SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: March 6,
Tuesday, March 11th 7pm
Ponchatoula Community Center
(300 North 5th Street, Range Road)
Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2Hz Tone
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Acadiana Amateur Radio Association will hold its 54th Annual Hamfest and Louisiana State Convention on March 14 & 15 at the Civic Center in Rayne, Louisiana. See www.w5ddl.org/hamfest for more information.
Shreveport Hamfest will be at the Red Cross Building, 805 Brook Hollow Drive, on August 9. Information at http://www.k5sar.com/index.php/shreveport-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
Best wishes to Ronnie Newcombe N5QVZ, Carol Redmond KE5GOC, Sandy Blaize W5TVW and Dave Catania N5QOX for continued recuperation following their recent hospital stays!
Best wishes and sympathy go to the family of Bob Priez WB5FBS on the loss of his brother, Albert Priez Jr., who passed away last week.
President Jim Valega WB5LSH called the meeting to order at 7:01pm and asked all in attendance to introduce themselves. Minutes of the January 14th meeting were accepted as published in the "Hamster". Correspondence included insurance, bank statement, filing of SELARC tax form 990-N and license change of trustee for our club call WM5T from Ken Geistfeld WV3R to Tyrone Burns N5XES. Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS gave the financial report for Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX which included the final accounting of the hamfest results. It was m/s/passed to accept the report as presented.
Attendance: Ricky KF5TQT, Carol KE5GOC, James K5QNT, Ralph K5CAV, Walter N5RYI, Al KF5IBW, Jeff KF5TPX, David W5NPV, Dean KG5AAE, Jim WB5LSH, Bob WB5FBS, Mike KF5JSO, Louis N5OQT, Eddie Vance W5ESV and Mark Lacey WX5RN.
Committee Reports: REPEATER (Bob WB5FBS) – nothing new at this time. ARES (Bob WB5FBS) – thanked all for their support in past year and reported the 1st quarter 2014 schedule for Net Control Stations for the Monday night ARES net has been sent out.
Old Business: Jim WB5LSH thanked all for a successful Hammond Hamfest and devoted several minutes of discussion to comments and suggestions for our 2015 Hamfest. A decision will have to be made of how to dispose of the hamfest 2nd prize (IC V-8000), since the winner selected the cash option
New Business: (1) Jeff KF5TPX displayed a sample shirt with SELARC logo and discussion was held about pricing and style options. Discussion was tabled to next meeting and Jeff will present further details. (2) Membership applications were presented for Eddie Vance W5ESV and Mark Lacey WX5RN. It was m/s/passed to suspend rules to vote on these since applicants were in attendance. The applications were approved. Welcome to SELARC, Eddie and Mark! (3) The Strawberry Festival event will be on April 11-13 and the Louisiana Special Olympic Games will be on May 23-25. Volunteers will be needed for those events.
This is an exciting time of the year in the life of the club. Hamfest is over and results are coming in for our hard work and fun with it. Planning and discussions for Hamfest 2015 has already began. Strawberry festival operations are next on our calendar, and discussions for all the other many events of club participation are in our immediate future. Let's all be part of that from the beginning to end.
Now would also be a great time to take care of this years club dues so that you will be on the 2014 Roster that will be coming out very soon. Get over to the club station Tuesday night at the Ponchatoula Community Center at 7 pm. I look forward to seeing you there!
73 Jim WB5LSH
The 2013 Delta Division Survey is now up on the Delta Division Website. I want to thank Assistant Director Frank Howell K4FMH for the fine job of putting this report together. Indeed it shows some interesting trends for the hobby in Delta Division and will be an invaluable tool for the Division and Section Leaders. Also, the survey contains information that is quite useful to local clubs, regional clubs and ARES groups. TNX Frank for a fantastic job!
In Louisiana, Jim Molan, KD5IGG, of Bunkie, will succeed Jim Coleman, AI5B, as Section Manager on April 1. Coleman decided not to run again after serving a 2 year term, and Molan was the only candidate. Molan brings to the office his experience as Assistant Section Manager, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, and District Emergency Coordinator.
The ARRL Centennial QSO Party is a year-long operating event that celebrates hams making contacts. In the end you will have accumulated points, worked new stations and made new friends all over the world. The Centennial QSO Party is made-up of two main activities: (1) W1AW operating portable in each state and most territories as previously stated; and (2) The Centennial Points Challenge which is the accumulation of points from qualifying contacts made throughout 2014. To have a score listed online in the Points Challenge competition, logs must be submitted through the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system. W1AW will be on the air from every state and most territories, and it will be easy to work WAS working only W1AW portable operations. This is the first ARRL-sponsored operating event where every member is worth at least one point, so work as many points as you can during 2014! Earn awards based upon points, working all states or working W1AW portable in every state and territory. This is an on-the-air event like no other.73 ES GL, David A. Norris K5UZ, Director Delta Division
ICOM IC-703 (not the "+" version that covers 6 meters) looks pristine and almost new; comes with microphone, power cable, remote control head, mounting bracket and 3.5 meter interconnecting cable and manual. The radio works very well and has 60 meter channels included and DSP module unit installed, an accessory not normally included – will take $500 cash for it. Sandy W5TVW, email@example.com
Brand New, never used MFJ dummy load, oil-filled 1,000 Watt (continuous for 10 minutes), paid $69.95+shipping. Asking $50 - David W5NPV firstname.lastname@example.org
==> 100 years of "Advancing the Art and Science of Radio" - In July of 2014, thousands of members and friends of ARRL will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, ARRL's birthplace, to celebrate the organization's first 100 years of "Advancing the Art and Science of Radio." More details can be found at www.arrl2014.org
==> ARRL Board Requests Member Comments About Digital Modes - ARRL Board of Directors is now reaching out to the membership and requesting cogent input and thoughtful feedback on matters specific to digital mode operation on the HF bands. The feedback may include, but is not limited to, the recent proposal the ARRL made to the FCC, RM 11708, regarding the elimination of the symbol rate restrictions currently in effect. A FAQ on RM 11708 can be found on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/rm-11708-faq. Comments must be received no later than March 31, 2014 to be included in the Committee's report to the Board at the July 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting. Please e-mail your comments to: HF-Digital-Bandplanning@arrl.org
==> Radio Amateurs Receive Rosetta Spacecraft Signals from Deep Space - James Miller, G3RUH, was among a handful of Amateur Radio operators to receive the X band signal January 21 from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, some 500 million miles from Earth. Miller used the 20 meter dish at the Bochum Amateur Radio facility in Germany, run by AMSAT-DL and IUZ Bochum Observatory. In an AMSAT-BB post, Miller noted the frequency at the spacecraft was 8421.786900 MHz, and the signal was "about 14 dB" below that of the STEREO A/B spacecraft. Perhaps more astonishing, Bertrand Pinel, F5PL, was able to track Rosetta 65 kilometers from Toulouse using his "home-rigged" 3.5 meter dish and receiver. And Viljo Allik, ES5PC, a member of Estonian Student Satellite Program team reported his group was able to detect the satellite's signal using a slightly smaller dish. Launched in 2004, Rosetta will both orbit and land on a comet, which it will reach this August, and send data back to Earth. The spacecraft consists of the Rosetta space probe and the Philae robotic lander.
==> "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is World Amateur Radio Day 2014 Theme - The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has designated "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014. World Amateur Radio Day is celebrated each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, who had proposed the idea the year before, became its first president. The primary purpose of World Amateur Radio Day is to focus a public spotlight on Amateur Radio and its benefits to countries and communities. This year the IARU and its member-societies around the world will celebrate the organization's 89th anniversary.
As the IARU's history recounts, in the early 1920s it was generally assumed that the lower the frequency and the longer the wavelength, the better, and "very large antennas and very high power were the rule." Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum, far from being a wasteland, could support worldwide propagation. As the rush to shorter wavelengths ensued, however, Amateur Radio, which had proved the value of this spectrum in the first place, "were in grave danger of being pushed aside," the IARU's history notes.
Adopting the philosophy of strength in numbers, Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the International Amateur Radio Union to support Amateur Radio worldwide. Just 2 years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today -- 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. From fewer than 30,000 licensees in 1927, Amateur Radio's numbers have grown to 3 million. From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 150 member-societies.
==> FCC Proposes to Fine Texas Radio Amateur $7000 for Malicious Interference - The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to James R. Winstead, KD5OZY, of Coleman, Texas, after determining that Winstead "apparently willfully violated" FCC rules by interfering with Amateur Radio communications. The Commission proposed a $7000 fine. The action was in response to complaints from other radio amateurs of intentional interference on 7.195 MHz. According to the NAL, released February 19, an agent from the Commission's Dallas Office on January 21 used direction-finding techniques to positively identify the source of the interfering transmissions as Winstead's address. The FCC said the evidence in the case was sufficient to establish that Winstead had violated Section 333 of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 97.101(d) of the FCC Amateur Service rules. Both sections prohibit willful and malicious interference to radio communications. Citing its Forfeiture Policy Statement and Section 1.80 of the rules, the FCC determined that Winstead was liable for a $7000 forfeiture.
==> ARRL Field Day Information Packet Now Available - The 2014 Field Day packet is now available. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event. It takes place each year in the US and Canada on the fourth weekend in June, when thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, in groups, with friends, or by themselves to operate "in the field" to simulate an emergency communication situation. Field Day 2014 is June 28-29, and it's not too early to start planning. The Field Day Locator will help you find a Field Day site near you. Rules in Spanish also are available. E-mail ARRL Headquarters for more information, or call 860-594-0236.
==> ARRL Granted Use of W1ØØAW for League's Centennial - The FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station W1AW to also use the call sign W1ØØAW during 2014, the ARRL's centennial year. Contacts made from the Maxim Memorial Station in Newington, from regional Centennial conventions, and during the IARU HF Championship will use W1ØØAW, with portable designators as appropriate. The "W1AW WAS" operations throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will use W1AW, not W1ØØAW. Bulletins and code practice transmissions during 2014 also will still use W1AW. The ARRL Centennial "W1AW WAS" operations that are taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are in Georgia (W1AW/4) and Hawaii (W1AW/KH6) until February 12 (UTC), when they will shift to California (W1AW/6) and Wisconsin (W1AW/9).
==> The ARRL plans to file a "friend of the court" or amicus curiae brief on behalf of an Ohio radio amateur who has been at loggerheads with his community since 2009 in efforts to erect a modest antenna support structure. The Village of Swanton, Ohio, turned down the application of ARRL Life Member Gary Wodtke, WW8N, for an antenna variance to put up a 60 foot tower. Wodtke appealed, however, and in January the Fulton County Common Pleas Court issued a final judgment in his favor, ruling that federal and state law preempted Swanton's antenna ordinance
--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
KC5KJ Forbes, H.P.
KC5WDH Liuzza, Jason
KD5GUQ Labat, Jerome
KD5PCK Hernandez, Scott
KD5PKS Clark, Forrest
KD5WWJ Manning, Harvey
KE5DOV Plunkett, Palmer
KE5GOC Redmond, Carol
KE5JJC Pullman, Robert
KE5NG Faurie, Patti
KF5GOI Maklary, Paul
KF5HEE Eichaker, Katherine
KF5IBW Baker, Albert
KF5JSO Ansalve, Michael
KF5NGS Gratia, Donald
KF5OVX Green, Robert
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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