Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

An ARRL Affiliated Club
November 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

146.175 MHZ (+) Tone 107.2 Red Mtn.
445.600 MHZ (-) Tone 107.2 Red Mtn.
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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

Badolian, Shawn KK6NLZ 8/31/2017

Parkinson, Bill KI6KVD 8/31/2017

Bart, Jon K6QVA 9/30/2017

Donlevy, Al W6GNI 9/30/2017

Dudar, Gary K6GAD 10/31/2017

Fisk, Charlie WA6SDX 10/31/2017

Febraro, Albert
W6AAX 11/30/2017

Good, Daryl  
WA5QMV 11/30/2017

Harper, Melia
KJ6GDD 11/30/2017

Dropped:  Hal Potter KF6FHL, Expired July 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.



Fire Weather Monitor
During Santa Ana season here is a nice tool (table and map) to monitor the weather.

Links are also on club weather page. http://www.fallbrookarc.org/weather.html

Bob Gill, KD6LVF upgrade to EXTRA class.

New Web Cam On Red Mt.
There is a new high quality web cam addition on Red Mt.
Link to local Cameras on FARC's Site. http://www.fallbrookarc.org/wcams4.html

de W6VR
Vicious Solar Flares
Check out the article entitled, “Flares hold clues to solar mystery:”
FCC Fines an Individual $404,166 for Dangerous Interference to NYPD
CH-6 Analog TV for San Diego?
Picture this: A Channel 6 analog TV station on San Miguel Mountain, non-directional, running 3 kW ERP. This is what KRPE-LP (Venture Technologies) is proposing, see:
I wonder if Mexico has relinquished its interest in using CH-6 in Tijuana (bet not). Will also bet that if Venture’s Hpol application is granted, Venture will quickly file for circular polarization and create another Franken FM on 87.75 MHz.  Fascinating.
LiShield Can Block Smartphone Cameras for Privacy's Sake

Every Yahoo account that existed—all 3 billion—was compromised in 2013 hack
ISPs don’t want to tell the FCC exactly where they offer Internet service
First-person footage of a Berkeley firefighter crew responding to a 5 am call for assistance from Santa Rosa
Raw Video Shows How Fast Texas Wildfire Spread
Rotating Plug Power Strips - Fire Hazard
Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet—what we know now


Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

Meet the Engineer Preserving The Last Analog Motion Graphics Machine

Catalogs are about possibilities
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

When I was a kid, I used to regularly get catalogs, such as the Allied Radio and Lafayette Radio catalogs shown below, and pore over them for hours. Even if I couldn’t afford to buy the latest Knight-Kit or Lafayette shortwave radio, I could imagine what it would be like. These catalogs were chock full of possibilities.

I spent many hours poring over the Allied and Lafayette catalogs as a kid. These two are from 1968, when I was 13 years old.

So, you can imagine how I felt when, last Thursday, I found both the Autumn/Winter 2017 DX Engineering catalog and the 2018-2019 Newark Electronics/element14 catalog in my mailbox.

DX Engineering has really taken the amateur radio world by storm over the last ten years or so. I probably don’t have to tell you about that. If you’re an active amateur radio operator, I’m sure that you have heard about—and probably ordered from—DX Engineering.

I think that DX Engineering did a very smart thing by investing the money in a print catalog. There’s something about browsing a print catalog that is just more satisfying than browsing online.
DX Engineering has just about everything you need to have fun with amateur radio. The one glaring omission? They still don’t carry my study guides!

The Newark/element14 2018-2019 catalog is a completely different beast. Amateur radio operators are only a small part of Newark/element14’s market, but one nonetheless. They have, for example, attended the Dayton Hamvention for many years.

As such, the catalog is not a “ham radio” catalog, but if you build stuff at all you’ll find something of interest in its 1,799 pages. It includes nearly any kind of electronic part that you might need.

The section that might you might want to start with is the “makerspace” section. In this section, you’ll find Raspberry Pis, BeagleBones, and even micro:bits. They really have everything, though, including passive and active components, connectors, cable, and enclosures.

Like I say, these catalogs are all about possibilities. You can search each company's website and find the parts they carry quickly and easily, but that experience is just not the same as browsing a print catalog and daydreaming about what you might find there.

So, get your own copies—they’re free—and page through them. I’d be surprised if you didn’t run across something that you didn’t know about before, and it gave you some ideas about your next amateur radio project.

Dan, KB6NU, is the author of the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides and blogs about amateur radio at KB6NU.Com. When he's not browsing through catalogs, he teaches ham radio classes and operates CW on the HF bands. You can email him at 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
October 7, 2017

The meeting was opened by Vice President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ at 1510

The pledge was recited

Ron announced the following upcoming events in which the Club will be involved.

1. October 14, 2017 Fire Prevention Open House at Fire Station #1, 10AM - 2PM

2. October 15, 2017 Harvest Fair. Opens at 10 AM

3. October 19, 2017 California Shake Out - possibly will be a roll call on the repeater.

4. December 2, 2017 Christmas Parade. Chamber Planning meetings are underway.

Ron has also added additional fire information to the FARC Web Site. He also exhibited a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chamber of Commerce that has been presented to the club.

Hayden, KG6YVD, asked if anyone would like to participate in the Borrego Springs parade and music festival. The festival operates from October 20 - 22. Volunteers are welcome and can be used on October 21st. Hayden has been involved and assisting in the annual event in his hometown for many years. If you can volunteer please contact Hayden.

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report
Checking Balance August 31, 2017
Petty Cash Balance August 31, 2017  $49.78


ARRL Dues  $49.00
Membership Dues


Repeater Supplies (Moving Equip in Vault)
ARRL Dues Payment     $47.00
Total  $77.41

Petty Cash Balance August 31, 2017
Expenses September 2017   0.00

Checking Balance September 30, 2017
Petty Cash Balance September 30, 2017     $49.78

Brent, KJ6UMY, presented a slide show that showed aspects of the recent Southwestern Division Convention (HAMCON 2017). The convention was held in Torrance California September 15th thru September 17 at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel. It was a three day event with a large variety of technical and Amateur Radio related programs.

Included in the HAMCON event was a tour of the Battleship USS Iowa Special Event. Brent presented a history of the Iowa from its beginning when she was launched in 1942. It was the ship that carried President Franklin Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference. During her active years she was commissioned and re-commissioned three different times. The USS Iowa is one of four ships in her class and one of her sister ships is the USS Missouri now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Iowa is now permanently moored at Pier 87, San Pedro, CA and is a museum ship. The Iowa is also the home of Amateur Radio Station NI6BB.

Brent presented a number of photographs taken on board the Iowa. He also gave a chronology of the change in armament on the ship over the years.

Brent did a presentation on "End Fed Antennas". There are basically three types of end feds: The Zepp, Half Wave and Non-resonant. The Zepp always uses a "Ladder Line" feed line. Pro's; for the End Fed 1/2 wave length are: Multiband and more efficient than 1/2 wavelength Non-Res. Cons: Long, Complex matching and needs a line choke. Pro's for the Non-resonant: Shorter, good bandwidth, non-critical length and lots of configurations. (Good site to view information on End Fed Antennas: http://palomar-engineers.com/tech-support/tech-topics/best-end-fed-antenna-for-ham-and-swl)

With no further business the meeting adjourned at 16:15.

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 $5.95 shipped. Mention FARC & a bonus USB stick will be included if  order confirmed by 11/04.
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---
  • 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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