Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

March 2024

We Will Be Doing A Live Meeting March 2

And Zoom If Everything Works.

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

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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

  • Ladder Line, Brent – KJ6UMY
  • FARC – Talk, Email List

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

NameCallDate Expires

Berkey, David KN6UXT 11/30/2023
Third Notice

Deneau, Fred KD6IKA 12/31/2023
Second Notice

Lopez, Charles WK3Y 1/31/2024
First Notice

Rideout, Arthur WA6IPD 2/29/2024

Eyerman, James KI6OHO 2/29/2024

Baker, Noel KI6QYU 2/29/2024

Seals, Kenneth K6KT 2/29/2024

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/

February 24, 2024 ARES Communicator Gateway (GOTA) Workshop for new hams at Kearny Mesa Rec Center 

February 29, 2024 @ 1930 ARES Simplex Net

March 2, 2024 Tech Cram Class @ Pacific Beach

March 9, 2024 @ 0800 ARES Zoom Meeting (with GMRS presentation by Bruce AI6Q) 

March 16, 2024 Hams support Old West 50K Endurance Run in Shelter Valley 

March 23, 2024 Hams support Baker-To-Vegas 120 Mile Relay 

March 30, 2024 ARES Activity Day @ Kearny Mesa Rec Center

April 6, 2024 General Upgrade Class @ Pacific Beach

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 

News & Views


FALLBROOK 10 METER NET Every Wednesday evening 7:30pm 28.340 USB Ruben KD6CWI Net control Join the group for a good rag chew.


Why It Was Almost Impossible to Make the Blue LED

Inside the ‘Gibson Girl’ Survival Radio

How do these Magnetizer/Demagnetizers work?


Humanity’s most distant space probe jeopardized by computer glitch


“Don’t let them drop us!” Landline users protest AT&T copper retirement plan


Before Ingenuity ever landed on Mars, scientists almost managed to kill it


F8 Fly-By-Wire System (Apollo Guidance Computer Part 31)

Avast ordered to stop selling browsing data from its browsing privacy apps

Turns out Avast wasn’t selling you privacy, it was selling your privacy. And the marketing folks and lawyers don’t think they did anything wrong (beyond getting caught).

de W6VR

The First Amateur Radio Station on the Moon, JS1YMG, is Now Transmitting


Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Roy Noon Meeting Hall, Fallbrook, California
February 3, 2024

The pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ron, KG6HSQ.

Ron, KG6HSQ, had the attendees go around the room and introduce themselves, as we had several people new to our meeting in attendance.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report:

Checking Balance December 31, 2023 $7,736.81
Petty Cash Balance December 31, 2023 $411.81
Total $8,148.62

Membership Dues $20.00
Total $20.00

None $0.00
Total $0.00

Cash Additions $0.00
Total $411.81

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

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported on his recent search for neighborhood radio interference that make it impossible to hear VHF repeaters on Mt. Palomar. His search lead to a SDGE recloser on a nearby pole. He showed a slide of the interference waveform which was much more regular than the usual arcing noise.

Ron, KG6HSQ, gave a presentation on “An Introduction to SDR Receivers”. Many software designed radio dongles are currently available for as little as $20. One of the least expensive is the RTL-SDR (rtl-sdr.com) dongle now in version 4. On program mentioned was SDR Angel. He demonstrated another program, RTL-433, and used it to display vehicle tire pressure sensors in the near vicinity. Another OS and program package is Dragon OS. This includes a Linux distribution that can be installed or run from a USB thumb drive. Packaged with the OS are numerous programs for use with an SDR.

Ron, KG6HSQ, reminded all the attendees to sign in on the sign-in sheet and also the sign-up for the Avocado Festival, if the wish to participate. To receive and Avocado Festival T-shirt, participants must sign up before the end of the month and specify their shirt size.

Ron, KG6HSQ, called for members to related any project or activities they wished to share with the group.

Hayden, KG6YVD, is working on a hoist to replace the manual crank-up on this tower. The manual method is beyond what one individual wants to attempt.

Brent, KJ6UMY, demonstrated the XY-Clock, a $10 NTP (Network Time Protocol) clock that connects to the internet to set the time.

Hayden, KG6YVD, mentioned that the Quadra ham clock from inovato.com is another option. I plugs into a monitor and displays a lot of information in addition to time.

Taka, KI6DOS, brought several ham books for anyone present who would like them.

Lee, KM6UFF, also brought several items, including books, an SWR meter and an equipment case for anyone who wants them.

Stephen, KC6MIE, mentioned that K0CSD is selling many items and a few remain, including a Samlex power supply. Anyone interested should contact him directly

Bob, W6VR, related his experience with T-Mobile wireless home internet. At times the performance is very poor.

Brent, KJ6UMY, reported that AT&T is petitioning the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue all landline service in the State of California. This will probably include all DSL service.

Don, W6PLT, is new to HF operation. Using and end fed half wave antenna, he has made voice contacts in Queensland, Australia.

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, adjourned that meeting at 1502 hrs.
Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club