Upcoming Events

Sat Sep 05 @ 7:00AM - 05:00PM
Shelby Hamfest
Sun Sep 06 @ 7:00AM - 01:00PM
Shelby Hamfest
Mon Sep 07 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Jim, KI4HQO, ncs
Mon Sep 07 @ 8:00PM - 08:30PM
10 Meter Sideband Net (N1LN ncs)
Tue Sep 08 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Wed Sep 09 @ 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.


Sep 1 Program: The Viper System and Police Work Print E-mail
Written by KD4YJZ   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 09:16

The program for the September 1, 2015 DFMA monthly meeting is a presentation by Jonathan Daniel from the Orange County Sheriff's Office. His talk will include Community Police Work and the Viper Network. He will be discussing what will be going on in the future with this topic.
- Karen, KD4YJZ

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 21:48
RS-UV3 Kind-of techie YouTube video Print E-mail
Written by KZ1X   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:36

For those who are interested in the much-discussed HobbyPCB RS-UV3 tri band FM transceiver module, there is a recent video showing how the hardware is truly 'repeater grade.'

This demonstration represents remarkably good RF design engineering at this price point.

Nuance of the technical aspects may not be fully apparent to all, but most folks will quickly envision from this short video how well the RS-UV3 will perform in non-repeater applications.

Using a pair of RS-UV3 Radio Shields as a full duplex voice repeater

Steve, KZ1X

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:49
Gene Beaver, W4PVI, sk Print E-mail
Written by ku4gc   
Thursday, 06 August 2015 13:50

Charlie, NC4CD, forwarded the following obituary for Gene, W4PVI, and noted  that he was a former DFMA member  The picture is from QRZ.com.  (Check out Gene's QRZ entry if you are curious about what he is driving.)

ALABAMA — Gene Whitmore Beaver, 86, of Summerdale, Alabama passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015, surrounded by loved ones.

Mr. Beaver was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnie Lynn Beaver; his parents, Kermit and Elizabeth Thompson Beaver; and his wife's parents, Tyree and Blanche Jones.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Dottie;” daughter, Jeannie Martin and son-in-law,  Lloyd of Granbury, Texas; daughter, Terri Hanson and son-in-law Bob of Sandy, Utah; grandchildren, Eric, Taylor, Danielle, Zach and Bridget; brother, Kermit; sisters, Betsy Yarbrough and Beverly Smith-Petersen; and many other relatives and friends.

Gene loved his family. He served his country for 21 years in the United States Navy and continued his love of adventure for the remainder of his life: RVing to all 50 states, flying power parachutes and ultralights, off-roading, water skiing and competing in pickleball and pool.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Marlow UMC on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 2 p.m. A burial service in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida will be July 27, 2015 at 1:15 p.m.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:44
DFMA Election Results Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:17

The DFMA's annual election of officers was held at the regular meeting on August 4. The following were elected (or re-elected).

President: Dee Ramm, KU4GC
Vice President: Karen Snyder, KD4YJZ
Treasurer: MK Ramm, W4MKR
Secretary: Dan Eddleman, KR4UB
Repeater Manager: Charlie Durst, NC4CD
Board Member (2 year term) Michael North, KK4EIB
Board Member (2 year term) Mark Sidell, KR3AM
Board Member (1 year term) Bob Clarke, W4RWC, to fill the remainder of KD4YJZ's term.

Board Member Dan Whitehead, KK4DMS, continues with the second year of his two year term.

Thanks to Skip, WB4P, for heading the Nominating Committee and running the election process at the meeting!

Aug 4 Programs: Elections & PVC Show & Tell Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Friday, 31 July 2015 08:56

We will be holding our annual elections.  (All paid up members are automatically registered to vote :-)

We will also be trying a more focused Show & Tell: PVC

PVC tubing and fittings are inexpensive materials for all kinds of ham-related projects.  Bring some of your favorite projects to the meeting.  It doesn’t have to be strictly ham radio specific, but a techie bent makes the most sense. You can also bring pictures of projects.  We will have a projector and screen.

While not necessary, send Dee, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it a note of what you are planning to bring.  This will give him a hint if more “programming” is needed.


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