A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club November 2019


 Bible Verse

Psalm 95:1-3 / Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with Thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods. (NKJV)


Happy Thanksgiving



President's Report

Hello all,

Not much this month except for the upcoming elections. That's right, it's time to nominate who you want in the club positions for next year. Join us at the meeting this month to make your nominations. See you there.

Charles Grisham



Next MARC Business Meeting

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



How to get “plugged in” to the amateur radio community

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

This morning, I found this email in my inbox:

Thank you for your website and great content. I passed the Tech and General tests on Saturday, and I will be taking the Extra exam in November. Your “No Nonsense” guides were very helpful.

I do have a question, though. How do I stay current on what’s happening in the ham world? For example the CQ WW SSB contest was this weekend. How do newbies know this kind of thing? How do we find local or regional hamfests and other events?

This is a great question. Like any special interest, it can seem daunting to get plugged in (pun intended) to the community. Here are a few of my suggestions:

Join the ARRL ( The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is really the place to start for information related to amateur radio.QST, the ARRL’s monthly magazine, includes news about upcoming contests and ARRL-sanctioned hamfests. It also reviews new amateur radio products and provides a wealth of technical information.

In addition to QST, the ARRL publishes many email newsletters that members can subscribe to. For example, Contest Update is a biweekly newsletter that not only lists upcoming contests, but also includes tips on operating contests. The ARES E-Letter is a monthly public service and emergency communications newsletters. There are also email newsletters for ham radio instructors, those interested in DX, legislative matters, and satellite operation.

Join your local club. While the ARRL will help you keep abreast of amateur radio news and events nationally and internationally, if you want to know what going on in amateur radio in your area, you should join your local club. To find clubs near you, go to

Visit the WA7BNM Contest Calendar ( This contest calendar has become my go-to resource for any and all contest information. This site provides detailed information about amateur radio contests throughout the world, including their scheduled dates/times, rules summaries, log submission information and links to the official rules as published by the contest sponsors. Its features include an 8-Day calendar, a 12-Month calendar, and separate calendars for state QSO parties, CW contests, and QRP contests. You can also get a weekly e-mail of contests taking place in an 8-day period (Monday through Monday), as well as a list of contests scheduled for the next week and a list of log submission information for recent contests.

Ham radio blogs. Blogs are also a good way to keep up with what’s going on in amateur radio. I like to think that I do a good job of covering what’s going on in amateur radio, but, of course, I can’t do it all. That being the case, you might also want read other blogs. Other amateur radio blogs that you might want to check out include:

There are a bunch of other good ones out there. Find the ones you like and subscribe to them, so that you get a notification when new items are posted.

Mailing lists. Mailing lists are kind of old school, but if you have a special interest, chances are that there is a mailing list for it. For example, I own an Elecraft KX-3, so I subscribe to the Elecraft KX User Group mailing list ( Many amateur radio mailing lists are migrating to the To find a list, just click on the “Find or Create a Group” link at the top of the page. I just did a search for “amateur radio” and found 910 different amateur radio mailing lists.

Podcasts and videocasts. Podcasts are also another great way to stay up with amateur radio. I’m partial to theICQPodcast ( because I am on the panel once a month. The podcast not only includes a discussion of what’s new in amateur radio, but also a feature, which digs a little deeper into a particular topic. Other great podcasts are Ham Radio Workbench (, and Linux in the Ham Shack ( Internet video shows that are worth checking out are Ham Radio 2.0 (, Ham Radio Now (, and Ham Nation (

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have an amateur radio information resource that you find particular helpful, please let me know.


Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is the author of the KB6NU amateur radio blog (KB6NU.Com), the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides (KB6NU.Com/study-guides/), and often appears on the ICQPodcast ( When he's not trying to keep up with ham radio, he likes to build stuff and  operate CW on the HF bands.



Thanksgiving Devotional by John Blow

We normally think of the Christmas season beginning with Thanksgiving and running through December 31 each year. That seems like a long season, but the importance of the season cannot be observed enough, even if we added more time to the season.

Of course, the Christmas season is made up of so much shopping, which the commercial community likes, but also partying and celebrations. We many times wonder if maybe there is too much celebrating going on. Personally, I think that question should be left to God, because only He knows the right amount.

It is quite apparent by this text we need to be sure we praise Him during this time, and we come before His presence with Thanksgiving. Our fore fathers were wise and obedient to set aside a period for Thanksgiving. Every one of us should have a heart filled with thanks for all the blessings He has provided us during the time since the last designated Thanksgiving. We should also be constantly aware we should not wait until the designated day for thanking Him for all the blessings with which He has endowed us.

Each daily prayer we offer should begin with our thanks to God for the blessing received. Many of the blessings we take for granted are of utmost importance to our life. For instance; without the blessing of sunshine we would become very down, and really not so happy. His sunshine always makes us feel better. Our health and ability to earn a living is another wonderful blessing. We are quick to recognize the Savior when bad breaks or illness, or needs of any kind arise, but we should be just as quick to thank him for the blessings we receive over and above our daily needs.

The psalmist also instructs us to sing unto the Lord and shout unto the Rock of our Salvation. I hope we do not wait until weekly worship service to sing praises to Him. He is pleased when we sing His praises, just as He is when we give Him thanks. Then the reason why we should sing and shout His praise is given to us in verse 3: for the Lord is the Great God and the Great King above all gods. Yes, there are other gods but none like THE GOD we worship. Give thanks, and worship the true and living God.

Have a great week, and may God continue to richly bless us all.



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