LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JUNE 2020

LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JUNE 2020

SILENT KEYS:
Andy Pedneau, KD5LNU

NEW HAMS:  Welcome to the hobby!
Report for 2020-06-02
Gilberto Rodriguez-Cruz, KI5IZZ
Hammond, LA 70403-4722
Stephen J Fortunato, KI5JAA
Covington, LA 70433-4528
Timothy J Zenner, KI5JAB
Mandeville, LA 70471-6730
Kathleen M Boudreaux, KI5IWU
Lafayette, LA 70503-5220
Burke Huner, AG5ZA
Lafayette, LA 70508-5372
Rodger L Ballard, KI5IYV
Ragley, LA 70657-3111
Ronald K Page, KI5IZX
Holden, LA 70744-0021
Cid I Dillard, KI5IZY
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-6700
Jerre A Hurst, KI5IXO
Bastrop, LA 71220-6870
James L Longsworth, KI5JBK
Leesville, LA 71446-4110
Nicholas De La Portilla, KI5JBL
LEESVILLE, LA 71448

UPGRADED LICENSES:  Congratulations!
Report for 2020-06-02
Brandon D Willmott, KI5IPD
Kenner, LA 70065-3219
Thomas B Harang, KF5DKN
Thibodaux, LA 70301-3503
Adam J Melancon, KD5QZG
Lafayette, LA 70503-4730
Matthew B McKellar, KI5IPZ
Lafayette, LA 70506-3634
Jeremy A Hoof, KI5GIY
Church Point, LA 70525-4817
Lawrence J Arena, KF5FNT
Opelousas, LA 70570-1548
Ryan J Baiad, KI5GZO
Lake Charles, LA 70611-4658
Charles R Richardson, KI5ILL
Holden, LA 70744-6506
Daniel W Lott, KF5TQN
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-6510
Bruce E Eilts, KD5GRC
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1241

NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERS:  Welcome/Welcome Back!
Report for 2020-06-02
Brian M White, WB5BMW
Metairie, LA 70003-7632
Mark A Ferreira, KI5IVH
New Orleans, LA 70118-1917
Ned J Plaisance, N5DPL
Cut Off, LA 70345-3578
Brian E Wetzel, N5YHM
Abita Springs, LA 70420-3417
Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA
Madisonville, LA 70447-3269
Matthew Lewis, KI5HQV
Mandeville, LA 70448-6289
Steven K Jones, KG5RMY
Ponchatoula, LA 70454-4699
George R Macri, KC9BCD
Slidell, LA 70458-2218
Timothy J Zenner, KI5JAB
Mandeville, LA 70471-6730
Matthew B McKellar, KI5IPZ
Lafayette, LA 70506-3634
Shaina K Johnson, KC5FDO
Lake Charles, LA 70607-0931
George Carr, KB5ILL
Lake Charles, LA 70611-3734
Scott E Wetmore, W5RTO
Deridder, LA 70634-9219
Christopher W Fuselier, AF5XP
Sulphur, LA 70664-0456
Travis L Tharp, KI5ILN
Denham Springs, LA 70726-7279
Joseph M Frederick, KA5VJO
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-6848
Charles E Foster, KG5ZLC
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-3501
John J Tate, KC5JVY
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-1885
Cid I Dillard, KI5IZY
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-6700
Darron W Gaddis, KD5QKP
Pleasant Hill, LA 71065-4648
Joe S Frazier, N5RRC
Shreveport, LA 71107-9251
Sara Howes
Bossier City, LA 71111-5839
Van D McCain, AC5DM
Ruston, LA 71270-3290

AROUND THE ARRL:
Director, Vice Director Nominations Invited in Five ARRL Divisions
05/22/2020
Nominations are being invited in five ARRL Divisions for the volunteer
positions of Director and Vice Director, for 3-year terms that start
January 1, 2021. Affected Divisions are Atlantic, Dakota, Delta, Great
Lakes, and Midwest. A nominee must be at least 21 years old, hold a
valid amateur radio licensee, and have been a full ARRL member for a
continuous term of at least 4 years immediately preceding nomination.
Nominees will be asked to provide information concerning employment,
ownership, investment interests, and other financial arrangements to
ensure compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy spelled out in
the ARRL Articles of Association and Bylaws.
The incumbent Directors and Vice Directors in the affected Divisions
are:
•	Atlantic: Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; Vice Director Bob Famiglio,
K3RF
•	Dakota: Director Matt Holden, K0BBC; Vice Director Lynn Nelson,
W0ND
•	Delta: Director David Norris, K5UZ; Vice Director Ed Hudgens,
WB4RHQ
•	Great Lakes: Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK; Vice Director Thomas
Delaney, W8WTD
•	Midwest: Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS; Vice Director Art
Zygielbaum, K0AIZ.
Prospective candidates or those planning to nominate an individual
should obtain an official nominating petition form, which any full
member living in an affected Division may obtain. Send a written request
to ARRL to ceo@arrl.org, by noon EDT on August 14, 2020. Using only the
official form, a candidate must obtain the signatures of at least 10
full members of the Division and provide information required to
determine eligibility. Petitions must reach the ARRL Secretary by noon
EDT on Friday, August 21, 2020. The Secretary will notify each candidate
of the name and call sign of other candidates for the same office.
Candidates will have until Friday, September 4, to submit a 300-word
statement and a photo for distribution with the election ballots.
If only one eligible candidate is nominated for an office, he or she
will be declared elected by the Ethics and Elections Committee.
Balloting in Divisions where more than one candidate qualifies to stand
for election as Director or Vice Director will take place this fall,
with ballots counted on November 20. The formal “Call for Nominations
for ARRL Director and Vice Director” appears on page 69 of the July
2020 issue of QST.    

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available
05/22/2020
Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android
podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio
News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and
then scroll down to see the list.

Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day
05/28/2020
With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the
ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary
rule waivers for the event:
1)      For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other
Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.
Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,”
including stations operating from permanent or licensed station
locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only
count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but
the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count
contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.
2)      In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be
published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a
specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL
affiliated club competitions).
Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and
Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows
participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name
with their submitted results following Field Day.
For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and
Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class
D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can
include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results.
The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram
and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk
Hollow Radio Club.
The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.
ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio
calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from
3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field
Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many
radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks
and schools.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to
cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to
public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly
modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The
temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the
value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.
ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule
waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software
prior to Field Day weekend. Participants are reminded that the preferred
method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The
ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after
the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28,
2020.
The ARRL Field Day web page includes a series of articles with ideas and
advice for adapting participation this year.

Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day
05/28/2020
With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the
ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary
rule waivers for the event:
1)      For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other
Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.
Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,”
including stations operating from permanent or licensed station
locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only
count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but
the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count
contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.
2)      In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be
published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a
specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL
affiliated club competitions).
Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and
Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows
participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name
with their submitted results following Field Day.
For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and
Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class
D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can
include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results.
The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram
and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk
Hollow Radio Club.
The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.
ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio
calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from
3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field
Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many
radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks
and schools.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to
cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to
public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly
modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The
temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the
value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.
ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule
waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software
prior to Field Day weekend. Participants are reminded that the preferred
method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The
ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after
the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28,
2020.
The ARRL Field Day web page includes a series of articles with ideas and
advice for adapting participation this year.

Huntsville Hamfest Canceled
06/04/2020
The 2020 Huntsville Hamfest has been canceled due to the COVID-19
pandemic, the event’s Board of Directors has announced. The Huntsville
Hamfest was sanctioned as the 2020 ARRL Southeastern Division
Convention. Full refunds to prepaid commercial and flea market vendors
will be processed via the mode in which payment was made. Online ticket
purchases will be credited to PayPal accounts. Embassy Hotel
reservations will be automatically canceled. — Thanks to Hamfest
Chairman Mark Brown, N4BCD

International Postal Service Disrupted
06/09/2020
The US Postal Service (USPS) has temporarily suspended international
mail acceptance for items addressed to certain destinations due to
service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation could
result in the return or loss of mail, such as QSL cards, addressed to
affected parts of the world. The USPS has posted a list of affected
countries, which is updated regularly. The Postal Service will, upon
request, refund postage and fees on mail bearing a customs stamp
that’s returned due to the suspension of service, or the sender may
re-mail returned items with existing postage once service has been
restored. When re-mailing under this option, customers should cross out
the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.”

ARRL Contest Program Issues Field Day 2020 FAQ
06/09/2020
The ARRL Contest Program has released some Frequently Asked Questions
related to the Field Day temporary rule waivers. On May 28, the ARRL
Programs and Services Committee (PSC) adopted these provisions only for
the June 27 – 28, 2020, event: (1) Class D stations may work all other
Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points, and
(2) an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of
all individual entries that indicate a specific club. Contact the ARRL
Contest Program with any questions related to Field Day 2020.
Q: Several of our club members are going to operate independently and
wish to attribute their scores to the aggregate club score. What call
sign should they use?
A: Participants should use their own call signs. Except for Class C
(mobile) entries, all transmitters, receivers, and antennas must be
located within a 1,000-foot-diameter circle may operate using a single
call sign. This prohibits the use of a single call sign from more than
one location. Under the 2020 waiver, those operating from home,
including backyard operations, must use their own station call signs.
Multiple home stations operating with a club call sign or modified club
call sign, such as W1AW-1, W1AW-2, W1AW-3, etc, are not allowed.
Q: How does my club submit an aggregate club score?  Does the club need
to add up each participating member’s scores and submit a club entry
with the aggregate score under the club call sign?
A: Each participant will submit his or her own independent entry under
his or her call sign. ARRL will calculate the aggregate score based upon
the club name entered on the official Field Day entry form via the web
applet (preferred method) or on the paper Field Day entry form. In order
for results to be tabulated correctly, all club participants must enter
the club’s official name exactly the same, avoiding abbreviations or
acronyms. This is important!
Q: Our group is still planning to operate at the usual Field Day site,
but some members do not feel comfortable gathering in a large group this
year. Can we still submit an entry using the club call sign, as well as
have members operating from home using their own call signs?
A: Yes. If your club is still hosting a group Field Day effort, it will
submit an entry as usual, using the club call sign. Club members
operating at home will submit separate entries with their own call signs
and will enter the club name on the entry form for club aggregate
scoring.
Q: Can a club member operate from home using the club call sign?
A: Yes, but the call sign may only be used in one location. The member
must receive permission from the trustee of the club call sign.
Q: Our club normally enters Field Day in Class A. If we operate from our
home stations, in which class should individual members enter in order
to be included in the aggregate club score?
A: Each member will operate independently and will submit the entry
using whatever class that applies to their operation. Typically, home
stations running on commercial ac power are Class D, while home stations
running on battery, solar, generator, or the like (i.e., not from ac
mains) are Class E. When the results are published, each club member
will be listed in the results under the class in which they operated.
For 2020 only, aggregate club scores will be listed by the club name in
a separate listing.
Q: Our club will have 10 members operating from home as Class D
stations. Should they worry about working the same station on the same
band and mode (duplicates)?
A: Because members are operating as separate entries using their own
call signs, the contacts are not considered duplicates.
Q: Does the club need to be an ARRL-affiliated club to participate in
Field Day?
A: No. All clubs and groups are welcome to participate in ARRL Field
Day.
Q: How will bonus points be calculated for the aggregate club scores?
Can individual club members still earn bonus points?
A: All individual scores, including bonus points, will be added together
to determine the aggregate club score. Refer to the complete rules to
determine eligibility for bonus points. — Thanks to Paul Bourque,
N1SFE, ARRL Contest Program Manager

Volunteer Monitor Program Recognizes Good Operators
06/11/2020
Volunteer Monitor Program Coordinator Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, said
the program has recognized numerous radio amateurs with Good Operator
Notices.
“One facet of the ARRL and FCC agreement that set up the Volunteer
Monitor Program calls for ARRL to recognize especially good amateur
radio behavior, in order to encourage compliance with FCC rules and
further the efficiency of the Amateur Radio Service,” Hollingsworth
said. “Seventeen operators in 15 states received Good Operator Notices
in the first quarter of 2020. The Good Operator Notices went to veteran
operators as well as newcomers, including a 13-year-old in North
Carolina for CW operation during the Youth on the Air Special Event, and
a 14-year-old in Wyoming for SSB operation.”
Hollingsworth also said that a 2-meter repeater operator received a Good
Operator Report for establishing and managing a COVID-19 net in
Pennsylvania, while other operators of various license classes received
notices for everyday SSB and CW operation on the HF bands. Recipients
were nominated on the basis of operation observed by Volunteer
Monitors.
According to Hollingsworth, Volunteer Monitors reported 2,035 hours
monitoring on HF monitoring, and 2,856 hours monitoring on VHF/UHF and
other frequencies during May. Two cases were referred to FCC.
After kicking off on January 1, the new Volunteer Monitor Program ramped
up to operational status earlier this spring, starting with a “soft
rollout” that started on February1, designed to familiarize Volunteer
Monitors (VMs) with issues on the bands and to put into practice what to
report — and what to ignore, based on their training.
VMs not only look for operating discrepancies, but for examples of good
operating. Hollingsworth is using a system called VMTRAC — developed
by a VM — to measure the work of VMs and determine instances that
qualify for good operator or discrepancy notices, referral to the FCC,
or follow-up with FCC requests to the VM program. — Thanks to Riley
Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

Youth on the Air in the Americas Announces At-Home Bonus Summer
Activities
06/16/2020
Youth on the Air in the Americas is planning additional home-based
activities for this summer, due to the postponement of its inaugural
summer camp at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in
West Chester Township, Ohio. Virtual YOTA Day will take place on
Wednesday, June 24. Activities will include a series of youth-led forums
and some competitions that can be done from home — even without a
radio. Virtual YOTA Day begins at 1800 UTC on June 24 and continues
until 2400 UTC.
Those who had been selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will be able to
meet on Zoom for a day of learning and fun, plus a chance to win prizes,
but anyone interested will be able to get in on Virtual YOTA Day via the
official Youth on the Air YouTube channel and play along at home. Some
activities will include learning how to track down the location of a
transmitter without leaving your chair, sharpening contesting skills,
and more.
During the week of June 21 – 26, when the camp was to take place,
special event station W8Y will be on the air on all bands and modes.
Those selected to attend YOTA Camp 2020 will take turns operating as W8Y
throughout the week from the station of their own choosing. Campers
should contact Marty Sullaway, NN1C, to be added to the schedule.
Youth on the Air will operate Field Day using a remote station in
southwestern Ohio. Logging will be done by remote desktop. Campers can
sign up at YouthOnTheAir.org for a time slot on the remote station
provided by Jay Slough, K4ZLE. Contact Chris Brault, KD8YVJ, with
questions.
Youth on the Air will be a club choice for Field Day score submissions.
Participating operators age 25 or younger choosing to operate Field Day
from a home station can contribute their scores to an aggregate club
score for this year only. Enter “Youth on the Air” as the club name
on the Field Day entry.
More information about YOTA in the Americas can be found at
YouthOnTheAir.org and on YOTAregion2 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and YouTube. 


FROM AROUND THE SECTION:

Louisiana Section Traffic Manager’s Report:
Sessions     QNI     QTC     QTR
30.               750     42.        600

73,
Jimmy Lewis AB5YS
Louisiana Section Traffic 
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Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator’s Report:
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
1. ARRL Section:  Louisiana
2. Month:  May
3. Year:  2020
4. Total number of ARES members:  395
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month:  9
6. Number of ARES nets active:  50
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison:  1
8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting:  W4NDF NS5W KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL
W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 
 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month:  36      
  9b.  Person hours:  432 
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:  41 
 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b:  453
Submitted by Jim Coleman, AI5B:  Section Emergency Coordinator

All Ham radio operators in the Louisiana Section are encouraged to
register with ARES CONNECT.  You do not have to be an ARRL member or a
member of ARES to join and stay informed.  Please remember that your
username MUST be your call sign:  https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/la

http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/ares-el/?issue=2020-06-17
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Region 2:  As always please go to K5ARC.org and see the latest
“Ascension Airwaves” newsletter ….!

Region 4:
Volume 60, Number 06 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. June 2020
A Message From Chris Ancelet N5MCY 
Good afternoon AARA Members, I would like to welcome everyone to join in
or our 2 Meter General Club Meeting Net. Last month's meeting was
successful and considering that we are still unable to meet in person, I
wanted to again capitalize on our ability to meet via radio. The meeting
will take place on June 4th at 7pm on the 147.040 MHz + 0.600 PL 103.5
W5EXI repeater system. We will follow the same net rules as the normal
Monday night net; taking check-ins by alphabetical order.
Agenda: 
1. Check-ins 
2. Pledge of Allegiance 
3. Prayer 
4. General Announcements 
5. 73 round for your comments 
We need to anticipate a large crowd so we will attempt to streamline
this to the best of our ability. I am looking forward to hosting this
event and hope to hear you on the air. 
Chris Ancelet N5MCY

Birthdays:
06-05 KE5RPI Karen
06-07 K5VXX Joseph
06-08 Michael
06-11 KE5KJF Sandy
07-02 WA5KNC Eugene
07-04 KI5JMD Jake
07-19 AI5O Stephen
07-22 KI5DHK Andrew
07-23 WB5GAF Ralph
07-28 KE5AHD Greg

SMOOTHIE (Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana)
Very nutritious
In a blender, mix 4 ice cubes, 1 cup of cold milk, 2
tablespoons of PB Fit powdered peanut butter (or 2
tablespoons of peanut butter), 1/2 of a ripe banana, 1
tablespoon of un-sweetened cocoa powder, and 2 teaspoons
of sugar or artificial sweetener. Blend until smooth.
Using 2% milk, with the PB Fit and Artificial sweetener =
220 Cal.
Using 2% milk, with peanut butter, and sugar = 375 Cal.

REGION 5:
Submitted by George Carr, WA5KBH
First up is the new DX sensation, RS-44. It's strong downlink and
exceptional sensitivity has allowed for several QSOs beyond its
theoretical 7,942 km maximum surface range. Hector Martinez, W5CBF,
in Lake Charles, LA reports working Antonio Gutierrez, DL4EA, in
Böblingen, Germany on May 26, 2020 at 23:07 UTC - a distance of
8,357km. The previous record of 8,314 km by KI7UNJ and EB1AO stood
just
nine days.

For the QSO, Hector used an Alaskan Arrow antenna and an Icom
IC-9700 on the roof of the 310' tall Capital One Tower in Lake
Charles, LA, offering an exceptional view of the northern sky.
--
WA5KBH
Chip Carver


Region 6:
From the June 2020 “Brass Key”:
Words from our President, John Dempsey, N5CM
Well, Covid-19 strikes again. Kees Park will not be available for our
June 2 meeting, so the June meeting is canceled. That is a big
disappointment, but it is what we have now, and we don’t have any
choice in the matter. Today (05/20/20), I spoke with the manager of the
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, our Field Day site. At this point,
he does not know if the facility will be open for our use or not. That
decision is above his pay grade. He did say that if the situation
changes for the better, he will notify us as soon as possible.
Personally, I am up for having our Field Day exercise at Woodworth if
the facility is available. I believe we are informed enough to conduct
ourselves in a manner that we don’t compromise our own health or that
of our fellow members. I do recognize, however, that some members may
not feel comfortable engaging in this exercise if the facility comes
open. That’s entirely understandable, and I would not think poorly of
anyone if he or she chose not to participate based on concerns for
health. My guess is that we will not know about the status of the
facility until mid-June or a little later. One option is to plan for
Field Day at Woodworth and be somewhat prepared perchance we get a more
or less last-minute authorization to proceed. Let me know what you think
about Field Day. Vy 73 DX John N5CM

Spring Time Brings Equipment Maintenance! Some reminders from H. Ward
Silver, N0AX, St. Charles, Missouri The best thing you can do for your
ham radio station is to spend a little time doing regular maintenance.
Maintenance works for cars, checkbooks, and relationships, so why not
ham radio? Be sure to keep a station notebook. Open the notebook
whenever you add a piece of equipment, wire a gadget, note a problem, or
fix a problem. Over time, the notebook helps you prevent or solve
problems, but only if you keep it up to date. You also need to set aside
a little time on a regular basis to inspect, test, and check the
individual components that make up the station. TREASURER'S REPORT
Houston Polson, KD5YS, Club Treasurer Along with the equipment, check
the cables, power supplies, wires, ropes, masts, and everything else
between the operator and the ionosphere. Check these items when you plan
to be off the air so that you don’t have to do a panic fix when you
want to be on the air. Your equipment and antennas are of no use if
they’re not working. You can make routine maintenance easy with a
checklist. Start with the following list and customize it for your
station: - Check all RF cables, connectors, switches, and grounds. Make
sure all connectors are tight because temperature cycles can work them
loose. Rotate switches or cycle relays to keep contacts clean and turn
up problems. Look for kinks in or damage to feed lines. Be sure that
ground connections are snug. - Test transmitters and amplifiers for full
power output on all bands. Also, double-check your antennas and RF
cabling. Use full power output to check all bands for RF feedback or
pickup on microphones, keying lines, or control signals. - Check
received noise level (too high or too low) on all bands. The noise level
is a good indication of whether feed lines are in good shape, preamps
are working, or you have a new noise source to worry about. - Check
standing wave ratio (SWR) on all antennas. Be especially vigilant for
changes in the frequency of minimum SWR, which can indicate connection
problems or water getting into the antenna or feed line connectors.
Sudden changes in SWR (up or down) mean tuning or feed-line problems. -
Inspect all antennas and outside feed lines. Use a pair of binoculars to
check the antenna. Look for loose connections; unraveling tape, ties, or
twists; damage to cable jackets; and that sort of thing. - Inspect ropes
and guy wires. Get into the habit of checking for tightness and wear
whenever you walk by. A branch rubbing on a rope can eventually cause a
break. Knots can come loose. -Inspect masts, towers, and antenna mounts.
The best time to find problems is in autumn, before the weather turns
bad. Use a wrench to check tower and clamp bolts and nuts. Fight rust
with cold galvanizing spray paint. In the spring, check again for
weather damage. -Vacuum and clean the operating table and equipment;
clear away loose papers and magazines. Sneak those coffee cups back to
the kitchen, and recycle the old soft-drink cans. Make sure that all
fans and ventilation holes are clean and not blocked. - You may not want
to haul the vacuum cleaner into the radio shack, but it may be the most
valuable piece of maintenance gear you have. Heat is the mortal enemy of
electronic components and leads to more failures than any other cause.
The dust and crud that settle on radio equipment restrict air flow and
act as insulators, keeping equipment hot. High-voltage circuits, such as
in an amplifier or computer monitor, attract dust like crazy. Vacuuming
removes the dust, wire bits, paper scraps, and other junk before they
cause expensive trouble. As you complete your maintenance, note whether
anything needs fixing or replacing and why, if you know. You’ll
probably get some ideas about improvements or additions to the station,
so note those ideas too. Over time, you’ll notice that some things
regularly need work. In a mobile station, for example the antenna mounts
may need cleaning, vibration loosens connectors, and cables can get
pinched or stretched. Always be on the lookout for these problems. If
you do routine maintenance three or four times a year, you can
dramatically reduce the number of unpleasant surprises you receive. 

The MIGHTY Six Meter Dipole John Dempsey, N5CM Well, one of the support
lines for my 6-meter dipole became abraded by the movement of the tree
limbs in the wind and broke. I knew that would eventually happen when I
put the antenna up. I shot a new line in the same place and had the
antenna back up in short order. The little dipole has worked
surprisingly well, and I have received good signal reports with it,
mostly on CW. When 6 meters opens, there is quite a bit of activity
between 50.090 and 50.315 Mhz. Here is what I have observed. 50.000 to
50.080 Mhz – beacons 50.080 to 50.0999 Mhz – CW 50.100 to 50.125
Mhz
– DX window 50.125 to 50.160 Mhz – SSB 50.313 to 50.315 Mhz
– most
FT8 (LOTS of activity here during an opening) Six meters opens and
closes entirely as it pleases. Some openings last for hours, and others
last for minutes. Given the uncertainty of the length of the opening, CW
exchanges tend to be somewhat brief and consist of an honest signal
report and a 4-character grid square e.g. 569 EM31 from N5CM to another
station. If an operator has some confidence in the opening, a name and
QTH will be added to the exchange. A dipole for six meters is fairly
easy to build, rather unobtrusive, and effective. The length of each leg
of the dipole is calculated by using the equation: Length (feet) =
234/Frequency (Mhz) For a dipole centered on 50.1 MHz, the length of
each leg should be: L = 234/50.1 = 4.67 feet Convert decimal feet to
inches: 0.67 feet x 12 inches/foot = 8 inches. Each leg would be
4’8” log from the point at which it passes through the insulator
back to the point at which the coaxial feed line is split into center
lead and shield. Cut each leg around 6 inches too long and wrap the
excess wire around itself. Get the finished antenna up a few feet and
check the SWR. Adjust length as required, rewrap the wire at the
insulator, tape it, and add a zip tire to prevent slippage.
The pipe is spray painted black to help it blend into the background. I
should have painted the insulators but forgot to do so. The two wires
from the pipe to the insulator are pieces of coat hanger wire. They
serve to support the feedline and choke and keep the weight of the
feedline off the point where the feedline is split and attaches to the
legs of the dipole. The choke appears to work. I have no evidence of RF
getting back down the outside of the coax into the shack. My dipole is
up around 60 to 65 feet between a couple of trees. The legs are oriented
more or less East-West, so the antenna favors North-South propagation.
On the meter on my radio, the SWR is 1:1 in the CW window of 50.080 to
50.099 MHz. The rig is happy. Thus far, I have contacts that range from
Canada to Mexico to Puerto Rico and several states in between all on 100
watts and this little bit of wire. Also, I’ve had a contact with
Florida and with Arizona… off the ends of the dipole! To check for a
band opening, look at DX clusters such as DX Summit and DX Heat. Listen
for beacons from 50.000 to 50.080 Mhz. Listen at 50.145 and 50.125 Mhz
for SSB activity. Listen around 50.313 MHz for FT8 activity (15-second
tones)

Region 9:
From:  The SELARC "Hamster"  Vol. 47, No. 6 .........................
June 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 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.

Happy Birthday
Birthday Wishes for June go out to - Dean KG5AAE, Scott KD5PCK, James
K5QNT, and Jason K5WDH.
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!

Florida Parishes VE Group - 31 May, 2020 (formerly Hammond VE Group)
Congratulations to the following "NEW" Amateur Radio Operators and
upgrades!!!!!
Technician
Rebecca Workman - New Oleans, La.
Thomas Steffen - New Orleans, La.
Robert Beasley - Hammond, La.
Daniel J.Hebert - Brusly, La.
General
Dawson Andrews - French Settlement, La.
Walter Stampley - Baton Rouge, La.
Eric Pray - Denham Springs, La.
Extra
Mark Ferriera - New Orleans, La.
Thanks again to all the VEs' who attended to make this happen every
month. Your time is greatly appreciated!!!
Tyrone Burns - N5XES - VE Liason
Florida Parishes VE Group (formerly....Hammond VE Group)

Stay Radio active -- Hope to see you at a future meeting: to be
announced. Be sure to monitor your weekly nets, e-mail, and the SELARC
website at https://www.selarc.org .

The Slidell EOC Hamfest has been rescheduled:
10/09/2020 - 10/10/2020
Slidell EOC Hamfest 2020
Location: Slidell Auditorium
2056 2nd Street
Slidell, LA 70458
Sponsor: Ozone Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://W5SLA.net
Talk-In: 147.27 (PL 114.8)
Public Contact: David Hartley , K5OZ
Phone: 985-707-8010
Email: dehartley@charter.net

Congratulations to June Prize winners!
Affiliated Club: K5LSU Amateur Radio Society at LA State University
(Book).
ARRL LA Section Member: N5GJQ Michael O. Canady (Book).
and the winner of the radio and bonus meter is KF5YBY William R.
Harris.

Mid-Month Prizes were won by Pat Mason, Bill Hoover, Mel Sojka, and
Terry Partigianoni.

Again, If you have already sent your call sign to me I still have
it.....if you have not please send on Facebook, email or text me.....we
will have some other prizes to give away soon and the next Book/Radio
drawing will be July 1st.

73,

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