Section Manager Newsletter January 2018
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