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5/04 DFMA Meeting, 145.45 repeater & EchoLink, 7pm
5/10 Brief OCRA Meeting, 442.150 repeater, 7pm
5/10 DFMA/OCRA Prog, NASA-ARISS, zoom, 7:30pm
5/18 DFMA Board Meeting, 145.45 repeater, 7pm
6/01 DFMA Meeting, 145.45 repeater & EchoLink, 7pm
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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

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

Rhett Truesdale George Jr, KE4HIH, sk
December 14, 2020

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Image courtesy Duke University

Hillsborough, North Carolina - Rhett Truesdale George Jr., 87, passed away on December 14, 2020 at Duke University Hospital in Durham. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Rhett Truesdale George, Sr. and Gladys Doughty George. Dr. George earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1955 and his PhD. from the University of Florida in 1965.

Dr. George was a professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Duke University. He was a member of McMannen United Methodist Church and was also involved in the Red Cross and the United States Power Squadron. His most passionate hobbies included trains and amateur radio, his radio sign being KE4HIH.

Dr. George is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joanna George; son, Charles R. George (Dawn); sister, Darien Pickens (Robert); grandchildren, Caitlin George Kalen (Alex), Ashlee George; and nieces, Barbara Pickens Foster (Ed) and Linda Pickens Cobb (Ty).

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 Rd., 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, 12/26/20

Rhett, KE4HIH -- Thank You! -- A personal tribute

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Dan, KR4UB talking to Rhett at the Train Layout
in 2011 Image courtesy of KU4GC

Rhett George was on the faculty of the Duke Electrical Engineering Department and I was in Computer Science, so I’m sure I met him as early as the 1970s, but had no closer interaction. It was not until my son (Karl, N1XPB) was an undergraduate in Computer Science that I really got to know him. Rhett advised and ran an Electric Car Club in Engineering and my son and his close friend (Sidik, WH6FUS) became involved in the club. (I also then learned of Rhett’s interest in electric tractors.) Rhett was such a nice person, always ready to help and an inspiration to the students. We would always exchange friendly words if our paths crossed on campus after that. About two years later, in 1996, Karl had a job working for MIT and got involved with campus life there. This led to his getting a ham license and subsequently giving me an HT for Christmas and my and my family’s life changed. We were all licensed within a few months. We got involved with OCRA and the DFMA and there was Rhett. I had not previously known of his amateur radio activities.

Rhett played many roles in the DFMA and all of us have much to thank him for. Rhett served as the DFMA president from 1998-1999. (He also served a term as vice president - program chair in 2005.) But it is the less official duties where Rhett really stood out. In 2000, a former DFMA member passed away and his widow contacted the club to donate his radio gear. His collection was vast and it took a party of club members two days with various pickups and vehicles to remove the equipment. So what to do with it? It was decided to auction off the stuff and Rhet volunteered his place for storing all of the stuff and on two successive Saturdays hams from the triangle area came to bid on Lou’s treasures.

For some years the DFMA had an annual picnic. It was usually held at Rhett’s house with Rhett and Joanna (KE4QOZ) hosting. There we also got to visit Rhett’s electric train layout. This was a large S gauge layout in the basement and all of us could enjoy it and think back on the trains we might have had in years gone by.

The DFMA Thursday night net on the 147.225 repeater has been going on since before I got my license in 1997. In the early years, Al (KE4IHX) was the most frequent net control and Rhett was an active participant. When Al became less involved (he became an active EMT in Person county), Rhett became the main driving force and the most frequent net control. He kept it going for many years until others stepped in to share the load. He had always been active in the Possum Trot net (for the early risers) and in recent years put most of his energy into keeping that functioning smoothly.

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Joanna, KE4QOZ and Rhett eating with the Lambs
at the DFMA Christmas Dinner in 2018
Image courtesy of KU4GC

As might be expected from a professor, Rhett was usually involved when the DFMA did anything educational. Over the years license classes were offered from time to time and they often involved Rhett. He also hosted some kit project get-togethers in the Duke engineering labs when Duke was more open to visitors and parking was available at night and on weekends.

Rhett and Joanna were always an expected sight at every DFMA hamfest, as perennial managers of the club table. Joanna had to make sure that Rhett didn’t take home more than what was offered on the tables.

Over the years, meeting sites for the DFMA became a problem from time to time. He generously arranged for the DFMA to be able to meet at the McMannen Methodist Church for several years. His only possible ham-related weakness was his problems with Morse code. He remained at the Technician Class level until the code requirement was abolished. Then he quickly got his Extra Class license.

I’ve only touched on areas where my knowledge of Rhett’s service was clear. I’m sure he did much in areas I’m not even aware of or his work with the Power Squadron which I heard about. The bottom line is that the members of the DFMA and the hams in this area owe Rhett a lot. He will be sorely missed.

Dee, KU4GC 12/23/2020

December 1 Program: Christmas Festivities - DFMA Meeting on the Air

At our December club meeting, we usually take a break from our regular meeting format and try to do something more festive. That will be hard to do as we've been on break from our usual format for most of the year, but we're still going to try to make our pandemic format more festive. We'll still be meeting on-the-air on the 145.45 repeater and WR4AGC-R Echolink/SVXLink node at 7pm on Tuesday, December 1st.

For the festivities, the club has sprung for some excellent restaurant gift certificates to Bullock's, Only Burger, and Kitchen. These will be given away, at random, as "door prizes" to those who check into the net. Therefore, be sure to check in, and tell your friends to join us as well. It also wouldn't be a December meeting without ham resolutions. You still have a few days left to accomplish the goals you made for this year! If you're struggling to come up with ideas for next year, remember that the club is looking for a vice president, Link editor, and Thursday night net controls.

In addition to the fun HAM activities, another very important thing that we do at the December meeting is pass around the hat for charitable contributions. Those contributions are pooled with a donation we make from the clubs funds. This year has been hard on many people, but particularly those among us who are most vulnerable. Therefore, I'm pleased to announce that the club is increasing its donation this year to $1000 total. I encourage you to consider doing the same as you are able. We will not be coördinating a toy collection this year, so you may want to do that in an alternative way.

73, Jack — KM4MBG, 11/30/20

Corrected Version of the November Link

The version of The Link placed on this website included an old set of minutes. (See Newsletter button on the left.) This has now been replaced by a corrected version.

Dee, KU4GC, 11/5/20

November 3 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in October, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on November 3rd, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a 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, 11/2/20

October 6 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in September, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on October 6th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a 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, 10/3/20

September 1 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in August, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on September 1st, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a 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, 8/31/20

August 4 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air - Election of Officers

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in June, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on August 4th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a 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.

We will also deal with the annual election of officers and at-large board members. The actual voting will be by email. We are still accepting nominations for all slots -- you may nominate yourself or any other club member. So far we have at least one nomination for every postion except that of vice president. Email any nominations to km4mbg@km4mbg.org as soon as possible.

Further instructions related to the election will be posted and mailed to club members soon.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/31/20

July 7 Program: NC ARRL Section Manager Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC

The July meeting will take place online via video conference at 7pm. We will be joined by North Carolina ARRL Section Manager Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC. He will be giving an introduction of his goals for the NC Section as well as highlighting the major issues facing the ARRL Board.

Video conference link: https://conference.km4mbg.org/b/jac-uld-ow6

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/1/20

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