SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: March 12,
** Club Meeting **
Ponchatoula Community Center
(300 North 5th Street, Range Road)
(-600) w/107.2Hz Tone
Contact SELARC officers at the email links below:
The March meeting ends the grace period for payment of 2015 Dues!! 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!
Acadiana Amateur Radio Association 55th Annual Hamfest & ARRL Louisiana State Convention will be on March 20 & 21 at the Rayne Civic Center, 300 Frog Festival Drive. See www.w5ddl.org/hamfest for more information.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival will be April 10-12. 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!).
Louisiana QSO Party will be Saturday March 14 from 9am-9pm CDT (1400 UTC March 14 to 0200 UTC March 15).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthday wishes in March go to Forrest Clark KD5PKS, Jerry Burg N5GKJ, Ben Sale KC5IJF, Bob Priez WB5FBS and Sal Yenni AC5LH. If we missed your birthday, please let us know!
Best wishes for a speedy recuperation go to Louis LeBlanc III, ex-KG5FBS, after his recent hospital stay. In honor of his Navy years in the “silent service”, Louis now has a new call of KD5SUB.
We express our sincere sympathy to James K5QNT and Carol KE5GOC Redmond and his family on the loss of James’ brother Donald Redmond KD5OQD who became a Silent Key this past weekend.
Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX submits the following list of SELARC members who guaranteed the success of our 2015 Hamfest by selling $100 or more of prize tickets before the event:
Baker KB5IBW, Sandy Blaize W5TVW, Carmen Bray KF5VXO, Ken Brown WB7NCW,
Jerry Burg N5GKJ, Dave Catania N5QOX, Kathy Eichaker KF5HEE, Jeff Henkel
KF5TPX, Tim Keen WD5BEM, Harvey Manning KD5WWJ, Dean Melancon KG5AAE,
David Muller W5NPV, Ronald Newcombe N5QVZ, David Oehler K4BHY, Bob Priez
WB5FBS, Carol Redmond KE5GOC, James Redmond K5QNT, Keith Samrow KF5VLX,
Walter Sarrat N5RYI, Ralph Shaw K5CAV, Jack Stang N5XVJ, Jim Valega
WB5LSH and Randy Wesley KG5BVM.
President Jim Valega WB5LSH called the meeting to
order at 7:00pm and asked all to rise and introduce themselves. Minutes
of the January 13 meeting were accepted as published in the "Hamster".
Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS presented the financial report, which
included the Hamfest results, for Treasurer Dave Catania who was absent.
The report included 23 members who earned the annual dues credit by
selling their $100 allotment of hamfest prize tickets and turning in
their money before the hamfest! Thanks to them for ensuring the success
of the hamfest. SELARC also presented a check for $368 to the Hammond
High School SciFi club for their help in selling refreshments at the
Hamfest (and special thanks go to Randy KG5BVM for his donation of food,
supplies and manpower to help the students!)
Congratulations to Charles Taylor KG5GCC of Bay St. Louis, MS on passing Technician and General class license exams in one sitting at the Feb. 22 VE session in Hammond.
73, Tyrone Burns N5XES, VE Liason
Winter was late in getting here but it finally arrived with fury. Arkansas and Tennessee have had a dose of sub-zero temperatures with ice and snow, Many have had power outages across the Division and Old Man Winter isn’t finished yet according to the forecasters. That being said, how prepared are we as hams for winter? 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 the current 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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==>ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals - The ARRL is asking members to comment by April 19 on possible changes to the League's HF Band Plans suggested by the HF Band Planning Committee. The survey is part of the committee's efforts to tweak the band plans for the RTTY/data/CW portions of 80 through 10 meters -- excepting 60 meters. The committee developed its suggested revisions to the voluntary band plans after reviewing some 400 member comments in response to a March 2014 solicitation that sought suggestions on how to use the spectrum more efficiently, so that data modes may coexist compatibly. The proposed changes differentiate among ACDS, narrow RTTY/data modes having a bandwidth no greater than 500 Hz, and wider data modes having a bandwidth up to 2700 Hz. The League has set up a web page to record members' preferences and comments, which includes links to the HF Band Planning Committee report to the ARRL Board and to Sumner's April QST article (and high-resolution band charts). Those wishing to offer more detailed comments may e-mail ARRL. The comment deadline is April 19.
==> 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.
==>Young Ham of the Year Award - Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) Award. To be considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications. Nominees must be no older than 19 and reside in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. The individual must also hold a currently valid US or Canadian Amateur Radio license. Candidates considered for the Young Ham of the Year Award will be judged on their overall accomplishments and contributions -- especially in terms of public service activities or experimentation in the areas of science, technology, or electronic communication -- that may be of an outstanding nature.
==> 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
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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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