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The January 10, 2021 Newsletter from North Carolina Section Manager, Marv Hoffman, WA4NC.
Posted Jan 10, 2021

AUXCOMM Service Award Recepients for 2020
Jan 8, 2021

See for a listing of the 2020 AUXCOMM Service Award recepients. The North Carolina Section did well.

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

November 2020 Section Traffic Report
Dec 15, 2020

The November, 2020 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

October 2020 Section Traffic Report
Nov 10, 2020

The October, 2020 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

September 2020 Section Traffic Report
Oct 13, 2020

The September, 2020 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

FCC Proposes Application Fee For Amateur Radio
Sep 12, 2020

The FCC issued a notice on 8/28/2020 that it intends to update its fee structure in response to a directive from Congress to raise revenue and to capture the cost of processing various applications. One of the proposals in a very long document is to charge a $50 application fee for new, renewed or vanity call amateur radio licenses, all of which currently carry no fee. More information is available in the September 1, 2020 Newsletter and at

A list of NC Senators and Congressional Representatives is available at

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

August 2020 Section Traffic Report
Sep 10, 2020

The August 2020 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

July 2020 Section Traffic Report
Aug 12, 2020

The July , 2020 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

Hurricane Isaias Bulletin #1
Jul 31, 2020

North Carolina Emergency Management has asked Auxcomm to be ready to provide backup communications should the need arise as a result of Hurricane Isaias.

Auxcomm leadership is currently engaged in adapting its Emergency Communications Plan to a unique situation which has never occurred before since a hurricane will be occurring within a nationwide Pandemic. The Pandemic will limit the amount and type of assistance that North Carolina will have available to respond to areas affected by the hurricane.

For details, see Hurricane Isaias AUXCOMM Bulletin #1.

If you are an AUXCOMM member, please fill out the attached questionnaire (word docx) and submit as instructed.

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Tom Brown, N4TAB

June 2020 Section Traffic Report
Jul 18, 2020

The June, 2020 Section Traffic report is available at

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Section Traffic Report
Jun 15, 2020

The May, 2020 Section Traffic report is available at -- opens up in Microsoft Excel

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Cancellation Updates
Jun 12, 2020

  • The Shelby Amateur Radio club announced on June 11 that the 2020 Shelby Hamfest will not be held. See for more information.
  • The Cary Amateur Radio club announced on June 12 that the 2020 Cary Midsummer Swapfest is also canceled.
  • Contact your local club for specific information about Field Day. Field day is happening this year. Many clubs are holding it using home stations under the special 2020 only rules. A few clubs are having modified on-site versions of their regular events.

Follow the ncarrl Facebook page for the latest announcements. Please inform the Section Manager, Marv Hoffman, WA4NC ( and the Webmaster ( of future changes.


A Message to the NC AUXCOMM Community
Mar 16, 2020

A Message to the NC AUXCOMM Community (word)

The Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) outbreak is causing considerable social and economic disruption around the world, as well as in the United States. Each new day brings reports of areas affected and additional persons positively diagnosed. A State of Emergency in North Carolina directed that public schools close for two weeks and that universities and community colleges switch to remote course delivery. Questions have been raised as to what Auxcomm is doing in response to this situation.

  • There is no communications emergency and we have not been assigned a mission. All primary communications systems are operating properly.
  • Each Auxcomm operator is advised to check their equipment and resolve any issues with batteries and antennas during this standby period.
  • Each of us should avoid situations which would expose us and our families to the COVID-19 virus. Follow CDC Guidelines to avoid crowds greater than 50 persons and rigorously practice hand washing.
  • Check on neighbors, particularly the elderly and those persons with compromised immune systems and chronic diseases; do what you can to insure that they continue to have adequate food and water.
  • If you become aware of a critical shortage of food or fuel or an extended communications or power outage affecting your community, you should advise your County Emergency Management Agency and the undersigned

If there is a change in the tasking situation for Auxcomm personnel, you will be contacted. Meanwhile, make sure that all of your contact information in the Auxcomm database is correct.

Tom Brown, N4TAB

More Event Cancellations
Mar 15, 2020

RARSfest 2020 that was scheduled for April 11. It will not be rescheduled. See for information on refunds of pre-payments.

Not a NC event, but many people in NC attend: Dayton Hamvention 2020 has also been cancelled.

If you have any further cancellations of statewide interest to announce, send them to and to our Section Manager, Karl W4CHX,

Known Event Cancellations
Mar 13, 2020

The QCWA meeting scheduled for March 21 in Siler City NC has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled.

Down East Hamfest in Kinston will not be held on April 4 as scheduled. The venue, Lenoir Community College has cancelled all events for at least 30 days. They hope to reschedule at a later date.

If you have any further cancellations of statewide interest to announce, send them to and to our Section Manager, Karl W4CHX,

Dr. Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, ARRL NC Section Manager, beginning April 1, 2020
Dec 12, 2019

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC of Boone will be the new ARRL NC Section Manager beginning April 1, 2020.

Marv WA4NC is a Life Member and former President of the Watauga Amateur Radio Club. His primary interest is emergency communications. Marv WA4NC is credentialed by the NC Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) as a COML Type III AHIMT; a credentialed COMT; and, he is a member of NCEM’s Western Branch Incident Management Team. Marv WA4NC is currently the Assistant District Emergency Coordinator (Area 12) for NC ARES-NC AUXCOMM. In addition, Marv WA4NC is an ECD-recognized Instructor of the AUXCOMM curriculum. In 2015, Marv WA4NC received the KB4C – Miriam Smith Memorial Award, which honors an amateur radio operator within the 16 western counties of North Carolina who is active in their commitment to emergency and public service communications through the ARES/RACES programs. Marv WA4NC is one of the most active amateurs in western NC and presently hosts three VHF/UHF repeaters (2 DMR, 1 FM analog) in the “high country” area. Dr. Hoffman is a retired faculty member from Appalachian State University. Marv WA4NC holds an Amateur Extra license.

I have known and worked with Marv WA4NC for an extended period and I am very confident he will provide outstanding leadership for the NC Section. Please take the time to meet Marv WA4NC and support him as the new ARRL NC Section Manager.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be your Section Manager. Your friendship and support made Section Manager tasks easier and fun. As always, thanks for all that you are doing for amateur radio and for your community. It is appreciated greatly!

Happy holidays and 73, Karl W4CHX

Former Section Manager Dr. John Covington, W4CC (SK)
Apr 22, 2019

Former NC Section Manager, Dr. John Malloy Clayton Covington III, W4CC (SK) of Charlotte, NC became a Silent Key on April 17, 2019. John was the NC Section Manager from 2000 – 2006. He was a great friend to all and he will be missed. For further information, see this obituary.


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