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Durham FM Association

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Welcome to the DFMA

Upcoming Events
10/06 DFMA Meeting, 147.225&145.450 repeaters, 7pm
10/12 OCRA Meeting, 442.150 repeater, 7pm
10/13 DFMA Board Meeting, (remote), 7pm
10/20 Durham C Auxcomm, ?
11/03 DFMA Meeting, 147.225&145.450 repeaters, 7pm
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The DFMA is an amateur radio club centered in Durham, NC, with members from all over the Research Triangle Area. We support an excellent set of repeaters but members engage in all aspects of ham radio. We meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at Bullock's Bar-B-Cue at 6pm for dinner with a program beginning at 7pm. The meetings are open to all with an interest in Ham Radio.

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Latest News

October 6 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in September, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on October 6th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 10/3/20

September 1 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in August, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on September 1st, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 8/31/20

August 4 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air - Election of Officers

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. As we did in June, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on August 4th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports and a rag chew round table discussion.

We will also deal with the annual election of officers and at-large board members. The actual voting will be by email. We are still accepting nominations for all slots -- you may nominate yourself or any other club member. So far we have at least one nomination for every postion except that of vice president. Email any nominations to km4mbg@km4mbg.org as soon as possible.

Further instructions related to the election will be posted and mailed to club members soon.

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/31/20

July 7 Program: NC ARRL Section Manager Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC

The July meeting will take place online via video conference at 7pm. We will be joined by North Carolina ARRL Section Manager Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC. He will be giving an introduction of his goals for the NC Section as well as highlighting the major issues facing the ARRL Board.

Video conference link: https://conference.km4mbg.org/b/jac-uld-ow6

Best,

Jack, KM4MBG, 7/1/20

Karl C. Ramm, N1XPB, sk

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Karl at work in 2007
Image courtesy of KF4PAB

2/15/1973 - 6/28/2020
Karl died Sunday as a result of complications due to metastatic colon cancer.

Karl Christopher Ramm was born on February 15, 1973, to Mary Kathlyn Brigmon Ramm and Dietolf Ramm, in Durham, NC. The family moved to Hillsborough, NC in 1989. Karl attended Charles E. Jordan High School and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University in 1995. Following graduation, he moved to Cambridge MA, where he worked for MIT, a series of start-ups, and eventually Google, as a systems programmer/administrator. He bought a house and moved to Wilmington, MA in 2017.

Karl grew up in a home in which he had easy access to computers and immersed himself in all aspects of them at an extremely young age. Not long after most children were first learning to read, he was reading Berkeley Standard Distribution UNIX manuals cover to cover. There was never any doubt of what he would study in college or what he would choose as a career. Throughout his life, he became very interested in “retro computing” and preserving many of the computer systems that were prevalent during his childhood.

Perhaps inspired by both of his grandfathers, one of Karl’s primary hobbies was music. He excelled at playing the piano. He was told he had “perfect pitch” and could play music after having heard it just a few times. He was equally proficient at sight reading. Before his voice changed, he sang with the North Carolina Boys Choir for several years. His true passion was composing electronic music and he collected numerous synthesizers.

Working for and, later, in proximity to MIT, Karl took advantage of many activities there. Almost immediately after he started, he joined the MIT Radio Society and earned an FCC License in Amatur Radio (N1XPB) and quickly inflicted the hobby on his entire immediate family in North Carolina. He trained in Jiu-Jitsu many hours during the week. He was a Keyholder at MITSFS, MIT’s Science Fiction Library and was active in MIT’s Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), MIT’s Lecture Series Committee (LSC), and MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

Karl was a voracious, lightning-fast reader and, in his younger years, would frequently finish at least one newly purchased book before arriving home from the bookstore. He particularly loved science-fiction novels and was always the best source of recommendations on what to read next.

Karl was loved by an amazing network of loyal friends who were supportive, long before and after his diagnosis in 2017. He is survived by his father, Dietolf Ramm, and sister, Lenore Ramm Hill with her husband, Jack Hill, all of Hillsborough, NC.

Lenore, KF4PAB, 6/30/20

June 2 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. Fortunately, our hobby supports communicating from a distance. As we did last month, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on June 2nd, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports (including a special discussion about possible Field Day activities), and a rag chew round table discussion.

Jack, KM4MBG, 5/31/20

May 5 Program: DFMA Meeting on the Air

Until outbreak conditions improve, the DFMA will not be having in-person meetings. Fortunately, our hobby supports communicating from a distance. As we did last month, instead of our usual monthly meeting at Bullock's, we'll have a special net. The net will be at 7pm on May 5th, our usual meeting time, on the linked 145.45- and 147.225+ repeaters (both have a PL tone of 82.5). You can also check-in over the Internet via Echolink/SVXLink to the WR4AGC-R node. The format of the net will be check-ins (in place of our usual introductions), officer reports (including a special discussion about DurHamFest), and a rag chew round table discussion.

Jack, KM4MBG, 5/2/20

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