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Durham FM Association

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Welcome to the DFMA

Upcoming Events
01/07 DFMA Meeting, Bullock’s BBQ, 6pm
01/13 OCRA Meeting, Efland Bahai Ctr, 7pm
01/13 VE Test Session, Efland Bahai Ctr, 7pm
01/28 Durham C Auxcomms, DC EOC, 7pm
02/04 DFMA Meeting, Bullock’s BBQ, 6pm Press the [Calendar] button at left for more info

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

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

Memorial Gathering for MK Ramm, W4MKR, sk

There will be a memorial gathering for MK Ramm (W4MKR) on Sunday, December 15, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. There will be no formal activity, just a framework for reminiscing, looking at photos, reconnecting with old friends, making new friends, and meeting with the family (Karl (N1XP) will be flying in from Massachusetts).

The format is open house. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. We will have light refreshments, so you won’t starve.

The venue will be the Durham Locopops store on Hillsborough Rd, which has recently been remodeled and has a nice room for events. The address is 2618 Hillsborough Rd (Business US 70). For you Durhamites, this is a bit west of their old place that was next to Don Hill’s Lock shop.

If you missed the original announcement of MK’s passing, see below.

Please Join Us!
Dee Ramm (KU4GC), Karl Ramm (N1XPB) , Lenore Ramm Hill (KF4PAB), Jack Hill (KM4MBG) 12/9/19

MK Ramm, W4MKR, sk

DFMA 2016 Christmas Party

4/28/44 - 12/5/19
Mary Kathlyn (MK) Ramm (W4MKR), 75, of Hillsborough, NC, died on Thursday at the Duke Hospice in the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC. She was born on April 28, 1944 to John Lee Brigmon and Jimmy Kathlyn Davis Brigmon, in Asheville, NC, while her father served in the Navy in the Pacific theater. Her mother died shortly after she was born. She was initially raised by her grandparents, Edward A. (EA) Brigmon and Mattie Wilson and then Ella Trantham Brigmon, who became her stepmother when her father remarried in 1947.

MK grew up in Candler, NC, where, with special encouragement from her grandfather, she helped in her father’s florist business. She attended Enka Candler High School and then Duke University and earned her bachelor’s degree in history. There she met her husband, Dietolf Ramm (KU4GC), whom she married after her graduation in 1966 and settled in Durham. After working in Nuclear Physics and Computer Science at Duke, in research support positions, she had two children, Karl (N1XPB) and Lenore (KF4PAB).

MK’s primary passions were plants and horticulture. She completed several years of graduate work at NC State University in Horticulture, and worked with Professor JC Raulston at the NC State Arboretum, where she was curator of the Lathe House. Years later she worked at Plant Delights Nursery. She served as coordinator of the Seed Exchange of the North American Rock Garden Society for two years. When she moved to Hillsborough in 1989, she transformed the land around her home from what was an open field into a lush botanical garden. She could identify virtually any plant and provide the complete scientific name from memory.

Other activities included sewing (including her wedding dress) and crocheting. She loved animals, including her horses, cats, and dogs. She also kept local birds, squirrels, groundhogs, and other visitors to her deck well fed. She was less enamored with the beavers that selected her ornamental trees. She was a voracious reader, favoring mysteries, science magazines, and anything mentioning perennials. She was a reluctant, but fantastic, cook and her family will always have fond memories of her fried chicken, lemon meringue pies, pound cakes, elaborate Thanksgiving dinners, and so many other delicious meals.

Following the rest of her family, she became active in Amateur Radio and passed her FCC license exam in 1997. She acquired the callsign W4MKR and was active in Durham FM Association - DFMA and the Orange County Radio Amateurs - OCRA. She was treasurer of the DFMA from 2008 to 2018 and actively coordinated the food operations for OCRA and DFMA in their annual Field Day (a 24 hour simulated emergency communications exercise). She provided logistical food support and other services for the annual DFMA DurHamFest (a radio oriented swapfest). She completed Orange County’s first CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training course in 2007 and helped in public service events like serving in the Sheriff’s command post for the then annual Habitat for Humanity Halloween Bike Ride in Durham and in later years the Tar Heel Ten Miler in Chapel Hill.

MK is survived by her husband, Dietolf Ramm, of Hillsborough, their children, Karl Christopher Ramm of Wilmington, MA, and Lenore Ramm Hill with her husband, Jack Hill, of Hillsborough, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Nature Conservancy would be appreciated.

Plans for a memorial gathering are pending.

Lenore, KF4PAB, 12/5/19

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