SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: September 5,
* Club Meeting *
Tuesday, September 9th 7pm
Ponchatoula Community Center
(300 North 5th Street, Range Road)
Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2Hz Tone
Contact SELARC officers at the email links below:
CW & HF Operating Class sponsored by SELARC weekly on Tuesday nights at 7pm in the club station at the Ponchatoula Community Center. Contact David N5QOX.
Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour a 150-mile ride from Hammond to Percy Quin Park in Mississippi will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4th & Sunday, Oct. 5th. Ham radio volunteers to assist with communications can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Amateur Radio Club of Central Louisiana Hamfest will be October 18th at the Pineville Community Center, 708 Main Street, from 8am-1pm. More info from email@example.com
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
Birthday greetings this month go to Bill Fink WA5LWK, Bruce Simmons KA5LLJ, Chris Fox KF5MEK and Ricky Cutrer KF5TQT on their September birthdays! If we missed your birthday, please be sure to let us know about it!
go to the families of two local amateur operators who became Silent Keys
during the last month. We are sorry to report on the passing of Nick
Farkas KC7NIE SK and Malcolm “Mac” Meyers W5SPI SK and offer our best
wishes to friends and family.
The meeting was called to order at 7:03pm by President Jim Valega WB5LSH, who asked all to introduce themselves. The Induction of New Officers was performed by Ralph Shaw K5CAV for the newly elected officers: President Jim Valega WB5LSH, Vice-President Mike Ansalve KF5JSO, Treasurer David Catania N5QOX and Secretary Robert Priez WB5FBS (absent). Minutes of the July 8th meeting were accepted as published in the "Hamster"; Treasurer David Catania N5QOX presented the financial report, which was m/s/passed as presented. Vice-President Mike Ansalve presented information about the upcoming MS bike ride for Bob Priez WB5FBS and asked members to sign up to participate in the event. Keith W5KB asked for members who would ride their motorcycles for the ride. President Jim WB5LSH asked for volunteers to serve on the Hamfest Committee -- Jerry N5GKJ, Dean KG5AAE and Keith KF5VLX volunteered.
Attendance: Walter N5RYI, Jeff KF5TPX, Pete WB5ERM, Ronnie N5QVZ, Mike KF5JSO, Leslie KE5ILT, Jim WB5LSH, Keith W5KB, Kathy KF5HEE, David N5QOX, Ralph K5CAV, Sandy W5TVW, David W5NPV, Keith KF5VLX, Al KF5IBW, James K5QNT, Carol KE5GOC, Mark WX5RN, Tyrone N5XES, Ben KC5IJF, Bill KB5SKW, Dean KG5AAE, Scott KD5PCK, Ernie Bush N5NIB and John Bankston.
Committee Reports: REPEATER – none; ARES – none.
Old Business: The previously proposed amendments to the Constitution and By Laws were presented for discussion and vote. It was moved and seconded to call for an up/down vote on the wording changes concerning the Executive Board and Board of Directors. It was m/s/passed to accept the amendment (14 yea-4 nay). The vote was then called on the amendment to change the term of office from one year to two years, which was m/s/passed (18 yea-2nay). David N5QOX explained that this change of term will go into effect with the 2015 election of officers.
New Business (1) David N5QOX explained the need to learn Morse code (cw) for the next Field Day event, and he passed out forms that showing the bands and frequencies dedicated to code and advantages to cw over phone. Bob WB5FBS, Pete WB5ERM and Sandy W5TVW will help him with presenting a CW and HF operating class. (2) Pete WB5ERM proposed holding the SELARC Christmas party at the Husser Fire Station, with “pot luck” dishes provided by members. After lengthy discussion, President Jim WB5LSH said that the proposal would be put in the “Hamster” newsletter, and a price for a restaurant meal would also be obtained. The membership will then vote on the proposals at the next meeting.
Round Robin and Announcements: Keith W5KB announced the Tom Miller AC5TM SK of New Orleans passed away on August 10th. The meeting was adjourned at 8:04pm.
Used (but usable) 36 foot push-up pole for antenna support with clamps and guy rings. If interested contact Kathryn N4USW
ICOM V-8000 new in box, unused, $200 -- Contact Jim WB5LSH at 985-507-4546
Cushcraft 8-element Antenna; HyGain Antenna Rotator Controller Plus; Pyramid PS-14KX 12amp Power Supply; Astron SS30 Switching Power Supply; CW Straight Keyer -- JB Buras KE5JAS 985-474-5370 or James Redmond K5QNT 225-567-2100
Congratulations to these new hams and
upgrades at the August VE session in Hammond as reported by ARRL VEC
Liason Tyrone Burns, N5XES:
If you like Facebook, then you can "like" SELARC at www.facebook.com/SELARC !! (Thanks to Scott KD5PCK for making that possible)
There have been several administrative changes, some new and some not so new, that have taken place recently. At the state level, Scott Wren KD5DFL is the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) and Matt Anderson KD5KNZ is serving as his assistant (ASEC). In the local 4-parish northshore area, Robert Priez WB5FBS is serving as Region 9 District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). Paul Strickland WB9SUG has been named Emergency Coordinator (EC) for St. Tammany Parish, and Frank Creel WA5CWE will serve as Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Washington Parish. The St. Helena Parish EC position is currently open and WB5FBS will continue to serve as EC for Tangipahoa Parish.
Delta Division election results are in and rather quickly this time. I want to thank all the members in the Division (and there are over 150 of you) that signed the nominating petitions which have led to mine and Ed’s nominations and subsequent election to office for another three years.
A common question I get is “How can I help get HR 4969 Passed?” The first step in this process is to garner support among members of the US House of Representatives. Each ARRL member needs to contact their member of the US House to state their support for HR 4969 and to ask their Representative to please sign on as a co-sponsor for the bill. We are in critical need of co-sponsors. If you have an existing relationship with your Congressperson, try to arrange a meeting with them (usually at their district offices) to express your support for HR 4969. Write your member of the US House Representatives and ask them to become a co-sponsor for HR 4969. When addressing the letter to your Representative, make certain you have included their name and mailing address in the header. add your full name, callsign, and address to the bottom of the letter, and please make certain you have signed your letter. Letters that have not been signed have little benefit.
73 ES DX! David A. Norris K5UZ, Director Delta Division
The ARRL has launched a new online resource that allows users to take randomly generated practice exams using questions from the actual examination question pool. The ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio (www.arrl.org/examreview ) is free, and users do not need to be ARRL members. The only requirement is that users must first set up a site login (this is a different and separate login from your ARRL website user registration).
Hamilton Carter KD0FNR (at http://copaseticflows.appspot.com/hamtest ) has written a set of free online FCC ham radio license exam practice tests with randomly generated practice exams for all three license classes in the U.S. as well as for the Canadian and New Zealand ham radio exams. Users can track their test scores, as well as a count of how many of the question pool questions they’ve practiced over time. Online help topics are provided for many of the exam questions.
==> FCC Proposes to Fine CBer $14,000 for Not Permitting Station Inspection - The FCC continued this month to demonstrate that it's serious about enforcing its rules and regulations, proposing to fine a Florida Citizens Band operator $14,000 for failing to allow FCC agents inspect his station. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to Tommie Salter of Jacksonville on August 22. The Commission alleged that Salter earlier this year denied permission for agents from the FCC's Tampa Office to check out his station in the wake of renewed complaints of interference to a neighbor's "home electronic equipment." On March 21, the agents monitored radio transmissions on 27.245 MHz and used radio direction-finding techniques to track the signal's source to Salter's residence.
==> US-to-VK Transpacific Reception on 630 Meters Reported - A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas. While approximately 8710 miles covered is not a distance record nor a "first" for that part of the spectrum, it does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the Amateur Radio community in the US might come to enjoy if a band at 472-479 kHz ever becomes a reality. John Langridge, KB5NJD, in Texas, who holds Experimental license WG2XIQ, told ARRL that having his WSPR signal heard in Australia on August 25 at 0952 UTC by David Isele, VK2DDI, was a "huge surprise."
==> Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Still Circling the Earth - Three plastic foil-envelope balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads and launched from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, remain aloft and continue to circle the Earth. The oldest, identified as B-63, was released on July 8 and became the second of Bodnar's balloons to circumnavigate the globe. The first to do so, B-64, went up on July 12 and had completed one lap around the Northern Hemisphere by July 31. Air currents have carried the balloon within 9 km of the North Pole and within 10 km of its launch site. The last balloon to make it around the Earth was B-66, which Bodnar released on July 15. The numeral following the "B" denotes the number of similar balloons Bodnar has launched (B-65 failed to deploy). The transmitter stores positions during its flight and transmits a log file that can recall 5 days of previous locations in the comments field of its APRS transmissions. If it has been out of radio contact, however, a straight line will appear on the APRS map.==> The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward - to $21.40 – its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term. The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register. The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable when applying for a new vanity call sign or when renewing a vanity call sign, although some older vanity call signs are not subject to the regulatory fee.
==> Thai Amateur Radio regulations - A new set of Thai Amateur Radio regulations went into effect on July 23rd, granting Thai hams several new sets of frequency privileges, including a secondary allocation on 6 meters and expansion of 160 and 80 meter operation to 1.800 - 2.000 MHz and 3.500 - 3.600 MHz. Advanced licensees will be able to use up to 1000 watts and more club and contest call signs will be available, such as E2X. The Morse receiving test is retained, as well. (Thanks, Champ E21EIC and Sam SM3DYU)
==> ARRL Board Names Award Winners - The joint recipients of the 2014 Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award were Brad Amacker, N5MZ, of Petal, Mississippi, and Bill Finnegan, NR8I, of Marion, Ohio. Amacker has taught at 16 Amateur Radio license instruction classes that resulted in some 100 students becoming Amateur Radio licensees, and he's been active in mentoring new licensees. The 2014 Hiram Percy Maxim Award -- the League's top youth honor -- went to Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, of Bloomington, Indiana. The recipient of a Goldfarb Scholarship, Lysandrou (left) was cited for his demonstrated passion for HF DXing, his high school Amateur Radio club activity, his service as Indiana Assistant Section Manager for Youth Activities, and for actively sharing his love of Amateur Radio by being a presenter Dayton Hamvention and elsewhere.
==> FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio "Resilient" - The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. The new agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource. The pact also outlines the ways in which FEMA and ARRL will cooperate to carry out their respective responsibilities, with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
==> ARRL Technician Instructor E-Manual Now Available for Download - The sixth edition of the ARRL Technician Instructor Manual -- an electronic publication -- now is available for free download by ARRL registered instructors. This latest edition of The ARRL Instructor's Manual offers a course syllabus that addresses all of the topics covered by the FCC question pool that becomes effective on July 1 for the Technician license exam. The syllabus follows the topic presentation sequence in the ARRL student study guide, The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (3rd ed). The Instructor Manual is available in four sections for online download, and it includes PowerPoint modules to enhance classroom presentation. The Teacher's Guide to Amateur Radio Instruction by Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, is incorporated within the Instructor Manual as well. Users may download each section, each lesson, or each PowerPoint module as needed.
--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League
Members Listed by Callsign
Call Last Name First Name
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AC5LH Yenni Jr, Salvador
AE5FK Swan, George
K5AZU May, Ray
K5CAV Shaw, Ralph
K5FMM Mayer, Fred
K5QNT Redmond Jr., James
KA5LLJ Simmons, Bruce
KB5SKW Borstel, Bill
KC4LOS Hunter, Jason
KC5IJF Sale, Benjamin
KC5WDH Liuzza, Jason
KD5GUQ Labat, Jerome
KD5OLG Castello, J. Henry
KD5PCK Hernandez, Scott
KD5PKS Clark, Forrest
KD5WWJ Manning, Harvey
KE5GOC Redmond, Carol
KE5NG  Faurie, Patti
KF5HEE Eichaker, Katherine
KF5IBW Baker, Albert
KF5JSO Ansalve, Michael
KF5TPX Henkel, Jeff
KF5TQT Cutrer, Ricky
KF5UHM Nieto, Ken
KF5VLX Samrow, Keith
KG5AAE Melancon, Dean
N4USW Martin, Kathryn
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SELARC is proud to have partnered with Southeastern Louisiana University to serve the university and community for over 35 years. Through our association with the Tangipahoa parish Office of Homeland Security, Project LION and Southeastern radio station KSLU-FM we have been an active component in the communications plans for Homeland security and disaster management for local and regional events including severe weather incidents, train derailments, and evacuations. The campus amateur radio station located in the facilities of KSLU is an integral part of radio communications for campus emergency management.
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