ABOUT THE SCOTT COUNTY
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

CORONAVIRUS NOTE:
For the duration of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Scott County Amateur Radio Club is holding its monthly meetings and
featured programs on the Pelahatchie Repeater, 145.390 77 Hz tone, on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm.
Additionally, all in person activities and VE Test Sessions at the Scott County Amateur Radio Club are suspended until the pandemic is over.


OUR HISTORY:

In 2010 K1REZ and his oldest son, W5JMJ founded the Scott County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Team (ARES), and served as its first Emergency Coordinator (EC) and Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC). At that time they also established the Scott County ARES Net, with W5JMJ serving as its first Net Manager and recruited six Net Control Stations from Hinds, Madsion, and Rankin counties to assist them in running the Net. Each of these recruited hams cut their teeth on the SCARES Net before moving on to become leaders in the state and in their own counties and clubs: Mississippi State RACES Officer at MEMA, Rankin County ARES Emergency Coordinator, Jackson Amateur Radio Club President, Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association President, weekly Mississippi Section HF Phone Net Net Control Operator, and Net Control Operators for the Hinds, Madison, and Rankin County ARES Nets.

In 2010 K1REZ and W5JMJ also founded the Scott County SKYWARN Team, and served as its first Team Leader (EC) and Assistant Team Leader. At that time they also established the Scott County Severe Weather Net to provide weather alerts to the amateur radio community and to forward storm spotter reports from the field to the National Weather Service forecast office in Jackson.

In 2012 K1REZ recruited Scott County native, KC5IIW, to serve as one of his Assistant Emergency Coordinators. Shortly afterwards K1REZ recruited another Scott County native, KF5UBZ to serve as an Assistant Emergency Coordinators.

In 2013 the Scott County Amateur Radio Club was founded by K1REZ, W5JMJ, KC5IIW, and KF5UBZ to support the Scott County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Team (ARES), the Scott County SKYWARN Storm Spotter Team, and to recruit and train new amateur radio operators in Scott County.

Our club members were the first in Mississippi to establish HSMM-MESH Broadband HamNet capabilities, and the first to use it it's video-over-amateur radio capabilities at public service events.

We were the first club in Central Mississippi to pay professional presenters to deliver high quality amateur radio programs at our monthly club meetings, setting a high standard which has subsequently been copied by other clubs.

Our VE Team has held many Amateur Radio Exam sessions over the years. Many Amateur Radio Operators in Central Mississippi took and passed their Tech, General, and Extra Class Exam at one of our sessions.

The Best Amateur Radio Club Meetings in the State:

Our club was the first Amateur Radio club in Mississippi to establish an Elmering (Mentoring / Educating) Session as THE MAIN FOCUS of its monthly club meeting. You wont sit around listening to a long boring business meeting at our club. Instead you will get to participate in a:

Q & A Session, where anyone and everyone can ask any Amateur Radio related question they have, and have it answered, often by more than one person. Our members love sharing with each other what they have learned about the hobby and helping each other grow as Hams. No question is considered dumb, and even our most experienced Hams ask questions during this session.

Immediately afterwards, you will get to participate in a:

Show & Tell Session, during which anyone and everyone can show off their latest piece of Amateur Radio equipment, or share with the group what Amateur Radio activity they have been up to lately.

Next you will have the opportunity to view:

An Excellent Presentation, delivered by a skilled speaker, on a fascinating topic of interest to Amateur Radio Operators.

So whether you like to just sit and listen, or talk and share, you will feel right at home with us in one of our club meetings. No one ever leaves our club meetings without learning something new.

And most importantly:

We may not be the first, or the largest, or the wealthiest club in the state, but according to our visitors, we are the friendliest, most welcoming club in the state. Our guests are always treated like family. We welcome you to come visit with us at one of our club meetings or public service events and find out for yourself.


CLUB PRESIDENTS:

2013: K1REZ
2014: KC5IIW
2015: KF5UBZ / KC5IIW
2016: KC5IIW
2017: W5MSV
2018: W5MSV
2019: KF5VVU
2020: K1REZ
2021: N5SPJ

While our primary focus has always been emergency communications and public service, our members also share an interest in a wide variety of other amateur radio activities.

ACTIVITIES WE ENJOY

Emergency Communications
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
National Weather Service SKYWARN
Basic and Advanced Storm Spotting
Offering VE Exams
Elmering: Mentoring New Hams
Mobile Amateur Radio
Pedestrian Amateur Radio
DXing
Collecting QSL Cards
Contesting
Special Event Stations
CW (Morse Code)
FM Repeaters
FM Simplex Operating
HF & VHF Nets
Digital Sound Card Modes
Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS)
Winlink Email over Amateur Radio
APRS Digipeaters
Packet Radio
HSMM-MESH: Broadband HamNet
Antenna Building
NVIS Antennas
Radio Direction Finding
Fox Hunts
Amateur Radio Balloon Launches and Chases
Participating in Public Service Events
Participating in the annual ARRL Field Day
Attending HamFests

EVENTS WE PARTICIPATE IN

Capital City HamFest, February, 2020

Mississippi QSO Party, April 2019

Morton Day in the Park, May, 2020

ARRL Field Day: Last Weekend in June, 2020

MS ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET): First Saturday in August 2020

Forest Wing Dang Doodle, 2020

MS ARRL Day in the Park, 2020


OUR SCHEDULE:

First Thursday of every Month:

Private Dinning Room at Sam's Diner, 5633 Highway 80, Morton, MS 39117

6:00 pm: Dinner and Fellowship

6:15 pm: Club Business Meeting

6:30 pm: Q & A Elmering Session: Have all your questions about Amateur Radio answered.

6:45 pm: Show & Tell Session: Our members are encouraged to bring a piece of amateur radio equipment to show, or tell us about any Amateur Radio activities they have been participating in lately.

7:00 pm: Feature Program: Every month we have a new highly knowledgeable and skilled Amateur Radio Operator deliver a fascinating presentation to us on a wide variety of topics of interest to Amateur Radio Operators.

7:30 pm: VE Session

Guests are always welcomed at the Scott County Amateur Radio Club!
We ARE the friendliest Amateur Radio Club in Central Mississippi!
Guaranteed!



2020'S FEATURED PROGRAMS

JANUARY 2:

Program:
Soldering PL259 Connectors
Presenter: K1REZ, first ARRL/ARES Section Emergency Coordinator for the State of Mississippi.

FEBRUARY 6:

Program:
TBA
Presenter:

MARCH 5:

Program: SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter Certification Course
Presenter: Dan Byrd, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Forecast Office

APRIL 2:

Program: The History and Practice of Morse Code
Presenter:
Mike Duke, K5XU, Mike's interest in amateur radio started at the age of 10. By the time he was 12 years old, he had taught himself Morse Code. After earning a degree in communications with a broadcasting emphasis at Mississippi State University, Mike launched a life-long career in commercial and public radio broadcasting. For the past 26 years, he has been director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Radio Reading Service of Mississippi, which provides on-the-air readings of print media for people unable to read due to visual or other physical disabilities.

MAY 7:

Program: Hurricane Season Prep & The Hurricane Watch Net
Presenter: Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Net Manager of: the Hurricane Watch Net, the International Boat Watch Net, and the Maritime Mobile Network

JUNE 4:

Program: Restoring Antique Radios: Developing a Plan, Troubleshooting Tips, Show & Tell: 1931 Philco Cathedral AM Receiver
Presenter: Wayne Squires, AD5XR, started his electronics career as a Radio & TV Repairman in 1965, a Ground Radio Technician for Delta Airlines in 1968, attended college at night while working for Hughes Air Craft, and retired in 2010 as a Principal Electrical Engineer for Raytheon Space and Airborne Defense Systems.

JULY 2:

Program:
TBA
Presenter:
TBA

AUGUST 6:

Program: TBA
Presenter: TBA

SEPTEMBER 3:

Program: TBA
Presenter: TBA

OCTOBER 1:

Program:
TBA
Presenter: TBA

NOVEMBER 5:

Program:
TBA
Presenter: TBA

DECEMBER 3:

Program:
Club Christmas Party
Presenter: TBA


ATTENDANCE:

You do not have to be a member of the Scott County Amateur Radio Club to attend our special programs, but we ask that if you do plan to attend you contact us in advanced by email letting us know to look for you. Please arrive a little before 7:00 pm. Arrive at 6:30 pm if you would like to eat supper with us. We eat and meet in the room to your right after entering the restaurant.

Driving Directions:

Sam's Diner
5633 Highway 80
Morton, MS 39117

Restaurant Phone Number: (601) 732-2858.

From locations west of Morton (Jackson/Brandon) take I-20 east to Morton Exit 77.
(From locations east of Morton (Forest/Lake) take I-20 west to Morton Exit 77.)

At Exit 77 take highway 13 north to highway 80.
At the highway 80 intersection turn right onto highway 80 and head east.
Sam's Diner is on the right side of the road after passing through the city of Morton.

Look for a couple of cars with Ham Antennas on them.


Scott County Amateur Radio Club

CONTACT US


Postal Mail: P.O. Box 955, Pelahatchie, MS 39145
Email: info@scottCountyARC.org
Phone:
601-750-7961