The SELARC "Hamster"

*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*
Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
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Vol. 46, No. 2 ................................ February 2019
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:00 PM
Ponchatoula Community Center
(300 N. Fifth Street, Range Road)
Elevator Access
Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2 Tone -- Handicap Access

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!

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2019 Membership Dues are now due and must be paid by the March meeting!! Please use the application/renewal form!

Special thanks to the following members contributing to the great success of the Hamfest by selling 20 or more prize tickets before the event.
These members are considered paid for 2019 annual dues because of their ticket sales:

KF5VXO Bray, Carmen N5NIB Bush, Ernest KD5PCK Hernandez, Scott
AG5EJ Hess, Jimmy KE5GMN Mason III, Edward Mason, Mike
KE5KMM Mason, Pat W5NPV Muller, David WD5BVC Muller, Susan
AB6DS Plyler, Russell WB5FBS Priez, Robert K5QNT Redmond, James Jr.
KG5KBS Ricks, Brenda KG5WQI Roper, Roger KF5VLX Samrow, Keith
KD5JRY Wales II, Lyle + K5CAV Shaw, Ralph

SELARC 2019 Hamfest

The Hammond Hamfest held on January 19, 2019, was a resounding success with excellent turnout.
Photos from the event have been added to the SELARC website on the page: Hamfest 2019 Photos

A message from Hamfest Chairman and SELARC President Tyrone - N5XES:

On behalf of the SELARC membership, I would like to thank everyone who braved the weather and attended our Hamfest. It was great to see old friends and new acquaintances, if only for a quick handshake and "how's the family".

The Hamfest VE session went well with 5 new Technicians' and two upgrades! Many thanks to the VEs' who came out to help with this session, your dedication is greatly appreciated! Listed in the prize section of our Hamfest page will be a list of the winners of the major prizes, congratulations to them also, without the large attendance we had, this event would not have been possible.

To our Vendors and Swap tables, a very special thank you for attending this event. Without your new products and used equipment this event would not have been possible!

Lastly, I would like to extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to all the SELARC members who came out to help with this event. YOU, are the backbone of this organization. To the dedicated few, who go that extra mile to make sure that SELARC is always headed in a positive direction, you are the best!

Hoping to see everyone again next year for our 39th Annual SELARC Hammond Hamfest on 18 January, 2020!

Tyrone - N5XES
SELARC - President / Hamfest Chairman

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

2019 Orange HamFest - February 23, 2019, at Orange County Convention & Expo Center - more information...

59th Acadiana Hamfest 2019 - ARRL Louisiana State Convention - Fri Mar. 8th and Sat Mar 9, 2019, at the Rayne Civic Center - more information...

NELA Hamfest 2019 - Sat. April 27, 2019, West Monroe Convention Center, more details..

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 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.

Happy Birthday!!

Birthday Wishes for February go out to - John AA5UY, Pat KE5KMM, David Catania N5QOX, Lyle KD5JRY, Mary KG5ITF, and Sandy W5TVW.

If we missed your birthday, please let us know.

Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY, Sandy Blaize W5TVW, and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air!
In Sympathy —

We express our deepest condolences for the friends and family of SELARC member, now silent key: Albert Edgar Baker - Al KF5IBW - 82, who passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at his home in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

VE Session Results -

Congratulations to the following new HAMs and upgrades from the SELARC Hammond Hamfest VE Session.

Timothy Isom Jr. - Mandeville, La.
Kaydin Morgan - Denham Springs, La.
John A. Cavell - Baton Rouge, La.
Cris Parker - Pacayune, Ms.
Daniel Sillenger - Covington, La.
Jeff Sibley / KG5YDE Livingston, Tx.
Roger Peters / KG5ZLE - Denham Springs, La.

Many thanks to all the VEs' who came out to participate in the Hammond VE roup Exam Session held at our SELARC Hammond Hamfest. For those of you who did check-in to see if we had enough volunteers, thank you! In the future, if you arrive at a VE Session but there are sufficient VEs' on hand, please sign-in with the VE Liason, so that you will at least be logged in as showing up and will get credit for being there!

Again, thank you es 73
Tyrone Burns - N5XES

Minutes of SELARC Meeting of January 8, 2019 at Ponchatoula Community Center

President Tyrone Burns N5XES called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Ponchatoula Community Center and led in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a self-introduction of all present.

It was m/s/passed to accept minutes for the December meeting as published in the "Hamster". A financial report prepared by Treasurer Carol Redmond KE5GOC was distributed by Ernie in her absence, and it was m/s/passed to accept the financial report.

Attendance (15): Tyrone N5XES, Jimmy AG5EJ, Ed KE5GMN, Pat KE5KMM, Ernie N5NIB, Lyle KD5JRY, Butch KG5WQI, Tom W5PGS, David W5NPV, Ralph K5CAV, Gary WA8TJL, Keith KF5VLX, Mark WX5RN, Carmen KF5VXO, and Bob WB5FBS

Correspondence: A $500 donation was received from Joe Locascio K5KT -- Thank You, Joe!
It was motioned, seconded, and passed to place the 500 in savings.

Before the meeting, Scott Hernandez - KD5PCK - donated a door prize for the Hamfest + additional.
Some additional Hamfest Vendor forms had been received with 5 more table reservations, and member renewal/update forms from Lyle KD5JRY, Trent KD5PCM, Butch KG5WQI, and Mark WX5RN.

Committee Reports: Repeater (Tyrone N5XES) - All repeaters are on the air, and seem to be working on the nets.

ARES (Pat KE5KMM): There were some cool fronts blowing through recently with no major wind damage, but a large amount of rain, and opened a net for a few hours. For Tangipahoa ARES, we have a new DEC (Ed KE5GMN), there are plans being worked with more ARES meetings coming, and changes to ARES being discussed in the forums at the Hamfest.

Old Business: Club Christmas Party: Feedback on the christmas party at Options was it was a success, and the SignUp page Ernie N5NIB setup worked well. It was m/s/passed to make a donation of $100 to Options.

Hamfest: Ernie had acquired the wristbands for the admission. The Hamfest duties signup/roster was passed around for people to review.

Adjournment: It was m/s/passed to adjourn the meeting at 7:30.

Submitted by Vice-President/Secretary Jimmy Hess AG5EJ
For Sale
Hustler Vertical 6BTV+, 17 Meter Add-On
Omni 6 rig with power supply
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Community News

Submitted from Ascension Amateur Radio Club K5ARC: The February 2019 volume of the Ascension Airwaves is available.

News from ARRL

==> ARRL Launching New Podcast Geared Toward New Radio Amateurs
For those just getting started on their Amateur Radio journey, ARRL is launching a new podcast aimed at answering your questions, providing support and encouragement for newcomers to get the most out of the hobby. The podcast, "So Now What?," will launch on Thursday, March 7, and new episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. ... Listeners can find the "So Now What?" podcast at, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Episodes will also be archived on the ARRL website.

==> In Brief... The latest General-class Question Pool, effective July 1, has been released. The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee has released the 2019 - 2023 FCC Element 3 General Class Question Pool into the public domain. The 2019 - 2023 General Class (Element 3) Question Pool is available in Word, ASCII text, and PDF versions.

==> In Brief... The MIT Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) are hosting a series of public lectures on "everything radio."
The lectures, presented by academics and industry professionals, will be held every Tuesday at 5:30 PM ET in Building 3, Room 270. Sessions will also be live-streamed via YouTube, courtesy of MIT Student Cable (January 8 lecture) and archived. Each self-contained talk will address a different facet of radio, ranging from modulation, propagation, and Amateur Radio, to radar, radio astronomy, space-based applications, and cellular and 5G technology. No prior experience with radio is necessary. All are welcome to attend individual lectures or the entire series.

==> Historic Schooner that Carried Ham Radio on Arctic Expeditions Undergoing Additional Restoration
The nearly century-old schooner Bowdoin, built in 1921 and relaunched nearly 3 years ago, after some extensive renovation and refitting, is once again in dry dock to restore its hull. During explorer Donald B. MacMillan's Arctic Expedition of 1923 and on the MacMillan-McDonald-Byrd Expedition of 1925, the sailing vessel relied on Amateur Radio operators for communication. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the Bowdoin has made more than two dozen visits to the Arctic under MacMillan's command. It was named after MacMillan's alma mater, Bowdoin College, and has become the official vessel of the state of Maine, a national historic landmark, and the flagship of the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) Vessel Operations and Technology Program. Work on the vessel is currently under way at Boothbay Harbor.

==> Court Rules Excessive Antenna Application Fees Violated Reasonable Accommodation
Long-pending Amateur Radio antenna litigation that ARRL helped to fund has finally borne fruit. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has ruled in the case of Myles Landstein, N2EHG, that the Town of LaGrange, New York, not only overstepped its state-granted authority by assessing excessive fees, but violated the limited federal preemption PRB-1 in the process. PRB-1 requires municipalities and states to "reasonably" accommodate Amateur Radio antennas and to apply the "minimum practicable regulation" in handling Amateur Radio antenna applications.

==> FCC Digging Out from Beneath Shutdown Backlog
In the wake of the more-than-month-long partial government shutdown, the FCC has set about tackling a backlog of applications already in the queue. At first, it sought to hold back the flood as it dug out, asking that Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) give the agency a little breathing room before submitting any additional new files. On Monday, services using the FCC electronic batch filing (EBF) system -- including commercial and amateur -- received an automated message from the FCC updating users on the situation.
"Due to the recent government shutdown, applications submitted through the Electronic Batch Filing (EBF) system between the dates of January 3 through January 29 will begin processing over the next several weeks [emphasis added]," the FCC said. "Please, be patient as we are expeditiously working through the backlog of filings." Expeditious it was, taking not weeks but days.

==> National Weather Service Dropping High Seas and Storm Warnings on WWV/WWVH
The National Weather Service (NWS) is discontinuing its high seas and storm warnings transmitted via National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) WWV/WWVH time and frequency-standard HF transmissions, starting January 31 at 1800 UTC. The NWS warnings are aimed at the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific.
"This service is being terminated because weather information in the current broadcast format does not support frequent-enough updates for changes in marine weather and cannot provide enough detail in the allotted window required by mariners to avoid hazardous weather," NWS said in announcing the discontinuation.
"Additionally, alternative technologies and numerous media outlets that provide weather information in various formats have overtaken the need for providing weather information through the NIST frequency signals."

--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League


Stay Radio active -- See you at the next meeting, Tue, Feb. 12, 2019; 7:00PM at the Ponchatoula Community Center