A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club July/August 2002

 Bible Verse

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 KJV

President’s Comments 

Enjoyed seeing everyone at the business meeting Saturday. Good to be back for awhile.

The reports of Field Day looks good. Glad everyone had a grand time. Sure did miss the action. The year has almost gone before you know it. The Hurricane season is still with us. We have been lucky so far. Hope our luck holds out.

We are planning a Fox Hunt. To the new members a Fox Hunt is to hide a transmitter, home in on and find it. Time to get out our plans and make a directional antenna. Our next business meeting we will explain how to build antennas for a hunt and more details on the event. Be there and let’s have some fun.

73's W5OQY CP


Vice President’s Comments

Thank all of you that showed up for the business meeting on August 3rd. Attendance has been rather low. Hopefully with the cooler weather of Fall approaching, we will get to see a bunch of folks that we have not seen for a while. Please make a note of our next business meeting on September 7th.

Welcome to a couple of new operators in town. Wayne and Joyce Thompson KD5TOJ and KD5TOI respectively. We hope you will join us at Queen City Truck Stop for breakfast and fellowship on Saturday mornings from 9:30 until.

Have a good month! May God bless each of you. 73, W5MAV


Secretary Report

Minutes of August 3, 2002 business meeting

1. Received letter from Jeff Corkren (W5PPB) expressing appreciation for donations made to Pelahatchie repeater project.

2. Status report given by Jim (WB5OCD) on club 440 repeater. Repeater chassis is working, but will need proper frequencies and a controller.

3. Field Day book for 2002 was completed and results forwarded to ARRL.

4. A "fox hunt" was discussed and several members present wish to participate.

5. Section Emergency Test is coming up September 28th beginning at 8 A.M.

6. ARRL in the Park is set for October 5th in Starkville.

7. Please note: Next business meeting will be held September 7th. Hope YOU can make it.



A reminder to everyone that the SKYWARN LINKING TEST takes place on the last Sunday of each month (local net) at 8:30 pm on the 146.700/R and the link check in on 146.970/R at 8:45 pm.



Upcoming Events

There is a lot going on in Mississippi during the next few weekends. The Southwest Mississippi ARC will hold a Tailgate/Picnic at the Evelyn Vance Arena in Liberty on September 21. Contact WB5ASP at for more details.

The 2002 Mississippi Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be conducted September 28 beginning at 8:00 AM on 3862 KHz. Local 2 emergency nets will activate at the same time to deal with local emergency scenarios prepared by their ECs. The major thrust of Field Day was to learn to operate away from our shacks under unfamiliar conditions. The SET is the second part of our annual emergency preparedness training and emphasizes coordination with served agencies and working together through nets.

And the last major event will be the Annual ARRL Day in the Park on October 4-5 at Starkville and hosted for the second year by MFJ celebrating its 30th year in the ham radio business. Our special guest will be ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP. Detailed info at

The Laurel ARC is regularly conducting Fox Hunts. Contact Asst. SM N5PA for more details or see his write-up on their latest fox hunt under Press Releases on the section web site at


8 A.M. TO 2 P.M.

Join us for a ham radio tailgating event in Liberty, MS. This is just a fun get together for hams in Mississippi and Louisiana to buy and sell radio stuff from each others and swap stories. Also there will be a presentation in the meeting room by Malcolm, W5XX on raising towers and antennas and another presentation by MS DX Association on DXing, DXpeditions and the W5 QSL bureau. Catfish lunches will be available for purchase for those that get hungry.

The tailgate site is at the Ethel Vance Park located on Highway 24, 1.6 miles west of downtown Liberty. Directions to the site are also shown on the SWMS ARC website. A covered arena is available for setting up to tailgate (bring your own tables and chairs) for $2.00 per vehicle. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is not a hamfest… just a chance to visit and swap while enjoying some good presentations and food to wrap up the summer.

Join us in Southwest Mississippi
Southwest Mississippi Amateur Radio Club
Contact: Homer Richardson
Phone: 601-833-4126
Fax: 601-833-2659

Thank you W5XX for sending this information.



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