The AARA will
enjoy it's annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 12th,
2019. There will not be a general meeting on December 5th.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
more information visit
www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org or call
(337) 291-5544 to sign up.
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
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
Additional details on the event
can be found at W5DDL - 2019
Field Day and at ARRL - 2019
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
"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