Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter May 2020

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER MAY 2020

 

SILENT KEYS:

Richard “Buddy” Brown, N5BUD

Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Tircuit, N5SOE

Mary McDonald, WB5LBR

 

NEW HAMS: Welcome!

Report for 2020-05-04

Kenny J Skidmore, KI5IUO
Metairie, LA 70003-1139

Mark A Ferreira, KI5IVH
New Orleans, LA 70118-1917

David G Vansomeren, KI5IWA
Slidell, LA 70461-2007

 

UPGARDED LICENSES:

None

 

NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERS: Welcome/Welcome Back!

Report for 2020-05-04

Brandon D Willmott, KI5IPD
Kenner, LA 70065-3219

Mark S Poche, N5GFK
Meraux, LA 70075-2812

Thomas A King, KJ4TAK
Saint Bernard, LA 70085-5020

Richard J Harris, W3GLE
New Orleans, LA 70122-6132

Luke A Cressionie, K5ALL
Gheens, LA 70355-2216

Michael E Galler, WD5JTZ
Morgan City, LA 70380-2803

William H Rogers, KG5TQP
Covington, LA 70433-8854

Elisha B Wilson, KI5ADM
Covington, LA 70435-2246

Daniel J Williams, KA5RFS
Robert, LA 70455-1818

Raoul D Breaux, W5OIM
Lafayette, LA 70503-4755

Jason T Olivier, K5DZL
Arnaudville, LA 70512-3527

Kevin C Thompson, KE5ZZG
Lafayette, LA 70598-1021

Ryan P Phillips, KI5FWJ
Lake Charles, LA 70605-0616

Joshua M Johnson, KC5JMJ
Lake Charles, LA 70607-0931

Roger L Shellenbarger, W5RNJ
DeRidder, LA 70634

Robert A Tarver, KD5ZTW
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739-5438

Kirk N Brown, KN1B
New Roads, LA 70760-2803

Ann Brown, W5ANB
New Roads, LA 70760-2803

Louis F Melancon, KA5TSZ
Paulina, LA 70763-2320

William P Sellers, KB5SCW
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1152

Greg G Cobb, KA5UCH
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-3406

Dorothy Arceneaux, W5DCA
Baton Rouge, LA 70815-1016

Gary A Fulton, KG5TBN
Baton Rouge, LA 70817-2800

Joyce L Thompson, KB9TFE
Shreveport, LA 71107-8598

Gary Lowder
Eros, LA 71238-8375

Mark F Kelley, AG5DT
Pineville, LA 71360-5496

Will D Butterfield, KI5IPJ
Pollock, LA 71467-3942

 

FROM THE ARRL:

RSGB’s RadCom Magazine May Edition Available to All Online

05/04/2020

As another facet of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) “Get on the air to care” campaign, the May edition of RadCom magazine is being made available to radio amateurs around the world online as a sample edition. A number of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies have taken similar steps. — Thanks to RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via IARU

 

Ham-Com Cancels 2020 Show

05/04/2020

Ham-Com will not take place in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “While we have held out hope that this year we would be able to host Ham-Com 2020 as a light at the end of the long tunnel of the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must inform all that we are canceling Ham-Com 2020, with the event postponed until June 17, 18, and 19, 2021,” Ham-Com Board of Directors President Bill Nelson, AB5QZ, said in a statement. “Payments made to Ham-Com for the 2020 event for general admission, vendor booths, and flea market tables will also be rolled to the 2021 event. Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to the next Ham-Com.”

 

AMSAT Solicits Nominations for the 2020 Board of Directors Election

05/04/2020

AMSAT is soliciting candidate nominations for the 2020 Board of Directors Election set for later this year, to fill the seats of three incumbent Directors whose 2-year terms expire in 2020: Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO. AMSAT members may further elect up to two Alternate Directors for 1-year terms. Valid Director nominations must be in writing and require either one “member-society” or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member.

 

Send written nominations — in electronic form, including email, or electronic image of a paper document — including the nominee’s name, call sign, and contact information, as well as the nominators’ names, call signs, and contact information, to AMSAT Secretary Brennan Price, N4QX, 300 Locust St. SE, Unit E, Vienna, VA 22180-4869, with a copy to AMSAT Manager Martha Saragovitz. Fax transmissions cannot be accepted, because the AMSAT office is closed.

 

Petitions must be received no later than June 15.

 

Planning Your ARRL Field Day 2020 Operation

05/14/2020

For most of us, ARRL Field Day 2020 is going to look quite different than it did in past years. Considering the impact of social distancing due to the pandemic, many radio clubs and large groups will not gather in their usual Field Day locations this year. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a Field Day first-timer, there are many questions about how to participate in amateur radio’s largest annual on-air event under these unusual circumstances. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you plan this year’s operation.

 

Don’t Forget 6 Meters

 

Remember, Field Day is a non-adjudicated operating event and not a “full speed ahead” contest. It is also not an HF-only event. All amateur radio bands above 50 MHz may be used during the event too.

 

This includes 6 meters, which often offers significant propagation enhancements in the summer months around Field Day weekend, to help you make contacts. The band is available to amateurs holding a Technician-class license or higher. If you have an HF/VHF/UHF multi-mode transceiver, try making SSB, CW, or digital contacts on 6 meters. You don’t need fancy beams or large antenna arrays. A simple vertical or dipole will allow you to experience operating on the “Magic Band.”

 

Activities for Techs

 

One suggestion for clubs to consider in order to increase participation among their Technician-class members is to schedule specific times where these club members will monitor designated VHF and UHF simplex frequencies for Field Day activity. Keep in mind that the published national FM simplex calling frequencies should be avoided, and the use of repeaters is prohibited for Field Day contacts. This way, members who have equipment capable of VHF/UHF-only operation may be able to participate from their homes or vehicles. Your club can choose a list of frequencies and scheduled times in advance, and publish them in the club newsletter, or via email or other electronic means before the start of the event.

 

On the HF bands, Technician-class licensees have CW privileges on 80, 40, and 15 meters, as well as RTTY/data and SSB phone privileges on 10 meters. If you aren’t a CW operator, try calling CQ on 10-meter SSB in the late afternoon and early evening on Saturday and see if conditions are favorable for long-distance communications. Try experimenting with a simple wire antenna for 10 meters. You might discover that the band can offer plenty of unexpected propagation.

 

Get Set Up for Digital Modes

 

You might want to explore one of the newer FT4/FT8 digital modes on 10 meters, 6 meters, or even the VHF/UHF bands. These modes offer an opportunity to make weak-signal contacts when band conditions often do not support voice communication. There have been reports of some great 6-meter openings in recent weeks, and these are likely to occur more frequently as the summer months approach. If you’ve never experimented with digital modes, perhaps this year is an opportunity to give them a try.

 

Setup is relatively straightforward. You’ll need a computer and a digital interface to connect the radio to the computer, and you’ll need to download one of the digital mode software packages such as the free WSJT-X suite, which incorporates FT8 and FT4. Many modern transceivers have built-in support for digital modes, so in those cases, all you’ll need is the proper cable to connect the radio to the computer’s USB port. You’ll need software that supports the ARRL Field Day exchange (WSJT-X version 2.0 or later, for example). ARRL’s book Get on the Air with HF Digital (2nd Edition) is also a great primer for anyone beginning to explore the digital modes.

 

The Excitement of Ham Satellites

 

Another area you might wish to explore is operating via one of the amateur radio satellites, or “birds,” as they’re often called. Many hams have had success making contacts via the FM satellites by using a VHF/UHF handheld radio and a small handheld directional antenna, or a multi-mode VHF/UHF transceiver for the linear (SSB and CW) satellites. You’ll only be able to work the satellites when they are overhead, so you’ll need to know when they will be visible at your operating location. Visit AMSAT’s Online Satellite Pass Prediction page to see which ones will be orbiting overhead, and at what times they’ll be visible. You can find many satellite operating tips and resources on the AMSAT website too.

 

An Opportunity for Learning

 

ARRL Field Day 2020 may be the year you decide to participate solo, or with other members of your household. You may want to focus on expanding your knowledge base and experiment with new modes or bands that you never thought of using before. If you’re a mentor to a newer ham, Field Day can be an opportunity to share some of your knowledge, and for you to expand your own operating horizons. This might be the year to leave your Field Day comfort zone and try something new!

 

 

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:

 

Region 2:   As always “The Ascension Airwaves” latest edition is full of information, please go to K5ARC.ORG to see it.

 

The Ascension Amateur Radio Club will meet on Zoom on Wednesday June 3rd at 19:00 local. Everyone is welcome to attend from the comfort of your home.

Ascension Amateur is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ascension Amateur’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Jun 3, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kct6eOuOB

 

Elmer Tatum, N5EKF

Region 2 PIO

 

Region 4:

From:  Volume 60, Number 05 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. – May 2020

VE Test Session April 25, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT

April 25th was a successful Saturday morning for AARA VE testing. 3 VEs were able to organize a test session that would meet FCC VE rules as well as comply with the CDC social distancing guidelines. The location was not an ideal one. Some folding tables and lawn chairs spaced apart inside a garage. Even with those conditions three candidates jumped at the opportunity to test. So it was during a humid morning with a drone of weed eaters and lawnmowers that all three candidates were able to get the license they had studied for. And the results are in. Adam Melancon ~KD5QZG~ upgraded to Extra; Jeremy Hoof ~KI5GIY~ upgraded to General; and Kathleen Boudreaux of Lafayette got her Technical License. VEs present were Galen Wilson ~KF5BET, Charles Morrison ~N5WE, and Michael Cavell ~KI5ARX. Best of luck, Michael Cavell ~KI5ARX

 

Dennis Charles Butler N5OTH – Silent Key

Dennis Charles Butler born on March 29, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas as the first child born to the union of Joe and Lois (Hamm) Butler. A resident of Carencro, LA, Dennis passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020. After graduating from Delhi High School (1968) in Delhi, LA, Mr. Butler was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. His time was served honorably as a member of the military police. Upon his detachment from military service and with the support of his father, Mr. Butler began working for Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline. His intelligence coupled with a no-nonsense work ethic paved the way for a successful career in the natural gas industry. He survived a multitude of company buyouts and eventually retired from El Paso. Whether at work or at home, Mr. Butler chose to live life on his terms. Although he selected a life of solitude, his friendship circle included those who respected his private life and supported his peaceful way of living. He enjoyed the simple qualities of life; such as camping and fishing with his dearly departed friend Brenda; having a couple of drinks and solving the countries issues with his deceased friend, Buddy; early morning Facebook sessions with his close friends and family members during his morning coffee ritual; daily drives to the post office to see what he would be throwing away today; and his weekly drives to pick his nephew up from school. He gave generously and loved endlessly.

 

Birthdays:

05-01 KB3THK David

05-06 W4HVH John

05-11 Deborah KC5VDH

05-18 KE5HSY Linda

05-24 KC5HNO Ramona

05-26 KD5TJZ Kathy

06-05 KE5RPI Karen

06-07 K5VXX Joseph

06-11 KE5KJF Sandy

 

Crockpot Ribs 3-4 Lbs. Pork Ribs 1 Cup Ketchup ½ Cup Molasses 2 Cups Chicken Broth 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Garlic Powder ½ tsp Hot Sauce 1-½ Cups BBQ Sauce Cut into individual ribs. Spray a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with non-stick spray. Add ribs in an even layer. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and pour over ribs. Cover the ribs and cook for 8 hours, until they are tender. Serve immediately. You can use spare ribs, baby back ribs, or country-style ribs. I found that if you season your ribs the day before, and seal them in a Ziplock bag, the flavor goes through and through. I also tried this method with a large chuck roast, cutting the meat into 2-by-2 squares. Talk about tender and falling apart.

 

Region 5:

Recently, our club in Lake Charles (SWLARC) held two virtual exam sessions.

Examiners were KI5EE, AE5LB and me.

The first test was administered in the morning to KC5JMJ, who successfully upgraded from technician to general class. The second was in the afternoon with KI5GZO who also upgraded from technician to general class.

Our aim was to ensure the integrity of the testing as we required that we had good vision of the applicants’ surroundings before as well as during the tests. The exam itself was secured before, during and after the exam – from when it was placed in the applicant’s hands until it was graded by three examiners and subsequently mailed to the ARRL. (Should you wish to know these exact precautions and procedures, I can detail them for you.)

George Carr

WA5KBH

V.E.

 

Region 6:

From:  The BRASS KEY May 2020

A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club

Words from our President, John Dempsey, N5CM

May 2020 I feel a bit like Abraham Lincoln as I’m writing this on April 22, 2020 at 10:00 PM local time by the light of a lantern. This is the second time this week that I’ve had to resort to the use of an indoor antenna for 2-meter communication due to foul weather. When we have lightning, I disconnect feed lines to antennas and for a really intense electrical storms such as the one tonight, I unplug the power supplies from the 120- volt wall receptacles. I learned years ago that lightning cannot read. It was a bit worse tonight as we had a tornado pass through Woodworth. No damage here at N5CM or at W5LD (also in Woodworth) other than a few limbs down. An indoor antenna is very handy if you are far enough away from the repeater site that your handheld won’t quite make the trip. Mine is a home brew ground plane (a/k/a TDTMODVR [Temporary Deployment Two Meter Omni-Directional Vertical Radiator]). It works well when connected to my hand held radio and gives solid contact into the 147.330 repeater. Plans for it are on the CLARC website. If you’re a little farther out, you might want to look into a yagi (a/k/a “beam). These can be home brewed as well. It you don’t have a metal roof, you could install one in your attic. Due to unavailability of our Kees Park meeting space, we had to cancel our May meeting. Hopefully, the current Covid-19 crisis will be far enough behind us in June to resume normal operations. As I write this, we have about two full months until Field Day. What are your thoughts on conducting our normal Field Day exercise? Please email me with your comments: johndgex@aol.com Stay well. Vy 73 es DX, John, N5CM

 

CLARC Members Host Repeater Scanner Feeds Kevin Walker, KG5SGI

I’d like to share with you some information about the CLARC Repeater Scanner Feeds that I’m hosting on RadioReference.com and Broadcastify. I’ve been hosting two of the feeds since 2016. You can use them when you have internet access and no radio handy to listen, or if you are out of the area and would like to listen to the nets or traffic hosted by CLARC repeaters. Those feeds can also be helpful if you are checking your transmitter and would like to hear how you are transmitting. There is about a 30 second delay for the transmission from my scanner to the Broadcastify host. You can hear the feeds via web browser, Android or IOS Apps. Using your web browser can access the scanner Feeds at the following address: https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/1148 I often use the Android App, Scanner Radio to listen on my phone. This app is also available for IOS devices. Currently I am hosting three Amateur Radio feeds: *The first Feed Alexandria and Pineville Area Amateur Repeaters monitors the 147.330, 147.375, 443.3, 53.23, 147.105, and 444.975 MHz frequencies. *The Second Feed KC5ZJY, 147.3300 MHz CLARC Repeater monitors the 147.330 MHz Frequency. *My newest and third feed is the KC5ZJY, 145.470 MHz Salt Grass System CLARC Repeater and it monitors the 145.470 MHz Frequency which is usually on the East Coast Reflector. Some of the hardware and software that I use to host these feeds are Windows Laptops, Windows Operating system, Raspberrypi 3 computer, Raspian Operating system (Linux), Radio Shack Pro2026 scanner, Uniden BCT15x scanner, and a Whistler WS1010Wp scanner. It’s not complicated to become a feed provider, you just need a stable internet connection, some hardware, and to fill out an application at RadioReference.com. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a feed provider: *A solid, scalable broadcast platform designed to support tens of thousands of listeners per Feed. *An audience of over 500,000 registered RadioReference members and tens of millions of smartphone users. *A RadioReference.com Premium Subscription worth $30 a year when your feed is online. *Access to detailed charts and statistics about your feed, including listeners per hour, uptime,and max listeners. *A full 180 day archive of all of your feed’s content split into 30 minute mp3 file chunks and readily available for download. *A feed provider badge on your RadioReference forums profile. *Active promotion of your feed to the RadioReference and social media community when something newsworthy occurs on your feed. * A lot of grateful listeners and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart! If there is an interest, I can provide the mp3 archives of most of the 2020 Sunday ARES/RACES TRAINING NET and Prayer Nets and can make them available for download. My thanks to KF5YRN, Kenneth, who provides one of the computers that is used to broadcast. Please contact me if you have any further questions.

73s and I hope you enjoy the feeds.

Kevin Walker, KG5SGI walkerkevinr@gmail.com

 

Worked a Light Bulb on a Dead Band John Dempsey, N5CM

I’m trying my best to complete 5-Band Worked All States (WAS) on CW. Qualification for the 5-Band WAS award requires a confirmed contact with at least one station in each state on the “legacy” bands, 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 meters. So far, I have worked all fifty states on 160, 80, 40, and 20 meters on CW, but I still need a few on 10 and 15 meters. I call CQ on 10 and 15 meters just about every day. Given that the Sun has steadfastly refused to enter Cycle 25 with any gusto whatsoever, calling CQ on 10 and 15 meters is about as productive as fishing for crappie in my neighbor’s kiddie pool. OK, I do get an answer once in a while, but these are few and far between. Even if you do get an answer, there is no guarantee that it will be from a state you need… NE, WY, VT, RI etc. So, on March 30, 2020 at 15:31 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), I get an answer from K8AQM. His signal wasn’t stellar, but it was OK. I sent him a report, my name, QTH, and SKCC (Straight Key Century Club) number. He came back, but his signal was as weak as a kitten. I did not get his name or QTH but was able to copy his SKCC number. I told him I was unable to copy anything but his number. Well, then he came back with a solid 579 signal. Huh, what’s going on? Later that day, I got the following e-mail: “Hi John, I happened to be working on the computer at that station and nearly fainted when I heard your CQ today. Here is the cool part…I had the “light bulb” (really) antenna on the rig and forgot but you were Q5 copy. I quickly answered you and it wasn’t until you said you lost every thing but my number because of QSB that I realized I was on the lightbulb. I switched to the two element yagi at 70 feet and even switched on the KPA 500 for my final 73 and tnx. Just thought you’d get a kick out of knowing you worked a light bulb antenna on a “dead” band! — 73, Ted K8AQM/VE9AQM”

 

Special Events Commemorate the End of World War II

05/05/2020

Several special event stations are on the air to mark 75 years since the end of World War II. In the UK, GB4VVV (“V for victory”), and G0SFJ will operate through May 11. Listen for GB75VET through May 28. The Guernsey Amateur Radio Society is operating GU75LIB May 6 – 12 to mark the liberation of Guernsey in World War II. The RSGB Contest Club will field special call signs GB1945PE, GB1945PJ, and GB75PEACE through May and again during August 1 – 31 to mark victory in Europe and Japan. From Norway, LI8MAI celebrates the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945. Operation will continue through the end of May. From Israel, 4Z75V and 4X75V will be on the air until May 10. From Serbia, listen for YT5DP until May 31. Many Russian stations will use special prefix RP75 until May 9. The letter P stands for “pobeda,” which means “victory.” This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of special event stations marking the end of World War II. — Thanks to The Daily DX

 

Region 9:

The SELARC “Hamster”

Vol. 47, No. 5 ……………………. May 2020

Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI – Testing usually scheduled for the last Sunday of each month at North Oaks Diagnostic Center has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19.

 

Club Membership Rolls

A club membership roll was posted in the April newsletter, but the following updates and corrections are made since “Hamster” No. 4a of April 2020:

 

+ Correction: Thank you to KG5WQI – Roper, Roger who also sold 20 tickets in January.

+ Dues paid for: KE5GOC – Carol Redmond; KD5GUQ – Labat, Jerome

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

2020 ARRL Field Day – June 27-28, 2020

 

Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes for May go out to – Walter N5RYI

 

Get Well Soon —

Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air!

 

Recent Donations

The club received a donation of $400 towards the repeater funds thanks to the Priez Family, Bob WB5FBS, in celebration of his birthday.

 

There are still items from Walter Sarrat’s equipment donation for sale — please contact Ernie Bush for details:

Kenwood 281 2m Mobile

Yaesu FT 2800 Mobile VHF Mobile            $35.00

MFJ 6 Position Manual Coax Switch with some connector Cables $20.00

Tentec Corsair II Base, Tuner & Power Supply / Tuner all in operating condition.  $350

 

VE Session Results

2 May. 2020 Special VE Session – Hammond VE Group

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades!!

Technician

Ronald Page – Holden, La.

Cid Dillard – Baton Rouge, La.

Stephen Fortunato – Covington, La.

Timothy Zenner – deville, La

General

Johnny Shaw / KZ7TUE – Covington, La.

Bruce Eilts / KD5GRC – Baton Rouge, La.

Gilbert Rodriguez-Cruz – Hammond, La.

Charles Richardson / KI5IU – Holden, La.

Extra

Lawrence J. Arena / KF5FNT – Opelousas, La.

John Young / W7JDY – Prairieville, La.

Many thanks to the VEs who attend to support this session and to AmVets Post #68 in Springfield, for the use of their facility!!!

 

Stay safe es 73

Tyrone Burns – N5XES

VE Liaison – Hammond VE Group, Hammond, La.

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Section Traffic Managers Report:

Sessions     QNI     QTC     QTR

  1. 557 38      642

Jimmy Lewis AB5YS

Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

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Section Emergency Coordinators Report:

ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report

  1. ARRL Section LOUISIANA
  2. Month MAY
  3. Year 2020
  4. Total number of ARES members 413
  5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month 9
  6. Number of ARES nets active 57
  7. Number of nets with NTS liaison 1
  8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF NS5W KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GM

9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month      33

9b.  Person hours   321

10a. Number of public service events this month   0   10b. Person hours   0

11a. Number of emergency operations this month    0

11b. Person hours   0

12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month   9

12b. Person hours   75

13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a   42

13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b  396

 

http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/ares-el/?issue=2020-05-20

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May Section Giveaway Winners:

ARRL Books: Washington ARC Affiliated Club & KD5L Mark Brown of Homer ARRL Member.

Wouxun Radio and Surge Protector (bonus) is David Pechon, KC5DP of Tickfaw.

Congratulations to our May winners!

 

***Beginning June 1st, I will start accepting nominations for the 2020 ARRL Louisiana Section Amateur of the Year.  I will accept nominations until August 31st.  The winner will be announced at the Slidell Hamfest October 10th.  Email me to get your nomination form and instruction sheet.***

 

 

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Amateur Radio Gulf Coast Hurricane Special Event 2020

ARRL Mississippi Section Manager Malcolm P. Keown (W5XX) announced in May that Larry Morgan (AG5Z) has organized the Gulf Coast Hurricane Special Event 2020.
Dates: Wednesday, 2020 May 27 through Friday, May 29
Frequencies: 3.862 MHz, 7.240 MHz, 14.255 MHz, 21.300 MHz
Purpose: To recognize the following:
1. To bring attention to, and awareness of, the beginning of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season on 2020 June 1.
There is already one tropical storm off the coast of North Carolina called Arthur with winds to 50 mph
2. The 15th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2020.
Event Plan: Special Event Stations for the five states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas) most often impacted by Gulf Coast Hurricanes will be operating on the frequencies listed above. Certificates will be available for working these stations. QSL cards will be handled by AG5Z with SASE (Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope). More info on www.ag5z.net.
None of the SATERN Nets will be actively engaged in this event, but please inform other who may be interested.
73,

Ken G
AG6SV
SATERN 20m Net Manager

 

73,

John Mark Robertson

K5JMR

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter April 2020

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLTTER APRIL 2020

 

I hope all of you are well!

Since the Hamfest in West Monroe was canceled our next one is scheduled for July in Slidell. I sure hope that things will be back to normal by then.  I know that many are disappointed with Hamvention being canceled as well.

 

SILENT KEYS: As listed in May QST

Larry LeBlanc, KE5KJD

David Romano, KG5OPB

 

NEW HAMS:  CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME!

Report for 2020-04-02

Brandon D Willmott, KI5IPD
Kenner, LA 70065-3219

James M Chauvin, KI5IPC
Houma, LA 70364-3010

Matthew B Mckellar, KI5IPZ
Lafayette, LA 70506-3634

Jason T Olivier, KI5IQB
Arnaudville, LA 70512-3527

Victor L Baudoin, KI5IMV
Jeanerette, LA 70544-8211

Jason O Noel, KI5IQA
Opelousas, LA 70570-0537

Chad A Comeaux, KI5IPY
Youngsville, LA 70592-6302

Dawson G Andrews, KI5IMY
French Settlement, LA 70733-2540

Elienne A Blanchat, KI5IPK
Natchitoches, LA 71457-3582

Will D Butterfield, KI5IPJ
Pollock, LA 71467-3942

 

UPGRADED LICESNES:  CONGRATULATIONS!

Report for 2020-04-02

Justin M White, KI5IBP
West Monroe, LA 71291-8856

John L Eubanks, KI5HVM
Pineville, LA 71360-5801

 

New/Renewed ARRL members:  WELCOME/WELCOME BACK!

Report for 2020-04-02

Janice W Liang, WA5RDR
Metairie, LA 70003-1925

Abdulbasit N Mahmud, KD5BKW
Metairie, LA 70003-6339

Daniel R Sicuro, W5KKZ
Kenner, LA 70062-6040

Steven P Schwenker, K2JY
New Orleans, LA 70122-5915

Anja B Urner, KF5NKW
River Ridge, LA 70123-1126

Thomas B Harang, KF5DKN
Thibodaux, LA 70301-3503

Hubert J Cavalier, K5HCV
Napoleonville, LA 70390-8515

Moise M Collins, N5TSQ
Slidell, LA 70461-2910

David J DeCourt, KI5DHH
New Iberia, LA 70563-0053

Bradley Bordelon, KE5VLB
Lake Charles, LA 70611-6208

David B Guidry
Lake Charles, LA 70611-6224

Dustin K Royer, KG5AFX
Dequincy, LA 70633-4629

Lisa D Jacobs, KC5ACA
Deridder, LA 70634-3640

Lonnie P Jacobs, AC5A
Deridder, LA 70634-3640

Anthony Savant, KE5YXW
Kinder, LA 70648-3532

Jeff W Waldrop, N1JWW
Westlake, LA 70669-3102

John J Barnes, N5WWL
Denham Springs, LA 70706-0631

Robert A Davis, W1DOS
Baker, LA 70714-6061

August J Levert, KF5NA
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739-3909

Larry J Simms, KB5KKL
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0024

Justin M White, KI5IBP
West Monroe, LA 71291-8856

William C Huddleston, KE5CMC
Alexandria, LA 71306-0452

Michael W Stokes, AA5ES
Pineville, LA 71360-5550

Dennis P Vaughan, KG5FNU
Campti, LA 71411-4104

Thomas J Bird, WJ5Y
Many, LA 71449-5375

David A Mcnair, AC2WU
Fort Polk, LA 71459-3630

Jerry W Penfield, KG5UPA
Zwolle, LA 71486-3078

 

FROM THE ARRL:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2020-03-26

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-04-02

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-04-09

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-04-16

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2020-04-23

 

Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

03/27/2020

Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.

 

“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”

 

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:

 

Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).

Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.

Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.

One big impact this year will be a decline in public visibility and any interaction with the visitors. Prudence may dictate dispensing with the ham radio PR table to attract passersby, should you set up in a more public location. It’s okay not to score all the bonus points you may have attempted in the past. Local and served agency officials may be unwilling to visit, which is understandable under the circumstances. Do be sure to reach out to them as part of your preparations and remind them that you look forward to continuing your working relationship with them in the future.

 

The impact will differ from place to place, so ARRL recommends that all amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day stay in regular contact with local or state public health officials for their advice and guidance on hosting Field Day activities.

 

Demonstrating an understanding of the health crisis we all face and your willingness to adapt will show that you and your club or group are good working partners with local or served agencies.

 

“With any emergency preparedness exercise, it’s not about adapting the situation to your operation, it’s about adapting your operation to the situation that presents itself,” Bourque said. “Try something different. Learn something new about how you prepare. It may be a challenge, and you may have to ask yourself if you’re up to the challenge. We hope to hear you on the air over the June 27 – 28 weekend.” — Thanks to Paul Bourque, N1SFE, and Dan Henderson, N1ND

 

COVID-19 Affects Space Station Crew Transition

03/30/2020

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62 crew is readying its Soyuz MS-15 vehicle for an April 17 departure back to Earth. Expedition 62 members are NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Meir; Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan, KI5AAA, and Commander Oleg Skripochka, RA0LDJ. The Expedition 63 crew members who are to replace them are nearing an April 9 launch aboard the Soyuz MS-16 vehicle.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, and Ivan Vagner arrived this week at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final training. The Expedition 63 trio is scheduled to live aboard the station for a little longer than 6 months, with Cassidy as commander. Because of travel limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cassidy’s family will watch from home when he blasts off on April 9. Launch day at Baikonur is usually a festive affair.

“But it’ll be completely quiet,” Cassidy said in a Spaceflight Now satellite interview from Star City, Russia. “There won’t be anybody there.” A NASA protocol has long been in place to prevent astronauts from carrying disease microbes into space. All astronauts going to orbit must go through a 2-week “health stabilization” quarantine period. This way, NASA can make sure the crew is not incubating any illnesses before launch. NASA said it “will continue to evaluate and augment this plan, in coordination with its international and commercial partners,” if needed.

Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos has shut down all media activity surrounding the Soyuz launch, barring journalists from covering the mission in person. Russia will still live-stream the launch; NASA typically carries all of its crewed launches online via its NASA TV channel. The mid-April return of the Expedition 62 crew would typically involve a large number of recovery personnel.

SpaceX will be ready to send its first crew of NASA astronauts to the ISS aboard its Crew Dragon capsule sometime in May. NASA has not said what might happen if those operations should change in light of the pandemic. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

 

International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled

03/31/2020

The annual International Marconi Day (IMD) ham radio operating event that was set to take place on April 25 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-hour amateur radio event celebrates the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874. Sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, which operates as GB4IMD, International Marconi Day features participating stations operating at sites having a personal connection to Marconi, including places where he set up transmitting and receiving stations.

Former ARRL DXCC Manager Don Search, W3AZD, SK

03/31/2020

Former ARRL DXCC Manager Donald B. “Don” Search, W3AZD, of Davie, Florida, died on March 26. Search was widely known throughout the DXing community and was a fixture at many hamfests and conventions, including the Dayton Hamvention®, where he checked cards for years. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80. A skillful DXer, Search was on the DXCC Honor Roll with 378 entities confirmed on phone. He and his partner Hope Smith, WB3ANE, were early members of the National Capitol DX Association (NCDXA) — traveling from Florida to attend monthly meetings as recently as 2018. He also belonged to the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC).

According to reports, Search had struggled with health issues related to a fall last December in which he struck his head.

A nearly lifelong radio amateur, Search worked as an electronics technician in Maryland before serving for about 15 years as ARRL DXCC Manager from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. In addition to ham radio, his interests included astronomy. Arrangements are pending.

 

Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs’ Help

04/01/2020

Radio amateurs continue to play key roles in developing the electronic control system for an open-source/architecture, modular, low-cost human patient ventilator. The device itself was designed by researcher Sem Lampotang and his team at University of Florida Health — the school’s academic health center — using such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The idea is to create a bare-bones ventilator that could serve in the event of a ventilator shortage.

“The way I looked at it is, if you’re going to run out of ventilators, then we’re not even trying to reproduce the sophisticated ventilators out there,” Lampotang said. “If we run out, you have to decide who gets one and who doesn’t. How do you decide that? The power of our approach is that every well-intentioned volunteer who has access to Home Depot, Ace, Lowe’s, or their equivalent worldwide can build one.”

His team is working on adding safety features to meet regulatory guidelines, then they will run engineering tests to determine safety, accuracy, and endurance of the machine, which can be built for as little as $125 to $250.

Dr. Gordon Gibby, KX4Z — a retired associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Florida and an electrical engineer — is among those involved in the project, developing control-system prototypes. He reports that a trial printed circuit board is being created, populated, and tested prior to large-scale fabrication. “This should lead to a documented open-source design that can be replicated or improved upon by any interested manufacturer,” Gibby said, noting that the board could be built anywhere in the world, based on the Arduino Nano microcontroller.

“A huge amount of work has gone on in the design of the circuit boards,” Gibby told ARRL. “We have at least two, maybe three designs, ready for fabrication.” Current design specifications and a video of prototypes have been posted online. The Arduino-based control software will set the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill coronavirus victims. Other radio amateurs involved in the control system aspect of the project include Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and uBITX transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE.

Using a Groups.io forum, up to 140 volunteers have been studying or working to push the project to completion. Software is being created by multiple volunteers, with amateur radio operators involved in that phase as well.

The ventilator’s valves will precisely time the flow of compressed oxygen into a patient with lungs weakened by viral pneumonia in order to extend life and allow time for the body to clear the infection.

Among the project’s assumptions: The Food and Drug Administration will waive clearance for the bare-bones design, if a massive shortage develops; traditional medical components and supplies used in ventilators will be in short supply, and transportation will be impaired or disrupted.

 

Contest Entry Features Multiple Operator Locations and Remote Transmitter-Receiver Site

04/01/2020

Restrictions on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic recently prompted a novel approach to multioperator/multi-transmitter operation. The WW2DX entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 28 – 29 weekend featured 10 operators, each at separate locations around the US and in Europe, all operating via a single remote site on the coast of eastern Maine. WW2DX entered in the multioperator high-power category, racking up a claimed score of 32,026,176 points. NR6O operated remotely from the west coast with a smaller complement of remote operators in the same category.

“It was so much fun to work this contest,” one of the WW2DX operators, 17-year-old Connor Black, W4IPC, remarked. “This was the most fun I’ve had in a contest ever. We had no equipment failures and pulled off, hopefully, a new US record.”

In soapbox comments on the 3830scores.com website, Lee Imber, WW2DX, expressed his belief that this year’s contest would be viewed as a turning point in multioperator contesting. Participants had nothing but a web browser and a USB headset to operate, with the closest team partner some 625 miles away. “No radio, no hardware, no traveling, and no external logger,” he noted.

Team members brainstormed various configurations. Rock Schrock, WW1X, custom-engineered the requisite software. In addition to Black, the team included a few other young — but experienced — contesters: 13-year-old Charles Hoppe, AA4LS; 17-year-old Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII, and 21-year-old Tucker McGuire, W4FS. The more senior team members were K1LZ, K3JO, W1ADI, W2RE, WW1X, and WW2DX.

“We also used Slack and created a channel for the team to stay connected over the weekend, and this ended up being half the fun,” Imber said. “Game time.” Another feature included the “multi bell,” which would chime whenever a new multiplier was logged. He said it was “awesome having seasoned pro operators sharing and mentoring these young contesters.”

“The world is experiencing something on a whole new level,” he observed. “I think it’s clear that multi-multi contesting in general is also going to see big changes moving forward. I am looking forward to that.”

The ARRL Contest Update Editor Brian Moran, N9ADG, said in this week’s newsletter, “Until restrictions on gatherings are relaxed, this is a winning model for multi-multi efforts. Perhaps this is also the model of future big-gun multi-multi stations.”

 

Use of Special Call Sign Suffixes in the US During COVID-19 Pandemic

04/06/2020

Some countries have authorized selected radio amateurs or organizations to identify with longer-than-normal suffixes that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as “STAYHOME.” FCC Part 97 Amateur Radio Service rules do not provide for amateur call sign suffixes longer than three characters, but a potential workaround exists.

As §97.119(c) of the FCC’s Amateur Radio Service rules states: “One or more indicators may be included with the call sign. Each indicator must be separated from the call sign by the slant mark (/) or by any suitable word that denotes the slant mark. If an indicator is self-assigned, it must be included before, after, or both before and after, the call sign. No self-assigned indicator may conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC Rules or with any prefix assigned to another country.”

While ARRL has no plans to sponsor or support an effort as an ARRL contest-based activity, licensees desiring to do this as a one-off stay-at-home event are welcome to do so.

 

Icom Announces Delay in Delivery of New IC-705 Transceiver

04/06/2020

Icom has announced that delivery of the new IC-705 HF – 430 MHz all-mode 10 W transceiver, which was scheduled to be released in March, has been pushed back to later this year because the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the delivery of some components. “We are sorry to share this disappointing news,” Icom said, “and as soon as we have more information, we will post it on our website and social media pages.” Many radio amateurs had made reservations for the IC-705.

 

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, Named as Interim CQ WPX Contest Director

04/06/2020

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, is filling in as CQ WPX Contest Director. CQ’s Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced the appointment of Thompson as interim director following the resignation of Terry Zivney, N4TZ, who had been the director for 7 years. Thompson previously served as director of the CQ World Wide Contest and is a long-time CQ Contest Committee member. Anyone interested in taking on the WPX Director position on a permanent basis should contact Moseson.

 

Japan to Expand Access to 160 Meters

04/06/2020

Yoshi Shoji, JG7AMD, reports that Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is about to expand access to 160 meters for radio amateurs and permit SSB on that band. The current 160-meter band in Japan consists of 1810 – 1825 kHz (CW) plus 1907.5 – 1912.5 for CW and data. Japan will allocate 1800 – 1810 kHz and 1825 – 1875 kHz for all amateur radio modes. The effective date has not yet been announced.

 

Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown

04/02/2020

Spain’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,” the announcement from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Infrastructure said. “This activity offers young people the opportunity to gain practical experience in telecommunications technology, promotes education in technological subjects, and is a socially enriching family activity.”

The temporary authorization would be in place while the state of alert and mandatory confinement measures are in effect in Spain. Non-licensed individuals could operate an amateur station only under the direct supervision of the licensee, under current amateur radio rules and regulations.

 

Ned Stearns, AA7A, Appointed as ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director

04/07/2020

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Edward J. “Ned” Stearns, AA7A, of Scottsdale, Arizona, as ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director, succeeding Mark Weiss, K6FG, who resigned.

This will mark the third time Stearns has held the post. He served as Southwestern Division Vice Director for 2005 – 2006 and again for 2017 – 2019.

A retired electrical engineer, Stearns has been licensed since 1963 and is active on all bands from 160 meters through 23 centimeters. His principal interests are DXing, contesting, VHF, moonbounce, antenna design, and homebrewing.

 

New TQSL Version 2.5.2 Provides Better LoTW Rover Support, Other Improvements

04/07/2020

The latest version of TrustedQSL (TQSL), version 2.5.2, offers improved Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for operations from several locations, as well as the ability to detect uploads that contain incorrect location data. The primary new feature in TQSL 2.5.2 allows logging programs, in conjunction with TQSL, to avoid incorrect contact uploads, while adding mechanisms to allow easy uploading of logs for roving stations. LoTW had required rovers to identify each location used as a separate location in TQSL. The new version of TQSL allows these operations to be handled much more smoothly by using information from the station’s logging program.

When a log is signed by TQSL, the station details — call Sign, DXCC entity, grid square, and other location details provided by the selected station location (and call sign certificate) — are compared with the details in the log. If the US state and station location in a log do not agree, TQSL 2.5.2 will reject the contact, detecting errors in instances when an incorrect station location has been chosen. This feature will necessitate changes in many logging programs, because it requires that the log provide station details previously not used by TQSL. Once a logging program supplies these (MY_STATE, MY_DXCC, MY_CQ_ZONE, etc.), then TQSL will validate them against the log. Currently, Cabrillo logs use the CALLSIGN field to verify that the contacts are for the correct call sign.

Optionally, a station performing roaming operations (e.g., from multiple grid squares) can choose to have TQSL assume that the log is correct. When call sign or home station are provided with the log, TQSL will automatically update the details on the upload. Select “Override Station Location with QTH Details from your Log” on the “Log Handling” preference page to enable this feature.

This release also includes an update to the most recent TQSL configuration file. — Thanks to Rick Murphy, K1MU

 

World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Celebrates 95th Anniversary of the IARU

04/07/2020

Saturday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 95th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Around the world, amateur radio special event stations — most sponsored by IARU member-societies — will mark the event on the air, starting on April 18 at 0000 UTC and continuing until April 19, at 0000, honing skills and capabilities while enjoying global friendship with other amateurs worldwide. The theme for WARD is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, notes that the COVID-19 pandemic casts the event in a different light than in years past.

“A few short weeks ago, many of us could not imagine the levels of isolation that we are now dealing with and the sacrifices of many on the front lines of the pandemic,” Ellam said. “As we have done in past challenges to our society, amateur radio will play a key part in keeping people connected and assisting those who need support.”

Ellam said he’s coming off his own 14-day isolation after returning from overseas. “I am touched by the kindness of strangers who assisted me when I was unable to leave my house,” he said. “It strikes me amateur radio operators, who give so much during these times of crisis are not limited to assisting over the air. Amateurs are true volunteers, and I would encourage everyone to assist in the community as they are able to.”

On April 18, 1925, the IARU was formed in Paris, with ARRL cofounder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, in attendance. Radio amateurs were the first to discover that shortwave spectrum could support worldwide propagation, and in the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio found itself “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” as IARU history puts it. Two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, amateur radio gained allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. From an initial 25 countries, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions.

How to Participate

  • Get on the air. Create your own personal “event” to talk about amateur radio. (To list your World Amateur Radio Day event, contactIARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ.)
  • Check into the Echolink World Conference and IRLP 9251. The special event call sign will be W7W.
  • Look for and contact stations using the W7W call sign.
  • Create and hold a special net on World Amateur Radio Day to draw attention to the event and allow hams to start talking about our hobby.
  • Spread the word. If you’re responsible for club publicity, send a press release and do public relations outreach to highlight the event.
  • Promote your personal World Amateur Radio Day activity on social media by using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDayon Twitter and Facebook.
  • Use the posterand flyer that IARU provides in publicizing the event, amateur radio, and your group or club.

World Amateur Radio Day is not a contest but an opportunity to talk about the value of amateur radio to the public and our fellow amateur colleagues. It is also a great opportunity to talk about your club and amateur radio in local media.

In this time of social isolation, amateur radio continues to remain relevant in bringing people together. “Social distancing” has long been a positive practice in the hobby by bringing people together culturally through radio while providing essential communication in the service of communities.

“My wish for this World Amateur Radio Day is for everyone to stay safe, follow the advice of medical professionals and use amateur radio and your skills to help us through this crisis,” Ellam said.

 

New Volunteer Monitor Program is Up and Running

04/10/2020

After kicking off on January 1, the new Volunteer Monitor Program has ramped up to operational status. A “soft rollout” of the program began on February1, designed to familiarize Volunteer Monitors (VMs) with issues on the bands and to put into practice what to report — and what to ignore, based on their training. The VMs not only will be looking for operating discrepancies, but for examples of good operating. The VM program has, at least for the moment, put Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, back in the center of amateur radio enforcement as the Volunteer Monitor Coordinator (VMC). He was brought aboard to get the program up and running, and ARRL will eventually take over the VMC function.

Hollingsworth is using a system called VMTRAC — developed by a VM — to measure the work of VMs and determine instances that qualify for good operator or discrepancy notices, referral to the FCC, or follow-up with FCC requests to the VM program. Hollingsworth reported that during March, the 165 active VMs logged upward of 2,300 hours of monitoring on HF, and nearly 2,000 hours on VHF-UHF and other frequencies.

“I am extremely pleased with the number of hours devoted to monitoring this early in the program,” Hollingsworth said. No stone is being left unturned. Two VMs constantly monitor FT8 watering holes and have developed programs that alert them if a licensee is operating outside of privileges accorded to that license class or if a license has expired. “That has occurred in a half dozen cases so far,” he said.

“We have 30 open cases, five of which are good operator cases,” Hollingsworth said. “Regarding open cases relating to rule violations, none have yet had to be referred to the FCC.” He said he’s experimented with letters, telephone calls, or emails to the subjects of discrepancy reports where they could be identified. While he’s still waiting for replies to his written correspondence, he has received responses to his calls and emails, and the violations have either stopped or were explained. “They were violations such as expired licenses, Technicians operating on General frequencies, unauthorized use of a call sign, and deliberate interference,” he said.

One case “being groomed for FCC referral,” he said, involves long-standing interference to a repeater in the Philadelphia area by someone using an unauthorized call sign. Hollingsworth said he worked with net control operators of nets on 75 and 40 meters that had been suffering serious interference, and so far the solutions are working.

“It is becoming apparent that if informal contact can be made by the VMC with a known offender, the problem can sometimes be stopped,” Hollingsworth said. “If this continues to work, it will minimize FCC referral and make those we do refer more worthy of FCC resources and more severe action. We do not want to call upon the FCC unless absolutely necessary, but when we do, the subjects should understand that FCC action will be expedited. I think our own enforcement outreach may resolve all but our very worst cases. At the present time, we have only one in which we do not have a suspicion as to who is causing the problem.”

 

ARRL VEC Issues Statement on Video-Supervised Online Exam Sessions

04/13/2020

Very few ARRL Volunteer Examiner teams have successfully conducted in-person exam sessions (following social distancing guidelines) and video-supervised exam sessions using fillable PDF exams and documents. So far, we have found that both types of sessions take volunteer teams two to three times longer to conduct and accommodate fewer candidates than sessions conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the video sessions have included only one examinee per session.

We ask the community to be patient with our volunteer teams as they navigate uncharted territory. Please remember with the introduction of significant new processes such as these, that there should be proof of concept, establishment of protocols and procedures, and beta testing before expanding to a larger audience. Video-supervised exam sessions require a different skillset than in-person exam administration. Not all teams will be equipped to deliver video exams right away.

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) has been investigating options for an online examination system.

Fillable PDFs are cumbersome within a video-supervised exam session process. We recognize that online testing would represent a large-scale solution for our thousands of VEs and would make session procedures easier for our teams, but this will not happen overnight.

The ARRL VEC will continue to adapt and respond to the evolving crisis as we search for viable and easy-to-use online examination system solutions and conduct exam sessions in innovative ways.

 

New 144 MHz Transatlantic Record Reported

04/13/2020

The claimed transatlantic record on 2 meters has been extended to nearly 4,760 kilometers (2,951 miles).

“The incredible tropo conditions between Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean continue to amaze with transatlantic contacts on 144 MHz and 432 MHz being made,” John Desmond, EI7GL, said in a blog post. The April 8 FT8 contact was between D4VHF in the Cape Verde Islands and PJ2BR on Curacao. The distance covered was some 300 kilometers greater than the previous transatlantic record, set last summer by D41CV and NP4BM.

The new 2-meter transatlantic record distance is about 10 kilometers short of the IARU Region 1 tropospheric propagation record on that band, Desmond said.

On April 7, an operator at D4VHF and Burt Demarcq, FG8OJ, on Guadeloupe completed the first direct transatlantic contact on 70 centimeters, spanning 3,867 kilometers (2,398 miles) using FT8.

 

Fresh Crew Arrives on ISS

04/13/2020

Astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and two Russian cosmonauts arrived on April 9 as the Expedition 63 crew on the International Space Station, temporarily restoring the orbiting laboratory’s population to six people. A Soyuz spacecraft transported Cassidy, Anatoly Ivanishin, and Ivan Vagner on a four-orbit, 6-hour flight after launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Expedition 63 crew will live aboard the station for a bit longer than 6 months, with Cassidy as commander.

The Expedition 62 crew of Jessica Meir, Drew Morgan, KI5AAA, and Oleg Skripochka, RA0LDJ, will head back to Earth on April 17.

 

Hamvention QSO Party Set for Saturday, May 16

04/09/2020

The Hamvention QSO Party, a sort of virtual Dayton Hamvention®, will take place on the HF bands on May 16, which would be the Saturday of the now-canceled event. “Let’s celebrate the many years we have all had at the Great Gathering we call Hamvention,” said an announcement over the signatures of Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Michael Kalter, W8CI.

“We also want to remember Ron Moorefield, W8ILC, who never missed a Hamvention and contributed to our club until his recent death. Let’s light up the airwaves with our remembrances of Hamventions of the past! See you on the air!”

The Hamvention QSO Party will be a 12-hour event, 1200 UTC until 2400 UTC on May 16. Operate CW or SSB on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters, exchanging signal report and the first year you attended Hamvention. If you have never attended Hamvention, send “2020.”

Designated members of Hamvention’s host, the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), will activate DARA’s W8BI. Participants can add 10 points for each band/mode contact with W8BI (12 available). Post scores (number of contacts) to 3830scores.com within 5 days of the event. An online certificate will be available to print. No logs will be collected. N1MM Logger+ has provided a User Defined Contest module for the event. More information is on the N1MM Logger+ website.

 

ARISS Altering its Approach in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

04/14/2020

In a message to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team members, sponsors, and educational institutions, ARISS International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, outlined how ARISS is transforming its activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our primary objective in these challenging times is to protect all students, faculty, astronauts, and our volunteer team in all we do,” Bauer said, noting the international scope of ARISS and the space station. “Each one of us, around the globe, is dealing with the COVID-19 virus in one way or another. Each area of the globe is unique in the virus spread as well as in the government policy to protect their people. And the situation in each location is changing rapidly.”

ARISS has postponed school/group contacts in Georgia, Tennessee, and California, as well as in South Africa and Romania. At least one school/group contact in the UK has been canceled altogether.

“ARISS needs to be prepared for a longer term effect — months,” Bauer said. “As a result, we have instituted an immediate response effort followed by a more strategic, longer term, initiative to protect all. ARISS leadership, working with a physician on the leadership team, is carefully reviewing all of our procedures in light of the evolving COVID-19 recommendations. We will continue to monitor the local and global situations and will modify our local and global planning as these situations change.”

Bauer said that over the short term, ARISS mentors will work with each school or organization in the ham radio contact queue “to determine the way forward.” He said ARISS would rely on local government COVID-19 policy for guidance in deciding whether to cancel or postpone a contact or to modify the contact schedule. “But in each case, we are encouraging all to put health and safety first. And each contact decision is being carefully scrutinized by the senior ARISS International leadership team,” he said.

Bauer said that several initiatives are in the works over the longer term “to transform how we interact with students and host educational institutions in light of COVID-19” by engaging with students and educational institutions virtually. One possibility, he said, is ARISS “virtual school” contacts, employing ARISS telebridge ground stations around the world to link individual students at home with audio and streaming video. Typically, telebridge stations serve as ground stations for ARISS contacts with schools not in the footprint of an ISS orbital pass. “ARISS plans to transition into this model in the next couple of weeks,” Bauer said.

ARISS also is planning several slow-scan television (SSTV) sessions, during which images from the ISS would be transmitted to at-home students. “These can be received directly, if a student has a radio, or indirectly, if a student connects to a remote station via internet or goes to the ARISS SSTV Gallery, where all downloaded images can be posted and reviewed,” Bauer explained.

Bauer characterized the ARISS long-term approach as “a huge pivot” for the organization, but said ARISS considers it “a great strategic move” going forward. “It should be noted that one reason we were allowed to set up ARISS on ISS was to help astronauts improve their psychological well-being by allowing them to freely talk to students, friends, and ham radio operators on the ground,” he said. “We are now at a juncture, with COVID-19, to help do the same for students — in other words, providing a psychological well-being STEM motivation to students, faculty, and the local community through ARISS on-orbit connections — virus free!”

 

Remotely Administered Amateur Exam Systems Showing Promise

Facing a growing demand for amateur radio exam sessions in a time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, sponsors of some Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams have risen to the challenge and are developing systems to remotely proctor test sessions.

“Many of our VEs and VE Teams have been working on remotely proctored exam session ideas, employing both video and in-person components — following social distancing protocols,” ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said. “We have been receiving interesting and innovative suggestions, and we appreciate the dedication and ingenuity our examiners have shown.”

The Spalding County Amateur Radio Club in Georgia is among those that have come up with plans to remotely administer amateur exams while complying with ARRL VEC testing standards during COVID-19 stay-home mandates and social distancing guidelines. Current systems leverage Zoom video-teleconferencing technology, the “Fill & Sign” feature of Adobe PDFs, reliable email, appropriate computer equipment and internet connection, and no volunteer examiners (VEs) present at individual remote test sites. The Georgia club collaborated and shared ideas with the Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) in Hawaii, which has successfully conducted sessions since 2011 with its own remote testing system, initially with paper exams with a proctor on site and now with fillable PDFs, with no on-site proctor.

The Georgia club obtained ARRL VEC approval to administer video-supervised exams. The club’s David Robinson, K4WVZ, said the first exam session took place this week, with another set for next week, and “many more in the pipeline” going forward.

“We have started with testing just one candidate at a time but are planning to ramp up to multiple candidates — probably two or three — simultaneously,” Robinson told ARRL. “Before we do that, we want a few more single sessions under our belt and a few more Video VEs trained. It also gives us an opportunity to garner lessons learned from each test session and upgrade our procedures accordingly.” Robinson said this week’s session went “exceedingly well,” and the candidate passed the test.

The club’s procedures entail a pre-exam video interview with candidates to ensure they understand all the requirements and procedures. “This also allows us to test the candidate’s ability to work with the video and computer technology before the actual exam,” Robinson explained. “Training sessions were conducted for VEs to make sure they understood their role and how to use the technology.”

Following the exam, the VEs score the test and sign off on the paperwork, with the VE Team Leader submitting the application online and by mail, per ARRL VEC instructions. Application and successful exam are first accepted and then submitted to the FCC for processing.

New England Amateur Radio Inc (NE1AR), an affiliate of New England Sci-Tech, (NESciTech), has taken it one step further, Somma said. It got the approval of ARRL VEC to begin trials of what it describes as “completely online testing with strict rules and protocols for maintaining the integrity of the testing environment.” NE1AR is limiting candidates to one exam per candidate, due to the current candidate backlog and the “difficulty of administering exams online.” Candidates must agree to a list of protocols, which include no visitors (or pets) in the exam room and a cell-phone camera scan of the entire room and exam area “to show that there are no materials or people [in the room] that could aid in taking the exam.” If the VE team suspects the possibility of cheating, the exam may be terminated and the candidate barred from future online exam sessions.

“We began a series of trials on April 1 under ARRL VEC review and have now been asked to help train more VE Teams on the process,” NE1AR President Bob Phinney, K5TEC, told ARRL. “We have now tested 12 applicants and are still working on streamlining the process. We are working with the software developer of the exam delivery system to help them adapt the system for video-supervised testing.” At present, Phinney said, only one person at a time can be tested. Another time-related issue is how long it takes a candidate to go through the NE1AR security protocol. “Sometimes, the setup and follow-up for an exam take far longer than the exam itself, in order that we provide complete integrity of the exam session,” he said.

With pressure continuing to build to provide testing compatible with COVID-19 guidelines and stay-home orders, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, has asked the amateur radio community to be patient. “Please remember that with the introduction of significant new processes such as these, that there should be proof of concept, establishment of protocols and procedures, and beta testing, before expanding to a larger audience,” she said this week. Somma said video-supervised exam sessions require a different skillset than in-person exam administration, and not all teams will be equipped to deliver video exams right away.

“ARRL is pleased to be one of the leaders in providing an opportunity, although limited initially, for video-supervised exams in this time of social distancing and isolation required by the current health situation,” Somma said.

 

COVID-19 Net Now Running Wednesdays on 40 Meters

04/20/2020

The Medical Net, a special COVID-19 net, is running Wednesdays, 0130 UTC, on 7.222 MHz. The net deals with correct data on COVID-19 epidemiology care, care issues, and more. Net control will be Dr. Harry Przekop, WB9EDP, a past president of the Medical Amateur Radio Council Organization (MARCO) and now a director at large.

Przekop is a specialist in infectious diseases and biomedical physics and is board-certified as an expert in HIV care.

Participants do not need to be physicians or medical providers to check in, ask questions, and otherwise take part, but no diagnoses can be rendered. The regular MARCO Grand Rounds Net is held on Sundays, 1500 UTC, on 14.342 MHz.

 

ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

04/20/2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), originally planned for Charlotte, North Carolina, will take place as an online virtual conference on the same dates, September 11 – 13. Details of the virtual DCC will be announced in the coming months as event plans are finalized. Plans call for holding the 2021 DCC in Charlotte.

 

FCC Seeking World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Members

04/20/2020

The FCC has announced that it’s looking for individuals or entities to serve on its World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice, technical support, and recommended proposals in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). In particular, the committee will focus on international frequency spectrum issues identified on the WRC-23 agenda.

The committee will be charged with gathering data and information necessary to formulate meaningful recommendations for these objectives. The FCC seeks applications from interested individuals, organizations, institutions, or other entities in both the public and private sectors.

Selection will be based on factors such as expertise and diversity of viewpoints necessary to effectively address the questions before the committee. Applicants should describe both their specific interests and their expertise or experience as it relates to the questions before the committee, including such matters as wireless communications infrastructure and equipment, telecommunications, fixed, mobile, broadcasting, satellite, and other radiocommunication services, consumer advocacy, and underserved populations.

It’s anticipated that the committee will meet in Washington, DC, up to three times per year in preparation for WRC-23. Submit nominations, including contact information and the statement of qualifications, by email no later than May 29, 2020.

 

ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

04/20/2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), originally planned for Charlotte, North Carolina, will take place as an online virtual conference on the same dates, September 11 – 13. Details of the virtual DCC will be announced in the coming months as event plans are finalized. Plans call for holding the 2021 DCC in Charlotte.

 

FCC Seeking World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Members

04/20/2020

The FCC has announced that it’s looking for individuals or entities to serve on its World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice, technical support, and recommended proposals in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). In particular, the committee will focus on international frequency spectrum issues identified on the WRC-23 agenda.

The committee will be charged with gathering data and information necessary to formulate meaningful recommendations for these objectives. The FCC seeks applications from interested individuals, organizations, institutions, or other entities in both the public and private sectors.

Selection will be based on factors such as expertise and diversity of viewpoints necessary to effectively address the questions before the committee. Applicants should describe both their specific interests and their expertise or experience as it relates to the questions before the committee, including such matters as wireless communications infrastructure and equipment, telecommunications, fixed, mobile, broadcasting, satellite, and other radiocommunication services, consumer advocacy, and underserved populations.

It’s anticipated that the committee will meet in Washington, DC, up to three times per year in preparation for WRC-23. Submit nominations, including contact information and the statement of qualifications, by email no later than May 29, 2020.

 

Contest University (CTU) 2020 will be Free and Online

04/21/2020

Tim Duffy, K3LR, has announced that Contest University (CTU) USA 2020 will be held online via Zoom on Thursday May 14, starting at 1245 UTC. CTU 2020 is free. The CTU course outline has been posted online. Connection details to the CTU Zoom bridge will be posted on the Contest University site one week prior to CTU. Sessions will be recorded for viewing any time after May 14. Slide decks will be posted on the CTU website as well. At the end of CTU 2020, Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, will present the 2020 CQ Contest Hall of Fame awards.

 

Nomination Deadline Extended for Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award

04/22/2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the ARRL Public Relations Committee has extended the nomination deadline for the Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award until Monday, June 15, 2020.

 

The Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award is presented annually to a radio amateur who has demonstrated success in his or her public relations efforts on behalf of amateur radio and who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit of the award’s namesake, journalist Philip McGan, WA2MBQ (SK). McGan was the first chairman of the ARRL Public Relations Committee, which helped reinvigorate ARRL’s commitment to public relations. To honor McGan, members of the New Hampshire Amateur Radio Association joined with the ARRL Board of Directors to establish an award that would pay lasting tribute to the important contributions he made on behalf of amateur radio.

 

Public relations activities for which the McGan Award is presented include efforts specifically directed at depicting amateur radio in a positive light in the media and for the general public. This may include traditional methods, such as issuing news releases or arranging interviews, or by less-traditional methods, such as hosting a radio show or serving as an active public speaker.

 

The ARRL Board of Directors will choose the award winner at its July 2020 meeting, based on recommendations from the ARRL Public Relations Committee. The Committee has responsibility for reviewing the nominations and supporting material.

 

Eligible nominees must be full ARRL members in good standing at the time of nomination. The award is given only to an individual, and nominees may not be current ARRL officers, directors, vice directors, paid staffers, or members of the ARRL Public Relations Committee. Nominees must not be compensated for any public relations work involving amateur radio — including payment for articles.

 

A nominee’s efforts must fit the definition of public relations and recognize the promotion of amateur radio to the non-amateur radio community.

 

Nominations must be received at ARRL Headquarters by the close of business on Monday, June 15, 2020. Nominations must be on an official entry form. Anyone may make a nomination.

 

For more information, contact ARRL Public Relations Committee Chair Sid Caesar, NH7C, or send an email to the ARRL Headquarters Public Relations mailbox

 

ARRL 2020 Teachers Institute Sessions are Canceled

04/22/2020

The landscape of education in the US has been greatly affected by the current pandemic. As K – 12 school systems and universities have been forced to move entirely to remote learning, teachers and students have had to make dramatic adjustments to their teaching and learning methods. After considering these educational challenges, along with travel restrictions and restraints on the ability to gather in groups, ARRL leadership feels it is appropriate and necessary to cancel the 2020 Teachers Institute. We look forward to bringing back this important program in 2021, so that we can continue promoting amateur radio in the classroom through our Education and Technology Program (ETP).

 

Japan’s Radio Amateurs Gain Expanded Access to 160 and 80 Meters

04/22/2020

Effective on April 21, Japan radio amateurs have new privileges on 160 and 80 meters. The new allocations are 1800 – 1810, 1825 – 1875, 3575 – 3580, and 3662 – 3680 kHz. ARRL Life Member Kenji Rikitake, JJ1BDX/N6BDX, said the new regime allows Japanese radio amateurs to operate FT8 on 80 meters (3574 ~ 3577 kHz), and on 160 meters (1840 ~ 1843 kHz) as well as WSPR (1836.6 kHz).

On 160 meters, the allocations are:

1800 – 1810: All modes (new assignment)

1810 – 1825: CW only

1825 – 1875 kHz: All modes (as secondary service, new assignment)

1907.5 – 1912.5: CW and data (A1A, F1B, F1D, G1B, and G1D)

On 80 meters, the allocations are:

3500 – 3520: CW (A1A) only

3520 – 3535: CW and data (A1A, F1B, F1D, G1B, and G1D)

3535 – 3575: CW, phone, and image, and data only permitted for making contacts with non-JA amateurs

3575 – 3580: All modes (as secondary service, new assignment)

3599 – 3612: CW, phone, image, and data

3662 – 3680: All modes (as secondary service, new assignment)

3680 – 3687: CW, phone, and image

3702 – 3716, 3745 – 3770, and 3791 – 3805: CW, phone, and image (no data). 

Additional details are on the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) website. — Thanks to Kenji Rikitake, JJ1BDX/N6BDX

 

Ballot Counting Postponed in Four ARRL Section Manager Elections

04/23/2020

During these unprecedented times of social distancing and staying at home, the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E) has postponed ballot counting for four contested Section Manager elections.

Since March 23, ARRL Headquarters staff has been working remotely under the Governor of Connecticut’s mandate, which is currently in effect through May 20 and may be extended into June. The ballots for the Section Manager races in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Maine were scheduled to be counted on Tuesday, May 19 as directed by the ARRL rules and regulations for Section Manager elections. Due to the circumstances, ARRL Interim CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY, asked the E&E Committee for an extension that would allow ballot counting to happen as soon as practicable before mid-June.

Although this extension was granted, it does not change the Friday, May 15, 2020 deadline for ballots to be received at ARRL HQ. Standard operating practice dictates that any ballots received after this deadline will not be counted. The Governor’s mandate and social distancing practices do not affect this section of the election rules.

Terms for election winners are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2020. ARRL hopes to see the Governor’s restrictions relaxed in time to have a team of tellers inside HQ to count the ballots and publish the elections’ results in enough time that the terms of office will not change. The E&E Committee will have to decide the course of action, should any unforeseen circumstances not allow the ballots to be counted by mid-June.

 

International Marconi Day Canceled

04/24/2020

Add International Marconi Day (IMD) to the roster of amateur radio events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IMD celebrates the role of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi played in the development of radio technology. The 24-hour event is held annually to celebrate Marconi’s birthday on April 25, 1874, and is typically held on the Saturday in April closest to that date. This year, IMD would have fallen on Marconi’s actual birth anniversary. The event would have involved amateur radio operations from historic Marconi sites. — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News via Ronny Plovie, ON6CQ

 

 

The safety of our staff and members remains the highest priority as we work through these difficult times. Thank you for your understanding.

 

ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

04/22/2020

This year, ARRL Field Day promises to be a unique iteration of this annual event, with many individuals and groups coming up with new and interesting ways to adjust their approach. As an event, Field Day is structured to be versatile and can be adapted for any situation.

Many groups have asked how they can adjust their Field Day planning to address social-distancing guidelines that may be in effect in many areas of the country, as gathering at their traditional Field Day site may not be feasible or safe. Instead of participating in a group event this year, consider operating as a Class B, C, D, or E station, utilizing your own call sign.

ARRL will include club names for all participating stations in the published results, so the efforts of your club’s members can be acknowledged. While we will not publish an aggregate club score, seeing the name of your club associated with various individual member’s results is certainly a way to highlight your club’s activity.

Myriad opportunities are possible in this year’s Field Day setting. These are just a couple.

  • Consider having an intra-club competition among members, seeing who can make the most contacts during the event. You can award prizes or distribute certificates at a club meeting. This can be a fun way to bolster the activities of individual club members, even though they cannot all gather together at the same location this year.
  • Set up a Field Day Challenge with rival clubs in neighboring communities. See how many members of each club get on the air from their own stations and participate in the event. In addition to “bragging rights,” perhaps certificates to the top-scoring individual entries in each category can be presented as part of this inter-club camaraderie.

One club is planning to conduct its Field Day as a 4A club group, with participants spaced to comply with social distancing guidelines within the required 1,000-foot diameter circle and operating individual stations. This club also plans to set up a “Get on the Air” (GOTA) station. The club’s plan is to have the GOTA coach at the Field Day site, while GOTA operators participate via remote link.

Another club is planning to set up a remote-controlled station at its usual Field Day site, with club members taking turns controlling the station from their homes. The club is developing a schedule that outlines when each member of the club will be at the helm via the remote link.

Whatever approach you take to this year’s Field Day, keep up to date with the current guidelines issued by local and state health agencies that may impact your proposed operation.

ARRL invites your stories about the interesting and creative ways you’re planning to use to adapt your Field Day operation. Share these on the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.

For the latest news and updates, visit the Field Day webpage— Thanks to ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE

Contest Calendar

June 2020

13-15     June VHF

20         Kids Day

27-28    Field Day

 

July 2020

11-12   IARU HF World Championship

 

August 2020

1-2  222 MHz and Up Distance Contest

15-16   10 GHz & Up – Round 1

16        Rookie Roundup – RTTY

 

September 2020

12-14    September VHF

19-20    10 GHz & Up – Round 2

12-13    EME – 2.3 GHz & Up

 

October 2020

19-23   School Club Roundup

10-11   EME – 50 to 1296 MHz

 

November 2020

7-9       Nov. Sweepstakes – CW

21-23   Nov. Sweepstakes – Phone

28-29   EME – 50 to 1296 MHz

 

December 2020

4-6      160 Meter

12-13  10 Meter

20       Rookie Roundup–CW

 

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:

 

REGION 2: 

Check out the latest “Ascension Airwaves” at K5ARC.ORG….it is ALWAYS full of great information!

 

REGION 4:

From Volume 60, Number 04 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. – April 2020

 

A Message from our President Chris Ancelet N5MCY Dated March 16, 2020

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 situation, it is important to be mindful of your own personal health and well-being. After the closure of gatherings greater than 250 from the Governor, many of us were having smaller conversations regarding AARA General Meetings. I felt it necessary to draft some correspondence to everyone on how we will proceed until these state of affairs are behind us.

  1. AARA Annual Banquet – At this time, we will postpone this event until a later date that is more suitable for larger gatherings. It was brought up to even incorporate this into the 2020 ARRL Field Day. That is one of many options that will need to be investigated further.
  2. April General Meeting – According to Paul McCasland, the Lafayette Science Museum has temporarily suspended operations and, in turn, will impact our ability to gather as a club. At this time, the April 2nd meeting will be canceled. In the interim, I would encourage every to become more active in the weekly nets that are already in play and that everyone can attend without compromise.

 

VE Test Session March 5, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT Started off this month with a straight win. Four for Four tonight. The candidates were Chad Comeaux ~KI5IPY ~ of Youngsville, Matthew McKellar~KI5IPZ ~ of Lafayette, Jason Noel ~ KI5IQA ~ of Opelousas, and Jason Olivier ~ KI5IQB ~ of Arnaudville All got their tickets/ Congratulations to the testees & a great big thank you to the VEs in attendance…… The VEs for this session were: Michael Cavell KI5ARX William Redfearn N4ELM John Cunniff W4HVH Galen Wilson KF5BET Richard Wallace KF5KFL.

 

Dated March 15, 2020 General Messsage to the AARA Clubmembers There comes a time in every organization when you are faced with adversity and how you fair is directly proportional to the strength of your team. The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association was faced with this exact adversity for the 60th Annual Hamfest. From logistics, volunteers, vendors, venue, city officials, etc, we all know how difficult a task of this scale can be and it takes a machine firing on all cylinders to be successful. Months of planning go into a successful hamfest and this year proved to be the most challenging yet. While just kicking off the 60th Annual AARA Hamfest, we began receiving notifications on local news outlets and social media sites, that the Governor just declared a state of emergency amidst the COVID-19 virus. Most of us didn’t think much of it until shortly later, the Mayor of the City of Rayne called to advise that we would be able to continue the Friday portion of our venue but the Saturday gathering would have to be canceled due to the event size. Our initial reaction was similar to the wind being taken out of your sail, but there was no hysteria. The AARA leadership gathered and discussed the news and rather than panicking about how this would impact our organization, the conversation was more along the lines of the following: How do we make the most out of the remaining hours of the event? Vendor notification. Visitor notification. How do we make everyone whole? It was decided to continue as though we were in the final hours of the “Day 2” event and to continue to raffle off everything that we had on hand. Pull all vendors in privately to break the news and ask for feedback. Make a general announcement to the public about the situation and the plans moving forward and finally, offer reimbursement to the folks who had pre-registered and did not make it yet. As I sat back and observed, I saw the leadership of the AARA remain calm and rational; keeping everyone who had traveled to our venue a 1st priority. As the news was delivered, you could see the disappointment in the air but everyone understood that these decisions were made at a higher level and it was completely out of our control. You would have expected that everyone would have started flooding to the doors to leave, but that wasn’t the case. We began to receive an overwhelming amount of support from everyone there. Some approached me and said “Hey man, it’s OK. Nothing you guys could have done to prevent this”, or “Don’t worry about this, we are already planning to come back next year”. These conversations were meaningful, it proved to me that we were doing things in the right manner. We even received a monetary donation from a Louisiana Club, who wanted to remain anonymous. They approached me and said that they understood the countless number of manhours that go into making a successful event and they wanted to contribute to offset some of the cost. To that Louisiana Ham Club, your act of professionalism & humbleness was greatly appreciated. On behalf of the AARA we wish you continued success and well-being.

 

To all who traveled near and far, we thank you for the continued support. We are grateful to have such an understanding ham community and none of this would be possible without the support of everyone who attends. Soon, this viral outbreak will be in our rear view mirror and we will get back to a sense of normalcy. In the interim, please keep our country in your prayers. I opened by mentioning that how you fair is directly proportional to the strength of your team and the members of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association truly demonstrated continued strength through this unnerving situation. We are a stronger club than we were a year ago, and I am grateful to each of you for your continued contributions. While this Hamfest proved to be challenging it is important to remember that individually we are impressive, together we are unstoppable. Respectfully, Chris Ancelet – N5MCY President – Acadiana Amateur Radio Association

 

Raffle Ticket Winners AL-811 AMP & MFJ-994B Tuner KA5RKH David Fullerton, Church Point, LA MFJ-259D Antenna Analyzer W5TGK – Robert Wells, Centerville, LA MFJ-4230MV Power Supply N5XES – Tyrone Burns, Springfield, LA MFJ-1126 Power Strip K5CNU – James Romero, Maurice, LA

 

A time of crisis has come upon us. Because of this, all of our lives have been turned upside-down to various degrees. Due to a decree from our Governor’s Office, our 60th Annual Hamfest was cut short. Many who wanted to attend on the Saturday were unable to. Since then, many changes have been made to the way we travel and spend time away from our houses. In many places, fewer people are out shopping. In other places, some people act like they don’t want to hear the message. I want to let everyone to know that your health, your family’s health, and your friends’ health are important. Take care of yourself. Use some common sense. Next year will be different. For better or worse, it is not in our hands. Joseph “Moe” Meaux K2JDM Editor of LARC Newsletter.

 

AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net / Net Controllers will rotate each week and held on the 146.820 W5DDL Repeater only. The AARA Monday Night Net and the Silent Key Memorial Net is being held on the 146.820. The March 2020 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, LA. 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 March 2020 schedule can be found at this link: Net Schedules 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 See our website for additional information: http://www.w5ddl.org/repeaters.htm.

 

REGION 9:

 

From:  The SELARC “Hamster”

*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*

Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
Visit our website: www.selarc.org

Vol. 47, No. 4 ……………………. April 2020

* Club Meeting *

April Meeting Postponed: No meeting on the 14th,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of April 2: Louisiana, Gov. Edwards has put a 
Stay at Home order in force until April 30th, and,
Local and National 
guidance are in effect that include
(from http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3878, 
CDC.gov, and US-CERT)

 

2020 Hurricane Season – June 1st – This is just over 2 months away and early predictions have forecast an “above-average” season: Projected numbers for this year:

  • Tropical Storms: 14 – 18
  • Hurricanes: 7 – 9
  • Major Hurricanes: 3 – 4

Please review and test your equipment while you have time. Be ready.

 

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

2020 ARRL Field Day – June 27-28, 2020

The Greater New Orleans Hamfest – Nov 14, 2020 – Hamfest page

Milton Amateur Radio Club 25th Annual Hamfest – July 10-11, 2020 – 2020 Flyer

Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes for April go out to – Blake KG5UZW, Judy AA5UZ, and Robbie KG5JSK
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

Get Well Soon —

Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air!

Bike Tour

(Bob WB5FBS): The MS Bike Tour is coming 3-4 October

ARES

(Pat EC): There is a statewide exercise coming up in April.

Stay Radio active — The April meeting is postponed, but hope to see you at a future meeting: to be announced. Be sure to monitor your weekly nets, e-mail, and the SELARC website at https://www.selarc.org .

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Section Traffic Managers Report

Sessions QNI QTC QTR

  1.          427  38.  463

 

Jimmy Lewis AB5YS

Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

Section Emergency Coordinators Report

ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report

  1. ARRL Section: Louisiana
  2. Month: March
  3. Year: 2020
  4. Total number of ARES members: 431
  5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9
  6. Number of ARES nets active: 50
  7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 2
  8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF NS5W KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN

9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  29

9b.  Person hours:  215

10a. Number of public service events this month:  0     10b. Person hours:  0

11a. Number of emergency operations this month :  0

11b. Person hours:  0

12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  5

12b. Person hours:  39

13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  34.0

13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b:  254.0

 

Submitted by Jim Coleman, AI5B

Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-03-18

http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/ares-el/?issue=2020-04-15

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS April winners: Books
ARRL Affiliated Club: Minden Amateur Radio Assn. (MARA).
ARRL LA Section Member: Herman Campbell, KN5GRK of Lafayette.

 

Radio winner: Robert Johnston, KG5FDX of Metairie.

 

Next drawing May 1st.

 

ARRL.ORG

LAARRL.ORG

 

73,

John Mark Robertson

K5JMR

 

 

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter March 2020

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020

As you probably know by now, the AARA Rayne Hamfest was impacted by the
current Coronavirus situation.  We had just set the ARRL table up when
the announcement came.  The club was allowed to serve the crawfish and
have the guest speaker go ahead and give his presentation and then ALL
of the prizes were drawn for…..
MFJ, HamWorld, The Signman of Baton Rouge and Diamond Antennas had all
set up their tables and displays. After supper they began to rig down
and load up and I can only imagine the disappointment on their part as
well as the AARA Club and everyone planning to come and enjoy a full day
on Saturday.  We were looking forward to a really good and informative
ARRL forum on Saturday.  At this point it will be a wait and see how
this will affect hamfests scheduled next month and the months to come. 


Hamfest Update:  As of March 18, 2020 the Northeast Louisiana Hamfest in
West Monroe has been canceled. 

***Some suggestions from ASM Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ:
Here a few of the services that may be helpful to clubs to keep in touch
with their members during the "Shelter-in-Place"

Facebook Live 
www.facebook.com
Free; Requires a Facebook Page
Expected resolution: 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second
8-hour maximum length
Allows viewers to comment or ask questions during the event
Embed your live stream in a website

Free Conference Call.Com  
https://www.freeconferencecall.com/  
Pay What you can - Suggested $4
Host up to 1,000 participants
Dial-in # or VoIP calling
Chat 
Remote Desktop
Screen Sharing
Video Conferencing

Zoom  
zoom.us
Host up to 100 participants
Free plans allow calls up to 40 min each
Paid plans start at $14.99 / host / month

Message from Norm Fusaro W3IZ Director of Operations ARRL:
Here at HQ we’ve received lots of communications from our members
either asking for guidance or offering suggestions during the current
crisis.  We hope everyone is adhering to CDC and local health
department
guidelines by staying home, maintaining safe distances when around
people, and following sanitary practices. 

With many hams staying home there are opportunities to get on the air
and call CQ or gather around the local repeater.  We certainly don’t
need a reason to get on the air, after all, that’s what hams do.

In terms of ham radio preparedness, this current crisis has not
disrupted communications on a national scale. We know many of our
members practice and train for a personal radio communication
capability
that can be called on when disaster strikes. ARES volunteers and our
partners in providing emergency communications already routinely
monitor
the information and requests from Emergency Coordinators and the like.
Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service
–
and this current crisis hasn’t changed this.

We can encourage members to remain safe, and to follow the guidelines
and requests of their national and local government officials and
public
health leaders. For those members who are healthy and safe at home, we
can encourage them to get on the air:

Get on the air. As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will
inevitably creep into our “new normal,” being on-air will introduce
variety into our communication practices. As many of us are now
homebound or working and studying from home, turning on a radio to
connect with your ham radio peers will be welcome respite!
Radio Clubs. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to
encourage our club’s members to get on the air. Move (short) meetings
to the club’s repeater, and encourage check-ins. Organize skeds,
nets,
and challenges. Try different bands (HF, VHF, UHF…) and modes. This
will also help new radio amateurs gain practical operating experience.
Readiness. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio
Service. Any time we spend on the air will contribute to developing and
practicing our personal radio communication capability.
If you are a radio amateur serving your community through the ARRL
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) or by volunteering with any of
our partners in providing public service communications, thank you.
ARES
members routinely monitor the information and requests from their ARES
Emergency Coordinators. We are grateful for all the ways you
stand-ready
to support the emergency service personnel in your communities when
disaster strikes.

73,
Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Director of Operations
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radioâ„¢
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494 USA
Telephone: (860) 594-0230 FAX: (860) 594-0259
e-mail: w3iz@arrl.org
web: www.arrl.org

SILENT KEYS (As reported in April QST)
Bertram L. Locke, WA5GXH Bossier City
Harry L. Viosca, W5OSD Mandeville
Milam C. “Lucky” Young, KA5SUR Sulphur

New Hams:  WELCOME!
Report for 2020-03-04
Kenneth Grevemberg, KI5IIY
Metairie, LA 70005-3734
Wilbert J Duhe, KI5IGY
Destrehan, LA 70047-4031
Phillip J Malbrough, KI5IJK
Houma, LA 70363-5803
James J Macareo, KI5IDM
Morgan City, LA 70380-2882
Hubert J Cavalier, KI5IDL
Napoleonville, LA 70390-8515
Kisha A Richard, KI5IHY
Maurice, LA 70555-3033
John D Young, KI5IDB
Prairieville, LA 70769-3862
Daniel D Plants, KI5IJG
Ida, LA 71044-8750
Jacob A Dickson, KI5IIP
Shreveport, LA 71106-7718
Hal H Moore, KI5IJQ
Bossier City, LA 71111-6920
Arvil A Parish, KI5IIR
Bossier City, LA 71112-3104
David G Jason, KI5IIQ
Dubach, LA 71235-2263
Justin M White, KI5IBP
West Monroe, LA 71291-8857
Bethany W Butterfield, KI5IGT
Pollock, LA 71467-3942

Upgraded License:  CONGRATULATIONS!
Report for 2020-03-04
Royce J Griffin, KI5HDD
New Orleans, LA 70123-6070
Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA
Madisonville, LA 70447-3269
Adam G Chapman, KG5TOD
Ville Platte, LA 70586-2049
Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC
Deridder, LA 70634-4552
James A Harvey, KG5TBL
Denham Springs, LA 70706-0358
Bruce E Eilts, KD5GRC
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1241

New/Renewed ARRL Members:  WELCOME/WELCOME BACK!
Report for 2020-03-04
Walter R Rogge, KA5ATW
Metairie, LA 70003-4305
Timothy G Lynch, AG5XK
Hammond, LA 70401-1004
Homer W Jones, KA5TRT
Independence, LA 70443-3742
Joel H Freeland, N5XQT
Slidell, LA 70458-2224
Burke Huner
Lafayette, LA 70508-5372
Kenneth J Turner, KG5YYL
Lafayette, LA 70508-8100
Gregory Lavigne, AD5HA
Washington, LA 70589-4059
Nathan J Daigrepont, KF5HXB
Denham Springs, LA 70706-8578
Christopher J Winfough, K0CJW
Denham Springs, LA 70726-2626
Daniel W Schmolke, KI5CTN
Denham Springs, LA 70726-2915
Clay Runfalo, KF5SCV
Prairieville, LA 70769-5870
Jacob A Dickson, KI5IIP
Shreveport, LA 71106-7718
Samuel C Feldhaus, KC5NJF
Monroe, LA 71201-3551
William M Drouilhet, KF5JLX
Leesville, LA 71446-6213
Bethany W Butterfield, KI5IGT
Pollock, LA 71467-3942
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FROM THE ARRL:
FCC Turns Down Amateur Licensee’s Appeal
02/26/2020
In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the
FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond
Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) dismissal
of Crowell’s amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ
Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell “failed to prosecute his
application by refusing to attend a hearing scheduled by the judge,”
and that this warranted dismissal of Crowell’s 2007 renewal
application. The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau had designated
Crowell’s renewal application for hearing based on allegations that he
had violated the Communications Act and FCC rules by causing intentional
interference and by transmitting one-way communications, indecent
language, and music on amateur frequencies. The hearing was set to be
held in Washington, DC, and Crowell filed a notice of appearance
certifying that he would appear and present his case.
The case was interrupted by what the FCC in the MO&O called “a hiatus
of several years, during which Crowell’s petition to disqualify the
Judge was pending.”
In August 2016, the FCC imposed a $25,000 fine on Crowell for
intentional interference and transmitting prohibited communications. The
FCC said in a Forfeiture Order (FO) that the penalty “is based on the
full base forfeiture amount as well as an upward adjustment reflecting
Mr. Crowell’s decision to continue his misconduct after being warned
that his actions violated the Communications Act and the Commission’s
rules.” The FCC noted that Crowell did not deny making the alleged
transmissions but argued in large part that they were protected by the
First Amendment of the Constitution,” the Forfeiture Order said. The
February 20 MO&O does not reference the Forfeiture Order nor its
disposition.
When the renewal application litigation resumed in 2017, Crowell asked
that the hearing be moved to the Sacramento, California, area, arguing
that he could not afford to travel to Washington. Sippel denied the
motion.
“In the Dismissal Order, the Judge responded to Crowell’s refusal
to
attend a hearing in Washington, D.C., by granting the Enforcement
Bureau’s motion to dismiss Crowell’s application,” the FCC
said in
its MO&O. The ALJ held that Crowell’s refusal to attend a hearing in
Washington, DC, “constituted a failure to prosecute and thereby
effectively violated Section 1.221(c) of the rules, which requires
dismissal if an applicant fails to commit to appear on the date fixed
for hearing.” The Judge agreed with the Enforcement Bureau that many
of the arguments Crowell raised on appeal “are not properly before us
in reviewing the Dismissal Order and should be disregarded.”
Crowell’s amateur license expired in 2007, but he has been permitted,
under FCC rules, to operate while his renewal application remains
pending.    

Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat
02/26/2020
The NEMO-1 WSPR buy buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on
January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy
transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign
LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the
buoy was partially submerged, decided to retrieve it, and informed
AMSAT-LU.
The NEMO-1 traveled another 8 days aboard the tuna vessel, arriving at
Mar del Plata on February 19, where members of the Mar del Plata Radio
Club were holding it until members of AMSAT-LU could recover it. The
buoy will be reconditioned, and a new launch is planned, this time
taking the buoy more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) offshore, so that
it will navigate freely.
Coronavirus Fears Postpone Another DXpedition
02/26/2020
Alex Gromme, 5B4ALX, has postponed his March 18 – April 2 T30ET
DXpedition to Tarawa (West Kiribati) because of the coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak. The Kiribati Ministry of Health told Gromme that he
would need to be quarantined for 14 days in Honiara, Solomon Islands,
before getting medical approval to continue on to Kiribati. “T30ET is
currently postponed, not deleted,” Gromme said on his website. He’s
now looking at October 2020, assuming the COVID-19 situation is resolved
by then.
Last week, travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American
Samoa as a result of the coronavirus outbreak caused Swains Island W8S
DXpedition organizers to postpone that DXpedition until later in the
year. The team members were unable to comply with a 14-day mandatory
quarantine in Hawaii. The DXpedition announced tentative dates of
September 23 – October 6.

ARRL Seeks a New Chief Executive Officer
02/27/2020
ARRL is seeking an experienced radio amateur to be Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The CEO is
the top compensated employee in ARRL’s management structure and
oversees all operations in collaboration with the President and the
Board of Directors, in accordance with ARRL’s Articles of Association,
Bylaws, and Board policies. The successful candidate will ensure
day-to-day management of ARRL, including fiscal operations and will
oversee and make certain that its fund-raising, marketing, human
resources, technology, advocacy, and governance strategies are
effectively implemented.
Essential CEO functions include:
•	Leading the headquarters staff and field volunteers, in response to
Board policy, in the development and implementation of effective
programs for the promotion and growth of amateur radio and the provision
of services to members.
•	Planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing, and
evaluating ARRL’s operational and fiscal performance.
•	Providing leadership, directing headquarters staff, and maintaining
performance standards in headquarters operations.
•	Participating, in collaboration with officers, Directors, and staff,
in developing ARRL’s plans and programs.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with a record of
significant amateur radio experience and a broad understanding of its
operational, technical, regulatory, and social facets. The CEO will be
responsible for effective financial and operational management and
oversight.
CEO candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
(master’s degree preferred), be an active radio amateur who has
initiated or led a significant amateur radio activity within the past 10
years, and have 10 years of management and supervisory experience.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate ability in providing effective
leadership and management of business operations.
The position is located at ARRL Headquarters, and the successful
candidate will be required to establish a residence in the Hartford,
Connecticut, area. 
The CEO Position Announcement includes details. Interested candidates
should submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to ARRL Human
Resources Assistant Monique Levesque. 

International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham
Radio Gear
02/28/2020
The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space
Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS)
flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation
amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built
four flight units, and the first will be installed in the ISS Columbus
module.
A second flight unit expected to be launched on a later 2020 cargo
flight will be installed in the Russian Service Module. NASA contracts
with SpaceX to handle ISS resupply missions.
The IORS represents the first major upgrade of on-station ARISS
equipment. The package will include a higher-power radio, an enhanced
voice repeater, and updated digital packet radio (APRS) and slow-scan
television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian space station
segments.
The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver,
an AMSAT-developed multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting
cables. Once at the space station, the IORS will be stowed for later
installation. 

State of Maine Bicentennial Special Event Set for March 16 – 22
03/01/2020
A special event to mark Maine’s bicentennial will take place during
Statehood Week, March 16 – 21, with the on-air event extending to
March 22. Volunteers around the state will be on the air with special
event call signs from the nine counties that existed in 1820, when Maine
became independent of Massachusetts: W1C (Cumberland); W1H Hancock; W1K
Kennebec; W1L Lincoln; W1O Oxford; W1P Penobscot; W1S Somerset; W1W
Washington, and W1Y York.
Three other special event stations will be K1J Jameson Tavern in
Freeport; K1P Portland, and K1B Boston, in recognition of their
contributions to Maine’s Statehood.
CW, SSB, and digital operation will be continuous on HF, VHF, and UHF
for the duration of the event. The event is sponsored by the Maine
Bicentennial Special Event Committee. Maine stations may sign up to
participate as special event stations. Certificates will be available.
Additional information is available on the event website. Email
questions with the subject line “Maine 200 Special Event.”

Saint Patrick’s Day Special Event Set
03/06/2020
Many radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s
Day on the air as part of the St Patrick Award. The 48-hour event will
take place from 1200 UTC on March 16 until 1200 UTC on March 18. Saint
Patrick’s Day is March 17. SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will
be in five categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations);
Fixed/Portable Station Award; Digital Station Award; Mobile Station
Award, and Short Wave Listener Award. Register to be an official
participating station. Visit the event’s Facebook page. — Thanks
to
Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL

Outer Space is Your Next Radio Frontier!
03/06/2020
You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with
the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right
now! All it takes is the right information, which you’ll find in
ARRL’s new book Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners.
Dozens of spacecraft are in orbit just waiting for your signals, and
more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole
new world of operating enjoyment. Inside you will be able to locate
satellites and determine when they will be available in orbit, gain tips
for building your own “satellite station, find a simple step-by-step
guide to making your first contacts, and discover satellite antenna
projects you can build at home.
“Even with just a dual-band FM transceiver and a mobile antenna, you
can make contacts through an amateur satellite!” said ARRL author and
QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.
Building amateur radio satellites is difficult; communicating through
amateur satellites is not. Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will
introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of
your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be!
Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store
or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1304, ISBN: 978-1-62595-130-4),
$22.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $19.95. Call (860) 594-0355 or,
toll-free in the US, (888) 277-5289. It will also be available as an
e-book for the Amazon Kindle. 

ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System
to ISS
03/10/2020
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating
the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply
mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the
flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls
“the foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio system”
on the space station. Amateur radio has been an integral component of
ISS missions since 2000. The Dragon cargo capsule docked successfully
with the space station on March 9. ARISS-US Delegate for ARRL Rosalie
White, K1STO, said hundreds of ARRL members contributed to make the IORS
project happen, and ARISS is celebrating the 4-year-long IORS project.
“ARISS is truly grateful to ARRL and AMSAT for their co-sponsorship
and support of ARISS since day one,” White said. “ARISS greatly
appreciates the hundreds of ham radio operators who have stood by ARISS,
sending financial support and encouragement. A robust ham station is on
its way to replace the broken radio on the ISS, and tens of thousands of
hams will enjoy strong ARISS packet and ARISS SSTV signals as a result.
In addition, thousands of students will discover and use ham radio to
talk with a ham-astronaut. We hope to see the trend continue where more
ARISS teachers and local clubs set up school ham clubs.” The new
system includes a higher-power radio, an enhanced voice repeater,
updated digital packet radio (APRS), and slow-scan television (SSTV)
capabilities for both the US and Russian space station segments.
White called the March 7 launch, “beautiful, flawless.” ARRL
President Rick Roderick, K5UR, told ARISS that he had his fingers
crossed for a successful launch.
According to NASA Mission Control, it will take the three ISS crew
members up to a month to unload and stow the 4,300 pounds of cargo on
board the Dragon capsule, and the IORS is not a priority. The actual ham
equipment will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. Another IORS
unit is in line to be launched and installed in the Russian segment of
the ISS later this year.
The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver,
a multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting cables. The ARISS
hardware team will assemble four flight units — and 10 IORS units in
all — to support onboard flight operations, training, operations
planning, and hardware testing.
ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said earlier this year
that future upgrades and enhancements to the next-generation system are
in various stages of design and development. These include a repaired
Ham Video system — currently planned for launch in mid-to-late 2020,
an L-band (uplink) repeater, a microwave “Ham Communicator,” and
Lunar Gateway prototype experiment.

Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show
03/15/2020
For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not
take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread
cancellations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.
“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19
pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health
departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive
Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year,” Hamvention
General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in announcing the cancellation on
March 15. “This decision is extremely difficult for us, but with
around 2 months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.
More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted. Thank
you for your understanding in this time of international crisis.”
The Dayton Hamvention cancellation comes less than a week after the
International DX Convention in Visalia, California, called off this
year’s show. The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) sponsors
Hamvention.
Since 2017, Hamvention has been held each May at the Greene County
Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The international gathering
attracted more than 32,000 visitors in 2019.
Hamvention’s announcement has caused the cancellation of other
associated events. These include Contest University, the Contest Dinner,
and the Top Band Dinner. 

Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication
Exercise
03/17/2020
Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State
Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and
repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an
emphasis on communicating from home.
“Ohio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations
Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,” ARES Section Emergency
Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. “But with the national
emphasis on staying home, we turned the vacated day into a 2-hour series
of nets designed to have amateur operators check in using their home
stations.”
The exercise was the brainchild of Assistant SEC Tim Price, K8WFL, who
suggested it would be a great way to showcase amateur radio’s
capabilities for state and community leaders. The Ohio HF Emergency Net
will take check-ins on 40 and 80 meters (SSB), with the Ohio Digital
Emergency Net (OHDEN) operating on 80 meters. Then, around 1 PM ET, a
linked digital radio system will be brought into play, using DMR’s
Ohio talk group linked to the Fusion “Ohio Link” group. Broadway
said stations will simply check in; no traffic will be handled.
“It’s just designed to prove we can communicate from home, while
locked down, and still get the job done,” he told ARRL.
“This is the same network topology used for the Ohio Watch Desk
Project, providing statewide reporting during such events as the
Memorial Day tornado outbreak last spring,” Broadway said. The reports
are fed directly to the watch desk at Ohio’s state EOC, to enhance
situational awareness for state emergency managers. “We plan to video
an operator on the Statehouse steps, talking statewide using a small
handheld,” Broadway said. “This demonstration can be used to enhance
our discussion of amateur radio with local and state officials.”
Broadway said HF can be problematic most of the time if storms are
moving across, producing static, and digital modes fill in the gap.
“We used this [approach] during a couple tornado outbreaks to bring
real-time local observation to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Watch Desk,” he said. — Thanks to Stan Broadway, N8BHL

Errata to 2020 – 2024 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released
03/18/2020
The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has issued errata to the new (2020 –
2024) Amateur Extra-class question pool that goes into effect on July 1.
Most changes are minor, involving typographical or style errors.
In the syllabus at the top of the pool:
E1C — Changed “bandwith” to “bandwidth”
E3B — In sub-element heading, deleted “grayline”
E9D — Changed “feedpoint” to “feed point”
In sub-element 3, changed “41 questions” to “40
questions.”
In the question pool:
E1C13 — In answer C, changed “Utilities Telecom Council” to
“Utilities Technology Council (UTC)”
E1C14 — In question, changed “Utilities Telecom Commission”
to
“Utilities Technology Council (UTC)”
E1D03 — In answer, choices C and D, changed “earth” to
“Earth”
E2A02 — In question, changed “inverted” to
“inverting”
E3B — In sub-element heading, deleted “grayline”
E3B08 — Question withdrawn from pool and marked as deleted. The
remaining questions in E3B were not renumbered, leaving 11 questions.
E5B04 — In question, changed “220 microfarad” and “1
megohm”
to “220-microfarad” and “1-megohm”
E7C09 — In answer B, added a space between “1” and
“kHz”
E8C10 — In question, changed “symbol” to “data”
E9C02 — In question, changed “1/4 wavelength” to
“1/4-wavelength”
E9C03 — In question, changed “1/2 wavelength” to
“1/2-wavelength”
E9D — in sub-element heading, changed “feedpoint” to
“feed
point”
E9E09 — Removed brackets after answer (C).
The Amateur Extra-class question pool will be updated to reflect these
changes. Submit feedback or questions to the Question Pool Committee.
 
FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee
03/18/2020
In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has
imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake
Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to
identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent
Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on Materne’s
response to the NAL, the agency affirmed the fine in a March 12
Forfeiture Order (FO).
As the FCC recounted in the FO, an FCC agent “observed Materne causing
intentional interference to a local repeater by generating digital noise
into an analog radio.” The agent further reported that Materne failed
to transmit his call sign, as required.
Materne disputed the FCC’s findings, arguing that the NAL should be
canceled because the agent “was mistaken in his determination that the
source of the interference was Materne’s station” as his radio was
not capable of operating on the repeater frequency in question, the FCC
said in the NO. Materne also asserted that he is unable to pay the fine
and suggested in his response that the FCC should be able to access his
financial information.
The FCC countered that the radio the agent observed in Materne’s
possession was capable of operating on the frequency in question. “We
therefore are unpersuaded…that the proposed forfeiture should be
cancelled because, he alleges, he was not the party causing interference
to the repeater and the radio in his possession could not operate on the
frequency in question,” the FCC said in affirming the findings of the
NAL. “We are also unpersuaded by Materne’s argument that he lacks
the ability to pay the full $18,000 forfeiture.” The FCC said Materne
failed to provide the FCC with proof of inability to pay, as required by
the NAL.
The FCC gave Materne 30 days to pay the fine, or face having the case
turned over to the US Department of Justice for enforcement. 

K3YV Wins the March QST Cover Plaque Award
03/19/2020
The winning article for the March 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is
“Leaky” Antenna Switches by Ellwood (Woody) Brem, K3YV.
The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most
popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members
on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite
article in the April issue today.

Ham Radio Clubs Connect Amid Social Distancing
03/20/2020
As college campuses have sent students home to finish their classes
online, members of the K7UAZ Amateur Radio Club in Tucson — a student
organization at the University of Arizona — have moved their radio
club meetings to, well, the radio. K7UAZ Station Manager Curt Laumann,
K7ZOO, said that when the university largely shuttered its campus, club
president Ken Gourley, KM6BKU, immediately transitioned regular meetings
to an on-the-air format using the university repeater. The club already
was holding a weekly net on Monday nights, but the added on-air club
meetings offer another opportunity to get on the radio.
In recent months, in-person K7UAZ club meetings have hosted
presentations on such topics as EME (Earth-moon-Earth) communication and
an AMSAT CubeSat simulation. As meetings move on the air, Gourley
explained, he will send out a copy of meeting presentation slides so
members can follow along. “I will lead the net and start with
check-ins,” he said. “We will work our way through the slides,
discussing previous events, upcoming activities, the treasurer’s
report, projects, etc. I will take new check-ins every 5 – 10 minutes.
We will conclude with officer comments and general comments. Hopefully
it won’t take more than 30 – 45 minutes.”
ARRL staff member Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who liaises for the ARRL
Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI), underscores the importance
that all radio clubs encourage on-the-air activity in this challenging
time. “While I know many businesses and schools have moved to online
meetings and learning, I can think of many advantages for a radio club
to move club meetings to on-air,” Inderbitzen said. His list
includes:
Holding short meetings on the air will encourage individual club members
to practice their personal radio communication capabilities. Station and
skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service.
Nets generally help new radio amateurs gain practical operating
experience. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to
encourage your club’s new hams to get on the air.
As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will inevitably creep into
our “new normal,” being on-air will introduce variety into our
communication practices. As many of us are now homebound working or
studying, turning on a radio to connect with your ham radio peers will
be welcome respite! 
At K7UAZ, experienced club members provide instruction for members to
access the K7UAZ ARC repeater from 2 meters and via Echolink. The club
also offers members the opportunity to borrow handheld radios or to be
patched in via HF or videoconferencing, if they live too far away from
the repeater.
ARRL is encouraging university radio clubs to network with other clubs
and students via ARRL’s CARI Facebook group. “Keeping our campus
radio clubs going will ensure we are, together, advancing the art,
science, and enjoyment of amateur radio. It’s our collective
mission,” Inderbitzen said. 

Refund Procedures in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social
Events
03/20/2020
Refunds are being processed for Dayton Hamvention-associated social
gatherings, including Contest University, Contest Dinner, and Top Band
Dinner. Each event has its own procedures. Those who signed up for the
DX Dinner will be able to obtain refunds via PayPal. An email to all
registrants will provide details. — Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, SWODXA

Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for
Homebound Youngsters
03/20/2020
The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code
instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of
school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder,
Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a
fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part
of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so
many schools across the country.”
Ongoing classes will take place Monday through Friday, specifically for
school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas, via Zoom online
video conferencing. A computer equipped with a microphone and camera is
required. Classes for elementary schoolers run 30 minutes starting at
1600 UTC, followed by 45-minute classes for middle- and high school-aged
students starting at 1645 UTC. Parental permission is required through
advance registration. Contact class instructor Rob Zarges, K2MZ, by
e-mail or call 508-831-8248. — Thanks to Mel Granick, KS2G, ARRL New
York City-Long Island Section Public Information Coordinator 

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Nominated for Another Term
03/20/2020
President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
for another 5-year term on the Commission. The nomination was sent to
the US Senate on March 18. O’Rielly was initially appointed to the FCC
in 2013 by President Barack Obama.
“During my tenure at the Commission, I have advocated for preserving
and advancing American free market principles to develop common sense
regulation and eliminate unnecessary rules that hurt consumers,”
O’Rielly said in a statement, expressing appreciation to President
Trump.
“I hope to continue this work should the Senate decide to approve my
nomination.” If the Senate confirms O’Rielly’s nomination,
the new
term would date retroactively to last July and end in 2024.
In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised O’Rielly’s work in
such areas as 3.5 GHz spectrum policy.

ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely
03/20/2020
Interim ARRL Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, informed
members on March 20 that ARRL will remain operational to meet their
needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Shelley noted that ARRL is taking
steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters
employees, in line with the recommendations provided by US and
Connecticut health officials and government leaders.
“We have arranged for many of our staff, depending on their job
responsibilities and requirements, to work remotely during this
unprecedented time,” Shelley said. “This helps the organization
reduce the number of people in the building and improve our ‘social
distancing’ capabilities.”
At present, all departments at ARRL Headquarters are functioning, and
customer service representatives remain available to answer members’
questions or direct them to the appropriate department for assistance.
Shelley advised that ARRL is encouraging members to use email as the
preferred method of communication with ARRL, in order to get a timely
response.
The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) has been dealing with a
higher-than-normal volume of emails and phone calls and is asking for
members’ patience as they attempt to answer everyone’s questions
as
promptly as possible. “There has been some significant disruption to
VE exam session schedules, given the restrictions imposed on gatherings
in many locales,” Shelley pointed out. “As with our employees, the
health and safety of our Volunteer Examiners is a top priority, and we
have informed our VEs that they need to follow their local community’s
guidelines and then use their best judgement when deciding whether to
conduct, postpone, or cancel an exam session.”
As previously announced, ARRL has suspended all tours and guest visits
to ARRL Headquarters and to W1AW until further notice. ARRL has also
posted a statement relating to Field Day and the coronavirus situation.
“We will continue to monitor conditions from this outbreak and follow
any additional guidelines provided by federal and state health
professionals and government officials. We thank you for your
understanding and patience during this difficult time,” Shelley said.


2020 ARRL Field Day Update:
 
Coronavirus & Field Day 2020

With 2020 ARRL Field Day – one of the biggest events on the Amateur
Radio calendar – just about 15 weeks away, ARRL officials are
monitoring this situation with the coronavirus very closely and paying
close attention to all of the information and guidance being offered by
the CDC's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).

At its core, Field Day is a local event and an opportunity for local
amateur radio clubs to showcase the skills, science and technologies
that make radio communication such a wonderful hobby and a valuable
public service. Since the impact of the coronavirus outbreak has been
very different in different parts of the country, we recommend that all
amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day be in regular contact
with their local or state public health officials for their advice and
guidance on hosting Field Day activities. This also offers an
opportunity for amateur radio clubs to bolster or re-establish their
relationships with local and state public health and emergency
management officials.

Because of the unique circumstances presented this year, this can be an
opportunity for you, your club and/or group to try something new.  Field
Day isn't about doing things the same way year after year - use this
year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with our
current circumstances.

Local club officials are the most appropriate people to be making
decisions about their specific Field Day programs. We are all concerned
about protecting the health and safety of those participating in or
attending Field Day activities, and so we trust local club officials to
take the appropriate steps to monitor local conditions and make
decisions in the best interest of their communities.

ARRL officials strongly believe that following the guidelines of local,
state and national health care professionals will help ensure everyone's
safety in the coming weeks and months. 

ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June -- 27-28,
2020.
 
2020 Field Day results will appear in December QST.

ARRL Headquarters is Closing
03/23/2020
ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut
Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit
entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23,
2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible
to work remotely.
W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer
service representatives will be available to take calls, although
response times could be longer than usual. Operations at the ARRL
Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) will also continue, and the best
way to receive a timely response is via email, as call volume has been
heavy. The ARRL publication schedule will remain unchanged.
The ARRL warehouse will be working with a reduced staff, so orders will
be delayed, and ARRL will not be able to respond to expedited shipping
orders. ARRL Headquarters will remain open until 5 PM on March 23, as
managers and staff prepare for the shutdown.
ARRL will keep members posted on this situation.

Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator
03/23/2020
Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to
assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering
team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient
ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available
components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio
volunteers are developing Arduino-based control software that will set
the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill
coronavirus victims.
Multiple volunteers responding to a call for help from Gordon Gibby, MD,
KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and  uBITX
transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE. University of Florida
physicians are working to address the critical legal aspects as the
design moves closer to fruition.
The ventilator’s valves would precisely time compressed oxygen flow
into patient breathing circuits under Arduino control, allowing
exhausted patients with “stiff” lungs impacted by viral pneumonia to
survive until their body can clear the infection. The software design
team is also adding simple features such as an LCD display, encoders to
choose parameters, and watchdog safety features. -- Thanks to Gordon
Gibby, KX4Z

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:
Louisiana QSO Party Announcement:
Fellow Ham Radio Operators,
I'm Scott, W5WZ, President of the Louisiana Contest Club.  We sponsor
the
annual Louisiana QSO Party.
Please accept this invitation to participate in the 2020 edition of the
Louisiana QSO Party.
The 2020 edition of the Louisiana QSO Party will run from 14:00 UTC,
April
4, 2020 to 02:00 UTC, April 5, 2020 (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM CDT Saturday,
April
4, 2020).
The rules, and all other pertinent information is found online at:
http://laqp.org/
I do hope you'll join us on the air!
73, Scott W5WZ

ARES:
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  February
3. Year: 2020
4. Total number of ARES members: 427
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8
6. Number of ARES nets active:  51
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  2
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:  W4NDF KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS
KD5IGZ KE5GMN
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  44     
  9b.  Person hours:  562
10a. Number of public service events this month:  2     10b. Person
hours:  125 
11a. Number of emergency operations this month:  0    
11b. Person hours:  0 
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  1 
 12b. Person hours:  10
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  47
 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b:  697
Reported by:  Jim Coleman, AI5B
                         ARRL Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-03-18

***Please congratulate our newest Emergency Coordinator appointee from
Beauregard Parish, Lonnie Jacobs AC5A. Welcome to the Team Lonnie.

Louisiana Traffic Net Report:
Sessions   QNI   QTC   QTR
16.             353    27      416
Reported by:
Jimmy Lewis, AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

The Louisiana Traffic Net will run six days a week Sunday through Friday
during the pandemic. I would encourage each one of you with a General
class license and above to check-in with us. We meet at 6:00pm CDT on
3.910MHZ. 
Jim Lewis AB5YS Louisiana Traffic Net Manager
REGION 4:
ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - March 2020 Volume 60, Number 03
VE Test Session February 6, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT Started off the
year pretty good. Two new Techs & one upgrade to Amateur Extra. The
candidates were Kisha Richard ~KI5IHY ~ of Maurice & Louis Truxillo
~KI5IHZ ~ of Breaux Bridge both earned their Technician. Adam Chapman
~KG5TOD~ from Ville Platte Upgraded to Extra. Congratulations to the
testees & a great big thank you to the VEs in attendance...... The VEs
for this session were Michael Cavell KI5ARX, John Cunniff W4HVH, Richard
Wallace KF5KEL, Archibald Hill W5AG, and Galen Wilson KF5BET

JOY BREAUX N5YCS - SILENT KEY It is with great sadness that the Amateur
Radio World and the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA)
loses another member. On the evening of February 7, 2020, Joy Breaux
N5YCS passed away after being on life support for a while. Her wishes
were that her body to be donated to science, no obituaries, or funeral
announcements to be published. A little about Joy for those who or who
did not know her. Joy was a long time member of the AARA and served as
past treasurer for 12 years. Joy and Rick shared in being "backyard bird
watchers" among other hobbies such as traveling, attending hamfests,
especially the AARA hamfest where you could usually find her at the
front door at the registration desk. Joy and Rick also participated in
many special event activities. Joy & Rick were long time members of the
QCWA Chapter 109 in Baton Rouge. I am sure all that knew Joy will miss
the beautiful smile and kind words she had for everyone. Our prayers go
out for the Breaux family.

Randy Rushing KG5KFI - Silent Key Thanks to Greg Dolan II - K5LFT, it
was just noted that Randy Rushing KG5KFI, age 53 of Breaux Bridge,
became a Silent Key on January 7, 2020. Randy was a proud United States
Veteran. He served honorably in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the
American Legion Post #69, Blind Veterans Association, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Acadiana Honor Guard.
He was also a Amateur Radio Operator (KG5KFI) and a member of the
Acadiana Amateur Association, Inc. in 2016. Obituary:
https://www.waltersfh.com/obituary/Randy-Rushing

SPANISH RICE 2 Tbs Olive Oil 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 Garlic, minced 2
Cups long-grain Rice 3-1/4 Cup Chicken Broth 1 Cup diced Tomato, drained
½ tsp Oregano 1 tsp Salt Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium/high
heat. Add the rice and stir it so that the rice coats with the oil.
Cook, stirring often, until much of the rice has browned. Add the onion
and cook, stirring frequently another 3 minutes, until the onions begin
to soften. Add the garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and
softened, about a minute more. Combine broth, tomato, oregano, salt, and
browned rice with onions and garlic. Bring to a boil Cover; reduce heat
to a low simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of rice
and the instructions on the rice package. Remove from heat for 5
minutes. Fluff with a fork to serve.

REGION 6:
FROM:  The Brass Key April 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana
Amateur Radio Club
Attendance at the March 2020 meeting, during which we had Skywarn Basic
Storm Spotter Training, was encouraging. Andy Patrick,
Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service in Lake Charles,
conducted the training and did a fine job. In addition to presenting the
required information on the slides, he added some personal observations
about storms in our area based on his 35 years of experience in the
weather business. We had several in attendance who were not club members
including five deputies from Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, a city
marshal, Tyler Hall of KALB Weather, and the Executive Director of
Rapides Parish 911/Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness (OHSEP), Sonya Wiley-Gremillion. The Executive Director
expressed an interest in having amateur radio operators participate in
emergency preparedness and communication. Based on her expressed
interest in participation by amateur radio operators, I met with the
Director for an hour and a half at her office. I learned that our
147.330 and 443.300 repeaters were purchased with grant money connected
to the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). I learned that
these repeaters are housed in an environmentally controlled,
government-owned facility, and that the antennas are on a
government-owned tower. The cost of continuing operation, utilities and
tower space, of these repeaters is borne by 911/OHSEP; therefore,
Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC) is, in a manner of
speaking, somewhat “joined at the hip” with Rapides 911/OHSEP.
Utilities and tower space are valuable commodities, and CLARC is getting
them for free. During our meeting, the Director cited some actual
emergency events when she needed amateur radio communication, both HF
and VHF, but it was not forthcoming. She expressed an interest in having
amateur VHF and HF capabilities available to her when the need arises.
During our meeting, we identified a location for an amateur radio
operating position at Rapides 911/OHSEP. Anyone who serves at the 911
center will need to be vetted, which includes a criminal history
investigation. Before anyone takes me to task, I am fully aware that
CLARC and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) are separate and
distinct entities. CLARC is, however, the largest organized group of
amateur radio operators within the parish, and as stated above, has a
relationship with Rapides 911/OHSEP. Currently, that relationship is
oneway. Local amateur radio operators are deriving benefit and providing
nothing in return. We need to identify an ARES Emergency Coordinator
(EC) and an assistant or deputy EC for Rapides Parish, and we need ARES
radio operators. The people in these roles need to be accessible,
responsive (in a timely fashion), and responsible if called by
911/OHSEP. If the EC is away, then the assistant needs to be able to
respond in a timely fashion. With the exception of some man-made
emergencies, our events usually involve weather-related problems, and in
most cases, we know in advance that there may be power outages, property
damage, and injuries. Membership in ARES does not mean that one is “on
call” 24x7x365. It does mean that if one is not providentially or
otherwise seriously hindered, one should agree to serve. Public service
of this nature is a gratifying experience. As a communicator, you are
part of the solution, you are helping fellow citizens, and given that
you are working with the decision-makers, you know what is happening
during an emergency event. When the ARES organization for Rapides Parish
is up and running, it will exist more or less independently of CLARC
under the guidance of the EC and not in competition with CLARC. Please
think about volunteering for ARES service if you have not already done
so. I’ll remind you that one of the primary reasons you have an
amateur radio license is “Recognition and enhancement of the value of
the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial
communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency
communications,” and I’ll remind you that the reason CLARC has two
nice repeaters with free rent and utilities is for public service. I was
disappointed that we had to cancel the April meeting, VE testing, and
board meeting, but we had no choice. At this point, you know as much as
I know about our May meeting. Hopefully we will be somewhat back to
normal by then and be able to meet. We have some good programs waiting
to be presented not the least of which is Skywarn Advanced Storm Spotter
training that is scheduled for the May meeting. For the June meeting, we
will need to discuss Field Day plans. Field Day is scheduled for
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Assuming we are free of current
restrictions, we will begin to set up on Friday, June 26. We will
conduct Field Day at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Outdoor Education Center in Woodworth, which is the same location we
used for our successful Winter Field Day. One of our members has
suggested that we have some building sessions. Those interested could
agree on a common project for the building session. The common project
could be a code-practice oscillator, a balun, a wire antenna of some
sort or whatever else. The project would be up to those interested in
building something. Building something and actually having it work well
is an educational and satisfying experience. Building sessions could be
held at a mutually agreeable time and place but not during a club
meeting. The rationale behind this is to learn a little more about
electronics, to learn how to build things we might otherwise buy, and to
build a quality product for our own use. A building session or sessions
will not be of interest to everyone in the club, and it doesn’t have
to be. It would be, however, a way for a few members to get together,
learn something, have some fun, and walk away with some new equipment. 
73 and good DX, John, N5CM CLARC President

Many of us are self-isolating due to the Corona Virus threat, but this
does not mean that we have to isolate without communicating. I think
that most of us are staying in touch with our friends and relatives via
phone and social media, and we need to keep that up. To increase
socialization we cannot forget about ham radio. If all you have is your
technician license you have a number of ways to communicate with the
outside world while still staying physically isolated. Starting with
local methods of ham radio communications we have our club repeaters.
Start by throwing out your callsign on the 147.330. This is the club's
main frequency. Many hams monitor this frequency throughout the day. Our
secondary repeater is 147.375. Next are our linked repeaters, 444.975
and 145.470. These two repeaters are internet linked. If you key up and
say your call sign someone may come back to you from almost anywhere in
the U.S.. Don’t forget about using Echolink on your phone to get into
the 147.330 repeater. CLARC congratulates new hams Will Butterfield,
KI5IPJ and Etienne Blanchat, KI5IPK, for passing their Technician Class
exam on March 3. Congrats go to John Eubanks, KI5HVM, for upgrading to
Amateur Extra! CLARC also welcomes Will to our club as its newest
member! On the HF front: HF activity has picked up since the Corona
virus threat has hit the U.S. 80 and 40 meters are usually open most
evenings and during the daytime it’s not uncommon to find someone to
have a QSO with on 15, 17 and 20 meters. If you have any questions about
how to get active on the bands please get with me or one of our other
club members. We will help you. Some of your questions can be answered
by going to the club’s website at www.clarc.us 
Thanks, Scott Wren, KD5DFL Vice President, CLARC

Update on ALLSTAR The repeater committee has successfully linked the
444.975 and 145.470 repeaters to the new controller. The link is now
active, but we are still tweaking the settings and we should have full
ALLSTAR accessibility in the very near future. This project has been
ongoing, and due to the technical nature of the system and everyone's
schedules lining up as well as a little luck and Pixie Dust we have made
significant headway and foresee the project being complete in the very
near future. I would like to thank Scott KD5DFL for his extensive
efforts working with Matt Anderson KD5KNZ, Angelo Glorioso N5UXT, and
would like to thank Dave Van Rood KG5POW for his help with this project
as well. I also helped in this endeavor but not nearly to the extent
that these other gentleman have and their efforts are greatly
appreciated and the All Star system is going to be a great asset for all
members of CLARC. The system is up, and the repeaters work locally as
they should for the moment, we are doing some tweaking of the system and
it's not fully operational but the hard part is done and now we just
have to tweak the All Star system and it should be fully operational
shortly. 
Marlin, KG5RPZ 
NOTE: More information on ALLSTAR, see allstarlink.org/

As many of you already have discovered, a CLARC Members only Facebook
group has been recently created. Our President, John N5CM, and Marlin
KG5RPZ, are the administrators. As an administrator and moderator, our
president has the power to delete or make changes as he sees fit.
Members can and are encouraged to invite other Members and we also
welcome anyone else who wants to join, the group web page is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/673431650062145/ any CLARC Members that
want to join need only list their call signs and either John or Marlin
can approve them. The Group was created to give CLARC Members a medium
to share ideas, projects all things Amateur Radio related, and encourage
fellowship between members between meetings. We also encourage Elmering
or if members just have a question please feel free to ask and someone
from the group will try and help them.

REGION  9:
The SELARC "Hamster"
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
Visit our website: www.selarc.org
Vol. 47, No. 3 ......................... March 2020
Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for March go out to - Joe KG5HZU, Jerry N5GKJ, and Bob
WB5FBS
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.
Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson
N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the
air!
VE Session Results
Hammond VE Group - 23 Feb, 2020 - VE Session Results
Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and
upgrades
Technician
Charles Richardson / KI5ILL - Holden, La.
Johnny Shaw / KI5ILM - Covington, La.
Travis Tharp / KI5ILN - Denham Springs, La.
General
Billy Orehowsky / KI5HZE - Saucier, Ms.
Tyrone Burns - VE Liason - Hammond VE Group

March Prize Drawing winners:  CONGRATULATIONS!!!
ARRL Publications:
Club:  Southeast Louisiana  Amateur Radio Club (SELARC)
ARRL Member:  Daniel W. Delcambre, KE5UM
ELECTRONIC PRIZE (Scanner):  Daniel R. Vandervort, AD5NW

NEXT DRAWING IS APRIL 1ST.

As always before I send out my newsletter, I feel like I have left
something out.  Please send me or one of our Section’s PIO’s/PIC
Joe
Holland KB5VJY anything you would like to see in future newsletters!
LAARRL.org

73,

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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
k5jmr@arrl.org
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter February 2020

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020

The Hammond Hamfest was very successful and well attended. We had
approximately 50 in the ARRL/ARES Forum. Jim and Corey gave us a great
ARES presentation.  WE gave away some very nice prizes!  Next hamfest is
in Rayne in March. I hope to see many of you there.  

SILENT KEYS:
Milam Columbus "Lucky" Young, KA5SUR
Joy Breaux, N5YCS

**I was asked recently to include the city for each person listed below;
and am doing so in hopes that you will be able to see those in your area
and include them in your local activities…..

NEW HAMS:
Report for 2020-02-04
Daniel R Sicuro, KI5HVO
Kenner, LA 70062-6040
Patrick M Brown, KI5HSL
Hammond, LA 70403-0431
Hailey R Doucet, KI5HTC
New Iberia, LA 70563-3320
Chad D Durr, KI5HSK
Opelousas, LA 70570-1360
Adam C Permenter, KI5HZD
Clinton, LA 70722-5260
Devin B Martin, KI5HZC
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
James D Pastorick, KI5HSM
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739-3854
Colton W Byrd, KI5HVR
West Monroe, LA 71291-4740
Bryan R Fussell, KI5HVJ
Alexandria, LA 71303-2126
Jeffrey P Foley, KI5HVK
Pineville, LA 71360-0623
John L Eubanks, KI5HVM
Pineville, LA 71360-5801
Corey Paulk, KI5HVL
Pineville, LA 71360-9718

LICENSE UPGRADES:
Report for 2020-02-04
Bradley K Vincent, KG5KZR
Gueydan, LA 70542-3725
Tiphanie Clark, KI5DUG
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1627
Ricky L Little, KI5GEI
West Monroe, LA 71292-0421
Jason M Bowen, KB5VXX
Newellton, LA 71357-5002
Christopher A Wright, KI5HDW
Pineville, LA 71360-5479

NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERS:
Report for 2020-02-04
Michael S Foster, KC8PZA
Metairie, LA 70005-4034
Andre P Granier, KI5BBO
Luling, LA 70070-4242
Albert D Geier, KW5PAN
River Ridge, LA 70123-2723
Elizabeth E Wotawa, KI5HRA
New Orleans, LA 70123-6147
Federico M Lertora, KI5HQU
New Orleans, LA 70123-6169
William R Hare, N5WRH
Abita Springs, LA 70420-3312
Christopher J Ancelet, N5MCY
Egan, LA 70531-3011
Bradley K Vincent, KG5KZR
Gueydan, LA 70542-3725
Paul T Holcomb, KI5ARR
Maurice, LA 70555-3825
Chad D Durr, KI5HSK
Opelousas, LA 70570-1360
Carl W Service, KG5GGL
Lake Charles, LA 70605-6527
Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC
Deridder, LA 70634-4552
Henry H Forrester, KG5GVV
Clinton, LA 70722-4849
Dawson Andrews
French Settlement, LA 70733-2540
Toby J Latino, KI5ERB
Prairieville, LA 70769-3341
Robert Gray, KI5GYO
Blanchard, LA 71009-0245
William W Barrett, WW5MB
Keithville, LA 71047-8806
Grantham P Frederick, KI5GBD
Shreveport, LA 71106-2209
Elizabeth O Miller, N5UIJ
Shreveport, LA 71107-2408
Richard E Hayes, AC5EU
Monroe, LA 71203-2230
Stephanie E Miller, KD7KWS
Monroe, LA 71203-9575
Carolyn Morris, KM5YL
Downsville, LA 71234-3410
James L Wilhelm, WW5L
Sterlington, LA 71280-0427
Robert A Moore, W5OPF
West Monroe, LA 71292-1625
Bryan Fussell, KI5HVJ
Alexandria, LA 71303-2126
Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ
Alexandria, LA 71303-4152
Frederic W Smith, KG5PKG
Alexandria, LA 71303-4160
Jason M Bowen, KB5VXX
Newellton, LA 71357-5002
Jeff P Foley, KI5HVK
Pineville, LA 71360-0623
John L Eubanks, KI5HVM
Pineville, LA 71360-5801


FROM THE ARRL:

ARRL On the Air Podcast Premieres on January 16
01/14/2020
ARRL’s new On the Air podcast for those just getting started on their
amateur radio journey, will debut this Thursday, January 16, with a new
podcast posted each month. The podcast is a companion to the new
bimonthly On the Air magazine, which is already on its way to member
subscribers. On the Air magazine editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, will be
the host of the new podcast. Both the podcast and the magazine are aimed
at offering new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a
fresh approach to exploring radio communication.

Listeners can find the On the Air podcast at Blubrry, Apple iTunes (or
by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (search for On the Air), and
Stitcher (or through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android
devices). Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.

Each On the Air podcast will take a deeper dive into the articles and
issues raised in the magazine, including advice and insight on topics
covering the range of amateur radio interests and activities: radio
technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency
communication.

Supplementing On the Air will be a new Facebook page for those who share
a love of radio communication and are looking to learn and explore more
about their interests.

The biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast for experienced radio amateurs will
launch on February 13. Hosted by QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, Eclectic
Tech will highlight topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology,
offer brief interviews with individuals involved in projects of interest
to amateurs, and include practical information of immediate benefit to
today’s hams. Eclectic Tech will be available via iTunes and
Stitcher.

The ARRL Mags apps including QST and On the Air are now live on Apple
iTunes and Google Play. The digital edition of On the Air magazine is
now live and linked from the On the Air page on the ARRL website.   

YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas
01/15/2020
For several years now, Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) has sponsored YOTA
Month each December, primarily involving young radio amateurs in Europe
and Africa. In December, youth-operated amateur radio stations in the
Americas picked up the ball to contribute more than 12,000 contacts to
the worldwide event. Eighteen operators aged 25 or younger deployed
special event 1 × 1 call signs — K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A — to
promote youth in amateur radio. Fifteen young operators across the US
took turns using these call signs throughout December. They logged
10,474 contacts using those call signs on SSB, CW, digital modes, and
satellites. Some operators also aired the call signs during contests.
Participants in the Americas offered opinions on what made the event
special for them.

“Operating-wise, it was definitely the pileups…I love a good
pileup,” said Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII. “Apart from that, it was great
getting to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby.
Even though we weren’t physically working together, we all got to be
part of the YOTA program over the air.”

Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN, also cited the on-air camaraderie. “My
favorite part of YOTA month was getting the wonderful experience of
talking to other youth all over the world and sharing our
experiences,” she said. “It gives us hope to know the future of
Amateur Radio is in the hands of these great kids.” Her brother Jack,
KM4ZIA, also took part.

In Canada, David Samu, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA in December, making 458
contacts on CW. “My favorite part was seeing all the YOTA stations on
the air throughout December and seeing all the high energy youth
activity,” he said.

Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR, activated XR2YOTA, and met another young
operator from Chile, Manu Pardo, CA3MPR, through YOTA month. Between
them, they put 1,535 contacts into the log on CW, SSB, and digital
modes.

Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, coordinated the efforts of the 17 participants
and the logs for the US stations. “I learned much during the month
about the importance of teamwork and communication...just like
baseball,” Bryant said about his role as coordinator. “I think YOTA
month was a great success considering the short amount of time we had to
plan this all out. I had a lot of fun operating this event, but it was
even more rewarding to see other youth here in the Americas make tons of
QSOs during December.” Bryant managed Logbook of The World accounts
for the US stations and QRZ.com pages for all call signs, maintained an
operator schedule, worked with YOTA Month Award Manager Tomi Varro,
HA8RT, and reported in to the YOTA Camp Committee in the Americas.

Globally, nearly 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all
operated by hams under the age of 25 or younger. More than 2,500
operators of all ages requested and received awards based on the number
of YOTA contacts they had made. Statistics are available.

The first Youth On The Air camp in the US will take place next June 21
– 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West
Chester Township, Ohio.

For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month in
the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or YOTA in the Americas
Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

New Book from ARRL: Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners
01/17/2020
Contesting is one of the most exciting aspects of amateur radio — and
for some, it’s their primary ham radio activity. Amateur Radio
Contesting for Beginners by contesting veteran Doug Grant, K1DG, offers
practical information and ideas that will help you to get started in
contesting — “radiosport” — or to build your skills,
if you’re
already active.

Contesting tests station capability and operator skill, and it really is
a sport, with a typical objective of contacting as many stations and
multipliers — ARRL Sections, states, grids, or DXCC entities, for
example — within the contest period.

“Doug Grant has written the ideal guide for anyone interested in
contesting,” said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Grant’s book explains what equipment you need, typical contest
formats, details of some more popular events, operating techniques, how
to submit an entry, and how to improve your scores. No matter how modest
your station or experience, you can compete, too!

A couple of events over the January 18 – 19 weekend to get you started
include the ARRL January VHF Contest (CW, phone, and digital) and the
North American QSO Party, SSB. See the ARRL Contest Calendar for
information on other events.

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store
or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1243, ISBN: 978-1-62595-124-3,
$27.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $24.95). Call 860-594-0355 or,
toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289. It’s also available as an e-book
for the Amazon Kindle.

For more information about ARRL-sponsored contests, including rules and
results, and to view the contest photo gallery visit the ARRL Contests
page.

Barry Shelley, N1VXY, to Become ARRL Interim CEO
01/19/2020
At its meeting this weekend, the ARRL Board of Directors did not elect
Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as the ARRL Chief Executive Officer. Beginning
Monday, January 20, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, will become interim CEO. Mr.
Shelley was ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer for 28 years and CEO during
2018 before his retirement. The board has created a search committee to
select the next CEO. More details on this and other matters which took
place at the board meeting will be released shortly.

ITU Development Sector Publication Highlights Amateur Radio’s Role in
Emergency Communication
01/21/2020
Amateur radio is featured in the publication, ITU Guidelines for
national emergency telecommunication plans, published by the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Development Sector (ITU-D).
The publication notes that radio amateurs have supported communication
in emergency situations on a voluntary basis since the dawn of radio.

“They are experts in radio communications and have the equipment,
skills and necessary frequencies allocated by ITU to deploy networks in
emergency events quickly and efficiently,” the publication says. ITU-D
said amateur radio support offers “great coverage due to the large
number of amateur radio stations available;” training programs and
exercises have been developed for emergency communication; “qualified
temporary volunteers who provide skills and experience essential for
emergency telecommunications;” problem-solving skills and an ability
to work with “often very limited resources,” and the ability to work
with alternative power sources.

Past ARRL President and IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, represents
the International Amateur Radio Union at ITU-D meetings. — Thanks to
Southgate Amateur Radio News; IARU

ARRL Events App is Available for Apple iOS and Android Devices
01/21/2020
The ARRL Events app is available to use with Apple iOS and Android
devices. A web-browser version, optimized for most browsers and other
types of mobile devices, is also available. ARRL Events will be featured
at Orlando HamCation 2020, February 7 – 9, which has been sanctioned
as the 2020 ARRL Northern Florida Section Convention.

AMSAT Says its GOLF-TEE Initiative has Met a Major Milestone
01/21/2020
AMSAT reports that an array of GOLF-TEE (Greater Orbit Larger Footprint
– Technology Evaluation Environment) satellite prototype boards
transmitted telemetry for the first time on January 14.

“The boards are laid out on a bench as a ‘flat-sat,’ with
interconnecting wires, bench power supplies, and a dummy load on the
transmitter,” AMSAT said. The interconnected boards include an early
radiation-tolerant internal housekeeping unit (IHU, i.e., computer)
prototype; a control interface prototype, and a set of spare boards from
HuskySat-1 that act as prototypes for the legacy IHU and legacy VHF/UHF
RF components.

“Now that the development team has reached this point, it has RF to
use as a basis for developing a GOLF-TEE decoder for FoxTelem, the
ground telemetry receiver software,” AMSAT said. “Thousands of hours
of work by many AMSAT volunteers have gone into the hardware and
software that got GOLF-TEE this far, with much work yet to be done
before flight units are ready.”

GOLF-TEE is designed as a low-Earth orbit testbed for technologies
necessary for successful CubeSat missions to a wide variety of orbits,
including medium- and high-Earth orbits. AMSAT invited donations to
further the project. It’s also seeking additional volunteers. —
Thanks to AMSAT News Service.

ARRL to Argue for Continued Access to 3-GHz Spectrum as FCC Sets Comment
Deadlines
01/24/2020
At its January meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors instructed the
League’s FCC counsel to prepare a strong response to protect amateur
access to spectrum in the 3 GHz range. In its Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348, the FCC proposed to relocate all
non-federal operations, including amateur uses, to spectrum outside the
3.3 – 3.55 GHz band. The Commission anticipates auctioning this
spectrum to expand commercial use of 5G cellular and wireless broadband
services, if agreement can be reached on relocation of — or sharing
with — the federal incumbents that operate in the same band.
Publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register on January 22
established deadlines of February 21 for comments and March 23 for reply
comments.

The FCC has requested comment on the uses radio amateurs make of the
spectrum and appropriate relocation options. Complicating matters is the
fact that radio amateurs must consider the possibility that the
immediately adjacent 3.1 – 3.3 GHz band is included in the spectrum
that Congress has identified for similar study. FCC Commissioner Michael
O’Rielly, in a December statement, referenced the fact that the lower
band may also be considered for non-federal reallocation, potentially
limiting relocation possibilities.

Amateurs make substantial use of the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band that would be
hard to replicate elsewhere, and they have filed more than 150 comments
before the designated comment period even began. Among users looking at
options are those who use this spectrum for Earth-Moon-Earth
(moonbounce) communication, mesh networks, experiments with
communication over long distances, radiosport, and amateur television. A
portion of the band also is designated for use by amateur satellites in
ITU Regions 2 and 3 (the Americas and Asia/Pacific).

A report is due by March 23 from the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA) evaluating the feasibility of having
federal users share all or part of the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band with
commercial wireless services. This report is required by the Making
Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and
Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act. The results of the NTIA
report will impact how much spectrum ultimately may be re-allocated for
auction to wireless providers.

ARRL urges amateurs who comment to inform the FCC about the uses they
make of the 3 GHz spectrum. Short comments and longer statements may be
filed electronically. Visit the FCC “How to Comment on FCC
Proceedings” page for more information. Commenters should reference WT
Docket 19-348.

Swains Island DXpedition Team is Ready to Roll
01/27/2020
The W8S DXpedition team heading to Swains Island in the Pacific in March
reports, “All lights are green.” Team members will leave from home
in early March, and all will convene in Pago Pago, American Samoa, to
board the vessel Manu Atele, which will transport everyone to the atoll.
The voyage will take 24 hours.

Smaller vessels will ferry the operators and equipment to the island at
high tide, which the update called “a serious challenge.” The ship
will not remain offshore while the DXpedition is under way, “hopefully
picking the team up again after 14 days.” An international team of 10
operators will be active from March 10 to March 25 on all HF bands on
CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY. Operation will be 24/7 from two separate camps
on the island, each with two stations.

Visit the Swains Island 2020 DXpedition website for more information.

New Amateur Extra Question Pool Released
01/27/2020
The new Amateur Extra-class license examination question pool, effective
from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024, has been released and is
available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC)
website.

The 2020 – 2024 Extra-class pool incorporates significant changes
compared to the current 2016 – 2020 question pool, which expires on
June 30. The number of questions in the pool was reduced from 712 to
622. The result was 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and 139
questions removed due to changes in what was felt to be an abundance of
outdated questions, while areas of new technology and subjects were
added.

In addition, an effort was made to balance the difficulty level,
removing or replacing some questions deemed too easy or too difficult
compared to the rest of the pool. The 2020 pool has 10 diagrams, which
have been renumbered because the new question pool has two fewer than
the 2016 question pool.

State QSO Party Challenge Announced
01/28/2020
The State QSO Party Challenge is a competition comprised of other
contests, namely state and provincial QSO parties. As explained on the
website, the annual cumulative score program is open to any radio
amateur who participates in any approved state QSO parties (SQPs).

Participants just need to submit their QSO party scores to
3830scores.com to enter the challenge. Participants’ cumulative scores
will be calculated by totaling up the number of reported contacts and
multiplying by the number of SQPs entered in the year to date. Periodic
standings will be posted to 3830scores.com, the QSOParty Groups.io
forum, and the StateQSOParty.com website.

“Using the number of QSO parties entered as a multiplier is expected
to encourage radio amateurs to enter more state/province QSO parties,”
the program’s organizers said. “The first SQPs in 2020 are the
Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia QSO Parties in the first
weekend of February.”

Entrants must make at least two contacts in a QSO party for it to count
as a multiplier. Full details are available on the State QSO Party
Challenge website. Challenge sponsors expressed appreciation to Bruce
Horn, WA7BNM, for developing the SQP Activity Tracker on
3830scores.com.

ARRL Expands its Roster of Online Discussion Groups
01/29/2020
ARRL’s Committee on Communication with Members has launched three new
online discussion forums as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and
improve communication between ARRL leadership and members or prospective
members. The new forums, which focus on antenna law, regulatory issues,
and support for new amateur radio licensees, will go live on Thursday,
January 30, at 0400 UTC.

The committee launched the three new discussion groups on the basis of
requests from the amateur radio community, to support ARRL’s efforts
to provide more resources for  beginner-to-intermediate operators.

The online discussion program launched last fall with three forums —
contesting, awards, and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) —
all open to the amateur radio community. The program was based on the
success of the online ARRL-LoTW Group, which, for the past several
years, has served to answer questions and generate discussions about
ways to improve the service.

ARRL New England Division Director and attorney Fred Hopengarten, K1VR,
will moderate the Antenna Law and Policy Forum. Hopengarten is the
author of Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur.
ARRL Regulatory Affairs Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, will moderate the
Regulatory Affairs forum.
QST Editor and ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will
moderate the New Hams forum. 
ARRL IT Manager Michael Keane, K1MK, worked with Groups.io to set up the
new groups. Those wishing to subscribe must use a Groups.io username and
password, if they have one, or create a Groups.io account if they
don’t.

The new groups join an ARRL discussion forum lineup that already
includes:

ARRL-Contesting, moderated by ARRL Contest Advisory Committee Chairman
Dennis Egan, W1UE.
ARRL-Awards, moderated by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager
Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.
ARRL-IARU, moderated by IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ.
ARRL-LOTW, moderated by ARRL IT Manager Michael Keane, K1MK.
Everyone who subscribes to an ARRL Group is automatically subscribed to
“ARRL Groups,” an administrative feature that allows ARRL to convey
routine announcements to subscribers of all ARRL groups, such as planned
system outages.

ARRL expects to create additional online groups that focus on other
areas of interest to radio amateurs, including ARRL activities,
services, initiatives, and policies.

ARRL currently hosts some “members-only” online forums that include
the topics of Awards and Contesting. While these forums will continue to
operate, participants are being encouraged to post new topics in the new
Groups.

All questions will be welcome, no matter how many times they have
already been asked and answered, or how obvious the answers might be.
Neither personal attacks nor foul language will be tolerated. Violators
will immediately be placed on “moderated” status, meaning their
subsequent posts will require Moderator approval. Civility and courtesy
are expected, even when disagreeing.

The Committee believes that providing more opportunities for two-way
discussion between the organization’s leaders and the entire ham radio
community will assist ARRL in truly serving the needs of this community.
— Thanks to ARRL Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN

Foundation for Amateur Radio Invites 2020 – 2021 Academic Year
Scholarship Applications
01/29/2020
The Foundation for Amateur Radio Inc. (FAR) has invited applications for
the 2020 – 2021 academic year for the scholarships it administers.
Applications must be submitted via the online form. Several questions
ask for essay responses. The deadline for initial submissions is April
30, 2020. Applicants may amend their applications until May 7.

All applicants must hold a valid amateur radio license and be enrolled
or accepted for enrollment at an accredited university, college, or
technical school. Applicants attending school outside the US must
provide a brochure describing the school. Students do not apply for
specific scholarships; each application will be considered for all of
the scholarships for which the applicant is qualified. QCWA scholarships
and the Chichester Memorial Scholarship all require recommendations to
be awarded. Data entered onto the application goes directly into an
encrypted, password-protected PDF file available only to the review
committee. No part of the application is stored online.

More information is available on the FAR website.

ARRL Board of Directors Re-Elects President Rick Roderick, K5UR
02/10/2020
Meeting January 17 – 18 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of
Directors re-elected ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to a third
2-year term. Roderick outpolled the only other nominee, Pacific Division
Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, 8 – 7. New England Division Vice
Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, was elected First Vice President,
succeeding Greg Widin, K0GW, who did not seek another term. Raisbeck was
the sole nominee. A successor will be appointed to fill the Vice
Director seat that Raisbeck has vacated. Bob Vallio, W6RGG, was
re-elected as Second Vice President as the only nominee.
On a 9 – 6 vote, the Board voted not to re-elect Howard Michel,
WB2ITX, as Chief Executive Officer. Michel was in the post for 15
months. Former ARRL Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer
Barry Shelley, N1VXY, has come out of retirement to serve as interim
ARRL CEO. He also was elected as Secretary. Shelley was ARRL’s CFO for
28 years and served as CEO during 2018 before his retirement, following
the departure of former CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. The ARRL Board has
appointed a committee to spearhead the search for a new CEO. That panel
will screen suitable CEO candidates, presenting three to the Board for
consideration. 
Former ARRL President and IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, was
elected International Affairs Vice President, succeeding Jay Bellows,
K0QB, who did not seek another term. Also re-elected by the Board were
Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM, and Chief Financial Officer Diane
Middleton, W2DLM.
Elected as members of the Executive Committee were Atlantic Division
Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; Central Division Director Kermit Carlson,
W9XA; Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU; New England
Division Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Great Lakes Division
Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK. The Executive Committee addresses and
makes decisions regarding ARRL business that may arise between scheduled
Board meetings.
Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, was elected as a member of
the ARRL Foundation Board for a 3-year term. Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Jim
Fenstermaker, K9JF, were elected to the Foundation Board for 3-year
terms as non-ARRL Board members.
Relief from Private Land-Use Restrictions
The Ad Hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee provided the Board with drafts
outlining three legislative approaches to address relief for radio
amateurs facing private land-use restrictions impacting outdoor
antennas. The Board signed off on the draft legislative approaches “as
presented and possibly modified” and directed the committee “to
proceed to obtain congressional sponsorship, employing any of these
three approaches and using its best judgment on any alterations or
modifications that our advisors or sponsors may require or suggest.”
HF Band Planning
Outgoing chair of the HF Band Planning Committee Greg Widin, K0GW,
presented the panel’s report and entertained questions. Board members
noted that staff turnover and funding limitations at the FCC might
impact ARRL’s efforts to tweak the bands. The Board agreed that ARRL
would post the report and solicit comments from members on it.
Contests and Operating Awards
The Board approved raising the maximum number of contacts a Field Day
GOTA station can make to 1,000. It amended the ARRL RTTY Roundup rules
to add Multi-Two and Multi-Multi categories and to permit multioperator
stations to operate for the entire contest period, and it divided entry
categories into RTTY only, Digital only (i.e., no RTTY), and Mixed (both
RTTY and digital).
Matt Holden, K0BBC, presented the DX Advisory Committee report, telling
the Board that the panel engaged in extensive discussion on a proposal
to change the 5-Band DXCC award from the current required bands to offer
credit for any five bands. The committee unanimously rejected the
proposal.
ARRL Elections
The Board revised rules governing ARRL Division and Section Manager
elections to clarify some terminology, to extend the campaign period
from the call for nominations to the deadline for ballots received, and
to make other miscellaneous changes. Revisions will become effective by
February 15, 2020.
In the interest of “openness and fairness,” the Board also approved
a measure that would offers candidates and members an opportunity to be
present during the counting of ballots. Candidates also may designate
one ARRL member to attend as a surrogate if they’re unable to observe
ballot counting, or to accompany them at the count. The Board further
approved an amendment to permit ARRL members, upon petition, to travel
at their own expense to witness the counting of ballots from their
Division.
The Board charged the Programs and Services Committee to consider
changes to the ARRL By-Laws that would give members, upon petition, the
opportunity to attend the public portion of the Annual Meeting in
January. The number of members permitted to attend would be subject to
available space and fire code regulations.
Public Service Enhancement Working Group Chair, Roanoke Division
Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, reported that with field adoption of the
2019 ARES Plan now under way, the group is putting increased focus on
the National Traffic System, including plans for dialog with
representatives of Radio Relay International.
Reduced Dues for Younger Applicants
The Board approved an amendment giving the CEO discretion to raise the
eligibility age for reduced full ARRL membership dues from 22 to 26,
provided the rate not be less than one-half of the established rate. In
addition, the Board approved the establishment of a reduced-rate,
revenue-neutral Life Membership for individuals age 70 or older, with
cumulative annual membership of 25 years or more, at an initial rate of
$750. Headquarters staff will work out the administrative details of the
program, subject to approval of the Administration and Finance
Committee.
The Board also agreed to allow for a “digital-only” access
membership, at the discretion of the CEO, discounted no more than 10%
from the established dues rate.
Other Business
In other business, the Board: 
•	approved a grant of $500 to the Youth on the Air (YOTA) in the
Americas program, which is sponsoring a camp in June for young radio
amateurs. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, a former ARRL Youth Coordinator, is heading
the initiative, which is funded through the non-profit Electronic
Applications Radio Service Inc. 
•	authorized creation of an Emergency Management Director Selection
Committee, with its chair and members to be named by the president. 
The minutes of the January Annual Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors
are posted on the ARRL website.

Mississippi ARES® Emergency Coordinator Credits Training for Effective
Tornado Response
02/21/2020
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in DeSoto County,
Mississippi, devoted several days in January to assisting local
emergency managers in responding to tornado damage in the region. Desoto
County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ; Assistant EC Gene
Adams, KF5KVL; Tate County EC Brad Kerley, KG5TTU, and Andy Luscomb,
AG5FG, reported at 3 AM on January 11 to the DeSoto County Emergency
Operations Center (EOC) to open a SKYWARN weather watch. After a tornado
warning was issued for DeSoto County, Chambers activated an emergency
net on a local repeater. Ten minutes into the net, however, the repeater
went down, and the net switched to simplex. The net subsequently moved
to another operational repeater.
Initial reports of downed trees blocking roadways and an eyewitness
report of a possible tornado southwest of Hernando came in just after 5
AM. The ARES team at the EOC began taking damage reports, answering the
telephone, and monitoring and taking calls from public safety
dispatchers. When the deputy EMA director requested traffic control in
Lewisburg, three of the ARES volunteers accompanied EMA director Chris
Olson to Lewisburg. Chambers and Kerley assumed traffic control, and
Olson asked that Chambers put out a call for ARES/RACES volunteers and
EMA reservists to report to the EOC. The ham radio volunteers also
handled welfare checks.
A dozen ARES/RACES and EMA reservists returned the next day to conduct
door-to-door damage assessment. For the next 10 days, Chambers reported,
the DeSoto County volunteers assisted in handling telephone traffic in
the EOC, freeing up first responders to do their primary jobs.
“I attribute our effective response to the training we have conducted
on a monthly basis,” Chambers said, noting that training included
recommended ARRL courses. “We were able to see how the Incident
Command System worked on a first-hand basis as the incident unfolded,
based on the ICS training courses we have taken. My group went from 0 to
110 MPH in seconds, never missing a beat [and] everyone performed on a
professional level.” — Thanks to DeSoto County and EMA Reservist
Coordinator EC Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ

ARRL Opposes FCC Plan to Delete the 3.4 GHz Band
02/25/2020
ARRL has filed comments opposing an FCC proposal to delete the 3.3 –
3.5 GHz secondary amateur allocation. The comments, filed on February
21, are in response to an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking () in WT
Docket 19-348 in which the FCC put forward a plan to remove “existing
non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations” in the
3.3 – 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The
FCC’s proposal was in response to the MOBILE NOW [Making Opportunities
for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles
to Wireless] Act, enacted in 2018 to make new spectrum available for
mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. ARRL noted that amateur radio
has a long history of successful coexistence with primary users of the
band.
“There is no reason suggested by the Commission, or known to us, why
the secondary status for amateur radio operations should not be
continued for the indefinite future,” ARRL said in its comments. “We
understand that secondary commercial users are less flexible than
amateur radio users and may desire to relocate to protect continued
provision of services and service quality. Radio amateurs, by contrast,
benefit from having technical knowledge and no customer demands for
continuous service quality, more flexibility to make adjustments, and
often have the technical abilities necessary to design and implement the
means to coexist compatibly with the signals of primary users.”
ARRL pointed to amateur radio’s “decades-long experience observing
and experimenting with radiowave propagation” in the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz
band that includes mesh networks, amateur television networks, weak
signal long-distance communication, Earth-Moon-Earth (moonbounce)
communication, beacons used for propagation study, and amateur satellite
communications. In its comments, ARRL argued that it would be
“premature” to remove the current secondary amateur radio
allocation.
“This spectrum should not be removed from the amateur radio secondary
allocation and left unused,” ARRL told the FCC. “Only at a later
time may an informed assessment of sharing opportunities be made in the
specific spectrum slated for re-allocation…. This depends upon the
Congressionally-mandated NTIA studies of sharing or relocation options
that have yet to be completed and, if all or part of this spectrum is
re-allocated, the nature and location of buildout by the non-federal
users.” The NTIA oversees spectrum allocated to federal government
users. ARRL noted that radio amateurs have established extensive
infrastructure for the current band and are engaged in construction and
experimentation that includes innovative “mesh networks” and amateur
television networks that can be deployed to support public service
activities.
With the NTIA report addressing the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz spectrum not
expected until late March, ARRL said, “we do not yet know how much
spectrum below and above the amateur secondary allocation may be
reallocated to non-federal users and what opportunities may exist or be
developed to share [that] spectrum” with new primary users and
systems.
“Even if suitable new spectrum could be found for the existing amateur
uses — which is difficult before the spectrum musical chairs activity
is concluded — the costs to radio amateurs would be significant and be
borne with no countervailing public benefit,” ARRL told the FCC.
“If the advent of new primary licensees forecloses some types of
secondary operations, the amateur community will reevaluate the
situation when some certainty exists,” ARRL concluded.


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FROM AROUND THE LOUISIANA SECTION:
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
December 2019
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  December
3. Year:  2019
4. Total number of ARES members:  428
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month:  9
6. Number of ARES nets active:  48
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  5
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:  W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL
W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  42  
  9b.  Person hours:  385
10a. Number of public service events this month:  1     10b. Person
hours:  12
11a. Number of emergency operations this month:  4   
11b. Person hours:  100 
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  5 
 12b. Person hours:  112
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  52
 13b. Auto Sum 9b,
        10b, 11b, 12b:  609
Submitted by Jim Coleman, AI5B
ARRL ARES 
Section Emergency Coordinator

ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
January 2020
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  Janaury
3. Year: 2020
4. Total number of ARES members:  427
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month:  9
6. Number of ARES nets active:  54
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  3
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:  
W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  39      
  9b.  Person hours:  535
10a. Number of public service events this month:  13    10b. Person
hours:  92
11a. Number of emergency operations this month:  1   
11b. Person hours:  18 
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  3 
 12b. Person hours:  80 
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  56
 13b. Auto Sum 9b,
        10b, 11b, 12b:  725
Submitted by Jim Coleman, SAI5B
ARRL ARES
Section Emergency Coordinator
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Louisiana Traffic Net Manager’s Report
December 2019

 Sessions QNI QTC QTR
17.            418 44.   393

January 2020
Sessions QNI QTC QTR
16             342 31.   467


73,
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
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REGION 2:
As always, the Ascension Airwaves has an AWESOME Newsletter for
February:
http://k5arc.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Feb-20-AA1.pdf

REGION 4:
From: Volume 60, Number 02 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a
501(c)3 Corporation February 2020

60th Annual 2020 AARA Hamfest Each year the AARA hosts it's annual
Hamfest to support club activities as well as the purchase and
maintenance of club equipment. The upcoming 2020 Hamfest will be held
March 13 - 14, 2020 at the Rayne Civic Center in Rayne, LA. The event
will be open to the public from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday. It will
reopen to the public from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday. Plenty of
good food will be available on site. Boiled crawfish will be served at
6:00 PM on Friday but pre-registration is required. Pre-registration
forms are available at the w5ddl.org website Preregistration form
Additional information regarding vendors, prizes, forums, etc will be
posted on this website once that information becomes available.

VE Test Session January 2, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT Started off the year
pretty good. One new Tech & one upgrade to Amateur Extra. The candidates
were Hailey R. Doucet ~KI5HTC ~ of New Iberia (Tech) & Bradley K.
Vincent ~KG5KZR ~ of Gueydan (KG5KZR) upgraded to Amateur Extra. The VEs
helping out were: Greg ~ K5LFT, Dave ~ N4ELM, Archie ~ W5AG, Michael ~
KI5ARX, & a new Ve Raymond Costilla ~ N5KIR. Congratulations to the
testees & a great big thank you to the VEs in attendance......

What is a Net? By Joseph “Moe” Meaux K2JDM 
When someone first gets into the Ham radio hobby, one of the first
questions they may ask is “What is a net?” The general definition of
a Net (or Network) “is to allow people to be helpful to each other
professionally, particularly in finding a better job, or moving to a
higher position” doesn’t exactly apply to the Ham radio hobby. It
is
close! A Net in Ham radio is a gathering of people used to share
information and to train in proper radio etiquette or protocols. Most
radio nets are held at a regular scheduled time and frequency. There are
two formats of any net; Formal and Informal. A FORMAL NET has one
operator that is in control for maintaining order on the net, “making
sure that traffic is passed in a timely manner and that more than one
person doesn’t talk at the same time”. The operators in the field
must first ask permission to talk typically by giving their callsign
only. The net control station will acknowledge that they have traffic
and give them permission to pass said traffic or to tell that person to
standby if there is higher priority traffic that needs to be passed
first. Once the field operator has finished with whatever traffic they
need to pass, they will clear with their callsign per FCC regulations.
The net control station will then log the information and/or pass the
traffic to where it needs to go to. Formal nets are often more efficient
than informal ones because someone is basically directing traffic.
INFORMAL NETS still have a net control station, but they do not control
the flow of traffic. Instead, they keep a log of traffic and stand by in
case something major happens and the net needs to be changed to a formal
net forum. This format allows field operators to call other field
operators without having to ask permission first. This type of net is
often used when it is not really important to have an organized flow of
traffic. An example of this informal net would be if the local skywarn
team sees that there is a major storm coming but is still a little ways
away from the area. This allows the field operators to get to their
spots before the storm makes your area to allow as much coverage as
needed. Once the storm gets closer, the net can change to a formal
style. What types of nets are there? Well, there are several types. One
of the most common is the SKYWARN Net. This is storm spotting in a
formal format and in conjunction with the National Weather Service and
your local Emergency Management Office. These are only activated by the
NWS or your local EMC. Hams will be activated and meet on a
predetermined frequency and will “watch” the storm as it comes into
your area, passing on what they see to the net control so the
information can be in turn relayed to the nearest NWS office. SKYWARN
personal are very important to the NWS because after a couple of miles
from their radar station, it can not see below about 10,000 feet.
Spotter on the ground have to fill in the blanks for the meteorologists
the NWS office. Information and/or Training Nets is also a common net.
These are typically done in a formal format to help train operators how
to operate during a net, how to pass traffic, or just give news of
upcoming events. They are usually done as club nets on a VHF or UHF
repeater, at a scheduled time and frequency. This type is good to get a
new ham over their fear of talking over a radio. Rag Chew Nets are
typically done in a semi-formal or informal format. These types are held
on HF and sometimes on UHF or VHF. These are usually done when a bunch
of people come together at the same time and same frequency to talk
about there day, what they are doing, or just general discussions. SWAP
Nets are used to buy or sell equipment. Well, per the FCC regulations,
you can not actually conduct business on the air, you can say what you
have that you want to sell, the price you are looking for, and the phone
number where they can contact you. You can not negotiate prices or talk
about the price on the net or on any over the air frequencies. These
nets are semiformal. RACES and ARES Nets are both formal nets used
during and after a natural disaster or a large scale event. A RACES Net
is used during the actual emergency event, while the ARES Net is used
after the emergency event. The ARES Net operators will typically do
things like search and rescue, damage assessments, clean up, etc. More
information on these two types of nets can be found at the ARRL.org
website. ARRL.org ARES / RACES FAQ As you can see both formal and
informal nets are used in a wide variety of types of nets, and can be
interchanged at a moments notice to help facilitate the amount of
traffic.

Slidell EOC Hamfest, 7/24-25/2020 in the New Slidell Auditorium 
My name is David Hartley (K5OZ) and I am the 2020 Ozone Amateur Radio
Club (OARC) Hamfest coordinator. Our Club is located in Slidell,
Louisiana 25 miles northeast of downtown New Orleans (w5sla.net). This
year’s Hamfest will again be a big one; we will be combined the second
year in a row with the W9DYV Vintage Radio Symposium
(www.cemultiphase.com). Last year our event combination drew over 500
hams and this year we expect it to be more than 1000 because we have
located the symposium/forums in the same building as our hamfest. This
building is the new Slidell Auditorium and features Forum Rooms and over
10,000 square feet of trading space. In addition, Slidell offers a great
tourist spot to see New Orleans and other local area attractions while
you are here. We would love to have your company join us as a Hamfest
vendor July 24-25, 2020. This year we are considering a one and one half
day hamfest because our symposium is a full two days; i.e., 1) on Friday
we will have vendor setup from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, 2) Flea market setup
from 12 to 2 pm and 3) doors opening at 2:00pm to 5:00pm for
Symposium/Hamfest attendees and Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for all
attendees. Tear down will be from 2:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday afternoon.
Let us know your thoughts on this day and one half idea. The attached
file shows the layout for the vendors and flea market tables. Please
save the date and get your request in early via my email below. The
vendor tables (blue) along the walls are 3’ x 8’ and are $15 each.
Flea market tables (Green) are $10 each. Thank you for your amateur
products and please consider participating in our Hamfest in Slidell, LA
this year. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can advertise
your attendance on our flyers. David E. Hartley, K5OZ
dehartley@charter.net 985-707-8010.

Milam Columbus "Lucky' Young KA5SUR – SK Lucky Young KA5SUR KA5SUR,
92, a resident of Sulphur passed away January 19, 2020 after a short
illness. He was born May 13, 1927 in Kenedy, Texas. Graduated from South
Park High School, Beaumont, Texas in 1945. Joined U S Navy in 1945 and
served honorable in WW II and continued in the navy reserves until 1987
retiring after 42 years of service.

AARA Monthly Meeting Presentation Topics In the January 2020 meeting, we
had great discussion on the continuation of a monthly training topic.
Many ideas were presented, and I was able to capture all of the ideas
put on the table. I am excited to see what our members will bring to the
meeting as the Q4 meetings of 2019 were a big hit. I am certain that the
demonstrations on the Raspberry Pi and Batteries eased the frustration
of some and opened an avenue for others. With that said, I will list the
topics that were brought up and a suggested name on each topic. As you
read through the list, please reply to me stating whether or not you
would be willing and/or able to present on the topic. This will allow us
to build a schedule for the 2020 year and we can make reservations on
the agenda. 1. Grounding – Fred Marshall 2. Contesting – Scotty
Menard/Charlie Morrison 3. Different types of coax and their application
– Dave Redfern 4. Solar Panels – Fred Marshall 5. Traffic
Generation
and relaying that information – (OPEN) 6. Winlink – Glen
Thibodeaux
7. Antenna Building – (OPEN) This can take on so many roles from
Dipoles, to J-Poles, to Emergency Communications. 8. Soldering (Possible
conflict with LSM policy – Paul McCasland to check) 9. Radio Etiquette
– (Chris Ancelet – February Topic) 10. Antenna Q&A – (Dave
Redfern) 11. How to build a J-Pole – (Danny Daigle – Possible
Summer
Field Day Project) 12. How to Build a Home brew Yagi for 2m – (OPEN)
13. SDR Radio – (OPEN) 14. 3D Printing – (Paul McCasland) So, with
the list, we have over a year’s worth of topics that could potentially
be presented in our monthly sessions. I am looking forward to seeing who
will step up to the plate and share their knowledge. If there are any
additional topics you would like to see on this list, please feel free
to send me an email or bring it up at one of our next meetings. Chris
Ancelet N5MCY

No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie 1 Graham Cracker pie shell 8 oz cream cheese
– softened 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk ½ cup lemon juice 1
Tsp grated lemon peel – optional Chill pie crust about 1 hour. In
large bowl, beat Filling ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly in
crust. Refrigerate 4 hours but no longer than 8 hours. Serve with
whipped topping


REGION 6:
Winter Field Day 2020
This has been one of the better Winter Field Days that our club has
seen.  The turnout was great, the food was delicious and the friendship
was boundless.
 
We set up multiple dipole antennas as well as the triband beam for 10,
15 and 20.
 
The bands did not cooperate with us.  20 and 40 were open a little
during the day and 40 and 80 a little at night.  The morse code
operators had better luck than the voice operators.
 
It rained off and on from Friday afternoon through shut down on Sunday. 
This did not slow us down a bit.
 
We discovered shortly after setting up that we were missing a box of
supplies.  The box is plastic and translucent.  It has headphones,
jumpers, a bandpass filter (missing from pelican case), and many other
supplies.
Thanks to everyone who supplied food, radios, and hard manual labor. 
Special thanks to Kevin/ and Chris/KI5HDW for helping with the login
software (N3FJP) and logging.
Our score is 7322 for Winter Field Day. 2166 points for contacts—159
morse and 43 phone contacts.
Bonus points:  1500 for generator power, 1500 for setting up away from
home, and 1500 for SOAPBOX
Bonus of 3000 (for entering information to Winter Field Day group?)
We are already set up for summer field day 2020 at the same location at
the Wildlife and Fisheries Education Building in Woodworth, Louisiana.
Scott, KD5DFL

From: The Brass Key    
February 2020 
A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
 
Prior to the conclusion of Winter Field Day, I was at a bit of a loss
for this month’s column, but 
on the way home from the event, the content of the column became clear.

Winter Field Day, 2020, was a success.  Members came to the event and
brought radios, 
antennas, ancillary accessories, tools, supplies, food, and drinks. 
Members participated in the 
assembly of four stations on Friday and Saturday.  Members got on the
air.  Members had a 
great supper on Saturday evening, complete with some outstanding
desserts, all prepared by 
members.  Members participated in the disassembly of four stations on
Sunday and “field-
dayed” the site.  In Marine Corps jargon, the term field day is often
used as a verb and means ‘to 
clean a site, stow equipment, make it spotless etc.  Members had fun at
the event, and members 
made it a success. 
Band conditions were abysmal.  Forty and eighty meters died completely
in the wee hours of 
Sunday morning and they weren’t much to brag on even when they were
open.  They came 
back for a while on Sunday morning, and twenty meters opened to an
extent on Sunday 
morning.  Unlike the case in previous Field Day and Winter Field Day
events, fifteen meters 
never showed its face, ten meters likewise. 
Although I didn’t conduct a formal census, I believe about ten members
stayed at the site for 
the duration of the event.  Some took advantage of the sleeping
accommodations in the rear of 
the building. 
We had good participation for installation of antennas and assembly of
stations on Friday and 
Saturday.  Except for an hour or so beginning around 03:00 local time on
Sunday, members 
persevered and stayed on the air for the duration of the event despite
the dismal band 
conditions.   
The disassembly of stations and field-day of the site on Sunday after
1:00 PM local time was a 
particular success.  All of those who were on site for the duration and
those who returned to 
the site for this effort participated and contributed.  These members
knew what had to be done, 
and they got it done.  The mobile command unit was cleaned, equipment
was stowed, the 
generator was shut down properly, and all switches were left in the
proper positions as 
instructed by the representative of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s
Office.  The kitchen, dining, and 
operation areas were cleaned well, trash was taken to the dumpster,
floors were cleaned, and 
furniture was restored to the configuration in which it was found.  The
requirement for use of 
these facilities was to leave them as we found them, and club members
made that happen. 
ARRL Field Day, 2020, is June 27 and 28.  Mark your calendar. 
 
Good DX and 73! 
John N5CM
Many thanks to our president, John, N5CM, our field day coordinator,
Scott, 
KD5DFL,  all those who helped with set-up and take down, Jack W5ETL for

creating the masterpiece gumbo, all those who contributed to the gumbo 
supper, and especially all those hams who came out to operate!   It was

nice to see so many new faces!   Everyone made this field day one of our

best ever!    
We thank the LDWF for the use of their facility, and the RPSO for the
use of 
their mobile command post again this field day.  The generosity of both
of 
these agancies continues to help CLARC to better its operating skills. 
Additional photos of the Field Day can be viewed at the link below. 
Scott KD5DFL Photos: 
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jcojSNLUG5RUPpxE6 
Kevin, KG5SGI Photos:    
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZkYwM9rYGfuHn9Cc8 

•	**  March 3 - CLARC Meeting - SKYWARN Certification Class -  NWS
Meteorologist 
Roger Ericson.  Location: Kees park Community Center, Pineville.  Doors
will open at 
•	
5:30 PM for VE Testing and fellowship.  There will be no Board or
business meeting 
tonight. 
Class will start at 6:00 PM. 
  
**  April 4 - 5 - LOUISIANA QSO Party - The 2020 edition of the
Louisiana QSO Party 
will run from 14:00 UTC, April 4, 2020 to 02:00 UTC, April 5, 2020 (9:00
AM to 9:00 PM 
CDT Saturday, April 4, 2020).  For further info, see: http://laqp.org/ 
 
**  May 5 - CLARC Meeting - Advanced Skywarn Certification Class - This
is the 
Advanced Class for those who took the Basic Class in March - NWS
Meteorolgist 
Roger Ericson.  Location: Kees park Community Center, Pineville.  Doors
will open at 
5:30 PM for VE Testing and fellowship.  There will be no Board or
business meeting 
tonight.  Class will begin at 6:00 PM. 

From: The Brass Key 
March 2020
A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
Given the severe weather events we’ve experienced during the past few
months, the program at the March meeting, SkyWarn Basic Storm Spotter
Training, is very appropriate. By serving as trained spotters during
severe weather events, we serve our respective communities as well as
our fellow club members. This service to our communities provides a
means to fulfill a portion of the basis and purpose for the Amateur
Radio Service, “Recognition and enhancement of the value of the
amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication
service, particularly with respect to providing emergency
communications.” Our communities provide for the Central Louisiana
Amateur Radio Club (CLARC). For example, most of our repeater sites are
provided by a local government entity as is our monthly meeting site,
and the site for our last Field Day and Winter Field Day. In each case,
space and utilities are provided by the community at no cost to CLARC;
therefore, it is only fitting that we train and use our unique
capabilities to give back to the community. Perhaps we could look at
opportunities, in addition to SkyWarn, to use our communication
capabilities and equipment to give back to the communities that support
us. Foot races, triathlons, bike rides, festivals etc. could be venues
where our talents, skill, abilities, and equipment could be used not
only to serve the community but also to highlight amateur radio and
CLARC. Think about it. Scott, KD5DFL, investigated CLARC’s status as
an “inactive” ARRL Affiliated Club. He made appropriate contacts,
and our affiliation is back to “active” status. Thank you, Scott!
Kudos to Josh, KI5DDA, for calling the Sunday evening ARES net. I admire
his courage and determination to step into this new role. Young people
such as Josh are the future of amateur radio and our club. Well done,
Josh! ARRL Field Day, 2020, is June 27 and 28. Mark your calendar. 
73 and good DX! John, N5CM

NOTICE OF MARCH 3 MEETING LOCATION CHANGE!!! March 3 - CLARC Meeting -
SKYWARN Certification Class - Due to a scheduling conflict at Kees Park
. . . the March meeting location has changed to: Pineville Main Street
Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville. NOTE: VE testing will
begin at 5:00 PM due to the Skywarn class start time. There will be no
club business meeting tonight. Skywarn Class will start at 6:00 PM.


REGION 9:
From:  The SELARC "Hamster"
________________________________________
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
Visit our website: www.selarc.org
Vol. 47, No. 2 ......................... February 2020

SELARC 2020 Hamfest
The SELARC 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest was held on Saturday January 18,
2020; thanks to all those who sold tickets and participated in the
event. The results of the main prize drawing are shown below:
o	1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D — Lyle Wales–KD5JRY
o	2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR — John Beicher–KF5OPB
o	3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer — Ralph Shaw–K5CAV
o	4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR — Bob–WB5FBS
 
Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions
60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020 - http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm
2020 ARRL Field Day - June 27-28, 2020
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 for February go out to - John Guthans AA5UY, Pat KE5KMM,
David N5QOX, and Lyle KD5JRY
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.
Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson
N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the
air!
VE Session Results
Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and
upgrades!!
18 Jan 2020 - Hammond Hamfest - Hammond VE Group
Technician
Billy Orehowsky / KI5HZE - Saucier, Ms.
Adam Permenter / KI5HZD - Clinton, La.
Devin Martin - Greenwell Springs, La.
General
Randall Davis / KF5TEW - Picayune, Ms.
Extra
Charles Freeman / W5CCF - Summit, Ms.
John Barnes Jr. / N5WWL - Denham Springs, La.
26 Jan, 2020 - Hammond VE Group
Technician
Joel McClure / K5KZX - Madisonville, La.
Many thanks to all the VEs' who came out and helped with the sessions!
Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated!!!
73
Tyrone / N5XES - Hammond VE Group

UPCOMING EVENTS:

60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020, ARRL Louisiana State Convention
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
03/13/2020
Start Date: 03/13/2020
End Date: 03/14/2020
Location: Rayne Civic Center
210 Frog Festival Drive
Rayne, LA 70578
Website: http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm
Sponsor: Acadiana Amateur Radio Association and The City of Rayne, LA
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.820 MHz -0.600 (PL 103.5) W5DDL
Public Contact: Brandon Stelly , KG5LQMPhone: 337-205-2112
Email: hamfest@w5ddl.org

Northeast Louisiana Hamfest, ARRL Louisiana Section Convention
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
04/17/2020
Start Date: 04/17/2020
End Date: 04/17/2020
Location: West Monroe Convention Center
901 Ridge Avenue
West Monroe, LA 71291
Sponsor: NorthEast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (NELARC)
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.85-
Public Contact: Scott Dickson , W5WZ
Phone: 318-355-2220
Email: w5wz@arrl.net

Please remember that anyone who wishes to see something published in the
monthly newsletters please email me at k5jmr@arrl.org or contact our
Section PIC or any of the Region PIOs:
Public Information Coordinator(PIC):  Joe Holland, KB5VJY  
kb5vjy@gmail.com
PIOs by Region:
R1:  Joey Falgout, N5TWR   n5twr@outlook.com
R2:  Elmer Tatum, N5EKF   elmer.tatum21@gmail.com
R4:  Ed Roy, WA5TNK   edroy@edroy.com
R6:  Jim Bookter, N5NVP   n5nvp@arrl.net
R7:  Marcel Livesay, N5VU   n5vu@yahoo.com
R8:  Joe Holland, KB5VJY  kb5vjy@gmail.com

Our next Monthly Book/Prize drawing is March 1st…..If you have not
sent me your call sign please do at k5jmr@arrl.org 
I will draw for our ARRL Louisiana Section Affiliated Club(Book), ARRL
Louisiana Section Member(Book) and for a ARRL Louisiana Section Member
for the Electronic item.  Good Luck to ALL!

See you in Rayne/73,

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Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter January 2020

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter January 2020

I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy as we enter the new
year.  The Hammond Hamfest is coming soon; January 18th. I hope to see
many of you there. We will have two hours for our ARRL/ARES Forums and I
will have some nice prizes to give away. 

Silent Keys: (as listed in the February 2020 QST)
Randall B. Prewitt, K4LJA

New Hams: Welcome to the hobby!
Report for 2020-01-03
Henry D Flanagan, KI5HQT
Tobi Provenzano, KI5HQW
Geoffrey M Single, KI5HQX
Todd J Rudloff, KI5HNX
Shane J Stokes, KI5HQZ
Nicholas B Dykes, KI5HQR
Salvatore Esola, KI5HQS
Christopher Biernat, KI5HQP
Federico M Lertora, KI5HQU
Elizabeth E Wotawa, KI5HRA
Luke A Cressionie, KI5HQQ
Eric G Benoit, KI5HQO
Matthew M Lewis, KI5HQV
Charles R Smith, KI5HQY
Heather B Heaney, KI5HOF
James A Johnson, KI5HQC

Upgraded License: Congratulations!
Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC

New/Renewed ARRL Members:  Welcome/Welcome back!
Elise G Karcher, N5LIT
Kenneth A Bell, WB5UYN
Esdy S Agoro
Trygve E Reid, KI5HFU
James Boyd, KI5HLN
Mary L Matamoros, KF5AXR
Steve P Webre, AF5VR
Randal J Castille, N5MLJ
Willis E Shobe, W6LKT
Kaleb Morgan, KG5AAF
Paul J Mccrory, KF5MHG
John C Marston, KG5VWN
Jeffrey G Welsh, KF5ENP
Robert E Hobbs, N5ULA
Cheryl Ellis, KA5VOP
Robert M Ellis, KA5NGO
Emily Laprarie, KI5GJB
Dustin W Howell, W5CFI
Randall F Ford, KF5EZR
Connor Wiedemeier, KF5MTQ
James Johnson, KI5HQC
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From the ARRL

Computer Bulletin Board System Co-Inventor Randy Suess, ex-WB9GPM, SK
12/31/2019
The co-inventor of the Computer Bulletin Board System, Randy Suess,
ex-WB9GPM, died on December 10. He was 74. According to his obituary in
The New York Times, Suess and IBM engineer Ward Christensen collaborated
on the system in 1978, during the dial-up era, a year before Compuserve
began offering online consumer service. The computer bulletin board was
a forerunner of today’s proliferation of social media outlets.
Suess and Christensen were members of the Chicago Area Computer
Hobbyists’ Exchange (CACHE), and the system was initially developed so
that club members could more easily communicate with one another. By the
time the Chicago BBS was retired in the 1980s, it had been accessed more
than 500,000 times. — Thanks to Wes Plouff, AC8JF

New England Radio Amateur Hosts Video on Tower Safety
12/31/2019
Jim Idelson, K1IR, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, recently provided a club
meeting program on ham radio tower safety for the Billerica Amateur
Radio Society (BARS). Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, recorded and edited the
presentation and made it available online. It runs approximately 1 hour
and 10 minutes.
In his presentation, Idelson said an estimated 38,000 amateur radio
towers are standing in the US, with 24 hours of climbing time per tower
each year. He noted that two tower-climbing fatalities have occurred in
the past year, with a calculated fatality rate that’s twice that of
commercial tower workers. In more than half of amateur tower incidents,
the climber fell while tied into the tower, while another 37% involved
falls. Idelson advised radio amateurs to plan, identify, and mitigate
risks in advance of a climb, to focus and be patient, and not to get
distracted.
“Risks of tower work are far too high,” Idelson told his audience.
“Success depends on creating a culture that values safety.”
http://www.arrl.org/news/new-england-radio-amateur-hosts-video-on-tower-safety

Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save
Content
12/31/2019
Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio
interest groups over the years, is shutting down. All previously posted
content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but Yahoo is
processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo
also has provided group administrators (“admins”) a way to export
data ahead of that deadline. Groups will continue to live on in some
limited fashion, but all groups will become private, and nearly all of
the functionality that made them popular in the first place will
disappear.
Around since 2001, Yahoo Groups, now owned by Verizon, has provided
online repositories of communications and information on a wide variety
of specialized subjects and activities, including Amateur Radio. Yahoo
Groups for nearly every radio have been established, where owners could
exchange information and ask questions. Other groups on the Yahoo
platform offered a watering hole for those interested in a particular
ham radio activity as well as for those who want to buy and sell gear
and components. Some clubs and ham radio logging software users have
taken advantage of Yahoo Groups.
New platforms such as Groups.io, Facebook, and Google are looking to
assume the role that Yahoo Groups is stepping away from. Groups.io
charges fees to migrate content onto its platform, however, and Facebook
and Google lack the ability to import content at all. With Groups.io as
the most likely successor platform, many admins have assumed the
migration expense and relocated group content so it would not be lost.
Not all groups have been as fortunate, however, putting them into the
position of starting from scratch and losing years of conversations,
files, polls, and data.
Web application developer Andy Majot, K5QO, of Sellersburg, Indiana,
took the initiative to download archives of Yahoo Groups devoted to
individual ham radio gear and uploaded them to his personal website.
“I hope to have them hosted in perpetuity for future hams to use,”
Majot told ARRL. “It should be noted that I backed up groups
regardless of whether they are living on in other platforms; I wanted to
snapshot the groups as they were on Yahoo prior to their deletion.”
Majot noted that several of the groups he has archived have already
migrated their content to Groups.io, but many more have not.
Majot said an organization called Archive Team is helping to save as
many Yahoo Groups as possible and has been backing these up since the
closure announcement in October, but, Majot said, progress has nearly
halted since Yahoo cut off access to many group features in
mid-December.
Majot invited those seeking to relocate Yahoo Groups archives to contact
him. “I would be happy to host these files, alongside my other
archives,” he said. — Thanks to Andy Majot, K5QO 

Texas Scout Leaders Promote Amateur Radio as a Communication Resource
12/31/2019
In 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey left the region of Texas where
Assistant Scoutmaster Scott deMasi, KC5NKW, lived under water. With
roads flooded, bridges washed away, and cellular service and power out,
deMasi said it soon became clear that his Scout troop’s emergency
preparedness plan wasn’t designed for a storm of this magnitude. It
was frustrating, deMasi says, to discover he couldn’t reliably reach
all of Troop 839’s 100 Scouts and their families to check if they were
okay or to organize relief efforts as a unit. Something had to be done.
After the waters receded, deMasi and Assistant Scoutmaster David Godell
came up with a plan that would not leave the troop incommunicado after a
major weather disaster. With 15 years’ experience as a radio amateur,
deMasi suggested encouraging Scouts and parents trained to become ham
radio licensees.
“It’s a lifesaving skill, and it helps us to be prepared,”
Godell
said. (“Be Prepared” is the Boy Scouts motto.)
An initial interest meeting was set, and Scouts were given links to
study materials and offered transportation to examination sites, but
participation was low. So, deMasi and Godell worked with a local radio
club, the Texas Emergency Amateur Communicators, to organize a 1-day
Technician licensing class that also would fulfill most requirements for
Scouting’s Radio merit badge.
In addition, the two Assistant Scoutmasters bought inexpensive handheld
radios that they programmed to frequencies the troop would use, so after
the class, the Scouts would receive the equipment needed to continue
using their new skills.
Armed with their radios, more than two dozen licensed Scouts and adults
began utilizing their newly earned communication capability at Scouting
events. During campouts, they radioed information to patrols across the
camp. On these occasions, the troop practices a “no cell phone”
policy; ham radio provided the means to stay in touch with others.
At service projects, they communicated directions to Scouts spread
throughout a wide area. Having radios and opportunities to regularly use
them gave the Scouts confidence to get on the air. Seeing licensed
Scouts with their handheld radios also encouraged other Scouts to get
licensed as well.
“Once the Scouts got radios, others wanted radios,” Godell said.
Some Troop 839 members participated in the annual Jamboree on the Air
(JOTA), talking with other Scouts in several other states and in Central
America.
“You could see eyes light up,” deMasi recalled. — Adapted
from a
Scouting Magazine blog post by Michael Freeman

MIT Radio Society W1MX Announces January Lecture Series on “Everything
Radio”
01/02/2020
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a
lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about
such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio
astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior
experience with radio is necessary, and all are welcome.
All lectures will take place in the Green Building — MIT’s tallest
academic building. Sessions will be live streamed and archived for later
viewing.
The lectures kick off on January 10 with “The Next Generation of
Weather Radar.” Other topics include “Lightning
Interferometry”
(January 13); “Radio Noises from the Sky” (January 15);
“EDGES:
Measuring the Early Universe” (January 22); “Antennas”
(January
24), and “Chip-Scale THz Circuits and Sensors” (January 29).
Lectures begin at 5 PM ET and conclude at 7 PM.
The club’s Daniel Sheen, KC1EPN, noted that the rooftop W1XM
facilities in the Green Building are scheduled for removal as part of a
renovation project. A capital campaign is under way to establish a new
facility with improved capabilities for academic research and
recreational activity.

W1AW to be on the Air for Winter Field Day
01/02/2020
Members of the Warren County (New York) Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) will
activate Maxim Memorial Station W1AW for Winter Field Day 2020 over the
January 25 – 26 weekend. Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter
Field Day Association (WFDA), which believes that emergency
communication is important throughout the year. Winter Field Day is open
to radio amateurs worldwide.
The WFDA’s goal is to help enhance operating skills and to prepare
participants for all environmental conditions. Winter Field Day runs for
24 hours. Station set-up may start no earlier than 1900 UTC on the day
before the event and may not take any longer than 12 hours in total.
Expect activity on all amateur bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters.
All modes that can handle the required exchange are welcome; this does
not include FT8. Entry categories include indoor, outdoor, and home.
Full details are on the Winter Field Day website.
https://www.winterfieldday.com/

New 60 MHz Beacon Now on the Air from Ireland
01/03/2020
The first — and so far only — beacon on 60 MHz went on the air on
December 16. The call sign is EI1KNH. In early 2018, the 60 MHz
(5-meter) band was allocated to radio amateurs in Ireland on a
secondary, non-interference basis. The beacon is on 60.013 MHz and runs
25 W into a vertical folded dipole. The new 5-meter beacon is sharing a
site already occupied by EI0SIX on 6 meters, and EI4RF on 4 meters,
about 12 miles south of Dublin in IO63VE. An 8-meter beacon is scheduled
to be on the air in the next few months. It will operate on 40.013 MHz.

Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams Asked
to Remain Alert
01/03/2020
Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says
the bushfires in Australia have caused or are expected to cause
significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of
Victoria and New South Wales. 
“The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage but are
predicted to cover all internet and phone (fixed and mobile) and other
commercial radio services,” he said. Kelly has asked radio amateurs in
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 to monitor the
emergency communications frequencies, per the IARU Region 3 band plan,
whenever possible, as well as repeaters.
“Amateurs seeking to establish emergency communication should use
these EMCOMM frequencies in the first instance, or repeaters if
available,” he said in a statement posted on the IARU Region 3
website. “Radio amateurs who are volunteers for [emergency
communication organizations] should keep themselves updated. Emergency
communication is one of the main reasons radio amateurs have access to
RF spectrum. Please assist if and when you can.”
The IARU Region 3 emergency “center of activity” frequencies are
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160, and 21.360 MHz. These are not net
frequencies, but they are recommended as starting points for emergency
traffic, and activity may extend 5 kHz above or below the designated
center frequency. 

San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, SK
01/03/2020
ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, of Fresno,
California, died on December 27. He was 68. At the time of his death,
Pruitt had been hospitalized as a result of a fall. First licensed in
1965, Pruitt had served as SJV SM since 2009 and earlier this year began
a new 2-year term. A successor will be appointed.
Pruitt had previously served as Fresno County Emergency Coordinator, and
his focus has been on improving emergency communication in his region,
working with the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the
National Traffic System, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), the
American Red Cross, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and
the System for Administration, Training, and Educational Resources for
NASA (SATERN). He had also served as SJV Public Information Officer.

South Orkney Islands DXpedition will Use VP8PJ
01/03/2020
The Perseverance DX Group’s DXpedition to South Orkney, set for
February 20 until March 5, will use the call sign VP8PJ. The group
initially announced that it would use VP8/VP8DXU.
“Alan Armstrong, VK6CQ, a recent addition to the team, holds the call
sign VP8PJ that was issued to him for operation from the British
Antarctic Territory,” the DXpedition has announced. “After
submission of a copy of Alan’s license, ARRL has issued us a new LoTW
certificate for the use of this call from South Orkney for the duration
of our expedition.”
Contact the DXpedition via email.
http://www.arrl.org/news/south-orkney-islands-dxpedition-will-use-vp8pj

YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas
01/15/2020
For several years now, Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) has sponsored YOTA
Month each December, primarily involving young radio amateurs in Europe
and Africa. In December, youth-operated amateur radio stations in the
Americas picked up the ball to contribute more than 12,000 contacts to
the worldwide event. Eighteen operators aged 25 or younger deployed
special event 1 × 1 call signs — K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A — to
promote youth in amateur radio. Fifteen young operators across the US
took turns using these call signs throughout December. They logged
10,474 contacts using those call signs on SSB, CW, digital modes, and
satellites. Some operators also aired the call signs during contests.
Participants in the Americas offered opinions on what made the event
special for them.
“Operating-wise, it was definitely the pileups…I love a good
pileup,” said Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII. “Apart from that, it was great
getting to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby.
Even though we weren’t physically working together, we all got to be
part of the YOTA program over the air.”
Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN, also cited the on-air camaraderie. “My
favorite part of YOTA month was getting the wonderful experience of
talking to other youth all over the world and sharing our
experiences,” she said. “It gives us hope to know the future of
Amateur Radio is in the hands of these great kids.” Her brother Jack,
KM4ZIA, also took part.
In Canada, David Samu, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA in December, making 458
contacts on CW. “My favorite part was seeing all the YOTA stations on
the air throughout December and seeing all the high energy youth
activity,” he said.
Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR, activated XR2YOTA, and met another young
operator from Chile, Manu Pardo, CA3MPR, through YOTA month. Between
them, they put 1,535 contacts into the log on CW, SSB, and digital
modes.
Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, coordinated the efforts of the 17 participants
and the logs for the US stations. “I learned much during the month
about the importance of teamwork and communication...just like
baseball,” Bryant said about his role as coordinator. “I think YOTA
month was a great success considering the short amount of time we had to
plan this all out. I had a lot of fun operating this event, but it was
even more rewarding to see other youth here in the Americas make tons of
QSOs during December.” Bryant managed Logbook of The World accounts
for the US stations and QRZ.com pages for all call signs, maintained an
operator schedule, worked with YOTA Month Award Manager Tomi Varro,
HA8RT, and reported in to the YOTA Camp Committee in the Americas.
Globally, nearly 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all
operated by hams under the age of 25 or younger. More than 2,500
operators of all ages requested and received awards based on the number
of YOTA contacts they had made. Statistics are available.
The first Youth On The Air camp in the US will take place next June 21
– 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West
Chester Township, Ohio.
For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month in
the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or YOTA in the Americas
Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Effort Continues, with Help from Ham
Radio
01/15/2020
In Puerto Rico, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers
continue to operate from the American Red Cross distribution center in
Yauco — one of the towns hit the hardest by the recent earthquakes and
ongoing aftershocks on the island. The Red Cross requested assistance
last week to identify undeclared refugee camps and to report on close or
damaged roadways and bridges. ARES District 5 Emergency Coordinator Herb
Perez, WP4ZZ, who is among those volunteering for the Red Cross at
Yauco, reported on January 14 that he, Melvin Velazquez, WP4RAP, and
Yolanda Garcia, WP4QZF, are on duty there.
“Today, we were able to occupy our space with no major incident other
than the usual shaking of the entire structure. More than 10 per
hour,” Perez said. “One of our members Jared Martinez, KP4LCO, was
able to search near his hometown of Lajas and was able to locate more
than 10 unidentified campsites around the area.” Perez said such
reports enable the Red Cross to provide necessary assistance to those
left homeless as a result of the earthquakes.
Perez said volunteers were able to collect food for isolated communities
in the mountain region from a church-run food pantry in Sabana Grande.
He said local members of the GMRS and Citizens Band radio communities
have been pitching in.
Operations from Yauco have been on VHF and UHF, although commercial
telecommunication services remain in operation for the most part.
Another station has been established at the Red Cross Headquarters in
the capital of San Juan, which is not in the earthquake zone. Puerto
Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, said the stations are operating
as a backbone, in the event of new or stronger earthquakes. HF equipment
has been safely stowed if communications fail, Resto said. Most of
Puerto Rico now has power and water.
ARRL is shipping six VHF/UHF base/repeater antennas and six 50-foot
rolls of LMR-400 coax, through the Ham Aid Fund. Resto said a new Red
Cross warehouse will be place in Mayagüez, where he will install a
third station for backbone communication. “That is the reason for the
new antennas,” he said. “We already have the radios. In case we need
to escalate to HF, we are ready with ARRL go-kits from Hurricane
Maria.”
The ARES team in Yauco has also been handling health-and-welfare traffic
from the earthquake zone. Operations are running from 9 AM until 5 PM
each day.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southwestern part of Puerto Rico
on January 7, fast on the heels of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day
before. The worst-impacted cities were Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Yauco, and
Guánica, where most homes are no longer habitable. 

AM Rally 2020 Gets Under Way on February 1
01/15/2020
The fourth annual AM Rally operating event will take place February 1
– 3 (UTC). The annual AM Rally encourages all operators to explore
amateur radio's original voice mode by showcasing the various types of
AM equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube rigs to the
newest SDR-based transceivers.
“Both new and experienced ops are discovering that AM can sound quite
good, enhancing the enjoyment of contacts,” said Clark Burgard, N1BCG,
an enthusiastic promoter of the event. “The AM Rally provides a great
reason to give it a try.”
The AM Rally is open to all radio amateurs capable of running
full-carrier, amplitude modulation (standard AM) using any type of radio
equipment — modern, vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined,
military, boat anchor, broadcast, homebrew, or commercially manufactured
— are encouraged to join in the AM fun on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and
6 meters.
Details are on the AM Rally website or contact Burgard via email. The AM
Rally is sponsored by ARRL, Radio Engineering Associates, and
iNetRadio.

From around the Louisiana Section:

Region 4:
From: Volume 60, Number 01 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a
501(c)3 Corporation January 2020
A New Start For 2020 On December 12th, 2019, the members of the Acadiana
Amateur Radio Association got together for our Christmas Dinner at the
Golden Coral. It was a time to celebrate and mingle while enjoying each
others company. And this year was extra special for us all. Herman
Campbell KN5GRK had an accident earlier this year and was hospitalized
for several weeks. Luckily, Ramona Jobe KG5HNO spent her time and love
helping him to recover. After the several years they have been friends,
those two decided to surprise everybody. Herman and Ramona decided to
make their friendship more permanent. Congratulations to these two!!
Since this dinner was not to talk about the club, time was spent talking
and discussing ideas and seeking advice for our hobby in some cases. And
merely ragjawing in others! Friendship and camaraderie were the key
points.

2019 MARS COMEX Involves ARES, RACES, Others During October and
corresponding with the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), Military
Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) reached out to the amateur radio community
to continue building working relationships and improving
interoperability. As part of this effort, MARS promoted the use of a
serial phase-shift keying protocol, Military Standard 188-110 (M110) on
the 60-meter interoperability channels. Radio amateurs are authorized to
use this digital mode there. Starting on November 2 and continuing until
November 17, the MARS community executed Department of Defense (DOD)
Communications Exercise (COMEX) 19-4. MARS members use the exercise to
continue training and refining their operator skills to provide
situational awareness such as county status reports and weather
observations. The exercise culminated on November 16 with military
stations sending M110 messages to the amateur community on 60-meter
channel 1 (5330.5 kHz USB). [When the results have been compiled and
reported out, we will publish them here. - ed.] MARS rep Ralph Brigham,
AAR4IG, said "In future DOD Communications Exercises, I suspect that
more participation between MARS and the Amateur Radio Service will be
encouraged." He said "a good analogy of what MARS does for DOD is as
SKYWARN is the eyes and ears for the NWS at the local ground level, MARS
acts as a relay of state and local reports from ARES, RACES, and other
served agencies up the Department of Defense communications network." -
Thanks, Ralph Brigham, AAR4IG Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks
for all that you do. 73 Glen KF5FNP

Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award The oldest known US
radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his ARRL Centurion Award
plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who have achieved
centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock, South Carolina, is
108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award on Kayhart at its
July 2019 meeting. At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur
Radio Group in Little Mountain, South Carolina, ARRL Roanoke Division
Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, headed an ARRL delegation that presented
the Centurion Award plaque to Kayhart, who was first licensed as W2LFE
in 1937 (he's also held W9GNQ). With Hippisley for the presentation were
Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and South Carolina
Section Manager Marc Tarplee, N4UFP. Kayhart served in Iwo Jima during
World War II, shortly after the US victory there, setting up long-range
radio communication from the island to Tokyo to arrange for the eventual
surrender by Japan. Kayhart remains active, checking into several nets
from his assisted living facility. Centurion Award recipients have their
annual ARRL membership fees waived while continuing to receive QST and
other ARRL member benefits. Kayhart was profiled in the June 2018 issue
of QST.

Emergency Communications VS Radio Prepping By Joseph “Moe” Meaux In
a natural emergency such as a major wildfire breakout or a hurricane,
Emergency Communications (EmComm) will go up to try to provide
assistance for the people in the area. All EmComm situations will have
several Federal, State, and Country departments and Organizations
involved to provide whatever aid is needed. Although the EmComm
situation may last for days or weeks, it will eventually end. The people
and equipment will go back home eventually. Its not that the situation
has changed, its just that the situation has changed from an emergency.
Yes, the situation is still bad, but help has come and the situation
will get better. Participants will rotate out and may return. The
equipment EmComm uses is usually personal GO Kits and generators. EmComm
needs radios with lots of power and current to get the signals out of
the area to get help. A QRP radio and a battery pack won’t cut the
mustard. You need QRO Power and Currents to be effective. EmComm is very
limited in scope. Usually it is to help provide immediate services, but
it will end once those services are in place. Operators know that they
will be able to go home soon, even if it is several weeks that they are
deployed. Radio Prepping is different. The operator is preparing for the
Worst Case Scenario; whether is Nuclear War, World War 3, or a Meteor
Strike. Preppers are looking out for themselves, their immediate family,
and maybe some friends. The Prepper is not trying to get tons of help.
The Prepper is trying to evaluate the situation and see if they can get
to help. The Prepper has no support infrastructure. They are on their
own. The situation may last for months or years. Such an operator must
consider what he or she may need. This involves the mode of
transportation. If a vehicle is available, they must consider how long
will the vehicle last as transportation before it breaks down or runs
out of fuel. You can put more in a vehicle, but if you have to abandon
it, what you have you will need to carry. That mobile radio in your
vehicle may be useless if you can’t provide it power. Those lead acid
batteries do get a bit heavy after a short time of carrying them. That
big radio also gets too heavy. If you are using solar panels to recharge
your batteries (especially those rigid framed ones), they will be
useless if you can’t carry them. The Prepper will usually use QRP
radios and smaller batter packs. (You will notice I used the plural. In
a bugout emergency, two is better than one.) Don’t forget you have to
carry it. You don’t need lots of power to transmit or receive. You
would probably spend most of your time simply listening, trying to
figure what is happening and where you can go for help. Using voice, CW,
or digital modes, you can learn a lot. And attempt to get there. Even
with QRP, you can find out about areas that are safe and learn of areas
that are not safe. The Prepper knows the situation may never get better.
Just tolerable. For more information about Prepping, I like Julian
OH8STN on Youtube. Also, I found a website that talks about lots of this
stuff at radiopreppers.com

AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net Net Controllers will rotate each week and
held on the 146.820 W5DDL Repeater only. The 146/820 and 443.00
Repeaters located on the Chase Towers downtown Lafayette are down
indefinitely due to roof repairs. The AARA Monday Night Net and the
Silent Key Memorial Net is being held on the 147.040 repeater in Duson,
LA until repairs are completed. The 145.410 in Lydia is back up, PL of
123.0. The January 2020 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, LA. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case
the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will ne held on the 146.820 W5DDL
repeater PL Tone 103.5. The January 2020 schedule can be found at this
link: Net Schedules 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 See our website for additional information:
http://www.w5ddl.org/repeaters.htm

Stuffed Pork Loin This is my own recipe that I came up with. I had
purchased a 5- lb pork loin and about 4 links of boudin at Earl’s on
Verot School Road near Pinhook. On the way home, I thought about
stuffing the pork loin with boudin. Here goes. Unwrap and pork loin and
trim off any excess fat. Lay out on cutting board, and with a sharp
butcher knife, begin to trim lengthwise and unroll the loin, cutting
about 3/8- to 1/2-inch thick. Keep unrolling and cutting until the loin
lays flat. Remove boudin from the casing and press flat onto loin.
Season all over with Tony’s and garlic powder. Begin to reroll the
loin with the boudin in the center as tightly as possible. Once
completely rolled, tie with string in several points so it does not
unroll. Place in roaster or in flat baking dish. Season outside with
Tony’s and garlic powder. Cover with aluminum foil or cover, and bake
at 350 degrees for about one hour-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow
to settle about 20 minutes before cutting into slices.

AROUND THE SECTION:

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
SELARC 2020 Hamfest
As a reminder, The SELARC Hamfest on January 18, 2020, and the club is
still in need of many more ticket sales. Please contact Ernie Bush to
obtain more tickets to sell or email us to request.
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 shown in place of
item, prizes include:
o	1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D or $500
o	2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350
o	3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200
o	4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR or $100
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 for January go out to - Thomas N5HAY, Keith KF5VLX,
Larry WD5HLE, and Pete WB5ERM.
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.
Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson
N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the
air!

Tyke's TidBits:
Well, here we are,
a new year ahead of us and the 39th Annual, SELARC Hammond Hamfest in
our sights!
We still need to get out and sell advance tickets and get the word out
on as many local nets as possible, to get a great turn-out for this
event.
Also, we still need people to sign-up for the Hamfest duties and work
schedule if you haven't already. We really need member participation to
make this event a success!!! Table reservations are slowly coming in.
Ham World will be our main radio and goodies vendor, so if you are in
need of a particular item from them, give them a call and make
arrangements for them to bring it down when they come. It is a great way
to save on shipping cost!!!
Other vendors at this time will be TN07 Engineering, Sign-Man of Baton
Rouge , Macs Computers, and Navi-Com USA!
Hoping to see you at the meeting and the Hamfest!
73
Tyrone - N5XES
President – SELARC

HAMFEST/CONVENTION
01/18/2020
Start Date: 01/18/2020
End Date: 01/18/2020
Location: Pennington Student Activity Center
1350 North General Pershing Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Website: http://www.selarc.org
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.000 / -600khz (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Tyrone Burns , N5XES
P.O. Box 1324 Hammond, LA 70404
Phone: 985-687-2139
Email: n5xes@arrl.net

PENNINGTON STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER
1350 North General Pershing Street
ON CAMPUS OF SOUTHEASTERN LA UNIVERSITY AT INTERSECTION OF UNIVERSITY
AVENUE & NORTH GENERAL PERSHING STREET
(Take Exit 32 from I-55, Go East 1.5 Miles on University Avenue to North
General Pershing Street)

 
	  
DELTA DIVISION
Main Prize Drawing at 1:30pm
Winner Need Not Be Present for the 4 Main Prizes!
For More Info Contact:
Tyrone Burns N5XES
Hourly Prize Drawings
VE Test Session
8:00am:  Testing Begins - Test Fee $15 cash, photo ID, copy of license
or CSCE
 Testing Begins Promptly at 8:00am
TYRONE BURNS VE Liaison, n5xes@arrl.net
 Forums:
 10:00am
ARRL Forum
11:00am
ARES Forum
 12:00noon
LCARC Meeting
Dealers  &  Vendors
Click to Download Application
Ham World Inc.
Sign-Man of Baton Rouge
TNØ7 Engineering
Navcom USA
Swap Tables
Table Manager Tyrone Burns n5xes@arrl.net
Prize Donations
ARRL
DX Engineering
EasyWayHamBooks.com
***  Main Prize Drawings  ***
Grand Prize
Yaesu FT-450D or $500
Second Prize
Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350
Third Prize
AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200
Fourth Prize
Yaesu FT-70DR or $100
Winner Need Not Be Present for the 4 Main Prizes!

Hamfests coming up:

60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020, ARRL Louisiana State Convention
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
03/13/2020
Start Date: 03/13/2020
End Date: 03/14/2020
Location: Rayne Civic Center
210 Frog Festival Drive
Rayne, LA 70578
Website: http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm
Sponsor: Acadiana Amateur Radio Association and The City of Rayne, LA
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.820 MHz -0.600 (PL 103.5) W5DDL
Public Contact: Brandon Stelly , KG5LQM
105 St. Claude Place Apt D Youngsville, LA 70592
Phone: 337-205-2112
Email: hamfest@w5ddl.org
AARA Hamfest Information
2020 HAMFEST
March 13 - 14, 2020
Rayne Civic Center, Rayne LA
Each year the AARA hosts it's annual Hamfest to support club activities
as well as the purchase and maintenance of club equipment.  The upcoming
2020 Hamfest will be held March 13 - 14, 2020 at the Rayne Civic Center
in Rayne, LA.  The event will be open to the public from 3:00 PM until
8:00 PM on Friday.  It will reopen to the public from 8:00 AM until 3:00
PM on Saturday.
Plenty of good food will be available on site. 
Boiled crawfish will be served at 6:00 PM on Friday but pre-registration
is required.
Pre-registration forms are available at Pre-Registration Form.
Additional information regarding vendors, prizes, forums, etc will be
posted on this website once that information becomes available.

Capital City Hamfest, ARRL 2020 Mississippi State Convention
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
01/24/2020
Start Date: 01/24/2020
End Date: 01/25/2020
Location: Mississippi Trade Market, Mississippi State Fairgrounds
1207 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Website: http://mshamfest.org
Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.76, No tone
Public Contact: Gary Young , K5GCY
5354 Brookhollow Drive Jackson, MS 39212
Phone: 601-260-8214
Email: k5gcy@att.net

Cowtown Hamfest, ARRL North Texas Section Convention
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
01/17/2020
Start Date: 01/17/2020
End Date: 01/18/2020
Location: Forest Hill Civic And Convention Center
6901 Wichita Street
Forest Hill, TX
Website: http://www.cowtownhamfest.com
Sponsor: Cowtown Amateur Radio Club and other local clubs
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.940 ( PL 110.9)
Public Contact: David Forbes , KC5UYR
2721 Marigold Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76111
Phone: 817-925-5126
Email: kc5uyr@compuserve.com

Orange Hamfest 2020
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
02/21/2020
Start Date: 02/21/2020
End Date: 02/22/2020
Location: Orange County Convention & Expo Center
11475 FM 1442
Orange, TX 77630
Website:
https://www.qsl.net/w5nd/index_files/HAMFEST%20INFO/hamfest%20info.htm
Sponsor: Orange ARC, Jefferson Co. ARC, Beaumont ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.180 (PL 103.5)
Public Contact: Rocky Wilson , N5MTX
3736 3rd Avenue Orange, TX 77630
Phone: 409-988-8906
Email: rockygwilson@hotmail.com

Irving Amateur Radio Hamfest
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
03/07/2020
Start Date: 03/07/2020
End Date: 03/07/2020
Location: Betcha Bingo Hall
2420 W Irving Blvd
Irving, TX 75014
Website: http://irvingarc.org/
Sponsor: Irving amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.720, (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Ken Hansen , N2VIP
P.O. Box 153333 Irving, TX 75061
Phone: 609-510-3068
Email: hamfest@irvingarc.org

Hanging Judge Hamfest
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
04/04/2020
Start Date: 04/04/2020
End Date: 04/04/2020
Location: Sebastian County Storm Shelter Ben Garen Park
7700 So. Zero St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Website: http://www.hangingjudgehamfest.com/
Sponsor: Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.640 W5ANR Repeater (PL 88.5)
Public Contact: Rory Bowers , K5CKS
4722 N. Main Street Fort Smith, AR 72904
Phone: 479-926-5402
Email: k6cks01@gmail.com

With the Hammond Hamfest starting in 2 days I wanted to get this
newsletter out before then.  I will have much more information in
February; so please be looking for that.

If you or your club has anything they wish for us to pass along in the
Section Managers Newsletter please feel free to get that to one of our
PIO’s, our PIC or me.  

73,

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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
k5jmr@arrl.org

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter December 2019

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2019

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas! 2020 is just around the
corner.  The Minden Hamfest was very successful and was well attended. 
Delta Director David Norris, K5UZ gave us a great ARRL update in the
ARRL forum.  Hammond Hamfest is January 18th….Hope to see many of you
there.
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***Collegiate Bowl on the Air
The four collegiate radio clubs for Louisiana State University (K5LSU),
Ohio State University (W8LT), Clemson University (WD4EOG), and
University of Oklahoma (W5TC) will be on the air on December 28th prior
to the start of the Collegiate Bowl Semifinal games.  All amateur
stations are welcome to contact the stations.  We would love to hear
from alumni of any collegiate club and from other school clubs.  Any
amateur station contacting all 4 club stations can receive a
certificate.
Time: 1500Z to maybe 2200Z on Dec 28th.
Bands: All except 60m.  Club stations will work in the General Class
sections of the HF bands.
Modes:  Phone, CW, Digital, as we feel like it.
Exchange:  RST Name QTH.
QSL:  For each of the four clubs, contact them directly for a QSL card.
The certificates will be handled by the Amateur Radio Society at LSU
(K5LSU).
Dana Browne, AD5VC
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NEW HAMS (as reported to the ARRL)
Report for 2019-12-03
Jesse L Coats, KI5HEC
Royce J Griffin, KI5HDD
Toby M Battaglia, KI5HDE
Jonathan S Eubanks, KI5HDF
Curtis E Montgomery, KI5HAY
Kevin P Jenkins, KI5HAZ
Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA
Jared A Headrick, KI5HIS
Valerie K Taylor, KI5HFE
Nicholas J Perry, KI5HFF
Jason M Doucet, KI5HFD
Zachary L Carraway, KI5HFC
Steven A Rasberry, KI5HBV
Robert L Mccormick, KI5HBW
Michael P Krzystowczyk, KI5HIP
Nicholas R Mueller, KI5HIQ
Andrew R Schoonmaker, KI5HIR
Travis L Freese, KI5HIT
Taner M Crooks, KI5HCH
Collin Crooks, KI5HCF
Jonathan A Hawley, KI5HIU
Wyatt J Weeks, KI5HCG
Amy D Weeks, KI5HCI
Ethan J Weeks, KI5HIV
Callum Mitchel, KI5HCE
Christopher A Wright, KI5HDW
Aaron J Kerr, KI5HHA

License Upgrades (as reported to the ARRL)
Report for 2019-12-03
Paula R Hidalgo, KI5CDJ
Isabella M Dugas, KI5CKA
Lester J Zaunbrecher, KI5GIZ

New/Renewed ARRL Members (as reported to the ARRL)
Report for 2019-12-03
David R Wyatt, KI5FSQ
Joel P Graffagnino, AA5PZ
Travis B Perrilloux, KF5LIC
Leo Simanonok
Jonathan S Eubanks, KI5HDF
Richard D Suntken, KF5EQM
Peter M Dakin, KA5APE
Arthur L Clardy, AB5CV
Richard S Hendrix, K5KRG
Sandra Leblanc, KE5KJF
Albert S Fabacher, KF5WP
Allen D Redling, KG5DHX
Henry Schwenke, KE5WUB
Jimmy E Walters, N5JEW
Christopher A Wright, KI5HDW
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FROM THE ARRL:
YOTA Month Expanding into the Americas
12/02/2019
December is Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated by
young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate
youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has
now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas.
During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on the air
as special event stations during December on various bands and modes. In
the US, look for K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Elsewhere in the Americas,
VE7YOTA will be on the air from Canada. XR2YOTA in Chile has been added
to the list of youth stations in the Americas for YOTA Month. Young hams
in other countries may also join in. Listen for other YOTA Month
stations with “YOTA” suffixes.
For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month in
the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or YOTA in the Americas
Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.
Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix
stations on the air throughout December. Not a contest, the event is
aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as
possible. The event takes place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359
UTC on December 31.
Other special call signs planning to be on the air include 5B19YOTA,
7X2YOTA, 7X3YOTA, 9A19YOTA, DH0YOTA, E71YOTA, EF4YOTA, EG2YOTA, EI0YOTA,
EM5YOTA, EM6YOTA, ET3YOTA, GB19YOTA, HA6YOTA, HB9YOTA, HG0YOTA, II4YOTA,
II8YOTA, LY5YOTA, OH2YOTA, OL19YOTA, ON4YOTA, PA6YOTA, PD6YOTA, SH9YOTA,
TC19YOTA, TC3YOTA, TM19YOTA, YO0YOTA, YT19YOTA, ZL6YOTA and ZS9YOTA.
Most stations will put their logs on LoTW with paper cards available
through Club Log OQRS. QSL direct via M0SDV.— Thanks to YOTA and YOTA
in the Americas

Boy Scouts Report Increased JOTA 2019 Station Participation
12/03/2019
The Boy Scouts of America report that, although overall JOTA 2019
participation was down slightly from 2018, “our calculations show that
each station averaged an additional 13 people in attendance over 2019.
This shows an aggregate increase of 24% attendance per station, even
with our reported stations being down from 266 in 2018 to 201 in 2019."
The Scouts reported that 13,783 individuals took part in JOTA 2019, down
from 14,708 in 2018. 

US State Department Seeks Foreign Service Information Management
Technical Specialists – Radio
12/03/2019
The US Department of State is currently accepting applications for
Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists – Radio
(IMTS-R) positions. Foreign Service IMTS-Rs design, install, and
maintain radio and telecommunications systems. They provide radio
support for presidential, congressional, and other VIP visits. These
radio specialists work from a regional location, overseas or
domestically. Extensive travel is required to support radio
telecommunications systems, such as land mobile radio (LMR), HF, VHF,
and UHF radio networks at State Department missions around the world.
Potential applicants should read the vacancy announcement to ensure that
they meet all of the requirements before applying.
To begin the online application process, visit USAJOBS. The deadline to
submit completed applications is December 31, 2019. Applicants must be
US citizens, at least 20 years old to apply, and at least 21 years old
to be appointed. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service
and be able to obtain all required security, medical, and suitability
clearances.

Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award
12/04/2019
The oldest known US radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his
ARRL Centurion Award plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who
have achieved centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock,
South Carolina, is 108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award
on Kayhart at its July 2019 meeting.
At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group in Little
Mountain, South Carolina, ARRL Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley,
W2RU, headed an ARRL delegation that presented the Centurion Award
plaque to Kayhart, who was first licensed as W2LFE in 1937 (he’s also
held W9GNQ). With Hippisley were Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill
Morine, N2COP, and South Carolina Section Manager Marc Tarplee, N4UFP.
Kayhart served on Iwo Jima during World War II, shortly after the US
victory there, setting up long-range radio communication from the island
to Tokyo to arrange for the eventual surrender by Japan.
Kayhart remains active, checking into several nets from his assisted
living facility. Centurion Award recipients have their annual ARRL
membership fees waived while continuing to receive QST and other ARRL
member benefits. Kayhart was profiled in the June 2018 issue of QST.   

Dayton Hamvention Admission, Fees to Increase in 2020
12/05/2019
Dayton Hamvention® is increasing the cost of admission and its booth
fees. Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, announced this week
that general admission would rise by $4 per ticket to $26 in advance or
$31 at the gate for all 3 days. The cost of flea market spots will go up
by $5 per space, and inside exhibitors will pay $30 more.
“Hamvention has always strived to produce a very high-quality event
for amateur radio enthusiasts from around the globe,” Gerbs said.
“We have always felt it is imperative that we give back to amateur
radio at many levels. We have been very generous in our support over the
years.” Gerbs cited “the economic pressures to present a show like
Hamvention” as the reason for the price increases.
“The Hamvention Executive Team is asking for your support and
understanding as we move forward together,” he said.

Next Kids Day is Saturday, January 4
12/10/2019
The first Saturday in January is Kids Day — the time to get youngsters
on the air to share in the joy and fun that Amateur Radio can provide.
Kids Day gets under way on Saturday, January 4, at 1800 UTC and
concludes at 2359 UTC.
Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, this event has a
simple exchange, suitable for younger operators: First name, age,
location, and favorite color. After that, the contact can be as long or
as short as each participant prefers. Kids Day is the perfect
opportunity to open your shack door and invite kids over to see what
Amateur Radio has to offer.
Details are on the ARRL website. 

ARRL Reshapes its Podcast Offerings for 2020
12/16/2019
In conjunction with the launch of its new On the Air magazine, which is
aimed at those just beginning their journey in amateur radio, ARRL is
reconfiguring its podcast lineup.
Heading up the new schedule will be a free companion podcast to the
bimonthly On the Air magazine. The “On the Air” podcast will take a
deeper look into select features and projects from the magazine. Each
month, host and On the Air Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY,
will offer additional resources, techniques, and hints to help
less-experienced radio amateurs to get the most from the magazine’s
content.
In addition to the podcast, ARRL will introduce a free “On the Air”
blog featuring curated content from the communicators and makers who are
the driving force of amateur radio today. Curated by ARRL Product
Development manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, the blog will highlight
opportunities and activities available to new licensees. The “On the
Air” blog is intended as an entry point into the world of amateur
radio for those seeking original voices and perspectives. Readers will
be invited to take part in the conversation by sharing their stories and
experiences.
ARRL’s current “So Now What?” podcast will cease production
in
January 2020, as the full complement of On the Air content is rolled
out. The catalog of “So Now What?” episodes is available for
listening or downloading.
In addition, “The Doctor is In” podcast, which has served
more-experienced amateurs since 2016, will conclude its 4-year run on
December 19, 2019. “Eclectic Tech,” a new bi-weekly podcast designed
to appeal to experienced amateurs, will launch in February 2020.
Hosted by QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, “Eclectic Tech” will
highlight technical topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology,
offer brief interviews with individuals involved in projects of interest
to amateurs, and include practical information of immediate benefit to
today’s hams.
“The Doctor is In” co-host Joel Hallas, W1ZR, is selecting some of
his favorite podcast episodes for re-broadcast in the interim between
the end of production for “The Doctor is In” and the debut of
“Eclectic Tech.” The complete “The Doctor is In” archive
is
available on the ARRL website. Hallas will continue to answer questions
about amateur radio in QST’s “The Doctor is In” column.
The “ARRL Audio News” podcast will continue to provide a weekly
summary of news and activities within the amateur radio community. 

FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites
Comments
12/17/2019
At its December 12 meeting, the FCC formally adopted a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 and invited comments on
its plan to remove “existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and
amateur allocations” in the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band and relocate
incumbent non-federal operations. The FCC said it’s seeking comment on
appropriate “transition mechanisms” to make that happen. ARRL has
indicated that it will file comments in opposition to the proposal. The
amateur 9-centimeter allocation is 3.3 – 3.5 GHz. The NPRM comes in
response to the MOBILE NOW [Making Opportunities for Broadband
Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless]
Act, approved by the 115th Congress to make available new spectrum for
mobile and fixed wireless broadband use.
“By proposing to delete the existing non-federal secondary allocations
from the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band, we are taking an important initial step
towards satisfying Congress’s directives and making as much as 250
megahertz of spectrum potentially available for advanced wireless
services, including 5G,” the FCC said in the Introduction to its
NPRM.
Currently, the entire 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band is allocated for both
federal and non-federal radiolocation services, with non-federal users
operating on a secondary basis to federal radiolocation services, which
have a primary allocation, the NPRM explains.
The FCC said it is seeking comment on relocating non-federal licensees
to another band. With respect to amateur operations, the FCC invited
comments on whether sufficient amateur spectrum exists in other bands
that can support the operations currently conducted at 3.3 – 3.5 GHz.
The 3.40 – 3.41 GHz segment is earmarked for amateur satellite
communication. “We seek comment on the extent to which the band is
used for this purpose, whether existing satellites can operate on other
amateur satellite bands, and on an appropriate timeframe for terminating
these operations in this band,” the FCC said. If non-federal licensees
are relocated to 3.1 – 3.3 GHz band, the FCC proposes that they
continue to operate on a secondary basis to federal operations,
consistent with current band allocations.
Some comments began to arrive before the FCC formally adopted the NPRM,
as it points out in a footnote. Kevin Milner, KD0MA, the
secretary/treasurer of the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club in Colorado,
has argued that the club’s equipment cannot be re-channeled below 3.4
GHz, and the club is seeking relocation costs. Devin Ulibarri, W7ND,
told the FCC that amateur networks in the current band cannot move
easily into other amateur allocations because there is no readily
available commercial equipment to support the bandwidth, the FCC
recounted.
In the event the proposed amendments are adopted, the FCC “seeks
comment on relocation options and on transition and protection
mechanisms for incumbent non-federal operations.”
Also at its December 12 meeting, the FCC considered another NPRM in WT
Docket 19-138 that would “take a fresh and comprehensive look” at
the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and propose, among other things, to make
the lower 45 MHz of the band available for unlicensed operations and to
permit “cellular vehicle-to-everything” (C-V2X) operations in the
upper 20 MHz of the band. The FCC is not proposing to delete or
otherwise amend the amateur allocation, which would continue as a
secondary allocation.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) has offered its voice
in challenging the FCC proposals on the two bands, saying their adoption
would “eliminate our use of the most-effective resource hams have to
build its networks.”
“The AREDN Project is able to leverage low-cost commercial devices
solely because they are designed to operate on adjacent allocations,”
AREDN said on its website. “Moving to other allocations would be
difficult if not impossible without a complete redesign, manufacture,
purchase, and installation of new custom amateur hardware and
software…, raising the price out of reach for the typical ham.”
Interested parties may file short comments on WT Docket 19-348 via the
FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing Service (Express). Visit the FCC
“How to Comment on FCC Proceedings” page for information on filing
extended comments.

New Section Manager Will Take Over in North Carolina on April 1
12/27/2019
Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina, will take the reins as
of the North Carolina ARRL Field Organization this spring. Hoffman was
the sole nominee to succeed incumbent Section Manager Karl Bowman,
W4CHX, of Raleigh, who decided not to run for a new term after serving
since 2014. Because no challengers came forward by the nomination
deadline, no contested SM elections will take place during the winter
election cycle.
These incumbent Section Managers will begin new terms in 2020: John
Fritze, K2QY, Eastern New York; George Miller, W3GWM, Eastern
Pennsylvania; John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, Louisiana; Joe Speroni, AH0A,
Pacific; Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC, San Diego; Chris Stallkamp, KI0D, South
Dakota; and Joe Palsa, K3WRY, Virginia. New 2-year terms of office begin
on April 1.

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Region 2:  Please see the “Ascension Airwaves” at
K5ARC.org….always jammed pack full of info…….

Region 4:
Volume 59, Number 12 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - December
2019
Thank you to the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association from the Tour du
Teche – 2019 From Gustave (Tave) Lamperez Tour du Teche Race Director
dated 11/08/2019 Larry and Sandy Leblanc, The Tour du Teche held its
10th event this year, 2019. As the new Race Director of this wonderful
event, I want to thank the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association for your
many years of service to our event. I have run many races over my 40
plus years of participating in canoe and kayak races. I have seen when a
race does not have the expertise in communication to make sure that all
racers are located and safe, your team makes difference. Thank you for
your help and experience we really depend on your team to keep our
racers and volunteers safe. Your support at our checkpoints is
indispensable, your help ensures the high quality event we host every
year. Please share our appreciation with all of your members. Gustave
(Tave) Lamperez Tour du Teche Race Director

VE Test Session 7 November 2019 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT It was another great
night. We had 4 come in without a ticket & 4 go out with a Tech license.
One came in a Tech & out a General , hence a great night. Those earning
a Tech were : Valerie K. Taylor ~ KI5HFE~ of Kaplan along with her son
Nicholas J. Perry ~KI5HFF~ also of Kaplan. Two others were: Jason M.
Doucet ~KI5HFD~ of New Iberia & Zachary L. Carroway ~KI5HFC~ of Ville
Platte. The gentleman upgrading to General was Lester J. Zaunbrecher
~KI5GIZ~ of Arnauldville. The VEs involved were: Greg ~ K5LFT, Michael ~
KI5ARX & Tom ~ W5OHJ. Great big TNX to the VEs & Congratulations to the
new hams & the Upgrader!!!!!

Silent Key - Larry Leblanc KE5KJD Larry LeBlanc KE5KJD became a Silent
Key on November 13, 2019 after suffering a major stroke. His service to
the Tour du Teche canoe races, to ham radio in general, and to the AARA
club will be greatly missed. He started out in radio in 1970 as a Novice
with call WN5GHC, operating on mainly CW with a homemade multiband
vertical in Richardson, Texas. He had been operating in his hometown of
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana as KE5KJD on various bands. Larry loved to try
experimentation to help his own radio operation. His beloved wife Sandy
KE5KJF also operated radio with him and helped tremendously with the
Tour du Teche races.

Technical Presentation Battery Technology by Mike Cavell KI5ARX Mike
Cavell KI5ARX gave an excellent presentation on battery technology. He
provided a very good layman’s level explanation of many considerations
individuals should address when selecting battery systems. The many
considerations discussed include, but were not limited to, the
following: Watt hours per volume Watt hours per weight Cost per watt
hour Useable watt hours (battery life) Memory effects Charge / discharge
cycles Voltage considerations Charging considerations Battery management
systems Solar charging systems Failure mode considerations DC / DC
converters Form factors Handling safety An audio recording of his
presentation and the slides he used during the presentation have been
uploaded to the club website at www.w5ddl.org. They are listed on the
“ARTICLES OF INTEREST” page. Audio recording of presentation: Audio
recording mp3 Slideshow presentation: Slideshow presentation

UPCOMING EVENTS 
Winter Field Day January 25 At Steve Webre’s in Church Point 
AARA Hamfest March 13-14, 2020 Rayne, LA 
For any additional information, check the W5DDL.org website AARA
Christmas Party December 12, 2019 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie 1 Chocolate pie crust 1 Cup peanut butter 1
8-oz package cream cheese – softened 1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar 1 8-oz
package whipped topping – thawed Beat peanut butter and cream cheese
until smooth. Add powered sugar and beat until smooth. Add in thawed
whipped topping and beat until smooth, scrapping sides as needed.. Pour
filling into crust, even out the top with spatula or knife. Chill at
least one hour before serving. This has become one of our favorites in
my family. Ultra-rich. You may only want to offer small slivers – your
guests will thank you. NOTE: Although you can use the “LITE” version
of the whipped topping, avoid the “No-fat” versions. The flavor is
not the same.

Region 6:
From:  The Brass Key January 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana
Amateur Radio Club
January 2020 Our esteemed and talented Editor will strive to get this
issue out before Christmas, so assuming that will be the case, Merry
Christmas, and Happy New Year! For all of you who have alleged that you
will come from the dark side and begin to operate in the preferred mode,
CW, your opportunity to get your feet wet is upon us. ARRL Straight Key
Night (SKN) runs from 00:00 UTC until 23:59 UTC on 01/01/20. So, knock
the rust and dust off your key and get ready. I will use my World War II
vintage J-38, which is my favorite straight key, anyway. SKN is not a
contest, but you can submit a log to ARRL if you want to. There is no
formal format or official exchange for SKN QSOs. It is designed to
provide some relaxing time on the air. Details are on the ARRL website.
Following SKN is the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) K3Y event. It
resembles the Original 13 Colonies and Route 66 events. There will be
K3Y stations in each of the ten U.S. call areas as well as KH6, KL7, and
KP4, and they will identify as K3Y/# where # signifies the call area in
which that station is located. There will be a few DX stations
designated as well. This event runs during the month of January. The
idea is to work as many of the K3Y stations as possible. QSL card and
certificates for various levels of “sweeps” will be available.
Details on the SKCC website. A big thanks to the intrepid members of the
Repeater Committee for bring our primary VHF repeater and the UHF
repeater back to life in mid-December. Don’t forget about Winter Field
Day. The on-air operation commences at 1:00 PM local time on Saturday,
01/25/20. Setup will be Friday afternoon. We plan to have a gumbo social
early Saturday evening. We have a great operating venue. More detailed
information elsewhere in this issue of the Brass Key. What do you want
out of Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club? 73 and good DX! John, N5CM

A SKYWARN Net was activated during the tornado/severe weather outbreak
Monday, December 16th. At around 12:00 noon, weather conditions
warranted the activation of the net on CLARC's 147.330 repeater by Net
Control Scott, KD5DFL. The National Weather Service reports the EF 3
tornado traveled 63 miles, from Deridder to Alexandria/Pineville. The
tornado touched down just west of Alexandria, causing considerable
damage to the Coliseum Boulevard area of Alexandria, before traveling
East to Pineville, causing considerable damage to the Edgewood Drive and
Donahue Ferry area. The net deactivated around 3 pm as the severity of
the weather decreased. Eleven hams either checked into the net or
reported on events (hail, trees down, homes damaged, etc.) in their
area. Participants in the net were: Dennis/W5LD, Greg/N5GSR,
Steve/KE5IAK, John/N5CM, Bobby/KB5DOG, Don/KI5AJV, Stacy/KG5KGU,
Jack/W5ETL, Terry/AB5JH, and Jim/AB5JM, Scott/KD5DFL, Net Control Many
thanks to Scott, KD5DFL, for serving as net control during this
emergency, and to all hams who participated. These volunteers helped to
keep our community safe by providing timely and accurate reports of
severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Winter Field Day (WFD) will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at
19:00 UTC (1:00 PM local time) through Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 19:00
UTC (1:00 PM local time). The Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
(CLARC) will operate Winter Field Day and have our Winter Social at the
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Woodworth Outdoor
Education Center at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. Robinson
Bridge Road is also known as Louisiana Highway 3265. If you’re coming
from Alexandria on U.S. 165, turn left at the one and only traffic light
in the Greater Woodworth Metroplex. If you’re coming in on I-49, take
the Woodworth Exit (73). Don’t speed in Woodworth. The Winter Gumbo
Social will commence at 6:00 PM on Saturday. The club plans to provide a
gumbo. We will need people to bring potato salad or other side dishes
and some desserts. You do not have to operate on air to participate in
the social. Please e-mail Lisa KW5LC if you plan to attend the social,
how many people, and if you will be bringing something. We must know how
many to plan for. KW5LC@outlook.com We will commence set-up operations
on Friday afternoon, January 24, 2020 and continue on Saturday morning.
Specific times to be announced. We will need help to set up on Friday
the 24th and take-down on Sunday the 26th. Another announcement with
specific times will be sent out closer to the event. **PLEASE remember
to let Lisa, KW5LC, know in advance if you plan on attending the gumbo
social and what you would like to contribute as a side dish:
kw5lc@outlook.com.

Region 9:
From: 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. 12 ......................... December 2019

SELARC 2020 Hamfest
As a reminder, The SELARC Hamfest on January 18, 2020, in Hammond is
just a month away, and the club is still in need of many more ticket
sales. Please contact Ernie Bush to obtain more tickets to sell or email
us to request.
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 shown in place of
item, prizes include:
o	1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D or $500
o	2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350
o	3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200
o	4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR or $100
Please email us if you have questions about the event or for any more
information needed to sell tickets.
Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions
MARA Christmas Hamfest - Minden, LA - Dec 21, 2019
SELARC - 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest
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.
AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program for contacts 3/3/19 to 12/31/19
Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for November go out to - Elizabeth KM6MWZ, Larry KJ6SET,
and Carol KE5GOC.
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.
Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson
N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the
air!
VE Session Results
Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and
upgrades!!
Technician
Sebastian Schoegl - Baton Rouge, La.
Leo Schoegl - Baton Rouge, La.
Donald Hendrix - Gretna, La.
Extra
Timothy Lynch / KG5QDO - Hammond, La.
Again, many thanks to all VEs' who make the effort to make these
sessions a success!
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Louisiana Traffic Managers Report: November 2019
Sessions QNI QTC QTR
17.            414 37    442
73,
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
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ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
1. ARRL: Section  Louisiana
2. Month:  November
3. Year:  2019
4. Total number of ARES members:  424
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month:   9
6. Number of ARES nets active:   49
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:   3
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL
W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:      31
  9b.  Person hours:   334
10a. Number of public service events this month:    1   10b. Person
hours:    24
11a. Number of emergency operations this month:    0
11b. Person hours:   0
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:   2
 12b. Person hours:  10
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:   34
 13b. Auto Sum 9b,
        10b, 11b, 12b:    368

Jim Coleman, AI5B
Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator 
ARES
December ARRL LA Section Book Giveaway winners are:
ARRL Affiliated Club is Shreveport Amateur Radio Assn.(SARA).
ARRL Member is Herman Campbell KN5GRK.
Congratulations to our winners! Next drawing January 1, 2020.

New Louisiana Section Public Information Officer(PIO) appointments:
Region 1 Joey Falgout N5TWR
Region 2 Elmer Tatum N5EKF
Region 7 Marcel Livesay N5VU
Please congratulate and welcome these 3 fellows as you see them.
While the PIO positions are located under ARES on the website (
laarrl.org ) this is a Section appointment and while ARES is important;
so are things going on around the Section with people, clubs, events,
Skywarn, bike races, any and all things you consider newsworthy and want
to see put out for everyone to see.....If you have no one assigned to
your Region or area please feel free to contact any other PIO or our PIC
Joe Holland, KB5VJY. We have had more interest in the PIO positions so
look for future announcements on that.

Congratulations to John Beck, KB5LE on your Special Service Award for
your assistance with HAM operations at NWS Shreveport! John has been Mr.
Reliable for gathering radio reports for our Skywarn program over the
last year. #skywarn19 #SRD2019

Thanks to all of our spotters and radio operators for coming out for
Skywarn Recognition Day! We appreciate what you do! #skywarn19 #SRD2019

Congratulations to Joey Falgout, N5TWR for getting the most "likes" in
our first "Caption the Meme" contest....Joey received a box of ARRL
goodies for his winning caption....!!! Please be looking out for the
next contest on the ARRL Louisiana Section Facebook page.

Upcoming Hamfests:
39th Annual Hammond Hamfest
01/18/2020
Location: Pennington Student Activity Center
1350 North General Pershing Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Website: http://www.selarc.org
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Talk-In: 147.000 / -600khz (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Tyrone Burns , N5XES Phone: 985-687-2139 Email:
n5xes@arrl.net

With no opposition; I was re-elected to another 2 year term as Section
Manager beginning April 1, 2020. I am truly honored to be your Section
Manager and look forward to the next two years. I thank you for all the
support since April 2018.
73,

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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
k5jmr@arrl.org
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter November 2019

Subject: Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter November 2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
SILENT KEYS:
William McMullan, KE5L
Joan Haro, WA5WGA

NEW HAMS: As reported to the ARRL
Report for 2019-11-05
Addison J Bute, KI5GTI
Kade P Fontenot, KI5GZP
Clarence E Ferguson, KI5GSN
Ryan J Baiad, KI5GZO
Robert Gray, KI5GYO
Alicia R Roberts, KI5GZN
Jonathan C Sagona, KI5GYR
Asa W Judd, KI5GYQ
Steven W Chisam, KI5GYN
Elliot E Allen, KI5GYM
Michael E Schaumburg, KI5GYS
Joseph A Wambach, KI5GRA

LICENSE UPGRADES: As reported to the ARRL
Report for 2019-11-05
Michael O Jackson, KI5GGP
Grantham P Frederick, KI5GBD
Maurice A Hawley, KG5VRR
Neal A Jaber, KG5LWP

New/Renewed ARRL Members:  As reported to the ARRL
Report for 2019-11-05
William E Burke, W5XNO
Frank P Boimare, KI5FUH
Thomas J Wimprine, KB5LBV
Larry D Wilson, KC5OOX
Robert Struppeck, AF6UK
Jacob A Coreil, KG5UEK
William A Hoover, AG5LR
Robert G Bishop, N5JMB
Jimmy L Miller, N0MSW
Randy LeJeune
David M Armstrong, WB5VDG
David L Armstrong, AA5HY
Jerry W Dukes, KI5GLY
Glynn A Davis, KD5SII
Stephen L Cook, KB0TWL
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FROM THE ARRL:

Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration Results and Certificates Now
Available
10/30/2019
Results and certificates from the Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM) Birthday
Celebration August 31 – September 8 are now available. The 9-day
operating event commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL
cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW. Amateurs from 57
ARRL/RAC sections and four countries submitted more than 25,000 contacts
over the course of the event. Results of the event and downloadable
certificates are on the ARRL Contests Page.
A special HPM 150 QSL card is available for stations that worked
W1AW/150 during the event. To receive a card, send your QSL with an SASE
to W1AW, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. 

W1AW to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of First Amateur Radio Signals to
Span the Atlantic
11/06/2019
December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s
Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio
stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies
(i.e., above 200 meters). On that day, a message transmitted by a group
of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was
copied by Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland.
While the first two-way contact would not take place until 1923, the
1921 transatlantic success marked the beginning of what would become
routine communication between US radio amateurs and those in other parts
of the world — literally the birth of DX.
To commemorate this amateur radio milestone, Maxim Memorial Station W1AW
will be on the air through the day on December 11 with volunteer
operators. The goal is to encourage contacts between radio amateurs in
the US and Europe while showcasing the significance of the transmissions
that pioneered global communication and laid the groundwork for
technology widely used today. The event will run from 1300 until 0000
UTC. Some details are still being worked out, but operation will focus
on 40 and 20 meters (SSB).
Contact Clark Burgard, N1BCG, for more information. 

Dayton Hamvention® Invites 2020 Award Nominations
11/14/2019
Dayton Hamvention® is inviting nominations for its 2020 awards.
Nominations are due by February 15, 2020. Awards will be granted for
Amateur of the Year, Club of the Year, Technical Achievement, and
Special Achievement.
The Amateur of the Year Award is given to a radio amateur who has made a
long-term commitment to the advancement of amateur radio. This
individual will have a history of ham radio contributions and
demonstrated dedication to service, professionalism, and the advancement
of the avocation of amateur radio.
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 and/or nation.
The Technical Achievement Award recognizes a radio amateur who has
achieved technical excellence in the world of amateur radio. Examples
are inventions, processes, discoveries, experiments, and other technical
accomplishments or achievements that contributed to amateur radio.
The Special Achievement Award recognizes a radio amateur who has made an
outstanding contribution to the advancement of the radio art and/or
science. This award is usually given to a respected amateur who
spearheaded a single significant project.
Nomination forms are specific to the award. At a minimum, each form
should be completed with the information indicated. Provide contact
information for the person making the nomination. Submit forms via email
or via USPS to Hamvention, Attention: Awards Committee, Box 964, Dayton,
Ohio 45401-0964.
The Awards Committee will make its selections and announce the
recipients along with details on their accomplishments. An honors
convocation and award presentation will be held on the Saturday evening
of Hamvention. Award presentations will also take place at Hamvention on
Sunday afternoon, prior to the prize award activity.
For more information, contact the Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee.

Youth on the Air Camp Coming to the Americas
11/14/2019
The Electronic Applications Radio Service has announced that the first
Youth On The Air (YOTA) camp in the United States will be taking place
next June. Sponsors hope the camp will become an annual event.
The inaugural summer camp will take place June 21 – 26 at the National
Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio.
The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA) will host the event.
Operating the camp will be Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc.
(EARS), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to wireless
technologies and activities.
According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building peer and
mentor relationships and taking amateur radio “to the next level.”
Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related
subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit building, D-Star,
APRS, satellite communication, antenna building, and radio direction
finding and orienteering. A high-altitude balloon launch is also being
planned. Campers will learn and exercise on-the-air skills at special
event station W8Y.
Contributors include Icom America, Heil Sound Ltd., X-Tronic, and R&L
Electronics. Major financial supporters so far include the ARRL
Foundation, the Yasme Foundation, the World Wide Radio Operators
Foundation, Orlando HamCation and Orlando Amateur Radio Club, the
Northern California DX Foundation, Dayton Hamvention and the Dayton
Amateur Radio Association, the Huntsville Hamfest, Southwest Ohio DX
Association, Radio Amateurs of Canada, and Gary West, K8DEV, and Dee Dee
West, KA8DXE.
For more information, email Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, or call
(812) 327-0749.

More than 1 Million Contacts Logged during ARRL Field Day 2019
11/14/2019
ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reports that nearly
1.1 million contacts were made during the 2019 ARRL Field Day — the
most popular operating event in North America. Bourque reported the 2019
ARRL Field Day results, which are available starting on page 64 of the
digital edition of the December 2019 issue of QST. Bourque says in his
article that more than 36,000 radio amateurs took part in ARRL Field Day
2019 across all 83 ARRL/Radio Amateurs of Canada sections, up slightly
from the 35,250 reported last year. The total number of contacts was
down by about 7% from 2018’s 1.18 million contacts.
“This year, 3,113 entries were received from local clubs and emergency
operations centers (EOCs), as well as individual portable, mobile, and
home stations,” Bourque wrote in QST. Most entries were in Class A
—
club or non-club groups of three or more.
Of the nearly 1.1 million contacts, approximately 46% were made on
phone, and 456,000 (42%) of contacts were made on CW. The remaining
138,000+ (12%) of the contacts were made on digital modes, such as FT8
and RTTY.
“This is a substantial increase compared to 2018, when total QSOs on
the digital modes numbered just over 56,000,” Bourque reported.
“With the last 2018 release of WSJT-X (which now supports Field Day
exchanges), many participants made use of FT8’s ability to communicate
when band conditions weren’t being cooperative.”
Top 10 scores ranged between W3AO’s Class 14A entry from Maryland-DC,
with 32,356 points, to W1NVT’s 14,876-point Class 2A entry from
Vermont.
Bourque said that 95% of the 3,113 entries received came through the
Field Day web applet.
“Not only is ARRL Field Day an opportunity to sharpen operating skills
in temporary and portable locations, it’s also an occasion to showcase
amateur radio to the local community, with clubs often setting up in
publicly accessible locations and interacting with non-hams,” Bourque
wrote.
Soapbox comments for Field Day 2019 are available on the ARRL website.
ARRL Field Day 2020 will take place June 27 – 28.

Nominations Invited for CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW
11/18/2019
CWops is now accepting nominations for its Award for Advancing the Art
of CW for 2020. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or
organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward
advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code.
Candidates for the award may be authors of publications related to CW;
CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors; public
advocates of CW; organizers of CW activities; designers and inventors
who advance the art or practice of CW, and other contributors to the art
or practice of CW. The award is not limited to radio amateurs or their
organizations.
Email nominations with a copy to the CWops secretary. To be considered,
a nomination must be received by March 18, 2020. It should include
name(s) and call sign(s), if applicable, of nominee(s), and complete
contact information. A detailed explanation supporting the nomination
should be included along with the name, telephone number, email address,
and call sign of the person submitting the nomination. An award
presentation will take place at the 2020 Dayton Hamvention®.

Melissa Stemmer Joins ARRL Headquarters as Development Manager
11/18/2019
Connecticut native Melissa Stemmer has joined the ARRL Headquarters
staff as Development Manager. Born and raised in Waterbury, Stemmer
earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of
Connecticut in 1998, and she worked in that field for more than 15
years. After deciding that a career change was in order, Stemmer went
back to school, earning a master’s in organizational leadership in
2015 from Quinnipiac University. 
“I am so excited to be on this journey at ARRL, and I am looking
forward to getting to know everyone,” Stemmer said 
Before coming to ARRL, she was the development director at Seven Angels
Theatre in Waterbury. In September 2015, Stemmer signed on as
coordinator of the theatre’s annual High School Halo Awards — the
largest high school theatre award program in Connecticut. 
During her tenure at Seven Angels Theatre, Stemmer was an active member
of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and the Waterbury Exchange Club. She
served on the executive committee and governing council of the Arts and
Culture Collaborative of the Waterbury Region and was a member of the
Young Professionals Task Force of the Waterbury Region.

ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna
Restrictions
11/21/2019
The ARRL Board of Directors Legislative Advocacy Committee is in the
process of drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use
restrictions on amateur radio antennas. The proposed legislation would
be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative
Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra,
K6JAT, will report to the Board soon, once plans are fleshed out.
Tiemstra told the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) on October 12 in Aurora,
Colorado, that Advocacy Committee members have traveled to Washington to
meet on multiple occasions with members of Congress and their staffs to
inform them of the committee’s plans.
ARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, told the EC last month that
he understands the conditional exemption of amateur radio licensees from
the RF exposure measurement requirements in the FCC’s Part 97 Amateur
Service rules is proposed to be removed. A Report and Order in FCC
Docket WT 13-84 is making the rounds that, if adopted, would make
amateur licensees subject to the same requirements as all other FCC
licensees. The Report and Order is expected to be released before
year’s end.
Siddall also reported to the EC that the FCC is poised to address the
60-meter band amateur allocation adopted at World Radiocommunication
Conference 2015 (WRC-15). The National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA), on behalf of US government primary
users of the band, has insisted that the maximum permitted power for
radio amateurs must not exceed that agreed to at WRC-15 — 15 W
effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) or 9.1 W ERP — despite the
fact that Canada has authorized its amateur licensees to use 100 W, and
eliminate the current discrete channels, which ARRL’s petition
proposed to retain. NTIA oversees federal government frequency
allocations and users.
Minutes of the October 12 Executive Committee meeting were posted this
week on the ARRL website.

ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now
Available On Demand
11/21/2019
ARRL’s EC-001-S online “Introduction to Emergency
Communication”
course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing
students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This
course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any
emergency communications volunteer.
In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001,
ARRL developed a self-guided version of the course, EC-001-S, which
launched in June. This version of the course is designed for those who
prefer to work independently and who do not need guidance from an online
mentor. EC-001-S was previously offered only during specific sessions
along with the traditional mentored version. The course opened for
general enrollment on November 6.
Visit the ARRL Online Course Registration page for more information and
to register.

FCC Invites Comments on Digital AM Broadcasting Proposal
11/26/2019
The FCC has invited comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM),
that would allow AM broadcasters to transmit an all-digital signal using
the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode, known as MA3.1
“We tentatively conclude that a voluntary transition to all-digital
broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations and provide
improved AM service to the listening public,” the FCC said. “We seek
comments on proposed operating standards for all-digital stations and
the impact of such operations on existing analog stations and
listeners.”
The proceeding was initiated by a March 2019 Petition for Rulemaking
(Petition) filed by Bryan Broadcasting Corporation. “This proceeding
continues the Commission’s efforts to improve and update the AM radio
service to provide a better listening experience for consumers and
enhanced service offerings, as part of our continuing effort to
revitalize AM broadcasting,” the FCC said in the introduction to the
NPRM.
Comments are due 60 days after the NPRM appears in The Federal Register.



AROUND THE SECTION:
Region 2:
Check out the latest “Ascension Airwaves” at K5ARC.org. 
It’s jammed packed with great stuff!

Region 3:
4th Quarter 2019 Update
The Fourth Quarter of 2019 is shaping up to be a busy time of year.
Not only do we nominate and elect officers for the upcoming year this
quarter, we also vote on Ham of the Year Award and host our annual
Christmas Party.
And, this quarter (October) we also finally installed the much awaited
147.330+ (CTCSS 114.8) at its new location at Chabert Hospital in east
Houma, LA near the Houma Airbase. A DB-224E antenna was installed at
roughly 100 feet HAAT atop a Rohn-25G tower on the roof of the building.
 Utilizing new 1/2" Rosenberger heliax and fittings, a previously unused
Yaesu DR-1X System Fusion repeater was installed by our motley crew.
A Job Well Done and Thanks go to all who participated!!
This repeater is operating strictly in the analog mode, giving us
additional coverage for both daily and emergency amateur radio use.
Also in October we received a request from the owners of the tower
hosting our Gray repeater, 147.390+ (CTCSS 114.8), to install our own
electrical service at the site and begin paying our own utility fees
directly with the electric company.
Within 3 weeks, we secured the permit, installed the hardware, and
facilitated the power company hook-up to begin using our own power. Once
again, many Thanks to All who contributed to the cause!!
As always, we enjoy the company of fellow Hams and their family and
loved oved ones, as well as the great food, at our monthly Dinner
Socials in Houma and Thibodaux!!
George Tippett, WB5PKK
President
Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club
aka Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society (501c3)
http://www.w5yl.org/

Region 4:
From:  Volume 59, Number 10 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a
501(c)3 Corporation October 2019
October 4–6, 2019 by Larry KE5KJD and Sandy LeBlanc KE5KJF The Tour du
Teche Canoe Race is a 135 mile race from Port Barre, LA, to Berwick, LA.
The race has introduced paddlers and eco-tourists to the recreational,
cultural, and economic value of the bayou for local residents. The three
day race with stops in St. Martinville, Franklin, and finishing in
Berwick has turned into a paddling marathon as well as a 3 day party for
towns along the route with families along the route cheering for the
paddlers. In the past we have had paddlers from Mexico City, Canada.
Australia, Thailand, Germany, and others. The boats range from solo
paddlers with a single blade paddle, to the Big boats with 3-6 paddlers
with single or double paddles. Two years ago a boat with 4 paddlers won
the 135 mile race in the Big Boat Division in 17:54:04, with an average
of 6.03 mph. Shorter races include: Crawfish – Port Barre to
Poche’s
– 30 miles; Acadian – Port Barre to St. Martinville – 49
miles;
Hot Sauce – St. Martinville to New Iberia – 24 miles; Sugar
– St.
Martinville to Franklin – 59 miles; Black Bear – New Iberia to
Franklin – 35 miles; and the Oil and Gas – Franklin to Berwick
–
27 miles. There will be events up and down the bayou in conjunction with
the race. There was a band and some vendors and a gumbo cook-off in St.
Martinville. The Chitimacha tribe had a lot of festivals and food at
their check point. Franklin had vendors, a homemade boat exhibit
(wonderful), and a voucher for a meal. Berwick had a carnival along with
vendors with food, crafts, and clothing at the finish line. People sit
on their wharf and hand out water and cookies along the way. As we have
in the last eight years, the AARA ham club provides communications
support for the race. The Command Center (Crawfish Hole) is a mobile
trailer that was set up in Port Barre, St. Martinville, Franklin, and
Berwick. Larry LeBlanc KE5KJD and Sandy LeBlanc KE5KJF are coordinators
for the AARA ham club. The club’s task included verifying boat numbers
and times, and the status of individual paddlers and canoes along the
route from Port Barre to Berwick. Along with tracking canoes, the club
uses the event to host HF contacts along the route.
The Tour du Teche qualified as a Special Event with the ARRL and was
listed in the QST. If you would like to participate in the Special
Event, come to any checkpoint, set up your station, and send your log to
Chris Ancelet N5MCY for QSL card verification. See W5DDL,org for
details. Mr. Ray Pellerin along with Larry KE5KJD and Sandy LeBlanc
KE5KJF would like to thank the members of the AARA who have volunteered
to help with communications for Tour du Teche X. We have 17 participants
this year. They are: Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP, David McCutchen KG5JHR,
Herman Campbell KN5GRK, Tom Dischler W5OHJ, Paula Romero KF5CNS, Nick
Pugh K5QXJ, JoAnn Pugh KE5RPI, Danny Daigle KD5JSM, Kathy Daigle KD5TJZ,
Galen Wilson KF5BET, Abbi Wilson KF5BEW, Kendra Wilson KF5FYS, Brandon
Stelly KG5LQM, Ric Wallace KF5KEL, and Jackie Wallace KF5PCH. If you
would like to volunteer, contact Sandy LeBlan KE5KJD (337) 254-1061.
Again Larry and I would like to thank everyone for volunteering. See you
on the Bayou. Sad to say, this will be our last year to coordinate the
communications for the Tour du Teche race. If anyone would like to
assume the job let me know. We will help with the transition. Sandy and
Larry LeBlanc Communications Coordinators Tour de Teche 135 Race

BEEF MEAT BALLS AND GRAVY 1-1/2 Pounds 85/15 Ground Beef 1 Pkg, Onion
Soup Mix 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup Water Salt, Pepper, Granulated
Onion, Granulated Garlic Vegetable Oil Season the ground meat with salt,
pepper, granulated onion and granulated garlic. Make 1” diameter balls
of the ground meat. Put 1/2” of oil in a Dutch oven and bring up to
temperature. Brown the meatballs, in two batches, turning once, and then
put on paper toweling. Pour out all oil, and put 1/2 cup of water in
pot. Return to medium heat and “grab-up” all the
“goodies”. Put
the meat balls, mushroom soup + a can of water, onion soup mix, 1/4
teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of granulated onion powder and a 1/2
teaspoon salt into the pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve over steamed rice.

Update:  HERMAN CAMPBELL, KN5GRK
On Sept 11, I fell in my yard and broke my right foot and fractured my
left collar bone, spent 2 months in hospital for surgery and therapy.  I
have been home two weeks and just now trying to catch up on my e-mails. 
I have not been able to run my reflector or answer e-mails.  Please bear
with me, it may take a while.  I am scheduled to have prostrate surgery
on December 4.  I will try to answer some of my e-mails as soon as
possible.
Thanks for all the prayers and wishes for Ramona KG5HNO and me Herman
KN5GRK.

B.E.A.R.S.
St. Mary Parish
Jim Coleman, Keith Barnes and I were able to attend the B.E.A.R.S
meeting recently in Morgan City and make the official presentation to
our 2019 LA Section Amateur of the Year, Jackie Price, KA5LMZ.  As many
of you know Jackie is the leader of her club and the EC for St. Mary
ARES.  We were treated to a very tasty brunch before the meeting and Jim
Coleman gave the group a really nice ARES presentation.  Congratulations
Jackie and thanks again for the wonderful welcome and hospitality as
always!

Region 6:
THE BRASS KEY
December 2019 A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
The BRASS KEY is published monthly as its official journal by the
Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, P. O. Box 8852, Alexandria, LA.
71306. 
Prez says . . . Final Words from our President, Jim Walters, AE5ZE
December 2019 Well, we are almost the end of another year. It's time for
our Christmas Dinner on Dec. 3rd, so if you have not made your
reservations, please contact Steve Baillio, our treasurer before Friday,
November 29th. After making reservations, you can pay at the door. The
cost is $12.00 per person. Hope to see you there. We are having the same
caterer as last year and everything was great! During our Christmas
Dinner we will install our new Board of Directors. Amateur radio is an
evolving hobby that has something for everyone. As you make plans for
2020, please consider doing something new in amateur radio. I have
several projects to work on. The first is learning CW. I have a TS830S
that I am recapping (110 electrolytic capacitors), and have just
acquired a Hammarlund HQ110, and a Johnson Viking, both boat anchors
that I am going to restore and get on the air. What are you planning to
do??? This is my last Pres Says! I want to personally acknowledge the
Board Members that have served this past year. They did all of the work
to accomplish the tasks at hand and to make our club a success! Please
take the time to thank each one of them! See you on the bands! 73, Jim
AE5ZE

CLARC welcomes new member Chris Wright, KI5HDW! Chris passed his
Technician Class license exam at our November meeting! Time to study for
that upgraded license!

HEALTH AND WELFARE: Mike Canady, N5GJQ - Has been in the hospital for
nerve inflammation. Jack Brossette, W5ETL - Jack is having difficulty
with several heath issues. Jim Bookter, N5NVP and Mrs. Irma, KE5UPK -
continued prayers for Mrs. Irma's needs and safe travels for Jim as he
goes back and forth to Lafayette. Prayers for Joseph Notcha and his
needs. Mitchel Neil, KG5OIF - Prayers for Jeannie as she recovers from
gall bladder surgery. Steve Neesly, KE5IAK - Prayers for Mrs. Glenda as
she heals from a broken arm. Prayer this evening was led by Keith,
KF5RNF

Winter Field Day: Winter Field Day will be January 25 - 26. Jim asked
for a show of hands of those interested in participating in the field
day this year. Scott KD5DFL reminded the membership that we are still in
need of a location for the field day. Kees Park is one possible site,
but there are some antenna issues that we will have to work out. If the
field day were held at Kees Park, it would have to be limited to a
simple one-day event, Saturday only, running from setup at 8:00 AM to
take down around 8:00PM on the same day. Only two to three radios would
be set up. We would not be allowed use of the Kees Park area overnight.
An alternate site would be the LDWF Center in Woodworth, which we used
for the Summer Field Day.

Region 9:
From:
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. 11 ................................ November 2019

Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for November go out to - John Mark Robertson K5JMR,
Manny WD5BJR, and Tom W5PGS If we missed your birthday, then please let
us know.
Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson
N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the
air!
VE Session Results
Congratulations to the following new Technician licensees!
Curt Montgomery - Hammond, La.
Kevin Jenkins - Covington, La.
Ronnie Voorhies - Madisonville, La.
Thank you once again, to all the VEs' who show up to make this
possible!!

Multiple Sclerosis 150-mile "Dat's How We Roll" Bike Tour
Over the October 5 & 6 weekend thirty-two amateur radio volunteers from
the Southeast LA Amateur Radio Club (SELARC), Southwest MS Amateur Radio
Club and southeast LA ARES provided 267 "people-power" hours of public
service in support of the annual Multiple Sclerosis bike ride from
Hammond (LA) to Percy Quin Park (MS) and back.
The hams used the SELARC VHF repeater and the LWARN UHF repeater system
to provide communications assistance to the safety, logistics and
medical teams spread over the route on the back-country roads of
Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Multiple Sclerosis staff and friends and families of the cyclists,
as well as the bikers themselves, were appreciative of the ham radio
volunteers and were impressed with the capabilities of amateur radio.
The event was a wonderful display of the ham operators' skills and
public service capabilities.
Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions
MARA Christmas Hamfest - Minden, LA - Dec 21, 2019
SELARC - 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest
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.

LOUISIANA SECTION NOVEMBER BOOK WINNERS:
ARRL Individual Member: Andy Allen, KF5ORM.
ARRL Affiliated Club: Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC)
Congratulations to both!

Next drawing is December 1st…..All Active Affiliated Clubs are
automatically entered; if you have already sent me your call you need
not send again…if you have not yet entered send me our call sign by
email, text, Facebook etc….you must be an active ARRL member in the
Louisiana Section to enter and win….73
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SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGERS REPORT:
Sessions QNI QTC QTR
15.            414 32.   224

73,
Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
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ARES:
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  October
3. Year: 2019
4. Total number of ARES members: 435
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9
6. Number of ARES nets active:  60
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  3
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:  W4NDF, KD5MLD, KG5BNH, KE5BMS, AG5LR,
KD5DFL, W5GAS, KD5IGZ, KE5GMN
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 32
  9b.  Person hours :  551
10a. Number of public service events this month : 1    10b. Person hours
: 276
11a. Number of emergency operations this month : 0
11b. Person hours :  0
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  1
 12b. Person hours :  40
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a :  34
 13b. Auto Sum 9b,
        10b, 11b, 12b:  867
Submitted by:  James Coleman, AI5B
Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator

“CONGRATULATIONS” to ASEC Corey McCrary (W5MMC) and his wife Dr. Liz
McCrary on the birth of their first child, a boy GRAHAM ELDON McCRARY on
October 29th.**  

If you have not registered for ARES CONNECT please do so at the
following link: 
https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/la
Please remember that your username must be your Call Sign!
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UPCOMING HAMFESTS:
12/21/2019 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
Location: Minden, LA
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Assoc
Website: http://n5rd.org

01/18/2020 | 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest
Location: Hammond, LA
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Website: http://www.selarc.org
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***ARRL COUPONS:
November 1-30 2019 $10 off When you spend $25 or more at
www.arrl.org/shop Use code:  THANKS
December 1-31 2019 $5 shipping when you spend $20 or more at
www.arrl.org/shop Use Code GIFT

***I had an excellent response to my recent email regarding Section
PIO’s…..3 people have expressed an interest in the position and
each
are very qualified and motivated ARRL members.  We still need PIO’s in
the following Regions:
3
5
6
9
Please contact our Section PIC Joe Holland at kb5vjy@gmail.ooc if you
are interested.

73 and see you next month,

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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
k5jmr@arrl.org
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Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter October 2019

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER COTOBER 2019

SILENT KEYS:

RONALD K. PHELPS KC5FGO

 

NEW HAMS:

Michael V Macconn, KI5GLH
Berchman J Rodrigue, KI5GIL
Michael O Jackson, KI5GGP
Greg Tramell, KI5GGO
Lester J Zaunbrecher, KI5GIZ
Jeremy A Hoof, KI5GIY
Joshua J Bouy, KI5GJA
Scotty N Schadler, KI5GHG
Emily R Laprarie, KI5GJB
Jerry W Dukes, KI5GLY
Charles J Morgan, KI5GKC

 

LICENSE UPGRADES:

William A Long, KI5EVL

Shane R Slaughter, KI5FZP

 

NEW/RENEW ARRL MEMBERS:

William R McHugh, K5WRM
Michael O Jackson, KI5GGP
Nathan J Stelly, KD5IQW
Ilya Okhotnikov, UA4WGC
Hector L Martinez Sis, W5CBF
Hugh D Morris, N5HDM
Christopher J Rust, W5TNU
Kevin B Williams, KB5VFW
John A London, NS5W
Keith D Doughty, KG5EMX
Brian C Bendily, KI5GEN
Don Deville
Shane Slaughter, KI5FZP

 

FROM THE ARRL:

The Weather Channel Cites “Old School Tech” Amateur Radio as Storm Resource

09/30/2019

Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator of WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) explained Amateur Radio’s role during severe weather situations to interviewers from The Weather Channel (TWC). In a September 16 segment headlined as “Using Old School Tech During a Storm,” Ripoll — seated at WX4NHC — told Weather Channel interviewers Rick Knabb and Mike Bettes, that information NHC forecasters receive via Amateur Radio volunteers and spotters “sometimes fills in gaps they can’t get from satellites or reconnaissance.”

 

Knabb recounted an occasion when he was trying to pin down information about a storm system in Central America. “The only way I was able to accurately document what happened with that system in Central America was because of data through the ham radio operators that relayed it,” he told Ripoll.

 

Ripoll cited the WX4NHC volunteer staff of approximately 30 radio amateurs who gather and essentially screen information gathered via Amateur Radio for weather data that may be of use to forecasters.

 

Pointing to the continued use of analog technology in a digital world, Bettes said Amateur Radio “may be a dinosaur, but you’re not extinct.”

 

For his own part, Ripoll over the weekend expressed appreciation to WX4NHC, Hurricane Watch Net, and VoIP Hurricane Net volunteers for the time they donate during hurricanes and the reports they send to WX4NHC.

 

“Sometimes, we sit for hours listening to static. Sometimes, we receive many reports that are unremarkable. Sometimes, we receive very few reports. But then there are those times that one or two reports make a difference,” Ripoll said. He noted that NHC Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart cited Amateur Radio in a Hurricane Humberto advisory.

 

The advisory noted, “An Amateur Radio operator at Ports Island near the southern end of Bermuda reported a sustained wind of 75 MPH and a gust to 104 MPH during the past hour. An Amateur Radio operator in Somerset Village recently reported a sustained wind of 70 MPH and a gust to 89 MPH.” — Thanks to Julio Ripoll, WD4R

 

Past North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, SK

09/30/2019

Former ARRL North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, died on September 23. An ARRL Life Member, he was 79. Clements served as ARRL North Texas Section Communications Manager/Section Manager from 1979 until 1989. (ARRL changed the position title to Section Manager in 1984.) Clements was a pilot for Braniff Airways and Airborne Express.

 

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Registration is “On Track”

10/04/2019

With just a couple of weeks to go before Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) event on October 18 – 20, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, reports that nearly 200 US stations have registered their intentions to participate.

 

“Over the last few years, we’ve typically had around 300 stations registered before the weekend,” Wilson told ARRL. “So, we’re on track.” Wilson noted that Icom America is providing an ID-51A Plus2 VHF/UHF D-STAR portable to encourage stations to submit after-event reports. A drawing will select the recipient.

 

“Band conditions aren’t expected to be any better than they’ve been for the past year, but the enthusiasm will be there,” Wilson predicted, “and local VHF-UHF can work as well as the D-STAR and [VoIP modes].” US participants who have not yet registered may do so online. — Thanks to Jim Wilson, K5ND

 

 

10/16/2019

ARRL’s twice-yearly School Club Roundup (SCR) gets under way on Monday, October 21, at 1300 UTC, and runs through Friday, October 25, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate for up to 24 hours during the entire contest and for 6 hours during any single 24-hour period. Any mode — SSB, CW, or digital — is allowed for the event.

Stations will participate in five categories: Elementary/Primary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School, College/University Club, and Non-School Club. There is also a category for Individuals to participate.

The most popular time for younger students to be on the air is during after-school hours, but older students may be on the air at any time. Groups are limited to one transmitter on the air at any given time. Stations exchange signal report, category (School, Club, or Individual), and state, province, or DXCC entity. Stations can be worked once per band and mode. Participants will now be able to make up to three contacts with a station on each band using CW, voice, and digital modes.

The School Club Roundup is co-sponsored by ARRL and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC), and results appear in QST as well as online. The top three entries in each category — Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School College/University — will receive an award certificate. Non-school clubs or multioperator groups and individuals are also eligible for certificates.

Submit scores and logs via the SCR score entry website. Scores and logs may be entered from the time the contest begins through the log submission deadline. Paper logs are acceptable as well. Logs for the October SCR are due by November 9.

 

ARRL to Launch New On the Air Magazine in January

10/17/2019

ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.

On the Air responds to the brand new and not-so-brand-new radio amateur seeking ideas and answers,” said QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. Schoenfeld is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.

“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld. “We’re excited to introduce a new Amateur Radio magazine for this audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and getting them on the air.”

The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. Effective November 1, when eligible US radio amateurs join ARRL or renew their memberships, they will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice — On the Air or QST. Current members receiving the print edition of QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving the monthly print edition of QST or the print edition of the bimonthly On the Air.

All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.

 

Louisiana, Mississippi Amateur Radio Volunteers Support “Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll” Event

10/21/2019

Over the October 5 – 6 weekend, 32 Amateur Radio volunteers from the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (SELARC), the Southwest Mississippi Amateur Radio Club, and Southeast Louisiana ARES supported the “Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll” event. The tour provided 267 volunteer hours in support of the annual multiple sclerosis bike ride from Hammond, Louisiana, to Percy Quin Park, Mississippi, and back.

The hams used the SELARC VHF repeater and the LWARN UHF repeater system to provide communication for safety, logistics, and medical teams along the route on the back-country roads of Louisiana and Mississippi. Event sponsors, staffers, and friends and families of the cyclists as well as the cyclists themselves expressed their appreciation for the work of the ham radio volunteers and were impressed with the capabilities of Amateur Radio, Communications Coordinator Bob Priez, WB5FBS, said.

 

Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition on the Air; Injured Operator Evacuated

10/21/2019

Pitcairn Island DXpedition leader Glen Johnson, W0GJ, reports the VP6R team arrived at the South Pacific island on October 17, after the m/v Braveheart anchored offshore. After clearing customs and immigration, the team was transported to the home of Andy Christian, where the DXpedition’s equipment had been shipped well in advance.

“The steep dirt roads were very muddy from lots of recent rains, and had our equipment not been prepositioned, we would have been delayed by several days getting all stations on the air,” Johnson said.

The team is down to 12 operators after one individual fell and suffered several fractures. He was put aboard a supply ship and will be evacuated to Mangareva and on to Papeete. “Naturally we are all disappointed with this situation,” Johnson said. “DXpeditions to remote places are not without risk, and medical care is quite limited at best.” The injured operator was not identified.

Johnson reports that by the end of the first day, the team had erected antennas and put four stations on the air from Christian’s house. In the morning everyone moved to the old radio site to set up more antennas and stations at what will be VP6R’s primary low-band site. “The DX Engineering 160-meter falling derrick vertical is almost full-size and generated huge pileups that night, with 700 stations in the log!” Johnson enthused. Everything else was set up by Saturday, and the DXpedition team settled into its operating routine.

“Pitcairn has power from 8 AM until 10 PM,” Johnson explained. “After 10 PM, we switch to generators until morning. The Radio Site is 100% generator powered.”

By the end of the UTC day Sunday, VP6R had logged more than 16,000 contacts, including several 6-meter moonbounce contacts.

The weather has cooperated with pleasant temperatures, Johnson said. “When it rains, which is often, the dirt roads become ‘the world’s friendliest mud,’ as the residents call it, making travel between the two sites somewhat treacherous.” VP6R will be on 20 meters around the clock, often with more than one mode, with the goal of giving Pitcairn Island as a new one to everyone. VP6R will be on the air on all bands during the CQ World Wide DX phone event, October 25 – 26.

The VP6R team has reported that’s it’s experiencing some timing issues with FT8, which is being used in Fox & Hound mode. “With good conditions, at times we have been able to sustain nearly 400 Qs/hour, working five stations simultaneously.” Johnson said. VP6R said on its website that anyone in doubt of their contact should work the DXpedition again.

 

ARRL Creates New Online Groups for Members to Communicate with Leadership

10/22/2019

ARRL’s Committee on Communication with ARRL Members has opened new online forums where all radio amateurs — ARRL members and non-members alike — can discuss issues and topics in two-way conversation with ARRL leadership. The new groups are aimed at enhancing communication among ARRL leadership, staff, members, and prospective members, in a manner that enables timely updates and collegial discussion.

This project was based on the success over the past several years of the ARRL-LoTW (Logbook of The World) Group in responding to Amateur Radio operators’ questions and generating discussion on ways to improve that program. “The LoTW initiative has clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of online Groups as a means of achieving the desired interaction,” ARRL said in announcing the new groups.

ARRL has added three online groups:

  • ARRL-Contesting— moderated by ARRL Contest Advisory Committee Chairman Dennis Egan, W1UE.
  • ARRL-Awards— moderated by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.
  • ARRL-IARU— moderated by IARU Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ.

The existing ARRL-LOTW group, which has about 4,750 members, remains hosted by Groups.io but has moved.

Everyone who subscribes to an ARRL Group is also automatically subscribed to the “ARRL Groups” group. This administrative feature will allow ARRL to convey routine announcements relevant to subscribers of all ARRL groups.

ARRL IT Manager Michael Keane, K1MK, worked with Groups.io to set up the new groups.

In the months ahead, the Committee envisions creating more online groups to support two-way communication focusing on areas of additional interest to radio amateurs, including ARRL activities, services, initiatives, and policies.

ARRL currently hosts members-only online forums that include Awards and Contesting. While these forums will continue to operate, participants will be encouraged to post new threads in the appropriate new groups.

Participants will be expected to adhere to some basic ground rules:

  • All questions are welcome, no matter how many times they have already been asked and answered, or how obvious the answers might be in the documentation.
  • Neither personal attacks nor foul language will be tolerated. Violators will immediately be placed on “moderated” status, meaning their subsequent posts will require Moderator approval until the Moderator’s trust has been regained.
  • Individuals posting are reminded that these forums are open to everyone, including prospective hams and operators who are not ARRL members but may be thinking about joining. Civility and courtesy are expected, even when you may take issue with a post or thread topic.

The Committee on Communication with Members believes that providing more opportunities for two-way discussion between ARRL leadership and the broader Amateur Radio community will assist the organization in truly serving the needs of this community.

 

FCC Turns Down Petition to Amend Amateur Radio Identification Rules

10/23/2019

The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making to amend Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during emergency nets, drills, or activations. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, of Canfield, Ohio, had sought a change to Section 97.119(a) of the rules to allow a single point of transmission for station ID on those occasions. He proposed permitting a net control station or other designated participant to announce the call signs of every station taking part in the net or exercise, when tactical call signs often are in use, at 10-minute intervals, using automatic CW identification.

In turning down Dukish’s petition, Scot Stone, the Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility Division, said commenters overwhelmingly opposed the proposal.

“They argue that the current rule strikes the appropriate balance between the need to identify the source of transmissions and ease of communication,” Stone wrote. “Commenters state that, in their years of experience with amateur emergency communications, the station identification requirement has not proven to be a burden or obstacle, and that the current procedure actually contributes to efficient operations by providing a clear indication that a communication has ended and the channel is available.”

Stone said some commenters asserted that Dukish’s proposed procedure would be unworkable and cause confusion, while others characterized his proposal as a solution in search of a problem.

“The purpose of the station identification requirement is to make the source of transmissions clearly known to those receiving those transmissions,” Stone wrote. “Separating the call sign from each transmission would defeat this purpose.” Moreover, he said there’s no evidence that the current station ID requirements have hindered Amateur Radio emergency communications.

Dukish had filed his petition in December 2018, and the FCC invited comments on it in February 2019

 

 

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:

 

Scott, W5WZ, is the President of the Louisiana Contest Club and would like your opinions to help increase participation in the Louisiana QSO Party. He’s prepared a survey for both in-state and out-of-state amateurs that will help guide the event to greater success, and would appreciate responses from any and all.

https://www.w5wz.com/louisiana-qso-party-survey/

 

October Book Give Away Winners:

Affiliated Club: Ascension Amateur Radio Club.
ARRL Member: Glen Strecker KG5CEN.

 

SECTION TRAFFICV MANAGER’S REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

Sessions   QNI   QTC   QTR

  1.           411 21.      398

 

73,

Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS

Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

 

SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR’S REPORT SEPTEMBER 2019

  1. ARRL Section: Louisiana
  2. Month: September
  3. Year: 2019
  4. Total number of ARES members: 425
  5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9
  6. Number of ARES nets active: 58
  7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 1
  8. Call of Dec/EC Reporting: W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR WJ5Y W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN

9a. Number of exercises & Training sessions:  37   9b. Person hours: 262

10a. Number of Public Service Events:  1   10b. Person hours:  3

11a. Number of Emergency Operations:   0    11b. Person hours:  0

12a. Number of SKYWARN Operations:  0    12b.  Person hours:  0

  1. Totals: 38 / 265.0

Check out the Ascension Airwaves Newsletter at :  http://k5arc.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Ascension-Airwaves-Sept-2019.pdf

 

Region 4:

Prayers continue for Herman Campbell KN5GRK who was hospitalized following a fall.

 

Region 6:

We have learned that our club treasurer, Steve Baillio, KA5HIK, while visiting family in Albuquerque, NM, has had a heart attack.  A heart cath has been done and two stints put in.  As soon as Steve can travel, his son will travel to Albuquerque to bring Steve and his wife back to Alexandria.

When we learn more, we will pass this information on to you.

We ask your prayers for Steve and his family.

 

Congratulations to CLARC’s own Stacy Sonneland, KG5KGU, for qualifying in August for the ARRL Certificate of Code Proficiency!  This certificate recognizes his merit and progress in Morse code proficiency in words per minute.

Please see page 99 in the October 2019 issue of QST Magazine.  Also see the attached document under August.

Great job, Stacy!

73 and thanks to everyone.

Lisa

KW5LC, Secretary

 

 

Region 7:

Effective September 15, 2019 ICS 300 was changed by FEMA and Emergency Management Institute (EMI) with a new updated two-day resident in class course.  The good news is our office once again was recertified to teach the course. We received not only state certification (LA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security), but also passed the national recertification test administered by FEMA-EMI.  From September 15, 2019 forward we may once again continue our efforts to improve Incident Command and Unified Command by holding our own ICS 300 & 400 courses.  One good news of this new version of ICS 300 & 400, is ICS 400 will now only be a one day course!   Please see the following schedule of courses we plan to offer (As always if your agency needs an additional course “on site” remember we can come to you):

These courses are available to any first responder or agency that works with Bossier Unified Command daily or during disasters (state agencies, VOAD partners and of course BAFB, Camp Minden & US Navy/USMC staff).

 

ICS 300

DATE: Nov 25-26 2019,

TIME: 8:00am

LOCATION: Bossier EOC

1511 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 7111

ICS 400

DATE: Dec 3, 2019

TIME:  8:00am

LOCATION: Bossier EOC

1511 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 7111

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ICS 300

DATE: Dec 10-11, 2019,

TIME: 8:00am

LOCATION: Bossier EOC

1511 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 7111

ICS 400

DATE: Dec 12, 2019

TIME:  8:00am

LOCATION: Bossier EOC

1511 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 7111

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ICS 300

DATE: Dec 17-18, 2019,

TIME: 8:00am

LOCATION: Bossier EOC

1511 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 7111

ICS 400

DATE: Dec 19, 2019

TIME:  8:00am

LOCATION: Bossier EOC

1511 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 7111

ICS 300 & 400 Requirements (BOHSEP Uses Walk In Registration Process – No Pre-registration Required )             

   ICS 300                                                                                 ICS 400

Bossier EOC 1511 Doctors Drive

Bossier City, LA 71111

COL Gene Barattini (Ret) LEM, MEM, CHPP

Bossier Office of Homeland Security

&  Emergency Preparedness

Deputy Director

1511 Doctors Drive

Bossier City, LA 71111

EOC:   318-425-5352

gbarattini@bohsep.org

 

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. 10 ………………………….. October 2019

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.

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program for contacts 3/3/19 to 12/31/19

Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes for October go out to – Bill KB5SKW, Ed KE5GMN, Allen W5EGG, and Ralph K5CAV. If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

Get Well Soon —

Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air!

VE Session Results

Congratulations to the following ham on his upgrade to Extra!
Michael O. Jackson / KI5GGP – Covington, La.

Thank you once again, to all the VEs’ who show up to make this possible!!

 

**I attended the Chattanooga, TN Hamfest this past weekend for the Delta Division/TN D-Star Convention.  The hamfest was very well attended and I was made to feel right at home by all the folks up there.  The weather was good and nice and cool.  The event was held on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday with many interesting and well attended forums.  The forums I attended was as follows:

 

APRS given by Dr. Gary Eiff W3GME

ARRL: On-the-Air in the 21st Century by Dan Henderson N1ND ARRL Regulatory Manager

D-Star:  given by Ed Woodrick WA4YIH

ARRL:  Moving the ARRL into the future by CEO Howard Michel WB2ITX

ARRL:  Delta Division Update by David Norris K5UZ

 

There was a D-star dinner held at a local restaurant for those interested in D-star to gather and exchange information; it was very well attended.

 

Longtime TN Section Manager Keith Miller N9DGK was honored as he plans to retire at the end of this year.  I especially wanted to attend the hamfest to tell Keith how much his friendship and guidance has meant to me over the past 2 years.  Keith has had some personal and family health issues and needs to step away form the SM job and devote more time to these things….Keith was presented with a plaque by the TN Section.  There is currently an election in the TN section for that position.

 

Some of the topics presented by David Norris were from the most recent ARRL Board meeting in July:

  • Made steps to support change in symbol rate
  • New Amateur Auxiliary Program advances
  • Looking at Life Membership & Dues rates
  • Banned robot contacts in contests
  • Banned robot contacts for DXCC credit
  • Added QRP category to RTTY Roundup
  • Voted to add Saudi Arabi & Seychelles to IARU
  • Moved to strengthen vendor/mfg. relationships
  • Created the Research UPDATED ARES PROGRAM Working Group
  • Advanced the EmComm Director title

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**Congratulations to our 2019 ARRL Louisiana Section Amateur of the Year Jaclyn L. “Jackie” Price KA5LMZ! Jackie, who is the R4 St. Mary Parish EC was nominated by Herman Campbell KN5GRK who sent a long list of reasons why he was nominating her. We will meet with Jackie in November to present her plaque. **

 

**Please continue to keep ASM Mike McCrary WB5LJQ in your prayers as he continues to heal from back surgery!

 

Upcoming Hamfests:

11/02/2019 | Greater New Orleans Ham Fest

Location: Harahan, LA
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2044282109131267/

 

12/21/2019 | MARA Christmas Hamfest

Location: Minden, LA
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Assoc
Website: http://n5rd.org

 

01/18/2020 | 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest

Location: Hammond, LA
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Website: http://www.selarc.org

 

**Our next drawing for the monthly book giveaway will be here soon!

 

Hoping everyone has a good start to November; be safe out there and have fun!

 

73,

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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