Breaking News – New Associates!

The “Rare Ones” of New Orleans are proud to announce three (3) new Associate Members.  There name and call signs are as follows:

#134     Jon Dallons – KB6TAZ

#133     Harry Herbert – AB5FU

#132     Burt Cram – K4IO

Congratulations to Jon, Harry, and Burt!

WA5HOD and N5GFK Resign from the Rare Ones

Jimmy ” the Alligator” Villar, WA5HOD and Mark “the LSU Tiger” Poche, N5GFK resigned, in good standing, from the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans effective September 18, 2018.  The “Rare Ones” of New Orleans extends their gratitude to both Jimmy and Mark for participating in the activities of the Rare Ones of New Orleans over the past 18 months.  Jimmy and Mark both have extensive family obligations at this time, and wish the “Rare Ones” and all the extended amateur radio family their best regards in the future.

N5QYX – Kenny Soniat, the newest Rare One’s Member

Kenny Soniat – N5QYX is the newest member of the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  Kenny is a life long resident of the Greater New Orleans area and appreciates the opportunity promote the City of New Orleans and the Audubon Zoo through his activities as a member of the “Rare Ones”.  Kenny is an avid football fan and loves to fish in the costal marshes of Louisiana.  His bio can be found here:  Meet the Rare Ones

Rare Ones of New Orleans Social

The Rare Ones of New Orleans recently met for a casual luncheon and business social.  Everyone attended to celebrate the contributions to the Rare Ones from Dale, Harry and LJ upon their resignations.  Friendship and Camaraderie were in order and all enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Cafe.

Stay tuned for the reveal of new members of the Rare Ones of New Orleans.


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Resignations in the Air!

On July 15th, Harry Rees -W5IR and John Garafola – W5FLY resigned, in good standing, from the Rare Ones of New Orleans.  Additionally, Dale Budenski – K5NQ has resigned, in good standing, from the Rare Ones of New Orleans effective August 8th.

Resurrecting the Rare Ones of New Orleans as the 3rd Generation has been quite an experience.  From the nightly QSO’s to the most recent Special Event Activity Celebrating the 300 year anniversary of the founding of the City of New Orleans, the Rare Ones of New Orleans achieved it’s primary mission to promote the City of New Orleans, the Audubon Zoo, and gentlemen like conduct on the Amateur Radio HF Bands.  We wish Harry, John and Dale all the best in their future endeavors.

In the following weeks, the Rare Ones of New Orleans will announce new members so stay tuned and enjoy your favorite New Orleans cocktail!

Special Event Activity Recap

The Rare One’s of New Orleans thank all the participant in our recent Special Event Activity celebrating the 300 Anniversary of the Founding of the City of New Orleans.  The participating Rare One’s had a great time and look forward to do more special event activities in the future.

We are in the process of receiving and processing the incoming log sheets.  Please allow 4 to 6 weeks to receive your commemorative QSL Card.


– Scott w5plt

300th Anniversary of the Founding of New Orleans

Members of the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans will be operating on 7260, 14260, 21300, 28420 using their home calls from 1400 UTC, 14-July-2018 to 2000 UTC, 15-July-2018.  N3O will be operating FT8 only on 40 and 20 meters 14-July-2018  1400 UTC to 2300 UTC.  A special QSL card will be issued if you contact any of the Rare Ones using any mode.  If you work eight of the Rare Ones, you will receive a certificate also. Please QSL through the website’s log sheet only.  Only the Official Log Sheet will be accepted as a confirmation of contact along with a  SASE to accommodate a standard size QSL card.  The log sheet is a pdf file and can be downloaded by clicking here.

The above listed frequencies are primary frequencies only as the nine Rare Ones could be anywhere, any mode on the four bands listed above.  One contact with any Rare One earns the commemorative QSL card.  Contact eight of the nine Rare Ones qualifies for a unique Rare Ones Associate Number accompanied by a certificate.

Below is a preview of the commemorative QSL Card