Upcoming Events

Mon Oct 24 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Jim, KI4HQO, ncs
Mon Oct 24 @ 8:00PM - 08:30PM
10 Meter Sideband Net (N1LN ncs)
Tue Oct 25 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Stephen, WA1USS, ncs
Wed Oct 26 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Thu Oct 27 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Bob, W4RWC, ncs
Thu Oct 27 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Welcome to the Durham FM Association

The Durham FM Association is a group of friendly amateur radio operators interested in all aspects of amateur radio service. Members in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and surrounding areas of North Carolina enjoy operating through VHF and UHF repeaters sponsored and maintained by the club.

Currently the club operates FM voice repeaters on 145.450-, 147.225+, 224.260-, 444.100+ PL:100.0 and 444.450+ MHz (the plus and minus indicating standard offsets on the respective bands).

We normally meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month (see Calendar) with Dinner (optional) at 6:00pm and the business meeting and program at 7:00pm.  We are meeting at Bullock's BBQ, on 3330 Quebec Drive in Durham. [click for map] (For more info on each meeting, check the Calendar entry.)

Our club runs a great hamfest toward the end of May each year. Thia year DurHamFest was at a new location!  Set just off I85 in Durham, it was in the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road Durham, NC 27705. Dealers sell new and used equipment, books, and parts in an air-conditioned facility.  Outside, "tailgaters" also offer a wide variety of used, lightly used and some new equipment and supplies. Besides the buying, selling, and trading, door prizes and fellowship with old and new friends make this a really fun event. (Click on the DurHamFest tab above for more information.)

Saturday's VE Session moved to Efland Print E-mail
Written by W4SAR   
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:32

Hello All-

The OC EOC has requested that we not hold our licensing exam session there this coming Saturday. They want the room cleared just in case the path and timing of Hurricane Matthew requires an EOC activation.

I have checked and the Efland Baha'i Center (119 Maple Street and Hwy 70 in Efland) our alternate site will be available. We used this site a couple of years ago and it worked fine. I will contact the ARRL in the morning to get the public listing changed quickly if at all possible.

To get to the Efland Baha'i Center:

From Interstate 85/40, take Exit #160 and turn north onto Mt. Willing Road (right turn from westbound I-40).

Go about 0.4 miles, cross over the railroad tracks and turn right onto Forrest Avenue. Take the third left onto Maple Street, park in the gravel lot next to the church building. The exam session will be held in the Fellowship Hall, the low building on the opposite side of the church from the parking lot.

73, Dave , W4SAR

Oct 4 Program: Aircraft Navigation with Stratux Print E-mail
Written by KW4KZ   
Friday, 23 September 2016 19:55

Topic: Aircraft Navigation with Stratux
Presenter: Michael Hrivnak
Abstract: The general aviation community is using RPis with software defined radios and a USB GPS, combined with an OSS project called "stratux", to make a device that's useful in the cockpit for navigation. http://stratux.me/

Bio: Michael Hrivnak is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat and Team Lead for the Pulp Project. With strong experience in both software and systems engineering, he is excited to be writing software for systems engineers. Michael is passionate about open source software, live music, general aviation, and reducing energy consumption.

Classic Exchange - CW is Coming Print E-mail
Written by WQRU   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 20:22

The classic Exchange (CX) is a forty year old contest / on-air celebration of the great commercial, kit and home brew rigs of the past. Scoring is important but sharing the experience again of operating and working those rigs of decades ago is a real payoff. CX is open to everyone however modern rigs have a scoring disadvantage - but they can still work the "great ones."

The CW session is Sept 11th and Sept 13th.
The AM/SSB/FM session is Sept 25th and Sept 27th.

Full details are at:

RARS General Class License Course Print E-mail
Written by K4MHM   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 20:16

When:  Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 start at 8:30 a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Raleigh, NC.  Specific location will be provided upon pre-registration.

Volunteer Instructor:  Mike Murphy, WA4BPJ, has an Extra Class license and has been teaching since the 1970s and has conducted as many as 60 courses. In addition to this course, he also teaches the Amateur Extra courses.

Tuition:  $10.00 (payable at the first session)

Course Text
:  The required manual is the current edition of: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual - Level 2 General, 8th Edition (ISBN: 978-0-87259-811-9) and is available online (i.e. ARRL, Amazon, etc.).  For errata, Google “ARRL General Manual errata”

(Note: In order to be awarded a General Class license by the FCC, one must pass the Technician Class (Level 1) exam addition to the General Class exam.)

Pre-Registration: E-mail me with your phone number and call sign.  A registration form and other details will be e-mailed to you.

Murray Merner, K4MHM
RARS Education Director
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 20:19
Sep 6 Program:Radio use by Trains Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Monday, 05 September 2016 22:22

Program: Jimmy, KF4KHU will give a presentation on the use of radios in the railroad industry.


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