SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: September 3,
** Club Meeting **
(300 North 5th Street,
Congratulations to SELARC officers for 2015-2017 !
Technician License Class sponsored by SELARC beginning on Monday night, Sept. 14th at 7pm in the club station at the Ponchatoula Community Center. Contact David N5QOX at email@example.com
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 Ken Nieto KF5UHM and Ricky Cutrer KF5TQT.
Birthday greetings this month go to Bill Fink WA5LWK, Bruce Simmons KA5LLJ, Ricky Cutrer KF5TQT, Chris Fox KF5MEK, David Oehler K4BHY and Donald Turner KD5REW who are celebrating birthdays in September. If we missed your birthday, please let us know!
First I would like to thank the membership for electing me president of SELARC for the next two years. It is now that time of year when hurricane season is getting active -- hopefully not for us anyway. Next is the MS BIKE tour that takes all the efforts of SELARC to provide communications, so come out and support the tour. It is definitely for a good cause!
Mike Ansalve, President KF5JSO
the following new hams and upgrades from the August VE session in Hammond:
President Jim Valega WB5LSH opened the meeting at 7:04pm after Vice-President Mike Anslave KF5JSO sold door prize tickets for the 2m HT. Walter N5RYI led the Pledge of Allegiance and Francis KF5YNN offered a prayer. President Jim asked all present to introduce themselves. It was m/s/passed to approve minutes of the July 14th meeting as published in the "Hamster” and Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS presented correspondence which included bank statement and renewed Equipment Insurance Policy. Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX presented and reviewed the financial report which was accepted as presented.
Installation of Officers: Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks conducted the installation ceremony for President Mike Ansalve KF5JSO, Vice-President David Muller W5NPV, Treasurer David Catania N5QOX and Secretary Robert Priez WB5FBS. In addition to charging the officers to be faithful in their duties, she also urged the members of SELARC to be supportive of the club and its officers.
Attendance (31): Jim WB5LSH, Al KF5IBW, Frank KF5YNN, David N5QOX, David W5NPV, Jeff KF5TPX, Carol KE5GOC, James K5QNT, Walter N5RYI, Ronald N5QVZ, Ralph K5CAV, Dean KG5AAE, Sandy W5TVW, Mike KF5JSO, Carmen KF5VXO, Ken WB7NCW, Lambert KG5DDW, Bruce KA5LLJ & grandson Dustyn, Bob WB5FBS, Judy AA5UZ, John AA5UY, David K4BHY, Keith KF5VLX, Scott KD5PCK, Bill KB5SKW, Dale Gauthier, Robert & Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks and Roy & Donna Holten.
Committee Reports: Repeater (Bob WB5FBS) – asked for volunteers to serve on the Repeater Committee. The following offered to serve: Keith KF5VLX, Jim WB5LSH, Carmen KF5VXO and Dean KG5AAE. ARES (Bob WB5FBS) – the next activity will be the Multiple Sclerosis “Dat’s How We Ride” bike tour on Oct. 10-11th. He requested all who have not yet done so to use the web link at the Tangi ARES page to update their info or to join ARES.
Old Business: (1) David N5QOX reported the training class for the Technician license will start on September 14, meeting twice a week for two weeks. He will order the books & supplies. (2) Scott KD5PCK presented the K5R event details for Saturday, Aug. 29. We will operate from the club station on HF from 9am until 3pm, conditions permitting. (3)Prizes and vendors for the Hammond Hamfest (January 16, 2016) were discussed; the website at www.selarc.org/selarchamfest.htm has been updated. (4) Bob WB5FBS circulated the Strawberry Fest QSL cards and logs so the cards can be mailed out.
New Business: (1) It was m/s/passed to purchase extra Baofeng HT’s to use as door prizes at the hamfest and also for our monthly meetings. (2) Outgoing President Jim WB5LSH volunteered to be available at the club station for anyone wishing to work on projects or on the air; the first session will be on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7pm. (3) President Mike KF5JSO appointed Lambert Michel KG5DDW to serve on the Board of Directors. He also presented a gift card on behalf of SELARC to outgoing President Jim Valega WB5LSH.
Announcements: Sandy W5TVW was the door prize HT winner; all were reminded about K5R special event activity on 29th.
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 in the mid-point of Hurricane
Season. If you have not already done it, this 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
If you like Facebook, you can "Like" SELARC at www.facebook.com/SELARC (Thanks to Scott KD5PCK for making that possible).
==> The FCC Universal Licensing System, Other Applications to be Down for Maintenance - FCC website maintenance in early September will make the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), and other public applications unavailable for more than 5 days. The Commission said the outage will begin at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, and continue through the Labor Day weekend. The maintenance work should be completed by 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8. During the ULS outage, it will not be possible to file any Amateur Radio applications.
==> FCC Proposes to Fine Ohio Radio Amateur for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify - The FCC has proposed levying an $8000 fine on a Cincinnati, Ohio, radio amateur, Daniel R. Hicks, KB8UYZ, who at one point had volunteered to track down the interference he was causing on a number of primarily VHF repeaters. In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released on August 20, the FCC Enforcement Bureau asserted that Hicks intentionally interfered with other Amateur Radio operators' communications and failed to identify properly. According to the NAL, an agent from the Bureau's Detroit office first responded to multiple complaints of interference on various repeaters in April 2014. The agent monitored transmissions emanating from Hicks' station for about an hour and heard the station transmit several recorded messages. The FCC said it has determined that the evidence in the case was sufficient to establish that Hicks caused willful and malicious interference and failed to identify using his assigned call sign.==> IARU Reiterates Commitment to Coordinate Satellites Only Within International Band Plans - In apparent reference to efforts by China's Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) to coordinate operating frequencies for nine satellites set to launch in early September, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has made it clear that it will not coordinate frequencies that do not conform with accepted band plans for all three IARU regions. The IARU has informed CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, that it was only able to coordinate uplink and downlink frequencies for two of the nine spacecraft (CAS-3/XW-2D and E), but it has not made that letter public. CAMSAT has said it plans to launch the nine satellites, all carrying Amateur Radio payloads, on September 7 or 8.
==> ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use of New 2200 and 630 Meter Bands --The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands should be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint. The League spelled out its case August 31 in detailed comments that argue in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations in light of the exceptionally low interference potential to unlicensed power line carrier (PLC) systems that utilities use to manage the power grid. In its April Report and Order, Order, and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O/NPRM) in ET Docket 15-99, the FCC had raised several questions regarding how Amateur Radio and PLC systems might coexist. The ARRL said, in its view, there is little to no evidence that Amateur Radio operation would be incompatible on the LF spectrum, where the great majority of PLC systems are deployed, and that few, if any, PLCs operate in the MF band.
==> 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.
==> ARRL "Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity" Statement Separates Fact from Fiction - The ARRL has taken steps to address objections and concerns recently raised by representatives of community associations about the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 and S. 1685. A statement released on August 28, "Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity," makes it clear that the bill would not create new federal policy with respect to outdoor amateur antennas. As it points out, the FCC already recognizes a strong federal interest in effective Amateur Radio communication from residences and has adopted a limited preemption of state and local regulation of Amateur Radio antennas. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would extend the limited preemption to private land-use restrictions. The legislation also does not prohibit community associations from reviewing proposed ham radio antenna installations or from having final approval; it limits restrictions to those necessary to accomplish an association's legitimate purposes -- such as safety and aesthetics. The bill does not mandate that a particular size of antenna be permitted, as long as size and placement restrictions do not prohibit, but reasonably accommodate, Amateur Radio communication.==> 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.
--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League
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