Section Manager Newsletter January 2018

Posted by KD5DFL on 6 January 2018 | Comments

Silent Keys:

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.

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.

ARRL News:

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:

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:

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:   

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