Upcoming Events

Tue Sep 16 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Tue Sep 16 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
DFMA Board Meeting
Wed Sep 17 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Duke, K2MZ, ncs
Thu Sep 18 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu Sep 18 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri Sep 19 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, 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.


Boatanchors on the Air Print E-mail
Written by WQ8U   
Monday, 08 September 2014 14:58

The Classic Exchange (CX) phone section will be next Sunday
(9/14) and the CW section will be the following Sunday (9/21).  A great time to hear real boat anchors on the air and work them.  This is a low key competition, actually, it is an on-air celebration of these good old rigs.  Details are at the CX web site CLASSIC EXCHANGE - CX - SEPTEMBER 2014. (see www.classicexchange.org)

While you are there be sure to browse the CX Newsletter from the January 2014 CX to get the flavor of the CX and enjoy some of the experiences of participants, such as who had the unusual rigs, most noteworthy (chirpy?) signal and the story of a receiver recovery "How The Fat Lady Got Her Voice Back."

Hope you will join us in reliving those joyful days of boat anchors on the air.

73, Mac, WQ8U

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 13:58
Extra Class License Course (RARS) Print E-mail
Written by K4MHM   
Monday, 08 September 2014 13:56

Amateur Radio Extra Class License Course

A five session Extra Class License Course will be conducted by the Raleigh Amateur  Radio Society. You must have a General Class license in order to take the Extra Class license exam.

When: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1. The sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end around 12:30 p.m.
Where: Raleigh, NC. Specific location will be provided upon pre-registration.
Volunteer Instructor: Mike Murphy, WA4BPJ, has an Extra Class license and has been teaching since the 1970s and has conducted as many as 60 courses. In addition to this course, he also teaches the Technician and General courses.
Fee: The fee is $10.00

Course Text: The required manual is the current edition of The ARRL Extra Class (Level 3) License Manual, 10 Edition (ISBN: 978-0-87259-517-0) and is available online (i.e. ARRL, Amazon, etc.).

Examination: An optional examination is scheduled for the afternoon of the last session for the convenience of the students. This is done by a separate group of RARS Volunteer Examiners and there is a separate fee.

Pre-Registration: E-mail me your phone number and call sign. A registration form and other details will be e-mailed to you.

Next Course: Technician Class course (3 sessions) is scheduled for: Nov 15, 22 & 29.

Murray Merner, K4MHM
Education Director
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September 2 Program: DFMA Members (what about them?) Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc/kk4eib   
Friday, 29 August 2014 09:05

Michael, KK4EIB will present.  He write:

This presentation presents a population study of the DFMA.  I make a few population comparisons with some of our neighboring amateur radio clubs in the Triangle Area (RARS and OCRA) and project where our neighboring amateurs live on various maps, where the geographic center of these groups are located, and try to extrapolate where things are growing and where they are retrenching.

That will segue into where I will give a very short presentation on some of the efforts I'll be concentrating upon during my tenure as your new King (I'm still trying to figure out how to operate the wooden mallet Skip handed to me...).

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 09:06
DFMA Election Results Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:34

The DFMA's annual election of officers was held at the regular meeting on August 5.  The following were elected (or re-elected).

President: Michael North, KK4EIB
Vice President: Dee Ramm, KU4GC
Treasurer: MK Ramm, W4MKR
Secretary: Dan Eddleman, KR4UB
Repeater Manager: Charlie Durst, NC4CD
Board Member (2 year term) Dan Whitehead, KK4DMS
Board Member (2 year term) Karen Snyder, KD4YJZ
Board Member (1 year term) Bob Clarke, W4RWC, to fill the remainder of KR4UB's term.

Board Member Pete Slugg, K4PHS, continues with the second year of his two year term.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:16
August 5 Meeting: Our Club and Elections Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc   
Monday, 04 August 2014 09:25

Michael, KK4EIB, has been looking at data about our club members and will report on interesting facts about our membership.  He will also compare us to other local clubs.  This should be very interesting.

We will also be holding our annual election of officers.


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