THE SPARK GAP
A monthly publication of the Meridian
Amateur Radio ClubJune 2020
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
John 14:1-7 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Well June is here and from what I have seen from ARRL about field day, it looks like most hams will be operating from home this year. I have been thinking about the winter field day and wondering if it might be better for us than the upcoming summer one. I'm open to any suggestions on this.
I went to the Checkerboard on Tuesday to see what the schedule was like for Saturday. I was informed that they were open Sunday through Friday. Saturday is still out at the moment. I'm open to any suggestions on holding our meetings at another place. We are holding our meetings on the air and have had some members show up that haven't been at a meeting in quite a while. This is good, but I sure do miss getting to fellowship with y'all.
Pray for our Frontline workers and First Responders. Also pray for all the rest of our Emergency family as they protect us from the elements of anarchy.
Charles Grisham, KB5SZJ
Next MARC Business Meeting
Currently canceled unless you would like to meet on the W5FQ repeater?
Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020
Multiple climate factors indicate above-normal activity is most likely. An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. See full article: 2020_atlantic hurricane_season
Are you and your equipment ready?
Black Warrior Hamfest - CANCELED
The BWHF team regretfully announces that our 2020 Hamfest is cancelled. We were hoping to reschedule in June or July, but due to the presence of too many unknowns and how those would affect our vendors and attendees, we decided to cancel this year and focus on 2021. Sorry for the news, and we hope to see all of you between now and then at another hamfest.
Let's get creative this year on Field Day
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
|Since many of us are still hunkering down, and that doesn't look like it's going to change much by the end of June, Field Day is going to be a lot different this year. Our club has cancelled our club event, and I'm really going to miss helping newcomers operate the GOTA station, the food, and all the camaraderie. That doesn't mean that Field Day can't still be fun, though. Let's' get creative!
First, note that the ARRL has modified the Field Day rules for this year. The biggest change is that Class D stations, that is home stations using commercial power, can now work other Class D stations for points. Previously, this wasn't allowed.
The second change is that the ARRL will publish aggregate club scores this year. In previous years, this was only done for Class A and Class F entries. Remember, though, Field Day isn't a contest (yeah, right!).
Personally, I plan to operate 1B-Battery. I'm going to set up my KX3 on the front deck and power it with a LiFePo battery charged by a recently-acquired solar panel to get the 100 point bonus for alternate power. For an antenna, I plan to set up my 20m/40m fan inverted-V "GOTA antenna" in the front yard.
I'm going to shoot for other bonus points, too:
- copy the bulletin-no brainer.
- promote my location on social media-I am going to get on NextDoor and invite neighbors over to watch from an acceptable "social distance".
- put some literature down at the bottom of the hill near the street and claim a public information table.
- send a press release to the local online paper and claim a media publicity credit.
- perhaps get someone under 20 to come and operate while I coach from an acceptable "social distance".
If Class B isn't your cup of tea, check out the presentation, "Field Day and Social Distancing," by Anthony, K8ZT. It has a lot of great ideas, including ideas on how to operate mobile (Class C).
Field Day doesn't have to be a downer this year. Get creative and have some fun.
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 (icqpodcast.com). When he's not thinking up new ways to enjoy Field Day, he likes to build stuff and operate CW on the HF bands.
Ham Radio Testing
I would like to help Meridian Amateur Radio Club. I am a fellow ham and I want to help future hams to get their licenses and current hams to upgrade their existing licenses by creating free content online. Which is why I started the YouTube channel HamRadioTesting
At this time, I have three main course offerings on YouTube, one for each ham exam.
- The Tech Exam Playlist (07-01-2018 to 06-30-2022 Question Pool) Click Here
- The General Exam Playlist (07-01-2019 to 06-30-2023 Question Pool) Click Here
- The Amateur Extra Exam Playlist (07-01-2020 to 06-30-2024 Question Pool) Click Here
In case you were wondering, yes, that is the material for the new question pool for the Amateur Extra Test that comes out in July. The book isn’t even out yet. That didn’t stop me from getting this content out to you, for free.
So, we come to our Jerry Maguire moment where I ask you to “Help me, help you”. In order for me to help you, I am asking you to check out my content, share it and please feel free to reach out to me with suggestions for improvement or future content.
Together we will make Amateur Radio the most popular and exciting hobby/sport in the world.
73' Ham Radio Testing
Quote of the Month
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Have a BLESSED month!
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