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Westside Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Westwego, Louisiana

Est. July 1, 1952

Updated 4/12/04

New meeting location... Piccadilly Cafeteria on Lapalco near Wall.

An ARRL Affiliated Club

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The Westside Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is the oldest such club in the New Orleans area. On July 1, 2002 the club celebrated it's 50th anniversary.

The purpose of the organization is threefold: it is an association of people who share a common interest in amateur radio; it promotes a community interest in amateur radio; it assists in communications for community events and for local emergencies.

The club sponsors monthly workshops where members come together to discuss and assemble amateur radio projects.

Club members volunteer to provide communication for local events. Some of these events include the Pirogue Races at Fort Jackson, the Century (bicycle) Ride, and the Special Olympics. Members also periodically simulate emergency events which require the set up of temporary radio stations for communications with otherwise unreachable sources. The club is available to provide such services in emergency events.

Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 533 Lapalco Blvd. near Wall.     Meetings start around 7:00 pm with optional dinner before at 6:00.

Our weekly nets are held every Wednesday night (except 2nd Wed.) at 8:00 pm local and every Sunday morning at 9:00 am local on the 147.150 repeater. The repeateruses a PL of 127.3. If your rig doesn't have PL simply wait for the repeater to drop and check in simplex on the output.

You may contact us via email to [email protected] or drop us a line at P.O. Box 2322, Marrero, LA 70073-2322.

Click here for a membership application (Rich Text format).

Our 2003-2004 Officers...

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President -- Joe Pardue, W5OS

Vice President -- Steve Calcagno, N5SC

Secretary -- Alyce Smothers -- KC5QKA

Treasurer -- Charlie Clark, N5UXV

Activities Manager -- Floyd Durand, W5DFI

Membership Manager -- Charles Jouglard, K5CFJ

Publicity Manager -- Don Wilbanks, AE5DW

Click on these Westside member web sites.

Charlie Clark, N5UXV

Don Wilbanks, AE5DW

Mike Decossas, KB5OZE

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Westside Club News

- New Stuff -

The Westside Picnic is Sunday, April 25 at Catfish Bourgeois Park.  Please note that the picnic takes the place of the April meeting.

The 146.94 repeater is operating in a test mode.  It is located at Floyd Durand, W5DFI's home.  The current height is only around 25 feet.  We are in the process of relocating it on an interim basis to the tower of Jom Clark, N5TJV.  The repeater uses PL 127.3.  it is up and open for operation now.

We have a new meeting location.  We are now meeting at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 533 Lapalco near Wall.

- Old Stuff -


Don Wilbanks, KC5MFA has a new vanity call.  The new call is AE5DW.

The 50th anniversary special event was a success.  We made 105 contacts.

Field Day 2002 pics now online.   Click here.

Field Day 2002 was a success.   We made 394 contacts to all but one ARRL US section (Northern New York) and contacted 4 of the 9 Canadian sections.  The weather could not have been nicer.   Relatively cool temperatures and a constant breeze kept us very comfortable and mosquito-free for the most part.  Thanks to all who came out and supported our FD efforts.

The winners of the design contest for the 50th Anniversary Special Event certificate and club QSL card are Paul Chin-Lai, W5AIO for the certificate and Don Wilbanks, AE5DW for the QSL card.  Paul's design features the Algier Courthouse, site of the Club's founding.  The QSL card features a white alligator.  Paul and Don each receive a nice glass tankard engraved with their callsign.  Congratulations to the winners!

Bro. Joe Tortorici, AC1U has a new vanity call.  His new call is K5JVT.  JVT are his initials.

The Westside Club picnic on Sunday, April 21 went off without a hitch.  The weather was beautiful and Tex, N5GTX handled the BBQ like a champ.  We also had a demonstration of APRS.  The attendance was a bit on the low side but all there had a great time.

Floyd Durand, W5YZC has a new vanity call.  His new call is W5DFI.  The call originally belonged to his late brother. 

Field Day 2001 is history.   Due to band contitions we didn't make as many contacts as last year but we made up for it by demonstrating APRS, ATV and SSTV along with a couple of futile attempts at a sattelite contact.  Click here to see the pics online.

The annual WARC Picnic was Sunday, April 22 at Catfish Bourgeois Park on Avenue C in Westwego.  By all accounts it was a big success! Thanks to Tex, N5GTX for cooking a fantastic BBQ lunch!  Click here to see the pics online.

Field Day 2000 was a huge success!  We made 535 contacts this year, compared to 228 in 1999.  Thanks to all who attended and worked this year's Field Day.  Click here to see the pics online.

Westwego Mayor Robert Billiot proclaimed Saturday, July 15 as "Westside Amateur Radio Club Day" in the city of Westwego.  Click here to view the proclamation document. 

Steve (N5SC) & Sherry and Don (AE5DW), Dawn & Baby Tyler found each other at Walt Disney World for Mardi Gras 2000.   WDW has two repeaters in the park atop the Contemporary Resort.  We had no problems keeping in touch via the 2 meter machine.  The frequencies are 147.300 - and 442.000 + (PL 103.5).  Program these into your HT for your next trip to the Mouse's house!  Click here to see the pic.

The annual Wilmer picnic & campout was held November 13 & 14, 1999.  Click here to see the pics.

Field Day 1999 pics and the Times-Picayune newspaper article are now online.  Click here to see them.

For those of you interested in MARS, the USAF Museum in Dayton has a nice display.  Click here to see the exhibit.

Dusty Rhodes, W5OUD is pictured in the April '99 QST on page 20. Click here to see the pic.

Don, AE5DW was caught on film at the Huntsville Hamfest.  Click here to see the pic.

Check the Picture Page for other Westside ARC pics.  Click here for the Picture page.


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