A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club April 2004


 Bible Verse

1 Corinthians 13

(1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, (10) but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. (11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. (12) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Vice President’s Comments

We drafted an agreement with the Red Cross about the loaning of equipment for their mission. We also appropriated $300.00 (not to exceed) from club funds towards repeater repair, it has some problems. Also passed the hat and acquired $150.00 towards the repeater project. We also appropriated $100.00 (Not to exceed) from club funds for food for Field day.


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

Ham radios, new Internet access don't mix

From the LSDXA reflector 73-DaveW5ATV

Weather forecasters, radio operators say using power lines for broadband interferes with signals


Monday, April 5, 2004

The National Weather Service calls ham radio operators its eyes and ears -- volunteers with federally licensed radio transmitters in their vehicles who provide "ground truth" about severe weather that the forecasters can see only on their radar and computer screens.

So weather service meteorologists -- particularly those at the Austin and San Antonio forecast center in New Braunfels, who regularly deal with severe storms, floods and tornadoes -- worry about a new threat to ham radio operators.

"They tell us whether warnings need to be extended or allowed to expire," weather service meteorologist Larry Eblen said. "It'd be like losing an arm."

The threat is an experimental technology called broadband over power line, which would use electric power lines to transmit digital data. It would give electricity customers high-speed Internet access comparable with that offered by cable television and phone companies. But power line access would offer the additional convenience of being available at any wall plug.

But 'hams,' a word amateur radio operators call themselves, say that data-transmitting power lines, which are being tested in upstate New York and a few other places across the country, emit high-frequency radio waves that interfere with other signals.

"It's really an issue in the high-frequency bands," said John Suchyta, president of the Austin Amateur Radio Club. "It's not likely to interfere with local police or fire communications. But long-distance (radio) is high frequency, and the interference that broadband over power line will cause is more prevalent on high-frequency bands."

So far, there are no known plans in Central Texas or elsewhere in the state to introduce the experimental technology, although officials of city-owned Austin Energy say they have received verbal inquiries from some companies that are interested in pursuing it.

"We have yet to evolve a policy on this," said Austin Energy Vice President Bob Kahn, who handles the electric utility's legal services. "The regulatory environment is unclear, and there are a lot of issues we'd be concerned about. There are others looking at it. We're just kind of watching."

Ham operators nationally are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission against the technology, and officers of the Texas chapter of the Amateur Radio Relay League have lobbied the staff of the state Public Utilities Commission, according to their newsletter.

The hams argue that power lines essentially are unshielded antennae, and any radio frequency signal on one would be radiated in all directions, interfering with many nearby radio receivers.

"There is a good bit of information, including a telling audio of the interference it causes to mobile high-frequency radios, on the Web site," Austin shortwave operator Stuart Rohre said.

Eblen would like to see the whole subject go away. "We not only hold most of the nation's rainfall records," he said, "but we have more frequent flash floods than any other part of the country. I can't see how we could operate, especially in flood events, without the hams' mobile and reliable operation."


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