Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
July 4, 2020

Vice-President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the meeting to order at 1500.

Bob, W6VR, shared a full screen picture of a radiation formula that he uses commercially and can also be used by amateurs. Bob invited everyone to take a “screen shot” of the formula for their own use. The formula can be used to determine Effective Radiated Power. Bob described a low-level power test that he and Stephen, KC6MIE, had recently conducted where Bob was doing some transmissions at the micro-watt level.

The pledge of allegiance was done via video and was spoken by the late Red Skelton. As he spoke the words of the pledge he described the meaning of many of the”key” words that make up our pledge.

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance May 31, 2020 $7,008.70
Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2020 $58.81

ARRL Dues $144.00
Membership Dues $100.00

ARRL Renewal Fees $140.00

Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2020 $58.81
Expenses June 2020 $0.00
Total $58.81

Checking Balance June 30, 2020 $7,008.70
Petty Cash Balance June 30, 2020 $58.81
Total $7,118.51

Ron, KG6HSQ, gave a brief summary of the last weekends Field Day Activity. He had a few visitors come by his home during the event. He showed pictures of his setup and explained his operation. During the contest there were other operators that participated in the Club portion of the activity and were at times connected via ZOOM. Ron used the A3 antenna on the clubs trailer/tower from his side yard. He showed his logging program and also some statistics and reports that will be used to enter the contact information with ARRL. (These statistics will most likely be posted on the FARC web page at some time in the future.

Stephen, KC6MIE, said that he had some visitors in his shack as well. He indicated that he was able to complete only one 6 Meter contact. He summed the event up as “It was an interesting time”.

Hayden, KG6YVD, said that he and Krissy, KR6SSY, operated 2 stations and they were both on “generator” power. He showed photographs of his antenna setup and of their contact log. They worked 45 of the 50 states.

Brent, KJ6UMP, presented a program showing the construction of a Remote Antenna Switch. He indicated that commercial switches could be rather expensive, so he chose to construct a switch from components that he purchased and constructed his own 2 position switch. The switch he constructed is controlled by a hard wire but he indicated that similar switches could be controlled by Wi-Fi. He showed a series of progressive photographs of the construction of the unit. He estimated that his total cost for the unit he constructed was approximately $35.00.

Wayne, K6BFR, showed a Lithium-Ion battery that he has recently purchased. He indicated that the unique thing about this particular battery is its weight. Compared to comparable batteries it is very light weight.

Bob, W6VR, said that radio station KFMB, 760, has been sold to IHeart Radio and they will assume the 760 spot on the AM radio dial. Bob indicated that today was the day that the transition was to happen.

There was a discussion about coax cables and cable entries in to houses. Brent, KJ6UMY, showed pictures of a very nice installation at his home where he has brought several cables into the unit. He showed the inside construction/wiring of the cables along with lighting arresters on each in a very nice enclosure. This unit is in a weather resistant “box” and is mounted on the outside of his home.

Ron, KG6HSQ, mentioned that we are in fire season and suggested that members be aware of communications on the repeaters and to keep communications brief.

With no further business the meeting adjourned at 1610.

At one time during the meeting there were 18 members and guest tuned into the ZOOM meeting.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club