Recent Aricles - see left and below
5/3 A Joint DFMA/OCRA Mail Reflector
4/30 What has Happened to dfma.org?
4/25 May 2 Meeting Program: DurHamFest
A Joint DFMA/OCRA Mail Reflector
One of the more successful means of non-radio communication
among hams in this area has been the
OCRA email reflector: NCOCRA@yahoogroups.com. If
you subscribe to it, you receive everything that other
subscribers post as email. For quite some time, the
DFMA Board has discussed whether the DFMA needs
something similar. One approach would have been to
create a similar, but distinct, reflector (or mailing list) for
the DFMA. The problem with that is that we have many
joint members with OCRA and for many uses one
would have to post things twice, once on each list. This
would be particularly important at Field Day time when
we operate jointly. Also, when DurHamFest approaches,
or we need more participants for a public service event,
much of what we post would be aimed at OCRA members
The final result of this discussion and with approval of
both the OCRA Board and the DFMA Board is that the
DFMA will begin to use the NCOCRA reflector for
DFMA business as well. Renaming the group was discussed
but seems to be a problem with Yahoo resulting
in losing all historical records. There will be some efforts
in some of the other “labeling” to include the designation
of “DFMA” as well. (There has been some
discussion at OCRA to find a better email reflector
system, and if that takes place, the naming of the
new system would include “DFMA” as well as
So, if you are not already receiving the NCOCRA
mailing, here is how to sign up.
If you do not already have one, you must create a
Yahoo account (it’s free). If you so not want to
bother with a Yahoo Account, Dave Snyder, W4SAR, can
"enroll" you. Send him email with the email address you
want things sent to. His email address is w4sar01 at gmail dot com .
Since this is a private group, it is moderated. This
keeps out spammers, etc. This may delay your
initial application until the moderators have approved
you. You do not need to be an OCRA or
DFMA member to get on the list.
You ask, “Do I need to get involved in this?” The
short answer is “No”. If you are minimally involved
and generally limit your participation to
coming to meetings, you have survived so far
without the reflector. We will continue to email
The Link directly to you and this usually includes
a meeting reminder. However, if you want to
know what is going on in your local ham community,
following the postings on the reflector
will keep you in touch. Occasionally someone will
post something for sale, and sometimes these are
real bargains. Details on DurHamFest, Field Day,
Public Service and ARES events, etc. will all come
up on the reflector. So, the long answer is “No,
but we highly recommend it.” So now, if you have
something of interest to DFMA members or the
broader ham community, you can send it to the
- 73, Dee, KU4GC 5/3/17, First published in the March Link. Rev 5/3/17
What has Happened to dfma.org?
A few weeks ago our website was seriously hacked and was being used
to generate spam email in huge quantities. The site was
then shut down by the web hosting site.
To cope with this, it was decided to create a new web site using
the html language only rather than the Joomla package which is based
on php which is notoriously vulnerable. You are now looking at
this, likely temporary, web site. It should provide you with
basic DFMA information. In the near term, improvements will
continue to be made.
Meanwhile we are discussing on what should replace this interim site.
Should we go back to a newer version of Joomla (our previous system)?
Some have suggested WordPress which also uses the vulnerable php
language. Both newer version of Joomla and WordPress are regularly
updated to fix known flaws, but many professionals feel they will
never be safe.
Regardless of the ultimate system used, we hope to retrieve the
articles and information from the old site because they represent
a history of the DMFA. This is tricky because we can't just start
up the old system which would then, again, start generating great
volumes of spam. But there are ways to get at it -- the files are
still available. Much of the content is stored in a database which
we backed up monthly. We will work to get at the information in that
More pictures will also appear on both this site as we get things
fully up to speed and on future sites. Most of the old pictures
are in accessible files.
If you have any recommendation on any this please let us know.
Thanks in advance!
- KU4GC 4/27/17, rev. 4/30/17
May 2 Meeting Program: DurHamFest
In place of a regular program, we will finalize our plans for
DurHamFest. This will be the DFMA’s 43rd DurHamFest! Please
join us and help finalize our plans and list of volunteers so
that we can ensure another successful and fun event. Jack,
KM4MBG, our Hamfest Chair, will lead the program.
There may also be time for some Show&Tell if you have something
interesting to share.
As always, see you at Bullock's BBQ, 3330 Quebec Dr, Durham, at 6pm
on Tuesday, May 2nd.
- KU4GC 4/25/17