Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

An ARRL Affiliated Club
August 2017
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President --  Jon Bart - K6QVA    qvajpb@gmail.com
Vice-President -- Ron Patten - KG6HSQ    kg6hsq@fallbrookarc.org
Secretary/Treasurer -- Ken Dickson - W6MF    kpdickson@sbcglobal.net

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The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club normally meet at 3:00 PM on the first Saturday of the month.



Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

Name Call Date Expires
FINAL NOTICE



Zeimantz, Jane KK6LBQ 5/31/2017
SECOND NOTICE



Potter, Hal KF6FHL 7/31/2017

Spencer, Stephen KC6MIE 7/31/2017
FIRST NOTICE



Badolian, Shawn
KK6NLZ 8/31/2017

Bell, Ron
W6BJO 8/31/2017

DiVecchio, Mark
K3FWT 8/31/2017

Olms, Randy
KJ6AEU 8/31/2017

Parkinson, Bill
KI6KVD 8/31/2017

Stewart, Wallace       
KK6MBW 8/31/2017

There will be no more paper notices mailed due to the rising cost of postage and supplies.
All future notices will  be sent electronically. See Members List for your expires date.


THIS MONTHS MEETING AGENDA
Bring your own drink, and folding chair.

If you do not have ear and eye protection, it will be provided for you.

Directions to Hayden and Krissy
KG6YVD & KR6SSY

DO NOT FOLLOW GPS, GPS MAY SEND YOU UP TO LOCKED GATED OLD GROVE ROAD.
 
FROM NORTH

FROM RAINBOW VALLEY BLVD WEST OFF RAMP [SOUTHBOUND TRUCK SCALES] AT I-15 GO EAST TO END, [SECOND STOP SIGN]
TURN RIGHT (SOUTH) ON RAINBOW VALLEY BLVD APPROX 1 MILE, PASS SCHOOL AND FIRE DEPT AT 5TH ST.

CONTINUE SOUTH TO 30mph BEND THAT GOES RIGHT......DO NOT FOLLOW.....WATCH OPPOSING TRAFFIC AND GO STRAIGHT TO STOP SIGN
TURN LEFT (EAST) AT STOP SIGN (NOW ON 8TH ST.)
FROM SOUTH (NORTHBOUND I-15)
FROM EAST MISSION AND I-15
TURN RIGHT  (EAST)
THEN LEFT (NORTH) ON OLD 395 ABOUT 1.5 MILES
RIGHT (EAST) ON RAINBOW VALLEY BLVD
AT 30MPH BEND GO STRAIGHT THROUGH STOP SIGN, NOW ON 8TH ST
ALL
ROAD BENDS SHARP RIGHT (SOUTH) NOW ON RICE CANYON, TRAVEL A COUPLE HUNDRED YARDS.
TURN LEFT (EAST) ONTO RAINBOW HEIGHTS RD.
FOLLOW DOUBLE YELLOW LINE (1.9 MILES) TILL IT ENDS.
GO STRAIGHT, NOT RIGHT. ROAD NARROWS, TRAVEL APPROX 1 MILE, PASS AVOCADO GROVE ON RIGHT, WHITE FENCE ON LEFT.
AFTER SHARP BEND TO THE LEFT, LOOK FOR 5 MAILBOXES ON YOUR RIGHT. (6826)
AFTER MAILBOXES TURN RIGHT.
FOLLOW NARROW DRIVE (DO NOT GO THROUGH CHAIN LINK FENCE) UP THE HILL, ROAD TURNS TO DIRT, ONLY HOUSE ON THE RIGHT.

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NEWS & VIEWS

de N8KBC
Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534. You may have already seen this, but it is important to get the information to all amateur radio operators so we can get this bill passed.
 
Dave Kaltenborn N8KBC
Section Manager, San Diego
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ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534.  07/25/2017

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is calling on League members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act  of 2017, S. 1534. ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task.

“[W]e are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act,” Roderick said. He said the campaign to secure passage of the bill scored a major victory earlier this year when H.R. 555 passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives. Obtaining passage of the companion Senate bill, S. 1534, is the final legislative hurdle.

“Now is the time for all hams to get involved in the process!” Roderick said. “Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.”

He urged radio amateurs now restricted by a Homeowners Association from installing effective outdoor antennas to visit the RallyCongress site and e-mail their two US Senators. He also encouraged those not now affected by deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) to support their fellow radio amateurs by doing the same.

“If you want to help create an opportunity - not available before now - for Amateurs who live in deed restricted communities to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own or lease, send these e-mails today!” Roderick said. “We need you to reach out to your Senators today.  Right away.”

S. 1534 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA) or subject to any private land-use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes, while protecting the aesthetic concerns of HOAs.


de W6VR
AT&T landline service in Illinois to end, pending FCC approval | Fox News
Our AT&T DSL repairman says AT&T will very soon be offering wireless Internet services to rural areas -- perhaps Fallbrook/Bonsall -- at a speed of 10 Mb/s using a new technology.
He also mentioned that AT&T's future vision of itself is as a "software company." Reportedly some of the details are available online by Googling "AT&T White Box."
Both AT&T and Verizon (and others) are already offering unlimited over-the-air data packages for wireless phones, iPads, computers and the like. For example, for $80/month on a two-year contract, Verizon will give you 10 Gb of data/month at up to 50 Mb/s transfer rate, and then an undefined slower speed (if there is cellsite loading) for as much additional data as you want.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/05/at-t-landline-service-in-illinois-to-end-pending-fcc-approval.html
SDG&E begins to roll out new pricing plans based on time of day usage
http://www.10news.com/news/sdge-begins-to-roll-out-new-pricing-plans-based-on-time-of-day-usage
When it’s hot, plants become a surprisingly large source of air pollution
Something to ponder: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/when-its-hot-plants-become-surprisingly-large-source-air-pollution
Solar eclipse ionosphere study will be crowdsourced citizen science project
Tuning into solar eclipse effects: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/12/a-massive-atmospheric-experiment-is-planned-for-august-solar-eclipse/?utm_term=.7fabab0781a9
Cellular Antennas Everywhere
The following article could just have easily been entitled, "Cellular antennas everywhere."  Expect a lot more cellular base station antennas (and a lot more base stations) when a cellular technology called "5G" is deployed.  No wonder the cellular industry wants to bypass local and county control over cell site placement and appearance.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/telecom/wireless/5g-bytes-massive-mimo-explained?utm_campaign=TechAlert_07-13-17&utm_source=Tech+Alert&bt_alias=eyJ1c2VySWQiOiAiOTg5OWE3ZGItMjAzMy00ZjJiLWJkMzYtNmE4NTdiYjRkMjRlIn0%3D&utm_medium=Email
Amazing places on our planet:
A 14 minute world tour in Ultra HD (4K video). Commercial-free and stunning: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ICFQS_jpzFY?rel=0
US Navy drone-killing laser weapon USS Ponce
http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/politics/us-navy-drone-laser-weapon/index.html
The 5G Cellular Rollout
Here is how the cellular industry's rollout of 5G is looking at this moment in the eyes of one FCC Commissioner (a Republican).
Will communities be left with any discretion as to where the many small-cell transmitters and receivers will be located? To address this question, read the five paragraphs starting at the bottom of page 5 under the heading "Infrastructure and Equipment."
The next two paragraphs (under the heading "5G Devices and Handsets") are interesting as well: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0725/DOC-345941A1.pdf
Grocery-Stocking Robots Will Soon Take over St. Louis Area Supermarkets
Yet another idea to counteract mandated increases in minimum wages. As the politicians act, the technologists respond:
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/07/27/grocery-stocking-robots-will-soon-take-st-louis-area-supermarkets/
Electric protein reactors make food out of carbon dioxide and electricity
From the article: "A 'protein reactor' [has been] developed by Finnish scientists. It zaps into existence a powder which is 50 per cent protein, 25 per cent carbohydrate - with the rest made up of fats and nucleic acids."
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/experimental-protein-reactors-produce-basic-food-from-carbon-dioxide-and-electricity/news-story/6c08578e2086fd4588bce94ddcd8d1b3


de KJ6UMY
What Fruits and Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them
http://www.chonday.com/Videos/freivegetal35
The Only Video You’ll Need to Understand the Rolling Shutter Effect
http://twistedsifter.com/videos/rolling-shutter-effect-explained-by-smarter-every-day/
The history of BIC and the Ballpoint Revolution
A much more interesting story than you might expect. https://www.wimp.com/the-history-of-bic-and-the-ballpoint-revolution/
So You Think You Can Text and Walk
http://www.chonday.com/Videos/texypsaca5
World's Heaviest Weight
How do you measure big forces accurately? By calibrating your force transducer on the world's biggest weight - 1,000,000 pounds of force. This machine ensures planes don't break apart, jets provide required thrust, and rockets make it to their destination.
http://www.snotr.com/video/19187/Worlds_Heaviest_Weight
Sounds bad: Researchers demonstrate “sonic gun” threat against smart devices
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/07/sounds-bad-researchers-demonstrate-sonic-gun-threat-against-smart-devices/
Roomba maker iRobot plans to sell digital maps of your home
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/24/roomba-irobot-sell-digital-maps-home/
Man Arrested for Using $2 Bills at Best Buy
https://www.wimp.com/man-arrested-for-using-2-bills-at-best-buy/
Wonder how many people are aware of the $2 bill? I have a few.
Kitchen sponges are festering germ dens—and sanitizing them doesn’t help
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/kitchen-sponges-are-festering-germ-dens-and-sanitizing-them-doesnt-help/
Heading to the kitchen to replace a sponge ...


Ham researcher to investigate effects of solar eclipse
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
August 21 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many in the U.S. to see a total eclipse. It's also an opportunity for a team of Virginia Tech researchers to study the effects of the eclipse onchanges in the upper atmosphere that have an impact onHF propagation and the global positioning system (GPS). Backed by research funding from NASA and the National Science foundation, the team is headed by Dr. Greg Earle, W4GDE.

The Virginia Tech team plans to gather data from a variety of sources, including radar systems, transceivers, satellites, ham radio, and GPS receivers, in order to analyze the effects of the solar eclipse on the conductive region of the atmosphere.

“Whether military radar, or consumer GPS signals, the eclipse is going to have effects on the medium that we would like to understand better, so that we can either mitigate them or use them to our advantage,” said Earle.

Here are a couple of links to news stories on the research team and the experiments:
  * Virginia Tech team prepares for special project during total solar eclipse http://wset.com/news/local/virginia-tech-team-prepares-for-special-project-during-total-solar-eclipse
  * Virginia Tech expert to study August solar eclipse effects on radar, ham radio,GPS http://wtkr.com/2017/07/17/virginia-tech-expert-to-study-august-solar-eclipse-effects-on-radar-ham-radio-gps/

Let's party!

In conjunction with the eclipse, the HamSCI and the ARRL are sponsoring the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (http://www.hamsci.org/seqp). (SEQP). According to an article in the August 2017 issue of QST, the goal of the SEQP is to "flood the airwaves with contacts, all measured by the automated receiver networks of the Reverse Beacon Network, PSKReporter, and WSPRNet." Once all the logs are in, researchers will analyze the data to see what effect the eclipse had on radio propagation.

A YouTube video of a presentation at Dayton on the SEQP can be found at https://youtu.be/3EviY2Cuxpo?list=PLihPo8xWmo8-xDYAtpP9BWX9QnhUoT7k4

The SEQP will run from 1400Z - 2200Z on Monday, August 21. This is well before the eclipse is due to begin on the West Coast. The reason it starts before the eclipse is to establish a baseline for radio propagation conditions.

SEQP organizers urge you to make as many contacts as you can on as many bands as you can operate. Like nearly every contest, contacts are not allowed on 60m, 30m, 17m, and 12m. CW, RTTY, and PSK31 are the preferred modes because automated receivers can record those contacts, but phone and other digital modes count, too.

An interesting twist to this contest is that, like Field Day, you can earn a number of bonus points, including:
  * Operating outdoors (100 points)
  * Operating in a public place (100 points)
  * Operating a wide-band automated receiver at your station (100 points)

Hams have had a long history of supporting scientific research. They provided communications for some of the early polar explorations and listened for Sputnik as it flew overhead. The Solar Eclipse QSO Party continues this tradition, and it's going to be a lot of fun as well. Visit the HamSCI website http://www.hamsci.org/seqp for more information.

Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, blogs about amateur radio at KB6NU.Com, and is the author of the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides and the CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun With Morse Code.” You can reach him by emailing cwgeek@kb6nu.com.


The ARES E-Letter
Letter at: www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=current

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Roy Noon Hall, Fallbrook, California
July 1, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 1500 by President Jon Bart, K6QVA.

The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report:



Checking Balance May 31, 2017 $5,691.16
Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2017
      $49.78
Total
$5,740.94


JUNE INCOME


Membership Dues     $240.00
Total
$240.00


JUNE EXPENSES


None    $0.00
Total  $0.00


PETTY CASH
Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2017 $49.78
Expenses June 2017 0.00
Total
$49.78


Checking Balance June 30, 2017  $5,931.16
Petty Cash Balance June 30, 2017     $49.78
Total
$5,980.94

New Member: Kevin Dickson, KM6LAL

Members Dropped: Tony Allen, KU6E

Don Bixby, KK6SIA

Bobbi Bixby, KK6SIB

Ron, KG6HSQ, gave a report on the recent problem with the two meter repeater. The repeater has been intermittently shutting down. He had a Transistor and volt meter on display and demonstrated the effect that heat and cold had on the transistor. The 2 meter repeater was shutting down due to a cold environment so it was "down" usually in the morning. The vault where the equipment is located in an air-conditioned environment and was causing a "faulty" transistor to shut down due to the cold. He detected the problem and installed a "back-up" transistor and it had the same problem. He has now replaced the defective parts and the repeater is running normally again.

Ron reported on the recent Field Day activity. N6FQ had 50 participants this year at the site. There were 383 Voice contacts and 11 CW contacts with a score of 810. N6FQ scored 750 bonus points due to other criteria such as operating in a public place, having a public display and several other items. The total points submitted for the contest was 1,560. N6FQ worked 47 states. Missing were Alaska, Connecticut and Maine.

Ron presented a slide show of Field Day activities.

Bob, W6VR, showed some pictures taken from a camera on Red Mountain showing Ron, KG6HSQ, making his way up to Red Mountain to repair the two meter repeater.

Bob continued his story about the local interference that he had experienced at his home. He showed an area map of the property and houses in the neighborhood. It showed a number of DF points that he had charted on the map. Due to electrical lines, wire fences and other conductors in the area DFing magnetic interference was difficult but it did narrow the potential interference site down to a particular property even though the DF was not exactly on the location. During his search he contacted several people in the neighborhood in the area by phone to ask if they had added any new electrical items recently. All reported to him that they had not. The interference appeared to be associated with a timer. The interference appeared at the same time each morning and apparently went of sometime in the evening or nighttime hours.

He did his DFing with a small DF radio that has a rotatable antenna. While DFing the antenna could be rotated until a "null" was reached. At that point he could take a bearing and place it on his area map. His map showed that he had taken many bearings from multiple points on the area map.

In the end he gained information from one of the neighbors that he had already spoken to and they had informed Bob that there was nothing new. That neighbor later told Bob that his son was using a "grow light" to grow tomatoes. Since that revelation there has been no more interference from the "Tomato Farm".

Jon announced that the meeting in August would possibly be at Hayden, KG6YVD, and Krissy's, KR6SSY, home in Rainbow. Details will be published later. The club will have a meal from the left over Bar B Que from Field Day. Check the FARC website for further information as it is developed.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 1620.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Secretary/Treasurer
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club




  Committees
Technical Committee: Bob-W6VR, Chris-AA4CD, Daryl-WA5QMV, Ron-KG6HSQ, Brent-KJ6UMY


Duane, AA6EE is offering FARC members discount prices on ARRL items:
Duane, AA6EE is offering FARC members the Callbook 2017 Winter Edition CD for $6.95 including shipping.
A bonus USB stick will be included if order confirmed by 8/04.
Duane Heise, AA6EE
16832 Whirlwind #F
Ramona CA 92065
(760) 789-3674
Callbook & ARRL distributor for 30 years
Any other ARRL item available @ discount: e-mail for price.
Email: aa6ee@cox.net
CA residents: add tax.
--- Callbook 2017 Winter Edition CD---
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  • More than 1,600,000 listings
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  • Beam headings & distance information
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  • Multi-Lingual: English, Spanish, German & French selectable
Comments and items of interest for publishing should be directed to: N6FQ@fallbrookarc.org
Ron Patten - KG6HSQ

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