A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club February 2005

 Bible Verse

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces
a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (NIV)

Hebrews 12:11



President's Report

Wow, what a great turn out from the Meridian area that drove to Jackson for the Capital City Hamfest. Everyone I talked to had a wonderful time. I visited with several friends, some of which I had not seen since last year and others that I have not seen for nearly 3 years. Club members that bought a table report selling nearly everything they took to sale. CONGRATULATIONS to the Jackson Amateur Radio Club on a job well done!

In the January issue of The Spark Gap, I asked a couple of questions regarding upcoming events. In reply to those questions, I only received one via email. Thank you for taking the time to write your suggestions down.
During the February Business meeting MARC voted on the items in question.

Effective starting in March, MARC voted to try a Thursday night meeting for a 3 month TRIAL period. The next Meridian Amateur Radio Club (MARC) business meeting will be held Thursday evening March 3rd 7 PM, at the Western Sizzlin on North Frontage Road.

There is a smaller room behind the cash registers that has been reserved and should hold about 20 people. If we fill this room up, next month I will reserve the larger room. Please remember, this will not change our Saturday morning coffee and breakfast at Queen City Truck Stop.

Next was the issue of the phone patch. To my surprise, it was overwhelming approved to have the line dropped. Our treasurer called the phone company at the end of the billing cycle and had the line disconnected. I personally thought the phone patch offered a good service but realistically the cost each month was putting a real strain on our financial resources.

With the office of Vice President now vacant, the club opened nominations for this position. Nominated was KD5GWM, Donna. Nominations will remain open until the election is held on March 3rd.

Following up on Field Day preparations, I asked Charlie (KB5SZJ) and Jim (W5ED) to head a committee to organize this year's field day event. I hope by doing this some of the confusion and hard work that we had last year can be eliminated. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Charlie or Jim.

I am happy to report that our friend C.P. (W5OQY) is now back at home and also back on the air. He is also planning to attend the next business meeting!

Have a great month. 73, Darrell W5MAV

PS: Be sure to register for the door prize to be given away Thursday evening at the business meeting.

Upcoming Events

DIXIEFEST 2005 March 5th & 6th

Hello Meridian ARC,

I would like to pass along some information on our local hamfest here in the Mid-South area, coming up on March 5-6, 2005. Please pass this information along to your members and if you can spread the word on any local nets, it would be greatly appreciated. Flyers will be mailed next week but due to increased mailing and postage costs, it's possible that the mailing may not extend to your area. I'm including a web version of our flyer for your use. Please feel free to copy and distribute if you will.

DixieFest 2005 is in its 6th year and has moved to a new home on a new date. Since 2000, we were located at the Fairgrounds in Memphis, TN on the second weekend of February. We have moved to a larger facility just South of Memphis in Southaven, MS. It is known as the Southaven Expo and is actually started life as one of the original Wal-Mart stores.

It's easily located just two blocks East of I-55 at Exit 291, immediately South of the TN/MS state line.

More information on the hamfest can be found on our website - You can reserve flea tables or dealer booths online as well as get information on forums, VE Testing, Prizes, etc. There is a campground right across the street for those that want to camp or if you are completely self contained, you may camp in the parking lot on the West side of the building.

There are numerous hotels, motels and restaurants in the area. Some are even within walking distance of the hamfest. At least one hotel has offered a special discount to DixieFest patrons and more information on that will be placed on the Hotels page of the site once it's finalized.

Thanks very much for your time and assistance and I hope we will see you at DixieFest 2005


Tommy Thompson, KD4TJO
DixieFest Webmaster

Lauderdale Repeater Group
146.970 - ki5fw/R (pl 100hz)
444.500 + w5LRG/R

GE to all:

As some of you already know that it is the time of year for both the Lauderdale Repeater Group and Meridian Amateur Radio Club to jointly pay for Liability Insurance to cover both groups and repeater sites. This year's premium remains the same price or $325.00 for a one year policy. Both groups will pay half of the premium ($162.50 each). I urge everyone to help pay for this expense. If you use any one of / or both repeaters just remember these things do not stay on the air all by themselves.

The LRG has just purchased a new controller and remote base radio to make the UHF 444.500/R have frequency agile linking capabilities as the VHF 146.970/R has. This equipment totaled nearly $600.00. I urge everyone to invest in a UHF / 440mhz radio in the future. Take advantage of the 440 Repeaters. There are advantages to having a UHF repeater available in an emergency situation.

We are still hoping to have another site available to separate the 146.970/R and the 444.500/R. Both of these repeaters with remote bases capable of linking to other repeaters in our area will be a great plus.

All donations will greatly be appreciated.

--... ...--,

Dennis ki5fw

Contributions can be mailed to:

Lauderdale Repeater Group w5LRG
c/o: Dennis Carpenter
7760 Vanzyverden Road
Meridian, MS 39305


Have a great month


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