Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

An ARRL Affiliated Club
July 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



Allen, Tony KU6E 4/30/2017

Bixby, Don KK6SIA 4/30/2017
THIRD NOTICE



Brooks, Steven KE6GXP 5/31/2017

Zeimantz, Jane KK6LBQ 5/31/2017
SECOND NOTICE



Hanson, Mac W9WV 6/30/2017
FIRST NOTICE



Jones, Randy KD6UAK 7/31/2017

Potter, Hal KF6FHL 7/31/2017

Spencer, Stephen KC6MIE 7/31/2017

Taylor, Stephen K6SJT 7/31/2017

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
NEWS & VIEWS

Fallbrook ‘hams’ get ready for Field Day
http://villagenews.com/local/fallbrook-hams-get-ready-field-day/


de KG6HSQ
Fire lookout towers make a comeback in San Diego County
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-fire-towers-20170610-story.html


de W6VR
Best Safety Practices On & Around Communication Towers
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0601/DOC-345150A1.pdf
Bugging Your Own Home, at Your Expense, for Someone Else's Benefit
With Apple's HomePod, people will pay to bug their own homes. Who would have thought 20 years ago that anyone would fall for this? Then again, I don't know for sure that the microphone in my computer is really "off" most of the time, opening up the possibility that someone could be listening to all nearby conversations. We live in curious times.
http://www.radioworld.com/products/0017/apple-debuts-homepod-smart-speaker/339803
A Satellite Communicator
Should you find yourself out-of-range of cell towers and the mighty FARC repeaters (oh no!), there is always the "inReach Explorer" for emergency satellite communications. Here is an interesting story (and video) on how inReach was used recently in southern California to start a rescue operation:
http://abc7.com/technology/mans-location-device-helps-save-injured-hiker-in-sierra-madre/2081079/
And here are the details on inReach:
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/561269/pn/010-01735-10?gclid=CjwKEAjwse7JBRCJ576SqoD7lCkSJABF-bKuUHF26PMwQoiuPsnw1XBG0qLrk_WJwb1cuUlZRGQoQxoCtg_w_wcB
Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city
A fascinating story: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/18/foxconn-life-death-forbidden-city-longhua-suicide-apple-iphone-brian-merchant-one-device-extract
New Head of FCC's Enforcement Bureau
If all goes as planned, Rosemary Harold will soon head-up FCC's Enforcement Bureau. She seems like a good pick to get things moving again. Here is the FCC's formal announcement:
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0621/DOC-345446A1.pdf
In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore - WSJ
https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-10-years-your-iphone-wont-be-a-phone-anymore-1498395600


de KJ6UMY
Paul Allen showed off his new rocket-launching plane today, and it’s BIG | Ars Technica
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/paul-allen-showed-off-his-new-rocket-launching-plane-today-it-is-big/
Using a dollhouse to demonstrate why firefighters sometimes ventilate roofs to quell fires.
https://www.wimp.com/using-a-dollhouse-to-demonstrate-why-firefighters-sometimes-ventilate-roofs-to-quell-fires/
Here's how you can start a fire using a sandwich bag filled with water
https://www.wimp.com/heres-how-you-can-start-a-fire-using-a-sandwich-bag-filled-with-water/
A pigeon-piloted bomb, odd powders, and cryptic science—Ars goes to NIST
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/a-pigeon-piloted-bomb-odd-powders-and-cryptic-science-ars-goes-to-nist/
Update from the Oregon Man Fined for Calling Himself an Engineer
Mats Järlström: I Am an Engineer - IEEE - The Institute
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/ieee-roundup/blogs/blog/mats-jrlstrm-i-am-an-engineer


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


Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

Roy Noon Hall, Fallbrook, California
June 3, 2017


Vice President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the meeting to order at 1500

The pledge of allegiance was recited

With quite a few visitors Ron had all in attendance introduce themselves

Ron opened the meeting with a discussion and information regarding the upcoming Field Day. Field Day will again be held at Frazier Elementary School, 1835 Gum Tree Lane, Fallbrook, June 24th & 25th. There will be a preliminary setup on Friday Afternoon, June 23rd beginning at 1700. Field Day at the site will begin at 0700 on June 24th and volunteers are needed.

(Be advised that the Frazier site is a drug free and smoke free site)

Ron indicated that the ARRL rules for the event are unchanged from last year. A list of equipment/supplies needed for the Field Day Operation was listed for the membership. (That list will be published on the Website).

Hayden, KG6YVD, and Krissy, KR6SSY, have volunteered again to co-ordinate the Saturday afternoon covered dish food event which will be Saturday June 24th at 1800. Krissy will post a link on the FARC Homepage and has asked that everyone that is attending to please sign into that link to let her know what food you are bringing and how many family and friends will be attending with you. She asks that you sign in as early as possible so she can get a "head count" of attendees in order to properly prepared for the number of people that will attend. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!!! In the past we've been a few chairs short so Hayden has asked that club members bring their chairs for the evening meal. FARC Members and their family and friends as well as Community Friends are invited.

Ken,W6MF presented the following financial report.



Checking Balance April 30, 2017
$5,629.16
Petty Cash Balance April 30, 2017       $64.78
Total
$5,693.94


MAY INCOME


ARRL Dues  $49.00
Transfer from Petty Cash to Checking $20.00
Membership Dues     $40.00
Total
$109.00


MAY EXPENSES


ARRL Dues $47.00
Total  $47.00


PETTY CASH
Petty Cash Balance April 30, 2017
$64.78
Cash Donation (Avocado Shirt)
$5.00
Transfer Cash to Checking ($20.00)
Expenses May 2017      0.00
Total
$49.78


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

Member Dropped:
Andre Hansen, K6AH

Brent, KJ6UMY showed a video speech given by former FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate, KK4INZ. Mr. Fugate pointed out the importance of Amateur Radio in emergencies. He described them as "the last line of defense".

Bob, W6VR, continued the saga of the broad spectrum interference that he had encountered. His first comments are recorded in the May minutes. Bob did several different types of analysis of the interference. On some of his DFing he was able to hear the interference and it sounded like an AC "hum". He monitored some frequency/temperature shifts and determined that there was definitely a correlation between the two. He pointed out that common interference sources such as this could be caused by grow lights, ballast and even home dimmer switches. He had traced the fundamental frequency to 61Khz and the interference came on each day around 6:57 or 6:58 AM and went off at sometime later at night, time was not known. Next meeting he will describe some of his field search techniques. So, stay tuned.

Ron mentioned that some of the interference being heard on the 440 FARC repeater is being caused by Radar and some digital transmissions. He pointed out that this is perfectly legal and that Amateur Radio is a "secondary" user of the 440 Mhz. spectrum. It is intermittent and is most likely associated with activities at Camp Pendleton.

Wayne, K6BFR, talked about the Baofeng 888 transceiver he had purchased. He paid $9.00 for it new. It comes pre-programmed for the "Family Radio" setup but can be programmed for the Amateur Radio 70 Cm. band. He uses the "Chirp" software system for programming the radio. He says that it can be setup as a repeater, has a Lithium battery and a Kenwood type plug-in system.

REMINDER: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PLEASE GO TO THE FARC WEBSITE AND REGISTER FOR THE FIELD DAY FOOD EVENT.

With no further business the meeting 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


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