Vol. 50, No. 02 ......................... February 2023
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday February 14, 2023 7:00 PM

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

February Meet & Greet (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

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 February go out to John Guthans AA5UY, Mary Pat Mason KE5KMM, David Catania N5QOX
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

VE Session Results

Congratulatons to the following of passing their exams for new license or upgrades!!!

21 Jan, 2023 - Hammond HamFest

Technician: Randall Landry - Ponchatoula, La.
General: Gregory Nothacker / KI5YQS - Hammond, La.

29 Jan, 2023

Technician: James Corbin - Prairieville, La.
General: Daniel Vicknair - Baton Rouge, La. (Tech and General)
Randall Landry / KI5ZMT - Ponchatoula, La. (General and Extra)

Again.....many thanks to our volunteers who come out every month.....in this case twice in the same month to make these VE Sessions a success for the examinees!!

For those of you who have attained your Extra class license, please extend the courtesy and give back by signing up to be a Volunteer Examiner!!

Have a safe Mardi Gras and a Peacefull Lentin Season!!

Tyrone Burns / N5XES
ARRL Liason - Florida Parishes VE Group

Minutes of the General Meeting, January 2023

SELARC Meeting Minutes

(Meeting Type: In-Person)

(Ponchatoula Community Center)

January 10th, 2023

Call to order: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) at 7:04 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 Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion by Mike Jackson (KI5GGP)
  • All Approved

Members present: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD), Larry Lima (KI5JVY), Terry Williams (N1TDW), Tyrone Burns (N5XES), Mark Lacey (WX5RN), Keith Samrow (KF5VLX), David Muller (W5NPV), Robert Jaeger (KI5TYD), Ryan Patterson (KI5TJL), Mark Lukinovich (KW1O), William R. Harris (KF5YBY), Dean Melancon (KG5AAE), Mike Jackson (KI5GGP), Ed Mason (KE5GMN), Pat Mason (KE5KMM), Bob Spahn (WD5BJW) Jerry Burg (W5TE), Bill Price (KB5OBW), Jimmy Hess (AG5EJ), Tracy Durio (N5CTZ), Carmen Bray (KF5VXO), Tim Desmond (KG6G), and Sumana Disimone (KI5WNV)

Guest present: Randy Landry

Treasurers’ report: Ernie Bush (N5NIB)

  • 1st motion to accept the treasurer's report as presented by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion by Mark Lacey (WX5RN)
  • 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)

  • Justin Williams (KI5PDO)
  • 1st motion to accept by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion to accept by Keith Samrow (KF5VLX)
  • All Approved.

Health and Welfare:

  • Pete and Jason doing some procedures.
  • Tom Grant’s date in which he went SK last month was incorrect. The correct date was November 25th, 2022.

ARES report: Pat Mason (KE5KMM)

  • Numbers were average for December and expected to be low after Christmas.
  • Between 15-19 check-ins.
  • Good Coverage on the 147.000

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.
    • Packet being worked on.
    • Insurance Increase
      • Current $298.00. The hospital equipment was added back onto the policy. Around $438 for renewal. Labor was not covered.
    • 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.


  • Maybe we can get Dean to do the DC connector and grounding.
  • Next meeting possibly to cover back-up power by Dean.

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.)
  • February Meet & Greet (5 PM to 7 PM)
    • Toula Burger Company
      • February 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 Mike Jackson (KI5GGP)
  • 2nd motion by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • All Approved.
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