A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club April 2016


 Bible Verse

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ / Romans‬ ‭6:1-7, 23

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.



President's Report

Hope everyone is ready for field day, it's not far around the corner and we can use your help to make it successful. We are looking for a possible site to use this year and can use some input from you. If you can make it to the meeting at the beginning of each month and share your thoughts we would appreciate it, and you can join in the fellowship with your fellow hams.

I have been out to the repeater site again and made some minor changes. I believe the receiver is doing better now but still needs more adjusting. A test was ran on 26th and from hwy145 and 45 with an S6 at the intersection. This test proves we can improve the repeater quality and service to the community.

Please spread the word and let's try to pick up attendance at the meetings this year.

God Bless and 73's
Charles KB5SZJ



Next MARC Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, April 2nd 2016 beginning at 10 A.M. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.


Northeast Louisiana Hamfest

Mark your calendar now: the Northeast Louisiana Hamfest in Monroe, LA, will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Barak Shrine Temple in Monroe. This is the same location as the last few years. At present some of the planning in incomplete. Updated hamfest information will be at You will be notified again when everything (specifically Grand Prizes, Forums) has been determined.

If you want to go ahead and register a table, that can be done now at Look at the table layout, and if you would like to make a table selection, put the table number(s) in the “Other information” box.

73, Hamfest Committee



Memphis FreeFest


Start Date: 04/09/2016
End Date: 04/09/2016
Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center
5868 Stage Road Bartlett, TN Web site:
Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association (MARA)
Talk-In: 147.03 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Anthony Tony Brignole , WA4KHN
2444 Lacosta Drive Bartlett, TN 38134
Phone: 901-372-2738



Social Media and Ham Radio

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

In the last ten years, there's been an explosion in social media. I've found some to be really great. Others, I haven't found to be to my liking. Here are my opinions on a few of the most popular social media web sites:

* Twitter (twitter. com). I like Twitter. I have more than 3,000 followers on Twitter, and it’s not only helped me sell more books, I’ve found out about a lot of great projects, and I’ve met and corresponded with a lot of great hams there. It’s a lot of fun. If you have a Twitter account, follow me there. I'm @kb6nu.

* Facebook ( I have a Facebook account and I even have a page for my study guides. I don’t like using Facebook, though, and avoid it when I can.

* Reddit (reddit. com/r/amateurradio). Reddit hosts a very active amateur radio forum. What I like about Reddit is that these guys, unlike say the forums on eHam. Net or QRZ. Com are really interested in doing stuff, not just complaining or arguing. A lot of the hams on Reddit, and it’s associated IRC channel (talk about retro!), #redditnet, have used my study guides, and apparently, I’m quite popular there.

* Blab (blab. im). Blab is an interesting concept. It’s kind of like an interactive podcast. You can record the blab sessions and then post them to YouTube or your own web site. When I suggested having a regular Blab session to talk about ham radio topics to my blog readers, they weren't very enthusiastic about it. Even so, I think that I'm just going to do it. Sometimes you just gotta go with your gut, and my gut says this could be fun and eventually popular. Blab is integrated with Twitter, so if you follow me on Twitter, you'll find out when I'm blabbing.

The biggest problem with participating on these social networks, of course, is that it takes a lot of time, time that could be used for building stuff or getting on the air. Even so, I would say that, overall, using them has certainly increased my enjoyment of amateur radio and has connected me to people that I probably would not have connected with otherwise.

What do you think? What social media accounts do you have? Which do you prefer? What have they done for you?


When he's not blabbing or tweeting, KB6NU likes to work CW, build stuff, and teach ham radio classes. He's also a prolific blogger (www. kb6nu. com) and the author of the "No Nonsense" amateur radio license study guides (www. kb6nu. com/study-guides). If you have any comments, questions, compliments, or complaints, email him at



Quote of the Day

I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration.

William P. Young



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