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ARRL NC Section Newsletter

February 2017

NATIONAL SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK (3/5-11) The following information was received from Bill Morine, N2COP: " National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 5-11. This event, much like Hurricane Awareness week in late May and National SKYWARN Recognition Day on the first Saturday in December, are all excellent times for SKYWARN operations in your sections to showcase their capabilities, not only to the public but to other Amateur Radio operators too. 73 de Bill, N2COP"

Attached to his email was the following example of a news release from a NWS center for North and South Carolina: "Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 5-11, 2017. During the March 5-11, 2017 Severe Weather Preparedness Week, NWS Wilmington will send out information via Twitter and Facebook to promote weather safety and severe weather information. Also, on Wednesday March 8, 2017 the North Carolina and South Carolina Statewide Tornado Drills will be conducted. The drills will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and will create an opportunity for schools, agencies, businesses, and the public to test their tornado safety plans. If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 8, 2017, the statewide tornado drills will be postponed. The alternate date for the drill is Friday March 10, 2017. The drill for SC and NC will be handled differently and here are the details for each drill:

SC Statewide Tornado Drill, Date: Wednesday March 8, 2017, Time: 0900 AM EST, Product Issued: Test Tornado Warning (T.TOR). Notes: All NOAA Weather Radio models should automatically activate if they are setup and working properly. There will be no follow-up statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide drill. The drill will conclude when your group, school, business, or organization feels that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures. Also note, this drill will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio test that typically occurs around 11 AM EST.

NC Statewide Tornado Drill, Date: Wednesday March 8, 2017, Time: 0930 AM EST, Product Issued: Required Monthly Test (RMT). Notes: Not all NOAA Weather Radio models will automatically activate with the RMT product. Since your NOAA Weather Radio may not sound an alarm at the time the RMT is issued you will want to do one of the following: a) manually turn on your NOAA Weather Radio and simply listen to the audio at 0930 AM EST, or b) simply plan to start your tornado drill on your own at 0930 AM EST. There will be no follow-up statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide drill. The drill will conclude when your group, school, business, or organization feels that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures. Also note, this drill will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio test that typically occurs around 11 AM EST.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding Severe Weather Preparedness Week or the Statewide Tornado Drills. Thank you! Steve." Thanks to Bill Morine, N2COP, ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director; Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Wilmington; and Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN), for providing this information! (sources: N2COP, Steven Pfaff, NWS Wilmington, NC4VA)

REMINDER! SOUTHEASTERN VHF SOCIETY ISSUES CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE, 3/13) The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHS) has issued a call for papers and presentations (PDF attached below) for delivery at its convention, April 28-29, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Papers and presentations are solicited on both technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF, and microwave "weak-signal" Amateur Radio. The submission deadline is March 13. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

REMINDER! ARRL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SIX AWARDS (DEADLINES, 3/15 to 4/30) The ARRL is inviting nominations for awards that recognize educational, technological, and service pursuits in Amateur Radio: the ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award, the ARRL Microwave Development Award, the ARRL Technical Service Award, the ARRL Technical Innovation Award, and the Knight Distinguished Service Award. In addition, nominations are being accepted for the Hiram Percy Maxim Award, the League's premier award honoring a young licensee. The nomination deadlines are between March 15 and April 30, 2017. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

FCC INVITES COMMENTS ON ARRL PETITION TO ALLOCATE NEW 5 MHz BAND (DEADLINE, 3/20) The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for Rule Making to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep four of the current five 60-meter channels one would be within the new band as well as the current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the League's Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. Comments are due Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in support of its petition. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

SKYWARN SPOTTER TRAINING ON CENTRAL CAROLINA SKYWARN INFORMATION NET (4/2, 4/11) SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net on April 4th and April 11th at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater (Wake County) and via live-streaming audio on the internet. Training will focus on the role of the SKYWARN spotter, weather safety, and convective basics. This training may be used to earn initial spotter certification or renew certification, which is required every three years. Part 1 of Basic Training will be held on April 4th; Part 2 on April 11th. The instructor will be Nick Petro, WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Raleigh. To fully benefit from this training and to receive certification, you must: a) download the training presentation before each net from (it will be included with the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing, click on the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing on the top menu to download); b) listen and check in at the end of both nets; and c) email Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN) at with your name, call sign (if licensed), and preferred email address. The NWS will then contact you about completing the spotter certification process.

Scanner listeners and listeners receiving live-streaming audio on the internet at may also participate by downloading the presentations and emailing Virginia NC4VA immediately after both nets. Again, be sure to include your name, call sign (if licensed), and preferred email address. For live-streamed training, visit and proceed as follows: Listen > North Carolina > Wake > Central Carolina SKYWARN. If you live outside the Raleigh NWS coverage area, the Raleigh NWS will coordinate with your Weather Forecast Office to ensure your SKYWARN spotter certification. Virginia Enzor NC4VA " Additional SKYWARN Spotter Training classes sponsored by NWS Raleigh can be found at Please check your local National Weather Service office for SKYWARN Spotter Training classes in your area. Thanks to Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN), for providing this information! (source: NC4VA)

ARRL SEEKS OPINIONS CONCERNING POSSIBLE NEW ENTRY LEVEL LICENSE (DEADLINE, 4/7) An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC. The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF. The committee has created an online member survey. Please complete and submit the survey no later than April 7, 2017. Survey results will be published. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARISS OPENS WINDOW FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST CONTACTS WITH SPACE STATION CREW (DEADLINE, 4/15) The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations individually or working in concert to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members. The window to submit a proposal is open until April 15. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL ANNOUNCES 2017 TEACHERS INSTITUTE ON WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY (DEADLINE, 5/1) The ARRL has announced its 2017 Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology schedule. This summer's sessions will be held during July in Dayton, OH and at the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT. The deadline for applications is May 1st. The Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology is a concentrated (and expenses paid) professional development opportunity offering educators training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom using Amateur Radio. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

FIELD DAY 2017 PACKET IS NOW AVAILABLE (6/24-25) The Field Day 2017 packet now is available from the ARRL website. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25 always the fourth full weekend in June. There have been no significant rule changes from 2016. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ANOTHER OUTSTANDING YEAR FOR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING! Last year 2016 was another outstanding one for Amateur Radio licensing. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADOPTS LEGISLATIVE OBJECTIVES FOR 115TH CONGRESS The ARRL Board of Directors has unanimously adopted five legislative objectives for the 115th US Congress. The Board took the action when it met during January 20-21. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

FCC CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES PILOT PROGRAM AIMED TO INCREASE RULEMAKING TRANSPARENCY FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced a pilot program the Commission says is designed to dramatically increase the transparency of its rulemakings. For further information, see (Source: ARRL website)

FCC CHAIRMAN: ENFORCEMENT CONSENT DECREES MUST GET OKAY FROM FULL COMMISSION FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has put in place another process reform measure that he says will enable the commissioners "to become more fully involved in the agency's enforcement activities." For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE POSTS ITS 2016 ANNUAL REPORT The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has posted its 2016 annual report. The 2016 ARES Annual Report focuses on documenting the value that ARES provides to the nation, states, and localities in collaboration with partners at all levels. The report features basic data drawn from Section Emergency Coordinators' reports, a breakdown of ARES figures by state and FEMA region, and a challenge for 2017. According to the report, ARES membership in 2016 was 27,754 from 17,756 in 2015 and the Service was active in 42 states and US territories. ARES volunteers responded to 33,136 events last year. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

CAMPUS HAM RADIO CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO BOOST VITALITY THROUGH INNOVATION ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW, believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

WINTER 2017 EDITION OF RADIO WAVES IS NOW AVAILABLE! The winter 2017 issue of Radio Waves News you can use for license instruction and radio science education, is now available. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

MARS REFOCUSES ITS MISSION, ENCRYPTS DATA NETS Today's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD). For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR RESULTS The results for the National Parks on the Air operating event are available on the ARRL website, see In the State of North Carolina, Gregory Hatten, KE4MU of Asheville won the Activator category with 134 points (#26 overall); and, Rich Homolya, N4EX and Tom Lewis, N4TL, both from Raleigh, tied for first place in the Chaser category with 445 points (#34 overall). Congratulations to all participants! (source: ARRL website)


Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, April 1, 2017, sponsored by Greater Gaston Amateur Radio Society, 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 amateur radio and "when all else fails", see (source: ARRL website)

On Winter Field Day and Gaston County Amateur Radio Society, see (source: ARRL website)

On the Samuel FB Morse exhibit and Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, see (source: ARRL website)

On amateur radio operators speaking to Rotarians, see (source: ARRL website)

The following report was received from Raymond ("Woody") Woodward, K3VSA: "W4SAR and KD4YJZ in "Our State" Magazine. Congratulations to Dave Snyder, W4SAR, who got a two-page spread in the March 2017 issue of North Carolina's prestigious "Our State" magazine on pages 126-127. He is pictured in his full regalia as a "redcoat" officer of His Majesty's 64th Regiment Afoot. He has been active as a Revolutionary War re-enactor for 41 years now according to the accompanying article in the magazine. In addition to his re-enacting as a British Army Captain, Dave is, of course, the longstanding Captain of the highly successful combined Orange County Radio Amateurs/Durham FM Association Field Day operation, as well as an "A-lister" on the Roanoke Division Volunteer Examiner honor roll. His wife, Karen, KD4YJZ, is also mentioned, and she may or may not be among the ladies assembled around the cooking fire pictured on pages 118-119. Dave and Karen both hold Amateur Extra licenses." Congratulations to Dave (W4SAR) and Karen (KD4YJZ) Snyder of Efland on being featured in "Our State" magazine; and, thanks to Raymond ("Woody") Woodward K3VSA, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer and ARRL Roanoke Division Assistant Director, for providing this information! (source: K3VSA)


QNI (total check-ins): 1,718; Total messages passed: 603.

Station Activity Reports (SARs), total number: KC4PGN 235, W2EAG 203, WC9CW 185, WK4WC 145, WB4ZIQ 127, AA3N 114, KB4RGC 104, KF4OCU 100, W4DNA 67, W4TTO 58, KW4EMG 50, W3HL 48, KE4AHC 36, W4EAT 29, KW4PD 25, KJ4JPE 15, W4JHU 14, KI4UDZ 12, K4IWW 0, WK4P 0.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 245, WK4WC 170, KW4PD 160, W4DNA 140, K4IWW 130, WB4ZIQ 130, KB4RGC 125, W4TTO 125, KJ4JPE 115, W2EAG 110, AA3N 100, WC9CW 100, KI4UDZ 97, KF4OCU 80, W4JHU 54, WK4P 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: Paul Marshall Leeper, W0EME (SK) of Goldsboro; Philip Keith Lupo, KD4KII (SK) of Knightdale; Robert D. ("Dale") Mash, W4WWF (SK) of Statesville; and, Charles Edward ("Barney") Reed, Jr, W4GBO (SK) of Martinsville, VA. 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 7-9: 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, 0001Z-2359Z, AC4RC, Wilmington, NC. Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club. 14.225 7.175 3.800; CW/Digital all bands. Certificate and QSL. Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 4044, Wilmington, NC 28406. Confirmation of contact LoTW free; QSL card w/SASE; Certificate requires $4 for postage and handling, QSL card may be included with certificate mailing if requested.

April 29: Samuel F. B. Morse Exhibition, 1400Z-2000Z, N4M, Winston Salem, NC. Forsyth Amateur Radio Club. 7.044 7.244 14.044 14.244. QSL. Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 11361, Winston Salem, NC 27116. The Forsyth Amateur Radio Club of Winston-Salem, NC, will sponsor Special Event Station, N4M, in celebration of the Reynolds House Museum of American Art's Exhibition Samuel F.B. Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre" and the Art of Invention. or

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)


March 10-11: Charlotte Hamfest, Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, Concord, NC,

April 15: 45th Annual RARSFest/ARRL Roanoke Division Convention, Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, Raleigh, NC,