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SELARC Repeaters    
147.000- WB5NET PL 107.2/A/E
145.130- WB5NET  PL 107.2 
145.010 WB5NET HMU digipeater
444.250+ WB5NET  PL107.2

Club Net
Tangi ARES Net on Monday Nights at 8:30PM - 147.00MHz (-600) PL 107.2
SELARC meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

* Happy New Year! *

Club Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 13th  7pm

Magnuson Hotel & Conference Center

2000 South Morrison Blvd
In the Pontchartrain Room
Refreshments – Hamfest Plans

Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2Hz Tone


Contact SELARC officers at the email links below:

Vice President 

  James Valega, WB5LSH
Michael Ansalve, KF5JSO

David Catania, N5QOX
Robert Priez, WB5FBS


*** DUES...  DUES...  DUES...  DUES... ***

Annual Dues are now due and must be paid by the March meeting!! If you have not already renewed your membership or if you would like to become a member of SELARC, please print out and complete the application/renewal form and return it with your check to: P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404. Thanks!

Special Events, Hamfests & VE Sessions

*** HAMMOND HAMFEST 2015 ***



8:00am - 1:30pm

Saturday, January 17 – Magnuson Hotel & Conference Center

2000 South Morrison Blvd (I-55 Exit 28)

Prizes - Forums - VE Testing

Details at

Grand Prize:   Icom IC-718 HF Transceiver
Second Prize:  MFJ-949E Deluxe VersaTuner II
Third Prize:  VISA Gift Card
Fourth Prize:  Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Handheld

And a Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Handheld will be Given Away Each Hour

Sponsored by SELARC, the site for the 34th annual hamfest will be in the same location (and still FREE admission ) in Hammond, just off of Exit 28 from I-55. The hotel will offer a special group rate for the hamfest. See details at the hamfest link above!

Capitol City Hamfest 2015 & Mississippi State Convention, Jackson(MS)Fairgrounds, Jan. 23-24, sponsored by Jackson Amateur Radio Club. Details at

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

Happy Birthday Wishes !

Happy Birthday wishes to Ronald Newcombe N5QVZ, James Valega WB5LSH, Tom Simpson N5HAY, Larry Rogers WD5HLE, Patti Faurie KE5NG, Pete Liuzza WB5ERM, Keith Samrow KF5VLX, Joe Glorioso N5OZG and Francis Minor KF5YNN who all begin the New Year by celebrating birthdays this month! If we missed your birthday, please let us know.   

VE Session Update ...

Congratulations to Lawrence Cedotal KG5EXB of St. Bernard who upgraded to General class and Stephen Riley N5WXC of Laplace who upgraded to Amateur Extra class at the December VE session in Hammond.

Please remember that the Hammond VE Group will be holding an ARRL sponsored VE session at the HAMMOND HAMFEST on 17 January. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00AM. If you haven't worked a VE session in a while, now would be the time to give back to Amateur Radio and volunteer your time! As long as you are an ARRL accredited VE, you may sit in one of our sessions!  To all the VE’s who have helped out over the past months, I thank you for your dedication to our hobby. You are greatly appreciated!! Again, THANK YOU for your time and support!

 73, Tyrone Burns N5XES, VE Liason

Minutes of the SELARC Meeting of December 2nd  (Husser Volunteer Fire Department)

The meeting was called to order at 7:08pm and President Jim Valega WB5LSH welcomed all to the annual Christmas party and meeting. He asked all to rise and introduce themselves and their guests.  So that everyone could enjoy socializing and the delicious and bountiful food, he announced that the business portion would be kept to a minimum. Minutes of the Nov. 11th meeting were accepted as published in the "Hamster". Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS presented copies of the SELARC membership roster as of the close of the year, which included 59 members.  The President asked Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX to give the financial and hamfest reports. Dave encouraged all to earn the full club dues credit by selling their $100 allotment of hamfest prize tickets and turning in their money before the hamfest!  President Jim thanked Leslie KE6ILT and Pete WB5ERM for arranging all of the details and food for our party, and he invited all to enjoy the evening. Pictures of the joyous event are posted by Leslie on the SELARC Yahoo Group website:

Attendance: Tyrone N5XES, Bob WB5FBS & Ellen Priez, Jerry N5GKJ, Dean KG5AAE & Mary Melancon, Keith KF5VLX & Debbie Samrow, Carol KE5GOC, James K5QNT, Alan KR5T, Aaron KE5KMB, Jerry W5NJJ, Bruce KA5LLJ, Mike KF5JSO, Tom W5PGS, Mary KE5LLQ, Rudy N5YIC, Jeff KF5TPX & Debbie, Karaianne & Cailin Henkel, Tom N5HAY,  Pete WB5ERM, Leslie KE5ILT, Jason KC5WDH, Adam KE5ILW, Sandy W5TVW,  David N5QOX & Videt Catania, Jim WB5LSH & Anne Valega, Al KF5IBW & Rose Baker, David W5NPV, John KG5DVN & Gabi, Bronwyn & Grayson Bankston, Walter N5RYI, Forrest KD5PKS & Sue Clark, Kay ex-WA3ZCE, Ralph K5CAV, Francis KF5YNN & Dottie KF5YNM.

From the Prez

I trust and hope everyone had a blessed and fun-filled group of holidays just past us. Now at the start of a new year, we turn our attention to the upcoming year with great expectations of hosting our yearly fundraising event - the major fundraising event that we have. It not only helps to fund our club activities every year, but the profits directly fund our recurring expenses through the year maintaining SELARC's repeaters, light bills, phone bills, insurance, etc. It provides for SELARC's financial well-being throughout the rest of the year… or tries to!  

You can help by attending the January meeting that will be at the hamfest site as mentioned at the top of this newsletter. Attending that meeting may certainly not be an option, but come to the hamfest and seek out someone in the club and pick it up from there.  There is always plenty to do, as we try to host all of our out-of-town guests and friends. Our hobby needs -- no, expects – you. SELARC certainly needs you and those of us already trying really hard want you to be part of and share the Hammond Hamfest 2015 experience as a group. After all, you are a member, right?  I'm hoping to see everyone at the meeting and the Hamfest.

73 Jim WB5LSH

Delta Division Update --

This is just a quick bulletin as I want to wish everyone the best of the holiday season for 2014, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a very Happy New Year for 2015.   Our ARRL Centennial year is coming to a close and it has been a blast both off and on air.  The pile ups are still quite fun and I think growing as many race for that last Centennial Award level now in reach.  I had one of the best ARRL 10m Contest Weekends ever with a 1,000,000 plus score on 1800 odd QSO’s under some of the best propagation conditions one could hope for.


Preparations continue on the part of the Rockall DX Group to make Iran — #33 on ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted List — available through a DXpedition to Kish Island (IOTA AS-166). Look for EP6T starting on January 16. While the emphasis will be on 160 meters, the DXpedition will operate on all bands, 160 through 10 meters. EP6T plans to remain active until January 26. Organizers say the theme of the expedition will be “friendship and cultural tolerance.”


A dues increase is being discussed by the ARRL Board of Directors per the 2015 – 16 Plan.  There is a proposal on the table and I will send out a short presentation of the proposal as soon as I obtain supporting documentation.  This will require a great deal of thought and I shall consult with the members on this important step sitting before the ARRL Board.   There is one proposal thus far; however several options are presenting themselves in discussion and I suspect the final product could be somewhat different than what is first proposed.  However I will caution all that these things are hard to predict.  If approved by a Board vote, this will be the first dues increase in several years.  I will keep you updated and I will have some material for the members in a few days to get your feedback before the January ARRL Board meeting.

HR 4969 Reboot - Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the soon-to-adjourn 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in January. Introduced with bipartisan support last June, H.R. 4969 called on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption currently applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions or CC&Rs — without direction from Congress. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, this week stressed that the fight is not over. Henderson said the bill would not have attained its current level of support in the US House without the thousands of letters and phone calls made by ARRL members to their congressional representatives. The ARRL has developed an H.R. 4969 web page that provides additional information on this subject.   73 HNY ES DX DE K5UZ

David A. Norris K5UZ Delta Division Director

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News from the ARRL

==>The ARRL HF Contesting Guidelines have been revised and the latest edition now is available - The latest guidelines, updated by an ARRL Contest Advisory Committee (CAC) team, address changes in technology that have affected contesting in recent years -- including remote station operation -- and present a current understanding of contesting standards and practices. Some sections also have been rewritten and reorganized to improve readability. George Wagner, K5KG, a member of the CAC team that undertook the update, said the goals of the revised ARRL HF Contesting Guidelines are to provide guidance and advice -- especially for new contesters -- and to encourage contest operation that advances the spirit and integrity of radiosport. The Guidelines document presents frequently asked questions and answers and additional material about common situations encountered in HF contesting. The questions and responses only address HF contesting, and not VHF+ contesting.

==>ARRL Survey Underway - The ARRL has asked an independent research company specializing in survey research to conduct a survey of Amateur Radio operators in the US. Readex Research, headquartered in Stillwater, Minnesota, has conducted similar studies for ARRL in the past, including QST readership studies and other large national surveys. This most recent survey is being conducted by mail and e-mail and will include representative populations of Amateur Radio operators from among ARRL members, as well as non-member FCC licensees. While not every member will receive a survey, participation from those individuals who are selected is critical for the success of this project. Responses will be kept confidential and only used in tabulation with others; no data about survey participants -- including contact information -- will be shared with anyone.

==> "The Show Will Go on" at Aging Hara Arena - Despite financial struggles dogging the owners of Hara Arena, site of the Dayton Hamvention® since the 1960s, the 2015 Hamvention General Chairman Jim Tiderman, N8IDS, has told ARRL that he expects the world's largest Amateur Radio show to continue there -- this May and in the years ahead. Tiderman was reacting to recent media accounts detailing the fiscal woes of the aging Hara complex in Trotwood, Ohio. He said Hamvention's sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) and Hamvention officials have been in conversation with Hara's owners, the Wampler family, regarding the future of the 165,000 square foot, six-building complex.

==>IARU Wants Member Societies "Engaged" in Seeking Support for 5.275-5.450 MHz Amateur Allocation -  International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, in November called upon IARU member societies to seek the support of their respective governments for an Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5.275-5.450 MHz, per Agenda Item 1.4 at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Ellam told his colleagues in a letter that obtaining the allocation is "one of the main goals at WRC-15 for the Amateur Radio Service." WRC-15 will take place November 2-27 in Geneva, Switzerland. Agenda Item 1.4 stemmed from Resolution 649 at World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, which invited WRC-15 to consider, based on International Telecommunication Union studies, "the possibility of making an allocation of spectrum, not necessarily contiguous, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis within the band 5.250 to 5.450 MHz." As the WRC-12 resolution noted, more than 50 administrations have allowed various uses of frequencies in this band to carry out propagation studies, permit communication during emergencies and disasters, and verify that Amateur Radio can share spectrum with incumbent services. The IARU is seeking consideration for a secondary Amateur Service allocation at 5.275 to 5.450 MHz.

 --The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League

SELARC 2014 Membership

Members Listed by Callsign
Call   Last Name    First Name
---------  ------------    ---------------
AC5LH  Yenni Jr, Salvador
AE5FK  Swan, George

K4BHY  Oehler, David
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
KF5VXO Bray, Carmen
KF5YNM Minor, Dorothy
KF5YNN Minor, Francis

KG5AAE Melancon, Dean
KG5BVM Wesley, Randy
KG5DVN Bankston, John

N4USW  Martin, Kathryn
N5GKJ  Burg, Jerry
N5HAY  Simpson, Tom
N5OQT  Wiginton, Louis
N5OZG  Glorioso, Joe
N5QOX  Catania, David
N5QVZ  Newcombe, Ronald
N5RYI  Sarrat, Walter 
N5XES  Burns, Tyrone
N5XVJ  Stang, Jack

W5ESV  Vance, Edward
W5IC   Boudreaux, Gerry
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
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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