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…)
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…)
At their January 2016 meeting, President Mike Flanagan WM5A announced that since the December meeting, he and the Association’s Board of Directors had raised funds to donate a Yaesu Fusion DR1X Repeater to the Magnolia Intertie Inc. “We had to do this in a hurry in order to make the December 31, 2015 deadline for the $500 deep-discount program that Yaesu has graciously offered the Intertie,” said Mike WM5A. He was recently appointed to the Magnolia Intertie Board of Directors and chairs a new Emergency Communications Working Group they are creating in the near future.
“Due to the generosity of groups like the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association,” said Mike McKay N5DU, Secretary-Treasurer of the Intertie, “we were able to order seven Yaesu Fusion repeaters in December.” Intertie President Frank Howell K4FMH added, “CMSARA joins the Scott County Amateur Radio Club in supporting the emerging Backbone Radio System as SCARC donated a Yaesu Fusion repeater that is now operational on a commercial tower south of Newton along the I-20 East corridor. (more…)
Clearly, a good time was had by all in attendance at this year’s CMSARA party celebrating Christmas. We had important guests from the Mississippi Hospital Association, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and the Salvation Army who attended and enjoyed fellowship with us. Prizes were graciously awarded by the VE Team from their funds accrued during the year. We acknowledged our VE “Master”, Bill White K5BLL, who passed the Century mark for VE Test Sessions at 103 and counting. In a new wrinkle, our President Mike WM5A was in Hickory NC on a work training assignment but who joined us by telephone to welcome everyone and wish the group Merry Christmas. A boom box was filling the meeting room with seasonal music. Past President Mike N5DU, filling in for WM5A, recognized the many events that the Association experienced this past year. It was a party as you can see in the slideshow below…
Citing a Wikipedia article, Vice President for Programming Frank Howell K4FMH reminded the audience of the meaning underlying the Southern term, High Cotton. “It originates,” he said, “from the rural farming community in the Antebellum South when the crops were good and the prices were, too. It came generally to mean one is doing well or successful.”
The Board of Directors for CMSARA created a periodic award to acknowledge work that demonstrates one or a group is doing well or is successful in amateur radio. They have named it the CMSARA High Cotton Award.
Gerald Youngblood K5SDR came home on Monday, November 30th, to a group of about 50 hams who came out right after Thanksgiving to hear what he had to say. What he said was riveting to those in attendance at the Rankin County Extension Service / EOC Building. He had given a prelude during the MidDay Mississippi news program broadcast on WLBT-TV earlier on Monday.
Gerald described the “inflections” that happened in his life and how they coincided with his career line. As the founder and President of the industry leader in software-defined radio (SDR), we amateur radio operators can be thankful that these inflections happened when they did! (more…)
GovTrack.us is reporting that Senate Bill S.1685 The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 has been “reported” out of Committee. GovTrack has bumped the “chances of passage” to 30% from 1%. They say only 1 in 4 bills are reported out of the Committee they are sent to upon submission to the Senate. See https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1685.
A few officers were sporting their new CMSARA green-and-gold polo shirts at November’s meeting! We have had numerous questions about how to purchase them. A special page on this website has been created to guide members through ordering their own at VistaPrint.com. It is here:
There is a PDF document with a stepXstep gude to use in getting our official graphics files downloaded to your PC and uploaded to VistaPrint.com with your name and call sign to be included in the embroidered design. The polo shirt is of similar quality and style as those sold by the ARRL.
Other Association items may be ordered using the official logo files from this webpage link above. We have successfully ordered mouse pads and so forth from the VistaPrint.com inventory. Show your CMSARA membership pride while we are doing stuff!
Tom Brown AE5I gave Part 2 of his oscilloscope series at the November CMSARA meeting. It was a tour de force of many types of scopes with examples of all! He went “off computer” without slides this time but annotated pictures of each piece of equipment are in the offing and will be posted in an updated version of this post on the CMSARA website. Keep your horizontal and vertical in adjustment to CMSARA.org!
Here is a slideshow of the event using pictures from our official photographer, Bob Bullock K5RWB:
and the video is available here: