Category: The Hamster
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. 49, No. 3 ......................... March 2022
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday March 8, 2022 7:00 PM CDT
Location: Ponchatoula Community Center
(300 N. Fifth Street, Range Road)

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

Dinner before Meeting (Optional)

    • Time: 05:00 p.m.
    • Location: Toula Burger Company, 116 W Pine St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

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, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

Multiple Sclerosis "Dat's How We Roll" Bike Tour - March 19-20, 2022

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 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 March go out to Joe Swan - KG5HZU.
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

VE Session Results

Florida Parishes VE Group - 27 Feb, 2022 VE Session

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operator!!!

Robert F. Jaeger - Covington La.

Thanks to our dedicated Volunteer Examiners who attend our sessions!!
Tyrone Burns / N5XES
Florida Parishes VE Group
ARRL VE Liason

Minutes of the General Meeting, February 2022

SELARC Meeting Minutes

(Meeting Type: In-Person)

(Ponchatoula Club Site )

Feb 8th, 2022

Call to order:</span > Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) at 7:04pm

Pledge of Allegiance:</span > Done

Introductions: Yes

Minutes of previous meetings:</span > Ryan Plyler (KI5FMA)

  • Tyrone Burns (N5XES) Motion to accept number 1, Mark Lacey (WX5RN) Motion to accept number 2, (Yes) All in favor.</span >

Members present</span >:   Russ Plyler (WI5ARD), Tyrone Burns (N5XES), Ryan Plyler (KI5FMA), Keith Samrow (KF5VLX), Ernie Bush (N5NIB), </span >Ed Mason (KE5GMN)</span >, Pat Mason (KE5KMM) ,Terry Williams (NITDW), Ralph Shaw (K5CAV), David Oehler (K4BHY), Mark Lacey (WX5RN), Jimmy Hess (AG5EJ)              </span >

Guest present:</span > Kyle Newman (KI5TNL)

Treasurers’ report:</span >  Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • Hard Copies
  • Tyrone Burns (N5XES) Motion to accept number 1, Pat Mason (KE5KMM) Motion to accept number 2, (Yes) All in favor.</span >

Bills / Correspondence:

  • Insurance for equipment will be about $400.00. The Feb meeting should discuss changes.</span >
  • Hamfest
  • Repeater Council Dues typically is $15.00 per year. Matt Anderson with LCARC is looking to schedule a Zoom meeting with the board and then will get back to us.</span >

New member applications / renewals:</span > Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • Kyle Newman (KI5TNL), Bush, LA
  • Tyrone Burns (N5XES) Motion to accept number 1, Ernie (N5NIB) Motion to accept number 2, (Yes) All in favor.</span >

Health and Welfare:

  • Tyrone Burns (N5XES) I have not heard anything about Carol Redmond (KE5GOC) and James Redmond (K5QNT), Homer is back home. Jerry is in a nursing home.</span >

ARES report:</span > Pat Mason (KE5KMM)

  • Approximately 12 Check-ins each week
  • Net continues on 146.610 until 147.00 is corrected.</span >
  • Net Time changing to 7:30 PM!!!!

Hamfest 2022:</span > Tyrone Burns (N5XES)

  • MC Duties
  • Terry Williams (N1TDW)
  • Dave Catania brought out his PA system.

  • Signs
  • Terry Williams (N1TDW) & Keith Samrow (KF5VLX)</span >

  • Ticket Sales
  • Silvia Bush & Bill Harris Wife & Jimmy Hess (AG5EJ)</span >
  • Talk-in Station
  • Ed Mason (KE5GMN)</span > managed the one and only shift.
  • Electrical
  • Keith will be taking care of the electrical.
  • Gaffer Tape from Ryan Plyler (KI5FMA) for setup.
  • Forums
  • Any feedback on the forums good and/or bad?
  • Vendors
  • Ham World - Missed RV Issues
  • Signman
  • Navicom (Connector Guy) - Missed Covid-19
  • The computer guy we typically see will not be making it this year. Max has not been up to par with all the medication treatments around cancer.</span >
  • Door Prizes
  • The EZ Way by Craig Buck (K4IA). 5 books
  • 1st David Oehler (K4BHY) $500
  • 50 % back to club
  • 2nd Bill Harris (KF5YBY) $250
  • 100% back to club
  • 3rd Ed Mason (KE5GMN) $125
  • 4th David Oehler (K4BHY) $100.00
  • 50% back to club
  • SLU Setup
  • Keith Samrow (KF5VLX), Russ Plyler (WI5ARD), Ernie Bush (N5NIB), Tyrone Burns (N5XES), Ralph Shaw (K5CAV), Dave, Mark,
  • Catering
  • Keith Samrow (KF5VLX) & Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) brought donuts and water that were managed at the ticket sales.</span >
  • Tyrone Burns (N5XES)  might have someone lined up for next year.</span >
  • Security
  • Might need new wrist bands for next year.
  • Swap Table
  • Lots of activities around the tables.

Repeater Committee:</span > Tyrone Burns (N5XES)

  • Tickfaw
  • DB-224 type antenna
  • 37.9 lbs.
  • Uses DB5001 Side Mount Kit
  • $700.00 to $900.00
  • Sinclair SD224 Series
  • 35 lbs.
  • $1395.00 at Tessco
  • Comprod 870 Series
  • 67 lbs. (Would require engineering study)
  • $1726.00 + $360.00 shipping.

  • Hammond
  • Waiting to hear from the hospital

2022 Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll:</span > Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

Old Business:

  • Waiting on Allen to get hardware to assist more with his tower.</span >

New Business:

  • Anything New
  • Repeater Committee: Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • Hammond
  • no changes
  • Tickfaw
  • A couple different options are being looked at for the site. One presented in the board meeting for consideration is the one that the OZONE club in Slidell is going with. They are going with a Comprod 874F-70 VHF Exposed Dipole which costs $1726 + $350 shipping. Here is a </span ><link></a ></span > to some pictures of the antenna.
  • Matt Anderson (KD5KNZ) is looking at the recommended part numbers for the DB antenna we currently have installed.
  • Look for a combiner to use to temporarily relocate the Hammond repeaters.</span >
  • Follow-up with Test on the bids that were requested.</span >

  • Quotes
  • A follow-up call was placed to Test Communications in Slidell since no response on a quote has been received. This week Russ (WI5ARD) called and forwarded the request to quote to the receptionist on the phone. She was going to route to her office manager to make sure it gets into the right hands.</span >

  • Website
  • no changes

  • Insurance - Ernie Bush (N5NIB)
  • Passed out sheet on insurance.

  • Donations
  • Heath Kit Radios & Cable
  • Dropped the equipment off at David Assaf (W5XU) who is going to check out the equipment and clean and repair if possible and see with the monies going back to SELARC.</span >

Upcoming events / Hamfest / Cancellations:

  • Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) won 2 FT-70’s in the drawings at the Jackson Hamfest.</span >
  • February 26th, 2022 - Orange Hamfest (Orange, TX)</span >
  • 11475 FM 1442, Orange, Texas 77632, Exit 869 from either direction off IH-10, Talk-in Frequency 147.180 +600 PL 103.5</span >
  • Rayne Hamfest in March has been canceled.
  • Orlando Hamcation
  • Feb 11-13, 2022 Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park</span >
  • Black Warrior Hamfest
  • June 18, 2022 in Northport, Alabama
  • Shreveport-Bossier Hamfest
  • August 13, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana

General discussion, presentation, or training:

  • Field Day
  • Mark Lacey (WX5RN) suggested in the Feb meeting to start discussing Field Day. for June 25th - 26th</span >
  • Tyrone recommends the AMVET Post at 26890 Hwy 42, Springfield LA (Junction of Hwy-42/43)</span >
  • VE session happening the same weekend.
  •</a ></span >
  • If you are going to participate please send emails to Mark Lacey (WX5RN) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include what you may be planning on bringing as far as radio or other.</span >

  • Training
  • It was brought up in the meeting that we should start having some training during meetings for specific topics.
  • If you are interested in training on a specific topic or interested in learning about a topic please reach out to Mark Lacey (WX5RN) </span >This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Russell Plyler (WI5ARD) mentioned that he would be willing to do a class on Yaesu Digital mode C4FM Wires X fusion</span >

Motion to adjourn:

  • Tyrone Burns (N5XES) Motion to adjourn no. 1, David Oehler (K4BHY) Motion to adjourn no. 2, (Yes) All in favor.</span >

News from The ARRL Letter

==> "We Will Have Hamvention," General Chairman Pledges
In case you missed the earlier announcement, Dayton Hamvention® 2022 is on, Hamvention General Chairman Rick Allnutt, WS8G, said this week. He said many Hamvention volunteers attended the recent Orlando HamCation in Florida and were encouraged to see so many friends at the show.
Many Hamvention tickets were sold at the pre-show price and are also available on the Hamvention website. Hamvention, an ARRL-sanctioned event, will be held May 20 - 22, at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. ...

==> ARRL Seeks Exemption from Proposed US Forest Service Communication Facility Fees; Comment Period Open Until March 31
ARRL has filed comments with the US Forest Service (USFS) seeking an exemption for amateur radio facilities to a proposed new $1,400 annual administrative fee. The USFS proposal resulted from requirements in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka "the Farm Bill"), which directs the Forest Service to collect fees for issuing communications use authorizations based on the cost to the agency for processing the applications, maintenance, and other related activities. The proposed fee is a new and separate fee, not an increase to fees, such as rent, already being paid. If adopted, the existing fee(s) -- which generally have been around $130 - 140 annually for amateur uses -- would have to be paid in addition to the new proposed annual administrative fee of $1400.
The comment filing window has been re-opened, and additional comments will be accepted through March 31. Any radio amateurs missing the first comment period or wishing to add to their earlier comments are encouraged to do so during this additional period.
"Although the discussion put forward by the Forest Service in its proposal focuses on commercial uses, the proposal would sweep within its requirements amateur radio uses that are solely noncommercial," ARRL said in comments filed on February 22. "Radio amateurs establish and maintain facilities at certain locations for public service purposes with no remuneration or reimbursement. Unlike broadcasters and commercial wireless and fiber providers, radio amateurs are uniquely barred by the terms of their federal licenses from receiving compensation of any sort." ...

==> Ukraine Maintains Ham Radio Silence in State of Emergency
Radio amateurs in Ukraine appear to be diligently maintaining radio silence as the state of emergency declared there just prior to the Russian military invasion remains in effect. A February 24 decree from President Volodymyr Zelensky included "a ban on the operation amateur radio transmitters for personal and collective use." The Ukraine Amateur Radio League (UARL/LRU) reported this past week that it has received many messages of encouragement from the worldwide amateur radio community.
"The LRU informed international amateur radio organizations about Russia's military invasion of Ukraine," said the message from UARL Vice President Anatoly Kirilenko, UT3UY. "To date, there have been many reports from radio amateurs around the world in support of Ukraine."
The International Amateur Radio Union ( IARU) has adopted a neutral stance. "IARU is an apolitical organization focused on promoting and defending amateur radio and the amateur radio services," the IARU said. "The amateur radio service is about self-instruction in communications and friendship between people." IARU Region 1 has said it continues to monitor the development and expect all radio amateurs "to follow their national laws and regulations."
IARU Region 1 also re-posted part of an advisory from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club HF Committee on February 27. "Any radio amateur currently transmitting from Ukraine is risking his or her life. If you hear a Ukrainian station, do not broadcast its call sign, location, or frequency -- whether on the band, in a cluster, or on social media. You may be putting lives at risk." The DARC's overarching advice: "In the current situation, the best we can do is listen..."

==> FCC: Amateur Service Licensees May Not Use Their Radios to Commit Criminal Acts
The FCC Enforcement Bureau has re-issued its earlier Enforcement Advisory that licensees in the Amateur Radio Service and licensees and operators in the Personal Radio Services are prohibited from using radios in those services to commit or facilitate criminal acts.
"The Bureau recognizes that these services can be used for a wide range of permitted and socially beneficial purposes, including emergency communications and speech that is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution," the FCC said. "Amateur and Personal Radio Services, however, may not be used to commit or facilitate crimes."
As it did in advisories in 2021, the Enforcement Bureau is reminding amateur licensees that they may not transmit, "communications intended to facilitate a criminal act" or "messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning..."

==> 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition Confirms Departure Date
The 3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition has confirmed January 6, 2023, as its date of departure on board the vessel SV Marama. The DXpedition will make the second-most-wanted DXCC entity available for the first time in several years. ...

==> ARISS-International to Conduct Special Digital SSTV Experiment
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS-International) will conduct a digital slow-scan television (SSTV) experiment over Europe on Sunday, February 20. ARISS, which arranges amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and ISS crew members, develops and operates the amateur radio equipment on the space station. The purpose of these experiments is to optimize future transmissions of SSTV images from the ISS, and to investigate alternative transmission methods. ...

==> Geomagnetic Storm Leads to Loss of Up to 40 Starlink Satellites
A geomagnetic storm on February 4 "significantly impacted" the launch of some 49 Starlink satellites. The company said the satellites were intended to achieve low-Earth orbits after being sent aloft on a Falcon 9 launcher. Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX to provide satellite internet access. SpaceX said it initially deploys its satellites into low-Earth orbit so that "in the very rare case any satellite does not pass initial system checkouts, it will quickly be deorbited by atmospheric drag." All did not go as planned, however.
"Unfortunately, the satellites deployed on February 3 were significantly impacted by a geomagnetic storm on Friday [February 4]," SpaceX announced this week. "These storms cause the atmosphere to warm and atmospheric density at our low-deployment altitudes to increase. In fact, onboard GPS suggests the escalation speed and severity of the storm caused atmospheric drag to increase up to 50% higher than during previous launches." ...

==> Some New Rules Going into Effect this Year for ARRL Field Day
After taking a few detours over the past couple of years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARRL Field Day rules are being updated on a permanent basis starting this summer. ARRL conducted a Field Day community survey with invitations propagated far and wide, and direct emails sent to more than 15,000 individuals and ARRL-affiliated clubs. After sorting through, reviewing, and discussing the survey results, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee recommended a number of rule changes for ARRL Field Day, which will take place this year over the June 25 - 26 weekend.
Starting this year, the maximum PEP output for a transmitter used by anyone submitting a Field Day log will be 100 W. The power multiplier of 2 will remain in place, and the high-power category will be removed from the rules. Until this year, the maximum low-power limit had been 150 W for most ARRL-sponsored operating events. The power multiplier will remain at 5 for QRP participants running a maximum of 5 W or less. As previously announced, 100 W is now the low-power category limit for all ARRL and IARU HF Contests, effective January 1, 2022
A couple of changes instituted initially as accommodations for the COVID-19 pandemic will remain. Class D (Home) stations will continue to be able to earn points for contacts with other Class D stations. The club aggregate scoring change initiated in 2020 as a temporary measure will become part of the permanent rules. In the aggregate scoring plan, the scores of individual stations are combined under the score of a single club. ...


--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.