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Upcoming Events
6/02 DFMA Meeting, 147.225&145.450 repeaters, 7pm
6/08 OCRA Meeting, 442.150 repeater, 7pm
6/16 DFMA Board Meeting, (remote), 7pm
6/23 Durham C Auxcomm, ?
6/27 Field Day? 2pm -
6/28 Field Day? - 2pm
7/07 DFMA Meeting, 147.225&145.450 repeaters, 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 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

June 2 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. Fortunately, our hobby supports communicating from a distance. As we did last month, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on June 2nd, 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 (including a special discussion about possible Field Day activities), and a rag chew round table discussion.

Jack, KM4MBG, 5/31/20

May 5 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. Fortunately, our hobby supports communicating from a distance. As we did last month, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on May 5th, 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 (including a special discussion about DurHamFest), and a rag chew round table discussion.

Jack, KM4MBG, 5/2/20

DurHamFest 2020 Canceled

At the "on the air" meeting last night DurHamFest was discussed. The Durham Public Schools had cancelled all rental reservation due to the ongoing pandemic. The question was, "Would they reopen things in time for our May 30th date and would they do it in time for people to prepare." Our contact with the rental facility expressed doubt that things would start up again in time. Also, many hams are in the more vulnerable demographic and will probably want to be extra careful.

A vote was taken on the motion to cancel DurHamFest 2020 and that was passed without opposition.

Dee, KU4GC, DurHamFest Chair: 4/8/20

April 7 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

What's going on with DFMA events? Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. Fortunately, our hobby supports communicating from a distance. Instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on April 7th, 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 (including a special discussion about DurHamFest), and a rag chew round table discussion.

Jack, KM4MBG, 4/3/20

Joseph P. Fields, KF4QYY, sk

KF4QYY
Image courtesy of
Holloway Memorial Funeral Home

6/28/57 - 11/20/19
Joseph, KF4QYY, passed away on 11/29/2019 at the age of 62. He grew up in Durham, earned a law degree and worked as a tax consultant. Joseph first became a ham in 1997 and held a General class license. He was a DFMA member from 1997 to 2008 and served as DurHamFest chair for several years. He frequented the DFMA repeaters and was a regular on the DFMA Thursday Night Net. He will be fondly remembered for his upbeat presence on the air.

Dee, KU4GC, 2/26/20

February 4 Program: Software Defined Radios

Jack Hill, KM4MBG will be talking about software defined radios. Join the crowd for this timely topic as well as some good food and excellent company.

Dee, KU4GC; 2/1/20

SAVE the DATE: DurHanFest 2020 to be on May 30

DurHamFest will be a week later this year. For many years it was held on Memorial Day Weekend. A new policy of the Durham Public School system forbids the rental of the facility on holiday weekends. This is to make sure that DPS employees are not pressured to give up an extended weekend to work to open the facility.

The facilities coordinator asked if we would like to try for the weekend before or the weekend after Memorial Day. Since we did not want to compete with the Dayton hamfest, we requested the weekend after. Today our application was approved.

More on DurHamFest soon.

Dee, KU4GC; 1/7/20

January 7 Program: Show and Tell

Here's a chance to show off your Christmas gift. Or maybe there's something else of interest to share. Tuesday we will have the always fun and informative Show and Tell. Plan on spending about 5 minutes talking about it.

Dee, KU4GC; 1/5/20

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