Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
December 5, 2020

Vice-President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the Virtual meeting to order at 1504 hrs.

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance October 31, 2020 $7,637.70
Petty Cash Balance October 31, 2020 $78.81

ARRL Dues $98.00
Membership Dues $20.00

ARRL Renewal Fees $94.00

Petty Cash Balance October 31, 2020 $78.81
Expenses November 2020 $0.00
Cash Additions November 2020 $0.00
Total $78.81

Checking Balance November 30, 2020 $7,661.70
Petty Cash Balance Nobember 30, 2020 $78.81
Total $7,740.51

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded us that the annual elections are coming up in January and all three positions, President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer are open for anyone interested.

Ron called for comments on the recent power shutdowns and their effects.

Hayden, KG6YVD, reported that the outage at his QTH lasted for 1.5 days during which time he ran on a recently acquired towable, 6 kw diesel generator. During the blackout, it used 4 gallons of diesel. Damage suffered at his QTH included the shade netting on his range taken out by a falling limb, his A3 antenna blowing down and the loss the roof on his chicken coop. Max wind speed recorded was 39 mph. All power has now returned to normal at his location.

Capt Don, W6PLT, suffered minimal damage at his location with some things blown around.

Ron, KG6HSQ, indicated that his power went off at 0200 hrs Wednesday and came back on at 1900 hrs on Thursday.

Bob, W6RMG, had an outage that lasted from 0500 until 2400 hrs on Wednesday. His 3600 watt generator operated his coffee maker and lights during the outage.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that the Red Mountain repeater was down for several hours during the shutdown. He reminded the club that the protocol in a Red Mountain outage was to move to the VHF output frequency with a backup of Simplex 5. Discussion also had mention of multiple occurrences of incomplete SDGE phone notifications.

Bob, W6VR, inquired about the operation of traffic signals during an outage.

Stephen, KC6MIE, observer that this was the first club meeting on the first Saturday in December in memory as it usually conflicts with the Christmas Parade. There was some indication that the Christmas Parade would be held with an alternate format.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave a presentation on his new HF station, which included the antenna and radio installations.

Ron, KG6HSQ, presented the use of an SDR Play, SDR Uno software and add-on software to receive and decode DMR signals. Mike, KN6HTX, provided a test transmission we heard over the SDR system.

Hayden, KG6YWB, reported using SDR receiving stations, available on the internet, to monitor his transmissions monitor his signal as received at other locations.

Bob, W6VR, asked Bob, W6RMG, about the visibility of Starlink satellites.

Hayden, KG6YWB, is working on the repair of his Stepper IR antenna prior to erecting it.

Ron adjourned the meeting at 1631 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Interim Secretary/Treasurer
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club