ARRL in Louisiana
Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ and I started as the SEC and Asst. SEC approximately 4 years ago. About 2 years ago I took on the task of Section Manager with Matt as the Asst. Section Manager. We built our team up and added John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as head of ARES, approximately 8 months ago. Here is a short list of some of the TEAM’s accomplishments, over a recent period of time:
- Established an online ARES registration database for all Louisiana ARES members
- With staff reorganization and member recruitment, we have grown the ARES organization nearly 150%
- Reestablished the ARES *LA_ARES* ECHOLINK CONFERENCE
Baton Rouge FLOOD RESPONSE - Aug 2016
New Orleans AIRPORT EXERCISE - Oct 2016
2017 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
2017 New Orleans MARDI GRAS
2017 Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) Conference
2017 HURRICANE CONFERENCE
Established regular planning meetings with GOHSEP staff
2017 WATER RESCUE EXERCISE with Tangipahoa Parish / Red Cross
2017 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
2017 RAILROAD EXERCISE with Tangipahoa Parish / Red Cross
Reorganized the monthly ARES HF SSB NET; recruited new net control stations
DIGITAL NETS AND TRAINING
Worked with command staff to develop a new ARES PLAN that included Regional supplements that focused on local operations
Working with the State Government Liaison to develop legislative support for amateur radio programs
Recruited a new TECHNICAL COORDINATOR to help encourage continued development within the hobby. Encouraged the adoption of new technologies such as Digital Mobile Radio (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) and Link Radio Systems
Worked with Official Observers, ARRL and the FCC to help with some ongoing interference issues
Provided technical support and assistance with amateur equipment at several local emergency operation centers
With great sadness, I report the passing of Earl Morrow, W5ELM. Earl was a long time ARES member and previously served as the Region 5 DEC. Earl served our country in the United States Navy for four years. He was the Allen Parish Ward 1 Constable, a volunteer first responder for Fire District #5, member of the American Red Cross, Emergency Coordinator for Allen Parish, as well as a volunteer for Oberlin Police Department for special events.
School Club Roundup will take place on February 12-17. The objective is to exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.
Louisiana ARRL / ARES Members Spotlight
Chris Fusilier, AF5XPRegion 5 DEC
Chris recently completed 36 Fema IS courses. He also has one course from the DOD, 22 courses from Allied Barton Security Services, 7 courses from Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, and one course from Tulane University. I’ll need to stop here because the list goes on! Chris is a lifetime member of the Slow-Scan TV Club, Member of the Worldwide Amateur Radio Guild, Member of the Feld Hell Club, Member of the Digital Modes Club, ARRL Registered License Instructor, and is an Extra Class VE. He is the current President of the Sulphur Amateur Radio Club Inc. He manages websites, an Allstar Node, an Echolink Node and Repeaters. Chris enjoys helping other hams locally & around the world with Amateur Radio, promoting & advancing the hobby.
Ed and Pat Mason were recently honored by Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller with a Proclamation in recognition for their work in the new Emergency Operations Center. Ed and Pat were involved in the planning of the radio room and they coordinated other volunteers to install and equipment. Their efforts resulted in a savings of $25,000. Ed currently servers and the Assistant Region 9 DEC and Pat is the Emergency Coordinator for the EOC.
L to R in the picture: Dawson Primes Tangipahoa Parish EOC Director, Pat, Ed, Robby Miller Tangipahoa Parish President.
The Region 8 gang, with Duffy Frampton, KD5IGZ, as the DEC: Several repeaters are going up in and around Monroe. An Allstar node is up and running. It will be on a repeater in the near future. To list all of the projects that Duffy and his group are participating in you will need to visit their Facebook site. Search for Louisiana Delta Radio Club - KC5DR. Joe Holland,
Each month we collect information about the ARES program and activities. In 2017, we grew the membership from 274 to 333. Members recorded the following numbers:
- Drill, Test and Training - 842 events @ 7,726 Hours
- Public Service Events - 28 events @ 1,246 Hours
- Emergency Operations - 38 events @ 1,154 hours
- Total ARES Operations - 908 events @ 10,127
From John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
The Minden Ham Fest in mid-December was well attended. David Norris gave the Delta Division update and I gave a brief ARES update at the forum. Ice and snow invaded Louisiana in January but no ARES activations were necessary.
On our way to the Hammond Ham Fest, Mike and I stopped off at the new Tangipahoa Parish EOC and were given a tour by Ed and Pat Mason along with EOC Director Dawson Primes.
The hamfest was well attended and we gave a one-hour forum on ARES. Matt Anderson followed us at 11 AM with the LA ARRL Section forum with Keith Barnes giving a short Delta Division update.
Shreveport Skywarn was activated on Sunday evening January 21st due to some severe weather moving into the area. Louisiana was spared the brunt; however, Northeast Tx and Southwest AR did receive some significant weather-related damage with no loss of life that I am aware of. More updates next month.
We were just notified of Earl's passing. W5ELM was a long time ARES members and previously served as the Region 5 DEC. Our condolences go out to his family.
Matt - KD5KNZ
John Mark - K5JMR
With great sadness, I report the passing of Ray May - K5AZU. Ray was 80 years of age and was first licensed at 18 years old. He retired with over 30 years of service in Television Broadcast Engineering. https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/phillip-ray-may-sr-k5azu-silent-key.593097/
John Nastasi Sr. N5CBB became a silent key on December 31, 2017. John was a resident of Baton Rouge, a club member and active in amateur radio for over fifty years. http://www.bogalusadailynews.com/2018/01/04/john-nastasi-sr/
On December 18th We received an email from Steve Ewald WV1X regarding a "NEW ARES" coming. Many of you have received an email from ARRL HQ about the upcoming changes. We are receiving a lot of emails about this topic. Please remain positive and let’s see what transpires. We are all in a wait and see mode. As soon as I find more on the subject I’ll let you know.
News From Around the State:
Hats off to the Region 5 ARES and Region 7 ARES groups for participating in the December Skywarn Recognition Day Event from their respective National Weather Service offices.
New DMR repeater will be going up in Springhill, Louisiana. A big pat on the back to all the hams in Northeast Louisiana/Region 8 ARES for working on this project. For more details please visit: http://www.springhillhamradio.com/putting-in-the-new-443-750-dmr-repeater/
Several groups around the state will be participating in the January 2018 Winter Field Day event. This event kicks off at 1 pm Central time / 1900 Zulu at January 27th, and goes for 24 hours. For those that participate, please send photos and information to me for the next edition of the SM newsletter. Rules: https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules
New WINLINK station is up and running in southwest Louisiana, thanks to Chris Ancelet, N5MCY. Chris is a Region 4 EC who volunteers his services for Acadia Parish. He is also one of the Sunday evening’s 3873 kHz ARES net control operators. Job well done!
For more details see: https://winlink.org/content/n5mcy_new_40m_station_sw_louisiana
Glen Thibodeaux, KF5FNP, also has a WINLINK station up and running in southwest Louisiana. Glen is the Region 4 DEC and also the ARES Net Control Manager. Operating WINMOR, he can be found at 3583.5 (dial 3582.00) kHz USB.
Newest ARES member: Joseph Mayer, KG5WBN, Orleans Parish. When you see him, welcome him aboard.
From the Baton Rouge Area: W5KID/Pearl Harbor Day Event was held on December 7th. Operators present included: Buddy Brown, N5BUD; Dan Lot, KF5TQN; John Krupsky, WA5MLF; Thornton Cofeld, K5HLC; Mary McDonald, WB5LBR & Charlie Mercier, KG5VTE.
SELARC/Hammond Hamfest is January 20, 2018. We will be having our ARRL/ARES meeting at 11:00 am. Information can be found at http://www.selarc.org/selarchamfest.htm
Section Manager Newsletter December 2017
Silent Keys. With great sadness, I report: Don Strodtman, NJ5X.
2017 Field Day:
First, I would like to congratulate David Norris, K5UZ, our Delta Division Manager, and the Batesville ARC / Brock Mtn Contest Group, for placing third place in the nation under Category 2A.
In Louisiana, first place went to Randy Fulco, K5SL, who operated portable, by himself,. Second place went to the Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club / KC5ZJY, under N5I, and third place went to the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club, W5GAD.
Skywarn Recognition Day:
John Mark Robertson, K5JMR (Louisiana SEC), Brent Ingvardson, W5GAS (Region 7 DEC) and several other hams activated the Shreveport National Weather Service office.
Grinch Steals Santa from Baton Rouge ham:
MARS Interoperability Exercise:
On Nov 4, Army MARS held an interoperability exercise. The primary mode of communication was 60m SSB. Several local ham also received a height power broadcast from Fort Huachuca on 13 MHz
Want to participate in the next time - check your radio and make sure you can operate on the 60m band. Need advice? Let me know and I’ll forward your questions to our state technical staff.
Monroe Area Ham Count Up by Four:
Joe Holland, KB5VJY, EC for Region 8, reports that four persons have passed their Technician Class test: Branden Jennings, John Mullican and Sonni Robertson and Billy Simmons.
Thanks to Joe and his group up in Monroe for making it happen.
The Northeast Louisiana group held a special event station in November at the Military Museum in Monroe:
ARES Digital HF Net:
Many of our served agencies primarily use Winlink for their digital communication in the HF and VHF/UHF bands. While Winlink is a great tool, FLDIGI/FLMSG is another great tool to have in your tool box for EmComm. If any of you need another station to practice your digital modes please contact Glen, KF5FNP and he or a designee will try to arrange for another station to be on frequency to assist you.
Until further notice the Sunday Night LA ARES FLDIGI net is terminated. Thanks to everyone that made the net possible over the past few years.
LA ARES NEWS
The Greater New Orleans Hamfest was a great time, highlighted by the ARRL/ARES FORUM. Thanks to David Norris and Ed Hudgens for coming to share Delta Division news. Also thanks to Scott and Matt for LA Section updates and news.
Mike McCrary and I attended the November meeting of the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club and gave a D-star Demo and as always putting a nice spin on ARES and emergency communications. We even made the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Skywarn Recognition Day begins Dec. 1st thru Dec. 2nd. Several of the NWS Offices will host events manned by LA Section ARES members. More on that next month.
As always you can keep up with ARRL and ARES news on facebook; so those of you that do that please look at the groups and pages.....….
73 from John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
***MARA Annual Christmas Hamfest ***
Location: Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street Minden, LA 71055
Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.300 (PL 186.2)
Public Contact: Mary 'Fran' Sullivan , KD5LKB
Phone: 318-918-9353 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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)