A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club December 2008


 Bible Verse

Matthew 5:16 New International Version - Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.



Annual Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 6th, beginning at 6 PM at the home of Darrell and Debbie Hover (W5MAV and KD5JYJ). Our address is 11785 Nancy Drive in Collinsville. Please call (601) 626-0053 if you need directions or have any questions.

You are asked to bring a potluck dish however this is not a requirement. Please call Debbie and advise her of what you will be bringing. At the special meeting on November 15th, the club voted to spend $75 for any additional needs. If you wish to participate in gift exchange, please bring a gift and limit the cost to $5. Have a good month! Debbie and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Christmas party. God Bless you!

Darrell & Debbie




Next business meeting will be held immediately following the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 6th. Election of MARC officers for calendar year 2009 will take place at this meeting.

Nominated so far:

President: Charlie (KB5SZJ and Darrell (W5MAV)

Vice President: Jim Stevenson (W5ED) and Darrell (W5MAV)

Secretary: Bill Robinson (KB5ASR)

Treasurer: Debbie (KD5JYJ)

Please remember, nominations are open until the meeting on December 6th.



Treasurer Report

Please remember that dues for calendar year 2009 are due in January. One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear is how much are my DUES? Dues are:

  • $23.00 per Year per Member
  • $25.00 per Year for Family
  • $15.00 per year if 65 or older

    c/o Debbie Hover
    11785 Nancy Drive
    Collinsville, MS 39325
Merry Christmas! 73, KD5JYJ



Technician Class License Training

The Meridian Amateur Radio Club in conjunction with Rush Medical Group and Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency will be sponsoring an Amateur Radio Technician Class License Training Session.

The FCC has dropped the Morse code requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes effective 02/24/2007. The Meridian Amateur Radio Club, Rush Medical Group, and Lauderdale Emergency Management 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

Please include your name, phone number, e-mail address, or any point of contact information we will 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 web site (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

73, Rick, AE5FE



PRCARC Hamfest

Please pass on the attached information regarding the upcoming Pearl River County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, set for Saturday, December 13 at Poplarville, Ms. to your membership and area hams who might be interested. We would love to see you all there. Poplarville is located in northern Pearl River County, Ms. - about 40 miles north of Slidell, La. - and just off I-59.

Larry Wagoner - N5WLW

Saturday, December 13
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pearl River County Fairgrounds
Highway 26, Poplarville
Admission - $5 - includes one raffle ticket
Talk-In 145.210 (-) 136.5
Vendors: VIS Amateur Radio Supply * Cedar City Sales
The Sign Man * Satellite Sam Adams
Several Private Sellers - and - an ARRL Card Checker will be on-hand
VE Testing At 1 p.m.
Prizes: Hammarlund HQ 110A Receiver
Yaesu FT 2800 2-meter transceiver
Other items
PLUS - Drawing for Deep Sea Fishing Trip
On Charter Vessel Impulsive with Captain Scott Simpson
From Port of Long Beach, Mississippi. 1-4 People
Tables - $10 (does not include admission)
For more information: (601) 590-0553 Or



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