Upcoming Events

Mon Dec 05 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Jim, KI4HQO, ncs
Mon Dec 05 @ 8:00PM - 08:30PM
10 Meter Sideband Net (N1LN ncs)
Tue Dec 06 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Stephen, WA1USS, ncs
Tue Dec 06 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
DFMA Meeting
Tue Dec 06 @ 6:01PM - 08:30PM
DFMA Christmas Dinner Party
Wed Dec 07 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Welcome to the Durham FM Association

The Durham FM Association is a group of friendly amateur radio operators interested in all aspects of amateur radio service. Members in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and surrounding areas of North Carolina enjoy operating through VHF and UHF repeaters sponsored and maintained by the club.

Currently the club operates FM voice repeaters on 145.450-, 147.225+, 224.260-, 444.100+ PL:100.0 and 444.450+ MHz (the plus and minus indicating standard offsets on the respective bands).

We normally meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month (see Calendar) with Dinner (optional) at 6:00pm and the business meeting and program at 7:00pm.  We are meeting at Bullock's BBQ, on 3330 Quebec Drive in Durham. [click for map] (For more info on each meeting, check the Calendar entry.)

Our club runs a great hamfest toward the end of May each year. Thia year DurHamFest was at a new location!  Set just off I85 in Durham, it was in the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road Durham, NC 27705. Dealers sell new and used equipment, books, and parts in an air-conditioned facility.  Outside, "tailgaters" also offer a wide variety of used, lightly used and some new equipment and supplies. Besides the buying, selling, and trading, door prizes and fellowship with old and new friends make this a really fun event. (Click on the DurHamFest tab above for more information.)

Dec 6 Program: DFMA Christmas Party Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:58

Continuing a tradition of having the DFMA pick up the club member's tab for our December Holiday Dinner Meeting, we will meet at Bullock's Barbecue Restaurant in Durham starting around 6:00pm. You will be able to order from the menu. Each member may also bring one guest. This Christmas dinner is the program. Bring your spouse or friend!

This is our Christmas Meeting! In that tradition you may (optionally):


* Bring a Christmas gift for a child to be distributed to needy families. If wrapped, mark gender and age range on the outside. If not wrapped, that's fine too. If you have one -- a gift bag would work too.

* The Club will make its annual gift. It will be split between the Food Bank of North Carolina and the Durham Rescue Mission. We will be passing the "hat" for additional personal contributions to these causes. (Some members will drop a check in the hat made out to the charity of their choice -- we will forward it -- the cancelled check may be useful at tax time.)

All gifts are optional - bring the gift of your presence for all to enjoy!


There will be no program as such. However, be ready to relate "Ham Radio New Years Resolutions" - what are your ham radio goals for the coming year. Do you finally want to go to Dayton? Do you plan to put up (or take down) a tower? Are you finally going to put together a real "go kit". Is Morse code in your future? We hope you'll be ready to share your ham radio dreams.

Bullock's Bar B Cue

3330 Quebec Dr
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-3211

(Between: Lasalle St & Mountainview Ave)
(Near: Lasalle St N & Hillsborough Rd)

[click here for map]



The Link is one this Website Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 19:01

Starting with this month, our monthly newsletter The Link will appear on this website.  The Link will continue to be emailed directly to paid up DFMA members.  The web edition is identical to the mailed version except that some financial information has been excised from the web version.

At this time, a number of back issues have also been posted.  It is likely that more of this "historical record" will be posted in the future.

To get to The Link, click on the last entry in the main menu (to left of the page).  What to click on from there should be obvious.

(Making The Link more public was proposed by a member and approved by the DFMA Board at its October meeting.  Thanks to our Link editor, Skip WB4P, for making the two version available in suitable form.)

Nov 1 Program: SKYWARN Print E-mail
Written by KW4KZ   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 22:58

Virginia Enzor, NC4VA will give a presentation on SKYWARN.  SKYWARN is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. SKYWARN volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. Virginia is the Emergency Coordinator for Central Carolina SKYWARN.

Saturday's VE Session moved to Efland Print E-mail
Written by W4SAR   
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:32

Hello All-

The OC EOC has requested that we not hold our licensing exam session there this coming Saturday. They want the room cleared just in case the path and timing of Hurricane Matthew requires an EOC activation.

I have checked and the Efland Baha'i Center (119 Maple Street and Hwy 70 in Efland) our alternate site will be available. We used this site a couple of years ago and it worked fine. I will contact the ARRL in the morning to get the public listing changed quickly if at all possible.

To get to the Efland Baha'i Center:

From Interstate 85/40, take Exit #160 and turn north onto Mt. Willing Road (right turn from westbound I-40).

Go about 0.4 miles, cross over the railroad tracks and turn right onto Forrest Avenue. Take the third left onto Maple Street, park in the gravel lot next to the church building. The exam session will be held in the Fellowship Hall, the low building on the opposite side of the church from the parking lot.

73, Dave , W4SAR

Oct 4 Program: Aircraft Navigation with Stratux Print E-mail
Written by KW4KZ   
Friday, 23 September 2016 19:55

Topic: Aircraft Navigation with Stratux
Presenter: Michael Hrivnak
Abstract: The general aviation community is using RPis with software defined radios and a USB GPS, combined with an OSS project called "stratux", to make a device that's useful in the cockpit for navigation. http://stratux.me/

Bio: Michael Hrivnak is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat and Team Lead for the Pulp Project. With strong experience in both software and systems engineering, he is excited to be writing software for systems engineers. Michael is passionate about open source software, live music, general aviation, and reducing energy consumption.


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