A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club October 2015


 Bible Verse

“Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil: It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones.

My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof: For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.”

Proverbs 3:5-8, 11-12, 24, 35 ASV



Quote of the Day

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. - John Steinbeck



President Report

I want to start off by saying thanks to everyone who showed up to the Tech class this past weekend (9-26) at the EMEPA building. We had a great turnout and eve had some people taking again as a refresher before they take their General class test. The test session is slated for Saturday October 10th and is open to anyone who is interested on trying to advance to the next level. The test session will be held In the EMEPA building, please if you are planning the test and was not part of the class please pre-register so we can make sure to have the proper test on hand. Also I would like to thank our volunteer instructors for this class, Richard Morefield AE5FE and Gary White KF5MWE, we appreciate all you do for us. I would like to thank Charles White for the invitation and EMEPA for Hosting us and letting us use the auditorium for the class.

The swapfest is coming up at the end of October, if you don't have a table you need to register for yours today. The swapfest will be held in the meeting room behind the Checker Board, doors open early for setup then will open at 8am to the public. The tables are open for sale of radios, computers, arts and crafts, and anything else that is legal to sell.

The repeater and digi are sharing power at this point till a new power supply can be acquired. Here are just a few improvements that will be taking place in the near future. The coax inside the repeater hut will be changed out because of the number of connections between the hard line and the radios, this will also include the installation of the lightning arrestors in the lines as well. A new rack structure will be installed to house the repeater and the digi instead of being spread out all in the room. Gary White KF5MWE has offered to bring some equipment to test another hard line in the hut. If this hard line is good we will make a recommendation to purchase a new dual band antenna for use on the digi to improve the range of coverage.

See you at the meeting!

73's Charles KB5SZJ



Next MARC Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 beginning at 10 A.M. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.



2nd Annual Meridian Swap Fest

Please remember the Swap Fest coming up this month on Saturday, October 24th from 8 AM to 1 PM. The MERIDIAN SWAPFEST will be held in The Checker Board Restaurant Convention Room on South Frontage Rd, Meridian, MS.

Located between Exits 152 and 153... Exit 152 if driving east and Exit 153 if driving west.

Admission is $3 per person or $5 for family. Tables are only $5 each and includes 1 FREE entry. Children under 12 are free.

Talk in on the 146.700 / R PL 100 MHz.

Breakfast and Lunch buffet available inside The Checker Board Restaurant.




Start an amateur radio virtuous circle

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On the ham_instructor Yahoo Group ( recently, we talked about the classes that we are going to be offering this fall. About his Tech class, Bob, K0NR, noted, “Currently have about 30 students signed up. We keep thinking we’ll run out of interested people but they keep coming.”

I’ve noticed the same thing here, too. I keep thinking that I am going to run out of people to teach, but I have no problem at all filling my classes. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the more people that have taken my class, the more people there are that want to take it.

Of course, this makes perfect sense. If there are more people out there who have amateur radio licenses, there are more people out there talking about amateur radio, and actually doing amateur radio. And, the more people out there talking about and doing amateur radio, the more likely it is that other people will become interested in amateur radio and get their licenses as well.

It’s an amateur radio “virtuous circle.”

What does this tell you? Well, if you’re in a place where amateur radio seems to be dying out, or belong to a club that is slowly fading away, start a class! I think every club should hold classes at least once a year, even if that first class has only one or two students. Those first few students are the start of your virtuous circle.

Don’t know how to start a class? I can help you there. Start by reading my blog post, "Teaching a one-day class"
( It has a lot of practical information, including tips on how to select a venue, how to publicize the class, how to get people to sign up for the class, and finally, how to teach the class.

You might also want to join the ham_instructor mailing list I mentioned earlier. It's a relatively low-volume list, but the subscribers have a lot of experience that you can tap into.

Also, get a copy of my free Tech study guide ( Not to brag (well, OK I am bragging), but it I really think that it's the best study guide for a one-day class. The study guide presents the topics in exactly the same order as I cover them in class. Read through it and you'll see what I mean.

If you need more help, or even just some encouragement, e-mail me, and I’ll do what I can to help you. Seriously.


When not teaching ham classes or publishing amateur radio study guides, Dan, KB6NU, operates CW on the HF bands (mostly 40m and 30m). His #1-rated amateur radio blog can be found at KB6NU.Com, and you can e-mail questions, comments, or complaints to




Basic Ham Radio Operator's Class

Pictures from Saturday September 26, 2015
Photos courtesy of Gary White, KF5MWE

Thank you to all those that came out for the tech class. We had about 15 take the class and only a few were already licensed so it will be nice to have some new hams in the area. We even had a few young ones take the class and they are very excited about the idea of getting licensed as techs and getting on the air. Thank you to EMEPA for letting us use your conference room. It worked out well for all of us and thank you to those that taught the class free of charge.

Test session will be held on October 10th at EMEPA auditorium. Exam registration starts at 8 a.m.

Shelley Ki6des


Basic Ham Radio Operator’s Class

Basic Ham Radio Operator’s Class

Basic Ham Radio Operator’s Class





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