Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin May 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 Discussion
  • Members Reports

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires
Third Notice

Perrine, HaydenKG6YVD2/28/2021

Beach, PaulWA6SYA2/28/2021

Perrine, KrissyKR6SSY2/28/2021

Paldino, SalKN6S2/28/2021

Paldino, BeaK6BEA2/28/2021
Second Notice

Jones, EddieKN6GZQ3/31/2021

Miner, ShannonK6FGC3/31/2021
First Notice

Di Mento, JoeKD6KUV4/30/2021

Durso, ChrisAA4CD4/30/2021

Kadan, KennethK1KRK4/30/2021

Durso, AdrienneN6XCU4/30/2021

Costello, LindaKM6QBD4/30/2021

Membership Form


VE Testing in Ramona, CA on May 22, 2021 @ 3pm.

Ham Radio License VE testing scheduled for May 22, 2021 at 3pm.
to sign up for this in-person exam in Ramona. All levels of exams offered. This is a special session at this location. Plenty of time to study.

Also regularly scheduled testing on same day in Lakeside at 9 AM.
Remote testing available every weekend.




Colorful pools in the middle of nowhere support half the Earth’s population


Hydraulics Made Simple

Not part of my college curriculum, but interesting.

.38 Special vs Prince Ruperts Drop at 170,000 FPS

Smarter Every Day 169



How “Dark Patterns” Trick You

“Dark Patterns” are website designs that trick you.

de W6VR

$225-Million Fine

Here is a fascinating FCC Forfeiture Order: a $225-million fine for placing illegal robocalls with spoofed callback numbers. While it is unlikely the FCC will collect a penny, the document itself is very interesting to read (do check out paragraphs 5-11):

A Wakeup Message to an Alleged Robocall Facilitator


We’ve Been Killing Deadly Germs With UV Light for More Than a Century – IEEE Spectrum


Julia Childs on Splicing Video Tape (2 min video)


AK-47 vs Prince Rupert’s Drop (at 223,000 FPS)

Smarter Every Day 170 – YouTube


Cb Radio Commercials – yes they existed!

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

ARRL Bulletin 11 ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 13, 2021
To all radio amateurs


ARLB011 Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile – such as different antenna or placement or greater power – will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.

The Report and Order can be found online in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-126A1.pdf .

“In the RF Report and Order, the Commission anticipated that few parties would have to conduct reevaluations under the new rules and that such evaluations will be relatively straightforward,” the FCC said in an April 2 Public Notice. “It nevertheless adopted a 2-year period for parties to verify and ensure compliance under the new rules.”

The Amateur Service is no longer categorically excluded from certain aspects of the rules, as amended, and licensees can no longer avoid performing an exposure assessment simply because they are transmitting below a given power level.

“For most amateurs, the major difference is the removal of the categorical exclusion for amateur radio, which means that ham station owners must determine if they either qualify for an exemption or must perform a routine environmental evaluation,” said Greg Lapin, N9GL, chair of the ARRL RF Safety Committee and a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC).

“Ham stations previously excluded from performing environmental evaluations will have until May 3, 2023, to perform these. After May 3, 2021, any new stations or those modified in a way that affects RF exposure must comply before being put into service,” Lapin said.

The December 2019 RF Report and Order changes the methods that many radio services use to determine and achieve compliance with FCC limits on human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields. The FCC also modified the process for determining whether a particular device or deployment is exempt from a more thorough analysis by replacing a service-specific list of transmitters, facilities, and operations for which evaluation is required with new streamlined formula-based criteria. The R&O also addressed how to perform evaluations where the exemption does not apply, and how to mitigate exposure.

Amateur radio licensees will have to determine whether any existing facilities previously excluded under the old rules now qualify for an exemption under the new rules. Most will, but some may not.

“For amateurs, the major difference is the removal of the categorical exclusion,” Lapin said, “which means that every ham will be required to perform some sort of calculation, either to determine if they qualify for an exemption or must perform a full-fledged exposure assessment. For hams who previously performed exposure assessments on their stations, there is nothing more to do.”

The ARRL Laboratory staff is available to help amateurs to make these determinations and, if needed, perform the necessary calculations to ensure their stations comply. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, who helped prepare ARRL’s RF Exposure and You book, explained it this way. “The FCC did not change any of the underlying rules applicable to amateur station evaluations,” he said. “The sections of the book on how to perform routine station evaluations are still valid and usable, especially the many charts of common antennas at different heights.” Hare said ARRL Lab staff also would be available to help amateurs understand the rules and evaluate their stations.”

RF Exposure and You is available in PDF format for free download from ARRL at, http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/RFsafetyCommittee/28RFSafety.pdf .

ARRL also has an RF Safety page on its website at, http://www.arrl.org/rf-exposure .

The ARRL RF Safety Committee is working with the FCC to update the FCC’s aids for following human exposure rules – OET Bulletin 65 and OET Bulletin 65 Supplement B for Radio Amateurs. In addition, ARRL is developing tools that all hams can use to perform exposure assessments.

Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
April 3, 2021

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

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron, W6BJO.

Ron, KG6HSQ, this Zoom meeting will be treated as if we were back in person. A round table of the attendees will be conduction to allow each person to provide and update of ham and other activities.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

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

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Forrest, KK6BYR.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that he has heard from Arnie, N6UXM. He was hospitalized with COVID for 7 days. He offered greetings from South Carolina and is doing OK with his recovery.

Hayden, KG6YVD, reported that former president Jon Bart is recovering from his cardiac heart valve replacement. He is in considerable discomfort, but is doing physical therapy and recovering.

Ron, KG6HSQ, has been working on the FARC webpage secure, HTTPS version. He is engaging an external service that should speed up webpage response. He traveled to Red Mountain after the rain and restored the Echo Link repeater, which went offline earlier. No problem was found with the unit. It might have been taken offline by a power outage.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance February 28, 2020 $7,204.90
Petty Cash Balance February 28, 2020 $78.81

Membership Dues $100.00


Petty Cash Balance February 28, 2020 $78.81
Expenses March 2021 $0.00
Cash Additions March 2021 $0.00
Total $78.81

CheckingBalance March 31, 2021 $7,304.90
Petty CasBalance March 31, 2021 $78.81
Total $7,383.71

Forrest, KK6BYR is working on a portable dipole antenna project.

Ron, W6BJO has not been on the air in several months. His wife’s illnesses have take up most of his time. His HF transmitter is working. Recovery from his back surgery is going well.

Bill, N6QMF is working on antennas. He’s moved his VHF/UHF antenna outside for better performance. He has mostly been working FT8 with some SSB. He has a new puppy.

Timothy, AF6GL lives in Oceanside and spends his weekends in Fallbrook. Has an end fed half wave antenna and is working on a station for his camper using an IC-705 and a Raspberry Pi as a station computer.

Randy, KD6UAK, has had his first COVID-19 vaccine and has had his eyes rebuilt. He is still undergoing chemo therapy.

Bob, W6RMG, has repaired his antenna radials which suffered winter damage. His time is occupied by work around the house in preparation for spring planting and his honey do list. He has had both vaccines.

Stephen, KC6MIE, has had both shots. With Joe, KD6KUV, he has started regular CW practice on 40m, 7.040 MHz. He has had success using his 80M dipole for 60m, but in planning for a dedicated 60m dipole.

Bob, W6VR, has had both his shots. Mentioned it was “helicopter day” in Fallbrook with pole replacement near Red Mountain. There is a hoist rescue picture in the latest Village News. His office work lately has concentrated on 10 MHz frequency standards and an FM pirate station on 91.9 MHz.

Hayden, KG6YVD, built a 49:1 transformer for a new end fed half wave antenna. He has installed a new bracket for it on his tower. He is massively enjoying his new Stepper IR antenna. His mom turned 90 and is now living with them.

Lee, KM6UFF, has had his first shot. His birthday was April 1st, he turned 61. He has been shooting at Rainbow Range lately.

Jim, KI6OHO, reports not much ham activity. Has got his first COVID-19 vaccine. He reports the Fallbrook Healthcare District has sites for vaccines.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reports a Red Mountain scheduled power outage this morning. A helicopter is being used to replace power poles in that location. There was another Monserate hoist rescue today in addition to the one a week ago on Sleeping Indian. Ron has been working on a rebuild of the box trailer used for field day. The walls are almost done. He is also working on modifications to the Field Day logging program.

Bill, N6OUI, is working on his antenna farm which uses commercial light poles. His antennas include an R5, 2m/220, 2m/440, 220, a yagi, 6m Ringo, a log periodic and an end fed. Bill took us on a video tour of his antenna farm.

Stephen, KC6MIE, sent his FT-991 to Yaesu for repairs. It will take 7 weeks or so, including a 10 day quarantine (do radios catch COVID-19?).

Bob, W6VR, demoed a new mini flashlight.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that the current situation has led to clubs posting a number of videos on youtube. The RATPAC is posting 2 presentations a week. SDG ARES and Palomar ARC are both posting their meetings online.

Hayden, KG6YVD, reported that the 6-8 hams in Borrego Springs are trying to start a club. They are meeting on the Cactus net, CORA, Thursday at 1900 hours.

Timothy, AF6GL, was seeking suggestions for dealing with power line interference. He has power lines at both the front and back of his property.

Bob, W6VR, reported that SDGE has not replaced the employee responsible for resolving power line noise problems. He suggested trying one of the noise cancelling signal enhancers (see MFJ-1026).

Ron, KG6HSQ, adjourned the meeting at 1614 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club