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Durham FM Association

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Upcoming Events
11/06 DFMA Meeting, Bullock’s BBQ, 6pm
11/12 OCRA Meeting, Bahai Center, Efland, 7pm
11/18 JARSfest, Benson, 8am-1:30pm
11/20 DFMA Board Meeting 7pm, NC4CD office
12/04 DFMA Christmas Dinner, 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

Tim Nibbe, KW4GP, sk

Dick, KK4CCX
Tim, KW4GP, at the 2016 DFMA Christmas Party
From the Hudson Funeral Home web site:
DURHAM- Mr. Timothy “Tim” Allen Nibbe, 62, passed away Monday October 29, 2018.
Mr. Nibbe was born April 10, 1956 in Fargo, N.D to Verne and Patricia Nibbe. He proudly served his country in the United States Airforce. Mr. Nibbe will be lovingly remembered by family and friends.
Mr. Nibbe is survived by his parents Verne and Patricia Nibbe; partner, James Ervin Dixon; sons, Nick and Lucas Nibbe of Ohio; sister, Cindy Ricks of South Carolina.
No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hock Family Pavilion at 4023 North Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Timothy Allen Nibbe 04/10/56-10/29/18

After moving to Durham from Conyers, GA, Tim had his amateur radio flame rekindled. During his service in the Air Force, he worked on a number of different radio systems, so he had 6 years of knowledge that he wanted to put to use. He decided that he wanted to go from Technican to Extra and started studying. As a part of the process, he started looking for local resources, and found DFMA. After a couple of meetings, Tim decided that we should both join the organization and we did. A couple of Tim's passions, was still with airplanes and radio tubes. There were many a night that I would get lots of information about this history of tubes, who made what tube He continued to study for the exams, and in January 2015 took both sessions and passed. While Tim started experiencing more pain associated with his Fibromyalgia, he still continued. He dropped off attending meetings and activities due to the pain. He would putter around the house and would work on his "shack".

During this time, he started having problems with his lower abdomen. After some tests, they discovered that he had a problem with his gall bladder and had it removed. After adapting to new diet, he continued to have pain issues with his lower abdomen. He went from eating big meals, to eating single servings of things. The pain continued. After more tests, he had discovered a tumor on his liver approximately 8 cm in diameter (just over 3 inches). This was what was causing his pain. After a visit to a hepatologist, his case was presented to the Duke Tumor Board. On Tuesday, September 18th, he learned that it was cancer. He was given the option of chemotherapy and a prognosis of 6 to 12 months. His other option was hospice with a prognosis of 6 months. Tim chose the later. During this process, Tim went from 306 pounds to a skinny 179 pounds. After spending a month at in-home hospice care, he was admitted to in-patient hospice to get his pain management under control. On Wednesday, October 24th, we met with the medical team, and were looking for options of 24/7 care for Tim. He was also told that his prognosis was not 6 months, but, actually 2 to 3 months. However, on Friday, October 26, the medical team decided that in house hospice was the best place for him. Tim got his celestial discharge from hospice on Monday, October 29th at 7:10 AM.

At the present time, there is no memorial service planned for Tim.

73, Jimmy -- KF4KHU 10/31/18

November 6 Program: Hams Helping Hams

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What do these photographs have to do with hams helping hams? The glue that ties the story together is likely to emerge any time you have an extended conversation with another ham at a club meeting, a Have Another Meal (HAM) gathering such as the recent “HAMnic”. It is during that discussion, perhaps of one’s lifetime experience whether it be past or current profession, the ham hobby itself, perhaps past military service or some other hobby unrelated to ham radio, that yet another reminder emerges that ham club members as a group have a very wide and deep set of skills and experiences that can come to the aid of most any challenge or requirement.

Dan, KR4UB; 10/29/18

New DFMA UHF Net on the 444.1 Repeater

There will be a new rag-chew net on our TV Hill 440 repeater. It will be held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm execept when we have a DFMA membership meeting (normally the 1st Tuesday of month). Normally the net control will be J.R. (N4JQR). That's 444.100+ with PL 82.5. Join us!

J.R, N4JQR; 7/10/18

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