LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

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

Silent Keys:

Paul Ecke  KC5BYE

Joseph Manena W5DEA

James “Bob” Jenkins WD5GBL

Robert Raborn KA5HUF

Michael Raymond W5IAA

Albert Edgar Baker KF5IBW

 

New Hams:

Report for 2019-02-04

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

 

License Upgrades:

Report for 2019-02-04

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

 

New/Renewed ARRL Members:

Report for 2019-02-04

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

 

FROM THE ARRL:

 

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

02/08/2019

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

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

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

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

 

ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment

02/08/2019

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

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

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

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

 

New IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island

02/07/2019

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

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

 

ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

02/07/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

02/07/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02/07/2019

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

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

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

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

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

 

World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host

02/06/2019

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

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

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

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

 

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

02/06/2019

 

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

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

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

 

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

02/05/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brunei V84SAA DXpedition to Focus on Low Bands

02/05/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AMSAT Announces 50th Anniversary Space Symposium

02/05/2019

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

 

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

02/04/2019

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

 

Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

01/31/2019

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

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

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

 

 

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:

 

REGION 1:

From the Ascension Airwaves

February 2019

The February monthly meeting is scheduled for

Wednesday 6 February 2019 at 19:00 hrs. at

the Ascension Office of Homeland Security and

Emergency Preparedness at 828 South Irma

Blvd in Gonzales.

 

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

follow us at www.K5ARC.org or

www.FaceBook.com/k5arc

 

The  President’s Corner

Another month has flown by.  We have started off 2019

strong and hopefully will keep the momentum

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

are networking with other groups and we are hoping to

grow and do more.  Please come out to our meetings

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

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

know someone who is interested in ham radio please

pass along a copy of our newsletter or point them to

our website and social media. We need to spread the

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

lots to do in the coming weeks and months and we

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

everyone at the meeting Wednesday night.

73,

Steve, KC5SAS

 

Winter Field Day 2019

Weather Saturday was

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

pulled the trailer out from under the canopy at the Fire

Station on Roddy Road, fired up the generator, air

compressor, and pneumatic mast. Steve even pulled out our

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

show members the trailer in action and made contacts over

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

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

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

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

our contacts including with the neighbors in Livingston

Parish.

The LOHSEP club also participated in WFD. They

operated the entire 24 hours and had almost 200

contacts from their mobile command post. On Sunday

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

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

 

A Year or So in Review

I joined AARC almost a year ago in April and was

voluntold to be Secretary and Treasurer. Steve and

David had been working together to get the club going

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

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

today. Some of the things we have accomplished-

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

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

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

MissLou, SELARC, LOHSEP, Livingston, Bayouland

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

clubs all receive this newsletter.

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

almost half a day opening new accounts for the club.

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

open new bank accounts, file with the Secretary of

State, and apply for our 501c3 status.

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

Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.

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

good for the next 10 years.

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

not able to contact the previous one.

7)  We are an ARRL affiliated club.

8)  We are good on QRZ!

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

10) We have updated our Constitution and Bylaws.

Treasurer’s reports and meeting minutes are all current.

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

and have reestablished ties with the Ascension OHSEP.

12) We have our communications trailer back in working

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

We have also gotten it out of the weather and are

looking at having shore power to maintain the batteries

in it.

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

down for over 1 ½ years.

14)  We have applied for a grant to completely

replace repeater, duplexers, hardline, and antenna for

the 225.

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

have just added EchoLink to the 310 machine.

16)   We have filed our application and it was

accepted by the IRS to be a 501c3 organization.

17)  This month we start our new meeting format-

short business meeting and then we will have a program

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

already planned!

18)  We just operated Winter Field Day from our

trailer. Some issues and upgrades will be coming up.

 

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

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

 

ACTIVE LOCAL REPEATERS

Ascension

147.225+ (107.2 pl) Gonzales

146.985- (107.2 pl)  Convent/Sunshine Bridge

145.310- (107.2 pl)  Port Vincent *EchoLink*

28.211 (CW) K5ARC 10m beacon

Livingston

147.165+ (107.2) LOHSEP

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

442.350+ (107.2) LOHSEP

EBR

145.49- Fusion/Wires-X, DWARN

146.88 D-Star (no reflector)

146.79- (107.2) FM/C4FM

443.100+ (107.2 pl)

443.375+ Fusion/ Wires-X/DWARN

Felicianas

53.83 (-1 MHz 107.2 pl) FM

146.835- (114.8 pl) FM, Echolink

443.850 (+5 MHz 107.2 pl) FM

Lafourche/Terrebonne

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

147.39+ (114.8 pl)

 

Local Nets

Sundays

Post Office Net 3.905 MHz LSB 07:00 local

ARES State Wide 3.878 MHz LSB 19:00 local

ARES Region 2 Net  146.79-   20:00 local

BRARC Club Net       146.79-   20:30 local

Mondays

10M Net 28.450 MHz USB 19:30 local

Bayou Region Net  147.39+ 19:00 local

Tuesdays

LOHSEP ARC 147.165+ 19:30 local

Wednesdays

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

SELSA Net 146.52  21:00 local

Thursdays

Livingston ARC  146.73- 19:00 hrs

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

K5ARC Informal Net 147.225+ 20:00 hrs. local

(Echolink K5ARC-R)

 

LWARN Linked Repeaters

Livingston-      444.350 +    pl 136.5

West Feliciana-                 443.625 +   pl 156.7

Greensburg-      442.275 +   pl 156.7

Washington Parish-   442.425 +   pl 156.7

EBR (Central)-        442.400 +   pl 156.7

St Tammany Parish    443.425 +   pl 156.7

These repeaters are part of the Governor’s Office of

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

(GOSHEP). Amateur operators are welcome to use them

 

DWARN Linked Repeaters

Livingston  145.23-       pl 107.2       DG ID 23

Bush    145.47-       pl 114.8       DG ID 92

Baton Rouge  145.49-       pl 107.2       DG ID 22

Baton Rouge  443.375+                         DG ID 21

Bush    443.400+    pl 114.8       DG ID 91

Madisonville  444.875+    pl 114.8       DG ID 93

New Iberia  442.025+    pl 103.5       DG ID 01

Parks    443.200+    pl 103.5       DG ID 01

Use PL tones for analog FM, DG ID for C4FM

 

Two new Fusion repeaters connected to the DWARN

network has just been added in New Iberia and Parks

(between New Iberia and Breaux Bridge). Great

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

info see www.dwarn.org.

 

K5ARC.org Web Page Updates

David LeBlanc, N5LEB, and Steve Raacke, KC5SAS,

have been working hard to update the webpage.

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

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

Us” link and our snail mail address.

 

All three of us post often to Facebook with cool stuff

and announcements. Follow us at

www.facebook.com/k5arc

 

985 Repeater Updates

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

and met with the manager Marcus Winslow of Continental

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

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

Sunshine Bridge. All 3 repeaters had gone down some time

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

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

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

and over to New Orleans.

The APRS and 70cm repeaters are

still off the air. The Club has

obtained a new APRS machine to

replace the old one. Hopefully that

will be functional by the time you

are reading this.

 

The 70cm repeater will be going

DMR in the near future. More

information will be coming on

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

presentation at the March meeting. He works with the Gulf

Coast link and has other DMR repeaters.

 

Once the K5ARC 440 repeater is repaired we will be looking

for tower space for it.

 

There has been more activity on our

145.310 machine thanks to the

Echolink node we recently put up.

The power supply for the node radio

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

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

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

turnout the last few weeks.

 

David LeBlanc, N5LEB, will have a presentation on Echolink

for our Club meeting Wednesday. So come out and learn

something new.

 

We are still working on getting the 225 repeater completely

replaced. We hope to update members at our meeting

Wednesday.

 

During WFD operations we assembled the Comet GP-9

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

parts missing. The parts were ordered from Comet and are

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

thanks go out to Comet antennas for helping out!

 

River Region Amateur Radio

Association

From Conrad Baker, KG5FQT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

start a new organization. After membership hand offs,

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

paper trail with the Plantation Club. With the new

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

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

able to accept donations from local industry and hopefully

reach a point to give back to the community. We

 

 

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

membership, but a tight nit group of Ham operators to

keep up with local and regional repeaters and help provide

emergency communications to be used in emergencies.

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

be seeing several brand new repeaters go up with brand

new feed lines and brand new antennas. While we

appreciate everyone who has helped piece and part our

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

our 3 main repeaters fully functional, was proof that

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

John Parish EOC, St John Communications District, St John

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

new repeaters in the air hopefully by the summer on a

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

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

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

redundant power and redundant fiber. Along with our

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

separate tower.

We plan on working very tightly with our neighbors to the

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

Thibodaux/Bayou Region club, neighbors to the north in

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

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

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

types of clubs.

Please remember that this is the first step in getting our

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

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

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

together for a meeting and start working some things out,

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

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

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

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

have just experienced some issues with non-hams and

spam with the open public groups and wish to keep it

closed at this time. Thanks everyone for reading this long

thread, and welcome on our new journey.

De K5ARC- we wish our neighbors to the south

good luck in their efforts and look forward to

closely working with them

 

Parting  Shots

Many of us attended the Hammond Hamfest. This was the

first year I attended and had a great time. Southeastern

LA University is a very nice campus and was a great

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

from the seacan. What was really nice was meeting so

many of you I talk with on the air especially members

from neighboring clubs. Our hats go off to the SELARC

members who put the hamfest together.

 

I am looking forward to the Rayne Hamfest coming up

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

hamfest in the world that has boiled crawfish!

 

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

start preparing for Field Day in June. There are some

repairs and upgrades we want to do with our trailer

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

 

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

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

Invite a friend, make the drive to Gonzales for the

meeting, or at least join us on our net.

 

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

or at the meeting this Wednesday.

 

73’s de N5EKF …-.-

 

REGION 2:

RF News

BATON ROUGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

2/2019 EDITION

Greetings everyone!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

editions of the RF News.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

soon.

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

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

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

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

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

6:30 AM.

Todd Huovinen, AB5TH

 

Upcoming Events

HAMFESTS

FEBRUARY 23, 2019 – ORANGE HAMFEST, ORANGE, TX

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

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

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

CLUB MEETINGS

FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY

7 PM PROGRAM: MFJ ENTERPRISES, MARTIN JUE

MARCH  12, 2019 – BRARC BOARD MEETING, FAIRWOOD LIBRARY

6:30 PM

MARCH 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY

CONTESTS/OPERATING EVENTS

MARCH 2-3, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL DX PHONE CONTEST

MARCH 16, 2019 – LA QSO PARTY

APRIL 14, 2019 – ROOKIE ROUNDUP – SSB

NETS

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

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

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

TECH CLASSES

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

 

ARRL LA Section News

Section Manager John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thank Bob for his service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congrats to Chris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope to see you at Rayne….

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

Meet Todd, AB5TH. Todd Huovinen was recently

awarded the Stan Preston Award by BRARC.  Stan Preston

was a longtime member of BRARC. When he became a

Silent Key, the club honored his good samaritan qualities

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

presented to a licensed amateur who has demonstrated

continued good samaritan activites through Amateur Radio.

Todd started the hobby as a shortwave listener in

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

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

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

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

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

florescent lighting nearby, he decided to get it.

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

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

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

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

talkie frustrated him enough that he purchased an old Icom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

well – his wife Jessica, KD5SXF, and daughter.

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

 

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

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

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

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

advancement of Amateur Radio.

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

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

 

Future VE Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

 

Happy Mardi Gras!

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

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

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

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

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

see covered.    I welcome all feeback and suggestions.

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

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

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

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

Synomen Hebert, KG5IRS

Synomen is the newest Editor of the

RF News.  Please send all articles or

information you’d like to see in the next

issue to her at: RFNEWS@BRARC.ORG

 

 

REGION 4:

14th Annual Eagle Expo Special Event

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

ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC

Volume 59, Number 02

 

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

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

 

HAMFEST

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

 

EMMCOM

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

 

Monday Night Net

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

 

Miscellaneous

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

 

HAM RADIO AND DIGITAL MODES

By Larry Leblanc KE5KJD dated January 16, 2019

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

Larry, KE5KJD.

 

AARA WINTER FIELD DAY 2019

by Chris Ancelet N5MCY

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

 

REGION 4 SKYWARN NET

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

 

FIRECRACKERS

From Ray W5EW

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

 

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

 

REGION 8:

Submitted by Joe Holland

KB5VJY

LA Section PIC

Region 8 ARRS ADEC

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NELA Facebook Pages:

facebook.com/groups/kc5dr     Louisiana Delta Radio Club

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

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

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

 

NELA Nets

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

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

147.120  +  PHARA ARES Training Net                            Mondays 7:00pm

146.790  –   Jonesboro La Area Net                                   Mondays 7:30pm

147.120  +  PHARA Newcomers Net                                 Mondays 8:30pm

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

147.060  +   Winnfield Repeater net                                   Thursdays 8:00pm

 

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

 

 

REGION 9:

The SELARC “Hamster”

*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*

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

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

 

SELARC 2019 Hamfest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

73
Tyrone – N5XES
SELARC – President / Hamfest Chairman

 

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

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

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

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

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

 

In Sympathy —

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

 

VE Session Results –

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

Technician

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

General

Jeff Sibley / KG5YDE Livingston, Tx.

Extra

Roger Peters / KG5ZLE – Denham Springs, La.

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

Again, thank you es 73
Tyrone Burns – N5XES

 

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ARES:

 

ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report

JAN 2019

Total number of ARES members  355

Number of ARES nets active  43

Number of nets with NTS liaison  1

Number of exercises and training  32 for 238 hours

Number of public service events this month    2 for 22 hours

Number of emergency operations this month  0

Number of SKYWARN operations this month  0

Total=  34 activities for 260 hours

 

Submitted by James Coleman, AI5B

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Section Traffic Manager Report

January 2019

 

SESSIONS  QNI  QTC  QTR

 

16               135   30    150

 

73,

Jimmy Lewis

Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

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Contests:

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

 

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MONTHLY BOOK GIVE-A-WAY

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

 

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

73,

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019

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

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

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018

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

    Hey John Mark,

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

    73,

    Nicholas Frederick – W4NDF

    District Emergency Coordinator – LA Region 1 ARES

    ARES Official Emergency Station

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

    Vice Commander – USCG Aux Flotilla 47

    Email: W4NDF@arrl.net

    Phone: (504) 430-6018

    Hamshack Hotline: 618

    Fax: (504) 459-9300

    Emergency Line: (504) 383-4382

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

    LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018

    SILENT KEYS

    Norbet Newby WA5CFW

    Elizabeth Denton KA5MTG

    Charles Winder, Jr. K5FNN

    Frank Thrash W4DLZ

    Henry P. Forbes KC5KJ

    Sam L. Richardson W5SMH

    Carl Beck W5BEK

    NEW HAMS

    Report for 2018-11-02

    Jared A Mayeaux, KI5BVA

    Donnis H O’bryan, KI5CBV

    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW

    T J Taplin, KI5CBW

    Rex A Schuttler, KI5BUE

    LICENSE UPGRADES

    Report for 2018-11-02

    Camille J Guidry, KG5SWD

    David J Cantrelle, KF5WMS

    Michael J Decossas, KB5OZE

    Gregory Speyrer, KE5DEU

    Michael A Carmouche, KG5TGG

    Dorothy L Minor, KF5YNM

    Richard L Cutrer, KF5TQT

    Shirley M Jordan, KI5BFH

    Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH

    NEW ARRL MEMBERS

    Report for 2018-11-02

    James P Marra, N5HZ

    Divini Luccioni, N3DI

    Ted F Vander Wiede, KB1NDX

    Nathan A Cooper, K5ZFC

    Steven D Brinkley

    William J O Donnell, W5VPM

    Susan Anderson, KE5FMX

    Timothy Sonnier, N5RKK

    Abbigail Wilson, KF5BEW

    Kendra Wilson, KF5FYS

    Galen D Wilson, KF5BET

    John B Maylard, KC6MNO

    David W Ables, KE5NIJ

    Kevin J Abshire, KE5RKT

    Paul J Maia, KB5AIF

    Leonard W Martin, WD5DNQ

    Keith A McDavid, KF5WTK

    Kevin N Boykin, N5CDB

    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW

    Terry J Peek, KD5BIO

    Charles H Edwards, WC5K

    Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ

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    FROM THE ARRL

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

    11/01/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him

    best.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    midwestern contesters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    and was a multi-multi regular as well.

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

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

    that AIH stands for ‘already in heaven.’”

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

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

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

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

    decades in ham radio.

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

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

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

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

    and a climbing belt.

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

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

    you.”

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

    Station

    11/01/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NAL, the FCC indicated.

    “Commission action in this area is essential because unlicensed radio

    stations do not broadcast Emergency Alert Service messages and therefore

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

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

    of interference to licensed communications and undermine the

    Commission’s authority over broadcast radio operations.”

    Following up on February 2015 complaints regarding pirate radio

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

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

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

    antenna on the structure. The measured field strength exceeded the

    limits allowed for Part 15 unlicensed devices.

    Through a solicitation broadcast on the station for advertisers and a

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

    determine that the telephone number in the announcement belonged to

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

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

    agents returned to Paterson and determined that the signal source had

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    of the investigation spelled out in the earlier NAL.

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

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

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

    amateur licensees.

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

    11/01/2018

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

    side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL

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

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

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

    eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and

    services in the same direction.

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

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

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

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

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

    process.”

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

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

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

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

    things that appeal to people who have different interests and different

    passions.”

    Ham radio appears currently entrenched with opposition often expressed

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

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

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

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

    encourage more technological diversity without creating controversy.

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

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

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

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

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

    the legacy.”

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

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

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

    and change, without abandoning the legacy interests.”

    Acknowledging the incessant push to get more young people into Amateur

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

    processes and services and products into something that would appeal to

    the newer generation of hams.”

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

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

    same kind of ability for people interested in Amateur Radio to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Michel said he definitely wants to encourage partnerships with other

    organizations with which ARRL might share some common ground, including

    IEEE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication

    Development Director

    11/02/2018

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

    of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication

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

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

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

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

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

    Telecommunication Development Bureau that helps its members benefit from

    the drivers of innovation and economic development.

    “We must help governments integrate ICTs into their national

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

    digital development strategies emphasize human capacity, digital skills,

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

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

    billion people still offline.”

    Her candidacy had strong support from US officials, including Secretary

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

    Ajit Pai.

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

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

    information and communication technologies,” Pompeo wrote in endorsing

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

    driving force to ensure connectivity for all.”

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

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

    pivotal role in accelerating the spread of digital communications

    throughout the globe.”

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

    the past decade she has headed the ITU General Secretariat Strategic

    Planning and Membership Department for the Secretary-General. Her

    responsibilities have included developing the ITU’s strategic and

    operational plans in the context of ICT trends and the global

    information economy, representing the ITU in engagement with other

    bodies, and directing and managing all ITU global conferences.

    She launched Equals Global Partnership, a multi-stakeholder

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

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

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

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

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

    2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day

    December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z

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

    Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the

    contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the

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

    offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

    SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

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

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

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

    repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate

    the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators

    during threatening weather.

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

    UTC.

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

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

    cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

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

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

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

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

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

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

    event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again

    be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion

    of SRD.

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

    submission form.

    Deadline for log submission is January 31, 2019.

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

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

    on the 4th full weekend in June.

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

    2018 Field Day results will appear in December QST

    LA SECTION RESULTS:

    LOUISIANA SECTION 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY RESULTS

    (PER DECEMBER 2018 QST)

    TOTAL ENTRIES: 24

    Score listings are grouped according to the number of transmitters in

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

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

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

    bonus points and ARRL Section.

    THREE OR MORE PERSON CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE

    1A-COMMERCIAL

    WESTSIDE ARC  W5ABD  32/2/6/314 LA

    2A

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

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

    3A

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

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

    3A COMMERCIAL

    SE LA ARC  WM5T  218/2/7/522  LA

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

    5A COMMERCIAL

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

    ONE OR TWO PERSONS/CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE

    1B-1 OPERATOR

    K5BIU  219/2/1/1,024  LA

    N5JSC  118/2/1/386  LA

    K5TAE  28/2/1/206  LA

    1B-1 OPERATOR BATTERY

    K5SL  515/5/1/5,400 LA

    HOME STATIONS COMMERCIAL POWER

    1D

    K1DW  175/2/1/750  LA

    AA5AU  318/1/1/636  LA

    K2ZP  57/2/1/164  LA

    KG5GJT  45/2/1/140  LA

    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER

    1E

    KA5M  406/2/1/1,774  LA

    3E

    W5GAD  1,085/2/57/4,878  LA

    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER-BATTERY

    EOC STATIONS

    2F

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

    5F

    OZONE ARC  W5SLA  102/2/25/808  LA

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    ARES:  LA Section

    October 2018

    ARES Members:  352

    Active nets: 53 / with NTS Liaison:  3

    Number of Exercises/Training:  41 / 361 hours

    Number of Public Service Events:  2 / 432 hours

    Number of Emergency Operations:  0 / 0 hours

    Number of Skywarn Events:  3 / 34 hours

    Total:  46 / 827

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    Louisiana Traffic Report October 2018

    SESSIONS    QNI    QTC    QTR

    16                105    20      1.5 HOURS

    LOUISIANA HF ARES NET

    SSESSIONS QNI QTC  QTR

    4                110  0      2 HOURS

    73,

    Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS

    LOUISIANA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER

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

    All LA Section ARRL Members,

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

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

    Hammond Hamfest January 19, 2019.

    The nomination procedure is as follows:

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

    documentation. The Award Selection Committee will only see your attached

    documentation for each individual with nothing to identify the nominee.

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

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

    member and has shown exemplary participation and accomplishments.)

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

    the

    nominee’s participation and accomplishments.

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

    identify the nominee in the bullet statements.

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

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

    QST).

    3)            The Section Manager will appoint an independent selection committee

    to make the final selection.

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

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

    required.

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

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

    December 31, 2018.

    Thank you!

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    ARRL Louisiana Section

    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS:  LA SECTION

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest

    Location: Minden, LA

    Type: ARRL Hamfest

    Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association

    Website: http://n5rd.org

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest

    Location: Hammond, LA

    Type: ARRL Hamfest

    Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS: DELTA DIVISION

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    12/01/2018 | Arkansas DX Association Annual Conference

    Location: North Little Rock, AR

    Type: ARRL Convention

    Sponsor: Arkansas DX Association

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

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

    Location: Jackson, MS

    Type: ARRL Convention

    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club

    Website: http://msham.org

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    ARRL Louisiana Section

    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

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