Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Roy Noon Hall, Fallbrook, California
November 4, 2017

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

All members and guest introduced themselves.

Ron Announced that Bob Gill, KD6LVF, has advanced to Extra Class. Bob also has a new call, W6RMG. Congratulations Bob!

A signup sheet is available for volunteers to work the Christmas Parade on December 2nd. Due to the parade there will be no FARC meeting on December 2nd. On November 11th the VFW will hold its annual Veteran's Day Parade and a couple of volunteers are needed for that event. Staging for the parade will begin at 9:00AM and the parade starts promptly at 10:15.

Bill, N6OUI, informed the membership of a proposed huge water rate increase at FPUD (Fallbrook Public Utility District). FPUD has sent letters to its users explaining the increases over the next few years and it will more than double the current rate. Bill asked all users to make a written response to FPUD asking for this rate to not be put into effect. There will be a meeting at FPUD but protest at that meeting will not be counted in the protest count, protest must be written. All protest must be written and on the outside of the envelope write, "Water Rate Increase". It must be noted according to information from FPUD for the response to be counted. Rather than a simple increase each year the last years rate will be used each increase to figure the rate increase for the following year, thus the rate is compounded rather that figuring from an established base rate. So, please write your letter of protest to FPUD before November 18, 2017.

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report

Checking Balance September 30, 2017  $6,298.75
Petty Cash Balance September 30, 2017       $49.78


ARRL Dues  $49.00
Membership Dues


Annual Liability Insurance $300.00
Field Day Expenses
ARRL Dues Payment     $47.00
Total  $515.57

Petty Cash Balance September 30, 2017 $49.78
Expenses October 2017   0.00

Checking Balance September 30, 2017  $5,912.18
Petty Cash Balance September 30, 2017    $49.78

Member Dropped: Hal Potter, KF6FHL

Ron said that there was still noise on the FARC 2 meter repeater. He has been unable to determine the source and feels that it may possibly be weather related. It is intermittent. He has determined that the noise is not being generated by our equipment.

Ron has been attending the Chamber of Commerce meetings regarding the Christmas Parade. He indicated that the parade will basically be the same as in years past. He presented a map showing various points of the Staging and Band locations and described the staging process along Ammunition Ave. At present there are 42 entries and 3 bands. A request has been made for a color guard but there will not be a Marine Corp band this year. There will be limited parking at Albertson's. Automobiles parked there could be ticketed so radio operators are advised to park behind the Chamber of Commerce office. Net control will probably be at the Starbuck's parking lot as in the past but this location is subject to change as well. Most of the Chamber of Commerce parade marshals are veterans so the parade should be well managed.

The program was a very entertaining and informative program. A Tour of Red Mountain. Ron had assembled a very large "Fly-Over" of Red Mountain and a large area of the country around the mountain including a many locations around and on Camp Pendleton. He had various sites and points of interest identified on the map as the fly-over covered the area. Following the Red Mountain tour another fly-over was shown. This map showed the location of amateur radio operators in the area. Ron had used a Google Earth mapping program to produce both of the fly-over's.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 1550.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club