A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club November 2020


 Bible Verse

James 3:7-12
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.


Happy Thanksgiving



President's Report

Hello all,

Digital radio is alive and well, packet messages are buzzing on the airwaves HF and VHF. Digital voice conversations are also on the rise. If you have a TNC or if you have a sound card interface, now may be the time to get back active. We will start having a small training session after each meeting beginning in January. VHF dipole building will be the first thing on the list. If you have something you would like to see in training or if you would like to volunteer for one of the sessions. Please get with me and we will get a date set.

See you at the meeting,

73's Charles Grisham




Next MARC Business Meeting

The next business meeting will be held at the Western Sizzlin Restaurant located on North Frontage Road on Saturday, November 7th beginning at 11 A.M. Come join us for coffee, lunch, and fellowship. Mask are required to enter. We will meet in the back room, so we can space ourselves at least six feet apart. Hope you can join us!



AMSAT 2020 Space Symposium video now online

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

The 38th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting was held online on October 17, 2020. I'm kinda bummed about this because I just joined AMSAT, but somehow, I managed to miss this event. Fortunately, the symposium was recorded and is now online, and I've been enjoying watching the video:

Amateur Radio Satellitw Corporation


The video includes updates on AMSAT projects and presentations on amateur satellite technology. For details on presenter names and presentation titles, visit the AMSAT web site. AMSAT members can access the Symposium Proceedings on the AMSAT web site as well.

(The proceedings for all the AMSAT Symposiums are available there as well, but you do have to be an AMSAT member.)

Here’s a list of the different presentations on the video and the times at which they start:

0:00:00 Welcome

0:02:07 AMSAT GOLF-TEE System Overview and Development Status

0:43:02 GOLF IHU Coordination

1:19:10 GOLF Downlink Coordination

1:50:15 FUNcube Next

2:13:50 LunART – Luna Amateur Radio Transponder

2:45:35 CatSat HF Experiment Overview

3:13:30 Neutron-1 CubeSat

3:39:58 Progress and Development of Open Source Electric Propulsion for Nanosats and Picosats

4:15:00 AMSAT Education

5:14:00 ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) / AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration)

6:14:00 AMSAT Engineering

7:21:16 AMSAT Annual General Meeting

So far, I’ve only watched the GOLF-TEE System Overview and the AMSAT Education presentation. They were both interesting and I’m looking forward to watching the others.

I really hadn’t been keeping up with AMSAT lately, so the the presentation on the GOLF project was definitely news to me. GOLF is an ambitious project aimed at sending up high Earth orbit (HEO) satellites. GOLF is short for “Greater Orbits Larger (user communication) Footprints.” This is really pretty exciting stuff.

Watching these presentations really gives one an appreciation for the work that goes into the design of these satellites and the technical skills and dedication of the hams working on these projects. These guys are not getting paid to do any of this work, and as Eric Skoog, K1TVV, the GOLF System Engineer said in his presentation, “Space is hard.”


Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is the author of the KB6NU amateur radio blog (KB6NU.Com), the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides (, and often appears on the ICQPodcast ( When he's not trying to work the satellites, he teaches online ham radio classes and operates CW on the HF bands.



Lauderdale Repeater Group w5LRG
146.970 - ki5fw/R (pl 100hz)
444.500 + w5LRG/R
145.410- no5c/R w/100hz tone access

GE to all: It is the time of year for both the Lauderdale Repeater Group and Meridian Amateur Radio Club to jointly pay for Liability Insurance to cover both groups and repeater sites. This year’s premium remains the same price of $325.00 for a one year policy. Both groups will pay half of the premium ($162.50 each). I urge everyone to help pay for this expense. If you use any one of / or both repeaters just remember these things do not stay on the air all by themselves. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Dennis NO5C

Contributions can be mailed to:
Lauderdale Repeater Group w5LRG
c/o: Dennis Carpenter
7760 Vanzyverden Road
Meridian, MS 39305



Quote of the Month

Don't wait until the fourth Thursday in November to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!

Charmaine J. Forde



Have a BLESSED month!


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