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Upcoming Events

Thu Feb 26 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu Feb 26 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri Feb 27 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Sat Feb 28 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Extra Class Meeting
Sun Mar 01 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
NC QSO Party
Mon Mar 02 @ 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] (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.


Makeup Board Meeting Cancelled Print E-mail
Written by KK4EIB   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:11

Once again. We have snow.

It appears to have snuck up on us this time.

We don't like driving in it so we're going to cancel tonight's shindig, too.

The way I think we'll handle this is we'll have a board meeting sometime while we're glomming down food at Bullock's. We'll discuss the most urgent things on our plate (other than BBQ), namely the arrangements for the DurHamFest.


DFMA Board Meeting Cancelled Print E-mail
Written by KK4EIB   
Monday, 16 February 2015 22:06

We're only going to get 1-3" of snow, but as we well know, we don't live in
a part of the country with the infrastructure to be able to deal with it with
snow/ice storms than by the warmth of the Sun.

Tomorrow's weather isn't expected to stay above freezing for anything
longer than about 3 or 4 hours -- not long enough to make the snow
disappear, but long enough to melt it to water so it can refreeze to ice.

I've consulted with a couple of you and we've came to the summary judgement
of rather than have us all risk falling on a patch of ice or slipping our vehicles into
another vehicle, bridge, ditch, or pedestrian we should cancel tomorrow night's meeting.

Subject to Charlie's availability for next Tuesday I'm proposing we shift the meeting to Tues
next week (2/24, same time slot). If Charlie's offices are not available I do have access to a
very nice conference room in American Tobacco we could make use of.

Stay warm/safe.


Extra Classes Start Saturday Print E-mail
Written by KK4EIB   
Monday, 16 February 2015 12:44

The DFMA is teaching classes to help you pass your Extra Class exam.  We invite hams to enroll in the classes which  starts on Saturday 2/21.  The following link gives the necessary details.
[Extra class flyer] (PDF)
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Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 23:45
Feb 3 Program: Challenges and Advances in Developing Autonomous Vehicles Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Saturday, 31 January 2015 08:35

Jeff is a computer science professor and dean at Duke University. He gave a DFMA program on robotics several years ago. Below is a summary for Tuesday’s presentation.

Advanced Vehicle Control Systems aim to reduce traffic accidents and congestion by adding some degree of autonomy or sophistication to the individual vehicles themselves. Autonomous vehicular control, a major thrust of current industrial and academic research, presents a significant challenge for computer science and engineering research. Advances in sensing, machine vision, and reasoning under uncertainty have been realized in vehicles in the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges and the Google Self-Driving Car. I will talk about some of the challenges in developing autonomous vehicles and highlight some of the recent advances.

Local Ham Radio Photography Exhibit Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Several club members had pictures made of their Ham shack and related scenes by MJ, a local artist.  She now has an exhibition going on as she explains below.  It's not every day that an Art/Photography exhibit has a Ham Radio theme.

Check it out!

Happy new year!
This is MJ, the photographer.
How are you? I hope you are doing well.
Actually, I just want to update you with my ham radio exhibition.
I will have a solo exhibition "Ham radio" at Horace Williams house in Chapel hill.
Please, find the the attachment to find the details.
It will be January 4th - January 26th, 2015 and opening reception will be January 11th, 2-4 pm. I would like to invite all of you to come my opening reception. You guys can enjoy the photos which might be included one of your peer's ham radio stations~ and enjoy some foods and wine!
Have a nice day
Minjin Kang (MJ)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:35

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