Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin July 2021
We Will Be Doing A Virtual Zoom Meeting.
Members To Get Email Invite
Visitors Will Need To Contact Webmaster.
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
THIS MONTHS MEETING AGENDA
- Financial Report & Bank Account Changes
- Field Day Station Reports
- We’ve Got Projects
- Share With The Group
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals
Solar Edge RFI
Fro the latest (June 4, 2021) Amateur Radio Newsline:
GERMAN AUTHORITIES CLAMP DOWN ON SOLAR PANEL COMPANY
PAUL/ANCHOR: We all struggle with RF interference and so much of it is preventable. In Germany, authorities are taking steps to ensure some of that RFI doesn’t come from certain solar panels. Ed Durrant DD5LP gives us those details.
ED: The manufacturer of a solar panel optimiser has been restricted from doing business in the German market because of concerns over RF interference. The German regulator, BNetzA, has said that it has taken the action against SolarEdge because some of its optimisers cause levels of RF pollution that do not comply with directives set by the EU. The company, which has offices around the world, describes itself as a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic inverters for solar power systems.
According to a translation from VERON, the largest amateur radio association in The Netherlands, SolarEdge’s representative in Germany has four weeks to correct the problem before the regulator prohibits the products’ national sale altogether. According to reports, the restriction applies only to Germany, despite the RF-pollution directive setting an EU-wide standard. The company’s website did not contain a statement responding to the German regulator’s actions.
SolarEdge’s optimiser is not the only product by any manufacturer that the German regulator has noted as being out of compliance. Recent study results published by BNetZa have shown that 75 percent of solar panel installations and 25 percent of LED lights studied failed to meet EU standards.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Ed Durrant DD5LP
Unusual FCC Action
In an unusual action, two FCC commissioners blast their own Enforcement Bureau for letting the major cell carriers off the hook for not accurately locating the vertical positions of cellphone users in emergency situations:
2.8 Million Fine for Drones on the Wrong Frequency
FCC WEA & EAS Rule Changes
The FCC has made some changes to Wireless Emergency Alerts (received on cellphones) and Emergency Alert System alerts (transmitted by radio & TV stations). The FCC has also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making looking toward future rule changes.
ISS realtime configuration
Lithium Titanate Oxide Battery
How the Amazon Phone Scam Works
I got this call yesterday. Always wondered how it works. You can skip to 6:55 for a description of a rather sophisticated process, the rest is entertaining. Using Airbnb addresses for package delivery and editing the marks online banking page html are clever. This is a $20B a year business.
Here’s why TSMC and Intel keep building foundries in the Arizona desert
Hacker lexicon: What is a supply chain attack?
$1 billion piracy ruling could force ISPs to disconnect more Internet users
An Explanation of a Classic Semiconductor Riddle
FTDI FT232RL: real vs fake
Experts “extremely worried” about Delta variant as US death toll hits 600,000
Blowing A 5000 A Fuse Takes Some Doing
The two hidden tools in an electrical outlet
Rediscovered film shows San Francisco after devastating 1906 earthquake
AT&T gives investors and gov’t wildly different takes on need for fiber Internet
Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote last week about “an intense lobbying campaign… especially by wireless and satellite network providers, to define digital down so that they may be able to sup at the federal funding trough. These companies want federal funds for their for-profit services, even if the services are slower in speed than what the market has demonstrated is necessary for broadband.” When you look up duplicity in the dictionary…
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
June 5, 2021
President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the virtual Zoom meeting to order at 1503 hrs.
A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ken, W6MF.
Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.
|Checking Balance April 30, 2021||$7,346.90|
|Petty Cash Balance Apri 30, 2021||$78.81|
|Petty Cash Balance April 30, 2021||$78.81|
|Expenses May 2021||$0.00|
|Cash Additions May 2021||$0.00|
|Checking Balance May 31, 2021||$7,430.90|
|Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2021||$78.81|
Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that Field Day will be much like last year with the same rules, except for the relief of the power limitation for home stations. He and Stephen, KC6MIE, will have their stations open for visitors. When members submit their Field Day logs they should be sure to list their club affiliation as ?Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club? exactly. Zoom will be up, including breakout rooms, for members to gather. Lee, KM6UFF, asked if the club call should be used. Ron responded that members should using their own call and category for Field Day. Sun spots are picking up and should provide improved conditions, unless a solar storm impacts conditions. Lee, KM6UFF, asked what the most used digital mode is on Field Day. Ron responded that FT8 is the most popular.
Ron, KG6HSQ, commented that the Red Mountain cameras are changing. The four NSEW cameras have been eliminated and replaced by North and South pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras. These cameras are not on Alert Wildfire yet and are not being controlled. Their location is on the next tower tier and are not blocked by antennas. Other cameras on the HPWREN/Alert Wildfire had changed URLs.
Randy, KJ6AEU, asked about the river crossing cameras. Ron responded that they have been offline for some time.
Ron, KG6HSQ, screen shared and demoed various camera sites and the Club Facebook page. He showed various statistics on the FARC Broadcastify radio feed.
Ron, KG6HSQ, called for individual member reports of their ham and other activities.
Forrest, KK6BYR, Has been tuning antennas and working on a ?fat? dipole for Field Day.
Capt. Don, W6PLT, and Lorna, KI6PLS, have returned from Hawaii. They are anticipating the delivery of new Milguard windows and working on their stock trades. On the ham front, they are putting up a 43? vertical for their Yaesu FT-897D. Don is wanting warmer weather.
Randy, KD6UAK, has been enjoying the good reception of the ISS repeater.
Bob, W6VR, has been listening to the ISS passes. He related his experiences on amateur radio satellites using SSB. He discussed Doppler shifts and their impact on listening to the ISS.
Ken, W6MF, moved away from Fallbrook to Lompoc on August 28th. He finally found a house. Inventory of houses is short and prices are high. They are still moving in. The majority of his ham equipment is still at Kevin?s ranch. He has setup crossband repeat to allow easy communications with the repeater site near Kevin?s house.
Brent, KJ6UMY, has included an AC power connection through his entry panel to allow easy hookup of emergency power for field day. He has been listening to the ISS on both his base station and on a handheld using an Arrow yagi antenna. He is working on bringing up digital modes for Field Day.
Lee, KM6UFF, is setting up solar power for Field Day. He is using various military surplus supplies to do this. He is working on digital modes using Fldigi and his FT-891, making contacts using PSK and MT63.
Randy, KJ6AEU, is checking on his radios to be prepared for Field Day.
Margaret, has moved to Fallbrook in the Sleeping Indian area and has just sent in her FARC membership application.
Hayden, KG6YVD, hasn?t been doing much radio. His mother has been convalescing with them for the last 8 months. He has done some HF in the evenings.
Ryan, KF6ODE, is busy with work and not making much headway on the radio front.
Bill, N6OUI, is working on may projects, mainly on the house. Has a new fridge on the way. He is working on a mobile radio install.
Ron, KG6HSQ, has been working for many weeks now on this box trailer complete rebuild, chasing computer and website problems and servicing the FARC repeater on Red Mountain. Around the house he had a large tree removed and is awaiting a termite treatment (not for the trailer).
Jon, K6QVA, joined us from Tennessee. He is still recovering from his heart procedure, but has begin his ham setup with two runs of LMR400 into his shack.
Ron, KG6HSQ, updated that we are having 2 meter antenna problems on Red Mountain. He is now using a separate 2m receive antenna on a higher tier of the tower. Receive gain isn?t a good, but the noise level is much improved.
Ron, KG6HSQ, adjourned the meeting at 1600 hrs.
Special Addendum to June Minutes:
As reported at the September 2020 meeting, President Ron Patten and I have been in the process of attempting to bring the Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club checking account at Wells Fargo Bank into compliance to allow changes to be made. The following information and changes were needed and it was necessary to publish this information in the club meeting minutes. This information is also been provided to the club membership via email subsequent to this meeting.
1) A statement of the club officers (executives) as follows:
President, Ron Patten, KG6HSQ
Vice President, Lee Standley, KM6UFF
Secretary/Treasurer, Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
2) Changing the tax ID on the account from the deceased Bill Dewey?s SSN to the new FARC Employer Identification Number (EIN), XX-XXXXXXX.
3) Removing the deceased Bigs Parker as a signatory on the checking account. We need to provide documentation that Bigs Parker is dead. We will submit the Village News obituary and our meeting minutes from August 2016.
4) Publishing a club physical address, in this case my home address, in the club minutes.
XXXX Xxxxxx Xxxx
Fallbrook, CA 92028-3756
The IRS and bank processes are really designed for businesses. Clubs such as ours are an outlier and don?t really fit with their processes. It is my hope that our fourth visit to WFB with these minutes will result in a successfully bringing our checking account into compliance.
Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club