LoCoARC Update By Our President K5DDT

Hello all Hams and Friends,
It has been a while since an update was sent out. I thought it might be a good time to give a little update on some local amateur radio activities. We have been busy and it will continue to be this way at least for a few weeks at least and probably for the next few months.
Two weeks ago there was a testing session at the Lowndes County Amateur Radio Club clubhouse. AD5DO reported there were six applicants testing with five achieving success for the session. We wish the most success to the new techs as well as the upgrades.
The Lowndes County Amateur Radio Club QSO net call is held each Tuesday night at 7:30 pm on the 147.000 repeater with a pl tone of 136.5. All hams are invited to participate in this net call and encouraged to join our club.
Net control operator for the first two weeks of April will be Chris Howard (W0EP). The last two weeks of April will be covered by Joey Jones (W5HNZ). Net calls have been doing well here in Lowndes county and you are encouraged to participate when you can.
It has also been good to hear several members of our club checking in on other nets as well. There has been growing support for the Mississippi section net @ 6:00 pm on the 3.862 on 80 meters. At 6:30 Alabama has their mike net on the 3.965 and we are always welcome to join our neighbors for check-in.
There are several other 2 meter nets in our area that many people are able to log in on. Some of these include the Lamar County net on Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. This is on the 145.43 with a pl tone of 110.9. Houston, MS has a net on Monday night at 7:30 on the 146.895 with a pl tone of 141.3. Right after this one at 8:00 pm is the MSU net on the 146.805 without any tone. The MSU net is being called by our friend Steve (N5OMK) who has become a regular check-in on our net. Most of these nets can be reached with a mobile rig and a variety of different types of antennas. Reach out to the surrounding communities and make new friends.
Our club voted to host a booth at the Market Street Festival this year to try attracting interest of possible new members for our club. A committee was formed for planning this project and meetings are being held by the committee. Things are coming along nicely, but there is a lot of work yet to be done. As I mentioned on net call recently, some of you will be asked to help. Others may desire to be involved. If so please let it be known.
As most everyone receiving this email knows, our monthly meeting is held the first Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on April 6th. After the business meeting there will be a practice session for the upcoming FOX HUNT. Bring your equipment to the meeting. The fox will be hidden and you will get an opportunity to practice finding it. The actual fox hunt will begin from the clubhouse at 9:00 am. April 8th. This follows the monthly Hams Eating Eggs meeting at Hardee’s in East Columbus at 8:00 am..
We are still planning a day in the park/camping outing this spring. It will have to be squeezed in somewhere. The good news here is that it doesn’t require a lot of advance planning. Therefore we can select a date and it can be done in a few days. I am seeing more and more interest in this outing Stay tuned for more updates.
This Saturday on April 1st (fools day) the Mississippi QSO party will be held. I will not try to explain it all here but will tell you that all the rules can be found here http://www.arrlmiss.org/.
Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th are the dates set for the Houston Flywheel Festival at Houston MS. I have been told they may actually shoot blacksmith anvils into the air a couple hundred feet among many other activities. Some of our members are planning to drive up and meet some of our Ham friends in that area and witness a different hobby. I can’t speak for anyone else but I don’t have any plans to shoot anvils. I would be more likely to shoot something like Arne’s tennis ball launcher for raising antennas.

Saturday May 6th is MARKET STREET
Saturday May 6th there will also be a Hamfest at Fayette Al with several nice door prizes.

We are a busy club. I probably missed several things that should be mentioned but if you come to the club meetings and Hams Eating Chicken when possible you will find plenty to do.

Please pray for the health, safety and well being of our members and their families. We have several members or members of their families having health issues. We are also in the tornado season of the year. Stay alert and take cover if weather indicates we may be at risk.

73 to all,

John Buckley K5DDT


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