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Posted Jan 3, 2014

Happy New Year to all Hams across North Carolina, and here's to a healthy, safe, prosperous and peaceful 2014 to you and your families.

KARL BOWMAN TO BECOME NEXT NORTH CAROLINA SECTION MANAGER - Karl Bowman, W4CHX, of Raleigh was the only nominee for the next term of office as ARRL North Carolina Section Manager (See Oct. QST, pg. 86, and Nov. QST, pg. 61). Current Section Manager Bill Morine, N2COP, of Wilmington decided not to seek a third two-year term to concentrate on his family's business. Karl is a veterinarian. He is an emeritus faculty member at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and co-owner of Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic, which was established by his wife, Gale K4GGB, who is also a veterinarian. Until recently, Karl was President of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society (RARS); he is an avid DXer and contester. Karl and Gale have 3 sons: Karl Jr, Brooks (K4BRX), and Sean (KJ4EGT). Bill's present term expires April 1, but he may resign early because of upcoming business commitments for Karl to take over. Please welcome Dr. Karl Bowman, W4CHX, as the 17th North Carolina Section Manager.

CLUBS NEED TO FILE THEIR ANNUAL REPORTS - Attention all ARRL affiliated clubs: please update your records online at The first of every year and after officer elections are the two best times of year to update your club's records.

W1AW CENTENNIAL QSO PARTY KICKS OFF JANUARY 1 - 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of ARRL, and there will be many events during the year to celebrate the event. Starting off will be the W1AW Centennial QSO Party. Throughout 2014, W1AW will operate portable from every state twice. North Carolina and West Virginia are the first two states to begin the year long QSO party. Spearheading W1AW in North Carolina from January 1-7 will be Howard Hoyt, N4AF, of Blounts Creek in Beaufort County. For times, frequencies and rules, go to the Centennial QSO Party website at The next chance after January 7th to work W1AW/4 from North Carolina will be September 17-23 when N4YDU, Nate Moreschi, of Youngsville in Franklin County will hold the callsign. The Centennial QSO Party promises to be fun all year long with plenty of awards.

NC QSO PARTY FEBRUARY 23rd - From 10 AM to 8 PM local (1500-0100Z) Based on feedback, the NCQP organizers have made many exciting changes and additions - two mobile categories, both of which can operate mixed modes; a new digital category; and new awards, such as a "Worked Most Counties" and an emergency communications (EmCOMM) award, along with many other awards. Plan to put North Carolina on the air to the rest of the world on February 23rd, then attend the NCQP forum at RARSfest in April. You can see all the changes, updates and rules at the NC QSO Party's website at Many thanks to Marty Young, W4MY, Marc Sullivan, W4MPS, and many others who are making the NC QSO Party one of the best state QSO parties.

TRAFFIC NEWSLETTER - A quarterly newsletter devoted to traffic handling called "QNI" is now available. It can be downloaded at QNI, which is a CW procedural signal meaning "stations check into a net", is published by Jim Wades, WB8SIW. QNI is a blend of present day NTS challenges, proposals for future operation and a touch of nostalgia focusing on strong traditions in traffic handling. For those interested in this vital part of Amateur radio, QNI is a must read.

MEDIA HITS - Wrightsville Beach's Lumina News ran an extensive story on NI4BK operating onboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, including the use of original receivers and CW transmitters. The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club ( puts the battleship on the air for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the NC QSO Party (where it is a bonus station in the contest) and Museum Ships Weekend in June.

PUBLIC SERVICE - Jan. 4, Neusiok Trail Run, Havelock. Coordinated by Onslow, New Bern and Carteret County Amateur Radio clubs

LICENSING CLASSES - Jan. 9 - Technician Class, Wilkesboro; Jan. 18 - Technician Class, Raleigh; Feb. 11, Technician Class, Asheville. To find upcoming classes, go to To register a class your club or organization is sponsoring, go to

NTS NOVEMBER SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT - QNI (Total Check-Ins) 2660. TOTAL MESSAGES PASSED 590. STATION ACTIVITY REPORTS (SARs) K4IWW 510 (Qualifies for BPL - Brass Pounders League), W2EAG 221, AK4RJ 184, W4DNA 184, WB4ZIQ 155, WK4P 119, KC4PGN 91, W4TTO 67, K4JUU 47, KJ4JPE 45, WK4WC 39, KK4BVR 37, W3HL 33, N2RTF 22. PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL (PSHR) - KJ4JPE 185, KK4BVR 177, WB4ZIQ 155, W4DNA 150, WK4P 140, WK4WC 137, K4IWW 130, K4JUU 120, W2EAG 110, AK4RJ 105, W4TTO 100, N2RTF 92.

SILENT KEYS - We regret to report the passing of Jay "Bootsy" Smith, Jr., KA4GYQ, of Charlotte and Alvin Burleson, WA4CFQ, of Albemarle.

ERRATUM - An error was made in reporting the top NC score for 5A class in Field Day. The winner was Iredell County Amateur Radio Society of Statesville.

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QUA* - A new year represents a fresh start, and in that spirit I welcome Karl Bowman, W4CHX, as the incoming North Carolina Section Manager. The past four years have been fun-filled and exciting for me, and I certainly hope the ARRL North Carolina membership feels the same. We are blessed in our section to have many talented field leaders, so credit for many accomplishments since my term began in 2010 must go those who guided efforts which resulted in achievements like: a state of the art emergency communications response team through ARES and its evolving partner, AUXCOMM; the inclusion of Digital Relay Stations (DRS) to our already robust National Traffic System (NTS) team; vigilant Official Observers (OOs) who ensure we all enjoy our privileges unencumbered; exceptional media coverage through our diligent PIOs throughout the state; 69 strong and healthy ARRL affiliated clubs; the highest concentration of working repeaters in the southeast; a dynamic section website at that keeps members exceptionally well informed; and a dedicated squad of state and local government liaisons who are working to ensure we have as much freedom as legally possible to operate. Not all sections can claim this level of organization across all areas the way North Carolina can. Karl will be inheriting a committed ARRL field organization and together, and with his vision and determination, the future of Amateur Radio in the Tar Heel state looks promising. I plan to remain around and helping where needed, and I thank every Ham in North Carolina for the privilege of representing them these past four years. Happy New Year.

73 de Bill Morine ARRL North Carolina Section Manager

*QUA - CW Net procedural signal (Prosign) meaning "Do you have any news for me?"