SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: July 3,
* Club Meeting & Election of Officers *
Tuesday, July 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:
Slidell Hamfest will be on Saturday, July 19, at John Slidell Park, 105 Robert Blvd sponsored by the Ozone ARC. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
The 13 Colonies Special Event will take place during the first week of July, with participating 13 colonies' stations on the air until July 6. Event sponsors say at least two special event stations will operate from each colony state. Those working all 13 colonies qualify for a "Clean Sweep" certificate designation. The suggested exchange is call sign, name, signal report and state/province/country.
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
A very special "Happy Birthday, America"!! Let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many to give birth to and preserve the greatest nation on earth!
SELARC members and visitors braved the summer time heat and humidity (and thunder storms) for a successful FD event at the Pontchartrain Astronomical Observatory site in Franklinton. Antennas were erected, operating stations were set up and the radio fun was second only to the food and fellowship. A full report will be presented at the SELARC meeting. Thanks to all who participated.
The meeting was called to order by President James Valega WB5LSH. It was m/s/passed to approve minutes of the May 13th meeting as published in the “Hamster” (Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS, absent). Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX presented the financial report which was accepted as presented.
Attendance: Carol KE5GOC, Al KF5IBW, Mike KF5JSO, Jeff KF5TPX, David W5NPV, James K5QNT, Keith KF5VLX, Ralph K5CAV, Scott KD5PCK, Jerry N5GKJ, Mark WXRN, Jim WB5LSH, David N5QOX and Geri Stoetzner .
Committee Reports: None
Old Business: (1) Field Day plans were finalized and it was m/s/passed to allot $350 for the event. (2) The Nominations Committee presented the slate of candidates for the annual Election of Officers to be held at the July meeting: President – Jim WB5LSH, Vice-President – Mike KF5JSO, Secretary – Bob WB5FBS, and Treasurer – Dave N5QOX. Additional nominations may be made at the time of the election. (3) Agreement for the site of the 2015 January Hamfest was reached with the representative of the Magnuson Hotel and the contract has been signed and paid.
New Business: There was discussion of reverting to a two-year term for officers, rather than the current one-year term. This will require amendment to the Constitution and ByLaws, and will not take effect until the election of officers held in 2015. David W5NPV will present the formal proposal at the July meeting.
Adjournment: There being no further business the meeting was adjourned for socializing and ‘radio talk’!
The ARRL has launched a new online resource that allows users to take randomly generated practice exams using questions from the actual examination question pool. The ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio (www.arrl.org/examreview ) is free, and users do not need to be ARRL members. The only requirement is that users must first set up a site login (this is a different and separate login from your ARRL website user registration).
Hamilton Carter KD0FNR (at http://copaseticflows.appspot.com/hamtest ) has written a set of free online FCC ham radio license exam practice tests with randomly generated practice exams for all three license classes in the U.S. as well as for the Canadian and New Zealand ham radio exams. Users can track their test scores, as well as a count of how many of the question pool questions they’ve practiced over time. Online help topics are provided for many of the exam questions.
Uniden digital scanner BCD396XT APCO 25 P-25 EDACS and LTR complete with programming software, cable and charger; mint condition $400.00 -- contact Mike KF5JSO at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delta Division Assistant Director Phillip Green, N4PWG has made a huge addition and modernization to the website this week! We are linked up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/arrldeltadivision.This will give members a chance to see what is happening around the Division and also it will give members the ability to upload photos and information about your club or groups events! This is great exposure for amateur radio and the Delta Division to the public and youngsters in particular I encourage all of you to try it and also, visit www.arrldelta.org while you are there with the working link. Don’t forget the ARRL Centennial QSO Party going on all year. Everyone is worth points and the pile ups have been wild yet fun. I ran 62 stations mostly EU the other morning on 15m CW within 25 minutes before leaving for church! Jump in get QRV operate, earn points and awards! I will be QRV on all bands SSB and CW at any given evening or weekend so grab that 225 pts from K5UZ! Check www.arrl.org for the points value chart. The contest will be automatically scored on LoTW (Logbook of the World) so be sure to sign up and get set up for LoTW if you haven’t already. Enjoy the event!73 ES GL, David A. Norris K5UZ, Director Delta Division
==> House Bill Would Require FCC to Extend PRB-1 Coverage to Restrictive Covenants -- A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" was introduced on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed legislation. If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill's passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.
==> FCC Seeks to Raise Vanity Call Sign Fee - The FCC is requesting to raise the Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee from its current $16.10 to $21.60 for the 10-year license term. The $5.50 increase would be the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), "Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2014; Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2013; and Procedures for Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees," which appeared in The Federal Register on July 3. The FCC reported there were 11,500 "payment units" in FY 2014. The Commission said the vanity program generated $230,000 in FY 2013 revenue, and it estimated that it would collect nearly $248,000 in FY 2014. Interested parties have 30 days to comment on the NPRM. Changes in the vanity call sign fee typically take effect in late August or early September.
==> ARRL Website Upgrade - Effective July 1, the ARRL is upgrading its website's Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate to keep abreat of industry standards. This upgrade only affects HTTPS (secure) pages on the ARRL website, including the e-store checkout pages, any pages that accept donations, or pages that allow amateurs to join the ARRL or renew their memberships. As a result of this upgrade, users running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or earlier Windows operating systems will not be able to access these pages. To ensure uninterrupted service, Windows XP Service Pack 2 users are encouraged to upgrade to Service Pack 3 or to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
==> Changes to Amateur Service Part 97 Rules Go Into Effect on July 21 - The FCC's recently announced revisions to the Part 97 Amateur Radio rules governing exam credit to former licensees, test administration, and emission types will go into effect on Monday, July 21. The new rules were published in The Federal Register on June 20. Earlier this month, the Commission announced that it would grant examination credit for written elements 3 (General) and 4 (Amateur Extra) to holders of "expired licenses that required passage of those elements." The FCC will require former licensees falling outside the 2-year grace period to pass Element 2 (Technician) in order to be relicensed. The Commission declined to give exam credit to holders of expired Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCEs) or to extend lifetime validity to CSCEs. The FCC also embraced the use of remote testing methods, allowing volunteer examiners and volunteer examiner coordinators "the option of administering examinations at locations remote from the VEs."
==> June 19 Launch Puts Several New Amateur Radio Payloads into Orbit - A Dnepr launch vehicle carried several Amateur Radio payloads aloft from Russia on June 19. The 37 spacecraft for research and commercial applications, about one-third of them carrying Amateur Radio packages, marked a new record for the most spacecraft launched by a single rocket . Among the Amateur Radio payloads now Among the Amateur Radio payloads now in orbit is FUNcube-3, a transponder-only payload on the QB50 precursor CubeSat, QB50p1. FUNcube-3 carries an inverting 400 mW SSB/CW transponder, with an uplink passband of 435.035-435.065 MHz (LSB) and a downlink passband of 145.935-145.965 MHz (USB).
The otherwise nearly identical QB50p2 package carries an Amateur Radio 435/145 MHz FM voice transponder as well as packet on 145.880 MHz, 1200bps BPSK and 145.840 MHz, 9600 bps FSK. The QB50 satellites will become available to radio amateurs after 6 months of testing. The QB50 program plans to launch a constellation of 50 small science research satellites. TabletSat-Aurora, built in Russia, carries a experimental D-STAR parrot (store-and-forward) repeater running 0.8 W (GMSK) on 437.050 MHz (±10 kHz). It can store a voice message of up to 8 seconds. Two other transceivers on the satellite operate on 435.550 MHz and 436.100 MHz. Their power can be varied by ground-station command from between 0.8 and 2.0 W. They will be used for command and control and transmit GMSK telemetry data. Unofficial reports indicate that the D-STAR repeater could become operational in early July and that when the D-STAR repeater is active telemetry will be turned off. In the hours immediately following the launch, signals were reported from FUNcube-3, POPSAT, QB50p1, QB50p2, UniSat-6, BugSat-1 -- the first satellite to be deployed after launch -- NanosatC-BR1, Duchifat-1, TabletSat-Aurora, and DTUsat-2. BugSat-1 contains an Amateur Radio digipeater, which will be activated after the satellite's primary mission has been completed. UniSat-6, which transmits on 437.425 MHz (9600 bps GFSK at 2 W) with the call sign II0US, carried Tigrisat, Lemur 1, ANTELSat, and AeroCube 6. ANTELSat is the first Uruguayan satellite. It carries a telemetry downlink and a command uplink (437.575 MHz 1200 bps AFSK) with a 2403.000 MHz (1 Mbit GFSK/MSK) downlink for payload data, and a 437.280 MHz CW beacon.
==> Special Spanish Prefixes to Mark Change of Monarch - To mark the passing of the passing of the crown June 18 from King Juan Carlos, EA0JC, to his son, Felipe VI, Spanish Amateur Radio operators may use special prefixes between June 18 and September 18. EA stations may use the AM0# prefix, EB operators may use the AN0# prefix, and EC hams may use the AO0# prefix during the 3-month period. For example EA9CD would be AM09CD, EB7DX would operate as AN07DX, and EC1KR would be AO01CR.
==> BAOFENG Rebrands to Pofung - Chinese radio manufacturer BAOFENG is rebranding its products under the "Pofung" label in international markets. The company said BAOFENG -- a literal Pinyin translation of the company's Chinese character name -- "may be difficult for a hobbyist across the ocean to pronounce." The company said the new name, Pofung, is easier to pronounce and more customer-friendly, while maintaining the brand's phonetic symbolism. Products for the domestic market in China will retain their current brand name and identity, and the company's web domain, www.baofengradio.com, will remain unchanged.
==> ARRL Technician Instructor E-Manual Now Available for Download - The sixth edition of the ARRL Technician Instructor Manual -- an electronic publication -- now is available for free download by ARRL registered instructors. This latest edition of The ARRL Instructor's Manual offers a course syllabus that addresses all of the topics covered by the FCC question pool that becomes effective on July 1 for the Technician license exam. The syllabus follows the topic presentation sequence in the ARRL student study guide, The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (3rd ed). The Instructor Manual is available in four sections for online download, and it includes PowerPoint modules to enhance classroom presentation. The Teacher's Guide to Amateur Radio Instruction by Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, is incorporated within the Instructor Manual as well. Users may download each section, each lesson, or each PowerPoint module as needed.
--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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