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ARRL NC Section Newsletter

January 2016

Posted Jan 30, 2016

Greetings from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL NC Section Manager!

HR 1301 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 (UPDATE) - As of January 27th, HR 1301 has 118 co-sponsors, including 5 Representatives from North Carolina: David Price (D-NC-4); Walter Jones, Jr (R-NC-3); Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10); David Rouzer (R-NC-7); and, Renee Elmers (R-NC-2). Source:, copy and paste this link into your web browser.

S 1685 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 (UPDATE) - In June 2015, S 1685 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 was introduced in the US Senate. The wording in S 1685 and HR 1301 are identical. Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS) introduced S 1685 into the US Senate. As of January 27th, there are 3 co-sponsors: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the original co-sponsor of the Bill; Senator Al Franken (D-MN); and, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). Source:; copy and paste this link into your web browser. For further information on HR 1301 and S 1685 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, see

SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, HR 1301 SPONSOR TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT - On January 12th, HR 1301 Amateur Radio Parity Act was discussed during hearings conducted by the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. For further information, including the comments from Representatives Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR) and Adam Kinsinger (R-IL), see (source: ARRL website) OUTGOING ARRL CEO DAVID SUMNER, K1ZZ, HONORED WITH ARRL PRESIDENT'S AWARD - ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, presented ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, with the ARRL President's Award at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors on January 15th and 16th. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL PRESIDENT KAY CRAIGIE, N3KN, CONCLUDING NEARLY 3 DECADES AS A LEAGUE OFFICIAL - After completing her third term, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, "passed the baton" as the ARRL Board of Directors elected her successor during its 2016 Annual Meeting on January 15th and 16th. For further information, including her comments on this transition, see (source: ARRL website)

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: RICK RODERICK, K5UR, ELECTED AS ARRL'S 16TH PRESIDENT - At its 2016 Annual Meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors elected ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR of Little Rock (AR), as the ARRL's next president. For further information, including other Board elections, see (source: ARRL website)

TOM GALLAGHER, NY2RF, WILL SUCCEED DAVID SUMNER, K1ZZ AS ARRL CEO - Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, FL will succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April 18TH. Tom NY2RF will join the ARRL staff as CEO-Elect on February 29th, and a transition period will follow. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS (AuxComm) COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ORLANDO HAMCATION 2016 (DEADLINE, 2/1) - The Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security will be offering their Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) Course on February 9-11, 2016 in the Orlando, FL area. More than 1,200 amateur radio operators in the US have taken the course. The purpose of the AuxComm course is train qualified amateur radio operators to assist local, county, and state government with ICS-compliant emergency backup communications, if requested. Registration for the AuxComm course is now open. Please note that applicants must meet all course prerequisites; and, only students with pre-approved registration will be allowed to attend the AuxComm course. The course is limited to 40 students. The deadline for registration and submitting the copies of your certificates is Monday, February 1, 2016. It is important that certifications are received by the OEC prior to the deadline. The requirements for the AuxComm course are completion of ICS-100B, 200B, 700A, and 800B; and, a signed copy of their amateur radio license. For further information, see and Registrations and questions regarding this course should be sent directly to the OEC corrdinator:, with the key word "Orlando HamCation 2016" in the subject line. (sources: ARRL ARES E-Letter, December 16, 2015; Orlando Hamcation website,; and, OEC/DHS)

NORTH CAROLINA QSO PARTY (2/28) - The following information was received from Marty Young, W4MY: "The North Carolina QSO Party is again planned for February 28, 2016, 10am - 8pm EST. Significant changes this year worth mentioning are new high power categories, Voice of America Bonus station, and synergy with the South Carolina QSO Party for "The Carolina Weekend". Be sure to check out the website,, for the latest information. High Power. Requests to use high power during the NCQP have been answered. Single-op stations, both in and out of state, now have an additional option to operate mixed mode/high power. This is one more consideration to add to your strategy deliberation. We're hoping this will be popular with stations further away (west coast USA and DX) helping their signal to make the trip here. Clubs also have an additional option for high power AND multiple stations, if desired, in the new Clubs/Unlimited class. Voice of America Bonus. We are proud of our bonus stations and how they are featured in the NCQP (50 pts extra for working them). W1VOA will be on the air from one of the actual sites (Receiving Site "C") in Pitt County and will be making use of one or more of the Rhombics and LPDAs. We'll be looking for an awesome signal from them! They will be QRV on phone, CW, and digital. The Carolina Weekend. South Carolina has moved their QSO Party to Saturday, February 27, 2016. This was by design to have it back to back with ours. As of now, the only "co-mingling" of the two is the new overlay name, "The Carolina Weekend", and participating in both for a chance at an award. Send in your log to each one, respectively, and be in on random drawing for a NC/SC BBQ dinner sent to you in the mail. Of course, we all know where the best BBQ is from, now don't we! Hi! Look for more synergy opportunities in the future with "The Carolina Weekend". Make plans to put your station on the air and be a representative of our great state! Remember, you don't have to be a contester to participate. Just get on the air and have fun! 73 Marty / W4MY NCQP Chairman." Thanks to Marty Young, W4MY, for providing this information! The North Carolina QSO Party, sponsored by Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 1000 EST to 2000 EST. For further information, see

REMINDER! ARRL INVITING NOMINATIONS FOR SIX AWARDS (DEADLINES, MARCH - APRIL, 2016) - The ARRL is inviting nominations for six (6) awards honoring excellence in amateur radio. The awards include: 1) the Hiram Percy Maxim Award, which honors a young amateur radio operator; 2) the ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award; 3) the ARRL Microwave Development Award; 4) the ARRL Technical Service Award; 5) the ARRL Technical Innovation Award; and, the Knight Distinguished Service Award. For further information on these awards and others, the nomination procedures, and deadlines, see and (source: ARRL website)

FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO INVITES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS (DEADLINE, 4/15) - The Foundation for Amateur Radio Inc invites applications for the 2016-2017 academic year for the 46 scholarships it administers. The deadline for applications is April 15th; however, the applications can be edited until May 7th. For further information, see

HAMS TURN OUT TO HELP AS MASSIVE SNOWFALL STUNS SEVERAL STATES - On Monday, January 25th, the ARRL website included an article on Hams providing assistance during the recent snow storm. Tom Brown, N4TAB, Section Emergency Coordinator, was quoted in that article regarding the response in our State, see The entire report from Tom N4TAB was not included in that article. Since you may be interested in reading it, here is the complete report: "North Carolina Agencies adopted AUXCOMM as the primary Amateur Radio EMCOMM response model in 2011. More than 700 Operators in North Carolina have completed FEMA's basic NIMS/ICS training and are eligible to participate in AUXCOMM, under the NC COMU (Communications Unit). In North Carolina, the storm did bring snow and a lot of power outages (about 200,000 at the peak), but no communications outages. A few shelters were opened, but were subsequently closed due to minimal need. While general activation was very limited (although COMLs were activated), NC Agencies are comfortable with the readiness and depth of the committed Amateur Radio group in North Carolina, owing to the extensive and continuing training of those Tar Heel operators. 73, Tom Brown N4TAB....." Thanks to all amateur radio operators in our State that responded to the needs of their communities during this adverse weather event; and, thanks to Tom Brown, N4TAB, Section Emergency Coordinator (ARES), NC AUXCOMM Coordinator, and NC Credentialed AHIMT Type III COML, for providing this report! (sources: ARRL website, N4TAB)

ARRL NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR 2016 - The ARRL National Parks On The Air is QRV! Big time! The number of activated stations is impressive - just take a look at your favorite DX spotting website, or check out the list of Upcoming Registered Events at, copy and paste this link into your web browser. Also, see Media Hits and Reports, and Special Events Stations in this Newsletter for information on several upcoming station activations in the NC Section. For information on rules, answers to frequently asked questions, activator tips, NPOTA documents, answers to basic questions from NPS employees, the Leaderboard, list of NPOTA units, merchandise, NPOTA on social media, and latest news, see (source: ARRL website)

REDESIGNED FCC WEBSITE MAKES IT EASY FOR HAMS TO FILE INTERFERENCE COMPLAINTS - At the request of ARRL, the FCC has made it easier for amateur radio operators to file their own RF interference and other complaints on the redesigned FCC website. For further information, including detailed instructions on how to file a complaint, see (source: ARRL website)

LICENSING CLASSES - Wilkesboro (NC): Technician licensing class, February 1 to April 11, 2016, sponsored by Foothills Amateur Radio Club, contact Dave Ritter, ND4MR by phone at (336) 838-6124 or by email at david dot ritter at wilkescc dot edu for further information. Gastonia (NC): Technician licensing class, February 13, 2016, sponsored by Greater Gaston Radio Society, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at (704) 827-2138 or by email at n4atj at bellsouth dot net for further information. Raleigh (NC): General licensing class, February 27 to March 19, 2016, sponsored by Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, contact Murray Merner K4MHM by phone at (919) 803-7973 or by email at k4mhm at arrl dot net for further information. To find upcoming classes, go to Please note that a licensing 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 licensing class. Thanks! (sources: ARRL website)

MEDIA HITS AND REPORTS - The following media hits and reports are included in this month's newsletter: On Chestley Edward Burton, Jr, KA4ELE (SK), see (source: Google search)

On Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, being elected CEO of the ARRL, see (source: Google search)

The following report was received from Virginia Enzor, NC4VA: "SKYWARN Recognition Day 2015: A Success! By Virginia Enzor NC4VA, CCS Emergency Coordinator. SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) took place Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 0000-2400 UTC. Created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League, the event celebrated the contributions that SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service to help keep their communities safe. During the event, SKYWARN operators contacted other NWS offices and spotters across the nation. Radio operators exchanged names, call signs, locations, signal reports, and a 1- or 2-word weather report. Over 90 NWS offices across the country participated in this annual event. Central Carolina SKYWARN (CCS) enthusiastically teamed up with the Raleigh National Weather Service for the 16th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day, operating under the call sign WX4NC. On the air from 7-10:30pm on Friday and 8am-7pm on Saturday at the NWS office on Centennial Campus in Raleigh, the WX4NC team consisted of NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro WX3H, former NWS Meteorologist-in-Charge Darin Figurskey KC2IPY, CCS Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor NC4VA, CCS Assistant Emergency Coordinator Bob Woodson WX4MMM, CCS Assistant Emergency Coordinator Scott Lewis KJ4BPV, Statewide Deputy AUXCOMM Coordinator Frank Pleshe N3FRP, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator - Central Branch Steve Misel K4WEB, Wake County Assistant Emergency Director Steve Newton KJ4TTU, Jackson Newton, Lauren Petro KF7RCU, John Stone K3RHJ, Pam Lewis KB4PAM, Ken Stark W4KJS, Randy Stark WN4RSS, and Jose Guzman KD4JWF. For VHF/UHF, we used two permanently installed dual band Kenwood TMD7 radios with Diamond dual band vertical antennas and a temporary ICOM 208 with magmount antenna. There were 3 HF radios - the NWS' Kenwood TS 570S, Scott Lewis' Kenwood TS 120, and Virginia Enzor's IC-7000. Antennas included a Buckmaster and inverted dipoles for 20 and 40 meters. Good propagation and teamwork favored us to earn the F1 Tornado certificate by contacting 51 NWS offices. We also contacted 44 out of 50 states and accumulated a total of 352 contacts. Our most distant contacts were 2E0LUN in Kempston Rural, England and OE3CHC in Vienna, Austria! To see the scores of all participating offices, please visit The goal for 2016 will be the highest certification: Category 5 Hurricane! We wish to thank to all spotters who made contacts with us, and we hope to get you in the log again next year on SRD. And most importantly, thanks for your service and reports to SKYWARN and the NWS throughout the year." Thanks to all Hams participating in SKYWARN Recognition Day 2015; and, to Virginia Enzor, NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator (Central Carolina SKYWARN), for providing this report!

The following information, part of a longer communication sent to the members of the Hamstead Hams, was received from Stan White, KI4NC: "..... It was an honor to present "First Contact Awards" to Max Gregor KM4HFM and Charlie Wilson KM4ODO this morning. These men have hit the ground running and are providing a public service in and around Pender County by using their amateur radio license to help others. Great job, men! ..... Following the [January] meeting, we held our first VE exam session of the year. It was exciting to see 4 leave with their Technician ticket and 2 leave with their General ticket! I would like to extend congratulations to Kirk Binning KD5OSN on passing his General exam. ..... Thanks to all the VEs who helped proctor the exams: Jeff Holmes NC4JF, John Griffith N4JPG, Nick Zedlar KK4FYL, Stan Harts KK4WCW, Ron Bovender KC4RB, Mack Coleman KK4IRV, and Lucas Coleman KK4FVC. No VEs, no new Hams! ..... 73 Stan KI4NC." Eleven days later, the following email from Stan KI4NC was received: "..... The new call signs have posted and are as follows: David Parker KM4QIF, Debra Heath KM4QIG, Jordan Duncan KM4QIH, and Danny Buck KM4QII. Stay warm! 73 Stan KI4NC." Congratulations to everyone on their accomplishments; and, to Stan White, KI4NC, President, Hampstead Hams, for providing this information!

The following (edited) information was received from Lane Kendall, WK4WC: "Carolina Traffic Information Net. Net Control W2EAG Mark. Beginning Saturday, January 16th at 5pm local time on 3.923 MHz LSB. Subsequent nets will be held every Saturday at 5pm, with a possible shift to Sunday at 5pm after football season. According to Mark W2EAG, the nets will continue as long as propagation holds out on 80 meters. Thanks and 73, Lane WK4WC." This is an extraordinary opportunity for Hams interested in the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) to learn about traffic handling from Mark Rappaport, W2EAG of New Bern, a key member of the NTS. Mark W2EAG wrote the book, "An Instructors Guide To Training Traffic Handlers", which is available at, click on Instructors Guide. For his many years of work in and for the NTS, Mark W2EAG received the 2013 ARRL George Hart Distinguished Service Award. Thanks to Mark Rappaport, W2EAG for teaching these information sessions; and, to Lane Kendall, WK4NC, Official Relay Station and Net Manager, for providing this information! (sources: WK4WC, ARRL website)

The following information was received from Stan White, KI4NC: "National Parks On The Air (NPOTA). All, I am pleased to announce that Pender County ARES, along with the Hampstead Hams, will be operating from Moores Creek National Battlefield on February 27th and 28th for NPOTA. Our activation will be in concert with the 240th anniversary celebration of the Battle of the Moores Creek Bridge; February 27, 1776. More information can be found here: We will begin our station(s) set-up at 08:00 and the festivities will be from 10:00-16:00 both days. Please make plans to join us for this exciting event. ..... Ham Radio is alive and well in Pender County! 73 Stan KI4NC." The Sampson County ARS will be joining this activation on Sunday, February 28th. Thanks to Stan White, KI4NC, President, Hampstead Hams, for providing this information!

The following information was received from Philip Jenkins, N4HF: "The Road Show ARC is doing a "Two-fer" this Saturday and Sunday, Jan 30-31st. Using the call WA4TRS, the club will be participating in Winter Field Day AND activating a National Historic Site, the Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, NC." Thanks to Philip Jenkins, N4HF, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this information!

NTS SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2015 - QNI (total check-ins): 2,050; Total messages passed: 523. Station Activity Reports (SARs), total number: K4IWW 335, KC4PGN 174, WK4WC 163, W4DNA 148, WB4ZIQ 94, W2EAG 79, W4TTO 76, KW4EMG 42, KJ4JPE 41, W4EAT 40, AK4RJ 38, KE4AHC 34, KI4UDZ 25, WC9CW (formerly KM4HSO) 22. Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 200, KJ4JPE 150, W4DNA 145, WK4WC 135, K4IWW 130, WB4ZIQ 120, KI4UDZ 115, KK4LGM 115, W2EAG 110, W4TTO 100, WC9CW (formerly KM4HSO) 87, KM4HXX 86, AK4RJ 72. Thanks to all stations for participating in NC Section traffic activities; and, to Dave Roy, W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, for providing this information!

REMINDER! NET CONTROL STATIONS NEEDED FOR TARHEEL EMERGENCY NET - Additional Net Control Stations are needed for the Tarheel Emergency Net (THEN), which meets daily at 7:30 PM local time on 3.923 MHz. If you are involved in ARES - NC AUXCOMM activities, would like to participate in net operations, and improve your operating skill please consider becoming a Net Control Station for the THEN. For further information on the THEN, see or contact me by email at w4chx at arrl dot org, or by cell phone at (919) 669-6068. (source: NC ARRL website)

SILENT KEYS - With deep regret, the passing of the following amateur radio operators is reported: Chestley Edward Burton, Jr, KA4ELE (SK) of Sunset Beach; Elwood Thornton Daughety, Jr, KB4EFE (SK) of Kinston; Eugene Lane ("Gene") Underwood, KE4JZU (SK) of Greenville, NC; and, Daniel L. Whitehead, Jr, KK4DMS (SK) of Durham, NC. 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 - March 12-13: Battle of Guilford Courthouse - 235th Anniversary, 1300Z-1900Z, N4G, Greensboro, NC. Greensboro Amateur Radio Association. 21.325 14.325 7.235. QSL. N4G Special Event Station, GARA, PO Box 7054, Greensboro, NC 27417. DSTAR REF054C. This event is NPOTA activation (MP-04). Request SASE for QSL. April 8: 69th North Carolina Azalea Festival Special Event, 0059Z-2359Z, AC4RC, Wilmington, NC. Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club. 14.230. Certificate & QSL. ACARC, PO Box 4044, Wilmington, NC 28406. Special Event stations may be found up from the bottom end of the general portion of each band. Confirmation via LoTW (preferred). Contacts confirmed via QSL cards require SASE. Stations wanting a certificate via USPS $4. Certificates may also be received via email in PDF format. 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!

UPCOMING HAMFESTS AND CONVENTIONS - March 11-12: Charlotte Hamfest, Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, Concord, NC, April 2: 44th Annual RARSfest/ARRL NC Section Convention, Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, Raleigh, NC, April 16: Catawba Valley Hamfest, McDowell Amateur Radio Association, Morganton, NC, April 23: 26th Annual Down East Hamfest, Down East Hamfest Association, Kinston, NC, May 14: 12th Annual Rockingham County Swapfest, Rockingham County Amateur Radio Club, Reidsville, NC, May 28: 42nd Annual DurHamFest, Durham FM Association (DFMA), Durham, NC (new location), July 9: 31st Annual Firecracker Hamfest, Rowan Amateur Radio Society, Salisbury, NC, July 16: Mid-Summer SWAPFEST, Cary Amateur Radio Club, Cary, NC, August 13: 18th Annual Cape Fear ARS Swapfest, Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society, Fayetteville, NC, September 3-4: 60th Annual Shelby Hamfest/ARRL NC State Convention, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Shelby, NC, It is not too early to apply for ARRL-affiliation of your club's 2016 hamfest! For more information, see (source: ARRL website) QUA* - January has been very busy! On Saturday, January 9th, I attended FirstFest in Winston-Salem. As always, it is great to see friends, talk about amateur radio, and look at the items for sale. I saw several "boat anchors" that almost found their way into my car! Thanks to the Forsythe Amateur Radio Club for putting on another, great FirstFest!

Several days later, my wife, Gale K4GGB, and I drove to Orlando to attend a continuing education meeting. We were surprised by the cold weather - at least one day had overnight temperatures (F) in the 30s! The weather in Orlando was a hint of what we would encounter upon our return to Raleigh.

Then, came the weekend of January 22nd-24th..... Wow! I set up some battery-powered emergency communications equipment and on Friday morning (1/22), listened to Central Carolina SKYWARN, which had been activated. That evening, it was noted that 33 Hams from around the State "checked in" to the Tarheel Emergency Net. Thanks to everyone for participating in these nets! I am certain, though, that other Hams, in other locations in our State, were involved, too! With that in mind: thanks to ALL amateur radio operators that responded to the needs of their communities during this adverse weather event!

Finally, to all the clubs and individuals participating in Winter Field Day (1/30-31), have fun and be safe!

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! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming hamfest or club meeting. Thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community. 73, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, ARRL North Carolina Section Manager, (919) 669-6068 (cell)