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The June 14, 2024 Newsletter from North Carolina Section Manager, Marv Hoffman, WA4NC.
Posted Jun 15, 2024

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Section Traffic Reports June 2024 Section Traffic Report (pdf)
The June 2024 Section Traffic Report from Section Traffic Manager, Dave Roy, W4DNA.
Posted July 11, 2024

Previous Reports (open in spreadsheet unless otherwise noted)

Message from NC Section Manager about ARRL Internet Outage
Jun 9, 2024

** Note from NC-ARRL Webmaster - NCARRL is not affected by this outage. The latest newsletter that did not go to all members is available on this page. **

As you may know, various IT systems at ARRL have been down for nearly three weeks due to an outage that began on or about May 15. My May 21 newsletter apparently was not sent out through the ARRL mail system and I am not currently able to directly communicate with members except by entering individual email addresses. Because the ARRL email system is down I cannot communicate with 2812 NC ARRL members who receive my newsletters through the ARRL mail system.

1. Section Managers, like me, have no information beyond the ARRL statement that can be found at the top of the ARRL homepage ( in which ARRL has described the outages to many ARRL IT systems as being due to a "sophisticated network attack by a malicious international cyber group".

2. If you plan to operate, Field Day information for your group should be posted at This will allow visitors and others the opportunity to come to your site and learn about amateur radio.

3. No information has been given out as to when Logbook of the World will resume operation.

4. The ARRL Learning Center remains unavailable at this time.

5. Persons who have signed up for ARRL email forwarding using an address should be able to receive email but the email addresses are not operative at this time.

6. License exam processing has been restored at the ARRL VEC. and exams beginning on May 22 are being sent to the FCC.

7. Telephone service to ARRL has been restored and you may contact HQ staff at 1-860-594-0200 or Toll-free at 1-888-277-5289.

8. ARRL is accepting renewals as well as orders for books or apparel by phone or email (

9. Hamfests will be held in July in Salisbury, Cary and Waynesville. Information about the hamfests can be found at

10. The latest information on ARRL system restoration can be found at

June 6, 2024 is the 80th anniversary of the storming of beaches in France during World War II. I will close with a tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives to preserve freedom and to repel the forces of tyranny in the battles in Europe and in the Pacific.

--Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Danny Hampton, K4ITL, NC ARRL Techincal Coordinator, SK
Feb 29, 2024

Ham Radio Legend Danny Hampton, K4ITL passed away Wednesday, February 28. He will be greatly missed. Very few have accomplished what he did technically. Funeral will be at noon on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at McCullers Rd Baptist in Raleigh.

Roanoke Division Town Hall
Sep 10, 2023

Mark your calendars now for the next Roanoke Division Town Hall. It will be Thursday, September 14th, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM. Meet your elected ARRL officials as they discuss recent events at ARRL, including the purpose behind the dues increase, plus an update on legal and regulatory matters impacting Amateur Radio.

Join Division Director Jim Boehner N2ZZ and Vice Director Bill Morine N2COP along with Section Managers Dan Ringer K8WV from West Virginia, Jack Smith KE4LWT from Virginia, and John Gendron NJ4Z from South Carolina, You’ll enjoy this fast-paced videoconference as you learn what issues are affecting you and other Hams in our region. Watch your email, our Facebook Page, and the Roanoke Division facebook page for a hyperlink.

Carl Starnes, W4EAT SK
July 19, 2023

We are sad to inform you that Carl Starnes, W4EAT, became a silent key on Monday, July 17, 2023. He was a former NC STM and remained active in traffic handling. Carl was well-known in North Carolina and beloved by many.

Information about arrangements is at

Feb 21, 2023

Each Spring for the last 48 years, the Raleigh (NC) Amateur Radio Society has presented RARSfest, our radio club's hamfest.

This year, RARSfest will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2023 in the air-conditioned Jim Graham building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This is the largest hamfest in the mid-Atlantic, typically attracting nearly two thousand visitors from North Carolina and neighboring states. In addition to a huge indoor flea market (230+ tables) and dozens of commercial vendors, we also offer license exams, demonstrations, a build-an-antenna session, hourly door prizes, ample free parking, DXCC card checking, meetings and forums – and this year's ARRL North Carolina State Convention.

We did not mail sales flyers this year (it was getting too expensive.) You can purchase tickets online. We now take credit/debit cards in addition to PayPal. or you can print out an order form and mail in your check. Tickets are $10 before April 1st; $12 at the door.

We won't be mailing you your tickets (again, expense). Simply pick them up at the dedicated Will Call table.

If you have items to sell, you can either get a flea market table

We have lots of exciting returning and new vendors.

Please check out our re-vamped website:

Nancy KB2TNR Torborg RARSFest 2023 Chair

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Feb 21, 2023

Charlotte Hamefest - March 10-11, 2023 Sponsored by W4BFB – Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, Inc.

Dates – Times – Location

Friday, March 10, 2023: 3:00PM – 7:00PM Saturday, March 11, 2023: 8:30AM – 4:00PM Location: Cabarrus Arena & Events Center – Gold Hall Address: 4551 Old Airport Road, Concord, NC 28025 Talk-In: 146.655 (No Tone), Backup on 146.940 (118.8Hz) Minutes from I-85, Concord Mills Mall, and Charlotte Motor Speedway

Admission Ticket Prices All Tickets are good for both Friday and Saturday $12 Pre-Order $14 (Cash) / $15 (Credit) at the door Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult Free Parking Concessions will be Credit only

Hamfest Prizes

At the Charlotte Hamfest, you will always have several chances to win some great prizes! We offer a pre-registration prize for simply ordering your admission tickets ahead of time. We will also have a Grand Prize offered on both Friday Night and Saturday Afternoon. You do not need to be present to win any of these three prizes. We will also be giving away many Hourly Prizes. You must be present to claim the Hourly Prize when your name is drawn. All Hourly Prizes must be claimed by 2:30PM Saturday. Be sure to pick up extra prize tickets in advance, at the front entry door, or the show office for $1 each, or 6 for $5! *Prizes are subject to change Deluxe Coax Crimp Kit

Pre-Registration: Deluxe Coax Crimp Kit LDG AT-600 Pro II

Friday Grand Prize: LDG AT-600 Pro II Yaesu FT-710

Saturday Grand Prize: Yaesu FT-710

One $50 ARRL Gift Certificate, Two $25 ARRL Gift Certificates $50 - Lifetime Access to all N3FJP Logging Software

$50 - Lifetime Access to all N3FJP Logging Software Alpha Antenna

Hourly Prizes: (5) $100 Alpha Antenna Gift Certificates Easy Way Ham Books

Hourly Prizes: (5) Easy Way Ham Books DX Engineering

Hourly Prizes: (2) $100 DX Engineering Gift Certificates

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

May 2, 2022 Special Information Bulletin
May 2, 2022

May 2, 2022 Special Information Bulletin (Microsoft Word File - opens in Word or Equivalent)

  1. Webinar with information on grants for club projects from ARRL Foundation
  2. ARMY MARS special interoperability exercise
  3. Difficulties with ARRL Email to officials
  4. Communicating field day plans to officials

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Section Traffic Reports After March 2021
June 7, 2021

All section traffic reports are now available at the top of the page just below the Section Manager Reports.

March 2021 Section Traffic Report
April 13, 2021

The March, 2021 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC
Dave Roy, W4DNA

FCC collection of application fees does NOT begin April 19th
March 21, 2021

Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of application fees for the amateur radio service and certain other services will NOT begin on April 19, 2021.

Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and Order adopted last December generally take effect – i.e., one month after the R&O was published in the March 19, 2021 Federal Register – certain parts of those rules, including collection of the application fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on that date.

The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the fees will not take effect until:

  • the requisite notice has been provided to Congress; AND
  • the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated; AND
  • the Commission publishes [FUTURE] notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.

The League’s counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective start date for collecting the fees will be some time this summer, but regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice.

Bud Hippisley, W2RU
Director, Roanoke Division

February 2021 Section Traffic Report
March 10, 2021

The February, 2021 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC
Dave Roy, W4DNA

NC ARRL Officer Biographies
Feb 20, 2021

Irv McWherter, K3IRV has started creating a series of officer biographies. These will be linked from the officer's names on the Section Officials page. The first is now available. It is about our Section Manager, Marv Hoffman, WA4NC.

January 2021 Section Traffic Report
Feb 9, 2021

The January, 2021 Section Traffic report is available at: (opens in Microsoft Excel)

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

December 2020 Section Traffic Report
Jan 27, 2020

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

Marv Hoffman, WA4NC

Dave Roy, W4DNA

AUXCOMM Service Award Recepients for 2020
Jan 2, 2021, updated Jan 27, 2021

See for a listing of the 2020 AUXCOMM Service Award recepients. The North Carolina Section did well. These awards and recognitions were conferred by DHS-CISA-ECD and originally posted publicly at on January 1, 2021.

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
March 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
March 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
March 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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