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Welcome to the DFMA

Upcoming Events
12/03 DFMA Christmas Dinner, Bullock’s BBQ, 6pm
12/09 OCRA Christmas Dinner, Exchange Club, Hillsb.
12/14 VE Test Session, Efland Bahai Ctr, 10am
01/07/20 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 enagage in all aspectus of ham radio. We meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at Bullock's Bar-B-Cue at 6pm for dinner with a program beginning at 7pm. The meetings are open to all with an interest in Ham Radio.

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Latest News

MK Ramm, W4MKR, sk

DFMA 2016 Christmas Party

4/28/44 - 12/5/19
Mary Kathlyn (MK) Ramm (W4MKR), 75, of Hillsborough, NC, died on Thursday at the Duke Hospice in the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC. She was born on April 28, 1944 to John Lee Brigmon and Jimmy Kathlyn Davis Brigmon, in Asheville, NC, while her father served in the Navy in the Pacific theater. Her mother died shortly after she was born. She was initially raised by her grandparents, Edward A. (EA) Brigmon and Mattie Wilson and then Ella Trantham Brigmon, who became her stepmother when her father remarried in 1947.

MK grew up in Candler, NC, where, with special encouragement from her grandfather, helped in her father’s florist business. She attended Enka Candler High School and then Duke University and earned her bachelor’s degree in history. There she met her husband, Dietolf Ramm (KU4GC), whom she married after her graduation in 1966 and settled in Durham. After working in Nuclear Physics and Computer Science at Duke, in research support positions, she had two children, Karl (N1XPB) and Lenore (KF4PAB).

MK’s primary passions were plants and horticulture. She completed several years of graduate work at NC State University in Horticulture, and worked with Professor JC Raulston at the NC State Arboretum, where she was curator of the Lathe House. Years later she worked at Plant Delights Nursery. She served as coordinator of the Seed Exchange of the North American Rock Garden Society for two years. When she moved to Hillsborough in 1989, she transformed the land around her home from what was an open field into a lush botanical garden. She could identify virtually any plant and provide the complete scientific name from memory.

Other activities included sewing (including her wedding dress) and crocheting. She loved animals, including her horses, cats, and dogs. She also kept local birds, squirrels, groundhogs, and other visitors to her deck well fed. She was less enamored with the beavers that selected her ornamental trees. She was a voracious reader, favoring mysteries, science magazines, and anything mentioning perennials. She was a reluctant, but fantastic, cook and her family will always have fond memories of her fried chicken, lemon meringue pies, pound cakes, elaborate Thanksgiving dinners, and so many other delicious meals.

Following the rest of her family, she became active in Amateur Radio and passed her FCC license exam in 1997. She acquired the callsign W4MKR and was active in Durham FM Association - DFMA and the Orange County Radio Amateurs - OCRA. She was treasurer of the DFMA from 2008 to 2018 and actively coordinated the food operations for OCRA and DFMA in their annual Field Day (a 24 hour simulated emergency communications exercise). She provided logistical food support and other services for the annual DFMA DurHamFest (a radio oriented swapfest). She completed Orange County’s first CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training course in 2007 and helped in public service events like serving in the Sheriff’s command post for the then annual Habitat for Humanity Halloween Bike Ride in Durham and in later years the Tar Heel Ten Miler in Chapel Hill.

MK is survived by her husband, Dietolf Ramm, of Hillsborough, their children, Karl Christopher Ramm of Wilmington, MA, and Lenore Ramm Hill with her husband, Jack Hill, of Hillsborough, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Nature Conservancy would be appreciated.

Plans for a memorial gathering are pending.

Lenore, KF4PAB, 12/5/19

December 3 Program: DFMA Christmas Party

DFMA 2016 Christmas Party

We are continuing a tradition of having the DFMA pick up the tab for members at our December Christmas Dinner Meeting. The festivities will be at Bullock's Barbecue Restaurant in Durham starting at 6:00 p.m. You will be able to order from the menu. Members can bring one guest — bring your spouse or friend!

This is our Christmas Meeting — In that tradition you may (optionally):

  • Bring a Christmas gift to be distributed to needy children through Toys for Tots. If wrapped, mark gender and age range on the outside. If not wrapped, that's fine too. If you have one — a gift bag would work too.
  • Make a donation. The Club will make its annual Christmas gift, splitting it between the Food Bank of North Carolina and the Durham Rescue Mission. We will be passing the "hat" for personal contributions. Cash contributions will also be split between the two organizations.

In past years some people have dropped a check in the hat. You can make it out to any charity you like. We can forward it and the cancelled check can be handy at tax time.

But, if you are not in a position to donate anything this year, please come anyway. Or if you are making a special effort through your church or at the office, don’t feel pressured to do more than you really should. Your presence at this dinner is a gift to all of us.

Since this is our annual Christmas Party we won’t have a program as usual. However, we will continue the fun tradition of soliciting “Ham New Year’s Resolutions.” Please join us for some wonderful holiday fellowship.

- Dee, KU4GC 11/30/19

November 5 Program: Collins KWM-380 Rebuild

John Green, KX4P, has prepared a Power-Point presentation on his rebuild of a 1980 Collins KWM-380. He shows why and how this project materialized. There are even some movie clips showing the repaired radio operating SSB and CW. John has put a lot of effort into creating this very interesting presentation. You don’t want to miss this one!

Dee, KU4GC, 11/2/19

October 1 Program: Visualization

Eric Monson, a Data Visualization Analyst at Duke University Libraries, will be giving a presentation of his choosing. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, but has been working for twelve years with Duke faculty and graduate students from Math to Computational Biology to Art History, helping them transform, visualize and understand their data.

Dee, KU4GC, 9/30/19

September 3 Program: A New Website for the DFMA

Jimmy, KF4KHU, our new vice president KF4KHU will be the program for the club meeting. He will be talking on the new club website that he is developing. He is also exploring add-ons available to 501c(3) organizations that could add useful functionality to the site, and the use of social media to draw new members into the club.

Dee, KU4GC, 8/31/19

August 6 Program: Election of Officers &
A Video on the History of Radio and Radio Waves

- Election of Officers: (See The Link for nominations as of this time.)
- A Video on the History of Radio and Radio Waves: (Martin, KA5JUJ notes: "A friend in Oklahoma, an electrical engineer who designs power transmission lines for utilities, sent me a 26 minute video about the history of radio and radio waves that I really liked and believe that the club members would really enjoy.")

Dee, KU4GC, 8/1/19

July 16 Program: The Digital Revolution - FT8

In this period of few or no sunspots and even less propagation, there has been one saving grace. Even in conditions where everything seems to be in the noise, there are QSOs taking place and contacts being made. This is due to the digital mode FT8. It was widely used for the last Field Day and still seems to be getting new converts.

Dan, KR4UB, will present Tuesday's program with an introduction to FT8.

Don't miss it! 73, Dee, KU4GC, 7/13/19

New Field Day Pictures in the Gallery

In a effort to get some new pictures on this website's picture gallery, Field Day pictures offered by John, KM4MDR and Dee, KU4GC have been added. You can access them by clicking on the "Gallery Button" on the left.

You can also find recent Field Day pictures on the OCRA website: ncocra.org .

Dee, KU4GC, 7/6/19

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