DFMA Repeaters

145.450 - PL:82.5

147.225+ PL:82.5

224.260 -

444.100+ PL:82.5

444.450+ PL:100.0

443.1375+ DMR

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Upcoming Events

Mon Jan 23 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Mon Jan 23 @ 8:00PM - 08:30PM
10 Meter Sideband Net (N1LN ncs)
Tue Jan 24 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Stephen, WA1USS, ncs
Wed Jan 25 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Thu Jan 26 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu Jan 26 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
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 from 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. This 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.)

The Classic Exchange is Coming Print E-mail
Written by WQ8U   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 23:23

The classic Exchange (CX) is a forty one year old contest / on-air celebration of the great commercial, kit and home brew rigs of the past. Scoring is important but sharing the experience again of operating and working those rigs of decades ago is a real payoff. CX is open to everyone however modern rigs have a scoring disadvantage - but they can still work the "great ones."

The CW session is Jan 29th and Jan 31st.
The AM/SSB/FM session is Feb 19th and Feb 21st.

Full details are at:
(Note that the two weekends straddle Superbowl weekend.)

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 19:46
OCRA Meeting & VE Testing CANCELED due to weather Print E-mail
Written by W4SAR   
Friday, 06 January 2017 21:34

Hi All-

Due to the winter storm now starting to affect our area through the weekend, the Orange County EOC will be activating tonight , and at minimum will be active through Sunday. The monthly OCRA meeting, as well as the exam session will be cancelled. Elections for club officers and board members will be postponed until the February meeting.

I had contacted the EOC this morning, asking them to contact me as soon as possible if they believe the training room would be active use or on standby due to events. I received the response just a few minutes ago, and stated they felt it best that we make alternate arrangements as it is not clear when the EOC will stand down.I decided on a cancellation instead of a change in venue as travel conditions on Monday may still be unsettled

Thank you all for your understanding. Get the word out and stay safe.

Dave Snyder, W4SAR

Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2017 21:46
Jan 3 Program: A Raspberry Pi, NOAA Weather Station Print E-mail
Written by KW4KZ   
Friday, 23 December 2016 22:14

The speaker for the January club meeting will be Jim, KE4ROH with a presentation on a Raspberry Pi, NOAA Weather Station.  He provided the following background info.

Abstract: Alert the office, school, city, or your family to the tornado warning for their specific area. Automatically initiate a pre-recorded announcement or activate an alarm to encourage everyone to take shelter – but only if the alert affects the area. This information is available via the internet, but the internet might fail in the event of a serious storm. Redundancy via the weather band provides additional certainty that the message is received correctly. This open-source project takes us through python coding, GitHub, continuous integration, integration of messages from different sources with different specificity, and testing of a device that should carry out its primary function perhaps annually. The finished product will be suitable for offices, schools, and outdoor alerting.

Bio: From the country’s hot spot for tornadoes per-capita, Huntsville, Alabama, Jim brings together an understanding of the severity of tornadoes and concern for fellow Red Hatters’ safety as a Safety Warden into a nighttime coding gig to create the ultimate tornado warning device.

Dec 6 Program: DFMA Christmas Party Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:58

Continuing a tradition of having the DFMA pick up the club member's tab for our December Holiday Dinner Meeting, we will meet at Bullock's Barbecue Restaurant in Durham starting around 6:00pm. You will be able to order from the menu. Each member may also bring one guest. This Christmas dinner is the program. Bring your spouse or friend!

This is our Christmas Meeting! In that tradition you may (optionally):


* Bring a Christmas gift for a child to be distributed to needy families. If wrapped, mark gender and age range on the outside. If not wrapped, that's fine too. If you have one -- a gift bag would work too.

* The Club will make its annual gift. It will be split between the Food Bank of North Carolina and the Durham Rescue Mission. We will be passing the "hat" for additional personal contributions to these causes. (Some members will drop a check in the hat made out to the charity of their choice -- we will forward it -- the cancelled check may be useful at tax time.)

All gifts are optional - bring the gift of your presence for all to enjoy!


There will be no program as such. However, be ready to relate "Ham Radio New Years Resolutions" - what are your ham radio goals for the coming year. Do you finally want to go to Dayton? Do you plan to put up (or take down) a tower? Are you finally going to put together a real "go kit". Is Morse code in your future? We hope you'll be ready to share your ham radio dreams.

Bullock's Bar B Cue

3330 Quebec Dr
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-3211

(Between: Lasalle St & Mountainview Ave)
(Near: Lasalle St N & Hillsborough Rd)

[click here for map]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:04
The Link is on this Website Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 19:01

Starting with this month, our monthly newsletter The Link will appear on this website.  The Link will continue to be emailed directly to paid up DFMA members.  The web edition is identical to the mailed version except that some financial information has been excised from the web version.

At this time, a number of back issues have also been posted.  It is likely that more of this "historical record" will be posted in the future.

To get to The Link, click on the last entry in the main menu (to left of the page).  What to click on from there should be obvious.

(Making The Link more public was proposed by a member and approved by the DFMA Board at its October meeting.  Thanks to our Link editor, Skip WB4P, for making the two version available in suitable form.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:48

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