SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: April 8,
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Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Northeast Louisiana Hamfest in Monroe, sponsored by Twin City Ham Club, will be April 18th at the Barak Shrine Temple, 6620 Frontage Road. More info at http://w5ea.org/hamfests.html
New Orleans Ham Radio & Computer Flea Market sponsored by CCARG will be Saturday, May 16 8am-12noon, at the Westwego Community Center, 177 Sala Avenue in Westwego. Tables & admission are free. W4NDF email@example.com or N5OZG Joen5ozg@cox.net for info.
LA Special Olympic Games will be held on May 23-24 on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University; ham volunteers will assist with communications. To volunteer contact Bob Priez WB5FBS at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Birthday wishes go to Louis Wiginton N5OQT, Henry Castello KD5OLG and Randy Wesley KG5BVM! If we missed your birthday, please let us know.
Our condolences and best wishes go to SELARC member George Swan AE5FK on the loss of his sister Mrs. Julia Swan Davis of Tylertown, who passed away on March 9th. Donations may be made to Lighthouse for the Blind.
President Jim Valega WB5LSH called the meeting to order at 7:15pm. It was m/s/passed to approve minutes of the February 10th meeting as published in the "Hamster", Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS presented correspondence. Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX presented a detailed financial summary of the hamfest and general ledger. The report was accepted as presented.
Attendance: Jim WB5LSH, Ralph K5CAV, Keith KF5VLX, Al KF5IBW, Carol KEGOC, Walter N5RYI, James K5QNT, Kathy KF5HEE, Eddie Eichaker, Allen W5EGG, Sandy W5TVW, Mark WX5RN, Tom W5PGS, Francis KF5YNN, Forrest KD5PKS, Dean KG5AAE, Carmen KF5VXO, Bob WB5FBS, Dave N5QOX, Lambert KG5DDW, Alan Amato KF5ZSH and Fred Seeger W5VQG.
Committee Reports: Repeater (Bob WB5FBS) - resolved problems on 147 repeater by replacing the Telwave duplexer with the old Sinclair cans; need to send Telwave off for repair/tuning. He thanked Forrest KD5PKS and Pete WB5ERM for their help in making tests and suggestions. ARES (Bob WB5FBS) - was disappointed by the small response to email asking for net control station volunteers; since several regulars have asked to be taken off the rotation there is need for substitute NCS. This is a good chance to gain some experience for emergency operations.
Old Business: (1) Jim WB5LSH led discussion of hamfest wrap-up details. (2) Bob WB5FBS requested volunteers who plan to attend the Strawberry Festival radio activities on April 10-12 to sign up for specific day and times. Several members responded, and others are needed to join in. (3) Scott KD5PCK reported on plans to activate Special Event K5R for the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. (4) Membership applicatons were voted and accepted for Donald Turner KD5REW, Roy Turner W5RTW and Lambert Michel KG5DDW. We are happy to welcome them to SELARC!!
New Business: (1) Bob WB5FBS requested that approval be given for shipping to Telwave in San Jose, CA, and repairs to the Telwave duplexers. Estimate is that it should be around $500 with a 5-10 day turn around once received, as opposed to $1900 to replace them. It was m/s/passed to do so.(2) Dates for coming activities are Special Olympics May 22-24, Field Day June 27-28, Election of SELARC officers July 14, K5R Special Event August 22 & 29, and MS Bike Tour Oct. 10-11. Mark your calendars now.
Secretary Bob WB5FBS
reported as of this meeting there are 47 paid SELARC members. The
meeting was adjourned at 8:19pm.
Congratulations to the following hams on their successful upgrade to a General class license at the March testing session:
Conrad Baker KG5FQT - Paulina
73, Tyrone Burns N5XES, VE Liason
We often think of springtime severe weather outbreaks with tornados and hurricanes but what about winter storms? Ice storms have impacted some of us, myself included, with power outages and impassible roads; however it does not take an icing event to cause winter power outages. Cold temperatures and increased electric loads can cause outages on an aging grid. Do we prepare for winter with emergency supplies and back-up power sources? Some food for thought.
Besides winter weather, don't
forget that Spring storms and Hurricane Season are looming in the coming
months. Now is a good time to review or take for the first time the FEMA
recommended IS-100 and IS-700 online courses. Links to them, and other
training materials, are posted at
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(Thanks to Scott KD5PCK for making that possible).
A ham since 1968, the married father of two said he's still active on the air, strictly on HF SSB and CW, and he hopes to expand his time for ham radio once away from the daily grind. He has achieved DXCC Honor Roll and actively participates in the Islands on the Air program (IOTA).
==> Two More Radio Amateurs Join International Space Station Crew -- ISS ham radio population expanded to three, following the arrival of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, RN3BF, and Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, on March 28 (UTC). Kelly, 51, and Kornienko, 54, will remain aboard the ISS for 1 year -- the longest space mission ever assigned to a NASA astronaut. European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, will head back to Earth in May, after Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS; Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX, and Kimiya Yui arrive at the ISS as part of a scheduled crew rotation. Cristoforetti has conducted several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station school contacts during her ISS duty tour.
==> No One in the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts in ARRL DX CW Contest - The six-person group operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the first completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort. The scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of Jack Hammett, K4VV, on Catoctin Ridge in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV's operating positions were vacant over the February 21-22 weekend, because the operators were elsewhere. One participant even managed to operate during the contest from two states -- Maryland and Florida. Three of K4VV's well-equipped operating positions can be operated either from within the shack or via remote control from anywhere in the world. In 2013 ARRL November Sweepstakes (CW), Tom Morton, CX7TT, who lives in near Montevideo, Uruguay, logged into one of the K4VV operating positions. Operating as W4YY at a distance of nearly 5200 miles, he managed a clean sweep. Lonneke has said that the operating experience from the remote end "is transparent." Until recently contacts made during such operations were ineligible for DXCC credit for either station. Changes to the DXCC Rules now allow a control operator to be outside the DXCC entity in which the radio transmitter/receiver is located. For DXCC purposes transmitter location continues to define a station's location. CQ Magazine recently began sponsoring an award for working 100 countries while using remote control.
==> Spacewalks Interrupt ISS Amateur Radio SSTV, School Contact Schedules - Spacewalks recently disrupted previously scheduled Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) activities. ISS crew members Barry Wilmore, Terry Virts, and Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, worked outside the ISS on February 21 and 25, and another "extra-vehicular activity" or EVA -- NASA's term for a spacewalk -- is set for March 1. During such excursions, Amateur Radio gear on the ISS is shut down for safety reasons. Over the past weekend, a planned 3 days of continuous slow-scan TV transmissions from the Russian sector ended up taking place only on February 22 and 23. The occasional SSTV transmissions from RS0ISS are on 145.800 MHz FM, using SSTV mode PD180. In addition, an ARISS school contact scheduled for February 25 with students at Riversink Elementary School in Crawfordville, Florida, had to be rescheduled for the following day. Over the course of the series of spacewalks, the astronauts have been preparing cables and communication gear for new docking ports that will allow future crews launched from Florida on US commercial spacecraft to dock with the space station.
==> Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress - "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015" -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of legislation. If Congress approves the legislation, and it is signed by the president, H.R. 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress. H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. The League had worked with Walden on the 2014 bill during the 113th Congress.
--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League
Members Listed by Callsign
AE5FK Swan, George
K4BHY Oehler, David
K5CAV Shaw, Ralph
K5FMM Mayer, Fred
K5QNT Redmond Jr., James
KC5IJF Sale, Benjamin
KC5WDH Liuzza, Jason
KD5GUQ Labat, Jerome
KD5OLG Castello, J. Henry
KD5PCK Hernandez, Scott
KD5PKS Clark, Forrest
KD5REW Turner, Donald
KD5SUB LeBlanc, Louis
KD5WWJ Manning, Harvey
KE5GOC Redmond, Carol
KF5HEE Eichaker, Katherine
KF5IBW Baker, Albert
KF5JSO Ansalve, Michael
KF5TPX Henkel, Jeff
KF5UHM Nieto, Ken
KF5VLX Samrow, Keith
KF5VXO Bray, Carmen
KF5YNM Minor, Dorothy
KF5YNN Minor, Francis
KG5AAE Melancon, Dean
KG5BVM Wesley, Randy
KG5DDW Michel, Lambert
KG5DVN Bankston, John
N4USW Martin, Kathryn
N5GKJ Burg, Jerry
N5HAY Simpson, Tom
N5OQT Wiginton, Louis
N5QOX Catania, David
N5QVZ Newcombe, Ronald
N5RYI Sarrat, Walter
N5XES Burns, Tyrone
N5XVJ Stang, Jack
W5EGG Pierson, Allen Jr
W5NJJ Olivier, Jerry
W5NON Fowler, Addison
W5NPV Muller, David
W5PGS Grant, Tom
W5TVW Blaize, Sandy
WA5RRN Fischer, Chris
WB5ERM Liuzza, Peter
WB5FBS Priez, Robert
WB5LSH Valega, James
WB7NCW Brown, Kennith
WB5RTW Turner, Roy
WD5BEM Keen, Tim
WD5BJR Miyares, Manuel
WD5CZJ Lecompte, Vincent
WD5HLE Rogers, Larry
WX5RN Lacey, Mark
Stay Radio Active - See you at the Meeting!
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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