The Atchafalaya Amateur DX Association, Inc. is an group of hobbyist licensed as Amateur Radio operators by
the Federal Communication Commision. The Atchafalaya Amateur DX Association, Inc. is a formally "Affiliated Club"
with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) which is "The National Association for Amateur Radio." Our Club is also a
non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to the Club may be tax deductible.
Our members are all volunteers. We are experienced and capable of providing non-commercial radio telecommunications, independent of public and/or commercial networks. Members of our Club provide vital communications services in South Central Louisiana, we strive to live up to Amateur Radio's motto: "When all else fails... ...Amateur Radio Works!"
Amateur Radio operators provide, in many circumstances, the first and only reliable means of communicating to an from an affected area in the first several days following a natural disaster. This was well proven to Louisiana residents in the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast in 2005 and once again in the Great Flood of 2016. Our Club also provides local public safety and health and welfare communications services for local events such as canoe races, charity walks, Mardi Gras events, and fishing rodeos in the area.
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If you are interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator come and meet us at our next club meeting. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm on the Mr. Charlie Rig Museum in Morgan City, La.
The Importance of Amateur Radio Operators
You may recall from in the move Bank Job a gentlemen listening to a radio called the police to report the robbery! Well its a true story and this mans name was Robert Rowlands, he was a Amateur Radio Operator who lived in a fifth floor flat near the bank that was robbed in real life. It is moments like this that your local Amateur Radio Operator will spring from the shadows to deliver good will. Amateur Radio Operators also provide Emergency Communication during natural disasters when other means of communication are not possible. In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy a large part of traditional infrastructure was rendered useless. Voice messages were passed by Amateur Radio Operators and data files were transferred via a open mesh network called Broadband-HamNet.
So Why do we do it?
Although each Amateur Radio Operator gets involved for his or her own reason, all operators have and or gain knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, operators gain knowledge of electronic circuits and learn to work with others in the organization as they move forward with the hobby. Amateur Radio Operators are required by the FCC to pass a examination in order to use what is known as the Amateur Bands. These bands are blocks of radio frequencies allocated by the FCC for operators to transmit on. Some of the bands provided are able to commentate clear to the other side of the globe and even to the international space station. Please take a look through our website and feel free to contact us for information on joining a elite group of outstanding citizens.