A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club October/November 2003


 Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. (2) People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, (3) without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, (4) treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- (5) having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (NIV)

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President's Report

Hats off to all the MARC membership for stepping up and doing the plethora of chores it took to make ARRL Day in the Park a resounding success. 102 people signed the guest book, and by afternoon, all of those appeared to have been well-fed and having a good time. I won't attempt to name all the folks who volunteered their time and effort here. I'll just say that Michael, N5VWS did a fine job as Event Chairman and that the entire membership really did themselves credit with this event. Our treasury even got a little boost thanks to a generous split in the proceeds of the raffle of a 2-meter rig donated by KI5FW, Dennis.

It's been (usually) a pleasure and (often) an adventure serving as MARC's President over the last year. Thanks to all of you for your support on the various projects we've supported. MARC is a busy club for its size and lends support to LEMA, Red Cross, and National Weather Service, besides maintaining the 146.700 repeater for the Meridian area. We support VE testing for new hams and those who are moving up in class as they improve their radio skills and knowledge. I'd love to see all these missions continue and see some more emphasis on the fun side of radio too.

With that in mind, remember elections will be held at the December meeting. Nominations opened at the November meeting and will remain open until just a few minutes before votes are cast in December. There's still time to nominate a friend, or yourself for the office of your choice.

Annual dues are due in January, but I'm sure Debbie would accept your check for next year early, if you want to get that chore out of the way before Christmas shopping cleans out your bank accounts. I'll hope to see you all on the 6th of December.

73, Russ, W5RB

Vice President’s Comments

What a wonderful time we all had at day in the park. I would like to thank Michael for all the hard work he did. Bill thank you for getting the tables and chairs and Mel for doing such a fine job giving away the door prizes. Thank you Tom and Wayne for cooking the delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. All the food that was brought was delicious. I was so glad to see so many people there and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. May God bless you all. 73s Joyce KD5TOI


Secretary Report

Minutes of November business meeting.

1. Meeting called to order at 9:45 am. 13 members present. Secretary and Treasurer's reports were given.

2. 102 attendees were present at ARRL Day in the Park. Volunteers were thanked for their assistance.

3. Nomination of officers for 2004 was opened, and candidates are as follows:

President - Russell Brown W5RB
Vice President - Michael Harbour N5VWS
Secretary - Bill Robinson KB5ASR
Treasurer - Deb Hover KD5JYJ

Nominations are open until the December meeting.

4. Program was presented by Ron Brown AB5WF. The program was about RACES and about area hams becoming members. RACES members would be activated by the President or Governor to provide communications in the event of a national or state emergency.

5. Red Cross office wishes to have an amateur station set up at their facility on 23rd Avenue.

6. Tax exempt status will be moved on. That status has been pending for some time.

7. Christmas party details have been scheduled for December meeting.

This month's favorite web site

eQSL I was surprised this week to learn of a service known as eQSL. I had seven QSL cards sitting there waiting on a confirmation. As soon as you register, you can display and print your eQSLs waiting for you there. Check to see if any surprises are waiting on you. 73, W5MAV


By Michael Harbour / N5VWS

On Saturday October 11th, the Meridian Amateur Radio Club hosted the ARRL DAY IN THE PARK. This Annual Event was held this year at the Bonita Lakes Water Park in Meridian. This event started several months ago when Malcolm Keown - W5XX the ARRL MS SECTION MANAGER approached MARC in regards to hosting the event this year. As a first time venture for MARC the event was a resounding success. We had 102 registered Hams and visitors from all over the State of Mississippi, Alabama, and some from a few other States. We had the Mayor of Meridian, John Robert Smith, proclaim Oct. 11th as ARRL DAY IN THE PARK. We had lots of food and good fellowship and a great time was had by all. We had several sponsors namely: MFJ, ICOM, FORCE12, Cable Experts, State of MS, Lauderdale County Board of Tourism, Meridian Keep America Beautiful Foundation, Ralph Donnersbach & Ted Burton with The Queen City Truck Stop/Magnolia Restaurant.

The door Prizes were great - Malcolm (W5XX) brought some donated by the ARRL and some donated by his Mother which was greatly appreciated, Mel (N5JCG) built a very unique item, a metal Tin Man, which was great! Denise Thompson (KD5QDX) created and embroidered a T-shirt especially for this event which was very cool! Dennis (KI5FW) raffled off a Yaesu 261 two Meter Mobile which was a good crowd pleaser. The tail gating was light but some made some good purchases and others just wished. This overall will be a very memorable day for MARC. With that said I would like to thank all the Members who participated in the event for all their hard work.

Bill Robinson (KB5ASR)
Joyce Thompson (KD5TOI)
Wayne Thompson (KD5TOJ)
Tom Ford (KC5NMB)
Trisha Harbour (N5ZSK)
Mel Oubre (N5JCG)
Margie Oubre (N5VCJ)
Russell Brown (W5RB)
Dennis Carpenter (KI5FW)
Steve Blackwell (K5DAD)

We look forward to next year at some other location and show them the same support they showed us here in Meridian. 73, N5VWS


If you are a LEMA member and have been inactive for more than ninety days the LEMA Director would like you to turn in your LEMA pager so that they can be reissued to people that need the pagers. W5ED


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