Minden Amateur Radio Association was begun in 1991 with about 20 members and now has members from all over north Louisiana and the surrounding areas. We have a very active club, holding monthly meetings as well as other activities, notably our annual Hamfest and Field Day. The club is ARRL affiliated and holds Special Service Club status. We sponsor the repeater that is the hub of the North LA Link System. As inscribed on our logo, a club dedicated to Public Service through Communications.


Our local QCWA Chapter 85 has come into the possession of several pieces of amateur radio gear. This equipment came from donations of club members or their families. The club will sell the equipment and donate all money raised to a local or national organization that provides scholarships for students pursuing college or technical level education in electronics or a related field. The equipment will go to the highest bidder in the local or nearby Shreveport, LA, area.

The equipment may be viewed here.

North Louisiana Link System

We sponsor the hub repeater, N5RD, located in Bryceland for the link system. Our own member, Bill Sullivan, trustee for both N5RD-147.300 and KB5PKW-145.430, maintains the repeaters. Skywarn and other emergency communications that may arise may use the link as need dictates.


Our monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of every month at the Exacta Inn, located in Minden just north of I-20 at the Minden/Sibley exit. The meeting time 12:15pm, but we usually gather to have lunch earlier (11:15 - 11:30am). We welcome all - members, guests, amateurs, and those who are merely interested in the hobby. Please come join us.

Public Service

MARA is designated as a Special Service Club. We participate in many events during the year. These have included Mardi Gras parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, the Caney Lake Triathlon as well as Skywarn when the need arises. We are also availble for any communication needs of north Louisiana.

Skywarn (K5SHV)

Operation out of Shreveport uses 146.670 as the primary repeater. If weather to the east dictates warnings being issued, the North Louisiana Link System is used.


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Note: The hub repeater, N5RD, 147.300, will now have PL 186.2, encoding only, due to interference.

Note: The ARCOS repeater, 146.670, is now toned with PL 186.2.

Dec 20, 2014 - MARA Hamfest, Minden, LA
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