Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Roy Noon Hall, Fallbrook, California
February 1, 2020

President Jon Bart, K6QVA, opened the meeting at 1500

Guest were recognized

The pledge of allegiance was recited

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report

Checking Balance December 31, 2019 $6,583.09
Petty Cash Balance December 31, 2019 $58.81

Donation $1.00
Donation (Equipment) $20.00
Decal X 1 $4.00
Membership Dues

NONE $0.00

Petty Cash Balance December 31, 2019 $58.81
Expenses January 2020 $0.00

Checking Balance January 31, 2020 $6,728.09
Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2020 $58.81

Ron, KG6HSQ, announced that Hal Potter, KF6FHL, is currently in a local care facility and invited members to stop by and see him. Ron is also working on a new FARC internet home page and the new address will be He is currently working on the new page and expects it to be operational in the near future. He said that the 2-meter repeater was currently working fine but is anticipating that the old interference may possibly reappear as warmer weather approaches. The interference seems to be much worse as temperatures rise.

Brent, KJ6UMY, introduced two of his friends, John Landry and Mike Kenny. John and Mike are both U.S. Navy veterans and both are docents on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier located in San Diego and both will be presenting the program today, “The Battle of Midway”.

John said that the Midway was one of the top museums in the US. Last year 1.4 million people visited the Midway. On a single day last year there were 7,500 people that visited the Midway. The Midway is a non-profit organization and has been financially very successful compared to lots of other museums. The Midway offers a variety of community programs. There is a Youth program where youngsters can come aboard and spend the night, there are dinner programs of various kinds on the deck, there are docent guided tours and many other interesting programs available to the public when they visit or for special programs. John said that the Midway organization was very fortunate in that maintenance, especially the sea aspect, of the vessel had been well thought out prior bringing the Midway to San Diego. The underwater part of the ship has been coated with an Epoxy coating which has minimized the underwater maintenance aspect. Opening of new sections of the ship is an ongoing project and is continuous. John suggested a very good book for reading. The book, “Shattered Sword”, by Jonathan Parshall. It is “The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway”.

Mike had served on destroyers while in the Navy. He said that the Battle of Midway (The island of Midway) was probably the most significant and important sea battle in history. It was a time when the evolution was taking place where Aircraft Carriers were becoming the predominant sea vessel rather than the historic Battleship. Japan had recognized this important factor before any other nation and its Navy had become the most powerful in the world. Prior to the beginning of the war the US was ranked number 14th in the world, even behind Switzerland. Japan had 2.6 million people in the uniformed services and the US had 500,000.

Preparing for the Pacific war, Japan developed “Operation K”. One of its primary functions was to locate the US carriers and the US Pacific Fleet. This operation actually continued on into 1942 when two Japanese bombers were sent to drop bombs again on Pearl Harbor from high altitude and at night. They arrived during a heavy thunderstorm at Pearl Harbor. One dropped bombs in the ocean and the other bombs were dropped harmlessly in the mountains did no damage. There were other “Operation K’s”. One was scouting Johnson and Midway Islands.

Mike showed a video that explained the logistics of the battle of Midway from both the US and Japanese perspective. It showed ship movements, both US and Japanese. Aircraft flights and attacks and some actual footage of the attack on the island. A very interesting and well done program.

Someone asked when the USS Midway was constructed. John said it was constructed on a battleship “frame” which was common at that time. It’s center of gravity was too high so the Midway “overheads” were all lowered to compensate for this. The ship was constructed between 1943 and 1945 and was commissioned 2 weeks after the war ended.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 1620.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

New Member: Eddie Jones, KN6GZQ

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