Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

April 2023

We Will Be Doing A Live In Person Meeting April 1

Zoom Will Only Be Set Up If Requested By A Sufficient Number Of Members Before 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


  • 45-minute Lithium-Ion Battery Class, By: NCFPD Fire Captain Paramedic John Choi
  • Avocado Festival, Sunday, April 23
  • Club Hats For Sale $12

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires

Weldy, Andrew KG6YWB 12/31/2022
First Notice

Rotondi, John W6JBR 3/31/2023

Carpenter, Philip KB7RXT 3/31/2023

Member Renew

Upcoming ARES & Community Events 

Join ARES to get more information. https://www.sdgares.net/

Mar 25-26, 2023 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo ($10 registration) https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/
Mar 30, 2023 ARES “5th Thursday” County-wide Simplex Net led by Dennis N1TEN 
Apr 8, 2023 ARES Meeting (presentation topic: Starlink Overview by Eric W7EMW) https://www.starlink.com
Apr 29, 2023 ARES Activity Day at Kearny Mesa Rec Center
May 6, 2023 One-Day Technician Cram Class & Exam (for info contact AF6GM [email protected]
May 13, 2023 ARES Meeting 
May 13, 2023 Hams support PCT50 Mile Endurance Run (for info contact Gary KM6LKP [email protected])
May 18, 2023 (Thursday) San Diego County Hospital Exercise (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) 
June 2, 2023 (Friday) Hams support SD100 Mile Endurance Run (for info contact Rob K6RJF [email protected])
June 10, 2023 ARES Meeting (with Hospital Exercise recap)
June 10, 2023 ARRL VHF Contest
June 24, 2023 ARRL Field Day
July 8, 2023, ARES Meeting (presentation topic: Logbook of the World [LOTW] by Bruce AG6X) 

Recordings of past meetings: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-7mirT-kjfvMtIy27R505aqnmfCQuWNQ 

The FARC Upgrade Incentive Program

Occasionally FARC will receive ham equipment donations that the club can use, donate, loan or sell. Ron and I are setting up a program that will encourage the ham, especially the new ham to upgrade his/her license and start exploring more of the ham radio hobby other than just VHF/UHF spectrum. We know that one of the obstacles is the cost of HF radios and other equipment, either new or used. For a new ham, equipment may not be a priority, but just a want.

On occasion, the club gets in donations of HF radios and other equipment. After they radios are tested, we would make them available to new hams on a loan basis. This would provide an incentive for them to upgrade and start exploring the wonderful world of HF.

Along with the incentive program, I am reaching out to seasoned ham club members to become mentors (Elmers) to new hams. You don’t have to be a seasoned ham to be an Elmer. If you have experience in ham radio, share your experience and work with him/her. Antennas do not have to be expensive to get on the air. A simple homemade wire dipole can do it. Elmers are key for the new ham to explore and learn in this wonderful hobby.

In addition, I will be making a list of equipment that has been donated to the club that will be available for sale. It will be an ongoing list, updated as needed. This list will be sent out to FARC members.

I am looking forward to getting this program started and hopefully some of our new hams will want to join in the fun.

Any comments please give me a call or text at number below.

73 de Stephen kc6mie

Club Emergency Service Sticker

Since being a emergency communicator is more than just a sticker on a window, we will begin by giving a sticker to club members that complete IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100.
And giving Brent KJ6UMY a copy of certificate. Electronic PDF preferred.

Extra credit, and recommended: IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200.

Extra credit: Demonstrate proficiency using the ITU/NATO phonetic alphabet or police phonetic alphabet.

de W6VR

Exploring a 1 Million Watt Broadcast Tower – Radio World

Exploring a 1 Million Watt Broadcast Tower (FM Radio Primarily with 10 Stations Combined Onto Two Top-Mounted Antennas). Be sure to check out the video for an in-person guided tour:

Watch “Memories of HRO San Diego” on YouTube

End of a era. Sign of the times. Neat to see a lot of the regulars.


Nuclear Fusion Energy: Who’ll Be First To Make It Work?

1958 FACOM 128B Japanese Relay Computer, still working!


How Lead and Cadmium Get Into Dark Chocolate


Radio interference from satellites is threatening astronomy


HP outrages printer users with firmware update suddenly bricking third-party ink

HP has a cartridge subscription program called “instant Ink”. On this program, if you cancel your subscription, cartridges you have already on hand quit working.

The 2024 Ford Mustang is the next car to lose AM radio


Soldering SMD Components

Ransomware attacks have entered a heinous new phase

How long before they adopt a subscription model requiring recurring payments?

FCC officials owned stock in Comcast, Charter, AT&T, and Verizon, watchdog says

Shocking, shocking I tell you!

Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
March 4, 2023

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the meeting to order at 1502 hrs.

The pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron, KG6HSQ.

Ron, KG6HSQ, had the attendees introduce themselves for the benefit of new members. He
announced the availability of new club/ARES decals. Decals are available to new members at no
cost for completing the FEMA ICS 100 course. This can be done online by following the link in
the March newsletter. Upon completion, submit your certificate via email to Brent,
[email protected] to receive your decal.

Stephen, KC6MIE, presented the clubs new Upgrade Incentive Policy. Technician licensees who
upgrade to General are eligible to receive HF equipment donated to the club at no cost, subject to
the equipment available.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that 372 of the 450 available booths have been taken for the Avocado
Festival coming up on April 23, 2023. Volunteers muster around 0500 to assist in getting
participants to their booths and answering questions. Volunteers are finished at 0900. As usual,
FARC will have a booth in the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank from 0900 to 1700 hours.
Members are welcome to staff the booth for all or part of the day or to just drop by.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance January 31, 2023 $7,409.59
Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2023 $179.81
Total $7,589.40

ARRL Dues $49.00
ARRL Contributions $15.00
Membership Dues $100.00
Total $164.00

ARRL Dues $47.00
Insurance $200.00
Total $247.00

Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2022 $179.81
Cash Additions $15.00
Total $194.81

Checking Balance February 28, 2022 $7,311.59
Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2022 $194.81
Total $7,506.40

Ron, KG6HSQ, gave a tour of the FARC website, highlighting new additions and its various
features and links. He gave special attention to the Alert California camera systems and its new

Lee, KM6UFF, has been working on a project to allow ham equipment operation from the 12v
battery in his electric car. If loads with large inrush currents such an inverter are connected, it
can shutdown the system that charges the car’s 12v battery from the high voltage traction battery.
To prevent this he displayed and explained a soft-start circuit he has constructed to prevent that.

Stephen, KC6MIE, described the QRP Labs QDX transceiver for FT8 and similar modes he has

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1613 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club