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ARRL NC Section Newsletter

March 2017

Greetings from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL NC Section Manager!

REMINDER! SKYWARN SPOTTER TRAINING ON CENTRAL CAROLINA SKYWARN INFORMATION NET (4/4, 4/11) – The following information was provided by Virginia Enzor, NC4VA: SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net on April 4th and April 11th at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater (Wake County) and via live-streaming audio on the internet. Training will focus on the role of the SKYWARN spotter, weather safety, and convective basics. This training may be used to earn initial spotter certification or renew certification, which is required every three years. Part 1 of Basic Training will be held on April 4th; Part 2 on April 11th. The instructor will be Nick Petro, WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Raleigh. To fully benefit from this training and to receive certification, you must: a) download the training presentation before each net from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net (it will be included with the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing, click on the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing on the top menu to download); b) listen and check in at the end of both nets; and c) email Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN) at nc4va@nc.rr.com with your name, call sign (if licensed), and preferred email address. The NWS will then contact you about completing the spotter certification process.”

“Scanner listeners and listeners receiving live-streaming audio on the internet at www.broadcastify.com may also participate by downloading the presentations and emailing Virginia NC4VA immediately after both nets. Again, be sure to include your name, call sign (if licensed), and preferred email address. For live-streamed training, visit www.broadcastify.com and proceed as follows: Listen > North Carolina > Wake > Central Carolina SKYWARN. If you live outside the Raleigh NWS coverage area, the Raleigh NWS will coordinate with your Weather Forecast Office to ensure your SKYWARN spotter certification. Virginia Enzor NC4VA …” Additional SKYWARN Spotter Training classes sponsored by NWS Raleigh can be found at http://www.weather.gov/rah/skywarn Please check your local National Weather Service office for SKYWARN Spotter Training classes in your area. Thanks to Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN), for providing this information! (source: NC4VA)

REMINDER! ARRL SEEKS OPINIONS CONCERNING POSSIBLE NEW ENTRY LEVEL LICENSE (DEADLINE, 4/7) – An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC. The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF. The committee has created an online member survey. Please complete and submit the survey no later than April 7, 2017. Survey results will be published. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-seeks-opinions-concerning-possible-new-entry-level-license (source: ARRL website)

45th ANNUAL RARSFEST AND ARRL ROANOKE DIVISION CONVENTION (4/15) – The 45th Annual RARSfest and ARRL Roanoke Division Convention will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in Raleigh. The location for the event is the Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. Talk-in via W4DW 146.64 MHz repeater, no tone. In addition to the commercial vendor exhibits and flea market, RARSfest will have raffle prizes, youth-operated special event station, a hands-on construction project area, QSL card checking, a competitive fox hunt, and VE testing at 9:00 AM sharp. The forum sessions will include discussions on the ARRL Roanoke Division and the ARRL NC Section; and, presentations on activities and opportunities for new Hams and SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training. Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, ARRL Marketing Manager, will make a presentation entitled, “Ham Radio’s Second Century.” The 2017 RARSfest is sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society. For further information, see www.rars.org/rarsfest (source: RARSfest website)

FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS (DEADLINE, 4/15) – The following information from Dave Prestel, W8AJR was forwarded by Bill Morine, N2COP: “… The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc. will be awarding a total of 57 scholarships, worth an aggregate of $94,575 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Those scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each. Note that the QCWA and Chichester scholarships have a requirement that the applicant obtains a recommendation from the QCWA or an ARRL affiliated club, respectively. Getting the recommendations qualifies you for an additional $38,000 in scholarships! In addition to the two requirements mentioned above, some of the scholarships impose additional preferences or requirements. When a student applies, he or she is, in effect, applying for all of the scholarships for which they qualify. … To qualify for any of the scholarships managed by the Foundation, the applicant must hold a current amateur radio licensed issued by the FCC or issued by an equivalent organization in a foreign country. The deadline for initial submission is April 15, 2017; those responses may be amended until May 7 to allow for receipt of college admission acceptances from those schools that do not announce them before May 1, or to allow the student to provide additional information. …” For further information, see http://www.farweb.org/scholarship-information Thanks to Dave Prestel, W8AJR, FAR Scholarship Committee Chairman; and, Bill Morine, N2COP, ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director, for providing this information! (sources: W8AJR, N2COP, FAR website)

REMINDER! ARISS OPENS WINDOW FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST CONTACTS WITH SPACE STATION CREW (DEADLINE, 4/15) – The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations – individually or working in concert – to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members. The window to submit a proposal is open until April 15. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/ariss-opens-window-for-proposals-to-host-contacts-with-space-station-crew and http://www.arrl.org/news/ariss-deadline-looms-to-accept-proposals-to-host-contacts-with-space-station-crew (source: ARRL website)

INTRODUCTORY TRAFFIC HANDLING CLASS IN NC (4/22) – The following information (edited) was provided by Hal London, WB4ZIQ: “The Stanly County Amateur Radio Club is holding a one-day introductory traffic handling class to be held on April 22, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 115 East Church Street, Richfield, NC. The class begins at 10:00 AM and will dismiss no later than 3:00 PM. We will break for lunch at noon for an hour. There are several fast food eateries in the area. The facility is located near the intersection of NC-49N and US-52N. Directions are available here: http://mtzionrichfield.org/ Everyone interested in handling traffic in North Carolina is cordially invited to attend. If you are new to traffic handling, come learn. If you are a traffic-handling veteran, please bring and share your expertise. Please let others in your clubs and nets know about this opportunity. So that we have enough handout materials, please respond using the below link to Yarp and include your name and call.”

“The basic outline for the day is as follows. Part 1, The chicken and the egg, the message and the net: a) what is a message – radiogram and ICS-213; b) ICS courses 100, 200, 700, and 800; c) what is a net and why have them; d) how a typical traffic net works; e) the NTS and its hierarchy; and, f) ARRL Net Directory. Part 2, how to get started: a) the Radiogram and the ICS-213 message form; b) ARRL numbered messages (FSD); c) get the message into the system; d) how to pass and receive traffic – specifically on voice nets; e) practice sessions; f) how to deliver traffic; g) digital traffic capabilities; h) monthly reporting (to STM); and, i) software tools – Ready to Copy. Part 3, questions and answers. The instructors are Lane Kendall, WK4WC and Hal London, WB4ZIQ. Please use this link to Yarp listing your name and call: http://yarp.com/acdac3819bce We hope to see you in April. …” Thanks to the Stanly County Amateur Radio Club for sponsoring this class; and, to Hal London, WB4ZIQ, Official Relay Station, for providing this information! (source: WB4ZIQ)

ARRL ANNOUNCES 2017 TEACHERS INSTITUTE ON WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY (DEADLINE, 5/1) – The ARRL has announced its 2017 Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology schedule. This summer’s sessions will be held during July in Dayton, OH and at the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT. The deadline for applications is May 1st. The Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology is a concentrated (and expenses paid) professional development opportunity offering educators training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom using Amateur Radio. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-announces-2017-teachers-institute-on-wireless-technology and http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-2017-teachers-institutes-on-wireless-technology-accepting-applications-until-may-1 (source: ARRL website)

AUXILIARY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS (AUXCOMM) ADVANCED COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN NC (5/3-5) – The NC All-Hazards Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AUXCOMM) Advanced Course (NC-AECC-005-A) will be offered on May 3-5, 2017 in Charlotte. According to the NCEM/TERMS website: “This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide redundant and contingency communications support to public safety agencies through amateur radio and other communication technologies. North Carolina offers this course jointly with OEC and FEMA. This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instructors who have had experience operating within a NIMS/ICS environment and as auxiliary communicators. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a volunteer auxiliary communicator while serving on a local or state-level All-Hazard Incident Management Team,” (from https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?sourcePage=courseSearch&cofId=102451, accessed on March 27, 2017).

In addition, Tom Brown, N4TAB provided the following information: “AUXCOMM class availability in NC. … North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and Charlotte Fire/UASI have partnered for the second Annual NC Communications Academy to be conducted in Charlotte during the week of May 1-5. Classes offered are: RADO/TERT, COMT, COML, and AUXCOMM. The AUXCOMM class will likely appeal to those amateur radio operators interesting in gaining additional training in the NIMS/ICS environment. As the NC Communications Unit (NC COMU) continues to evolve, our operators will need to continue their training and advancement of skills. Like everything technical in our lives, it's always evolving. Here is some information: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/13-0347-TA_Cat_V2_7-16-12_0.pdf, see page 19. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the AUXCOMM class and exercise (EX) on Friday (May 5th) of that week. The entire trained COMU group will participate in a group EX, along with mentors and a wide range of experienced and skilled NC COMU and Federal personnel. The AUXCOMM class will be conducted on May 3rd and 4th and an EX on May 5th. … This is an NCEM-sponsored training event and participants with be reimbursed for per-diem expenses (meals, hotel). I think that this is a testament to the level of support that NC AUXCOMM receives from NCEM. Registration is via the NCEM website at https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/home.do ... If you are really interested in EMCOMM in NC, please strongly consider this. Anybody interested and in need of additional information should contact me via email or phone. Thanks and 73, Tom N4TAB, ARRL NC Section Emergency Coordinator, NC AUXCOMM Coordinator, and NC COML Type III AHIMT NC0004, … n4tab at earthlink dot net, (919) 971-3100.” For further information, including the course prerequisites, see https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?sourcePage=courseSearch&cofId=102451 Thanks to Phil Jenkins, N4HF, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer; Tom Brown, N4TAB, ARRL NC Section Emergency Coordinator; and, other individuals and clubs, for providing this information! (sources: N4HF, N4TAB, NCEM TERMS website, DHS website)

2017 NOAA HURRICANE AWARENESS TOUR COMING TO RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 (5/10) – The following information was provided by Virginia Enzor, NC4VA: “Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will visit five US East Coast cities and one city in Canada, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA G-IV aircraft, to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. One of the stops on the 2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be Raleigh, North Carolina. This stop will occur at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The WC-130J is one of ten such aircraft used by the US Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, located at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Military air crews fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting a tropical cyclone’s intensity and landfall. The NOAA G-IV is part of the agency’s fleet of highly specialized research and operational aircraft operated, managed, and maintained by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. It flies at high altitude around and ahead of the tropical cyclone, gathering critical data to go into the hurricane forecast models. National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane specialists Daniel Brown and John Cangialosi, Hurricane Hunter mission specialist Warren Madden, the USAF hurricane hunter crew members, and the NOAA aircraft crew members will be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and will be available for interviews. Staff from local emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, personnel from local NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices, and Central Carolina SKYWARN will be part of the team at the RDU stop. Community groups, media, elected officials, select local schools, and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will be given from 2:30 to 5 p.m. For more information on the Raleigh event, contact Nick Petro of NWS Raleigh at 919-515-8209, ext. 223 or Nicholas.petro@noaa.gov or visit www.weather.gov/rah. …” Thanks to Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN), for providing this information! (source: NC4VA)

NEW FCC CHAIRMAN DECLARES FIRST PHASE OF PILOT TRANSPARENCY PROJECT A SUCCESS – New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, just nominated for a second 5-year term on the FCC by President Donald Trump, is declaring the initial phase of his pilot program to increase the transparency of its rule making process a success. Pai announced the program in early February. It will, for the first time, make public the full text of documents circulated to the rest of the Commission for a vote at FCC open meetings. Under prior practice, such documents would have been kept under wraps until after the Commission voted on them. For further information, including comments on “robocalls”, see http://www.arrl.org/news/new-fcc-chairman-declares-first-phase-of-pilot-transparency-project-a-success (source: ARRL website)

ARRL WEIGHS IN ON NEW CALIFORNIA “DRIVING WHILE WIRELESS” STATUTE – ARRL is recommending that Amateur Radio be specifically excluded from a California statute prohibiting the use of “wireless communication devices” while driving. ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI, is taking point on the effort to revise the statute, known by its legislative bill number AB 1785. It was signed into law last September, and it took effect on January 1, amending §23123.5 of the state’s Vehicle Code. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-weighs-in-on-new-california-driving-while-wireless-statute (source: ARRL website)

BOY SCOUTS ANNOUNCE 2017 JOTA-JOTI THEME – Scouting’s World Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) Team has announced the theme for this fall’s JOTA-JOTI event: “60 Years Connecting Scouts.” The 2017 theme recognizes the event’s beginnings in 1957 and commemorates its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels activated this coming October. In addition to Amateur Radio, those channels include Internet-based channels and other Internet-based options, including social media, ScoutLink, IRC chat services, Skype, and more. For further information, including participation numbers from 2016, see http://www.arrl.org/news/boy-scouts-announce-2017-jota-joti-theme (source: ARRL website)

GIRL SCOUTS AND GUIDES “THINKING DAY ON THE AIR” GENERATES ENTHUSIASM FOR HAM RADIO – Skip Youngberg, K1NKR; Bill Machia, WM3N, and Dudley Allen, KD0NMD, were among those sponsoring World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides’ “Thinking Day on the Air” (TDOTA) events in February that enjoyed enthusiastic participation. “Thinking Day,” officially February 22, commemorates the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout and Guide movements, as well as that of his wife, Olave, who was the first World Chief Guide. “Talk about excitement, exhilaration, and satisfaction!” said Youngberg, an ARRL Life Member who got involved in TDOTA through his daughter Jill Galus, KB1SWV. She enlisted his club, the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club (NVARC), to conduct an event in New Hampshire 3 years ago. This year, the NVARC set up in Shirley, Massachusetts, and in Raymond, New Hampshire. TDOTA traces its heritage to Radio Scouter Les Mitchell, G3BHK (SK), who originated Jamboree on The Air (JOTA) in 1957 and initiated TDOTA about 25 years ago, Youngberg said. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/girl-scouts-and-guides-thinking-day-on-the-air-generates-enthusiasm-for-ham-radio (source: ARRL website)

ARRL SEEKING SYNERGY WITH MAKER MOVEMENT – ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker Movement to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some new radio amateurs. Considered an extension of the arts and crafts tradition, the Maker Movement gained its own magazine, Make, in 2005. The philosophy of the Maker Movement is reminiscent of an era when radio amateurs built their own equipment rather than buying it off the shelf. Those considering themselves makers have tended to focus on such areas as electronics and computers, robotics, 3D printing, metal and woodworking, and even Amateur Radio, among other avocations. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-seeking-synergy-with-maker-movement (source: ARRL website)

ARRL REITERATES ITS CASE FOR NEW BAND AT 5 MHZ – In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of current operating rules. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-reiterates-its-case-for-new-band-at-5-mhz (source: ARRL website)

AMATEUR RADIO LINKS SEARCH FOR AMELIA EARHART’S PLANE WITH ISS CREW, CLASSROOM – One of the enduring mysteries of the 20th Century was the disappearance in 1937 of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her flight companion and navigator Fred Noonan, while she was attempting to circle the globe. It appeared that Earhart’s plane went down in the South Pacific, in the vicinity of Howland Island; her last-known radio transmission came from there. On February 18, a team from Nauticos – with stratospheric explorer Alan Eustace and aviation pioneer Elgen Long, WF7T – departed Honolulu for the vicinity of Howland Island, some 1,600 miles to the southwest, to complete the Eustace Earhart Discovery deep sea search for Earhart’s lost Lockheed Electra. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-links-search-for-amelia-earhart-s-plane-with-iss-crew-classroom (source: ARRL website)

NVIS RESEARCH PAPER AVAILABLE – A thorough and fully annotated discussion of Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is available in the research paper, “Radio Communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation: An Overview,” by Ben A. Witvliet, PE5B/5R8DS, and Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès. First investigated in the 1920s, NVIS propagation was rediscovered during World War II as “an essential means to establish communications in large war zones such as the D-Day invasion in Normandy,” the paper notes, adding that the US Army subsequently sponsored a lot of NVIS field research, especially between 1966 and 1973. More recently, NVIS has become a popular means to enable close-in communication on Amateur Radio HF bands between 3 and 10 MHZ. NVIS can be used for radio communication in a large area (200-kilometer radius) without any intermediate manmade infrastructure, and it has been found to be especially suited for disaster relief communication, among other applications, according to the paper. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/nvis-research-paper-available (source: ARRL website)

ARRL “60-SECOND CENTURY” VIDEOS PREVIEW QST EDITORIALS – ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century" editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-60-second-century-videos-preview-qst-editorials (source: ARRL website)

TALKS ON POSSIBLE 4U1UN REACTIVATION CONTINUE – United Nations Headquarters Amateur Radio club station 4U1UN representatives are still in talks with the UN Department of Public Information with an eye toward permanently reactivating the station. Although within the geographical confines of New York City, 4U1UN qualifies as a separate DXCC entity. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/talks-on-possible-4u1un-reactivation-continue (source: ARRL website)

NEW BANDS! FCC ISSUES AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE RULES FOR 630 METERS AND 2,200 METERS – It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/new-bands-fcc-issues-amateur-radio-service-rules-for-630-meters-and-2-200-meters (source: ARRL website)

LICENSE CLASSES –

Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, April 1, 2017, sponsored by Greater Gaston Amateur Radio Society, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at (704) 827-2138 or by email at N4ATJ at bellsouth dot net for further information.

Raleigh (NC): Technician license class, April 29 to May 20, 2017, sponsored by Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, contact Carl Davis, W8WZ by phone at (773) 949-5243 or by email at W8WZ at aol dot com for further information.

To find upcoming classes, go to www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class Please note that a license class sponsored by your club or organization will not be listed on the ARRL website unless you register your class. ARRL Registered Instructors may list upcoming classes on the ARRL website. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/License-instructor-registration Also, please let me know if your club is sponsoring a license class. Thanks! (source: ARRL website)

MEDIA HITS AND REPORTS – The following media hits and reports are included in this month’s newsletter:

On the Outer Banks Repeater Association and Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nag’s Head, see https://outerbanksvoice.com/2017/03/09/the-kellys-st-patricks-day-parade-past-present-and-future/ (source: Google search)

On the blizzard of 1993 in Ashe County and amateur radio (historical article), see http://jeffersonpost.com/news/7016/remembering-the-blizzard-of-93 (source: Google search)

On keeping communication lines open at area hospitals and amateur radio, see http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-emergency-radio-system-st-0322-20170322-story.html Thanks to Dave Roy, W4DNA, ARRL NC Section Traffic Manager, for providing this media hit! (source: W4DNA)

The following report was received from Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE: “2017 Statewide Tornado Drill. … Newport Skywarn participated in the Statewide 2017 Tornado Drill today 3/8/2017. We had 44 check-ins and used 8 repeaters. We had 5 people who checked in on several repeaters to check their radios for back-up frequencies. They were WM3X Bill, AI4WL Jim, AJ4XS Bob, KB1KW John, and KK4VBG Mike. They represented Pamlico, Craven, Onslow, and Carteret Counties. The test lasted about 1 hour. 73, Janice KJ4JPE, Newport Skywarn Net Control. …” Thanks to all participants in this tornado drill; and, thanks to Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this report! (source: KJ4JPE)

The following information was received from Hutch Hutchison, NK0S: “Incoming K4W, N4W, and W4W QSL service. … I will have a table at RARSfest [4/15] and will have incoming cards for K4W, N4W, and W4W calls with me. Additionally if anyone with a K4Wxx, N4Wxx or K4Wxx call sign wants to establish a cash account, they can do so and/or drop off 6 x 9 in SASE envelopes at that time. …” Thanks to Hutch Hutchison, NK0S (OA4/NK0S, HL9HP, YS9HH, HP1XHH), for providing this information!

The following report was forwarded by Philip Jenkins, N4HF: “Cleveland County Fox Hunt. Cleveland County ARS will be holding a FOX HUNT on April 22nd at 10 am; the fox will be somewhere inside the county. The fox will be on 146.535 MHz and the hunt will start promptly at 10. We ask that hunters check-in on the club repeater 147.045 MHz, +, PL 127.3, before the hunt starts so we will know who is searching (but you can start hunting from any location you like). Please invite all hams you see or talk with to come and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship. (de Dale KK4SMV, CCARS, via Philip N4HF).” Thanks to Dale Bradshaw KK4SMV, Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service; and, Philip Jenkins, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this information! (sources: KK4SMV, N4HF)

The following report was received from Philip Jenkins, N4HF: “The Technician licensing class sponsored by Western Carolina ARS (greater Buncombe county) concluded on March 23 with the following new Technician class licensees: KN4BVU – Jim Aldrich, KN4CBT – John Forehand, KN4CBU – George Reed, and KN4CBV – CJ Domingo. In addition, Scot Reese, KN4CBS was re-licensed after letting his license lapse about 20 years ago. At this VE session, KM4SLQ – Bruce Clyne upgraded to General, and KM4UKP – Adam Reed upgraded to Extra. …” Congratulations to the new Hams and to those individuals with license “upgrades”; and, thanks to Philip Jenkins, N4HF, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this information! (source: N4HF)

The following report was received from Philip Jenkins, N4HF: “… I decided to check out the Maker Faire website and create a list of upcoming Maker Faires within a reasonable driving distance of NC. The article in the January QST has gotten me excited about potential new venues to exhibit and demonstrate ham radio. Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, ARRL Chief Executive Officer, features Maker Faires prominently in his April QST column and the weblink on the ARRL home webpage (http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-seeking-synergy-with-maker-movement) will lead, hopefully, to a greater presence of hams – and the ARRL – at Maker Faires. It may be too late to try to get ham radio's foot in the door for the Faires in the next couple of months, but I would hope that the groundwork could be laid – perhaps by the ARRL-trained Public Information Officers – for ham radio booths later in 2017 and in 2018. I'm hoping to attend a couple of these, but just as an observer, to gather ideas. … I thought this information should be included in the NC Section Newsletter to encourage Hams to participate in Maker Faires.”

“Mini Maker Faires occur in communities; Featured Maker Faires are regional happenings; and, Flagship Maker Faires are sponsored by Maker Media. Here is a partial list of Mini Maker Faires in chronological order: Burlington (4/22), Columbia, SC (4/29), Hampton, VA (5/6), Raleigh (5/6), Kingsport, TN (7/22), Greensboro (9/1), Chattanooga, TN (9/9), Nashville, TN (September?), and Charlotte (10/14). Apparently, a Featured Maker Faire will be held in Atlanta in October. Each of these listings can be found on the Maker Faire website, see http://makerfaire.com/map/ Philip N4HF.” Thanks to Philip Jenkins, N4HF, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this information! (source: N4HF)

NTS SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2017 –

QNI (total check-ins): 1,511; Total messages passed: 469.

Station Activity Reports (SARs), total number: KC4PGN 189, WC9CW 165, WB4ZIQ 147, KB4RGC 113, AA3N 104, W4DNA 98, WK4WC 88, KW4EMG 85, W4TTO 52, W4EAT 51, KJ4JPE 47, KE4AHC 35, W3HL 30, KW4PD 29, W4JHU 4.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 245, WC9CW 210, KW4PD 194, KJ4JPE 170, W4DNA 160, WB4ZIQ 155, WK4WC 140, W4TTO 130, KB4RGC 125, AA3N 95, W4JHU 34.

Thanks to all stations for participating in NC Section traffic activities; and, to Dave Roy, W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, for providing this information! (source: W4DNA)

SILENT KEYS – With deep regret, the passing of the following amateur radio operators is reported: Clarence William Burrell, N4ZTP (SK) of Canton; Robert Carroll Hurt, KI4IVC (SK) of Andrews; Dr. Nelson Darrow Large, W4FQV (SK) of Salisbury; Frank Weaver Moody, K4CBW (SK) of Sylva; Philip L. ("Phil") Rifice, N4KBA (SK) of Sunrise, FL; and, Rev. Charlie Thomas Wells, Jr, K4SKI (SK) of Greenville. Please note: it is not possible to post information about an amateur radio operator that has become a Silent Key without confirmation via a copy of an obituary or death certificate.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS –

April 7-9: 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, 0001Z-2359Z, AC4RC, Wilmington, NC. Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club. 14.225 7.175 3.800; CW/Digital all bands. Certificate and QSL. Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 4044, Wilmington, NC 28406. Confirmation of contact LoTW free; QSL card w/SASE; Certificate requires $4 for postage and handling, QSL card may be included with certificate mailing if requested. http://www.ac4rc.org/

April 29: Samuel F. B. Morse Exhibition, 1400Z-2000Z, N4M, Winston Salem, NC. Forsyth Amateur Radio Club. 7.044 7.244 14.044 14.244. QSL. Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 11361, Winston Salem, NC 27116. The Forsyth Amateur Radio Club of Winston-Salem, NC, will sponsor Special Event Station, N4M, in celebration of the Reynolds House Museum of American Art’s Exhibition – Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention. www.reynoldahouse.org/exhibitions/detail/samuel-fb-morses-gallery-of-the-louvre-and-the-art-of-invention or www.w4nc.com

May 4: International Firefighters Day, 1200Z-2000Z, NA4CC, Shelby, NC. Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service. 21.250 14.220 7.235 3.625. QSL. Cly White, 5138 Brooks Chapel Rd, Ellenboro, NC 28040. We will set up and work from the Shanghi VFD in Shelby, NC and make as many contacts as possible for this world wide day of thanks to our firefighters. Everyone is invited, and we would love to have firemen from all over Cleveland County to come join us in the fun of talking to Fireman around the world on their day. Frequency will vary for conditions, and the CCARS face book page will be kept up to date as to where we are operating. Please check Twitter user n4cly for frequency use as well. www.ccarsnc.org

Special Event Station listings in the NC Section newsletter are based on what appears on the ARRL website, see http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations Please consider listing your Special Event Station at least 60 days before the event, see http://www.arrl.org/special-events-application Also, please let me know if your club is sponsoring a Special Event Station. Thanks! (source: ARRL website)

UPCOMING HAMFESTS AND CONVENTIONS –

April 15: 45th Annual RARSFest/ARRL Roanoke Division Convention, Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, Raleigh, NC, http://www.rars.org/rarsfest/

April 22: 27th Annual Down East Hamfest, Down East Hamfest Association Inc, Kinston, NC, contact Byron Highland, K4BMH by phone at (252) 347-1498 or by email at bhighland at nc dot rr dot com for further information.

April 28-29: 2017 SVHFS Conference, Southeastern VHF Society, Charlotte, NC, http://svhfs.org

May 13: 13th Annual Rockingham County Swapfest , Rockingham County Amateur Radio Club, Reidsville, NC, http://n4iv.org

May 27: 43rd Annual DurHamFest, Durham FM Association, Durham, NC, http://dfma.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=402&Itemid=16

June 3: Winston-Salem Classic Hamfest, Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, Winston-Salem, NC, http://www.w4nc.com/events.htm

July 8: Firecracker Hamfest, Rowan Amateur Radio Society, Salisbury, NC, http://www.rowanars.org/firecracker-hamfest/

July 15: Mid-Summer SWAPFEST, Cary Amateur Radio Club, Cary, NC, http://www.qsl.net/n4nc/

July 29: WCARS Hamfest 2017, Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society, Waynesville, NC, http://wcars.org/

August 5: 20th Annual Catawba Valley Hamfest, McDowell Amateur Radio Association, Morganton, NC, http://www.cvhamfest.com

August 12: 19th Annual Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society Swapfest, Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society, Fayetteville, NC, http://www.cfarsnc.org

September 1-3: 61st Annual Shelby Hamfest/ARRL North Carolina State Convention, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Shelby, NC, http://www.shelbyhamfest.org

It is not too early to apply for ARRL-affiliation of your club’s upcoming hamfest! For more information, see http://www.arrl.org/arrl-sanctioned-events (source: ARRL website)

QUA* – Another reminder: although there has been little news this month on HR 555 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, please stay tuned! There is more work to be done on the Bill and we will likely need your assistance again.

On Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, I attended the Charlotte Hamfest, which was sponsored by the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society. Once again, the MARS members did an outstanding job putting on the latest edition of their Hamfest. Thanks to everyone for their efforts!

On Thursday evenings, I am the Net Control Station (NCS) for the Tar Heel Emergency Net (3.923 MHz, 7:30 PM local). As part of those duties, I prepare and communicate a report to the stations, which have checked-in. Here is a portion of my Section Manager’s report from March 16th: “Earlier today, I was reflecting upon the Tar Heel Emergency Net and the fact that I am beginning my fourth year as a NCS. I am proud to be part of a 70-year tradition in our State. I have learned a lot by being a NCS and feel that the real value of the THEN is for the individual that is functioning as the net control station. In fact, every Ham involved in emergency communications would benefit from being a NCS for the THEN. I have learned about propagation on 80m within the State of NC. It varies – a lot! It changes throughout the year based on the time of sunset, which varies relative to the constant start time of the net. Propagation varies based on the weather and local conditions. I have learned to find “real time” weather information as I prepare for the net during the summer – I need to avoid operating during impending storms. I have learned to “dig out” weak signals, listen for and reply with phonetics, ask for repeats on partial calls, and use relay stations. Yes, digital modes have some advantages in these matters compared to voice communications, but voice operations may be the “only game in town”. And, getting better with voice operations can be done via the THEN. I hope that you will think about your participation in the THEN, what you are gaining from “checking in”, and think about taking a stint as an NCS. Contact me if you are interested.”

One week later, I made the following Section Manager’s report on the THEN, which is included in this Newsletter for those individuals interested in emergency response: “Today, I attended an excellent continuing education meeting, which was sponsored by the Emergency Programs Division of the NC Department of Agriculture. It was called the North Carolina ESF-11 meeting. The meeting focused on ESF-11 activities during an incident and it included presentations on: disaster and emergency response involving animal health; companion animal rescue and sheltering; the commercial food supply; and, cultural, natural, and historic properties resources. There was a lot of information from the Hurricane Matthew response.”

“Some individuals may not be familiar with the term, Emergency Support Functions, which are part of an ICS-compliant response. The Emergency Support Functions, abbreviated ESF, provide the structure for coordinating Federal interagency support for Federal response to an incident. There are 15 ESFs and I encourage you to learn more about the individual ESFs. Three of the Emergency Support Functions are relevant to amateur radio operators and they are: ESF-2 Communications; ESF-6 Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing, and Human Services; and, ESF-15 External Affairs. Many Hams are aware of the functions of ESF-2 Communications and a Ham’s possible roles in the Communications Unit. Learning more about ESF-6 and ESF-15, however, will help you understand the memorandum of agreement between the ARRL and FEMA. For further information on the ESFs, do a Google search using the term, Emergency Support Function Annexes, and follow the appropriate links.”

In closing, I am looking forward to the continuation of “hamfest season”, club and Field Day site visits, and interacting with Ham colleagues at those events! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to provide input on our Section. I can be reached via email at w4chx@arrl.org or via cell phone. As always, thank you for sending your emails, photos, and club newsletters – they keep me informed about your activities and programs! Thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community. 73! Karl Bowman, W4CHX, ARRL North Carolina Section Manager, (919) 669-6068 (cell)