The SELARC "Hamster"

*Serving Amateur Radio Since 1974*

Published Monthly by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Inc.
<ALIGN="CENTER">P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404

Vol. 45, No. 10 ................................ October 2018

* Club Meeting *
Tuesday, October 9, 7:00PM
Tangipahoa Parish Emergency Operations Center
114 N Laurel St
Amite City

Talk-in 147.00 (-600) w/107.2 Tone -- Handicap Access



Guest Speaker: Dawson Primes, Director of Tangipahoa Parish OHSEP
For more information about the meeting
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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!

Special Events, Hamfests & VE Sessions

Multiple Sclerosis "Dat's How We Roll" Bike Toura 150-mile ride from Hammond to Percy Quin Park in Mississippi and back will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 & Sunday, Oct. 7. Thanks to the 37 amateur radio operators who have volunteered to assist with communications for this very worthy cause!

Greater New Orleans Ham Feston November 10th, Harahan LA, with prizes and flea market! Details at

38th Annual Hammond Hamfeston January 19, 2019 sponsored by SELARC at the Pennington Student Activity Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University! Details areonline here.

Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YItests 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 [email protected] or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.

Happy Birthday!!

Birthday Wishes in October go out to Allen Pierson W5EGG, Ed Mason KE5GMN, Al Baker KF5IBW, John Macera N5DHB and Ralph Shaw K5CAV! If we missed your birthday, please let us know.


Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members James Redmond K5QNT, Tom Simpson N5HAY, Al Baker KF5IBW and Sandy Blaize W5TVW. We look forward to hearing you on the air!





Tyke's TidBits --
Well, a typical September has passed us by without any MAJOR storm effects from the Gulf, a little wind, an average amount of rain and just the typical heat for this time of year. Hopefully, we can make it through October and November without any serious weather....we could use a quick cool spell for sure! Don't forget the MS Bike Tour coming up, remember those extra batteries for the HTs' and a shady spot or canopy is nice to have also on the route stops and turns! Radio checks have been done along the routes and Bob should have all the info needed for each operator location.

We need to start considering the club Christmas Party location and menu. I'm thinking same venue as last year. We had a great turnout and the potluck seemed to be a hit. Think it over for the upcoming meeting!
The club meeting will be at the Tangi EOC this month, with an informal eat and greet at Mike's Catfish in Amite prior to the meeting. See additional info in this newsletter for times and address!
Hope 2 CU there!

73, Tyrone BurnsN5XES
, President


ARES Simulated Emergency Test...
The following advisory comes from LA ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Jim Coleman AI5B:

The Simulated Emergency Test exercise plan for 2018 is based on the premise that periodic emergency drills enhance the ability of emergency communicators to perform in actual emergencies and that such improves and promotes problem solving. This simulated emergency test is scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 0900 to 1200 CDT.
The 2018 SET scenario is based upon a severe weather system moving quickly through and across the state producing changing weather events and conditions. Local ECs and DECs will develop various scenarios and operational challenges appropriate for their Parish or Region.

Minutes of SELARC Meeting of September 11 at Ponchatoula Community Center

The meeting was called to order 7 PM at the Ponchatoula Community Center by President Tyrone Burns N5XES who led in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence in rememberance of 9/11 victims, and a self-introduction of each attendee. It was m/s/passed to accept minutes for the August 14 meeting as published in the "Hamster." Treasurer Carol Redmond KE5GOC presented a monthly financial report; it was m/s/passed to accept the financial report. There were no new membership applications or correspondence received.

Attendance (17 18):Tyrone N5XES, Carol KE5GOC, Jimmy AG5EJ, Lyle KD5JRY, Ernie N5NIB, Ralph K5CAV, David W5NPV, Mark WX5RN, Ed KE5GMN, Pat KE5KMM, Jerry N5GKJ, Chris Fox KF5MEK, Keith KF5VLX, Carmen KF5VXO, Scott KD5PCK, Trent KD5PCM, Joe K5KT, and Bob WB5FBS

Committee Reports: Repeater(Tyrone N5XES) - The repeaters are now all on the air, and the 147 repeater controller is back with upgrades. Tyrone inspected the controller on return, found some burned circuit trace and a blown diode that Arcom did not fix, and Tyrone made the repair. The HMU digipeater was down for a few days with TNC problems, according to Bob WB5FBS.

ARES(Pat KE5KMM) - Gave report on ARES activities: Was on alert for Tropical Storm Gordon Mon-Tue Sept 5; Tangipahoa and some other EOCs were activated -- the storm went east. A Scheduled Emergency Test (SET) is on October 20th.


Old Business:Bob WB5FBS stated the pre-event meeting for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour is planned for October 2, 2018, and passed around an updated sheet of those volunteered to confirm, or sign up.

New Business:(1) Tyrone N5XES reported the radio room floors are dirty, and issues were raised in the Mayor's walkthrough of the building, so we need to schedule a cleanup weekend soon. (2) SELARC Hamfest 2019 - President Tyrone N5XES reported prizes were selected by committee and printed tickets are in hand distributed by Carol KE5GOC for members to begin selling. MFJ will be on hand at the Hamfest; MCM said he should be at the Hamfest, and DF Electronics might be. Still shopping for admissions wristbands. (3) Christmas Party - Tyrone N5XES brought up the Christmas party and requested anyone to volunteer to handle the event. (4) There was a discussion to try holding club meetings at some different places around the parish, parish EOC or SLU were mentioned as possibilities for next meeting; with possible suggestion members may find somewhere nearby and visit/eat before meetings. There was some discussion on getting more presentations on Ham Radio topics after meetings such as RFI; Digital Modes for HF-V/UHF.

+ Addendum: Joe K5KT was present in person to the meeting, and after a reading by Bob WB5FBS of the same resolution passed in August: President Tyrone N5XES conferred to Joe the certificate of Honorary lifetime membership in SELARC.

Adjournment:It was m/s/passed to adjourn at 7:55 PM.
Submitted by Vice-President/Secretary Jimmy Hess AG5EJ

News from ARRL --


==> Scouting's 2018 Jamboree on the Air Set for October 19 - 21 - Scouting organizations are still registering to participate in the 2018 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the October 19 - 21 weekend. With about 1 month to go, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, told ARRL that registration is "probably on target" at this point. US registrations stood at 235 as of the end of last week. Right after JOTA 2017, 489 US locations had signed up, although that included both Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) participants, which, Wilson said, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have "remained steadfast" in considering JOTA and JOTI as separate events, although, he noted, this is not the case at the world level. Held each year on the third full weekend in October, JOTA is the world's largest Scouting event. JOTA uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world.
Scouts of any age and gender can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Radio amateurs at the local level are encouraged to work with a scout council or unit to set up a JOTA station or arrange to have Scouts visit their shacks. "You can also participate just by making QSOs with the many JOTA stations that will be on the air," Wilson said.

==> ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year - The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications on October 1 from eligible radio amateurs planning to pursue post-secondary education in the 2019-2020 academic year. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2019. Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application. Students planning to apply for 2019-2020 academic year awards should first carefully review the eligibility requirements and scholarship descriptions. Although only one application per applicant is required, applicants may ask to be considered for as many of the scholarships for which they are eligible (some scholarships have geographic criteria or other requirements). Check off only the scholarships for which you would like to be considered. In addition to completing the online application, applicants must submit a PDF of their academic transcript from their most recently completed school year (emailed to [email protected]). Applications are due on January 31, 2019, by 11:59 PM ET. Applications without accompanying transcripts will not be considered. Awards winners are typically notified in mid-May by USPS mail and email. For more information about ARRL Foundation scholarships, email the ARRL Foundation or call (860) 594-0348.

==> ARRL School Club Roundup - TheARRL School Club Roundupfall session is October 15-19, 2018. The point of this contest is to foster friendly competition and increase Amateur Radio activity at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Non-school clubs and individuals can also participate. This multi-day event happens during the week, presumably when contesters are able to use resources at school. Some schools make this event part of their radio club's activities driven by an educator or club sponsor. Many schools at the college level rely on the students to decide on whether and how to participate.

==> The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition October 20 through November 3 will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. - "Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions, offered the use of DXA, and we gladly accepted," the DXpedition said in a news update this week. "Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is automatically updated to show your call sign; this confirms that your contact is in the log (DXA reads the VP6D log). This process eliminates the need for duplicate contacts on the same band/mode and minimizes the confusion caused by pirates or other DXpeditions operating at the same time." The DXpedition leaders said they performed an end-to-end test of the DXA system, and expressed confidence that DXA "will significantly reduce, or eliminate, the hundreds of emails asking for 'log checks.' If you see your call sign on DXA, you're in the log." The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition will continue through November 3. The VP6D team also plans to put Ducie Island on 6-meter moonbounce for the first time ever. Operation will be on 50.200 MHz using JT65.

==> Digital Mobile Radio Hotspots May Be Interfering with Satellite Uplinks, AMSAT Reports - This week, AMSAT News Service (ANS) cited an August 27 report from AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, saying that a digital mobile radio (DMR) signal has been interfering with the AO-92 (Fox-1D) satellite's 435.35 MHz uplink frequency. Glasbrenner said hotspots, repeaters, terrestrial simplex, and "anything not satellite" should never transmit in the segments 145.8 - 146.0 MHz or 435 - 438 MHz by international band plan.


--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League



Stay Radio active -- See you at the October 9th Meeting at the Tangipahoa Emergency Operations Center