World Amateur Radio Day

The 95th W.A.R.D.is April 18th from 0000 UTC to April 19th 0000 UTC.

“Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum-far from being a wasteland-could support worldwide propogation. …Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide”. – iaru.org/on-the-air-/world-amateur-radio-day/, April 3, 2020

During this event there will be stations using the special event call W7W. Denmark stations will be permitted to use the call signs 5P0WARD or 5P0WHD with suffix extension 00-99 (ie: 5P0WARD/55)

The Echolink World Conference will be using the W7W call during this time, so regardless of what equipment you have, you can take part and I encourage you to do so. (Echolink *DODROPIN* conference node will use W2W for a net during the event)

The theme for the event is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.”

Post in the Magnolia ARC Facebook group during the event, as well as on your personal social media pages, using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDay.

During this time of self quarantine where we’re not together as much as we’d like to be, this is a great opportunity to share your love for Amateur Radio with the world and, maybe, bring someone new into it.

Share what you’ve learned with your friends and family. Show them what this hobby, this service, has taught you and how that can be a service to your community. Tell everyone about the fun we have, what attracted you to Amateur Radio in the beginning, and what attracts you to it now.

Amateur Radio allows us, who are a part of it, to stay connected on a different level than what social media outlets offer and it connects to places, and people, around the world whom we’d probably never meet elsewhere.

Stay connected. Have fun. Share your fun with the world.

73, K5RFL

ARRL Appointed Officers in our area

I’m a little behind with the post, but much appreciated to K5DDT for taking these pictures last week for us. There are currently 4 ARRL appointed officers between the 2 local clubs. Beginning at the top;

Allen, AG5ND, is Oktibbeha Co ARRL Emergency Coordinator

Steve, N5LOK, is Webster Co ARRL Emergency Coordinator

Caleb,K5RFL, is ARRL Public Information Officer for the GT Area

Mark, W5TXR, is Lowndes Co ARRL Emergency Coordinator and ARRL Technical Coordinator for MS.

We’ve got great activity and commitment from amateur radio operators in this area and that’s a big part of the reason that we’ve seen the growth in our clubs over the last couple of years. Thank you to everyone for supporting the activities, the nets, and the practices that help us become better equipped to serve our communities,

73, K5RFL

Morse Tutor kit build


On January 4, the Lowndes County Amateur Radio Club put on a Morse Code Tutor kit build. The build was lead by Mr. Walt, AF5KQ, and helping with assistance was KC5NMB and K5ALA.
The build was a success and a great time was had by all attending. There was a total of 10 builders that showed up.
KG5SEN, KI5GIG, KG5SEO, K5DDT, KI5GVM, KE5SGE, KI5FYQ, KD5QAN, KI5GDY, and KI5GDZ.

Thanks to K5ALA for the following images from day.

Capitol City Hamfest Jan 24-25

It’s coming up soon, folks. The hamfest in Jackson will begin at 5 PM Jan 24th, clsoing at 8 PM that night, then running 8 AM- 3:30 PM on Jan 25th.

2 tables have been acquired to accommodate members from both the Lowndes County ARC and Magnolia ARC who have items for sale. Those table numbers are G13 and G14. We had a good time last year together, with about 7 or 8 club members being around most of the day on Saturday. Some items were sold, some items were bought, and some wives went out doing their own shopping during the day.

Come on down, bring your better half, meet some folks you may have never seen and chat with others you may not have seen in a while. It’s a fun event and we hope to see you there.

73, K5RFL

Tower’s up at N5OMK shack

It was a busy weekend at the N5OMK residence. There were a lot of different hams that lent a hand in some way to bring this project to its finish. Steve is enjoying it and putting it to good use.

This is one more testament to the great ham radio community we have here. Thank each of you for everything you do to make ham radio great for our area. Check out the pictures below and let us know what you’ve got coming up.

73, K5RFL