Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin April 2021

We Will Be Doing A Virtual Zoom Meeting.

Members To Get Email Invite
Visitors Will Need To Contact Webmaster.

[email protected]

The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club normally meet at 3:00 PM on the first Saturday of the month.

Normal Meeting Location, The Scout Hut, 231 E. Hawthorne St. Map


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Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires

Harrison, KermitK6MY2/31/2020

Carlson, DavidWA6DKN12/31/2020
Second Notice

Perrine, HaydenKG6YVD2/28/2021

Beach, PaulWA6SYA2/28/2021

Perrine, KrissyKR6SSY2/28/2021

Paldino, SalKN6S2/28/2021

Paldino, BeaK6BEA2/28/2021

Eyerman, JimKI6OHO2/28/2021

Eyerman, ArleneKK6NOI2/28/2021
First Notice

Jones, EddieKN6GZQ3/31/2021

Miner, ShannonK6FGC3/31/2021

Rotondi, JohnW6JBR3/31/2021

Membership Form

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$225-Million Fine

Here is a fascinating FCC Forfeiture Order: a $225-million fine for placing illegal robocalls with spoofed callback numbers. While it is unlikely the FCC will collect a penny, the document itself is very interesting to read (do check out paragraphs 5-11):

A Wakeup Message to an Alleged Robocall Facilitator


We’ve Been Killing Deadly Germs With UV Light for More Than a Century – IEEE Spectrum


Julia Childs on Splicing Video Tape (2 min video)



CW app for Apple users

Very good CW app tool for learning and getting your speed up.


Proposed law could force ISPs to stop hiding true size of monthly bills


Why Are Carriers Telling Us to Turn Off 5G?


A new type of supply-chain attack with serious consequences is flourishing

Automation, security by obscurity, and internet access, what could go wrong…

Are we grounding wrong?

Grounding – Safety Fundamentals (1hr:13min:19sec)

As a crop, cannabis has enormous carbon emissions

Let’s see. Weed…Global Warming…Weed…Global Warming…It doesn’t seem to be getting warmer to me, gotta have priorities.

COVID herd immunity may be unlikely—winter surges could “become the norm”


Russia preparing for increased censorship or attacks?


Russia preparing for increased censorship or attacks?



The Secret Life of Lightning: The Science of Giant Tesla Coils | Greg Leyh

How Amateur Radio Fans Decoded SpaceX’s Telemetry & Engineering Video

Tom Hanks narrates untold story of 9/11 boatlift that saved thousands


Gallium vs. Titalium – Abus Padlock Meets a Gruesome End

How the $30M “Super Scooper” plane was built to attack wildfires


What Really Happened During the Texas Power Grid Outage?

What does the world’s heaviest weight do?

NIST’s very large standard mass.

Blue Origin’s massive New Glenn rocket is delayed for years. What went wrong?

When ego exceeds expertise…not a great engineering trait.

Study Says “Space Hurricane” Hovered Above The North Pole


Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
March 6, 2021

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the virtual Zoom meeting to order at 1505 hrs.

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Forrest, KK6BYR.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that he has heard from Arnie, N6UXM. He was hospitalized with COVID for 7 days. He offered greetings from South Carolina and is doing OK with his recovery.

Hayden, KG6YVD, reported that former president Jon Bart is recovering from his cardiac heart valve replacement. He is in considerable discomfort, but is doing physical therapy and recovering.

Ron, KG6HSQ, has been working on the FARC webpage secure, HTTPS version. He is engaging an external service that should speed up webpage response. He traveled to Red Mountain after the rain and restored the Echo Link repeater, which went offline earlier. No problem was found with the unit. It might have been taken offline by a power outage.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance January 31, 2020 $7,583.70
Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2020 $78.81

Membership Dues $80.00

DMV Renewal Trailer $10.00
Web Hosting $119.40
Zoom Subscription $223.40
P.O. Box Fee $106.00

Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2020 $78.81
Expenses February 2021 $0.00
Cash Additions February 2021 $0.00
Total $78.81

Checking Balance February 28, 2021 $7,204.90
Petty Cash Balance February 28, 2021 $78.81
Total $7,283.71

Lee, KM6UFF, gave a presentation on how to assemble your own LiFePO 280AH battery with cells sourced from China. Ron indicated that he will post the presentation on the club website.

Hayden, KG6YVD, reported on using his new Stepper IR antenna for this weekends ARRL DX contest. He related that he is feeling like a kid who has found a new red fire truck under the Christmas tree.

Bob, W6RMG, is watching the progress of the new Mars rover. He mentioned that there will be a Lunar eclipse in May(?).

Bob, W6VR, asked the members to report their progress with the COVID vaccines. A discussion of vaccine opportunities and reactions followed.

Stephen, KC6MIE, is sending an email with a 60m “fat dipole” design.

Ron, KG6HSQ, adjourned the meeting at 1605 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Interim Secretary/Treasurer
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club