Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association

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

January’s Meeting, Hamfest, and Winter Field day

Next meeting is Feb 12, at 7pm.
Jon Clark (KG5FRX) will be giving a presentation
on Station Hardening in the event of an EMP.

Hamfest is on Jan 25 - 26

Winter Field Day is Jan 26 - 27

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.

Bill Fiest WB8BZH

Bill Fiest WB8BZH

Bill gave a global view of the role of amateur radio in disaster relief. It’s changing in many countries, both for the priority of amateur radio and for the complementarity of ham radio with other forms of communication. The need for hams to “sell themselves” to EmComm officials was stressed. Members of the audience interacted with contrasting opinions on how amateurs should relate to EmComm officials, resulting with lively and productive discussion. This is the substance of a great talk and meeting! 

The slides from Bill’s informative and most interesting presentation can be downloaded here and his speaker’s notes here.

Updated: July 3, 2015 — 9:00 am

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P.O. Box 892

Telephone.: 601-345-1654

Brandon, MS 39043-0892

Email: CentralMSARA@gmail.com