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
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
W5YL, The Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club, is the umbrella organization for its fundraising arm, the Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society
(BRARS), a 501c3 corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the hobbies of Amateur Radio and Shortwave Listening in the Tri
Parish region of Lafourche, Terrebonne and Assumption Parishes in the state of Louisiana.
The Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club supports organizations like The Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, and other non - governmental
organizations providing assistance to the Lafourche, Terrebonne and Assumption Parish areas during disaster recovery operations. Other
outside groups assisting with post disaster personal location and message traffic also benefit from using W5YL personnel and equipment during
All donations to the Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society are tax exempt. "Thank You" for your generosity, on behalf of everyone that
benefits, and from the members of the Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society and the Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club.