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!