[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ue to the lobbying efforts of the ARRL and licensed amateurs in Mississippi, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has co-sponsored a Senate version of H.R. 1301 with Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT) called the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. It is S.1685 and located here. This bipartisan effort greatly increases the chances that this legislation will become law in the near future. CMSARA members were an instrumental part of this lobbying effort with Senator Wicker’s staff. [Read more…] about Wicker, Blumenthal Step Up With S. 1685
Archives for June 2015
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he CMSARA-hosted joint Field Day 2015 event is now in the books. Over 600 contacts were made, about half by the Code-Master, Mike Duke, who wore out at least three loggers working with him. Satellites were reached. Trains were waved at. Drones were flown. Great food and drink were consumed. A good turnout was present. New hams were recruited. And the residents of Pelahatchie MS were very nice to us. The Mayor of Pelahatchie, Knox Ross, was our official host, allowing CMSARA to utilize both Muscadine Park and the Community Center for our activities. More details coming…
Here are some scenes from the joint Field Day operation, featuring members of the five groups: CMSARA (host), Jackson ARC, Scott County ARC, Vicksburg ARC, and the Salvation Army.
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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t the May meeting, Mike McKay N5DU gave a good, down to earth, presentation of the various options available to amateur radio operators involving digital voice communications in the VHF and UHF bands (and higher frequency). N5DU focused on developments in Central Mississippi, the coverage area for the Association. Being a practicing attorney, Mike spends his days getting to the heart of the (legal) matter! It showed in his informative talk to those in attendance at the Rankin County EOC / MSU Extension Service auditorium.
“Digital voice gives the amateur a much greater fidelity in the transmission of messages,” said N5DU. But, he added, it tends to be an on or off condition as the digital signal drops out sharply relative to conventional FM analog. The data capabilities are growing with the ability to send pictures and other forms of communication. [Read more…] about Digital Voice? There is a Clearing in the Mist
CMSARA members Mike McKay N5DU and Frank Howell K4FMH have lobbied the Mississippi Congressional Delegation on behalf of amateur radio in the past. Jim Armstrong AK5J, as the Section’s State Government Liaison, has worked vigorously on these efforts in concert with them. These actions are paying dividends to both amateur operators in the Magnolia State but now also nationwide. [Read more…] about The Iron is Hot!