History of the “Rare Ones”

The “Rare Ones” of New Orleans was originally established in 1965.  Eight local area amateur radio operators collectively called themselves the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  Each member represented a local animal such as a turtle, pelican or alligator.  The members were an eclectic group of hams who had varied interest in frequency selection and operational modes.  Some members worked only CW while others only worked voice/SSB on 40 meters.  They were active on 40 and 75 meters at night with roundtable meetings.  When an amateur radio operator, who worked all eight members of the “Rare Ones”,  a confirmation certificate was issued.

Sadly, after much research, we determined the original eight members are silent keys.  In an effort to promote amateur radio HF communications, the City of New Orleans and the Audubon Zoo,  a current generation of amateur radio operators is resurrecting the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.

Below is a link to a CQ Magazine Article from 1969 about the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans:

1969 CQ Magazine Article Featuring the “Rare Ones”

Below is the original “Rare Ones” of New Orleans QSL Card:

Recently, the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans received a circa 1979 Certificate from the Second Generation of the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans.  Thanks to Robert Fox – kb5gh for sharing his certificate with the Next Generation of the “Rare Ones”:

If anyone has any current or historical information about the “Rare Ones” of New Orleans, please contact k5nq – the Noisy Quail at k5nq@yahoo.com