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!

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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.

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…)

ARRL “Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity” Statement Separates Fact from Fiction

(Webmaster Note: taken from ARRL.org)

The ARRL has taken steps to address objections and concerns recently raised by representatives of community associations about the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R. 1301 and S. 1685. A statement released on August 28, “Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity,” makes it clear that the bill would not create new federal policy with respect to outdoor amateur antennas. As it points out, the FCC already recognizes a strong federal interest in effective Amateur Radio communication from residences and has adopted a limited preemption of state and local regulation of Amateur Radio antennas. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would extend the limited preemption to private land-use restrictions. (more…)

Field Day 2015

Global EmComm!

fiest_clideRemember the Haiti disaster? How about those in the Philippines? We all remember Katrina! The Salvation Army is a worldwide church who has a strong emphasis in disaster relief implemented through emergency communications. Bill Fiest WB8BZH attended the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference held last year in nearby Huntsville, AL. He plays a prominent role in the Army’s emergency network, SATERN. (more…)

Martin Wows Crowd at First CMSARA Program in Madison County

Martin K5FLU explaining antenna and transmission line RF characteristics

Wow! The crowd in CSpire Auditorium in Ridgeland on Tuesday evening, March 31, 2015, was spell-bound by the mastery of antenna and RF transmission line characteristics exhibited by Martin K5FLU. If you don’t recognize that call, it belongs to Martin F. Jue, President of MFJ Enterprises in Starkville MS. He is the pioneer of the “antenna analyzer,” originally called the “SWR analyzer”.

For two hours, Martin showed the fundamental characteristics of resistance (R) and inductance (X) as they play out in amateur radio antennas and transmission lines. Coupling the MFJ-269C analyzer with the ARRL software, TLW, he gave a virtuoso performance educating the crowd of about 50 in attendance in Ridgeland.

CSpire executive John Nordan said, “We are most happy to serve as host for this very interesting meeting.” They played excellent hosts with audio-video support and making the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association bring off it’s first public program in Madison County, home to some 150 licensed ham radio operators.

Slides from Martin’s talk are available in PDF by clicking here. ARRL software TLW information can be found here and the software itself here.

Mike WM5A, Special Events Coordinator for CMSARA, said it best, “A good time was had by all.”


 

Our host, John Nordan, of CSpire gave our Invocation
President McKay welcomed the crowd on behalf of CMSARA
Frank K4FMH introduced our speaker
and made breaking news by introducing the newest product of the MFJ family to those in attendance...not authorized by MFJ!
Martin as a small boy at family grocery store in Hollandale MS
Ella!


 

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P.O. Box 892

Telephone.: 601-345-1654

Brandon, MS 39043-0892

Email: CentralMSARA@gmail.com