Group discusses Radio Field Day

After a pot luck dinner May 31 set in the shadow of the Highland Road Observatory, Amateur Radio Vice President Jon Reise opened the meeting with a discussion of the club’s participation in operating the amateur radio aboard the USS KIDD during Museum Ship weekend on June 4-5. This is an international event in which 107 museum ships around the world participate.

Dana Browne, chairman of the 2016 ARRL Radio Amateur Field Day in Baton Rouge, told the group that the event is open to all amateur radio clubs in the U.S. and Canada. Browne said radio clubs would operate their radios under emergency conditions, which include operating under battery power. Club members were asked to volunteer. International rules allow six hours to set up radios and antennas and 24 hours to contact as many radio amateurs as possible over the air for contest points.

Browne said the public is invited to Field Day at the BREC Highland Park Observatory from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25. For further information, brarc.org.

Dawson tells Kiwanians about father’s war days

At the June 2 meeting of Cortana Kiwanis, speaker Beth Dawson spoke about the World War II days of her father, Whitney Langlois, of New Roads. As a prisoner of war, he was one of a few survivors of the Bataan Death March.

Dawson said her father attended LSU and was a member of the ROTC. After graduation, he was sent to South Carolina where he met his wife. Shortly after they were married, he was sent to the Philippines, leaving behind his wife who was pregnant with their first child, before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was captured in April 1942 and liberated in January 1945 by the U.S. Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts and Filipino guerrillas, along with more than 500 POWs. His story is one of tremendous suffering and triumphant that Dawson said makes us appreciate the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

The Cortana Kiwanis club, part of Kiwanis International, meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Guests are welcome. Membership is open to all interested in community affairs and service. For more information, contact Lowell Tilley at Lowelltilley@gmail.com or (225) 272-6744.

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