Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association

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

April’s Meeting

Next meeting is April 14, at 7pm.

Jon Clark AFE4MS will be giving a presentation of MARS operations.

The board will be meeting an hour before this, but all are welcome to join that too!

2019 Natchez Century Ride

We’d like to thank all hams who came out to help and operate in the Natchez Century ride yesterday!

Our operators yesterday were;

WM5A Mike – Main organizer
KG5ZDZ Bob – Primary Net Control
AK5J Jim
KD5KHI Ken
AG5BC Brian
AF5SK Jim
K5PBK Patrick
KD5JPB Terry Drake
and me, K5HH, who brought up the rear HAHAHAHA

Impromptu Workshop building fox hunt antennas.

Ok, y’all. I’m going to host a workshop for anyone interested in building a fox hunt antenna. We’re going to do it out of my garage this coming Saturday, Feb 2 (groundhog day) from 10am till about 2pm. I should have all the tools necessary including a solder iron. You supply your materials.

If you’re interested, email me at
CentralMSARA@gmail.com or direct message me on Facebook, and I’ll give you the address.

I’m going to use the following plans…

He’s got an attached youtube video on his build. Looks to be an effective and easy one to make.


His follow-up video is below.

The follow up to the plans I’m following

Eugene Wallace (N5CMA) did a fantastic amount of research and found some addittional plans for y’all to choose from! One of which, I think he’s planning on building. Thanks Eugene!


So, feel free to join me this Saturday in my garage for a few hours to tinker with hand-held directional antennas.

2019 Capital City Hamfest

What a great turn-out this year! There seemed to be quite a few more attendees this go-round. Maybe it’s because I actually knew some people this year!

CMSARA signed up 9 new members this weekend, and one of them, Kathleen Kable (K5KKD), was the winner of the Baofeng give-away! Congratulations Kathleen, and a warm welcome to all new members!

Eugene Wallace (N5CMA) grew a possum tree especially for the event and placed his coffee-can 2M antenna at the top of it. We were all quite surprised how well that antenna did inside the near faraday cage that we were sitting in.
I tried using my magnetic loop and go-box inside to hit the 40M band. Alas, no luck there. Coffee can wins on 2 meters.

Our booth-neighbors were the Vicksburg Amateur Radio Club folks, and it was great spending time chatting with them. What a great bunch they are! I, for one, can’t wait for field day with them this year.

Many thanks to all who came out and made this a very fun and successful hamfest for CMSARA!


Here are some photos of the booth. Click on them to open a bigger version.

January 2019 Meeting

Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season. This month, we had a great presentation by Frank Howell K4FMH on RF Propagation: Ionization and Prediction. He scratched the surface on a complex and deep subject in a way that made me feel like a genius… until I got home and tried to contact Europe forgetting I had lowered my antenna earlier that week. Apparently, even a guy as smart as Frank can’t help my particular “RF” issues… You can find his slide presentation following and I highly recommend giving it a look through.


Some of the folks from the Vicksburg Amateur Radio Club came to invite us to their Field Day set up this year. It promises to be a great weekend with an even greater group of folks, and we can’t thank the VARC enough for the invite!


We have the Capital City Hamfest coming up on the 25th. CMSARA will have a booth there and could use some members to come man it. So, if you have the time, we’ll have a chair for you!

Or, just come anyway and say hello, the Hamfest is always an interesting event for hams each year.

Christmas Party

We would like to thank everybody to helped and attended this year’s Christmas party. It went very well and we had a nice turnout. It was a fun and wonderful way to close out 2018.

As with these things, we had more food than we could eat.

Quinton arranged a great spread of prizes for us to win, including the table decorations that he and his wife Melissa handmade with beeswax candles from their own hives. MFJ enterprises was very generous and gave us even more prizes.

Thanks again to MFJ enterprises!
Quinton’s daughter Holly helped with the drawing.

So, Thanks to all our members for a wonderful year. We wish you the warmest Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year.

See y’all in 2019!

November 2018 Meeting Recap

Last night’s meeting had a great turnout, so thanks for all who came by. We voted and approved 2 by-law changes.

  • First was to allow the same person to hold the Treasurer and Secretary positions simultaneusly.
  • Second was to make the VE Liason a board officer position.

Eugene Wallace (N5CMA) gave an interesting, and entertaining, presentation on the tools of portable operations. Including…

  • solar recharging
  • led marine lights that run on miliamps
  • a portable youkits radio
  • various antennas & how to get them into trees
  • an antenna analyzer that we’re all very jealous of.

Thanks Eugene!


We then discussed the Christmas Party to be held at the next club meeting on December 11. So stay tuned for a potluck signup here on the site coming within the next 10 days.

The Capital City Hamfest is coming up at the end of January, so if anyone is able to man the booth for a few hours on the 25 or 26th of January, please step forward.

Thanks again for all who came, and we’ll see y’all at the Christmas party!

Election Results for 2018-19 Board Members

At the general meeting on October 9 2018, it was voted in that the Board Meeting shall now be held at 6pm on the same day as the general association meeting, which is currently the second Tuesday of each month. All members are welcome, and greatly encouraged, to attend both meetings.

After that, the annual elections were held where, for various reasons, the entire board was up for re-election. Outgoing President Richard Lawrence (W5EZX) conducted the elections and warmly welcomed the new board into their roles.

The new board would like to thank the outgoing for their service to the association. President Richard Lawrence (W5EZX), VP Programming Bill Stanfill (K4YCD), VP Special Events William Ray (KG5IIS), Treasurer Tommy Alewine (K5TMA), Secretary Richard Bohlman (KG5QLS), and Board Directors Brady Aldrich (KA7KWJ) & Brooke Ridge (KG5JAW), your work on the association’s behalf is greatly appreciated.

The new board consists of the following.

President Quinton Frasier KW5TON
Vice President – Special Events
& Webmaster/Social Media
JD Toony K5HH
Vice President – Programming Mike McKay N5DU
Secretary/Treasurer
(pending vote)
Bob Burt KG5ZDZ
Board Directors Bob Bullock K5RWB
Mike Hampton

KG5SJD

September 11, 2018 Meeting Highlights and a few notes from Association President Richard Lawrence (W5EZX)

First of all, a huge welcome to our new Webmaster and Social Media Officer J.D. Toony (K5HH). Thanks to him you are reading this new post on our (finally) updated webpage. We can’t thank J.D. enough for jumping in to take over this very important position in the Association.

The meeting was called to order and began as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance, but on this 9/11 anniversary of the terrorist attack on our Country, the Pledge had even more meaning to me than normal. I’m sure every one of us can remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001. I was in law school and we were waiting for the first class of the morning to begin when one of my fellow students came in and said a plane had hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center. He didn’t have any details and I remember thinking that it must have been a small plane like had happened before to the Empire State Building, I think more than once. Class was about to begin so we didn’t have time to go find out what was being reported on TV, and cell phones in those days would only do phone calls and texts, so we didn’t get any more news until an 1 ½ hour later when class was dismissed. As soon as we walked out of classroom we ran into other students in the hallway who let us know how serious it was. We all rushed to the student lounge downstairs to the only available TV in the building. We, like all Americans, were shocked. Having spent over 25 years in fire, EMS and law enforcement at the time, and with a friend on the New York Fire Department (HazMat 1) as well as another on the New York Police Department (Special Response Team), I couldn’t concentrate in class the rest of the day. I’m sure all of you have similar stories of that day. Anyway, saying the Pledge of Allegiance last Tuesday evening was one of the few times in my life that I actually got chocked up while saying it.

Ok, on to the meeting . . . . Mike McKay (K5DU) presented an excellent power point class on Strategic Planning which included a brief history of CMSARA. He also talked about EMCOMM or emergency communications, especially ARES and RACES. Of concern both locally and even nationally is that there seems to be less and less interest in emergency communications with ham radio. Discussed was the need to continue to be able to provide this valuable service as the more our modern communication system relies on higher technology, it is feared that the more venerable it can become. This was emphasized in this state and even in the metro area during Hurricane Katrina. Mike also talked about the MEMA team that mans the 2m/70 cm as well as the HF radios in the State’s Emergency Operations Center in Pearl.

One emphasis Mike made during his presentation was the need for members to step up into leadership positions within the organization. Nominations opened up this meeting for various leadership positions and will remain open until elections are held during our October meeting. Positions that will be open and need filled next month are: President, Vice-President for Programs, Vice-President for Special Events, Secretary, Treasurer, and two “non-officer” members on the Board of Directors (all officers are on the Board of Directors).

Eugene Wallace (N5CMA) announced that he has more 12 volt batteries for go-kits if anyone needs any, and at the low, low price of $FREE. Eugene has already provided several of us with some of these re-purposed batteries and I have been extremely pleased with the one’s I have. In addition to Eugene, we need to thank one of our newer members, Clinton Frazier (KW5TON), for getting these for us. They are used but, again, the one’s I’ve have had for several months now have worked great in my kit.

One other item that will be presented to the Association next month is a proposed amendment to our by-laws. Presently, Article VII – Section D states that the Board of Directors shall meet monthly on the last Tuesday of each month. Several members have suggested that having the Board meet 30-45 minutes before the Association meetings would be more convenient and eliminate having to meet twice each month. I tend to agree, as have several current Board members that talked to me about this. Should the Association wish to change this it would simply require that the proposal be submitted in writing (done), discussed at a regular monthly meeting of the Association, posted on this website and/or Yahoo group, and then voted on at the next monthly Association meeting. It would require a two-thirds vote to pass. Be thinking about this and we can discuss it at the October meeting.

VE testing was conducted (as usual) and I believe all that tested passed. Thanks again to Brian and the VE Team!

I hope everyone has a great month and I’ll see y’all next month on the second Tuesday!

Richard (W5EZX)

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Contact CMSARA at:


P.O. Box 892

Telephone.: 601-345-1654

Brandon, MS 39043-0892

Email: CentralMSARA@gmail.com