The SELARC "Hamster"

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P.O. Box 1324, Hammond LA 70404
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Vol. 47, No. 9 ......................... September 2020
* Club Meeting *

Tue. Sep 8, 2020 7:00PM CDT
The upcoming SELARC club meeting will be a VIRTUAL meeting, held on ZOOM meetings.

Hopefully your computer and network is capable of doing this. Just click on the link attached below and you will be directed to ZOOM and it will install to your phone, computer or Tablet/Pad!
You should check out the link as early as possible to make sure your system is working!
Also, logging on 30 minutes early is recommended !
The full invitation text is found at the end of this newsletter or as an email to members, and alternatively at

Meeting link:

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

OARC / Slidell EOC Hamfest and Amateur Radio Symposium - Cancelled

The Greater New Orleans Hamfest - Nov. 14, 2020 - Hamfest page

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 [email protected] or Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

JOTA 2020 - 16 - 18 October 2020

JOTA-JOTI is the world’s largest digital Scout event taking place online and over the air. The educational event brings together more than 2 million Scouts every year...
We would like for some operators to provide communications support for the event: maybe we can make it like a field day exercise!!
Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes for September go out to - Brenda KG5KBS, David K4BHY, John K5SNB, David K4BHY.
If we missed your birthday, then please let us know.

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

Florida Parishes VE Group - 29 August, 2020 VE Session

Congratulations to the following new Amateur Radio Operators and upgrades!!

Dustin Veron - Denham Springgs, La.
Michael Wilson - Hammond, La.
Richarrd Braniff / KI5KHH - Prairieville, La.

Again....many thanks to all the VEs' who attend our sessions to make them successful!!

stay safe es 73
Tyrone Burns - N5XES
VE Liason - Florida Parishes VE Group

Minutes of the August, 2020 meeting
The general meeting opened on August 11, 2020 7pm held on Zoom meetings.

Attendance (16)

Bob WB5FBS, Bob Beasley N7LLT, Ernie N5NIB, Jimmy AG5EJ, Mark, Tyrone Burns N5XES, Charles KG5FZ, Ed Mason KE5GMN, JA Cline N5ZCW, John-AA5UY & Judy-AA5UZ, KG5DBA, Mary Mason, Ryan Plyler KI5FMA, Scott, KD5PCK, and Tim AG5XK.

Treasurer's Report

Ernie N5NIB gave the treasurer's report. The board approved, and a replacement of batteries was made for the 147 repeater in June ahead of a potential arrival of hurricane Cristobal, and Tyrone N5XES expended $15 on filing a registration with the secretary of state. Ernie also reported that the club received the donation of $400 towards the repeater funds thanks to the Priez Family, Bob WB5FBS, in celebration of his birthday. A motion to accept the treasurer's report was m/s/passed.

Membership Applications

Member applications had been received from Lawrence Lima KI5JVY, Brian E. Wetzel N5YHM, Bob Beasley N7LLT. It was m/s/passed to accept the new members into SELARC.

ARES Report

A report was given by Pat-KE5KMM, EC; encouraging members to keep your eyes on the tropics. The ARES net is on Monday nights, and there have been a number of new callsigns / checkins. We invite any hams listening to do the same thing, and join us on the Monday night ARES nets.

Fusion Repeater

(Tyrone N5XES) The 444.250 Fusion machine is now on DWARN and up / solid.

SELARC 2020 Hamfest / Discussion

(Tyrone N5XES) - It will not be until the end of next quarter when we can find if we have the Pennington center or not.
Ernie N5NIB suggests we start thinking of other fundraising ideas as well.

(John AA5UY) - The Covington Hamfest / Ozone club is still on for now, but there will be a decision last Thursday of the month.
Currently plan to have a test session Oct 18, but may be under social-distancing guidelines requiring applicants to pre-register.

(Russell) The MS bike ride was cancelled and relocated to another day in October as a single-day event, working with Zwift virtual rides / they have a new website for it.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm

News from The ARRL Letter

==> FCC Proposes to Institute Amateur Radio Application Fees
Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed last week. Included in the FCC's fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees.
The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the "Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act" of 2018 — the so-called "Ray Baum's Act."
The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The new statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees ...

==> Hurricane Watch Net Logs More than 29 Hours of Continuous Operation for Laura
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) logged 29.5 hours of continuous operation in advance of Hurricane Laura, beginning at 1300 UTC on August 26. One primary function of the HWN is to obtain real-time ground-level weather conditions and initial damage assessments from amateur radio operators in the affected area and relay that information to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) by way of WX4NHC.
"Since Laura had become a Major Hurricane (Category 3) overnight, well ahead of earlier forecasts, we opened our net on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz," said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. "We did this for two reasons. HF propagation was horrible on both bands, and we wanted to make sure anyone trying to contact us would be able to do so." Graves said it strained resources, but the net was able to get its job done. The HWN remained in continuous operation until Thursday, August 27, at 1830 UTC, well after Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana, near the Texas border. ...

==> Historic Winlink Gateway KH6SP Ceases Operation
The last amateur radio digital gateway -- KH6SP -- at the Navy site in Wahiawa, Hawaii, went silent on August 1. The site housed two amateur radio gateways donated by a group of Hawaii amateurs led by Thomas Overman, W2AIT -- KH6UL and KH6SP. For more than 8 years, Overman maintained the Winlink software running them. The system had high-gain log-periodic arrays with low-angle radiation that provided the maritime community with email service across the Pacific and later handled inter-island traffic...

==> Amateur Radio Volunteers Ready as Deadly Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams along the Gulf Coast were ready to assist as needed after Hurricane Laura made landfall as a powerful and deadly Category 4 storm along the Texas-Louisiana border with sustained winds of 150 MPH. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicted "unsurvivable storm surge" was in the vicinity of 20 feet or greater, driving Gulf waters inland into waterways and lowlands. More than a half-million people in Louisiana and Texas were told to evacuate ahead of the storm, but not everyone did -- or was able to leave. Widespread power outages were reported. By Thursday morning...

==> Ham-Astronauts to Crew Boeing, SpaceX Commercial Missions for NASA
Ham-astronauts abound among crew members assigned to pioneering commercial space missions by Boeing and SpaceX. Jeanette Epps, KF5QNU, is the latest astronaut assigned to the Boeing Starliner-1, a four-passenger vehicle that will undertake its first mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021. Others on the crew will include veteran Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, and Josh Cassada, KI5CRH. Another crew member is yet to be named. ...

==> New Contest for Portable Stations to Debut
A new amateur radio contest for portable operators -- the Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge (POC) -- will debut October 3 - 4. The event is aimed at leveling the competitive playing field between fixed stations and portable stations. Scoring for the POC, based upon a kilometers-per-watt metric, will be handicapped in favor of the portables. The contest is the brainchild of Frank Howell, K4FMH. ...

==> Technology and Technique Making Ham Radio Testing Possible During Pandemic
Amateur radio license testing continues during the pandemic, with a combination of remote Volunteer Examiner (VE) test sessions and careful in-person session planning. In Hawaii, VE Team leader and Section Manager Joe Speroni, AH0A, said he and his team passed the 100-candidate mark on August 10 for video-supervised remote test sessions. Speroni said the most recent session administered exams to 10 candidates simultaneously. ...

==> QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo to Become Twice-Yearly Event
The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo over the August 8 - 9 weekend appears to have been an unmitigated success, so much so that another virtual event will be held next March.
It was far better than we expected," Virtual Ham Expo Dhair Eric Guth, 4Z1UG/WA6IGR, told ARRL. "We had over 26,000 registered and over 14,000 on the platform both days."
Guth said event sponsors and exhibitors that he's heard from so far "are thrilled with the turnout, engagement, and responses that they received." He said they're also enthusiastic about the second QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, set for March 13 - 14, 2021. "Our plan is to offer this twice a year," Guth added. ...

==> US Department of Defense to Share 3450 - 3550 MHz with 5G Commercial Operations
The FCC will auction sharing rights to the upper 50 MHz of the 3300 - 3500 MHz secondary amateur radio allocation to commercial 5G interests in the wake of the Department of Defense (DoD) agreement to share spectrum at 3450 - 3550 MHz. The entire band currently supports a variety of military operations, and amateur radio has a long history of peaceful coexistence with the Department of Defense as a secondary user of this spectrum.
Late last year, the FCC proposed to delete the amateur 3300 - 3500 MHz secondary allocation as well as the amateur-satellite allocation at 3400 - 3410 MHz. The FCC could auction the 100 MHz of spectrum in early 2022...

==> Russia-Ukraine "Radio War," HF Radars are Most Frequently Reported Ham Band Intrusions
The Russia-Ukraine "radio war" and the Russian over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) "Contayner" were the most frequently reported amateur band intruders during July, according to the International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS). IARUMS characterized the ongoing broadcast radio war transmissions between the neighboring nations as "spiteful and provocative."
Clandestine stations have appeared on 7.055, 7.090, and 7.110 MHz. IARUMS has determined that the heavy harmful interference from the Contayner Russian OTHR is coming from a location east of Moscow. Contayner OTHR signals have been monitored on various frequencies on 40, 20, and 15 meters, with a typical occupied bandwidth of about 12 kHz....

==> Lost Video Archive from 1997 Heard Island VK0IR DXpedition Found
The VK0IR DXpedition to Heard Island took place in January and February of 1997. Co-Leader (with Peter Casier, ON6TT) Robert Schmieder, KK6EK, shot a lot of video during the amateur radio adventure, but lost track of it afterward. During the VK0IR DXpedition, DXers from around the world were astounded that signals from the subantarctic Indian Ocean could be heard at the bottom of the solar cycle. A team of 20 operators carried out the massive, expensive, then-high-tech, and very successful DXpedition, making a remarkable 80,673 contacts. The VK0IR story was told in detail in the September 1997 issue of QST...

==> SAQ Alexanderson Day in the Age of COVID-19
Despite mid-summer conditions, at least seven US listeners, most of them radio amateurs, were able to copy the 17.2 kHz signal from the SAQ Alexanderson alternator at the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station in Sweden. The July 5 transmission from the vintage electro-mechanical transmitter commemorated the annual Alexanderson Day. All told, more than 600 reception reports were received -- a new record...

==> Radio Amateur Takes Part in Historic First Commercial Human Spaceflight to ISS
Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, was one of two NASA astronauts who made spaceflight history over the weekend. Behnken and Doug Hurley were the first astronauts since the 1970s to make a water landing, after their Crew Dragon capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. On May 30, the pair made history as the first live crew to be launchedinto space in a commercial vehicle, for a stay on the International Space Station (ISS), marking the return of human spaceflight to US soil for the first time in nearly a decade....

==> ARRL 2020 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Scheduled for October 3 - 4 Weekend
The 2020 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will take place October 3 - 4. The annual, nationwide exercise provides Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers the chance to test personal emergency-operating skills and communication readiness in a simulated emergency deployment. ARRL is asking participants to adhere to Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health department COVID-19 guidelines by staying home, maintaining safe distances when around people, and following recommended cleaning and disinfecting practices. ...


--The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League
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