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SELARC Repeaters    
147.000- WB5NET PL 107.2/A/E
145.130- WB5NET  PL 107.2 
145.010 WB5NET HMU digipeater
444.250+ WB5NET  PL107.2

Club Net
Tangi ARES Net on Monday Nights at 8:30PM - 147.00MHz (-600) PL 107.2
SELARC meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

* Club Meeting & Installation of Officers *

Tuesday, August 12th  7pm

Ponchatoula Community Center

(300 North 5th Street, Range Road)
Elevator Access

Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2Hz Tone


Contact SELARC officers at the email links below:

Vice President 

  James Valega, WB5LSH
Michael Ansalve, KF5JSO

David Catania, N5QOX
Robert Priez, WB5FBS

If you would like to become a member of SELARC or renew your membership, please print out and complete the application/renewal form and return it with your check to: P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404. Thanks!

Special Events, Hamfests & VE Sessions

Shreveport Hamfest will be at the Red Cross Building, 805 Brook Hollow Drive, on August 9th. Information at

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend, hosted by Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) will be Aug 15-17 on 40m & 20m. More info at

Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour a 150-mile ride from Hammond to Percy Quin Park in Mississippi will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4th & Sunday, Oct. 5th. Ham radio volunteers to assist with communications can contact  for more information or to sign up.

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

Happy Birthday Wishes... and Get Well Wishes!

Lots of birthday greetings in this month go to Harvey Manning KD5WWJ, Ad Fowler W5NON, David Muller W5NPV, Mark Lacey WX5RN, Tyrone Burns N5XES, Michael Ansalve KF5JSO, Jeff Henkel KF5TPX, and Ken Nietz KE5UHM who are all celebrating birthdays in August!

Best wishes for continued recuperation go to David Catania N5QOX, Ottis Arnold K5AIY and Jack Stang N5XVJ. We wish them a speedy and complete return to good health!


Our sincere sympathy goes to Mary Mitchell KE5LLQ and her family on the loss of her grandson, Chaston Brown of Ponchatoula.

Minutes of the SELARC Meeting of July 8th (Ponchatoula Community Center)

The meeting was called to order at 7:07pm by President Jim Valega WB5LSH, who asked all to introduce themselves. Treasurer David Catania N5QOX presented the financial report, which was m/s/passed. Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS presented correspondence, which included the annual filing of the SELARC Corporate Report, and the minutes of the June 10th meeting, which were accepted as published in the "Hamster".

Attendance: Jim WB5LSH, Carol KE5GOC, James K5QNT, Bob WB5FBS, Mike KF5JSO,Ralph K5CAV,  Jerry N5GKJ, Al KF5IBW, David W5NPV, Tyrone N5XES, David N5QOX, Ken WB7NCW, Keith KF5VLX and John KD5OLG.

Committee Reports: REPEATER (Bob WB5FBS) – reported that it will be necessary to replace the backup batteries for the 147 repeater; it was m/s/passed to purchase two batteries. ARES (Bob WB5FBS) – the NCS schedule for the 3rd quarter of 2014 has been sent out, and as always he will be happy to have additional volunteers to serve as net control stations.

Old Business: (1) Bob WB5FBS reported that the June 22-23 Field Day at the Pontchartrain Astronomical Observatory site was enjoyed by all who participated. 76 HF contacts from Canada to Hawaii were made and Sandy W5TVW produced all 43 of the CW contacts on QRP. Thanks to all for the help and good food, and especially to Walt N5RYI for the facilities. (2) Jim WB5LSH called for the Election of Officers and opened the floor for any additional nominations. There being none, it was moved/seconded/passed that the candidates as presented by the Nominations Committee at the June meeting be elected unanimously. Elected were President Jim Valega WB5LSH, Vice-President Mike Ansalve, Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS and Treasurer David Catania N5QOX. The installation of officers will take place at the August meeting.

New Business: (1) Membership applications of Gerry Boudreaux W5IC and Benjamin Sale KC5IJF were m/s/passed. Welcome to SELARC to both of them! (2) David W5NPV presented written amendments to the SELARC Constitution and ByLaws to extend the term of office to two years (from the current one year) and to replace the phrase “Executive Council” or “Executive Board” with “Board of Directors” to reflect our current corporate status. These changes will be discussed and voted on at the August meeting.  (3) Jim WB5LSH discussed preliminary hamfest plans and asked for volunteers to serve with the officers on the Hamfest Committee. Keith KF5VLX, Jerry N5GKJ, Al KF5IBW and David W5NPV volunteered and were appointed to the committee.

Announcements: The Slidell Hamfest will be on July 19 and the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour will be on Oct. 4 & 5.

TWO Free On-Line License Exam Review/Practice Sites Available –

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 ( ) 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 ) 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.

For Sale…

Cushcraft 8-element Antenna; HyGain Antenna Rotator Controller Plus; Icom 718 HF Xcvr; Pyramid PS-14KX 12amp Power Supply; Icom 2200H; Astron SS30 Switching Power Supply; CW Straight Keyer  -- JB Buras KE5JAS 985-474-5370 or James Redmond K5QNT 225-567-2100

VE Test Session Report...

Congratulations to these new hams and upgrades at the June/July exams in Hammond.
Janie Pearson - Denham Springs
Randolph Moody – Albany
Gene Joanen – Mandeville
David Oehler – Ponchatoula
John Pepper - Rolling Fork, MS
Richard Bee – Mandeville
David Locascio - New Orleans
  Amateur Extra:
Walter Gibson – Destrehan

Nathan LeFrand/KG5DBJ- McComb, MS

Again, many thanks to the Volunteer Examiners who make the effort to help out with these sessions. I really appreciate your support and  I am sure that all of our examinees appreciate your effort as well!

Tyrone Burns N5XES - Hammond Volunteer Examiner Group

Delta Division Report...

Greetings Delta Division Members! July is gone and August is upon us.  Where did that month go?  I must say the ARRL National Centennial Convention was one well run event. Vice Director Hudgens and I were pleased to see so many Delta Division Members at Hartford from all four sections. It was great to see so many old friends as well as making new ones in the CT Convention Center. This was a first class event in a first class facility with many great programs and speakers.

Initial efforts to secure additional co-sponsors for “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” — HR.4969 — are starting to produce results. As of August 5, 17 co-sponsors have signed onto the bill, which was introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June. Additional co-sponsors are anticipated. HR.4969 would call on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The bill’s primary sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and it received initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT), who attended the ARRL National Centennial Convention on July 19 to speak with League officials and those attending the event.

73 ES GL, David A. Norris K5UZ, Director Delta Division

News from the ARRL

==> Contest SOS - During the IARU HF Championship - right in the middle of the contest while operating as N3BUO, Gary WA5FWC copied a CW SOS call in the SSB band on his CQ frequency and dropped the contest to render help! "During the Saturday evening of the IARU I received an SOS in CW in Spanish about a ship in distress. The message said they were in danger of ditching in a raft as the ship was losing power and the air time was short. I received what I perceived to be coordinates off the Argentine coast about 565 miles. I copied the info and a Mexican station translated and relayed this information to the Maritime Mobile net which then contacted the Argentine Coast Guard and Argentine authorities rescued the passengers." Strong work! (Thanks, Dave N3BUO and Gary WA5FWC)

==> Thai Amateur Radio regulations  - A new set of Thai Amateur Radio regulations went into effect on July 23rd, granting Thai hams several new sets of frequency privileges, including a secondary allocation on 6 meters and expansion of 160 and 80 meter operation to 1.800 - 2.000 MHz and 3.500 - 3.600 MHz. Advanced licensees will be able to use up to 1000 watts and more club and contest call signs will be available, such as E2X. The Morse receiving test is retained, as well. (Thanks, Champ E21EIC and Sam SM3DYU)

==> ARRL Board Names Award Winners -  The joint recipients of the 2014 Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award were Brad Amacker, N5MZ, of Petal, Mississippi, and Bill Finnegan, NR8I, of Marion, Ohio. Amacker has taught at 16 Amateur Radio license instruction classes that resulted in some 100 students becoming Amateur Radio licensees, and he's been active in mentoring new licensees. The 2014 Hiram Percy Maxim Award -- the League's top youth honor -- went to Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, of Bloomington, Indiana. The recipient of a Goldfarb Scholarship, Lysandrou (left) was cited for his demonstrated passion for HF DXing, his high school Amateur Radio club activity, his service as Indiana Assistant Section Manager for Youth Activities, and for actively sharing his love of Amateur Radio by being a presenter Dayton Hamvention and elsewhere.

==> FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio "Resilient" - The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. The new agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource. The pact also outlines the ways in which FEMA and ARRL will cooperate to carry out their respective responsibilities, with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.

==> FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs Alleging Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify - The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference with other Amateur Radio communications -- in one case by transmitting music and animal noises -- and failure to properly identify. In similar Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) released July 22, the Commission proposed fining Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, $22,000, and Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $11,500. In both cases, the FCC said the evidence indicated that the transmissions at issue were aimed at interfering with other radio amateurs with whom each "has had a long-standing and well-documented dispute" that had spilled out onto the air.

==> ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act - ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to action to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014." HR.4969 would require the FCC to extend PRB-1 coverage to restrictive covenants. It was introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the legislation. The measure would require the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The bill's primary sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It had initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT).

==> Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR, and Dave Leestma, N5QWC, Retire from NASA -Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR/ex-KD5CHF, and Dave Leestma, N5WQC, have announced their retirements from NASA. Both operated on ham radio from space, and Thomas, as the last US astronaut to complete a duty tour onboard the Russian Mir space station, conducted several contacts with students on Earth as part of the SAREX program, the predecessor of ARISS

==> 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

SELARC 2014 Membership

Members Listed by Callsign
Call   Last Name    First Name
---------  ------------    ---------------
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
KC5IJF Sale, Benjamin
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
N5GKJ  Burg, Jerry
N5HAY  Simpson, Tom
N5OQT  Wiginton, Louis
N5QOX  Catania, David
N5QVZ  Newcombe, Ronald
N5RYI  Sarrat, Walter 
N5XES  Burns, Tyrone
N5XVJ  Stang, Jack

W5ESV  Vance, Edward
W5IC   Boudreaux, Gerry
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
WD5BJR Miyares, Manuel
WD5CZJ Lecompte, Vincent
WD5HLE Rogers, Larry
WX5RN  Lacey, Mark


Stay Radio Active - See you at the Meeting!


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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