Vol. 50, No. 05 ......................... May 2024
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday May 14, 2024 7:00 PM CDT
Location: Ponchatoula Community Center
300 N 5th St., Ponchatoula LA 70454

May Meet & Greet Over Food & Drinks (5 PM to 7 PM)
Toula Burger Co.

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!

Events and VE Sessions

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 May go out to Richard (Ricky) Cutrer KF5TQT, Walter L. Sarrat N5RYI
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

Minutes of the General Meeting, April 2024

SELARC Meeting Minutes

(Meeting Type: In-Person)

(Amite EOC, LA)

April 9th, 2024

Call to order: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD) at 7:00 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 Ed Mason (KE5GMN)
  • 2nd motion by Terry Williams (N5TDW)
  • All Approved

Members present: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD), Mike Jackson (KI5GGP), William Harris (KF5YBY), Terry Williams (N5TDW), Ernie Bush (N5NIB), Tyrone Burns (N5XES), Dean Melancon (KG5AAE), Pat Mason (KE5KMM), Ed Mason (KE5GMN), Mark Duncan (KJ5DKD), George Carr (KB5ILL), Jerry Burg (W5TE), Mary Melancon (KG5ITF), Bob Spahn (WD5BJW), Mark Lacey (WX5RN), Linc McCormick (K5PLG), Mike Mason (KE5KMH), Francis Minor (KF5YNN), Greg Nothacker (W5IDD)

Guest present: Deborah Young

Treasurers’ report: Mike Jackson (KI5GGP)

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

Bills / Correspondence:

  • Henry Radio $1,225.00 before shipping

New member applications / renewals: Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)

  • 1st motion to accept by N/A
  • 2nd motion to accept by N/A
  • All Approved.

Health and Welfare:

  • No Changes

ARES report: Pat Mason (KE5KMM)

  • Monday night nets are growing.
  • Average is 28 per net.
  • Walthall County Area Team Net on 145.43 at 7:30 on Thursdays. Let’s support them in the Northeast.

Hamfest Committee: Tyrone Burns (N5XES)

  • Speaker System
    • The issues with the speaker system in PCC have been identified. Tyrone will be replacing the 90 degree plug when available.

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

  • Tickfaw
    • Waiting to see when the grounding is down at the tower.
    • Repeater Work Party
      • Insulation was installed on the roof of the building.
      • Oversized breaker was replaced with one for the size of the wiring.
      • New breaker installed dedicated to the 147 repeater. There is even a dedicated outlet above the repeater cabinet which removed the 50’ extension cable in the building.
      • 3 burnt out outlets were replaced allowing for the cover plates to be put back in place.
      • The crew: Dean Melancon (KG5AAE), Keith Samrow (KF5VLX), Tyrone Burns (N5XES), Ernie Bush (N5NIB), Pat Mason (KE5KMM), Ed Mason (KE5GMN), and Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)
      • Dean Melancon (KG5AAE) purchased $216.30 in hardware for the work to be done. He is only being reimbursed $116.30 since he is donating $100.00 of it back to the club.
    • Future Steps
      • Install new Crescend Amplifier.
      • Power distribution in the cabinet.
  • Hammond
    • Waiting on Pete to complete the work on the 6 meter repeater.
    • Future Steps
      • Install new Kenwood repeater donated by Pete Liuzza (WB5ERM). Output power set to 15 watts.
      • Duplexer needs to be tuned. Noticed more loss than desired.
      • Install new Henry Amplifier.
      • Power distribution in the cabinet.


  • HMU (Hammond, LA, North Oaks Hospital)
    • Operational
  • PCC (Ponchatoula Community Center)
    • Operational
  • W5TEO (Hammond)
    • Operational

Old Business:

  • N/A

Field Day: Mark Lacey (WX5RN)

  • June 22nd and 23rd
  • Install Paloma’s Filters
    • 1st Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
    • 2nd Dean Melancon (KG5AAE)
    • Vote Yes


  • Ralph Shaw (K5CAV)
    • Sections of Rohn Tower
    • Aluminum tubing
    • Vintage rados.
    • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • (985) 345-0482

Training - ???

  • WIRES-X, FCS, YSF and Other - Russ Plyler (WI5ARD)
    • YouTube - WIRES-X, Reflectors and Command Mode by North West Fusion Group <link>
    • DWARN Graphic <link>
  • ICS Forms for May Meeting.
  • Any future training topics?
    • EMP Protection / Dave with OZONE on LRS (Lightning Rig Saver) Russ WI5ARD to contact Dave.

New Business:

  • Congratulations on the new licenses and/or upgrades from the VE Session of the Florida Parishes VE Group.
    • Technician
      • No Testing was run.
    • General
      • No Testing was run.
    • Extra
      • No Testing was run.
  • Ponchatoula Country Market (May 25th - Back Porch)
    • Dee Forrest K5XYL asked if SELARC would like to do a radio setup in the Month of May. If so, who would like to be the contact to coordinate the setup we would have. This would be for one of the weekends in May on a Saturday (10-5) Ryan Dellucky.
  • BikeMS: Dat’s How We Roll 2024
    • Dates: April 6th & 7th
    • Terry Williams N5TDW for all his coordination efforts.
    • Dean G5AAE, Ernie N5NIB, Greg W5IDD, Jerry W5TE, Louie KG5EFQ, Ryan KI5NMJ, Tugboat KG5NYN, Ed KE5GMN, Pat KE5KMM, Terry N5TDW, Tyrone N5XES
  • Fox Hunt
    • Please reach out to Ryan Delkucky (KI5NMJ) if you are interested in doing a Fox Hunt.
  • May Meet & Greet (5 PM to 7 PM)
    • Tula Burger Co.
      • 116 W Pine St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454
  • May Meeting (7 PM to 8 PM)

○ Ponchatoula Community Center

  • 300 N 5th St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

Upcoming events / Hamfest / Cancellations:

General discussion, presentation, or training:

  • ARRL Section Manager is now Houston Polson (N5YS) of Winnfield, LA effective 4/1/2024

Motion to adjourn:

  • 1st motion to adjourn meeting by Tyrone Burns (N5XES)
  • 2nd motion by Pat Mason (KE5KMM)
  • All Approved.
News from The ARRL Letter


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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.