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ARRL NC Section Newsletter

April, 2016

Greetings from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL NC Section Manager!

HR 1301 AND S 1685 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 (UPDATE) – The wording in S 1685 and HR 1301 are identical. As of April 25th, HR 1301 has 1 sponsor and 125 co-sponsors, including 5 Representatives from North Carolina: David Price (D-NC-4); Walter Jones, Jr (R-NC-3); Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10); David Rouzer (R-NC-7); and, Renee Elmers (R-NC-2). Source:, copy and paste this link into your web browser. As of April 25th, there are 1 sponsor and 3 co-sponsors for S 1685. Source:; copy and paste this link into your web browser. For further information on HR 1301 and S 1685 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, see (source: ARRL website)

NEW ARRL CEO TOM GALLAGHER, NY2RF, PLEDGES WORLD-CLASS SERVICE, OPENNESS, INCLUSIVE – The new Chief Executive Officer of the ARRL, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, is promising to make the League’s foundational business processes “rock solid” and bring them up to state of the art, which members have a right to expect. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

THREE HAMS RECEIVE BSA COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (“SQUARE KNOT”) / ARRL AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE TO SCOUTING AWARD – During the last month, three amateur radio operator-Scout leaders have received the BSA Community Organization (“Square Knot”) / ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award. Michael C. Saviak III, KE4LJV of Mount Olive received his award on March 31st during the monthly meeting of the Wayne County Amateur Radio Association. On April 18th, Harry W. (“Wayne”) Helms, N4HWH of Concord and Jeffrey K. Parker, WA1WXL of Kannapolis received their awards during the monthly meeting of the Cabarrus Amateur Radio Society. The BSA Community Service (“Square Knot”) / ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award recognizes Scout leaders making important contributions by providing Scouts with memorable and valuable experiences in amateur radio. Congratulations to Micheal C. Saviak III, KE4LJV, Harry W. (“Wayne”) Helms, N4HWH, and Jeffrey K. Parker, WA1WXL for receiving your much deserved awards; and, thanks to those individuals that provided the nomination information! For further information on this Award, see and (source: ARRL website)

IRV MCWHERTER, K3IRV APPOINTED PUBLICATION INFORMATION COORDINATOR FOR THE NC SECTION – Irv McWherter, K3IRV of Lillington has been appointed Public Information Coordinator for the NC Section. He is an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer and serves in that capacity for his home club, the Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society. Irv K3IRV and his XYL, Sandy N3LDY, moved to North Carolina after Irv K3IRV completed a career as a Navy contractor in the Washington DC area. His interests in amateur radio are diverse; he enjoys chasing DX, QRPing in parks, learning CW, and casual contesting. Irv K3IRV has been a Ham since 1991 and a QSL Manager for over 15 years. In supporting the over 30 calls he manages, Irv K3IRV figures he has responded to over 20,000 requests. Irv K3IRV and Sandy N3LDY are sorters for the ARRL 3rd area incoming bureau. Irv K3IRV is also a member of the Carolina DX Association. Irv K3IRV succeeds Paul Jones, K4VCF, who resigned from the position due to other obligations. On behalf of the NC Section, thanks to Paul K4VCF, for his service as Public Information Coordinator; and, thanks to Irv K3IRV for accepting this position – we look forward to working with you!

2016 NORTH CAROLINA QSO PARTY RESULTS – Here are the results (and a lot more information!) from the 2016 North Carolina QSO Party, see Congratulations to the winners; and, thanks to Marty Young, W4MY, NCQP Committee Chairman, and the NCQP Committee – Joanne Mars, AK4RJ, Clubs Manager; Andy Peterson, AA9P, "IT Guy"; Bill Turner, W4WNT, Member at Large/West; Alan Knight, AA4FU, Log Analyst; and, Charles Swindell, WB4DCM, At-Large Member/East – for making the 2016 North Carolina QSO Party such a successful event!

LAST MINUTE REMINDER! SKYWARN STORM SPOTTER CLASSES, HICKORY, NC (4/30) – Charlotte Regional SKYWARN will be hosting SKYWARN Storm Spotter Classes on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Hickory, NC. The location for this event is the Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Ave Dr NW, Hickory, NC 28601. Tony Sturey, of the NWS Forecast Office Greenville-Spartanburg (SC), will teach the classes. The Basic Course will be held from 10:00 AM sharp-12:00 PM, and the Advanced Course will be held from 12:45-2:15 PM. There will be a lasagna buffet offered for $7.00. Please RSVP to, with your name, the number of attendees in your group, your telephone number and email address, and the city in which you reside. As of April 27th, several slots were still available. Thanks to Lee Sossamon, KK4GEV, Emergency Coordinator (Charlotte Regional SKYWARN), for providing this information!

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND COMMUNICATIONS TEST SET FOR MAY 14 (5/14) – The US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will cosponsor the Armed Forces Day Military/Amateur Radio Cross-Band Communications Test on Saturday, May 14, 2016. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL TO OFFER “UNDERSTANDING LOCAL MOU’s” WEBINAR (5/25) – The following communication from Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, was forwarded by Steve Ewald, WV1X, ARRL Field Organization Team Supervisor: “... ARRL Headquarters will be offering a training session for ARES Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators and Section Emergency Coordinators on local, section, and state level Memorandums of Understanding for ARES. The training webinar will be Wednesday May 25, 2016, at 8 pm Eastern Time. You may register for the webinar at The webinar will be recorded and made available online afterward. All ECs, DECs and SECs are encouraged to participate. -- Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness.” Note: this is a new date for this webinar. Thanks to Mike Corey, KI1U, and Steve Ewald, WV1X, for providing this report! (sources: ARRL ARES E-Letter, April 20, 2016; and, ARRL Staff)

ARRL VHF CONTEST REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE CALLS FOR COMMENTS ON PROPOSED “UHF AND UP” EVENT (DEADLINE, 6/15) – The ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee has drafted rules for a proposed new UHF and Up Contest. Presently, input is being sought from Contesters. The invitation follows Committee review of “considerable input from the amateur community.” For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

HURRICANE WATCH NET SEEKS NET CONTROL OPERATORS – The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is looking for more net control operators. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL ESTABLISHES “YOUTH NETS” WEB PAGE – The new “Youth Nets” page on the ARRL website provides information about amateur radio nets aimed at youth participation. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

VOICE OF AMERICA ANTENNA FARM IN NORTH CAROLINA LEVELED – One hundred twenty-eight (128) antenna towers once used by the Voice of America for world-wide broadcast, were leveled by explosives in late March-early April. For further information, including links to remarkable video clips, see Thanks to Cliff Fox, KU4GW, and Bob German, KB4RGC, for providing information about this demolition project! (additional sources: ARRL website, Google search)

ARRL NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR 2016 – For information on rules, answers to frequently asked questions, activator tips, NPOTA documents, answers to basic questions from NPS employees, the Leaderboard, list of NPOTA units, merchandise, NPOTA on social media, and latest news, see (source: ARRL website)


Raeford (NC): Technician license class, May 18 to July 6, 2016, sponsored by Hoke Amateur Radio Operators, contact Timothy Tapio, K4SHF by phone at (910) 429-4620 or by email at tim at k4shf dot com for further information.

Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, June 4, 2016, sponsored by Greater Gaston Amateur Radio Society and VE Team, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at (704) 827-2138 or by email at n4atj at bellsouth dot net for further information. To find upcoming classes, go to 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 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 National Traffic System, a HamRadioNow interview with Dave Roy, W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, see (source: Google search)

On the 19th Annual Catawba Valley Hamfest, see (source: ARRL website)

On amateur radio, see Thanks to John Setzler, AK4FM and colleagues; and, Bill Morine, N2COP, Roanoke Division Vice Director for providing this media hit! (additional source: ARRL website)

On Craven Community College students and the High Altitude Payload Competition in Hickory, see (source: ARRL website)

The following report, which appeared in the PARSgram, a weekly email publication by the Pamlico Amateur Radio Society (PARS), was received from Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE. The report originally appeared in The ARRL Letter, dated March 31, 2016: “Isolated North Carolina Ham Uses Ham Radio to Get Help in House Fire Incident: A ham living on remote Cedar Island off the coast of North Carolina recently used Amateur Radio to summon help after a fire broke out in his house. "A station came on the [Pamlico Amateur Radio Society] repeater asking if anyone could contact the local fire department," said Bill Michne, WM3X, who lives in Oriental, North Carolina. "The signal was broken up but readable after repeats. What I learned was that the station was in Stacy, the operator's house was filling with smoke, and that he had no telephone to use to call for help." Michne said he got the other ham's address and contacted 911, which called out the Stacy Fire Department. "The fire apparatus arrived within a very short time," he added. The fire was said to have been contained to the attic, and damage was not severe. The grateful ham was Mike Clutter, KM4COD, an occasional check-in to a local ARES net, who lives part-time on Cedar Island. – Thanks to Bill Michne, WM3X, and to Jamie King, KJ4JK.” (original report retrieved from, accessed on April 28, 2016). Thanks to Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this information! (additional source: ARRL website)

The following report (edited) was received from Dave Ritter, ND4MR: “VE exams were given on April 11th in Wilkesboro. (This was the testing session at the conclusion of a Technician license class taught by Dave ND4MR) Fifteen out of 18 class members passed their Technician licenses, and one self-studied her way to General. Additionally, three walk-in's also passed their Technician licenses, making a total of 18 new hams in Wilkes County. Four of the 18 new hams are women, which serves to almost double the number of known female hams in the county. … The Foothills Amateur Radio Club operates a VE team under the auspices of the WestCARS VE Coordinator (WCARSVEC).” Congratulations to the new licensees; thanks to the VE Team; and, thanks to Dave Ritter, ND4MR, Vice President and WCARS VE Liaison, Foothills Amateur Radio Club, for providing this report!

And, here is a link to another report (edited) about that April 11th VE testing session. According to the Western Branch (North Carolina) website: “Way to go on earning your new Call-signs as well as the 2 new upgrades. … Welcome aboard. Paul - KD4OZI Apr 15 at 5:25 PM [followed by this letter] Dear Paul, Congratulations to our new hams! Please join us in welcoming our newest ham radio operators, having passed their test this last Monday evening. Robert Parker KM4TEK, William Ginn KM4TEL, Julia Ginn KM4TEM, Lynn Brady KM4TEN, Randy Sartin KM4TEO, Edward Brady Jr KM4TEP, Steven Roundtree KM4TEQ, Thomas Parker KM4TER, Arnout Vanderheide KM4TET, Joseph Billings KM4TEU, Rodney Seymour KM4TEV, Thomas “Frank” Hauser KM4TEW, Ethan Crawford KM4TEX, Travis Crawford KM4TEY, Jonathan Linck KM4TEZ, [and] Shannon Bowlin KM4TFA. And additional congratulations to Shirley White KM4TFD who passed her Technician and her General! Let's not forget our club member, Vicki Davis K4VIK who passed her general as well. Congratulation's to all!! The Catawba Valley (Morganton) Hamfest “ (retrieved from, accessed on April 28, 2016). Again, congratulations to these new and upgrade licensees; thanks to the VE team; and, thanks to Paul Robinette, KD4OZI, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (Western Branch), for providing the website link to this information!

The following report was received from Irv McWherter, K3IRV: “The Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society provided communications support to the National MS Society of Fayetteville during their annual walk on April 17th. Eleven operators provided communications at the rest stops, for the Event Coordinator, Medical Tent and with the SAG Vehicle. Those participating were: Kelly N4EWG, Joe W3OJO, Bill KJ4OFD, Chuck KJ4RV, Van N4ERM, Ferguson KK4MCY, Jim KI4YRH, Marty KD4YQE, Bob WA4WHV, Bill KU4W and Irv K3IRV.” Thanks to all the Hams providing public service to the National MS Society of Fayetteville; and, to Irv McWherter, K3IRV, Public Information Coordinator, for providing this report!


QNI (total check-ins): 1,846; Total messages passed: 566.

Station Activity Reports (SARs), total number: K4IWW 294, WB4ZIQ 199, WK4WC 193, KC4PGN 175, WC9CW (formerly KM4HSO) 161, W4DNA 88, AK4RJ 80, W4TTO 56, KM4OCU 49, W4EAT 42, W3HL 24, KW4PD 22, KW4EMG 19, KJ4JPE 14, KE4AHC 0, W2EAG 0.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 179, WK4WC 175, WB4ZIQ 165, WC9CW (formerly KM4HSO) 145, KW4PD 140, W4DNA 140, KJ4JPE 139, K4IWW 130, KK4LGM 110, W4TTO 110, KM4HXX 109, AK4RJ 95. Thanks to all stations for participating in NC Section traffic activities; and, to Dave Roy, W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, for providing this information!

SILENT KEYS – With deep regret, the passing of the following amateur radio operators is reported: Cecil Thomas Jernigan, WA4PPC (SK) of Wilmington. 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.


April 29-May1: Mile High Radio, 1900Z-1900Z, W4G, Banner Elk, NC. Randolf Amateur Radio Club. 14.265 14.065 7.265 7.115. QSL. Butch Simpson, WS4H, 6747 Kings Mt Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205. The "Mile High Radio" Special Event station is likely to be found around the following frequencies +/- QRM: SSB - 3.865 - 7.265 - 14.265 - 21.365. In case of QRM, move up CW - 3.065 - 7.110 - 7.120 - 14.065 - 21.065. A tribute to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. At one mile above sea level, it's beyond ordinary. Spotting. Real time skeds at:,, or (cut and paste into your web browser)

May 15-21: National EMS Week, 0000Z-2359Z, W4A, West Jefferson, NC. W4YSB – Ashe County Amateur Radio Club. 14.225 7.300. QSL. Steve Adams, 234 Mount Jefferson State Park Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694. In honor of national EMS week..... Qsl cards sase

June 4: Badin Bomber Loss, 1400Z-1800Z, NC4MC, Troy, NC. Montgomery Amateur Radio Society (MARS). 14.250 USB; 14.030 CW. Certificate. Don Grady, KG4ZRH, 120 Woodline Dr, Troy, NC 27371. June 08, 1944 crash of USN Bomber into Badin Lake NC.

June 25-26: NPOTA/Field Day at Bear Den Family Campgrounds, Blue Ridge Parkway PK01 Mile Marker 324.8, 1800Z-2100Z, NC4MI, Spruce Pine, NC. NC4MI. 80-10 Meters. Certificate and QSL. Luther W. Lipfird Jr, 220 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Event will be at the "Bear Den Family Campgrounds" on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A Special QSL card for the event. Your QSL to Add. in QRZ and SASE to NC4MI Please. A certificate will be available for guest who operates during Field Day. (NPOTA Code PK01). Special Event Station listings in the NC Section newsletter are based on what appears on the ARRL website, see Please consider listing your Special Event Station at least 60 days before the event, see Also, please let me know if your club is sponsoring a Special Event Station. Thanks!


May 14: 12th Annual Rockingham County Swapfest, Rockingham County Amateur Radio Club, Reidsville, NC,

May 28: 42nd Annual DurHamFest, Durham FM Association (DFMA), Durham, NC (new location),

June 11: Winston-Salem Classic Hamfest, Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, Winston-Salem, NC,

July 9: 31st Annual Firecracker Hamfest, Rowan Amateur Radio Society, Salisbury, NC,

July 16: Mid-Summer SWAPFEST, Cary Amateur Radio Club, Cary, NC,

July 30: WCARS Hamfest, Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society, Waynesville, NC,

August 13: 18th Annual Cape Fear ARS Swapfest, Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society, Fayetteville, NC,

September 2-4: 60th Annual Shelby Hamfest/ARRL NC State Convention, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Shelby, NC, It is not too early to apply for ARRL-affiliation of your club’s 2016 hamfest! For more information, see (source: ARRL website)

QUA* – Hamfest season has arrived! On April 2nd, I attended the 44th Annual RARSfest and ARRL NC Section Convention in Raleigh. I always look forward to this event, which is sponsored by my home club. This will sound like a broken record (again!), but it is always great to see friends, interact with the crowd, and meet individuals I contact on-the-air! Once again, the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society produced another great hamfest. Congratulations!

On Saturday, April 16th, I got up early and drove to Morganton to attend the 19th Annual Catawba Valley Hamfest. The weather was perfect, mild temperatures and sunny! The Hamfest was held at the Burke County Fairgrounds, which had convenient parking for the flea market participants, plenty of space for indoor booths, and fairgrounds-style food service with outdoor seating. I thought the attendance was excellent and it was fun to see everyone! Congratulations to the McDowell Amateur Radio Association, Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, Western Piedmont Amateur Radio Club, and the Western Piedmont Community College Amateur Radio Club for putting on such an outstanding event!

Two days later (4/18), I drove to Concord to attend the monthly meeting of the Cabarrus Amateur Radio Society to present the “Square Knot” Awards to Wayne Helms, N4HWH and Jeff Parker, WA1WXL; and, provide updates on the ARRL and the NC Section. As I listened to their business meeting, it became obvious that the club is very active and the members like to have fun. Next time you see me, ask me about their Flying Fruit Pie Trivia Contest-Bad Puns. Thanks to the Cabarrus Amateur Radio Society for their hospitality!

Last weekend (4/23), I drove to Kinston to attend the 26th Annual Down East Hamfest. As always, it was great to renew friendships and meet new colleagues. This year, the Hamfest had more vendors, including a full-service dealer, and it appeared to me that the attendance was increased. However, time flew and before I knew it, the Hamfest was over. Outstanding job! I am looking forward to next year’s edition of the Down East Hamfest!

Finally, I want to let everyone know that during ARRL Field Day 2016, I will be visiting club sites in central North Carolina. Please keep me informed of your club’s plans for Field Day, specifically the street address for your club site and your setup, operating, and teardown schedule. I will start planning my travel itinerary in early June.

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 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! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming hamfest or club meeting. 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)