A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club October 2019


 Bible Verse

Ephesians 3:14-21 / Prayer for the Ephesians
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)



President's Report

Hello all,

Please keep the prayers going for CJ as he continues to heal and do therapy. Hopefully soon he can rejoin us at the meetings.

Lots of new things going on and continued efforts are greatly appreciated. The EOC is still a work in progress as we move forward with the efforts but still more to do. Packet should be restored soon and Winlink is being added to our list of things to utilize there. We will soon hold a discussion on a RACES group for the EOC. Anyone wanting to participate is welcome.

Classes are being discussed but no dates are set at this time.

What are your thoughts on DMR. Come to the meeting and lets discuss. See you there.

73's Charles Grisham KB5SZJ



Vice President's Report

There is a Gofund Me in place for CJ Caufield. He was involved in a serious vehicle accident and does not have Insurance. They are trying to raise One Hundred Thousand Dollars.

We did four Nets this Month with a total of 52 Check ins.

Everyone stay safe & Keep On Praying

Frank KF5ETN



Next MARC Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held at the Checker Board Restaurant on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 10 A.M. Come join us for breakfast, coffee and fellowship.



Bidding in ARRL Online Auction Begins on October 17

More than 230 items will go on the block as bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC) for the 14th Annual ARRL Online Auction. The auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST. An auction preview opens on Monday, October 14.

The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items, plus the ARRL Lab team has contributed four of its very popular “mystery boxes.”

Some premier “Product Review” items up for bid include the Elecraft KAP 1500 legal-limit HF and 6-meter linear amplifier, the Icom IC-7310 HF and 6-meter transceiver, the Palstar LA-1K 160 – 6 meter amplifier, the FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6400M HF and 6-meter SDR transceiver, the Kenwood TS-890 HF and 6-meter transceiver, and many more items.

The auction will also offer items donated from the popular television series Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, an actual radio amateur who portrays the fictional Mike Baxter, KA0XTT, in the show, which has featured ham radio in some episodes.

Among book offerings in the auction are the “sold out” 2019 Handbook Boxed Set, a special defense edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook from 1942, and a 1949 ARRL Antenna Book.

Proceeds from the annual Online Auction benefit ARRL education programs. These include activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) training, offer continuing technical and operating education, and create instructional materials.

All bidders must register (your arrl. org user ID and password will not work on the auction site). If you have registered for a previous ARRL Online Auction, you may use the same log-in information. If you have forgotten your user ID or password, click on the “Help” tab for instructions on how to retrieve these credentials. Make sure your correct address and other information are up to date. The auction site only accepts Visa and MasterCard.



Hamfest Chattanooga 2019

Host of the 2019 ARRL Delta Division Convention & Tennessee State D-STAR Convention 2019. Hosted by the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club. Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19, 2019

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee join us at one of the longest running and still growing Amateur Radio conventions in the country…41 years of fun, fellowship, learning, and celebration of Amateur Radio.

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Quote of the Month

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." --William Jennings Bryan



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