A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club October 2004

 Bible Verse

1 Corinthians 10:13 --- No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (NIV)



 Two Great Weekends of Activity

Pennsylvania QSO Party Oct. 9 & 10
Jamboree On The Air Oct. 16 & 17

The Pennsylvania QSO Party, one of the most popular state QSO parties, will be held this weekend October 9 & 10, 2004. If you are a station in Pennsylvania the whole country will be trying to work you. If you are outside the state test your skill at trying to contact the PA stations and see if you are able to get a clean sweep by working all 67 counties. There is a plaque available for the accomplishment. There are also many other certificates and plaques for the many categories including a first time entrant category.

Complete rules and information can be had at

There are also links to download free PAQP logging software.

Native Pennsylvanian, Dan Miller, K3UFG will be operating the contest from W1AW. He will be looking for those Pennsylvania counties.

Yours truly, another native Pennsylvanian, could not coordinate my trip back to PA for this event so I will be QRV from CT. W1AW

Again this year W1AW will be hosting local scouts on Saturday October 16th for JOTA. The focus this year will be "merit badge in a day." Mark Spencer, WA8SME, will be hosting the event. He will be using a Texas developed syllabus that will lead to the scouts achieving the radio merit badge during their participation in JOTA at the station. There will be two settings for the training, 8 to 12 and 12 to 4. So far there are about 20 scouts signed up to participate in the program. Anyone is welcome to stop by to participate in JOTA.

225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06011

Special Event Station N1S Announced

The New Hampshire Section of the ARRL, the New Hampshire Amateur Radio Service Club (WB1BSA) and the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum proudly announce the FCC has granted the callsign N1S to the Max I. Silber Memorial Station that will be operating for the 47th Jamboree-On-The-Air on Saturday, October 16th 2004.

Max I. Silber, known as "Uncle Max" to Scouters worldwide, was devoted to Scouting and youth. Because of that dedication, he was presented with every honor for service to youth, religion and community. In Scouting, he received the Silver Beaver, the Silver Antelope for service at the regional level, and the Silver Buffalo for exceptional service at the national level. For many, many years Max Silber was a presence at Eagle courts of honor across New Hampshire. The Daniel Webster Council's National Eagle Scout Association Chapter is named in honor of Max.

N1S will be operating primarily on 20m and 40m in both phone and SSTV modes from 10am-6pm eastern time. As with the mission of Jambroee On The Air, we will be encouraging Scouts and their Leaders to try their hand at Amateur Radio in many cases for the first time. It has, as always, been our goal to share our love for amateur radio as well as to encourage new folks to learn about what we do and potentially become hams themselves. In addition to the on-air activity, we will also be offering Radio Merit Badge Classes and activities for Cub Scouts that will work towards their various communications awards.

Information about the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum and Max I. Silber Library can be found at:


I will be QRV from Bowmansville, PA on the Lancaster & Berks County line 10/15 - 10/16. I will have my usual camping station set up consisting of Yaesu FT-897 with SGC tuner and a wire antenna in a tilted L configuration.

Operation will be mostly 40m SSB but will look at 20m & 17m for JOTA activity.

(I tried to convince the XYL to make this trip for PAQP but we had to accommodate other family members.)

More information about JOTA can be found at: -and-

73, Norm Fusaro, W3IZ

ARRL Affiliated Club/Mentor Program Manager
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06011


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