SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: August 5,
** Club Meeting &
Installation of Officers **
(300 North 5th Street,
Congratulations to SELARC officers for 2015-2017 !
Shreveport Bossier Hamfest will be at the LA State Fairgrounds Agriculture Building on August 8th. Information at http://www.shreveporthamfest.com
Special Event station K5R on 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita will be Aug. 29, 1400-2000UTC, commemorating the 10th anniversaries of these two devastating storms. Tune + or - 14.255, 14.155, 7.250, 7.200. CW ops possibly at 7.050, 14.050. QSL to SELARC K5R, PO Box 1324, Hammond, LA 70404.
Multiple Sclerosis ‘Dat’s How We Roll’ Bike Tour - a 150-mile ride from Hammond to Percy Quin Park in Mississippi and back will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10 & Sunday, Oct. 11. Ham radio volunteers to assist with communications can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
Our best wishes for continued recuperation go to Dave Catania N5QOX, Ken Nieto KF5UHM, Ricky Cutrer KF5TQT, Kevin Calmes KD5JWW and Rudy Reboul N5YIC.
Birthday greetings this month go to Harvey Manning KD5WWJ, Ad Fowler W5NON, David Muller W5NPV, Mark Lacey WX5RN, Tyrone Burns N5XES, Michael Ansalve KF5JSO, Carmen Bray KF5VXO, Jeff Henkel KF5TPX and Ken Nieto KE5UHM all celebrating birthdays in August. If we missed your birthday, please let us know!
President Jim Valega WB5LSH opened the meeting at 7:08pm and Vice-President Mike Anslave KF5JSO sold door prize tickets for the 2m HT. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Walter N5RYI offered a prayer. President Jim asked all present to introduce themselves. It was m/s/passed to approve minutes of the June 9th meeting as published in the "Hamster” (Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS absent, Dave Muller W5NPV appointed to record minutes). Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX presented the financial report which was accepted as presented including payment of bills and the total amount to the Magnuson Hotel for the 2016 Hamfest.
Attendance (22): Jim WB5LSH, Al KF5IBW, Frank KF5YNN, David N5QOX, David W5NPVand grandson Ben Smelser, Jeff KF5TPX, Carol KE5GOC, James K5QNT, Walter N5RYI, Ronnie N5QVZ, Tom KF6QJQ, Ralph K5CAV, Dean KG5AAE, Sandy W5TVW, Mike KF5JSO, Carmen KF5VXO, Ken WB7NCW, Jerry N5GKJ, Herb Robin N5AUC and Robert & Brenda Bedsole Ricks.
Committee Reports:Field Day (Dave N5QOX/Dean KG5AAE) – reported on activities at the club station (WB5NET) and at QTH of Keith KF5VLX (WM5T), with 11 participants at Community Center and 5 participants at KF5VLX QTH. It was a good test of radios and antennas at club station, including recent work on antennas and grounding. Sandy W5TVW reported on the CW ops at Keith’s and all emphasized the importance of training and experience provided by the FD activity.
Old Business: Election of Officers – President Jim WB5LSH opened the floor for additional nominations to the four offices that will be filled for a two-year term. No additional nominations were forthcoming and it was m/s/passed to close nominations and accept the nominees presented by the Nominating Committee at the June meeting. A voice vote was called and the four nominees were elected by acclamation.
New Business: (1) It was m/s/passed to establish Maintenance Fund with $1,000 initial deposit, and monthly deposits of $100, to be placed in a savings account with Guaranty Bank. Discussion was also on estimates for purchase and installation of new heliax and repeater antenna. (2) David N5QOX requested permission to hold a training class for the Technician license starting in September, with SELARC to pay for books & supplies. It will be decided later if the cost would be passed on to the students. This was approved by voice vote. (3) It was m/s/passed to have refreshments at the August Installation of Officers meeting.
Announcements: Walter N5RYI was the winner of the VHF HT door prize and the meeting was adjourned at 8pm.
the following new hams and upgrades from the July VE session in Hammond:
The FCC question pool for Amateur Radio General license exams has been revised and is now effective for exams conducted after July 1, 2015. ARRL has produced new study materials in preparation for the new General exam, available at the ARRL store. ARRL has also produced a new Technician and General Class Instructor’s Manual which provides lesson plans that follow the current Technician student study manual, the 3rd edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, and the new 8th edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual.
A $10 dues increase was approved at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting, effective January 1, 2016. As I had stated earlier, after 13 years of static dues at $39 a year, inflation is catching up with us.
73 ES GL, David A. Norris K5UZ, Director Delta Division
Uniden Home Patrol HP-1 Scanner w/house charger, car charger, 4 batteries, stock antenna and upgrade antenna plus adapter to hook to outside base antenna -- $300 or trade for CW gear (keys, QRP rig) -- Eric AC5CW firstname.lastname@example.org
Copper sheet metal .035”x22” in
45/50 foot lengths that can be cut (or will cut for you) for grounding
strips or whatever; also Micarter Hi-Voltage insulator sheets 40”x48”,
.25” and 1” thick; lots of electronic components as well – Paul KF5GOI
We are now approaching the mid-point of
Hurricane Season. If you have not already done it, now is the time to review your emergency
operations plans and 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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==> The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum - Keep those letters coming! According to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in March. All urge their members in both branches of Congress to become cosponsors of the bill. More letters are in the queue, and the correspondence seems to be having the desired effect. As of July 29, H.R. 1301 had attracted 94 cosponsors, with 8 signing on since mid-July. The League has a combined web page to provide a clearinghouse for all information on the identical pieces of legislation now in play in the US House and Senate. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions. The FCC has been reluctant to extend those legal protections without direction from Congress. ARRL Headquarters has forwarded 3433 letters to 402 individual US House members, seeking their cosponsorship of H.R. 1301. The nascent campaign on behalf of the identical US Senate bill, S. 1685, has so far garnered more than 900 letters destined to 77 individual US Senate members.
==> ARRL Files More "Grow Light" Ballast Complaints with FCC - The ARRL has filed three more complaints with the FCC, urging its Enforcement Bureau to investigate and initiate enforcement proceedings to halt the marketing and retail sale of certain RF lighting devices, typically known as "grow light" ballasts, which, it said, violate FCC Part 18 rules. The largely identical complaints zeroed in on three specific products: The Galaxy Legacy Selective Wattage Ballast, the Quantum Horticulture HPS/MH-600W RF Lighting Ballast, and the Lumatek "Dial-a-Watt Air-Cooled" 1000 W Ballast. The League had complained to the FCC in March 2014 about another Lumatek product and noted that "apparently nothing has been done to date" in that case. The ARRL asserted that the three devices targeted in its most recent complaints generate "blatantly excessive conducted emissions." Further, the League alleged, the devices are being marketed and sold illegally -- in both instances in violation of FCC Part 18 rules. Supporting all three complaints were detailed reports from the ARRL Laboratory that quantify the League's emission level concerns. In a similar vein as its recent complaint about marketing of certain RF lighting devices by The Home Depot, the ARRL pointed out that there were no FCC labels on two of the devices mentioned nor any FCC compliance information "anywhere in the documentation, or in or on the box, or on the device itself," in violation of FCC Part 18 rules. The League asked the FCC to require removal of all such illegal "grow light" devices from retail sale and marketing and the recall of those devices already sold or available for retail sale, and it said the device importers should be subject to a forfeiture proceeding.
==> FCC Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior - In the case of Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, the FCC imposed the full $22,000 fine it had proposed in 2014 for intentionally interfering with other Amateur Radio communications and for failing to identify. In a July 22 Forfeiture Order -- issued exactly 1 year from its Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) proposing the hefty fine -- the FCC cited Guernsey's "long history of causing interference to other Amateur Radio operators" and noted that he had been "warned repeatedly in writing." Guernsey's interactions with the FCC Enforcement Bureau date back well over a decade, and, at one point he agreed to a 9-month license suspension. In responding to the 2014 NAL, Guernsey denied responsibility for the interference and sought cancellation or reduction of the fine based on inability to pay. The FCC was having none of it. The Commission said its agents "positively confirmed the source" of the interfering transmissions as Guernsey's residence and monitored them for 40 minutes.==> Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September - The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) applications, the FCC said it was doing so to save money and personnel resources. The Commission asserted that it costs more of both to process the regulatory fees and issue refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment. In 2014 the FCC raised the Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee from $16.10 to its current $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase was the largest such fee hike in many years. In a typical fiscal year, the FCC collected on the order of $250,000 in vanity call sign regulatory fees.
==> New LF and MF Amateur Allocations - The FCC is inviting comments on its recent proposals to authorize Amateur Radio operation on two new bands -- an LF allocation at 135.7 to 137.8 kHz (2200 meters), and an MF allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters). Amateur Radio would be secondary on both bands. Comments are due August 31. Reply comments -- comments on comments filed -- are due by September 30. The FCC allocated 135.7 to 137.8 kHz to the Amateur Service in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The proposed new allocation at 472 to 479 kHz would implement decisions made at WRC-12.
--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League
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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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