Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

An ARRL Affiliated Club
October 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

Potter, Hal KF6FHL 7/31/2017

Badolian, Shawn KK6NLZ 8/31/2017

Parkinson, Bill KI6KVD 8/31/2017

Bart, Jon K6QVA 9/30/2017

Donlevy, Al W6GNI 9/30/2017

Leonelli, Phil WF6L 9/30/2017

Weldy, Andrew KG6YWB 9/30/2017

Di Mento, Joe
KD6KUV 10/31/2017

Dudar, Gary
K6GAD 10/31/2017

Fisk, Charlie
WA6SDX 10/31/2017

Rehder, Doug
K6MXZ 10/31/2017

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.



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New version of hands free law
Hello to all,
The new version of the hands free law has been signed by the governor and is chaptered.

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HAM? HAM radio? ham radio? Amateur Radio? amateur radio!

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On the ARRL PR mailing list, we've been discussing the proper way to refer to amateur radio. What brought this up was an email from one list subscriber, Richard, WB6NAH, who was (rightfully) proud of the work that his club—the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club—was doing. He noted that they were even featured in the police department's emergency preparedness brochure:

As you can see, the brochure refers to "HAM radio" and "HAM radio operators."

Referring to amateur radio in this way just drives me crazy. "Ham radio" is just a nickname for amateur radio, and "HAM" is certainly not an acronym for anything. I congratulated Richard on getting his club included in the brochure, but noted, "...it’s not HAM radio! It’s either  'amateur radio' or 'ham radio' (ham is not an acronym). I hate to be nitpicky about this, but as a professional writer, this usage just drives me crazy." He replied, "I agree on Amateur Radio, that was the city's call."

That kicked off the discussion.

One ham replied to me privately, "Thank you...I am continually trying to explain that it is not an acronym or abbreviation."

Another replied to the list:

"The most correct term is "amateur radio" or alternatively "ham radio", both written in normal case.  If using "ham radio", it is a best practice to first write "amateur (ham) radio" in the first non-header/non-title occurrence.

"Some will write "Amateur Radio" in proper noun format (first letters in caps) and while this may be acceptable to many and in certain venues, anyone using a style handbook will say it is incorrect.  Less correct is to write "Ham Radio" in proper noun format as this is a slang term, albeit a popular one.  Of course either term may be written as proper nouns when part of a title or name of an organization.

"Least correct is to write "HAM" in all caps; as stated by others, ham is not an abbreviation or acronym.  Writing it as "HAM" is completely wrong, will drive many people bonkers, and should be avoided at all costs."

Ward, N0AX, offered this explanation:

"To clarify where the capitalization originated, there is a long-standing ARRL Board Directive, decades old, stipulating that the words "Amateur Radio" be capitalized in ARRL publications and documents.  Most non-amateur publications return it to the lower-case style that is used for non-proper nouns."

One guy got a little miffed that we were wasting our time discussing this at all:

"You know, I've been reading this thread and I think people are getting too hung up on very minor details. The bottom line they got PR. So something wasn't spelled right or capitalized, so what. The message got out and IMHO that's the bottom line. Let's not waste any more bandwidth on this."

I agreed that it was great that they were included in the brochure, and that we were probably beating this topic to death, but I don’t think these are minor details. I said that PR professionals pride themselves on getting the details right. So should amateur radio PR people.

I'll give the final word to Dan, AI4GK. He wrote:

"I don't think that standardizing what we call ourselves qualifies as getting hung up on minor details. If we don't have a standardized way of referring to us, how can we expect a public, who already is confused, to understand who we are?"

I don't think that you can argue with this. Let's avoid confusion by using "amateur radio" when writing about our hobby/service. I'd even urge the ARRL to rethink their use of "Amateur Radio." Sometimes, it may be OK to use "ham radio," but it's just not correct to use "HAM radio" or just "HAM."

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 picking nits about the name of our hobby, 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
September 2, 2017

Vice President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, opened the meeting at 1500.

The pledge of allegiance was recited

Introductions of Members and Guest were made.

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report

Checking Balance July 31, 2017  $6,126.16
Petty Cash Balance July 31, 2017       $49.78


Membership Dues


None  $0.00
Total  $0.00

Petty Cash Balance July 31, 2017 $49.78
Expenses August 2017 0.00

Checking Balance August 31, 2017 $6,206.16
Petty Cash Balance August 31, 2017    $49.78

Ron reported that an ARES/RACES drill was conducted about a month ago and some interference was encountered. The FARC UHF repeater has recently encountered interference. It was determined that the interference was coming from some Chinese manufactured HT's that were not properly suppressed. Interference was caused by the third harmonic of the input of these radios that were attempting to contact the Lyon's Peak repeater. The operators (2) were contacted and have been cooperative. Ron has also notified other repeater groups in the area of the potential problem. Bob, W6VR, has done some testing on two different manufacturers radios (HT's) and has found that neither of them met FCC requirements for suppression.

Last week while the weather was good (but hot) Ron moved all of the FARC repeater equipment in the Red Mountain vault from two racks into a single rack in preparation for other equipment being moved into the vault. He showed a number of photographs of the very well arranged and compact relocated equipment. He spent several days on the mountain accomplishing this work.

Fire frequencies in the area are now on Narrow band FM. These frequencies can be received on ham radio transceivers and on some older scanners. The transmissions can also be heard on www.broadcastify.com. This link can be connected via the FARC internet homepage.

Fire districts in the area have recently changed all of their identification designators. They have changed from a 4 digit to a 3 digit system. The Rainbow Fire authority has now been consolidated into the Fallbrook system. Ron showed a number of illustrations of how districts and their equipment can be identified. These are all designations that can be heard through the various Fire districts radio transmissions.

Bob Gill, KD6LVF, recently visited an area where the total eclipse occurred and showed several photographs of the event. He viewed the event from a small college campus that was approximately 3 miles off the "center line" of the pass. (Bob is a Physics and Astronomy Professor).

Wayne, K6BFR, demonstrated the Baofeng 888 HT. It is a 440 MHz HT that has 15 channels and two power levels, 1.5 watts, low power and 2.5 watts, high power. Wayne said that the HT comes with "Family Radio" frequencies pre-programmed. Thru use of the CHIRP programming system the 15 channels can be programmed for use on the Ham UHF band. It is a single band HT and cost $10.00. Wayne feels that it is well constructed, very lightweight and certainly an inexpensive item that could be placed in a GO BAG.

With no further business the meeting adjourned at 1610.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

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

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