Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

April 2024

We Will Be Doing A Live Meeting April 6

Members To Get Email Invite
Visitors Will Need To Contact Webmaster.

And Zoom If Everything Works.

[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

  • Avocado Festival, April 21
  • FARC – Talk, Email List

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires
Third Notice

Lopez, Charles WK3Y 1/31/2024
Second Notice

Rideout, Arthur WA6IPD 2/29/2024

Eyerman, James KI6OHO 2/29/2024

Baker, Noel KI6QYU 2/29/2024
First Notice

Stubbs, Charles KK6OBH 3/31/2024

Rasp, Frederick KN6YDQ 3/31/2024

Member Renew

Upcoming Local Events

– Avocado Festival, April 21

– Field Day 2024, June 22-23

Upcoming ARES & Community Events 

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

April 6, 2024 General Upgrade Class @ Pacific Beach https://www.sandiegohamclasses.com

April 13, 2024 @ 0800 ARES In-Person Meeting at Sharp Spectrum (with drill prep & HIPAA refresher by Bruce AG6X) 

April 13, 2024 Hams support Oriflamme 50K Endurance Run on Mt Laguna 

April 27 Big Bear Mini-Hamcation at Big Bear Lake, CA (https://bigbearminihamcation.com

April 30, 2024 (Tuesday) @ 0800 ARES Hospital Drill 

May 4, 2024 Tech Cram Class https://www.sandiegohamclasses.com/

May 11, 2024 @ 0800 ARES In-Person Meeting at Sharp Spectrum (with drill post-ex) 

May 11, 2024 Hams support PCT50 Mile Ultra in East County 

May 18, 2024 ARES Communicator Gateway (GOTA) @ Kearny Mesa Rec Center 

June 1, 2024 Tech Cram Class https://www.sandiegohamclasses.com/

June 7, 2024 (Friday) Hams support SD100 Mile Ultra running event in East County 

June 8, 2024 ARES In-Person Meeting at Sharp Spectrum 

June 8, 2024 ARRL VHF Contest https://www.arrl.org/june-vhf

June 22, 2024 ARRL Field Day https://www.arrl.org/field-day

June 22, 2024 Hams support Black Mtn 50K in Rancho Penasquitos

July 13, 2024 Hams support The Peak 50K at Cuyamaca State Park 

News & Views


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Audio Innovator Bob Heil Dies

We have lost another great innovator perhaps best known in Amateur Radio circles for manufacturing excellent microphones (among other things). Bob Heil has died at age 83.


It turns out that Odysseus landed on the Moon without any altimetry data


$30 doorbell cameras have multiple serious security flaws, says Consumer Reports


After collecting $22 million, AlphV ransomware group stages FBI takedown

Makes you wonder if the affiliate that got stiffed by AlphV is going to come back to Change Healthcare for further ransom payments.

Automakers tracking drivers, sharing data with car insurance companies

I don’t think “sharing” is the right word, more like “selling”. I”ve been saying for a while now that this is the next big source of revenue for automakers.

Car Companies Are Tracking You and Selling Your Data

A better description of what’s happening by Steve Lehto.

Finally, engineers have a clue that could help them save Voyager 1


Disabling cyberattacks” are hitting critical US water systems, White House warn


Unpatchable vulnerability in Apple chip leaks secret encryption keys

Ah, the perils of hardware implementations. Probably better done in a FPGA at a small sacrifice in speed.

Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Roy Noon Meeting Hall, Fallbrook, California
March 2, 2024

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

The pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron, KG6HSQ.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report:

Checking Balance January 31, 2023 $7,756.81
Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2023 $411.81
Total $8,168.62

Membership Dues $100.00
Total $100.00

Insurance $200.00
Total $200.00

Petty Cash Balance January 31, 2023 $411.81
Cash Additions $0.00
Total $411.81

Checking Balance February 29, 2023 $7,756.81
Petty Cash Balance February 29, 2023 $411.81
Total $8,168.62

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded members to check their spam filter if they are not receiving club emails. Also they must accept the invitation to join the email lists.

Ron, KG6HSQ, introduced the new FARC-Talk email list. Generating or responding to an email on this list allows you to send an email to all FARC users on the list without needing individual addresses.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that the repeater’s 440 receiver was offline on last Monday due to power switching associated with the weekly generator test. This required a manual power reset on the mountain by Ron. An investigation will be made into the reset circuitry to eliminate the problem.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded repeater users to always identify when keying up.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that Dreamhost, our web hosting service, has reconfigured its servers and the performance of the FARC website is much improved.

Ron, KG6HSQ, pointed to new features on the members list posted on the FARC website.
Columns on the list show whether the member is signed up for the mailing list and is a member of ARES. Ron will add a column for to indicate members signed up for FARC Talk.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that sign-ups for the Avocado Festival are ahead of schedule with 390
sign-up for 455 booths as of a month ago. The next organizer’s meeting is next week. Hams wishing to sign up to work the Festival should email Ron.

Ron, KG6HSQ, updated us on his local RFI problem. SDGE has visited to assess the problem and is submitting a work order. The SDGE rep indicated that they found the FARC Broadcastify feed valuable during fires.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave a presentation on Transmission Lines. Bob, W6VR, provided insight into several practical transmission lines used by radio stations and how they deal with the VSWR created by changes in direction.

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1555 hrs.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club