PORT BARRE, LA to BERWICK, LA (135 mile - three day event)

The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA) of Lafayette, Louisiana and the B.E.A.R.S. (Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service) club of Morgan City, Louisiana will supply communication support for this event during the three day period of October 5 - 7, 2018. 


The AARA will also operate a Special Event Station from 1300Z - 2300Z each day of this event using the call sign W5DDL.  Planned frequencies are 7.260 - 7.265 MHz and 14.260 - 14.265 MHz (plus or minus QRM) for the different checkpoints along the 135 mile Bayou Teche in South Louisiana.

QSL Information: 

    To receive a QSL card please send a SASE to our W5DDL QSL manager:

    Chris Ancelet  N5MCY
    143 Breezeway Ct. 
    Egan, LA  70531

QSL Card:


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About the Races

Tour du Teche 135 - Races 1 - 7

Tour du Teche 135 is an annual race for canoes, kayaks, pirogues (the traditional Cajun canoe), and SUP’s along the entire length of Bayou Teche in southwestern Louisiana, a total of 135 miles including small sections of Bayou Courtableau and the Atchafalaya River.  It’s a three-day staged race beginning the first Friday in October.

There are two classes of Tour du Teche 135:   Pro Race, in which some of the fastest boats and paddlers from around the world vie for cash prizes; and Voyageur Race, or recreational, where the participants challenge themselves as well as each other for trophies, bragging rights and adventure. Voyageurs may opt for shorter races held in conjunction with Tour du Teche 135.

Tour du Teche 135 was begun in 2010 with the dual purpose of introducing the beautiful Teche Country to paddlers and other eco-tourists from beyond and to illustrate for its residents the recreational, aesthetic, cultural and economic value of Bayou Teche.  Since the race’s inception, these two groups, visitors and local folk, have met and mingled in happy expositions of music and cuisine that give Tour du Teche 135 it’s reputation as a moveable party as well as a tough series of paddle marathons.

C’est pas juste une course!

Race 1: Tour du Teche 135 - Friday thru Sunday
Port Barre, LA to Berwick, LA - 135 miles
Race 2: Crawfish - Friday
Port Barre, LA to Breaux Bridge, LA - 30 miles
Race 3: Acadian - Friday
Port Barre, LA to St. Martinville, LA - 49 miles
Race 4: Hot Sauce - Saturday
St. Martinville, LA to New Iberia, LA - 24 miles
Race 5: Sugar - Saturday
St. Martinville, LA to Franklin, LA - 59 miles
Race 6: Black Bear - Saturday
New Iberia, LA to Franklin, LA - 35 miles
Race 7: Oil & Gas - Sunday
Franklin, LA to Berwick, LA - 27 miles
Maps with locations, mileage, and coordinates.  Tour du Teche Website          The Teche Project



                                   Tour du Teche communication van                                 Group photo of Tour du Teche V1 2015 volunteers

*** The Communication Van will be located at checkpoints 4, 9 & 11

Check Pts.  Location Operator Name Call Sign
1   Arnaudville, LA Glenn Thibodeaux KF5FNP
    Maison de Manger    
    1023 Neblett St    
    30° 23' 42" N & 91° 55' 50" W    
2   Breaux Bridge, LA Tom Dischler W5OHJ
    Poche's Market &  Restaurant Paula Romero KF5CNS
    3015 Main Hwy
    30° 18' 43" N & 91° 54' 09" W    
3   Parks, LA - Rest Stop Only    
*** 4   St. Martinville, LA Nick Pugh K5QXJ
    Evangeline Oak Gazebo JoAnn Pugh KE5RPL
    near 121 New Market St    
5   New Iberia, LA Danny Daigle KD5JSM
    New Iberia City Park Kathy Daigle KD5TJZ
    30° 0' 14" N & 91° 48' 42" W    
6   Jeanerette, LA - Rest Stop Only    
7   Charenton, LA Galen Wilson KF5BET
    Chitimacha Boat Launch Abbi Wilson KF5BEW
    3548 Chitimacha Trail Kendra Wilson KF5FYS
    29° 52' 59" N & 91° 31' 44" W
8   Baldwin, LA - Rest Stop Only    
*** 9   Franklin, LA Zack Latiolais K5OVM
    Parc Sur la Teche  Brandon Stelly  KG5LQM
    29° 47' 32" N & 91° 29' 58" W    
10   Calumet, LA    Ric Wallace KF5KEL
    East Gate, Calumet Cut Jackie Wallace KF5PCH
  Atchafalaya Levee    
    29° 42' 08" N & 91° 22' 08" W    
*** 11   Berwick, LA B.E.A.R.S.
    Southwest Reef Lighthouse Jackie Price KA5LMZ
    Atchafalaya River Rudy Duchan WA5QNH
    29° 41' 38" N & 91° 12' 58" W Deborah Price  N5FMI
    Special Event Stations - W5DDL Tom Dischler W5OHJ
      Dave Redfearn N4ELM
      Archie Hill W5AG
      Glen Breaux KD5NVC
  Linda Breaux KE5HSY

2 meter radio frequencies used for the Tour de Teche canoe race

The communications for the event will be handled on the two meter repeaters along the bayou route.  You may need to be prepared to switch between repeaters and select the best one at your site.  These are the repeaters we can use: 


Offset: PL Tone: Location:


Owner: Note:
147.040 + 103.5 Duson W5EXI Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc.
146.820 - 103.5 Lafayette W5DDL Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc. EchoLink Node: 370324
443.000 + 103.5 Lafayette W5DDL Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc.
145.410 - 123.0 New Iberia    
146.680 - 103.5 New Iberia K5ARA Iberia Parish OEP
147.120 + 103.5 Franklin W5BMC ST Mary Parish
146.910 -  None Morgan City W5BMC ST Mary Parish EchoLink Node: 507010

We will start using the W5DDL repeater in Lafayette (146.820 MHz - , 103.5, EchoLink Node: 370324) for the first part of the race (Port Barre to St. Martinville - 48 miles).  The backup repeater will be the W5EXI repeater in Duson (147.040 MHz +, 103.5).

On Saturday the W5DDL repeater will be linked via EchoLink to the Morgan City repeater on 146.910 MHz EchoLink Node: 507010.  During that time, people should be able to report in on either repeater (St. Martinville to Franklin) (60 Miles).  Optionally, the New Iberia repeater (146.680 MHz , pl tone 103.5) can be used if unable to contact Franklin or Lafayette.

On Sunday, the Morgan City repeater will be used to call in the results, still linked to the Lafayette repeater.  The Command Center will communicate by radio link to the Morgan City repeater.

For the last finish results from Berwick, we will connect directly to the Morgan City repeater (W5BMC-R, 146.910 MHz, no tone) where Rudy and perhaps others from the BEARS club will report results from handheld units.  The EchoLink node is 507010.  I understand that some BEARS members may be at the Point to warn of approaching boats in the final leg of the race.

The Mobile Command Center, may lose communications with some of the repeaters.  However, we do have a very good antenna on the command center, so we may be able to communicate directly with some of the checkpoints.  If that becomes necessary, we will transmit and monitor the national calling frequencies of 146.520 VHF simplex or 446 MHz UHF simplex.  We may then shift our frequency as required after making contact.

Be aware that the EchoLink exists and the repeaters may be used for normal amateur use so keep communications short.  You can batch results in 15 minute intervals if that works better for you.   As a last resort, you can call or text results to 337-254-1061 (Sandy’s cellphone).  Text the boat number and official time.

If you have an external antenna, or even a ladder line J-POLE, you may want to bring it alone with enough coax to get it up in the air in case you have trouble contacting a repeater.



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