A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club April 2015




 Bible Verse

Jesus Has Risen / 28:1-10 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me. (NIV)



Next MARC Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 beginning at 10 A.M. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.



MARC Field Day 2015

The Meridian Amateur Radio Club approached the Knights of Columbus on Highway 19 North about possibly using their K of C pavilion for Field Day 2015. After meeting with the building committee they have agreed to allow us to use the pavilion. This location should meet our expectations for wanting a more public venue.

I have started making a list of equipment that a few amateurs said they will bring, but we need your input to truly make this Field Day a big success. Our next business meeting on Saturday, April 4th will be a good opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas.



Memphis FreeFest / ARRL Delta Division Convention in 2015

Totally free and all proceeds go to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital here in Memphis. I have enclosed a flyer. We are also the Delta Division Convention and we have been totally full for past 2 months. We still have some great outside flea spaces. Highlights include: MARS Meeting, Seminars, VE Testing, Concessions
One Day Only, Saturday April 11, 2015 / 9 am to 3 pm. Click Here for the Memphis FreeFest Flyer

Bartlett Station Municipal Center
5868 Stage Road Bartlett, TN
North side of Stage Road just west of Bartlett Blvd.




7701 HITT ROAD Corner of Hitt Rd and Schillinger Rd South
Click Here for Flyer



Northeast Louisiana Regional Ham Radiofest

Come Join us on Saturday April 18, 2015 for our annual Hamfest. Meet friends, enjoy great food, attend forums, or find a great flea market deal! Take I-20 (Exit 120) then East on Frontage Road just past Sam's Club approximately 1 mile. Look for Barak Shrine Temple on right. See Radiofest Flyer here.



Should we weep for amateur radio?
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On an amateur radio mailing list that I subscribe to, one fellow wrote, "I weep for the state of amateur radio in the US, since this dispatch is apparently necessary…" He then pointed to an article on the ARRL web site that reminded hams that while their local time may be switching to daylight time, Universal Coordinated Time did not change (

The implication, of course, was that we have dumbed down ham radio so much that a reminder like this was necessary.

This thread went on and on, eventually garnering 17 different replies. Before it morphed into a discussion of whether or not DST is a good idea in the first place, the replies echoed the sentiment in the original e-mail:

“It’s become a push button, nanny state world, what do you expect, competence?”

“We are truly in a time of appliance operating, not only in ham radio, but in practically every aspect of our lives. :-(“

At first, I had the same reaction. I thought to myself, “How dumb are we getting in ham radio, if guys have to be reminded that UTC doesn’t change when we switch to daylight savings time?” After thinking about this for a while, though, I’ve completely change my mind on this.

I work with a lot of newcomers to amateur radio, and many of them just don’t know how UTC works. This is not their fault—-they just haven’t had the opportunity to deal with UTC. What these old timers (old farts?) didn't realize is that the ARRL article is not directed at them, but at the newcomers to ham radio.

I’ll even go one step further. It’s easy for us old-timers to be dismissive of newcomers’ lack of knowledge, and then complain that amateur radio is getting dumber, but knee-jerk reactions don't usually help anyone involved. A much better approach would be to roll up your sleeves and teach them something. The only way newcomers are going to get to be old timers like us is if we help them learn stuff like this.


When not teaching newbies about UTC, you'll find KB6NU working on updates to his "No Nonsense" study guides, teaching one-day Tech classes, or blogging about amateur radio at





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