Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin June 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


  • Field Day (6/26 – 6/27)
  • Share With The Group

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires

Perrine, Hayden KG6YVD 2/28/2021

Beach, Paul WA6SYA 2/28/2021

Perrine, Krissy KR6SSY 2/28/2021

Paldino, Sal KN6S 2/28/2021
Third Notice

Jones, Eddie KN6GZQ 3/31/2021

Miner, Shannon K6FGC 3/31/2021
Second Notice

Costello, Linda KM6QBD 4/30/2021
First Notice

McCasland, Harold N2CAX 5/31/2021

Turner, Forret KK6BYR 5/31/2021

King, Wayne K6BFR 5/31/2021

Zeimantz, Jane KK6LBQ 5/31/2021

Promack, Ryan KF6ODE 5/31/2021

Membership Form

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As a kid I found box kites much easier to fly than the the standard diamond kite. Well worth the increase in price from 15 cents to 40 cents.

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations after ransomware prompted closure

Per Ron’s comment yesterday about most hacks being rudimentary: “An outside audit of Colonial Pipeline in 2018 found “atrocious” information management practices and “a patchwork of poorly connected and secured systems,” The Associated Press reported, citing an author of the report. Meanwhile, Reuters, citing unnamed sources, said that Colonial Pipeline had no plans to pay the ransom.”

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Now they can report that 5G is fully deployed across the whole country and collect their incentive payment.

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I wonder if most of the country understands the reason, to protect the politicians! The capitol also has a DMV office dedicated to just the California Legislature.

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“Nearly 18 million out of 22 million comments were fabricated, including both pro- and anti-net neutrality submissions, the report said. One 19-year-old submitted 7.7 million pro-net neutrality comments under fake, randomly generated names. But the astroturfing effort funded by the broadband industry stood out because it used real people’s names without their consent, with third-party firms hired by the industry faking consent records, the report said.”

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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.

What amateur radio clubs and services are worth paying for?

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On the amateurradio subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/), someone asked:

I have always wondered what subscriptions/memberships are worth having? Is ARRL worth the $50/year? What about QRZ $30/year for XML data? Is there something that is a must have ?

Several replied in the affirmative about the ARRL:

“I joined the ARRL so they can lobby for amateur radio when needed.”

“I think ARRL is worth it.””

“If you care about things like DXCC awards, and are in the US, you will need to be an ARRL member. Now that QEX, The National Contest Journal, On the Air and QST digital are all member benefits, I would say you get enough for your $50 to make it worthwhile.””

Of course, there were differing opinions:

“They [expletive deleted] up the Parity Act so badly that it’s almost hilarious. ARRL will never see a dime from me.”

There were a lot of comments about subscribing to QRZ.Com:

“I spend a bunch of time on QRZ every day, and I log every contact in their logbook, and then send it to LoTW, so the XML is well worth it. Also, will all the time on the forums and the articles I spend I enjoy not having the ads, and supporting what I believe is a fantastic website.”

“QRZ is worth it so you can integrate with logging software or if you want upload your ADIF file from WSJT-X, if you do FT8, that sort of thing.”

“I’ve never felt the need for a QRZ subscription. Only when I was the noobest of noobs and couldn’t tell the difference between ON4 and OH2 did I ever run up the 100 lookup a day limit. Now with…alternate… lookup services even hitting the limit might not matter for most hams.”

There were some comments about supporting local groups:

“You should definitely seek out your local club(s) and join whatever ones seem like a good fit to you. You can learn a lot from a good club, and having a couple of hands to help with antennas/ loan equipment is a fantastic benefit.”

“I donated to the repeater I use the most.”

As for me, I am a member of the ARRL, and at various times, have been a member of:

• Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS)
• QRP Amateur Radio Club Intl. (QRP-ARCI)
• Quarter Century Wireless Assn. (QCWA)
• Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF)
• Michigan QRP Club
• ARROW – the amateur radio club here in Ann Arbor

My membership is current in AMSAT, ARLHS, QRP-ARCI, MI QRP Club, and ARROW.

I would encourage you to become an ARRL member and a member of other groups that serve your particular interest in amateur radio. I like operating from lighthouses, so I’m a member of ARLHS. If you’re a big DXer, join NCDXF. If you’re a QRPer, then QRP-ARCI is the group for you. I think that joining these groups will really help you have more fun with ham radio.

You probably belong to your local club if you’re reading this column, but I’m curious about what other amateur radio subscriptions you have or which services you pay for. Feel free to email me and let me know which groups you support and why you do so.


Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is the author of the KB6NU amateur radio blog (KB6NU.Com), the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides (https://KB6NU.Com/study-guides/), and often appears on the ICQPodcast (https://icqpodcast.com). When he’s not paying his dues, he teaches online ham radio classes and operates CW on the low end of the HF bands.

Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
May 1, 2021

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

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Forrest, KK6BYR.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance March 31, 2020 $7,304.90
Petty Cash Balance March 31, 2020 $78.81

Membership Dues $40.00
ARRL Dues $40.00

ARRL Dues $40.00

Petty Cash Balance March 31, 2020 $78.81
Expenses April 2021 $0.00
Cash Additions April 2021 $0.00
Total $78.81

Checking Balance April 30, 2021 $7,346.90
Petty Cash Balance April 30, 2021 $78.81
Total $7,425.71

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded everyone that dues renewals and other correspondence should be set to P.O. Box 1473, Fallbrook, CA 92088-1473 and not to Ken Dickson’s, W6MF, home address.

Ron indicated that the main topic of the meeting will be Field Day activities. After weighing options, he suggested that Field Day will be virtual again this year with members operating from their home stations. If conditions allow, operators may invite other hams that don’t have HF capability to operate from their stations. The club should make a final decision soon. Zoom can be used for a group meeting during Field Day activities with breakout rooms available for discussion groups.

Stephen, KC6MIE, indicated that virtual Field Day worked well last year.

Ron, KG6HSQ, indicated that breakout rooms in Zoom have added additional features. He expects a resurgence of COVID cases. The Frazier school also may not be available for FD. ARRL Field Day rules are almost the same as last year, with only minor changes.

Lee, KM6UFF, offered that he liked the virtual Field Day idea last year and it has motivated him make upgrades to his station.

Ron, KG6HSQ, requested that everyone implement digital modes and Winlink for Field Day as an opportunity to become familiar with their operation.

Randy, KD6UAK, indicated that the President has requested that masks be used on Zoom.

Ron, KG6HSQ, recommended that stations use N3FJP Field Day log for FD, available at n3fjp.com. Good support is provided for these software products.

Ron, KG6HSQ, opened the virtual meeting to attendee reports of their recent ham and non-ham activities to make the meeting more like and in-person event. He called on attendees to report.

Stephen, KC6MIE, with Joe, KD6KUV as been holding twice weekly CW practice starting on 40m and moving to 10m recently. He has been trying different keys (paddles). After googling CW paddles and looking for ones with good reviews, he settled on a low cost $59 paddle to order and try. He is trying out his 2 element 6m beam with good results and working FT-8 on HF.

Ron, KG6HSQ, continues working on the box trailer usually seen at Field Day. It has been stripped to the frame and rebuilt. He is also working on the demolition of a patio roof and spa.

Randy, KD6UAK, has been closely following scanner traffic, but doesn’t have much additional to report on the radio front.

Brent, KJ6UMY, has been learning more about settings on his TS-590sg and doing some audio tuning in addition to client service calls and working on feature additions to the FARC database.

Forrest, KK6BYR, has been reorganizing his ham shack wiring and restructuring the Faraday cages for his radios.

Timothy, AF6GL, has been working on a Raspberry 3+ project and having problems with the Ethernet port. If these can’t be resolved, he will transition the project to a Raspberry 4. He has acquired a mini PC, Windows 10, 32GB, 256 SSD for $150. He requested help with a 12v input power adapter for USB C. Group members suggested that his was not a simple as a pigtail breakout of power wires as USB C power involves negotiation over the data lines for voltage and such. Recommendation was to purchase a USB C car lighter socket power adapter.

Bob, W6VR, recently became acquainted with Deputy Smith at the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation. Deputy Smith has used the license plate of the avocado thieves that Bob reported to contact the car’s owner. The owner admitted to taking the fruit, but said he had the owner’s (Bob’s) permission, which was not the case. Deputy Smith is interested and radio and communications. Bob has been experimenting with various AM antennas and their ability to reject noise. Bob indicated that he wasn’t aware of a plan to encrypt law enforcement communications. Ryan, KF6ODE, provided an update indicating there is a plan to encrypt all San Diego Sheriff’s Department communications. Ryan has a friend that is a deputy and ham.

Bill, N6QMF, has been remodeling his ham shack cleaning up cabling and reorganizing equipment. He has been working VHF and FT-8.

Bill, N6OUI, is shorting through gear as part of clearing out a garage. He came across a (very nice) Triplett 60 Type 3 with a taut band meter and mirrored scale. The D and 9v batteries, although quite old, were in like new condition.

Randy, KJ6AEU, bought an Anytone HT with FRS capabilities for use in backpacking with friends to provide short range communications. He has been setting it up for the local repeaters. It displays more noise than his FT-60, but is lighter in weight for backpacking.

Ryan, KF6ODE, reports for day job work than his radio hobby. He has a AREDN link to Elsinore Peak setup with a backend server he has been adding services to. Ryan said that the Sheriff’s Department is encrypting communications over the next several months in a broad interpretation of the rules imposed by CLETS, the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded the members that the Zoom meeting link for this meeting is active 24/7 for use by any member wanting to meet and chat.

Ron, KG6HSQ, adjourned the meeting at 1557 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club