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. 7 ......................... Jul 2021
* Club Meeting *

Tue. Jul 13, 2021 7:00 PM CDT
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!

Election of Officers

Election of the club Officers by members is at the first general meeting in July, planned for Tue. Jul 13, 2021 7pm. As outlined in the SELARC Constitution, the board is expected to provide a list of nominations. Additional nominations may be proposed by members at the next meeting or July meeting prior to the election.
Before nominations can be accepted: nominees are required to affirm intention to hold office if elected by the majority of SELARC members present.



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 July go out to - Roger KG5WQI, Michael KE5KMH, and Bob N7LLT. 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 - 30 May, 2021 - VE Session, Springfield, La.

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators!

Michelle Carruthers / KI5QKG - Ponchatoula, La.
Glenda Hebert / KI5QKH - Hammond, La.
Amanda Hadley / KI5QKI - Tickfaw, La.
Bobby Broussard / KI5QMI - Denham Springs, La.
Michael Ackerman / KI5QMJ - Baton Rouge, La.
Jennifer Carona / KI5QMK - Independence, La.
Randal Nethery / KI5MSN - Prairieville, La.

Again, many thanks to our dedicate VEs' who come out to and their services!!!

Thanks es 73
Tyrone Burns / N5XES
ARRL VE Liason - Florida Parishes VE Group

Tyke's TidBits

Not a whole bunch to declare this month, just elections and OH YEAH.....the 147.000 machine is LOUD and PROUD with its' NEW FEEDLINE and RE-ORIENTED ANTENNA!!! Still some minor tweaking needed with the current set of duplexers and jumpers, but all around, good signal reports from the ARES Net check-ins and some local QSOs during the week!! Get RADIO-ACTIVE again by using the 147.000 repeater as much as possible!!!

Many thanks to Pete Liuzza - WB5ERM and Chris Bolten - N0XBD, for coming out and providing assistance at the Tickfaw tower site during the feedline installation. Their willingness to come out and help with this project is greatly appreciated. Also many thanks to Ernie Bush - N5NIB and Russell Plyler - WI5ARD, for dedicating their time to being onsite during the feedline replacement and antenna re-orientation!! The 147.000 repeater is once again a contender to be reckoned with 9 On the air now!!!!

The next club meeting will be an in-person , face to face meeting at the Ponchatoula Community Center, this Tuesday coming - 13 July, 2021 at 7 pm!! Hoping to see you there!!

Until then, catch you on the air es 73

Tyrone Burns / N5XES
President - SELARC, Inc.

2021 Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour
We have a message about the MS Bike tour, from Bob Priez :

I have received a request to solicit ham radio support for the 2021 MS Bike Tour which will take place on the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) of October 9 & 10. If you have enjoyed participating in this event in the past or would
like to join us this year for a new experience, please REPLY to this message, and I will provide additional information.

We will provide communications support for the several rest stops on the route, the medical and tactical units, and the mobile support vehicles on the tour. We will use VHF and UHF repeaters that cover the route from Hammond to Percy Quin Park near Fernwood, Mississippi. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will be glad to add you to the volunteer list. This is the same weekend as the Slidell Hamfest, but we will be happy to have your support for one of the days of the tour — it is not necessary to commit to both days (unless your schedule permits!).

Please pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in this public service event.
73, Bob Priez
Hammond LA

Minutes of the General Meeting, June 2021
The general meeting held on Jun 8, 2021, at the University Center Room. 139. and 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, Jimmy AG5EJ, Ernie N5NIB, Tim AG5XK, Ralph K5CAV, Carmen KF5VXO, Pat KE5KMM, Ed KE5GMN, Bob WB5FBS, Mark WX5RN. Butch, Bill, Charles, Russell,

Reports of Officers and Committees

Treasurer's Report

The monthly financial report was given by Ernie N5NIB. It was m/s/passed to accept the financial report.


Membership Applications

Membership forms had been received from:

  • Tim LeBlanc

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

Repeater Committee

Tyrone N5XES gave the report that All repeaters are on the air. Noisy. We did accept the bid from Hi-Tech tower for the repeater feedline work.


Pat EC KE5KMM gave the ARES report - We are in hurricane season.

Old Business

Prize Drawing

All tickets had been sold, and the drawing was held. The winner is Allen Pierson, W5EGG.

For sale

(Tyrone N5XES): SELARC still has Ten-Tec Corsair 2 for sale - with matching speaker/power supply combo and DA-1 static mic: previously the asking was 300 but entertaining bids now. We appreciate those donating equipment to the club that help to raise funds for the repeaters.


(Tyrone N5XES): Tyrone reminds about the election, and we are still open for nominations. We have Mark Lacey to run for Vice-President, and are still looking for more people to run.

Hamfest 2022

Tyron N5XES requested for input/ideas on prizes for the Hamfest.


Ozone Hamfest 2021 Oct 8-9.

Tyrone explained about the nominations/election, and opened the floor for nominations; asks if there are any nominations at this time.


It was m/s/passed to adjourn at 7:42 pm.

For Sale

Gerard over in Abita Springs has an older Yaesu FT1XD with desk charger and original box for sale. The asking price is $200.00. His email address is [email protected]

KX3 Package - Jim LeBlanc KX5AGQ (located in Loranger). Original cost with accessories $2,850 Asking $2,100.
For more information: KX3_Package_202105.pdf

News from The ARRL Letter

==> FCC Reaffirms Nearly $3 Million Fine for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters
In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released June 17, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by HobbyKing of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation of the company's practices. In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing rules.
The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated by ARRL's January 2017 complaint that the HobbyKing equipment was "blatantly illegal at multiple levels." ...

==> WISA Woodsat Successfully Completes Stratospheric Test Flight
The world's first wooden CubeSat successfully completed a test flight into the stratosphere earlier this month. WISA Woodsat is constructed using birch plywood panels in a 1U configuration measuring 10 centimeters squared. Nine small solar cells will power the satellite, which will orbit at an altitude of 500 - 550 kilometers. The novel spacecraft will carry several amateur radio experiments,
as well as photo downlinking, including selfies. A goal of the project is to determine how well wood products will perform in space. ...

==> Russian Woodpecker Antenna Array Now a Cultural Heritage Site
The massive Duga-1 antenna array that transmitted the obnoxious and infuriating "Russian Woodpecker" HF signal from the 1970s until the late 1980s is now a cultural heritage site. The array, located near Chernobyl in Ukraine, was part of an over-the-horizon radar (OTH-R) system designed to detect and offer early warning of incoming ballistic missiles from the US. A complementary receiver site was located some 40 miles away. While the system was operating, its broad rat-a-tat signal, typically at a 10 Hz rate, caused severe interference in the amateur bands.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster and the end of the Cold War preceded the end of the system and the interference it caused. NATO military intelligence discovered and photographed the structure, which it dubbed "Steel Yard."
Nearly 2,300 feet long and more than 450 feet tall, the steel beams of the radar array are in the Chernobyl exclusion zone tower above the surrounding forest. Seen from a distance, it appears to be a massive wall or the start of a cage. As Vice recently reported, the Association of Chernobyl Tour Operators was the first to announce that Ukraine had made Duga-1 a protected heritage site. The Russian Interfax news service later reported the official designation. ...

==> FCC Seeks Comments in Proceeding Involving 70 and 5 Centimeters
The FCC is soliciting a second round of comments on whether to authorize commercial space entities to obtain licenses for frequencies used exclusively during space launch activities.
The proposals include parts of the 70-centimeter (420 - 430 MHz) and 5-centimeter (5650 - 5925 MHz) bands. The federal government has allocated this spectrum on a primary basis and routinely uses it during space launches, but commercial space companies must obtain short-term Special Temporary Authority (STA) authorizations from the FCC to use it for the same purpose. ...

==> Youngsters On The Air First-Round Contest Claimed Results Posted, Next Round is July 18
The Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Contest's first round is complete and the claimed results have been posted on the YOTA website, with final results coming soon. Worldwide participation was very good. In the YOTA-class categories, more than 100 entries were from contesters as young as 7 years old, and three entered as shortwave listeners (listen only). There were more than 600 entries of participants above the age of 25, with the oldest participant at age 87.
The next round will take place on July 18, 1000 - 2159 UTC. The event includes a 6-hour category (this is a change in date from the previously announced July 17) ...

==> W1AW/KL7 to Serve as ARRL Headquarters Station for IARU Event
W1AW/KL7 will be in Alaska to serve as the ARRL Headquarters (HQ) station for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship competition on July 10 - 11. To provide radio amateurs an opportunity to work W1AW, as well as the state of Alaska, use of W1AW/KL7 has been authorized from 0000 UTC on July 8 to 2359 UTC on July 13.
NU1AW, the IARU Headquarters station, will be active as NU1AW/5, in a multioperator distributed operation from the ARRL West Gulf Division (Texas and Oklahoma). NU1AW/5 will be on CW and SSB, 1.8 - 28 MHz. W1AW/KL7 and NU1AW will be the only US HQ stations active. ...

==> ARDC Grant Will Support HAMNET Expansion in Europe
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a grant to support European expansion of HAMNET, a high-speed digital network that interconnects automated amateur radio stations using links in the 13-, 6-, and 3-centimeter bands, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) reports. This marks the first international grant from ARDC since it began awarding grants in 2019. ...

==> EASAT-2 and Hades Launch Delayed Again
Licensing issues have caused another postponement for the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites. The two amateur radio satellites built by AMSAT-EA (Spain) are planned to be carried aloft by a SpaceX launch vehicle. Spain's IARU member-society URE (Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles) said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has rejected issuing a license to the integrator Momentus. The FAA denial stems from the company's capital structure, which, it says, could endanger US national security. The next launch opportunity won't come until December. ...


--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League


Stay Radio active -- Hope to see you at the next meeting. Be sure to monitor your weekly nets, e-mail, and the SELARC website at for any updates.