Upcoming Events

Mon Nov 24 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Jim, KI4HQO, ncs
Mon Nov 24 @ 8:00PM - 08:30PM
10 Meter Sideband Net (N1LN ncs)
Tue Nov 25 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Wed Nov 26 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Duke, K2MZ, ncs
Thu Nov 27 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu Nov 27 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
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.


Nov 4 Program: 3D TV, 4K TV and Beyond Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:07

Stephen Toback, Senior Manager and Media Architect for Duke University's Office of Information Technology will be presenting on emerging video platforms for education: 3D and Ultra High Definition Video (4k). He will have a demonstration current experiments in using 3D technology with a 3D display and camera and will be discussing 4k video and beyond.

Oct 7 Program: Building & Improving the Mantis Mill Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 23:01

Jeff Crews will be talking about the Mantis Mill.

The Mantis 9.1 mill is a low-cost, open-source CNC mill fabricated from plywood that uses innovative  design and construction techniques to achieve high precision with simple tools. It was originally developed by a graduate student at MIT, and uses a standard Arduino micro-controller board and the GRBL Arduino firmware to interpret Gcode and drive standard stepper motors.

After building one for himself, Jeffrey Crews and other members at Durham Splatspace (a local maker space) revisited and improved the existing documentation for the Mantis and made further refinements to the design so that it can be used for other materials and techniques beyond PCB fabrication.

Jeff will explain the operation of the mill and its companion open-source software, give background on the challenges of making and using one, and also demonstrate its use. A bill of materials, links to instructions and supplies, and advice about suggested upgrades will be provided for anyone interested in making one.

Boatanchors on the Air Print E-mail
Written by WQ8U   
Monday, 08 September 2014 14:58

The Classic Exchange (CX) phone section will be next Sunday
(9/14) and the CW section will be the following Sunday (9/21).  A great time to hear real boat anchors on the air and work them.  This is a low key competition, actually, it is an on-air celebration of these good old rigs.  Details are at the CX web site CLASSIC EXCHANGE - CX - SEPTEMBER 2014. (see www.classicexchange.org)

While you are there be sure to browse the CX Newsletter from the January 2014 CX to get the flavor of the CX and enjoy some of the experiences of participants, such as who had the unusual rigs, most noteworthy (chirpy?) signal and the story of a receiver recovery "How The Fat Lady Got Her Voice Back."

Hope you will join us in reliving those joyful days of boat anchors on the air.

73, Mac, WQ8U

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 13:58
Extra Class License Course (RARS) Print E-mail
Written by K4MHM   
Monday, 08 September 2014 13:56

Amateur Radio Extra Class License Course

A five session Extra Class License Course will be conducted by the Raleigh Amateur  Radio Society. You must have a General Class license in order to take the Extra Class license exam.

When: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1. The sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end around 12:30 p.m.
Where: Raleigh, NC. Specific location will be provided upon pre-registration.
Volunteer Instructor: Mike Murphy, WA4BPJ, has an Extra Class license and has been teaching since the 1970s and has conducted as many as 60 courses. In addition to this course, he also teaches the Technician and General courses.
Fee: The fee is $10.00

Course Text: The required manual is the current edition of The ARRL Extra Class (Level 3) License Manual, 10 Edition (ISBN: 978-0-87259-517-0) and is available online (i.e. ARRL, Amazon, etc.).

Examination: An optional examination is scheduled for the afternoon of the last session for the convenience of the students. This is done by a separate group of RARS Volunteer Examiners and there is a separate fee.

Pre-Registration: E-mail me your phone number and call sign. A registration form and other details will be e-mailed to you.

Next Course: Technician Class course (3 sessions) is scheduled for: Nov 15, 22 & 29.

Murray Merner, K4MHM
Education Director
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September 2 Program: DFMA Members (what about them?) Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc/kk4eib   
Friday, 29 August 2014 09:05

Michael, KK4EIB will present.  He write:

This presentation presents a population study of the DFMA.  I make a few population comparisons with some of our neighboring amateur radio clubs in the Triangle Area (RARS and OCRA) and project where our neighboring amateurs live on various maps, where the geographic center of these groups are located, and try to extrapolate where things are growing and where they are retrenching.

That will segue into where I will give a very short presentation on some of the efforts I'll be concentrating upon during my tenure as your new King (I'm still trying to figure out how to operate the wooden mallet Skip handed to me...).

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 09:06

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