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 11/11/1921.
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 ARRL affiliated and a Special Services Club. Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club is on FACEBOOK
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