A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club November 2017


 Bible Verse

“For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:21-25 ASV



Next MARC Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 beginning at 10 A.M. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.



President's Report

Hello all,

It's been an exciting month so far, maybe this is a good sign that things are on the rise in the world of HAM radio. Back on October 17th I met with a member from the MS. State Guard about what type of radio to put in there office on Key Field Air Base, and the possibility of testing some of their personnel.

That brings us to the next thing of interest, I am little torn by this but I still have to pass on the bad and good news. I must inform y'all that it is sad to say that Rick Morefield is stepping down from helping with the testing for Amateur radio within the club, Rick has been an excellent teacher with the tech classes and has helped several get their ticket to a new and exciting hobby. He will be missed by both the MARC group as well as the ARES group.

Now it is my pleasure to introduce our new head VE for the group, Jim Swiger. Jim and Debbie Swiger will be moving back to Meridian soon and will be becoming active in the MARC club and in the test sessions. Please help us welcome them back to the group, hopefully they will be moved in and able to attend the Christmas social. These events may be a sign we need a tech class and a test session soon, and if all goes well maybe we can have one by mid January.

Come join us in the festivities, meetings and fellowship.

73's Charles Grisham KB5SZJ



Winter Field Day January 27-28 2018

Are you interested in participating in Winter Field Day?

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2017, the dates are January 27th and 28th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 26th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

Find WFD rules here:



Catalogs are about possibilities
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

When I was a kid, I used to regularly get catalogs, such as the Allied Radio and Lafayette Radio catalogs shown below, and pore over them for hours. Even if I couldn't afford to buy the latest Knight-Kit or Lafayette shortwave radio, I could imagine what it would be like. These catalogs were chock full of possibilities.

Allied Electronics Lafayette Radio Electronics
I spent many hours poring over the Allied and Lafayette catalogs as a kid.
These two are from 1968, when I was 13 years old.

So, you can imagine how I felt when, last Thursday, I found both the Autumn/Winter 2017 DX Engineering catalog and the 2018-2019 Newark Electronics/element14 catalog in my mailbox.

DX Engineering has really taken the amateur radio world by storm over the last ten years or so. I probably don't have to tell you about that. If you're an active amateur radio operator, I'm sure that you have heard about-and probably ordered from-DX Engineering.

I think that DX Engineering did a very smart thing by investing the money in a print catalog. There's something about browsing a print catalog that is just more satisfying than browsing online.

DX Engineering has just about everything you need to have fun with amateur radio. The one glaring omission? They still don't carry my study guides!

DX Engineering


The Newark/element14 2018-2019 catalog is a completely different beast. Amateur radio operators are only a small part of Newark/element14's market, but one nonetheless. They have, for example, attended the Dayton Hamvention for many years.

As such, the catalog is not a "ham radio" catalog, but if you build stuff at all you'll find something of interest in its 1,799 pages. It includes nearly any kind of electronic part that you might need.

The section that might you might want to start with is the "makerspace" section. In this section, you'll find Raspberry Pis, BeagleBones, and even micro: bits. They really have everything, though, including passive and active components, connectors, cable, and enclosures.

Element 14

Like I say, these catalogs are all about possibilities. You can search each company's web site and find the parts they carry quickly and easily, but that experience is just not the same as browsing a print catalog and daydreaming about what you might find there.

So, get your own copies-they're free-and page through them. I'd be surprised if you didn't run across something that you didn't know about before, and it gave you some ideas about your next amateur radio project.



Quote of the Day

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.
Marshall McLuhan



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