Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

Zoom Meeting, Fallbrook, California
January 7, 2023

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the Zoom meeting to order at 1504 hrs.

The pledge of allegiance was conducted by Forrest, KK6BYR.

Ron, KG6HSQ, announced the annual election of officers. On a motion, the current officers were re-elected without objection.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that the club has received a number of HF equipment donations. Stephen, KC6MIE will be managing the inventory of the donated equipment.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance November 30, 2022 $7,437.34
Petty Cash Balance November 30, 2022 $179.81

Membership Dues $80.00


Petty Cash Balance November 30, 2022 $179.81
Cash Additions $0.00
Total $179.81

Checking Balance December 31, 2022 $7,517.34
Petty Cash Balance December 31, 2022 $179.81
Total $7,697.15

Ron, KG6HSQ, presented a recap of the Christmas Parade. He showed the Chamber of Commerce article recognizing volunteers and then presented pictures of our volunteers from the Parade.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded the club members that checking-in on the Tuesday ARES Net does not make you a member of San Diego ARES. You must go to and either register as an new ARES member or, if you are a member, login and update your information to confirm that you are still active.

Ron, KG6HSQ, commented on a presentation on password manager software he made several years ago. At that time he recommended LastPass. Due to recent compromises of their website, he can no longer recommend that software.

Ron, KG6HSQ, called for members to jump in an update the club on their current ham and non-ham activities in the new year. He started with his efforts to add a scanner and a Raspberry Pi to to allow remote control and fail-over. These will hosted by Lee, KM6UFF, in Vista for use in case his equipment or internet connection in Fallbrook fails.

Hayden, KG6YVD, has a rotor repair project on the schedule to restore operation of his beam antenna. He is currently using it in a fixed orientation and using Krissy’s, KR6SSY, A3 antenna. He recently acquired an F550 truck with a 10 foot bed and 6,000 lb crane with a 20 foot boom. It has already been stolen, recovered by the Sheriff, and bailed out of the tow yard.

Bob, W6VR, presented a New Year’s Eve story. Carlsbad station FM 95.9 went off the air on one New Year Eve. The station manager traveled the dirt road to the transmitter site. On the road he encountered a couple of men stuck in the mud. He told them he would help them on the way back from the transmitter. After finding the transmitter location broken into, equipment stolen and vandalized, he repaired the phone landline connection and called the Carlsbad Police. The crooks, stuck in the mud, were intercepted and arrested.

Don, W6PLT, had a Generac backup generator installed on an SDGE program available in some remote areas. After some interaction between multiple contractors solving problems with the delivered generator, the backup is up and operating.

Stephen, KC6MIE, welcomed Frenchie, KC6ZRA to the meeting.

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1602 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club