A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club January 2012


 Bible Verse

Isaiah 45:22 / Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. (NIV)



President’s Report

Hello to all and Happy New Year. Elections were held during the December meeting; with no new candidates running for office the MARC caucus has reelected all officers for another term. I want to thank the membership for trusting me with another year of presidential responsibilities for 2012. I will do my best to make this a productive and fun filled year. I can only be as productive as our members that help and support our efforts. Please step up and help when your talents are needed.

I would like to have a training session or simply an informational session that you might be interested in every quarter this year. If you have a particular subject of interest, please email the suggestion to me. I will try to find an expert in that field and introduce that topic following one of the Saturday morning business meetings. Let's have a GREAT year and have fun doing so.

73, Darrell, W5MAV



Next Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held in the back room at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, January 14, 2012 beginning at 9:30 A. M. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.



Treasurer Report

We got off to a very good start with membership dues for the New Year. Thank you for your support. Please bring your 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
MARC c/o Debbie Hover
11785 Nancy Drive
Collinsville, MS 39325

73, Debbie, KD5JYJ



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 NO5C

Contributions can be mailed to:
Lauderdale Repeater Group w5LRG
c/o: Dennis Carpenter
7760 Vanzyverden Road
Meridian, MS 39305



Meridian ARRL VE Team

Meridian ARRL VE Team conducted an exam session on December 10, 2011. Two of the six candidates earned Technician licenses. Congratulations to James Mathews of Meridian, KF5NWS and David Hamby of Kosciusko, KF5NWT. Please welcome these new operators with a nice QSO.

Listed below is the Meridian ARRL VE Team's official schedule announcement for 2012. Other sessions may be arranged as requested. Here is the schedule for exams in 2012, for the ARRL VE team sponsored by Meridian ARC.

  • 01/26/2012
  • 03/22/2012
  • 05/24/2012
  • 07/26/2012
  • 09/27/2012
  • 11/29/2012

All sessions will be held at the LEMA office at 2525 - 14th Street in Meridian, across from the #1 Fire Station. The exam fee for 2012 remains $15.00 Personal check or money order is preferred. Walk-in candidates will be accepted but pre-registration is preferred. Email or call Russell Brown at 601.917.9612 for info or registration or to arrange other dates and times.

Each session will begin at 6 P. M.

In addition to listing on the national ARRL web site and the Mississippi ARRL site, this info will be available on the team's Facebook page at www. facebook. com/pages/Meridian-ARRL-VE-Team/112278628823835 and the Meridian ARC site at www. w5fq. org .

Russ, W5RB



Meridian W5YI VE Team Report

The Meridian W5YI VE Team held its monthly test session on Tuesday 12/13/2001; the following is the result:

Mark S Hill of Russell, MS took his Element 2, Technician Class AND his Element 3, General Class tests and PASSED both and is now a new General Class Amateur Radio Operator!

When heard on the air, Please welcome him as a NEW Ham!!

73s Regards, Eldon, W4IOS



Jackson Capital City Hamfest 2012

Date: January 27 & 28, 2012
Location: West Bay, Mississippi Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, 1200 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS.
Talk-in: 146.16/76 (77Hz tone) Primary, 146.34/94 (100 Hz tone) Back-up
Hamfest Times: Friday 5:00PM - 8:00PM, Saturday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Admission: $6.00/person one admission is good for both days.
See web site for more information:



2012 SELARC Hamfest

Greetings from Southeast Louisiana!

On behalf of the 2012 hamfest committee, I would like to invite you and your fellow club members to the annual Hammond Hamfest sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club. This year's hamfest will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University, located in downtown Hammond, LA.

This year we are proud to announce that  SELARC has partnered with the Quality Inn & Conference Center to offer a special rate for the weekend of our hamfest. The number of rooms available at this special rate is limited and once they're gone... well, you know the rest. Information on the discounted hotel rate and a listing of other local overnight accommodations can also be found on the SELARC web site at: / Please take a moment to visit our web site and consider attending our hamfest. We look forward to seeing you there.

73 Scott Hernandez, KD5PCK
2012 SELARC Hamfest Committee



Communications from Reno, Nevada

Just to give you an update on the repeater, I now have an AllStar node running on the repeater. Stations may connect to KC5CZX-R node #512874 on echolink or node #28232 on AllStar. All connections are welcomed. Please pass this on

Darrell Wilkinson KC5CZX



2012 Mississippi QSO Party

The Tenth Mississippi QSO Party, sponsored by the Vicksburg ARC, starts at 1500Z Feb. 25 and ends at 0300Z February 26 (9AM to 9PM local time on Saturday). Visit for complete details.



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