Pictures by Richard Bohlman. Official minutes for the Christmas party can be found here.
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…)
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:
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…)
Remember 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…)
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.
Mike WM5A, Special Events Coordinator for CMSARA, said it best, “A good time was had by all.”