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ARRL NC Section Newsletter

December 2017

Greetings from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL NC Section Manager!

STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT (1/1) – Every day is a good day to send CW, but January 1 is reserved for Straight Key Night. Enjoy CW as it has been sent and enjoyed since the earliest days of Amateur Radio. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

REMINDER! ANNOUNCING: THE ARRL INTERNATIONAL GRID CHASE! (1/1) – On January 1, 2018, at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

W1AW TO START SCHEDULED TRANSMISSIONS ON 6 METERS BEGINNING ON JANUARY 2 – ARRL has announced that Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will start scheduled transmissions on 6 meters beginning on January 2. Transmissions on 50.350 MHz will become a part of W1AW's regular CW code practice, and CW, digital and phone bulletin transmission schedule, starting with the 1400 UTC fast code practice on January 2. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

KIDS DAY (1/6, 6/16) – Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church, or the general public! For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

RTTY ROUNDUP (1/6-7) – For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

REMINDER! WINTER FIELD DAY (1/27-28) – Winter Field Day will be held on January 27-28, 2018. For further information, contact Dave Tabbutt, W3DET at w3det at arrl dot net or see (sources: W3DET, Winter Field Day website)

REMINDER! ARRL FOUNDATION ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS (DEADLINE, 1/31) – The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program is now accepting applications from eligible applicants. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION IS NEARING SHOW TIME (EARLY 2018) – The group mounting the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition reports that it’s sorting through the myriad details necessary to make a DXpedition to the second most-wanted DXCC entity a reality. Plans call for 3Y0Z to be on the air in late January and early February. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)


STUDENT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 DAYTON CONTEST UNIVERSITY (CTU) (5/17) – Student registration is now open for the 2018 Contest University (CTU), Thursday, May 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton, Ohio – the day before Hamvention in Xenia. This all-day session for contesting veterans and novices will touch on all aspects of Amateur Radio contesting. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

FIRST DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION IN A DECADE SET FOR LATE 2018 – The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) has announced plans to activate Ducie Island – a marine protected area – in October and November of 2018. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 29th most-wanted DXCC entity according to ClubLog. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

Tucker McGuire, W4FS and Sam JENKINS, KI4TRG REceive QCWA scholarships – In the December 2017 issue of the QCWA Journal, it was announced that Tucker McGuire, W4FS of Efland, and Sam Jenkins, KI4TRG of Raleigh, received QCWA 2017 Scholarships. Tucker W4FS is a junior at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro pursuing a career in information technology with a focus on data analytics. Sam KI4TRG is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina – Asheville pursuing a degree in Mechatronics, a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering. If you would like to learn more about Tucker W4FS and Sam KI4TRG, check out their webpages at Congratulations to Tucker McGuire, W4FS and Sam Jenkins, KI4TRG on receiving QCWA 2107 Scholarships; and, thanks to Tom Lewis, N4TL, for providing this information! (sources: N4TL, QCWA Journal)

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES ABOUND IN DECEMBER – December is the month in which three notable events in radio history occurred – the first radio transmission heard across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901, the first broadcast of the human voice and music in 1906, and the first successful transatlantic Amateur Radio HF transmissions in 1921. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD TO ADD SUPPORT FOR CQ WAZ AWARD – Participants in CQ magazine’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program will soon be able to use the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, to apply for the WAZ award and its endorsements, both ARRL and CQ announced on December 14. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

WORLD RADIOSPORT TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 ANNOUNCES REFEREES FOR COMPETITION – World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) has announced the 65 referees (63 on site and 2 alternates) that will [be] monitoring the two-person competing teams during the competition July 14-15 in Germany. A referee will be at each station site to verify compliance with the rules and make decisions on any rule questions competitors may have. Will Roberts, AA4NC of Apex and Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV of Turkey will be referees during WRTC 2018. For further information, see (sources: WRTC 2018 and ARRL websites)

MORE ROOM TO BE AVAILABLE FOR HAMVENTION AT GREENE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AND EXPO CENTER – Hamvention reports that the Greene County Commissioners and the Greene County Fair Board have approved the construction of a new building at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, the new Hamvention venue in Xenia, Ohio. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)


Grantsboro (NC): General license class, January 8 to March 5, 2018, sponsored by Pamlico Amateur Radio Society, contact Bill Michne WM3X by phone at (252) 249-1175 or by email at billmichne at embarQmail dot com for further information.

Boone (NC): Technician license class, January 13-14 and 20-21, 2018, sponsored by Watauga Amateur Radio Club, contact Marv Hoffman WA4NC by email at mkhoffman2006 at yahoo dot com for further information (this class has not been listed on the ARRL website).

Fuquay Varina (NC): Technician license class, January 13-27, 2018, sponsored by South Wake ARC, contact Brian Knox KK4BK by phone at (734) 476-9566 or by email at kk4bk at arrl dot net for further information.

Goldsboro (NC): General license class, January 23 to February 27, 2018, sponsored by Wayne County Amateur Radio Association, contact Peter Wene WA5T by phone at (919) 440-2937 or by email at pete at wene dot net for further information.

Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, February 10, 2018, sponsored by Greater Gaston Amateur Radio Society, contact Tony Jones N4ATJ by phone at (704) 827-2138 or by email at n4atj at twc dot com 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! (sources: ARRL website, WA4NC)

MEDIA HITS AND REPORTS – The following media hits and reports are included in this month’s newsletter:

On Tar River Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see (source: Google search)

The following report was received from Tom Lewis, N4TL: “Tucker [McGuire], W4FS's picture is on the March page of the 2018 ARRL calendar. He is shown working Fuji-OSCAR-29. 73 Tom N4TL.” Congratulations to Tucker McGuire on being featured in the 2018 ARRL Amateur Radio Calendar; and, thanks to Tom Lewis, N4TL, for providing this report! (source: N4TL)

The following report (edited) was received from Marv Hoffman, WA4NC: “Article in Southern City about FirstNet. Max Hopper, K4BMN, then Mayor of Earl, NC, urged the League of Municipalities to publish an article about FirstNet. The current issue of Southern City contains the article that the League asked me to write. I am grateful for the time and technical information that Red Grasso gave me in preparing the article and to Max K4BMN for coming up with the idea of the article. We hope that this article will help local officials to better understand the capabilities that FirstNet will be offering to local public safety first-responders when AT&T rolls out the system in 2018. As budget time rolls around, Mayors, Council Members, City and County Managers, and County Commissioners can expect to begin hearing about FirstNet from Police and Fire Chiefs and other public safety officials. Marv Hoffman, NC Type III COML.” For further information, see{%22issue_id%22:455601,%22page%22:32}, pages 30-32. Thanks to Marv Hoffman, WA4NC, for providing this report! (source: WA4NC)


QNI (total check-ins): 1,664; Total messages passed: 584.

Activity Reports (SARs), total number: KC4PGN 367, KB4RGC 348, WK4WC 302, KW9EMG 258, WC9CW 227, AA3N 223, K4IWW 219, W4DNA 90, KJ4JPE 56, W4TTO 39, W4EDN 38, KN4AAG 27, W3HL 4, W4CC 2, KE4AHC 0, KI4UDZ 0, W4EAT 0.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW9EMG 300, WC9CW 165, KJ4JPE 150, WK4WC 145, W4DNA 140, K4IWW 130, KB4RGC 120, W4TTO 99, AA3N 90, KN4AAG 61, KE4AHC 0, KI4UDZ 0.

Thanks to all stations for participating in NC Section traffic activities; and, to Dave Roy, W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, for providing this information! (source: W4DNA)

SILENT KEYS – With deep regret, the passing of the following amateur radio operators is reported: Lloyd Dwight Adams, K4SVS (SK) of Raleigh; Gilmer Jackson ("Jackie") Bost, KA4CMC (SK) of Mount Pleasant; Charles Anthony ("Chuck") Haynes, N4RLA (SK) of Shelby; and, Donald Kalinowski, NJ2E (SK) of Cary. 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.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS – No Special Event Stations have been posted for the NC Section on the ARRL website through March 2018. 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! (source: ARRL website)


January 6: Winston-Salem FirstFest, Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, Winston-Salem, NC,

March 9-10: Charlotte Hamfest/ARRL North Carolina Section Convention, Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, Concord, NC,

March 31: 44th Annual RARSfest/ARRL North Carolina State Convention, Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, Raleigh, NC,

July 7: 33rd Annual 2018 Firecracker Hamfest, Rowan Amateur Radio Society, Salisbury, NC,

July 21: Mid-Summer Swapfest, Cary Amateur Radio Club, Cary, NC,

August 31 – September 2: 62nd Annual Shelby Hamfest/ARRL Roanoke Division Convention, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Shelby, NC,

It is not too early to apply for ARRL-affiliation of your club’s upcoming hamfest! For more information, see (source: ARRL website)

QUA – Reminder! Your assistance is still needed with S 1534 The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017. Please take the time to contact your US Senators and request their support by voting favorably for this Bill. A link to the RallyCongress page is provided to make it easy for you to generate letters to your US Senators, see Thanks!

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! Thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year! 73, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, ARRL North Carolina Section Manager, (919) 669-6068 (cell)