Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin August 2021

We Will Be Doing A Virtual Zoom Meeting.

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Visitors Will Need To Contact Webmaster.

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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


  • The Battle of Coral Sea. By: John P. Landry Lt. USNR
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The Battle of Coral Sea
May 4 – 8, 1942
“Battle of the Titans”

America Stops the Advance of Japan in the Pacific

1942 America saves Australia from Japanese aggression

The American Naval Intelligence unit Operation “Hypo” in Peal Harbor gave Admiral Nimitz his “Secret Weapon” … by breaking the Naval and Diplomatic Code of Japan. Admiral Nimitz had advance information on the Japanese plan to capture Port Moresby, New Guinea.

For the 1st time in history a naval battle was fought between aircraft carriers.

For the 1st time in the history of US naval aviation all of the battle damage to the enemy was delivered by aircraft carrier planes … dive bombers and torpedo bombers.

For the 1st time the spectacular success of the Japanese at capturing territory in East Asia was stopped by the brave effort of the US Navy.

This is a story of a daring, perilous, high stakes gamble by Admiral Nimitz to attack the Japanese navy who had the most powerful, lethal navy in the world. There was no certain victory for the US Navy fighting in the Coral Sea some 4,300 miles from its base in Pearl Harbor.

You will see young, inexperienced US naval aviators brave the hail of bullets and attacking fighters to deliver a crippling blow to the Japanese plans to capture Port Moresby, New Guinea. In taking Port Moresby, Japan intended to extend its empire, dominate the Pacific Basin and capture the rich resources of the area. An amazing story … !!!

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Speakers Bureau Presentation

John P. Landry Lt. USNR
US Navy Veteran
Midway Docent and Speakers Bureau Volunteer

de N6OUI

Sky Watch, today and Beyond

de W6VR

Call Blocking Tools and Resources

The FCC announces that many call blocking tools are available to reduce spam (robo) telephone calls. Here is the FCC’s advice:

Smartphone Milestone

Half the World Owns a Smartphone

FCC Implements Stir/Shaken

The FCC announces that Stir/Shaken protocol has been implemented by our major telephone companies as the latest step in combatting robocalls by authenticating Called ID information. This is a big step forward against robocalls but will not eliminate them entirely.

Voice cloning of growing interest to actors and cybercriminals

A most interesting story:

How the Delta variant changed the course of the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is an excellent article from Aljazeera News on the international ramifications of Covid-19 along with encouraging news on a new blood test for Covid-19 long haulers:

The New Las Vegas Underground Tesla Tunnel System



Technician Class Videos

This is the first lecture in the Technician Class Playlist

SSTV Transmissions Scheduled from ISS

SSTV Transmissions Scheduled from ISS Friday and Saturday, August 6 – 7, Russian cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) will transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the station on 145.800 MHz FM. They will use SSTV mode PD-120. The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be sent via RS0ISS, the ham station in the Russian Zvezda (Service) module using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver. The announced schedule is August 6, 1050 – 1910 UTC and August 7, 0950 – 1555 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change. For stations in the ISS footprint, the RS0ISS signal should be easy to copy on a handheld transceiver and a quarter-wave whip. Use 25-kHz channel spacing, if available. Free ISS software is available to download. Pass predictions are available from AMSAT via, https://www.amsat.org/track/ . Representative images from prior ISS SSTV events are available in the ARISS SSTV Gallery at, https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php .


General Motors looks to California for its next lithium supply

Lithium carbonate is only about 20% lithium by weight, which makes it one of the densest lithium salts by weight. Even the most weight-dense non-corrosive (ie easy to handle) lithium salt lithium fluoride is only 27% lithium by weight. Lithium oxide is the champion at 46.7% by weight lithium, but it is corrosive, and will pick up carbon dioxide from the air very aggressively to form lithium carbonate. As to your question, the carbonate will be driven off as CO2, and that will be 59% of the weight of the 15,000 tons of lithium carbonate, which will actually only contain 3,000 tons of lithium. So, if Jonathan’s figures are correct, this operation is starting off pretty small scale, and I would expect them to go for much larger amounts very quickly. So producing batteries for green transportation releases rather large amounts (9,000 tons?) of CO2… hmmmm

How Road Barriers Stopped Killing Drivers

Sorry, just a rabbit hole I went down. Feel free to ignore.

Russian hackers are trying to brute-force hundreds of networks

SSDD (same stuff, different day)

Up to 1,500 businesses infected in one of the worst ransomware attacks ever


mRNA vaccine technology moves to flu: Moderna says trial has begun

Will also include SARS-COV-2 and other respiratory viruses.

Virginia Apgar and her radio amateur father

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_E._Apgar Her father, an accomplished radio amateur, uncovered a spy ring during WWI

US cracks down on “Fulfilled by Amazon,” citing sale of 400,000+ hazardous items


Antenna Basics


What Really Happened at the Arecibo Telescope?

From “Practical Engineering” podcast:

ISPs spent $235 million on lobbying and donations, “more than $320,000 a day”


Developing the first ICs to orbit Earth


Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
July 3, 2021

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

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron, KG6HSQ.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report

Checking Balance May 31, 2021 $7,430.90
Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2021 $78.81

Membership Dues $189.00
ARRL Dues $0.00

Dues Overpayment Refund $69.00

Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2021 $78.81
Expenses June 2021 $0.00
Cash Additions June 2021 $0.00
Total $78.81

Checking Balance June 30, 2021 $7,550.90
Petty Cash Balance June 30, 2021 $78.81
Total $7,629.71

He also reported that the FARC checking account is now in compliance and ATM cards have been issued to Ron and himself. This eliminates the need to see a teller for every deposit.

Ron, KG6HSQ, called for Field Day reports. He gave the FARC Field Day report showing the uploaded scores on the ARRL website. He showed the new web links on the FARC website. Personally, he reported 344 Field Day contacts and showed pictures of the AC Log results and his setup. Ron showed a picture of our 2 meter antenna on Red Mountain along with the old and new cameras on the tower. Ron’s attempt to show running club totals on the website didn’t quite work.

Bill, N6OUI, reported that this was his first Field Day and operating was new to him. He learned a lot.

Hayden, KG6YVD, reported that his initial Field Day activity was to negotiate with Krissy on who got to use what. He ended up installing another 52’ tower with a A3 antenna. They installed filters and Hayden on 40m and Krissy on 20m. The new high power filters worked VERY well. Hayden had 180 contacts and Krissy 306. He hosted guests for brisket.

Forrest, KK6BYR, said it was his first Field Day operating from his home station. He spent time working on software. He managed to post his entry.

Lee, KM6UFF, hosted 2 guests from Oceanside CERT and some from Vista CERT. After working on programming HT for his guests, he managed to get on the air. He was having FT8 difficulties, but managed 60 contacts.

Stephen, KC6MIE, made 250 Field Day contacts on a combination of phone and digital using his FT-991 and IC-7300. 169 of which were on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 6 meters.

Brent, KJ6UMY, reported that it was his first year with a working HF station. He worked mostly digital and made 291 contacts.

Ron, KG6HSQ, related that Zoom worked very well to keep club members operating on Field Day in touch. There were not many visitors on Zoom, with Ken, W6MF, and Jon, K6QVA, dropping by. There were quite a few alpha (A) stations operating out in the field. Next year’s format has not yet been defined.

Lee, KM6UFF, thought that 10 meters might be a way to make a few contacts while avoiding pile-ups, but found very few stations there.

Bob, W6VR, said that QST put out a chart on 6 meter sporadic E. Summer is the main season with some openings around Christmas.

Ron, KG6HSQ opened the meeting up for members to report projects they are working on. He showed pictures of the rebuild of his trailer for Field Day. His next project is setting anchors for a 10×20 metal patio cover. He also show picture of a car fire that happened in front of his house and damaged some of his fence, which required repairing.

Bob, W6VR, speculated that car fires can be caused by rats chewing on wires and hoses in the engine compartment. Hayden reported that he has this problem and leaves the hood open on his cars at night to prevent this. Various members related rat stories.

Bill, N6OUI, is working on a mobile radio install in his truck. He showed pictures of various components he is collecting for use in the install.

Lee, KM6UFF, has his scanner working for the first time in two years using a zip code setting.

He plans to do some editing to pare down the number of stations. He made a protective base for his military antenna poles to prevent damage to the base of the bottom pole.

Hayden, KG6YVD, showed pictures of his new antenna farm.

Bob, W6RMG, our resident professional astronomer, reported that the lunar eclipse was a bust with cloud cover coming in. It will be celestially quiet for a while with more things coming later in the year. He concentrates of the observation of special stars.

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1614 hrs

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club