Vol. 50, No. 01 ......................... January 2023
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday January 10, 2023 7:00 PM

Location: Ponchatoula Community Center
300 N 5th St., Ponchatoula LA 70454

September Meet & Greet Over Food & Drinks (5 PM to 7 PM)
Tula Burger Co.
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

Field Day - Date: June 24th, 2023

SELARC 41st Annual Hammond Hamfest (2023) - Saturday, January 21, 2023

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 January go out to Keith Samrow KF5VLX, Larry Rogers WD5HLE, Peter Liuzza WB5ERM
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

Minutes of the General Meeting, December 2022

SELARC Meeting Minutes

(Meeting Type: In-Person)

(Salty Joe’s BBQ)

December 13th, 2022

Call to order: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) at 07:00 pm

Pledge of Allegiance: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

Introductions: Done

Minutes of previous meetings: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

  • 1st motion to accept meeting minutes as posted by Keith Samrow (KF5VLX)
  • 2nd motion by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • All Approved

Members present: 20 people signed in but there were actually 22 in the group. Russ Plyler (WI5ARD), Larry Lima (KI5JVY), Terry Williams (N1TDW), Tyrone Burns (N5XES), Mark Lacey (WX5RN), Keith Samrow (KF5VLX), David Muller (W5NPV), Justin Williams (KI5PDO), Robert Jaeger (KI5TYD, Ryan Patterson (KI5TJL), Mark Lukinovich (KW1O), Ernie Bush (N5NIB), Ralph Shaw (K5CAV), William R. Harris (KF5YBY), Mary Melancon (KG5ITF), Dean Melancon (KG5AAE), Mike Jackson (KI5GGP), and Sumana Disimone (KI5WNV)

Guest present: 2 guests signed in. Rone Wadeeram Lima (Guest) and Kat Lukinovich

Treasurers’ report: Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • 1st motion to accept the treasurer's report as presented by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion by Keith Samrow (KF5VLX)
  • All Approved

Bills / Correspondence:

  • Waiting to hear back from Matt Anderson on paying the Repeater Council (LCARC) dues of $15.00.

New member applications / renewals: Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • Garry McKelvy (KM4NHH) was voted in during the Christmas Party.
  • 1st motion to accept by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion to accept by Keith Samrow (KF5VLX)
  • All Approved.

Health and Welfare:

ARES report: Pat Mason (KE5KMM)

  • No report out for Christmas meeting.

Hamfest Committee: Tyrone Burns (N5XES)

  • Location
    • Ponchatoula Community Center
    • Thanks to Ernie & Mark for coming to help clean up the clubhouse in preparation for the hamfest.
  • Food Truck
    • Boss Hog Catering
  • Volunteers
    • We need volunteers to support
  • Speakers
    • Need to reach out to Dave Catania to see if he can provide a PA system.
    • Check the Community Center to see what is there. 12/6 Ernie & Russ
  • Prizes
    • 1st Yaesu FT-891 HF/6M 100W Mobile $639.95
    • 2nd Yaesu FT-200DR 50W UHF/VHF C4FM $399.95
    • 3rd Yaesu FT-70DR 5W UHF/VHF C4FM HT $174.95
    • 4th 20' Telescoping Flagpole Kit $191.31
    • Easy Way Ham Books - 5 or 6 books
    • MFJ Items
    • Please submit any ideas you have for prizes and/or locations via email to Tyrone Burns (N5XES) and Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) via email address listed on QRZ.com
    • Refer to Spreadsheet on Google Drive

Repeater Committee: Tyrone Burns (N5XES) & Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

  • Tickfaw
    • The PL on the TX side has been changed to 173.8 to eliminate the loop that was being created on the repeater.
    • Waiting to see when the grounding is down at the tower.
    • Next Steps
      • Insulation is on location and needs to be installed on the ceiling.
      • Wall outlets have exposed wiring and burnt plugs that need to be corrected.
      • Power distribution in the cabinet.
  • Hammond
    • Pete is working on getting the 6 meter repeater equipment together.
    • Next Steps
      • Power distribution in the cabinet

Old Business:

  • none

Field Day: Mark Lacey (WX5RN)

  • Date: June 24th, 2023
  • Not covered during the Christmas meeting.


  • None for Christmas Party

New Business:

  • Membership Dues are due.
  • Congratulations to the new upgrade from the VE Session of the Florida Parishes VE Group.
    • Technician
      • Matthew Olinde - KI5YYK - Prairieville, LA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • January Meet & Greet (5 PM to 7 PM)
    • Toula Burger Company
      • January Meeting (7 PM to 8:30)
        • Ponchatoula Community Center
          • Update Address

Upcoming events / Hamfest / Cancellations:

  • SELARC Hamfest at the Ponchatoula Community Center in Ponchatoula.

General discussion, presentation, or training:

  • N/A

Motion to adjourn:

  • 1st motion to adjourn meeting by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion by Mike Jackson (KI5GGP)
  • All Approved.
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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 https://www.selarc.org for any updates.