K5TYP--Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Clubs' started by N3AWS, Jun 29, 2019.

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  1. N5TF

    N5TF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was a member of Club for many years. Myself and Phil Hunsberger. I was Treasurer and several other positions during the 90s. We did many equipment upgrades while in Dorm area. Had arranged antique QSTs and all QSL cards. I was told they were all thrown out. What a treasure that was destroyed. I would like to see the club resurrected and could help as my health allows.
     
  2. K5OP

    K5OP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey Jim,

    Are you still around? I haven't heard from you since the retirement. I figured with all of the holiday season kicking off about that time you'd be busy with moving back here and family with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years etc. And now Mardi Gras is behind us. I was hoping you'd resurface. Several people been talking and asking about the future of the K5TYP repeater. One as recently as last night. I had a meeting with Tom Hammock W4WLS who is the Harrison County EC for ARRL-ARES and he was asking me if I had heard anything about it. Turns out we've found 5 hams working in the 81MDG, 2 in clinical lab, 2 in systems, and 1 dentist in the 81st dental (which is now in the new wing of the hospital)

    I tracked down the K5TYP callsign trustee. He's not licensed, civil service guy who worked in the Sablich Center, but now he is the Director of the 72 FSS at Tinker AFB. I have all of his contact information. I'm concerned because the license expires next April. So we have 12 months to make sure it gets renewed and put into the hands of someone local. All of the club's equipment qsl cards, etc. is still in 2 rooms in the Locker House. The building custodian is more than willing to let us get access at any time. I can be found on the 145.110 Jackson County repeater (tone of 123.0) or 146.730 (136.5 tone) around 0630-0700 and from 1630-1700 most days, and various times through out the evening when driving around. Net time on 145.11 is Wednesdays at 2000.

    Jimmy - K5OP
     
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  3. N3AWS

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    Hi Jimmy,

    I'm still stuck in Vacaville, CA close to Travis. I retired on time (Sept 30) and then a whole lot of things started to go wrong--nothing really awful but just enough to complicate me leaving CA and heading back to MS.

    With fingers crossed, I should be leaving for MS in about 10 days. A friend of my wife is going to tow our trailer back--my wife's truck was in two accidents, both of which damaged the trailer hitch.

    My wife and I are selling our house in Jacksonville, FL and have to be there for the closing on 30 March.

    I hope to meet you soon!

    73,

    JIm N3AWS
     
  4. KN4OK

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    I was there back in 78-79. Visited the shack many times and built my HW-8 while I was going to school there.
     
  5. K5OP

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    I hope everything is well. Sorry to hear you had unexpected things go wrong. It's the 19th and I'm just now finding this reply so by your numbers you should already be back here unless COVID-19 has hindered that. We just received our 3rd case within the Singing River Hospital system (OS) yay...(sarcasm)... I was just talking to the IT Manager here in systems and he bought a Baofeng UV5R dual-band and he's anxious to see the repeater. I think he's interested in getting his license. If that happens we'll have 6 people in the MDG who are licensed. One thing I'm concerned with is that the holder of the club call is no longer here. He's the FSS director at Tinker, and I suspect he probably doesn't know his name is on the FCC ULS as the trustee. The license expires in 2021 so something needs to start happening right now while he's reachable. Hope your house closing goes well.

    73, Jimmy K5OP.
     
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  6. K5OP

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    Hey Dave welcome to the thread.... I have an HW-8 too. Nice to hear some more former members on here.
     
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  7. N3AWS

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    Hi Jimmy et al.

    I just got back to Moss Point yesterday evening.

    Does anyone know if they are restricting access to the base due to COVID-19?

    73,

    Jim N3AWS
     
  8. K5OP

    K5OP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Currently we are at HPCON CHARLIE. Gate 3 and 7 (White Ave/Pass Rd) are the only two gates open. Commissary and fuel station are open for business. BX is restricted to essential personnel and dependents, BX drive-thru pharmacy is the only pharmacy being used. MDG has 2 controlled entry points, The main clinic doors by the pharmacy, and the ER doors. All others are secured. Access to the hospital is currently all staff, and patients seeking treatment and appointments. This is as of MAR 23 2020. Things may escalate within the next 24 hours. As of right now I've been removed from essential personnel status, and was given authorization to telework, so I'm going to begin teleworking from home tomorrow morning until we return to HPCON ALPHA. This is going to force me to pull my ICOM IC-7000 out of the go kit and set it up on my desk next to the work laptop and I might setup my 20meter buddipole with it and do some DXing off and on.

    We were up stairs at the repeater again, first time in 3 years and everything is still there untouched.

    BTW, you can find me often monitoring the 145.1100 Vancleave Repeater (- 600) with a tone of (136.5 hz) or the MSCARA Biloxi repeater 146.7300 (- 600) also on 136.5 hz. If you hear me give a shout back.
     
  9. N3AWS

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    I don’t know anything about how to go about changing the trustee for the club license. I will probably go to the MDG and see if they want to register me if they are looking for recent retirees. The number of cases on the Gulf Coast keeps going up.

    i will have to dig out my 706mk IIg and get at least a 2 meter antenna up.

    73

    Jim N3AWS
     
  10. W4HWD

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    I was at Keesler in late ‘94 and early ‘95. The station was set up in the “student triangle” right behind my barracks (333rd TRS). I paid a couple bucks dues and became a member. I was up there alot and I was usually the only one in there! The door to the shack was a locked fence-type door (I wanna say AFOSI had an office right next door in that same building but can’t remember). The rig was (I think) an Icom 730 driving (I know) a Collins 30L-1. The antennas were a yagi on a short tower and a delta loop for 80 and 40m. I would go up there and check into the NC Evening Net and Tarheel Emergency Net, which was tough from Biloxi since it was still daylight out and the 75m band was noisy. Good times. If I remember correctly the trustee at that time was an active-duty doctor over at the base hospital - his name escapes me. I wanna say the 2m repeater was located at the hospital too. While most young airman were hitting the casinos or doing dumb things with other dumb airman over at Senõr Frogs or over in Slidell I was in the shack. I also rented airplanes at the base aero club when I was there. Fun times.
     
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