Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association

Telphone: 601-345-1654 ○ E-mail: CentralMSARA@gmail.com

At the August Meeting….


Bob Heil K9EID

At the August meeting, it will be a hot time in the house that night! CMSARA will host Bob Heil K9EID by Skype. He will talk about using an audio mixer in the ham shack, something he's advocated for quite some time. Getting your mic audio shaped optimally for your transceiver as well as keeping the received audio signal "hearable" are topics he will address. K9EID is one of the most prominent amateur radio operators in the world so do not miss this show! We will be meeting at the Rankin County EOC / Extension Service Building, 601 Marquette Road, Brandon MS. Gather at 6:30pm to socialize with the program beginning promptly at 7pm. Amateur radio exams administered by the CMSARA VE Team will be given at July's meeting.

It’s Not a Microwave Dinner…It’s High Speed Multi-Media Mesh (HSMM)!

hsmm_bookAt the July meeting, CMSARA hosted our neighbor to the north, Glen Popiel KW5GP by Skype. Glen is the author of the recently published book High Speed Multimedia for Amateur Radio: Build a High Speed Amateur Radio Microwave Network (ARRL). Glen gave CMSARA members a jump-start for their MESH Tech Team, led by Rusty Yates KG5FSA. His book is available from the ARRL or from Amazon.

Few hams in the U.S. know more about high-speed multimedia modes than KW5GP: he wrote the book on it! His engaging style and witty sense of humor kept the crowd highly engaged throughout his talk. Glen shared his slides used in his presentation below. Unfortunately, due to a change in computer systems, the planned recording of KW5GP’s talk failed. However, he will be appearing in late August on the Amateur Radio Roundtable (w5kub.com) show, co-hosted by Tom Medlin (W5KUB) and CMSARA VP-Programming Frank Howell (K4FMH) using the same talk. We will add the Youtube link to that video when it’s online. (more…)

Shack Show!

HamOperatorAs a response to a member request, we changed the intended program topic on RF propagation for May! Examples and an open discussion of “shack setup” was the topic.

Participating CMSARA Officers and Board Members presented the informal program. Using one or more pictures of their shack, each one gave a brief explanation of what’s in their shack. President Flanagan, Past-President Mike McKay, VP-Special Events Dana Pierce, Board member Mike Dancey and VP-Programming Frank Howell participated. An open-forum Q&A discussion of the decisions and choices made on shack development was interspersed during the discussion. The thirty-plus members and visitors in attendance said that this was a very informative program. Serving the membership, this program change was made to assist new members to ham radio who attend CMSARA!

Slideshow of the May CMSARA meeting:


CMSARA Supports Natchez Trace Century Ride, 2016


Cheryl KE5WAC & Pat KF5TNV

On a Spring morning in Ridgeland Mississippi, which showcased rare Spring like temperatures, a collection of cyclist gathered at the water’s edge of the Ross Barnette Reservoir.

More than was anticipated, more than had ever gathered before: approximately 700 riders massed at the Starting Line to begin a journey that would span two counties, traverse portions of a historic scenic parkway, enter the heart of small towns, exit through winding rural roads that kiss a river bend, and then return to its point of origin.

This was the Natchez Trace Century Ride – 2016. Once again, the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association (CMSARA), with the help of the Jackson Amateur Radio Club (JARC), were on hand to provide tactical radio communications for the 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile course participants and coordinators. (more…)

N5DU Does APRS for CMSARA Attendees


Mike N5DU

Another great program was given to CMSARA in April! Past-President Mike McKay N5DU talked about APRS. A long time enthusiast for the Automated Packet Reporting System, Mike has served as a key expert on APRS, advising several clubs in the area on the deployment and operation of APRS digipeaters, iGates and trackers. He gave critical information about how Yaesu has enhanced the APRS implementation in their new line of Fusion transceivers and HTs. A modest debate about how well or poorly Icom’s DSTAR digital APRS has been implemented. All in good amateur radio fun, of course.

Mike’s program slides are available here. Video of the talk will be posted on the popular CMSARA Youtube Channel as soon as production has been completed.

CMSARA Supports the Susan G. Koman Race, 2016

Sixteen times before, crowds have gathered in support and still…no cure. So on 9 April 2016 crowds converged on the grounds of the Old Capitol Museum and War Memorial to pursue that elusive goal.

Once again, the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association (CMSARA), an official sponsor, was on hand to provide tactical radio communications for the 10K, 5K and 1 Mile events and their coordinators.

Ten radio operators, strategically located along the race routes, were expertly directed by the talents of veteran Net Control Station Operator – Mike McKay (N5DU).

From the steps of the Old Capitol to the New Capitol, South, continuing through the heart of the city and then West on Pearl Street, amateur radio operators transmitted reports ranging from the simple to the critical. From the needs of water resupply, to Law Enforcement to better safeguard the race participants from wayward auto traffic, to tracking the last runners on the course, CMSARA radio operators provided time-critical, logistic information to race coordinators to ensure the overall safety and success of this important charity event. By Federal law, amateur radio operators do not charge for their communications as they donate them as a public service. (more…)

March Program: Gordo’s Got Game on ARES!


Gordo WB8NOA

Over 40 amateur radio enthusiasts crowded the ad hoc meeting place for the March meeting of CMSARA. Due to the Tuesday election, the Association moved it’s meeting to a conference room at the City of Brandon Municipal Building to welcome one of the most influential amateurs in the U.S. Gordon West WB8NOA brought his best “game” via Skype to educate those in attendance on the “care and feeding” of ARES teams. For an hour, Gordo demonstrated key procedures and issues facing ARES teams in California and around the U.S. using actual radio QSOs from emergency situations. Moreover, he shared with the crowd his suggestions for improving emergency radio teams as they grow and mature. 

Gordo complimented CMSARA’s motto of “We Do Stuff” as exemplary, saying that it’s important to keep engagement among ARES teams to keep their abilities sharp. By “doing stuff,” ARES teams have fun, the key to continual engagement. (more…)

Working Amateur Radio Satellites

The former Editor of the AMSAT Journal, Russ Tillman K5NRK, and his long-time partner, Eddie Pettis N5JGK presented “Amateur Radio Satellites: An Introduction and Demo of AO-85” to a packed house at the February meeting of CMSARA. A tour de force of experience, Russ and Eddie taught attendees about the origins of how amateurs got satellites included on NASA missions, how NASA benefited by adopting ham radio technology, and how easy it is to get started working the “birds”. A demonstration in the parking lot was conducted with Eddie Pettis narrating the activities. At least one new ham committed to getting into the world of satellites during the program. Others may indeed follow! Our Vicksburg ARC neightbors were given a standing ovation at the end of the presentation. (more…)

Emergency Communications Operations in CMSARA

January’s Association meeting featured emergency communications in Central Mississippi. Those in attendance heard about substantial statewide programs offered in each of the Magnolia State’s 82 counties by the MSU Extension Service. Tom Ball (MSU Extension Service) overviewed his program’s direct collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, MEMA, and other first-responding agencies. The ARRL ARES District Coordinator for West Mississippi, Robert Hayes KC5IMN, gave an overview of the progress and struggles he has experienced since his appointment a year ago. He mentioned the Rankin County ARES team as a “shining light” in both his District as well as the State at-large. Finally, Brian Grantham of the Rankin County EOC represented the schedule speaker, EOC Director Bob Wedgeworth. He gave a succinct description of what his organization does in the facility shared with the MSU Extension Service, the location where CMSARA holds it’s monthly and special meetings. The Rankin County EOC is particularly supportive of it’s collaboration with the ARES team supported by CMSARA. (more…)

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P.O. Box 1876

Telephone.: 601-345-1654

Florence, MS 39073-1876

Email: CentralMSARA@gmail.com