Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter January 2020

Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter January 2020

I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy as we enter the new
year.  The Hammond Hamfest is coming soon; January 18th. I hope to see
many of you there. We will have two hours for our ARRL/ARES Forums and I
will have some nice prizes to give away. 

Silent Keys: (as listed in the February 2020 QST)
Randall B. Prewitt, K4LJA

New Hams: Welcome to the hobby!
Report for 2020-01-03
Henry D Flanagan, KI5HQT
Tobi Provenzano, KI5HQW
Geoffrey M Single, KI5HQX
Todd J Rudloff, KI5HNX
Shane J Stokes, KI5HQZ
Nicholas B Dykes, KI5HQR
Salvatore Esola, KI5HQS
Christopher Biernat, KI5HQP
Federico M Lertora, KI5HQU
Elizabeth E Wotawa, KI5HRA
Luke A Cressionie, KI5HQQ
Eric G Benoit, KI5HQO
Matthew M Lewis, KI5HQV
Charles R Smith, KI5HQY
Heather B Heaney, KI5HOF
James A Johnson, KI5HQC

Upgraded License: Congratulations!
Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC

New/Renewed ARRL Members:  Welcome/Welcome back!
Elise G Karcher, N5LIT
Kenneth A Bell, WB5UYN
Esdy S Agoro
Trygve E Reid, KI5HFU
James Boyd, KI5HLN
Mary L Matamoros, KF5AXR
Steve P Webre, AF5VR
Randal J Castille, N5MLJ
Willis E Shobe, W6LKT
Kaleb Morgan, KG5AAF
Paul J Mccrory, KF5MHG
John C Marston, KG5VWN
Jeffrey G Welsh, KF5ENP
Robert E Hobbs, N5ULA
Cheryl Ellis, KA5VOP
Robert M Ellis, KA5NGO
Emily Laprarie, KI5GJB
Dustin W Howell, W5CFI
Randall F Ford, KF5EZR
Connor Wiedemeier, KF5MTQ
James Johnson, KI5HQC
From the ARRL

Computer Bulletin Board System Co-Inventor Randy Suess, ex-WB9GPM, SK
The co-inventor of the Computer Bulletin Board System, Randy Suess,
ex-WB9GPM, died on December 10. He was 74. According to his obituary in
The New York Times, Suess and IBM engineer Ward Christensen collaborated
on the system in 1978, during the dial-up era, a year before Compuserve
began offering online consumer service. The computer bulletin board was
a forerunner of today’s proliferation of social media outlets.
Suess and Christensen were members of the Chicago Area Computer
Hobbyists’ Exchange (CACHE), and the system was initially developed so
that club members could more easily communicate with one another. By the
time the Chicago BBS was retired in the 1980s, it had been accessed more
than 500,000 times. — Thanks to Wes Plouff, AC8JF

New England Radio Amateur Hosts Video on Tower Safety
Jim Idelson, K1IR, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, recently provided a club
meeting program on ham radio tower safety for the Billerica Amateur
Radio Society (BARS). Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, recorded and edited the
presentation and made it available online. It runs approximately 1 hour
and 10 minutes.
In his presentation, Idelson said an estimated 38,000 amateur radio
towers are standing in the US, with 24 hours of climbing time per tower
each year. He noted that two tower-climbing fatalities have occurred in
the past year, with a calculated fatality rate that’s twice that of
commercial tower workers. In more than half of amateur tower incidents,
the climber fell while tied into the tower, while another 37% involved
falls. Idelson advised radio amateurs to plan, identify, and mitigate
risks in advance of a climb, to focus and be patient, and not to get
“Risks of tower work are far too high,” Idelson told his audience.
“Success depends on creating a culture that values safety.”

Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save
Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio
interest groups over the years, is shutting down. All previously posted
content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but Yahoo is
processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo
also has provided group administrators (“admins”) a way to export
data ahead of that deadline. Groups will continue to live on in some
limited fashion, but all groups will become private, and nearly all of
the functionality that made them popular in the first place will
Around since 2001, Yahoo Groups, now owned by Verizon, has provided
online repositories of communications and information on a wide variety
of specialized subjects and activities, including Amateur Radio. Yahoo
Groups for nearly every radio have been established, where owners could
exchange information and ask questions. Other groups on the Yahoo
platform offered a watering hole for those interested in a particular
ham radio activity as well as for those who want to buy and sell gear
and components. Some clubs and ham radio logging software users have
taken advantage of Yahoo Groups.
New platforms such as Groups.io, Facebook, and Google are looking to
assume the role that Yahoo Groups is stepping away from. Groups.io
charges fees to migrate content onto its platform, however, and Facebook
and Google lack the ability to import content at all. With Groups.io as
the most likely successor platform, many admins have assumed the
migration expense and relocated group content so it would not be lost.
Not all groups have been as fortunate, however, putting them into the
position of starting from scratch and losing years of conversations,
files, polls, and data.
Web application developer Andy Majot, K5QO, of Sellersburg, Indiana,
took the initiative to download archives of Yahoo Groups devoted to
individual ham radio gear and uploaded them to his personal website.
“I hope to have them hosted in perpetuity for future hams to use,”
Majot told ARRL. “It should be noted that I backed up groups
regardless of whether they are living on in other platforms; I wanted to
snapshot the groups as they were on Yahoo prior to their deletion.”
Majot noted that several of the groups he has archived have already
migrated their content to Groups.io, but many more have not.
Majot said an organization called Archive Team is helping to save as
many Yahoo Groups as possible and has been backing these up since the
closure announcement in October, but, Majot said, progress has nearly
halted since Yahoo cut off access to many group features in
Majot invited those seeking to relocate Yahoo Groups archives to contact
him. “I would be happy to host these files, alongside my other
archives,” he said. — Thanks to Andy Majot, K5QO 

Texas Scout Leaders Promote Amateur Radio as a Communication Resource
In 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey left the region of Texas where
Assistant Scoutmaster Scott deMasi, KC5NKW, lived under water. With
roads flooded, bridges washed away, and cellular service and power out,
deMasi said it soon became clear that his Scout troop’s emergency
preparedness plan wasn’t designed for a storm of this magnitude. It
was frustrating, deMasi says, to discover he couldn’t reliably reach
all of Troop 839’s 100 Scouts and their families to check if they were
okay or to organize relief efforts as a unit. Something had to be done.
After the waters receded, deMasi and Assistant Scoutmaster David Godell
came up with a plan that would not leave the troop incommunicado after a
major weather disaster. With 15 years’ experience as a radio amateur,
deMasi suggested encouraging Scouts and parents trained to become ham
radio licensees.
“It’s a lifesaving skill, and it helps us to be prepared,”
said. (“Be Prepared” is the Boy Scouts motto.)
An initial interest meeting was set, and Scouts were given links to
study materials and offered transportation to examination sites, but
participation was low. So, deMasi and Godell worked with a local radio
club, the Texas Emergency Amateur Communicators, to organize a 1-day
Technician licensing class that also would fulfill most requirements for
Scouting’s Radio merit badge.
In addition, the two Assistant Scoutmasters bought inexpensive handheld
radios that they programmed to frequencies the troop would use, so after
the class, the Scouts would receive the equipment needed to continue
using their new skills.
Armed with their radios, more than two dozen licensed Scouts and adults
began utilizing their newly earned communication capability at Scouting
events. During campouts, they radioed information to patrols across the
camp. On these occasions, the troop practices a “no cell phone”
policy; ham radio provided the means to stay in touch with others.
At service projects, they communicated directions to Scouts spread
throughout a wide area. Having radios and opportunities to regularly use
them gave the Scouts confidence to get on the air. Seeing licensed
Scouts with their handheld radios also encouraged other Scouts to get
licensed as well.
“Once the Scouts got radios, others wanted radios,” Godell said.
Some Troop 839 members participated in the annual Jamboree on the Air
(JOTA), talking with other Scouts in several other states and in Central
“You could see eyes light up,” deMasi recalled. — Adapted
from a
Scouting Magazine blog post by Michael Freeman

MIT Radio Society W1MX Announces January Lecture Series on “Everything
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a
lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about
such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio
astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior
experience with radio is necessary, and all are welcome.
All lectures will take place in the Green Building — MIT’s tallest
academic building. Sessions will be live streamed and archived for later
The lectures kick off on January 10 with “The Next Generation of
Weather Radar.” Other topics include “Lightning
(January 13); “Radio Noises from the Sky” (January 15);
Measuring the Early Universe” (January 22); “Antennas”
24), and “Chip-Scale THz Circuits and Sensors” (January 29).
Lectures begin at 5 PM ET and conclude at 7 PM.
The club’s Daniel Sheen, KC1EPN, noted that the rooftop W1XM
facilities in the Green Building are scheduled for removal as part of a
renovation project. A capital campaign is under way to establish a new
facility with improved capabilities for academic research and
recreational activity.

W1AW to be on the Air for Winter Field Day
Members of the Warren County (New York) Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) will
activate Maxim Memorial Station W1AW for Winter Field Day 2020 over the
January 25 – 26 weekend. Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter
Field Day Association (WFDA), which believes that emergency
communication is important throughout the year. Winter Field Day is open
to radio amateurs worldwide.
The WFDA’s goal is to help enhance operating skills and to prepare
participants for all environmental conditions. Winter Field Day runs for
24 hours. Station set-up may start no earlier than 1900 UTC on the day
before the event and may not take any longer than 12 hours in total.
Expect activity on all amateur bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters.
All modes that can handle the required exchange are welcome; this does
not include FT8. Entry categories include indoor, outdoor, and home.
Full details are on the Winter Field Day website.

New 60 MHz Beacon Now on the Air from Ireland
The first — and so far only — beacon on 60 MHz went on the air on
December 16. The call sign is EI1KNH. In early 2018, the 60 MHz
(5-meter) band was allocated to radio amateurs in Ireland on a
secondary, non-interference basis. The beacon is on 60.013 MHz and runs
25 W into a vertical folded dipole. The new 5-meter beacon is sharing a
site already occupied by EI0SIX on 6 meters, and EI4RF on 4 meters,
about 12 miles south of Dublin in IO63VE. An 8-meter beacon is scheduled
to be on the air in the next few months. It will operate on 40.013 MHz.

Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams Asked
to Remain Alert
Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says
the bushfires in Australia have caused or are expected to cause
significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of
Victoria and New South Wales. 
“The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage but are
predicted to cover all internet and phone (fixed and mobile) and other
commercial radio services,” he said. Kelly has asked radio amateurs in
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 to monitor the
emergency communications frequencies, per the IARU Region 3 band plan,
whenever possible, as well as repeaters.
“Amateurs seeking to establish emergency communication should use
these EMCOMM frequencies in the first instance, or repeaters if
available,” he said in a statement posted on the IARU Region 3
website. “Radio amateurs who are volunteers for [emergency
communication organizations] should keep themselves updated. Emergency
communication is one of the main reasons radio amateurs have access to
RF spectrum. Please assist if and when you can.”
The IARU Region 3 emergency “center of activity” frequencies are
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160, and 21.360 MHz. These are not net
frequencies, but they are recommended as starting points for emergency
traffic, and activity may extend 5 kHz above or below the designated
center frequency. 

San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, SK
ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, of Fresno,
California, died on December 27. He was 68. At the time of his death,
Pruitt had been hospitalized as a result of a fall. First licensed in
1965, Pruitt had served as SJV SM since 2009 and earlier this year began
a new 2-year term. A successor will be appointed.
Pruitt had previously served as Fresno County Emergency Coordinator, and
his focus has been on improving emergency communication in his region,
working with the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the
National Traffic System, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), the
American Red Cross, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and
the System for Administration, Training, and Educational Resources for
NASA (SATERN). He had also served as SJV Public Information Officer.

South Orkney Islands DXpedition will Use VP8PJ
The Perseverance DX Group’s DXpedition to South Orkney, set for
February 20 until March 5, will use the call sign VP8PJ. The group
initially announced that it would use VP8/VP8DXU.
“Alan Armstrong, VK6CQ, a recent addition to the team, holds the call
sign VP8PJ that was issued to him for operation from the British
Antarctic Territory,” the DXpedition has announced. “After
submission of a copy of Alan’s license, ARRL has issued us a new LoTW
certificate for the use of this call from South Orkney for the duration
of our expedition.”
Contact the DXpedition via email.

YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas
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
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.

Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Effort Continues, with Help from Ham
In Puerto Rico, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers
continue to operate from the American Red Cross distribution center in
Yauco — one of the towns hit the hardest by the recent earthquakes and
ongoing aftershocks on the island. The Red Cross requested assistance
last week to identify undeclared refugee camps and to report on close or
damaged roadways and bridges. ARES District 5 Emergency Coordinator Herb
Perez, WP4ZZ, who is among those volunteering for the Red Cross at
Yauco, reported on January 14 that he, Melvin Velazquez, WP4RAP, and
Yolanda Garcia, WP4QZF, are on duty there.
“Today, we were able to occupy our space with no major incident other
than the usual shaking of the entire structure. More than 10 per
hour,” Perez said. “One of our members Jared Martinez, KP4LCO, was
able to search near his hometown of Lajas and was able to locate more
than 10 unidentified campsites around the area.” Perez said such
reports enable the Red Cross to provide necessary assistance to those
left homeless as a result of the earthquakes.
Perez said volunteers were able to collect food for isolated communities
in the mountain region from a church-run food pantry in Sabana Grande.
He said local members of the GMRS and Citizens Band radio communities
have been pitching in.
Operations from Yauco have been on VHF and UHF, although commercial
telecommunication services remain in operation for the most part.
Another station has been established at the Red Cross Headquarters in
the capital of San Juan, which is not in the earthquake zone. Puerto
Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, said the stations are operating
as a backbone, in the event of new or stronger earthquakes. HF equipment
has been safely stowed if communications fail, Resto said. Most of
Puerto Rico now has power and water.
ARRL is shipping six VHF/UHF base/repeater antennas and six 50-foot
rolls of LMR-400 coax, through the Ham Aid Fund. Resto said a new Red
Cross warehouse will be place in Mayagüez, where he will install a
third station for backbone communication. “That is the reason for the
new antennas,” he said. “We already have the radios. In case we need
to escalate to HF, we are ready with ARRL go-kits from Hurricane
The ARES team in Yauco has also been handling health-and-welfare traffic
from the earthquake zone. Operations are running from 9 AM until 5 PM
each day.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southwestern part of Puerto Rico
on January 7, fast on the heels of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day
before. The worst-impacted cities were Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Yauco, and
Guánica, where most homes are no longer habitable. 

AM Rally 2020 Gets Under Way on February 1
The fourth annual AM Rally operating event will take place February 1
– 3 (UTC). The annual AM Rally encourages all operators to explore
amateur radio's original voice mode by showcasing the various types of
AM equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube rigs to the
newest SDR-based transceivers.
“Both new and experienced ops are discovering that AM can sound quite
good, enhancing the enjoyment of contacts,” said Clark Burgard, N1BCG,
an enthusiastic promoter of the event. “The AM Rally provides a great
reason to give it a try.”
The AM Rally is open to all radio amateurs capable of running
full-carrier, amplitude modulation (standard AM) using any type of radio
equipment — modern, vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined,
military, boat anchor, broadcast, homebrew, or commercially manufactured
— are encouraged to join in the AM fun on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and
6 meters.
Details are on the AM Rally website or contact Burgard via email. The AM
Rally is sponsored by ARRL, Radio Engineering Associates, and

From around the Louisiana Section:

Region 4:
From: Volume 60, Number 01 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a
501(c)3 Corporation January 2020
A New Start For 2020 On December 12th, 2019, the members of the Acadiana
Amateur Radio Association got together for our Christmas Dinner at the
Golden Coral. It was a time to celebrate and mingle while enjoying each
others company. And this year was extra special for us all. Herman
Campbell KN5GRK had an accident earlier this year and was hospitalized
for several weeks. Luckily, Ramona Jobe KG5HNO spent her time and love
helping him to recover. After the several years they have been friends,
those two decided to surprise everybody. Herman and Ramona decided to
make their friendship more permanent. Congratulations to these two!!
Since this dinner was not to talk about the club, time was spent talking
and discussing ideas and seeking advice for our hobby in some cases. And
merely ragjawing in others! Friendship and camaraderie were the key

2019 MARS COMEX Involves ARES, RACES, Others During October and
corresponding with the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), Military
Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) reached out to the amateur radio community
to continue building working relationships and improving
interoperability. As part of this effort, MARS promoted the use of a
serial phase-shift keying protocol, Military Standard 188-110 (M110) on
the 60-meter interoperability channels. Radio amateurs are authorized to
use this digital mode there. Starting on November 2 and continuing until
November 17, the MARS community executed Department of Defense (DOD)
Communications Exercise (COMEX) 19-4. MARS members use the exercise to
continue training and refining their operator skills to provide
situational awareness such as county status reports and weather
observations. The exercise culminated on November 16 with military
stations sending M110 messages to the amateur community on 60-meter
channel 1 (5330.5 kHz USB). [When the results have been compiled and
reported out, we will publish them here. - ed.] MARS rep Ralph Brigham,
AAR4IG, said "In future DOD Communications Exercises, I suspect that
more participation between MARS and the Amateur Radio Service will be
encouraged." He said "a good analogy of what MARS does for DOD is as
SKYWARN is the eyes and ears for the NWS at the local ground level, MARS
acts as a relay of state and local reports from ARES, RACES, and other
served agencies up the Department of Defense communications network." -
Thanks, Ralph Brigham, AAR4IG Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks
for all that you do. 73 Glen KF5FNP

Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award The oldest known US
radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his ARRL Centurion Award
plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who have achieved
centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock, South Carolina, is
108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award on Kayhart at its
July 2019 meeting. At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur
Radio Group in Little Mountain, South Carolina, ARRL Roanoke Division
Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, headed an ARRL delegation that presented
the Centurion Award plaque to Kayhart, who was first licensed as W2LFE
in 1937 (he's also held W9GNQ). With Hippisley for the presentation were
Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and South Carolina
Section Manager Marc Tarplee, N4UFP. Kayhart served in Iwo Jima during
World War II, shortly after the US victory there, setting up long-range
radio communication from the island to Tokyo to arrange for the eventual
surrender by Japan. Kayhart remains active, checking into several nets
from his assisted living facility. Centurion Award recipients have their
annual ARRL membership fees waived while continuing to receive QST and
other ARRL member benefits. Kayhart was profiled in the June 2018 issue
of QST.

Emergency Communications VS Radio Prepping By Joseph “Moe” Meaux In
a natural emergency such as a major wildfire breakout or a hurricane,
Emergency Communications (EmComm) will go up to try to provide
assistance for the people in the area. All EmComm situations will have
several Federal, State, and Country departments and Organizations
involved to provide whatever aid is needed. Although the EmComm
situation may last for days or weeks, it will eventually end. The people
and equipment will go back home eventually. Its not that the situation
has changed, its just that the situation has changed from an emergency.
Yes, the situation is still bad, but help has come and the situation
will get better. Participants will rotate out and may return. The
equipment EmComm uses is usually personal GO Kits and generators. EmComm
needs radios with lots of power and current to get the signals out of
the area to get help. A QRP radio and a battery pack won’t cut the
mustard. You need QRO Power and Currents to be effective. EmComm is very
limited in scope. Usually it is to help provide immediate services, but
it will end once those services are in place. Operators know that they
will be able to go home soon, even if it is several weeks that they are
deployed. Radio Prepping is different. The operator is preparing for the
Worst Case Scenario; whether is Nuclear War, World War 3, or a Meteor
Strike. Preppers are looking out for themselves, their immediate family,
and maybe some friends. The Prepper is not trying to get tons of help.
The Prepper is trying to evaluate the situation and see if they can get
to help. The Prepper has no support infrastructure. They are on their
own. The situation may last for months or years. Such an operator must
consider what he or she may need. This involves the mode of
transportation. If a vehicle is available, they must consider how long
will the vehicle last as transportation before it breaks down or runs
out of fuel. You can put more in a vehicle, but if you have to abandon
it, what you have you will need to carry. That mobile radio in your
vehicle may be useless if you can’t provide it power. Those lead acid
batteries do get a bit heavy after a short time of carrying them. That
big radio also gets too heavy. If you are using solar panels to recharge
your batteries (especially those rigid framed ones), they will be
useless if you can’t carry them. The Prepper will usually use QRP
radios and smaller batter packs. (You will notice I used the plural. In
a bugout emergency, two is better than one.) Don’t forget you have to
carry it. You don’t need lots of power to transmit or receive. You
would probably spend most of your time simply listening, trying to
figure what is happening and where you can go for help. Using voice, CW,
or digital modes, you can learn a lot. And attempt to get there. Even
with QRP, you can find out about areas that are safe and learn of areas
that are not safe. The Prepper knows the situation may never get better.
Just tolerable. For more information about Prepping, I like Julian
OH8STN on Youtube. Also, I found a website that talks about lots of this
stuff at radiopreppers.com

AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net Net Controllers will rotate each week and
held on the 146.820 W5DDL Repeater only. The 146/820 and 443.00
Repeaters located on the Chase Towers downtown Lafayette are down
indefinitely due to roof repairs. The AARA Monday Night Net and the
Silent Key Memorial Net is being held on the 147.040 repeater in Duson,
LA until repairs are completed. The 145.410 in Lydia is back up, PL of
123.0. The January 2020 schedule can be downloaded and printed in Adobe
Acrobat .PDF from the club website.

REGION 4 SKYWARN NET Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4
Skywarn Net will take place on the 145.370 Skywarn Repeater in
Lafayette, LA. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case
the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will ne held on the 146.820 W5DDL
repeater PL Tone 103.5. The January 2020 schedule can be found at this
link: Net Schedules 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 –
103.5 See our website for additional information:

Stuffed Pork Loin This is my own recipe that I came up with. I had
purchased a 5- lb pork loin and about 4 links of boudin at Earl’s on
Verot School Road near Pinhook. On the way home, I thought about
stuffing the pork loin with boudin. Here goes. Unwrap and pork loin and
trim off any excess fat. Lay out on cutting board, and with a sharp
butcher knife, begin to trim lengthwise and unroll the loin, cutting
about 3/8- to 1/2-inch thick. Keep unrolling and cutting until the loin
lays flat. Remove boudin from the casing and press flat onto loin.
Season all over with Tony’s and garlic powder. Begin to reroll the
loin with the boudin in the center as tightly as possible. Once
completely rolled, tie with string in several points so it does not
unroll. Place in roaster or in flat baking dish. Season outside with
Tony’s and garlic powder. Cover with aluminum foil or cover, and bake
at 350 degrees for about one hour-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow
to settle about 20 minutes before cutting into slices.


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
SELARC 2020 Hamfest
As a reminder, The SELARC Hamfest on January 18, 2020, and the club is
still in need of many more ticket sales. Please contact Ernie Bush to
obtain more tickets to sell or email us to request.
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 shown in place of
item, prizes include:
o	1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D or $500
o	2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350
o	3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200
o	4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR or $100
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 January go out to - Thomas N5HAY, Keith KF5VLX,
Larry WD5HLE, and Pete WB5ERM.
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

Tyke's TidBits:
Well, here we are,
a new year ahead of us and the 39th Annual, SELARC Hammond Hamfest in
our sights!
We still need to get out and sell advance tickets and get the word out
on as many local nets as possible, to get a great turn-out for this
Also, we still need people to sign-up for the Hamfest duties and work
schedule if you haven't already. We really need member participation to
make this event a success!!! Table reservations are slowly coming in.
Ham World will be our main radio and goodies vendor, so if you are in
need of a particular item from them, give them a call and make
arrangements for them to bring it down when they come. It is a great way
to save on shipping cost!!!
Other vendors at this time will be TN07 Engineering, Sign-Man of Baton
Rouge , Macs Computers, and Navi-Com USA!
Hoping to see you at the meeting and the Hamfest!
Tyrone - N5XES
President – SELARC

Start Date: 01/18/2020
End Date: 01/18/2020
Location: Pennington Student Activity Center
1350 North General Pershing Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Website: http://www.selarc.org
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.000 / -600khz (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Tyrone Burns , N5XES
P.O. Box 1324 Hammond, LA 70404
Phone: 985-687-2139
Email: n5xes@arrl.net

1350 North General Pershing Street
(Take Exit 32 from I-55, Go East 1.5 Miles on University Avenue to North
General Pershing Street)

Main Prize Drawing at 1:30pm
Winner Need Not Be Present for the 4 Main Prizes!
For More Info Contact:
Tyrone Burns N5XES
Hourly Prize Drawings
VE Test Session
8:00am:  Testing Begins - Test Fee $15 cash, photo ID, copy of license
 Testing Begins Promptly at 8:00am
TYRONE BURNS VE Liaison, n5xes@arrl.net
ARRL Forum
ARES Forum
LCARC Meeting
Dealers  &  Vendors
Click to Download Application
Ham World Inc.
Sign-Man of Baton Rouge
TNØ7 Engineering
Navcom USA
Swap Tables
Table Manager Tyrone Burns n5xes@arrl.net
Prize Donations
DX Engineering
***  Main Prize Drawings  ***
Grand Prize
Yaesu FT-450D or $500
Second Prize
Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350
Third Prize
AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200
Fourth Prize
Yaesu FT-70DR or $100
Winner Need Not Be Present for the 4 Main Prizes!

Hamfests coming up:

60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020, ARRL Louisiana State Convention
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 , KG5LQM
105 St. Claude Place Apt D Youngsville, LA 70592
Phone: 337-205-2112
Email: hamfest@w5ddl.org
AARA Hamfest Information
March 13 - 14, 2020
Rayne Civic Center, Rayne LA
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 Pre-Registration Form.
Additional information regarding vendors, prizes, forums, etc will be
posted on this website once that information becomes available.

Capital City Hamfest, ARRL 2020 Mississippi State Convention
Start Date: 01/24/2020
End Date: 01/25/2020
Location: Mississippi Trade Market, Mississippi State Fairgrounds
1207 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Website: http://mshamfest.org
Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.76, No tone
Public Contact: Gary Young , K5GCY
5354 Brookhollow Drive Jackson, MS 39212
Phone: 601-260-8214
Email: k5gcy@att.net

Cowtown Hamfest, ARRL North Texas Section Convention
Start Date: 01/17/2020
End Date: 01/18/2020
Location: Forest Hill Civic And Convention Center
6901 Wichita Street
Forest Hill, TX
Website: http://www.cowtownhamfest.com
Sponsor: Cowtown Amateur Radio Club and other local clubs
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.940 ( PL 110.9)
Public Contact: David Forbes , KC5UYR
2721 Marigold Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76111
Phone: 817-925-5126
Email: kc5uyr@compuserve.com

Orange Hamfest 2020
Start Date: 02/21/2020
End Date: 02/22/2020
Location: Orange County Convention & Expo Center
11475 FM 1442
Orange, TX 77630
Sponsor: Orange ARC, Jefferson Co. ARC, Beaumont ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.180 (PL 103.5)
Public Contact: Rocky Wilson , N5MTX
3736 3rd Avenue Orange, TX 77630
Phone: 409-988-8906
Email: rockygwilson@hotmail.com

Irving Amateur Radio Hamfest
Start Date: 03/07/2020
End Date: 03/07/2020
Location: Betcha Bingo Hall
2420 W Irving Blvd
Irving, TX 75014
Website: http://irvingarc.org/
Sponsor: Irving amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.720, (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Ken Hansen , N2VIP
P.O. Box 153333 Irving, TX 75061
Phone: 609-510-3068
Email: hamfest@irvingarc.org

Hanging Judge Hamfest
Start Date: 04/04/2020
End Date: 04/04/2020
Location: Sebastian County Storm Shelter Ben Garen Park
7700 So. Zero St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Website: http://www.hangingjudgehamfest.com/
Sponsor: Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.640 W5ANR Repeater (PL 88.5)
Public Contact: Rory Bowers , K5CKS
4722 N. Main Street Fort Smith, AR 72904
Phone: 479-926-5402
Email: k6cks01@gmail.com

With the Hammond Hamfest starting in 2 days I wanted to get this
newsletter out before then.  I will have much more information in
February; so please be looking for that.

If you or your club has anything they wish for us to pass along in the
Section Managers Newsletter please feel free to get that to one of our
PIO’s, our PIC or me.  


ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR