Welcome to W5YL, the official web site of the Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club!
W5YL is the Amateur Radio ‘call sign’ of the Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club (TARC), one of the oldest Amateur ‘Ham’ Radio clubs in Louisiana,
founded in 1921 at Thibodaux High School, and issued the call sign 5YL The picture above shows one of the only surviving examples of an original
5YL QSL card, used to confirm contacts between operators. This QSL card is from Joe Pullen to Vince Rosso, dated November 11 1921.
The Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club draws members primarily from the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne Parish areas of south
Louisiana. The Club currently boasts 69 licensed Amateur Radio operators, located in areas from Alexandria to Baton Rouge, New Iberia to New
Orleans, and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The Club has friends across the southern United States and many points beyond.
In addition to intensive local radio communications conducted through the W5YL repeater system, Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club hobbyists
share a passion for long-range radio communications and an abiding desire to assist local emergency responders, as needed, during hurricane
recovery operations and during other incidents when immediate and reliable communications capabilities are required.
W5YL is affiliated with the ARRL and is a Special Services Club.
To contact us:
Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 143 Thibodaux, Louisiana 70302
MICHAEL ROBICHAUX, KC5OKP
GEORGE TIPPETT, WB5PKK
FRANCIS BOUDREAUX, WD5CFM
Robert "Bob" Strata, KF5NSM
RADIO OFFICER & W5YL TRUSTEE:
DON BARDWELL, WA5PRI
WADE LEVRON, WA5LIS
RICHARD BARRETT, N5OEQ
Board of Directors:
MARTIN D. WADE, N5PZJ
JOE COLSON, SR. K5MKC
DAN VANDERVORT , AD5NW