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