Ten members of the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club discussed their experiences in contacting other amateurs around the world using Morse code at the club’s meeting on October 29.
Organized by council members Jerry clouatre and brown boyfriend, members were encouraged to bring their collection of favorite continuous wave keys used to send Morse code.
Popularized by Samuel Morse in 1844, Morse code converted alphabetic and numeric characters into a series of short and long sounds, allowing words to be sent over the telegraph line. The term telegraph key was replaced by the term CW key, which was replaced by names such as straight key, cootie, bug, and paddle. All offered improvements in code speed.
As well as being avid Morse code operators, each had their own collection ranging from straight keys from Germany and Russia to a key generated by a 3D printer produced by Brown to a torsion bar bug used by Clouatre. Members said using Morse code to talk to people around the world is as exciting today as it was 30 to 50 years ago.
For more information on the Amateur Radio Club, visit brarc.org.
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Newcomb Pottery Subject for the Woman’s Club
Lillian bowles spoke about Newcomb Pottery when the Woman’s Club held their monthly cafe on November 7th.
The pottery brand was produced from 1895 to 1940 and originated from the pottery program at H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, the women’s college now associated with Tulane University in New Orleans.
Guest artist Catherine Rouchon, accompanied by her mother, Sharon, exhibited jewelry she created with silver and stones.
Marie ladner was president of the party; Sally ann martin was the president of the tea girl. Rosemary Way greeted everyone. The assistance was Lana merliss and Marguerite Rome. Refreshments were provided Carol Anne Blitzer, Delores Dyer, Frances Bennett, Debbie Harris, Lois Saye, Tessa Bankston, Pat Richards, Rome, Lane and Martin.
District nurses hear about job challenges
Cynthia Bienemy spoke about the challenges facing newly registered registered nurses as part of a November 14 continuing education program for the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
Veteran nurses were honored and graduates of local nursing schools were welcomed to the reunion and received gift bags. Madison Convent, from the University of Southeast Louisiana, received a one-year membership in the American Nurses Association.
The BR Garden Club organizes a show and dedicates itself
The Baton Rouge Garden Club hosted a standard flower show and tea party on November 16 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. The theme of the show was Pedalo and Pirougues.
On November 17, the club hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the native plant garden and seating area in honor of Julia Gates, member for over 40 years, accredited flower show judge and knowledgeable horticulturalist.
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MOWW organizes the Mass of Colors
Lieutenant General Troy H. Middleton’s Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars held their annual Color Mass for the student body and the public at Parkview Baptist High School on November 7th.
Lee Magnet High School JROTC received Colonel Trigg’s wood plaque for its near-perfect appearance and timing. The first finalist was Scotlandville High JROTC, and the second finalist was the Sea Cadets of the Navy. Retired lieutenant colonel Reginald brown, Commander of the Middleton Chapter, presented the awards.
Twenty-two colored guard units marched and lined the gymnasium with the American flag and their unit colors at a march performed by the Parkview High group. Cadet troop commander, lieutenant colonel. Song barrage, of Broadmoor High School, issued the orders which moved the mass of flag-bearing bodies throughout the ceremony.
The Parkview Choir performed songs of military service as service veterans rose to the audience’s applause. The Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums played bagpipes and a mix of patriotic songs.
Retired collar Fred palmer, president of the Grand Baton Rouge region chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, spoke about honoring the flag and the veterans.
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