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. 48, No. 2 ......................... February 2021
* Club Meeting *

Tue. Feb 9, 2021 7:00 PM CDT
The upcoming SELARC club meeting will be a VIRTUAL meeting, held on ZOOM meetings.

Hopefully, your computer and network is capable of doing this. Just click on the link attached below and you will be directed to ZOOM and it will install to your phone, computer, or Tablet/Pad!
You should check out the link as early as possible to make sure your system is working!
Also, logging on 30 minutes early is recommended!
The full invitation text is found at the end of this newsletter or as an email to members, and alternatively at

Meeting link:

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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Membership renewal fees are now due! Please use the application/renewal form! March 31st is the cutoff date for renewals. Anyone joing SELARC during the last three months of the year are carried forward to the following year!


SELARC Hamfest

The SELARC 2021 Hamfest was cancelled. To offset the annual cost of operating the club in lieu of the regular Hamfest. A quantity of tickets, minimum of 25, to be sold at $100.00 each, for a $500.00 cash payout. The membership incentive still applies to this program. Ernie has the tickets for sale!!

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

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 [email protected] or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.

Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes for February go out to - John AA5UY, Pat KE5KMM, and David N5QOX.
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air!
New member applications
We received a new application for membership in the club from: James (Jim) Lacassagne - AI5AK
VE Session Results

27 Dec, 2020 VE Session Report

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades

Chris Schiff / KI5NKM - Madisonville, La.
Vaughn Parks / KI5NKI - Hattisburg, Ms.
Dr. Justin Walbom / KI5NKF - Geismar, La.
Corey Lively / KI5NKL - Denham Springs, La.
J Seumas Biles - Slidell, La.
Bob Bowser / KI5NKD - Slidell, La.
Charles Hardison / KI5NKN - Baton Rouge, La.
Neil Jackson - Baton Rouge, La.
Hilton Guidry Jr. / KI5NKK - Addis, La.
Clinton T. Gill / KI5NKE - Derrider, La.
Kenneth Crocker / KI5NKO - Ponchatoula, La.
Mike Slater - Walker, La.
James Elliott - Madisonville, La.
Wade Bowser / KI5MSP - Slidell, La.

Once again, many thanks to our Volunteer Examiners for their time and patience!
Tyrone Burns - N5XES
VE Liason - Florida Parishes VE Group

Minutes of the January, 2021, Meeting
The general meeting held on January 12, 2021, through Zoom meetings was called to order by Tyrone N5XES at 7:00 pm.
There were no minutes for December.

Attendance (12)

Russell WI5ARD, Ed KE5GMN, Mark WX5RN, Tyrone N5XES, Ernie N5NIB,
Pat KE5KMM, William Harris KF5YBY, Jimmy AG5EG, Elmer N5EKF, Matt Anderson
Rich KG5DBA, JA Cline N5ZCW

Reports of Officers and Committees

Treasurer's Report

The monthly report was given by Ernie. It was m/s/passed to accept the financial report.


New club membership applications were received from: Camp, James KI5MSM; Matamoros, Mary KF5AXR; Matamoros, William KI5LZH; and, McMichael, George KI5MSO. It was m/s/passed to accept the applications. Welcome to SELARC.

Repeater Committee

The repeaters are on the air. The repeater committee and Tyrone, Bob, Ernie, did some work the previous Wed. on the 147 repeater and Friday went to the hospital site, and ran checks testing 3 +1 feedlines, and adjusted the 13 machine.

ARES Reports

(Pat KE5KMM, EC) Started back the ARES net, but we did suspend 3 nets in in Dec/January due to the noise on the repeaters. Received 15 checkins and some signal reports. As far as ARES, we thankfully had no use of repeaters for emergencies over the holidays.
(Ed KE5GMN, DEC) Checked the 130 a couple of times tonight and received full signal back from the repeater. Before the work on it was barely getting 25%, and audio was terrible. From last night, the 147 repeater is doing good, so far so good.

Unfinished Business

$500 Cash Drawing

(Tyrone N5XES) Ticket $100 each. We need to sell the minimum of 25 to cover SELARC operating expenses for the year, and the Hamfest tickets membership incentive still applies. Please contact Ernie to buy tickets.


The meeting was adjourned 7:25 pm.

News from The ARRL Letter

==> ARRL Board Confers Awards on Skip Jackson, KS0J, and Josh Nass, KI6NAZ
During its Annual Meeting on January 14 - 15, the ARRL Board of Directors announced recipients of the ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award and the 2020 ARRL Bill Leonard Professional Media Award. The Board also recognized several ARRL-affiliated clubs. ...

==> ARISS and Partners Investigating Ham Radio Anomaly Following Spacewalk
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and its partners are troubleshooting what's keeping the NA1SS amateur station off the air. ARISS became aware of the problem after an attempted contact with a school in Wyoming, between ON4ISS on Earth and astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, at NA1SS, had to abort when no downlink signal was heard. ARISS has determined that the problem is not with the radio equipment on board the ISS Columbus module. ...

==> RadFxSat-2 Satellite Signals Detected, AMSAT Engineering Continues to Assess Status
AMSAT reports that it's continuing to assess the status of the RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E amateur radio CubeSat after a ham in Nevada reported hearing his CW signal weakly via the spacecraft's transponder on January 27. AMSAT Engineering and Operations was able to confirm the reports from Brad Schumacher, W5SAT, and determined that RadFxSat-2 is partially functioning, although signals are extremely weak...

==> Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold
RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage rights to the Titanic shipwreck, has indefinitely put off its plans to retrieve the vessel's radio equipment for exhibit. The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, according to a January 29 court filing. The Atlanta-based company said its plans have faced "increasing difficulty associated with international travel and logistics, and the associated health risks to the expedition team." ...

==> ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with the Space Station
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host amateur radio contacts with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Contacts would likely be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2022. ...

==> QSO Today Expo to Include Speaker Track on Amateur Radio Satellites
The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 13 - 14 will devote a speaker track to AMSAT and the world of amateur radio satellites. The expo is in "full planning mode" and promises "many exciting new things" for the upcoming event, which will include a world-class lineup of more than 60 speakers and workshops for beginners to experts...

==> Ham Radio's SuitSat Returns in Short Horror Film
SuitSat makes an appearance in a new video short sci-fi thriller, called Decommissioned. "Inspired by true events," the video short resurrects the 2006 spacesuit/satellite that transmitted messages on 2 meters as it circled Earth. The original SuitSat-1 project, conceived by an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team, repurposed a decommissioned Russian Orlan spacesuit to function as a free-floating amateur radio transmit-only satellite...

==> CHESS CubeSat Constellation to Carry FUNcube Transponders
In 2020, a project between AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-NL, and Swiss universities got under way with the aim of equipping two Swiss satellites with linear amateur radio transponders. Linear transponders permit several CW or SSB contacts to take place simultaneously within a prescribed passband. The satellites also include features for classroom demonstrations and experiments...

==> Orlando HamCation Announces QSO Party, Special Edition Virtual Presentations
Orlando HamCation has announced it will sponsor the HamCation QSO Party over the February 13 - 14 weekend (UTC), "to create a fun way for amateurs to celebrate the Orlando HamCation experience over the air." The HamCation QSO Party will be a 12-hour event on HamCation weekend. HamCation 2021 was to host the ARRL National Convention, which now will take place in 2022. ...

==> Eastern Iowans Rely On Ham Radio When Severe Weather Strikes
A derecho with winds of 80 to 100 MPH struck eastern Iowa last August, disrupting power and telecommunications for some 400,000 residents. But, as ARRL member and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteer Scott Haney, N0GUD, recently explained to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, that's when amateur radio shines.
Haney, the president of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC), was the focus of the January 19 feature, "2nd-largest per-capita group of amateur radio operators in the world calls Eastern Iowa home," by Molly Rossiter..

==> HamSCI Issues Call for Abstracts for March Virtual Workshop
HamSCI has issued a call for abstracts for its virtual workshop March 19 - 20, hosted by the University of Scranton and sponsored by the National Science Foundation...

==> Contest University to Host Propagation Summit on January 23
Contest University (CTU) is holding a Virtual Propagation Summit on Saturday, January 23. The Zoom-platform event will get under way at 1600 UTC with introductory remarks from Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Ray Novak, N9JA...

==> Dayton Hamvention Cancels 2021 Show
Dayton Hamvention® has been canceled for the second year.
"Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021," a January 11 announcement from the Hamvention Executive Committee said. Sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), Hamvention was set to take place May 21 - 23 in Xenia, Ohio...

==> FCC Invites Comments on Expanding the Number of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators
In a January 5 Public Notice, the FCC requested comments on whether the current 14 Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) are sufficient to facilitate the efforts of their accredited Volunteer Examiners (VEs) in administering amateur radio examinations, or whether it should authorize up to five additional VECs. Comments are due by February 5, and reply comments are due by February 19...


--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League
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