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MAR-APR 2018

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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14 R E A D U S o N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S o C I A L . C o M The Magic Comes to Life in This Fairy Tale Ballet April 13 • 7:30 and April 14 • 2:00 River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts Tickets: $25 -$45 Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre presents 225.766.8379 River Center Box Office TICKETMASTER Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Celebrates 80th Anniversary in Baton Rouge The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club (BRARC) celebrated their 80th year as a Baton Rouge club in December of 2017. Member Gerard Ducote reported on the history of the club, which was formed in the early months of 1937. Recognized by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) that same year, the BRARC was granted national recognition. The club, originally formed by a small group of individuals interested in learning more about electronics and wireless radio communication, grew in membership through the years. BRARC continues to provide an avenue for the growth and exchange of wireless communication knowledge among its members, the Baton Rouge community and the larger amateur radio community throughout the world. President Jon Reise reported on the year's activities, noting that the club offers free amateur radio classes to the public at the East Baton Rouge Public Library. Following completion of the class, an individual may apply and take the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) exam to become a licensed amateur radio operator. Today, members of the BRARC volunteer their time and equipment as amateur radio operators during such disasters as the August 2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey via agencies, i.e. the American Red Cross and FEMA. Club members are also active with the Boy Scouts, including supporting their radio and electronics program. All radio amateurs are licensed by the FCC and are approved to handle wireless emergency communications between relief agencies. The celebration culminated with President Jon Reise presenting service awards to John Krupsky for his work on developing and maintaining the club's website. Jennifer Bordelon was awarded for her work on the club's newsletter the RF News, as was Buddy Brown for providing education and training for club members. Brown was also recognized for his dedication toward integrating amateur radio operations on board the USS KIDD. Mayor Sharon Weston- Broome declared April 23rd "Amateur Radio Day in Baton Rouge" in honor of the Club's 80th year as a club in Baton Rouge. Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed June 18-24 "Amateur Radio Week in Louisiana" in recognition of amateur radio operators' assistance with communication during natural disasters. Story and photos by Thornton H. Cofield Jr. President Jon Reise presents Service Award to John Krupsky President Jon Reise presents Service Award to Jennifer Bordelon President Jon Reise presents Service Award to Buddy Brown

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