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

11/14/19   The AARA will enjoy it's annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 12th, 2019.  There will not be a general meeting on December 5th

The dinner will be held in the banquet room at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill located at 3110 Ambassador Caffery Parkway.  Information on the facility can be found at

The room will open to the group at 6:00 PM but you may arrive and eat earlier if you so choose.  Each member is responsible for the cost of their own meal.  Door prizes will be drawn for by those in attendance. 

We hope to see everyone there.


8/12/19   The AARA plans to commemorate the 2019 Veterans Day celebration by conducting a Special Event Station on November 9th at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings, LA.  Details for the event will be published as they become available.


8/12/19   The AARA will be providing communications support for the 2019 Tour du Teche canoe race.  Additional information can be found in the Events section of this website and at W5DDL - Tour du Teche.


8/12/19   The AARA sponsored a showing of the Apollo 11 documentary on July 11th at the Lafayette Science Museum (LSM).  The presentation was open to the public and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.  It also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the LSM to whom the AARA is thankful for their continued support.


7/1/19   The Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) with the support of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association (AARA) will be offering an 8-week ham radio course every Tuesday at 5:30 pm starting July 16th, 2019.  After successful completion of the test the student will be awarded an FCC Technicians Class license for ham radio operation.  This course is open to anyone and lasts 8 weeks.  However, class size will be limited so please sign up early.  Course material will be $20 and there is an FCC fee of $15 at the time of testing.

The LSM is offering this course as a way to promote ham radio to the youth of South Louisiana.  This course is recommended for kids and adults 10 years and older.  The Lafayette Science Museum is located at 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA.

For more information visit or call (337) 291-5544 to sign up.


6/30/19   Since the normally scheduled date for the July general meeting coincides with the nationwide July 4th Independence Day holiday, the July general meeting and associated VE test session have been cancelled.  The next regularly scheduled club meeting will be held August 1st.


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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