A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio ClubSpark May / June 2006



 Bible Verse

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.

When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake; why should God be angry at your voice, and destroy the work of your hands? For when dreams increase, empty words grow many: but do you fear God. (KJV)


Next Business Meeting

The next MARC business meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 1st at the Checker Board Restaurant on South Frontage Road next to the Best Western in Meridian. There is hope that the new location might encourage a larger group to attend. This ONLY applies to the 1st Saturday of the month business meeting. Our normal coffee-drinking get-together will still be held at the Queen City Truck Stop.

CUL & 73! KB5ASR




Field Day 2006 is rapidly approaching. Setup will begin June 24th, Saturday morning around 8 AM, with operations for score starting at 1 PM. Location will be the same as the past four years --- "Coot's Crossing" Pavilion #2 at Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian. Talk-in will be on the W5FQ repeater (146.700). Please see map below.

Debbie (KD5JYJ) is heading up the details on the food. Hamburgers and hot dogs seem to be less work overall, however there has been a few request for BBQ chicken breast, so we will try to accommodate a few of those as well. We will again need a couple of volunteers to help with the cooking. Serving time will be around 5 PM on Saturday evening June 24th. As in years past, many of you have brought along a dessert. This has always worked out well and many of us will appreciate you doing so again this year. Please keep in mind that this only a suggestion and not a requirement.

We hope to see all of the MARC members and encourage you to invite a friend. Non-member hams from the area are always welcome to come operate with us as well. 73, Darrell W5MAV




After a meeting among the Lauderdale EMA Director, ARRL Section Manager, State RACES Officer, and ARRL Lauderdale/Clarke County EC and a review of the ARRL suggested structure for local ARES Units, it is evident that the Lauderdale/Clark ARES Unit needs to be reorganized in order to provide a more effective emergency communications response capability. The first step is to disband the current organizational structure, which includes all local appointments.

After further considerations, Assistant ECs will then be appointed by the ARRL EC for operations, administration, liaison, and logistics following guidelines provided by the ARRL. If you want to be an ARES member, you need to contact me and fill out a new registration.

Donna Harrison, Emergency Coordinator Lauderdale, and Clarke Counties


Amateur Radio Week

Governor Haley Barbour has issued a proclamation designating June 18 through June 25 as Amateur Radio Week in Mississippi (which includes the Field Day Weekend of June 23-25). This proclamation was coordinated through the Governor's Office by SGL AB5WF.

In the event you might need an email copy of the proclamation for PR purposes, please send a request to The proclamation may provide you with a basis for a local newspaper article, information for your club newsletter, or the proclamation could be put on your club website. See you Field Day!

Best 73 de W5XX

Delta Division ARRL News

Joel Harrison, W5ZN, David Sumner, K1ZZ and I sent out e-mail to all ARRL members in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi in regard to asking for all of you to help fight against Broadband over Power Lines (BPL). As you may have heard, the ARRL was successful in obtaining language in a U.S. House of Representatives bill, HR 5252, requiring the FCC to study and report on the interference potential of BPL systems. This bill was adopted by the House of Commerce Committee and will go on the full house floor shortly.

We are making the same approach to the Senate, where similar language is needed. Senators Lott, Pryor, and Vitter are members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which is holding hearings on telecommunications legislation. The Senate bill is marked up in this committee on June 8.

Please all Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi ARRL members write today. A sample letter follows in the electronic mail to all states mention above. It would be best to fax the letters to the numbers listed. Please, don't forget to fax a copy to Eric Heis, KI4NFC at Fax (703) 684-7594. Eric's email address is Tennessee members, you do not have to worry about ARRL members asking about the letter because they did not receive the e-mail. Click Here for sample letter.

I wanted to ensure you have the proper tools and know what is going on.

73, Henry R. Leggette, WD4Q Director, Delta Division
ARRL - The National Association for Amateur Radio


Field Day Suggestions from W5RB

Here are a few things guaranteed to make you welcome at a Field Day site. Do about half of them and you'll have a pretty good time and learn some things .Do most of them and they'll put you on the FD committee for next year.

1) Show up early in time to help with setting up. Help unload equipment. See if the antenna crew needs a hand. Help make some coffee. Hold this rope for a minute. A little effort here will get you off to a good start.

2) Find out if there's a formal schedule for operators, and if so, how to get on it. Most outfits aren't rigidly structured and can get you some operating time. You're working under the Trustee's privileges, so today, everybody's an Extra (or whatever license class their Trustee is). Offer to log for someone. This is a good "warm-up" position, especially for newcomers to HF and contest-type exchanges. You can learn a lot here.

2a) I know it SOUNDS like "San Wokeen Valley " but it's SJV in the log. Really.

3) Bring stuff. Your own folding chair. Find out ahead of time if it's customary to bring a covered dish. Cold drinks are always welcome. Various comfort items. Your own coffee cup, a roll of tissue, insect repellent. Extension cord, coax jumper, a bit of rope? You don't have to load down with stuff, just if you have it, throw it in the trunk and mark it with your full name or call sign. I have one that looks just like that. Really.

4) Talk to people .Ask the usual social questions, plus "What's your favorite part of Field Day?" or "Tell me about your most unusual contact." Don't apologize for your license class. If you're here to have fun, learn, and make friends, I'm glad you're here .Try not to crowd the operating positions when you're just chatting. Even in headphones the noise of idle chatter around a Field Day site can make operating tough.

5) Grab a garbage bag and round up some of the empty cans and plates. Leave that scrap of rope and the roll of duct tape right where it is, I'm about to use that.

6) Have fun. Smile, shake hands, tell stories, take pictures, exchange names, and e-mail info. Be glad to be here and show it.

7) Operate. Presuming you can get some time at the radio, and you almost certainly can, DO spend some time at the mike or the key (or the keyboard).This is an OPERATING event, get over the shyness, listen to the other guy, and then GO for it. Whoever's logging will help you out if you need it.

8) Whether you stay for the duration or a short visit, if you're there Sunday morning for the teardown and pack up, you'll be fondly remembered by the handful of folks who usually remain to close things out. Really.



The following have new vanity call signs: N5JCG is now W5MLO.



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