Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin April 2022

We Will Be Doing A Virtual Zoom Meeting April 2.

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.


  • Avocado Festival Information, Sun, April 24
  • Field Day, June 25-26, 2022
  • What Have You Been Up To?

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires
Third Notice

Scott, Don KJ6DFU 1/31/2022

Flood, Michael KN6FDR 1/31/2022

McGowen, Timothy AF6GL 1/31/2022
Second Notice

Beach, Paul WA6SYA 2/28/2022

Eyerman, Jim KI6OHO 2/28/2022

Baker, Noel KI6QYU 2/28/2022

Skinner, Mark KF6MZQ 2/28/2022
First Notice

Stubbs, Charles KK6OBH 3/31/2022

Rotondi, John W6JBR 3/31/2022

Carpenter, Philip KB7RXT 3/31/2022

Member Renew

Special Exam Session

Hello ARES friends,

Special Exam Session on April 2nd at 10 AM in Poway for those wanting to avoid paying the $35 fee to the FCC.  Sorry for the short notice.  There is enough time to cram and successfully pass.  If I did it, you can too.

The registration link is at https://hamstudy.org/sessions/sandarc for those interested.

FCC fees start on April 19th. The Escondido session is too late to avoid the fees.  Renew your licenses before that, if they expire in the next few months.  You can renew 90 days before they expire.

For all SANDARC VEC sessions, no registration fee is required.  If you are a VE who would like to help, email me.



Upcoming ARES Events 

March 31, 2022 Kick Off “Fifth Thursday” ARES Simplex Net (rather than Repeater Net, details to follow) 

April 9, 2022 ARES Meeting (Agenda topic: POTA Rapid Deployment Methods by Marty AF5T)

April 30, 2022 ARES 5th Saturday Activity Day 

May 14, 2022  ARES Meeting (Agenda topic: Ramona to Ranchita, a Long Reach for Rural Hams by Steve K6SRS) 

June 11, 2022 ARES Meeting (Agenda topic: Planning Field Day, VHF Contest, & Kids Day)

July 9, 2022 ARES Meeting (Agenda topic: Field Day Anecdotes)
July 30, 2022 ARES 5th Saturday Activity Day
Aug 13, 2022 ARES Meeting (Agenda topic: SD County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Update by Dan Vasquez)
Sep 10, 2022 ARES Meeting (Agenda topic: SD County Animal Rescues During Emergencies by DJ Gove) 
Sep 23-25, 2022 ARES support Miramar Air Show ??? Oct 29, 2022 ARES 5th Saturday Activity Day 
November Hospital Exercise ???

ARES Members, 

This Thursday, San Diego ARES will kick off a new County-wide simplex net which will replace the Thursday repeater net on 5th Thursdays. This Thursday, 3/31/2022, is a Fifth Thursday. 
On Thursday at 1930 hours, Net Control (Dennis N1TEN in Serra Mesa) will use the K6RRR/K6XI 449.440 repeater system to remind everyone that the net is moving to simplex, then Net Control (N1TEN) will start to take check-ins on simplex. 
In the interest of time, we will skip routine net announcements and move into the simplex net directly. 
The primary simplex frequency will be 146.550. Alternate frequencies will be 146.580 and 145.555. 
Net Control will call for check-ins by geographic area, so listen carefully for your area to be called. Relays are encouraged. 
During the simplex net, someone will monitor the 449.440 repeater to explain to latecomers the simplex net procedures. 
The weekly DMR net will start after the simplex net ends, and ARES members may use the DMR to comment on the simplex net. 
If you have time after the nets, please send an After Action Report (AAR) email to the ARES email reflector describing your experience during the simplex net. Lessons learned this Thursday will be used to improve the next simplex net (in June). 
Thank you. . . RobK6RJF

When To Renew To Avoid The New $35 Fee

Not all hams can renew before the new fee kicks in, but about 17% of us (including those within the expiration grace period) can get a ten-year reprieve on the upcoming $35 fee—IF they act fast!

Here is a handy chart of permissible 90 day amateur license renewal dates to avoid the $35 fee, based on expiration date, and including the two-year grace period for expired licenses.

License Expires:Renew between:
03/27/20 to 6/24/2203/26/22 to 4/18/22
06/25/2203/27/22 to 4/18/22
06/26/2203/28/22 to 4/18/22
06/27/2203/29/22 to 4/18/22
06/28/2203/30/22 to 4/18/22
06/29/2203/31/22 to 4/18/22
06/30/2204/01/22 to 4/18/22
07/01/2204/02/22 to 4/18/22
07/02/2204/03/22 to 4/18/22
07/03/2204/04/22 to 4/18/22
07/04/2204/05/22to 4/18/22
07/05/2204/06/22 to 4/18/22
07/06/2204/07/22 to 4/18/22
07/07/2204/08/22 to 4/18/22
07/08/2204/09/22 to 4/18/22
07/09/2204/10/22 to 4/18/22
07/10/2204/11/22 to 4/18/22
07/11/2204/12/22 to 4/18/22
07/12/2204/13/22 to 4/18/22
07/13/2204/14/22 to 4/18/22
07/14/2204/15/22 to 4/18/22
07/15/2204/16/22 to 4/18/22
07/16/2204/17/22 to 4/18/22

Please note that renewal applications for licenses that expired before April 1 2020 and licenses expiring after July 14 2022 might run the risk of being rejected if not processed in time by the FCC. License renewal applications filed before the renewal dates listed in the table will definitely be rejected as “too early.” Please see the following information on the Internet:



Expired licenses: If your license expired less than two years ago, apply for renewal immediately! If your license expired more than two years ago—even by one day—you must retest for the Technician license and submit proof of your old license with your application if you were a higher class than Technician. Expired Advanced class licensees will be granted General privileges.

de W6VR

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Western news will once again reach Russian citizens who revive their old shortwave receivers since, as this article puts it, “…Russia dismantled all of its shortwave jamming transmitters in the 1990s.”

Boafengs go to war

This interesting article courtesy of Chris Arnold:

Vacuum tubes to be once again made in the USA

It’s true. Certain tubes, anyway:


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Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Zoom Meeting, Fallbrook, California
February 5, 2022

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

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Brent, KJ6UMY.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance January 31, 2022 $8,231.57
Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2022 $104.81

Membership Dues $40.00

ARRL Dues $0.00

Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2022 $104.81
Expenses February 2022 $0.00
Cash Additions February 2022 $0.00
Total $104.81

Cash Additions February 2022 $8,271.57
Petty Cash Balance February 28, 2022 $104.81
Total $8,376.38

Ron, KG6HSQ, announced that the long awaited replacement antenna for Red Mountain has arrived. Installation is pending.

Ron, KG6HSQ: Volunteers are needed for the Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Respond by Sunday, March 6th to receive a “Pit Crew” T-shirt. After the 6th, you can still sign up, but your T-shirt will lack the “Pit Crew” badging. Currently there are 215 booth sign-ups, projection was for 400. Ultimate capacity is 460 booths. There are two more Chamber meetings before the event. Scammers have been “selling” spaces, so we way have people show up with booth numbers that don’t really have booths.

Ron, KG6HSQ, noted that we are still taking sign-ups for the T-Hunt mailing list. He has been putting together tape measure antenna kits. Visit the T-Hunt page on the FARC website to sign-up for the T-Hunt mailing list and find links for T-Hunt information.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that SDG ARES Activity Days will be on the 5th Saturday of the month (on months that have one). The next Activity Day is on April 30th. There is a new comm plan on the SDG ARES website, follow the Library link (sdgares.org).

Ron, KG6HSQ. A weather page is available on the FARC website with multiple resources including Ron’s and Hayden’s weather station information.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that you can listen to DMR radio without equipment at https://hose.brandmeister.network . ARES has a link, but you must manually type in “310343”. ARES has nets on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, the list is on the SDGARES site.

Ron, KG6HSQ, called for attendee reports of activities and projects.

Bob, W6VR, discussed the KFI transmitters, old and new. Ron shared accompanying pictures. There is a link on the FARC website.

Ken, W6MF, has put up a multiband Butternut antenna with 25 random link radials. His feedline is 100’. He’s showing a 2:1 SWR across the bands.

Brent, KJ6UMY, is working on a tape measure antenna and an offset attenuator for T-Hunts and a common mode RF meter.

Lee, KM6UFF, has fashioned a special crossbow arrow for launching antenna at a Big Bear cabin. At his home QTH, he is installing a new 41’ self-supporting mast to raise the center of his end fed wire antenna. He has also built a HT charge adapter to allow charger operation from 12V.

Bob, W6RMG, has just spent two weeks in the Galapagos Islands on a ship with 12 passengers and 12 crew. The islands are a Ecuador national nature preserve. The animals there have no fear of humans. People are supposed to stay 6 feet away from the animals.

Ken, K6KT, has a new Nikon Z9 camera. It’s a mirrorless, full frame design that will shoot 20 fames per second!. Hand surgery has delayed it use, but he hopes to put it into operation soon.

Jon, K6QVA, just came from his grandsons basketball championship game (they won!). He has a tree service coming soon to boost the height of his end fed antenna by 30’.

Tony, KU6E, has moved back to Fallbrook. He has set up a tower and a hex beam antenna. He was working the ARRL contest today. There were openings on 10M.

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1607 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club