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10/09 Next VE Session Moved to Efland Bahai Center!
09/28 Technician License Classes Coming Up
09/27 October 2 Program: Free Software for Ham Radio
08/31 September 4 Program: Repeaters and More
07/31 August 7 Program: Elections and Show & Tell
07/11 July 17 Program: Civil Air Patrol – an Overview
07/10 New DFMA UHF Net on the 441.1 Repeater
06/15 Field Day is Almost Here
06/07 OCRA/DFMA FD Meals to be Prepaid
06/06 Dick Boynton, KK4CCX, sk
05/31 June 5 Prog: Field Day Planning and Show & Tell
05/18 DurHamFest 2018 is Almost Here!
04/22 May 1 Prog: DurHamFest Planning / Show & Tell
03/22 Apr 3 Program: Amateur Radio Digital Voice
02/28 Mar 6 Program: Solar Powered Trash Handling
02/01 Public Service Opportunites Coming Up
01/28 Feb 6 Program: Drones for Geoscience
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Saturday's VE Session Moved to Efland Bahai Center!

I was just advised by Kirby Saunders that the EOC has been diagnosed with a severe mold problem, severe enough that operations will be moved out of the EOC to alternate locations starting Monday, remediation may take up to several months. He said we could have proceeded with the exam session Saturday, but at our own risk.

Therefore, after verifying availability, the exam session will be held at the Efland Baha'i Center at 10:00am this Saturday (119 Maple St, Efland, NC 27243). I am contacting the ARRLVEC to see if they can change the published location on short notice.

Examiners, let me know if you got the message about the change, I will advise any candidates that I know are coming. I will also place a notice with directions to Efland on the door of the EOC to redirect any candidates who may show up there.

Dave, W4SAR; 10/9/18

Technician License Classes Coming Up

Nick, KA1HPN, will be teaching a Tech License Class Saturday mornings in October. Basic information:

Technician License Classes

  • Get your first Amateur Radio License - the Technician Class
  • Three class sessions:
    • 9:00 AM to Noon
    • October 6, 13, 20
    • Chatham County Emergency Operations Center
  • Exam session
    • 9:00 AM, October 27
    • Chatham County Emergency Operations Center
    • Open to class attendees and walk-ins for all classes of Amateur License exams.

This classed was organized for the Chatham County CERT Program, but all persons interested in amateur radio are welcome to attend this course. Contact Nick, KA1HPM, by email at KA1HPM at ARRL dot NET to register and/or get more details.

Nick, KA1HPM; 9/28/18

October 2 Program: Free Software for Ham Radio

Jack, KM4MBG, will be talking to us about free software for ham radio. He summarizes:

Do you understand the impedance matching between your transmitter and antenna? For many hams, the answer is “yes,” or, “I know it is important and where I can learn more.” We would certainly be frustrated if we couldn’t use an antenna that was not pre-approved by manufacturer of our transmitter. How many of us can say the same about the software that we attach to our transmitters? We'll explore the benefit of Free Software, software which is free from author-imposed restrictions, for ham radio. I'll set the stage by giving a tour of exciting software, but we'll spend most of the time covering the basics of what you need to know to be as at home when working with Free Software systems and communities as you are with antennas and transmission lines.

Jack, KM4MBG; 9/27/18

September 4 Program: Repeaters and More

Charlie, NC4CD, will be talking to us about Repeater Basics and the DFMA Repeaters, along with some basic info on how the cellular phone systems work and be sure to read his column in this issue of The Link.

As usual, we will be meeting at Bullock's BBQ at 6:00pm. The formal meeting will begin at 7:00pm with some brief DFMA business. (You may skip the meal and just come for the program. But eating with friends is a good part of the fun.)

Dee, KU4GC; 8/31/18

August 7 Program: Elections and Show & Tell

We will first hold our yearly election of Board of Director Officers and At-Large Members. That will only take a few minutes so we will have time for the always fun and informative Show and Tell. Please bring something of interest and plan on spending about 5 minutes talking about it."

Dee, KU4GC; 7/31/18

July 17 Program: Civil Air Patrol – an Overview

The program will be presented by Dawn Stange and her son.

The Civil Air Patrol is an all volunteer auxiliary of the US Air Force. Adult members participate in Search and Rescue operations and deployment efforts during natural disasters. There is also a youth cadet program. Many initiatives of the Civil Air Patrol are of interest to amateur radio operators. Find out how amateur radio operators can participate in Civil Air Patrol operations.

Check, KW4KZ; 7/11/18

New DFMA UHF Net on the 444.1 Repeater

There will be a new rag-chew net on our TV Hill 440 repeater. It will be held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm execept when we have a DFMA membership meeting (normally the 1st Tuesday of month). Normally the net control will be J.R. (N4JQR). That's 444.100+ with PL 82.5. Join us!

J.R, N4JQR; 7/10/18

Field Day is Almost Here

It is less than a week for Field Day setup to begin. Press the Field Day "button" on the left for the latest information.

Field Day is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to learn both about operating under less than optimal conditions. Since there is plenty of supervsions, even hams with only a tech license, or prospective hams may operate. It is also an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow hams a little better. There's little more rewarding than working with otheres to achieve common goals. Even if you have only limited time, it is worth dropping by to see what is going one. Join us!

Dee, KU4GC; 6/15/18

OCRA/DFMA Field Day Saturday 5pm Dinner & Sunday Breakfast Meal Attendees Requested to Prepay to Keep Costs Low

From last year’s Field Day and member discussion at club meetings, planning for the Field Day meals is one of the more challenging activities in terms of knowing how many will be at the meals and ensuring the right amount of food is purchased.

The festive DFMA/OCRA BBQ Potluck, hosted by Wilson and a small group of helpers is still on and still FREE. John Boone will be soliciting registration and potluck contributions as last year, so please sign up to join us and bring a tasty salad, vegetable, or dessert.

For the June 23 Saturday 5PM Dinner & June 24 Sunday Breakfast…

For this year’s 2018 Field Day, OCRA and DFMA are asking attendees to prepay (the same price as always, $5.00 for each meal) at the Field Day June 23, Saturday 5 PM Dinner and June 24 Sunday Breakfast in order to have an accurate count. This will help keep the cost low and avoid the clubs losing significant money or, asking members who do show up to pay a higher amount to cover those who do not. These payments also go to fund the availability of free bottled water during the Friday set up day.

Prepayment authorizes the club to buy food on your behalf and can be by cash or check payment at your convenience as described below. Vegetarian meals can be requested. PayPal costs for many small payments is excessive and precludes use of that feature. Based on the food purchase date, meal orders must be received by OCRA by June 18th. If you pay, and later must cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, send an email to treasurer@ncocra.org prior to the June 19th food order date, and your payment will be refunded or, you can use it as a tax-deductible donation to the club, or to extend your membership.

Making PrePay Easy

  • Using checks, or cash in an envelope as annotated below will help with record keeping (and refunds for timely cancellations). Checks and cash will be held and not deposited until food purchase. Cancellations received before food purchase will be refunded.
  • In addition to opportunities to pre pay by mail or at upcoming club meetings, the following OCRA/DFMA contacts at the Saturday morning breakfast locations below will accept your payment:
  • Each Saturday Ham Breakfast – June 2, 9, 16
    • Egg & I Chapel Hill on NC 54 East – Dan, KR4UB or M.K. W4MKR
    • Virlies Pittsboro John, KX4P
    • BoJangles at Hillsborough – Mike, KK4BPH
  • DFMA Club Meeting June 5, (M.K. W4MKR)
  • OCRA Meeting June 11 (Dan, KR4UB)

Checks or cash in envelopes marked with the same information shown on the check below will help with record keeping e.g. name, callsign, number attending dinner and breakfast meals, and preference for veggie meals.

Sample Check

Checking Receipt of your Meal Sign up Status

As prepay checks and cash are received as described above, the OCRA website page at this link will be frequently updated Field Day Meal Sign up Status

Thanks in advance for helping this part of Field Day to be a success!

Taken for NCOCRA.org; posted there by Dan, KR4UB; 6/4/18

Dick Boynton, KK4CCX, sk

Dick, KK4CCX
Dick, KK4CCX (Richard Parker Boynton), 88, died Monday, June 4, 2018 at Duke Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Visitation will be held at 1pm on Thursday, June 7th at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 1605 Bahama Rd, Bahama, NC 27503. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m and burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Dick was licensed in 2011 and soon joined the DFMA. He became active in Durham County ARES and participated in public service events and other activities. He also participated in OCRA/DFMA Field Day.

He was a regular participant in the DFMA Thursday Night net. Due to health problems his participation in the last couple of years diminished. However, during the May 31st net, one of the participants asked if anyone had heard from Dick because he had now missed two nets.

And to quote Dave, W4SAR: “Dick only recently acquired his amateur radio license, but embraced the avocation. He was a wonderful gentleman to be around and I always enjoyed his company. He usually made an effort to come out to Field Day for a bit, but his declining health made that more difficult in recent years. He will be missed.”

The following is an edited version of the bio taken from the website of the Clements Funeral and Cremation Services:

Richard Parker Boynton was born in Hackensack, NJ to the late Charles Parker Boynton and Sara McCallister Boynton. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a degree in electrical engineering and took a job with Sperry Corporation.

He married Ruth Ann Marschner in 1953, and they resided in Syosset, NY where they welcomed two children. The family moved to Durham in 1961 where he worked with Sperry and retired after almost 37 years. He then trained to be a locksmith and worked about 20 years as The County Locksmith before retiring a second time. He was a ham radio operator, gunsmith and gentleman farmer.

He is survived by his wife; son, Robert Parker Boynton (Betsy) of Kannapolis; daughter, Lois Ann Boynton of Chapel Hill; grandson, the Rev. Jonathan Mark Boynton and wife the Rev. Deanna S. Boynton of Stephens City, VA; granddaughter, Jennifer B. Kohn and her husband Joel L. Kohn from Asheville; great-grandchildren, Lydia and James Boynton, and Parker Kohn; and his faithful dog, Pepper.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church General Fund. The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

73, Dee, KU4GC, 6/6/18

June 5 Program: Field Day Planning and Show & Tell

In lieu of a regular program, Dave (W4SAR), our Field Day Coordinator, will review plans for OCRA/DFMA Field Day 2018.

We will likely have some time for the always fun and informative Show & Tell. Please bring something of interest and plan on spending about 5 minutes talking about it.

PS: If you did not pick up your DFMA 2018 Directory and Repeater Guide at DurHamFest, ask for it up at the Tuesday meeting.

- Dee, KU4GC 5/31/18

DurHamFest 2018 is Almost Here!

Hamfest Saturday (and before that Friday) will be here before you know it. This year's DurhamFest will again be at our “new” location at the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center. (See detailed instructions by pressing on the DurHamFest button on the left.) We can still use more help.

There is still time to let Jack, KM4MBG, our Hamfest Chair, know that you are ready to sign up for specific tasks. Specific areas that can always use more help are: Parking, Food Sales, Club Table and Talk-In. You can mail Jack at durhamfest at km4mbg dot org to let him know you will be helping.

If you can not make a fixed time commitment, you can still just show up and help. Key times will be assisting with Friday evening setup from 6pm to 8pm. Then Saturday at 7am we’ll do final setup and, where needed, help vendors move in as well. During the event, you can help out where needed. Someone may need to take a break at would be thankful for even brief relief. Then at 12:30pm we’ll shut down and many hands will make the work go faster and seem much lighter.

And, even if you can’t find time to help, do drop in. Buy something. Say hello to some old friends and make some new ones. Have a free cup of coffee. Don’t miss Wilson’s (W4BOH) super hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone can use a good lunch. We hope we'll see you there!

Dee, KU4GC 5/18/18

ps: The 2018 DFMA Directory & Repeater Guide will be available to pick up at the ticket table for DFMA members whose dues are current. Ask for your copy. (You can also renew your membership there if you forgot that earlier.)

May 1 Program: DurHamFest Planning and Show & Tell

In lieu of a regular program we will finalize our plans for DurHamFest. This will be the club’s 44th DurHamFest! Please join us and help complete our plans so that we can ensure another successful and fun event. Our DurHamFest Chair, Jack, KM4MBG, will preside.

We will likely have some time for the always fun and informative Show & Tell. Please bring something of interest and plan on spending about 5 minutes talking about it.

- Chuck, KW4KZ 4/22/18

April 3 Program: Amateur Radio Digital Voice

April's program will be presented by Kevin Otte, N8VNR. "Just as we have progressed from AM to SSB, ham radio is moving into the digital age. Come learn about the benefits of digital voice on the air and how it's being used here in the Triangle. If you're already a digital user, bring your rig along for a show-and-tell."

Bio: Kevin N8VNR has been licensed for over 25 years and currently holds an Extra class ticket. Preferring a good ragchew over a contest, you'll often find him tinkering on various new technologies. He lives in the shadow of the DFMA tower in Hillsborough.

- Chuck, KW4KZ 3/22/18

March 6 Program: Solar Powered Trash Handling

Representatives from MoonRise Solar Solutions will provide information on the implementation of Big Belly solar compactors. Big Belly solar compactors replace regular trash and recycle collectors found around cities, college campuses, and parks. They will discuss the technology involved and the environmental benefits.

- Chuck, KW4KZ 2/28/18

Public Service Opportunites Coming Up

Spring is rapidly approaching, and with Spring, a young man's (and YL's) thoughts turn to........ham radio public service (well, maybe).

Below is a link to the sign-up page created for this spring's events, and events being posted as they are confirmed.
http://tinyurl.com/zqqo557
There are opportunities for SAGS, Rest Stop Monitors, and some shadows.

Please check the page now and then as it will be updated as other events are confirmed with their respective groups.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to working with you again as the season heats up.
Best regards Dan KD4AGQ 2/1/18

February 6 Program: Drones for Geoscience

Our speaker, Justyna Jeziorska, sent us the following info:

Drones for Geoscience involves interdisciplinary STEM approaches that focuses on discovery, interpretation and communication of meaningful patterns in location-based data. This field develops and apply geospatial approaches to complex problems, advancing innovative solutions using spatial data. Justyna Jeziorska from NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics specializes in imagery processing techniques with Unmanned Aerial Systems(UAS) and will be presenting valuable insights about the recent advancements in the field of Geoscience analytics using the drone technologies. Please refer to the following link for more information.
https://geospatial.ncsu.edu

Speaker Information:

Justyna Jeziorska is a Research Associate in the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC state University. Jeziorska is a geographer, cartographer and GIS specialist who has been working with UAS-obtained imagery since 2012, processed countless UAS-obtained datasets, and teaches NC State students how to use drones for their research. In the process, Jeziorska has published many research papers in the subject matter. Jeziorska also teaches brief continuous professional development workshop involving UAS Operations & Analytics at NCSU - where students learn to select a drone matching their needs, fly safely and legally at NC, prepare and execute flights to collect data, get the most out of your drone & UAS data, and processing concepts from raw UAS imagery into a final useful analytics. https://cnr.ncsu.edu/geospatial/directory/justyna-jeziorska/

- Chuck, KW4KZ 1/28/18