A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club June 2003


 Bible Verse

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

Vice President’s Comments

Not much news to report except for Field Day. I really hope that everyone that belongs to the club will take part and enjoy the fun and fellowship. It takes all members to be involved to make things happen. Please do your part. 73s Joyce, KD5TOI



This month is traditionally a busy month in the world of amateur radio. What is all this hype about Field Day? For me it is a time for fellowship with other club members. It is an opportunity to invite others out to demonstrate the benefits of becoming an amateur radio operator. This weekend gives us an opportunity to test our skills and see how prepared we are in the event of an emergency.

Meridian Amateur Radio Club's Field Day event will be held at Bonita Lake's Pavilion # 2. We will be operating from 1 PM on Saturday, June 28 to 1 PM on Sunday, June 29. If you do not know where this is located, please see the attached map. At the current time, we are short of operators. Please come out and volunteer your time.

Last year we were treated by N5JCG and N5VCJ to B-B-Q ribs and chicken. Due to Mel spending most of his day Saturday over a hot grill, he did not get very much time on the air.

This year the food committee has decided to simply do hamburgers and hot dogs. As in years past, we will serve dinner about 5 PM on Saturday evening, June 28.

We hope YOU will join us. You are encouraged to bring a dessert or you favorite dish (if you want to; it is not a requirement). If you want a suggestion of what to bring please call Debbie at 626-0053.

I also came across a web page that had some interesting information on the history of Field Day. Steeped in tradition and mystery, today's Field Day evolved from humble beginnings in the Golden Age of Radio. Anything but stable, Field Day rules and practices have changed radically since the 1930s. Please visit the link below.

Come on out to Bonita Lakes and enjoy the FUN, Fellowship, and Feast. Please invite or bring a friend. We want to give them an opportunity to get on the air (GOTA).

73, W5MAV, Darrell


 Below is a copy of the article I sent to The Meridian Star for publication.


Meridian, MS, 2003/06/28-29 -- Members of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club (MARC) will put their emergency communication skills to the test when they participate in "Field Day" June 28 and 29. The annual preparedness exercise brings together Amateur Radio operators from throughout North and South America who are committed to assisting their communities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The first Field Day was held in 1933 and is now sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio.

Amateur Radio is a lot of fun, but the serious side can't be stressed enough. We can be a vital communications role during emergencies, and events such as Field Day ensure that we're ready to handle any type of disaster. Field Day is designed to test operators' abilities to set up and operate stations in the field under emergency conditions, such as the loss of commercial electricity.

During the weekend, radio operators try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible, simulating the fast on-air skills needed to assist town officials and served agencies during an emergency. Approximately 35,000 Amateur Radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

Ham radio operators typically help with communication during weather-related emergencies such as the devastating tornadoes in the Midwest earlier this spring. But, the need for their services doesn't stop there. A federal grant awarded for emergency communications training in 2002 emphasizes support for ham radio's role in homeland defense.

MARC will set up its Field Day station at Bonita Lakes Pavilion 2 and will be operating from 1 PM on June 28 to 1 PM on June 29. We hope that the public will come out and see firsthand what this event--and Amateur Radio--is all about.

Today there are nearly 700,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Information on how to become involved in Amateur Radio is available from ARRL -- the national association for Amateur Radio, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 or by calling 1-800-32-NEW HAM. Visit ARRL on the Web at

For More Information:

Russell Brown, W5RB


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MARC Field Day 2003

Bonita Lake's Pavilion # 2

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