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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the ARRL Louisiana Section website. This site is dedicated to providing you with information about systems, activities and opportunities for service in ARRL and the Louisiana Section. Whether interested in becoming a new ham, you just got your license, or a seasoned veteran operator, you will find something in these pages for you. Please browse the various menus and links on the site and you will find a wealth of information.

The Section staff members are listed on the page available from the menu above. You may contact them the with any questions you may have. Our staff can help with information about joining the ARRL or a local club, volunteering for any of the ARRL Field Organization appointments, license testing locations and schedules or any other questions you may have. If we don't have an immediate answer we will steer you to the best resource. Equally, any Louisiana Section Amateur Radio Club officer will be happy to answer questions which you may have about becoming a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.

If you are already licensed, and have technical questions, the ARRL has appointed Technical Specialists listed on the Technical Help Pages, who are committed to help you with technical questions.

Again, thanks for viewing our website and 73!

Scott Wren, KD5DFL
ARRL Section Manager, Louisiana 

Scott Wren KD5DFL

 

 

 

 

SECTION NEWSLETTER MARCH 2017

Silent Keys: Fred Cook/KE5LP, Brian E. Key/N5LNL, Jim Scott, K5AFB.
Correction: Theodore Drell/W5HEU, is NOT a silent key. He moved from
Pineville to Baton Rouge and is doing well.

The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association Hamfest will be held on March
10th and 11th at the Rayne Civic Center.  This is a big one folks!  The
Delta Division ARRL Forum is at 9:30 am and the Louisiana ARRL and ARES
forum will follow at 10:30 am. You must see the flyer:
http://w5ddl.org/hamfest/Files/AARA%20Hamfest%20Flyer.pdf

Dressing For Success
(Portions edited from the ARRL ARES E-Newsletter October 19, 2016
edition)

As a leader of public service teams, and an advocate for better
leadership, innovation and national unity in our public service
communications role, I make sure every volunteer has the opportunity
and support that encourages their personal success. Not only are my
teams well trained and fully integrated into the organization or agency
we serve, they also look (and smell) good. That's because expectations
for attire are part of the pre-event preparations. I urge volunteers to
be "smartly dressed with a clean shirt and pants" I also caution that we
must not be confused with public safety or law enforcement personnel.
"Professional" does not mean that we have license to impersonate,
however innocent our first intention!”

The important item to take away from this article is that you need to
be clean and neat when presenting yourself to the general public during
any event. This simply means that you dress appropriately -  clean shirt
and pants, and don’t overdo it.  (Louisiana ARES shirts have been
designed and will soon be available to the membership).

Please welcome two new staff to the Louisiana ARRL Section:  Sam Rock,
K5MOB, who will be our state’s ARRL Technical Coordinator, and Dave
Van Rood, KG5POW, who will work with Sam as a Technical Specialist.
For a section team to be effective in one of the most important arenas
in Amateur Radio and technology, there must be a cadre of qualified,
competent Technical Specialists (TS).  "Advancement of the radio art"
is a profound obligation we incur under the rules of the FCC. TSs help
meet this obligation.  If you are interested in becoming a TS please
contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Sam.
www.arrl.org/technical-specialist

Over 20 Amateur Radio Operators provided support to the New Orleans
Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) during
the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration. Radio operators stationed along the
route served as the "eyes and ears" of NOHSEP and had direct
communication with Mobile Command Vehicle stationed near Lee Circle.
Volunteers logged over 175 hours over a period of four days. This was
the second year of an organized effort to bring hams into the Mardi
Gras operation.

Delta Division Director David Norris has approved the application of
the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association to hold an ARRL approved Delta
Division Convention in Shreveport, LA on August 12, 2017.

Director Norris has also approved the application of the Twin City Ham
Club to hold an ARRL approved Louisiana Section Convention in West
Monroe, LA on April 29, 2017.  The application is now awaiting the
Executive Committee’s approval.

LOUISIANA QSO PARTY, Nine AM to nine PM CDT Saturday, March 18, 2017.
See http://laqp.org/ for more information.

The ARRL International DX Phone (Voice) Contest is March 4-5.  For more
information see
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx .  Please make this a group event!

Young Ham of the Year 2017 Open for Nominations
The 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year nominations will be
accepted between March 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017. The award presentation
will be held at the Huntsville Hamfest on August 19, 2017. For more
information and the nomination form please go to:
https://www.arnewsline.org/yhoty/

Here’s something to pass along to your shortwave listening friends
that may entice them to become a ham.  This is not ARRL related but
great information nonetheless.

- QSO RADIO SHOW SATURDAY 1 PM CENTRAL ON 9475 kHz, AM mode
-AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE SATURDAY 1:30 PM ON 9930 kHz, AM mode
-QSO RADIO SHOW SATURDAY 1:30 PM ON 9930 kHz, AM mode
-QSO RADIO SHOW LIVE TUESDAY 8 PM CENTRAL ON 5085 kHz, AM mode
-HAMNATION LIVE WEDNESDAY 8 PM on 5085 kHz, AM mode
-AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE WEDNESDAY 9 PM ON 5085 kHz, AM mode
-QSO RADIO SHOW WEDNESDAY 9:30 OR FOLLOWING NEWSLINE ON 5085 kHz, AM mode


Last but not least I’d like to share with you the “Tangi ARES
Newsletter”: http://www.selarc.org/TangiNews.pdf  If you would like
me to share your newsletter with others in the state please let me
know.

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ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: Scott B Wren, KD5DFL
kd5dfl@arrl.org
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