Saturday, May 28, 2016

8:30 am - 12:30 pm


DPS  Staff Development Center
Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705


Upcoming Events

Tue May 24 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Wed May 25 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Thu May 26 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu May 26 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri May 27 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Fri May 27 @ 8:30PM - 09:30PM
6m FM Net, K4WCV, 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 will be at a new location!  Set just off I85 in Durham, it will be 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.)

May 3 Program: DurHamFest Plans & Model Tains Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Saturday, 30 April 2016 14:39

The program at Bullock's BBQ on Tuesday will be a two parter.  First we will do DurHamFest Planning.  We'll go over the spots where we think help will be needed.  We'll also discuss changes from last year.

Rhett, KE4HIH, will talk about one of his passions: Model Railroads.

He will be talking about electric power commonly used, accuracy of models in terms of their appearance, and operation of models to various groups.  The groups have ranged from one or two to 10 to 15, and to over 4000 at large shows.

Those of you who haven't seen his S-gauge layout have really missed something.  This should be a fun presentation.

Rhett  has been a teacher of electrical engineering, mostly analog circuits, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, for 52 years.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 22:52
Bullock's is Open ! ! ! Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Friday, 29 April 2016 14:13

Great News!

Bullock's BBQ reopened today.  I went by after lunch and talked to our cashier, the head waitress and Mrs. Bullock.  They all said that everything was set and we would see them on Tuesday.

I also hope to see you all at that important meeting on Tuesday!

A special commendation goes to Rick Sellers who had secured an alternate meeting room at the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church.  (Rick just joined the DFMA earlier this year.) It was great to know that we had a backup.  Thanks to Rick and the congregation of the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church!

- Dee, KU4GC

Bullock's - Open on Thursday??? Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Monday, 25 April 2016 22:22

MK, W4MKR, and I made a stop at Bullock's at about 4:45pm on our way to dinner.  At first there seemed to be no one to talk to.  There was a contractor working on insulation above the ceiling.  I walked around looking for some of the regular staff.  Finding none, I noted that both dining rooms were intact and seemed usable and there was no obvious smell.  I was about to leave when one of the regular cashiers walked in.  I asked her about our Tuesday meeting.  She said she would get her husband to talk to me.  I did not recognize him as a "regular" but he seemed to know what was going on.  He said that some of the kitchen area had not been released (insurance and other issues) until today, but that good progress was being made.  He hoped that they might open on Thursday (4/28).  He admitted that some things might delay that.

Anyway, there still seems to be the possibility that we can have our May (5/3) meeting there.   But there are no guarantees.  I will try to have an alternative meeting site on standby.  It will probably be in a church, but which one is not set yet.

When we are sure, email will be sent to all members.  You will also find the latest on this web site.

73, Dee, KU4GC

Fire at Bullock's - Reopen in a week? Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 18:26

As most of you already know, Bullock's BBQ had a fire in their kitchen early this morning.  So what does that do for our next meeting on May 3rd?

So far, we have two data points.  Skip, WB4P, heard an interview with one of the Bullock's folks  stating they hoped to reopen in a week.  MK, W4MKR, and I drove to Bullocks a little after noon today.  There was a disaster recovery service there, hard at work.  I talked to one of those people and was also told that they should be open again in a week if not sooner.

Obviously, predicting the future has its risks, but so far our meeting seems secure.  Anything to the contrary will be posted here and will also go to members by email.  If anyone knows of any good backup locations, preferably with food, but without food would be better than nothing. please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

73, Dee, KU4GC

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 18:41
Apr 5 Program: Salvaging, Scavenging, and Scrounging Your Go-Kit Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Sunday, 03 April 2016 21:57

Lad, W4ORD, will present on:

Salvaging, Scavenging, and Scrounging Your Go-Kit

As an ardent motorcycle enthusiast with many long distance trips under his belt, Lad has lots of experience in traveling light.  See how that fits into this theme (or not  :-)


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