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09/06 Labor Day
09/07 DFMA Meeting Live Streamed, 7pm
09/13 OCRA Meeting on the Air 7pm 442.150
09/21 DFMA Board Meeting, video 7pm
10/05 DFMA Meeting, Bullock's BBQ 6pm
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The DFMA is an amateur radio club centered in Durham, NC, with members from all over the Research Triangle Area. We support an excellent set of repeaters but members engage in all aspects of ham radio. We meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month normally at Bullock's Bar-B-Cue at 6pm for dinner with a program beginning at 7pm. Due to the pandemic, all meeting have been on the air on the club repeaters. The meetings are open to all with an interest in Ham Radio.

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Latest News

September 7 Meeting - Live Stream Video
Instructions

I hope that you'll be able to join us tonight, September 7th at 7pm. In order to join us, please do the following:

Go to https://dfma-meeting.km4mbg.org in your browser. On that page, you will see a widget for the meeting video beside a widget for the chat. To start watching the video, click on the triangle button. To join the chat, change the Nick (short for nickname) from "GuestDD" (where the D's are digits) to your name and/or callsign. Spaces are not allowed, so something like Jack-KM4MBG would be a good choice. Leave "I have a password" unchecked, and the channel as #dfma. Once you have your nick filled in, click "Start" to join the chat.

Tonight's presentation will be by Chuck Till, KF4RGN, on the new RF safety requirements for amateur radio.

Hope you'll join us!

73, Jack, 9/7/21

September 7 Program: Live Stream Video
New FCC Rules on RF Safety in Amateur Radio

By: Chuck Till, KF4RGN

Most of you have likely read about the new rules requiring hams to evaluate their home station for RF safety. Chuck's presentation should give you a nice assist to meeting those requirements. Chuck, K4RGN was first licensed in 1970. He has a Bachelor's and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Prior to retirement, he worked in international marketing for telecom companies. His main interests in ham radio are digital modes. He's also a volunteer announcer at WCPE The Classical Station 89.7.

Unfortunately, we won't be getting together in person for our September meeting as planned. Instead, we'll use the streaming configuration we used last month. This time though, the live video part will be limited to the president and me, and everyone else will be able to participate by watching a live video stream and adding your comments to the web chat.

Please join us Tuesday, September 7th at 7pm at https://dfma-meeting.km4mbg.org.

73, Jack, KM4MBG, 9/5/21

Combined OCRA/DFMA Meeting with NASA Presentation
Monday August 9th

Given the latest CDC information regarding the spread of Covid-19, now containing the Delta variant, the OCRA Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the return in August to our regular in-person meetings at the Efland Baha’i Center.

The upcoming club meeting on Monday August 9th will be a special meeting as a combined OCRA/DFMA Over-the-Air Club Net and Zoom Meeting with NASA guest presentations, Monday evening August 9th beginning at 7pm.

Note the following time and agenda changes for this special meeting:

- The Over-the-Air Club Net check-in will begin at 7pm instead of the usual 7:30 on the 442.150 mHz repeater to get callsigns & names of the meeting attendees for the club meeting minutes and any brief club announcements.
- The OCRA Zoom Video Conference will available starting at 6:45pm for any last minute video/audio testing by attendees, check-ins by attendees not having UHF radio capability, and for all to join in for the NASA guest speaker presentation starting at 7:30pm .
- Our guest speaker will be Al Feinberg, the Strategic Content and Media Advisor for NASA Space Communications & NASA Television Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
- The radio net will be secured at 7:30pm and then the Zoom video conference will continue with speaker introductions.
- Questions any attendee would like to ask the presenters can be posted in the Zoom chat window.

Al’s presentation will be on “Space Communications in Support of NASA”.

The timing of these presentations could not be better as November 9, 2021 will be the 20th Anniversary of International Space Station contact from Barbara Pedersen’s science class room at Chapel Hill Phillips Junior High School. Club member Barbara, KE4JZM was instrumental in the planning, coordination with NASA and with additional club volunteers, the building of the amateur radio station in her science class room that was used for the successful contact.

The Zoom access link, Login ID & password has been distributed by email to all OCRA members and to the DFMA members via the DFMA Link Newsletter email list.

Dan, KR4UB, 8/7/21

August 3 Meeting - Live Stream Video
Detailed Instructions

I hope that you'll be able to join us tonight, August 3rd at 7pm. In order to join us, please do the following:

Go to https://dfma-meeting.km4mbg.org in your browser. On that page, you will see a widget for the meeting video beside a widget for the chat. To start watching the video, click on the triangle button. To join the chat, change the Nick (short for nickname) from "GuestDD" (where the D's are digits) to your name and/or callsign. Spaces are not allowed, so something like Jack-KM4MBG would be a good choice. Leave "I have a password" unchecked, and the channel as #dfma. Once you have your nick filled in, click "Start" to join the chat.

Joining the chat is an important part of tonight's meeting because that is how we will be collecting votes for our board election. If you are having technical difficulties, Dee, KU4GC, will be providing support on the 145.45 repeater. The stream will start up around 6:40pm EDT, but the business part of the meeting won't start until 7pm.

Our agenda for tonight is as follows:
* President's Corner, LIVE!
* Officer Reports
* Elections (voting instructions will be provided during the meeting)
* Show and tell

Thanks to all in advance for staying with us as we followed COVID mitigation guidance and had a last minute change of formats.

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/2/21

P.S.
For those who are technically inclined, you may join the chat in another browser window (e.g. if you want to watch the video full-screen on one monitor and chat it another) by going directly to https://web.libera.chat/#dfma You can also join #dfma on libera.chat in your favorite IRC client.

The video can be watched outside of a browser by playing https://dfma-meeting.km4mbg.org/hls/dfma.m3u8 in a media player (e.g. VLC) that supports HLS.

This extra information is provided for those to whom it might be useful, but don't worry about trying to follow it, the website works great!

Jack

Auguse 3 Program: Club Meeting and Elections
(7:00pm, Live Streaming Video)

Unfortunately, we won't be getting together in person for our August meeting as planned. Instead, we'll use this as an opportunity to do a test of the streaming configuration we hope to use when we are able to return to in-person meetings. This time though, the in-person part will be limited to just me, and everyone else will be able to participate by watching a live video stream and adding your comments to the web chat.

We're saving our planned August presentation for a future date, but we will be holding the DFMA Board election! Voting will take place via the chat. I al27516so plan to do a little bit of show and tell about what I've been up to during the pandemic. If you'd like to participate in the show and tell by recording a short, less than 5 minute video, I can include it in the stream if you send it (or a link to it) to me in advance of the meeting.

Please join us Tuesday, August 3rd at 7pm at https://dfma-meeting.km4mbg.org. I'm still getting everything set up, so don't be alarmed if the site isn't up before Tuesday. Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/2/21

July 6 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a meeting net. The net will be at 7pm on July 6th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/2/21

June 14: NASA Talk Canceled

Word has just been received from Rosalie K1STO, the presenter that was going to cover both NASA presentations tonight, has had to postpone due to computer problems that developed over the weekend.

We received word last week that Al, the other planned NASA presenter, had to cancel out due to a death in his extended family.

The format and time for tonight's OCRA meeting will revert back to the 442.150mHz Over-the-Air Net/Meeting and Zoom Conference starting at 7:30pm with Dave, W4SAR as Net Control.

73, Dee, KU4GC, 6/14/21

Combined OCRA/DFMA Meeting with NASA Presentation – Monday August 9th Posted on Aug.2021 by OCRA Website Admin Given the latest CDC information regarding the spread of Covid-19, now containing the Delta variant, the OCRA Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the return in August to our regular in-person meetings at the Efland Baha’i Center. The upcoming club meeting on Monday August 9th will be a special meeting as a combined OCRA/DFMA Over-the-Air Club Net and Zoom Meeting with NASA guest presentations, Monday evening August 9th beginning at 7pm. Note the following time and agenda changes for this special meeting: The Over-the-Air Club Net check-in will begin at 7pm instead of the usual 7:30 on the 442.150 mHz repeater to get callsigns & names of the meeting attendees for the club meeting minutes and any brief club announcements. The OCRA Zoom Video Conference will available starting at 6:45pm for any last minute video/audio testing by attendees, check-ins by attendees not having UHF radio capability, and for all to join in for the NASA guest speaker presentation starting at 7:30pm . Our guest speaker will be Al Feinberg, the Strategic Content and Media Advisor for NASA Space Communications & NASA Television Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The radio net will be secured at 7:30pm and then the Zoom video conference will continue with speaker introductions. Questions any attendee would like to ask the presenters can be posted in the Zoom chat window. Al’s presentation will be on “Space Communications in Support of NASA”. The timing of these presentations could not be better as November 9, 2021 will be the 20th Anniversary of International Space Station contact from Barbara Pedersen’s science class room at Chapel Hill Phillips Junior High School. Club member Barbara, KE4JZM was instrumental in the planning, coordination with NASA and with additional club volunteers, the building of the amateur radio station in her science class room that was used for the successful contact. The Zoom access link, Login ID & password has been distributed by email to all OCRA members and to the DFMA members via the DFMA Link Newsletter email list.

How to Participate in the NASA Presentation

As many of you already know, the NASA presentation is scheduled in the regular OCRA Meeting time slot. So, some of the procedures described below deal specifically with the OCRA Meeting. Also, described below are help sessions for people who have not used Zoom before. If you are an experienced Zoom user, you may want to omit some of them.

Please join this special combined OCRA/DFMA Over-the-Air Club Net and Zoom Meeting with NASA guest presenters Al Feinberg and Rosalie White, K1STO Monday evening on June 14th. Special thanks go to Wilson, W4BOH for the initial contact with the guest presenters to make this opportunity possible.

Note the following time and agenda changes for this special meeting:

  - The Over-the-Air OCRA Club Net check-in will begin at 7pm instead of the usual 7:30 on the 442.150 mHz repeater to get callsigns & names of the meeting attendees for the club meeting minutes and any brief club announcements.
  - The OCRA Zoom Video Conference will available starting at 6:45pm for any last minute video/audio testing by attendees, check-ins by attendees not having UHF radio capability, and for all to join in for the NASA guest speaker presentation starting at 7:30pm .
  - Our guest speakers will be Al Feinberg, the Strategic Content and Media Advisor for NASA Space Communications & NASA Television Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Rosalie White, K1STO, ARISS US Delegate. Al’s presentation will be on “Space Communications in Support of NASA” and Rosalie’s presentation will be “Celebrating 20 Years of Continous Amateur Radio Operations on the ISS”.

Here are a some additional details about the meeting:

  - The radio net will be secured prior to 7:30pm and then the Zoom video conference will continue with speaker introductions.
  - Questions any attendee would like to ask the presenters can be posted in the Zoom chat window.
  - Lastly, to assist anyone who has not participated in previous OCRA Zoom meetings, several options are available to test your setup.
      o A practice video conference session will be opened Sunday June 13th from 2pm to 4pm so any attendee needing to test their computer, tablet or cell phone device can do so prior to the Monday Meeting.
      o The Zoom conferences open during weekly OCRA Monday night 8pm 10 meter nets uses the same conference ID, password and join link listed below. The Monday night net (June 7th) prior to the June 14th meeting provides opportunities to check in and test your setup.
  - Click on the “Instructions for Participating in an OCRA Radio Net from Zoom” link below for additional setup information and self testing options provided by Zoom that you can use.

Instructions for Participating in an OCRA Radio Net from Zoom

Click here to Join the OCRA Monday Night Net / Meeting Zoom Conference
Meeting ID: 974 6194 0852
Passcode: 442150

Dan, KR4UB, adapted by Dee, KU4GC, 6/7/21

June 14 Special NASA Presentation vi Zoom
Co-sponsored by OCRA and DFMA

A joint OCRA/DFMA sponsored program by NASA is being offered on Monday, June 14th at 7:30pm. The NASA presentation will be on the Zoom video platform with details to be published later.

There will actually be two presentations. One of the speakers is Al Feinberg, the Strategic Content and Media Advisor for NASA Space Communications & NASA Television Headquarters in Washington, D.C. His presentation will be on “Space Communications in Support of NASA”

The other speaker is Rosalie White, K1STO, ARRISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) US Delegate. Her presentation will be “Celebrating 20 Years of Continuous Amateur Radio Operations on the ISS”. Some of you may remember the space station communication from the Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill. That happened almost 20 years ago and was quite a media event. The teacher of the class involved, Barbara Pederson, KE4JZM, had an HF station in her classroom. (Barbara was also active in the Civil Air Patrol.)

Watch the OCRA-DFMA@groups.io mailing list for additional information. The latest information will also be placed on the this website and there will probably be a direct mailing to DFMA members just before the event.

Many thanks to the presenters. Also, special thanks goes to Wilson, W4BOH, for arranging this program and to Dan, KR4UB, who is doing much of the logistical support and making sure that Zoom help is available to anyone that needs it.

73, Dee, KU4GC, 6/6/21

June 1 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a meeting net. The net will be at 7pm on June 1st, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 5/28/21

May 10 Special NASA Presentation Canceled

In both the May Link and in the cover note we announced that there would be a special program on space communications originating with NASA. This was being sponsored by both OCRA and the DFMA and was scheduled during OCRA's regular monthly meeting slot - Monday, 5/10 at 7:30pm.

Unfortunately Donna Ruth Green, the wife of John Green, KX4P, passed away a few days ago. The visitation at the Donaldson Funeral Home in Pittsboro has been scheduled for Monday at 6-8pm and a number of our members would like to attend. Therefore it was felt best to cancel the special program and the abbreviated on-line OCRA monthly meeting that was to meet at 7pm.

Our condolences to John (who is a member of both clubs and who has presented some excellent programs for our meetings) and his family.

73, Dee, KU4GC, 5/9/21

May 4 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on May 4th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 5/1/21

April 6 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on April 6th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 4/6/21

March 2 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on March 2nd, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 2/27/21

February 2 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on February 2nd, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 1/30/21

Joanna Marie George, KE4QOZ, sk
January 2, 2021

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Joanna at a DFMA Board Meeting
in 2009 Image courtesy of KU4GC

Hillsborough, North Carolina - Joanna Marie George, 80, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at her home. She was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Charles Oral Huffer and Sarah Isenhour Huffer. Mrs. George is predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Rhett T. George, Jr.

Mrs. George worked at Duke University with the University Research Council. At Duke, she met Rhett and they married in 1961. Mrs. George retired from Wilmore Electronics as an Electronic Technician. Together with Rhett, she helped promote safe boating through the United States Power Squadron. She was very active in retirement as part of the Orange County Board of Elections, with the Orange County VITA Tax Program, and especially quilting. A lifelong artist, she worked in a variety of mediums over the years but fabric arts was her true passion. She was in the Cherry Creek Lane Quilters, in the Durham Orange Quilt Guild, and in the Tuesday Donations Quilts Group at the Passmore Center.

Mrs. George is survived by her son, Charles R. George (Dawn); sister, Susan Huffer Gay (Curtis); and grandchildren, Caitlin George Kalen (Alex) and Ashlee George.

The family would like to thank the many people who helped us and prayed for our family during this difficult time. We especially want to acknowledge the thoughtful, caring assistance provided from Mrs. George's quilting friends, Visiting Angels of Carrboro, and staff of Duke HomeCare and Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road, Durham NC 27705. The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Taken from The Herald Sun on Jan. 10, 2021.

Joanna, KE4QOZ -- In Appreciation

In January, the ham community lost the other half of the George duo, following Rhett’s (KE4HIH) passing by about a half of a month. Joanna and Rhett were among the most faithful attendees of our monthly club meetings. I met Joanna at DFMA meetings soon after I got my ticket in 1997. Joanna was first licensed in 1994, following Rhett by about a year. Joanna was active in the club in various ways. She served a period as DFMA secretary. She actively supported the club at the annual DurHamFests. In the last decade or so she managed the DFMA Club Table and tried to make sure that Rhett didn’t take home much more than he had brought. She and Rhett also hosted the DFMA’s annual Picnic for many years. Often that included access to their swimming pool (not to forget Rhett’s trains).

In addition, Joanna will be remembered for her many other activities. She was an avid quilter and had a room at home dedicated to her extra large quilting frame. For years she worked with the Orange County Board of Elections as a precinct official. This did mean that Rhett often had to attend the November DFMA meeting alone. She and Rhett were very active in supporting the U S Power Squadron promoting safe boating. Joanna was also very active in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) for low income clients.

Joanna was an accomplished cook and hostess. In addition to the DFMA Picnic, she and Rhett annually hosted a Procrastinator's Christmas Party in the following new year. There were always many interesting quests. (Parking them on their steep hillside property was Rhett’s specialty). However Joanna’s coleslaw was eagerly anticipated at the annual Field Day activities.

But, of course, her other major interest was Rhett. They did many things together. They even had his and hers electric tractors (vintage GE Electraks employing 6V golf cart style batteries). And they had fun: you all will probably remember that during self-introductions at meetings Joanna would give her base as “Hillsborough” while Rhett gave his as “Scarlett’s Ridge”.

Dee, KU4GC 1/28/2021

January 5 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in past months, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on January 5th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- repeater (PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 1/2/21

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