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About Us

Our Organization's Structure

Our organization actually consists of two separate registered corporations, the Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club (TARC) and Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society (BRARS).

While the two clubs are separate legal entities, we are staffed by the same Officers, Board of Directors, and members. BRARS is the 501c3 fundraising arm of the umbrella organization, TARC, and both clubs follow the same set of by-laws.

A century of service

W5YL is the current FCC Amateur Radio ‘call sign’ of the Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club. We are one of the oldest Amateur ‘Ham’ Radio clubs in Louisiana, dating back to 1921 at Thibodaux High School with our original call sign, 5YL. Technology has drastically changed since then, yet the pioneer spirit of amateur radio enthusiasts lives on to this day.

Repeaters

147.390

+600 KHz offset, FM Analog ONLY
Tone 114.8 in/out
Backup power
Gray, Louisiana

This repeater is located between Houma and Thibodaux, LA,  NNW of Houma, just off of the Bayou Blue Bypass Road in Gray, between Houma and Thibodaux near LA-24. This is the primary 2 meter repeater for northern Terrebonne and northern Lafourche Parishes.

The antenna is a DB224 mounted at the 325 foot level.  The RF deck produces 25w RF.  Chances are if you can hear this repeater, you can get into it.  Give it a try.

Live telemetry data for this system (battery bank voltage and room temperature) can be accessed below.

Tour of the 147.390 repeater in Gray, Louisiana.

Coverage estimate for 147.390 repeater
ABOVE: Estimated coverage map of 147.300+ Theriot, LA repeater running full power analog mode (75 watts output).

147.300

Tone 114.8 in/out
+600 KHz offset, FM Analog ONLY
Backup power
Theriot, Louisiana

Located in Theriot on Bayou DuLarge south of Houma, LA., it utilizes the Yaesu System Fusion DR1X and a Henry Amplifier with approximately 75 watts output at 18 watts in.

The output includes simple analog (tone 114.8 input and output)  and C4FM digital.  This System Fusion repeater is in the Auto-In, Auto-Out mode with Wires-X activated, which is defaulted to Louisiana’s Digital Wide Area Network, DWARN, Room #40967.

The antenna is a Commscope DB224 mounted on the northeast arm of the candelabra at 550 feet.  The coverage area is nothing short of phenomenal.  We’ve received lots of great signal reports from Laplace, Prairieville,  and New Orleans– all places that haven’t heard this repeater in years!!!!

Live telemetry data for this system (battery bank voltage and room temperature) can be accessed below.

Video of our original repeater installed in Theriot. This “homebrew” Motorola unit was the workhorse for the club for decades until it was replaced in 2014.

Coverage map for 444.500 in Bayou Cane, LA. Our actual mobile tests indicate coverage at approximately an eight mile radius on C4FM Digital.

444.500

+5 MHz R/T offset, FM Analog
Yaesu System Fusion (Auto In-Auto Out) (NO Wires-x)
Tone 114.8 in/out
Backup power
Bayou Cane, LouisianaBayou Cane, Louisiana

Currently located on Coteau Road, north of the Southland Mall in Houma, the antenna is only up at 40 feet at this point in time. This repeater is a Yaesu System Fusion repeater that can automatically detect digital signals as well as analog, and will automatically switch operating modes based on the input signal. (Note: Wires-X is not available on this repeater.)

Let’s get on this one and wring it out, so when it is ready to relocate to a bigger stick, all potential problems will have been worked out.  The call sign is W5YL/R.

Live telemetry data for this system (battery bank voltage and room temperature) can be accessed below.

147.330

+600 KHz offset, FM Analog ONLY
Tone 114.8 in/out
Backup power
Houma, Louisiana

This repeater is located between Houma and Thibodaux, LA,  NNW of Houma, just off of the Bayou Blue Bypass Road in Gray, between Houma and Thibodaux near LA-24. This is the primary 2 meter repeater for northern Terrebonne and northern Lafourche Parishes.

This is a Yaesu repeater  at 100 feet using a db224 antenna and 20 watts from the Chabert Medical Center . With emergency power backup provided by the hospital.

Estimated Coverage map of the 147.330 repeater on Chabert Hospital in southeastern Houma, LA
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