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Posted Dec 23, 2010

NOTE: As we are releasing this newsletter, a potentially strong winter storm is expected to hit North Carolina Christmas Day and on the 26th. Another section email will be sent later if conditions for ARES activation arise.

Season's Greetings to all, and may the spirit of the Holidays be with you and loved ones now and throughout 2011

HOLIDAY NET SCHEDULE - As in past years, the ARES HF section net, the Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN) will not operate December 24th and 25th, and will resume on the 26th. However, should an emergency occur, the THEN will activate if needed. All five National Traffic System (NTS) NC section nets will operate as normal.

HOLIDAY GREETINGS VIA AMATEUR RADIO - This Holiday season, surprise someone with a Radiogram. Send a loved one the simple ARL 61 Radiogram, which says "Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". If you've never sent one, it's easy. Everything you need to know can be found at Find a traffic net locally or check into one of the daily five HF NTS section nets and upload your message. Net Control Stations will help you through the process. Imagine the smiles at the other end when they receive your message.

NICE HOLIDAY GIFT - Congratulations to the Nash County Red Cross Amateur Radio Club in Rocky Mount for receiving a grant of $5,600. from the DeLeon Carter Foundation to upgrade and improve equipment.

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY - Saturday, December 4th was national SKYWARN Recognition Day. The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Raleigh, Newport and Wilmington had special event stations to honor the annual event, and contacts were made on HF using SSB, CW and PSK31, and on Echolink.

HAMFESTS - Saturday, January 8th, Winston-Salem FirstFest, Summit School Athletic Complex, 2100 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem. Talk-In 146.64 (PL 100.0) Details:

NC QSO PARTY - Start preparing for the 2011 NC QSO Party, Sunday, February 28th, 12 Noon to 10 PM local time. Let's get all 100 counties on the air for the rest of the world to hear. Details at Thanks to the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club for organizing and sponsoring this event.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO THOSE HAMS OVER AGE 70 1/2 - My day job for the past 18 years has been a financial planner, so I was glad to read that Congress extended provisions which permit people over age 70 1/2 to make tax free contributions from their IRAs to charities. This is a wonderful and very tax efficient way to be philanthropic. The receiving entity has to be an IRS recognized non-profit organization, such as ARRL and possibly your local club if it is incorporated. Before you do anything, consult your tax preparer or financial adviser to see if this method of giving is in your best interest. The custodian for your IRA arranges for payment and you can donate up to $100,000., but smaller contributions are welcomed too. You can also read the article ARRL released this week at easy-to-support-arrl

NOVEMBER NTS REPORTS - QNI (Net station check-ins) 2,746 (down 220). Messages passed - 502 (up 12). STATION ACTIVITY REPORT (SARs) K4IWW 458, W2EAG 254, KI4Y 192, WK4P 151, W4DNA 112, W4TTO 63, W3HL 42, KE4AHC 35, KC4PGN 31, K8SKX 23, NC4VA 11. PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL (PSHR) W4DNA 155, K4IWW 130, NC4VA 120, W2EAG 110, W4TTO 100, WK4P 100, KI4YV 90

RETREAT TO MOVE FORWARD - On January 22nd, the ten ARRL North Carolina section officers will meet in Raleigh for a retreat to discuss the state of the section, and how to make it better. All areas will be examined - NTS, ARES, SKYWARN, state and municipal legislation, public relations, hamfests, affiliated club relations, the section website, the observer program, status of repeaters, and review of field appointments just to name a few of the topics. On this last subject, beginning in 2011, all field appointments will be on an annual basis with renewals where justified. We have many talented and dedicated ARRL field appointees in North Carolina. Some have expressed interest in stepping down after years of service, and, frankly, there are a few who may have circumstances impacting their ability to fulfill their duties. The section officers will review each appointment carefully and will look to construct the best teams to keep the ARRL North Carolina section running smoothly in 2011 and beyond. If you have a particular issue you'd like to make sure gets on the section retreat agenda, please drop an email to the head of the respective area below at their callsign at

I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our section officers who have done so much in 2010 to make Amateur Radio fun and effective in North Carolina. Sometime please let them know how you appreciate them for all they do for us. The sections officers join me in wishing you and your family Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

73 es Season's Greetings de,

Section Manager Bill Morine N2COP Wilmington
Assistant Section Manager Tim Slay N4IB Mooresville
Section Traffic Manager Dave Roy W4DNA Goldsboro
Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Brown N4TAB Wake Forest
Public Information Coordinator Woody Woodward K3VSA Hillsborough
State Government Liaison Dr. Bob Conder K4RLC Raleigh
Section Technical Coordinator Danny Hampton K4ITL Raleigh
Official Observer Coordinator Rick Lamonica W4ZRA Greenville
Section Bulletin Manager Susan Langley-Jones WA4AKB Raleigh
Affiliated Club Coordinator Mike Lewis WA4KE Fuquay Varina

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