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. 5 ......................... May 2021
* Club Meeting *

Tue. May 11, 2021 7:00 PM CDT
The upcoming SELARC club meeting is planned as a virtual meeting on ZOOM meetings.

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!

Nominations Needed

The club needs members to take nomination for positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, for the July election of officers. The duties for each are described in the SELARC Constitution. Please contact the board / [email protected] with your interest or suggested nominations.

New Member Applications
The following have submitted an application for membership in SELARC, to be voted on by members:
  • Tim Desmond KI5OUN
SELARC 2021 Membership Roster

The following is the updated membership roster with corrections after the April meeting:

Bowser, Wade KI5MSPBrady, Elizabeth KM6MWZBrady, Blake KG5UZWBray, Carmen KF5VXOBurns, Tyrone N5XES
Burg, Gerard W5TE Bush, Ernest N5NIB Camp, James KI5MSM Catania, David N5QOX Cline, Julius N5ZCW
Daigrepont, Nathan KF5HXB Gibson, Barry N5RXK Guthans, John AA5UY Guthans, Judy AA5UZ
Harris, Bill KF5YBY Hess, James AG5EJ Lacey, Mark WX5RN Lassange, James AI5AK Lacompte, Vincient WD5CZJ
Liuzza, Jason K5WDH Liuzza, Peter WB5ERM Lima, Lawrence KI5JVY Lynch, Timothy AG5XK Locascio, Joe K5KT
Martin, Kathryn N4USW Mason, Edward KE5GMN Mason, Mary (Pat) KE5KMM Mason, Michael KE5KMH Matamoros, Mary KF5AXR
Matamoros, William KI5LZH Mayer, Frederick K5FMM McMichael, George KI5MSO Melancon, Dean KG5AAE Muller, David W5NPV
Muller, Susan WD5BVC Nieto, Ken KF5UHM Newcombe, Ronnie N5RYA Oehler, David K4BHY Olivier, Jerry W5NJJ
Patron, Chris W5CLP Paradelas, Charles KG5FZ Pierson, Allen W5EEG Plyler, Russell WI5ARD Plyler, Ryan KI5FMA
Priez, Bob WB5FBS Redmond, James K5QNT Redmond, Carol KE5GOC Ricks, Brenda KG5KBS Robertson, John K5JMR
Rogers, Larry WD5HLE Roper, Roger KG5WQI Roper, Roger Samrow, Keith KF5VLX Sarrat, Walter N5RYI Shaw, Ralph K5CAV
Swan, George AE5FK Swan, Joseph KG5HZU Wetzel, Brian N5YHM Whitcomb Maurice W5FUL  



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 for current members. Ernie has the tickets for sale!!

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

Slidell EOC HamFest, ARRL Louisiana State Convention - October 8-9, 2021

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 May go out to - Walter N5RYI, George S. AE5FK, Russell WI5ARD, Frederick K5FMM, and George P. KI5MSO.
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!
VE Session Results

VE Report - 25 April, 2021 - Florida Parishes VE Group

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades

Steven Denicola - Baton Rouge, La.
Jeremy Bush - Livingston, La.
John J. Kelley - Denham Springs, La.
Joseph M .Ortego - Baton Rouge, La.

Many thanks to all of our VEs' for coming out and donating their time to make these sessions a success!!!

Tyrone Burns / N5XES
Florida Parishes VE Group - ARRL VE Liason

Minutes of the April, 2021, Meeting
The general meeting held on April 13, 2021, in person at the Tangipahoa Parish EOC and through Zoom meetings was called to order by Tyrone N5XES at 7:10 pm.
It was m/s/passed to accept minutes of the previous meeting as published in the "Hamster".

Attendance (14)

Tyrone N5XES, Jerry W5TE, Ernie N5NIB, Pat Mason KE5KMM, Ed Mason KE5GMN,
Jimmy AG5EG, Keith KF5VLX, Mark WX5RN, Butch KG5WQI, John Guthans AA5UY, Carmen KF5VXO,
Bob WB5FBS, Ralph K5CAV, and Rich KG5DBA

Reports of Officers and Committees

Treasurer's Report

The monthly financial report was given by Ernie, and a proposed budget for 2021 and the 2022 Hamfest. It was m/s/passed to accept the financial report. It was m/s/passed to accept the budget.

Membership Applications

Membership forms had been received from:

  • Bowser, Wade KI5MSP
  • Nieto, Ken KF5UHM
  • Whitcomb, Maurice W5FUL

It was m/s/passed to accept. Welcome to SELARC!

Repeater Committee

(Tyrone N5XES): We sent requests to bid for the work on the repeater - our initial response is almost double the price from 2019.

Russell was not present to discuss further, so tabled the business regarding the repeaters.


Pat EC KE5KMM gave the ARES report which discussed weather fronts and possible flooding may be concerns, and keep eyes on the weather.

Old Business

Prize Drawing / Hamfest 2021

Ernie gave the update that 19 tickets total have been sold so far, some at Mike's Catfish, before the meeting.

New Business

2022 Hamfest

Ernie raised the question of the 2022 Hamfest and setting a date to begin planning.
It was m/s/passed to have the Hamfest and on January 15, 2022, the 3rd Saturday of January.


(Tyrone N5XES): If you're not receiving the newsletter by e-mail, then please let us know!

Ozone Hamfest 2021 Oct 8-9: 2 vendors confirmed.


The meeting was adjourned 7:50 pm.

News from The ARRL Letter

==> Amateur Radio Credited with Rescue of Back-Country Hiker in Tennessee
A back-country hiker was rescued from Great Smoky Mountains National Park with assistance from amateur radio after she became exhausted on the trail and possibly dehydrated. A member of the hiking group on the park's Little River Trail, Tim Luttrell, KA9EBJ, put out a call on the evening of April 11 via the W4KEV linked VHF repeater in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, requesting assistance in extricating the injured member. No cell phone service was available at the location, and Luttrell's signal was spotty at times, owing to the mountainous terrain.
Responding was David Manuel, W5DJR, who obtained more information and called 911, which routed the call to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Emergency Medical Service (GSMNP EMS). The national park EMS relayed through Manuel a request for the group to continue down the trail as far as possible to shorten the rescue time. ...

==> ARISS-USA Seeks Volunteers to Further its Mission
The US segment of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS-USA) is seeking volunteers to support its mission. ARISS-USA is best known for providing opportunities, mostly for students, to speak via ham radio with astronauts on board the ISS. Less known is its important role in providing and supporting amateur radio equipment for the ISS (NA1SS), which could offer backup communication in an emergency. Its primary objective is educational -- to inspire, teach, and engage youth and communities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics via amateur radio.

==> Bill Introduced to Designate April 18, 2022, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day
Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko has reintroduced a resolution with bipartisan support to designate April 18, 2022, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day. Introduced on April 19, the measure recognizes the important contributions amateur radio operators have made. She introduced a similar bill in the last Congress. ...

==> ARRL, American Red Cross Renew Memorandum of Understanding
ARRL and the American Red Cross (ARC) have renewed their long-standing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for another 5 years. The MOU spells out how ARRL and the American Red Cross will work cooperatively during a disaster response.
"We are pleased to extend our partnership with the American Red Cross," ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. "This agreement details how ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) volunteers will interface with Red Cross personnel within the scope of their respective roles and duties whenever the Red Cross asks ARES volunteers to assist in a disaster or emergency response." ...

==> FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory
On April 20, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a new Enforcement Advisory, repeating the admonishments contained in a January Advisory that no licensee or user of the Amateur or Personal Radio Services may use any radio equipment in connection with unlawful activities of any nature. The Commission specifically cautioned that individuals found to have used radios in connection with any illegal activity are "subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and in some cases, criminal prosecution." ...

==> National Hurricane Conference Set for June 14 - 17
The National Hurricane Conference will take place June 14 - 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in the US, the Caribbean Basin, and the Pacific. The conference serves as a national forum for federal, state, and local officials to exchange ideas ...

==> Yasme Foundation Releases Chronicles of Amateur Radio DX History
The Yasme Foundation has released two chronicles of amateur radio DX history that make for compelling reading -- a downloadable edition of Yasme: The Danny Weil and Colvin Radio Expeditions, by Jim Cain, K1TN, and the extended article Danny Weil -- a Dreamer of Distant Lands Who Took the Amateur Radio Trip of a Lifetime, by Martti Laine, OH2BH. ...

==> Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3 The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order (R&O) governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that's likely to change its RFE profile -- such as different antennas or placement, or greater power -- will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change. ...

==> St. Vincent Radio Amateurs on Alert During Volcano Emergency
Donald de Riggs, J88CD, on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, says that on April 13, the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 eruption of the La Soufrière volcano, island residents were awakened to another column of volcanic ash creating a thick blanket obscuring part of the eastern sky as the volcano continues to erupt violently.
"Almost all residents in the Red Zone have been evacuated, save for a few diehards who will not move, for reasons unknown," he said.
Since the effusive eruption began last December, local hams have been in a state of readiness via 2-meter networks and regional networks via HF. A 24-hour regional HF network and vigil has been active since violent eruptions resumed earlier this month to provide communication support should telephone service be disrupted by the volcanic hazard. ...

==> National Science Foundation Funds Creation of Research Lab at Alaska's HAARP
A 5-year, $9.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will allow the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute to establish a new research observatory at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). A former military facility, HAARP is now operated by UAF and is home to HAARP Amateur Radio Club's KL7ERP. The new Subauroral Geophysical Observatory for Space Physics and Radio Science will be dedicated to exploring Earth's upper atmosphere and geospace environment. The facility's 33-acre Ionospheric Research Instrument will be the centerpiece of the observatory. ...

==> Florida Emergency Communications Exercise Combines Hams, Agencies, State, and NGOs
A 2-hour emergency communications exercise on March 19 in Florida was deemed "wildly successful," while resulting in 21 specific suggestions for improvement of issues recognized. Sponsored by Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, a non-governmental (NGO) "served organization," the exercise simulated a combined disaster of multiple tornadoes crossing north-central Florida closely followed by a terrorist attack on telecommunications, which took down large chunks of internet and telephone service.
Pop-up situations, called "injects" by event planners, simulated multiple dire situations and hinted at even larger attacks, designed to create possible rumor issues. Multiple counties arranged for volunteers to help with the simulation, working in shelters and transmitting status reports of individualized disaster scenarios to county emergency operations centers (EOCs). Volunteers directed by actual or simulated EOC officials aggregated situational awareness and formulated status and resource request messages, sent by voice or digital mode to a volunteer from the actual Florida agency that handles disaster communications. Appropriate responses were sent back by radio. ...


--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League

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