Hams Eating Chicken, 17 SEP info

Hello all. We are experiencing and adapting to change, change, change. This past week we had to relocate and adapt to a last minute change of plans for the location of our Radio in the Park event. It all worked out quite well and there have been a number of favorable comments about the location at Waverly Waters near West Point. 

For several months we have been meeting on the third Thursday at Penny Lane cafe in Aberdeen. Again change has forced us to adapt. This Thursday we will be meeting at TAGS Steak and Seafood restaurant just south of the 4 way stop at Hamilton on the west side of hwy 45. Meeting time will remain the same. If you have additional questions, feel free to call and I will be happy to share what I know.

Look forward to seeing you.


W5YD – Drill Field Event Wed Sep 23rd 2-4pm

Good news! The Center for Student Activities has approved our club centennial celebration event on the Drill Field for Wednesday, September 23rd from 2-4pm. Please mark you calendar and come out to say hello.

The club has reserved the spots and the tables, but what goes on those tables is largely left up to the initiative of you, the club members. Do you have something related to ham radio that you want to show off? Bring it! Think about what kind of things you would want to show someone passing by who seems interested in the hobby. You are welcome to bring and set up your own gear, or maybe there’s an item in the clubhouse that you want to carry over for the event (in which case, just let me know).

A couple of things you might be able to help me with in particular : (1) a type of sun shade or canopy to make our time more pleasant, and (2) ham radio friends around the country who would be willing to attempt scheduled contacts with the W5YD club during this event.

Spread the word and invite your friends! Looking forward to seeing you there.

The club will hold its monthly meeting at the conclusion of the Drill Field event (perhaps even towards the end of the event itself if things are slow). Club members are asked to pay their $20 annual dues to the club treasurer (Dr Torsten Clay) at this time.

73 de W2TM, Aaron, club president

Proposal for the FCC to Charge A Fee For Amateur Radio License Applications

The FCC recently published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
in which they describe a plan to start charging a fee of $50
for various Amateur Radio License applications, including
new licenses, upgrades, call sign changes, renewals, and
paper copies of licenses.

This will affect ALL hams financially. Comments need to be made to our congressmen and Senators.

Weather Resources

From W5TXR

To all Hams, EOC’s, EC’s and EOS

a powerful weather resource is available at:


This is a extremely well done website for weather buffs and professionals. its an el-freebo too!

also, check out HamShack Hotline. I think this is a valuable resource especially for EOC, EC’s and ARRL Emergency Operating Station, ARES and RACES affiliation

The phones used are Cisco SIP phones. there is specific models that are comparable.
Configuration was easy as 3.14159265

HHUS is already building in popularity

My HHUS is 5559


Be Prepared for bad weather coming. Check your ham station, antennas, generators, Packet Winlink and such
Prepare for the worst expect an optimistic outcome. Pray for people in the affected areas.

Im in contact with the CAFB EC and WX office, I will pass along any valuable information.

Im not the EC, Im doing this as a courtesy.

On the lighter side, check out my ham radio website and my company website

73’s – Art

Weather update from CAFB

Forwarded from W5TXR on Aug 21

Two tropical depressions are forecasted to move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. CAFB is expected to see some effects from both systems.

TD 14 is expected to become Tropical Storm Laura this morning and is forecast to make landfall as a low-end hurricane in Texas late Tuesday night. It has the greatest potential to cause severe weather to CAFB at this time with potential impacts of 30-40kt gusts and isolated tornadoes.

TD 13 is expected to become Tropical Storm Marco tomorrow. It is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane near Pensacola early Wednesday morning. There is a significant amount of uncertainty with this storm with a large amount of spread in the models regarding its intensity. It will help increase moisture over Mississippi and Alabama and will interact with TD 14.

There is a change that these two systems could have an interaction known as the “Fujiwhara effect” which is a phenomenon that occurs when two nearby cyclonic vortices (tropical systems in this case) close the distance between their circulations. They won’t merge, but the tracks of one or both systems could be impacted. It depends on the size and intensity of each circulation as they near each other in the Gulf, which is uncertain right now.

Considering the amount of uncertainty with how these systems will interact, the exact impacts for CAFB and MAFB are also uncertain. At the moment, we are expecting tropical storm force wind gusts (30-40kts) and a lot of rain Monday through Wednesday. There is potential for isolated tornadoes Monday/Tuesday as well, since we should be on the eastern side of TD 14.

W5YD Club meeting Wednesday, Aug 26th 5pm

Dear members of the W5YD Amateur Radio Club,
Welcome back to another semester! It was good to see some of you online last night during the “Shades of Starkville” event. In spite of the restrictions necessitated by covid-19, we’re still going to have a fun and productive semester for the club. 

After deliberating with our faculty advisor, Dr Clay, we’ve determined that the best meeting slot for this semester will be at 5pm on Wednesdays. We will meet about once per month at the clubhouse at 120 Morgan Avenue on campus on the following Wednesdays at 5pm:

August 26th
September 23rd
October 14th
November 11th

Please mark your calendars for August 26th. We’ll start by electing the club officers for the year, and then we’ll discuss some of the activities that we’d like to see happen during this semester, including an event on the Drill Field, a testing session, operating the 100 year anniversary special event station, and joining in the School Club Roundup.

I’ll also get this information posted later today on https://w5yd.org.msstate.edu/

73 de W2TM, Aaron, club president