Renew Your Membership (or Join the DFMA)
DFMA membership dues are $12 per year. Additional family members living at the same address can join for $6 per year. First time members can prorate this fee by the number of months left in the calendar year. New hams may be eligible for a free membership. Go to one of the three headings below (Renew Your Membership, New Membership or New Ham Free Membership)
Renew Your Membership
You may renew your membership by filling out a membership form (see FORMS below) and mailing it in or bringing it to the meeting with the appropriate payment. You now also have the option of using PayPal to renew your membership. For PayPal click on the line below.
New Membership (Join the DFMA)
To join, print out the front page of the form by clicking on the link below (see FORMS). You can mail this to the address shown on the form or you can bring it to the next meeting. To include family members, print out the back of the form as well (click on the link below). PayPal is not available for new memberships at this time
Free New Ham Membership
Receive a free (up to 12 months) membership ending on the first anniversary of your first licensing. Fill out the membership form (see FORMS below) and check Free New Ham Memebership. You must attend a meeting to activate this membership. When your free membership expires, you may renew as a "new" member and pro−rate your dues if applicable.
FORMS to use to Join or Renew (click on appropriate form below and print out)
Front of Membership Form (use this for individual membership -- pdf)
Front & Back of Membership Form (only needed for family membership -- pdf)
Why Should You Join the DFMA?
The ham radio community is usually very friendly and willing to share most things with no strings attached. So on purely economic grounds, you could get away with using the DFMA's repeaters, coming to DFM Meetings and occasionally winning a door prize or other things the DFMA gives away. You could get advice and help from DFMA members. You could participate in events the DFMA organizes such as DurhHamFest, Field Day, certain public service events, and the occasional classes. It is unlikely that anyone will complain and if you are destitute to the point that you may not be able to get your next meal, then you should definitely not pay DFMA dues.
However, I bet that most of you would feel better about this hobby if you felt that you did your share in supporting the effort. Membership is yours by paying dues of $12 per year -- not a big investment (It was $12 per year over 30 years ago, so counting inflation, it is close to free.) However, just as important, within the limits of your capabilities and free time, we'd like to have you get involved. Help teach a class. Present a program. Help run DurHamFest. Help maintain our Mobile Communication Unit (MCU). Help a fellow ham with some technical problem. Participate in our nets and volunteer to help in some public service events.
There are actually a few benefits for membership that we do not give out to non-members. Each year we publish a membership directory. That (hard copy) is only given to paid-up members. Also, the club newsletter, the Link, is (in theory) only sent to paid members. Since it is sent electronically, we have a fairly long grace period until we cut you off. Also, only active DFMA members may drive the Mobile Communications Unit (MCU, see entry in the Main Menue), after having been checked out for driving it.
Dues Status of DFMA Members (and recent members)
If you are not sure if your dues are up to date, click on the link below. This will go to a list ordered by call-sign suffix. It will show your call-sign followed by the year through which your dues are paid. (The two-part dates shown in the form MM,YY indicate the month and year through which a new ham free membership is in effect.)