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Wed Aug 20 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Duke, K2MZ, ncs
Thu Aug 21 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
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Thu Aug 21 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri Aug 22 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
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Fri Aug 22 @ 8:30PM - 09:30PM
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PT Net - Jim, KI4HQO, 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+ 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. The DurHamFest was held in the Little River Community Complex for the last few years and expect to be there again.  Dealers sell new and used equipment, books, and parts. "Tailgaters" also offer much used equipment. Besides the buying, selling, and trading, door prizes and fellowship with old and new friends make this a really fun event.


DFMA Election Results Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:34

The DFMA's annual election of officers was held at the regular meeting on August 5.  The following were elected (or re-elected).

President: Michael North, KK4EIB
Vice President: Dee Ramm, KU4GC
Treasurer: MK Ramm, W4MKR
Secretary: Dan Eddleman, KR4UB
Repeater Manager: Charlie Durst, NC4CD
Board Member (2 year term) Dan Whitehead, KK4DMS
Board Member (2 year term) Karen Snyder, KD4YJZ
Board Member (1 year term) Bob Clarke, W4RWC, to fill the remainder of KR4UB's term.

Board Member Pete Slugg, K4PHS, continues with the second year of his two year term.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:16
August 5 Meeting: Our Club and Elections Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc   
Monday, 04 August 2014 09:25

Michael, KK4EIB, has been looking at data about our club members and will report on interesting facts about our membership.  He will also compare us to other local clubs.  This should be very interesting.

We will also be holding our annual election of officers.

July 8 Meeting: TV Hill Repeaters & Our Club Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Friday, 04 July 2014 09:09

As has been the pattern for the last few years, our July meeting will be a Bennett Pointe Grill on the second Tuesday: July 8.

Using the TV Hill Repeaters, Lowell, KK4PH

Lowell will be doing a brief presentation on control of the TV Hill repeater system.  This should be a confidence builder, and encouragement, to make use of our TV-Hill repeater system which is one of the more complex in the area.

A Look at the DFMA Membership, Michael, KK4EIB

Michael has been looking at data about our club members and will report on interesting facts about our membership.  He will also compare us to other local clubs such as RARS, OCRA and CARC.  This should be very interesting.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 09:10
Thursday Night Nets Move to 145.450- Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:20

At the the June Board Meeting, it was decided to move the Durham County ARES net and the DFMA Thursday night club net from the 147.225 repeater to the 145.450 repeater which was recently moved from the VA hospital to TV Hill.  A trial run last week proved most satisfactory for all involved.

These nets -- actually a combined ARES and DFMA Club net -- take place at 8pm on Thursdays.  The DC ARES portion of the net begins at 8pm.  When the ARES business has been completed, the net morphs into the DFMA Club net.   The exact time depends on the amount of ARES business.  Most hams check in only once (the ARES portion is often fairly brief - but not always).  Some people only participate in the ARES portion.  The DFMA portion is mostly a rag-chew net.  Both nets are open to all hams.  There are several opportunities to check in.

While the repeater change is an experiment, it is expected to continue until further notice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 14:46
Preliminary TV-Hill User Manual Print E-mail
Written by admin   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:38

The move of the repeaters from the VA Hospital site to TV Hill introduced some new features and changed a few existing ones.  Click on the link at the bottom to reach a PDF with the first draft of instructions for the new system (Written by Lowell, KK4PH, author of much of the code for the controller).  These will be revised and more detail will be provided for some of the options.  The list of AutoDail Codes will change and likely grow.  Immediately below are the basic autopatch codes which are pretty much the same on all of the DFMA repeaters.

Autopatch Codes (you must ID before AND after use – DFMA rule)
Regular dial    '*' plus 10 digits (11 for non-business 800 or toll free)
add 2 minutes to timer    **3
Repeat Dial    **
Hang up      #
Touch pad test    5 + digits

Emergency Autopatch Codes:
*910 Orange Central 911 “Orange Central 911”
*911 Durham 911 “Durham 911”
*912 Chapel Hill PD “C H 911
*913 Raleigh Fire/Rescue 911 “Wake County 911”
*914 HP Wake/Durham “Highway Patrol Raleigh”
*915 HP Orange/Alamance, Chatham “HP Counties West”
*916 Durham County Sheriff “DSO”
*917 RDU Security “RDU Airport Emergency”
*918 Duke Security “D-U-K-E P-D”

[Click here for the complete User Manual] (PDF)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:44

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