The SELARC "Hamster"
Vol. 46, No. 8 ................................ August 2019
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. 46, No. 8 ................................ August 2019
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 PM
Ponchatoula Community Center
(300 N. Fifth Street, Range Road)

Pre-Meeting Social: La Carrettas'
In Ponchatoula, Next to the tracks!
(147 NW Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454)
Starting around 5:15PM


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!

SELARC Officers 2019-2021

The Election of Officers was held at the club meeting of Tuesday July 9, 2019

SELARC Officers for 2019 - 2021:

Tyrone Burns N5XES
Jimmy Hess AG5EJ
Ernie Bush N5NIB
Prize Drawing

SELARC still has a Yaesu FT-891 to be awarded to one lucky winner.
The drawing is now open to all hams!

Please check at the next meeting for details and to obtain
your chance to win: for a $10 donation per chance ticket (1 out of 60).

Special Events, Other Hamfests & VE Sessions

Shreveport & Bossier Hamfest - August 10, 2019
N5SHV Shreveport - ARCOS Tailgate Party - September 28, 2019
2019 MS Bike Ride: Dats How We Roll - October 5-6, 2019
Greater New Orleans Hamfest - November 2, 2019

Hammond VE Group - ARRL/W5YI tests are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month [with the exception of holiday conflicts] in Room "B" of the North Oaks Medical System Diagnostic Center 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.

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program for contacts 3/3/19 to 12/31/19

Congratulations and Birthdays

Birthday Wishes for August go out to - Mark WX5RN, Trent KD5PCM, Tyrone N5XES, and Carmen KF5VXO If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

Special Congratulations to Trent Hernandez, KD5PCM who was named by the ARRL Foundation as a 2019 Scholarship recipient for The Louisiana Memorial Scholarship.

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

Hammond VE Group Session results

28 July, 2019 - VE Session

Austin N. Sellers - Saint Francisville, La.
Timothy G. Lynch Jr. - Hammond, La.

Many thanks to all the VEs' who take the time to come out and support these sessions.
You are appreciated!

Tyke's TidBits

Well, we have made it through July with just a smidgin' of a Tropical Storm/Hurricane, to lose some sleep over...for some people , but thankfully, not us.

Hopefully it has woke up the communities, and they won't get "lax" on their storm preparations. On the other hand, as HAMs, we pretty much try to stay on top of these things and are usually ready on short notice to handle the communications requirements as needed.

Monitoring our local repeaters for storm updates and ARES announcements is the most direct way to find out what communication needs are being requested for the area. At this time, it appears we may have a couple disturbances out there in the Atlantic that bear watching, so stay aware , stay informed and doublr check your batteries, generators, radios and other gear you may have in your go kit(s). To echo the Boy Scouts slogan "Be Prepared"!!!

We will be holding our next meeting at the Ponchatoula Community Center, which will be our "Installation of Officers" also. There will be a pre-meeting social also at La Carretas' by the tracks in Ponchatoula @5:15 pm, for those who wish to grab a bite or a drink before the meeting.

73 es see u at the meeting,

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President - SELARC

Meeting of July 11, 2019 at the Tangipahoa Parish EOC

President Tyrone N5XES called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a self-introduction/recognition of all present.

It was m/s/passed to accept minutes for the June meeting as published in the "Hamster"

Treasurer Carol KE5GOC presented a monthly financial report and mentioned the 40 ticket sales for the Yaesu FT-891: suggesting people consider purchase of more tickets for greater odds of winning, and gave a reminder that the drawing is open to all hams. It was m/s/passed to accept the financial report.

Attendance (16): Attendance (16): Jimmy AG5EJ, Tyrone N5XES, Carol KE5GOC, Ernie N5NIB, Ralph K5CAV, James K5QNT, Mark WX5RN, Jerry N5GKJ, Lyle KD5JRY, Pat KE5KMM, Ed KE5GMN, Carmen KF5VXO, Bill KF5YBY, Walter N5RYI, Bob WB5FBS, Butch KG5WQI

Membership Applications and Correspondence: There were no new membership applications presented at the meeting.

Health and Welfare: Tyrone mentioned some club members visited at Sandy's memorial.

Committee Reports:

(Ernie N5NIB): Regarding the club insurance policies, Ernie explained that in discussing with ARRL Insurance about the coverage with ARRL found that the ARRL insurance program is apparently not provided by Mercer, and the club's policy there might be with a previous insurance vendor of ARRL. Need to review cost and possibly adding insurance to make sure feedline and antenna would be insured.
(Tyrone N5XES): The new repeater is programmed. Russell Plyler came to the CC. and performed some setup for basic operation in AMS mode for the new repeater. Hope to deploy tomorrow afternoon.
Pat KE5KMM - EC): ARES keeping eyes peeled on the weather; as a disturbance is coming around, and reminding everyone to keep up on their hurricane preparations. Pat invites everyone to join the weekly nets on Monday night 8:30PM, and especially during hurricane season: try joining in using batteries and inside antennas.
(Ed KE5GMN - DEC): Ed added a reminder for everyone to check generators.

MS Bike Tour: Bob WB5FBS - Gave a reminder of the MS Bike Tour event, 1st Saturday October.

* Slidell Hamfest on July 20th

Membership Election of Officers:

Tyrone read the slate of nominations for Officers after asking each nominee to affirm. The nominations were [as shown in the June meeting and published in the July Hamster]. Proposed nominee for Vice President would not accept, and there was no replacement nominee that could be found.

The slate was President - Tyrone Burns N5XES
Secretary - James Hess AG5EJ
Treasurer - Ernie Bush N5NIB

With additional board members recommended Lyle Wales KD5JRY and Keith Samrow KF5VLX

Tyrone made a last call for nominations; there were no additional nominations for the election of officers.

Tyrone asked if there is a motion to close the nominations. Bob WB5FBS asked to have read the ByLaws article for election of officers. Jimmy Hess AG5EJ read the selection [included here from Article I].

1. Election of officers shall be held at the first regular club meeting during the month of July.
2. A nominating committee comprised of the Board of Directors shall propose a slate of candidates
to be elected, and shall present this slate of candidates to the general membership at the last regular meeting in the month prior to the election.
3. Any voting member of the club may submit additional nominations from the floor at the time of election.
4. Elected officers shall assume their respective duties at the adjournment of the meeting at which they were elected.
5. Officers shall be elected for a term of two years.

Tyrone asked if there is a motion to close the nominations -- it was motioned by Bob and seconded by Walter; Tyrone made a call for the Ayes and a call for the Noes. The motion was passed with all Ayes and no opposition. Nominations closed.

President Tyrone asked Is there a motion to elect all the current nominees by acclamation?
It was motioned but not seconded, nor debated nor voted on.

Tyrone called a voice vote to elect for the office of President - Tyrone Burns N5XES; and passed with all answers Aye in favor.

Tyrone called a voice vote to elect for the office of Secretary - James Hess AG5EJ; and passed with all answers Aye in favor.

Tyrone called a voice vote to elect for the office of Treasurer - Ernie Bush N5NIB - (Joseph E. Bush III); and passed with all answers Aye in favor.

Bob WB5FBS Requested to enter into the minutes That we appreciate the work of officers elected and give a round of applause

New Business:
SELARC Hamfest

(Tyrone N5XES): Gives the note, We believe MFJ should be there and Hamworld; still trying/looking for vendors.

A question is discussed: Do we continue with the Penington center for the Hamfest?
Response seems favorable for Penington center; (Tyrone N5XES) Yes. Will plan to have the event at the Penington center if we can get the floor space we were using previously to 2019 Hamfest.

Tyrone proposed and it was m/s/passed to designate and budget the $2500 for the upcoming Hamfest event.

Tyrone discussed the good participation at the June VE sessions.

Carol KE5GOC reminded the members of a few SELARC Decals left for sale at $2/each.

Members List:

Bob WB5FBS - Made a request to get the directory list of member names and callsigns available, and mentioned being unable to see the list on the website; Jimmy AG5EJ will check to make sure that a list/directory is available.


New Orleans Hamfest (Nov)
Hamvention Plano (Aug)

OARC Hamfest - Sat July 20, 2019 - John Slidell Park Gymnasium
W9DYV's Amateur Radio Symposium: 1day before


It was m/s/passed to adjourn with the details of next meeting to be posted on the website at a later date,
But the next meeting is currently anticipated to be at the Ponchatoula Community Center (on Tuesday August 13 7:00 PM).

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News from ARRL

==> Some European Telecoms Regulators Keeping an Open Mind on French 2-Meter Proposal
At least two European telecommunications regulators appear inclined to give serious consideration to a French proposal to allocate 146 - 148 MHz to the Aeronautical Mobile Service on a primary basis. Some International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 member-societies have written their governments' regulators, expressing opposition to the proposal, aired at a June CEPT meeting. The matter remains a regional issue at this stage but could become an agenda item for World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23)...

==> Millions of AMPRNet Internet Addresses Sold to Fund Grants and Scholarships
The proceeds from this month's sale of some 4 million unused consecutive AMPRNet™ internet addresses will fund operations of the nonprofit Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC). This will establish a program of grants and scholarships in support of communications and networking research -- with a strong emphasis on Amateur Radio, an ARDC news release said.
ARDC manages AMPRNet. While the sale fetched "several million dollars," ARDC said that its Board of Directors had agreed to keep the exact figure confidential for now, "to avoid adversely influencing others buying and selling addresses."
The addresses sold came out of a block of some 16 million internet addresses obtained nearly 40 years ago and "devoted exclusively to Amateur Radio" for TCP/IP ham radio networking ...
[From NANOG, Subject: 44/8]

==> One Dead, One Injured in New Hampshire Ham Radio Tower Mishap
A tower dismantling turned tragic on Saturday, July 27, in Deerfield, New Hampshire, when two radio amateurs working some 40 feet up on the tower were carried to the ground when the structure collapsed. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA, 52, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, did not survive injuries sustained in the fall, while the tower's owner, Michael Rancourt, K1EEE, 65, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

==> AMSAT President Asks Members to Help Keep Amateur Radio in Space "It takes considerable volunteer effort and real dollars to keep Amateur Radio in Spac," AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, has reminded the organization's members in a message that included an invitation to the organization's 50th anniversary Space Symposium and Annual Meeting in October. In addition, Spier put out a call for "important assistance" in the areas of User Services and Engineering ...

==> ARRL's Logbook of The World has been updated to embrace FT4 contacts for the Digital Worked All States award.
This follows the WSJT-X Development Group's July "general availability" release of WSJT-X 2.1.0. No other endorsements are under consideration at this time. ...

==> Free Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Event Logging Software Now Available
Scott Davis, N3FJP, perhaps best known for the ARRL Field Day software that bears his call sign, has developed a free logging program for ARRL's Happy 150! Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration on-the-air event that gets under way on August 31 and runs for 9 days. Davis calls his software Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0. Maxim, 1AW, who cofounded ARRL, was born on September 2, 1869. ...

==> HWN and National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC Activate for Tropical Storm Barry
Responding to then-Tropical Storm Barry, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC -- the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami -- activated on July 12. The HWN's primary frequency is 14.325 MHz with 7.268 MHz as a secondary channel, depending upon propagation. This time, the HWN fired up on both bands ....

==> FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Changes Recreational Drone Flying Requirements
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 includes changes to recreational drone flying in the US. Radio amateurs have used drones to inspect antenna systems and terrain and to carry support lines aloft, as well as for other purposes. The FAA considers those who fly their drones for fun as recreational users. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 describes how, when, and where owners may fly drones for recreational purposes. These broad guidelines should apply to most Amateur Radio users of drones...

==> Historic Amateur Radio Contact via Moon-Orbiting Satellite Reported A contact between radio amateurs in Germany and China took place on July 1 via the moon-orbiting LO-94 satellite, DSLWP-B, launched in May 2018. The two-way exchange between Reinhard Kuehn, DK5LA, in Sorup, Germany, and Harbin Institute of Technology club station BY2HIT (operated by Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC), in Harbin, China, occurred between 0551 and 0728 UTC, according to reports. The GMSK-to-JT4G repeater onboard DSLWP-B was used to make the contact, the first ever via a lunar-orbiting repeater...

--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League


Stay Radio active -- See you at the next meeting, Tue, August 13, 2019; 7:00PM at the Ponchatoula Community Center