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The October 2015 Newsletter from North Carolina Section Manager, Karl Bowman, W4CHX.
Posted Nov 1, 2015

Charles W. ("Weldon") Fields, Sr, W4AJT of Greensboro, NC (SK)
May 7, 2015

It is with deep regret that we are informing you of the passing of Charles W. ("Weldon") Fields, Sr, W4AJT of Greensboro. Weldon was the oldest known Ham in North Carolina and the longest licensed amateur radio operator in our State having received his license in 1930. He made many contributions to our Country, our State, and to amateur radio during his lifetime. He was a founding father of the Tar Heel Emergency Net in 1947, which continues operations to this day. In September of 2011, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine was bestowed upon Weldon. In 2014, Weldon was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian honor -- for his service to the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Al Guin, W4ZQB, SK
Mar 30, 2015

Al Guin, W4ZQB, former NC Section Communications Manager passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Al had a bad fall in his home and did not recover from complications.

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014
Dec 1, 2014

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 officially takes place Saturday, December 6 from 0000-2400 UTC. Over 100 National Weather Services offices across the nation, including the Raleigh National Weather Service, are expected to participate in this annual event.

A QSL card will be available for this event.

Details (Word Document)

Virginia Enzor NC4VA
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARN

ARRL Field Day weekend has arrived!
Jun 27, 2014

I want to remind all participants to make every effort to avoid injury and other, more serious accidents.

Please be careful driving to and from your Field Day site. Please use caution when putting up antennas: avoid power lines, be careful with antenna launchers, and consider the need for gloves and hard hats. Bring plenty of insect repellent and sun block lotion. Donít forget to drink plenty of water! And finally, be careful when servicing or re-fueling your generators!

During your Field Day site meetings, please consider the need for any other safety precautions, which are unique to your operation.

I am looking forward to visiting Field Day sites in western NC! I will be starting in Murphy on Saturday morning. I am going to visit as many sites as possible considering the distances involved and the operating plans for the individual club efforts.

Karl Bowman, W4CHX
ARRL NC Section Manager

New North Carolina Section Manager
Feb 19, 2014

Effective Thursday, February 20th, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, takes over as ARRL NC Section Manager. We thank Bill, N2COP for his years of service and congratulate Karl on the new position.

2014 North Carolina QSO Party
Feb 19, 2014

Reminder! The 2014 North Carolina QSO Party, sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, from 1500z to 0100z (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST). For further information, please see the NC QSO Party website, This is a friendly, low-key contest, and a great opportunity to improve your operating skills. Besides, it's fun to be on the other side of the pile-up as operators around the world want to contact YOU!

TNX es 73
Bill Morine, N2COP

2013 NC Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
Oct 16, 2013

This is the initial information about the NC SET. This event will build-upon that of last year, in which we emphasized learning to use the Winlink email-via-HF Radio. Hopefully, you still dust that off and maintain your skills. This year we're going to use that again and we're going to add some additional Digital capability.

More information is posted at NCARES SET 2013.

Thanks and 73,

NC AUXCOMM Coordinator

Field Day 2013
Jun 18, 2013

Are you an officer or webmaster for a club or group sponsoring a Field Day open to the public? If so, help everyone out by:

  • Use the ARRL Field Day Locator (
  • Put the location of your field day on the FRONT PAGE of your web site
  • Include times that you expect to start setting up
  • Also include good directions and the closest street address that you can provide for those with GPS's. The street address is the easiest way for many GPS to find your location.
  • If you will be monitoring a repeater, include talk-in frequencies. If you do post a talk-in, be sure someone is monitoring.
  • Include special details like is there a GOTA Station, a potluck? A "swimming hole"? Needs for items someone could bring? Someone to help with Girl Scout or Boy Scout badges?
  • Put the same information on your club's Facebook page.

SKYWARN Spotter Training
Apr 18, 2013

Spotter training is available on April 23 and 30, 2013

Announcement (pdf)

Virginia Enzor

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012
Nov 27, 2012

The 2012 SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 1, 2012.

Announcement and Details (pdf)

Virginia Enzor

Hurricane Sandy
Oct 27, 2012

The Tar Heel Emergency Nert is currnently in Standby Mode with the approach of tropical storm Sandy.

The primary net frequency is 3923 kHz; alternate is 7232 kHz.
See the THEN Page for more

Mark Cantrell

Hurricane Sandy
Oct 27, 2012

At this time, Hurricane Sandy is not expected to affect the North Carolina communications infrastructure. The ARES officials are proactively in contact with our served agencies. There is currently no ARES activation expected.

Tom Brown


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