A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club January 2004


Happy New Year

 Bible Verse

Exodus 24:12-13: And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. (KJV)

Vice President’s Comments

Well another year has come and gone. I hope everyone had a very pleasant holiday season. I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming Jackson Hamfest; Know I am. Please if you can attend we would like to have a good showing from the MARC.

Also we have had a request from the Red Cross to put some communications gear in the Red Cross building. This will help us to further our presence in the community and assist the Red Cross with their mission. The details haven't been totally worked out but plans are under way to achieve this goal.

I would like to thank the MARC for allowing me to serve as your Vice President and hope to help all I can to make our club flourish. Keep up the good work and encourage inactive hams in our area to join us again as we can all benefit from the togetherness.

Michael / N5VWS


Editor's Thoughts

I hope your New Year has started off with plenty of good health and happiness. As with years past, there is always the need to bring up the subject of dues and other expenses. Please take a moment to help financially with the request in the Treasurer's Report as well as the report from w5LRG below.

Due to the lack of incoming information, I am thinking about only publishing The Spark Gap once every two months. Of course if something important comes up, I will be very happy to make exceptions for these items.

Please remember the February business meeting has been changed to January 31st due to the Capital City Hamfest falling on the first Saturday of February.

Best wishes and God bless you. 73, W5MAV


Treasurer Report

Happy New Year! We begin the New Year with several paid members as of January 20, 2004. Please bring your 2004 dues to the Queen City Truck stop on Saturday mornings or mail them to the address below.

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

One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear is: How much are my DUES? Dues are:

  • $23.00 per Year per Member
  • $25.00 per Year for Family
  • $15.00 per year if 65 or older

In addition, the pavilion at Bonita Lakes (Coot's Crossing) has been reserved for Field Day 2004. Thank you for helping us get the New Year off to a good start. Have a great month! 73, KD5JYJ

Lauderdale Repeater Group

146.970 ki5fw/R pl100hz 444.500 w5LRG/R

Hello Everyone: As you may have guessed, it is that time of year again. Insurance for both the w5LRG 444.500/Rptr and the 146.970 ki5fw/Rptr is due. The Lauderdale Repeater Group has split the price of this policy with the Meridian Amateur Radio Club now fer the last three years. This is a liability policy that protects both groups. The premium for the policy is $325.00 per year making each group responsible fer $162.50 to cover the premium. The insurance premium is due the 5th of February and the money needs to be mailed by the 1st of February.

More than $450 has been spent maintaining/repairing repeater equipment this past year. Just recently a new antenna was installed, the controller was repaired and the preamp rebuilt due to a Lightning strike on the 146.970/R. This is sometimes expensive equipment to maintain.

This is a hobby that many enjoy. If you like/enjoy using this equipment, think about helping cover the cost of keeping them on the air. Any donations will greatly be accepted. These repeaters do not go on and remain on the air without cost. This goes also for the MARC 146.700/R.

If you use any of these repeaters on a regular basis you should abide by the gentleman's agreement of most hams and support these repeaters. If you do not wish to be a member of any club or group just send in a donation. Believe me it will be appreciated. Without some help these repeaters may not go back on the air the next time there is a major breakdown or when the next insurance premium comes due. Please mail any contributions to the below address. TNX & 73,

Dennis Carpenter ki5fw
Lauderdale Repeater Group
7760 Vanzyverden Road
Meridian, MS 39305

Upcoming Events

Capital City Hamfest in Jackson, MS. February 6th & 7th Friday the 6th from 5:00PM - 8:00PM, Saturday the 7th from 8:00AM - 4:00PM. For more information visit

Dixie Fest in Memphis, TN February 14th & 15th

Mississippi QSO Party - Feb 28 & Feb 29

The 2004 Mississippi QSO Party is sponsored by the Vicksburg ARC, starts at 1500Z Feb.28 and ends at 0300Z Feb. 29. Suggested frequencies are 3545, 7045, 14045, 21045 and 28045 on CW and 3862, 7238, 14275, 21375, and 28375 KHz on SSB, but no WARC band or VHF & above contacts. For more info contact or visit

San Diego, CA: Challenger Middle School ARC, KI6YG. 1500Z-2400Z Jan 28. 18th Anniversary of the Challenger Disaster. 28.450 21.350 14.250 146.52 FM. QSL. Frank Forrester, KI6YG, Challenger Middle School, 10810 Parkdale Ave, San Diego, CA 92126.

Nacogdoches, TX: Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club, W5NAC. 1300Z-2400Z Feb 1. Shuttle Columbia Recovery Effort. 14.250 14.050 7.250 7.050. QSL. NARC, 167 County Rd 2093, Nacogdoches, TX 75965.

Baton Rouge, LA: USS Kidd ARC/Baton Rouge ARC, W5KID. 1500Z-2300Z Feb 28. 60th anniversary of the launching of USS Kidd, DD-661. General class bands, 14.250-14.320; CW QRP subbands. QSL. W5KID, c/o USS Kidd Museum, 305 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.


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