Happenings and Upcoming Events:
The Club is in the process of planning short term, medium term and long term goals. Your input is appreciated. Email email@example.com with suggestions to be discussed at upcoming club meetings.
The Cowtown hamfest will be held in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Google Cowtown Hamfest 2019 for more information.
The Capital City Hamfest will be held in Jackson, MS on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019. Google Capital City Hamfest Jaskson for more information.
The Mardi Gras parade will be February 16, 2019 at 1:00 in Springhill. The ham club has been asked to line up the parade again. Please mark your calendar for that date.
The club got the new APRS digipeater working to track vehicles on 144.39 MHz. It is working really well. Go to www.aprs.fi on the web and type in 71075 zip code and see the tracking activity around Springhill for the last few days and everywhere else on the globe also. We will use this to track our high altitude balloon flight project later this year.
The club is working on converting the 146.165 MHz repeater into a communications digipeater for packet (internet free) ham emails. Mike (N9GI) is also setting up an electronic Bulletin Board server for depositing and retrieving ham emails similar to how you send and receive emails on Yahoo or Gmail. With packet you don’t have to rely on the internet or phone services. Emails are all sent over ham radio. The idea is to be able to utilize worldwide emails for emergency communications in case the internet and phone system ever go down due to natural or man-made disaster.
The club is working on pursuing grants for technician class electronics training, high school science projects such as the high altitude balloon project, other STEM education projects and activities and equipment related to ham radio emergency communication. One grant has been awarded and we are in the process of setting up a technician class licensing class in the summer and some high level projects.
At the end of the Technician Class, students will want to take their ham test. So a number of local hams are re-enlisting as Federal Communications Commission Volunteer Examiners (VEs) and we will begin offering the amateur radio license examinations is Springhill, LA.
The Springhill Amateur Radio Club met on October 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm for the annual radio club meeting. Officers for 2019 will be David Smith – President, Robert Smith – Vice President, James Cheatham – Secretary/Treasurer.
The Springhill Amateur Radio Club set up a demonstration area at the recent Lumberjack Festival in Springhill on Friday and Saturday October 12-13, 2018. Bill had his HF station set up to made many contacts demonstrating how ham radio works to local citizens. There was also a learn to solder station and a station for kids to send their name in Morse code. Emergency “go boxes” were displayed and Robert set up a software defined radio (SDR) exhibit. Various pamphlets were handed out on different aspects of ham radio and the emergency role we play during disasters.
The Springhill Christmas Parade will be held on November 24, 2018. The ham club has been asked to line up the parade as usual. Lineup will begin at 3:00 pm and the parade will roll at 5:00 pm. Please make plans to assist with the lineup.
Bill Sale and Don Santa Bohannon will set up a children’s talk to Santa exhibit at the South Main Mall in Springhill on November 14, 2018 from noon until 3:00 when they will begin lining up the parade. We have Santa Claus QSL cards (below) to hand out to the kids.