Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter March 2020

ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020

As you probably know by now, the AARA Rayne Hamfest was impacted by the
current Coronavirus situation.  We had just set the ARRL table up when
the announcement came.  The club was allowed to serve the crawfish and
have the guest speaker go ahead and give his presentation and then ALL
of the prizes were drawn for…..
MFJ, HamWorld, The Signman of Baton Rouge and Diamond Antennas had all
set up their tables and displays. After supper they began to rig down
and load up and I can only imagine the disappointment on their part as
well as the AARA Club and everyone planning to come and enjoy a full day
on Saturday.  We were looking forward to a really good and informative
ARRL forum on Saturday.  At this point it will be a wait and see how
this will affect hamfests scheduled next month and the months to come. 


Hamfest Update:  As of March 18, 2020 the Northeast Louisiana Hamfest in
West Monroe has been canceled. 

***Some suggestions from ASM Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ:
Here a few of the services that may be helpful to clubs to keep in touch
with their members during the "Shelter-in-Place"

Facebook Live 
www.facebook.com
Free; Requires a Facebook Page
Expected resolution: 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second
8-hour maximum length
Allows viewers to comment or ask questions during the event
Embed your live stream in a website

Free Conference Call.Com  
https://www.freeconferencecall.com/  
Pay What you can - Suggested $4
Host up to 1,000 participants
Dial-in # or VoIP calling
Chat 
Remote Desktop
Screen Sharing
Video Conferencing

Zoom  
zoom.us
Host up to 100 participants
Free plans allow calls up to 40 min each
Paid plans start at $14.99 / host / month

Message from Norm Fusaro W3IZ Director of Operations ARRL:
Here at HQ we’ve received lots of communications from our members
either asking for guidance or offering suggestions during the current
crisis.  We hope everyone is adhering to CDC and local health
department
guidelines by staying home, maintaining safe distances when around
people, and following sanitary practices. 

With many hams staying home there are opportunities to get on the air
and call CQ or gather around the local repeater.  We certainly don’t
need a reason to get on the air, after all, that’s what hams do.

In terms of ham radio preparedness, this current crisis has not
disrupted communications on a national scale. We know many of our
members practice and train for a personal radio communication
capability
that can be called on when disaster strikes. ARES volunteers and our
partners in providing emergency communications already routinely
monitor
the information and requests from Emergency Coordinators and the like.
Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service
–
and this current crisis hasn’t changed this.

We can encourage members to remain safe, and to follow the guidelines
and requests of their national and local government officials and
public
health leaders. For those members who are healthy and safe at home, we
can encourage them to get on the air:

Get on the air. As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will
inevitably creep into our “new normal,” being on-air will introduce
variety into our communication practices. As many of us are now
homebound or working and studying from home, turning on a radio to
connect with your ham radio peers will be welcome respite!
Radio Clubs. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to
encourage our club’s members to get on the air. Move (short) meetings
to the club’s repeater, and encourage check-ins. Organize skeds,
nets,
and challenges. Try different bands (HF, VHF, UHF…) and modes. This
will also help new radio amateurs gain practical operating experience.
Readiness. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio
Service. Any time we spend on the air will contribute to developing and
practicing our personal radio communication capability.
If you are a radio amateur serving your community through the ARRL
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) or by volunteering with any of
our partners in providing public service communications, thank you.
ARES
members routinely monitor the information and requests from their ARES
Emergency Coordinators. We are grateful for all the ways you
stand-ready
to support the emergency service personnel in your communities when
disaster strikes.

73,
Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Director of Operations
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radioâ„¢
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494 USA
Telephone: (860) 594-0230 FAX: (860) 594-0259
e-mail: w3iz@arrl.org
web: www.arrl.org

SILENT KEYS (As reported in April QST)
Bertram L. Locke, WA5GXH Bossier City
Harry L. Viosca, W5OSD Mandeville
Milam C. “Lucky” Young, KA5SUR Sulphur

New Hams:  WELCOME!
Report for 2020-03-04
Kenneth Grevemberg, KI5IIY
Metairie, LA 70005-3734
Wilbert J Duhe, KI5IGY
Destrehan, LA 70047-4031
Phillip J Malbrough, KI5IJK
Houma, LA 70363-5803
James J Macareo, KI5IDM
Morgan City, LA 70380-2882
Hubert J Cavalier, KI5IDL
Napoleonville, LA 70390-8515
Kisha A Richard, KI5IHY
Maurice, LA 70555-3033
John D Young, KI5IDB
Prairieville, LA 70769-3862
Daniel D Plants, KI5IJG
Ida, LA 71044-8750
Jacob A Dickson, KI5IIP
Shreveport, LA 71106-7718
Hal H Moore, KI5IJQ
Bossier City, LA 71111-6920
Arvil A Parish, KI5IIR
Bossier City, LA 71112-3104
David G Jason, KI5IIQ
Dubach, LA 71235-2263
Justin M White, KI5IBP
West Monroe, LA 71291-8857
Bethany W Butterfield, KI5IGT
Pollock, LA 71467-3942

Upgraded License:  CONGRATULATIONS!
Report for 2020-03-04
Royce J Griffin, KI5HDD
New Orleans, LA 70123-6070
Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA
Madisonville, LA 70447-3269
Adam G Chapman, KG5TOD
Ville Platte, LA 70586-2049
Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC
Deridder, LA 70634-4552
James A Harvey, KG5TBL
Denham Springs, LA 70706-0358
Bruce E Eilts, KD5GRC
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1241

New/Renewed ARRL Members:  WELCOME/WELCOME BACK!
Report for 2020-03-04
Walter R Rogge, KA5ATW
Metairie, LA 70003-4305
Timothy G Lynch, AG5XK
Hammond, LA 70401-1004
Homer W Jones, KA5TRT
Independence, LA 70443-3742
Joel H Freeland, N5XQT
Slidell, LA 70458-2224
Burke Huner
Lafayette, LA 70508-5372
Kenneth J Turner, KG5YYL
Lafayette, LA 70508-8100
Gregory Lavigne, AD5HA
Washington, LA 70589-4059
Nathan J Daigrepont, KF5HXB
Denham Springs, LA 70706-8578
Christopher J Winfough, K0CJW
Denham Springs, LA 70726-2626
Daniel W Schmolke, KI5CTN
Denham Springs, LA 70726-2915
Clay Runfalo, KF5SCV
Prairieville, LA 70769-5870
Jacob A Dickson, KI5IIP
Shreveport, LA 71106-7718
Samuel C Feldhaus, KC5NJF
Monroe, LA 71201-3551
William M Drouilhet, KF5JLX
Leesville, LA 71446-6213
Bethany W Butterfield, KI5IGT
Pollock, LA 71467-3942
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FROM THE ARRL:
FCC Turns Down Amateur Licensee’s Appeal
02/26/2020
In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the
FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond
Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) dismissal
of Crowell’s amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ
Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell “failed to prosecute his
application by refusing to attend a hearing scheduled by the judge,”
and that this warranted dismissal of Crowell’s 2007 renewal
application. The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau had designated
Crowell’s renewal application for hearing based on allegations that he
had violated the Communications Act and FCC rules by causing intentional
interference and by transmitting one-way communications, indecent
language, and music on amateur frequencies. The hearing was set to be
held in Washington, DC, and Crowell filed a notice of appearance
certifying that he would appear and present his case.
The case was interrupted by what the FCC in the MO&O called “a hiatus
of several years, during which Crowell’s petition to disqualify the
Judge was pending.”
In August 2016, the FCC imposed a $25,000 fine on Crowell for
intentional interference and transmitting prohibited communications. The
FCC said in a Forfeiture Order (FO) that the penalty “is based on the
full base forfeiture amount as well as an upward adjustment reflecting
Mr. Crowell’s decision to continue his misconduct after being warned
that his actions violated the Communications Act and the Commission’s
rules.” The FCC noted that Crowell did not deny making the alleged
transmissions but argued in large part that they were protected by the
First Amendment of the Constitution,” the Forfeiture Order said. The
February 20 MO&O does not reference the Forfeiture Order nor its
disposition.
When the renewal application litigation resumed in 2017, Crowell asked
that the hearing be moved to the Sacramento, California, area, arguing
that he could not afford to travel to Washington. Sippel denied the
motion.
“In the Dismissal Order, the Judge responded to Crowell’s refusal
to
attend a hearing in Washington, D.C., by granting the Enforcement
Bureau’s motion to dismiss Crowell’s application,” the FCC
said in
its MO&O. The ALJ held that Crowell’s refusal to attend a hearing in
Washington, DC, “constituted a failure to prosecute and thereby
effectively violated Section 1.221(c) of the rules, which requires
dismissal if an applicant fails to commit to appear on the date fixed
for hearing.” The Judge agreed with the Enforcement Bureau that many
of the arguments Crowell raised on appeal “are not properly before us
in reviewing the Dismissal Order and should be disregarded.”
Crowell’s amateur license expired in 2007, but he has been permitted,
under FCC rules, to operate while his renewal application remains
pending.    

Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat
02/26/2020
The NEMO-1 WSPR buy buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on
January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy
transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign
LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the
buoy was partially submerged, decided to retrieve it, and informed
AMSAT-LU.
The NEMO-1 traveled another 8 days aboard the tuna vessel, arriving at
Mar del Plata on February 19, where members of the Mar del Plata Radio
Club were holding it until members of AMSAT-LU could recover it. The
buoy will be reconditioned, and a new launch is planned, this time
taking the buoy more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) offshore, so that
it will navigate freely.
Coronavirus Fears Postpone Another DXpedition
02/26/2020
Alex Gromme, 5B4ALX, has postponed his March 18 – April 2 T30ET
DXpedition to Tarawa (West Kiribati) because of the coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak. The Kiribati Ministry of Health told Gromme that he
would need to be quarantined for 14 days in Honiara, Solomon Islands,
before getting medical approval to continue on to Kiribati. “T30ET is
currently postponed, not deleted,” Gromme said on his website. He’s
now looking at October 2020, assuming the COVID-19 situation is resolved
by then.
Last week, travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American
Samoa as a result of the coronavirus outbreak caused Swains Island W8S
DXpedition organizers to postpone that DXpedition until later in the
year. The team members were unable to comply with a 14-day mandatory
quarantine in Hawaii. The DXpedition announced tentative dates of
September 23 – October 6.

ARRL Seeks a New Chief Executive Officer
02/27/2020
ARRL is seeking an experienced radio amateur to be Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The CEO is
the top compensated employee in ARRL’s management structure and
oversees all operations in collaboration with the President and the
Board of Directors, in accordance with ARRL’s Articles of Association,
Bylaws, and Board policies. The successful candidate will ensure
day-to-day management of ARRL, including fiscal operations and will
oversee and make certain that its fund-raising, marketing, human
resources, technology, advocacy, and governance strategies are
effectively implemented.
Essential CEO functions include:
•	Leading the headquarters staff and field volunteers, in response to
Board policy, in the development and implementation of effective
programs for the promotion and growth of amateur radio and the provision
of services to members.
•	Planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing, and
evaluating ARRL’s operational and fiscal performance.
•	Providing leadership, directing headquarters staff, and maintaining
performance standards in headquarters operations.
•	Participating, in collaboration with officers, Directors, and staff,
in developing ARRL’s plans and programs.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with a record of
significant amateur radio experience and a broad understanding of its
operational, technical, regulatory, and social facets. The CEO will be
responsible for effective financial and operational management and
oversight.
CEO candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
(master’s degree preferred), be an active radio amateur who has
initiated or led a significant amateur radio activity within the past 10
years, and have 10 years of management and supervisory experience.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate ability in providing effective
leadership and management of business operations.
The position is located at ARRL Headquarters, and the successful
candidate will be required to establish a residence in the Hartford,
Connecticut, area. 
The CEO Position Announcement includes details. Interested candidates
should submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to ARRL Human
Resources Assistant Monique Levesque. 

International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham
Radio Gear
02/28/2020
The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space
Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS)
flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation
amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built
four flight units, and the first will be installed in the ISS Columbus
module.
A second flight unit expected to be launched on a later 2020 cargo
flight will be installed in the Russian Service Module. NASA contracts
with SpaceX to handle ISS resupply missions.
The IORS represents the first major upgrade of on-station ARISS
equipment. The package will include a higher-power radio, an enhanced
voice repeater, and updated digital packet radio (APRS) and slow-scan
television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian space station
segments.
The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver,
an AMSAT-developed multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting
cables. Once at the space station, the IORS will be stowed for later
installation. 

State of Maine Bicentennial Special Event Set for March 16 – 22
03/01/2020
A special event to mark Maine’s bicentennial will take place during
Statehood Week, March 16 – 21, with the on-air event extending to
March 22. Volunteers around the state will be on the air with special
event call signs from the nine counties that existed in 1820, when Maine
became independent of Massachusetts: W1C (Cumberland); W1H Hancock; W1K
Kennebec; W1L Lincoln; W1O Oxford; W1P Penobscot; W1S Somerset; W1W
Washington, and W1Y York.
Three other special event stations will be K1J Jameson Tavern in
Freeport; K1P Portland, and K1B Boston, in recognition of their
contributions to Maine’s Statehood.
CW, SSB, and digital operation will be continuous on HF, VHF, and UHF
for the duration of the event. The event is sponsored by the Maine
Bicentennial Special Event Committee. Maine stations may sign up to
participate as special event stations. Certificates will be available.
Additional information is available on the event website. Email
questions with the subject line “Maine 200 Special Event.”

Saint Patrick’s Day Special Event Set
03/06/2020
Many radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s
Day on the air as part of the St Patrick Award. The 48-hour event will
take place from 1200 UTC on March 16 until 1200 UTC on March 18. Saint
Patrick’s Day is March 17. SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will
be in five categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations);
Fixed/Portable Station Award; Digital Station Award; Mobile Station
Award, and Short Wave Listener Award. Register to be an official
participating station. Visit the event’s Facebook page. — Thanks
to
Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL

Outer Space is Your Next Radio Frontier!
03/06/2020
You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with
the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right
now! All it takes is the right information, which you’ll find in
ARRL’s new book Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners.
Dozens of spacecraft are in orbit just waiting for your signals, and
more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole
new world of operating enjoyment. Inside you will be able to locate
satellites and determine when they will be available in orbit, gain tips
for building your own “satellite station, find a simple step-by-step
guide to making your first contacts, and discover satellite antenna
projects you can build at home.
“Even with just a dual-band FM transceiver and a mobile antenna, you
can make contacts through an amateur satellite!” said ARRL author and
QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.
Building amateur radio satellites is difficult; communicating through
amateur satellites is not. Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will
introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of
your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be!
Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store
or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1304, ISBN: 978-1-62595-130-4),
$22.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $19.95. Call (860) 594-0355 or,
toll-free in the US, (888) 277-5289. It will also be available as an
e-book for the Amazon Kindle. 

ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System
to ISS
03/10/2020
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating
the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply
mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the
flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls
“the foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio system”
on the space station. Amateur radio has been an integral component of
ISS missions since 2000. The Dragon cargo capsule docked successfully
with the space station on March 9. ARISS-US Delegate for ARRL Rosalie
White, K1STO, said hundreds of ARRL members contributed to make the IORS
project happen, and ARISS is celebrating the 4-year-long IORS project.
“ARISS is truly grateful to ARRL and AMSAT for their co-sponsorship
and support of ARISS since day one,” White said. “ARISS greatly
appreciates the hundreds of ham radio operators who have stood by ARISS,
sending financial support and encouragement. A robust ham station is on
its way to replace the broken radio on the ISS, and tens of thousands of
hams will enjoy strong ARISS packet and ARISS SSTV signals as a result.
In addition, thousands of students will discover and use ham radio to
talk with a ham-astronaut. We hope to see the trend continue where more
ARISS teachers and local clubs set up school ham clubs.” The new
system includes a higher-power radio, an enhanced voice repeater,
updated digital packet radio (APRS), and slow-scan television (SSTV)
capabilities for both the US and Russian space station segments.
White called the March 7 launch, “beautiful, flawless.” ARRL
President Rick Roderick, K5UR, told ARISS that he had his fingers
crossed for a successful launch.
According to NASA Mission Control, it will take the three ISS crew
members up to a month to unload and stow the 4,300 pounds of cargo on
board the Dragon capsule, and the IORS is not a priority. The actual ham
equipment will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. Another IORS
unit is in line to be launched and installed in the Russian segment of
the ISS later this year.
The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver,
a multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting cables. The ARISS
hardware team will assemble four flight units — and 10 IORS units in
all — to support onboard flight operations, training, operations
planning, and hardware testing.
ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said earlier this year
that future upgrades and enhancements to the next-generation system are
in various stages of design and development. These include a repaired
Ham Video system — currently planned for launch in mid-to-late 2020,
an L-band (uplink) repeater, a microwave “Ham Communicator,” and
Lunar Gateway prototype experiment.

Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show
03/15/2020
For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not
take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread
cancellations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.
“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19
pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health
departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive
Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year,” Hamvention
General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in announcing the cancellation on
March 15. “This decision is extremely difficult for us, but with
around 2 months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.
More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted. Thank
you for your understanding in this time of international crisis.”
The Dayton Hamvention cancellation comes less than a week after the
International DX Convention in Visalia, California, called off this
year’s show. The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) sponsors
Hamvention.
Since 2017, Hamvention has been held each May at the Greene County
Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The international gathering
attracted more than 32,000 visitors in 2019.
Hamvention’s announcement has caused the cancellation of other
associated events. These include Contest University, the Contest Dinner,
and the Top Band Dinner. 

Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication
Exercise
03/17/2020
Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State
Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and
repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an
emphasis on communicating from home.
“Ohio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations
Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,” ARES Section Emergency
Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. “But with the national
emphasis on staying home, we turned the vacated day into a 2-hour series
of nets designed to have amateur operators check in using their home
stations.”
The exercise was the brainchild of Assistant SEC Tim Price, K8WFL, who
suggested it would be a great way to showcase amateur radio’s
capabilities for state and community leaders. The Ohio HF Emergency Net
will take check-ins on 40 and 80 meters (SSB), with the Ohio Digital
Emergency Net (OHDEN) operating on 80 meters. Then, around 1 PM ET, a
linked digital radio system will be brought into play, using DMR’s
Ohio talk group linked to the Fusion “Ohio Link” group. Broadway
said stations will simply check in; no traffic will be handled.
“It’s just designed to prove we can communicate from home, while
locked down, and still get the job done,” he told ARRL.
“This is the same network topology used for the Ohio Watch Desk
Project, providing statewide reporting during such events as the
Memorial Day tornado outbreak last spring,” Broadway said. The reports
are fed directly to the watch desk at Ohio’s state EOC, to enhance
situational awareness for state emergency managers. “We plan to video
an operator on the Statehouse steps, talking statewide using a small
handheld,” Broadway said. “This demonstration can be used to enhance
our discussion of amateur radio with local and state officials.”
Broadway said HF can be problematic most of the time if storms are
moving across, producing static, and digital modes fill in the gap.
“We used this [approach] during a couple tornado outbreaks to bring
real-time local observation to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Watch Desk,” he said. — Thanks to Stan Broadway, N8BHL

Errata to 2020 – 2024 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released
03/18/2020
The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has issued errata to the new (2020 –
2024) Amateur Extra-class question pool that goes into effect on July 1.
Most changes are minor, involving typographical or style errors.
In the syllabus at the top of the pool:
E1C — Changed “bandwith” to “bandwidth”
E3B — In sub-element heading, deleted “grayline”
E9D — Changed “feedpoint” to “feed point”
In sub-element 3, changed “41 questions” to “40
questions.”
In the question pool:
E1C13 — In answer C, changed “Utilities Telecom Council” to
“Utilities Technology Council (UTC)”
E1C14 — In question, changed “Utilities Telecom Commission”
to
“Utilities Technology Council (UTC)”
E1D03 — In answer, choices C and D, changed “earth” to
“Earth”
E2A02 — In question, changed “inverted” to
“inverting”
E3B — In sub-element heading, deleted “grayline”
E3B08 — Question withdrawn from pool and marked as deleted. The
remaining questions in E3B were not renumbered, leaving 11 questions.
E5B04 — In question, changed “220 microfarad” and “1
megohm”
to “220-microfarad” and “1-megohm”
E7C09 — In answer B, added a space between “1” and
“kHz”
E8C10 — In question, changed “symbol” to “data”
E9C02 — In question, changed “1/4 wavelength” to
“1/4-wavelength”
E9C03 — In question, changed “1/2 wavelength” to
“1/2-wavelength”
E9D — in sub-element heading, changed “feedpoint” to
“feed
point”
E9E09 — Removed brackets after answer (C).
The Amateur Extra-class question pool will be updated to reflect these
changes. Submit feedback or questions to the Question Pool Committee.
 
FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee
03/18/2020
In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has
imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake
Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to
identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent
Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on Materne’s
response to the NAL, the agency affirmed the fine in a March 12
Forfeiture Order (FO).
As the FCC recounted in the FO, an FCC agent “observed Materne causing
intentional interference to a local repeater by generating digital noise
into an analog radio.” The agent further reported that Materne failed
to transmit his call sign, as required.
Materne disputed the FCC’s findings, arguing that the NAL should be
canceled because the agent “was mistaken in his determination that the
source of the interference was Materne’s station” as his radio was
not capable of operating on the repeater frequency in question, the FCC
said in the NO. Materne also asserted that he is unable to pay the fine
and suggested in his response that the FCC should be able to access his
financial information.
The FCC countered that the radio the agent observed in Materne’s
possession was capable of operating on the frequency in question. “We
therefore are unpersuaded…that the proposed forfeiture should be
cancelled because, he alleges, he was not the party causing interference
to the repeater and the radio in his possession could not operate on the
frequency in question,” the FCC said in affirming the findings of the
NAL. “We are also unpersuaded by Materne’s argument that he lacks
the ability to pay the full $18,000 forfeiture.” The FCC said Materne
failed to provide the FCC with proof of inability to pay, as required by
the NAL.
The FCC gave Materne 30 days to pay the fine, or face having the case
turned over to the US Department of Justice for enforcement. 

K3YV Wins the March QST Cover Plaque Award
03/19/2020
The winning article for the March 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is
“Leaky” Antenna Switches by Ellwood (Woody) Brem, K3YV.
The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most
popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members
on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite
article in the April issue today.

Ham Radio Clubs Connect Amid Social Distancing
03/20/2020
As college campuses have sent students home to finish their classes
online, members of the K7UAZ Amateur Radio Club in Tucson — a student
organization at the University of Arizona — have moved their radio
club meetings to, well, the radio. K7UAZ Station Manager Curt Laumann,
K7ZOO, said that when the university largely shuttered its campus, club
president Ken Gourley, KM6BKU, immediately transitioned regular meetings
to an on-the-air format using the university repeater. The club already
was holding a weekly net on Monday nights, but the added on-air club
meetings offer another opportunity to get on the radio.
In recent months, in-person K7UAZ club meetings have hosted
presentations on such topics as EME (Earth-moon-Earth) communication and
an AMSAT CubeSat simulation. As meetings move on the air, Gourley
explained, he will send out a copy of meeting presentation slides so
members can follow along. “I will lead the net and start with
check-ins,” he said. “We will work our way through the slides,
discussing previous events, upcoming activities, the treasurer’s
report, projects, etc. I will take new check-ins every 5 – 10 minutes.
We will conclude with officer comments and general comments. Hopefully
it won’t take more than 30 – 45 minutes.”
ARRL staff member Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who liaises for the ARRL
Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI), underscores the importance
that all radio clubs encourage on-the-air activity in this challenging
time. “While I know many businesses and schools have moved to online
meetings and learning, I can think of many advantages for a radio club
to move club meetings to on-air,” Inderbitzen said. His list
includes:
Holding short meetings on the air will encourage individual club members
to practice their personal radio communication capabilities. Station and
skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service.
Nets generally help new radio amateurs gain practical operating
experience. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to
encourage your club’s new hams to get on the air.
As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will inevitably creep into
our “new normal,” being on-air will introduce variety into our
communication practices. As many of us are now homebound working or
studying, turning on a radio to connect with your ham radio peers will
be welcome respite! 
At K7UAZ, experienced club members provide instruction for members to
access the K7UAZ ARC repeater from 2 meters and via Echolink. The club
also offers members the opportunity to borrow handheld radios or to be
patched in via HF or videoconferencing, if they live too far away from
the repeater.
ARRL is encouraging university radio clubs to network with other clubs
and students via ARRL’s CARI Facebook group. “Keeping our campus
radio clubs going will ensure we are, together, advancing the art,
science, and enjoyment of amateur radio. It’s our collective
mission,” Inderbitzen said. 

Refund Procedures in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social
Events
03/20/2020
Refunds are being processed for Dayton Hamvention-associated social
gatherings, including Contest University, Contest Dinner, and Top Band
Dinner. Each event has its own procedures. Those who signed up for the
DX Dinner will be able to obtain refunds via PayPal. An email to all
registrants will provide details. — Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, SWODXA

Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for
Homebound Youngsters
03/20/2020
The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code
instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of
school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder,
Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a
fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part
of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so
many schools across the country.”
Ongoing classes will take place Monday through Friday, specifically for
school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas, via Zoom online
video conferencing. A computer equipped with a microphone and camera is
required. Classes for elementary schoolers run 30 minutes starting at
1600 UTC, followed by 45-minute classes for middle- and high school-aged
students starting at 1645 UTC. Parental permission is required through
advance registration. Contact class instructor Rob Zarges, K2MZ, by
e-mail or call 508-831-8248. — Thanks to Mel Granick, KS2G, ARRL New
York City-Long Island Section Public Information Coordinator 

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Nominated for Another Term
03/20/2020
President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
for another 5-year term on the Commission. The nomination was sent to
the US Senate on March 18. O’Rielly was initially appointed to the FCC
in 2013 by President Barack Obama.
“During my tenure at the Commission, I have advocated for preserving
and advancing American free market principles to develop common sense
regulation and eliminate unnecessary rules that hurt consumers,”
O’Rielly said in a statement, expressing appreciation to President
Trump.
“I hope to continue this work should the Senate decide to approve my
nomination.” If the Senate confirms O’Rielly’s nomination,
the new
term would date retroactively to last July and end in 2024.
In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised O’Rielly’s work in
such areas as 3.5 GHz spectrum policy.

ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely
03/20/2020
Interim ARRL Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, informed
members on March 20 that ARRL will remain operational to meet their
needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Shelley noted that ARRL is taking
steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters
employees, in line with the recommendations provided by US and
Connecticut health officials and government leaders.
“We have arranged for many of our staff, depending on their job
responsibilities and requirements, to work remotely during this
unprecedented time,” Shelley said. “This helps the organization
reduce the number of people in the building and improve our ‘social
distancing’ capabilities.”
At present, all departments at ARRL Headquarters are functioning, and
customer service representatives remain available to answer members’
questions or direct them to the appropriate department for assistance.
Shelley advised that ARRL is encouraging members to use email as the
preferred method of communication with ARRL, in order to get a timely
response.
The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) has been dealing with a
higher-than-normal volume of emails and phone calls and is asking for
members’ patience as they attempt to answer everyone’s questions
as
promptly as possible. “There has been some significant disruption to
VE exam session schedules, given the restrictions imposed on gatherings
in many locales,” Shelley pointed out. “As with our employees, the
health and safety of our Volunteer Examiners is a top priority, and we
have informed our VEs that they need to follow their local community’s
guidelines and then use their best judgement when deciding whether to
conduct, postpone, or cancel an exam session.”
As previously announced, ARRL has suspended all tours and guest visits
to ARRL Headquarters and to W1AW until further notice. ARRL has also
posted a statement relating to Field Day and the coronavirus situation.
“We will continue to monitor conditions from this outbreak and follow
any additional guidelines provided by federal and state health
professionals and government officials. We thank you for your
understanding and patience during this difficult time,” Shelley said.


2020 ARRL Field Day Update:
 
Coronavirus & Field Day 2020

With 2020 ARRL Field Day – one of the biggest events on the Amateur
Radio calendar – just about 15 weeks away, ARRL officials are
monitoring this situation with the coronavirus very closely and paying
close attention to all of the information and guidance being offered by
the CDC's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).

At its core, Field Day is a local event and an opportunity for local
amateur radio clubs to showcase the skills, science and technologies
that make radio communication such a wonderful hobby and a valuable
public service. Since the impact of the coronavirus outbreak has been
very different in different parts of the country, we recommend that all
amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day be in regular contact
with their local or state public health officials for their advice and
guidance on hosting Field Day activities. This also offers an
opportunity for amateur radio clubs to bolster or re-establish their
relationships with local and state public health and emergency
management officials.

Because of the unique circumstances presented this year, this can be an
opportunity for you, your club and/or group to try something new.  Field
Day isn't about doing things the same way year after year - use this
year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with our
current circumstances.

Local club officials are the most appropriate people to be making
decisions about their specific Field Day programs. We are all concerned
about protecting the health and safety of those participating in or
attending Field Day activities, and so we trust local club officials to
take the appropriate steps to monitor local conditions and make
decisions in the best interest of their communities.

ARRL officials strongly believe that following the guidelines of local,
state and national health care professionals will help ensure everyone's
safety in the coming weeks and months. 

ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June -- 27-28,
2020.
 
2020 Field Day results will appear in December QST.

ARRL Headquarters is Closing
03/23/2020
ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut
Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit
entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23,
2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible
to work remotely.
W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer
service representatives will be available to take calls, although
response times could be longer than usual. Operations at the ARRL
Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) will also continue, and the best
way to receive a timely response is via email, as call volume has been
heavy. The ARRL publication schedule will remain unchanged.
The ARRL warehouse will be working with a reduced staff, so orders will
be delayed, and ARRL will not be able to respond to expedited shipping
orders. ARRL Headquarters will remain open until 5 PM on March 23, as
managers and staff prepare for the shutdown.
ARRL will keep members posted on this situation.

Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator
03/23/2020
Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to
assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering
team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient
ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available
components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio
volunteers are developing Arduino-based control software that will set
the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill
coronavirus victims.
Multiple volunteers responding to a call for help from Gordon Gibby, MD,
KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and  uBITX
transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE. University of Florida
physicians are working to address the critical legal aspects as the
design moves closer to fruition.
The ventilator’s valves would precisely time compressed oxygen flow
into patient breathing circuits under Arduino control, allowing
exhausted patients with “stiff” lungs impacted by viral pneumonia to
survive until their body can clear the infection. The software design
team is also adding simple features such as an LCD display, encoders to
choose parameters, and watchdog safety features. -- Thanks to Gordon
Gibby, KX4Z

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:
Louisiana QSO Party Announcement:
Fellow Ham Radio Operators,
I'm Scott, W5WZ, President of the Louisiana Contest Club.  We sponsor
the
annual Louisiana QSO Party.
Please accept this invitation to participate in the 2020 edition of the
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).
The rules, and all other pertinent information is found online at:
http://laqp.org/
I do hope you'll join us on the air!
73, Scott W5WZ

ARES:
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  February
3. Year: 2020
4. Total number of ARES members: 427
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8
6. Number of ARES nets active:  51
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  2
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:  W4NDF KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS
KD5IGZ KE5GMN
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  44     
  9b.  Person hours:  562
10a. Number of public service events this month:  2     10b. Person
hours:  125 
11a. Number of emergency operations this month:  0    
11b. Person hours:  0 
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  1 
 12b. Person hours:  10
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  47
 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b:  697
Reported by:  Jim Coleman, AI5B
                         ARRL Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-03-18

***Please congratulate our newest Emergency Coordinator appointee from
Beauregard Parish, Lonnie Jacobs AC5A. Welcome to the Team Lonnie.

Louisiana Traffic Net Report:
Sessions   QNI   QTC   QTR
16.             353    27      416
Reported by:
Jimmy Lewis, AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

The Louisiana Traffic Net will run six days a week Sunday through Friday
during the pandemic. I would encourage each one of you with a General
class license and above to check-in with us. We meet at 6:00pm CDT on
3.910MHZ. 
Jim Lewis AB5YS Louisiana Traffic Net Manager
REGION 4:
ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - March 2020 Volume 60, Number 03
VE Test Session February 6, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT Started off the
year pretty good. Two new Techs & one upgrade to Amateur Extra. The
candidates were Kisha Richard ~KI5IHY ~ of Maurice & Louis Truxillo
~KI5IHZ ~ of Breaux Bridge both earned their Technician. Adam Chapman
~KG5TOD~ from Ville Platte Upgraded to Extra. Congratulations to the
testees & a great big thank you to the VEs in attendance...... The VEs
for this session were Michael Cavell KI5ARX, John Cunniff W4HVH, Richard
Wallace KF5KEL, Archibald Hill W5AG, and Galen Wilson KF5BET

JOY BREAUX N5YCS - SILENT KEY It is with great sadness that the Amateur
Radio World and the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA)
loses another member. On the evening of February 7, 2020, Joy Breaux
N5YCS passed away after being on life support for a while. Her wishes
were that her body to be donated to science, no obituaries, or funeral
announcements to be published. A little about Joy for those who or who
did not know her. Joy was a long time member of the AARA and served as
past treasurer for 12 years. Joy and Rick shared in being "backyard bird
watchers" among other hobbies such as traveling, attending hamfests,
especially the AARA hamfest where you could usually find her at the
front door at the registration desk. Joy and Rick also participated in
many special event activities. Joy & Rick were long time members of the
QCWA Chapter 109 in Baton Rouge. I am sure all that knew Joy will miss
the beautiful smile and kind words she had for everyone. Our prayers go
out for the Breaux family.

Randy Rushing KG5KFI - Silent Key Thanks to Greg Dolan II - K5LFT, it
was just noted that Randy Rushing KG5KFI, age 53 of Breaux Bridge,
became a Silent Key on January 7, 2020. Randy was a proud United States
Veteran. He served honorably in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the
American Legion Post #69, Blind Veterans Association, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Acadiana Honor Guard.
He was also a Amateur Radio Operator (KG5KFI) and a member of the
Acadiana Amateur Association, Inc. in 2016. Obituary:
https://www.waltersfh.com/obituary/Randy-Rushing

SPANISH RICE 2 Tbs Olive Oil 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 Garlic, minced 2
Cups long-grain Rice 3-1/4 Cup Chicken Broth 1 Cup diced Tomato, drained
½ tsp Oregano 1 tsp Salt Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium/high
heat. Add the rice and stir it so that the rice coats with the oil.
Cook, stirring often, until much of the rice has browned. Add the onion
and cook, stirring frequently another 3 minutes, until the onions begin
to soften. Add the garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and
softened, about a minute more. Combine broth, tomato, oregano, salt, and
browned rice with onions and garlic. Bring to a boil Cover; reduce heat
to a low simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of rice
and the instructions on the rice package. Remove from heat for 5
minutes. Fluff with a fork to serve.

REGION 6:
FROM:  The Brass Key April 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana
Amateur Radio Club
Attendance at the March 2020 meeting, during which we had Skywarn Basic
Storm Spotter Training, was encouraging. Andy Patrick,
Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service in Lake Charles,
conducted the training and did a fine job. In addition to presenting the
required information on the slides, he added some personal observations
about storms in our area based on his 35 years of experience in the
weather business. We had several in attendance who were not club members
including five deputies from Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, a city
marshal, Tyler Hall of KALB Weather, and the Executive Director of
Rapides Parish 911/Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness (OHSEP), Sonya Wiley-Gremillion. The Executive Director
expressed an interest in having amateur radio operators participate in
emergency preparedness and communication. Based on her expressed
interest in participation by amateur radio operators, I met with the
Director for an hour and a half at her office. I learned that our
147.330 and 443.300 repeaters were purchased with grant money connected
to the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). I learned that
these repeaters are housed in an environmentally controlled,
government-owned facility, and that the antennas are on a
government-owned tower. The cost of continuing operation, utilities and
tower space, of these repeaters is borne by 911/OHSEP; therefore,
Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC) is, in a manner of
speaking, somewhat “joined at the hip” with Rapides 911/OHSEP.
Utilities and tower space are valuable commodities, and CLARC is getting
them for free. During our meeting, the Director cited some actual
emergency events when she needed amateur radio communication, both HF
and VHF, but it was not forthcoming. She expressed an interest in having
amateur VHF and HF capabilities available to her when the need arises.
During our meeting, we identified a location for an amateur radio
operating position at Rapides 911/OHSEP. Anyone who serves at the 911
center will need to be vetted, which includes a criminal history
investigation. Before anyone takes me to task, I am fully aware that
CLARC and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) are separate and
distinct entities. CLARC is, however, the largest organized group of
amateur radio operators within the parish, and as stated above, has a
relationship with Rapides 911/OHSEP. Currently, that relationship is
oneway. Local amateur radio operators are deriving benefit and providing
nothing in return. We need to identify an ARES Emergency Coordinator
(EC) and an assistant or deputy EC for Rapides Parish, and we need ARES
radio operators. The people in these roles need to be accessible,
responsive (in a timely fashion), and responsible if called by
911/OHSEP. If the EC is away, then the assistant needs to be able to
respond in a timely fashion. With the exception of some man-made
emergencies, our events usually involve weather-related problems, and in
most cases, we know in advance that there may be power outages, property
damage, and injuries. Membership in ARES does not mean that one is “on
call” 24x7x365. It does mean that if one is not providentially or
otherwise seriously hindered, one should agree to serve. Public service
of this nature is a gratifying experience. As a communicator, you are
part of the solution, you are helping fellow citizens, and given that
you are working with the decision-makers, you know what is happening
during an emergency event. When the ARES organization for Rapides Parish
is up and running, it will exist more or less independently of CLARC
under the guidance of the EC and not in competition with CLARC. Please
think about volunteering for ARES service if you have not already done
so. I’ll remind you that one of the primary reasons you have an
amateur radio license is “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,” and I’ll remind you that the reason CLARC has two
nice repeaters with free rent and utilities is for public service. I was
disappointed that we had to cancel the April meeting, VE testing, and
board meeting, but we had no choice. At this point, you know as much as
I know about our May meeting. Hopefully we will be somewhat back to
normal by then and be able to meet. We have some good programs waiting
to be presented not the least of which is Skywarn Advanced Storm Spotter
training that is scheduled for the May meeting. For the June meeting, we
will need to discuss Field Day plans. Field Day is scheduled for
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Assuming we are free of current
restrictions, we will begin to set up on Friday, June 26. We will
conduct Field Day at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Outdoor Education Center in Woodworth, which is the same location we
used for our successful Winter Field Day. One of our members has
suggested that we have some building sessions. Those interested could
agree on a common project for the building session. The common project
could be a code-practice oscillator, a balun, a wire antenna of some
sort or whatever else. The project would be up to those interested in
building something. Building something and actually having it work well
is an educational and satisfying experience. Building sessions could be
held at a mutually agreeable time and place but not during a club
meeting. The rationale behind this is to learn a little more about
electronics, to learn how to build things we might otherwise buy, and to
build a quality product for our own use. A building session or sessions
will not be of interest to everyone in the club, and it doesn’t have
to be. It would be, however, a way for a few members to get together,
learn something, have some fun, and walk away with some new equipment. 
73 and good DX, John, N5CM CLARC President

Many of us are self-isolating due to the Corona Virus threat, but this
does not mean that we have to isolate without communicating. I think
that most of us are staying in touch with our friends and relatives via
phone and social media, and we need to keep that up. To increase
socialization we cannot forget about ham radio. If all you have is your
technician license you have a number of ways to communicate with the
outside world while still staying physically isolated. Starting with
local methods of ham radio communications we have our club repeaters.
Start by throwing out your callsign on the 147.330. This is the club's
main frequency. Many hams monitor this frequency throughout the day. Our
secondary repeater is 147.375. Next are our linked repeaters, 444.975
and 145.470. These two repeaters are internet linked. If you key up and
say your call sign someone may come back to you from almost anywhere in
the U.S.. Don’t forget about using Echolink on your phone to get into
the 147.330 repeater. CLARC congratulates new hams Will Butterfield,
KI5IPJ and Etienne Blanchat, KI5IPK, for passing their Technician Class
exam on March 3. Congrats go to John Eubanks, KI5HVM, for upgrading to
Amateur Extra! CLARC also welcomes Will to our club as its newest
member! On the HF front: HF activity has picked up since the Corona
virus threat has hit the U.S. 80 and 40 meters are usually open most
evenings and during the daytime it’s not uncommon to find someone to
have a QSO with on 15, 17 and 20 meters. If you have any questions about
how to get active on the bands please get with me or one of our other
club members. We will help you. Some of your questions can be answered
by going to the club’s website at www.clarc.us 
Thanks, Scott Wren, KD5DFL Vice President, CLARC

Update on ALLSTAR The repeater committee has successfully linked the
444.975 and 145.470 repeaters to the new controller. The link is now
active, but we are still tweaking the settings and we should have full
ALLSTAR accessibility in the very near future. This project has been
ongoing, and due to the technical nature of the system and everyone's
schedules lining up as well as a little luck and Pixie Dust we have made
significant headway and foresee the project being complete in the very
near future. I would like to thank Scott KD5DFL for his extensive
efforts working with Matt Anderson KD5KNZ, Angelo Glorioso N5UXT, and
would like to thank Dave Van Rood KG5POW for his help with this project
as well. I also helped in this endeavor but not nearly to the extent
that these other gentleman have and their efforts are greatly
appreciated and the All Star system is going to be a great asset for all
members of CLARC. The system is up, and the repeaters work locally as
they should for the moment, we are doing some tweaking of the system and
it's not fully operational but the hard part is done and now we just
have to tweak the All Star system and it should be fully operational
shortly. 
Marlin, KG5RPZ 
NOTE: More information on ALLSTAR, see allstarlink.org/

As many of you already have discovered, a CLARC Members only Facebook
group has been recently created. Our President, John N5CM, and Marlin
KG5RPZ, are the administrators. As an administrator and moderator, our
president has the power to delete or make changes as he sees fit.
Members can and are encouraged to invite other Members and we also
welcome anyone else who wants to join, the group web page is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/673431650062145/ any CLARC Members that
want to join need only list their call signs and either John or Marlin
can approve them. The Group was created to give CLARC Members a medium
to share ideas, projects all things Amateur Radio related, and encourage
fellowship between members between meetings. We also encourage Elmering
or if members just have a question please feel free to ask and someone
from the group will try and help them.

REGION  9:
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. 3 ......................... March 2020
Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for March go out to - Joe KG5HZU, Jerry N5GKJ, and Bob
WB5FBS
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
Hammond VE Group - 23 Feb, 2020 - VE Session Results
Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and
upgrades
Technician
Charles Richardson / KI5ILL - Holden, La.
Johnny Shaw / KI5ILM - Covington, La.
Travis Tharp / KI5ILN - Denham Springs, La.
General
Billy Orehowsky / KI5HZE - Saucier, Ms.
Tyrone Burns - VE Liason - Hammond VE Group

March Prize Drawing winners:  CONGRATULATIONS!!!
ARRL Publications:
Club:  Southeast Louisiana  Amateur Radio Club (SELARC)
ARRL Member:  Daniel W. Delcambre, KE5UM
ELECTRONIC PRIZE (Scanner):  Daniel R. Vandervort, AD5NW

NEXT DRAWING IS APRIL 1ST.

As always before I send out my newsletter, I feel like I have left
something out.  Please send me or one of our Section’s PIO’s/PIC
Joe
Holland KB5VJY anything you would like to see in future newsletters!
LAARRL.org

73,

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