Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter February 2020

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


FROM THE ARRL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Swains Island 2020 DXpedition website for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information is available on the FAR website.

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

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

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


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

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

 Sessions QNI QTC QTR
17.            418 44.   393

January 2020
Sessions QNI QTC QTR
16             342 31.   467


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

SELARC 2020 Hamfest
The SELARC 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest was held on Saturday January 18,
2020; thanks to all those who sold tickets and participated in the
event. The results of the main prize drawing are shown below:
o	1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D — Lyle Wales–KD5JRY
o	2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR — John Beicher–KF5OPB
o	3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer — Ralph Shaw–K5CAV
o	4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR — Bob–WB5FBS
 
Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions
60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020 - http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm
2020 ARRL Field Day - June 27-28, 2020
Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of
each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room "B" of the
North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee.
Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact
n5xes@arrl.net or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.
Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for February go out to - John Guthans AA5UY, Pat KE5KMM,
David N5QOX, and Lyle KD5JRY
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.
Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson
N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the
air!
VE Session Results
Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and
upgrades!!
18 Jan 2020 - Hammond Hamfest - Hammond VE Group
Technician
Billy Orehowsky / KI5HZE - Saucier, Ms.
Adam Permenter / KI5HZD - Clinton, La.
Devin Martin - Greenwell Springs, La.
General
Randall Davis / KF5TEW - Picayune, Ms.
Extra
Charles Freeman / W5CCF - Summit, Ms.
John Barnes Jr. / N5WWL - Denham Springs, La.
26 Jan, 2020 - Hammond VE Group
Technician
Joel McClure / K5KZX - Madisonville, La.
Many thanks to all the VEs' who came out and helped with the sessions!
Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated!!!
73
Tyrone / N5XES - Hammond VE Group

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

See you in Rayne/73,

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