A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club December 2009

Merry Christmas

 Bible Verse

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-12.  (NKJV)



WD5HLD Donald Thomas SK

Regret to report a long time friend to members of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club, WD5HLD has become a SK. According to The Meridian Star, memorial services for Donald Thomas will be held at a later date with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Thomas, 60, of Meridian passed away peacefully, Saturday, December 19, 2009 at his residence. Please keep the family in your prayers.



2010 Officers Elected

President: Doug Stevenson (KD5GBQ)
Vice President: Charles Grisham (KB5SZJ)
Secretary: Bill Robinson KB5ASR
Treasurer: Debbie Hover KD5JYJ

Next business meeting will be held on Saturday, January 2nd a t the Check Board Restaurant beginning at 10 A.M. Hope to see you there.



Treasurer Report

Membership dues have already starting flowing in for the New Year. Thank you for your support. Please bring your 2010 dues to the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday mornings or mail them to the address below. 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

73, KD5JYJ



Meridian's 150th Anniversary

It's come to my attention that Meridian's 150th anniversary as an incorporated city is February 10th. I'm in the process of trying to find out what plans the city has to mark the occasion. I'd like to hear from members who may be interested in organizing a special event station to operate around that time. Operations could be from a public location, as was done for Jimmie Rodgers week in the past, or from members' homes, or a mix of the two. I’ll try to learn more before the January meeting. Meanwhile, if you're interested, drop a note to or call Russ at 917*9612.

Russ, W5RB



The ARRL Volunteer Examiner team from Meridian ARC has been scheduled

Examination dates as follows for 2010

  • January 28, 2010
  • March 25, 2010
  • May 27, 2010
  • July 22, 2010
  • September 23, 2010
  • November 18, 2010
All exams will be held at 6 PM at the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) office, 2525 14th Street, Meridian, MS 39301.

Interested parties should contact Russell Brown, W5RB at 601*917*9612 or email

Walk-ins are accepted. Reservations are preferred. Session fee is $15.00, check or money order preferred. Other dates and times may be arranged if needed.

These dates are set for Thursday evenings. As noted above, we can set up other dates and times if you have a need. It's a good idea to register via e-mail or to call and confirm a session a week or so ahead of time in case changes are necessary. We can always use more volunteers, so if you're interested, use the link below to find out how to get accredited by ARRL and contact Russ by phone or e-mail .



2010 Capital City Hamfest
January 29 & 30, 2010

Mississippi Trade Mart Jackson, Mississippi
$6 Admission valid both days
Dealer tables $25
Swap tables $15
Door Prizes
VE Testing
Forums and Much More!

For more details see our web site Have questions? Please contact us at



Training for ARES Operators

It is our hope that all ARES operators are trained to not only handle ARES duties, but also to step in when adjoining counties, or during a declaration of emergency, the government calls for the Amateur Radio Community to handle the communications.

In order to do so, there is training available from FEMA, which you should have to be utilized effectively. The training is a free online, self-study course offered at the following links. As you complete these courses, please forward to me a copy that I can keep on file to document your training. Please keep this e-mail as a reference or bookmark the links below.

(Presented in the recommended order of completion.)

IS 700
IS 100
IS 200
IS 800

NIMS (National Incident Management System) is applicable to State, tribal and local governments, private sector organizations, critical infrastructure owners and operators, nongovernmental organizations and other organizations with an active role in emergency management and incident response. Elected and appointed officials, who are responsible for jurisdictional policy decisions, must also have a clear understanding of their emergency management roles and responsibilities to better serve their constituency.

Basically if you want to be involved in an incident, you are required to have this training. If you do not have it, you may very likely be turned away. The police have generally had their fill of "groupies" or "hangers on." They can ill afford to tolerate frustrated individuals who have always wanted to be police officers or firefighters, but for one reason or another have never reached that objective. There seems to be an abundance of people, especially during a crisis, who will quickly overstep the limits of their authority and responsibility if they are given any opportunity to assist in an official capacity. In their zeal, such persons often inhibit the actions of trained personnel. Worse yet, they can make an already dangerous situation even more so by their reckless abandon. With rare exception, Amateur Radio operators do not fall into this category. The problem is, however, that police officers in the midst of stressful operations may have extreme difficulty in distinguishing between those volunteers who are problem solvers and those who are problem makers.

If you are not Basic 1st Aid and CPR qualified please try to do so. We are in the process of setting up classes for both. When dates have been finalized or options are available I will send out more info on the CPR and 1st Aid classes. My thanks to all of you for you support and efforts. Keep up the good work, and keep making those suggestions and recommendations to me. ARES Field Resources Manuals are nearing completion for distribution.


Richard E Morefield, AE5FE
ARES EC Lauderdale-Clarke Counties
9494 Raymond Cobb Rd
Lauderdale, MS 39335-9481

Home: (601) 632-4104
Cell: (601) 917-4101



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