Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter August 2020


Daniel Grafton Murphey, KE5YSK Bernice, LA

Paul B. Smith, AB5HA Bossier City, LA


NEW HAMS:  WELCOME to the hobby!

Report for 2020-08-04

Omar Aldahir, KI5KAW
Metairie, LA 70005

Terrell F Robinson, KI5KAY
Harvey, LA 70058-2004

David C Burnstad, KI5JWD
New Orleans, LA 70114-6814

Kirsten L Watson, KI5KAZ
New Orleans, LA 70115-4118

Henry D Lipkis, KI5KAC
New Orleans, LA 70117-5635

Stephen W Thieneman, KI5JVZ
New Orleans, LA 70131-3351

Charles J Lapointe, KI5KBZ
Berwick, LA 70342-2001

Lawrence L Lima, KI5JVY
Hammond, LA 70401-4814

Ryan A Creel, KI5KAX
Covington, LA 70433-4569

Bryan A Vincent, KI5JWA
Covington, LA 70435-9204

James S Soileau, KI5JWB
Mandeville, LA 70471-8514

Roy Wygant, KI5JTZ
Sulphur, LA 70665-7210

Nicolas R Farmer, KI5KEZ
Converse, LA 71419-9648


License Upgrades:  CONGRATULATIONS!

Report for 2020-08-04

Westin L Cobb, KI5FRF
Pine Grove, LA 70453-0985

Ronald J Bertucci, KI5AGS
Lafayette, LA 70506-5113

Michael P Laxen, KI5JHN
Walker, LA 70785-5221

Julius A Cline, N5ZCW
Baton Rouge, LA 70817-1367

Michael Evans, KI5JLC
Greenwood, LA 71033-3329



Report for 2020-08-04

Terrell F Robinson, KI5KAY
Harvey, LA 70058-2004

Clint L Guillot, AE5TZ
Kenner, LA 70065-1559

Brunella Falgout, KG5WOD
New Orleans, LA 70114-6130

Kenneth P Watzke, N5MON
New Orleans, LA 70129-2827

Richard S Vander Heide, K8VH
New Orleans, LA 70130-5726

William M Floberg, KF5SYT
Slidell, LA 70458-2928

Peggy M Goertz, W5PMG
Slidell, LA 70460-3636

David G VanSomeren, KI5IWA
Slidell, LA 70461-2007

Guy H McMillan, KK4WEQ
Slidell, LA 70461-5578

Karl F Bailey, W5DHP
Lafayette, LA 70508-7760

Kenneth G Goss, KI5HQ
Crowley, LA 70526-6705

Clayton J Rogers, N5FMX
Delcambre, LA 70528-2015

Dwight Hawker, KE5CHX
Lake Charles, LA 70611-3430

Wilfred F Luttrell, WB5UAX
Deridder, LA 70634-5838

Lawrence Jones, KB5GPM
Geismar, LA 70734-3244

Chris J Reine, KI5JSE
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-2828

Pamela E Welsh, KF5IPJ
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-9014

James M Wark, AG5MP
Greenwood, LA 71033-2989

Perry A Culver, KC5REV
Shreveport, LA 71105-2022

Michael R McCrary, K5TNK
Shreveport, LA 71107-2421

Joseph R Holland, KB5VJY
West Monroe, LA 71292-1219

James C Whitman, KI5DLG
West Monroe, LA 71292-8961

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ARRL Hires Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, as Director of Emergency Management


As another step in ARRL’s increased focus on strengthening its emergency communications capabilities and long-standing working relationships with federal and state agencies and private emergency response organizations, ARRL has hired Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, Texas, as its first Director of Emergency Management.

Gilbert brings more than 30 years of experience in public service in both his professional and amateur radio endeavors. Beginning with his appointment as Emergency Coordinator in 1987, he has held multiple positions in the ARRL Field Organization. Currently in his second term as South Texas Section Manager, he has also served for more than a decade as the West Gulf Division’s Assistant Director for Public Service, acting as liaison between Division leadership and local, state, and federal emergency management organizations.

Professionally, Gilbert most recently was Radio Officer, HQ Staff, for the Texas State Guard, where for the past 6 years he has been responsible for planning and implementation of the organization’s communications capabilities. Previously he was a Public Safety Radio Coordinator for a Texas agency, charged with overseeing that organization’s large-scale disaster communications response and identifying and eliminating in-state interoperability issues.

Gilbert, who has an Amateur Extra-class license, is a member of Army MARS, and holds numerous DHS certifications, including COML, COMT, COMT Instructor, and AUXCOM Communicator. He is a member of the FEMA Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), a graduate of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s Exercise Design Course, and was a founding member of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Communications Coordination Group.

In his new role, Gilbert will manage a team responsible for supporting ARRL Emergency Communications (EmComm) programs and services, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System (NTS), as well as lead the continued modernization of those programs in consonance with the future emergency communications needs of the public and ARRL’s key partners.




Louisiana Section Traffic Manager Report:

Sessions      QNI      QTC      QTR

  1.           836      42.        169



Jimmy Lewis AB5YS

Louisiana Section Traffic


Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator Report:

  1. ARRL Section: Louisiana
  2. Month: July
  3. Year: 2020
  4. Total number of ARES members: 365
  5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9
  6. Number of ARES nets active: 50
  7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 4
  8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:


9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  21

9b.  Person hours:  235

10a. Number of public service events this month:  0     10b. Person hours:  0

11a. Number of emergency operations this month:  0

11b. Person hours:  0

12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  5

12b. Person hours:  21

13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  26

13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b:  256

Jim Coleman, AI5B

Section Emergency Coordinator


Region 2:  Check out the latest edition of the “Ascension Airwaves” at K5ARC.org.


Region 4:

BEARS Club W5BMC in Morgan City
BEARS will again be taking part in this international ham radio event starting the evening of August 21 and running until early morning on the 23rd.  We will be set up at the Ray Rasberry Tower in Lighthouse Park on the riverfront in Berwick, Louisiana on the Atchafalaya River across from Morgan City.  We will be using the call W5BMC and operating on 20 & 40 meters.  More information will be posted on later e-mails. Councilman Raymond Price generously donated the new Cushcraft A3S tri-band antenna and rotor.

As soon as this event is over, we will begin advertising nationally that the tower, antenna and rotor are there for the use of any ham who would like to set up his radio and make contacts from The Southwest Reef Lighthouse located in Lighthouse Park in Berwick.  This will be a first of its kind anywhere that we know of, and we are hoping we will have many visitors

RUMOR, RUMOR – There is a possibility that Franklin, Louisiana will reschedule the Black Bear Festival in November.  So, we are waiting for more word.  This is our most fun one right on the bayou side, so hopefully they will be able to do this. Will keep all of you posted.


Happy Birthday – Leading off, KE5DJA – Virginia, KI5IGQ – Steve, AI5BR – Carl, WD5JTZ – Mike, W5YOP – Esther

Happy birthday to each of you!!!


Congratulations BEARS – We have had TWO winners of prizes presented by John Mark Robertson.  Frank-NOD  was the winner of a little AM,FM, SW radio and BEARS has just won a book for our library.  Thank you, John Mark.


Boy Scout RADIO MERIT BADGE –  Four BEARS members attended the Thursday meeting of Boy Scout Troop 49, sponsored by the VFW.  We will begin classes soon and you will be advised.  The class will be conducted in the conference room on the second floor of the building at 201 Everett St.  It will always be on a Thursday at p.m. and any member is invited to attend.  The entire bookless will be covered in two weeks.


Volume 60, Number 08 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. –  August 2020

A Message from Chris Ancelet N5MCY: Good morning AARA Members, I have been contacted by Mr. Lamperez with the 2020 Tour du Teche race. I have been asked if we would be willing to participate in this 3 day event. The dates are October 2, 3, &4. Just like the events in the past, we would be manning the various checkpoints and providing real time information to the command post. Even though the event is scheduled, there is still a chance that this event will be cancelled due to our current situation. What we need to provide to the committee, is a list of people wanting to participate. I have received 1 confirmation from Tom Dischler thus far and we will need the following spots filled as well as someone that wants to coordinate the event. Unfortunately, I will not be able to spearhead this event due to my work schedule. Below are the checkpoints that need to be filled. Please let me know if you are wanting to chair this event and/or want to man a checkpoint. We will need to get this information to the committee as soon as we can. Check Pts. Location Operator Name Call Sign Friday October 2nd

  1. Arnaudville, LA ??? Myrans’ Maison de Manger 1023 Neblett St 30.396282° N & 91.930858° W
  2. Breaux Bridge, LA ??? Poche’s Market & Restaurant 3015 Main Hwy 30.311667° N & 91.904167° W
  3. St. Martinville, LA ??? St. Martinville Festival Grounds 30.124556° N & 91.826111° W

Check Pts. Location Operator Name Call Sign Saturday October 3rd

  1. New Iberia, LA New Iberia City Park ??? 30.003889° N & 91.811667° W
  2. Charenton, LA ??? Chitimacha Boat Launch 3548 Chitimacha Trail 29.883055° N & 91.528888° W
  3. Franklin, LA ??? Parc Sur la Teche 29.792222° N & 91.499444° W Sunday October 4th
  4. Calumet, LA ??? East Gate, Calumet Cut Atchafalaya Levee 29.702256° N & 91.368989° W
  5. Berwick, LA ??? Southwest Reef Lighthouse Atchafalaya River 29.692500° N & 91.215278°

Chris Ancelet N5MCY 337-591-8871


Our next club meeting will be held on the air on August 6, 2020 on the W5EXI repeater. Check-in will begin about 6:30 PM with the meeting beginning at 7:00 PM. Repeater: 147.040 MHz + 0.600 PL 103.5 W5EXI


A BLAST FROM THE PAST Field Day 2001 Some of you “older” AARA members may remember 2001 AARA Field Day that was held on June 23 & 24 at Cajun Field. That was some 19 years ago, It was a good time with many good friends, some are now Silent Keys. It was one of our better Field Days. A lot of paperwork (crossing “T”‘s and dotting “I”‘s) went into procuring this site thanks to Field Day Chairperson Phil Caubareau KB5EKD. Our tower trailer had a winch driven telescoping tower which would reach in excess of 100 feet. We had it near 100 feet with a American Flag which could be seen from anywhere around Cajun Field especially from Congress Street and Bertrand Drive. A husband & wife were driving down Bertrand Drive and noticed the tower with the flag and both were ham radio operators just passing thru Lafayette on their way to San Antonio, TX to visit his father and decided to investigate. The couple were Skip & Cindy Douglass KA9DDN & KA9PZG of Grafton, Wisconsin. They came over to our Field Day site and visited for a while. We exchanged e-mails and after a short while they continued on their trip to San Antonio. I managed to keep in touch with them. Between 2001 and the present time, they have passed thru Lafayette and visited me at my QTH on four or five occasions. The main reason for this article is that Skip KA9DDN became a Silent Key on July 17, 2020. Skip was an avid amateur radio operator KA9DDN and belonged to the Ozaukee Radio Club. He also was a member of the Ozaukee Amateur Radio Emergency Services, the Saukville Rifle and Pistol Club, and had a passion for photography, woodworking, building computers, camping with his family, and loved listening to music. Ham radio can be fun and one way to meet people and become good friends is on Field Day. 73 de Herman KN5GRK


EGG CREAM A New York Egg Cream contains three ingredients: milk, seltzer water, and chocolate syrup. Ironically, it contains neither egg nor cream. 1 Cup Cold Milk ¼ Cup Seltzer Water Cold 2 Tbs Chocolate flavored syrup Place a 12 oz. Glass in the freezer to chill. (This is important to keep the theme.) Pour the cold milk into the glass. Pour the seltzer into the glass until the white head reaches the top of the glass. Spoon the syrup into the glass and stir to combine. Serve with a straw. Note: If you follow the directions exactly, you will have a white foam at the top. This is called the Brooklyn-style. If you mix the chocolate with the milk before adding the seltzer water, it will have a brown foam. This is the Bronx-style.



Region 7:

Shreveport Amateur Radio Assn. (SARA):

Saturday, September 5, 8:30AM:  Ham & Coffee Breakfast at the Greenwood Flea Market Cafe.


Tuesday, September 8, 6:00PM:  September General Meeting, Century 21 Elite Training Room.  Park in rear, enter last door on the right.


As always, each Thursday evening brings a parade of scheduled nets on which SARA is well-represented.  During this pandemic the nets are a great place to keep in touch with other Ark-La-Tex hams.

K5SAR Net (KC5PQL net control):  Thursdays, 6:30PM, 146.820MHz

10-10 Steamboat Net (KD5DE net control):  Thursdays, 7:00PM, 28.430MHz

N5SHV Net (KB5LE net control):  Thursdays, 8:00PM, 146.760MHz (186.2 tone in/out)


In addition, please monitor k5sar.com and the SARA Facebook Page for news updates.


Region 8:

Louisiana Delta Radio Club KC5DR

Attention!! The Louisiana Delta Radio Club is proud to announce its First Annual Swap Fest honoring the courage and perseverance of Carter Robertson, son of John and Sunni Robertson, Carter’s strength is a beacon for all those who have obstacles to overcome. Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM CDT

The Fest will be at the Cheniere Lake Pavilions 1 B and 1 C. Located about 2 miles SW of West Monroe, Louisiana

The Grand Prize will be an Icom IC-705

Second Prize a Yaesu FTM-300 VHF/UHF Mobile Third Prize a Yaesu FTM-70R VHF/UHF HT Door prizes given out every hour starting at 9:00am. Doors open at 6:00 am for vendors 8:00 am for the public. Admission is a$5.00.

Ricky Little KI5GEI will be whipping up a huge pot of Jambalaya , Hot Dogs, drinks and Chips..

Vendor, and flea market tables Spaces (if you bring your own tables) is $5.00 per table. If you need a table it will wan additional $5.00 and electricity another $5.00. Tail gating area $5.00 per spot.

LIMITED SPOTS.. most spots under the pavilions are directly accessible for loading and unloading.

Current Vendor List:

Palmetto Antennas

Brinson Bling – $5.00 Jewelry

Rhonda’s Vinyl Creations (callsign license plates, window stickers) Hosted by Joe Holland KB5VJY and Louisiana Delta Radio Club – KC5DR


Region 9:

The SELARC “Hamster”

Vol. 47, No. 8 ……………………. August 2020

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

OARC / Slidell EOC Hamfest and Amateur Radio Symposium – Oct. 9 – 10 – http://w5sla.net/hamfest-2020.htm

The Greater New Orleans Hamfest – Nov. 14, 2020 – Hamfest page

Florida Parishes VE Group – Testing sessions are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] at AmVets Post #68; 26890 Hwy 42 (jct. of Hwys 42 and 43) – Springfield, La. 70462 (approximately 3 miles south of I-12 at exit 32) 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.

K5R Special Event

Scott KD5PCK has secured the 1×1 event callsign K5R for August 28 – 30, 2020, the Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; looking for people interested and hoping to run the special event at the Community Center this year.

Community News / Announcements

MSBike Tour 2020 – Cancelled

For your information, I received notice that the MSBike 2020 ride scheduled for Oct. 3 & 4 has been cancelled. I’m sorry we will not be doing the tour this year, but I certainly appreciate and thank you for your past participation. More info can be found at VolunteerMS@nmss.org 73, Bob WB5FBS

Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes for August go out to – Mark WX5RN, Trent KD5PCM, Tyrone N5XES, and Carmen KF5VXO.
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

Florida Parishes VE Group – 28 June, 2020 VE Session

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades!!


Richard Braniff – Prairieville, La.
Brandon Farris – Pride, La.
Justin Richter – Denham Springs, La.
Daniel Daigle – Jefferson, La.


Lawrence Gallup / KI5JVX – Clinton, La.
Omar Aldahir / KI5KAW – New Orleans, La.


Robert Deeb / N5BKG – Covington, La.
Julius Cline Jr. / N5ZCW – Baton Rouge, La.

Another great session this month, thanks go out to all the volunteers.
The new facility is working out great!!!

Tyrone Burns – N5XES – ARRL VE Liason


Tyke’s TidBits

Greetings to all members and visitors to our newsletter page. I hope that this newsletter, finds everyone in somewhat decent spirits and that you have not had the misfortune of being sick from the COVID-19 virus that seems to have everyone in a tizzy!! Stay safe and remember SOCIAL DISTANCING and FACE-MASK in PUBLIC….it does work, if you do it properly!!!

Things have really been on the quiet side for SELARC repeaters lately, but hopefully that will soon change with the activation of the 444.250 machine on the somewhat statewide DWARN linked repeater system. There are quite a few surrounding region repeaters on this link now, with probably the greatest majority from the Region 1, Region 2, Region 3 and Region 9 areas. These repeaters are a variety of brands and digital modes. I am not yet familiar with all the different talk groups and how to access them, but that will come with trial and error and a lot of keyboard time.

If you are interested in finding out what DWARN is, just go to their website at http://www.dwarn.org and read up on it.

They also show a coverage map that is very accurate for our terrain. The DWARN system uses a combination of Yaesu-System Fusion and DMR equipment and I think even has some P-25, Moto-Turbo and NexEdge format talk groups. If you cannot access a repeater in your are….no problem…..all you need is a digital format HT, and a RF Hotspot that uses the VHF/UHF HAM bands for access. The HotSpots work through your Wifi or hard-wired internet connection. There are also WiFi Bridges that can be use with your cellphone, if it has Hot-Spot capabilities through your provider!

If you are not sure of what digital format repeaters may be in your area, go to the following link : http://www.repeaterbook.com/repeaters/index.php?state_id=22.

This page shows all the different types of links, reflectors and networks available!

Currently, I think most groups are hosted on Brandmiester…. on DMR….3122 statewide is one and also 31225…not sure of others as there are so many in the state!!

Now for those of you who are kind of new to SELARC, the old 444.250 machine earned the nickname “THOR” for many years because of the BOOMING voice ID’er….. it was very bassy and may have even had a touch too much deviation…but it was definitely a presence when it ID’ed!!! It is now sitting in retired status, but is sitting there ready to go back in service if needed. Maybe, it is possible to clone the audio from that old Controller board and put it on a voice module to interface into the new machine…..who knows….anything is possible in this day and time!!!

Take care and hope to see you on ZOOM for the virtual club meeting!!!

Tyrone – N5XES


*** Last day to send in your nominations for 2020 Louisiana Section Amateur of the Year is August 31, 2020.  Email me for the nomination form and instructions:  K5JMR@ARRL.ORG ***


### As of today, we have TWO interesting disturbances that may enter the gulf next week.  Everyone please keep your eye on the weather updates as it pertains to Louisiana.


From Jim Coleman, AI5B

Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator as of Noon today:


Emergency Managers of Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi –

Here is an update concerning newly named Tropical Storm Laura (formerly TD 13) and Tropical Depression 14.

Changes from previous update:

TD 13 has strengthened slightly and is now TS Laura The forecast tracks for both storms have shifted slightly westward The forecast intensity for TD 14 has also decreased slightly as it moves into the northwestern Gulf


Tropical depression 14 and TS Laura could both bring impacts to the northern Gulf Coast region during the Monday through Thursday time frame next week

Confidence: We have average confidence in the potential for heavy rainfall across the area next week. We have lower confidence in the potential for wind and tidal impacts or where the heaviest rain might fall. Please continue to monitor the latest official forecast for updates as the expected impacts could change.


  • There is higher than normal uncertainty in specific impacts due to the complexity of the forecast and how the systems may interact with each other
  • Currently, heavy rainfall currently appears to be the greatest threat to the local area, mainly during the Monday through Thursday time frame. 2 to 6 inches of rainfall is forecast through Thursday, with locally higher amounts possible.
  • Strong winds and elevated tides could affect portions of the area depending on the eventual tracks and intensities of the two systems

Additional Information and Resources:

NWS New Orleans Website: www.weather.gov/neworleans

NWS New Orleans DSS Website: http://www.weather.gov/lix/embrief

NWS New Orleans Tropical Page: https://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=lix

River Gauges and Forecasts: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lix

NWS New Orleans Facebook: www.facebook.com/NWSNewOrleans

NWS New Orleans Twitter: https://twitter.com/NWSNewOrleans

Online Severe Weather Reporting: https://www.weather.gov/lix/submit_storm_report

National Hurricane Center Website: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Next Update and Contact Information:

The next update will be sent following the 4pm advisory.  If you have any questions in the interim or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We can be reached by phone at 504-522-7330 or 985-649-0429.  Use extension 4 to speak with a forecaster.  Alternatively, you can reach us by email by replying to this message or sending an email to sr-lix.forecasters@noaa.gov. Both methods will be delivered to the forecasters on shift at the office.

Regards, Danielle Manning


NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge


Request For ARES Assistance

The following has been received from:

Steve Irving

DST Lead

Louisiana Region

American Red Cross

“The approaching storms may require the opening of several  Red Cross shelters in Regions 6, 7 and 8. If shelters are opened Red Cross will need ARES operators to provide backup communications. Red Cross will provide PPE for all operators who are deployed to assist in shelters. The number of shelters and location will be determined by the evolution of the storm situation. For planning purposes we need to know the number of operators available to assist”.

Based on this request,

COML, COMT and RADO personnel interested in providing assistance should contact the American Red Cross via :


Steve Irving

225 933-4993

DST Lead

Louisiana Region

American Red Cross


Everyone be safe!