Livingston Parish, Louisiana: On July 20, the LOHSEP Amateur Radio Club held its first meeting at the Livingston Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP). Organized to support and provide communication assistance to the parish during emergencies, the club plans to recruit new amateur radio operators from the local community and train with ARES members in the surrounding area. Also planned is construction of a new wide-area VHF repeater system to provide communication throughout the region. Sammy Williams (WZ5A) was selected as founding president. Mr. Williams, who recently retired from State Government, has an extensive background in public safety communication systems. Additional board members include Larry Rogers (WD5HLE) as Vice President, Laura Williams (KB5TSA) as Secretary/Treasurer, Roger Farbe (N5NXL) and Brett Hutchinson (K5BAH).
Over twenty (20) licensed amateur radio operators attended the meeting as well as several prospective new radio operators. LOHSEP Director, Mark Harrell, spoke to the group about the value of amateur radio during emergency communications events. Other guests included John Wascom (KB5WFQ) - Dist. 4 Livingston Parish Council; Travis Johnson (KE5FXC) - Interoperability Program Manager Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; and Matt Anderson (KD5KNZ) - Louisiana ARRL Assistant Section Manager.
ARRL PR Committee Chair Scott Westerman, W9WSW, shares some tips on promoting your ham radio club with Sean Kutzko, KX9X, at #Hamvention!
It is time for us to nominate our Delta Division Ham of the Year for 2017. The nomination form is on the front page of our state website, laarrl.org. The criteria for nominees is shown on the form. If there are any questions, please let me know. All forms should be completed with attachments and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 25th. Our goal will be to have a selection before the July ARRL Board Meeting.
Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2017 National Hurricane Conference which will be held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness as it has been in past years. All Amateur Radio sessions are free. For 2017, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Wednesday Morning, April 19th, 2017 from 830 AM-1215 PM CDT (930 AM-115 PM EDT). Here is the session breakdown:
- NHC Session #1 –830 AM-1020 AM CDT/930 AM-1120 AM EDT: Bob Robichaud-VE1MBR of the Canadian Hurricane Centre will present on Hurricane Meteorological topics and a brief overview of Canadian Hurricane Centre Operations, Julio Ripoll-WD4R will present WX4NHC Operations, Bobby Graves-KB5HAV on the Hurricane Watch Net Overview, Personal Weather Stations and Backup Power and Antenna Overview and Matt Anderson-KD5KNZ will provide a local ARRL and Emergency Communications update.
- NHC Session #2: 1030 AM-1215 PM CDT/1115 AM-115 PM EDT: Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center will present on the importance of Amateur Radio surface reporting. Rob Macedo-KD1CY will present on the VoIP Hurricane Net and best practices in SKYWARN Tropical Systems presentation and Bill Feist-WB8BZH will give a presentation on SATERN Health and Welfare response during hurricanes. Finally, a Q & A session and door raffle prizes will be offered.
Amateur Radio presentations will be recorded and live streamed. The livestream for 2017 will utilize Youtube for livestreaming purposes. The livestream links will be as follows:
2017 National Hurricane Conference Presenters:
Special guest speaker Dr Richard Knabb, Director, National Hurricane Center
Special guest speaker Bob Robichaud, VE1MBR, Canadian Hurricane Center
Julio Ripoll, WD4R, WX4NHC Assistant Amateur Radio Station Coordinator
Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Hurricane Watch Net Manager
Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ, Louisiana ARRL Assistant Section Manager
Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director of Operations, VoIP Hurricane Net and ARRL ARES Eastern Massachusetts Assistant SEC
Bill Feist, WB8BZH, National SATERN Liaison
Detailed Schedule Outline – All Times (Central Daylight Time – CDT):
- 830-835 AM:Opening Remarks
- 835-905 AM: Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics (VE1MBR-Bob R)
- 905-935 AM:WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center Overview (WD4R)
- 935-1005 AM: Hurricane Watch Net Overview, Personal Weather Stations and Backup Power and Antenna Overview (KB5HAV)
- 1005-1020 AM: ARRL Update (KD5KNZ-Matt Anderson, Louisiana ARRL Assistant Section Manager)
- 1020-1030 AM: Break
- 1030-1100 AM:Importance of Amateur Radio Surface Reports (Dr. Rick Knabb)\1100-1130 AM:VoIP Hurricane Net Overview & Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems (KD1CY)
- 1130-1150 AM: SATERN Health & Welfare Response During Hurricanes (WB8BZH-Bill)
- 1150-1215 PM: Moderated Q & A and Door Prize Raffle (All)
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:
Dressing For Success
(Portions edited from the ARRL ARES E-Newsletter October 19, 2016
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.
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
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
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:
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.
-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
ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: Scott B Wren, KD5DFL
January 28th marked Winter Field Day for 2017. I had originally decided that I was going to operate portable on my own but when I mentioned it to a few AARA Members, the idea of hosting an event started to grow legs. With the number of willing participants beginning to grow, I elected to find a suitable location to accommodate the growing number of local hams. I reached out to the Acadia Parish Police Juror’s office and asked for permission to use the grassy area of the Rice Arena in Crowley. Without hesitation, I was immediately granted access but was told there would be a “small benefit” horse show/event the same day. Considering that we would be setting up our portable antennas in the far corner of the property, there would be no way for us to impede on this “small benefit” and from there I knew we would have ample room for 4-5 stations if needed.
I arrived 06:45 on January 28th to an empty pasture with temperatures hovering in the mid to upper 40’s. With a hot cup of coffee, (Dunkin Donuts), I began to visually picture the individual stations that would be arriving that morning and mentally sketched out their location.
I started to pullout a truck full of gear and began setting up my station. For this day, I would be using a G5RVjr 10-40 antenna set up to my truck’s hitch that uses the 4ft military poles. I was able to obtain a height of about 20-22 feet high which would get me right over that NVIS threshold. I would be using my Icom 718 Go-Kit and would be running SSB voice only. Being that Mr. Ric Wallace - KF5KEL and Mr. Paul McCasland - N5KNY, introduced me to the digital modes, I have been spoiled lately and decided that a voice only station would get me back into the groove.
After nearly completing my set up is when I heard W5OHJ, Tom, call out on 2M. I answered him from my truck and he advised that he was about 10 minutes out. Once Tom arrived we agreed to a band plan so we wouldn’t walk over each other. Tom immediately began to string out items and setting up his gear as though he was running late and was trying to catch up with me.
After Tom was complete with his go kit, we sipped our coffee, put a few more articles of clothing on, and began to shoot the breeze. After several minutes of chit chat, we decided it was time to make a few contacts. 20 meters was displaying relatively good conditions and Tom quickly began filling up his log sheet. 40 meters, on the other hand was pretty dismal and I struggled to make the 3 contacts that I did make. I switched over to 17 meters and was able to begin making some contacts as far as Venezuela.
As other members began to arrive, I believe we spent more time catching up with conversation rather than making contacts. Mr. John Woods (KG5FMP) arrived and set up his portable antenna on 80 @ 160 meters but struggled with band conditions like I did on 40 meters.
As more members are arriving, so are more people for the “small benefit” that was taking place at the arena. Horse trailers upon horse trailers were setting up in the grassy area. They exercised their horses around our antenna area and some even stopped for a moment to inquire about our operations. Making small talk, most of them were intrigued but continued about their business and really paid us little attention. However, horse trailers were still arriving and I was beginning to think that I should have asked for the definition of “small benefit” when obtaining permission.
Several other members arrived and we shared in conversation with everyone. Many were interested in the portable setups that were being used, some were interested in understanding more about the antennas, and some just wanted to drop by to say hello. As we continued to make contacts, Mr. Bobby Blanchard (KG5KFK), manned a station and was able to make his first HF contact with a Special Event Station in Arizona like a pro. It was a pleasurable experience to be able to share in that contact. As the morning progressed, we were quickly approaching the start of Winter Field Day (1PM CST) and apparently we were also approaching the start of the “small benefit”. None the less, we still had members and non-members filtering in and out; either making contacts or just sharing stories.
1PM was upon us and Field Day was starting. We were prepared with our exchanges; “Please copy 1 – Oscar - Lima Alpha. This is all that you heard as we made contacts and did our best to break through the pileups. Tom and I were surprised in the number of individuals operating from an “indoor location”. We chuckled as we made fun of those Yankees in the northern states who were battling sub-freezing temperatures…after all, by this time, it was 55 degrees and that could easily be considered sub-freezing here in SW Louisiana.
We continued to make contact well into the contest despite less than favorable band conditions. By this time, Tom and I noticed that the number of members, who had come out, was beginning to dwindle and the number of Cow Pokes was continuing to grow. It didn’t take long for the faint smell of horses and manure was beginning to cause a little QRMat our stations. We elected to call it a day and head for the house. We broke down poles, rolled up coax, and packed everything neatly away and traversed out way through the maze of horse trailers and drove away into the sunset.
As I begin to digress, I would be doing this article, as well as the readers, a tremendous disservice to attempt to individually list everyone who came down to participate. Whether you stopped by to operate, check out a Go-Kit, have small talk, or help with set up, it is always nice to have the opportunity to fellowship with other hams and make new friends. Perhaps next time we will have a sign in roster just to make the recognition and I will ask for the definition of “small benefit”.
Chris Ancelet - KG5MCY
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.
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 laarrl.org. 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.
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
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. http://www.selarc.org/
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. http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest/
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: https://www.winterfieldday.com and
ARRL Louisiana Section
Section Manager: Scott B Wren, KD5DFL