from the rest of the state by Midway Island. It is included within the
Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary at Kure Atoll and the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands State Marine Refuge. The Hawaii Department of Land and
Natural Resources (DLNR) formally denied PIDXG’s prior application
last June.
“The official position was that Amateur Radio ‘cannot be conducted
with adequate safeguards for the resources and ecological integrity’
of Kure Atoll,” PIDIXG said in an October 13 news release. According
to PIDXG, officials contended that its antennas would pose a risk to the
island’s avian population. The group said their application assured
that they would follow US Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) guidelines
and protocols used by other DXpeditions in National Wildlife Refuges
(NWR). They also said that it they’ve adhered to all necessary
procedural and application guidelines in requesting access to public
land where Amateur Radio already is determined as an “existing use”
by the federal agencies overseeing Kure and other Pacific National
Wildlife Refuges.
“It is the understanding of PIDXG that there have been no documented
instances of negative impact to the ‘ecological integrity’ at any
NWR from any previous Amateur Radio activity,” the PIDXG said in its
news release. “Thankfully, through the guidance of the oversight
agencies and the protocols directing radio operations from these
environmentally sensitive areas, it can be said that Amateur Radio has
maintained an impeccable track record in this regard.”
PIDXG said no provisions are in place to appeal the decision, although a
letter accompanying the denial package indicated that the group was
welcome to submit another application in the future, which it did on
August 6.
FT8 to be Permitted in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup
10/17/2018
The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that participants in the 2019 ARRL
RTTY Roundup will be permitted to use the new FT8 protocol, which is
part of the WSJT-X software suite.
“Even though digital modes other than RTTY have been permitted in the
RTTY Roundup for 30 years, FT8 was excluded in 2018, because it could
not manage the required exchanges,” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart
Jahnke, W9JJ, said. “Through the work of the WSJT-X development team,
the latest version of FT8 can handle the necessary exchanges that
earlier versions were unable to do.”
Some limitations will apply to FT8 entrants. Participants must use
WSJT-X version 2.0 or later to ensure they are able to transmit and
receive the exchange messages the event requires. No unattended
operation, including QSO/macro automations, will be allowed. Neither is
FT8’s Fox-and-Hounds mode; each contact must be carried out in a
one-to-one mode, manually accepting/logging each contact.
Since ARRL contest rules regarding spotting assistance prohibit the use
of “automated, multi-channel decoders” by Single-Operator entrants,
stations using software that decodes more than one FT8 signal at a time
will have to enter as Single-Operator Unlimited or as Multioperator,
just as PSK participants have had to do in the past when using fldigi or
DigiPan software.
Logging software developers have been advised that “DG” will be
accepted as a mode abbreviation for all digital QSOs other than RTTY,
which will continue to be designated as “RY.” This will assist the
ARRL Contest Branch in distinguishing RTTY from other digital-mode
contacts in order to assess the popularity of each. Logs designating all
contacts with “RY” will be accepted, however.
The Contest Branch is encouraging all participants to make the use of
FT8 a success in RTTY Roundup by managing frequency selection and being
patient with new contest operators. FT8 users also are advised to spread
out to help increase decoding and contact success. The FT8 users’
groups and online discussions will offer information about alternate
carrier frequencies for FT8.
“This is a great opportunity for beginners interested in digital mode
contesting,” Jahnke said. “If you are a first-time RTTY, FT8, or
other digital-mode contester, understand that high power and large
antennas are not necessary for successful decodes.”
Complete rules are at www.arrl.org/rtty-roundup.
ARRL Website Security Software Update Could Affect Certain LoTW ADIF
Downloads
10/17/2018
The ARRL website updated its security software on October 15 in order to
meet standards required to continue accepting credit cards for internet
purchases. ARRL Information Technology Department Manager Mike Keane,
K1MK, said that the upgrade should not affect the vast majority of
members, beyond a guarantee of better security on the website. It’s
possible that those using old browsers or running outdated operating
systems could encounter a browser error message when trying to log in or
make a purchase on the website. To check if your browser will be
affected by this change, you can use the “How’s My SSL?” website
to advise you of your browser’s version. Also affected by the upgrade
was the ability of certain logging software running under Windows 7, 8,
and 10 to continue downloading ADIF reports from Logbook of The World
(LoTW). Uploads via TQSL are not affected.
“Affected users should report the issue to their logging application
software vendor,” Keane said. “In several cases, logging application
vendors have already released updates of their products that resolve the
problem.”
Keane said the security update and any possible disruption in service
are for the sake of progress, “and represent the reasonable efforts
that our members expect from us in order to secure their private
information.” The updates completed this week were mandated
security-related changes that allow ARRL to continue to accept credit
cards for purchases and memberships via the website. “These security
changes are no different than what is required by other organizations
and vendors performing online transactions,” Keane noted.
The updates were carried out in order to comply with PCI Security
Standards Council requirements. All payment processors, merchants,
service providers, and other stakeholders must use TLS 1.1 or higher to
ensure the transmission and receiving of secure communications. TLS is a
cryptographic protocol that provide authentication and data encryption
between different endpoints (e.g., a client connecting to a web server).
On October 15, ARRL disabled support for the outdated TLS 1.0 protocol.
Among the browsers that are safe to continue using are Google Chrome 30
or higher (version 40 or higher recommended), Mozilla Firefox 27 or
higher (version 34 or higher recommended), Microsoft Internet Explorer
11 or higher, Apple Safari 7 or higher (Safari 5 or higher on mobile),
all versions of Microsoft Edge, and Opera 17 or higher (version 27 or
higher recommended).
Silent Key Memorial Event Commemorates Departed Radio Amateurs
10/31/2018
The Silent Key Memorial Contest on November 1 will honor radio amateurs
who have died in past years or more recently. The CW-only event gets
under way at 0600 UTC on November 1 and continues until 0859 UTC. The
event is annual and takes place on 80 and 40 meters. The event website
contains complete rules and guidelines.
The 13th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Grosses More than $22,000
10/30/2018
The 13th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction October 19 – 26 took in more than
$22,000. In addition to hundreds of browsers, the auction saw 214
individual bidders vying for QST “Product Review” equipment, vintage
publications, one-of-a-kind finds, and the ever popular “mystery
junque boxes” from the ARRL Lab. Also receiving many bids were “Last
Man Standing” KAØXTT QSL cards autographed by Tim Allen. A total of
1,084 bids were recorded.
Proceeds from the yearly auction benefit ARRL education programs. These
include activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio
Emergency Service® (ARES®) training, offer continuing technical and
operating education, and create instructional materials.
Always the most popular auction items, QST “Product Review”
equipment was in high demand. The premier item turned out to be the
Apache Labs ANAN-8000DLE HF and 6-Meter SDR Transceiver, which drew a
winning bid of $3,200. In second-place was the ICOM IC-R8600
Communications Receiver, which brought in $2,100. The Yaesu FT-991A
HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver drew a final bid of $1,060.
“We would like to express our appreciation to the donors who provided
such a diverse mix of items, and we look forward to our 14th auction in
2019,” said ARRL Advertising Sales Manager Janet Rocco, W1JLR.
Weather Forecast Forces Early Shutdown of VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition
10/31/2018
The VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition announced just after 1600 UTC on
October 31 that, “due to an expected worsening in landing
conditions,” it would cease operations. VP6D now is off the air. The
final contact count was 121,136. Most contacts — 67,686 — were on
CW, with 28,736 on SSB and 24,714 on digital modes. The plan had been to
continue operating until November 1 at 1500 UTC.
“It’s been raining all night, with 20+ knot winds,” a news
bulletin from the team said. “The ship is about 300 meters off shore,
the forecast indicates continuing 20+ knot winds, 2 – 3 meter
seas.”
“We are collecting all the logs and will send to the EU QSL management
team (hopefully before we leave); they will remove FT8 dupes and refresh
the server before turning on OQRS.”
According to DXA, KB7QFE appears to have scored the final contact with
VP6D.
Earlier this week, the team announced plans to tear down the CW and SSB
camps on November 1, with antennas, and all non-essential equipment
removed from the island to the M/V Braveheart. The next day, sleeping
tents were to come down and all remaining gear will be transported to
the ship, which was expected to depart Ducie Island at about 2300 UTC,
getting under way at 0200 UTC on November 3 after all gear has been
stowed. The schedule was arranged so that the team would not miss the
once-per-week flight from Mangareva, French Polynesia, to Tahiti. It’s
likely that this schedule will be accelerated.
“We want to thank everyone for their support and hope we met your
expectations,” the team’s latest update said.
ARES
ARES CONNECT:
Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting
System
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the
traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online
system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and
reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by
ARES members and managed through the Field Organization.
“ARES Connect is a volunteer management system that covers event
signup, reporting, and roster management,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness
Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said. “It does not change how ARES operates
when serving a partner entity; it is simply a system that will make
managing volunteers and events easier.” Beta testing of ARES Connect
will began in March. ARES made changes to its report forms last year to
make it easier to process information at ARRL Headquarters and to
standardize the format for all forms. ARES Monthly Reports have been
posted to the ARRL website, providing regular information on Amateur
Radio public service communication activity, the report noted.
According to the 2017 report, ARES membership stands at 31,332, up by
nearly 13% from 2016. The number of emergency operations events reported
was up by 665 from the previous year, with 1,913 reported in 2017. The
top three states in terms of ARES membership in 2017 were California
(2,265), Texas (1,930), and Ohio (1,858).
Reported ARES events amounted to 51,673 in 2017 — a 4% increase —
accounting for 718,930 volunteer hours at a calculated value of more
than $17.3 million.
“There was a noticeable increase in reported activity during August
through November,” the ARES 2017 Annual Report said. “During this
period there was Amateur Radio response activity for hurricanes Harvey,
Irma, and Maria; wildfires in the western states, and the total solar
eclipse that occurred on August 21.”
According to the report, 26 states gained ARES members, while 13 lost
members.
Enrollment for The Louisiana Section will begin sometime within the next
2 months.  ARES members will be notified about the procedures.
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ARES MONTHY SEC REPORT
Section:  Louisiana
Month:  September
Year:  2018
Total ARES Members:  348
# ARES Nets active:  43 w/NTS Liaison: 1
# Exercises/Training:  36 for 293 hours
#  Public Service Events:  1 for 200 hours
# Emergency Operations: 1 for 64 hours
# Skywarn Operations: 1 for 40 hours
TOTAL:  39 / 597 HOURS
August HQ ARES Report:
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Louisiana Traffic Net
Sessions    QTC    QTR    QNI
16              105      11      110
Louisiana HF ARES NET
Time  QTC    QTR
120      40        0
73,
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
UPCOMING HAMFESTS:
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
11/10/2018 | The Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
Minden Civic Center
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
Location: Minden, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://n5rd.org
Pennington Student Activity Center
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
Location: Hammond, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
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Contest Calendar:
November 2018
3-5        Nov. Sweepstakes – CW
17-19  Nov. Sweepstakes – Phone
24-25  EME – 50 to 1296 MHz
11/30-12/2  160 Meter
December 2018
11/30-12/2  160 Meter
8-9                10 Meter
16    Rookie Roundup–CW
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ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program
Applications for the 2019 ARRL Foundation scholarship program will be
accepted between midnight, October 1, 2018 and 11:59 PM Eastern Standard
Time January 31, 2019.  Transcripts must be received by Thursday,
February 14, 2019.
More than 80 scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 are awarded
through the ARRL Foundation scholarship program.
The Louisiana Memorial Scholarship-
•    Award Amount: $1,000
•    Number of Awards: 1 per year
•    License Requirement: Active Technician Class or higher
•    Region: Any
•    Field of Study: International studies
•    Institution: Accredited post-secondary institution
•    Other:
1) Academic merit, financial need and interest in promoting Amateur
Radio
2) Preference to an ARRL member
3) Preference to baccalaureate or higher degree candidates
For additional information please contact Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD, in the
ARRL Development Office at 860-594-0348 or lclarke@arrl.org.
Please continue to pray for our Military and First Responders!
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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGER

Louisiana Elects New Section Manager

02/20/2018ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes.  Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the only contested Section Manager election this winter.

An ARRL Life Member and radio amateur since 2008, Robertson currently serves as Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator. He is a past president and board member of the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association. He is an active member of the Shreveport Digital Team, and a charter member of the Minden Amateur D-STAR.