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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 was at a new location!  Set just off I85 in Durham, it was 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.)


 
Election Results from the August 2nd Meeting Print E-mail
Written by WB4P   
Thursday, 25 August 2016 08:10

The following are the results from our annual election of Officers and At-Large Board of Directors. The two At-Large board members elected will serve a two-year term. Mark Sidell (KR3AM) and Michael North (KK4EIB) will be in the second year of their two-year At-Large terms. The officer positions are one-year terms. Congratulations to the new board!

Officers Elected
President – Dee Ramm (KU4GC)
Vice President – Chuck Anoia (KW4KZ)
Treasurer – M.K. Ramm (W4MKR)
Secretary – Dan Eddleman (KR4UB)
Repeater Manager – Charlie Durst (NC4CD)

At-Large Members Elected
John Boone (KM4MDR)
Karen Snyder (KD4YJZ)

At-Large Members Serving in Year Two of Their Term
Michael North (KK4EIB)
Mark Sidell (KR3AM)

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 08:13
 
Aug 2 Program: DFMA Elections and Show & Tell Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 20:20

A. Annual Election of Officers

As of this posting, the nominees are:

Officer Candidates
President – Dee Ramm (KU4GC)
Vice President – Chuck Anoia (KW4KZ)
Treasurer – M.K. Ramm (W4MKR)
Secretary – Dan Eddleman (KR4UB)
Repeater Manager – Charlie Durst (NC4CD)
At-Large Member Candidates (in alphabetical order)
John Boone (KM4MDR)
Karen Snyder (KD4YJZ)

B. Show & Tell

The elections won’t take too long, so we are going to have another popular Show & Tell right after board elections. Please bring something interesting that you can show and spend about 5 minutes talking about. Please join us at Bullock’s.

 
July 19 Program: Software for the RS-UV3 Tri-band Transceiver Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:44

For the program, Michael, KK4EIB, will give a presentation on the software and user interface developed for the Android and iPhone platforms used to control the HobbyPCB RS-UV3 144/220/450 MHz Transceiver. This is the exciting radio that Steve, KZ1X, talked about at last July’s meeting.

There will also be a "debriefing" on OCRA/DFMA Field Day 2016.

 
FIELD DAY 2016 – SETUP DAY POTLUCK DINNER (update) Print E-mail
Written by KM4MDR   
Friday, 17 June 2016 16:17

June 24th, 2016 6:00PM
Update
as of 6-17-16

Field Day 2016 is just over a week away on June 25th - 26th . Members of both clubs have been planning and working together to get ready for another successful event.

FD Setup Day is June 24, 2016.  Teams will be getting an early start on the morning of the 24th and putting in a hard days work to set up the numerous antennas and operating stations that will be used during Field Day 2016. There is a lot to do and everyone can help out somehow.  Please step up and support the efforts.

Last year, Wilson , W4BOH, hosted a potluck dinner at the end of a hard day of setup activities.  By all accounts the potluck was well attended and well received.  Great news, he's doing it again !

As of this update, we have 36 folks signed up to attend the FD Potluck. The more the merrier so please send me an email or give me a call soon to add your names to the list.  Spouses and guests are welcome.

KM4MDR,  John Boone,       Phone is (919) 971-9132,       Email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wilson will be cooking three pork butts in his smoker and the rest of us will provide the accompanying items for dinner.  Please bring your favorite vegetable dishes, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, desserts etc., to compliment Wilson's fine cooking.  Chips & dip and vegetable platters are always welcome too. Soft drinks, water and iced teas will be available. 

So far , we have a broad mix of the items suggested above but there is room for more of any of the items so feel free to bring your favorite version of any of them or add a new selection of your choice!

Make sure to bring serving utensils for your dish and be sure to mark all of your serving dishes and utensils so we can be sure to get them back to you.

With respect to non-food items still needed:

1.)    Folding chairs are the major item outstanding. I would like to locate 6-10 more folding chairs. If you have any you can bring, please let me know ASAP.
2.)    Volunteers to help setup for and cleanup after dinner.

We will have numerous folding tables set up in the dining area for people to sit at but you are also welcome to bring your own outdoor lounge chairs to sit in if you prefer to eat near the pond or under one of the trees in the wooded areas that surround the Land of Magic.

Please Email or call me to let us know to expect you at the Potluck, but all are welcome, even if you don't

 
FIELD DAY 2016 – SETUP DAY POTLUCK DINNER Print E-mail
Written by KM4MDR   
Thursday, 09 June 2016 20:08

June 24th, 2016 6:00PM

Good day, I'm John, KM4MDR and have volunteered to help coordinate the POTLUCK Dinner and to assist Wilson , W4BOH.  Please contact me to let us know you will be attending or with questions regarding the dinner.  My contact information is:

KM4MDR,  John Boone,       Phone is (919) 971-9132,       Email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Field Day 2016 is fast approaching us on June 25th and 26th, 2016.  The combined OCRA/DFMA Field Day event will once again be hosted by Wilson, W4BOH at his QTH in Hillsborough, NC. 

Please see the Field Day information available from either club for specifics.  These details will be discussed at the respective club meetings prior to Field Day and you can also look at the various club websites and reflector. A significant amount of setup is done in advance of the actual Field Day(s).  Please volunteer to help setup and breakdown , your help is appreciated.

Setup day this year will be Friday, June 24th , 2016 at the Field Day site.  Following the days setup activities, Wilson will be hosting a joint club, Potluck Dinner that will begin at 6:00 PM. 

Wilson will be cooking three pork butts in his smoker and the rest of us will provide the accompanying items for dinner.  Please bring your favorite vegetable dishes, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, etc., to compliment Wilson's fine cooking.  Chips & dip and vegetable platters are always welcome too.

If you do not prefer the BBQ pork as your main entree, feel free to bring your choice, but be sure to bring it early enough so it can be ready for dinner. A gas grill will be available.  A charcoal grill will be available too, but you’ll have to build your own fire.

We will have Iced Tea, Water, and assorted sodas available (Coke and Sprite, diet and regular) as well as ice.  If you prefer something else, you are welcome to bring your own sodas.

NOTE: The clubs do not provide BEER or other alcoholic drinks but you are welcome to bring your own.  (Please note that the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the FD setup activities is discouraged for safety and liability reasons)

Please contact me by email, phone, or face to face to let us know you plan to attend the potluck.

We would appreciate your letting us know in advance so we can better plan for the number of guests.   Spouses are welcome.

I need your Callsign, Name(s), number of folks attending,  the dish you plan to bring, any special requirements you have, your phone # or email address and if you can help setup for dinner or clean up after dinner. Please let me know as soon as possible.


 
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