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
ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur
Radio Rules
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
“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
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
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
“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.
Registration is Open for QRP-ARCI Four Days in May 2019
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
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
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
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
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
•    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
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
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
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
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.
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
Region 4:
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)
12/11 KG5QKH RAY
12/16 K2JDM MOE
01/01 K5QXJ NICK
01/03 KE5UPM AL
01/06 N5KNY PAUL
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,
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
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
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!
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.
LA Section Traffic Manager’s Report
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Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
Location: Hammond, LA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
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.
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……
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.
ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR