SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC.
*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
|Updated: December 6,
* Club Meeting & Christmas Party !! *
Cafe NOLA, Ponchatoula LA
Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00pm
1625 Highway 51, just north of Barringer Rd
Peace on Earth ----- Good Will To Men!
Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2 Tone
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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!
SELARC Annual Christmas Party & Meeting on Dec. 10 at Cafe NOLA, 1625 Hwy. 51 in Ponchatoula (just north of Barringer Road) at 7pm. Bring a friend or family and come early for some holiday "spirit", good food and fellowship; socializing starts at 6:30pm. There will be no gift exchange this year!
Hammond Hamfest 2014 sponsored by SELARC will be at the Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conference Center on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The site for the 33rd annual hamfest will be the same as last year but with a new hotel name (and still FREE admission) at 2000 S. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, just off of Exit 28 from I-55. More info at www.selarc.org/selarchamfest.htm
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
The meeting was called to order by President Jim Valega WB5LSH at 7:05pm. He gave special thanks to Chief Dale Vernon and the Husser Volunteer Fire Dept. for providing the meeting location tonight. President Jim then turned the meeting over to Pete Liuzza WB5ERM for a special (and surprise!) presentation to SELARC Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS for his 40+ years of service to SELARC and ham radio. Pete gave a touching and detailed summary of Bob’s activities and presented him with a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Bob thanked Pete for his years of support, and all of the members for their help in the many SELARC projects. Following the presentation, Treasurer Dave Catania N5QOX presented the financial report, which was accepted as presented. Minutes of the Oct. 8th meeting were accepted as published in the "Hamster" and Secretary Bob Priez WB5FBS presented correspondence, which included bills and approval of our 2014 Hamfest as an official ARRL event.
Attendance: Jason KC5WDH, Leslie KE5ILT, Jim WB5LSH, Joey KF5JEL, Tyrone N5XES, Forrest KD5PKS, Al KF5IBW, Jerry N5GKJ, Keith W5KB, Mike KF5JSO, Jeff KF5TPX, Bruce KA5LLJ, Jerry W5NJJ, Adam KE5ILU, Walter N5RYI, Alan KR5T, Pete WB5ERM, Ray K5AZU, Scott KD5PCK, David W5NPV, Carol KE5GOC, Ralph K5CAV& Nancy Shaw, Bob WB5FBS & Ellen Priez, Dave N5QOX and James K5QNT.
Committee Reports: REPEATER (Bob WB5FBS) – no problems at this time. ARES (Bob WB5FBS) – the telephone call-out for the October SET was not very successful because many phone numbers were no longer correct. He urged all to complete the ARES Member Update form on the Tangi ARES webpage at www.selarc.org/TangiAresPage.htm
New Business: (1) President Jim WB5LSH called for nominations for the Special Election of Vice-President. The names of Mike Ansalve KF5JSO and David Muller W5NPV were placed in nomination. Following the vote by secret ballot, Mike KF5JSO was elected. (2) Carol Redmond KE5GOC gave oath of office to Mike KF5JSO. Congratulations to our new VP, Mike Ansalve and thanks to David Muller for his willingness to serve SELARC.
Old Business: (1)Treasurer Dave N5QOX distributed hamfest prize tickets ($5 each and members who sell $100 of tickets will receive a full dues credit for one year) and he encouraged all to sell as many tickets as possible. Ticket sales must be turned in before the Hamfest to earn the dues credit. (2)Jim WB5LSH discussed other details about prizes, forums, and swap tables. He will serve as Table Manager and asked Mike KF5JSO to contact vendors for the hamfest. (3) Dave N5QOX reported the December club meeting and party will be at Cafe NOLA in Ponchatoula. Come early to socialize before the meeting. It was decided there would be no gift exchange this year.Announcements: Following adjournment there was socializing, and all enjoyed food, cake and drinks provided by the Liuzza family (KE5ILT, KE5ILU, KC5WDH & WB5ERM).
I hope this month’s “Hamster” finds everyone in good health and enjoying the hobby. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. The lower bands, especially 40 meters, have been opening to Europe and other parts of the world on a regular basis. With the weather fronts showing up now pretty rapidly even the vhf and uhf parts of the spectrum have had some nice openings also. We’re just about to that time of the year where one could take a few moments and warm the hobby up just a bit... along with a cup of Holiday egg nog or such. You’ve still got time to do that last minute repair or even an antenna refresh before the real cold settles into this part of the country - and it will serve you well during the real cold winter coming soon!
Hamfest planning is well underway - that event is on schedule in just a little over a month, January 18, 2014. We still have some things to do for that. Come be a part of the Hammond Hamfest 2014. We’ll be enjoying our Christmas Party at Café NOLA in Ponchatoula again this year. It will be on our regular meeting night this month. Come join us for some fun, good food and a chance to visit with old and new friends alike at the year-end event. I hope to see you there, and let me take this opportunity to wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous, Safe, and Happy New Year in 2014.
73 Jim WB5LSH
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Brand New, never used MFJ dummy load, oil-filled 1,000 Watt (continuous for 10 minutes), paid $69.95+shipping. Asking $50 - David W5NPV firstname.lastname@example.org
Motorola Radius -M120 2 channel UHF mobile radios, programmed with Ham frequencies, two at $50.00 each. (will program with your repeater pairs); DB-201(DB Products) Half wave folded loop vertical ground plane antennas, two at $75.00 each. (tuned for 6 meters - modified to be adjustable); Cushcraft 147-11 2m FM beam, $100.00; Motorola #71504A - UHF duplexers w/cables - currently tuned for 461 - 466 mhz $400.00, negotiable (will tune down to Ham requencies for repeater use); Cushcraft A3S/ HF tri-bander yagi tuned for Phone portion of the band, w/new SS screws in traps and new SS clamps on all tubing, $200.00. - Tyrone J. Burns Sr, N5XES 985-687-2139 email@example.com
==>ARRL Files "Symbol Rate" Petition with FCC - The ARRL has asked the FCC to delete the symbol rate limit in Article §97.307(f) of its Amateur Service rules, replacing it with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz. The ARRL Board of Directors adopted the policy underlying the petition initiative at its July 2013 meeting. The petition was filed November 15. Symbol rate represents the number of times per second that a change of state occurs, not to be confused with data (or bit) rate. Current FCC rules limit digital data emissions below 28 MHz to 300 baud, and between 28.0 and 28.3 MHz to 1200 baud. The League said that while bandwidth limitations are reasonable, the symbol rate "speed limit" reflective of 1980s technology, prohibits radio amateurs today from utilizing state-of-the-art technology. Present symbol rate limits on HF "actually encourage spectrum inefficiency," the League argued, "in that they allow data transmissions of unlimited bandwidth as long as the symbol rate is sufficiently slow."
The League said eliminating symbol rate limits on data emissions and substituting a "reasonable maximum authorized bandwidth" would permit hams to use all HF data-transmission protocols now legal in the Amateur Service as well as other currently available protocols that fall within the authorized bandwidth but are off limits to amateurs. Modern digital emissions "are capable of much more accurate and reliable transmissions at greater speeds with much less bandwidth than in 1980." As an example, the League pointed to PACTOR 3, which is permitted under current rules, and PACTOR 4, which is not. Despite PACTOR 4's greater throughput, both protocols can operate within the bandwidth of a typical SSB transmission.
==> Plans Announced to Update the Communications Act of 1934 - The US House Communications and Technology Subcommittee has announced plans for a multi-year effort to examine and update the Communications Act of 1934, the overarching law under which the FCC functions. The subcommittee, part of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, is chaired by Oregon Republican Greg Walden, W7EQI. Walden and Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton of Michigan made the announcement December 3. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, noted that the most recent significant update of the Communications Act was in 1996. "Under the leadership of Greg Walden, the subcommittee and its staff are well equipped to take up the challenge," Sumner said. "The ARRL will be monitoring the work closely as it goes forward next year and beyond."
==> ARRL Granted Use of W1ØØAW for League's Centennial - The FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station W1AW to also use the call sign W1ØØAW during 2014, the ARRL's centennial year. Contacts made from the Maxim Memorial Station in Newington, from regional Centennial conventions, and during the IARU HF Championship will use W1ØØAW, with portable designators as appropriate. The "W1AW WAS" operations throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will use W1AW, not W1ØØAW. Bulletins and code practice transmissions during 2014 also will still use W1AW. Contacts with W1ØØAW will be worth 100 points in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party. To help kick off the ARRL Centennial, special W1ØØAW activity will begin at 0500 UTC on January 1, 2014 (midnight in Newington), and will include participation in ARRL's Straight Key Night; one CW station will use Hiram Percy Maxim's straight key. Activity will continue throughout New Year's Day.
==> Canada Issues Short-Term 472-479 kHz Experimental License - Industry Canada has issued an experimental radio license to the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (VO1MRC). Experimental station VX9MRC has been endorsed to conduct transmissions on 472-479 kHz for just two days -- December 14 and 15 -- to call attention to the potential new Amateur Radio band there and to the role ham radio plays in emergency communication. "A special message from Bauline, Newfoundland, Mayor Christopher Dredge will be sent on CW on 478 kHz as a beacon transmission on these days," said Joe Craig, VO1NA, a low-frequency enthusiast and MRC leader. "Those receiving the message are invited to forward it to their respective municipal representative." Craig said the ERP should be about 2 W on 478 kHz, with the message sent at approximately 12 WPM.
==> Happy Birthday to AO-7 - The AO-7 Amateur Radio satellite turned 39 years old on November 15. Launched in 1974 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as the second AMSAT Phase 2 ham satellite, AO-7 continues to amaze. After its batteries succumbed to old age, AO-7 went silent in 1981 only to spring back to life in 2002, although some believe it may have resurrected itself as much as a year earlier. AMSAT describes the Mode A/B bird as "semi-operational" and "almost certainly" running solely from its solar panels. The ham satellite organization theorizes that AO-7's batteries shorted when they failed, but the short circuit subsequently opened, allowing the satellite regain some functionality. This means AO-7 only works when it receives direct sunlight, and it shuts down when in eclipse. Since the satellite returned, terrestrial users have enjoyed numerous contacts via AO-7. AMSAT-NA this week offered its congratulations to all involved in the designing, building, launching, and operating the satellite.
--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
KC5KJ Forbes, H.P.
KC5WDH Liuzza, Jason
KD5GUQ Labat, Jerome
KD5PCK Hernandez, Scott
KD5PKS Clark, Forrest
KD5WWJ Manning, Harvey
KE5DOV Plunkett, Palmer
KE5GOC Redmond, Carol
KE5JJC Pullman, Robert
KE5NG Faurie, Patti
KF5GOI Maklary, Paul
KF5HEE Eichaker, Katherine
KF5IBW Baker, Albert
KF5JSO Ansalve, Michael
KF5NGS Gratia, Donald
KF5OVX Green, Robert
KF5TPX Henkel, Jeff
KF5TQT Cutrer, Ricky
KF5UHM Nieto, Ken
KF5VLX Samrow, Keith
N4USW Martin, Kathryn
N5GKJ Burg, Jerry
N5HAY Simpson, Tom
N5QOX Catania, David
N5QVZ Newcombe, Ronald
N5RYI Sarrat, Walter
N5XES Burns, Tyrone
N5XVJ Stang, Jack
W5EGG Pierson Jr, Allen
W5NJJ Olivier, Jerry
W5NON Fowler, Addison
W5NPV Muller, David
W5PGS Grant, Tom
W5TVW Blaize, Sandy
WA5LWK Fink, Bill
WA5RRN Fischer, Chris
WB5ERM Liuzza, Peter
WB5FBS Priez, Robert
WB5LSH Valega, James
WB7NCW Brown, Kennith
WD0BGO Atwood, Richard
WD5BJR Miyares, Manuel
WD5CZJ Lecompte, Vincent
WD5HLE Rogers, Larry
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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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