The SELARC "Hamster"

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P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
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Vol. 46, No. 4 ................................ April 2019
* Club Meeting *

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 7:00 PM
University Center
on Southeastern Louisiana University Campus - Room: St. Tammany located on the Plaza level
Access from Parking Lot # 3 on the NW side of the University Center.
(800 W University Ave, Hammond)
Social at Sarita’s Grill & Cantina
45653 University Park Dr. Hammond, LA 70401
Starting around 5:15PM 

For more information, see the April 2019 meeting page

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!


Strawberry Festival

A SELARC Special Event Station is planned to run during the 2019 Strawberry Festival: April 12-14. 
Amateur radio operators able to operate, please contact Lyle Wales KD5JRY.

Prize Drawing

SELARC still has a Yaesu FT-891 to be awarded to one lucky winner.
Please see Carol KE5GOC 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

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival - April 12-14, 2019

NELA Hamfest 2019 - Sat. April 27, 2019, West Monroe Convention Center, more details..

Special Olympics Summer Games @ SLU Campus Hammond, La. - May 25-26, 2019

2019 ARRL Field Day - June 22-23, 2019

2019 MS Bike Ride: Dats How We Roll - October 5-6, 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.


Congratulations to Brian D. Karcher KG5GJT of Metairie on receiving the 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award. He was one of the first 20 applicants to successfully submit 20 confirmed, qualifying contacts on any satellite as part of AMSAT’s Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

To qualify, all contacts must be made between March 03, 2019 00:00 UTC and December 31, 2019 23:59 UTC. There is still time for local hams to participate in this AMSAT event!

Happy Birthday!!

Birthday Wishes for April go out to - Blake KG5UZW, Judy AA5UZ, RW Robbie KG5JSK, and Donna KG5JSL

If we missed your birthday, please let us know.

Get Well Soon —
Best wishes for continued recuperation go to SELARC members Tom Simpson N5HAY, Sandy Blaize W5TVW, and Homer Jones KA5TRT. We look forward to hearing you on the air!
In Sympathy and Remembrance —

We express our deepest condolences for the friends and family of the recent silent keys.

Long time SELARC member and contributor Addison Merrit Fowler W5NON, 100, of Hammond passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Previously honored in the meeting of August 2010 for longevity and many years service in Ham Radio; Ad has also donated equipment to SELARC.

VE Session Results -

Hammond VE Group Session results - 31 March, 2019

Congratulations to the following new HAM!

Technician: Dillon Morris - Baton Rouge, La.

Tyke's TidBits

Hello April!!

It sure is good to see you again...stick around for about 6 months or so, until everything dries up!!

Yes....It is good to see some sunny and somewhat drier weather for a change, and none too soon as we have the Strawberry Festival Special Event Station operation coming up soon, with La. Special Olympics not far behind it.

My ankle is in a cast and doing better, so I'm starting to venture out least for more than doctor visits! It looks like 3 more weeks for the cast, then a walking boot and maybe some minor antenna work on the ground!

There are a bunch of HF operating contest, special Event stations and Dxpeditions coming up in the next couple months, so hurry up and get those new antennas in the air, so you can fire up that new radio you've been drooling over!!

Looks like we have a few things to discuss at this months meeting, which will be at the University Center on SLU Campus. Don't forget, the pre-meeting "Eat and Greet" which will be at Saritas' on University Blvd., just a few blocks west of N. Morrisson Blvd..

Hoping to CU there!


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Minutes of SELARC Meeting of March 12, 2019 at Tangipahoa Parish EOC

Jimmy Hess AG5EJ called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM at the Tangipahoa Parish EOC. The meeting was started with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a self-introduction of all present.

It was m/s/passed to accept minutes for the February meeting as published in the "Hamster". Treasurer Carol Redmond KE5GOC presented a revised report for the Hamfest, a monthly financial report, and a budget for 2019. It was m/s/passed to accept the financial reports, and it was m/s/passed to accept the budget.

Attendance (15): Carol Redmond KE5GOC, Ralph Shaw K5CAV, Jerry Burg NE5GKJ, Carmen Bray KF5VXO, Jimmy AG5EJ, David Muller W5NPV, Butch Roper KG5WQI, Ernie Bush N5NIB, Robert L Madden K5NDT, Redmond James H Jr K5QNT, Ed Mason KE5GMN, Lyle Wales KD5JRY, Bob Priez WB5FBS, Pat Mason KE5KMM, and Keith KF5VLX

Correspondence: Membership renewal/update forms were received for members: N5RYI, KE5KMM, KE5GMN, KE5GOC, KE5KMH, W5EGG, and KG5HZU.

Committee Reports:

Repeater: Tyrone was absent, but members report the repeater's broken, and the repeater committee will meet to work on solutions for feedline replacement and other matters.

ARES Report (Pat KE5KMM, EC): ARES has been watching carefully, due to Several Cool Fronts / T. Storms.

Members were suggested to signup on the programs

  • ARES Connect
  • TangiAlert and AlertFM - For receiving local alerts
    And cards were distributed with the setup information for the TangiAlert/AlertFM apps.

New Business:

Strawberry Festival Special Event: Lyle KD5JRY announced some details for the Strawberry Festival special Event station to operate under special event call W5S, and we will need to find out the management information for the club call's QRZ page to set up and remove the information and W5S callsign at the designated times.
Looking for volunteers to operate at least 3 HF stations, primarily, and Lyle began taking sign-ups for volunteers operators interested to attend and assist at the planned special event station April 12 - April 14.

Memorial Book Donations: The club has a backlog of memorial book donations to be made for the loss due to the passing of club members/family of club members. Bob WB5FBS will help by providing the list of these.

Educational Program: Some training videos were presented on Winlink digital modes, and on the subject of related troubles and identification of bad coaxial cable.

Announcements: Bob: Special Olympics is on May 24 - 26 - the week before Memorial Day, and the communication center's location has moved. The next general meeting will be April 9th at SLU exact location TBD.

It was m/s/passed to adjourn at 8:30pm

Submitted by Vice-President/Secretary Jimmy Hess AG5EJ
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Rohn 25 for sale - 4 straight and 1 top (approx. 50ft),
  with a short or long section for concrete,
  with house bracket - no rotor plate - $400.00

Also: 1- Rohn HDx-45 free-standing tower - $150.00
1- Spaulding HDx-45 free-standing tower (pre-Rohn buyout) - $150.00
additional loose sections of Rohn 25 available - price varies on condition of tower sections
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Hustler Vertical 6BTV+, 17 Meter Add-On
Omni 6 rig with power supply
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Community News

Request for: Any Operators local interested in starting projects or joining one in progress?
From This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - KF5GOI

Sent in by N5EKF of the Ascension Amateur Radio Club K5ARC: The April 2019 Edition of Ascension Airwaves - "Please feel free to share it with your friends and club members. We will have our meeting this Wednesday at the Main Fire Station on Orice Roth Road in Gonzales, LA at 19:00 hrs."

News from ARRL

==> Flaw Could Permit Hacking of Implanted Devices
Medtronic, the world's largest medical device company, has acknowledged that many of its implanted cardiac defibrillators use an unencrypted wireless protocol that could let an attacker change the device settings. The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has assigned the flaw a vulnerability score of 9.3 -- near the top of its 10-point scale. It said the flaw makes it possible for an unauthorized party to read and write any memory location of the implanted devices. At issue is the Conexus radio frequency telemetry protocol, which is used as part of its remote patient-management system for communicating between defibrillators, home monitoring devices, and clinician programming devices. According to CISA, affected devices include the MyCareLink Monitor, CareLink Monitor, CareLink 2090 Programmer, and other Medtronic implanted cardiac devices listed in its alert. The primary vulnerabilities are improper access control and transmission of sensitive information. ...

==> So Now What?
"The New Ham Radio Starter Pack" is the focus of the new (March 21) episode of the "So Now What?" podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you're a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! "So Now What?" offers insights from those who've been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast...

==> The Two "Entry-Level" Petitions Now Accepting Comments are Very Different
The FCC recently invited public comment on ARRL's 2018 Technician Enhancement Petition for Rule Making (RM-11828). It asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. It does not seek to create a new Amateur Radio license class....

The FCC has also invited public comment on an entirely unrelated Petition for Rule Making (RM-11829), filed in 2017 by ARRL member Gary A. Hampton, AD0WU, of Longmont, Colorado. Hampton has asked the FCC to create a new "Tyro" entry-level license class, which would require a minimal online examination as well as mentoring by an Amateur Radio licensee of Technician class or higher. Tyro licensees would have to be at least 11 years old and would earn operating privileges on 99 channels in a 70-centimeter segment that Hampton calls a "TyroSubBand." It would offer no HF privileges.

These are not competing petitions. Members of the Amateur Radio community should evaluate both proposals on their own merits and comment if they desire. ARRL has provided a summary of the Technician Enhancement proposals and explained their advantages.

Interested parties have 30 days to comment on both proposals. For information on how to file comments, visit "How to Comment on FCC Proceedings."

==> Colorado ARES Volunteers Muster for "Bomb Cyclone" Winter Storm
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in Colorado stepped up as a mid-month "bomb cyclone" winter storm struck the state, with heavy rain shifting to heavy snowfall. The storm affected several states and led to significant flooding in Nebraska. Parts of Colorado recorded winds of nearly 100 MPH and record-low barometric pressure readings. ARES teams in Colorado began preparations a day ahead of the so-called "bombogenesis" weather event. ...

==> 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition "Postponed, Not Canceled"
The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is off, at least for now. The skipper of the MV Atlantic Tuna determined it was not safe to continue its voyage to the remote Antarctic island after the vessel suffered some damage from severe storm conditions. The DXpedition had expected to arrive on the island on March 26 and be on the air by month's end...

==> Whither Digital Radio Mondiale?
In a recent issue of QST, Steve Ford, WB8IMY, took a look at the forgotten Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) system. Digital broadcasting was supposed to be the life preserver for international shortwave broadcasters facing the reality of rising costs and shrinking audiences. In 1998, broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, regulators, and others formed the DRM consortium to create a specification for digital shortwave broadcasting that might stem the growing shift to internet broadcasting and revive listener interest...

==> Smithsonian Institution's NN3SI Returning to the Air
The historic NN3SI call sign is being reactivated under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution Amateur Radio Group. "We do not have a physical station location, and we are not open for guest operation as in the past, but this this is the start to Amateur Radio slowly coming back at the Smithsonian," the group's president, John Weise, N4NPG, told ARRL. "We expect to begin operating holiday-style starting in April."
NN3SI will operate mobile and portable from several District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland locations on most bands and modes. NN3SI hopes to be on the air for most contests this year ...


==> ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members
Starting on April 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) interested in hosting contacts with orbiting crew members on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts will be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2020. ...

==> FCC Adopts New Rules for Spectrum above 95 GHz
The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission's "Spectrum Horizons" branded initiative.
"This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development," the FCC said in announcing the March 15 move.
Prior to its "historic" decision last week, the FCC had no rules for authorizing communication above 95 GHz other than by radio amateurs or through experimental operations. Under current rules, specific Amateur Radio allocations exist at 122.25 - 123.00 GHz; 134 - 141 GHz; 241 - 250 GHz, and at frequencies above 300 GHz, and limited experimentation has taken place in this region of the radio spectrum.
Among radio amateurs active in that region of the spectrum is Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, in Virginia -- who has made at least one contact on every available Amateur Radio band. He earned the first-ever ARRL VUCC awards for 122 GHz, 134 GHz, and 241 GHz, and even went so far as to make the first contact on a less-than-1-millimeter band, 322 GHz...

--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League



Stay Radio active -- See you at the next meeting, Tue, Apr. 9, 2019; 7:00PM at the University Center