Upcoming Events

Fri Feb 12 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Rhett, KE4HIH, ncs
Fri Feb 12 @ 8:30PM - 09:30PM
6m FM Net, K4WCV, ncs
Sat Feb 13 @ 9:30AM - 10:00AM
OC ARES Training Net
Sat Feb 13 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
VE Testing at OC EOC
Sun Feb 14 @ 9:00AM -
Classic Exchange - Phone
Mon Feb 15 @ 6:05AM - 07:15AM
PT Net - Jim, KI4HQO, ncs
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 will be at a new location!  Set just off I85 in Durham, it will be 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.)

Phone Classic Exchange "CX" Print E-mail
Written by WQ8U   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:16
Time to work and enjoy those wonderful old AM and early SSB rigs.
Wilson will be there.
Modern rigs are encouraged to join in the fun.

The PHONE CX will run from 1400 UTC February 14 to 0800 UTC February 15, 2016.
(9 AM Eastern Time on Sunday to 3 AM Eastern Time Monday)
From 1400 UTC February 16 to 0800 UTC February 17, 2016
(9 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday to 3 AM Eastern Time Wednesday)
Call: "CQ Classic Exchange"
Suggested Frequencies -- plus/minus QRM
Listen up and down 5 to 10 Kc for crystal controlled stations
. . . . .
BAND 160&n bsp;         80              40                  20               15              10               6                   2
AM     1.890 mc. 3.860 mc.     7.270 mc.     14.280 mc.     21.400 mc.     29.000 mc.   50.300 mc. 144.300 mc.
SSB    1.920 mc. 3.840 mc     7.250 mc.     14.260 mc.     21.380 mc     28.600 mc.     50.125 mc 144.200 mc.
See you all Sunday and Tuesday!
Full details at: www.classicexchange.org
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Mac WQ8U Hillsborough, NC
RARS General Class License Course Print E-mail
Written by K4MHM   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 23:01

This four session course (Level 2) will be conducted by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society. In order to be awarded a General Class license by the FCC, one must pass the Technician Class exam addition to the General Class exam.

WhenFeb 27, Mar 5, 12, 19 start at 8:30a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m.

WhereRaleigh, 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: 978-1-625959-030-7 and is available online (i.e. ARRL, Amazon, etc.).

Examination:  An optional examination is scheduled for the student’s convenience in the afternoon of the last session. The exam is conducted by the RARS Volunteer Examiners.  There is a separate fee.

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

Next Course:  Amateur Extra (7 sessions) is tentatively scheduled to start: Apr 16

Murray Merner, K4MHM
RARS Education Director
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Feb 2 Program: Mystery and Prize Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:50

Program: Mystery
By: Wilson Lamb, W4BOH

So far, Wilson has not revealed the topic of his presentation.  History suggests that it will be interesting and entertaining.  Join us and have the secret revealed.

If you can guess (real guess, not insider information), what the topic will be, you can win an automatic door prize.  Mail me ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) your guess before we post the actual topic (if we get it before the meeting).  In case of ties, first answer received will win.  I will be the judge of the correctness of your response.  It must be specific.  (Guesses like "Something about ham radio" are likely to be correct but would not be considered specific enough to merit a door prize.)

The winner, if any, will get the 2nd choice at the door prizes (the first ticket drawn will still get the first pick).


Dan Whitehead, KK4DMS sk Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Monday, 25 January 2016 14:24

DURHAM-Daniel Whitehead, Jr. of Durham, NC, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, January 23, 2016. He was 73.

Dan was born August 8, 1942, to Daniel Whitehead, Sr. and his wife, Lenore Ridings. He grew up near Pittsburgh, PA, where he lived until moving to the Orlando Florida area in 1978 and to Durham, NC in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille, and their three daughters; Jennifer Tracy of Chapel Hill, NC, Polly Judd of Durham, NC, and Elizabeth Burbridge of Roanoke, VA. He also leaves his sisters Barbara Keywood of Roanoke, VA, and Gail Whitehead of Frederick, MD. He has thirteen grandchildren: Sarah, Shannon, Emily, Michael, Bethany and Megan Tracy; Kaylee, Kamryn, Sydney and Gabrielle Judd; and Madison, Katie and Michael Burbridge.

Dan earned a BS in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. He joined the Marines as a young man and the Navy Reserve later in life, retiring as a Lt. Commander. After retiring from AT&T he was active in ham radio and the Durham COP’s program.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Friday, January 29th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1050 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in Chapel Hill.

The Whitehead family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences; www.hallwynne.com

(The text above is from the Hall-Wynne Funeral Service web site.)

Dan was very active in the DFMA and was currently a DFMA Board Member, the DFMA’s Hamfest Chair and the Durham County ARES EC and AUXCOMM coordinator.  He was always ready to help.  During Field Day 2014 he stepped in at the last moment to set up the public information table when the person scheduled to do it had a family emergency.  He fulfilled that role again last year.  During DurHamFest 2014 he stepped in and put much time in working at the Club Table.  He was an active VE after earning his Extra Class License last spring.

Licensed in 2012, in the last few years he got very involved in HF.  He earned his W1AW Worked All States in the AARL’s anniversary event in 2014.  He planned to operate in this year’s ARRL-National Park Service event and had assembled a mobile HF station for that purpose.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 17:41
Jan 5 Program: DMR - Digital Mobile Radio Print E-mail
Written by KU4GC   
Thursday, 31 December 2015 10:34

Charlie Durst, NC4CD, will present a program on Digital Mobile Radio.  He reports: "Amateur radio has gone from spark gap to cw to voice via amplitude modulation and then single sideband.  Hams also began to convert business band radios to the ham hands to use frequency modulation and repeaters.  Along the way digital modes got their start with teletype machines, tnc’s, and many variations, all for data transmission.  Now we have technologies for digital voice transmission.  DSTAR was developed in Japan by Icom and is in use all over the world.  Not to be outdone, the hams at Motorola adapted their company’s new digital voice technology for use by the ham world.  Motorola calls it Mototrbo and the hams call it DMR, digital mobile radio.   DMR repeaters all over the world are linked via the internet and provide great communications between HT’s and mobiles everywhere.  A DMR system has been established in the Carolinas.  I will go into more detail in this program."

Charlie is a founding member of the DFMA and is, of course, our Repeater Manager.  He has presented several programs to the club in the past including some spectacular video footage related to towers.  He was first licensed in 1960 as WN4COZ, upgraded to General in 1961 becoming WA4WTX and later upgraded to an Advanced license.  In 2006 he acquired the vanity call NC4CD.  He earned his BSEE from Auburn University and worked as an engineer for GTE for 23 years.  Upon retiring from GTE he started Communications Structure which builds towers and leases space on them to wireless companies.


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