Upcoming Events

Wed Apr 23 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Duke, K2MZ, ncs
Thu Apr 24 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu Apr 24 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri Apr 25 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Fri Apr 25 @ 8:30PM - 09:30PM
6m FM Net, KK4UNZ, ncs
Mon Apr 28 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
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]

Our club runs a great hamfest toward the end of May each year. The DurHamFest was held in the Little River Community Complex the last three years and is expected 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 real fun event.

Estate Auction for K4SG Print E-mail
Written by AI4RT   
Monday, 07 April 2014 20:19

On Sat and Sunday, April 12 & 13 there is an estate auction for K4SG - Bill McMurray.
The auction is being held at 1112 S.E. Maynard Rd. in Cary, NC.

For a preview of some of the many items available go to the following website:
Click On: NC
Enter: 27511
Look For: "50 Year Veteran of Foreign Wars In Cary NC"

This information provided by John Shaver who is handling the auction for the family.

John, AI4RT

April 1 Program: Autonomous Radio Controlled Drones Print E-mail
Written by KK4EIB   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:16

Michael North, KK4EIB, will speak on  Autonomous Radio Controlled Drones.  He writes:

The rise of unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) by the US military has been a popular topic in the news media, movies, and even fodder for late night TV. These systems are typically fairly large and due to the mission-critical requirements placed upon these devices -- are really expensive to build and operate.

Extremely inexpensive sensor hardware and cheap (but durable) plastic parts (some made from 3D printers) have made constructing these machines very inexpensive. Communities of software developers have sprung up to develop software systems to be able to direct and control these devices using robotic algorithms developed over the past 30 years. These Do-It-Yourself drones are now within easy and affordable reach to a wider community of low-budget experimenters (we're assuming no one is building a drone capable of making a trans-oceanic trip).

This talk will present an ongoing development project for the hardware/software systems behind a series of software controlled quadcopter systems I have built over the past 2 and a half years. I'll present a breakdown of the major systems involved, overviews of the hardware/software architecture, overviews of the artifical intelligence and image processing algorithms involved.... and pictures of experiments that didn't go as planned.

**Bullock's March Dinner Meeting Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 11th Print E-mail
Written by N4SKP   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:45

**Bullock's March Dinner Meeting Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 11th

Hi again fellow DFMA members. We were able to reserve the Solarium at Bullock's for next Tuesday. It might be a nice change of pace to meet in the Solarium (on the right side as you enter Bullock's). Don't forget to bring your "show & tell" items. Hope to see you Tuesday, March 11th at Bullock's.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:00
** March 4th Bullock's Dinner Meeting Postponed Due to Weather Print E-mail
Written by N4SKP   
Monday, 03 March 2014 19:32

Hello fellow DFMA members. After conferring with a couple DFMA officers, we made a decision to postpone the Bullock's dinner meeting scheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 4th). The forecast for tomorrow is cloudy with temperatures below freezing most of the day. Since the safety of our members is paramount, we felt the best thing to do was postpone the meeting. Dee and M.K. will check with Bullock's tomorrow and see if we can reschedule to next Tuesday. We will let you know when we have a rescheduled date.


March 4 Meeting: Show and Tell Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 13:51

August was the last time we dedicated a full meeting to show and tell. It's always very popular and educational. Bring something of interest to hams and be prepared to spend about five minutes talking about it.

Maybe you got an interesting Christmas present. That's fair game. Projects, techniques, experiences with equipment, reports of successes, reports of instructive failures, kits, and home-brews, all sound good. Use your imagination and share!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:49

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