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