Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

September 2023

We Will Be Doing A Live Meeting September 2

And Zoom If Everything Works.

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

This Months Meeting Agenda

  • Low Cost Choke Balun: By Brent – KJ6UMY
  • Webpage Files Additions From Lee – KM6UFF
  • What Have You Been Doing

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires

Beach, Paul WA6SYA 5/31/2023

Zeimantz, Jane KK6LBQ 5/31/2023

Magaldi, Mike K6YNP 5/31/2023
Third Notice

Skinner, Mark KF6MZQ 6/30/2023
Second Notice

Swain, Julie KG6QAB 7/31/2023

Huhta, David N6EEG 7/31/2023

Pacheco, Robert KN6NDQ 7/31/2023
First Notice

Bell, Ron W6BJO 8/31/2023

Kadien, Tom AF6UL 8/31/2023

Member Renew

Upcoming Events

August 31, 2023 VHF Simplex Drill

Object: Transmit a simple ICS-213 one-line message from Fallbrook to South Bay. 

            Message should be without errors or omissions.  This is to experiment with both relays, as well as voice traffic handling skills.  

How:     As normal practice, the net will convene on the Mt Otay 449.440 PL 107.2 K6RRR repeater at 7:30 PM.   

            Following announcements, we will commence the simplex exercise.   

All net participants will move to and monitor (changed 8/31/23) 145.555MHz. Simplex- No offset, no tone.

At the commencement of the exercise, Stephen K6MIE will transmit the ICS-213 via voice to ARES Valley Center EC Mike N2DDS, who will retransmit to San Marcos EC Marty AF5T, then to San Diego Central Bill K1CT, then to South Bay Curtis K6IBP. 

Relays to the ECs may be accomplished by regular net members when directed by the EC. 

ARES members not in the EC chain will monitor and record the message as they hear it.   Following successful completion of the ICS-213 chain to South Bay, members not in the above chain may email their versions to N1TEN to verify successful receipt.   (Scan and email preferred)

Use ONLY the attached version of the ICS-213 form, as there are many versions.    It is fillable in Microsoft Word.  Or can be printed out and filled by hand. 

N1TEN, Weekly Net Control, will verify the correctly completed forms and apply a prize or prizes to correct versions.  Correct versions will use the ICS-213 form as above (distributed prior to the drill by ARES email), as well as matching form box fillings.  Prize(s) will be given out at the September 9th meeting. 

 Please direct your questions to the undersigned.  Comments are welcome if anything above needs clarification.  

I’m hoping for an interesting exercise.  


Dennis N1TEN
San Diego Central EC
858-414-4799 cell/text

Upcoming Local Events

– September 30, 2023 ARES Local Activity Day & Regional Simulated Emergency Test (SET), For Fallbrook it will be from at home this time
– Harvest Fair, October 22
– Veterans Day Parade, November 11
– Christmas Parade, December 2
– Field Day 2024, June 22-23

Upcoming ARES & Community Events 

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

August 31, 2023 ARES “5th Thursday” SIMPLEX Net (see above)
September 9, 2023 ARES In-Person Meeting @ Sharp Spectrum Kearny Mesa (with presentation on “One Chip Wonders” by Bruce AG6X) 
September 9, 2023 ARRL VHF Contest http://arrl.org/september-vhf
September 30, 2023 ARES Local Activity Day & Regional Simulated Emergency Test (SET) 
October 7, 2023 San Diego (Lakeside) Hamfest http://lakesidearc.org/
October 14, 2023 ARES Meeting (with presentation on ARRL Technical Specialists by Michelle W5NYV) 
Oct 27 & Nov 4, 2023, Two-Day Extra Cram Class & Exam  (for info contact AF6GM [email protected]
Nov 18, 2023 ARES Meeting (date moved) 
December 2, 2023 One-Day Technician Cram Class & Exam (for info contact AF6GM [email protected]

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

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Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club

July 1, 2023

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the Zoom meeting to order at 1501 hrs.

The pledge of allegiance was conducted by Frederick, KN6YDQ

Ron, KG6HSQ, had the attendees introduce themselves and new ham David Baker give the
group a little of his background.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance May 31, 2023 $7,611.59
Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2023 $366.81
Total $7,978.40

ARRL Dues $98.00
Contributions $80.00
Membership Dues $220.00
Total $398.00

ARRL Dues $98.00
Total $98.00

Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2023 $366.81
Cash Additions $0.00
Total $366.81

Checking Balance June 30, 2023 $7,911.59
Petty Cash Balance June 30, 2023 $366.81
Total $8,278.40

Ron, KG6HSQ, conducted a recap of Amateur Radio Field Day. He presented pictures from our
and other San Diego County Field Day sites. Ron showed a tally of our field day results
including total points and a breakdown of contacts by band, operator, logger and states. He
presented pictures of the FARC site taken by various club members.

A discussion of end fed antennas by John K6QVA, Ron KG6HSQ, Stephen KC6MIE and Brent
KJ6UMY gave their experiences with the My Antennas End Fed Half-Wave antennas

Stephen, KC6MIE, described his new QRP Labs QDX digital only transceiver which covers 20,
30, 40, 60, and 80 meters at 5W.

Ron, KG6HSQ, presented coming events.
– Operating Day, July 29-30, 2023
– Veterans Day Parade
– Harvest Fair- Field Day 2024, June 22-23

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1632 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club