The SELARC "Hamster"

Vol. 50, No. 03 ......................... March 2023
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday March 14, 2023 7:00 PM

Location: Amite EOC
114 N Laurel St., Amite City, LA

March Meet & Greet (5 PM to 7 PM)
La Carreta’s
122 SW Central Ave., Amite City, LA

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!

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll 2023 - March 25-26

Field Day - Date: June 24th, 2023

Florida Parishes VE Group - Testing sessions are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] at AmVets Post #68; 26890 Hwy 42 (jct. of Hwys 42 and 43) - Springfield, La. 70462 (approximately 3 miles south of I-12 at exit 32) at 2pm with $15 testing fee. Bring photo ID and any appropriate CSCE. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.

Minutes of the General Meeting, February 2023

SELARC Meeting Minutes

(Meeting Type: In-Person)

(Ponchatoula Community Center)

February 14th, 2023

Call to order: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) at 7:00 pm

Pledge of Allegiance: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

Introductions: Done

Minutes of previous meetings: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

  • 1st motion to accept meeting minutes as posted by Mark Lacey (WX5RN)
  • 2nd motion by Mike Jackson (KI5GGP)
  • All Approved

Members present: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD), Terry Williams (N1TDW), Mark Lacey (WX5RN), Mike Jackson (KI5GGP), Ed Mason (KE5GMN), Pat Mason (KE5KMM), Bob Spahn (WD5BJW), Sumana Disimone (KI5WNV), Ernie Bush (N5NIB), John Shettles (K5SNB)

Guest present: N/A

Treasurers’ report: Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • 1st motion to accept the treasurer's report as presented by Ed Mason (KE5GMN)
  • 2nd motion by Terry Williams (N1TDW)
  • All Approved

Bills / Correspondence:

  • Waiting to hear back from Matt Anderson on paying the Repeater Council (LCARC) dues of $15.00.
  • Hamfest Expenses

New member applications / renewals: Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • Ferrell Spruell (W5DXK)
    • Many may know him as AC5H in Baton Rouge. Took his fathers call upon his passing over a year ago.
  • Steven Henry (K5WTI)
    • Steven is part of the morning crew talking to countless members during the morning coffee hours.
  • 1st motion to accept by Pat Mason (KE5KMM)
  • 2nd motion to accept by Ed Mason (KE5GMN)
  • All Approved.

Health and Welfare:

  • Joe Swan is in the hospital. He is the net control of the Washington parish nets.
  • Carol Redmond passed away yesterday. Service is this coming Friday.
  • Ernie's brother passed last week.

ARES report: Pat Mason (KE5KMM)

  • Picking up some more distant people.
  • Running in the 23’s on check-ins
  • New folks are checking in.

Hamfest Committee: Tyrone Burns (N5XES) Russ

  • Location
    • Ponchatoula Community Center
    • Feedback is clear that Ponchatoula is the preferred location.
    • Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) Reachout to reserve location for 2024.
  • Food Truck
    • Boss Hog’s Catering
    • Lots of positive feedback on Boss Hog’s Kitchen. Wanted to be on the books for next year's event.
  • Volunteers
    • Excellent support from the members on setup and teardown.
    • Terry N1TDW Williams
      • Mic Announcements / MC
    • Mona Williams (Terry's Wife)
      • Tickets Sales Front Desk
    • Dean KG5AAE Melancon
      • Signs Out/In for Event
      • Table Setup/Takedown
    • Keith KF5VLX Samrow
      • Signs Out/In for Event
      • Table Setup/Takedown
    • Tyrone N5XES Burns
      • Table Control & Overall Setup
    • Ernie N5NIB Bush
      • Ticket Sales & Membership Dues
    • Sylvia KE5JLG Bush (Ernie's Wife)
      • Ticket Sales Front Desk
    • Mike KI5GGP Jackson
      • Table Pickup
    • Ryan KI5FMA Plyler
      • Table Pickup & Trash
    • Keith Stokes (Ryan's Family)
      • Table Pickup & Trash
    • Jerry Burg W5TE 
    • Ed KE5GMN Mason
      • Talk-In Station
    • Pat KE5KMM Mason
      • Talk-In Station
    • Ralph K5CAV Shaw
      • Moral Support :)
    • Boss Hog's Kitchen
      • Lunch Support
    • Mark WX5RN Lacey
      • Saturday Pickup
    • Russ WI5ARD Plyler
      • Setup & Takedown
      • Coffee & Cleanup
    • Bill KB5OBW Price
      • Table Setup/Takedown
    • Bill KF5YBY Harris
      • Table Setup and Takedown
    • Bill KF5YBY’s Wife
      • Ticket Sales at Front Desk
    • Bob WD5BJW
      • Helped with Teardown.
    • Larry KI5JVY Lima & Wife
      • Ticket Sales at Front Desk
    • Sumona
    • Testing
      • Chris W5CLP Patron
      • Chuck W5CCF Freeman
      • Mark WX5RN Lacey
      • Tyrone N5XES Burns
        • Speakers
          • Tyrone’s setup for the event was great. Integrated with the wireless headsets he brought over.
        • Prizes Winners
          • 1st Yaesu FT-891 HF/6M 100W Mobile - Wylde Bill (N5GQ)
          • 2nd Yaesu FT-200DR 50W UHF/VHF C4FM - Ernie Bush (N5NIB)
          • 3rd Yaesu FT-70DR 5W UHF/VHF C4FM HT - Louie White (KG5EFQ)
          • 4th 20' Telescoping Flagpole Kit - Bill Price (KB5OBW)
        • Talk-in Station
          • Setup crossband repeat prior to the start of the hamfest.
        • Suggestions
          • See how the Signmans conversation went up in Jackson.

Repeater Committee: Tyrone Burns (N5XES) & Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

  • Tickfaw
    • Waiting to see when the grounding is down at the tower.
    • Next Steps
      • Insulation is on location and needs to be installed on the ceiling.
      • Wall outlets have exposed wiring and burnt plugs that need to be corrected.
      • Power distribution in the cabinet.
  • Hammond
    • Tyrone programmed the 6 meter repeater of Pete’s. Waiting to see when to install.
    • Packet TNC is being worked on by Ed Mason.
      • Proposal of new equipment for community center and Hammond site.
      • Ed to test DOTD site.
      • Alinco 135 DR Mark 3 for packet. Request to purchase 2 at a price of $181 plus tax and shipping.
        • Motion 1st Ed Mason (KE5GMN)
        • Motion 2nd Terry Williams (N1TDW)
        • All Approve
    • Next Steps
      • Power distribution in the cabinet.

Old Business:

  • none

Field Day: Mark Lacey (WX5RN)

  • Date: June 24th, 2023
  • Check with Laynette about using the facility for Field Day.
  • Winter Field Day
    • Did anyone participate?


  • Next meeting possibly to cover back-up power by Dean.
  • Packet presentation by Ed (Feb)
  • Cross Band Repeater demonstration in preparation for the BikeMS ride Terry. Repeater Channel Usage. (March)

New Business:

  • Congratulations to the new upgrade from the VE Session of the Florida Parishes VE Group.
    • Technician
      • James Corbin - KI5ZPJ - Prairieville, LA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    • General
      • Daniel Vicknair - AI5JZ - Baton Rouge, LA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    • Extra
      • Randall Landry - KI5ZMT - Ponchatoula, LA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • March Meet & Greet (5 PM to 7 PM)
    • Amite EOC
      • 114 N Laurel St., Amite City, LA
        • March Meeting (7 PM to 8:30)
          • La Carreta’s
            • 122 SW Central Ave., Amite City, LA

Upcoming events / Hamfest / Cancellations:

  • Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll 2023
    • March 25-26
    • Volunteers Needed: Please get with Terry Williams N1TDW on locations.
    • HT’s getting programmed need to have tone squelch. Ed Mason
  • Club Elections for 2023 - Nominations
    • President
      • Russell Plyler WI5ARD
    • Vice President
      • Mark Lacey WX5RN (Stepping Down)
      • Terry N1TDW - Thinking on it
    • Secretary
      • Ryan Plyler KI5FMA (Stepping Down)
      • Robert Yeager
    • Treasure
      • Ernie Bush N5NIB (Stepping Down)
      • Mike Jackson KI5GGP (Needs coaching from Ernie)
  • Rayne Hamfest
    • March 11th
  • 2023 Hamfest (Mobile, AL)
    • April 22, 2023 8AM to 1PM

General discussion, presentation, or training:

  • N/A

Motion to adjourn:

  • 1st motion to adjourn meeting by Pat Mason (KE5KMM)
  • 2nd motion by Ed Mason (KE5GMN)
  • All Approved.
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