Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
a 501(c)3 Corporation
P.O. Box 51174, Lafayette, Louisiana 70505

AARA is dedicated to serving the Acadiana Region of
Southwest Louisiana


AARA Club News

6/4/19 The AARA will be hosting 2019 Field Day activities June 22 - 23 at the farm of Steve and Mel Webre located at 1529 Beaugh St. in Church Point, LA.  These activities are open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio is encouraged to attend.  You do not have to be a licensed ham to participate.

Additional details on the event can be found at W5DDL - 2019 Field Day and at ARRL - 2019 Field Day.


5/16/19 The club's 146.820 MHz and 443.000 MHz repeaters located on top of the Chase Tower in downtown Lafayette are back in service.  The previously existing antennas were replaced with new monoband fiberglass vertical antennas.  The coaxial cable connectors were replaced due to water intrusion that was found when the previous antennas were removed.  New mounting assemblies for both antennas were designed and installed to eliminate contact with the building roof and to simplify future replacement of the antennas.  The repeater repair effort was lead by Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP with assistance from Steve Webre AF5VR, Tom Dischler W5OHJ, Derek Meche WM5TS and David McCutcheon KG5JHR.  The AARA Monday Night Net has resumed activities on the 146.820 MHz repeater.


4/12/19 Several "After Action Reports" regarding Hurricane Michael are posted on the Emergency Communications page of the club website.  They are in PDF format and can be downloaded and/or printed for future reference.



The club's 146.820 MHz and 443.000 MHz repeaters are temporarily out of service due to pending roof replacement operations at the Chase Tower.  Replacement of the antennas, feedlines and mounting systems for both repeaters is being evaluated to improve reliability of the repeaters when they are reinstalled.  Until the repeaters are returned to service, the AARA Monday Night Net normally held on the 146.820 MHz repeater will be held on the club's 147.040 MHz repeater located in Duson.


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