Section Newsletter FEB 2017

Posted by KD5DFL on 26 January 2017 | Comments


Silent Keys

It is with great sadness that I announce the following Silent Keys:
Aaron Douglas Paul/KD5JRK, David Rosedale/ KD5FJC,  Jim Fife/N5QK,  Gene Normand/N5BOS Laurent Lafargue/W5LEL.  Please keep their families in your prayers.

National Parks on the Air
This event was a great success nationwide but even more so in our
state.  We had at least 24 groups and/or individuals to participate.
Many  participated several times.  Thanks to all that did their part
during this event.  Please--don’t forget to fill out the FSD-157
whenever you participate in such events.

Public Relations
Whenever you have a special event do yourselves a favor--make a short story board.  All you need to do is take 3-6 pictures and include a story--who, what, where, why, and include a summary.  Email it to me and our Public Relation Coordinator--our email addresses are listed on  We need the public to see what we do and we need to advertise to get more people licensed.

Get your audio on Broadcastify and Radioreference for free. During emergencies other hams, local police, salvation army, GOHSEP staff, Red Cross, etc. can listen in.  During nets you can listen in and find out what other groups are doing.  Get your friends to listen in--tell them they don’t need a scanner.   Let me know when you get your audio online and I’ll put the word out to others.

Louisiana Memorial Scholarship Fund
We’ve received a record number of applications this year.  I will discuss with our Affiliated Clubs, in the near future, about raising the scholarship amount from $750 a year to $1000 a year. If approved this will take effect next year.  The deadline for college students in Louisiana to apply is January 31st, 2017.  There are other scholarships for which students can apply if they are eligible.  For more
information:   Those who recieve scholarships will be announced sometime in May.

Louisiana Hamfests
Hammond Hamfest: January 21st.  This is a big one.  MTC has recently
said they are coming.  Their prices are often lower than the big internet guys.

Rayne Hamfest:  March 10th and 11th. The  ARRL Convention will be held here.  This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, hamfest in Louisiana.

New Orleans Mardi Gras
Communicators needed for the last two weekends of March.  Contact Nick Frederick,  W4NDF.

Winter Field Day
This is not an ARRL sponsored event but they support it. This event takes place over the January 28-29 weekend and is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA). The annual event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also a great opportunity to operate in the great outdoors.  

The WFDA points out that disasters are unpredictable, and its goal is to help enhance operators’ skills and prepare for all environmental conditions typically found in the US and Canada throughout the entire year.

The event is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate. Operation will be on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters. The event runs 24 hours. US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section. The rules are similar to those for the ARRL Field Day, held in June.  For more information: and


ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: Scott B Wren, KD5DFL

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ARRL School Club Roundup, October 17-21, 2016

Posted by on 5 October 2016 | Comments

ARRL School Club Roundup, October 17-21, 2016

The Louisiana Section of the ARRL is promoting school clubs to activate and participate in the Fall Term of the ARRL sponsored School Club Roundup (SCR), October 17-21, 2016. Sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC), the mission is to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs. Award certificates are issued for the following US and DX categories:

  • Schools: Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High, High School and College/University
  • Non-school Clubs
  • Individuals

For web submission of scores and logs you are referred to the ARRL website, Photos and stories are encouraged to be submitted to the ARRL Soapbox web page,

Louisiana amateur radio clubs as well as individual stations are requested to participate and establish QSOs with the schools. It is a great way to promote our hobby to the youth and generate interest in the various sciences that support our hobby. If you would like more information, please contact:

Michael J. Nolan, KD5MLD
LA ARRL Section Youth Coordinator

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Amateur Radio operators continue support during record flooding

Posted by on 19 August 2016 | Comments


Baton Rouge, LA:  Local Amateur Radio Operators continue the sixth day of operations to provide communications support to the Red Cross in five parishes following record flooding throughout Louisiana. Adam Tamplain, Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator for ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, said that communications support will continue for the foreseeable future, with several shelters and chapter offices still operating at full capacity. Amateur Radio operators from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas have volunteered to serve at multiple American Red Cross Chapters and shelters throughout the affected area.

“Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Command Staff have been coordinating daily,” says ARRL Louisiana Assistant Section Manager Matt Anderson, who is currently serving as the Incident Point of Contact in Baton Rouge.  With local and parish resources stretched to the limit, federally-licensed Amateur Radio volunteers serve as the communications link between the Red Cross shelters and command centers, relaying information on the needs at each shelter back to Red Cross offices. 

Amateur radio operators have responded to local and regional disasters since the 1930s, most notably during Hurricane Katrina. During Katrina, more than one thousand ARES volunteers assisted in the aftermath and provided communications for the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and other individuals related to the relief effort. 

Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the American Red Cross, said, “This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million – a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.” Estimates calculate more than 40 thousand homes have been damaged, leaving tens of thousands of residents displaced.

More information on Louisiana ARES can be found at

More information on Amateur Radio can be found at

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Posted by Troy Jones on 14 August 2016 | Comments



VShreveport, LA, August 14, 2016– Local Amateur Radio Operators from throughout the state as members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service are rushing to assist the American Red Cross to support the more than 40 shelters setup in Livingston Parish and Baton Rouge areas following severe flooding in the region. 

“We started Thursday with various levels of alerts and activation, culminating with an activation of the entire state to pool resources into Baton Rouge.” -Adam Tamplain, ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, to assist in public service and emergency communications. Severe weather began in those areas late last week with Governor Edwards declaring a State of Emergency. In high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters, emergency crews worked Sunday to rescue scores of south Louisiana residents from deadly flooding as the governor warned that it was not over; This following utilities, cell phone and telephone communication failures slowing the rescue of several residents. ARES members were also integral in the recent flooding which affected Shreveport and Bossier along with other parishes in the state back in March. ARES Region 7 District

Emergency Coordinator John Mark Robertson from Shreveport arrived in Baton Rouge to provide support late Sunday evening. ARES members are amateur radio volunteers and provide communications and logistical support to disaster relief organizations during ongoing disaster and recovery operations.

Amateur radio operators belonging to ARES have responded to local and regional disasters since the 1930s, including the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina. During the Katrina event more than one thousand ARES volunteers assisted in the aftermath and provided communications for the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and other individuals related to the relief effort.

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2016 Amateur Radio Week

Posted by on 22 June 2016 | Comments

Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edward has proclaimed June 20-26, 2016 as Amateur Radio Week in the State of Louisiana. 

2016 Amateur Radio Week

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