A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club September 1998

Club Information

President: Dennis KI5FW

Vice Pres: C.P. W5OQY

Secretary: Bill KB5ASR

Treasurer: Ross WB4ZIK

Editor : Darrell W5MAV

Club meets every Saturday 10 A.M. at Queen City Truck Stop. All visitors and new members are welcome. Some folks come early for breakfast.

President Report:

GE to All,

We'll another month has come and gone. It's true, that the older u get the faster time goes by. The gud thing about it is that the heat should be starting to cool off a little here real soon.

Everybody remember the fish catching/ cooking on the 19th of this month at Ross's (romeo oscar seirra seirra) (WB4ZIK) qth, thanks Ross .There is more on this in Mel's column.

Also we will have VE EXAMS on the 17th of October. The exams will be at Meridian Community College and will begin at 12:00 noon. All exams will be given. All of u who is wanting to test has plenty of time to study and prepare fer this test session.

NO EXCUSES!! Please tell everybody u talk to on the air or in person abt this date. We want to have people show up and test with us. If anyone has any questions have them contact me or any VE Examiner.

We have sum Hamfest coming up pretty soon. Memphis, Biloxi, Mobile and probably one or two more that i'm not aware of. Phillip (KD5CPV) can probably help anyone with dates and places. He seems to be the local representative at all the Hamfest in our area.

That's abt all from the prez this month. I hope to see every one the 19th at the fish catching/cooking. 73's de...Dennis...

Vice President Report:

Great to be home. I enjoyed the summer in the west. Hope everyone had a good and safe summer. School is in and looks like bad weather again. Maby we will not have it too bad.

Hamfest's: Sept 11-12 Greenville, MS

Sept 25-26 Mobile, AL

Oct 2-3 Biloxi, MS

Hope to see you at one. 73's to all CP W5OQY

Editor Report:

With the start of school on August 24th and the study time it requires, my time for the necessary research for quality news is going to be limited. In an effort to find someone qualified to help me with this endeavor, I have been forced into settling for my only volunteer. A GREAT big thanks to Ronny (KB5DKW) for his generous offer to keep the "spark" in The Spark Gap. His column name is currently under great debate as the subject matter is an unknown at this time. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Contact Darrell (W5MAV) to place an add, newsletter suggestions, an article you would liked published, complaints, compliments, likes, and dislikes.

From the FISH Committee:


DATE: September 19,1998

TIME: 0800- 1200 for tournament and 1600 until you get full for fish fry

In case of bad weather September 26 is alternative date.

ELIGIBILITY FOR TOURNAMENT: All MARC members and one guest

FOR FISH FRY: All MARC members and family, any amateur operator or anyone interested in obtaining HAM license.

AWARDS: Largest bass---Largest catfish---Biggest fish (12 & under) Most fish by weight (per boat)
QRP Award - Biggest fish on 5lb test line or under

General Rules

REMINDERS: Please be safety minded FIRST - Bring Bee Sting medicine, bug spray, sun block, etc.

FISH FRY: We will start the EATIN' at 1600 (4:00 PM). Members are asked to bring a covered dish (Contact N5JCG for info on what is needed). There will be hot dogs and hamburgers for non fish eaters.

HELP NEEDED: If anyone would like to help with COOKING, SET UP, FISH TOURNAMENT, OR ANYTHING ELSE please contact N5JCG or WB4ZIK.

REMEMBER....We will all be guest of WB4ZIK Ross & family. Please be safe, and respectful. Lets all try to pitch in and help to make this a successful event and enjoy the fellowship.

For any additional info or any questions contact N5JCG or WB4ZIK


We are still trying to get the weather net going. WA5EE (Russell) is leaving the area. We will need a Wx net manager. If anyone would like to take that little job please contact N5JCG as I have all the info and paperwork. Lets see if we can get this going. After all its US that we will be looking out for along with our families and friends.

One last thing.... Remember club success is determined by club accomplishments. What have we accomplished lately? What say we change that? 73's N5JCG


It is not your position in life but your disposition that determines your success. What happens to you is less significant than what happens within you. You reveal yourself to the world by your behavior. Recognize that all things are difficult before they are easy and it will change your outlook on so many things.

The thoughts you have chosen have brought you to where you are today. Change your thoughts and you change your actions. Change your actions and you are on the road to success.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Noo Yawk City

A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.

Saint Peter addresses this guy. "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?"

The guy replies, "I'm Joe Cohen, taxi-driver, of Noo Yawk City."

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi-driver,

"Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

The taxi-driver goes into Heaven with his robe and staff, and it's the minister's turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years."

Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

"Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi-driver and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?"

"Up here, we work by results," says Saint Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."

Lost and Found by KB5DKW

In an attempt to fill the empty space in our club newspaper vacated for adequate reason by WD5HLD, I offered my services to our chief cook and bottle washer. He is of course - W5MAV. Brother Darrell being very busy and not in position to be choosy, said OK, but you be good now ya hear. If you sit up late and watch local TV and are interested in Theology (such as I am) then this is the "other Brother Darrell" that you are watching on TV and not the one that I am working for now. My friend and neighbor Brother Darrell Dumas is not a HAM and is exempt from the glare of this lime-light which I intend to shine on anyone with a set of call letters and a known 'sense of humor'. If you do not have a sense of humor, then I would like to recommend that you develop one. Laughter, is much more socially acceptable than blowing up airliners and large public buildings full of mamas and babies. My own personal safety is also highly regarded by myself and Blue Cross -Blue Shield of Mississippi. My innate sense of humor has brought me both friend and foe. In high school and jr. college I became a wizard at dodging blows because of it. Between the blows and the innate dullness, I never got a good handle on calculus and gave up my dreams of being an architect and the "over weight champion of the world.' It is for this reason that I am NOT attempting to write an article about any type of technology. I am DUMB about the stuff and I know it. It is for the PEOPLE so gifted that I became a member of the VE team. I can serve the hobby in this way but am lucky to fix one of my old rigs and would not put a fellow ham through the stress and trauma of trying to repair one of his or hers.

As for computers, I am a web TV person. My XYL owns a "jacked up" 386 and does tricks with it that make my head spin around. I am not computer illiterate but I am in the 4th grade for the second year. Well, as you can see I have used myself as the first subject (victim) of the internet's manifestation of the former Red Headed Step-Child Net. That NET, along with pain medication mixed with alcohol taken in treatment of a medical condition known medically as, HERPES ZOSTER or 'The Shingles' caused me to lose my esteemed position as " net control" for the third Tuesday of every month for our 2 meter emergency net. Those who instigated my termination and also the person that terminated me had also been known to at least sniff a cork or two from time to time for malady much less painful than mine. The so-call "Red Headed Step Child Net" was hatched in the fertile (yet perverse) brain of the same "gentleman" that put me up to getting a ham ticket to begin with. He is none other than our own WD5HLD/Don/Dawg. He is the self-same person that I am replacing in what was formerly the "Don's Corner" section of THE SPARK GAP. It would only seem fair that he should be the subject of my NEXT attempt at literary endeavor concerning the fore mentioned publication. In other words, 'Dr. Frankienstien, the Monster is here to see you"!.... PS..."Shingles" can now be cured according to Dr. John Clay. In my case he is most certainly correct. I have had the disease four times and it works for me. DOA (Drunk On the Air) now has no medicinal value except for those that "Harvest" vital organs for transplant, because (if you are driving) DOA can also stand for Dead On Arrival!

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