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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.
Balance April 30, 2017
|Petty Cash Balance April 30, 2017||$64.78|
|Transfer from Petty Cash to Checking||$20.00|
Cash Balance April 30, 2017
Donation (Avocado Shirt)
|Transfer Cash to Checking||($20.00)|
|Expenses May 2017||0.00|
Balance May 31, 2017
Cash Balance May 31, 2017 ||$49.78|
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.
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club