A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club December 2011


 Bible Verse


Merry Christmas

Luke 2:15-20 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (NIV)



MARC Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 10th beginning at 12 Noon until 2 p.m. at the home of Ross and Wanda Wingo, 3416 Causeyville Whynot Rd, Causeyville, MS (see directions below). Please call Wanda (601) 644-3777 or Debbie (601) 626-0053 if you have any questions.

If you wish to participate in gift exchange, please bring a gift and limit the cost to $5. The club will provide a meat tray and drinks. You are asked to bring a potluck dish however this is not a requirement. If you are not sure what to bring, please call Wanda or Debbie for a few suggestions. We look forward to seeing all of you at the Christmas party.

Driving directions to 3416 Causeyville Whynot Rd, Causeyville, MS

  • From Meridian take Hwy 19 South toward Butler, AL
  • Drive approximately 12 miles
  • Drive past MARS Manufactured Mobile homes on right
  • The next crossroad is Causeyville Whynot Rd
  • Turn right onto Causeyville Whynot Rd
  • Drive approximately 2.3 miles
  • Destination will be on the left (Look for “WINGO” sign and balloon



President’s Report

I was unable to attend our November business meeting, so I really appreciate and thank our Vice President, Dennis NO5C for filling in for me. There were no nominations for new officers. I hope we will have a few step up to the plate to give us old timers a breather. During this month’s meeting we will be electing officers to represent us for 2012.

Please note: The December business meeting will be held during the Christmas party and not at the Saturday morning breakfast. Please try to attend the Christmas party and business meeting on December 10th. Time: 12 Noon to 2 p.m.

A most gracious THANK YOU to the Wingo family for hosting our Christmas party again this year. If you plan on attending, please call Wanda (601) 644-3777 to let her know, so we can be sure to have plenty of seats for everyone.

Thank all of you that have stepped up to help me with various activities that were held this year. Without your help, support and participation the president’s job would have been a lot more difficult if not impossible. I appreciate each one of you. God bless you and have a very Merry Christmas.

73, Darrell, W5MAV



Carving Out Time for Ham Radio
BY Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On a recent episode of This Week in Tech (, Leo Laporte, W6TWT, mentions ham radio, and a guest asks him how much time he is spending on the air. Leo, who just recently got his Tech license says "Zero!" and laughs.

This is not uncommon. Lots of people seem to get a ham radio license and then do very little with it. I think one reason for this is that they don't take into account how much time the hobby really can eat up.

They get their ticket because it seems like a cool thing to do, but then they have to carve out some time to actually be a ham radio operator. Even if you don't make any of your own gear, setting up a station takes time, and then there is the operating time, of course. Carving time out of busy schedules-and I would guess that Laporte has a pretty busy schedule being the owner of TWiT-is a challenge.

I see things like this all the time. At one ham radio club meeting that I attended, the club vice president asked, "OK, here's the question of the month. How many of you actually got on the air in the past month." Less than half of those in attendance raised their hands. Geez, I thought to myself, why do they even bother to come to meetings if they don't get on the air?

Making time for ham radio So, if you're a busy person, how do you make time for ham radio? Well, being the Internet geek that I am, I Googled, "making time for things you love." I got a lot of links to sites that talked about work-life balance and some new-age blogs, but none of them offered much in the way of concrete advice.

Then, I Googled "make time for hobbies" and right off the bat, I found two good articles - 7 Creative Ways to Make Time For Your Creative Hobby!

( and 5 Ways to Make Time for Your Hobby ( Both articles offered very similar advice. Here are four points that both made:

1. Schedule it. Set aside a specific time during which you're going to do ham radio. Don't let that time get pre-empted.

2. Designate a place in your home for ham radio. Having to set up your radios or dig out your tools every time you want to operate or build something is not much fun and wastes a lot of time. Having a "shack" and a workspace designated for your projects will let you spend more time on the fun stuff.

3. Partner up. Arranging to work with another ham will make it harder to blow off ham radio for some other activity. Besides, it's a lot of fun to do things with other hams. If you're a newly licensed ham, find an Elmer. There really are plenty around who would be willing to help you.

4. Create a project plan. Setting up an amateur radio station is no small feat. Breaking it down into smaller chunks will make it seem more doable, and you'll get a feeling of accomplishment when you meet your in-between goals.

There's so much to learn and do in amateur radio that it can seem quite overwhelming. I think that's one reason why so many Techs never really get into the hobby and why some experienced hams drift away. I think if you follow the advice above, though, you'll not only find the time to pursue amateur radio, but get a lot more out of it.


When he's not down in his shack, working with a friend on yet another amateur radio project, Dan writes amateur radio study guides. You can find them on his website at Make some time to e-mail him at



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