Meet the “Rare Ones”

Dale Budenski – k5nq

Dale, K5NQ (Noisy Quail) has been a Ham Radio Operator since 1967 when he held the Novice call WN5UJV and upgraded to General in 1968 and became WA5UJV.  In 1996 he upgraded to Advanced and Extra and received the call AC5KI and then on to the vanity call K5NQ.  Dale can be found anywhere from 80 thru 2 meters and his favorite modes are CW, SSB and PSK31.  Dale is a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, a licensed tour guide and considers our city as a living and breathing museum.  His favorite New Orleans expression is “laissez les bon temps rouler!”


Scott Loga – w5plt

Scott began a path towards amateur radio by way ofcitizen band radio in his teenage years.  Later in life, around 2003, he finally buckled down and passed my technician license really in an effort to utilize 53 Mhz for radio controlled airplanes, his other hobby.  He also enjoys golf and FreeBSD Unix.  Subsequently, Scott passed both general and extra class exams.  Scott grew up in New Orleans and is a life long resident of the city.

His favorite modes of operation is SSB and PSK31 on either 17, 20, 40 and 80 meter bands.  Generally, he just likes monkeying around on the bands!


Harry Rees – w5ir

“Harry Houdini”  was born and grew up in New Orleans in the Gentilly area of the city.  He started in the hobby in the mid 60’s with SWLing and developed an interest in the technical aspects of radio.  He graduated from Gulf Radio and Television School in 1968 and obtained his first Ham ticket in 1970 with the call of WB5BZE, he later received the vanity call of W5JHR. Through the years he has worked RTTY, fast-scan ATV on 70cm, AMTOR, Packet and OSCAR satellites.  For the past several years, Harry has been active on JT65, JT9 and WSPR using 40 through 6 meters.  Like the elephant in the jungle who can hear sounds miles away, Harry finds solace in JT65 and WSPR!


John Macera – n5dhb

John, also know as the Rockin’ Bear, has always been interested in radio and was introduced to SWL in the early 60’s.  Then, he was exposed to 11 meters and obtained his license KAFZ4836. This allowed John to actually talk on-the-air, thus leading the way in the 1970’s, to obtain his novice amateur license WD5ITN and enjoy contacts throughout the world.  He made many contacts operating CW with his Heathkit HW-8 qrp rig.  He upgraded to Technician Class in 1984 and his call became N5DHB.  The desire for additional band privileges, John upgraded to General Class in 2013, and as the saying goes, “The rest is history” with hundreds of contacts and many enjoyable friends.  He also loves the outdoors by fishing, driving, motor cycling and sports.  John feels he has really been blessed.


Jimmy Villar – wa5hod

Jimmy, WA5HOD, was first licensed at the age of 13 in 1963 as WN5HOD.  In 1964, he upgraded to General Class as WA5HOD.  After a period of inactivity in the 70’s, he then upgraded to Extra Class in 1980.  Jimmy is an avid DX’ER and currently is on the ARRL DX Honor Roll with all Countries/Entities confirmed on the DXCC list.  He is active on 80-10 meters on SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK31.  He is also active on 2 meter FM.  Just like an alligator, Jimmy sleuths beneath the surface at the low portions of the band waiting for the right opportunity to pounce his contacts!


Mark Poche – n5gfk

Mark, N5GFK was licensed in 1981 as KA5QHQ (novice).  In 1983, he upgraded to Technician Class with a call sign change to N5GFK.  After many years of on and off activity, he upgraded to General Class in the late 1990’s.  Since retirement in 2015, Mark is very active once again in ham radio.  Mark is active on 10 thru 80 meters including WARC bands as well as 6 meters with the grid square ID EL59. Mark is one of only a few active in that grid.  Mark is also an avid LSU Tiger Football Fan.  Geaux Tigers!


John Garafola – w5fly

John first got involved in the world of radio’s in the 1970’s when his dad was installing radios in patrol cars for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.  His dad, a Lieutenant who supervised communications for the Sheriff’s Department would let him spend Friday nights in the communications room – to keep him out of trouble as a kid.  Citizens Band radio was also part of John’s life as a youth along, with spotting satellites with his Dad.

Today, he is active in the New Orleans amateur radio community operating on the local repeaters along with HF. John also has a Wires-X Node and enjoys the capabilities of the digital modes.  John cruises around his uptown digs with his head up high like a “groovy giraffe”.


Frank Lamonte – kg5kwb

Frank, KG5KWB interest in amateur radio began with his desire to actively prepare for emergencies.  His professional career was in emergency response.  He was the past Chief of the local fire department and is currently the President of the Gould Fire Department in Gretna, Louisiana.  He was first licensed as a Technician in 2015 and upgraded to General Class in late 2016.  Being new to amateur radio, he is actively upgrading all aspects of his station with both new and vintage equipment.  Frank is active on the phone (SSB) portions of the band.  His favorite band is 40 meters.  He enjoys riding and repairing Harley-Davison motorcycles.  Frank’s amateur radio activity occurs mostly at night like a nutria.


Louis Dutrey – kg5frr

Louis, KG5FRR interest in HF Radio started as a child in the early 1960’s.  He would listen to the BBC World Service and other foreign broadcasts.  As a result, his fascination with amateur radio was born.  In the 70’s and 80’s, he was involved in the CB craze.  Many of his radio friends move on to amateur radio.  In 2015, he was licensed as a Technician and subsequently became a General Class.  Louis is active on all SSB portions of the bands and loves the digital modes PSK31 and JT65.  Louis is denoted as the “Wild Cardinal” since he is such as Wild Card!