A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club March 2010


 Bible Verse

1 John 5:3-4 / For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (KJV)



Next Business Meeting

Next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, March 6th, 2010. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.



Lauderdale Repeater Group w5LRG
146.970 - ki5fw/R (pl 100hz)
444.500 + w5LRG/R

GE to all: As some of you already know that it is the time of year for both the Lauderdale Repeater Group and Meridian Amateur Radio Club to jointly pay for Liability Insurance to cover both groups and repeater sites. This year’s premium remains the same price or $325.00 for a one-year policy. Both groups will pay half of the premium ($162.50 each).

I urge everyone to help pay for this expense. If you use any one of / or both repeaters just remember these things do not stay on the air all by themselves. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

--... ...--, Dennis ki5fw

Contributions can be mailed to:

Lauderdale Repeater Group w5LRG
c/o: Dennis Carpenter
7760 Vanzyverden Road
Meridian, MS 39305




25 March 2010. This message is intended for all stations who have at one point checked into the MS DIG. TFC net and for those who may wish to.

Many who have kept the National Traffic System CW nets going in the past are growing old or have passed away. Morse Code is no longer required to pass an examination for an amateur radio license. The internet and cell phones have replaced the need for sending messages via amateur radio except during events like hurricane Katrina. We have the NTS digital system and ARRL voice nets such as the Mississippi Section Phone Net. We also have Winlink 2000 and D-STAR and I am sure will soon have other systems that cost loads of money.

There are also many digital soundcard modes such as bpsk-31, MT-63, RTTY, MFSK, Olivia and many others that require only a digital interface and freeware to allow fast reliable communications using a personal computer.

A great new system is being developed called "Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System or NBEMS", which allows fast reliable communications over HF, VHF and UHF radio networks and over voice repeaters.

It is our goal to develop the ms. Digital traffic net on the 80 meter band so as to be compatible with NBEMS. The hardware is cheap, the software is free and many ARES groups as well as mars groups are using these sound card modes. Information on NBEMS and sound card modes is available on the internet.

The MS DIG TFC Net meets on Tuesday afternoon at 5pm and on Thursday morning at 9am. The dial frequency is 3598.5khz. We use upper sideband and the check-in mode is MT-63 1000hz wide and long interleave. An early check-in period of 15 minutes is usually offered using bpsk-31 and upper sideband for those who do only psk-31.

All interested amateurs within range are invited to join us and to send message traffic to be delivered directly on MS dig TFC net or refiled with the national traffic system nets or on the internet. Those without real live traffic are encouraged to bring drill messages or simply bring interesting text files to be shared with other net stations. We do a lot of re-transmission of received files/messages for operator training so that everyone will know how to do such when they need to. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to participate; there is lots of help and advice available from guys who know how to do those things.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome. We do not wish to replace existing networks but to cooperate with them. Please send comments or questions to jerry, k5dmc 19032 Fenton-Dedeaux Rd. Kiln MS 39556, cell phone 228.493.0435 or Thanks for your consideration,

Best Regards and 73
BT Jerry K5DMC



The 50th Acadiana Hamfest 2010
March 12 & 13, 2010

2010 ARRL Louisiana State Convention with special guest Norm Fusaro, ARRL HQ Club Coordinator Coming soon - Mark your calendars!

The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association will sponsor its 50th Acadiana Hamfest 2010, at the Rayne Civic Center on March 12th & 13th, 2010.

A Crawfish Boil and Fais-Do-Do will be held on Friday, March 12th, due to the tremendous success of this event in previous years. Get your order in by February 20th. Gumbo will be served for those folks not wanting crawfish.

Roland Guidry NA5Q is again our Hamfest Chairperson & Webmaster. The webpage has been updated. A flyer with a pre-registration form and schedule can be downloaded to be printed out & mailed in to save time and guarantee swap tables and RV availability. You can check out our website for more info and updates at:

Come out and have a “eyeball contact” with those you meet on the radio. It is your attendance that makes a hamfest a success. We appreciate your support over the 50 years it has been in existence.



Have a great month


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