Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter September 2018

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