Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin November 2020

No Regular November Meeting 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


  • No Regular September Meeting, Virtual Meeting By Zoom.
  • Intro To, Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires
Third Notice
Kadien, TomAF6UL8/31/2020
Cooley, JerryWX6AAA8/31/2020
Second Notice
Leonelli, PhilWF6L9/30/2020
Bart, JonK6QVA9/30/2020
First Notice
Coxe, PaulaTBD10/31/2020

de W6VR

On the status of 5G, more unlicensed spectrum and many other things

Unfortunately, the rollout of 600 MHz transmitters by T-Mobile/Sprint may lead to interference to free (over-the-air) TV reception. We’ll wait and see how this prospect plays out.

Talking with the Astronauts

Here is a fascinating 22 minute interview with two astronauts currently onboard the International Space Station. The topics cover exercise, nutrition and life aboard the orbiting marvel:

de K6RPM

Tahoe/Spooner Summit Flag

Every year, since 9/11, Chris Sneed (aka “Flash”) climbs the craggy peak on Hwy 50 between Spooner Summit and Carson City, Nevada, to replace the tattered, worn-out American Flag which flies to honor our troops. In 2020, an anonymous photographer happened to be passing by as it was about to take place and took this video. Given all the turmoil of 2020, it was an emotional moment…
Thanks to Mr. Coffey Anderson for permission to use his song which seemed to fit the subject well.


How shark scales’ unique design could stop bacteria (and virus) spread


AT&T took $283 million but didn’t deploy required broadband, Mississippi says

My love affair with AT&T continues…

Lowering The Bar For Exam Software Security

Let’s see, what am I always saying about lawyers and computer literacy…

Numbers Stations


Verizon forced to pull ad that claimed firefighters need Verizon 5G

We know it doesn’t exist, but you need it.

Tesla Begins “Full Self Driving” Public Beta As Waymo And Cruise Go Unattended


Raspberry Pi, Billy Bass and Alexa


A Look Behind The “Big Boards” At Mission Control In The Golden Age Of NASA



Jerry needs no help playing with his ball.

Great video.

Get Loud Speaker Messages From Sheriff’s Helicopter


AMSAT 2020 Space Symposium video now online

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

The 38th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting was held online on October 17, 2020. I’m kinda bummed about this because I just joined AMSAT, but somehow, I managed to miss this event. Fortunately, the symposium was recorded and is now online, and I’ve been enjoying watching the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHDgrI_w8hY.

The video includes updates on AMSAT projects and presentations on amateur satellite technology. For details on presenter names and presentation titles, visit the AMSAT website. AMSAT members can access the Symposium Proceedings on the AMSAT website as well. (The proceedings for all the AMSAT Symposiums are available there as well, but you do have to be an AMSAT member.)

Here’s a list of the different presentations on the video and the times at which they start:

0:00:00 Welcome
0:02:07 AMSAT GOLF-TEE System Overview and Development Status
0:43:02 GOLF IHU Coordination
1:19:10 GOLF Downlink Coordination
1:50:15 FUNcube Next
2:13:50 LunART – Luna Amateur Radio Transponder
2:45:35 CatSat HF Experiment Overview
3:13:30 Neutron-1 CubeSat
3:39:58 Progress and Development of Open Source Electric Propulsion for Nanosats and Picosats
4:15:00 AMSAT Education
5:14:00 ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) / AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration)
6:14:00 AMSAT Engineering
7:21:16 AMSAT Annual General Meeting

So far, I’ve only watched the GOLF-TEE System Overview and the AMSAT Education presentation. They were both interesting and I’m looking forward to watching the others.

I really hadn’t been keeping up with AMSAT lately, so the the presentation on the GOLF project was definitely news to me. GOLF is an ambitious project aimed at sending up high Earth orbit (HEO) satellites. GOLF is short for “Greater Orbits Larger (user communication) Footprints.” This is really pretty exciting stuff.

Watching these presentations really gives one an appreciation for the work that goes into the design of these satellites and the technical skills and dedication of the hams working on these projects. These guys are not getting paid to do any of this work, and as Eric Skoog, K1TVV, the GOLF System Engineer said in his presentation, “Space is hard.”

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


Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
October 3, 2020

Vice-President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the Virtual meeting to order at 1506 hrs.

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron, W6BJO.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance August 31, 2020 $7,475.70
Petty Cash Balance August 31, 2020 $58.81

ARRL Dues $49.00
Membership Dues $120.00

ARRL Renewal Fees $47.00

Petty Cash Balance September 30, 2020 $58.81 $58.81
Expenses September 2020 $0.00
Total $58.81

Checking Balance September 30, 2020 $7,597.70
Petty Cash Balance September 30, 2020 $58.81
Total $7,656.51

Ron gave a report on the Red Mountain 2 meter repeater. The work continues to try and find the source of noise. On September 26th we were assisted by Taka Sakai who climbed the tower for us and tapped on various structures in an attempt to isolate the source of the noise.

Paul, WA6SYA inquired as to the status of paypal dues payment. Ron responsed that implementation must wait for the club to secure a tax ID.

Bob, W6RMG asked if the Christmas Parade will be held this year. Ron responded that it will depend upon the County mandates in place at the time a permit is requested.

John Landry and Capt. Mike Kenny (ret.) returned to give a presentation on the Doolittle Raid. John indicated that they are willing to return again with further presentations. John indicated that visits to the Midway Museum are still currently possible.

The April 18, 1942 Doolittle Raid was a innovative joint Army/Navy operation and the Unitied States first victory in the pacific war. This was the first joint Army/Navy operation since the Battle of Vicksburg and the first attack on the Japanese homeland since 1274. The raid involved a 16 day, 4470 mile transit across the Pacific to launch a counterattack on the Japanese homeland. Sixteen B-25B bombers were launched from the USS Hornet in the first army bomber attack from a Navy aircraft carrier. The attack cause the Japanese the reassess the possibility of an attack on the Japanese homeland and caused Japan to redeploy assets to extend their defense perimeter at the expense of other war operations.

Ron adjourned the meeting at 1547 hrs.

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