A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club March 2011


 Bible Verse

John 15:12-13 / My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (NIV)



President’s Report

First on the list for this month please note, at our last business meeting it was voted on to move the monthly business meetings to the second Saturday of the month. This was done so we could utilize the back room of the Checker Board Restaurant.

Our next business meeting will be held on March 12th, 2011. Immediately following the business meeting Rick, AE5FE will give a PowerPoint Presentation that covers the NLE (National Level Exercise) 2011 exercise that will take place on 16 May, 2011, involving 8 states simulating a major earthquake in the New-Madrid fault area. This will be an informative and educational presentation. Please do your best to attend and learn how to prepare yourself in the event of a real emergency situation.

My thanks go out to Dennis, NO5C; Fred, W5VZK; Rick, AE5FE and all others that helped getting the 100Hz PL Tone programed into the W5FQ repeater. This has been an ongoing project for a few years now. If you have not been able to program your radio and need some help, please contact a fellow club member. We will do our best to get you some help in getting your radio programed.

73, Darrell, W5MAV


Next Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held in the back room of the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, March 12th, 2011. Come join us for breakfast, coffee, fellowship, and informative PowerPoint presentation.



W4IOS-5 Weather Station

W4IOS-5 weather station is up and running on the Internet! I am waiting on the proper TNC that plugs into my radio and it will allow me to be an APRS I-GATE service to the Internet. The TNC is on order but is NOT in stock at this time. Just one of the internet sites is to check the weather at Causeyville, MS.

73s Regards, Eldon, W4IOS




ARRL Field Day: 2011 Field Day Packets Available

It's that time of year again -- time to start gearing up for ARRL Field Day, June 25-26, 2011! ARRL's flagship operating event -- always held the fourth full weekend in June -- brings together new and experienced hams for 24 hours of operating fun. Field Day packets are now available for download and include the complete rules (including a change for 2011), as well as other reference items such as forms, ARRL Section abbreviation list, entry submission instructions, a Frequently Asked Questions section, guidelines for getting bonus points, instructions for GOTA stations and a kit to publicize your event with the local press.




The current General Class License test pool will be renewed starting July 1, 2011! All current study material for the General Class  License will expire June 30, 2011, they will be obsolete after that date! New study material will be required to cover the changes to the upgrade to General Class Operator!

73, Eldon Richardson, W4IOS



Titans in Space
by N4GXE

The Olde Towne Middle School Radio and Technology Club in Ridgeland, MS is planning a near-space balloon launch March 26, 2011 with a launch time between 8am and 9am. Payload testing and assembly is underway and sometimes may be broadcast on under the user name kc5nxd. The club also wants ham radio operators to follow their progress on twitter under the username kc5nxd. Follow the path of the balloon at with the call sign kc5nxd-1.

Current mission payload and equipment includes:

  • APRS with temperature, pressure and velocity in the message box -Argent Data Systems
  • 20 meter CW beacon on 14.060 - Small Wonder Labs Rockmite 20
  • EZKeyer - 4 States QRP memory keyer
  • 2-meter voice recordable beacon 146.565 FM - Doppler DF Instruments
  • GOPRO HD camera with snapshots every 15 seconds
  • Possibly a SPOT Satellite tracker
  • Various science experiments for the science department

There will also be an analysis of the received reception reports on the 20 meter and 2 meter beacon. Please QSL via the instructions at QRZ. com under the call sign KC5NXD. All funding for the project has come from donations and fundraisers. For further information email Bill Richardson at

Bill Richardson N5VEI
KC5NXD Sponsor



Amateur Radio Revitalization Seminar

On February 11, 2011 the Meridian W5YI-VE Team hosted a Amateur Radio Revitalization Seminar at the EMEPA auditorium in Meridian Ms. Overall it was a tremendous success! Not only did we have a great turn out from the local Meridian 'HAMS', we had Gary Young, K5GCY and Linda Goodman, KE5PYM from the Jackson, MS Amateur Radio Club, Frank Howell, K4FMH President of Magnolia Amateur Radio Club from Starkville, Ms, Harry Hughes, KI4NDL from Alabama area in attendance! Topics covered included Packet Radio, NEMBS, Antenna Building, Digital Modes, APRS and Echolink (VoIP). Rick Morefield, AE5FE had two packet stations set up for a demo and Eldon Richardson, W4IOS had a digital mode (PSK31) set up for a demo station using HRD + DM780 software running thru a microHAM DIGITAL KEYER II interface. A actual contact (QSO) was made and logged!

I consider the seminar a success due to the fact I have already received several e-mails wanting to know when our next seminar was going to be! For planning purposes we are going to try to hold another seminar sometime the first of April 2011. An announcement will be made when we can finalize the details!

A special THANKS to ALL the people attending especially the people that traveled across the state to attend!! Also a SPECIAL thanks to Rick Morefield, AE5FE; Charles Grisham, KB5SZJ; Buck Buchanan, KA5PSG; Bill Robinson, KB5ASR for his presentation even when he wasn't feeling good. Without these special people this seminar would not have been the success it was! THANK YOU!!

Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

73s Regards, Eldon, W4IOS



House Bill 607

House Bill 607 is on the house floor right now. Long story short they want the 420-440 MHz spectrum of our band and kick us off completely. We are already the secondary users of the band and we have grown very courteous to our primary users as neighbors and neither one of us interferes with the other.

You don't have to write anything. All you have to do is click this link put your call sign in and it will automatically generate your letter. I did it just a few minutes ago and my letter to Greg Harper is in the mailbox right now.

Please save our band and our frequencies. Also if you think this can't or won't happen... Take a look at what happened to 220 MHz. Also writing this letter is not enough. If we use the bands we will not lose the bands.



Have a great month


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