A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club February 2002


In this issue:

Bible Verse

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." Luke 21:1-4

Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc.

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President’s Comments

We had a good time at the Jackson Hamfest. Met lots of people and good fellowship. We carried some equipment over and didn’t have to bring all of it back. Saw a lot of you over there. Bet Memphis hamfest will be as good even though I won’t get to go. Hope all that want to can. Winter is still with us, but we can be proud the weather has been pretty good for us lately.

Hope all can be at March business meeting, where I will talk about the "Airport Instrument Landing System". Will bring back old memories for me.

See you on MARCH 2ND. Have a good month.

73's CP W5OQY

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Vice President’s Comments

Hope all of you are having a good month. The February business meeting was presided by yours truly due to the absence of CP that weekend. The meeting was short and the attendance was rather small. I would love to have more in attendance for our March business meeting. CP has announced that he will be giving a talk on the “Airport Instrument Landing System”. This will be informative with CP’s thirty plus years of service with the FAA. The meeting begins at 10 AM at the Magnolia Queen City Truck Stop Restaurant located on North Frontage Road Airport Exit. Looking forward to seeing you MARCH 2ND.

As voted on and approved during our January business meeting, I have acquired a domain name for the MARC web site. Finding our club web site is now as simple as typing in your browsers address bar. Please note, this can be UPPER or lower case letters. Recently I reorganized the entire site to make it easier for you to navigate and find information. A CALL SIGN lookup feature provided by has also been added. Your input - articles, suggestions, pictures, anything related to HAM radio that you think will benefit the club’s presence on the World Wide Web would be greatly appreciated.

A HUGE THANK YOU to StratoNet for hosting our web site. StratoNet offers a discount to all members of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club. In addition they now offer NEW local access numbers to many locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Visit their web site at
Click on Nationwide Areas.

Please contact W5MAV for an application.

Have a GREAT DAY everyday! May God bless each of you.

73, Darrell, W5MAV

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Treasurer Report

I thank all of you that have paid their dues for the new year. We have had several more folks since last months report take care of this very important detail. With membership support thus far, our club insurance has now been paid. Many thanks.

Please bring your 2002 dues to the Queen City Truck stop on Saturday mornings or mail them to the address below. Have a great month! 73, KD5JYJ

c/o Debbie Hover
11785 Nancy Drive
Collinsville, MS 39325

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Home Phone: (601) 679-5668

February 18, 2002

To: Supporters of these Amateur Radio Repeaters
146.970- ki5fw/R (pl 100hz) 444.500+ w5lrg/R

Dear Supporters of the Lauderdale Repeater Group,

Again a big "THANK YOU" goes to each one of you for all the support that you have given to LRG now for almost five years. Ever since the 146.970 repeater first went up on the Q-101 tower in 1997, moving it to the Marion water tower in 1998 and placing the 444.500 repeater on the air early in the summer of 1999, a little time and a lot of expense has gone into building and getting these repeaters up and going.

In 1997 it took approximately $1625.00 to put 97 on the Q-101 tower. This included the cost of the repeater, duplexer, antenna, feed line, climber and misc. cables and connectors. When we had to relocate in the fall of 1998, it took approx. $825.00 to get it back on the air. This included insurance, donation to Marion Fire Dept. ($100), new dual band antenna, amp, climber, battery charger and misc. cables and connectors.

Early in the summer of 1999 the 444.500/R was put on the air. In the latter part of that summer a Doug Hall 2 meter linking system was purchased and added to this UHF repeater. It has taken again approx. $1220.00 to get this system operating.

A little over a year ago a different machine was placed on 146.970. This machine is working great. Even though it didn’t cost as much as a new repeater it did take roughly $330.00 dollars to get it on the air. $90 fer the radio, $20 fer the cable, $160 fer the controller and $60 fer the decoder board.

Also a few months ago a hamtronics VHF TX exciter board was installed at a cost of $200. As of this letter being written a new Astron 35 amp power supply ($150) is on the way. The Astron 20 just will not quite tote the load. A steady draw of 16-17 amps is just to much fer it.

Recently the controller and Doug Hall RB-1 from the UHF 444.500/rptr has been put on the VHF 146.970/Rptr allowing linking to different repeaters. There was not enough people with 440 capabilities to utilize the link in bad WX conditions. Now more people will be able to take advantage of this feature.

WE are not begging , BUT!!! the annual insurance rate of $325.00 is due and again I would like to make a contribution to the Marion Fire Dept. to let the City of Marion know how much we appreciate them allowing us to use the water tower as a repeater site. Again this year we will split the cost of the insurance with the Meridian Amateur Radio Club. Each group will pay $162.50 each towards one policy to cover each group and keep us from sending in $650.00 for two separate policies.

As we speak we have a spare VHF repeater w/ controller ready to go on the air if the one in use goes down.

Hopefully by the end of this year we will have another rptr up and going either on the Newton/Lauderdale County line at 900 ft above sea level or in the northwest part of Lauderdale County between 1000-1200 ft above sea level. Rest assured that we will try. All it takes is a lot of effort and a little money.

Many thanks to the HAMS that has supported LRG in the past. If you feel like you would like to continue to support LRG thru the year 2002, contributions can be mailed to the address in above letterhead. If you know of someone who would want out help please ask them to do so.

Tnx and 73 to each of you,
Dennis Carpenter KI5FW

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