ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020 As you probably know by now, the AARA Rayne Hamfest was impacted by the current Coronavirus situation. We had just set the ARRL table up when the announcement came. The club was allowed to serve the crawfish and have the guest speaker go ahead and give his presentation and then ALL of the prizes were drawn forâ€¦.. MFJ, HamWorld, The Signman of Baton Rouge and Diamond Antennas had all set up their tables and displays. After supper they began to rig down and load up and I can only imagine the disappointment on their part as well as the AARA Club and everyone planning to come and enjoy a full day on Saturday. We were looking forward to a really good and informative ARRL forum on Saturday. At this point it will be a wait and see how this will affect hamfests scheduled next month and the months to come. Hamfest Update: As of March 18, 2020 the Northeast Louisiana Hamfest in West Monroe has been canceled. ***Some suggestions from ASM Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ: Here a few of the services that may be helpful to clubs to keep in touch with their members during the "Shelter-in-Place" Facebook Live www.facebook.com Free; Requires a Facebook Page Expected resolution: 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second 8-hour maximum length Allows viewers to comment or ask questions during the event Embed your live stream in a website Free Conference Call.Com https://www.freeconferencecall.com/ Pay What you can - Suggested $4 Host up to 1,000 participants Dial-in # or VoIP calling Chat Remote Desktop Screen Sharing Video Conferencing Zoom zoom.us Host up to 100 participants Free plans allow calls up to 40 min each Paid plans start at $14.99 / host / month Message from Norm Fusaro W3IZ Director of Operations ARRL: Here at HQ weâ€™ve received lots of communications from our members either asking for guidance or offering suggestions during the current crisis. We hope everyone is adhering to CDC and local health department guidelines by staying home, maintaining safe distances when around people, and following sanitary practices. With many hams staying home there are opportunities to get on the air and call CQ or gather around the local repeater. We certainly donâ€™t need a reason to get on the air, after all, thatâ€™s what hams do. In terms of ham radio preparedness, this current crisis has not disrupted communications on a national scale. We know many of our members practice and train for a personal radio communication capability that can be called on when disaster strikes. ARES volunteers and our partners in providing emergency communications already routinely monitor the information and requests from Emergency Coordinators and the like. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service â€“ and this current crisis hasnâ€™t changed this. We can encourage members to remain safe, and to follow the guidelines and requests of their national and local government officials and public health leaders. For those members who are healthy and safe at home, we can encourage them to get on the air: Get on the air. As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will inevitably creep into our â€œnew normal,â€ being on-air will introduce variety into our communication practices. As many of us are now homebound or working and studying from home, turning on a radio to connect with your ham radio peers will be welcome respite! Radio Clubs. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to encourage our clubâ€™s members to get on the air. Move (short) meetings to the clubâ€™s repeater, and encourage check-ins. Organize skeds, nets, and challenges. Try different bands (HF, VHF, UHFâ€¦) and modes. This will also help new radio amateurs gain practical operating experience. Readiness. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service. Any time we spend on the air will contribute to developing and practicing our personal radio communication capability. If you are a radio amateur serving your community through the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceÂ® (ARES) or by volunteering with any of our partners in providing public service communications, thank you. ARES members routinely monitor the information and requests from their ARES Emergency Coordinators. We are grateful for all the ways you stand-ready to support the emergency service personnel in your communities when disaster strikes. 73, Norm Fusaro, W3IZ Director of Operations ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radioâ„¢ 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494 USA Telephone: (860) 594-0230 FAX: (860) 594-0259 e-mail: email@example.com web: www.arrl.org SILENT KEYS (As reported in April QST) Bertram L. Locke, WA5GXH Bossier City Harry L. Viosca, W5OSD Mandeville Milam C. â€œLuckyâ€ Young, KA5SUR Sulphur New Hams: WELCOME! Report for 2020-03-04 Kenneth Grevemberg, KI5IIY Metairie, LA 70005-3734 Wilbert J Duhe, KI5IGY Destrehan, LA 70047-4031 Phillip J Malbrough, KI5IJK Houma, LA 70363-5803 James J Macareo, KI5IDM Morgan City, LA 70380-2882 Hubert J Cavalier, KI5IDL Napoleonville, LA 70390-8515 Kisha A Richard, KI5IHY Maurice, LA 70555-3033 John D Young, KI5IDB Prairieville, LA 70769-3862 Daniel D Plants, KI5IJG Ida, LA 71044-8750 Jacob A Dickson, KI5IIP Shreveport, LA 71106-7718 Hal H Moore, KI5IJQ Bossier City, LA 71111-6920 Arvil A Parish, KI5IIR Bossier City, LA 71112-3104 David G Jason, KI5IIQ Dubach, LA 71235-2263 Justin M White, KI5IBP West Monroe, LA 71291-8857 Bethany W Butterfield, KI5IGT Pollock, LA 71467-3942 Upgraded License: CONGRATULATIONS! Report for 2020-03-04 Royce J Griffin, KI5HDD New Orleans, LA 70123-6070 Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA Madisonville, LA 70447-3269 Adam G Chapman, KG5TOD Ville Platte, LA 70586-2049 Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC Deridder, LA 70634-4552 James A Harvey, KG5TBL Denham Springs, LA 70706-0358 Bruce E Eilts, KD5GRC Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1241 New/Renewed ARRL Members: WELCOME/WELCOME BACK! Report for 2020-03-04 Walter R Rogge, KA5ATW Metairie, LA 70003-4305 Timothy G Lynch, AG5XK Hammond, LA 70401-1004 Homer W Jones, KA5TRT Independence, LA 70443-3742 Joel H Freeland, N5XQT Slidell, LA 70458-2224 Burke Huner Lafayette, LA 70508-5372 Kenneth J Turner, KG5YYL Lafayette, LA 70508-8100 Gregory Lavigne, AD5HA Washington, LA 70589-4059 Nathan J Daigrepont, KF5HXB Denham Springs, LA 70706-8578 Christopher J Winfough, K0CJW Denham Springs, LA 70726-2626 Daniel W Schmolke, KI5CTN Denham Springs, LA 70726-2915 Clay Runfalo, KF5SCV Prairieville, LA 70769-5870 Jacob A Dickson, KI5IIP Shreveport, LA 71106-7718 Samuel C Feldhaus, KC5NJF Monroe, LA 71201-3551 William M Drouilhet, KF5JLX Leesville, LA 71446-6213 Bethany W Butterfield, KI5IGT Pollock, LA 71467-3942 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FROM THE ARRL: FCC Turns Down Amateur Licenseeâ€™s Appeal 02/26/2020 In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judgeâ€™s (ALJ) dismissal of Crowellâ€™s amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell â€œfailed to prosecute his application by refusing to attend a hearing scheduled by the judge,â€ and that this warranted dismissal of Crowellâ€™s 2007 renewal application. The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau had designated Crowellâ€™s renewal application for hearing based on allegations that he had violated the Communications Act and FCC rules by causing intentional interference and by transmitting one-way communications, indecent language, and music on amateur frequencies. The hearing was set to be held in Washington, DC, and Crowell filed a notice of appearance certifying that he would appear and present his case. The case was interrupted by what the FCC in the MO&O called â€œa hiatus of several years, during which Crowellâ€™s petition to disqualify the Judge was pending.â€ In August 2016, the FCC imposed a $25,000 fine on Crowell for intentional interference and transmitting prohibited communications. The FCC said in a Forfeiture Order (FO) that the penalty â€œis based on the full base forfeiture amount as well as an upward adjustment reflecting Mr. Crowellâ€™s decision to continue his misconduct after being warned that his actions violated the Communications Act and the Commissionâ€™s rules.â€ The FCC noted that Crowell did not deny making the alleged transmissions but argued in large part that they were protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution,â€ the Forfeiture Order said. The February 20 MO&O does not reference the Forfeiture Order nor its disposition. When the renewal application litigation resumed in 2017, Crowell asked that the hearing be moved to the Sacramento, California, area, arguing that he could not afford to travel to Washington. Sippel denied the motion. â€œIn the Dismissal Order, the Judge responded to Crowellâ€™s refusal to attend a hearing in Washington, D.C., by granting the Enforcement Bureauâ€™s motion to dismiss Crowellâ€™s application,â€ the FCC said in its MO&O. The ALJ held that Crowellâ€™s refusal to attend a hearing in Washington, DC, â€œconstituted a failure to prosecute and thereby effectively violated Section 1.221(c) of the rules, which requires dismissal if an applicant fails to commit to appear on the date fixed for hearing.â€ The Judge agreed with the Enforcement Bureau that many of the arguments Crowell raised on appeal â€œare not properly before us in reviewing the Dismissal Order and should be disregarded.â€ Crowellâ€™s amateur license expired in 2007, but he has been permitted, under FCC rules, to operate while his renewal application remains pending. Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat 02/26/2020 The NEMO-1 WSPR buy buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the buoy was partially submerged, decided to retrieve it, and informed AMSAT-LU. The NEMO-1 traveled another 8 days aboard the tuna vessel, arriving at Mar del Plata on February 19, where members of the Mar del Plata Radio Club were holding it until members of AMSAT-LU could recover it. The buoy will be reconditioned, and a new launch is planned, this time taking the buoy more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) offshore, so that it will navigate freely. Coronavirus Fears Postpone Another DXpedition 02/26/2020 Alex Gromme, 5B4ALX, has postponed his March 18 â€“ April 2 T30ET DXpedition to Tarawa (West Kiribati) because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Kiribati Ministry of Health told Gromme that he would need to be quarantined for 14 days in Honiara, Solomon Islands, before getting medical approval to continue on to Kiribati. â€œT30ET is currently postponed, not deleted,â€ Gromme said on his website. Heâ€™s now looking at October 2020, assuming the COVID-19 situation is resolved by then. Last week, travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American Samoa as a result of the coronavirus outbreak caused Swains Island W8S DXpedition organizers to postpone that DXpedition until later in the year. The team members were unable to comply with a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Hawaii. The DXpedition announced tentative dates of September 23 â€“ October 6. ARRL Seeks a New Chief Executive Officer 02/27/2020 ARRL is seeking an experienced radio amateur to be Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The CEO is the top compensated employee in ARRLâ€™s management structure and oversees all operations in collaboration with the President and the Board of Directors, in accordance with ARRLâ€™s Articles of Association, Bylaws, and Board policies. The successful candidate will ensure day-to-day management of ARRL, including fiscal operations and will oversee and make certain that its fund-raising, marketing, human resources, technology, advocacy, and governance strategies are effectively implemented. Essential CEO functions include: â€¢ Leading the headquarters staff and field volunteers, in response to Board policy, in the development and implementation of effective programs for the promotion and growth of amateur radio and the provision of services to members. â€¢ Planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing, and evaluating ARRLâ€™s operational and fiscal performance. â€¢ Providing leadership, directing headquarters staff, and maintaining performance standards in headquarters operations. â€¢ Participating, in collaboration with officers, Directors, and staff, in developing ARRLâ€™s plans and programs. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with a record of significant amateur radio experience and a broad understanding of its operational, technical, regulatory, and social facets. The CEO will be responsible for effective financial and operational management and oversight. CEO candidates should possess a bachelorâ€™s degree or equivalent (masterâ€™s degree preferred), be an active radio amateur who has initiated or led a significant amateur radio activity within the past 10 years, and have 10 years of management and supervisory experience. Candidates should be able to demonstrate ability in providing effective leadership and management of business operations. The position is located at ARRL Headquarters, and the successful candidate will be required to establish a residence in the Hartford, Connecticut, area. The CEO Position Announcement includes details. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to ARRL Human Resources Assistant Monique Levesque. International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear 02/28/2020 The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. A second flight unit expected to be launched on a later 2020 cargo flight will be installed in the Russian Service Module. NASA contracts with SpaceX to handle ISS resupply missions. The IORS represents the first major upgrade of on-station ARISS equipment. The package will include a higher-power radio, an enhanced voice repeater, and updated digital packet radio (APRS) and slow-scan television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian space station segments. The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver, an AMSAT-developed multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting cables. Once at the space station, the IORS will be stowed for later installation. State of Maine Bicentennial Special Event Set for March 16 â€“ 22 03/01/2020 A special event to mark Maineâ€™s bicentennial will take place during Statehood Week, March 16 â€“ 21, with the on-air event extending to March 22. Volunteers around the state will be on the air with special event call signs from the nine counties that existed in 1820, when Maine became independent of Massachusetts: W1C (Cumberland); W1H Hancock; W1K Kennebec; W1L Lincoln; W1O Oxford; W1P Penobscot; W1S Somerset; W1W Washington, and W1Y York. Three other special event stations will be K1J Jameson Tavern in Freeport; K1P Portland, and K1B Boston, in recognition of their contributions to Maineâ€™s Statehood. CW, SSB, and digital operation will be continuous on HF, VHF, and UHF for the duration of the event. The event is sponsored by the Maine Bicentennial Special Event Committee. Maine stations may sign up to participate as special event stations. Certificates will be available. Additional information is available on the event website. Email questions with the subject line â€œMaine 200 Special Event.â€ Saint Patrickâ€™s Day Special Event Set 03/06/2020 Many radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrickâ€™s Day on the air as part of the St Patrick Award. The 48-hour event will take place from 1200 UTC on March 16 until 1200 UTC on March 18. Saint Patrickâ€™s Day is March 17. SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will be in five categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations); Fixed/Portable Station Award; Digital Station Award; Mobile Station Award, and Short Wave Listener Award. Register to be an official participating station. Visit the eventâ€™s Facebook page. â€” Thanks to Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL Outer Space is Your Next Radio Frontier! 03/06/2020 You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which youâ€™ll find in ARRLâ€™s new book Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners. Dozens of spacecraft are in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole new world of operating enjoyment. Inside you will be able to locate satellites and determine when they will be available in orbit, gain tips for building your own â€œsatellite station, find a simple step-by-step guide to making your first contacts, and discover satellite antenna projects you can build at home. â€œEven with just a dual-band FM transceiver and a mobile antenna, you can make contacts through an amateur satellite!â€ said ARRL author and QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY. Building amateur radio satellites is difficult; communicating through amateur satellites is not. Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be! Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1304, ISBN: 978-1-62595-130-4), $22.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $19.95. Call (860) 594-0355 or, toll-free in the US, (888) 277-5289. It will also be available as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle. ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System to ISS 03/10/2020 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls â€œthe foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio systemâ€ on the space station. Amateur radio has been an integral component of ISS missions since 2000. The Dragon cargo capsule docked successfully with the space station on March 9. ARISS-US Delegate for ARRL Rosalie White, K1STO, said hundreds of ARRL members contributed to make the IORS project happen, and ARISS is celebrating the 4-year-long IORS project. â€œARISS is truly grateful to ARRL and AMSAT for their co-sponsorship and support of ARISS since day one,â€ White said. â€œARISS greatly appreciates the hundreds of ham radio operators who have stood by ARISS, sending financial support and encouragement. A robust ham station is on its way to replace the broken radio on the ISS, and tens of thousands of hams will enjoy strong ARISS packet and ARISS SSTV signals as a result. In addition, thousands of students will discover and use ham radio to talk with a ham-astronaut. We hope to see the trend continue where more ARISS teachers and local clubs set up school ham clubs.â€ The new system includes a higher-power radio, an enhanced voice repeater, updated digital packet radio (APRS), and slow-scan television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian space station segments. White called the March 7 launch, â€œbeautiful, flawless.â€ ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, told ARISS that he had his fingers crossed for a successful launch. According to NASA Mission Control, it will take the three ISS crew members up to a month to unload and stow the 4,300 pounds of cargo on board the Dragon capsule, and the IORS is not a priority. The actual ham equipment will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. Another IORS unit is in line to be launched and installed in the Russian segment of the ISS later this year. The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver, a multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting cables. The ARISS hardware team will assemble four flight units â€” and 10 IORS units in all â€” to support onboard flight operations, training, operations planning, and hardware testing. ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said earlier this year that future upgrades and enhancements to the next-generation system are in various stages of design and development. These include a repaired Ham Video system â€” currently planned for launch in mid-to-late 2020, an L-band (uplink) repeater, a microwave â€œHam Communicator,â€ and Lunar Gateway prototype experiment. Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show 03/15/2020 For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton HamventionÂ® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancellations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency. â€œThe Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year,â€ Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in announcing the cancellation on March 15. â€œThis decision is extremely difficult for us, but with around 2 months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary. More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted. Thank you for your understanding in this time of international crisis.â€ The Dayton Hamvention cancellation comes less than a week after the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, called off this yearâ€™s show. The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) sponsors Hamvention. Since 2017, Hamvention has been held each May at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The international gathering attracted more than 32,000 visitors in 2019. Hamventionâ€™s announcement has caused the cancellation of other associated events. These include Contest University, the Contest Dinner, and the Top Band Dinner. Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise 03/17/2020 Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an emphasis on communicating from home. â€œOhio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,â€ ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. â€œBut with the national emphasis on staying home, we turned the vacated day into a 2-hour series of nets designed to have amateur operators check in using their home stations.â€ The exercise was the brainchild of Assistant SEC Tim Price, K8WFL, who suggested it would be a great way to showcase amateur radioâ€™s capabilities for state and community leaders. The Ohio HF Emergency Net will take check-ins on 40 and 80 meters (SSB), with the Ohio Digital Emergency Net (OHDEN) operating on 80 meters. Then, around 1 PM ET, a linked digital radio system will be brought into play, using DMRâ€™s Ohio talk group linked to the Fusion â€œOhio Linkâ€ group. Broadway said stations will simply check in; no traffic will be handled. â€œItâ€™s just designed to prove we can communicate from home, while locked down, and still get the job done,â€ he told ARRL. â€œThis is the same network topology used for the Ohio Watch Desk Project, providing statewide reporting during such events as the Memorial Day tornado outbreak last spring,â€ Broadway said. The reports are fed directly to the watch desk at Ohioâ€™s state EOC, to enhance situational awareness for state emergency managers. â€œWe plan to video an operator on the Statehouse steps, talking statewide using a small handheld,â€ Broadway said. â€œThis demonstration can be used to enhance our discussion of amateur radio with local and state officials.â€ Broadway said HF can be problematic most of the time if storms are moving across, producing static, and digital modes fill in the gap. â€œWe used this [approach] during a couple tornado outbreaks to bring real-time local observation to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency Watch Desk,â€ he said. â€” Thanks to Stan Broadway, N8BHL Errata to 2020 â€“ 2024 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released 03/18/2020 The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has issued errata to the new (2020 â€“ 2024) Amateur Extra-class question pool that goes into effect on July 1. Most changes are minor, involving typographical or style errors. In the syllabus at the top of the pool: E1C â€” Changed â€œbandwithâ€ to â€œbandwidthâ€ E3B â€” In sub-element heading, deleted â€œgraylineâ€ E9D â€” Changed â€œfeedpointâ€ to â€œfeed pointâ€ In sub-element 3, changed â€œ41 questionsâ€ to â€œ40 questions.â€ In the question pool: E1C13 â€” In answer C, changed â€œUtilities Telecom Councilâ€ to â€œUtilities Technology Council (UTC)â€ E1C14 â€” In question, changed â€œUtilities Telecom Commissionâ€ to â€œUtilities Technology Council (UTC)â€ E1D03 â€” In answer, choices C and D, changed â€œearthâ€ to â€œEarthâ€ E2A02 â€” In question, changed â€œinvertedâ€ to â€œinvertingâ€ E3B â€” In sub-element heading, deleted â€œgraylineâ€ E3B08 â€” Question withdrawn from pool and marked as deleted. The remaining questions in E3B were not renumbered, leaving 11 questions. E5B04 â€” In question, changed â€œ220 microfaradâ€ and â€œ1 megohmâ€ to â€œ220-microfaradâ€ and â€œ1-megohmâ€ E7C09 â€” In answer B, added a space between â€œ1â€ and â€œkHzâ€ E8C10 â€” In question, changed â€œsymbolâ€ to â€œdataâ€ E9C02 â€” In question, changed â€œ1/4 wavelengthâ€ to â€œ1/4-wavelengthâ€ E9C03 â€” In question, changed â€œ1/2 wavelengthâ€ to â€œ1/2-wavelengthâ€ E9D â€” in sub-element heading, changed â€œfeedpointâ€ to â€œfeed pointâ€ E9E09 â€” Removed brackets after answer (C). The Amateur Extra-class question pool will be updated to reflect these changes. Submit feedback or questions to the Question Pool Committee. FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee 03/18/2020 In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on Materneâ€™s response to the NAL, the agency affirmed the fine in a March 12 Forfeiture Order (FO). As the FCC recounted in the FO, an FCC agent â€œobserved Materne causing intentional interference to a local repeater by generating digital noise into an analog radio.â€ The agent further reported that Materne failed to transmit his call sign, as required. Materne disputed the FCCâ€™s findings, arguing that the NAL should be canceled because the agent â€œwas mistaken in his determination that the source of the interference was Materneâ€™s stationâ€ as his radio was not capable of operating on the repeater frequency in question, the FCC said in the NO. Materne also asserted that he is unable to pay the fine and suggested in his response that the FCC should be able to access his financial information. The FCC countered that the radio the agent observed in Materneâ€™s possession was capable of operating on the frequency in question. â€œWe therefore are unpersuadedâ€¦that the proposed forfeiture should be cancelled because, he alleges, he was not the party causing interference to the repeater and the radio in his possession could not operate on the frequency in question,â€ the FCC said in affirming the findings of the NAL. â€œWe are also unpersuaded by Materneâ€™s argument that he lacks the ability to pay the full $18,000 forfeiture.â€ The FCC said Materne failed to provide the FCC with proof of inability to pay, as required by the NAL. The FCC gave Materne 30 days to pay the fine, or face having the case turned over to the US Department of Justice for enforcement. K3YV Wins the March QST Cover Plaque Award 03/19/2020 The winning article for the March 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is â€œLeakyâ€ Antenna Switches by Ellwood (Woody) Brem, K3YV. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the April issue today. Ham Radio Clubs Connect Amid Social Distancing 03/20/2020 As college campuses have sent students home to finish their classes online, members of the K7UAZ Amateur Radio Club in Tucson â€” a student organization at the University of Arizona â€” have moved their radio club meetings to, well, the radio. K7UAZ Station Manager Curt Laumann, K7ZOO, said that when the university largely shuttered its campus, club president Ken Gourley, KM6BKU, immediately transitioned regular meetings to an on-the-air format using the university repeater. The club already was holding a weekly net on Monday nights, but the added on-air club meetings offer another opportunity to get on the radio. In recent months, in-person K7UAZ club meetings have hosted presentations on such topics as EME (Earth-moon-Earth) communication and an AMSAT CubeSat simulation. As meetings move on the air, Gourley explained, he will send out a copy of meeting presentation slides so members can follow along. â€œI will lead the net and start with check-ins,â€ he said. â€œWe will work our way through the slides, discussing previous events, upcoming activities, the treasurerâ€™s report, projects, etc. I will take new check-ins every 5 â€“ 10 minutes. We will conclude with officer comments and general comments. Hopefully it wonâ€™t take more than 30 â€“ 45 minutes.â€ ARRL staff member Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who liaises for the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI), underscores the importance that all radio clubs encourage on-the-air activity in this challenging time. â€œWhile I know many businesses and schools have moved to online meetings and learning, I can think of many advantages for a radio club to move club meetings to on-air,â€ Inderbitzen said. His list includes: Holding short meetings on the air will encourage individual club members to practice their personal radio communication capabilities. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service. Nets generally help new radio amateurs gain practical operating experience. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to encourage your clubâ€™s new hams to get on the air. As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will inevitably creep into our â€œnew normal,â€ being on-air will introduce variety into our communication practices. As many of us are now homebound working or studying, turning on a radio to connect with your ham radio peers will be welcome respite! At K7UAZ, experienced club members provide instruction for members to access the K7UAZ ARC repeater from 2 meters and via Echolink. The club also offers members the opportunity to borrow handheld radios or to be patched in via HF or videoconferencing, if they live too far away from the repeater. ARRL is encouraging university radio clubs to network with other clubs and students via ARRLâ€™s CARI Facebook group. â€œKeeping our campus radio clubs going will ensure we are, together, advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of amateur radio. Itâ€™s our collective mission,â€ Inderbitzen said. Refund Procedures in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social Events 03/20/2020 Refunds are being processed for Dayton Hamvention-associated social gatherings, including Contest University, Contest Dinner, and Top Band Dinner. Each event has its own procedures. Those who signed up for the DX Dinner will be able to obtain refunds via PayPal. An email to all registrants will provide details. â€” Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, SWODXA Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters 03/20/2020 The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the â€œmany youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.â€ The clubâ€™s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is â€œa fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so many schools across the country.â€ Ongoing classes will take place Monday through Friday, specifically for school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas, via Zoom online video conferencing. A computer equipped with a microphone and camera is required. Classes for elementary schoolers run 30 minutes starting at 1600 UTC, followed by 45-minute classes for middle- and high school-aged students starting at 1645 UTC. Parental permission is required through advance registration. Contact class instructor Rob Zarges, K2MZ, by e-mail or call 508-831-8248. â€” Thanks to Mel Granick, KS2G, ARRL New York City-Long Island Section Public Information Coordinator FCC Commissioner Michael Oâ€™Rielly Nominated for Another Term 03/20/2020 President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Commissioner Michael Oâ€™Rielly for another 5-year term on the Commission. The nomination was sent to the US Senate on March 18. Oâ€™Rielly was initially appointed to the FCC in 2013 by President Barack Obama. â€œDuring my tenure at the Commission, I have advocated for preserving and advancing American free market principles to develop common sense regulation and eliminate unnecessary rules that hurt consumers,â€ Oâ€™Rielly said in a statement, expressing appreciation to President Trump. â€œI hope to continue this work should the Senate decide to approve my nomination.â€ If the Senate confirms Oâ€™Riellyâ€™s nomination, the new term would date retroactively to last July and end in 2024. In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised Oâ€™Riellyâ€™s work in such areas as 3.5 GHz spectrum policy. ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely 03/20/2020 Interim ARRL Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, informed members on March 20 that ARRL will remain operational to meet their needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Shelley noted that ARRL is taking steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees, in line with the recommendations provided by US and Connecticut health officials and government leaders. â€œWe have arranged for many of our staff, depending on their job responsibilities and requirements, to work remotely during this unprecedented time,â€ Shelley said. â€œThis helps the organization reduce the number of people in the building and improve our â€˜social distancingâ€™ capabilities.â€ At present, all departments at ARRL Headquarters are functioning, and customer service representatives remain available to answer membersâ€™ questions or direct them to the appropriate department for assistance. Shelley advised that ARRL is encouraging members to use email as the preferred method of communication with ARRL, in order to get a timely response. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) has been dealing with a higher-than-normal volume of emails and phone calls and is asking for membersâ€™ patience as they attempt to answer everyoneâ€™s questions as promptly as possible. â€œThere has been some significant disruption to VE exam session schedules, given the restrictions imposed on gatherings in many locales,â€ Shelley pointed out. â€œAs with our employees, the health and safety of our Volunteer Examiners is a top priority, and we have informed our VEs that they need to follow their local communityâ€™s guidelines and then use their best judgement when deciding whether to conduct, postpone, or cancel an exam session.â€ As previously announced, ARRL has suspended all tours and guest visits to ARRL Headquarters and to W1AW until further notice. ARRL has also posted a statement relating to Field Day and the coronavirus situation. â€œWe will continue to monitor conditions from this outbreak and follow any additional guidelines provided by federal and state health professionals and government officials. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time,â€ Shelley said. 2020 ARRL Field Day Update: Coronavirus & Field Day 2020 With 2020 ARRL Field Day â€“ one of the biggest events on the Amateur Radio calendar â€“ just about 15 weeks away, ARRL officials are monitoring this situation with the coronavirus very closely and paying close attention to all of the information and guidance being offered by the CDC's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). At its core, Field Day is a local event and an opportunity for local amateur radio clubs to showcase the skills, science and technologies that make radio communication such a wonderful hobby and a valuable public service. Since the impact of the coronavirus outbreak has been very different in different parts of the country, we recommend that all amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day be in regular contact with their local or state public health officials for their advice and guidance on hosting Field Day activities. This also offers an opportunity for amateur radio clubs to bolster or re-establish their relationships with local and state public health and emergency management officials. Because of the unique circumstances presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club and/or group to try something new. Field Day isn't about doing things the same way year after year - use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with our current circumstances. Local club officials are the most appropriate people to be making decisions about their specific Field Day programs. We are all concerned about protecting the health and safety of those participating in or attending Field Day activities, and so we trust local club officials to take the appropriate steps to monitor local conditions and make decisions in the best interest of their communities. ARRL officials strongly believe that following the guidelines of local, state and national health care professionals will help ensure everyone's safety in the coming weeks and months. ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June -- 27-28, 2020. 2020 Field Day results will appear in December QST. ARRL Headquarters is Closing 03/23/2020 ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23, 2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work remotely. W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer service representatives will be available to take calls, although response times could be longer than usual. Operations at the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) will also continue, and the best way to receive a timely response is via email, as call volume has been heavy. The ARRL publication schedule will remain unchanged. The ARRL warehouse will be working with a reduced staff, so orders will be delayed, and ARRL will not be able to respond to expedited shipping orders. ARRL Headquarters will remain open until 5 PM on March 23, as managers and staff prepare for the shutdown. ARRL will keep members posted on this situation. Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator 03/23/2020 Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio volunteers are developing Arduino-based control software that will set the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill coronavirus victims. Multiple volunteers responding to a call for help from Gordon Gibby, MD, KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and uBITX transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE. University of Florida physicians are working to address the critical legal aspects as the design moves closer to fruition. The ventilatorâ€™s valves would precisely time compressed oxygen flow into patient breathing circuits under Arduino control, allowing exhausted patients with â€œstiffâ€ lungs impacted by viral pneumonia to survive until their body can clear the infection. The software design team is also adding simple features such as an LCD display, encoders to choose parameters, and watchdog safety features. -- Thanks to Gordon Gibby, KX4Z FROM AROUND THE SECTION: Louisiana QSO Party Announcement: Fellow Ham Radio Operators, I'm Scott, W5WZ, President of the Louisiana Contest Club. We sponsor the annual Louisiana QSO Party. Please accept this invitation to participate in the 2020 edition of the Louisiana QSO Party. The 2020 edition of the Louisiana QSO Party will run from 14:00 UTC, April 4, 2020 to 02:00 UTC, April 5, 2020 (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM CDT Saturday, April 4, 2020). The rules, and all other pertinent information is found online at: http://laqp.org/ I do hope you'll join us on the air! 73, Scott W5WZ ARES: ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report 1. ARRL Section: Louisiana 2. Month: February 3. Year: 2020 4. Total number of ARES members: 427 5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8 6. Number of ARES nets active: 51 7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 2 8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 44 9b. Person hours: 562 10a. Number of public service events this month: 2 10b. Person hours: 125 11a. Number of emergency operations this month: 0 11b. Person hours: 0 12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month: 1 12b. Person hours: 10 13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a: 47 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b: 697 Reported by: Jim Coleman, AI5B ARRL Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-03-18 ***Please congratulate our newest Emergency Coordinator appointee from Beauregard Parish, Lonnie Jacobs AC5A. Welcome to the Team Lonnie. Louisiana Traffic Net Report: Sessions QNI QTC QTR 16. 353 27 416 Reported by: Jimmy Lewis, AB5YS Louisiana Section Traffic Manager The Louisiana Traffic Net will run six days a week Sunday through Friday during the pandemic. I would encourage each one of you with a General class license and above to check-in with us. We meet at 6:00pm CDT on 3.910MHZ. Jim Lewis AB5YS Louisiana Traffic Net Manager REGION 4: ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - March 2020 Volume 60, Number 03 VE Test Session February 6, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT Started off the year pretty good. Two new Techs & one upgrade to Amateur Extra. The candidates were Kisha Richard ~KI5IHY ~ of Maurice & Louis Truxillo ~KI5IHZ ~ of Breaux Bridge both earned their Technician. Adam Chapman ~KG5TOD~ from Ville Platte Upgraded to Extra. Congratulations to the testees & a great big thank you to the VEs in attendance...... The VEs for this session were Michael Cavell KI5ARX, John Cunniff W4HVH, Richard Wallace KF5KEL, Archibald Hill W5AG, and Galen Wilson KF5BET JOY BREAUX N5YCS - SILENT KEY It is with great sadness that the Amateur Radio World and the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA) loses another member. On the evening of February 7, 2020, Joy Breaux N5YCS passed away after being on life support for a while. Her wishes were that her body to be donated to science, no obituaries, or funeral announcements to be published. A little about Joy for those who or who did not know her. Joy was a long time member of the AARA and served as past treasurer for 12 years. Joy and Rick shared in being "backyard bird watchers" among other hobbies such as traveling, attending hamfests, especially the AARA hamfest where you could usually find her at the front door at the registration desk. Joy and Rick also participated in many special event activities. Joy & Rick were long time members of the QCWA Chapter 109 in Baton Rouge. I am sure all that knew Joy will miss the beautiful smile and kind words she had for everyone. Our prayers go out for the Breaux family. Randy Rushing KG5KFI - Silent Key Thanks to Greg Dolan II - K5LFT, it was just noted that Randy Rushing KG5KFI, age 53 of Breaux Bridge, became a Silent Key on January 7, 2020. Randy was a proud United States Veteran. He served honorably in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the American Legion Post #69, Blind Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Acadiana Honor Guard. He was also a Amateur Radio Operator (KG5KFI) and a member of the Acadiana Amateur Association, Inc. in 2016. Obituary: https://www.waltersfh.com/obituary/Randy-Rushing SPANISH RICE 2 Tbs Olive Oil 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 Garlic, minced 2 Cups long-grain Rice 3-1/4 Cup Chicken Broth 1 Cup diced Tomato, drained Â½ tsp Oregano 1 tsp Salt Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium/high heat. Add the rice and stir it so that the rice coats with the oil. Cook, stirring often, until much of the rice has browned. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently another 3 minutes, until the onions begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and softened, about a minute more. Combine broth, tomato, oregano, salt, and browned rice with onions and garlic. Bring to a boil Cover; reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of rice and the instructions on the rice package. Remove from heat for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork to serve. REGION 6: FROM: The Brass Key April 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Attendance at the March 2020 meeting, during which we had Skywarn Basic Storm Spotter Training, was encouraging. Andy Patrick, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, conducted the training and did a fine job. In addition to presenting the required information on the slides, he added some personal observations about storms in our area based on his 35 years of experience in the weather business. We had several in attendance who were not club members including five deputies from Rapides Parish Sheriffâ€™s Office, a city marshal, Tyler Hall of KALB Weather, and the Executive Director of Rapides Parish 911/Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP), Sonya Wiley-Gremillion. The Executive Director expressed an interest in having amateur radio operators participate in emergency preparedness and communication. Based on her expressed interest in participation by amateur radio operators, I met with the Director for an hour and a half at her office. I learned that our 147.330 and 443.300 repeaters were purchased with grant money connected to the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). I learned that these repeaters are housed in an environmentally controlled, government-owned facility, and that the antennas are on a government-owned tower. The cost of continuing operation, utilities and tower space, of these repeaters is borne by 911/OHSEP; therefore, Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC) is, in a manner of speaking, somewhat â€œjoined at the hipâ€ with Rapides 911/OHSEP. Utilities and tower space are valuable commodities, and CLARC is getting them for free. During our meeting, the Director cited some actual emergency events when she needed amateur radio communication, both HF and VHF, but it was not forthcoming. She expressed an interest in having amateur VHF and HF capabilities available to her when the need arises. During our meeting, we identified a location for an amateur radio operating position at Rapides 911/OHSEP. Anyone who serves at the 911 center will need to be vetted, which includes a criminal history investigation. Before anyone takes me to task, I am fully aware that CLARC and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) are separate and distinct entities. CLARC is, however, the largest organized group of amateur radio operators within the parish, and as stated above, has a relationship with Rapides 911/OHSEP. Currently, that relationship is oneway. Local amateur radio operators are deriving benefit and providing nothing in return. We need to identify an ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) and an assistant or deputy EC for Rapides Parish, and we need ARES radio operators. The people in these roles need to be accessible, responsive (in a timely fashion), and responsible if called by 911/OHSEP. If the EC is away, then the assistant needs to be able to respond in a timely fashion. With the exception of some man-made emergencies, our events usually involve weather-related problems, and in most cases, we know in advance that there may be power outages, property damage, and injuries. Membership in ARES does not mean that one is â€œon callâ€ 24x7x365. It does mean that if one is not providentially or otherwise seriously hindered, one should agree to serve. Public service of this nature is a gratifying experience. As a communicator, you are part of the solution, you are helping fellow citizens, and given that you are working with the decision-makers, you know what is happening during an emergency event. When the ARES organization for Rapides Parish is up and running, it will exist more or less independently of CLARC under the guidance of the EC and not in competition with CLARC. Please think about volunteering for ARES service if you have not already done so. Iâ€™ll remind you that one of the primary reasons you have an amateur radio license is â€œRecognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications,â€ and Iâ€™ll remind you that the reason CLARC has two nice repeaters with free rent and utilities is for public service. I was disappointed that we had to cancel the April meeting, VE testing, and board meeting, but we had no choice. At this point, you know as much as I know about our May meeting. Hopefully we will be somewhat back to normal by then and be able to meet. We have some good programs waiting to be presented not the least of which is Skywarn Advanced Storm Spotter training that is scheduled for the May meeting. For the June meeting, we will need to discuss Field Day plans. Field Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Assuming we are free of current restrictions, we will begin to set up on Friday, June 26. We will conduct Field Day at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Outdoor Education Center in Woodworth, which is the same location we used for our successful Winter Field Day. One of our members has suggested that we have some building sessions. Those interested could agree on a common project for the building session. The common project could be a code-practice oscillator, a balun, a wire antenna of some sort or whatever else. The project would be up to those interested in building something. Building something and actually having it work well is an educational and satisfying experience. Building sessions could be held at a mutually agreeable time and place but not during a club meeting. The rationale behind this is to learn a little more about electronics, to learn how to build things we might otherwise buy, and to build a quality product for our own use. A building session or sessions will not be of interest to everyone in the club, and it doesnâ€™t have to be. It would be, however, a way for a few members to get together, learn something, have some fun, and walk away with some new equipment. 73 and good DX, John, N5CM CLARC President Many of us are self-isolating due to the Corona Virus threat, but this does not mean that we have to isolate without communicating. I think that most of us are staying in touch with our friends and relatives via phone and social media, and we need to keep that up. To increase socialization we cannot forget about ham radio. If all you have is your technician license you have a number of ways to communicate with the outside world while still staying physically isolated. Starting with local methods of ham radio communications we have our club repeaters. Start by throwing out your callsign on the 147.330. This is the club's main frequency. Many hams monitor this frequency throughout the day. Our secondary repeater is 147.375. Next are our linked repeaters, 444.975 and 145.470. These two repeaters are internet linked. If you key up and say your call sign someone may come back to you from almost anywhere in the U.S.. Donâ€™t forget about using Echolink on your phone to get into the 147.330 repeater. CLARC congratulates new hams Will Butterfield, KI5IPJ and Etienne Blanchat, KI5IPK, for passing their Technician Class exam on March 3. Congrats go to John Eubanks, KI5HVM, for upgrading to Amateur Extra! CLARC also welcomes Will to our club as its newest member! On the HF front: HF activity has picked up since the Corona virus threat has hit the U.S. 80 and 40 meters are usually open most evenings and during the daytime itâ€™s not uncommon to find someone to have a QSO with on 15, 17 and 20 meters. If you have any questions about how to get active on the bands please get with me or one of our other club members. We will help you. Some of your questions can be answered by going to the clubâ€™s website at www.clarc.us Thanks, Scott Wren, KD5DFL Vice President, CLARC Update on ALLSTAR The repeater committee has successfully linked the 444.975 and 145.470 repeaters to the new controller. The link is now active, but we are still tweaking the settings and we should have full ALLSTAR accessibility in the very near future. This project has been ongoing, and due to the technical nature of the system and everyone's schedules lining up as well as a little luck and Pixie Dust we have made significant headway and foresee the project being complete in the very near future. I would like to thank Scott KD5DFL for his extensive efforts working with Matt Anderson KD5KNZ, Angelo Glorioso N5UXT, and would like to thank Dave Van Rood KG5POW for his help with this project as well. I also helped in this endeavor but not nearly to the extent that these other gentleman have and their efforts are greatly appreciated and the All Star system is going to be a great asset for all members of CLARC. The system is up, and the repeaters work locally as they should for the moment, we are doing some tweaking of the system and it's not fully operational but the hard part is done and now we just have to tweak the All Star system and it should be fully operational shortly. Marlin, KG5RPZ NOTE: More information on ALLSTAR, see allstarlink.org/ As many of you already have discovered, a CLARC Members only Facebook group has been recently created. Our President, John N5CM, and Marlin KG5RPZ, are the administrators. As an administrator and moderator, our president has the power to delete or make changes as he sees fit. Members can and are encouraged to invite other Members and we also welcome anyone else who wants to join, the group web page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/673431650062145/ any CLARC Members that want to join need only list their call signs and either John or Marlin can approve them. The Group was created to give CLARC Members a medium to share ideas, projects all things Amateur Radio related, and encourage fellowship between members between meetings. We also encourage Elmering or if members just have a question please feel free to ask and someone from the group will try and help them. REGION 9: The SELARC "Hamster" *Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974* Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc. Visit our website: www.selarc.org Vol. 47, No. 3 ......................... March 2020 Happy Birthday Birthday Wishes for March go out to - Joe KG5HZU, Jerry N5GKJ, and Bob WB5FBS If we missed your birthday, then please let us know. Get Well Soon â€” Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air! VE Session Results Hammond VE Group - 23 Feb, 2020 - VE Session Results Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades Technician Charles Richardson / KI5ILL - Holden, La. Johnny Shaw / KI5ILM - Covington, La. Travis Tharp / KI5ILN - Denham Springs, La. General Billy Orehowsky / KI5HZE - Saucier, Ms. Tyrone Burns - VE Liason - Hammond VE Group March Prize Drawing winners: CONGRATULATIONS!!! ARRL Publications: Club: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (SELARC) ARRL Member: Daniel W. Delcambre, KE5UM ELECTRONIC PRIZE (Scanner): Daniel R. Vandervort, AD5NW NEXT DRAWING IS APRIL 1ST. As always before I send out my newsletter, I feel like I have left something out. Please send me or one of our Sectionâ€™s PIOâ€™s/PIC Joe Holland KB5VJY anything you would like to see in future newsletters! LAARRL.org 73, -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Louisiana Section Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020 The Hammond Hamfest was very successful and well attended. We had approximately 50 in the ARRL/ARES Forum. Jim and Corey gave us a great ARES presentation. WE gave away some very nice prizes! Next hamfest is in Rayne in March. I hope to see many of you there. SILENT KEYS: Milam Columbus "Lucky" Young, KA5SUR Joy Breaux, N5YCS **I was asked recently to include the city for each person listed below; and am doing so in hopes that you will be able to see those in your area and include them in your local activitiesâ€¦.. NEW HAMS: Report for 2020-02-04 Daniel R Sicuro, KI5HVO Kenner, LA 70062-6040 Patrick M Brown, KI5HSL Hammond, LA 70403-0431 Hailey R Doucet, KI5HTC New Iberia, LA 70563-3320 Chad D Durr, KI5HSK Opelousas, LA 70570-1360 Adam C Permenter, KI5HZD Clinton, LA 70722-5260 Devin B Martin, KI5HZC Greenwell Springs, LA 70739 James D Pastorick, KI5HSM Greenwell Springs, LA 70739-3854 Colton W Byrd, KI5HVR West Monroe, LA 71291-4740 Bryan R Fussell, KI5HVJ Alexandria, LA 71303-2126 Jeffrey P Foley, KI5HVK Pineville, LA 71360-0623 John L Eubanks, KI5HVM Pineville, LA 71360-5801 Corey Paulk, KI5HVL Pineville, LA 71360-9718 LICENSE UPGRADES: Report for 2020-02-04 Bradley K Vincent, KG5KZR Gueydan, LA 70542-3725 Tiphanie Clark, KI5DUG Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1627 Ricky L Little, KI5GEI West Monroe, LA 71292-0421 Jason M Bowen, KB5VXX Newellton, LA 71357-5002 Christopher A Wright, KI5HDW Pineville, LA 71360-5479 NEW/RENEWED ARRL MEMBERS: Report for 2020-02-04 Michael S Foster, KC8PZA Metairie, LA 70005-4034 Andre P Granier, KI5BBO Luling, LA 70070-4242 Albert D Geier, KW5PAN River Ridge, LA 70123-2723 Elizabeth E Wotawa, KI5HRA New Orleans, LA 70123-6147 Federico M Lertora, KI5HQU New Orleans, LA 70123-6169 William R Hare, N5WRH Abita Springs, LA 70420-3312 Christopher J Ancelet, N5MCY Egan, LA 70531-3011 Bradley K Vincent, KG5KZR Gueydan, LA 70542-3725 Paul T Holcomb, KI5ARR Maurice, LA 70555-3825 Chad D Durr, KI5HSK Opelousas, LA 70570-1360 Carl W Service, KG5GGL Lake Charles, LA 70605-6527 Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC Deridder, LA 70634-4552 Henry H Forrester, KG5GVV Clinton, LA 70722-4849 Dawson Andrews French Settlement, LA 70733-2540 Toby J Latino, KI5ERB Prairieville, LA 70769-3341 Robert Gray, KI5GYO Blanchard, LA 71009-0245 William W Barrett, WW5MB Keithville, LA 71047-8806 Grantham P Frederick, KI5GBD Shreveport, LA 71106-2209 Elizabeth O Miller, N5UIJ Shreveport, LA 71107-2408 Richard E Hayes, AC5EU Monroe, LA 71203-2230 Stephanie E Miller, KD7KWS Monroe, LA 71203-9575 Carolyn Morris, KM5YL Downsville, LA 71234-3410 James L Wilhelm, WW5L Sterlington, LA 71280-0427 Robert A Moore, W5OPF West Monroe, LA 71292-1625 Bryan Fussell, KI5HVJ Alexandria, LA 71303-2126 Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ Alexandria, LA 71303-4152 Frederic W Smith, KG5PKG Alexandria, LA 71303-4160 Jason M Bowen, KB5VXX Newellton, LA 71357-5002 Jeff P Foley, KI5HVK Pineville, LA 71360-0623 John L Eubanks, KI5HVM Pineville, LA 71360-5801 FROM THE ARRL: ARRL On the Air Podcast Premieres on January 16 01/14/2020 ARRLâ€™s new On the Air podcast for those just getting started on their amateur radio journey, will debut this Thursday, January 16, with a new podcast posted each month. The podcast is a companion to the new bimonthly On the Air magazine, which is already on its way to member subscribers. On the Air magazine editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, will be the host of the new podcast. Both the podcast and the magazine are aimed at offering new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Listeners can find the On the Air podcast at Blubrry, Apple iTunes (or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (search for On the Air), and Stitcher (or through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices). Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website. Each On the Air podcast will take a deeper dive into the articles and issues raised in the magazine, including advice and insight on topics covering the range of amateur radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. Supplementing On the Air will be a new Facebook page for those who share a love of radio communication and are looking to learn and explore more about their interests. The biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast for experienced radio amateurs will launch on February 13. Hosted by QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, Eclectic Tech will highlight topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology, offer brief interviews with individuals involved in projects of interest to amateurs, and include practical information of immediate benefit to todayâ€™s hams. Eclectic Tech will be available via iTunes and Stitcher. The ARRL Mags apps including QST and On the Air are now live on Apple iTunes and Google Play. The digital edition of On the Air magazine is now live and linked from the On the Air page on the ARRL website. YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas 01/15/2020 For several years now, Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) has sponsored YOTA Month each December, primarily involving young radio amateurs in Europe and Africa. In December, youth-operated amateur radio stations in the Americas picked up the ball to contribute more than 12,000 contacts to the worldwide event. Eighteen operators aged 25 or younger deployed special event 1 Ã— 1 call signs â€” K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A â€” to promote youth in amateur radio. Fifteen young operators across the US took turns using these call signs throughout December. They logged 10,474 contacts using those call signs on SSB, CW, digital modes, and satellites. Some operators also aired the call signs during contests. Participants in the Americas offered opinions on what made the event special for them. â€œOperating-wise, it was definitely the pileupsâ€¦I love a good pileup,â€ said Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII. â€œApart from that, it was great getting to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby. Even though we werenâ€™t physically working together, we all got to be part of the YOTA program over the air.â€ Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN, also cited the on-air camaraderie. â€œMy favorite part of YOTA month was getting the wonderful experience of talking to other youth all over the world and sharing our experiences,â€ she said. â€œIt gives us hope to know the future of Amateur Radio is in the hands of these great kids.â€ Her brother Jack, KM4ZIA, also took part. In Canada, David Samu, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA in December, making 458 contacts on CW. â€œMy favorite part was seeing all the YOTA stations on the air throughout December and seeing all the high energy youth activity,â€ he said. Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR, activated XR2YOTA, and met another young operator from Chile, Manu Pardo, CA3MPR, through YOTA month. Between them, they put 1,535 contacts into the log on CW, SSB, and digital modes. Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, coordinated the efforts of the 17 participants and the logs for the US stations. â€œI learned much during the month about the importance of teamwork and communication...just like baseball,â€ Bryant said about his role as coordinator. â€œI think YOTA month was a great success considering the short amount of time we had to plan this all out. I had a lot of fun operating this event, but it was even more rewarding to see other youth here in the Americas make tons of QSOs during December.â€ Bryant managed Logbook of The World accounts for the US stations and QRZ.com pages for all call signs, maintained an operator schedule, worked with YOTA Month Award Manager Tomi Varro, HA8RT, and reported in to the YOTA Camp Committee in the Americas. Globally, nearly 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all operated by hams under the age of 25 or younger. More than 2,500 operators of all ages requested and received awards based on the number of YOTA contacts they had made. Statistics are available. The first Youth On The Air camp in the US will take place next June 21 â€“ 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio. For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month in the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or YOTA in the Americas Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. New Book from ARRL: Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners 01/17/2020 Contesting is one of the most exciting aspects of amateur radio â€” and for some, itâ€™s their primary ham radio activity. Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners by contesting veteran Doug Grant, K1DG, offers practical information and ideas that will help you to get started in contesting â€” â€œradiosportâ€ â€” or to build your skills, if youâ€™re already active. Contesting tests station capability and operator skill, and it really is a sport, with a typical objective of contacting as many stations and multipliers â€” ARRL Sections, states, grids, or DXCC entities, for example â€” within the contest period. â€œDoug Grant has written the ideal guide for anyone interested in contesting,â€ said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY. Grantâ€™s book explains what equipment you need, typical contest formats, details of some more popular events, operating techniques, how to submit an entry, and how to improve your scores. No matter how modest your station or experience, you can compete, too! A couple of events over the January 18 â€“ 19 weekend to get you started include the ARRL January VHF Contest (CW, phone, and digital) and the North American QSO Party, SSB. See the ARRL Contest Calendar for information on other events. Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1243, ISBN: 978-1-62595-124-3, $27.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $24.95). Call 860-594-0355 or, toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289. Itâ€™s also available as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle. For more information about ARRL-sponsored contests, including rules and results, and to view the contest photo gallery visit the ARRL Contests page. Barry Shelley, N1VXY, to Become ARRL Interim CEO 01/19/2020 At its meeting this weekend, the ARRL Board of Directors did not elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as the ARRL Chief Executive Officer. Beginning Monday, January 20, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, will become interim CEO. Mr. Shelley was ARRLâ€™s Chief Financial Officer for 28 years and CEO during 2018 before his retirement. The board has created a search committee to select the next CEO. More details on this and other matters which took place at the board meeting will be released shortly. ITU Development Sector Publication Highlights Amateur Radioâ€™s Role in Emergency Communication 01/21/2020 Amateur radio is featured in the publication, ITU Guidelines for national emergency telecommunication plans, published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Development Sector (ITU-D). The publication notes that radio amateurs have supported communication in emergency situations on a voluntary basis since the dawn of radio. â€œThey are experts in radio communications and have the equipment, skills and necessary frequencies allocated by ITU to deploy networks in emergency events quickly and efficiently,â€ the publication says. ITU-D said amateur radio support offers â€œgreat coverage due to the large number of amateur radio stations available;â€ training programs and exercises have been developed for emergency communication; â€œqualified temporary volunteers who provide skills and experience essential for emergency telecommunications;â€ problem-solving skills and an ability to work with â€œoften very limited resources,â€ and the ability to work with alternative power sources. Past ARRL President and IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, represents the International Amateur Radio Union at ITU-D meetings. â€” Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News; IARU ARRL Events App is Available for Apple iOS and Android Devices 01/21/2020 The ARRL Events app is available to use with Apple iOS and Android devices. A web-browser version, optimized for most browsers and other types of mobile devices, is also available. ARRL Events will be featured at Orlando HamCation 2020, February 7 â€“ 9, which has been sanctioned as the 2020 ARRL Northern Florida Section Convention. AMSAT Says its GOLF-TEE Initiative has Met a Major Milestone 01/21/2020 AMSAT reports that an array of GOLF-TEE (Greater Orbit Larger Footprint â€“ Technology Evaluation Environment) satellite prototype boards transmitted telemetry for the first time on January 14. â€œThe boards are laid out on a bench as a â€˜flat-sat,â€™ with interconnecting wires, bench power supplies, and a dummy load on the transmitter,â€ AMSAT said. The interconnected boards include an early radiation-tolerant internal housekeeping unit (IHU, i.e., computer) prototype; a control interface prototype, and a set of spare boards from HuskySat-1 that act as prototypes for the legacy IHU and legacy VHF/UHF RF components. â€œNow that the development team has reached this point, it has RF to use as a basis for developing a GOLF-TEE decoder for FoxTelem, the ground telemetry receiver software,â€ AMSAT said. â€œThousands of hours of work by many AMSAT volunteers have gone into the hardware and software that got GOLF-TEE this far, with much work yet to be done before flight units are ready.â€ GOLF-TEE is designed as a low-Earth orbit testbed for technologies necessary for successful CubeSat missions to a wide variety of orbits, including medium- and high-Earth orbits. AMSAT invited donations to further the project. Itâ€™s also seeking additional volunteers. â€” Thanks to AMSAT News Service. ARRL to Argue for Continued Access to 3-GHz Spectrum as FCC Sets Comment Deadlines 01/24/2020 At its January meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors instructed the Leagueâ€™s FCC counsel to prepare a strong response to protect amateur access to spectrum in the 3 GHz range. In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348, the FCC proposed to relocate all non-federal operations, including amateur uses, to spectrum outside the 3.3 â€“ 3.55 GHz band. The Commission anticipates auctioning this spectrum to expand commercial use of 5G cellular and wireless broadband services, if agreement can be reached on relocation of â€” or sharing with â€” the federal incumbents that operate in the same band. Publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register on January 22 established deadlines of February 21 for comments and March 23 for reply comments. The FCC has requested comment on the uses radio amateurs make of the spectrum and appropriate relocation options. Complicating matters is the fact that radio amateurs must consider the possibility that the immediately adjacent 3.1 â€“ 3.3 GHz band is included in the spectrum that Congress has identified for similar study. FCC Commissioner Michael Oâ€™Rielly, in a December statement, referenced the fact that the lower band may also be considered for non-federal reallocation, potentially limiting relocation possibilities. Amateurs make substantial use of the 3.3 â€“ 3.5 GHz band that would be hard to replicate elsewhere, and they have filed more than 150 comments before the designated comment period even began. Among users looking at options are those who use this spectrum for Earth-Moon-Earth (moonbounce) communication, mesh networks, experiments with communication over long distances, radiosport, and amateur television. A portion of the band also is designated for use by amateur satellites in ITU Regions 2 and 3 (the Americas and Asia/Pacific). A report is due by March 23 from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) evaluating the feasibility of having federal users share all or part of the 3.1 â€“ 3.55 GHz band with commercial wireless services. This report is required by the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act. The results of the NTIA report will impact how much spectrum ultimately may be re-allocated for auction to wireless providers. ARRL urges amateurs who comment to inform the FCC about the uses they make of the 3 GHz spectrum. Short comments and longer statements may be filed electronically. Visit the FCC â€œHow to Comment on FCC Proceedingsâ€ page for more information. Commenters should reference WT Docket 19-348. Swains Island DXpedition Team is Ready to Roll 01/27/2020 The W8S DXpedition team heading to Swains Island in the Pacific in March reports, â€œAll lights are green.â€ Team members will leave from home in early March, and all will convene in Pago Pago, American Samoa, to board the vessel Manu Atele, which will transport everyone to the atoll. The voyage will take 24 hours. Smaller vessels will ferry the operators and equipment to the island at high tide, which the update called â€œa serious challenge.â€ The ship will not remain offshore while the DXpedition is under way, â€œhopefully picking the team up again after 14 days.â€ An international team of 10 operators will be active from March 10 to March 25 on all HF bands on CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY. Operation will be 24/7 from two separate camps on the island, each with two stations. Visit the Swains Island 2020 DXpedition website for more information. New Amateur Extra Question Pool Released 01/27/2020 The new Amateur Extra-class license examination question pool, effective from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024, has been released and is available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC) website. The 2020 â€“ 2024 Extra-class pool incorporates significant changes compared to the current 2016 â€“ 2020 question pool, which expires on June 30. The number of questions in the pool was reduced from 712 to 622. The result was 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and 139 questions removed due to changes in what was felt to be an abundance of outdated questions, while areas of new technology and subjects were added. In addition, an effort was made to balance the difficulty level, removing or replacing some questions deemed too easy or too difficult compared to the rest of the pool. The 2020 pool has 10 diagrams, which have been renumbered because the new question pool has two fewer than the 2016 question pool. State QSO Party Challenge Announced 01/28/2020 The State QSO Party Challenge is a competition comprised of other contests, namely state and provincial QSO parties. As explained on the website, the annual cumulative score program is open to any radio amateur who participates in any approved state QSO parties (SQPs). Participants just need to submit their QSO party scores to 3830scores.com to enter the challenge. Participantsâ€™ cumulative scores will be calculated by totaling up the number of reported contacts and multiplying by the number of SQPs entered in the year to date. Periodic standings will be posted to 3830scores.com, the QSOParty Groups.io forum, and the StateQSOParty.com website. â€œUsing the number of QSO parties entered as a multiplier is expected to encourage radio amateurs to enter more state/province QSO parties,â€ the programâ€™s organizers said. â€œThe first SQPs in 2020 are the Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia QSO Parties in the first weekend of February.â€ Entrants must make at least two contacts in a QSO party for it to count as a multiplier. Full details are available on the State QSO Party Challenge website. Challenge sponsors expressed appreciation to Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, for developing the SQP Activity Tracker on 3830scores.com. ARRL Expands its Roster of Online Discussion Groups 01/29/2020 ARRLâ€™s Committee on Communication with Members has launched three new online discussion forums as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and improve communication between ARRL leadership and members or prospective members. The new forums, which focus on antenna law, regulatory issues, and support for new amateur radio licensees, will go live on Thursday, January 30, at 0400 UTC. The committee launched the three new discussion groups on the basis of requests from the amateur radio community, to support ARRLâ€™s efforts to provide more resources for beginner-to-intermediate operators. The online discussion program launched last fall with three forums â€” contesting, awards, and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) â€” all open to the amateur radio community. The program was based on the success of the online ARRL-LoTW Group, which, for the past several years, has served to answer questions and generate discussions about ways to improve the service. ARRL New England Division Director and attorney Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, will moderate the Antenna Law and Policy Forum. Hopengarten is the author of Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur. ARRL Regulatory Affairs Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, will moderate the Regulatory Affairs forum. QST Editor and ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will moderate the New Hams forum. ARRL IT Manager Michael Keane, K1MK, worked with Groups.io to set up the new groups. Those wishing to subscribe must use a Groups.io username and password, if they have one, or create a Groups.io account if they donâ€™t. The new groups join an ARRL discussion forum lineup that already includes: ARRL-Contesting, moderated by ARRL Contest Advisory Committee Chairman Dennis Egan, W1UE. ARRL-Awards, moderated by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ. ARRL-IARU, moderated by IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ. ARRL-LOTW, moderated by ARRL IT Manager Michael Keane, K1MK. Everyone who subscribes to an ARRL Group is automatically subscribed to â€œARRL Groups,â€ an administrative feature that allows ARRL to convey routine announcements to subscribers of all ARRL groups, such as planned system outages. ARRL expects to create additional online groups that focus on other areas of interest to radio amateurs, including ARRL activities, services, initiatives, and policies. ARRL currently hosts some â€œmembers-onlyâ€ online forums that include the topics of Awards and Contesting. While these forums will continue to operate, participants are being encouraged to post new topics in the new Groups. All questions will be welcome, no matter how many times they have already been asked and answered, or how obvious the answers might be. Neither personal attacks nor foul language will be tolerated. Violators will immediately be placed on â€œmoderatedâ€ status, meaning their subsequent posts will require Moderator approval. Civility and courtesy are expected, even when disagreeing. The Committee believes that providing more opportunities for two-way discussion between the organizationâ€™s leaders and the entire ham radio community will assist ARRL in truly serving the needs of this community. â€” Thanks to ARRL Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN Foundation for Amateur Radio Invites 2020 â€“ 2021 Academic Year Scholarship Applications 01/29/2020 The Foundation for Amateur Radio Inc. (FAR) has invited applications for the 2020 â€“ 2021 academic year for the scholarships it administers. Applications must be submitted via the online form. Several questions ask for essay responses. The deadline for initial submissions is April 30, 2020. Applicants may amend their applications until May 7. All applicants must hold a valid amateur radio license and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited university, college, or technical school. Applicants attending school outside the US must provide a brochure describing the school. Students do not apply for specific scholarships; each application will be considered for all of the scholarships for which the applicant is qualified. QCWA scholarships and the Chichester Memorial Scholarship all require recommendations to be awarded. Data entered onto the application goes directly into an encrypted, password-protected PDF file available only to the review committee. No part of the application is stored online. More information is available on the FAR website. ARRL Board of Directors Re-Elects President Rick Roderick, K5UR 02/10/2020 Meeting January 17 â€“ 18 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors re-elected ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to a third 2-year term. Roderick outpolled the only other nominee, Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, 8 â€“ 7. New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, was elected First Vice President, succeeding Greg Widin, K0GW, who did not seek another term. Raisbeck was the sole nominee. A successor will be appointed to fill the Vice Director seat that Raisbeck has vacated. Bob Vallio, W6RGG, was re-elected as Second Vice President as the only nominee. On a 9 â€“ 6 vote, the Board voted not to re-elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as Chief Executive Officer. Michel was in the post for 15 months. Former ARRL Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, has come out of retirement to serve as interim ARRL CEO. He also was elected as Secretary. Shelley was ARRLâ€™s CFO for 28 years and served as CEO during 2018 before his retirement, following the departure of former CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. The ARRL Board has appointed a committee to spearhead the search for a new CEO. That panel will screen suitable CEO candidates, presenting three to the Board for consideration. Former ARRL President and IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, was elected International Affairs Vice President, succeeding Jay Bellows, K0QB, who did not seek another term. Also re-elected by the Board were Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM, and Chief Financial Officer Diane Middleton, W2DLM. Elected as members of the Executive Committee were Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA; Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU; New England Division Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK. The Executive Committee addresses and makes decisions regarding ARRL business that may arise between scheduled Board meetings. Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, was elected as a member of the ARRL Foundation Board for a 3-year term. Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, were elected to the Foundation Board for 3-year terms as non-ARRL Board members. Relief from Private Land-Use Restrictions The Ad Hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee provided the Board with drafts outlining three legislative approaches to address relief for radio amateurs facing private land-use restrictions impacting outdoor antennas. The Board signed off on the draft legislative approaches â€œas presented and possibly modifiedâ€ and directed the committee â€œto proceed to obtain congressional sponsorship, employing any of these three approaches and using its best judgment on any alterations or modifications that our advisors or sponsors may require or suggest.â€ HF Band Planning Outgoing chair of the HF Band Planning Committee Greg Widin, K0GW, presented the panelâ€™s report and entertained questions. Board members noted that staff turnover and funding limitations at the FCC might impact ARRLâ€™s efforts to tweak the bands. The Board agreed that ARRL would post the report and solicit comments from members on it. Contests and Operating Awards The Board approved raising the maximum number of contacts a Field Day GOTA station can make to 1,000. It amended the ARRL RTTY Roundup rules to add Multi-Two and Multi-Multi categories and to permit multioperator stations to operate for the entire contest period, and it divided entry categories into RTTY only, Digital only (i.e., no RTTY), and Mixed (both RTTY and digital). Matt Holden, K0BBC, presented the DX Advisory Committee report, telling the Board that the panel engaged in extensive discussion on a proposal to change the 5-Band DXCC award from the current required bands to offer credit for any five bands. The committee unanimously rejected the proposal. ARRL Elections The Board revised rules governing ARRL Division and Section Manager elections to clarify some terminology, to extend the campaign period from the call for nominations to the deadline for ballots received, and to make other miscellaneous changes. Revisions will become effective by February 15, 2020. In the interest of â€œopenness and fairness,â€ the Board also approved a measure that would offers candidates and members an opportunity to be present during the counting of ballots. Candidates also may designate one ARRL member to attend as a surrogate if theyâ€™re unable to observe ballot counting, or to accompany them at the count. The Board further approved an amendment to permit ARRL members, upon petition, to travel at their own expense to witness the counting of ballots from their Division. The Board charged the Programs and Services Committee to consider changes to the ARRL By-Laws that would give members, upon petition, the opportunity to attend the public portion of the Annual Meeting in January. The number of members permitted to attend would be subject to available space and fire code regulations. Public Service Enhancement Working Group Chair, Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, reported that with field adoption of the 2019 ARES Plan now under way, the group is putting increased focus on the National Traffic System, including plans for dialog with representatives of Radio Relay International. Reduced Dues for Younger Applicants The Board approved an amendment giving the CEO discretion to raise the eligibility age for reduced full ARRL membership dues from 22 to 26, provided the rate not be less than one-half of the established rate. In addition, the Board approved the establishment of a reduced-rate, revenue-neutral Life Membership for individuals age 70 or older, with cumulative annual membership of 25 years or more, at an initial rate of $750. Headquarters staff will work out the administrative details of the program, subject to approval of the Administration and Finance Committee. The Board also agreed to allow for a â€œdigital-onlyâ€ access membership, at the discretion of the CEO, discounted no more than 10% from the established dues rate. Other Business In other business, the Board: â€¢ approved a grant of $500 to the Youth on the Air (YOTA) in the Americas program, which is sponsoring a camp in June for young radio amateurs. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, a former ARRL Youth Coordinator, is heading the initiative, which is funded through the non-profit Electronic Applications Radio Service Inc. â€¢ authorized creation of an Emergency Management Director Selection Committee, with its chair and members to be named by the president. The minutes of the January Annual Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors are posted on the ARRL website. Mississippi ARESÂ® Emergency Coordinator Credits Training for Effective Tornado Response 02/21/2020 Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceÂ® (ARESÂ®) volunteers in DeSoto County, Mississippi, devoted several days in January to assisting local emergency managers in responding to tornado damage in the region. Desoto County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ; Assistant EC Gene Adams, KF5KVL; Tate County EC Brad Kerley, KG5TTU, and Andy Luscomb, AG5FG, reported at 3 AM on January 11 to the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to open a SKYWARN weather watch. After a tornado warning was issued for DeSoto County, Chambers activated an emergency net on a local repeater. Ten minutes into the net, however, the repeater went down, and the net switched to simplex. The net subsequently moved to another operational repeater. Initial reports of downed trees blocking roadways and an eyewitness report of a possible tornado southwest of Hernando came in just after 5 AM. The ARES team at the EOC began taking damage reports, answering the telephone, and monitoring and taking calls from public safety dispatchers. When the deputy EMA director requested traffic control in Lewisburg, three of the ARES volunteers accompanied EMA director Chris Olson to Lewisburg. Chambers and Kerley assumed traffic control, and Olson asked that Chambers put out a call for ARES/RACES volunteers and EMA reservists to report to the EOC. The ham radio volunteers also handled welfare checks. A dozen ARES/RACES and EMA reservists returned the next day to conduct door-to-door damage assessment. For the next 10 days, Chambers reported, the DeSoto County volunteers assisted in handling telephone traffic in the EOC, freeing up first responders to do their primary jobs. â€œI attribute our effective response to the training we have conducted on a monthly basis,â€ Chambers said, noting that training included recommended ARRL courses. â€œWe were able to see how the Incident Command System worked on a first-hand basis as the incident unfolded, based on the ICS training courses we have taken. My group went from 0 to 110 MPH in seconds, never missing a beat [and] everyone performed on a professional level.â€ â€” Thanks to DeSoto County and EMA Reservist Coordinator EC Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ ARRL Opposes FCC Plan to Delete the 3.4 GHz Band 02/25/2020 ARRL has filed comments opposing an FCC proposal to delete the 3.3 â€“ 3.5 GHz secondary amateur allocation. The comments, filed on February 21, are in response to an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking () in WT Docket 19-348 in which the FCC put forward a plan to remove â€œexisting non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocationsâ€ in the 3.3 â€“ 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The FCCâ€™s proposal was in response to the MOBILE NOW [Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless] Act, enacted in 2018 to make new spectrum available for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. ARRL noted that amateur radio has a long history of successful coexistence with primary users of the band. â€œThere is no reason suggested by the Commission, or known to us, why the secondary status for amateur radio operations should not be continued for the indefinite future,â€ ARRL said in its comments. â€œWe understand that secondary commercial users are less flexible than amateur radio users and may desire to relocate to protect continued provision of services and service quality. Radio amateurs, by contrast, benefit from having technical knowledge and no customer demands for continuous service quality, more flexibility to make adjustments, and often have the technical abilities necessary to design and implement the means to coexist compatibly with the signals of primary users.â€ ARRL pointed to amateur radioâ€™s â€œdecades-long experience observing and experimenting with radiowave propagationâ€ in the 3.3 â€“ 3.5 GHz band that includes mesh networks, amateur television networks, weak signal long-distance communication, Earth-Moon-Earth (moonbounce) communication, beacons used for propagation study, and amateur satellite communications. In its comments, ARRL argued that it would be â€œprematureâ€ to remove the current secondary amateur radio allocation. â€œThis spectrum should not be removed from the amateur radio secondary allocation and left unused,â€ ARRL told the FCC. â€œOnly at a later time may an informed assessment of sharing opportunities be made in the specific spectrum slated for re-allocationâ€¦. This depends upon the Congressionally-mandated NTIA studies of sharing or relocation options that have yet to be completed and, if all or part of this spectrum is re-allocated, the nature and location of buildout by the non-federal users.â€ The NTIA oversees spectrum allocated to federal government users. ARRL noted that radio amateurs have established extensive infrastructure for the current band and are engaged in construction and experimentation that includes innovative â€œmesh networksâ€ and amateur television networks that can be deployed to support public service activities. With the NTIA report addressing the 3.1 â€“ 3.55 GHz spectrum not expected until late March, ARRL said, â€œwe do not yet know how much spectrum below and above the amateur secondary allocation may be reallocated to non-federal users and what opportunities may exist or be developed to share [that] spectrumâ€ with new primary users and systems. â€œEven if suitable new spectrum could be found for the existing amateur uses â€” which is difficult before the spectrum musical chairs activity is concluded â€” the costs to radio amateurs would be significant and be borne with no countervailing public benefit,â€ ARRL told the FCC. â€œIf the advent of new primary licensees forecloses some types of secondary operations, the amateur community will reevaluate the situation when some certainty exists,â€ ARRL concluded. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FROM AROUND THE LOUISIANA SECTION: ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report December 2019 1. ARRL Section: Louisiana 2. Month: December 3. Year: 2019 4. Total number of ARES members: 428 5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9 6. Number of ARES nets active: 48 7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 5 8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 42 9b. Person hours: 385 10a. Number of public service events this month: 1 10b. Person hours: 12 11a. Number of emergency operations this month: 4 11b. Person hours: 100 12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month: 5 12b. Person hours: 112 13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a: 52 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b: 609 Submitted by Jim Coleman, AI5B ARRL ARES Section Emergency Coordinator ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report January 2020 1. ARRL Section: Louisiana 2. Month: Janaury 3. Year: 2020 4. Total number of ARES members: 427 5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9 6. Number of ARES nets active: 54 7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 3 8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 39 9b. Person hours: 535 10a. Number of public service events this month: 13 10b. Person hours: 92 11a. Number of emergency operations this month: 1 11b. Person hours: 18 12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month: 3 12b. Person hours: 80 13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a: 56 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b: 725 Submitted by Jim Coleman, SAI5B ARRL ARES Section Emergency Coordinator --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Louisiana Traffic Net Managerâ€™s Report December 2019 Sessions QNI QTC QTR 17. 418 44. 393 January 2020 Sessions QNI QTC QTR 16 342 31. 467 73, Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS Louisiana Section Traffic Manager ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- REGION 2: As always, the Ascension Airwaves has an AWESOME Newsletter for February: http://k5arc.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Feb-20-AA1.pdf REGION 4: From: Volume 60, Number 02 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a 501(c)3 Corporation February 2020 60th Annual 2020 AARA Hamfest Each year the AARA hosts it's annual Hamfest to support club activities as well as the purchase and maintenance of club equipment. The upcoming 2020 Hamfest will be held March 13 - 14, 2020 at the Rayne Civic Center in Rayne, LA. The event will be open to the public from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday. It will reopen to the public from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday. Plenty of good food will be available on site. Boiled crawfish will be served at 6:00 PM on Friday but pre-registration is required. Pre-registration forms are available at the w5ddl.org website Preregistration form Additional information regarding vendors, prizes, forums, etc will be posted on this website once that information becomes available. VE Test Session January 2, 2020 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT Started off the year pretty good. One new Tech & one upgrade to Amateur Extra. The candidates were Hailey R. Doucet ~KI5HTC ~ of New Iberia (Tech) & Bradley K. Vincent ~KG5KZR ~ of Gueydan (KG5KZR) upgraded to Amateur Extra. The VEs helping out were: Greg ~ K5LFT, Dave ~ N4ELM, Archie ~ W5AG, Michael ~ KI5ARX, & a new Ve Raymond Costilla ~ N5KIR. Congratulations to the testees & a great big thank you to the VEs in attendance...... What is a Net? By Joseph â€œMoeâ€ Meaux K2JDM When someone first gets into the Ham radio hobby, one of the first questions they may ask is â€œWhat is a net?â€ The general definition of a Net (or Network) â€œis to allow people to be helpful to each other professionally, particularly in finding a better job, or moving to a higher positionâ€ doesnâ€™t exactly apply to the Ham radio hobby. It is close! A Net in Ham radio is a gathering of people used to share information and to train in proper radio etiquette or protocols. Most radio nets are held at a regular scheduled time and frequency. There are two formats of any net; Formal and Informal. A FORMAL NET has one operator that is in control for maintaining order on the net, â€œmaking sure that traffic is passed in a timely manner and that more than one person doesnâ€™t talk at the same timeâ€. The operators in the field must first ask permission to talk typically by giving their callsign only. The net control station will acknowledge that they have traffic and give them permission to pass said traffic or to tell that person to standby if there is higher priority traffic that needs to be passed first. Once the field operator has finished with whatever traffic they need to pass, they will clear with their callsign per FCC regulations. The net control station will then log the information and/or pass the traffic to where it needs to go to. Formal nets are often more efficient than informal ones because someone is basically directing traffic. INFORMAL NETS still have a net control station, but they do not control the flow of traffic. Instead, they keep a log of traffic and stand by in case something major happens and the net needs to be changed to a formal net forum. This format allows field operators to call other field operators without having to ask permission first. This type of net is often used when it is not really important to have an organized flow of traffic. An example of this informal net would be if the local skywarn team sees that there is a major storm coming but is still a little ways away from the area. This allows the field operators to get to their spots before the storm makes your area to allow as much coverage as needed. Once the storm gets closer, the net can change to a formal style. What types of nets are there? Well, there are several types. One of the most common is the SKYWARN Net. This is storm spotting in a formal format and in conjunction with the National Weather Service and your local Emergency Management Office. These are only activated by the NWS or your local EMC. Hams will be activated and meet on a predetermined frequency and will â€œwatchâ€ the storm as it comes into your area, passing on what they see to the net control so the information can be in turn relayed to the nearest NWS office. SKYWARN personal are very important to the NWS because after a couple of miles from their radar station, it can not see below about 10,000 feet. Spotter on the ground have to fill in the blanks for the meteorologists the NWS office. Information and/or Training Nets is also a common net. These are typically done in a formal format to help train operators how to operate during a net, how to pass traffic, or just give news of upcoming events. They are usually done as club nets on a VHF or UHF repeater, at a scheduled time and frequency. This type is good to get a new ham over their fear of talking over a radio. Rag Chew Nets are typically done in a semi-formal or informal format. These types are held on HF and sometimes on UHF or VHF. These are usually done when a bunch of people come together at the same time and same frequency to talk about there day, what they are doing, or just general discussions. SWAP Nets are used to buy or sell equipment. Well, per the FCC regulations, you can not actually conduct business on the air, you can say what you have that you want to sell, the price you are looking for, and the phone number where they can contact you. You can not negotiate prices or talk about the price on the net or on any over the air frequencies. These nets are semiformal. RACES and ARES Nets are both formal nets used during and after a natural disaster or a large scale event. A RACES Net is used during the actual emergency event, while the ARES Net is used after the emergency event. The ARES Net operators will typically do things like search and rescue, damage assessments, clean up, etc. More information on these two types of nets can be found at the ARRL.org website. ARRL.org ARES / RACES FAQ As you can see both formal and informal nets are used in a wide variety of types of nets, and can be interchanged at a moments notice to help facilitate the amount of traffic. Slidell EOC Hamfest, 7/24-25/2020 in the New Slidell Auditorium My name is David Hartley (K5OZ) and I am the 2020 Ozone Amateur Radio Club (OARC) Hamfest coordinator. Our Club is located in Slidell, Louisiana 25 miles northeast of downtown New Orleans (w5sla.net). This yearâ€™s Hamfest will again be a big one; we will be combined the second year in a row with the W9DYV Vintage Radio Symposium (www.cemultiphase.com). Last year our event combination drew over 500 hams and this year we expect it to be more than 1000 because we have located the symposium/forums in the same building as our hamfest. This building is the new Slidell Auditorium and features Forum Rooms and over 10,000 square feet of trading space. In addition, Slidell offers a great tourist spot to see New Orleans and other local area attractions while you are here. We would love to have your company join us as a Hamfest vendor July 24-25, 2020. This year we are considering a one and one half day hamfest because our symposium is a full two days; i.e., 1) on Friday we will have vendor setup from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, 2) Flea market setup from 12 to 2 pm and 3) doors opening at 2:00pm to 5:00pm for Symposium/Hamfest attendees and Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for all attendees. Tear down will be from 2:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday afternoon. Let us know your thoughts on this day and one half idea. The attached file shows the layout for the vendors and flea market tables. Please save the date and get your request in early via my email below. The vendor tables (blue) along the walls are 3â€™ x 8â€™ and are $15 each. Flea market tables (Green) are $10 each. Thank you for your amateur products and please consider participating in our Hamfest in Slidell, LA this year. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can advertise your attendance on our flyers. David E. Hartley, K5OZ email@example.com 985-707-8010. Milam Columbus "Lucky' Young KA5SUR â€“ SK Lucky Young KA5SUR KA5SUR, 92, a resident of Sulphur passed away January 19, 2020 after a short illness. He was born May 13, 1927 in Kenedy, Texas. Graduated from South Park High School, Beaumont, Texas in 1945. Joined U S Navy in 1945 and served honorable in WW II and continued in the navy reserves until 1987 retiring after 42 years of service. AARA Monthly Meeting Presentation Topics In the January 2020 meeting, we had great discussion on the continuation of a monthly training topic. Many ideas were presented, and I was able to capture all of the ideas put on the table. I am excited to see what our members will bring to the meeting as the Q4 meetings of 2019 were a big hit. I am certain that the demonstrations on the Raspberry Pi and Batteries eased the frustration of some and opened an avenue for others. With that said, I will list the topics that were brought up and a suggested name on each topic. As you read through the list, please reply to me stating whether or not you would be willing and/or able to present on the topic. This will allow us to build a schedule for the 2020 year and we can make reservations on the agenda. 1. Grounding â€“ Fred Marshall 2. Contesting â€“ Scotty Menard/Charlie Morrison 3. Different types of coax and their application â€“ Dave Redfern 4. Solar Panels â€“ Fred Marshall 5. Traffic Generation and relaying that information â€“ (OPEN) 6. Winlink â€“ Glen Thibodeaux 7. Antenna Building â€“ (OPEN) This can take on so many roles from Dipoles, to J-Poles, to Emergency Communications. 8. Soldering (Possible conflict with LSM policy â€“ Paul McCasland to check) 9. Radio Etiquette â€“ (Chris Ancelet â€“ February Topic) 10. Antenna Q&A â€“ (Dave Redfern) 11. How to build a J-Pole â€“ (Danny Daigle â€“ Possible Summer Field Day Project) 12. How to Build a Home brew Yagi for 2m â€“ (OPEN) 13. SDR Radio â€“ (OPEN) 14. 3D Printing â€“ (Paul McCasland) So, with the list, we have over a yearâ€™s worth of topics that could potentially be presented in our monthly sessions. I am looking forward to seeing who will step up to the plate and share their knowledge. If there are any additional topics you would like to see on this list, please feel free to send me an email or bring it up at one of our next meetings. Chris Ancelet N5MCY No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie 1 Graham Cracker pie shell 8 oz cream cheese â€“ softened 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk Â½ cup lemon juice 1 Tsp grated lemon peel â€“ optional Chill pie crust about 1 hour. In large bowl, beat Filling ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly in crust. Refrigerate 4 hours but no longer than 8 hours. Serve with whipped topping REGION 6: Winter Field Day 2020 This has been one of the better Winter Field Days that our club has seen. The turnout was great, the food was delicious and the friendship was boundless. We set up multiple dipole antennas as well as the triband beam for 10, 15 and 20. The bands did not cooperate with us. 20 and 40 were open a little during the day and 40 and 80 a little at night. The morse code operators had better luck than the voice operators. It rained off and on from Friday afternoon through shut down on Sunday. This did not slow us down a bit. We discovered shortly after setting up that we were missing a box of supplies. The box is plastic and translucent. It has headphones, jumpers, a bandpass filter (missing from pelican case), and many other supplies. Thanks to everyone who supplied food, radios, and hard manual labor. Special thanks to Kevin/ and Chris/KI5HDW for helping with the login software (N3FJP) and logging. Our score is 7322 for Winter Field Day. 2166 points for contactsâ€”159 morse and 43 phone contacts. Bonus points: 1500 for generator power, 1500 for setting up away from home, and 1500 for SOAPBOX Bonus of 3000 (for entering information to Winter Field Day group?) We are already set up for summer field day 2020 at the same location at the Wildlife and Fisheries Education Building in Woodworth, Louisiana. Scott, KD5DFL From: The Brass Key February 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Prior to the conclusion of Winter Field Day, I was at a bit of a loss for this monthâ€™s column, but on the way home from the event, the content of the column became clear. Winter Field Day, 2020, was a success. Members came to the event and brought radios, antennas, ancillary accessories, tools, supplies, food, and drinks. Members participated in the assembly of four stations on Friday and Saturday. Members got on the air. Members had a great supper on Saturday evening, complete with some outstanding desserts, all prepared by members. Members participated in the disassembly of four stations on Sunday and â€œfield- dayedâ€ the site. In Marine Corps jargon, the term field day is often used as a verb and means â€˜to clean a site, stow equipment, make it spotless etc. Members had fun at the event, and members made it a success. Band conditions were abysmal. Forty and eighty meters died completely in the wee hours of Sunday morning and they werenâ€™t much to brag on even when they were open. They came back for a while on Sunday morning, and twenty meters opened to an extent on Sunday morning. Unlike the case in previous Field Day and Winter Field Day events, fifteen meters never showed its face, ten meters likewise. Although I didnâ€™t conduct a formal census, I believe about ten members stayed at the site for the duration of the event. Some took advantage of the sleeping accommodations in the rear of the building. We had good participation for installation of antennas and assembly of stations on Friday and Saturday. Except for an hour or so beginning around 03:00 local time on Sunday, members persevered and stayed on the air for the duration of the event despite the dismal band conditions. The disassembly of stations and field-day of the site on Sunday after 1:00 PM local time was a particular success. All of those who were on site for the duration and those who returned to the site for this effort participated and contributed. These members knew what had to be done, and they got it done. The mobile command unit was cleaned, equipment was stowed, the generator was shut down properly, and all switches were left in the proper positions as instructed by the representative of the Rapides Parish Sheriffâ€™s Office. The kitchen, dining, and operation areas were cleaned well, trash was taken to the dumpster, floors were cleaned, and furniture was restored to the configuration in which it was found. The requirement for use of these facilities was to leave them as we found them, and club members made that happen. ARRL Field Day, 2020, is June 27 and 28. Mark your calendar. Good DX and 73! John N5CM Many thanks to our president, John, N5CM, our field day coordinator, Scott, KD5DFL, all those who helped with set-up and take down, Jack W5ETL for creating the masterpiece gumbo, all those who contributed to the gumbo supper, and especially all those hams who came out to operate! It was nice to see so many new faces! Everyone made this field day one of our best ever! We thank the LDWF for the use of their facility, and the RPSO for the use of their mobile command post again this field day. The generosity of both of these agancies continues to help CLARC to better its operating skills. Additional photos of the Field Day can be viewed at the link below. Scott KD5DFL Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jcojSNLUG5RUPpxE6 Kevin, KG5SGI Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZkYwM9rYGfuHn9Cc8 â€¢ ** March 3 - CLARC Meeting - SKYWARN Certification Class - NWS Meteorologist Roger Ericson. Location: Kees park Community Center, Pineville. Doors will open at â€¢ 5:30 PM for VE Testing and fellowship. There will be no Board or business meeting tonight. Class will start at 6:00 PM. ** April 4 - 5 - LOUISIANA QSO Party - The 2020 edition of the Louisiana QSO Party will run from 14:00 UTC, April 4, 2020 to 02:00 UTC, April 5, 2020 (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM CDT Saturday, April 4, 2020). For further info, see: http://laqp.org/ ** May 5 - CLARC Meeting - Advanced Skywarn Certification Class - This is the Advanced Class for those who took the Basic Class in March - NWS Meteorolgist Roger Ericson. Location: Kees park Community Center, Pineville. Doors will open at 5:30 PM for VE Testing and fellowship. There will be no Board or business meeting tonight. Class will begin at 6:00 PM. From: The Brass Key March 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Given the severe weather events weâ€™ve experienced during the past few months, the program at the March meeting, SkyWarn Basic Storm Spotter Training, is very appropriate. By serving as trained spotters during severe weather events, we serve our respective communities as well as our fellow club members. This service to our communities provides a means to fulfill a portion of the basis and purpose for the Amateur Radio Service, â€œRecognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.â€ Our communities provide for the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC). For example, most of our repeater sites are provided by a local government entity as is our monthly meeting site, and the site for our last Field Day and Winter Field Day. In each case, space and utilities are provided by the community at no cost to CLARC; therefore, it is only fitting that we train and use our unique capabilities to give back to the community. Perhaps we could look at opportunities, in addition to SkyWarn, to use our communication capabilities and equipment to give back to the communities that support us. Foot races, triathlons, bike rides, festivals etc. could be venues where our talents, skill, abilities, and equipment could be used not only to serve the community but also to highlight amateur radio and CLARC. Think about it. Scott, KD5DFL, investigated CLARCâ€™s status as an â€œinactiveâ€ ARRL Affiliated Club. He made appropriate contacts, and our affiliation is back to â€œactiveâ€ status. Thank you, Scott! Kudos to Josh, KI5DDA, for calling the Sunday evening ARES net. I admire his courage and determination to step into this new role. Young people such as Josh are the future of amateur radio and our club. Well done, Josh! ARRL Field Day, 2020, is June 27 and 28. Mark your calendar. 73 and good DX! John, N5CM NOTICE OF MARCH 3 MEETING LOCATION CHANGE!!! March 3 - CLARC Meeting - SKYWARN Certification Class - Due to a scheduling conflict at Kees Park . . . the March meeting location has changed to: Pineville Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville. NOTE: VE testing will begin at 5:00 PM due to the Skywarn class start time. There will be no club business meeting tonight. Skywarn Class will start at 6:00 PM. REGION 9: From: The SELARC "Hamster" ________________________________________ *Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974* Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc. Visit our website: www.selarc.org Vol. 47, No. 2 ......................... February 2020 SELARC 2020 Hamfest The SELARC 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest was held on Saturday January 18, 2020; thanks to all those who sold tickets and participated in the event. The results of the main prize drawing are shown below: o 1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D â€” Lyle Walesâ€“KD5JRY o 2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR â€” John Beicherâ€“KF5OPB o 3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer â€” Ralph Shawâ€“K5CAV o 4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR â€” Bobâ€“WB5FBS Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions 60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020 - http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm 2020 ARRL Field Day - June 27-28, 2020 Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room "B" of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area. Happy Birthday Birthday Wishes for February go out to - John Guthans AA5UY, Pat KE5KMM, David N5QOX, and Lyle KD5JRY If we missed your birthday, then please let us know. Get Well Soon â€” 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 Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades!! 18 Jan 2020 - Hammond Hamfest - Hammond VE Group Technician Billy Orehowsky / KI5HZE - Saucier, Ms. Adam Permenter / KI5HZD - Clinton, La. Devin Martin - Greenwell Springs, La. General Randall Davis / KF5TEW - Picayune, Ms. Extra Charles Freeman / W5CCF - Summit, Ms. John Barnes Jr. / N5WWL - Denham Springs, La. 26 Jan, 2020 - Hammond VE Group Technician Joel McClure / K5KZX - Madisonville, La. Many thanks to all the VEs' who came out and helped with the sessions! Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated!!! 73 Tyrone / N5XES - Hammond VE Group UPCOMING EVENTS: 60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020, ARRL Louisiana State Convention HAMFEST/CONVENTION 03/13/2020 Start Date: 03/13/2020 End Date: 03/14/2020 Location: Rayne Civic Center 210 Frog Festival Drive Rayne, LA 70578 Website: http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm Sponsor: Acadiana Amateur Radio Association and The City of Rayne, LA Type: ARRL Convention Talk-In: 146.820 MHz -0.600 (PL 103.5) W5DDL Public Contact: Brandon Stelly , KG5LQMPhone: 337-205-2112 Email: email@example.com Northeast Louisiana Hamfest, ARRL Louisiana Section Convention HAMFEST/CONVENTION 04/17/2020 Start Date: 04/17/2020 End Date: 04/17/2020 Location: West Monroe Convention Center 901 Ridge Avenue West Monroe, LA 71291 Sponsor: NorthEast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (NELARC) Type: ARRL Convention Talk-In: 146.85- Public Contact: Scott Dickson , W5WZ Phone: 318-355-2220 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please remember that anyone who wishes to see something published in the monthly newsletters please email me at email@example.com or contact our Section PIC or any of the Region PIOs: Public Information Coordinator(PIC): Joe Holland, KB5VJY firstname.lastname@example.org PIOs by Region: R1: Joey Falgout, N5TWR email@example.com R2: Elmer Tatum, N5EKF firstname.lastname@example.org R4: Ed Roy, WA5TNK email@example.com R6: Jim Bookter, N5NVP firstname.lastname@example.org R7: Marcel Livesay, N5VU email@example.com R8: Joe Holland, KB5VJY firstname.lastname@example.org Our next Monthly Book/Prize drawing is March 1stâ€¦..If you have not sent me your call sign please do at email@example.com I will draw for our ARRL Louisiana Section Affiliated Club(Book), ARRL Louisiana Section Member(Book) and for a ARRL Louisiana Section Member for the Electronic item. Good Luck to ALL! See you in Rayne/73, -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Louisiana Section Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter January 2020 I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy as we enter the new year. The Hammond Hamfest is coming soon; January 18th. I hope to see many of you there. We will have two hours for our ARRL/ARES Forums and I will have some nice prizes to give away. Silent Keys: (as listed in the February 2020 QST) Randall B. Prewitt, K4LJA New Hams: Welcome to the hobby! Report for 2020-01-03 Henry D Flanagan, KI5HQT Tobi Provenzano, KI5HQW Geoffrey M Single, KI5HQX Todd J Rudloff, KI5HNX Shane J Stokes, KI5HQZ Nicholas B Dykes, KI5HQR Salvatore Esola, KI5HQS Christopher Biernat, KI5HQP Federico M Lertora, KI5HQU Elizabeth E Wotawa, KI5HRA Luke A Cressionie, KI5HQQ Eric G Benoit, KI5HQO Matthew M Lewis, KI5HQV Charles R Smith, KI5HQY Heather B Heaney, KI5HOF James A Johnson, KI5HQC Upgraded License: Congratulations! Matthew C Wiggins, KI5HLC New/Renewed ARRL Members: Welcome/Welcome back! Elise G Karcher, N5LIT Kenneth A Bell, WB5UYN Esdy S Agoro Trygve E Reid, KI5HFU James Boyd, KI5HLN Mary L Matamoros, KF5AXR Steve P Webre, AF5VR Randal J Castille, N5MLJ Willis E Shobe, W6LKT Kaleb Morgan, KG5AAF Paul J Mccrory, KF5MHG John C Marston, KG5VWN Jeffrey G Welsh, KF5ENP Robert E Hobbs, N5ULA Cheryl Ellis, KA5VOP Robert M Ellis, KA5NGO Emily Laprarie, KI5GJB Dustin W Howell, W5CFI Randall F Ford, KF5EZR Connor Wiedemeier, KF5MTQ James Johnson, KI5HQC ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the ARRL Computer Bulletin Board System Co-Inventor Randy Suess, ex-WB9GPM, SK 12/31/2019 The co-inventor of the Computer Bulletin Board System, Randy Suess, ex-WB9GPM, died on December 10. He was 74. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Suess and IBM engineer Ward Christensen collaborated on the system in 1978, during the dial-up era, a year before Compuserve began offering online consumer service. The computer bulletin board was a forerunner of todayâ€™s proliferation of social media outlets. Suess and Christensen were members of the Chicago Area Computer Hobbyistsâ€™ Exchange (CACHE), and the system was initially developed so that club members could more easily communicate with one another. By the time the Chicago BBS was retired in the 1980s, it had been accessed more than 500,000 times. â€” Thanks to Wes Plouff, AC8JF New England Radio Amateur Hosts Video on Tower Safety 12/31/2019 Jim Idelson, K1IR, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, recently provided a club meeting program on ham radio tower safety for the Billerica Amateur Radio Society (BARS). Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, recorded and edited the presentation and made it available online. It runs approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. In his presentation, Idelson said an estimated 38,000 amateur radio towers are standing in the US, with 24 hours of climbing time per tower each year. He noted that two tower-climbing fatalities have occurred in the past year, with a calculated fatality rate thatâ€™s twice that of commercial tower workers. In more than half of amateur tower incidents, the climber fell while tied into the tower, while another 37% involved falls. Idelson advised radio amateurs to plan, identify, and mitigate risks in advance of a climb, to focus and be patient, and not to get distracted. â€œRisks of tower work are far too high,â€ Idelson told his audience. â€œSuccess depends on creating a culture that values safety.â€ http://www.arrl.org/news/new-england-radio-amateur-hosts-video-on-tower-safety Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save Content 12/31/2019 Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio interest groups over the years, is shutting down. All previously posted content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but Yahoo is processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo also has provided group administrators (â€œadminsâ€) a way to export data ahead of that deadline. Groups will continue to live on in some limited fashion, but all groups will become private, and nearly all of the functionality that made them popular in the first place will disappear. Around since 2001, Yahoo Groups, now owned by Verizon, has provided online repositories of communications and information on a wide variety of specialized subjects and activities, including Amateur Radio. Yahoo Groups for nearly every radio have been established, where owners could exchange information and ask questions. Other groups on the Yahoo platform offered a watering hole for those interested in a particular ham radio activity as well as for those who want to buy and sell gear and components. Some clubs and ham radio logging software users have taken advantage of Yahoo Groups. New platforms such as Groups.io, Facebook, and Google are looking to assume the role that Yahoo Groups is stepping away from. Groups.io charges fees to migrate content onto its platform, however, and Facebook and Google lack the ability to import content at all. With Groups.io as the most likely successor platform, many admins have assumed the migration expense and relocated group content so it would not be lost. Not all groups have been as fortunate, however, putting them into the position of starting from scratch and losing years of conversations, files, polls, and data. Web application developer Andy Majot, K5QO, of Sellersburg, Indiana, took the initiative to download archives of Yahoo Groups devoted to individual ham radio gear and uploaded them to his personal website. â€œI hope to have them hosted in perpetuity for future hams to use,â€ Majot told ARRL. â€œIt should be noted that I backed up groups regardless of whether they are living on in other platforms; I wanted to snapshot the groups as they were on Yahoo prior to their deletion.â€ Majot noted that several of the groups he has archived have already migrated their content to Groups.io, but many more have not. Majot said an organization called Archive Team is helping to save as many Yahoo Groups as possible and has been backing these up since the closure announcement in October, but, Majot said, progress has nearly halted since Yahoo cut off access to many group features in mid-December. Majot invited those seeking to relocate Yahoo Groups archives to contact him. â€œI would be happy to host these files, alongside my other archives,â€ he said. â€” Thanks to Andy Majot, K5QO Texas Scout Leaders Promote Amateur Radio as a Communication Resource 12/31/2019 In 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey left the region of Texas where Assistant Scoutmaster Scott deMasi, KC5NKW, lived under water. With roads flooded, bridges washed away, and cellular service and power out, deMasi said it soon became clear that his Scout troopâ€™s emergency preparedness plan wasnâ€™t designed for a storm of this magnitude. It was frustrating, deMasi says, to discover he couldnâ€™t reliably reach all of Troop 839â€™s 100 Scouts and their families to check if they were okay or to organize relief efforts as a unit. Something had to be done. After the waters receded, deMasi and Assistant Scoutmaster David Godell came up with a plan that would not leave the troop incommunicado after a major weather disaster. With 15 yearsâ€™ experience as a radio amateur, deMasi suggested encouraging Scouts and parents trained to become ham radio licensees. â€œItâ€™s a lifesaving skill, and it helps us to be prepared,â€ Godell said. (â€œBe Preparedâ€ is the Boy Scouts motto.) An initial interest meeting was set, and Scouts were given links to study materials and offered transportation to examination sites, but participation was low. So, deMasi and Godell worked with a local radio club, the Texas Emergency Amateur Communicators, to organize a 1-day Technician licensing class that also would fulfill most requirements for Scoutingâ€™s Radio merit badge. In addition, the two Assistant Scoutmasters bought inexpensive handheld radios that they programmed to frequencies the troop would use, so after the class, the Scouts would receive the equipment needed to continue using their new skills. Armed with their radios, more than two dozen licensed Scouts and adults began utilizing their newly earned communication capability at Scouting events. During campouts, they radioed information to patrols across the camp. On these occasions, the troop practices a â€œno cell phoneâ€ policy; ham radio provided the means to stay in touch with others. At service projects, they communicated directions to Scouts spread throughout a wide area. Having radios and opportunities to regularly use them gave the Scouts confidence to get on the air. Seeing licensed Scouts with their handheld radios also encouraged other Scouts to get licensed as well. â€œOnce the Scouts got radios, others wanted radios,â€ Godell said. Some Troop 839 members participated in the annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), talking with other Scouts in several other states and in Central America. â€œYou could see eyes light up,â€ deMasi recalled. â€” Adapted from a Scouting Magazine blog post by Michael Freeman MIT Radio Society W1MX Announces January Lecture Series on â€œEverything Radioâ€ 01/02/2020 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior experience with radio is necessary, and all are welcome. All lectures will take place in the Green Building â€” MITâ€™s tallest academic building. Sessions will be live streamed and archived for later viewing. The lectures kick off on January 10 with â€œThe Next Generation of Weather Radar.â€ Other topics include â€œLightning Interferometryâ€ (January 13); â€œRadio Noises from the Skyâ€ (January 15); â€œEDGES: Measuring the Early Universeâ€ (January 22); â€œAntennasâ€ (January 24), and â€œChip-Scale THz Circuits and Sensorsâ€ (January 29). Lectures begin at 5 PM ET and conclude at 7 PM. The clubâ€™s Daniel Sheen, KC1EPN, noted that the rooftop W1XM facilities in the Green Building are scheduled for removal as part of a renovation project. A capital campaign is under way to establish a new facility with improved capabilities for academic research and recreational activity. W1AW to be on the Air for Winter Field Day 01/02/2020 Members of the Warren County (New York) Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) will activate Maxim Memorial Station W1AW for Winter Field Day 2020 over the January 25 â€“ 26 weekend. Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), which believes that emergency communication is important throughout the year. Winter Field Day is open to radio amateurs worldwide. The WFDAâ€™s goal is to help enhance operating skills and to prepare participants for all environmental conditions. Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours. Station set-up may start no earlier than 1900 UTC on the day before the event and may not take any longer than 12 hours in total. Expect activity on all amateur bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters. All modes that can handle the required exchange are welcome; this does not include FT8. Entry categories include indoor, outdoor, and home. Full details are on the Winter Field Day website. https://www.winterfieldday.com/ New 60 MHz Beacon Now on the Air from Ireland 01/03/2020 The first â€” and so far only â€” beacon on 60 MHz went on the air on December 16. The call sign is EI1KNH. In early 2018, the 60 MHz (5-meter) band was allocated to radio amateurs in Ireland on a secondary, non-interference basis. The beacon is on 60.013 MHz and runs 25 W into a vertical folded dipole. The new 5-meter beacon is sharing a site already occupied by EI0SIX on 6 meters, and EI4RF on 4 meters, about 12 miles south of Dublin in IO63VE. An 8-meter beacon is scheduled to be on the air in the next few months. It will operate on 40.013 MHz. Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams Asked to Remain Alert 01/03/2020 Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says the bushfires in Australia have caused or are expected to cause significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. â€œThe scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage but are predicted to cover all internet and phone (fixed and mobile) and other commercial radio services,â€ he said. Kelly has asked radio amateurs in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 to monitor the emergency communications frequencies, per the IARU Region 3 band plan, whenever possible, as well as repeaters. â€œAmateurs seeking to establish emergency communication should use these EMCOMM frequencies in the first instance, or repeaters if available,â€ he said in a statement posted on the IARU Region 3 website. â€œRadio amateurs who are volunteers for [emergency communication organizations] should keep themselves updated. Emergency communication is one of the main reasons radio amateurs have access to RF spectrum. Please assist if and when you can.â€ The IARU Region 3 emergency â€œcenter of activityâ€ frequencies are 3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160, and 21.360 MHz. These are not net frequencies, but they are recommended as starting points for emergency traffic, and activity may extend 5 kHz above or below the designated center frequency. San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, SK 01/03/2020 ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, of Fresno, California, died on December 27. He was 68. At the time of his death, Pruitt had been hospitalized as a result of a fall. First licensed in 1965, Pruitt had served as SJV SM since 2009 and earlier this year began a new 2-year term. A successor will be appointed. Pruitt had previously served as Fresno County Emergency Coordinator, and his focus has been on improving emergency communication in his region, working with the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the National Traffic System, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), the American Red Cross, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the System for Administration, Training, and Educational Resources for NASA (SATERN). He had also served as SJV Public Information Officer. South Orkney Islands DXpedition will Use VP8PJ 01/03/2020 The Perseverance DX Groupâ€™s DXpedition to South Orkney, set for February 20 until March 5, will use the call sign VP8PJ. The group initially announced that it would use VP8/VP8DXU. â€œAlan Armstrong, VK6CQ, a recent addition to the team, holds the call sign VP8PJ that was issued to him for operation from the British Antarctic Territory,â€ the DXpedition has announced. â€œAfter submission of a copy of Alanâ€™s license, ARRL has issued us a new LoTW certificate for the use of this call from South Orkney for the duration of our expedition.â€ Contact the DXpedition via email. http://www.arrl.org/news/south-orkney-islands-dxpedition-will-use-vp8pj YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas 01/15/2020 For several years now, Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) has sponsored YOTA Month each December, primarily involving young radio amateurs in Europe and Africa. In December, youth-operated amateur radio stations in the Americas picked up the ball to contribute more than 12,000 contacts to the worldwide event. Eighteen operators aged 25 or younger deployed special event 1 Ã— 1 call signs â€” K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A â€” to promote youth in amateur radio. Fifteen young operators across the US took turns using these call signs throughout December. They logged 10,474 contacts using those call signs on SSB, CW, digital modes, and satellites. Some operators also aired the call signs during contests. Participants in the Americas offered opinions on what made the event special for them. â€œOperating-wise, it was definitely the pileupsâ€¦I love a good pileup,â€ said Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII. â€œApart from that, it was great getting to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby. Even though we werenâ€™t physically working together, we all got to be part of the YOTA program over the air.â€ Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN, also cited the on-air camaraderie. â€œMy favorite part of YOTA month was getting the wonderful experience of talking to other youth all over the world and sharing our experiences,â€ she said. â€œIt gives us hope to know the future of Amateur Radio is in the hands of these great kids.â€ Her brother Jack, KM4ZIA, also took part. In Canada, David Samu, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA in December, making 458 contacts on CW. â€œMy favorite part was seeing all the YOTA stations on the air throughout December and seeing all the high energy youth activity,â€ he said. Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR, activated XR2YOTA, and met another young operator from Chile, Manu Pardo, CA3MPR, through YOTA month. Between them, they put 1,535 contacts into the log on CW, SSB, and digital modes. Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, coordinated the efforts of the 17 participants and the logs for the US stations. â€œI learned much during the month about the importance of teamwork and communication...just like baseball,â€ Bryant said about his role as coordinator. â€œI think YOTA month was a great success considering the short amount of time we had to plan this all out. I had a lot of fun operating this event, but it was even more rewarding to see other youth here in the Americas make tons of QSOs during December.â€ Bryant managed Logbook of The World accounts for the US stations and QRZ.com pages for all call signs, maintained an operator schedule, worked with YOTA Month Award Manager Tomi Varro, HA8RT, and reported in to the YOTA Camp Committee in the Americas. Globally, nearly 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all operated by hams under the age of 25 or younger. More than 2,500 operators of all ages requested and received awards based on the number of YOTA contacts they had made. Statistics are available. The first Youth On The Air camp in the US will take place next June 21 â€“ 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio. For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month in the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or YOTA in the Americas Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Effort Continues, with Help from Ham Radio 01/15/2020 In Puerto Rico, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers continue to operate from the American Red Cross distribution center in Yauco â€” one of the towns hit the hardest by the recent earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks on the island. The Red Cross requested assistance last week to identify undeclared refugee camps and to report on close or damaged roadways and bridges. ARES District 5 Emergency Coordinator Herb Perez, WP4ZZ, who is among those volunteering for the Red Cross at Yauco, reported on January 14 that he, Melvin Velazquez, WP4RAP, and Yolanda Garcia, WP4QZF, are on duty there. â€œToday, we were able to occupy our space with no major incident other than the usual shaking of the entire structure. More than 10 per hour,â€ Perez said. â€œOne of our members Jared Martinez, KP4LCO, was able to search near his hometown of Lajas and was able to locate more than 10 unidentified campsites around the area.â€ Perez said such reports enable the Red Cross to provide necessary assistance to those left homeless as a result of the earthquakes. Perez said volunteers were able to collect food for isolated communities in the mountain region from a church-run food pantry in Sabana Grande. He said local members of the GMRS and Citizens Band radio communities have been pitching in. Operations from Yauco have been on VHF and UHF, although commercial telecommunication services remain in operation for the most part. Another station has been established at the Red Cross Headquarters in the capital of San Juan, which is not in the earthquake zone. Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, said the stations are operating as a backbone, in the event of new or stronger earthquakes. HF equipment has been safely stowed if communications fail, Resto said. Most of Puerto Rico now has power and water. ARRL is shipping six VHF/UHF base/repeater antennas and six 50-foot rolls of LMR-400 coax, through the Ham Aid Fund. Resto said a new Red Cross warehouse will be place in MayagÃ¼ez, where he will install a third station for backbone communication. â€œThat is the reason for the new antennas,â€ he said. â€œWe already have the radios. In case we need to escalate to HF, we are ready with ARRL go-kits from Hurricane Maria.â€ The ARES team in Yauco has also been handling health-and-welfare traffic from the earthquake zone. Operations are running from 9 AM until 5 PM each day. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southwestern part of Puerto Rico on January 7, fast on the heels of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day before. The worst-impacted cities were Guayanilla, PeÃ±uelas, Yauco, and GuÃ¡nica, where most homes are no longer habitable. AM Rally 2020 Gets Under Way on February 1 01/15/2020 The fourth annual AM Rally operating event will take place February 1 â€“ 3 (UTC). The annual AM Rally encourages all operators to explore amateur radio's original voice mode by showcasing the various types of AM equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube rigs to the newest SDR-based transceivers. â€œBoth new and experienced ops are discovering that AM can sound quite good, enhancing the enjoyment of contacts,â€ said Clark Burgard, N1BCG, an enthusiastic promoter of the event. â€œThe AM Rally provides a great reason to give it a try.â€ The AM Rally is open to all radio amateurs capable of running full-carrier, amplitude modulation (standard AM) using any type of radio equipment â€” modern, vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined, military, boat anchor, broadcast, homebrew, or commercially manufactured â€” are encouraged to join in the AM fun on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters. Details are on the AM Rally website or contact Burgard via email. The AM Rally is sponsored by ARRL, Radio Engineering Associates, and iNetRadio. From around the Louisiana Section: Region 4: From: Volume 60, Number 01 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a 501(c)3 Corporation January 2020 A New Start For 2020 On December 12th, 2019, the members of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association got together for our Christmas Dinner at the Golden Coral. It was a time to celebrate and mingle while enjoying each others company. And this year was extra special for us all. Herman Campbell KN5GRK had an accident earlier this year and was hospitalized for several weeks. Luckily, Ramona Jobe KG5HNO spent her time and love helping him to recover. After the several years they have been friends, those two decided to surprise everybody. Herman and Ramona decided to make their friendship more permanent. Congratulations to these two!! Since this dinner was not to talk about the club, time was spent talking and discussing ideas and seeking advice for our hobby in some cases. And merely ragjawing in others! Friendship and camaraderie were the key points. 2019 MARS COMEX Involves ARES, RACES, Others During October and corresponding with the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) reached out to the amateur radio community to continue building working relationships and improving interoperability. As part of this effort, MARS promoted the use of a serial phase-shift keying protocol, Military Standard 188-110 (M110) on the 60-meter interoperability channels. Radio amateurs are authorized to use this digital mode there. Starting on November 2 and continuing until November 17, the MARS community executed Department of Defense (DOD) Communications Exercise (COMEX) 19-4. MARS members use the exercise to continue training and refining their operator skills to provide situational awareness such as county status reports and weather observations. The exercise culminated on November 16 with military stations sending M110 messages to the amateur community on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz USB). [When the results have been compiled and reported out, we will publish them here. - ed.] MARS rep Ralph Brigham, AAR4IG, said "In future DOD Communications Exercises, I suspect that more participation between MARS and the Amateur Radio Service will be encouraged." He said "a good analogy of what MARS does for DOD is as SKYWARN is the eyes and ears for the NWS at the local ground level, MARS acts as a relay of state and local reports from ARES, RACES, and other served agencies up the Department of Defense communications network." - Thanks, Ralph Brigham, AAR4IG Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for all that you do. 73 Glen KF5FNP Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award The oldest known US radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his ARRL Centurion Award plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who have achieved centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock, South Carolina, is 108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award on Kayhart at its July 2019 meeting. At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group in Little Mountain, South Carolina, ARRL Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, headed an ARRL delegation that presented the Centurion Award plaque to Kayhart, who was first licensed as W2LFE in 1937 (he's also held W9GNQ). With Hippisley for the presentation were Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and South Carolina Section Manager Marc Tarplee, N4UFP. Kayhart served in Iwo Jima during World War II, shortly after the US victory there, setting up long-range radio communication from the island to Tokyo to arrange for the eventual surrender by Japan. Kayhart remains active, checking into several nets from his assisted living facility. Centurion Award recipients have their annual ARRL membership fees waived while continuing to receive QST and other ARRL member benefits. Kayhart was profiled in the June 2018 issue of QST. Emergency Communications VS Radio Prepping By Joseph â€œMoeâ€ Meaux In a natural emergency such as a major wildfire breakout or a hurricane, Emergency Communications (EmComm) will go up to try to provide assistance for the people in the area. All EmComm situations will have several Federal, State, and Country departments and Organizations involved to provide whatever aid is needed. Although the EmComm situation may last for days or weeks, it will eventually end. The people and equipment will go back home eventually. Its not that the situation has changed, its just that the situation has changed from an emergency. Yes, the situation is still bad, but help has come and the situation will get better. Participants will rotate out and may return. The equipment EmComm uses is usually personal GO Kits and generators. EmComm needs radios with lots of power and current to get the signals out of the area to get help. A QRP radio and a battery pack wonâ€™t cut the mustard. You need QRO Power and Currents to be effective. EmComm is very limited in scope. Usually it is to help provide immediate services, but it will end once those services are in place. Operators know that they will be able to go home soon, even if it is several weeks that they are deployed. Radio Prepping is different. The operator is preparing for the Worst Case Scenario; whether is Nuclear War, World War 3, or a Meteor Strike. Preppers are looking out for themselves, their immediate family, and maybe some friends. The Prepper is not trying to get tons of help. The Prepper is trying to evaluate the situation and see if they can get to help. The Prepper has no support infrastructure. They are on their own. The situation may last for months or years. Such an operator must consider what he or she may need. This involves the mode of transportation. If a vehicle is available, they must consider how long will the vehicle last as transportation before it breaks down or runs out of fuel. You can put more in a vehicle, but if you have to abandon it, what you have you will need to carry. That mobile radio in your vehicle may be useless if you canâ€™t provide it power. Those lead acid batteries do get a bit heavy after a short time of carrying them. That big radio also gets too heavy. If you are using solar panels to recharge your batteries (especially those rigid framed ones), they will be useless if you canâ€™t carry them. The Prepper will usually use QRP radios and smaller batter packs. (You will notice I used the plural. In a bugout emergency, two is better than one.) Donâ€™t forget you have to carry it. You donâ€™t need lots of power to transmit or receive. You would probably spend most of your time simply listening, trying to figure what is happening and where you can go for help. Using voice, CW, or digital modes, you can learn a lot. And attempt to get there. Even with QRP, you can find out about areas that are safe and learn of areas that are not safe. The Prepper knows the situation may never get better. Just tolerable. For more information about Prepping, I like Julian OH8STN on Youtube. Also, I found a website that talks about lots of this stuff at radiopreppers.com AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net Net Controllers will rotate each week and held on the 146.820 W5DDL Repeater only. The 146/820 and 443.00 Repeaters located on the Chase Towers downtown Lafayette are down indefinitely due to roof repairs. The AARA Monday Night Net and the Silent Key Memorial Net is being held on the 147.040 repeater in Duson, LA until repairs are completed. The 145.410 in Lydia is back up, PL of 123.0. The January 2020 schedule can be downloaded and printed in Adobe Acrobat .PDF from the club website. REGION 4 SKYWARN NET Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4 Skywarn Net will take place on the 145.370 Skywarn Repeater in Lafayette, LA. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will ne held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL Tone 103.5. The January 2020 schedule can be found at this link: Net Schedules When using the Skywarn 145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver PL tone for your area as follows: NW Quadrant 114.8 - NE Quadrant 127.3 â€“ SW Quadrant 141.3 â€“ SE Quadrant 94.8 â€“ Central 103.5 See our website for additional information: http://www.w5ddl.org/repeaters.htm Stuffed Pork Loin This is my own recipe that I came up with. I had purchased a 5- lb pork loin and about 4 links of boudin at Earlâ€™s on Verot School Road near Pinhook. On the way home, I thought about stuffing the pork loin with boudin. Here goes. Unwrap and pork loin and trim off any excess fat. Lay out on cutting board, and with a sharp butcher knife, begin to trim lengthwise and unroll the loin, cutting about 3/8- to 1/2-inch thick. Keep unrolling and cutting until the loin lays flat. Remove boudin from the casing and press flat onto loin. Season all over with Tonyâ€™s and garlic powder. Begin to reroll the loin with the boudin in the center as tightly as possible. Once completely rolled, tie with string in several points so it does not unroll. Place in roaster or in flat baking dish. Season outside with Tonyâ€™s and garlic powder. Cover with aluminum foil or cover, and bake at 350 degrees for about one hour-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to settle about 20 minutes before cutting into slices. AROUND THE SECTION: Region 9: The SELARC "Hamster" ________________________________________ *Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974* Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc. P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404 Visit our website: www.selarc.org SELARC 2020 Hamfest As a reminder, The SELARC Hamfest on January 18, 2020, and the club is still in need of many more ticket sales. Please contact Ernie Bush to obtain more tickets to sell or email us to request. The 4 main prizes for tickets also listed on the SELARC Hamfest page - main prize winners do not need to be present at the drawing and if a non-ham wins can receive the cash value equivalent shown in place of item, prizes include: o 1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D or $500 o 2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350 o 3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200 o 4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR or $100 Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room "B" of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact email@example.com or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area. Happy Birthday Birthday Wishes for January go out to - Thomas N5HAY, Keith KF5VLX, Larry WD5HLE, and Pete WB5ERM. If we missed your birthday, then please let us know. Get Well Soon â€” 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! Tyke's TidBits: Well, here we are, a new year ahead of us and the 39th Annual, SELARC Hammond Hamfest in our sights! We still need to get out and sell advance tickets and get the word out on as many local nets as possible, to get a great turn-out for this event. Also, we still need people to sign-up for the Hamfest duties and work schedule if you haven't already. We really need member participation to make this event a success!!! Table reservations are slowly coming in. Ham World will be our main radio and goodies vendor, so if you are in need of a particular item from them, give them a call and make arrangements for them to bring it down when they come. It is a great way to save on shipping cost!!! Other vendors at this time will be TN07 Engineering, Sign-Man of Baton Rouge , Macs Computers, and Navi-Com USA! Hoping to see you at the meeting and the Hamfest! 73 Tyrone - N5XES President â€“ SELARC HAMFEST/CONVENTION 01/18/2020 Start Date: 01/18/2020 End Date: 01/18/2020 Location: Pennington Student Activity Center 1350 North General Pershing Drive Hammond, LA 70401 Website: http://www.selarc.org Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 147.000 / -600khz (PL 107.2) Public Contact: Tyrone Burns , N5XES P.O. Box 1324 Hammond, LA 70404 Phone: 985-687-2139 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PENNINGTON STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER 1350 North General Pershing Street ON CAMPUS OF SOUTHEASTERN LA UNIVERSITY AT INTERSECTION OF UNIVERSITY AVENUE & NORTH GENERAL PERSHING STREET (Take Exit 32 from I-55, Go East 1.5 Miles on University Avenue to North General Pershing Street) DELTA DIVISION Main Prize Drawing at 1:30pm Winner Need Not Be Present for the 4 Main Prizes! For More Info Contact: Tyrone Burns N5XES Hourly Prize Drawings VE Test Session 8:00am: Testing Begins - Test Fee $15 cash, photo ID, copy of license or CSCE Testing Begins Promptly at 8:00am TYRONE BURNS VE Liaison, email@example.com Forums: 10:00am ARRL Forum 11:00am ARES Forum 12:00noon LCARC Meeting Dealers & Vendors Click to Download Application Ham World Inc. Sign-Man of Baton Rouge TNÃ˜7 Engineering Navcom USA Swap Tables Table Manager Tyrone Burns firstname.lastname@example.org Prize Donations ARRL DX Engineering EasyWayHamBooks.com *** Main Prize Drawings *** Grand Prize Yaesu FT-450D or $500 Second Prize Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350 Third Prize AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200 Fourth Prize Yaesu FT-70DR or $100 Winner Need Not Be Present for the 4 Main Prizes! Hamfests coming up: 60th Annual Acadiana Hamfest 2020, ARRL Louisiana State Convention HAMFEST/CONVENTION 03/13/2020 Start Date: 03/13/2020 End Date: 03/14/2020 Location: Rayne Civic Center 210 Frog Festival Drive Rayne, LA 70578 Website: http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest.htm Sponsor: Acadiana Amateur Radio Association and The City of Rayne, LA Type: ARRL Convention Talk-In: 146.820 MHz -0.600 (PL 103.5) W5DDL Public Contact: Brandon Stelly , KG5LQM 105 St. Claude Place Apt D Youngsville, LA 70592 Phone: 337-205-2112 Email: email@example.com AARA Hamfest Information 2020 HAMFEST March 13 - 14, 2020 Rayne Civic Center, Rayne LA Each year the AARA hosts it's annual Hamfest to support club activities as well as the purchase and maintenance of club equipment. The upcoming 2020 Hamfest will be held March 13 - 14, 2020 at the Rayne Civic Center in Rayne, LA. The event will be open to the public from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday. It will reopen to the public from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday. Plenty of good food will be available on site. Boiled crawfish will be served at 6:00 PM on Friday but pre-registration is required. Pre-registration forms are available at Pre-Registration Form. Additional information regarding vendors, prizes, forums, etc will be posted on this website once that information becomes available. Capital City Hamfest, ARRL 2020 Mississippi State Convention HAMFEST/CONVENTION 01/24/2020 Start Date: 01/24/2020 End Date: 01/25/2020 Location: Mississippi Trade Market, Mississippi State Fairgrounds 1207 Mississippi Street Jackson, MS 39201 Website: http://mshamfest.org Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Convention Talk-In: 146.76, No tone Public Contact: Gary Young , K5GCY 5354 Brookhollow Drive Jackson, MS 39212 Phone: 601-260-8214 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cowtown Hamfest, ARRL North Texas Section Convention HAMFEST/CONVENTION 01/17/2020 Start Date: 01/17/2020 End Date: 01/18/2020 Location: Forest Hill Civic And Convention Center 6901 Wichita Street Forest Hill, TX Website: http://www.cowtownhamfest.com Sponsor: Cowtown Amateur Radio Club and other local clubs Type: ARRL Convention Talk-In: 146.940 ( PL 110.9) Public Contact: David Forbes , KC5UYR 2721 Marigold Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76111 Phone: 817-925-5126 Email: email@example.com Orange Hamfest 2020 HAMFEST/CONVENTION 02/21/2020 Start Date: 02/21/2020 End Date: 02/22/2020 Location: Orange County Convention & Expo Center 11475 FM 1442 Orange, TX 77630 Website: https://www.qsl.net/w5nd/index_files/HAMFEST%20INFO/hamfest%20info.htm Sponsor: Orange ARC, Jefferson Co. ARC, Beaumont ARC Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 147.180 (PL 103.5) Public Contact: Rocky Wilson , N5MTX 3736 3rd Avenue Orange, TX 77630 Phone: 409-988-8906 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Irving Amateur Radio Hamfest HAMFEST/CONVENTION 03/07/2020 Start Date: 03/07/2020 End Date: 03/07/2020 Location: Betcha Bingo Hall 2420 W Irving Blvd Irving, TX 75014 Website: http://irvingarc.org/ Sponsor: Irving amateur Radio Club, Inc. Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.720, (PL 110.9) Public Contact: Ken Hansen , N2VIP P.O. Box 153333 Irving, TX 75061 Phone: 609-510-3068 Email: email@example.com Hanging Judge Hamfest HAMFEST/CONVENTION 04/04/2020 Start Date: 04/04/2020 End Date: 04/04/2020 Location: Sebastian County Storm Shelter Ben Garen Park 7700 So. Zero St. Fort Smith, AR 72901 Website: http://www.hangingjudgehamfest.com/ Sponsor: Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.640 W5ANR Repeater (PL 88.5) Public Contact: Rory Bowers , K5CKS 4722 N. Main Street Fort Smith, AR 72904 Phone: 479-926-5402 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org With the Hammond Hamfest starting in 2 days I wanted to get this newsletter out before then. I will have much more information in February; so please be looking for that. If you or your club has anything they wish for us to pass along in the Section Managers Newsletter please feel free to get that to one of our PIOâ€™s, our PIC or me. 73, -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Louisiana Section Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR email@example.com
ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2019 I hope that everyone had a good Christmas! 2020 is just around the corner. The Minden Hamfest was very successful and was well attended. Delta Director David Norris, K5UZ gave us a great ARRL update in the ARRL forum. Hammond Hamfest is January 18thâ€¦.Hope to see many of you there. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ***Collegiate Bowl on the Air The four collegiate radio clubs for Louisiana State University (K5LSU), Ohio State University (W8LT), Clemson University (WD4EOG), and University of Oklahoma (W5TC) will be on the air on December 28th prior to the start of the Collegiate Bowl Semifinal games. All amateur stations are welcome to contact the stations. We would love to hear from alumni of any collegiate club and from other school clubs. Any amateur station contacting all 4 club stations can receive a certificate. Time: 1500Z to maybe 2200Z on Dec 28th. Bands: All except 60m. Club stations will work in the General Class sections of the HF bands. Modes: Phone, CW, Digital, as we feel like it. Exchange: RST Name QTH. QSL: For each of the four clubs, contact them directly for a QSL card. The certificates will be handled by the Amateur Radio Society at LSU (K5LSU). Dana Browne, AD5VC ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NEW HAMS (as reported to the ARRL) Report for 2019-12-03 Jesse L Coats, KI5HEC Royce J Griffin, KI5HDD Toby M Battaglia, KI5HDE Jonathan S Eubanks, KI5HDF Curtis E Montgomery, KI5HAY Kevin P Jenkins, KI5HAZ Ronnie P Voorhies, KI5HBA Jared A Headrick, KI5HIS Valerie K Taylor, KI5HFE Nicholas J Perry, KI5HFF Jason M Doucet, KI5HFD Zachary L Carraway, KI5HFC Steven A Rasberry, KI5HBV Robert L Mccormick, KI5HBW Michael P Krzystowczyk, KI5HIP Nicholas R Mueller, KI5HIQ Andrew R Schoonmaker, KI5HIR Travis L Freese, KI5HIT Taner M Crooks, KI5HCH Collin Crooks, KI5HCF Jonathan A Hawley, KI5HIU Wyatt J Weeks, KI5HCG Amy D Weeks, KI5HCI Ethan J Weeks, KI5HIV Callum Mitchel, KI5HCE Christopher A Wright, KI5HDW Aaron J Kerr, KI5HHA License Upgrades (as reported to the ARRL) Report for 2019-12-03 Paula R Hidalgo, KI5CDJ Isabella M Dugas, KI5CKA Lester J Zaunbrecher, KI5GIZ New/Renewed ARRL Members (as reported to the ARRL) Report for 2019-12-03 David R Wyatt, KI5FSQ Joel P Graffagnino, AA5PZ Travis B Perrilloux, KF5LIC Leo Simanonok Jonathan S Eubanks, KI5HDF Richard D Suntken, KF5EQM Peter M Dakin, KA5APE Arthur L Clardy, AB5CV Richard S Hendrix, K5KRG Sandra Leblanc, KE5KJF Albert S Fabacher, KF5WP Allen D Redling, KG5DHX Henry Schwenke, KE5WUB Jimmy E Walters, N5JEW Christopher A Wright, KI5HDW -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FROM THE ARRL: YOTA Month Expanding into the Americas 12/02/2019 December is Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas. During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on the air as special event stations during December on various bands and modes. In the US, look for K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Elsewhere in the Americas, VE7YOTA will be on the air from Canada. XR2YOTA in Chile has been added to the list of youth stations in the Americas for YOTA Month. Young hams in other countries may also join in. Listen for other YOTA Month stations with â€œYOTAâ€ suffixes. For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month in the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or YOTA in the Americas Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix stations on the air throughout December. Not a contest, the event is aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as possible. The event takes place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359 UTC on December 31. Other special call signs planning to be on the air include 5B19YOTA, 7X2YOTA, 7X3YOTA, 9A19YOTA, DH0YOTA, E71YOTA, EF4YOTA, EG2YOTA, EI0YOTA, EM5YOTA, EM6YOTA, ET3YOTA, GB19YOTA, HA6YOTA, HB9YOTA, HG0YOTA, II4YOTA, II8YOTA, LY5YOTA, OH2YOTA, OL19YOTA, ON4YOTA, PA6YOTA, PD6YOTA, SH9YOTA, TC19YOTA, TC3YOTA, TM19YOTA, YO0YOTA, YT19YOTA, ZL6YOTA and ZS9YOTA. Most stations will put their logs on LoTW with paper cards available through Club Log OQRS. QSL direct via M0SDV.â€” Thanks to YOTA and YOTA in the Americas Boy Scouts Report Increased JOTA 2019 Station Participation 12/03/2019 The Boy Scouts of America report that, although overall JOTA 2019 participation was down slightly from 2018, â€œour calculations show that each station averaged an additional 13 people in attendance over 2019. This shows an aggregate increase of 24% attendance per station, even with our reported stations being down from 266 in 2018 to 201 in 2019." The Scouts reported that 13,783 individuals took part in JOTA 2019, down from 14,708 in 2018. US State Department Seeks Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists â€“ Radio 12/03/2019 The US Department of State is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists â€“ Radio (IMTS-R) positions. Foreign Service IMTS-Rs design, install, and maintain radio and telecommunications systems. They provide radio support for presidential, congressional, and other VIP visits. These radio specialists work from a regional location, overseas or domestically. Extensive travel is required to support radio telecommunications systems, such as land mobile radio (LMR), HF, VHF, and UHF radio networks at State Department missions around the world. Potential applicants should read the vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements before applying. To begin the online application process, visit USAJOBS. The deadline to submit completed applications is December 31, 2019. Applicants must be US citizens, at least 20 years old to apply, and at least 21 years old to be appointed. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service and be able to obtain all required security, medical, and suitability clearances. Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award 12/04/2019 The oldest known US radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his ARRL Centurion Award plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who have achieved centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock, South Carolina, is 108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award on Kayhart at its July 2019 meeting. At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group in Little Mountain, South Carolina, ARRL Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, headed an ARRL delegation that presented the Centurion Award plaque to Kayhart, who was first licensed as W2LFE in 1937 (heâ€™s also held W9GNQ). With Hippisley were Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and South Carolina Section Manager Marc Tarplee, N4UFP. Kayhart served on Iwo Jima during World War II, shortly after the US victory there, setting up long-range radio communication from the island to Tokyo to arrange for the eventual surrender by Japan. Kayhart remains active, checking into several nets from his assisted living facility. Centurion Award recipients have their annual ARRL membership fees waived while continuing to receive QST and other ARRL member benefits. Kayhart was profiled in the June 2018 issue of QST. Dayton Hamvention Admission, Fees to Increase in 2020 12/05/2019 Dayton HamventionÂ® is increasing the cost of admission and its booth fees. Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, announced this week that general admission would rise by $4 per ticket to $26 in advance or $31 at the gate for all 3 days. The cost of flea market spots will go up by $5 per space, and inside exhibitors will pay $30 more. â€œHamvention has always strived to produce a very high-quality event for amateur radio enthusiasts from around the globe,â€ Gerbs said. â€œWe have always felt it is imperative that we give back to amateur radio at many levels. We have been very generous in our support over the years.â€ Gerbs cited â€œthe economic pressures to present a show like Hamventionâ€ as the reason for the price increases. â€œThe Hamvention Executive Team is asking for your support and understanding as we move forward together,â€ he said. Next Kids Day is Saturday, January 4 12/10/2019 The first Saturday in January is Kids Day â€” the time to get youngsters on the air to share in the joy and fun that Amateur Radio can provide. Kids Day gets under way on Saturday, January 4, at 1800 UTC and concludes at 2359 UTC. Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, this event has a simple exchange, suitable for younger operators: First name, age, location, and favorite color. After that, the contact can be as long or as short as each participant prefers. Kids Day is the perfect opportunity to open your shack door and invite kids over to see what Amateur Radio has to offer. Details are on the ARRL website. ARRL Reshapes its Podcast Offerings for 2020 12/16/2019 In conjunction with the launch of its new On the Air magazine, which is aimed at those just beginning their journey in amateur radio, ARRL is reconfiguring its podcast lineup. Heading up the new schedule will be a free companion podcast to the bimonthly On the Air magazine. The â€œOn the Airâ€ podcast will take a deeper look into select features and projects from the magazine. Each month, host and On the Air Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, will offer additional resources, techniques, and hints to help less-experienced radio amateurs to get the most from the magazineâ€™s content. In addition to the podcast, ARRL will introduce a free â€œOn the Airâ€ blog featuring curated content from the communicators and makers who are the driving force of amateur radio today. Curated by ARRL Product Development manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, the blog will highlight opportunities and activities available to new licensees. The â€œOn the Airâ€ blog is intended as an entry point into the world of amateur radio for those seeking original voices and perspectives. Readers will be invited to take part in the conversation by sharing their stories and experiences. ARRLâ€™s current â€œSo Now What?â€ podcast will cease production in January 2020, as the full complement of On the Air content is rolled out. The catalog of â€œSo Now What?â€ episodes is available for listening or downloading. In addition, â€œThe Doctor is Inâ€ podcast, which has served more-experienced amateurs since 2016, will conclude its 4-year run on December 19, 2019. â€œEclectic Tech,â€ a new bi-weekly podcast designed to appeal to experienced amateurs, will launch in February 2020. Hosted by QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, â€œEclectic Techâ€ will highlight technical topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology, offer brief interviews with individuals involved in projects of interest to amateurs, and include practical information of immediate benefit to todayâ€™s hams. â€œThe Doctor is Inâ€ co-host Joel Hallas, W1ZR, is selecting some of his favorite podcast episodes for re-broadcast in the interim between the end of production for â€œThe Doctor is Inâ€ and the debut of â€œEclectic Tech.â€ The complete â€œThe Doctor is Inâ€ archive is available on the ARRL website. Hallas will continue to answer questions about amateur radio in QSTâ€™s â€œThe Doctor is Inâ€ column. The â€œARRL Audio Newsâ€ podcast will continue to provide a weekly summary of news and activities within the amateur radio community. FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments 12/17/2019 At its December 12 meeting, the FCC formally adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 and invited comments on its plan to remove â€œexisting non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocationsâ€ in the 3.3 â€“ 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The FCC said itâ€™s seeking comment on appropriate â€œtransition mechanismsâ€ to make that happen. ARRL has indicated that it will file comments in opposition to the proposal. The amateur 9-centimeter allocation is 3.3 â€“ 3.5 GHz. The NPRM comes in response to the MOBILE NOW [Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless] Act, approved by the 115th Congress to make available new spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. â€œBy proposing to delete the existing non-federal secondary allocations from the 3.3 â€“ 3.55 GHz band, we are taking an important initial step towards satisfying Congressâ€™s directives and making as much as 250 megahertz of spectrum potentially available for advanced wireless services, including 5G,â€ the FCC said in the Introduction to its NPRM. Currently, the entire 3.1 â€“ 3.55 GHz band is allocated for both federal and non-federal radiolocation services, with non-federal users operating on a secondary basis to federal radiolocation services, which have a primary allocation, the NPRM explains. The FCC said it is seeking comment on relocating non-federal licensees to another band. With respect to amateur operations, the FCC invited comments on whether sufficient amateur spectrum exists in other bands that can support the operations currently conducted at 3.3 â€“ 3.5 GHz. The 3.40 â€“ 3.41 GHz segment is earmarked for amateur satellite communication. â€œWe seek comment on the extent to which the band is used for this purpose, whether existing satellites can operate on other amateur satellite bands, and on an appropriate timeframe for terminating these operations in this band,â€ the FCC said. If non-federal licensees are relocated to 3.1 â€“ 3.3 GHz band, the FCC proposes that they continue to operate on a secondary basis to federal operations, consistent with current band allocations. Some comments began to arrive before the FCC formally adopted the NPRM, as it points out in a footnote. Kevin Milner, KD0MA, the secretary/treasurer of the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club in Colorado, has argued that the clubâ€™s equipment cannot be re-channeled below 3.4 GHz, and the club is seeking relocation costs. Devin Ulibarri, W7ND, told the FCC that amateur networks in the current band cannot move easily into other amateur allocations because there is no readily available commercial equipment to support the bandwidth, the FCC recounted. In the event the proposed amendments are adopted, the FCC â€œseeks comment on relocation options and on transition and protection mechanisms for incumbent non-federal operations.â€ Also at its December 12 meeting, the FCC considered another NPRM in WT Docket 19-138 that would â€œtake a fresh and comprehensive lookâ€ at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and propose, among other things, to make the lower 45 MHz of the band available for unlicensed operations and to permit â€œcellular vehicle-to-everythingâ€ (C-V2X) operations in the upper 20 MHz of the band. The FCC is not proposing to delete or otherwise amend the amateur allocation, which would continue as a secondary allocation. The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) has offered its voice in challenging the FCC proposals on the two bands, saying their adoption would â€œeliminate our use of the most-effective resource hams have to build its networks.â€ â€œThe AREDN Project is able to leverage low-cost commercial devices solely because they are designed to operate on adjacent allocations,â€ AREDN said on its website. â€œMoving to other allocations would be difficult if not impossible without a complete redesign, manufacture, purchase, and installation of new custom amateur hardware and softwareâ€¦, raising the price out of reach for the typical ham.â€ Interested parties may file short comments on WT Docket 19-348 via the FCCâ€™s Electronic Comment Filing Service (Express). Visit the FCC â€œHow to Comment on FCC Proceedingsâ€ page for information on filing extended comments. New Section Manager Will Take Over in North Carolina on April 1 12/27/2019 Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina, will take the reins as of the North Carolina ARRL Field Organization this spring. Hoffman was the sole nominee to succeed incumbent Section Manager Karl Bowman, W4CHX, of Raleigh, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2014. Because no challengers came forward by the nomination deadline, no contested SM elections will take place during the winter election cycle. These incumbent Section Managers will begin new terms in 2020: John Fritze, K2QY, Eastern New York; George Miller, W3GWM, Eastern Pennsylvania; John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, Louisiana; Joe Speroni, AH0A, Pacific; Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC, San Diego; Chris Stallkamp, KI0D, South Dakota; and Joe Palsa, K3WRY, Virginia. New 2-year terms of office begin on April 1. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ AROUND THE SECTION: Region 2: Please see the â€œAscension Airwavesâ€ at K5ARC.orgâ€¦.always jammed pack full of infoâ€¦â€¦. Region 4: Volume 59, Number 12 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - December 2019 Thank you to the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association from the Tour du Teche â€“ 2019 From Gustave (Tave) Lamperez Tour du Teche Race Director dated 11/08/2019 Larry and Sandy Leblanc, The Tour du Teche held its 10th event this year, 2019. As the new Race Director of this wonderful event, I want to thank the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association for your many years of service to our event. I have run many races over my 40 plus years of participating in canoe and kayak races. I have seen when a race does not have the expertise in communication to make sure that all racers are located and safe, your team makes difference. Thank you for your help and experience we really depend on your team to keep our racers and volunteers safe. Your support at our checkpoints is indispensable, your help ensures the high quality event we host every year. Please share our appreciation with all of your members. Gustave (Tave) Lamperez Tour du Teche Race Director VE Test Session 7 November 2019 73, de Greg ~ K5LFT It was another great night. We had 4 come in without a ticket & 4 go out with a Tech license. One came in a Tech & out a General , hence a great night. Those earning a Tech were : Valerie K. Taylor ~ KI5HFE~ of Kaplan along with her son Nicholas J. Perry ~KI5HFF~ also of Kaplan. Two others were: Jason M. Doucet ~KI5HFD~ of New Iberia & Zachary L. Carroway ~KI5HFC~ of Ville Platte. The gentleman upgrading to General was Lester J. Zaunbrecher ~KI5GIZ~ of Arnauldville. The VEs involved were: Greg ~ K5LFT, Michael ~ KI5ARX & Tom ~ W5OHJ. Great big TNX to the VEs & Congratulations to the new hams & the Upgrader!!!!! Silent Key - Larry Leblanc KE5KJD Larry LeBlanc KE5KJD became a Silent Key on November 13, 2019 after suffering a major stroke. His service to the Tour du Teche canoe races, to ham radio in general, and to the AARA club will be greatly missed. He started out in radio in 1970 as a Novice with call WN5GHC, operating on mainly CW with a homemade multiband vertical in Richardson, Texas. He had been operating in his hometown of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana as KE5KJD on various bands. Larry loved to try experimentation to help his own radio operation. His beloved wife Sandy KE5KJF also operated radio with him and helped tremendously with the Tour du Teche races. Technical Presentation Battery Technology by Mike Cavell KI5ARX Mike Cavell KI5ARX gave an excellent presentation on battery technology. He provided a very good laymanâ€™s level explanation of many considerations individuals should address when selecting battery systems. The many considerations discussed include, but were not limited to, the following: Watt hours per volume Watt hours per weight Cost per watt hour Useable watt hours (battery life) Memory effects Charge / discharge cycles Voltage considerations Charging considerations Battery management systems Solar charging systems Failure mode considerations DC / DC converters Form factors Handling safety An audio recording of his presentation and the slides he used during the presentation have been uploaded to the club website at www.w5ddl.org. They are listed on the â€œARTICLES OF INTERESTâ€ page. Audio recording of presentation: Audio recording mp3 Slideshow presentation: Slideshow presentation UPCOMING EVENTS Winter Field Day January 25 At Steve Webreâ€™s in Church Point AARA Hamfest March 13-14, 2020 Rayne, LA For any additional information, check the W5DDL.org website AARA Christmas Party December 12, 2019 Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie 1 Chocolate pie crust 1 Cup peanut butter 1 8-oz package cream cheese â€“ softened 1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar 1 8-oz package whipped topping â€“ thawed Beat peanut butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powered sugar and beat until smooth. Add in thawed whipped topping and beat until smooth, scrapping sides as needed.. Pour filling into crust, even out the top with spatula or knife. Chill at least one hour before serving. This has become one of our favorites in my family. Ultra-rich. You may only want to offer small slivers â€“ your guests will thank you. NOTE: Although you can use the â€œLITEâ€ version of the whipped topping, avoid the â€œNo-fatâ€ versions. The flavor is not the same. Region 6: From: The Brass Key January 2020 A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club January 2020 Our esteemed and talented Editor will strive to get this issue out before Christmas, so assuming that will be the case, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! For all of you who have alleged that you will come from the dark side and begin to operate in the preferred mode, CW, your opportunity to get your feet wet is upon us. ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) runs from 00:00 UTC until 23:59 UTC on 01/01/20. So, knock the rust and dust off your key and get ready. I will use my World War II vintage J-38, which is my favorite straight key, anyway. SKN is not a contest, but you can submit a log to ARRL if you want to. There is no formal format or official exchange for SKN QSOs. It is designed to provide some relaxing time on the air. Details are on the ARRL website. Following SKN is the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) K3Y event. It resembles the Original 13 Colonies and Route 66 events. There will be K3Y stations in each of the ten U.S. call areas as well as KH6, KL7, and KP4, and they will identify as K3Y/# where # signifies the call area in which that station is located. There will be a few DX stations designated as well. This event runs during the month of January. The idea is to work as many of the K3Y stations as possible. QSL card and certificates for various levels of â€œsweepsâ€ will be available. Details on the SKCC website. A big thanks to the intrepid members of the Repeater Committee for bring our primary VHF repeater and the UHF repeater back to life in mid-December. Donâ€™t forget about Winter Field Day. The on-air operation commences at 1:00 PM local time on Saturday, 01/25/20. Setup will be Friday afternoon. We plan to have a gumbo social early Saturday evening. We have a great operating venue. More detailed information elsewhere in this issue of the Brass Key. What do you want out of Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club? 73 and good DX! John, N5CM A SKYWARN Net was activated during the tornado/severe weather outbreak Monday, December 16th. At around 12:00 noon, weather conditions warranted the activation of the net on CLARC's 147.330 repeater by Net Control Scott, KD5DFL. The National Weather Service reports the EF 3 tornado traveled 63 miles, from Deridder to Alexandria/Pineville. The tornado touched down just west of Alexandria, causing considerable damage to the Coliseum Boulevard area of Alexandria, before traveling East to Pineville, causing considerable damage to the Edgewood Drive and Donahue Ferry area. The net deactivated around 3 pm as the severity of the weather decreased. Eleven hams either checked into the net or reported on events (hail, trees down, homes damaged, etc.) in their area. Participants in the net were: Dennis/W5LD, Greg/N5GSR, Steve/KE5IAK, John/N5CM, Bobby/KB5DOG, Don/KI5AJV, Stacy/KG5KGU, Jack/W5ETL, Terry/AB5JH, and Jim/AB5JM, Scott/KD5DFL, Net Control Many thanks to Scott, KD5DFL, for serving as net control during this emergency, and to all hams who participated. These volunteers helped to keep our community safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Winter Field Day (WFD) will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 19:00 UTC (1:00 PM local time) through Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 19:00 UTC (1:00 PM local time). The Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC) will operate Winter Field Day and have our Winter Social at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Woodworth Outdoor Education Center at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. Robinson Bridge Road is also known as Louisiana Highway 3265. If youâ€™re coming from Alexandria on U.S. 165, turn left at the one and only traffic light in the Greater Woodworth Metroplex. If youâ€™re coming in on I-49, take the Woodworth Exit (73). Donâ€™t speed in Woodworth. The Winter Gumbo Social will commence at 6:00 PM on Saturday. The club plans to provide a gumbo. We will need people to bring potato salad or other side dishes and some desserts. You do not have to operate on air to participate in the social. Please e-mail Lisa KW5LC if you plan to attend the social, how many people, and if you will be bringing something. We must know how many to plan for. KW5LC@outlook.com We will commence set-up operations on Friday afternoon, January 24, 2020 and continue on Saturday morning. Specific times to be announced. We will need help to set up on Friday the 24th and take-down on Sunday the 26th. Another announcement with specific times will be sent out closer to the event. **PLEASE remember to let Lisa, KW5LC, know in advance if you plan on attending the gumbo social and what you would like to contribute as a side dish: firstname.lastname@example.org. Region 9: From: The SELARC "Hamster" ________________________________________ *Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974* Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc. P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404 Visit our website: www.selarc.org Vol. 46, No. 12 ......................... December 2019 SELARC 2020 Hamfest As a reminder, The SELARC Hamfest on January 18, 2020, in Hammond is just a month away, and the club is still in need of many more ticket sales. Please contact Ernie Bush to obtain more tickets to sell or email us to request. The 4 main prizes for tickets also listed on the SELARC Hamfest page - main prize winners do not need to be present at the drawing and if a non-ham wins can receive the cash value equivalent shown in place of item, prizes include: o 1st Prize: Yaesu FT-450D or $500 o 2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-400XDR or $350 o 3rd Prize: AA-230 Zoom Antennae Analyzer or $200 o 4th Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR or $100 Please email us if you have questions about the event or for any more information needed to sell tickets. Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions MARA Christmas Hamfest - Minden, LA - Dec 21, 2019 SELARC - 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room "B" of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact email@example.com or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area. AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program for contacts 3/3/19 to 12/31/19 Happy Birthday Birthday Wishes for November go out to - Elizabeth KM6MWZ, Larry KJ6SET, and Carol KE5GOC. If we missed your birthday, then please let us know. Get Well Soon â€” 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 Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades!! Technician Sebastian Schoegl - Baton Rouge, La. Leo Schoegl - Baton Rouge, La. Donald Hendrix - Gretna, La. Extra Timothy Lynch / KG5QDO - Hammond, La. Again, many thanks to all VEs' who make the effort to make these sessions a success! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Louisiana Traffic Managers Report: November 2019 Sessions QNI QTC QTR 17. 414 37 442 73, Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS Louisiana Section Traffic Manager ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report 1. ARRL: Section Louisiana 2. Month: November 3. Year: 2019 4. Total number of ARES members: 424 5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9 6. Number of ARES nets active: 49 7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 3 8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR KD5DFL W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 31 9b. Person hours: 334 10a. Number of public service events this month: 1 10b. Person hours: 24 11a. Number of emergency operations this month: 0 11b. Person hours: 0 12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month: 2 12b. Person hours: 10 13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a: 34 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b: 368 Jim Coleman, AI5B Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator ARES December ARRL LA Section Book Giveaway winners are: ARRL Affiliated Club is Shreveport Amateur Radio Assn.(SARA). ARRL Member is Herman Campbell KN5GRK. Congratulations to our winners! Next drawing January 1, 2020. New Louisiana Section Public Information Officer(PIO) appointments: Region 1 Joey Falgout N5TWR Region 2 Elmer Tatum N5EKF Region 7 Marcel Livesay N5VU Please congratulate and welcome these 3 fellows as you see them. While the PIO positions are located under ARES on the website ( laarrl.org ) this is a Section appointment and while ARES is important; so are things going on around the Section with people, clubs, events, Skywarn, bike races, any and all things you consider newsworthy and want to see put out for everyone to see.....If you have no one assigned to your Region or area please feel free to contact any other PIO or our PIC Joe Holland, KB5VJY. We have had more interest in the PIO positions so look for future announcements on that. Congratulations to John Beck, KB5LE on your Special Service Award for your assistance with HAM operations at NWS Shreveport! John has been Mr. Reliable for gathering radio reports for our Skywarn program over the last year. #skywarn19 #SRD2019 Thanks to all of our spotters and radio operators for coming out for Skywarn Recognition Day! We appreciate what you do! #skywarn19 #SRD2019 Congratulations to Joey Falgout, N5TWR for getting the most "likes" in our first "Caption the Meme" contest....Joey received a box of ARRL goodies for his winning caption....!!! Please be looking out for the next contest on the ARRL Louisiana Section Facebook page. Upcoming Hamfests: 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest 01/18/2020 Location: Pennington Student Activity Center 1350 North General Pershing Drive Hammond, LA 70401 Website: http://www.selarc.org Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Talk-In: 147.000 / -600khz (PL 107.2) Public Contact: Tyrone Burns , N5XES Phone: 985-687-2139 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org With no opposition; I was re-elected to another 2 year term as Section Manager beginning April 1, 2020. I am truly honored to be your Section Manager and look forward to the next two years. I thank you for all the support since April 2018. 73, -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Louisiana Section Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR email@example.com --------------------------------------------------------------------
Subject: Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter November 2019 HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! SILENT KEYS: William McMullan, KE5L Joan Haro, WA5WGA NEW HAMS: As reported to the ARRL Report for 2019-11-05 Addison J Bute, KI5GTI Kade P Fontenot, KI5GZP Clarence E Ferguson, KI5GSN Ryan J Baiad, KI5GZO Robert Gray, KI5GYO Alicia R Roberts, KI5GZN Jonathan C Sagona, KI5GYR Asa W Judd, KI5GYQ Steven W Chisam, KI5GYN Elliot E Allen, KI5GYM Michael E Schaumburg, KI5GYS Joseph A Wambach, KI5GRA LICENSE UPGRADES: As reported to the ARRL Report for 2019-11-05 Michael O Jackson, KI5GGP Grantham P Frederick, KI5GBD Maurice A Hawley, KG5VRR Neal A Jaber, KG5LWP New/Renewed ARRL Members: As reported to the ARRL Report for 2019-11-05 William E Burke, W5XNO Frank P Boimare, KI5FUH Thomas J Wimprine, KB5LBV Larry D Wilson, KC5OOX Robert Struppeck, AF6UK Jacob A Coreil, KG5UEK William A Hoover, AG5LR Robert G Bishop, N5JMB Jimmy L Miller, N0MSW Randy LeJeune David M Armstrong, WB5VDG David L Armstrong, AA5HY Jerry W Dukes, KI5GLY Glynn A Davis, KD5SII Stephen L Cook, KB0TWL ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FROM THE ARRL: Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration Results and Certificates Now Available 10/30/2019 Results and certificates from the Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM) Birthday Celebration August 31 â€“ September 8 are now available. The 9-day operating event commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW. Amateurs from 57 ARRL/RAC sections and four countries submitted more than 25,000 contacts over the course of the event. Results of the event and downloadable certificates are on the ARRL Contests Page. A special HPM 150 QSL card is available for stations that worked W1AW/150 during the event. To receive a card, send your QSL with an SASE to W1AW, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. W1AW to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of First Amateur Radio Signals to Span the Atlantic 11/06/2019 December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRLâ€™s Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters). On that day, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was copied by Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland. While the first two-way contact would not take place until 1923, the 1921 transatlantic success marked the beginning of what would become routine communication between US radio amateurs and those in other parts of the world â€” literally the birth of DX. To commemorate this amateur radio milestone, Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be on the air through the day on December 11 with volunteer operators. The goal is to encourage contacts between radio amateurs in the US and Europe while showcasing the significance of the transmissions that pioneered global communication and laid the groundwork for technology widely used today. The event will run from 1300 until 0000 UTC. Some details are still being worked out, but operation will focus on 40 and 20 meters (SSB). Contact Clark Burgard, N1BCG, for more information. Dayton HamventionÂ® Invites 2020 Award Nominations 11/14/2019 Dayton HamventionÂ® is inviting nominations for its 2020 awards. Nominations are due by February 15, 2020. Awards will be granted for Amateur of the Year, Club of the Year, Technical Achievement, and Special Achievement. The Amateur of the Year Award is given to a radio amateur who has made a long-term commitment to the advancement of amateur radio. This individual will have a history of ham radio contributions and demonstrated dedication to service, professionalism, and the advancement of the avocation of amateur radio. The Club of the Year will be honored for clearly demonstrating its involvement in varied aspects of amateur radio for the greater good of their community and/or nation. The Technical Achievement Award recognizes a radio amateur who has achieved technical excellence in the world of amateur radio. Examples are inventions, processes, discoveries, experiments, and other technical accomplishments or achievements that contributed to amateur radio. The Special Achievement Award recognizes a radio amateur who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the radio art and/or science. This award is usually given to a respected amateur who spearheaded a single significant project. Nomination forms are specific to the award. At a minimum, each form should be completed with the information indicated. Provide contact information for the person making the nomination. Submit forms via email or via USPS to Hamvention, Attention: Awards Committee, Box 964, Dayton, Ohio 45401-0964. The Awards Committee will make its selections and announce the recipients along with details on their accomplishments. An honors convocation and award presentation will be held on the Saturday evening of Hamvention. Award presentations will also take place at Hamvention on Sunday afternoon, prior to the prize award activity. For more information, contact the Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee. Youth on the Air Camp Coming to the Americas 11/14/2019 The Electronic Applications Radio Service has announced that the first Youth On The Air (YOTA) camp in the United States will be taking place next June. Sponsors hope the camp will become an annual event. The inaugural summer camp will take place June 21 â€“ 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA) will host the event. Operating the camp will be Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. (EARS), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to wireless technologies and activities. According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building peer and mentor relationships and taking amateur radio â€œto the next level.â€ Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit building, D-Star, APRS, satellite communication, antenna building, and radio direction finding and orienteering. A high-altitude balloon launch is also being planned. Campers will learn and exercise on-the-air skills at special event station W8Y. Contributors include Icom America, Heil Sound Ltd., X-Tronic, and R&L Electronics. Major financial supporters so far include the ARRL Foundation, the Yasme Foundation, the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Orlando HamCation and Orlando Amateur Radio Club, the Northern California DX Foundation, Dayton Hamvention and the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, the Huntsville Hamfest, Southwest Ohio DX Association, Radio Amateurs of Canada, and Gary West, K8DEV, and Dee Dee West, KA8DXE. For more information, email Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, or call (812) 327-0749. More than 1 Million Contacts Logged during ARRL Field Day 2019 11/14/2019 ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reports that nearly 1.1 million contacts were made during the 2019 ARRL Field Day â€” the most popular operating event in North America. Bourque reported the 2019 ARRL Field Day results, which are available starting on page 64 of the digital edition of the December 2019 issue of QST. Bourque says in his article that more than 36,000 radio amateurs took part in ARRL Field Day 2019 across all 83 ARRL/Radio Amateurs of Canada sections, up slightly from the 35,250 reported last year. The total number of contacts was down by about 7% from 2018â€™s 1.18 million contacts. â€œThis year, 3,113 entries were received from local clubs and emergency operations centers (EOCs), as well as individual portable, mobile, and home stations,â€ Bourque wrote in QST. Most entries were in Class A â€” club or non-club groups of three or more. Of the nearly 1.1 million contacts, approximately 46% were made on phone, and 456,000 (42%) of contacts were made on CW. The remaining 138,000+ (12%) of the contacts were made on digital modes, such as FT8 and RTTY. â€œThis is a substantial increase compared to 2018, when total QSOs on the digital modes numbered just over 56,000,â€ Bourque reported. â€œWith the last 2018 release of WSJT-X (which now supports Field Day exchanges), many participants made use of FT8â€™s ability to communicate when band conditions werenâ€™t being cooperative.â€ Top 10 scores ranged between W3AOâ€™s Class 14A entry from Maryland-DC, with 32,356 points, to W1NVTâ€™s 14,876-point Class 2A entry from Vermont. Bourque said that 95% of the 3,113 entries received came through the Field Day web applet. â€œNot only is ARRL Field Day an opportunity to sharpen operating skills in temporary and portable locations, itâ€™s also an occasion to showcase amateur radio to the local community, with clubs often setting up in publicly accessible locations and interacting with non-hams,â€ Bourque wrote. Soapbox comments for Field Day 2019 are available on the ARRL website. ARRL Field Day 2020 will take place June 27 â€“ 28. Nominations Invited for CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW 11/18/2019 CWops is now accepting nominations for its Award for Advancing the Art of CW for 2020. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code. Candidates for the award may be authors of publications related to CW; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors; public advocates of CW; organizers of CW activities; designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW, and other contributors to the art or practice of CW. The award is not limited to radio amateurs or their organizations. Email nominations with a copy to the CWops secretary. To be considered, a nomination must be received by March 18, 2020. It should include name(s) and call sign(s), if applicable, of nominee(s), and complete contact information. A detailed explanation supporting the nomination should be included along with the name, telephone number, email address, and call sign of the person submitting the nomination. An award presentation will take place at the 2020 Dayton HamventionÂ®. Melissa Stemmer Joins ARRL Headquarters as Development Manager 11/18/2019 Connecticut native Melissa Stemmer has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Development Manager. Born and raised in Waterbury, Stemmer earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1998, and she worked in that field for more than 15 years. After deciding that a career change was in order, Stemmer went back to school, earning a masterâ€™s in organizational leadership in 2015 from Quinnipiac University. â€œI am so excited to be on this journey at ARRL, and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone,â€ Stemmer said Before coming to ARRL, she was the development director at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury. In September 2015, Stemmer signed on as coordinator of the theatreâ€™s annual High School Halo Awards â€” the largest high school theatre award program in Connecticut. During her tenure at Seven Angels Theatre, Stemmer was an active member of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and the Waterbury Exchange Club. She served on the executive committee and governing council of the Arts and Culture Collaborative of the Waterbury Region and was a member of the Young Professionals Task Force of the Waterbury Region. ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna Restrictions 11/21/2019 The ARRL Board of Directors Legislative Advocacy Committee is in the process of drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas. The proposed legislation would be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will report to the Board soon, once plans are fleshed out. Tiemstra told the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) on October 12 in Aurora, Colorado, that Advocacy Committee members have traveled to Washington to meet on multiple occasions with members of Congress and their staffs to inform them of the committeeâ€™s plans. ARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, told the EC last month that he understands the conditional exemption of amateur radio licensees from the RF exposure measurement requirements in the FCCâ€™s Part 97 Amateur Service rules is proposed to be removed. A Report and Order in FCC Docket WT 13-84 is making the rounds that, if adopted, would make amateur licensees subject to the same requirements as all other FCC licensees. The Report and Order is expected to be released before yearâ€™s end. Siddall also reported to the EC that the FCC is poised to address the 60-meter band amateur allocation adopted at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on behalf of US government primary users of the band, has insisted that the maximum permitted power for radio amateurs must not exceed that agreed to at WRC-15 â€” 15 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) or 9.1 W ERP â€” despite the fact that Canada has authorized its amateur licensees to use 100 W, and eliminate the current discrete channels, which ARRLâ€™s petition proposed to retain. NTIA oversees federal government frequency allocations and users. Minutes of the October 12 Executive Committee meeting were posted this week on the ARRL website. ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On Demand 11/21/2019 ARRLâ€™s EC-001-S online â€œIntroduction to Emergency Communicationâ€ course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001, ARRL developed a self-guided version of the course, EC-001-S, which launched in June. This version of the course is designed for those who prefer to work independently and who do not need guidance from an online mentor. EC-001-S was previously offered only during specific sessions along with the traditional mentored version. The course opened for general enrollment on November 6. Visit the ARRL Online Course Registration page for more information and to register. FCC Invites Comments on Digital AM Broadcasting Proposal 11/26/2019 The FCC has invited comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), that would allow AM broadcasters to transmit an all-digital signal using the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode, known as MA3.1 â€œWe tentatively conclude that a voluntary transition to all-digital broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations and provide improved AM service to the listening public,â€ the FCC said. â€œWe seek comments on proposed operating standards for all-digital stations and the impact of such operations on existing analog stations and listeners.â€ The proceeding was initiated by a March 2019 Petition for Rulemaking (Petition) filed by Bryan Broadcasting Corporation. â€œThis proceeding continues the Commissionâ€™s efforts to improve and update the AM radio service to provide a better listening experience for consumers and enhanced service offerings, as part of our continuing effort to revitalize AM broadcasting,â€ the FCC said in the introduction to the NPRM. Comments are due 60 days after the NPRM appears in The Federal Register. AROUND THE SECTION: Region 2: Check out the latest â€œAscension Airwavesâ€ at K5ARC.org. Itâ€™s jammed packed with great stuff! Region 3: 4th Quarter 2019 Update The Fourth Quarter of 2019 is shaping up to be a busy time of year. Not only do we nominate and elect officers for the upcoming year this quarter, we also vote on Ham of the Year Award and host our annual Christmas Party. And, this quarter (October) we also finally installed the much awaited 147.330+ (CTCSS 114.8) at its new location at Chabert Hospital in east Houma, LA near the Houma Airbase. A DB-224E antenna was installed at roughly 100 feet HAAT atop a Rohn-25G tower on the roof of the building. Utilizing new 1/2" Rosenberger heliax and fittings, a previously unused Yaesu DR-1X System Fusion repeater was installed by our motley crew. A Job Well Done and Thanks go to all who participated!! This repeater is operating strictly in the analog mode, giving us additional coverage for both daily and emergency amateur radio use. Also in October we received a request from the owners of the tower hosting our Gray repeater, 147.390+ (CTCSS 114.8), to install our own electrical service at the site and begin paying our own utility fees directly with the electric company. Within 3 weeks, we secured the permit, installed the hardware, and facilitated the power company hook-up to begin using our own power. Once again, many Thanks to All who contributed to the cause!! As always, we enjoy the company of fellow Hams and their family and loved oved ones, as well as the great food, at our monthly Dinner Socials in Houma and Thibodaux!! George Tippett, WB5PKK President Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club aka Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society (501c3) http://www.w5yl.org/ Region 4: From: Volume 59, Number 10 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC. - a 501(c)3 Corporation October 2019 October 4â€“6, 2019 by Larry KE5KJD and Sandy LeBlanc KE5KJF The Tour du Teche Canoe Race is a 135 mile race from Port Barre, LA, to Berwick, LA. The race has introduced paddlers and eco-tourists to the recreational, cultural, and economic value of the bayou for local residents. The three day race with stops in St. Martinville, Franklin, and finishing in Berwick has turned into a paddling marathon as well as a 3 day party for towns along the route with families along the route cheering for the paddlers. In the past we have had paddlers from Mexico City, Canada. Australia, Thailand, Germany, and others. The boats range from solo paddlers with a single blade paddle, to the Big boats with 3-6 paddlers with single or double paddles. Two years ago a boat with 4 paddlers won the 135 mile race in the Big Boat Division in 17:54:04, with an average of 6.03 mph. Shorter races include: Crawfish â€“ Port Barre to Pocheâ€™s â€“ 30 miles; Acadian â€“ Port Barre to St. Martinville â€“ 49 miles; Hot Sauce â€“ St. Martinville to New Iberia â€“ 24 miles; Sugar â€“ St. Martinville to Franklin â€“ 59 miles; Black Bear â€“ New Iberia to Franklin â€“ 35 miles; and the Oil and Gas â€“ Franklin to Berwick â€“ 27 miles. There will be events up and down the bayou in conjunction with the race. There was a band and some vendors and a gumbo cook-off in St. Martinville. The Chitimacha tribe had a lot of festivals and food at their check point. Franklin had vendors, a homemade boat exhibit (wonderful), and a voucher for a meal. Berwick had a carnival along with vendors with food, crafts, and clothing at the finish line. People sit on their wharf and hand out water and cookies along the way. As we have in the last eight years, the AARA ham club provides communications support for the race. The Command Center (Crawfish Hole) is a mobile trailer that was set up in Port Barre, St. Martinville, Franklin, and Berwick. Larry LeBlanc KE5KJD and Sandy LeBlanc KE5KJF are coordinators for the AARA ham club. The clubâ€™s task included verifying boat numbers and times, and the status of individual paddlers and canoes along the route from Port Barre to Berwick. Along with tracking canoes, the club uses the event to host HF contacts along the route. The Tour du Teche qualified as a Special Event with the ARRL and was listed in the QST. If you would like to participate in the Special Event, come to any checkpoint, set up your station, and send your log to Chris Ancelet N5MCY for QSL card verification. See W5DDL,org for details. Mr. Ray Pellerin along with Larry KE5KJD and Sandy LeBlanc KE5KJF would like to thank the members of the AARA who have volunteered to help with communications for Tour du Teche X. We have 17 participants this year. They are: Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP, David McCutchen KG5JHR, Herman Campbell KN5GRK, Tom Dischler W5OHJ, Paula Romero KF5CNS, Nick Pugh K5QXJ, JoAnn Pugh KE5RPI, Danny Daigle KD5JSM, Kathy Daigle KD5TJZ, Galen Wilson KF5BET, Abbi Wilson KF5BEW, Kendra Wilson KF5FYS, Brandon Stelly KG5LQM, Ric Wallace KF5KEL, and Jackie Wallace KF5PCH. If you would like to volunteer, contact Sandy LeBlan KE5KJD (337) 254-1061. Again Larry and I would like to thank everyone for volunteering. See you on the Bayou. Sad to say, this will be our last year to coordinate the communications for the Tour du Teche race. If anyone would like to assume the job let me know. We will help with the transition. Sandy and Larry LeBlanc Communications Coordinators Tour de Teche 135 Race BEEF MEAT BALLS AND GRAVY 1-1/2 Pounds 85/15 Ground Beef 1 Pkg, Onion Soup Mix 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup Water Salt, Pepper, Granulated Onion, Granulated Garlic Vegetable Oil Season the ground meat with salt, pepper, granulated onion and granulated garlic. Make 1â€ diameter balls of the ground meat. Put 1/2â€ of oil in a Dutch oven and bring up to temperature. Brown the meatballs, in two batches, turning once, and then put on paper toweling. Pour out all oil, and put 1/2 cup of water in pot. Return to medium heat and â€œgrab-upâ€ all the â€œgoodiesâ€. Put the meat balls, mushroom soup + a can of water, onion soup mix, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of granulated onion powder and a 1/2 teaspoon salt into the pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over steamed rice. Update: HERMAN CAMPBELL, KN5GRK On Sept 11, I fell in my yard and broke my right foot and fractured my left collar bone, spent 2 months in hospital for surgery and therapy. I have been home two weeks and just now trying to catch up on my e-mails. I have not been able to run my reflector or answer e-mails. Please bear with me, it may take a while. I am scheduled to have prostrate surgery on December 4. I will try to answer some of my e-mails as soon as possible. Thanks for all the prayers and wishes for Ramona KG5HNO and me Herman KN5GRK. B.E.A.R.S. St. Mary Parish Jim Coleman, Keith Barnes and I were able to attend the B.E.A.R.S meeting recently in Morgan City and make the official presentation to our 2019 LA Section Amateur of the Year, Jackie Price, KA5LMZ. As many of you know Jackie is the leader of her club and the EC for St. Mary ARES. We were treated to a very tasty brunch before the meeting and Jim Coleman gave the group a really nice ARES presentation. Congratulations Jackie and thanks again for the wonderful welcome and hospitality as always! Region 6: THE BRASS KEY December 2019 A Publication of the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club The BRASS KEY is published monthly as its official journal by the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, P. O. Box 8852, Alexandria, LA. 71306. Prez says . . . Final Words from our President, Jim Walters, AE5ZE December 2019 Well, we are almost the end of another year. It's time for our Christmas Dinner on Dec. 3rd, so if you have not made your reservations, please contact Steve Baillio, our treasurer before Friday, November 29th. After making reservations, you can pay at the door. The cost is $12.00 per person. Hope to see you there. We are having the same caterer as last year and everything was great! During our Christmas Dinner we will install our new Board of Directors. Amateur radio is an evolving hobby that has something for everyone. As you make plans for 2020, please consider doing something new in amateur radio. I have several projects to work on. The first is learning CW. I have a TS830S that I am recapping (110 electrolytic capacitors), and have just acquired a Hammarlund HQ110, and a Johnson Viking, both boat anchors that I am going to restore and get on the air. What are you planning to do??? This is my last Pres Says! I want to personally acknowledge the Board Members that have served this past year. They did all of the work to accomplish the tasks at hand and to make our club a success! Please take the time to thank each one of them! See you on the bands! 73, Jim AE5ZE CLARC welcomes new member Chris Wright, KI5HDW! Chris passed his Technician Class license exam at our November meeting! Time to study for that upgraded license! HEALTH AND WELFARE: Mike Canady, N5GJQ - Has been in the hospital for nerve inflammation. Jack Brossette, W5ETL - Jack is having difficulty with several heath issues. Jim Bookter, N5NVP and Mrs. Irma, KE5UPK - continued prayers for Mrs. Irma's needs and safe travels for Jim as he goes back and forth to Lafayette. Prayers for Joseph Notcha and his needs. Mitchel Neil, KG5OIF - Prayers for Jeannie as she recovers from gall bladder surgery. Steve Neesly, KE5IAK - Prayers for Mrs. Glenda as she heals from a broken arm. Prayer this evening was led by Keith, KF5RNF Winter Field Day: Winter Field Day will be January 25 - 26. Jim asked for a show of hands of those interested in participating in the field day this year. Scott KD5DFL reminded the membership that we are still in need of a location for the field day. Kees Park is one possible site, but there are some antenna issues that we will have to work out. If the field day were held at Kees Park, it would have to be limited to a simple one-day event, Saturday only, running from setup at 8:00 AM to take down around 8:00PM on the same day. Only two to three radios would be set up. We would not be allowed use of the Kees Park area overnight. An alternate site would be the LDWF Center in Woodworth, which we used for the Summer Field Day. Region 9: From: The SELARC "Hamster" ________________________________________ *Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974* Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc. P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404 Visit our website: www.selarc.org Vol. 46, No. 11 ................................ November 2019 Happy Birthday Birthday Wishes for November go out to - John Mark Robertson K5JMR, Manny WD5BJR, and Tom W5PGS If we missed your birthday, then please let us know. Get Well Soon â€” 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 Congratulations to the following new Technician licensees! Curt Montgomery - Hammond, La. Kevin Jenkins - Covington, La. Ronnie Voorhies - Madisonville, La. Thank you once again, to all the VEs' who show up to make this possible!! Multiple Sclerosis 150-mile "Dat's How We Roll" Bike Tour Over the October 5 & 6 weekend thirty-two amateur radio volunteers from the Southeast LA Amateur Radio Club (SELARC), Southwest MS Amateur Radio Club and southeast LA ARES provided 267 "people-power" hours of public service in support of the annual Multiple Sclerosis bike ride from Hammond (LA) to Percy Quin Park (MS) and back. The hams used the SELARC VHF repeater and the LWARN UHF repeater system to provide communications assistance to the safety, logistics and medical teams spread over the route on the back-country roads of Louisiana and Mississippi. The Multiple Sclerosis staff and friends and families of the cyclists, as well as the bikers themselves, were appreciative of the ham radio volunteers and were impressed with the capabilities of amateur radio. The event was a wonderful display of the ham operators' skills and public service capabilities. Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions MARA Christmas Hamfest - Minden, LA - Dec 21, 2019 SELARC - 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room "B" of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area. LOUISIANA SECTION NOVEMBER BOOK WINNERS: ARRL Individual Member: Andy Allen, KF5ORM. ARRL Affiliated Club: Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (CLARC) Congratulations to both! Next drawing is December 1stâ€¦..All Active Affiliated Clubs are automatically entered; if you have already sent me your call you need not send againâ€¦if you have not yet entered send me our call sign by email, text, Facebook etcâ€¦.you must be an active ARRL member in the Louisiana Section to enter and winâ€¦.73 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGERS REPORT: Sessions QNI QTC QTR 15. 414 32. 224 73, Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS Louisiana Section Traffic Manager --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ARES: ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report 1. ARRL Section: Louisiana 2. Month: October 3. Year: 2019 4. Total number of ARES members: 435 5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9 6. Number of ARES nets active: 60 7. Number of nets with NTS liaison: 3 8. Calls of DECs/EC reporting: W4NDF, KD5MLD, KG5BNH, KE5BMS, AG5LR, KD5DFL, W5GAS, KD5IGZ, KE5GMN 9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month: 32 9b. Person hours : 551 10a. Number of public service events this month : 1 10b. Person hours : 276 11a. Number of emergency operations this month : 0 11b. Person hours : 0 12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month: 1 12b. Person hours : 40 13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a : 34 13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b: 867 Submitted by: James Coleman, AI5B Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator â€œCONGRATULATIONSâ€ to ASEC Corey McCrary (W5MMC) and his wife Dr. Liz McCrary on the birth of their first child, a boy GRAHAM ELDON McCRARY on October 29th.** If you have not registered for ARES CONNECT please do so at the following link: https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/la Please remember that your username must be your Call Sign! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPCOMING HAMFESTS: 12/21/2019 | MARA Christmas Hamfest Location: Minden, LA Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Assoc Website: http://n5rd.org 01/18/2020 | 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest Location: Hammond, LA Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Website: http://www.selarc.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***ARRL COUPONS: November 1-30 2019 $10 off When you spend $25 or more at www.arrl.org/shop Use code: THANKS December 1-31 2019 $5 shipping when you spend $20 or more at www.arrl.org/shop Use Code GIFT ***I had an excellent response to my recent email regarding Section PIOâ€™sâ€¦..3 people have expressed an interest in the position and each are very qualified and motivated ARRL members. We still need PIOâ€™s in the following Regions: 3 5 6 9 Please contact our Section PIC Joe Holland at email@example.com if you are interested. 73 and see you next month, -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Louisiana Section Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER COTOBER 2019
RONALD K. PHELPS KC5FGO
Michael V Macconn, KI5GLH
Berchman J Rodrigue, KI5GIL
Michael O Jackson, KI5GGP
Greg Tramell, KI5GGO
Lester J Zaunbrecher, KI5GIZ
Jeremy A Hoof, KI5GIY
Joshua J Bouy, KI5GJA
Scotty N Schadler, KI5GHG
Emily R Laprarie, KI5GJB
Jerry W Dukes, KI5GLY
Charles J Morgan, KI5GKC
William A Long, KI5EVL
Shane R Slaughter, KI5FZP
NEW/RENEW ARRL MEMBERS:
William R McHugh, K5WRM
Michael O Jackson, KI5GGP
Nathan J Stelly, KD5IQW
Ilya Okhotnikov, UA4WGC
Hector L Martinez Sis, W5CBF
Hugh D Morris, N5HDM
Christopher J Rust, W5TNU
Kevin B Williams, KB5VFW
John A London, NS5W
Keith D Doughty, KG5EMX
Brian C Bendily, KI5GEN
Shane Slaughter, KI5FZP
FROM THE ARRL:
The Weather Channel Cites “Old School Tech” Amateur Radio as Storm Resource
Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator of WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) explained Amateur Radio’s role during severe weather situations to interviewers from The Weather Channel (TWC). In a September 16 segment headlined as “Using Old School Tech During a Storm,” Ripoll — seated at WX4NHC — told Weather Channel interviewers Rick Knabb and Mike Bettes, that information NHC forecasters receive via Amateur Radio volunteers and spotters “sometimes fills in gaps they can’t get from satellites or reconnaissance.”
Knabb recounted an occasion when he was trying to pin down information about a storm system in Central America. “The only way I was able to accurately document what happened with that system in Central America was because of data through the ham radio operators that relayed it,” he told Ripoll.
Ripoll cited the WX4NHC volunteer staff of approximately 30 radio amateurs who gather and essentially screen information gathered via Amateur Radio for weather data that may be of use to forecasters.
Pointing to the continued use of analog technology in a digital world, Bettes said Amateur Radio “may be a dinosaur, but you’re not extinct.”
For his own part, Ripoll over the weekend expressed appreciation to WX4NHC, Hurricane Watch Net, and VoIP Hurricane Net volunteers for the time they donate during hurricanes and the reports they send to WX4NHC.
“Sometimes, we sit for hours listening to static. Sometimes, we receive many reports that are unremarkable. Sometimes, we receive very few reports. But then there are those times that one or two reports make a difference,” Ripoll said. He noted that NHC Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart cited Amateur Radio in a Hurricane Humberto advisory.
The advisory noted, “An Amateur Radio operator at Ports Island near the southern end of Bermuda reported a sustained wind of 75 MPH and a gust to 104 MPH during the past hour. An Amateur Radio operator in Somerset Village recently reported a sustained wind of 70 MPH and a gust to 89 MPH.” — Thanks to Julio Ripoll, WD4R
Past North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, SK
Former ARRL North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, died on September 23. An ARRL Life Member, he was 79. Clements served as ARRL North Texas Section Communications Manager/Section Manager from 1979 until 1989. (ARRL changed the position title to Section Manager in 1984.) Clements was a pilot for Braniff Airways and Airborne Express.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Registration is “On Track”
With just a couple of weeks to go before Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) event on October 18 – 20, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, reports that nearly 200 US stations have registered their intentions to participate.
“Over the last few years, we’ve typically had around 300 stations registered before the weekend,” Wilson told ARRL. “So, we’re on track.” Wilson noted that Icom America is providing an ID-51A Plus2 VHF/UHF D-STAR portable to encourage stations to submit after-event reports. A drawing will select the recipient.
“Band conditions aren’t expected to be any better than they’ve been for the past year, but the enthusiasm will be there,” Wilson predicted, “and local VHF-UHF can work as well as the D-STAR and [VoIP modes].” US participants who have not yet registered may do so online. — Thanks to Jim Wilson, K5ND
ARRL’s twice-yearly School Club Roundup (SCR) gets under way on Monday, October 21, at 1300 UTC, and runs through Friday, October 25, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate for up to 24 hours during the entire contest and for 6 hours during any single 24-hour period. Any mode — SSB, CW, or digital — is allowed for the event.
Stations will participate in five categories: Elementary/Primary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School, College/University Club, and Non-School Club. There is also a category for Individuals to participate.
The most popular time for younger students to be on the air is during after-school hours, but older students may be on the air at any time. Groups are limited to one transmitter on the air at any given time. Stations exchange signal report, category (School, Club, or Individual), and state, province, or DXCC entity. Stations can be worked once per band and mode. Participants will now be able to make up to three contacts with a station on each band using CW, voice, and digital modes.
The School Club Roundup is co-sponsored by ARRL and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC), and results appear in QST as well as online. The top three entries in each category — Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School College/University — will receive an award certificate. Non-school clubs or multioperator groups and individuals are also eligible for certificates.
Submit scores and logs via the SCR score entry website. Scores and logs may be entered from the time the contest begins through the log submission deadline. Paper logs are acceptable as well. Logs for the October SCR are due by November 9.
ARRL to Launch New On the Air Magazine in January
ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.
“On the Air responds to the brand new and not-so-brand-new radio amateur seeking ideas and answers,” said QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. Schoenfeld is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.
“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld. “We’re excited to introduce a new Amateur Radio magazine for this audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and getting them on the air.”
The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. Effective November 1, when eligible US radio amateurs join ARRL or renew their memberships, they will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice — On the Air or QST. Current members receiving the print edition of QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving the monthly print edition of QST or the print edition of the bimonthly On the Air.
All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.
Louisiana, Mississippi Amateur Radio Volunteers Support “Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll” Event
Over the October 5 – 6 weekend, 32 Amateur Radio volunteers from the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (SELARC), the Southwest Mississippi Amateur Radio Club, and Southeast Louisiana ARES supported the “Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll” event. The tour provided 267 volunteer hours in support of the annual multiple sclerosis bike ride from Hammond, Louisiana, to Percy Quin Park, Mississippi, and back.
The hams used the SELARC VHF repeater and the LWARN UHF repeater system to provide communication for safety, logistics, and medical teams along the route on the back-country roads of Louisiana and Mississippi. Event sponsors, staffers, and friends and families of the cyclists as well as the cyclists themselves expressed their appreciation for the work of the ham radio volunteers and were impressed with the capabilities of Amateur Radio, Communications Coordinator Bob Priez, WB5FBS, said.
Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition on the Air; Injured Operator Evacuated
Pitcairn Island DXpedition leader Glen Johnson, W0GJ, reports the VP6R team arrived at the South Pacific island on October 17, after the m/v Braveheart anchored offshore. After clearing customs and immigration, the team was transported to the home of Andy Christian, where the DXpedition’s equipment had been shipped well in advance.
“The steep dirt roads were very muddy from lots of recent rains, and had our equipment not been prepositioned, we would have been delayed by several days getting all stations on the air,” Johnson said.
The team is down to 12 operators after one individual fell and suffered several fractures. He was put aboard a supply ship and will be evacuated to Mangareva and on to Papeete. “Naturally we are all disappointed with this situation,” Johnson said. “DXpeditions to remote places are not without risk, and medical care is quite limited at best.” The injured operator was not identified.
Johnson reports that by the end of the first day, the team had erected antennas and put four stations on the air from Christian’s house. In the morning everyone moved to the old radio site to set up more antennas and stations at what will be VP6R’s primary low-band site. “The DX Engineering 160-meter falling derrick vertical is almost full-size and generated huge pileups that night, with 700 stations in the log!” Johnson enthused. Everything else was set up by Saturday, and the DXpedition team settled into its operating routine.
“Pitcairn has power from 8 AM until 10 PM,” Johnson explained. “After 10 PM, we switch to generators until morning. The Radio Site is 100% generator powered.”
By the end of the UTC day Sunday, VP6R had logged more than 16,000 contacts, including several 6-meter moonbounce contacts.
The weather has cooperated with pleasant temperatures, Johnson said. “When it rains, which is often, the dirt roads become ‘the world’s friendliest mud,’ as the residents call it, making travel between the two sites somewhat treacherous.” VP6R will be on 20 meters around the clock, often with more than one mode, with the goal of giving Pitcairn Island as a new one to everyone. VP6R will be on the air on all bands during the CQ World Wide DX phone event, October 25 – 26.
The VP6R team has reported that’s it’s experiencing some timing issues with FT8, which is being used in Fox & Hound mode. “With good conditions, at times we have been able to sustain nearly 400 Qs/hour, working five stations simultaneously.” Johnson said. VP6R said on its website that anyone in doubt of their contact should work the DXpedition again.
ARRL Creates New Online Groups for Members to Communicate with Leadership
ARRL’s Committee on Communication with ARRL Members has opened new online forums where all radio amateurs — ARRL members and non-members alike — can discuss issues and topics in two-way conversation with ARRL leadership. The new groups are aimed at enhancing communication among ARRL leadership, staff, members, and prospective members, in a manner that enables timely updates and collegial discussion.
This project was based on the success over the past several years of the ARRL-LoTW (Logbook of The World) Group in responding to Amateur Radio operators’ questions and generating discussion on ways to improve that program. “The LoTW initiative has clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of online Groups as a means of achieving the desired interaction,” ARRL said in announcing the new groups.
ARRL has added three online groups:
- ARRL-Contesting— moderated by ARRL Contest Advisory Committee Chairman Dennis Egan, W1UE.
- ARRL-Awards— moderated by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.
- ARRL-IARU— moderated by IARU Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ.
The existing ARRL-LOTW group, which has about 4,750 members, remains hosted by Groups.io but has moved.
Everyone who subscribes to an ARRL Group is also automatically subscribed to the “ARRL Groups” group. This administrative feature will allow ARRL to convey routine announcements relevant to subscribers of all ARRL groups.
ARRL IT Manager Michael Keane, K1MK, worked with Groups.io to set up the new groups.
In the months ahead, the Committee envisions creating more online groups to support two-way communication focusing on areas of additional interest to radio amateurs, including ARRL activities, services, initiatives, and policies.
ARRL currently hosts members-only online forums that include Awards and Contesting. While these forums will continue to operate, participants will be encouraged to post new threads in the appropriate new groups.
Participants will be expected to adhere to some basic ground rules:
- All questions are welcome, no matter how many times they have already been asked and answered, or how obvious the answers might be in the documentation.
- Neither personal attacks nor foul language will be tolerated. Violators will immediately be placed on “moderated” status, meaning their subsequent posts will require Moderator approval until the Moderator’s trust has been regained.
- Individuals posting are reminded that these forums are open to everyone, including prospective hams and operators who are not ARRL members but may be thinking about joining. Civility and courtesy are expected, even when you may take issue with a post or thread topic.
The Committee on Communication with Members believes that providing more opportunities for two-way discussion between ARRL leadership and the broader Amateur Radio community will assist the organization in truly serving the needs of this community.
FCC Turns Down Petition to Amend Amateur Radio Identification Rules
The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making to amend Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during emergency nets, drills, or activations. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, of Canfield, Ohio, had sought a change to Section 97.119(a) of the rules to allow a single point of transmission for station ID on those occasions. He proposed permitting a net control station or other designated participant to announce the call signs of every station taking part in the net or exercise, when tactical call signs often are in use, at 10-minute intervals, using automatic CW identification.
In turning down Dukish’s petition, Scot Stone, the Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility Division, said commenters overwhelmingly opposed the proposal.
“They argue that the current rule strikes the appropriate balance between the need to identify the source of transmissions and ease of communication,” Stone wrote. “Commenters state that, in their years of experience with amateur emergency communications, the station identification requirement has not proven to be a burden or obstacle, and that the current procedure actually contributes to efficient operations by providing a clear indication that a communication has ended and the channel is available.”
Stone said some commenters asserted that Dukish’s proposed procedure would be unworkable and cause confusion, while others characterized his proposal as a solution in search of a problem.
“The purpose of the station identification requirement is to make the source of transmissions clearly known to those receiving those transmissions,” Stone wrote. “Separating the call sign from each transmission would defeat this purpose.” Moreover, he said there’s no evidence that the current station ID requirements have hindered Amateur Radio emergency communications.
Dukish had filed his petition in December 2018, and the FCC invited comments on it in February 2019
FROM AROUND THE SECTION:
Scott, W5WZ, is the President of the Louisiana Contest Club and would like your opinions to help increase participation in the Louisiana QSO Party. He’s prepared a survey for both in-state and out-of-state amateurs that will help guide the event to greater success, and would appreciate responses from any and all.
October Book Give Away Winners:
Affiliated Club: Ascension Amateur Radio Club.
ARRL Member: Glen Strecker KG5CEN.
SECTION TRAFFICV MANAGER’S REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
Sessions QNI QTC QTR
- 411 21. 398
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR’S REPORT SEPTEMBER 2019
- ARRL Section: Louisiana
- Month: September
- Year: 2019
- Total number of ARES members: 425
- Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9
- Number of ARES nets active: 58
- Number of nets with NTS liaison: 1
- Call of Dec/EC Reporting: W4NDF KD5MLD KD5BNH KE5BMS AG5LR WJ5Y W5GAS KD5IGZ KE5GMN
9a. Number of exercises & Training sessions: 37 9b. Person hours: 262
10a. Number of Public Service Events: 1 10b. Person hours: 3
11a. Number of Emergency Operations: 0 11b. Person hours: 0
12a. Number of SKYWARN Operations: 0 12b. Person hours: 0
- Totals: 38 / 265.0
Check out the Ascension Airwaves Newsletter at : http://k5arc.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Ascension-Airwaves-Sept-2019.pdf
Prayers continue for Herman Campbell KN5GRK who was hospitalized following a fall.
We have learned that our club treasurer, Steve Baillio, KA5HIK, while visiting family in Albuquerque, NM, has had a heart attack. A heart cath has been done and two stints put in. As soon as Steve can travel, his son will travel to Albuquerque to bring Steve and his wife back to Alexandria.
When we learn more, we will pass this information on to you.
We ask your prayers for Steve and his family.
Congratulations to CLARC’s own Stacy Sonneland, KG5KGU, for qualifying in August for the ARRL Certificate of Code Proficiency! This certificate recognizes his merit and progress in Morse code proficiency in words per minute.
Please see page 99 in the October 2019 issue of QST Magazine. Also see the attached document under August.
Great job, Stacy!
73 and thanks to everyone.
Effective September 15, 2019 ICS 300 was changed by FEMA and Emergency Management Institute (EMI) with a new updated two-day resident in class course. The good news is our office once again was recertified to teach the course. We received not only state certification (LA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security), but also passed the national recertification test administered by FEMA-EMI. From September 15, 2019 forward we may once again continue our efforts to improve Incident Command and Unified Command by holding our own ICS 300 & 400 courses. One good news of this new version of ICS 300 & 400, is ICS 400 will now only be a one day course! Please see the following schedule of courses we plan to offer (As always if your agency needs an additional course “on site” remember we can come to you):
These courses are available to any first responder or agency that works with Bossier Unified Command daily or during disasters (state agencies, VOAD partners and of course BAFB, Camp Minden & US Navy/USMC staff).
DATE: Nov 25-26 2019,
LOCATION: Bossier EOC
DATE: Dec 3, 2019
LOCATION: Bossier EOC
DATE: Dec 10-11, 2019,
LOCATION: Bossier EOC
DATE: Dec 12, 2019
LOCATION: Bossier EOC
DATE: Dec 17-18, 2019,
LOCATION: Bossier EOC
DATE: Dec 19, 2019
LOCATION: Bossier EOC
ICS 300 & 400 Requirements (BOHSEP Uses Walk In Registration Process – No Pre-registration Required )
ICS 300 ICS 400
Bossier EOC 1511 Doctors Drive
COL Gene Barattini (Ret) LEM, MEM, CHPP
Bossier Office of Homeland Security
& Emergency Preparedness
The SELARC “Hamster”
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
Visit our website: www.selarc.org
Vol. 46, No. 10 ………………………….. October 2019
Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room “B” of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact email@example.com or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.
AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program for contacts 3/3/19 to 12/31/19
Birthday Wishes for October go out to – Bill KB5SKW, Ed KE5GMN, Allen W5EGG, and Ralph K5CAV. 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
Congratulations to the following ham on his upgrade to Extra!
Michael O. Jackson / KI5GGP – Covington, La.
Thank you once again, to all the VEs’ who show up to make this possible!!
**I attended the Chattanooga, TN Hamfest this past weekend for the Delta Division/TN D-Star Convention. The hamfest was very well attended and I was made to feel right at home by all the folks up there. The weather was good and nice and cool. The event was held on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday with many interesting and well attended forums. The forums I attended was as follows:
APRS given by Dr. Gary Eiff W3GME
ARRL: On-the-Air in the 21st Century by Dan Henderson N1ND ARRL Regulatory Manager
D-Star: given by Ed Woodrick WA4YIH
ARRL: Moving the ARRL into the future by CEO Howard Michel WB2ITX
ARRL: Delta Division Update by David Norris K5UZ
There was a D-star dinner held at a local restaurant for those interested in D-star to gather and exchange information; it was very well attended.
Longtime TN Section Manager Keith Miller N9DGK was honored as he plans to retire at the end of this year. I especially wanted to attend the hamfest to tell Keith how much his friendship and guidance has meant to me over the past 2 years. Keith has had some personal and family health issues and needs to step away form the SM job and devote more time to these things….Keith was presented with a plaque by the TN Section. There is currently an election in the TN section for that position.
Some of the topics presented by David Norris were from the most recent ARRL Board meeting in July:
- Made steps to support change in symbol rate
- New Amateur Auxiliary Program advances
- Looking at Life Membership & Dues rates
- Banned robot contacts in contests
- Banned robot contacts for DXCC credit
- Added QRP category to RTTY Roundup
- Voted to add Saudi Arabi & Seychelles to IARU
- Moved to strengthen vendor/mfg. relationships
- Created the Research UPDATED ARES PROGRAM Working Group
- Advanced the EmComm Director title
**Congratulations to our 2019 ARRL Louisiana Section Amateur of the Year Jaclyn L. “Jackie” Price KA5LMZ! Jackie, who is the R4 St. Mary Parish EC was nominated by Herman Campbell KN5GRK who sent a long list of reasons why he was nominating her. We will meet with Jackie in November to present her plaque. **
**Please continue to keep ASM Mike McCrary WB5LJQ in your prayers as he continues to heal from back surgery!
11/02/2019 | Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
12/21/2019 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
Location: Minden, LA
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Assoc
01/18/2020 | 39th Annual Hammond Hamfest
Location: Hammond, LA
Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
**Our next drawing for the monthly book giveaway will be here soon!
Hoping everyone has a good start to November; be safe out there and have fun!
LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019
Nominations are still being accepted for the 2019 Delta Division Amateur of the Year Award. Please email me ASAP for the nomination form. I must have them forwarded to our Delta Division Vice Director Ed Hudgens by March 1st.
Paul Ecke KC5BYE
Joseph Manena W5DEA
James “Bob” Jenkins WD5GBL
Robert Raborn KA5HUF
Michael Raymond W5IAA
Albert Edgar Baker KF5IBW
Report for 2019-02-04
Elliot D Eaton, KI5CVN
David Fulton, KI5CWP
John T Frank, KI5CVQ
David A Cook, KI5CVO
David A Nixon, KI5CTV
Nicholas Z Overby, KI5CUG
Report for 2019-02-04
Gregory B Fortune, WD5GNX
Patrick M Taylor, KG5YFR
Mikle B Schwaller, KI5ADL
James P Tillman, KG5CWE
New/Renewed ARRL Members:
Report for 2019-02-04
Brian M White, WB5BMW
David P Arceneaux, KI5CTE
Ronald E Martin, WB5QDR
Floyd E Milford, KG5OMH
Earl L Galle, KI5CTK
James H Redmond, K5QNT
David J DeCourt
Michael H Gonzales
Edward Gatza, WB5BGY
James A Harvey, KG5TBL
Jake Williamson, KI5CDO
Cecil R Smith, N5DR
Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH
Anthony J Summers, KB5YHI
Douglas W Poole, KJ5WT
John N Armistead, KE5YSE
William F Hensel, K5KYD
FROM THE ARRL:
IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program Wants to Enlist More “Big-Gun” Stations
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said young operators (age 26 or younger) in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) have been invited to participate in the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Youth Contesting Program (YCP).
“Youth members from IARU Region 1 member-societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called ‘Top Gun’ stations,” she said. “These young hams will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills, and aim for the best results together as a team.” Leenders said long-time YCP partners 9A1A, ES9C, and 4O3A are already on the schedule of host stations, and additional stations are welcome. LX7I will join the roster during the ARRL International DX Contest (SSB), and LZ9W, OZ5E, and DP9A will be available for other contests later this year.
More information and an application form is available on the YOTA website.
Inspired by the YOTA YCP, the unrelated Young Amateurs Radio Club (YARC) Youth Contesting Program (YCP) wants to match groups of enthusiastic young contesters with top contest stations to gain operating experience during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 30 – 31 weekend.
ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last November and had been awaiting unpacking and installation. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to locate a functional duplicate of the old ISS packet TNC module that had been in operation for 17 years and had become intermittent. Crew members installed the new module on February 2; the RF gear remains the same.
The ISS packet system, located in the ISS Columbus module, went down in July 2017, but it unexpectedly came back to life the following summer. The packet system operates on 145.825 MHz. ARISS is an official back-up system for astronauts to talk with Mission Control in the unlikely failure of the station’s primary communication systems.
In 2017, hams relayed nearly 89,000 packet messages via the ISS; response to its recent return has been enthusiastic, ARISS said.
Contribute to the all-new radio system set to launch this year via the ARISS website. For more information, contact ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, or ARISS ARRL Delegate Rosalie White, K1STO. — Thanks to ARISS
New IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island
A new Islands on the Air (IOTA) island — Inakari Island (EU192) — now is being activated for the first time until Monday, February 11, 0600 UTC, by a small international team. Kataja/Inakari Island was added to the official IOTA list last fall. Martti, Laine, OH2BH; Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF; Niko Halminen, OH2GEK, and Gerben Menting, PG5M, will be travelling by snowmobile several kilometers over the frozen surface of Bothnian Bay to set up camp on the Finnish part of Inakari Island, where they will use an abandoned fisherman’s refuge.
Inakari Island is part of the Bothnian Bay National Park. The team will run two stations simultaneously on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, and 15 meters, CW and SSB, using the call sign OH10X (OH-ten-X). QSL via PG5M using Club Log. Daily posts on the PG5M website will offer updates. — Thanks to Martti Laine, OH2BH
ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative
ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs. The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest groups within the Amateur Radio community.
While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning Initiative will initially focus on creating online learning opportunities for new and newer hams, a segment of the Amateur Radio community desperately searching for educational and instructional and resources.
The ARRL Board of Directors set the Lifelong Learning Initiative in motion, endorsing and funding the program and approving the hiring of advertising agency Mintz + Hoke to work with ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, and other ARRL staffers in building this learning environment. Mintz + Hoke will conduct the research necessary to identify the different educational needs within the broader Amateur Radio community.
“Mintz + Hoke is a really strong partner in this project,” Bickell said, adding that the firm has developed a really deep understanding of the Amateur Radio community as part of the investigation phase of this endeavor.
Bickell noted that youth education will be a critical component of this Learning Initiative, but he also believes that overall opportunities in this area are huge, as many individuals are looking to expand their knowledge of Amateur Radio.
He said that, where appropriate, the content of these learning tracks within the initiative will build upon much of the knowledge base that already exists within ARRL, such as the material in QST and QEX magazines, as well as other ARRL publications and manuals. Some new content will be created as well, to ensure that the information being provided stays fresh and dynamic.
In addition to providing instruction, the Learning Initiative will offer resources that allow individuals to delve further into a subject, rather than just relying on ARRL content.
“We are building a new learning environment,” Bickell said. “It will take a lot of work to put this all together, but we believe that this initiative will firmly establish ARRL as an educational leader in Amateur Radio.” He expects the online Lifelong Learning platform to launch in the fall of 2019.
In conjunction with its support of the Lifelong Learning Initiative, the ARRL Board also endorsed CEO Howard Michel’s HQ reorganization plans, and the purchase of a modern association management software system.
“These are big investments the Board is making in ARRL, and a strong positive vote of confidence that we can deliver,” Michel said. “They are giving us the tools to be successful.”
Reshaping ARRL Objectives, Refocusing ARRL HQ Structure is New CEO’s Goal
A plan by ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, to reshape and reorganize the management structure at ARRL Headquarters will go into effect on Monday, February 11. The ARRL Board of Directors endorsed the plan during its Annual Meeting on January 18 – 19 in Windsor, Connecticut.
“I see ARRL as a membership association, a business, and a 501(c)(3) public charity. As CEO, I intend to strengthen all three aspects. And all three must remain in balance for ARRL to function effectively,” Michel said.
“As a business, ARRL is not just QST magazine, The Handbook, DXCC or the VEC program. We can’t allow ourselves to continue to think within those traditional parameters.” He continued, “ARRL’s businesses are not membership, publishing, and advertising. ARRL’s businesses are value creation, value delivery, and advocacy. I plan to architect ARRL along those lines. To quote Steve Jobs, ‘More important than building a product, we are in the process of architecting a company that will hopefully be much more incredible, the total will be much more incredible than the sum of its parts.’” Michel said.
The reorganization has three key components. The first major change is the creation of a management council (MC). The MC will be a deliberative and generative body to discuss ideas, operations, and long-term planning for ARRL. The group’s goal is to foster horizontal lines of communication within the organization. Direct horizontal lines of communications are much more efficient than “up, over, and down,” Michel offered.
The second key change, Michel said, is the addition of a Product Development Manager. This individual’s responsibility will be to create new ideas for products and services, create pilot programs to quickly test those ideas, and then — if the pilot programs are successful — transition them to operations. “The motto in startups is to fail fast,” Michel said. “Let’s innovate like a startup.”
Third, he said, is creating the position of a Marketing Communications Manager. “Our brand works with our traditional members. It is not working for newly licensed hams,” Michel said. “If we are to create a demand for the value we bring to Amateur Radio, we need a coordinated and consistent message, across all forms of media that resonates with current and potential members.”
In conjunction with its support of this reorganization plan, the ARRL Board of Directors also endorsed a proposal to create a new Lifelong Learning platform that will establish ARRL as an educational leader in Amateur Radio, and the purchase of a modern association management software system that should dramatically improve ARRL members’ experiences.
“These are big investments the Board is making in ARRL, and a strong positive vote of confidence that we can deliver,” Michel said. “They are giving us the tools to be successful.”
New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor “SpeakUp” Trojan
A new backdoor Linux-based operating system trojan dubbed “SpeakUp” is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is able to evade all security vendors. A community of radio amateurs use various forms of Linux, including the popular Ubuntu software, which includes ham radio apps. Check Point Research said the attack is targeting worldwide servers.
“The attack is gaining momentum and targeting servers in East Asia and Latin America, including AWS [Amazon Web Services]-hosted machines,” the Check Point Research article said. “SpeakUp acts to propagate internally within the infected subnet, and beyond to new IP ranges, exploiting remote code execution vulnerabilities. In addition, SpeakUp presented ability to infect Mac devices with the undetected backdoor.” The origin of the malware appears to be in East Asia, although its developer may be Russian.
Check Point Research said the sample it analyzed had targeted a machine in China on January 14. Once the software successfully registers a victim, it receives commands to manipulate the machine to download and execute various files. Check Point Research said SpeakUp serves XMRig cryptocurrency miners listening to infected servers.
“SpeakUp’s obfuscated payloads and propagation technique is beyond any doubt the work of a bigger threat in the making,” Check Point Research concluded. “It is hard to imagine anyone would build such a compound array of payloads just to deploy few miners. The threat actor behind this campaign can at any given time deploy additional payloads, potentially more intrusive and offensive. It has the ability to scan the surrounding network of an infected server and distribute the malware.”
Linux is a family of free, open-source operating systems based on the Linux kernel first released in 1991 by Linus Torvalds.
World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Schools and organizations had submitted proposals seeking an opportunity to host contacts, and a review team of teachers from the ARISS-US Education Committee selected from those submissions. Applicants chosen will advance to the second phase of the selection process — developing an Amateur Radio equipment plan to host a scheduled ARISS contact.
ARISS’s primary goal is to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, and involve them in pursuits related to space exploration, Amateur Radio, communication, and associated areas of study and career options.
“ARISS is such an incredible opportunity for students to gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience and real-world skills that they can use the rest of their lives,” teacher Joanne Michael, KM6BWB, said following a 2017 contact at Meadows Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, California, where she and her students launch balloons carrying ham radio payloads. Meadows is also an ARISS-US Education Committee member.
ARISS anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations. Once the ARISS technical team approves the equipment plans, the finalists will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility line up with contact opportunities.
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010.
“Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of ARES Connect,” said ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX. “The Headquarters team will miss Mike’s friendly personality and wishes him well in his pursuits. As Mike is an active ham, there is a good chance we will run into him on the air.”
As part of the overall restructuring at ARRL Headquarters, ARRL management will take the opportunity to examine the administration of the emergency preparedness program.
Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia
National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on government, industry, and consumer electronics.
“Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field,” the report said, noting that updated versions of the WMM are typically released every 5 years. This update comes about 1 year early.
“This out-of-cycle update before next year’s official release of WMM 2020 will ensure safe navigation for military applications, commercial airlines, search and rescue operations, and others operating around the North Pole,” said NCEI, which is part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “Organizations such as NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, US Forest Service, and many more use this technology. The military uses the WMM for undersea and aircraft navigation, parachute deployment, and more.”
Other governmental entities use the technology for surveying and mapping, satellite/antenna tracking, and air traffic management. Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the WMM to provide consumers with accurate compass apps, maps, and GPS services.
Airport runways may be the most visible example of a navigation aid updated to match shifts in Earth’s magnetic field. Airports around the country use the data to give runways numerical names, which pilots refer to on the ground. The declination has changed slightly more than 2.5° over the past 2 decades or so. Compasses use declination — the difference between true north and where a compass points — to help correct navigation systems for a wide variety of uses.
As Earth’s magnetic field evolves between the 5-year release schedule of the WMM, these predicted values can become off as the rate of change in Earth’s magnetic field evolves due to unpredictable flows in Earth’s core. The NCEI report said Earth’s north polar region is experiencing one of these erratic changes.
DXer and Contester Frank Donovan, W3LPL, said the slowly drifting geomagneticnorth pole has much greater significance to DXers and contesters because the northern auroral oval — which greatly affects HF propagation over the north Atlantic and north Pacific Oceans — is closely centered on the geomagnetic north pole and not on the magnetic — or dip — north pole discussed in the NCEI report.
“The geomagnetic north pole has been drifting generally northward at only about 3 miles per year,” Donovan pointed out. “The location of the magnetic north pole is important to navigation but of relatively little importance to space-based phenomena such as HF ionospheric propagation.” — Thanks to NOAA-NCEI
Brunei V84SAA DXpedition to Focus on Low Bands
Setup is under way in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, located on the Island of Borneo and surrounded by Malaysia, for the V84SAA DXpedition. Eighteen operators under the leadership of Krassy Petkov, K1LZ, will fire up on February 7 and continue until February 18. Operation will concentrate on the low bands.
“Many of the team have already landed in Brunei, and the tent is set up on the beach for the CW team,” top band expert Jeff Briggs, K1ZM/VY2ZM, reported just prior to his planned departure from the US. Briggs explained in a February 4 update that two operating sites — one for CW and the other for SSB — will be set up some 25 kilometers apart. “The CW stations will be set up on Seri Kenangan beach, with an ocean shot to North America and Europe,” he said, adding that he anticipates the first real night will be February 8, as the team may not be fully set up on 160 meters on the first day, and “there is a lot on our plate.” After that, Briggs said he plans to be at the radio nightly, and he’s hoping manmade noise remains minimal to nonexistent.
All of North America will have some portion of common darkness with the V84SAA team. Briggs advises North American stations to look for V84SAA immediately after local sunset in Brunei, not necessarily at local sunrise in North America. “We may peak out of a 220° heading about 20 minutes after it gets dark in Brunei,” he said.
For antennas, the team will use verticals on 160 and 80 meters and a four-square on 40 meters located on the beach. Plans call for two Beverages — one for Europe and another for North America. While the team will focus on the low bands, expect to find V84SAA on the higher bands — including 30, 17, and 12 meters.
In addition to Petkov and Briggs, other US operators on the team include Briggs’s son Patrick, KK6ZM, and Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA. The V84SAA team will have the support of Tamat Lampoh, V85T, and the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association. QSL via Tony Stefanov, LZ1JZ, direct or via the bureau. During the DXpedition, V84SAA will upload its logs daily to Club Log.
Brunei is the overall 146th most-wanted DXCC entity, according to the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List, but it’s number 39 on 160 meters, and 73 on 80 meters.
AMSAT Announces 50th Anniversary Space Symposium
The 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium will take place on October 18 – 20 at the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Virginia, next to Washington, DC. Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy access to the capital’s top tourist destinations, and tours will be available; it’s 6 miles from Reagan National Airport. The AMSAT Board of Directors will meet on October 16 – 17. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service
Es’hail-2/P4A Satellite is Designated as Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100)
AMSAT has now granted OSCAR status to 100 Amateur Radio satellites. The latest, Es’hail-2/P4A — now Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100) —launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in November. It carries the first geosynchronous Amateur Radio payload. Es’hail-2/P4A was developed jointly by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and Es’hailSat (the Qatar Satellite Company), with AMSAT-DL as the technical lead. Now at its final position of 25.9° E and with the narrow and wideband transponders having been successfully tested in December, the transponders are expected to be opened for general use this month. “May the 100th OSCAR satellite be the guide star to future Amateur Radio satellites and payloads to geostationary orbit and beyond,” invoked Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT Director of VP Operations and OSCAR Number Administrator. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service
Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner
The FCC now officially has its full complement of five members. Democrat Geoffrey Starks, who succeeds Mignon Clyburn on the Commission, was sworn in January 30. He formerly served as assistant bureau chief in the FCC Enforcement Bureau and in the US Department of Justice.
“I am deeply honored to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and I thank the President and the United States Senate for this exceptional privilege.” Starks said in a statement. “As the last few weeks have affirmed, being a public servant is a calling to serve a mission bigger than yourself. Throughout my career, I have focused on protecting the most vulnerable and holding wrongdoers accountable. In my new role, I shall not only continue to pursue those goals, but also look forward to working with Congress, my fellow Commissioners, and the FCC’s outstanding staff.” Starks, who holds a law degree from Yale, said that every community “has a stake in the future of communications in this country, and all have the right to be heard. I will always be listening.”
Republican Brendan Carr, who already was sitting on the Commission after appointment to an unexpired term, recently was reconfirmed for a new full 5-year term. Three of the FCC’s five members are traditionally of the same political party as the President.
FROM AROUND THE SECTION:
From the Ascension Airwaves
The February monthly meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday 6 February 2019 at 19:00 hrs. at
the Ascension Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Preparedness at 828 South Irma
Blvd in Gonzales.
Talk in is on 147.225+ MHz (107 pl). You can
follow us at www.K5ARC.org or
The President’s Corner
Another month has flown by. We have started off 2019
strong and hopefully will keep the momentum
going. We are a small club but we are active again, we
are networking with other groups and we are hoping to
grow and do more. Please come out to our meetings
and get on the nets and repeaters. If you haven’t paid
your dues please take a minute to get caught up. If you
know someone who is interested in ham radio please
pass along a copy of our newsletter or point them to
our website and social media. We need to spread the
word that AARC is back and better than ever. We have
lots to do in the coming weeks and months and we
want as many people as possible involved. I hope to see
everyone at the meeting Wednesday night.
Winter Field Day 2019
Weather Saturday was
awesome for a January day and we had a good turnout. We
pulled the trailer out from under the canopy at the Fire
Station on Roddy Road, fired up the generator, air
compressor, and pneumatic mast. Steve even pulled out our
inflatable tower and aired up that beast. We were able to
show members the trailer in action and made contacts over
FT8, PSK-31, 2 meters, and SSB. We even had good
propagation that day due to a Solar Flux Index of 76 and
sunspot number of 23. 20 meters was a little tough but
there was plenty of action on 40m were we made most of
our contacts including with the neighbors in Livingston
The LOHSEP club also participated in WFD. They
operated the entire 24 hours and had almost 200
contacts from their mobile command post. On Sunday
Steve, KC5SAS, and Elmer, N5EKF, drove over and met
with them. They had a very good outing as well.
A Year or So in Review
I joined AARC almost a year ago in April and was
voluntold to be Secretary and Treasurer. Steve and
David had been working together to get the club going
again. Behind the scene we have had many e-mails,
text, phone calls, and work days to get us where we are
today. Some of the things we have accomplished-
1) Ascension Airwaves- I thought it would be a good idea
to help spread the word if we did a monthly newsletter.
Not only does it go out to AARC but Baton Rouge,
MissLou, SELARC, LOHSEP, Livingston, Bayouland
(Houma/Thibodaux), BEARS (Morgan City), Acadiana
clubs all receive this newsletter.
2) We have new bank accounts. Steve, David, and I spent
almost half a day opening new accounts for the club.
3) We have an IRS EIN number. We had to have this to
open new bank accounts, file with the Secretary of
State, and apply for our 501c3 status.
4) Our club is registered and in good standing with the
Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.
5) We renewed the K5ARC club call with the FCC and are
good for the next 10 years.
6) We have a new Trustee for the license after we were
not able to contact the previous one.
7) We are an ARRL affiliated club.
8) We are good on QRZ!
9) We have an up to date webpage and FaceBook account.
10) We have updated our Constitution and Bylaws.
Treasurer’s reports and meeting minutes are all current.
11) We have our station at the EOC back in working order
and have reestablished ties with the Ascension OHSEP.
12) We have our communications trailer back in working
order after being stored in the open for over 2 years.
We have also gotten it out of the weather and are
looking at having shore power to maintain the batteries
13) We have the 225 machine back on the air after being
down for over 1 ½ years.
14) We have applied for a grant to completely
replace repeater, duplexers, hardline, and antenna for
15) Our 310 and 985 machines are on the air. We
have just added EchoLink to the 310 machine.
16) We have filed our application and it was
accepted by the IRS to be a 501c3 organization.
17) This month we start our new meeting format-
short business meeting and then we will have a program
on a topic of interest. We have our next 3 months
18) We just operated Winter Field Day from our
trailer. Some issues and upgrades will be coming up.
This is just a few things that have come to mind. Let’s
see what we can add to the list in the near future!
ACTIVE LOCAL REPEATERS
147.225+ (107.2 pl) Gonzales
146.985- (107.2 pl) Convent/Sunshine Bridge
145.310- (107.2 pl) Port Vincent *EchoLink*
28.211 (CW) K5ARC 10m beacon
147.165+ (107.2) LOHSEP
145.23- (107.2) Fusion, Wires-X, DWARN
442.350+ (107.2) LOHSEP
145.49- Fusion/Wires-X, DWARN
146.88 D-Star (no reflector)
146.79- (107.2) FM/C4FM
443.100+ (107.2 pl)
443.375+ Fusion/ Wires-X/DWARN
53.83 (-1 MHz 107.2 pl) FM
146.835- (114.8 pl) FM, Echolink
443.850 (+5 MHz 107.2 pl) FM
147.30+ (114.8 pl) Fusion/FM Gray, LA
147.39+ (114.8 pl)
Post Office Net 3.905 MHz LSB 07:00 local
ARES State Wide 3.878 MHz LSB 19:00 local
ARES Region 2 Net 146.79- 20:00 local
BRARC Club Net 146.79- 20:30 local
10M Net 28.450 MHz USB 19:30 local
Bayou Region Net 147.39+ 19:00 local
LOHSEP ARC 147.165+ 19:30 local
MissLou 146.835- 20:00 local (EchoLink KD5UZA-R)
SELSA Net 146.52 21:00 local
Livingston ARC 146.73- 19:00 hrs
BEARS Morgan City 146.91- 19:30 local (Echolink W5BMC-R)
K5ARC Informal Net 147.225+ 20:00 hrs. local
LWARN Linked Repeaters
Livingston- 444.350 + pl 136.5
West Feliciana- 443.625 + pl 156.7
Greensburg- 442.275 + pl 156.7
Washington Parish- 442.425 + pl 156.7
EBR (Central)- 442.400 + pl 156.7
St Tammany Parish 443.425 + pl 156.7
These repeaters are part of the Governor’s Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
(GOSHEP). Amateur operators are welcome to use them
DWARN Linked Repeaters
Livingston 145.23- pl 107.2 DG ID 23
Bush 145.47- pl 114.8 DG ID 92
Baton Rouge 145.49- pl 107.2 DG ID 22
Baton Rouge 443.375+ DG ID 21
Bush 443.400+ pl 114.8 DG ID 91
Madisonville 444.875+ pl 114.8 DG ID 93
New Iberia 442.025+ pl 103.5 DG ID 01
Parks 443.200+ pl 103.5 DG ID 01
Use PL tones for analog FM, DG ID for C4FM
Two new Fusion repeaters connected to the DWARN
network has just been added in New Iberia and Parks
(between New Iberia and Breaux Bridge). Great
coverage to the I-10 & 49 areas In Acadiana. For more
info see www.dwarn.org.
K5ARC.org Web Page Updates
David LeBlanc, N5LEB, and Steve Raacke, KC5SAS,
have been working hard to update the webpage.
Check it out for the latest news. You can use the link
to pay your dues. And we have just added a “Contact
Us” link and our snail mail address.
All three of us post often to Facebook with cool stuff
and announcements. Follow us at
985 Repeater Updates
Conrad Baker, KG5FQT, went to the repeater site in Convent
and met with the manager Marcus Winslow of Continental
Cement. For those who do not know, our repeaters are
located on top of one of their cement silos just north of the
Sunshine Bridge. All 3 repeaters had gone down some time
ago and we were only able to get 985 working. That repeater
has a DB-224 antenna that points south and has excellent
coverage as far south as Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux,
and over to New Orleans.
The APRS and 70cm repeaters are
still off the air. The Club has
obtained a new APRS machine to
replace the old one. Hopefully that
will be functional by the time you
are reading this.
The 70cm repeater will be going
DMR in the near future. More
information will be coming on
that. We will also impose on Conrad to do a DMR
presentation at the March meeting. He works with the Gulf
Coast link and has other DMR repeaters.
Once the K5ARC 440 repeater is repaired we will be looking
for tower space for it.
There has been more activity on our
145.310 machine thanks to the
Echolink node we recently put up.
The power supply for the node radio
died but N5LEB was able to replace it and the Echolink node
is alive and well. Check it out and join us on Thursday nights
at 20:00 for our “informal net.” We have been having a good
turnout the last few weeks.
David LeBlanc, N5LEB, will have a presentation on Echolink
for our Club meeting Wednesday. So come out and learn
We are still working on getting the 225 repeater completely
replaced. We hope to update members at our meeting
During WFD operations we assembled the Comet GP-9
antenna we have in our trailer only to find out we have some
parts missing. The parts were ordered from Comet and are
being shipped. Comet was nice enough not to charge us. Big
thanks go out to Comet antennas for helping out!
River Region Amateur Radio
From Conrad Baker, KG5FQT
So for those that haven’t seen in the Plantation Club group
page, the Plantation club is no more. After years of
struggling, coming out of personal pockets (mostly Adam’s
pocket) and with the plans we have for 2019, it was decided
to begin afresh. While the Plantation Club has a long history
and it will never be forgotten for its services to St John the
Baptist Parish over the last 40+ years, it was just easier to
start a new organization. After membership hand offs,
floods, moving houses, and more, there was very little
paper trail with the Plantation Club. With the new
organization, we will be able to file for 501(c)(3) status,
which we could not do with Plantation. With this, we will be
able to accept donations from local industry and hopefully
reach a point to give back to the community. We
are not trying to plan for a large club with a large
membership, but a tight nit group of Ham operators to
keep up with local and regional repeaters and help provide
emergency communications to be used in emergencies.
2019 will be big for us and we have a lot of plans. We will
be seeing several brand new repeaters go up with brand
new feed lines and brand new antennas. While we
appreciate everyone who has helped piece and part our
current repeaters now, the fact that we have only 1 out of
our 3 main repeaters fully functional, was proof that
changes needed to be made. With the assistance of the St
John Parish EOC, St John Communications District, St John
Parish Sheriff’s Office, we will be able to get 3, possibly 4
new repeaters in the air hopefully by the summer on a
brand new 450 ft. tower in the center of LaPlace. (Stone’s
throw from Stephen Riley’s backyard). 6m, 2m, 70cm
analog, and 70 cm DMR will be on this tower, linked with
redundant power and redundant fiber. Along with our
local 70cm repeater that is working great at this point on a
We plan on working very tightly with our neighbors to the
West at the Ascension Club, neighbors to the south at the
Thibodaux/Bayou Region club, neighbors to the north in
Hammond and the many clubs to our East. We also felt
that this new club would fill in the gap nicely between St
Charles parish and St James Parish that doesn’t have any
types of clubs.
Please remember that this is the first step in getting our
club started, and we have many items to iron out. There
may be many questions to ask, and we may not have all
the answers. Soon as myself, Adam and Steve Riley can get
together for a meeting and start working some things out,
we will let people know. For now, I have attached the link
to our new group below. We will keep this as a closed
group but it’s open for Amateur Radio operators to join as
long as they can answer the few questions we have. We
have just experienced some issues with non-hams and
spam with the open public groups and wish to keep it
closed at this time. Thanks everyone for reading this long
thread, and welcome on our new journey.
De K5ARC- we wish our neighbors to the south
good luck in their efforts and look forward to
closely working with them
Many of us attended the Hammond Hamfest. This was the
first year I attended and had a great time. Southeastern
LA University is a very nice campus and was a great
venue. The club did nicely selling off some of our gear
from the seacan. What was really nice was meeting so
many of you I talk with on the air especially members
from neighboring clubs. Our hats go off to the SELARC
members who put the hamfest together.
I am looking forward to the Rayne Hamfest coming up
next month. That is always a good one. AND the only
hamfest in the world that has boiled crawfish!
Winter Field Day was a good outing as well and we will
start preparing for Field Day in June. There are some
repairs and upgrades we want to do with our trailer
between now and then. We will need some help with that
There is still plenty of work to be done to get the Club
where we want it to be. Top of the list is more members.
Invite a friend, make the drive to Gonzales for the
meeting, or at least join us on our net.
As Charles Osgood used to say, “I’ll see you on the radio”
or at the meeting this Wednesday.
73’s de N5EKF …-.-
BATON ROUGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
I just wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the club meeting on
January 29th. The program presentation for the meeting was an excellent pre-
sentation via Skype with Tim Duy (K3LR). The K3LR contest station was really
something to see. Most of us amateur radio operators would only dream of even
having access to a station of that sort much less owning one. Thank you to Tim
for taking time out of his schedule to show us his contest station. Next month,
we will have a Skype presentation with Martin Jue (K5FLU). Martin is the owner
and president of MFJ Enterprises in Starkville, Mississippi. MFJ got its start in 1972
while Martin was in college. The first product that was oered by MFJ was an
audio filter for CW operation. Next month’s presentation will be about “The Early
Days of MFJ. I am very much looking forward to that. Thank you to Robin Hudson
(KK5RH) for arranging the Skype presentations with Tim Duy of DX Engineering,
Martin Jue of MFJ as well as Bob Naumann (W5OV) of DX Engineering who did
a Skype Presentation for the club in October of 2018. We will have more great
programs throughout the year and I will write a description of them in future
editions of the RF News.
There will be a new Technician license course taught by Brett Hebert
(KG5IQU), Buddy Brown (N5BUD) and others. The class will run from Thursday
March 7th and will conclude with a license exam on Thursday April 25th. I would
also like to congratulate all of the new amateur radio operators who passed their
Technician license exam prior to the last club meeting on January 29th as well as
those who upgraded their present license at our quarterly VE session.
Keep a watch on the club website (www.brarc.org) as well and also give a
listen to our 2-meter public service net which is held on the 146.790 mhz 2 meter
repeater on Sunday Evenings at 8:30 pm for future club activities and announ-
cements. I would also like to thank Dan Lott (KF5TQN) for agreeing to become
our newest net control operator. Dan is filling the void le in August 2016 when
our previous second week NCS George Gelpi (W5GG) was forced to discontinue
his NCS service due to the 2016 flood in which his home was badly damaged. His
ham radio gear did survive the flood. We hope to hear him on 10 meters again
That’s about it for this month. Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday
and Saturday mornings at The Warehouse restaurant as well as James Grill in
Denham Springs on Saturday mornings. We also meet on Friday Mornings for
breakfast at Frank’s Restaurant on Airline Highway just north of what used to be
Cortana Mall. We eat a lot in this club. All of the breakfast meetings start around
Todd Huovinen, AB5TH
FEBRUARY 23, 2019 – ORANGE HAMFEST, ORANGE, TX
MARCH 1-2, 2019 – BirmingHAMfest, BIRMINGHAM, AL
MARCH 8-9, 2019 – ACADIANA HAMFEST, RAYNE, LA
APRIL 27, 2019 – NORTHEAST LA HAMFEST, WEST MONROE, LA
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY
7 PM PROGRAM: MFJ ENTERPRISES, MARTIN JUE
MARCH 12, 2019 – BRARC BOARD MEETING, FAIRWOOD LIBRARY
MARCH 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY
MARCH 2-3, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL DX PHONE CONTEST
MARCH 16, 2019 – LA QSO PARTY
APRIL 14, 2019 – ROOKIE ROUNDUP – SSB
BRARC PUBLIC SERVICE NET – SUNDAY 8:30 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)
ARES NET – SUNDAY 8 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)
10 METER NET – MONDAY 7:30 PM 28.450 MHZ USB
THURSDAYS STARTING MARCH 7, 2019 – EBRP MAIN LIBRARY 2ND FLOOR
ARRL LA Section News
Section Manager John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
The new year has gotten o to a great start in the LA Section beginning with the
Hammond Hamfest. The weather ended up nice aer all and the event was well attended.
Our ARRL/ARES forums were also well attended and we exchanged some good information
to those in attendance. We were also able to give away some nice door prizes.
The highlight of this event was for us to honor longtime ARRL and ARES member
DEC Robert “Bob” Priez, WB5FBS who retired as of January 1st. Bob was presented a
plaque from both the Section as well as a plaque from Region 9 ARES presented by Ed
Mason, KE5GMN who took over for Bob as the new DEC. Collins Simoneaux, W5OPS
Region 9 GOHSEP also presented Bob with a very special GOHSEP cap. Bob has been a
very valuable asset not only to Region 9 but the entire Section for man,many years and we
thank Bob for his service.
Also at the Hamfest we were able to announce the 2018 ARRL LA Section Amateur
of the Year as James “Jim” Ragsdale, W5LA of West Monroe. Jim was unable to attend
the Hamfest so on Tuesday February 5th I was able to travel to West Monroe and attend
the NorthEast LA ARC monthly meeting and present Jim with his plaque. Jim was very
deserving of this award. Also at the NELARC meeting I was able to present our January
Book Giveaway winner Chris Joseph, KG5SSH his ARRL publications and “goodies”….
Congrats to Chris.
Speaking of the Book Giveway….Our 1st Club winner was the Acadiana ARA. I will
be at the Rayne Hamfest in March and get those books to them…..I hope many of you
can attend the Hamfest in Rayne….I’m looking forward to the fellowship and of course
the crawfish. We will have an ARRL/ARES forum and hope many of you will be able to
attend. We will have door prizes to give away. Our SEC Jim Coleman, AI5B will be giving an
excellent presentation on ARES and the changes we expect to see in the near future.
Speaking of ARES; please remember that if you are a past, current or want-to-be member
of ARES please go to the following link and submit your profile to ARES CONNECT: ARRL
Once your submission has been approved you will be placed in the proper group
and eventually contacted by your Region DEC or Parish EC. Our newest appointment
of Corey McCrary, W5MMC is for ASEC over ARES CONNECT. Corey will be our Section
Administrator and liaison to ARRL HQ for all things ARES CONNECT.
I hope to see you at Rayne….
Meet Todd, AB5TH. Todd Huovinen was recently
awarded the Stan Preston Award by BRARC. Stan Preston
was a longtime member of BRARC. When he became a
Silent Key, the club honored his good samaritan qualities
by naming an annual award in his honor. This award is
presented to a licensed amateur who has demonstrated
continued good samaritan activites through Amateur Radio.
Todd started the hobby as a shortwave listener in
1977. While in a Radio Shack store in Grand Prairie, Texas,
he saw a multi-band radio that picked up stations from
around the world. Impressed that the radio was able to pick
up the Voice of America (VOA) and The Armed Forces Radio
and Television Service (AFRTS) inside the store with all of the
florescent lighting nearby, he decided to get it.
In the early 90’s, he attended Ham-Com in Arlington,
Texas with a friend who had been urging him to get his
license and he got his KB5TMD call on June 29, 1992. He
used his Alinco DJ-580T until the limitations of a handie-
talkie frustrated him enough that he purchased an old Icom
27H 45 watt 2m mobile radio. He now uses a Kenwood TS-
590S as his main HF station. He upgraded to General Class
in May of 2000 and to Extra Class in June of 2005.
Todd has served as president of the Southwest Dallas County Amateur Radio club twice and was a
member of that club for 17 years until moving to Baton Rouge in 2009. He has been a member of the Baton
Rouge Amateur Radio Club since then, as has served on the Board of Directors for many years, as well as Net
Control Manager for BRARC. He was a member of the Livingston Amateur Radio Society in Denham Springs and
served as net manager for 3 years and club president for one year. He is also a member of the Ascension Radio
Club in Gonzales as well as the American Radio Relay League.
You can find Todd at most Amateur Radio events – those in person as well as on the air. Club and Board
meetings, Nets, Breakfasts, Contests, Field Day, and many others. Oentimes he will have his family there as
well – his wife Jessica, KD5SXF, and daughter.
Congratulations Todd, AB5TH, on your recognition as the 2018 recipient of the Stan Preston Award.
BRARC’s Board of Directors recently presented two awards for 2018. The Board awards
the Stan Preston Award and the BR Award annually. The Stan Preston award is given to a
licensed Amateur that has shown continued “Good Samaritan” activities in Amateur Radio.
The BR Award is given a BRARC member that has made an outstanding contribution to the
advancement of Amateur Radio.
Congratulations to Todd, AB5TH for being recongized as the Stan Preston Award
recipient and to Brook, N5DGK for being recognized by BRARC as the BR Award receipient.
Future VE Sessions
Baton Rouge – Thursday, April 25, 2019 6 PM at EBRP Main Library
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6 PM at EBRP Bluebonnet Library
Lafayette – First Tuesday of each month, 6 PM at Lafayette Science Museum
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9 AM at AARA Hamfest, Rayne Civic Center
Hammond – Last Sunday of each month, 2 PM at North Oaks Diagnostics & E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center
Happy Mardi Gras!
This edition of the RF News is packed with lots of information. A big thanks to all of those who contributed
to the February issue – Jerry Clouatre, AG5AY, John Mark Roberston, K5JMR, Todd Huovinen, AB5TH, and Brett
Hebert, KG5IQU. As the editor, I edit the content that I receive. I look forward to getting articles from more
members. I want this newsletter to contain information that you find interesting and look forward to getting. So
even if you aren’t able to submit an article, feel free to submit topics that you would like to know more about or
see covered. I welcome all feeback and suggestions.
Please make plans to attend the club meetings at the EBRP Bluebonnet Library in the upcoming months.
We will begin collecting information and taking photos for the BRARC Directory. If you prefer to choose your own
photo, please email it to me at the address listed below.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming meeting and at the Hamfest in Rayne.
Synomen Hebert, KG5IRS
Synomen is the newest Editor of the
RF News. Please send all articles or
information you’d like to see in the next
issue to her at: RFNEWS@BRARC.ORG
14th Annual Eagle Expo Special Event
Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) will hold a special events station for the 14th Annual Eagle Expo in Morgan City on February 23-24
(QST has wrong dates).
Times: 10:00 to 16:00 local
Frequency: 14.265~280 and 7.260~280 +/- QRM.
Talk-in: 146.91- (no pl) or EchoLink node 507010 W5BMC-R.
Location: They will operate from Shannon Elementary School gym located at LA Hwy 182 & Brashear Ave. (at the foot of the old bridge).
This will be the second year that the display of birds of prey along with many other booths showing local wildlife. BEARS will showcase a history of telephone
and radio communications geared toward youth.
Jackie Price, KA5LMZ
1412 Maple St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC
Volume 59, Number 02
Club Activites Chris recapped the list of 2018 club events that included Winter Field Day, AARA Hamfest, Tabasco Sauce Anniversary Special Event, Summer Field Day, Tour de Teche canoe race and the Veterans Day Special Event. Chris summarized the club’s Veterans Day Special Event which was held in November at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings, LA. The facility staff was very appreciative of the club’s efforts to honor these veterans and looks forward to hosting additional events in 2019. Cold weather reduced the number of facility residents that could visit the outdoor station which was set up outside the rear of the facility. For subsequent events efforts will be made to set up the station inside the facility. Conducting events in the spring when the weather is more pleasant will also be considered. Steve Webre recognized Chris for the work he put in to initiate and coordinate the event.
Since the Tabasco Sauce Special Event was held in conjunction with their 150th anniversary no repeat of this event is currently scheduled for this year. The option to have one is open should the club wish to pursue it. Winter Field Day activities will be conducted at the farm of Steve Webre in Church Point. Tentative plans are to finish tuning and deploy the club’s 80/40 portable dipoles along with the club’s two VHF/HF go-kits. If weather permits, mobilization of the club’s communications and antenna trailers will be considered. Chris will submit a flyer to be sent to the membership informing them of the planned activities and requesting from them an indication of their attendance plans. Paul McCasland N5KNY stated that the Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and suggested the club consider conducting a special event in conjunction with the LSM anniversary. Additional club events tentatively planned for 2019 include AARA Hamfest in March, ARRL Field Day in June and the Tour de Teche canoe race in October.
Hamfest Chairman Brandon Stelly KG5LQM and Galen Wilson KF5BET updated the group on preparations for this year’s hamfest. The event will be held March 8 – 9 at the Rayne Civic Center. Access to the facility on Thursday may not be available so additional manpower will be needed to Friday to help get vendors unloaded and set up. Crawfish and music is planned. Recommendations for items to sell in the Sweet Shop are requested. Hamfest Chairman Brandon Stelly KG5LQM updated the group on the status of preparations for this year’s hamfest. The event will be held March 8 – 9 at the Rayne Civic Center. Ways to increase revenue to offset increased facility rental fees were discussed along with ways to increase attendance by the public. Having the Rayne city government co-sponsor the event will be evaluated in more detail. Galen and Glen will start contacting last year’s vendors to determine their participation in this year’s event. Brandon will register this year’s event with the ARRL and will update the membership during the tonight’s general meeting.
Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP updated the group on Skywarn activities. He encouraged everyone to participate in the 2 meter net held each Tuesday night. Additional informal training exercises are planned to be conducted after the voice net is over. These activities will focus on digital communications such as VHF and HF Winlink communications using peer-to-peer and gateway connections. Everyone is encouraged to learn and practice their digital communication skills. He also updated the group on the trial digipeater installation held in November at the W5EXI repeater site in Duson. There were no issues temporarily converting the repeater to a 2 meter packet Winlink gateway. Several stations passed packet Winlink traffic thru the system including a station from the Pontchatoula area that accessed the gateway thru a digipeater in Livingston Parish. The gateway stayed up for several weeks and experienced no performance issues. Since Winlink is the preferred method of communications by GOHSEP into their EOC in Baton Rouge, permanent installation of a packet Winlink gateway station will be further evaluated.
Monday Night Net
Chris commended Barrett Oge KG5SSO for volunteering to be a net control station for the Monday Night Net. He also encouraged all members to participate in the net and consider serving in the net control rotation.
Larry Leblanc mentioned to the group that more and more of the new, high performance radios are Software Defined Radios (SDR) and encouraged everyone to learn more about SDR radios. Receive only SDR receivers such as models from Airspy and SDRplay are also very popular and can be used as Panadapters and wide coverage general receivers. He also encouraged everyone to consider radios capable of being computer controlled for their next purchases. Dave Redfearn N4ELM encouraged everyone to look into using small single board computers such as Arduinos and Raspberry PI’s combined with other small form factor modules to build inexpensive transceivers to do specific radio functions. Galen Wilson reported that he was approached by the director of a multi-day, long distance trail race held in an unspecified portion of the Kisatchie Forest inquiring if our club would consider providing radio communications in support of the race. The race is conducted continuously throughout the 2-1/2 day event and radio communications between first aid stations is needed. The group expressed a strong interest in participating in the event. However, due to the short time frame available to evaluate the currently unknown logistical and communications issues the club chose to not participate in this year’s event but would like to consider participating in next year’s event. Steve Webre volunteered to make a scouting trip to the race location to learn more about the logistical and communication issues that would need to be addressed.
HAM RADIO AND DIGITAL MODES
By Larry Leblanc KE5KJD dated January 16, 2019
This past Saturday a group of hams gathered at the Science Museum to “play” with radio in digital modes. We were hosted by Paul McCasland on the bottom floor of the Lafayette Science Museum. Paul explaided the use of the weak signal software and demonstrated how to make contacts with others. Several hams then gave it a try. He also showed how stations that heard the signals could be seen on PskReporter, an application that records each station that logged the contact on a map of the world. We all had a good time learning about the FT8 signal mode and how it can be used to see how your station is working. Present were KF5FNP and his wife, KE5AHD, KG5SSO, KI5ARX, KD5NVC, KE5KJD, N5KNY, and KD5JSM (and I may have missed a few). Danny had some hardware troubles with his station, debugged by all present, and finally fixed by late afternoon. All in all it was a very productive day. This proves that all it takes to keep hams interested is a radio (working or not) and an operator. We are all looking forward to Winter Field day at Steve’s farm. Included are a few pictures of the event.
AARA WINTER FIELD DAY 2019
by Chris Ancelet N5MCY
It all started on a cool morning at the farm of Steve (AF5VR) and Mel Webre in Church Point, LA. Although the temperature was cool, we all knew that once the sun came up, it would turn out to be a very nice January day. We had a relatively good turn out and we were able to get a few things accomplished. For starters, we knew that the club had a few 80/40 NVIS antennas that were constructed but had never been tuned, so we opted to get those two antennas ready for deployment. After deploying the antenna trailer, we hiked the mast up which allowed us to string up the diploes for tuning. With a trusty ole antenna analyzer and 6 subject matter experts, what could possibly go wrong? Both antennas were tuned to perfection and one of them was left deployed to be used in making the WFD contacts. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the property, Glen Thibodeaux (KF5FNP) had deployed his mobile communications box, which is a converted military communications shelter. Turns out, Glen has this shelter set up quite nice with quick deployable antennas, HF/VHF and digital communication capabilities. Albeit small, this shelter is obviously a great tool for mobile communications, able to be quickly set up and functioning in no time flat. Dave Redfern (N4ELM) was also set up on the south side of the property with a QRP vertical and an array of cool gadgets, solar chargers and batteries. It is always a pleasure to see Dave set up and see just how small and compact your go-kit can be to make distant contacts. Overall, the day was a complete success and I am currently awaiting a final number of contacts made for our first 2019 Club event. Even though our participation is more on the leisure side of contesting, we always try and turn these events into a trouble shooting/building/tinkering/testing/mobile set up kind of day. It is always good to get out with friends and share stories, failures and have a few laughs in the process. I would be remised if I didn’t thank Steve (AF5VR) and Mel Webre again for allowing us to utilize their extraordinary property and facility. If you missed out on the January 26 event, I can assure you that you missed a good time. Here is a list of AARA Members who attended the 2019 Winter Field Day. Steve Webre – AF5VR Glen Thibodeaux – KF5FNP David McCutcheon – KG5JHR Dave Redfern – N4ELM Tom Dischler – W5OHJ Barrett Oge – KG5SSO Greg Richard – KE5AHD Jim Bookter – N5NVP Michael Cavell – KI5ARX Paul McCasland – N5KNY Fred Marshal – W5MLE Chris Ancelet – N5MCY
REGION 4 SKYWARN NET
Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4 SkyWarn Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in Lafayette. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case the 145.370 repeater fails, the net will be held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater PL Tone 103.5. The February schedule can be found at this link: http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm When using the SkyWarn 145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver PL Tone for your area as follows: NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE Quadrant 94.8 – Central 103.5.
From Ray W5EW
Ingredients: ~ Saltine Crackers—4 rows or a box of Nabisco “Mini” crackers ~ Canola Oil—1/3 cup per row of crackers or 1/2 cup for 1 box of Mini crackers ~ Ranch Dressing MIX—1 package(1 ounce) or 1 heaping tablespoon ~ Ground Red Pepper—-2 to 3 tablespoons Instructions: Pour Canola oil in a measuring cup and add Ranch Dressing Mix and Ground Red Pepper. Mix thoroughly. Place crackers in a gallon zip lock bag. Pour entire container of previously mixed ingredients into bag over crackers. Close bag and roll around to mix crackers with ingredients. Let stand for an hour and rotate bag 3 or 4 times to promote a good mixture. After an hour or so all they need is eating!
FCC Information Service Toll Free (WATS) for Amateur Radio license inquiries about new/ vanity call signs: 1-888-225-5322 This will connect you the FCC National Call Center, handled by the FCC’s Consumer Information Bureau. Amateurs having ULS problems or questions should contact the FCC’s ULS Technical Support staff at: 202-414-1250 or: firstname.lastname@example.org. FCC Website: http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ New call sign information can also be obtained from the ARRL/ VEC at 860-594-3000. http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec The mailing address to the FCC is: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554.
Submitted by Joe Holland
LA Section PIC
Region 8 ARRS ADEC
The Louisiana Delta Radio Club in Region 8 held a Ham Study group February 8th and 9th at the District 8 EOC. 4 new technicians passed their test, and one extra upgraded..
Pine Hills Amateur Radio Association has voted in it’s 2019 officers.. Jerry AD5AQ – President, Rex KI5BUE Vice President, Joe KB5VJY Secretary, Bill KF5NQQ Treasurer .. Congratulations
The Louisiana Tech Amateur Radio Club and the Louisiana Tech Aerospace department launched a weather balloon on February 16th. Part of the balloon had an APRS Tracker payload. The Balloon made a easternly track from its’ launch point and was trackable for the better part of an hour. The balloon achieved 40,000 feet before a GPSr failure caused the balloon untrackable over Vicksburg, Ms.
The Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club has announced that on April, 27th 2019, they will be hosting their 2019 hamfest at the West Monroe convention center. More information can be found on their facebook page, facebook.com/groups/NELARC
NELA Facebook Pages:
facebook.com/groups/kc5dr Louisiana Delta Radio Club
facebook.com/groups/nelarc North Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
facebook.com/groups/kq5tphara Piney Hills Amateur Radio Association
facebook.com/groups/w5hgt Louisiana Tech Amateur Radio Club
147.135 + LDRC District 8 ARES Training Net Mondays 6:30pm
146.550 – LDRC District 8 ARES Simplex Training Net Mondays 6:45pm
147.120 + PHARA ARES Training Net Mondays 7:00pm
146.790 – Jonesboro La Area Net Mondays 7:30pm
147.120 + PHARA Newcomers Net Mondays 8:30pm
146.550 Baloney Sammich Net (Winnsboro) Thursdays 7:30pm
147.060 + Winnfield Repeater net Thursdays 8:00pm
The Louisiana ARES 80HF Net meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm on 3848khz
The SELARC “Hamster”
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
Visit our website: www.selarc.org
Vol. 46, No. 2 ………………………….. February 2019
SELARC 2019 Hamfest
A message from Hamfest Chairman and SELARC President Tyrone – N5XES:
On behalf of the SELARC membership, I would like to thank everyone who braved the weather and attended our Hamfest. It was great to see old friends and new acquaintances, if only for a quick handshake and “how’s the family”.
The Hamfest VE session went well with 5 new Technicians’ and two upgrades! Many thanks to the VEs’ who came out to help with this session, your dedication is greatly appreciated! Listed in the prize section of our Hamfest page will be a list of the winners of the major prizes, congratulations to them also, without the large attendance we had, this event would not have been possible.
To our Vendors and Swap tables, a very special thank you for attending this event. Without your new products and used equipment this event would not have been possible!
Lastly, I would like to extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to all the SELARC members who came out to help with this event. YOU, are the backbone of this organization. To the dedicated few, who go that extra mile to make sure that SELARC is always headed in a positive direction, you are the best!
Hoping to see everyone again next year for our 39th Annual SELARC Hammond Hamfest on 18 January, 2020!
Tyrone – N5XES
SELARC – President / Hamfest Chairman
Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions
2019 Orange HamFest – February 23, 2019, at Orange County Convention & Expo Center – more information…
59th Acadiana Hamfest 2019 – ARRL Louisiana State Convention – Fri Mar. 8th and Sat Mar 9, 2019, at the Rayne Civic Center – more information…
NELA Hamfest 2019 – Sat. April 27, 2019, West Monroe Convention Center, more details..
Hammond VE Group – ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room “B” of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact email@example.com or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.
In Sympathy —
We express our deepest condolences for the friends and family of SELARC member, now silent key: Albert Edgar Baker – Al KF5IBW – 82, who passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at his home in Tickfaw, Louisiana.
VE Session Results –
Congratulations to the following new HAMs and upgrades from the SELARC Hammond Hamfest VE Session.
Timothy Isom Jr. – Mandeville, La.
Kaydin Morgan – Denham Springs, La.
John A. Cavell – Baton Rouge, La.
Cris Parker – Pacayune, Ms.
Daniel Sillenger – Covington, La.
Jeff Sibley / KG5YDE Livingston, Tx.
Roger Peters / KG5ZLE – Denham Springs, La.
Many thanks to all the VEs’ who came out to participate in the Hammond VE roup Exam Session held at our SELARC Hammond Hamfest. For those of you who did check-in to see if we had enough volunteers, thank you! In the future, if you arrive at a VE Session but there are sufficient VEs’ on hand, please sign-in with the VE Liason, so that you will at least be logged in as showing up and will get credit for being there!
Again, thank you es 73
Tyrone Burns – N5XES
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
Total number of ARES members 355
Number of ARES nets active 43
Number of nets with NTS liaison 1
Number of exercises and training 32 for 238 hours
Number of public service events this month 2 for 22 hours
Number of emergency operations this month 0
Number of SKYWARN operations this month 0
Total= 34 activities for 260 hours
Submitted by James Coleman, AI5B
Section Emergency Coordinator
New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies
The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.
“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.
With input from ARES members and a peer review team, and the assistance of emergency response officials with some partner organizations, the PSEWG came up with a plan that provides guidelines to ensure that ARES remains a service of organized, trained, qualified, and credentialed Amateur Radio volunteers who can provide public service partners with radio communication expertise, capability, and capacity, Williams added.
A drafted ARES Plan was circulated among ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (ECs) to gather feedback. During the comment period from August through October 2018, the PSEWG heard from 55 ARRL Sections, representing 40 states — more than 125 pages of feedback in all. The PSEWG expressed appreciation to all who submitted comments and ideas.
The PSEWG reviewed every comment and suggestion, identifying about a dozen key items commonly cited by those in the Field Organization to improve the plan.
Based on input from ARES participants, the training requirements in the final ARES Plan consist of the free FEMA Professional Development Series. The series comprises these independent study (IS) courses: 120.c, 230.d, 235.c, 240.d, 241.b, 242.b, and 244.b (as they may be amended), as well as the ARRL’s EC-001 and EC-016 emergency communication courses. As part of adopting the ARES Plan, the ARRL Board approved a proposal to make the ARRL EC courses free for ARES members.
The plan highlights some additional training programs that ARES participants are encouraged to consider taking, but that are not required, such as AUXCOMM and training courses like ICS-300 and ICS-400.
The ARES Plan outlines a three-tiered membership structure based on increased responsibility levels and accompanying training requirements. Although the tiers are not a required path, they serve to define three distinct ways to participate in the ARES program; it’s up to the participant to determine his or her level of involvement.
The ARES Plan points out that public service events such as parades and marathons are within the realm of ARES activity and are, in fact, a key part of it, because such events are an integral part of effective training.
In recognizing the local and regional nature of emergency communication needs in disaster response activations, the Plan notes that training requirements are ultimately the responsibility of the Section Manager, with each SM approving training for local ARES teams, as local conditions and needs dictate.
The ARES Plan also highlights the relationship between ARES and the National Traffic System (NTS). The PSEWG indicated that it will continue moving forward with efforts to find ways to refine and strengthen that relationship.
While the intent of the ARES Plan is to align the ARES organizational structure with the NIMS and ICS systems, Williams noted that, within the ARES structure, the Emergency Coordinator (EC) will continue to lead the ARES team locally during an incident, while the District and Section Emergency Coordinators will continue to serve as resources and support for the EC. (The emergency preparedness staff at ARRL is in the process of updating the EC manual.) The ARES Plan stresses that ARES participants are not first responders, and it encourages ARES leaders to develop and grow their group’s partnerships with state emergency management agencies and officials. Williams said the adoption of the ARES Plan is not the end of this process.
“ARES cannot remain stagnant only to be updated once every few generations,” he said. “The ARES Plan, and the ARES program, must be able to evolve.” Williams added that the ARRL Headquarters emergency preparedness staff will review the program annually to ensure its continued relevance.
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Section Traffic Manager Report
SESSIONS QNI QTC QTR
16 135 30 150
Louisiana Section Traffic Manager
2-3 International DX– Phone
14 Rookie Roundup – Phone
8-10 June VHF
15 Kids Day
22-23 Field Day
13-14 IARU HF World Championship
3-4 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest
17-18 10 GHz & Up – Round 1
18 Rookie Roundup – RTTY
14-16 September VHF
21-22 10 GHz & Up – Round 2
21-22 EME – 2.3 GHz & Up
MONTHLY BOOK GIVE-A-WAY
I will be going “Facebook Live” at noon March 1st to announce the February winners for the Book Give-A-Way. If you have already sent your callsign to me , no need to send again….Please remember you MUST be an current ARRL Member to win….ALL ARRL LA Section Affiliated Clubs will be in the drawing as well……I will make the appropriate announcements following the drawing as well…….
I hope to see many of you at the Rayne Hamfest in March!