THE SPARK GAP
A monthly publication of the Meridian
Amateur Radio Club September 2009
Matthew 6:5-15 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. NKJV
Next Business Meeting
Next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship. Field Day results posted below.
2009 ARRL Day in the Park
Clear you calendar for the 2009 ARRL Day in the Park, which will be held on Saturday, September 26 at Camp Shelby. The event will start at 0800 and end around 1600. The Hattiesburg ARC, the Magnolia DX Association, and the Lamar County ARC will be sponsoring the event.
Besides the world class Military Museum, there will be a number of EMCOMM vehicles on display including MEMA MOBOPS, K5XXG, K5GVR, Salvation Army, and the Mississippi National Guard. In addition there will be displays of the latest Military communications equipment, as well as some of the latest Ham digital modes (MT63, Olivia, PSK 125, and HF Email via WinLink Airmail).
Entry to the Post is only thru the South Gate on US 49 South of Hattiesburg. You must have your driver's license and proof of insurance to get your vehicle on base. It would also be helpful to have the pink slip for your vehicle that you received when you purchased your license plate sticker for your vehicle (some counties give you the yellow slip instead). If you don't have a driver's license and proof of insurance you can park your car outside the gate and you will then be ferried to the Day in the Park area. If you don't have your pink registration slip, this will result in a delay at the Gate, but you can get in.
Once on base there will be signs directing you to the Museum and Picnic Area. Food and drink will be available. Don't forget to bring your QSL card as some of the prizes will be drawn from those cards.
Additional information is available from Day in the Park Chairman KA5DON at email@example.com.
Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS)
I realize that this may be short notice, but we have an opportunity to gain some valuable information about an asset that could possibly prove to be very valuable in the Emergency Communications Area, especially to ARES, EMA's, Hospitals, and Relief Organizations.
David Freese, Jr, W1HKJ, of Toney, AL will be coming to Meridian, MS on the 3rd of October to do a presentation on NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System). David is the software developer of this program. It is open source and free. This system was featured in the August issue of QST on page 73 in an article by by Dave Kleber, and Harry Bloomberg. Dave is the O’Hara Twp, PA Emergency Management Agency, and Harry is the Assistant SEC, Western Pennsylvania. This program is widely in use by Pennsylvania, Virginia, and most recently Massachusetts. Several other States are also looking at its use and the practicality and ease of use.
David’s presentation will begin about 11:30am and is expected to run 2 ½ to 3 hours. More information about the System can be found at http://www.w1hkj.com/. The presentation will be conducted at the Checkerboard Restaurant, located at 2223 South Frontage Rd, Meridian, MS. To get to the Checkerboard on Interstate 20-59 take the 22nd Ave Exit and head south. Turn Right on to South Frontage Rd. On the west side of the Best Western is the Checkerboard. The conference room is at the back of the resteraunt on the west side of the building.
Lunch is available either by buffet style or menu. The food there is outstanding and affordable.
All ARES persons are encouraged to attend. Emergency Management Agency’s, Hospitals, and Relief Organizations are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP so that we can get an idea as to how many are expected. RSVP to Richard Morefield, ARES EC Lauderdale-Clark couties, AE5FE@arrl.net .
Richard E Morefield
ARES EC Lauderdale-Clarke Counties, MS
Have a great month