Silent Key – AB5AR

It is with great sadness that we report that our good friend AB5AR has passed. We certainly will keep his family in our thoughts. I considered Virgil a mentor of mine, and I greatly appreciated his insight and wisdom. It was never a dull conversation with him. He will be greatly missed.

This is how I remember Virgil; Key in hand and ready to go.

CSIRO scientists pinpoint origin of mysterious intergalactic radio sounds in world first discovery

As most Ham operators know, radio astronomy is a pretty interesting field. Scientists in Australia have detected a burst of radio waves originating from another galaxy. It’s a pretty neat discovery. You can find the article at

Field Day 2019

Here’s the note K5DDT sent out to the list regarding Field Day this year:

Calling all radio amateurs, Field Day 2019 is rapidly approaching and a group of us will be meeting at the Lowndes County ARC clubhouse to participate in this event. This is a “group event” and everyone is welcome. Come fellowship with friends and family. This is an open event to everyone. All modes are welcome and we can put up an antenna for you and your radio or you can sit in on one of the ones we have setup. Hope to see you there.

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. It has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Every June, more than 40,000 operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event.

Hams will set up and operate radio stations to contact other hams throughout the US and Canada over a 24 hour period. If you are a newly licensed operator, be sure to make this event. 

The nearest address is a community gym @ 222 Lawrence Dr. Columbus MS 39702. Lowndes County
Amateur Radio Club is 0.1 mi farther on the right.