Two Amateur Radio Operators receive Awards from the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans

Congratulations to Gary Harris – kc0wch and Evans Martin – kk4tyw for qualifying for awards issued by the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  Gary, kc0wch, from Missouri, qualified for a certificate by contacting 8 of the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  Again, congratulations Gary!  Also, the “Rare Ones” recognize Evans – kk4tyw, from Tennessee, for his efforts to have confirmed contacts with at least 4 “Rare Ones”.  Evan is awarded with a personalized window sticker for this automobile or ham shack.  Great job Evan!

8 Ham Radio Operators Receive Window Sticker Award from “Rare Ones”

The following 8 Ham Radio Operators will receive the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans personalized Window Sticker.  N5DHB, Big John and affectionate known as the “Rockin’ Bear”, is ecstatic of the response the Amateur Radio Community has embraced the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  Big John says, “My love for the City of New Orleans and the ability to share some of its unique history, traditions and culture with the Amateur Radio Community keeps me going!  Congratulations to the newest award recipients.

KB8CR – Charlie Rubenstein

KD4VTE – Richard Zoellner

KK4MES – John Baggett

KC1GQH – Richard Araya

KD0YVA – Timothy Hannigan

KJ4ZMV – Terrance White

KB5GH – Robert Fox

KC0WCH – Gary Harris

Introductory Window Sticker Award Ending April 30, 2017

The introductory Window Sticker Award will end on April 30th, 2017.  The Window Sticker Award has been popular with operators contacting the “Rare Ones”.   Dale Budenski, K5NQ – “the Noisy Quail” is thrilled of the number of hams qualifying for the award and the success of the resurrection of the “Rare Ones” Group in New Orleans.  Dale says, “Don’t be discourage.  The “Rare Ones” will resurrect the Window Sticker Awards Program from time-to-time in order to highlight special events in New Orleans”.  So stay tuned and keep the electrons flowing through the coax!

Breaking News – First “Rare Ones” Certificates Awarded

The “Rare Ones” of New Orleans proudly announce the first certificates awarded to three (3) amateur radio operators.  The recipients are as follows:

KF5PDF – Russel Hayward

KB8CR – Charles Rubenstein

KB5GH – Bob Fox

We thank all the certificate recipients for their effort and radio skills for making confirmed contacts with 8 of the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  We especially want to thank KF5PDF, Russel Hayward, for making all his contacts via mobile operation out of Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Great Job Russel!  We also commend KB8CR, Charlie Rubenstein, for his tremendous signal into New Orleans.  His new 40 Meter Delta Loop Antenna will give Charlie plenty of DX in the years to come.  Again, thanks Charlie for demonstrating great skill and persistence! Continue reading “Breaking News – First “Rare Ones” Certificates Awarded”

The Latest Award Winners for the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans

Dale Budenski – K5NQ, the awards manager for the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans, recently certified the following recipients for their personalized window sticker award.  The award was earned by making confirmed contacts with four of the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans on any frequency and mode from 160 Meters to 6 Meters.

Congratulations to all the recipients.  In the infamous words of the Noisy Quail , “laissez les bon temps rouler!”

W2BEN – Ben Stevens

WA6MNV – Rober Brulte

K4ESS – Edward Shapack

AF1US – Brian Lewis

VA3WU – Rick Barron

KF5PDF – Russell Hayward

KB0GWY – Arnold Carthage

KG7KA – Loren Barrett


W8DKM is the recipient of the First “Rare Ones” Award

W8DKM, David Mathews, of Columbus, Ohio is the recipient of the First “Rare Ones” Award.  On March 21, 2017, David confirmed contact with 4 “Rare Ones” on 40 Meters.  As a result of his efforts, David will be receiving a personalized window sticker of his call sign.   Congratulations David!

The “Rare Ones” of New Orleans reveal themselves to the world

Recently, several amateur radio operators in the Greater New Orleans area have resurrected the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  The purpose of this group is to promote Amateur Radio HF Communications, the City of New Orleans, and the Audubon Zoo.

Today, they revealed the identity of the “Rare Ones” to the world.  Dale Budenski, K5NQ – Noisy Quail, spokesman for the Rare Ones describes the group as “just a few good hams having fun with HF communications and our love for the rich history and culture of the City of New Orleans”.

We encourage all amateur radio operators who contact a “Rare One” of New Orleans to learn about us and to work towards a “Rare One’s” awards.


The “Rare Ones” of New Orleans is Resurrected

After much deliberation, a group of local amateur radio operators resurrected the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  The purpose of the group is to promote amateur radio HF communication,  the City of New Orleans, and the Audubon Zoo.  To find our more, please spend a few minutes reading the information on this web site and keep tuned for more news in the coming days.