Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter October 2018

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