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Upcoming Events

6/20 DFMA Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
6/23 OCRA/DFMA Field Day 2017 Setup
6/23 Field Day Potluck Dinner 6pm
6/24 Field Day Operation 2pm for 24 hrs
6/24 Field Day Dinner 5pm
6/25 Field Day Operation continues to 2pm
6/25 Field Day Breakfast 8am
6/25 Field Day Break Down 2pm
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7/10 VE Test Session, Orange County EOC, 7:00 p.m.
7/10 OCRA Meeting, Orange County EOC, 7:00 p.m.
7/18 DFMA Meeting, Bullock’s BBQ, 6:00 p.m.
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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 enagage in all aspectus 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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Current News

Field Day is Just About Here.

If you haven't taken steps yet to be involved, let me give this one last try.

Our collaboration with the Orange County club has been extremely productive. Our joint Field Day efforts have put us into the top ten nationally year after year and #3 the last two years. And this, again, is a case where we can really get to know people by working together.

The set up on Friday is something I highly recommend for all members, but especially newer members. There are well-defined things that need to be done and many of the jobs absolutely require several people working closely together (raising a tower comes to mind). Even with no previous experience you will be prompted in how to do what is needed and meanwhile you will learn a lot and get to know your club members (and the few active OCRA members who are not also DFMA members) better.

That evening, the potluck dinner will be another fun event where you can meet other hams and often, their spouses or friends as well. It also helps our significant others get to know the ham radio hobby better and in a very positive and delicious light.

Finally, do some operating. Here is a chance to try out HF operation with ready help from others. Often you can start by just watching and listening. Then you can help out by just logging, but you’ll quickly see how it works and soon you’ll be on the air. Working with others, you will be able to work with only a Tech license (or even none if you are still working on your first license.) Again, working together (with someone with an Extra class license) is how to move forward.

It's not too late to get involved. For setup, just show up on Friday and make known that you are there to help. For operation on Saturday and Sunday, go to one of the stations and watch and listen. If not invited to get more involved, ask if you can be of help. If things don't look promising, try another station.

If your time is really limited, feel free to just come by for a while and be impressed. It's that kind of event.

(For more information, click the Field Day button on the left. This will provide more inormation, a site map, and more info one food.)

Hope to see you this weekend.
- Dee, KU4GC 6/21/17

Find more news by pressing the [DFMA News] button at the left

OCRA/DFMA Field Day 2017
Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25
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