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Greetings to all Hams across North Carolina from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL

Posted Aug 28, 2014

THE 58TH ANNUAL SHELBY HAMFEST/ARRL NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONVENTION – The 58th Annual Shelby Hamfest/ARRL North Carolina State Convention, sponsored by the Shelby Amateur Radio Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31st, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Shelby, NC. In addition to the commercial vendor displays and flea market, there will be VE testing and forums. Multiple VE testing sessions will be offered on Tuesday - Thursday (8/26-28) at 4:00 PM at the Fairgrounds Fire Station; and, on Saturday (8/30) at 2:00 PM at the Jack Hunt Campus Center, Cleveland Community College. Multiple forums will be presented on Saturday (8/30). The forum topics will include: NC MARS; AUXCOMM (NC ARES); reports from the ARRL Roanoke Division and NC Section; the K9W Wake Island Commemorative DXpedition; and, Amateur Radio Satellite Overview/AMSAT. Steve Ewald, WV1X, ARRL Field Organization Team Supervisor will present a forum entitled, "ARRL Field Organization in Action" from 10:40 - 11:55 AM on Saturday (8/30). Please see for further information.

HR 4969 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2014 AND THE ARRL GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN – In July, 2 email communications were sent to the ARRL members in the NC Section; and, a long article was published in the newsletter about HR 4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 and the grassroots campaign, which is currently underway. There are 2 parts to the grassroots campaign: letter-writing by individual ARRL members; and, small group meetings with Members of Congress or their staff, at or through their district offices. The goal of the grassroots campaign is to gain co-sponsors for the Bill.

If HR 4969 were enacted, it would direct the FCC to extend the reasonable accommodation protections to those amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities. Covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) are the prohibitions and limitations placed on properties by builders or home-owner associations (HOAs), which prevent licensed Amateurs from erecting even modest antennas. HR 4969 would not give Amateurs "carte blanche" to do whatever they wished. It would require HOAs and other private land use regulations to extend reasonable accommodation to Amateurs wishing to erect antennas.

Important information regarding the HR 4969 grassroots campaign has been posted on the ARRL website. The link is located on the homepage under the heading, “What’s Popular”. Click on “HR-4969” and you will be directed to the webpage, On the HR-4969 webpage, you will find information on the Bill and what it will do; how you can help get the Bill passed; who is your Congressperson; where your letter should be sent; the key “talking points” you should know when discussing the Bill; and, the list of co-sponsors.

Presently, there are seventeen (17) co-sponsors for HR 4969, including 2 Representatives from North Carolina: Mike McIntyre (D-NC-7); and, Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC-3). It will be important to gain additional co-sponsors for the Bill and those efforts are continuing. At least 2 groups of hams have met with their Representative, or a member of their Representative’s staff, during the last 2 weeks.

>From the standpoint of ARRL-affiliated clubs and individual ARRL members, it is hoped that decisions have been made about the grassroots actions that are going to be done, and letters have been prepared and mailed. If you are still thinking about getting involved, please do so. It is not too late! Also, please note that specific "talking points" need to be included in your letter, see If you have specific questions about HR 4969 and/or the grassroots campaign, particularly if you are making arrangements to meet with your Representative, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You are encouraged to monitor the news section of the ARRL website for updates. Also, please consider subscribing to the ARRL Legislative Update, which can be done via Edit Email Subscriptions on your ARRL website account. Thanks for all that you are doing for the HR 4969 grassroots campaign!

NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR AND SPECIAL EVENT STATION, N4F (September 5-14) – Several clubs in western NC are having an amateur radio exhibit at the NC Mountain State Fair, which will be held from Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 14th, at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, in Fletcher, NC. Last year, the fair attracted more than 191,000 people. This will be the second year for this project, which has the goal of introducing amateur radio to the Fair attendees. Philip Jenkins, N4HF and Bill Van Nuys, N4OOC, both from Fairview, have provided updated information on the plans for the upcoming Fair. Here is their edited report:

The NC Mountain State Fair has had various ham radio demo stations over the years, but on a small scale, and not every year. Similar to last year, The Road Show ARC contacted clubs in western NC to describe our plans and solicit their help. This year, the following clubs are providing manpower (set up, break down, operating, answering visitors' questions) and financial support: Blue Ridge ARC (Henderson County), Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service, Haywood County ARC, and The Road Show ARC (Buncombe/Henderson County). In addition, other individuals are welcome to help with the effort.

For 2014, there will be a large tent for the general public with information and demonstrations, including: D-STAR; Echolink; IRLP; APRS; WinLink; MARS; ARES; high-altitude balloon tracking ; a live HF digital station loaned by Elecraft; a MESH (Broadband-Hamnet) network ; a live working bench repairing rigs and building kits provided by Ten-Tec; videos on the history, contributions, and facets of ham radio; and, a quite popular 2 meter GOTA station. Behind the tent, there will be an operations trailer where Special Event Station N4F contacts will be made with a live internet video feed. Icom is generously loaning The Road Show ARC two high-end HF rigs, a D-STAR mobile rig, and a D-STAR HT for the event.

Even with all of this manpower, we still have expenses, so we are soliciting private and business sponsors, either for equipment loans or cash donations. We don’t expect to make money, but we do not want to go into the hole like we did in 2013! Fortunately for this year’s effort we have commitments from several of the clubs who participated last year to provide funds up front for expenses.

This year, we welcome ham visitors from wherever – not just NC – to come and visit, to help with logistics (set up, breakdown), operating, and especially, to answer questions from our non-ham visitors and explain the demonstrations. We had visitors in 2013 who had been inactive, but are now on the air again; visitors who had never heard of ham radio, but are now licensed; and, visitors who had always wanted to get into ham radio, but had been putting it off or didn't know any hams, etc. Our goal for the Fair last year was to license 50 new hams. We know of at least 25 individuals who got their license, either directly or indirectly, because of the Fair. We can do even better than that this year! Under the auspices of The Road Show ARC, Technician classes will start the week after the Fair on September 18th, and General classes start November 7th. Blue Ridge ARC will hold Technician classes starting September 23rd.

The NC Mountain State Fair will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC and it will run from September 5-14, 2014. For further information, see or contact Phil N4HF at Thanks to Philip Jenkins, N4HF and Bill Van Nuys, N4OOC for providing this information!

PAUL TILLEY, KK4BRD RECEIVES KB4C – MIRIAM SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD – At the WCARS Hamfest 2014 (7/26), Paul Tilley, KK4BRD of Black Mountain received the KB4C Miriam Smith Memorial Award for 2014. The KB4C – Miriam Smith Memorial Award, an award within the Roanoke Division, is named in honor of Miriam Smith, KB4C, who unexpectedly became a Silent Key in July 1995. She was very active in public service and emergency communications. Miriam KB4C was ARES Emergency Coordinator/ RACES Radio Officer for Buncombe County more than 30 years ago. The award honors an area amateur within the 16 western counties of North Carolina who are active in their commitment to emergency and public service communications through the ARES/RACES programs.

During the Award presentation, Carl Smith, N4AA, said that Paul KK4BRD has become an important part of the community and the ARES program. Only licensed for a few years, Paul KK4BRD has taken on many tasks that would usually require a more experienced person and performed well beyond what was asked of him. His experience and knowledge with computers has been an asset in setting up Packet radio for the ARES group and providing assistance to members having trouble with their personal computers. Paul KK4BRD is the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Buncombe County and he is active in SKYWARN. He has planned, organized, and provided amateur radio communications during numerous public service events, including the Asheville Marathon on the Biltmore and the Asheville Half Marathon. Congratulations to Paul Tilley, KK4BRD!

W1AW CENTENNIAL QSO PARTY – Please don’t forget that the 100th anniversary of the ARRL is still being celebrated! The W1AW Centennial QSO Party is still “on the air” and it consists of two main activities: 1) portable operation of W1AW in each state and most territories; and, 2) The Centennial Points Challenge which is the accumulation of points from qualifying contacts made throughout 2014. For further information on the W1AW Centennial QSO Party, see

LICENSING CLASSES – Skyland (NC), Technician licensing class, September 18 to October 30, 2014, sponsored by The Road Show Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Hendersonville (NC), Technician licensing class, starting September 23, 2014, sponsored by Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club (this class has not been posted on the ARRL website at the present time). Raleigh (NC), Amateur Extra licensing class, starting October 4-November 1, 2014 (tentative), sponsored by Raleigh Amateur Radio Society (this class has not been posted on the ARRL website at the present time). Skyland (NC), General licensing class, November 6 to December 18, 2014, sponsored by The Road Show Amateur Radio Club, Inc. To find upcoming classes, go to To register a class that your club or organization is sponsoring, go to Please note that the licensing class sponsored by your club or organization will not be listed on the ARRL website unless you register your class!

MEDIA HITS AND REPORTS – The following media hits and reports are included in this month’s newsletter: On NASA announcing the next opportunity for CubeSat space missions, see

On Weldon Fields, W4AJT remembering the first PGA golf tournament in Greensboro, in 1938, see

On Weldon Fields, W4AJT celebrating along with the Wyndham golf tournament in Greensboro, see Thanks to Chuck Littlewood, K4HF for providing this media hit! On Weldon Fields, W4AJT being interviewed by Scott Walker, GOLF channel, about the first Wyndham Championship in 1938, see

On Weldon Fields, W4AJT being interviewed about volunteering at the first Wyndham Championship in Greensboro (transcript), see

On Weldon Fields, W4AJT and the first Greater Greensboro Open in 1938, see

On Weldon Fields, W4AJT and the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, see!bLhLLF

On August 12th, an email was received from Dave Ritter, ND4MR of North Wilkesboro reporting that he helped 6 individuals from the Samaritan's Purse ministry (North American Disaster Relief headquarters) obtain their ham licenses. The Technician licensing class was taught over 4 consecutive weekdays. There was a 100% pass rate among those who took the test; two were overseas on the test date, which was scheduled one week after the last class session. These 2 individuals were scheduled to take their VE test on August 25th. Dave ND4MR reports that he has taught 3 Technician licensing classes during 2014 and all have had a 100% pass rate. Thanks to Dave Ritter, ND4MR for teaching those classes and for providing this report!

On the Farewell Luncheon for long-time Carolina DX Association members, Ted (W4VHF) and Itice (K4LVV) Goldthorpe who are moving to Nashville (TN), see Thanks to John Forbus, NV4A for providing this report!

On August 16th, Bill Morine, N2COP, Assistant Section Manager filed this report on the Brunswick County NC ARES Day: “Congratulations to Ward Newcomb, N4PEX, Brunswick County NC ARES EC, for a very successful ARES day on Saturday, August 16th. Despite rainy weather, more than two-dozen inactive Hams and curious people came out, and over a dozen signed up for a Technician class. Brunswick ARES had mailed every Ham in Brunswick County inviting them to today’s event. Brunswick Emergency Management Emergency Director Scott Garner arranged for media coverage. Time Warner Ch. 14 cable news reporter Carly Swanson came out, and when Mr. Garner learned that Wilmington’s NBC affiliate WECT could not dispatch a reporter, he uploaded video of the event which aired. Joining Brunswick ARES outside in a three tent display were ARRL-affiliated Brunswick Shores Amateur Radio Club and four of the five ARES members from the Town of Calabash. This group was very impressive because they had worked closely with their town government’s emergency management to become so integrated that they have badges issued by the town and use its logo (see the banner over its tent). Two of the four Calabash ARES members to whom I spoke are NIMS/ICS 300 and 400. One is the town’s former fire chief, and two are retired radio technicians, one from GE and the other from Motorola. They want to become more involved with AUXCOMM. Thanks to Ed Kuebert, K5EK, for allowing his photos to be available at: Hats off to Ward N4PEX, the Brunswick Shores ARC and Brunswick Emergency Mgt. for orchestrating a very successful recruiting session.” Thanks to Bill Morine, N2COP, Assistant Section Manager, for providing this report!

NTS SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY, 2014 – QNI (total check-ins): 1,964; Total messages passed: 537. Station Activity Reports (SARs), total number: K4IWW 308, WK4WC 219, WB4ZIQ 193, AK4RJ 159, W2EAG 142, KF4OCU 128, W4DNA 103, KC4PGN 67, W4TTO 65, KW4EMG 51, KE4AHC 32, KJ4JPE 30, N2RTF 14, WB4Y 9. Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG (formerly KK4BVR) 240, KJ4JPE 230, W4DNA 155, WB4ZIQ 155, K4IWW 140, WK4WC 125, W2EAG 110, W4TTO 105, AK4RJ 90, KF4OCU 80, N2RTF 79. Thanks to Dave Roy, W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, for providing this information!

SILENT KEYS – We regret to report the passing of Gary W. Batten KK4BYY of Swansboro; and, Tom R. Penson, WB4TP of Marion. Please note that it is not possible to post information about amateur radio operators that have become Silent Keys without confirmation via a copy of an obituary or death certificate.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS – September 4-15: North Carolina Mountain State Fair, 1900Z-0500Z, N4F, Fairview, NC, sponsored by The Road Show Amateur Radio Club, Inc. 40 20 15 10 Meters; 7.245. Certificate and QSL. The Road Show Amateur Radio Club, Inc, 57 Echo Lake Dr, Fairview, NC 28730. Check website throughout the event for live video feed and current operating frequency. Send SASE for QSL, Large SASE ($0.98 postage) and $5 for QSL and Certificate. For information, contact Mountain State Fair Special Event Chairman at September 12: 46th Annual National Hollerin' Contest, 1400Z-2200Z, KK4NC, Dunn, NC, sponsored by Sampson County Amateur Radio Services. SSB: 14.264 7.264; CW: 14.030; PSK31: 14.070. Certificate. Cliff Ireland, 170 Pinecroft Dr, Dunn, NC 28334. September 27: Everybody's Day, 1400Z-1930Z, NC4AR, Thomasville, NC, sponsored by Tri-County Amateur Radio Club. 7.210. Certificate. NC4AR, PO Box 747, Trinity, NC 27370. Certificate instructions at URL. or October 11: Uwharrie Mountain Festival, 1400Z-1800Z, NC4MC, Troy, NC, sponsored by Montgomery Amateur Radio Society. 14.250 14.030 7.250. Certificate. Donald L Grady, KG4ZRH, 120 Woodline Dr, Troy, NC 27371.

UPCOMING HAMFESTS – August 30-31: 58th Annual Shelby Hamfest/ ARRL North Carolina State Convention, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Shelby, NC, October 12: Maysville Hamfest, Maysville Hamfest Association, Maysville, NC, email:

QUA* – On July 26th, I attended the WCARS Hamfest in Waynesville. I had decided to make it a day trip, so I left Raleigh at “0dark:30” and arrived by 7:45 AM. The hamfest was fun and I found some dipole antenna insulators that were needed. I met many new friends; provided an update on the NC Section in the forum; and, had the pleasure of seeing Paul KK4BRD receive the KB4C – Miriam Smith Memorial Award, which was presented by her husband, Carl Smith, N4AA. I left Waynesville around 2:30 PM and arrived back in Raleigh about 5 hours later. Yes, it was a long day! During the first 2 weeks of August, my wife, Gale (K4GGB) and I visited our son’s family in Suffolk, VA, and we attended a wedding/family reunion in Chicago. The second half of the month included a visit to the Triangle East ARA club meeting in Wendell (8/19) and going to the CFARS Swapfest (8/23). Again, it was great to see everyone, especially Bob Tygh, WA4WHV – I hadn’t seen him in 38 years!

This weekend (8/30-31), I will be attending the 58th Annual Shelby Hamfest/ARRL NC State Convention in Shelby. Then, I am going to visit the NC Mountain State Fair (9/5-14) in Fletcher sometime during the first half of the event to assist in the amateur radio exhibit. I look forward to seeing everyone at these events! By the way, if you are going to the NC Mountain State Fair, please consider volunteering to work in the amateur radio booth. The participating clubs could use the help and it will be fun!

In closing, 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. Thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio! 73, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, ARRL North Carolina Section Manager, (919) 669-6068 (cell)