Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

An ARRL Affiliated Club
June 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

Allen, TonyKU6E 4/30/2017

Bixby, Don KK6SIA 4/30/2017

Brooks, Steven KE6GXP 5/31/2017

Edwards, Nick
KG6QWR 5/31/2017

Zeimantz, Jane
KK6LBQ 5/31/2017

Hanson, Mac
W9WV 6/30/2017

Monroe, Mark       
W6AMR 6/30/2017

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.



Request For Help SD 100
While they list 4 positions, having additional help can provide for shifts and extra safety locations.
Event days are Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 2017.
For those that wish to assist, respond to: Dennis Baca  KD6TUJ at kd6tuj-3@hotmail.com

From the race group: On behalf of our 300 runners and 250 volunteers, we would greatly appreciate Ham Radio support for the overall safety tracking of runners, especially at locations that don't have cell reception or texting capability.

Here is a brief overview of what I believe is our need for Hams: The San Diego 100 has cell / text reception at every one of our aid stations except Pioneer Mail 1 and 2, and Cibbets Flat. Pioneer Mail 1 and 2 are located at miles 28 and 84 while Cibbet's Flat is at mile 64,   The hours of these locations are Cibbet's Flat from Friday, June 9 at 4pm through Saturday, June 10 at 2:15 am. Again, these aid stations do not have cell reception so having a Ham operator is important if we can get volunteers to man these locations. Pioneer Mail 1 is open from Friday, June 9 from 10:00 am through 3 pm, then closes until runners come back to Pioneer Mail 2 from Friday at 7 pm through Saturday at 8:30 am. 


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Internet Regulation
The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence
Storing digital motion pictures (and data in general) isn't a trivial or inexpensive task as the following article amply demonstrates:
Electromagnetic pulse attack on Hawaii would devastate the state | Fox News
Personal Radio Service Rules Modernized
FCC modernizes personal radio service rules: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0518/DOC-344944A1.pdf
Personal Radio Service Rule Changes
The FCC has made many changes to the Personal Radio Service rules. Here is a fascinating FCC document telling all about the changes including power and channel increases for FRS radios, FRS & GMRS redefinitions, and significant changes for the CB radio service (for example now it's okay to "work skip"). This is a long document so pace yourself: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0519/FCC-17-57A1.pdf
Verizon outbids AT&T for nationwide “5G” spectrum
This may be an important reason why Verizon wanted to master plan Fallbrook recently -- the 5G deployment skids would be greased particularly in the downtown area. However Verizon's Fallbrook plan was unsuccessful due to stiff local opposition:
Gov. Jerry Brown switches course, seeks $10 million in state funding for California quake warning system
CES 2017: The 7 tech innovations coming to your next smartphone
Lyle Hilden, KD6LUL, an Alleged FM Pirate in Vista, CA

Nickel-Zinc ARS Technica Article
HP laptops covertly log user keystrokes, researchers warn
Vote for Andre for the June cover plaque for his article on AREDN in QST!
Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think
A year of digging through code yields “smoking gun” on VW, Fiat diesel cheats
FEMA Administrator on Amateur Radio use in an emergency - YouTube

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

Growing the Ranks vs. Growing the Enjoyment
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Because I teach amateur radio classes and publish a series of popular amateur radio license study guides (www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/), I often get kudos for "growing the ranks." In fact, Gordon West, WB6NOA, told me this just last week, when he stopped by the booth I was in at the Dayton Hamvention. I’m paraphrasing a little, but after telling me that he’s heard good things about my study guides, he said something like, “You’re doing good work in helping get more people into ham radio.”

People say that as if this is—or should be—the ultimate goal of teaching a license class. While this may be one of the goals, if that’s your primary goal, I think that you’re barking up the wrong tree.

In a way, creating more hams is selfish. If there are more licensed amateur radio operators, they say, then amateur radio will have more political clout with the FCC and with Congress, making it easier to pass legislation like the Amateur Radio Parity Act. While this may certainly help the new ham down the line, its main thrust is to reduce restrictions on those who are currently hams.

My goal in teaching amateur radio classes isn’t to create more hams. Instead, my goal is to help more people have fun with ham radio. The first step in helping people have fun with ham radio is, of course, helping them get their license. I do that by publishing my study guides and teaching ham classes.

The next step, and I’m only really getting started on this right now, is to help people learn what they need to know to become better ham radio operators. That’s why I got a little excited when I saw the article, “Making a Good hobby Better Through Post-Licensing Enrichment” by Tim Busch, N0CKR in the latest issue of Radio Waves, the ARRL’s email newsletter for amateur radio instructors.

In the article, Tim describes several activities that his club encourages, including a “new ham net” and the Field Day GOTA station, but he also details a program of “mini classes” that will teach specific skills related to ham radio. These include:
  * Programming Radios and Getting on the Air
  * Soldering 101
  * Multimeter 101
  * Build and Use a Roll-Up J-Pole Antenna
  * Build and Use a Satellite Antenna
  * Foxhunts
  * Operating Digital Modes: IRLP, AllStar, D-Star, EchoLink, etc.
  * Remote Operation
  * Software-Defined Radios
  * Transitioning from VHF/UHF to HF Operating
  * Chasing Awards
  * Learn CW
  * Contesting

Tim writes, “Each class is intended to be no more than two hours at a sitting, so they can be held before a monthly club meeting. The variety of subject matter allows many club members to get involved in leading a topic. Materials kits are prepared in advance, so students walk away with practical items they can use at home.”

I think this is a great set of classes, and I plan to try some of these in the fall. A couple of other topics that occur to me are:
  * Power Supplies 101
  * Mobile Operation 101
  * ARRL 101
  * RFI/TVI 101

Helping new hams—and old hams—have more fun with amateur radio is a lot more satisfying to me than just “growing the ranks.” It would be nice to say that we have a million licensed radio amateurs in the U.S., but I think it would be a lot more valuable to the hobby to say that a larger percentage of licensed hams were active and enjoying ham radio. I know that, for me, increasing the number of active, engaged hams would be more personally satisfying than simply creating a lot of new licensees.

When he's not working on helping new hams, Dan operates CW on the HF bands and blogs about amateur radio at KB6NU.Com. If you have a good idea for a new ham “mini class,” e-mail him at cwgeek@kb6nu.com.

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

Roy Noon Hall, Fallbrook, California
May 6, 2017

President Jon Bart, K6QVA, opened the meeting at 1500.

The pledge of allegiance was recited

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance March 31, 2017 $5,567.16
Petty Cash Balance March 31, 2017       $64.78


ARRL Dues $49.00
Membership Dues    $60.00


ARRL Dues $47.00
Total  $47.00

Petty Cash Balance April 2017 $64.78
Expenses April 2017     $0.00

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

Ron, KG6HSQ, described a new setup for streaming audio.

Ron also gave a "wrap-up report" on the recent Avocado Festival. He showed pictures of some of the volunteers and some of the activities during the festival. He passed around a "Thank You" article that the Chamber of Commerce had placed in the Village News recognizing various individuals and organizations, including FARC volunteers, that assisted the Chamber during planning and setup. Kennedy Associates gave a good report to the committee. Ron gave a report on a survey regarding Vendor setup information assistance. It appeared that attendance may have been down this year compared to the past several years. The lower attendance was possibly due to some other events and activities in the area.

Brent, KJ6UMY, presented the program. The subject was capacitors. He described a bit of history regarding the development of capacitors over the years. Several slides were shown that demonstrated the size, shapes and different applications of capacitors. He discussed different types of dielectrics used in the manufacture of capacitors such as ceramic, film, solid, mica and other materials.

He suggested that if radio equipment has been sitting idle for a period of time that a Variac Transformer be used when re-starting the equipment. This allows voltage to be applied to the unit slowly and gives the capacitors in the circuits time to "readjust". He indicated that usually capacitors can be brought back to their original state over time.

For further and more detailed information of Brent's presentation go to FARC's Home Page (http://fallbrookarc.org/), Scroll down to KJ6UMY Presentations. There you will see "Capacitors 5/6/2017". Click on that item to view his presentation in full. At the April meeting Brent did the program on Resistors. That program is also shown under KJ6UMY Presentations.

Bob, W6VR, presented part of a real life "Mystery" interference problem. Bob works with several AM radio stations and found on one of his monthly monitoring sessions, during a spectrogram analysis, a prominent very broadband interference pattern. The interference was identified and was resolved. How was the Mystery solved? He will keep that secret and will reveal the answer in a "couple" of months at a subsequent club meeting. (Stay Tuned, this could be interesting)

Wayne, K6BFR, announced that the Fallbrook Antique Car Show would be held May 28, 2017 at Pala Mesa. He said the featured car this year would be the DeLorean. All are invited.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 1630.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

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.
A bonus USB stick will be included if order confirmed by 6/06.
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---
  • Run directly from CD, no installation needed
  • More than 1,600,000 listings
  • More than 60,000 QSL manager listings
  • Displays the station location on more than 250 detailed amateur radio maps including maps for all U.S. states
  • Online help for each screen
  • Label printing facility
  • Beam headings & distance information
  • Many additional features
  • 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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