A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club May 2003


 Bible Verse

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Peter 4:7-8 NIV

Vice President’s Comments

We sure did start May off with a bang. Was so glad that everyone came to the fish fry, all I can say is if you weren't there you missed a great event. Thanks so very much to Mel and Margie for having us. The hospitality was great and the food delicious.

We need to get started on Field Day now so things will be in order and everyone can have a great time making contacts. This will be my first one, so I am very excited to be a part of the festivities. We have a wonderful club and many wonderful friends have been made and I love each of you in my own special way. God bless you all and hope to see you Saturday.

73s Joyce



MARC is sponsoring a VE test session on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 1800 CDT (6 PM). Test will be held at LEMA EOC located on the corner of 14th Street and 23rd Avenue. Talk-in will be on the 146.700 repeater. Hope you can be there.

The follow articles have important information about the upcoming hurricane season. I think the next few weeks would be an excellent opportunity in making sure that your equipment and operating skills are prepared for any emergency that may arrive in your area. Have a safe month. 73, W5MAV


This month's favorite web site

Can your joints predict the weather? Compare how you're feeling with our Aches and Pains map. Looking at this map and comparing it to the way I have felt these last few days, I am almost ready to believe in this stuff?

United States and Aches and Pains: By Intellicast



Started in 1999, The Emergency Email & Wireless Network is the country's largest public notification network.

1. Refer Family and friends to sign up for notices at

2. Contact your local public officials to make then aware that they can use the Emergency Email & Wireless Network services to communicate WITH YOU! Many are still not aware of our services and are not using them. We reply on citizens like yourself to assist us in making them aware. This kind of outreach is what makes our service possible to you. The link to refer them to is

3. Hurricane Week info is available at Please share this link as well.

Hurricanes have been some or the deadliest and most costly natural disasters in U.S. history. With hurricane season approaching on June 1, National Hurricane Awareness Week provides an opportunity to reflect on the impact these storms can cause and the potential we have to minimize that impact. Info at


 Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted


MIAMI (AP) - Government forecasters predicted a busier-than-normal Atlantic hurricane season Monday: Six to nine hurricanes overall, including two to four major storms packing winds of at least 111 mph.

Higher-than-normal ocean temperatures and other factors should make conditions ripe for hurricanes this year, said James Mahoney, deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Forecasters also said there is a 70 percent chance that La Nina will develop this summer. The weather phenomenon of lower-than-normal Pacific Ocean temperatures near the equator typically leads to more hurricane activity.

Overall, 11 to 15 tropical storms are expected to develop during the season that runs from June 1 to Nov. 30; the historical average is 10 tropical storms and six hurricanes.

Last year, there were 12 tropical storms and four hurricanes, two of them major - a milder season than the National Hurricane Center had predicted (13 tropical storms and six to eight hurricanes, two to three of them major).

Since 1995, forecasters have noted an increase in overall tropical storm and hurricane activity. Officials are warning residents to be prepared.

"We may have gotten lazy and lackadaisical in our preparedness for hurricanes - get over it," said Mike Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The government will issue five-day hurricane forecasts this season, replacing the three-day advisories used since 1964. Forecasters say that will allow accurate, longer-range outlooks for increasingly populated coastal areas. It will also be helpful for those who need more than three days to move themselves and their property, such as the Navy.

Hurricane forecaster William Gray updated his 2003 prediction last month to say there would be eight hurricanes, three of them severe. The Weather Research Center predicts six hurricanes this year.

The storm names for the year are Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fabian, Grace, Henri, Isabel, Juan, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and Wanda.


National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC announces 2003 on-the-air test

Special Bulletin
From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT
May 14, 2003

To all radio amateurs

National Hurricane Center's Amateur Radio station WX4NHC (formerly W4EHW) will conduct its 2003 hurricane season on-the-air station test Sunday, June 1, 1300-2200 UTC. The event will mark the first time the NHC uses its new WX4NHC call sign.

Amateur Radio Coordinator John McHugh, KU4GY, says the purpose of the annual station test is to check out all of the WX4NHC radio, computer and antenna equipment using as many modes and frequencies as possible. Some RFI monitoring also will be done. Several new operators will also receive hands-on training.

WX4NHC will operate on HF, VHF and UHF. Operation will follow this schedule: 1300 UTC--3.911 and 7.268 SSB and VHF/UHF FM; 1400 UTC--14.325 MHz SSB, VHF 147.000 repeater/UHF 442.350 repeater; 1500 UTC--144.200 MHz SSB, 14.070 MHz PSK31; 1700 UTC--14.325 and 21.325 MHz SSB, VHF/UHF IRLP Node 9210; 1800 UTC--21.325 and 28.525 MHz SSB; 2000 UTC--14.325 and 144.200 MHz SSB. CW operation will be on 14.035, 21.035 and 28.035 MHz (times will vary).

Stations working WX4NHC are asked to provide a signal report, location and brief weather report. QSL cards are available via W4VBQ. Include an SASE with QSL requests.


The LSU Balloon Project

The LSU Balloon Project has been postponed a day to Wednesday May 21 at 6:00 am, due to weather conditions.

Any updates will be posted on the website.

You can track the balloons on the links below.

This link will show a position of the balloon according to the 144.340 MHz beacon

This one will show a position according to the 445.975 MHz beacon

the two positions should normally coincide within a few tens of meters

These will show the respective positions with a "breadcrumb trail" track

Andre' AD5FK


Have You Tasted?

At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year they have what is called "Baptist Day." It is a day when all the Baptists in the area are invited to the school because they want the Baptist dollars to keep coming in. On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every "Baptist Day" the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center.

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr. Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo -- because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch, pulled out an apple, and began eating it. "Docta Tillich ... CRUNCH, question is a simple question...CRUNCH, CRUNCH...Now, I ain't never read them books you read... CRUNCH, MUNCH...and I can't recite the scriptures in the original Greek...CRUNCH, MUNCH... I don't know nothin' about Niebuhr and Heidegger." ...CRUNCH, MUNCH. He finished the apple.

"All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate -- was it bitter or sweet?"

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple."

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus."

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.

Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform. Have you tasted Jesus? He has risen...and He's coming back one day!

"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." (Psalm 34:8)


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