SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: April 16,
*Club Meeting & Refreshments*
Tuesday, April 8th 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:
Twin City Ham Club Hamfest on April 5th will be at the Barak Shrine Temple in Monroe, 6620 Frontage Road. See www.w5ea.org for more information.
City of Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Special Event Station N5T, sponsored by CLARC and the Amateur Radio Club of Sabine will be on air Saturday, April 12 from 8am – 5pm.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Special Event station will be Saturday, April 12-13. SELARC will be on HF from the club station at the Ponchatoula Community Center and on VHF/UHF across the street from the festival grounds on North Sixth St. Talk-in 147.00 (-600) repeater. Stop by and visit if you would like to operate one of the rigs (don't forget to have a copy of your license!).
Shreveport Hamfest will be at the Red Cross Building, 805 Brook Hollow Drive, on August 9th. Information at http://www.k5sar.com/index.php/shreveport-hamfest/
New Orleans Hamfest at the Woodlake Gymnasium, 131 W. Esplanade in Kenner, on April 26, 8am-2:30pm. Details at http://www.w5gad.org/home/hamfest/
LA Special Olympic Games will be held on May 24-25 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, the sole April birthday! If we missed your birthday, please let us know.
Our sympathy and best wishes go to Allen Pierson W5EGG and family on the loss of his sister Mrs. Mary Lou Pierson Burris Scott, who passed away on March 19. And condolences also go to the family of former SELARC member Dr. Thomas Higginbotham N5EVM who also passed away in March.
President Jim Valega WB5LSH called the meeting to order. It was m/s/passed to approve minutes of the February 11th meeting as published in the "Hamster", Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS absent. The financial report by Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX was accepted.
Attendance: Jim WB5LSH, Ralph K5CAV, Keith KF5VLX, Al KF5IBW, Ken WB7NCW, Carol KEGOC, Jeff KF5TPX, Walter N5RYI, Ronnie N5QVZ, James K5QNT, David W5NPV, Jerry N5GKJ, Kathy KF5HEE, Eddie Eichaker, Mike KF5JSO and Mark WX5RN.
Committee Reports: None
Old Business: (1) It was m/s/passed to retain the Icom V-8000 transceiver for club use. (2) Jim WB5LSH requested volunteers who plan to attend the Strawberry Festival radio activities sign up for specific day and times. Eleven members responded, and others are welcome to join in. (3) Jim WB5LSH appointed Carol KE5GOC and Jeff KF5TPX to get and report specifics about the club shirts.
Business: (1) Walt
N5RYI discussed donation of equipment and reported that a ham radio
representative from Ochsner Hospital will attend a future meeting to
discuss emergency radio coordination. (2) Jeff KF5TPX proposed we look
into working with some of the area schools to interest students and
staff in ham radio; related to that there was discussion about possible
incentives for new club membership. (3) The SELARC membership
application of J. Henry Castello KD5OLG was voted and approved. Welcome
to SELARC, Henry! (4) There was discussion of a crawfish boil or social
to be held in coming months.
Well I hope this month finds everyone getting ready to ‘spring’ into action on the bands, in the club, and the upcoming Strawberry Festival which SELARC will participate in just the weekend after our April 8 club meeting. That will be April 12 & 13th and should be an exciting time for all, as strawberries and SELARC club station contacts could be plentiful again this year.
Speaking of plenty to go around, last weekend’s bad weather reminded me that it is lightning season again in SE La. I certainly hope you didn't have any trouble. I personally didn't have any damage, although I did have a few close bolts, at work it reminded us that Mother Nature hasn't forgotten how it is done. So don't forget to unplug those rigs when you leave, even for just a little while. Maybe now would be a great time to implement some of our own "Ray May" solutions that you may have picked up in his lightning seminars at the hamfest. You didn't miss it did you? Soon those T-storms will come calling and you had better be ready!
Ok I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the second Tuesday April 8th at 7 pm at our normal club meeting area at the Ponchatoula Community Center… until then try and get in a little operating time.
73 Jim WB5LSH
The following SELARC members have volunteered for the operating event in
Ponchatoula, and others are welcome to stop by to operate or visit
during the festival:
We had a very stormy night last evening across the division and the storms are still marching through East TN, South LA and South MS. The power is back on here in Little Rock and the damage is now visible and thankfully we have no injuries or fatalities yet in AR. I pray the rest of you fare as well. This brings us four-square from winter storms now to tornado season in just a few days. I know many of you were out spotting, assisting your EMA on site or at the EOC’s. I have seen a few reports thus far and I want to say thank you to all our ARES members for their work during this event.
This year Monroe’s hamfest will feature an ARRL Forum with newly elected LA Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG taking the reins from Recently retired (April 1) Jim Coleman, AI5B. We are looking forward to hearing what Jim has planned for ARRL in LA! Also, the Louisiana Contest Club will be holding a meeting with some interesting topics on the table. Get out to Monroe and enjoy the show! On the above story I want to thank Jim Coleman, AI5B the outgoing Section Manager for LA for his many years of to the ARRL as a Section Emergency Coordinator and as SM. Jim was also our Delta Division Emergency Communications Advisory Committee (ECAC) member for the duration of that organizations life. Jim brought an experienced perspective to the ECAC that was key in formulating the recommendations sent to the ARRL Board. Thank you Jim!
Let’s welcome the new Section Manager for LA Jim Molan, KD5IGG as he has taken office April 1. Jim has some good plans for ARRL in LA and growing the organization in the state and parishes. Let’s get behind Jim and help him propel ARRL in this Centennial year.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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brand New, never used MFJ dummy load, oil-filled 1,000 Watt (continuous for 10 minutes), paid $69.95+shipping. Asking $50 - David W5NPV email@example.com
==> ARRL to FCC: "Grow Light" Ballast Causes HF Interference, Violates Rules - The ARRL has formally complained to the FCC that a "grow light" ballast being widely marketed and sold is responsible for severe interference to the MF and HF bands. The League urged Commission action to halt sales of the Lumatek LK-1000 electronic ballast and to recall devices already on store shelves or in the hands of consumers. In a March 12 letter, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, told the FCC Enforcement Bureau and its Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) that, during ARRL Laboratory testing, the Lumatek device exhibited conducted emissions that exceeded FCC rules. The League noted that the device is imported into the US and marketed and sold by Sears, where ARRL purchased its test sample, as well as by Amazon.com and other retail outlets. The ARRL also called on the FCC to consider enforcement proceedings against the importer, Hydrofarm Horticultural Products of Petaluma, California.
==> Amateur Radio, Federal Government Engaged in Joint 5 MHz Communication Exercise - Amateur Radio operators and federal government stations are engaged in a 12-day nationwide test of their capability to communicate with each other on HF in the event of an emergency or disaster. The High Frequency Interoperability Exercise 2014 is running concurrently with the federal National Exercise Program 2014. Activity is taking place on two of the five 60 meter channels. The primary center-frequency channel is 5358.5 kHz, and the secondary center-frequency channel is 5373.0 kHz. Amateur Radio is secondary to government users on the band. The joint readiness exercise that began March 27 will continue through April 7 and include all areas of the US. Participants will use Automatic Link Establishment (ALE), a standardized digital selective calling protocol, to establish communication between stations.
==> HI-SEAS Mission Team Set for Mars "Landing" on March 28 - Ron Williams, N9UIK, and his fellow "astronauts" are set to "land on Mars" on March 28. Williams is part of Mission 2 (of four) in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation -- HI-SEAS -- project. The team is taking ham radio along to their simulated Martian outpost, a self-contained domed shelter, where they'll be cut off from civilization until mid-summer. They will begin their ham radio special event from their quarters on "the Red Planet" -- actually in Hawaii -- starting on April 12 at 1900 UTC. Every Saturday morning at 1900 UTC (0900 Hawaii Time), K6B will call out on an EchoLink repeater and on 10 meters, to offer information regarding the project and to invite calls. "We will stop transmitting and will turn off our receiver," he said. "During the following 20 minute 'signal delay,' an outside coordinator will line up individual hams wishing to make contact with us. At the end of 20 minutes we will turn our radio back on and begin receiving transmissions." These will be called in order by students at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, KH6HPA. After logging the call signs, the "Martian" team will wait another 20 minutes before transmitting acknowledgements. A special QSL card will be available. Williams said operational details will be announced as they become available.
==> TN2MS Operation Approved for DXCC Credit - The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the October 12-24, 2013, operation of TN2MS -- Republic Of The Congo -- for DX Century Club credit. If a request for DXCC credit for this operation has been rejected in a prior application, contact ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number of your application in order to expedite the search for any rejected contacts. DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on-the-air contacts with 100 DXCC "entities," most of which are countries in the traditional sense. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.
--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
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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