Mailing Address: P.O. Box 73665, Metairie, La. 70033
The Jefferson Amateur Radio Club (JARC) was originally founded in 1956 and now has over 100 members. Its clubhouse is located inside Metairie Playground at 1521 Palm Street, Metairie, Louisiana just outside of New Orleans. For more information about the New Orleans area, check out the Best of New Orleans.
A brief history of the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club is available as well as a list of past presidents.
The club has both HF and VHF stations and more than a half dozen antennas in its antenna farm. Just look for the 150 ft tower in the playground to find the clubhouse. See Map.
The club operates repeaters W5GAD/R on 147.24 +.600, 145.37 -.600, 444.000 +5, and the 147.24 and 444.000 repeaters are linked and have phone patch capabilities.Pl. is 114.8 The club holds a Net every Tuesday night at 9pm on the 145.37 repeater. Net Control Operators
General membership meetings are open to the public and held at the clubhouse on the fourth Thursday of each month. Open clubhouse nights are the first and third Thursday's of the month. The Board of Directors meets on the Second Thursday of the month. The club also publishes a monthly newsletter to keep the membership up to date on coming events. The JARC is a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator for the fifth call district.
What is a Special Service Club you might ask. Well, your ARRL Board of Directors, recognizing that your problems are best solved at the local level and that the local club is the best representative of Amateur Radio's interests at the local level, created the Special Service Club Program. To participate, a club must commit itself to establish a more effective local presence for Amateur Radio for a period of twelve months. In particular, it will establish meaningful programs in a number of areas as specified in the program guidelines. A truly effective SSC will also go beyond the basic requirements and seek to broaden the Amateur Radio experience and capabilities of its members; it will also encourage a spirit of fraternity and camaraderie among its members. In return, ARRL Headquarters will provide additional support and guidance to those clubs who commit themselves to a iigh level of performance The goal of the SSC Program is to establish a more aggressive, more effective presence for Amateur Radio and the ARRL locally. The goal is also to ensure that necessary skills exist and local resources are organized for an effective response to any local situation where Amateur Radio can contribute as a public service, or can benefit from positive exposure.
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The latest happens in amateur radio are available from News line. There are also news groups that cover general ham related info and the buying and selling of amateur equipment as well as the Amateur Radio Internet Shopper
The W5 dx bureau has a website at http://mdxa.org/buro.html .The W5 Bureau is run by the Magnolia DX Association in MS. The bureau website contains information for DXers on how to use the bureau as well as an on-line card/envelope status check for some 5 suffixes. They are adding more suffixes all the time. This is a big benefit for users to be able to see their status on-line. In addition, most all letter sorters have listed their email addresses so users may contact them directly with questions
There are several resources available on the net for looking up license information oo hams. A few of them are:
Other amateur radio clubs in the area include:
For additional information about Ham Radio check out the ARRL Home PageFor information about communications in general check the FCC's home page.
Bob Spahn WD5BJW