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Posted Jun 22, 2011

GOVERNOR ISSUES AMATEUR RADIO APPRECIATION WEEK PROCLAMATION - Governor Purdue's office issued the annual Amateur Radio Appreciation Week Proclamation on Monday. ARRL and the North Carolina section request that this proclamation coincide every year with Field Day. You can see it in its original form with the governor's seal as a PDF file at Print out a copy to display at your Field Day site.

FIELD DAY - OK, the Big Day is almost here. Here are some last minute tips to make your Field Day successful. Many of these actions might qualify for bonus points. Look at the rules at for bonus point ideas:

Let's put the fun back into Field Day. I look forward to seeing many of you as I make my rounds in and around central and western North Carolina.

NTS REPORTS - May, 2011. QNI (Net Stations Check-in) 2788 (down 607 or 18%). Messages passed 605 (up 91 or 18%). STATION ACTIVITY REPORTS (SARs) K4IWW 414, WK4P 293, KI4YV 196, W4DNA 184, W2EAG 139, W4TTO 60, W3HL 58, K8SKX 45, KE4AHC 42, KA4IZN 35, W4AJT 30, NC4VA 29, KC4PGN 24, WB4Y 24, KD4SM 15. PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL (PSHR) NCVA 249, WK4P 150, W4DNA 140, K4IWW 130, W2EAG 110, W4TTO 100, KA4IZN 95, K4JUU 90, KI4YV 90.

VE TEST SESSIONS - We need to congratulate those dedicated operators who have become certified Volunteer Examiners, and the clubs which sponsor exams. All the VE organizations which administer these tests, whether they be ARRL, W4VEC, W5YI or any of the others, provide a tremendous service. Congrats to the Orange County Radio Assn. (OCRA) which had 21 candidates at a recent test session. Most VE sessions aren't this large, but a big pat on the back to all those VEs who show up month after month to help candidates get their first ticket or upgrade. Thanks guys!

MEDIA HITS - Congratulations to UNC-Charlotte 49er Brett Thompson, KJ4VLK, who had a story in the South Charlotte Weekly about being nominated as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. According to the Southern Pines Pilot, ARRL PIO Jim Johnson, KI4TAT, told Moore County commissioners that local Sandhills operators turned out to help Lee County (Sanford) during the tornado outbreaks in April. That helped the Moore County commissioners to issue an "Amateur Radio Appreciation Week" proclamation.

HAMFESTS - July 9th - Firecracker Hamfest, Salisbury Civic Center 315 Martin Luther King Avenue South, Salisbury, NC 28144. Talk-In: 145.410 (PL 136.5) Details: ; July 17th - Mid-Summer Swapfest, Town of Cary (Ritter Park), 301 West Lochmere Drive, Cary, NC 27511. Talk-In: 146.88 Details: ; July 30th - WCARS Hamfest, Haywood County Fairgrounds, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC 28785 Talk-In: 146.910 (PL 91.5) and 147.390 (PL 94.8). Details:

PUBLIC SERVICE - July 4th, Firecracker 100/50K ride, Cary; July 23rd, Operation Red Sleigh Charity Bike Ride, Seagrove. Details at:

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS - Jul 16, 1400Z-1800Z, NC4MC, Candor Peach Festival, Candor, NC. Montgomery Amateur Radio Society. 14.250. Certificate. Don Grady, 120 Woodline Dr, Troy, NC 27371.

SKs - I regret to report the passing of Manson Long, WA4TIL, of Gastonia.

CORRECTIONS - In our haste to report the great work of Meteorology students at NC State for reporting tornadoes to Central Carolina SKYWARN and for making the great video on You Tube of a tornado passing through Wilson, we mistakenly identified Kevin Smith as KF4FMD. He is instead K4BGM. Fellow student Jeremy Gilbert was listed as a Ham when he is not. Their great video is still posted on the website of the Raleigh News & Observer at I apologize to Kevin and Jeremy on my error.

LAST WORD - FIELD DAY & WAYNE GRETZKY. I realize ice hockey remains an enigma to many Southerners, but we can all learn from the quote from hockey's greatest player, Wayne Gretzky. When asked what made him great, Gretzky replied, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." And that explains why six ARRL representatives staffed the Maker Faire exposition this past Saturday in Raleigh. Maker Faire is a loose confederation of Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYs) who make items ranging from the manual arts such as woodworking and blacksmithing to sophisticated electronics such as robotics. The second annual North Carolina Maker Faire drew several thousand attendees. At the ARRL booth we spoke to about 200 people. About two thirds were already licensed Amateurs who were either inactive or independent and unaffiliated. The remaining third were unlicensed attendees, most of whom had some knowledge of Ham Radio. All who stopped by were very receptive. Many were surprised to see us, then commented that having Amateur Radio at Maker Faire made sense. These folks asked about QRP kits, satellite operations, digital modes and portable operations. Many of the inactive Hams told us they wanted to get back into the hobby, and almost all expressed an interest in seeing a Field Day location near them. So what excited them? Voice communications such as SSB and FM didn't seem to ignite their juices, but the things I mentioned above sure did. Many played with the 20 meter solar QRP CW rig we had on display, and others appeared fascinated with point-to-point digital communications. At your Field Day locations this year, consider having some alternative forms of communications, such as solar QRP or PSK-31. The Maker Faire attendees want to see this type of stuff, and you'll be going to where the puck is, not to where it has been. Have a great Field Day, and I look forward to seeing many of you.

de Bill Morine, N2COP
ARRL North Carolina Section Manager