LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JULY 2020

Subject: Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter July 2020

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JULY 2020

Silent Keys:
Paul Strickland, WB9SUG
Roger Ley, WA9PZL
William “Hank” Toohey, N5ITX

Below is listed in August 2020 QST:
Cletus P. “Clete” Bauer, N4MPI
Mary L. McDonald, WB5LBR
Andrew L. “Andy” Pedneau, KD5LNU
Elgin W. Austin, WA5NB
Arrisia G. Sorey, KA8WZO

New Hams:
Report for 2020-07-02
Judah D Wolf, KI5JOA
Destrehan, LA 70047-2510
Christian P Counts, KI5JLF
Gretna, LA 70053-3124
Johnathan D Breaux, KI5JKQ
Marrero, LA 70072-6522
Christopher Orban, KI5JLL
New Orleans, LA 70115-2401
Will Trufant, KI5JKA
New Orleans, LA 70117-7824
Rebecca E Workman, KI5JIO
New Orleans, LA 70118-1917
Daniel Tullemans, KI5JJR
New Orleans, LA 70119-5826
John D Rawlins, KI5JJQ
New Orleans, LA 70122-5401
Thomas W Steffen, KI5JIP
New Orleans, LA 70124-1760
David B Guidry, KI5JJO
Lake Charles, LA 70611-6224
Daniel J Hebert, KI5JIR
Brusly, LA 70719
Michael P Laxen, KI5JHN
Walker, LA 70785-5221
Sabrina V Huezo, KI5JNY
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-7029
Christopher Reine, KI5JSE
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-2828
Walter D Stampley, KI5JIS
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1627
Matthew Vicari, KI5JNZ
Baton Rouge, LA 70815-6246
Michael Evans, KI5JLC
Greenwood, LA 71033-3329
Perry A Culver, KI5JRH
Shreveport, LA 71105-2022
Eric A Reedy, KI5JSZ
Shreveport, LA 71105-4238
Gary W Lowder, KI5JIV
Eros, LA 71238-8375

Upgraded Licenses:
Report for 2020-07-02
Mark A Ferreira, KI5IVH
New Orleans, LA 70118-1917
Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA
Madisonville, LA 70447-3269
David Keesling, KI5JQU
Lake Charles, LA 70601-3126
Myron C Brown, KI5ARK
Lake Charles, LA 70605-2311
Glen A Guidry, WB5WSK
Ragley, LA 70657-5912
Dawson G Andrews, KI5IMY
French Settlement, LA 70733-2540

New/Renewed ARRL Members:
Report for 2020-07-02
Christian P Counts, KI5JLF
Gretna, LA 70053-3124
Dennis A Barhorst, N5QVU
Gretna, LA 70056-5231
Austin Fellows, KF5SOA
Gretna, LA 70056-5237
Christopher Orban, KI5JLL
New Orleans, LA 70115-2401
Salvador Suau, KP4ENU
New Orleans, LA 70124-3307
Edward A Sicard, K5AZR
Folsom, LA 70437-3229
Daniel D Marsalone, AE5XK
Mandeville, LA 70448-7042
James D Dillon, N0KWA
Talisheek, LA 70464-0015
Tom Maher, N9ESR
Mandeville, LA 70471-3605
Thomas M Chapman, KF5HDK
Lake Charles, LA 70607-3651
David S Dancer
Deridder, LA 70634-3427
Andrew K Kearney, N5YGJ
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3900
James R Giammanco, N5IB
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1134
Dennis D Watters, WB0TAX
Elm Grove, LA 71051-8053
Henry Felan
Shreveport, LA 71105-4203
Robert W Mc Donald, WB5CMI
Bossier City, LA 71111-4822
Terry J Peek, KD5BIO
Bossier City, LA 71112-3705
Vance K Thomas, N5DUH
Bossier City, LA 71112-8713
William F Hensel, K5KYD
Alexandria, LA 71303-7741
John Gregory, KF5HLF
Gorum, LA 71434-0053

FROM THE ARRL:
The July/August Issue of Digital QEX is Now Available!
06/19/2020
The July/August issue of Digital QEX is now available for viewing on
your desktop or laptop. Click here to go the ARRL Magazines page and
scroll down to access this and other ARRL publications. QEX is also
available for reading on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device.
In this issue:
● Gene Marcus W3PM/GM4YRE, builds a project that includes a
two-channel VFO, WSPR source, frequency counter, and a clock.
● Steve Franke, K9AN; Bill Somerville, G4WJS; and Joe Taylor, K1JT,
describe the FT4 and FT8 digital modes implemented in WSJT-X.
● Steve Stearns, K6OIK, discusses the crest factor of sinusoidal
electromagnetic fields.
… and much more!

Rescued Radio Amateur Says, “Ham Radio Saved My Life”
06/22/2020
ARRL member Alden Sumner Jones IV, KC1JWR, of Bennington, Vermont, is
thankful for amateur radio, after he suffered a medical incident and
lost consciousness on June 15 while hiking with others along a remote
section of the Long Trail, not far from his home. An EMT from
Appalachian Mountain Rescue (AMR), who was hiking nearby, saw Jones pass
out but was unable to connect with 911 via his cell phone. Jones, 41,
regained consciousness and was successful in contacting Ron Wonderlick,
AG1W, via the Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club’s K1FFK repeater
on Mount Greylock, and Wonderlick initiated what turned into an 8-hour
effort to get Jones off the trail and to a medical facility, acting as a
relay among Jones, emergency crews, and other agencies involved. As the
Bennington Post reported, “The Vermont State Police also received
assistance from several licensed amateur radio operators who helped
facilitate communications, greatly assisting in the rescue.”
Matthew Sacco, KC1JPU, headed to a staging area where rescue crews were
gathering. When he could not make it into the repeater, he employed some
ham radio ingenuity to fashion a J-pole antenna from some window line he
had on hand, casting it into a tree using a fishing pole. That did the
trick. An individual on site was able to obtain an accurate location for
Jones using the GPS on his cell phone.
After it was determined that rescuers could not reach Jones using an
all-terrain vehicle, arrangements were made to have a search-and-rescue
crew from New York retrieve Jones by helicopter. Amateur radio
participants were able to relay critical information, including an
accurate location, as preparations continued.
Jones, meanwhile, took advantage of his time with the EMT and other
rescuers to talk up amateur radio and explaining how to get licensed.
According to one account, rescuers were having trouble making contact
with the helicopter, so Jones loaned them a better antenna he happened
to have.
Jones was eventually flown to a hospital in Albany, New York, again
taking advantage of the occasion to promote amateur radio to the
helicopter pilot and crew. Jones is said to be recovering.
“Ham radio saved my life last night, and I am very thankful for how
everyone helped me,” Jones said afterward. 

Registration Open, Plans Firming Up for ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications
Conference
06/23/2020
Registration is open for the 30th annual ARRL-TAPR Digital
Communications Conference (DCC), which will be a virtual event later
this year. The conference is planned for Friday and Saturday, September
11 – 12, with activities starting at 1300 UTC and ending at 2130 UTC.
Tentative plans call for having 26 half-hour timeslots.
“We will be encouraging talks from all around the world,” said Steve
Bible, N7HPR, of TAPR, who explained that times will be arranged to
favor European attendees in their afternoon. Bible said participating
speakers may submit a recorded presentation, if they wish. The plan is
for a 20-minute talk followed by a question-and-answer session. An
updated speaker schedule will be on the DCC web page.
“We also plan 15-minute slots for shorter topics, such as the
lightning talks that we have at the in-person DCC,” he added. “These
shorter slots also provide opportunities for demonstrations of projects
and ideas.” 

WSJT-X Update Released
06/23/2020
The digital modes suite WSJT-X version 2.2.2 has been released. The
update is a bug-fix release. The primary change is to incorporate the
new Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Prince Edward Island (PE) Section PE
into the FT8/FT4/MSK144 contest mode for ARRL Field Day. Operators
planning to be on the air for Field Day should upgrade to this version
to enable accurate logging.
Another change: the FT8 decoder has been sped up in “normal” and
“fast” modes. This offers a decoding speed closer to that of version
2.1.2 without compromising the number of decodes. It is particularly
targeted for slower, single-board computers, such as the Raspberry Pi
Model 3 or similar.
Also, the DX grid field now clears automatically whenever the DX call
field is changed.

ARRL to Hold National Convention at Orlando HamCation in February 2021
06/23/2020
ARRL has announced that Orlando HamCation® will host the 2021 ARRL
National Convention in Orlando, Florida, February 11 – 14. The
convention will mark the 75th anniversary of HamCation— one of the
largest annual ham radio gatherings. The convention theme, “reDiscover
Radio,” is a rallying call for radio amateurs committed to developing
knowledge and skills in radio technology and radio communication.
The convention will kick off on Thursday, February, 11 with a series of
day-long ARRL Training Tracks and a National Convention luncheon at the
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A complete program and
list of presenters will be available later this summer. Registration
will open in the fall. HamCation will host the rest of the convention
Friday – Sunday, February 12 – 14, at the Central Florida
Fairgrounds and Expo Park in Orlando.
HamCation is sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC), an
ARRL-affiliated club. OARC is supported by volunteers from radio clubs
throughout the region. This year, an estimated 24,200 people attended
all 3 days of the event. Details on tickets and information about
forums, exhibits (including information for vendors and tailgaters),
testing, travel, and preferred hotels with special rates are on the
HamCation website.
Online ticket sales begin in August. Tickets purchased (postmarked) by
December 1, 2020, will cost $15 and are valid for all 3 days.
ARRL and HamCation acknowledge that this year’s pandemic has
introduced uncertainty into any long-term planning. Both organizations
will follow all government and health requirements and guidelines as
plans are committed for the 2021 event.

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Set for August
06/24/2020
QSO Today podcast host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG/WA6IGR, has announced that the
first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will take place Saturday and Sunday,
August 8 – 9. Attendance is free to all, registration is open, and
there are early bird prizes for registering now.
Built on a live, virtual reality platform used by Fortune 500 companies
and major universities, the ARRL-sanctioned hamfest will feature a
lineup of well-known speakers. Guth and his team, including George
Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, have assembled more than 50 of the best ham radio
mentors in multiple tracks to address this conference from the virtual
Expo’s auditorium.
Presenters will include Ward Silver, N0AX, on grounding and bonding;
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, on DXpeditions, and John Portune, W6NBC, on
building slot antennas for antenna-restricted locations. Demonstrations
of new amateur radio gear will be presented, and attendees can speak
with exhibitors via video/audio or chat, as well as interact with others
online.
“This platform simulates a full convention experience, with an exhibit
hall and exhibit booths staffed by live attendants, speaker auditorium,
lobby, and lounges,” the announcement said. Guth, an ARRL member,
decided to go forward with the virtual event after many in-person ham
radio conventions were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARRL
will be among the exhibitors filling the virtual exhibit hall.
Attendees will be able to share ideas and network with each other via
the virtual platform. Following the 48-hour live event, audio/video from
presentations and resources published by exhibitors will remain
available to registrants on demand for 30 days.

MARS Announces HF Skills Exercise
06/26/2020
Members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct an HF
skills exercise July 20 – 24 to hone their operating skills and
messaging-handling capabilities.
MARS members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community via the
60-meters Channel 1 Net (5330.5 kHz dial) twice a day, the SATERN HF net
(14.265 MHz), and by contacting various stations via HFLink throughout
the exercise. MARS members will be requesting assistance with collecting
county status information as well as airport weather information, called
METARs. MARS members will also be passing ICS 213 messages to numerous
Department of Defense (DoD), federal, and amateur radio addressees.
This exercise will be announced via WWV at 00:10 and via WWVH at 00:50
starting on or about July 13. WWV and WWVH listeners will be asked to
take an online listener survey. This HF radio training event will not
impact regular communications. — Thanks to Paul English, Chief, Army
MARS 
Maritime Mobile Service Network Comes to the Aid of Vessel in Distress
07/06/2020
The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz came to the
assistance of a sailing vessel on June 25. MMSN control operator Steven
Carpenter, K9UA, took a call on 20 meters from Ian Cummings, KB4SG, the
skipper of the Mystic Lady, then some 40 miles east of Florida. Cummings
reported that his engine had failed as he was attempting to return to
his home port of Stuart, Florida. He not only had insufficient wind, but
a strong current was carrying the vessel out to sea.
Cummings had been unable to reach any station via his VHF marine radio,
since he was too far from the coast. Assisting in the call was Robert
Wynhoff, K5HUT, also an MMSN net control operator. Cummings said his
vessel, with one passenger on board, was drifting northwest toward the
South Carolina coast.
“A major concern was that the vessel was heading directly towards a
lee shore,” the MMSN reported. “Lee shores are shallow, dangerous
areas which are a hazard to watercraft. Vessels could be pushed into the
shallow area by the wind, possibly running aground and breaking up.”
Carpenter contacted Cummings’ family, who had already called the Sea
Tow marine towing service. Sea Tow advised Carpenter to tell the captain
to head closer to shore by sailing west, if possible. Carpenter told
Cummings that if he was unable to get nearer to shore, he would notify
the US Coast Guard, which was already monitoring the situation.
As the MMSN reported, “The Mystic Lady was able to make some headway,
but it was very slow. Members of the MMSN made additional calls via
landline to the captain’s family as to the ongoing status of those on
board. The family was concerned but relieved that communication was
established and that all were well.”
Several hours later, the captain advised that the wind had picked up,
allowing him to head close enough to shore for Sea Tow to reach the
vessel and take it back to port.
The Pacific Seafarers’ Net, which monitors 14.300 MHz from the West
Coast after the MMSN secures at 0200 UTC, kept in touch with the Mystic
Lady into the night while it was under tow.
The tired, grateful captain later messaged the net, “A million thanks
to everyone last night who helped rescue us on 14.300. Everyone chipped
in as we drifted north in the Gulf Stream 60 miles headed to a lee
shore. The MMSN net control and several others stayed with us for hours,
phoned people, and were immensely helpful. The situation on board was
dangerous. We are now safely under tow home. You folks are amazing!”
In operation since 1968, the MMSN monitors 14.300 MHz 70 hours a week to
assist vessels and others in need of assistance. — Thanks to MMSN Net
Manager Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL

 Introducing The ARRL Current
07/09/2020
ARRL has a new way to let members know when the digital editions of QST
and other publications are available. Distributed via email, The ARRL
Current offers a monthly overview of ARRL publications and member
benefits. The inaugural edition launched in June.

AMSAT-DL Submits Lunar Lander Proposal to European Space Agency
07/13/2020
Germany’s amateur satellite organization AMSAT-DL has submitted a
comprehensive proposal to the European Space Agency (ESA) for its Lunar
Amateur Radio Transponder (LunART) lunar lander — a communications
platform on the Large European Lander to support communication and
payload experiments. AMSAT-DL’s Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, and Matthias
Bopp, DD1US, say that a LunART (called “LunaART” in the AMSAT-DL
proposal) would support direct communication with Earth via amateur
radio, support university and student payloads and offer direct access
to their experiments, and expand the reach of radio science. It could
also provide backup communication capability and capacity during an
emergency, or when the ESA network is busy.
The comprehensive radio platform would use the European frequency
protocol of 2.4 GHz up and 10.45 GHz down (approximately 100 W),
pioneered in the QO-100 satellite, the first geosynchronous amateur
radio payload. The platform would also include a VHF/UHF transponder.
AMSAT-DL would develop and build the necessary hardware and software and
provide ground station support via the 20-meter dish at AMSAT-DL
headquarters in Bochum, Germany. They envision developing a smaller
ground station with an approximately 1-meter dish to support groups,
including schools and universities. Low-power beacons would transmit on
various frequencies from VHF (145 MHz) through SHF (up to 24 GHz or even
47 GHz), AMSAT-DL’s proposal says.
“This transponder would also be an ideal platform to develop new
transmission schemes with novel modulation and coding techniques
optimized for long-distance communications with the corresponding high
latency (long delays),” AMSAT-DL said. “This would provide essential
knowledge in preparation of a future Mars mission.” In addition,
LunART could include the capability to transmit still or slow-scan
television images and video to schools “from cameras attached to the
lander monitoring the moon surface and perhaps the Earth in the
background [which] would be ideal stimuli for getting school kids and
STEM organizations further interested in space.”
The proposal is on open access at the ESA website and is now being
evaluated. AMSAT-DL’s LunART follows the Lunar Amateur Radio
Interaction Experiment (LARIE) proposal from Andy Thomas, G0SFJ. Both
refer to weak signal modes and suggest the same frequency bands. Thomas
said he welcomes LunART as a well-developed proposal and hopes ESA will
support it as well. — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News,
AMSAT-DL, and ESA

ARRL Seeks Awards and Programs Assistant
07/09/2020
ARRL has invited applications for the position of Awards and Programs
Assistant at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a
full-time, non-exempt opening in the Radiosport and Field Services
Department. The pay range is from $16.08 to 19.30 per hour.
The Awards and Programs Assistant assists with all Radiosport and Field
Services Department activities, with an initial priority on Logbook of
The World (LoTW) support. Other duties may involve supporting DXCC and
other awards programs, W1AW operations, and contest program and field
service support. This individual also may be assigned special projects
and would represent ARRL in public forums worldwide.
The successful candidate should have a well-rounded knowledge of amateur
radio, an Amateur Extra-class license, and 2 years of operating
experience; the ability to quickly understand and explain software
functionality, and proficiency in keyboarding and data entry. This
individual should have attained DXCC, regularly submit contest logs to
sponsors, use LoTW, and be able to resolve issues efficiently.
A bachelor’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have
excellent interpersonal, telephone, and listening skills and be
proficient in public presentations. Some overnight travel may be
required.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via mail, email, or fax to
ARRL, c/o Monique Levesque, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 (fax
860-594 -0298). For complete position information, visit ARRL Employment
Opportunities and scroll down to “Awards and Programs Assistant.”
ARRL is an equal opportunity employer.

Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, SK
07/14/2020
Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, of Dallas,
Texas, died on May 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 65. Blackwell served
as North Texas SM from 2005 until 2009.
Blackwell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in the
College of Business Administration. He attended graduate school at the
University of Texas at Dallas. He was an original petitioner in the
Petition for Rule Making that resulted in a new FCC rule that allowed
radio amateurs who are employees of public safety agencies and other
entities, such as hospitals, to participate in drills, tests, and
exercises in preparation for such emergency situations and to transmit
messages on behalf of their employers during such drills and tests under
“certain limited conditions.”
During his tenure as Section Manager, Blackwell served as State
Government Liaison, Public Information Officer, and Technical
Specialist.

FCC Announces Closing of Filing Window at its Headquarters
07/14/2020
The FCC permanently closed its filing location at FCC Headquarters —
Open Window Counter, 445 12th Street SW, Room, TW-A325, Washington, DC
20554 — effective on July 7. This change is for security measures, and
in anticipation of the upcoming FCC Headquarters move. Hand-carried
documents will no longer be accepted at the FCC Headquarters.
After COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis
Junction, Maryland 20701, will be the only location where hand-carried
documents for the FCC will be accepted. The filing window for
hand-carried documents will be open from 8 AM until 4 PM, Monday through
Friday.
“These changes are being made to enhance security measures and in
conjunction with the Commission’s upcoming relocation to a new
headquarters building located at 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554,
which is scheduled to occur later this year,” the FCC said in
announcing the change.

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on Track for 2020
07/15/2020
Registrations for this year’s popular International Lighthouse
Lightship Weekend (ILLW) appear to have been largely unaffected by the
current COVID-19 pandemic. The event will take place this year over the
August 22 – 23 weekend. By mid-July, more than 200 entries had been
received, and some 400 are expected to have signed up by the event
weekend.
New to this year’s event is Corsica at Phare d’Alistro, which for
ILLW purposes carries the French number of FR0030. Two lighthouses in
Ghana will be on the air for the first time, as well as Buck Island
Lighthouse in the US Virgin Islands (VI0001). Germany is well in the
lead with 54 entries, followed by Australia with 29 entries, and the US
with 27 entries.
This event is designed as a fun weekend to encourage exposure to amateur
radio and lighthouses to the visiting public, and ILLW stresses contacts
should be more than just an exchange of signal reports. All participants
are urged to observe local COVID-19 safety guidelines. —Thanks to
Kevin Mulcahey, VK2CE

Radio Club of America Announces 2020 Award Recipients and Fellows
07/17/2020
The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced its 2020 award recipients
and fellows, several of whom are radio amateurs. Recipients and fellows
will be celebrated at RCA’s 111th Banquet & Awards Presentation on
Friday, November 20, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
•	Barry Goldwater Award: Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for unique
contributions to the field of amateur radio.
•	Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation Award: Tokuzo Inoue, JA3FA, for
noteworthy contributions to the success of the radio industry.
•	The Jack Poppele Award: John Schadler for important and long-term
contributions to the field of radio broadcasting.
•	The Jay Kitchen Leadership Award: Michael T.N. Fitch in recognition
of achievement of a high level of success leading a wireless
association.
•	The Ralph Batcher Memorial Award: Eric P. Wenaas, Ph. D., for
significant work in preserving the history of radio and electronic
communications.
•	RCA President’s Award: Ron Jakubowski, K2RJ, for service and
dedication to the Radio Club of America.
•	RCA Special Services Award: Ernie Blair, WA4BPS, to recognize an RCA
member who has performed significant work to advance the goals and
objectives of the Radio Club of America.
•	The Sarnoff Citation: Robert Rouleau, VE2P, and Norman Pearl,
VE2BQS, for exceptional contributions of a technical or non-technical
nature to the advancement of electronic communications.
•	US Navy Captain George P. McGinnis Memorial Award: CTRCM John A.
“Gus” Gustafson, USN (Ret.) for service and dedication to the
advancement and preservation of US Naval Cryptology, as nominated by the
US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA).
•	The Vivian Carr Award: Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR, in recognition of
an outstanding woman’s achievements in the wireless industry.
2020 RCA Fellows
Elevation to Fellow is made by nomination of members in good standing
for at least 5 years, in recognition of contributions to the art and
science of radio communications, broadcast, or to the Radio Club of
America.
•	Jim Bugel
•	Raymond L. Grimes, N8RG
•	Tracey M. Hilburn
•	Paul A. Scutieri
•	Alan S. Tilles
•	David Witkowski, W6DTW
A complete listing of RCA awards and previous recipients is on the RCA
website. 

Field Day 2020 is Shaping Up to be One for the Record Books
07/16/2020
ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reported that ARRL has
received more than 8,700 online Field Day entries by mid-week, and
paper-only entries have started arriving too.
“As many participants chose to operate from home this year — and
given the 2020 rules waivers, we have seen a tremendous increase in
entries over last year’s event,” Bourque said. “Most of the
entries received have been through the online web app, and Headquarters
staffers have begun processing the paper entries this week. The 2020
waivers allowed individual club members to attribute their scores to
their clubs.
Participants who submitted entries online are encouraged to check the
Field Day entries received page to verify that their entries are marked
as complete, and that the club name entered is correct. Entries with a
status of “pending” are incomplete entries that are missing one or
more items, and these need to be completed for an official entry. Share
your stories and photos using the ARRL soapbox or via social media, such
as on the ARRL Field Day Facebook group. 

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-06-25
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-07-02
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-07-09
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-07-16

FROM AROUND THE SECTION:
Section Traffic Managers Report:
Sessions          QNI         QTC          QTR
17.                    717          38.            485

73,
Jimmy Lewis AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager

Section Emergency Coordinators Report:
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  June
3. Year: 2020
4. Total number of ARES members:  394
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month:  9
6. Number of ARES nets active:  64
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  2
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF NS5W KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL
W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  31      
  9b.  Person hours:  463
10a. Number of public service events this month:  1     10b. Person
hours:  3
11a. Number of emergency operations this month:  0   
11b. Person hours:  0 
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month:  6 
 12b. Person hours:  137 
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a:  38
 13b. Auto Sum 9b,
        10b, 11b, 12b:  603
Jim Coleman, AI5B
Section Emergency Coordinator

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-06-17
http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-07-15

Effective immediately the following appointments are made for the
Louisiana Section ARES:
Region 5 ADEC Jimmy Miller, N0MSW.
Region 8 EC Ouachita Parish Ricky Little, KI5GEI.
Kevin Thomas, W5KGT is stepping into the role of AEC Ouachita Parish
from EC to allow more time for other activities but will remain active
in ARES.
Thanks to Jimmy, Ricky and Kevin.


Region 4:
From:  Volume 60, Number 07 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. -  July
2020
A Message From Chris Ancelet N5MCY 
June 2020 Field Day: We all understand that with the current state of
affairs, many folks were unable to attend the AARA Field Day on June
27th and 28th. We also respect the decisions that many of you chose for
this event. Whether you operated from home or attended the AARA Field
day, I am certain that everyone made several contacts across the USA.
The AARA would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Steve Webre
for allowing their property to be transformed into an antenna farm for
the 24-hour event. It was an absolute pleasure to set up in a low noise
area and gain some additional function from your portable set up.
Overall the event was a success and we had a great turnout of over 25
people. When you combine Friends, Food, & Fellowship, you will always
have a winning combination. We were spared by rain showers even though
we had a few rumbles of thunder in the distance – we were not,
however, spared from the heat and humidity. We are looking forward to
future club events and we certainly hope to see you there. Veteran’s
Day Special Event Station: As of June 29, 2020, this event is still
being viewed as a possible cancellation. Due to the COVID virus, the
Veteran’s facility has been keeping a close eye on visitation and at
this point there is no end in sight. The staff has informed me that in
the event they begin to relax the visitation restrictions, they will let
us know because our presence is a big hit with the residents. July 2020
General Club Meeting: We will be hosting the July General Club Net on
Thursday July 2nd on the air. Please join us as we will begin taking
early check-ins beginning at 6:30 PM until the start of the net. This
will expedite time spent checking in and allow time for a Field Day
recap and general club information. 147.040 MHz + 0.600 PL 103.5 W5EXI 
Chris Ancelet N5MCY 

Wasn't a large turn out for testing but we did wind up with an upgrade
to General. The upgrades was Ronald Bertucci ~ KI5AGS ~ of Lafayette.
The VEs in attendance were Greg - K5LFT, Michael - KI5ARX & Chris -
N5MCY (1st test session ever) Great big TNX to the VES and
congratulations to Ronald.

Birthdays:
07-02 WA5KNC Eugene
07-04 KI5JMD Jake
07-19 AI5O Stephen
07-22 KI5DHK Andrew
07-23 WB5GAF Ralph
07-28 KE5AHD Greg
08-06 W9HUT Alton
08-07 KF5PCH Jackie
08-09 KF5FNP Glen

Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc., Inc.
P. O. Box 51174
Lafayette, LA 70505-1174
Website: http://www.w5ddl.org

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES (Easy) Ingredients: (can be
doubled) 1 Cup of brown sugar 3 Tablespoons white corn syrup 3 Cups of
oatmeal 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 Cup of chocolate chip morsels (I
use semi-sweet milk chocolate but you could use dark chocolate**. 1/2
Cup of margarine 3/4 Cup of peanut butter 1/2 Cup of roasted chopped
peanuts or pecans Melt margarine and sugar in a saucepan. Add in all
other ingredients and melt together under low heat or in a
double-boiler. Drop by spoonsful onto parchment paper and put in
freezer. LO-CAL----HA,HA,HA **Note: Can use 1-3/4 cup of combined
chocolate/peanut butter chips.

Region 6:
From:  The BRASS KEY July 2020
The Prez Sez…..
July 2020 We will not have a club Field Day at the Louisiana Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries Outdoor Education Center in Woodworth. Per
current guidelines from the state government, we cannot operate inside
the building or stay overnight at the facility. I encourage you to
operate Field Day under your own call sign, with the privileges
specified for your license, and submit the results to ARRL. You can do
this and specify credit to go to Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club.
The information on how to do that is contained in a recent e-mail from
our club secretary, Lisa, KW5LC. Remember to spell out Central Louisiana
Amateur Radio Club correctly and with no abbreviations. During all of
the health and social chaos and the no-sun-spot-non-stellar propagation,
there have been enough openings on 6m through 40m to make life
interesting. Thank goodness we have amateur radio and the ability to
communicate with people, who are more or less in the same boat we are
in, just about anywhere from the comfort of homes or our vehicles.
Despite the best efforts of 2020 to make life miserable, we plan to have
a club meeting on Tuesday, July 7, and to conduct VEC testing. The venue
will be the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church Pineville. This room
is large, and we can spread out. We will send an e-mail with details.
Get on the air, and stay safe. 
Vy 73 DX John N5CM

CLARC congratulates our own who again qualified for the ARRL Certificate
of Code Proficiency, improving to 15 words per minute! Check out the
July issue of QST Magazine, Page 86. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, STACEY!!!

REGION 6 ARES COORDINATOR SEEKING HELP As most of you know I am the
Region 6 District Emergency Coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency
Services. I am looking for help. We have positions open for Emergency
Coordinators as well as regular ARES members. If you are interested
please contact me at kd5dfl@hotmail.com. I met with our Louisiana ARRL
Public Information Coordinator, Joe Holland, KB5VJY on Thursday, June
18th, in Pineville. Joe is from West Monroe and would love to hear from
any of our club members regarding anything ham radio. If you are putting
up an antenna, working on a radio, participating in an event, please
email me whatever you have and I'll forward it to Joe for the ARRL
monthly newsletter. 73, Scott Wren, KD5DFL La. ARRL ARES DEC

NOTICE: CLARC Sunday Evening Prayer Net to be Suspended The Central
Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Prayer Net will be suspended following the
net Sunday, June 28. An e-mail was sent to club members on 06/10/20
requesting new net control operators to volunteer to serve. There were
no responses to that e-mail. When sufficient members volunteer to serve
as net control operators and one member as a net coordinator, operation
of the Prayer Net will resume. John N5CM CLARC President

From: The BRASS KEY August 2020
The Prez Sez……                             
August 2020 
We plan to hold the August meeting on Tuesday, 08-04-20, at the usual
time. We will announce a 
location when those details have been secured. We will communicate with
Jim, AE5ZE, to determine 
if testing will be available, and we will announce that information as
well. 
 
Some of you have expressed an interest in CW. I would encourage you to
check out the Straight Key 
Century Club (SKCC). Membership is free and registration can be handled
easily online. The group is 
very welcoming and accommodating to new folks. Code speeds are slow to
moderate. The 
requirement is that the code must be mechanically generated, no keyers
or paddles. Members can 
use a straight key, a bug, and a side swiper, also known as a
“cootie”. The website for SKCC is: 
https://www.skccgroup.com. In a typical SKCC QSO, operators exchange the
following information: 
QTH (state), name, and SKCC number. SKCC frequencies (MHz) are: 50.090,
28.050, 28.114, 
24.910, 21.050, 18.080, 14.050, 14.114, 10.120, 7.055, 7.120, 3.530, and
3.550. Take a listen when 
you get a chance. 
 
On 07-14-20 at 00:40 UTC, I worked Dave, K7TRT, in Billings, MT on
10.120 MHz. It was my 
pleasure to be his first QSO as a new member of SKCC. He was using an
FT-891, a 130-foot long 
wire, and an old Soviet army key that he bought recently. He was a bit
apologetic about his fist (ability 
to send code), but it sounded good to me… gud copy. 
 
SKCC is a good place to get your feet wet in CW. Because I was
apprehensive about my CW skills, I 
joined a little while after I got back on the air in February 2018. If
you want to look at this way, it is a 
“safe space” for new and returning CW operators. Members range from
complete newbies to well-
seasoned, and accomplished CW operators like Bert, W5ZR, in St.
Martinsville. I’ve heard Bert hang 
with the high-speed contesters, but when he’s on SKCC, he takes it
easy. 
Well, we look forward to seeing you in August assuming your
circumstances will permit it. 
Get on the air, and stay safe. 
Vy 73 DX 
John N5C 

Region 9:
From: The SELARC "Hamster"   Vol. 47, No. 7 .........................
July 2020
Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI - The Hammond VE Group has changed names
to: Florida Parishes VE Group. Testing sessions are now held at the new
permanent location: AmVets Post #68; 26890 Hwy 42b (jct. of Hwys 42 and
43) - Springfield, La. 70462
(approximately 3 miles south of I-12 at exit 32)
Sessions are still held on the last Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm !

K5R Special Event
Scott KD5PCK has secured the 1x1 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
Sadly, Paul Strickland WB9SUG of the Ozone Amateur Radio Club and a past
EC / organizer of St. Tammany Parish's ARES group - became a silent key
on July 6, 2020. ( http://w5sla.net/sk.htm )
A new Fusion repeater is up and running down in Manchac on 444.875 +
with a DG ID of 01. Yesterday the node became active which ties the
repeater into the DWARN.org network. The repeater callsign is under
KD5KNZ. The node is being hosted by KI5FMA in Hammond.
Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for July go out to - Roger KG5WQI, Michael KE5KMH
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!!
Technician
Lawrence Gallup - Clinton, La.
Lawrence Lima / KI5JVY - Hammond, La.
Bryan Vincent / KI5JWA - Covington, La.
Stephen Thieneman / KI5JVZ - New Orleans, La.
James Soileau / KI5JWB - Mandeville, La.
David Burnstad / KI5JWD - New Orleans, La.
General
Westin Cobb / KI5FRF - Pine Grove, La.
Justin Cline / N5ZCW - Baton Rouge, La.
Robert Lennon / KI5JWC - Bay st. Louis, Ms.
Chris Orban / KI5JLL - New Orleans, La.
Many thanks to the faithful VEs' who take the time to come out and help
with these sessions and make then a success!!! We could not give exams
for Extra class because we lacked the third Extra class VE needed!!
Please if you are an Extra class licensee, then please consider becoming
a VE with our group!!!
73
Tyrone Burns - N5XES - ARRL VE Liason

Everyone stay safe and hydrated!

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