A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club April 2008


 Bible Verse

Mark 11:25 New International Version And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.



Next business meeting

Next business meeting will be held on Saturday morning (10 AM) April 5th, 2008. at the Checker Board Restaurant located on South Frontage Road next to the Best Western.


Proposed Tech class

Attention all Ham's in the Meridian Amateur Radio Club Area! We need you help in getting out the word for a proposed Tech class. Please pass to anyone that you feel may be interested in getting their "ticket" 73, Rick, AE5FE The Meridian Amateur Radio Club

Amateur Radio Technician Class license Training The FCC has to dropped the Morse code requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes effective 02/24/2007 and the Meridian Amateur Radio Club wants to help you become an Amateur Radio operator.Now you can sign up for a Technician License class and join the ranks of America's amateur radio operators. If you have always wanted to become an amateur (ham) radio operator, or know someone that may be interested, but learning "the code" held you back, now is the time to consider registering for the Technician License Class.

Get your name on the list for the next class NOW by sending an email to Rick Morefield, AE5FE at include your name, phone number, e-mail address, or any point of contact information we may need to let you know when the class will be starting and the schedule.

To prepare for the Technician License classes, you will need the latest copy of "The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual".  You can obtain the manual directly from the ARRL (item #9639/ISBN 0-87259-963-9) at  The manual is a good reference guide for future use.  The normal price for the book is $24.95 plus shipping and handling. The Meridian Amateur Radio Club does not charge any fee for the class but we highly recommend that you purchase the manual. There will be a fee of $14 for the ARRL-VE FCC examination at the end of the class. A local Bookstore may be able to order the manual for you if they are not in stock.

ARRL, the American Radio Relay League, is the national Amateur Radio organization, headquartered in Newington, CT.  For more information about Amateur Radio visit The ARRL web site at




There will be a storm spotter class on 28 & 29 April. The 28th is the nite of our regular monthly meeting and the Basic Class will be held that nite. The Advanced Class will be taught on Tuesday the 29th and will include the use of GR2 software. This class is for firemen, police, sherrifs, or any other individual that would most likely be called or on duty during a storm.

Please pass the word we would like a good turn out for this class.A class in map reading and search training will be held on the 3rd and 10th of May at LEMA. This will be great training for those who are new to S&R and would be a good refresher for those who have been through a course.

The local Amateur (HAM) Radio Community is putting together a class that will prepare one for the Technician Class FCC Exam. The date of the class is not yet firm. A HAM license is encouraged for all members of the emergency response community. HAMs can communicate when most other communication facilities are out of order.

LEMA is now selling the FM ALERT RECEIVERS that can be set to receive county WX warnings and other LEMA alerts. Please pass the word about them to everyone you know. They can save lives. The S&R organization will get five dollars off the sale of each RX. Cost of the RX is $50 + tax.




Scott County Safety EXPO

The Scott County Emergency Management Agency is sponsoring the Scott County Safety EXPO on Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The public is invited. There will be lots of Safety related booths and fun for the whole family. Some of the organizations in attendance will be various Fire Departments, Fish and Wildlife, MDOT, Drug Dogs, National Weather Service, DUI Simulator, Boating Safety, Fire Dept Demo, Smoke House, Car Entrapment/Rescue, Skywarn members/Ham Radio Information, and many others.

Location--- Take I-20 to Forest MS, take Hwy 35 North to Hwy 80, turn right at the 80&35 intersection, then 100 yards on Hwy 80 on right. Look for Fire Trucks and the EXPO. Lee and Dwayne will be operating the Ham Radio Information Table.


Thanks, Again

Lee Phillips (N5QBJ) Dwayne Phillips (KE5IZV)



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