A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio ClubThe Spark Gap July / August 2007


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 Bible Verse

Ephesians 2:19-22 - Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. NKJV

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Next Business Meeting

The next MARC business meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd, 10 AM at the Checker Board Restaurant on South Frontage Road next to the Best Western in Meridian. The turnout at the new location has been very good. Come join the fun.

CUL & 73! KB5ASR

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NEW Thursday Night Net

WB5GUD has been appointed as the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Newton County. As a result he will be hosting a 2-meter net on the 146.700 repeater beginning at 7 PM every Thursday evening.


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2007 ARRL Day in the Park

The Jackson ARC will host the 2006 ARRL Day in the Park on September 30 at Shiloh Park in Brandon. Festivities will start at 8 AM. Lunch will be available at a nominal cost. Tailgating will be allowed. Talk-In will be on 146.76. Directions to Shiloh Park are available on the web at compliments of KC5LK.

Preliminary plans are in motion to arrange a visit to the new MEMA EOC at Whitfield and the National Weather Service at Thompson Field. More details to follow. The Chairman for the Day in the Park is Ron Brown, AB5WF, at 601-278-5968 or

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Pelahatchie, MS new Repeater Frequency

The Pelahatchie, MS repeater frequency (147.240) has been changed. The new frequency is 145.390 / 144.790 with a 77-hertz tone. Jeff Corkren / W5PPB Raymond, Mississippi 

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Tower is Down @ Old LEMA

The tower is down from the old LEMA building. Thanks to Jim, Doug, Mississippi Power, and some volunteers who did not mind climbing. I don't know who else was there so my apologies if I left out anyone. As soon as we can get the tower base set, we will need to have an antenna raising party. Hopefully we can get antennas up before the next hurricane threatens.

LEMA is looking for more volunteers. If you are interested, please go by and pick up an application. David Sharp is doing a good job of bringing the organization back together into a good working group.

I am working hard on re-organizing the ARES group. If you have not filled out a new application and want to be a part of the ARES operation, please get in touch with me. I will try to bring applications to the MARC meetings. We currently only have seven or eight members in the ARES group.

Newton County has a new ARES group. The Emergency Coordinator is WB5GUD. The Newton County ARES group is currently holding a net on the W5FQ repeater on Thursday evenings at 7p.m.

Donna (kd5gwm)

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Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has built a new State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). MEMA is hosting an Open House at the new SEOC on Thursday, August 31, 2006, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

We will have another chance to tour this facility on September 30 at the ARRL Day in the Park event. For information on this event go to the JARC

Ron Brown AB5WF
601-956-1448 or 601-278-5968 c

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Hello Fellow Hams, Results for the Meridian Amateur Radio Club's 2006 Field Day have been tabulated with the results listed below:

Transmitter Points = 200

















Extra points claimed for:

  • 100% emergency power
  • Set-up in a public place
  • Information Booth
  • W1AW Field Day Message
  • Natural power
  • QSOs completed
  • Submitted using the applet.

548 total points for QSOs including multipliers.
550 total bonus points claimed.

1298 total points for FD 2006.

Jim / W5ED

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A key element of the cooperative relationship between MEMA and ARES/RACES is that local ARES/RACES Units will provide communications between MEMA and county EOCs, if primary communications fail during an emergency or disaster. In order to exercise our capability to do this, ECs (or their designee) in counties with ham stations installed at their EOC are requested to check into the MSPN (3862 KHz starting at 6:15 PM) on the first Thursday Night of each month when your county is called.

This is an excellent opportunity for ARES Members to become familiar with station equipment and to learn net procedures as well as to make sure the station equipment is working properly.

If there are no HF operators at the EOC, Technician Licensees can check in by relay via an HF station with 2M and 75 M capability.

In the event the EOC ham station is not accessible because the MSPN net time is outside of normal business hours and the EOC is locked, check in from a home station using the EOC Station

If you are interested in participating in this exercise, contact your EC and make arrangements to meet at the EOC or designated home station.

Best 73 W5XX SM and AB5WF MS RACES Officer


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Ham Radio Cartoon book

Hi, I am writing to you to tell you about my new Ham Radio Cartoon book that I have just published. It is called "Hi Hi-A Collection Of Ham Radio Cartoons".

The book is ordered from a link right from my Ham Radio Website.

TNX es 73's Dick Sylvan W9CBT


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U.S. Amateur Radio Call Sign
History Restoration Project

Please help me to document our call sign histories by going to the Operation CQ Registration & Edit Form link on the Vanity HQ home page to document your call sign history. The form contains the necessary information and instructions for you to submit your information online, which will then be available online in a searchable database.

The Operation CQ project began in 2000, and is my attempt to expand the capability of online searchable U.S. Amateur Radio call sign databases. I do not profit from this information, nor do I sell it. Your minimal effort to enter your call sign history will benefit our hobby, and those who seek to research their new vanity call sign in years to come.

Thank you! Michael Carroll - N4MC, first licensed in 1976.

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Historic Event

If you’ve not already seen this regarding Samuel Morse’s final transmission, thought you might find it interesting.

This gives the fascinating story of The Farewell to the world and telegraphers around USA and world by Samuel Morse. follow links to interesting history of the bug and most famous straight key. This is the background from which our early radio operators and ham hobby grew. Tom N0SS


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