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ARRL NC Section Newsletter

Late Fall 2017

Greetings from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL NC Section Manager!

HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE – The page,, includes information and news summarizing the response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers following Hurricane Harvey and the continuing dangerous severe weather and flooding in Texas and parts of Louisiana. (source: ARRL website)

HURRICANE IRMA – 2017 – The page,, includes information and news summarizing the response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers for Hurricane Irma in September 2017. (source: ARRL website)

HURRICANE MARIA – 2017 – This page,, includes information and news summarizing the response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers for Hurricane Maria in September 2017. (source: ARRL website)

PUERTO RICO – CARIBBEAN RECOVERY 2017 – This page,, includes information and news summarizing the response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers who are supporting emergency communications to aid hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the storm ravaged Caribbean. (source: ARRL website)

ARRL EXPRESSES GRATITUDE FOR OUTPOURING OF HAM AID DONATIONS – ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

FCC CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES AMATEUR RADIO IN PRAISING THOSE ASSISTING PUERTO RICO – Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday [11/6], FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

STATUS REPORT: THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2017 – The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 – S. 1534 is alive, but with legislative action slowed to a glacial pace on Capitol Hill in recent months, there’s been no real progress to report since this past summer. At present, the bill is under consideration by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and it remains an active concern for ARRL. The League is working diligently to shake the bill loose and move it forward. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 BILL LEONARD AWARD (DEADLINE, 12/1) – ARRL is seeking nominations for the prestigious Bill Leonard Award. Created as a tribute to the late CBS News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE, an avid radio amateur and advocate for the service, the award honors three professional journalists whose outstanding media coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value of Amateur Radio each year. Awards are given for audio, visual, and print/text journalism. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 (12/2) – A heads up: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

YEAR-LONG NASA ON THE AIR EVENT KICKS OFF ON DECEMBER 11 (12/11) – “The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. … – Thanks to Rob Suggs, KB5EZ, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club (NN4SA), and Kevin Zari, KK4YEL, NASA Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club (N1KSC).” For further information, see (sources: KB5EZ, KK4YEL, ARRL website)

CWops ONLINE MORSE CODE TRAINING FOR YOUNG HAMS (DEADLINE, 12/15) – The following information (edited) was received from Carl Davis, W8WZ: “The CW Operator’s Club (CWops) is expanding its very successful CW Academy Program to include a special opportunity for hams between age 11 and 19 to learn Morse Code in free online classes with hams their own age. Students will be grouped into classes with other hams in their age range (11-13, 14-16, 17-19) and in their time zone for online CW training over SKYPE. In addition to training in Morse Code, CWops will provide volunteers in the student’s area to help him/her with antenna and radio station installation when possible. Additionally, a program to provide free loaner HF stations to students in the program is also being developed. Hams in the US or Canada aged 11 to 19 who are interested in this opportunity should register via e-mail to k6rb58 at gmail dot com with the subject line YOUTH CWA between 15 November and 15 December 2017. Classes will begin in January 2018. The e-mail should include: first and last name; callsign and current license class; age; time zone; e-mail address; and, telephone number. CWops will continue to offer its free, three-stage online CW Academy to hams over age 19 without change to that established program. Full details can be found on” For further information on the Youth CW Academy Pilot Program, see Thanks to Carl Davis, W8WZ (#1660, CWops Life Member), for providing this information! (sources: W8WZ, CWops website)

ANOUNCING: THE ARRL INTERNATIONAL GRID CHASE! (1/1) – A new and exciting operating event will kick off on January 1, 2018, at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), when the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

WINTER FIELD DAY (1/27-28) – The following report (edited) was received from Dave Tabbutt, W3DET: “Winter Field Day. Hello, Many of you have heard me talk about Winter Field Day (WFD), attached is a brief video about WFD [the video cannot be included with the Newsletter]. WFD can be a club or single participant event. It is a lot of fun especially because of the warmer climate we have as compared to our fellow hams in the North East and mid-Western regions. Anyone with questions can contact me at w3det at arrl dot net … 73 and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Dave W3DET.” Winter Field Day will be held on January 27-28, 2018. For further information, see Thanks to Dave Tabbutt, W3DET, for providing this information! (sources: W3DET, Winter Field Day website)

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)

HamSCI WORKSHOP AIMS TO FOSTER COLLABORATION BETWEEN HAMS AND SPACE SCIENCE/WEATHER RESEARCHERS (2/23-24) – HamSCI – the Amateur Radio citizen science initiative – has announced a 2-day workshop February 23-24 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

DXPEDITION TO MACAO SET FOR MARCH 2018 – A DXpedition to Macao (XX9) is planned for March 9-17, 2018. … Macao, an autonomous region on China’s south coast across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, is number 67 on Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted List. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

NCDXF ANNOUNCES MAJOR SUPPORT FOR BAKER ISLAND DXPEDITION (JUNE 2018) – The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a major contribution to the Baker Island DXpedition planned for June 2018 by the Dateline DX Association. Baker-Howland is #4 on the Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted list… For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

WORLD RADIOSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 PARTICIPANTS REPRESENT WIDE RANGE OF AGES (7/12-16) – “World Radiosport Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers are counting down the days until WRTC 2018 gets under way on July 12 in the Jessen/Wittenberg area of Germany. … For WRTC 2018, 63 teams have been invited to compete in Germany next July. Team Leaders were chosen from each region, based on 2 years of qualifying contest scores and have chosen a teammate for the event. – Thanks to WRTC 2018 Vice President for Fundraising and Public Relations Michael Höding, DL6MHW.” Nate Moreschi, N4YDU of Youngsville will be a Team Leader in this prestigious event. For further information, see and (sources: DL6MHW; WRTC 2018 and ARRL websites)

FCC’S UPDATE RULES GOVERNING PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 28 – The FCC recently adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). These include a wide variety of wireless devices used by the general public for personal communication, including hand-held Family Radio Service (FRS) transceivers, radio-controlled models, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices, and others. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

MORE PROFESSIONAL AND CITIZEN RESEARCH SUGGESTS ECLIPSE BRIEFLY AFFECTED HF PROPOGATION – Both professional and citizen scientists conducted formal and informal investigations into the effect of the August 21 solar eclipse on HF radio propagation. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

A REMINDER FOR ARRL VOLUNTEERS – “As requests are received asking for Amateurs to travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Irma, ARRL officials are reminded that to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act or the MoU between ARRL and the American Red Cross, requests for volunteers must be submitted through established ARRL/ARES channels. Volunteers wishing to offer their services in disaster relief need to go through the proper established channels. Any self-deployment or requests made outside of the established channels are not covered under ARRL's agreements and may not be subject to the provisions of the Volunteer Protection Act. – Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND, ARRL Regulatory Information Manager; Assistant Secretary, the American Radio Relay League, Inc.” See (source: N1ND, ARRL website)

NOT ALL “INTRUDERS” ON HAM BANDS ARE ILLEGAL – BUT A LOT OF THEM ARE – The monthly newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring Service (IARUMS) typically makes for some interesting reading. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

FCC OPENS 630- AND 2200-METER BANDS; STATIONS MUST NOTIFY UTC BEFORE OPERATING – The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. For further information, including a link to the UTC notification website, see (source: ARRL website)

ROCKWELL COLLINS TO BE SOLD TO UNITED TECHNOLOGIES – United Technologies has announced plans to acquire avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal set to be consummated in 2018. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems. Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for many years manufactured top-tier Amateur Radio equipment. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

HamSCI PRESENTS INITIAL ECLIPSE RESULTS AT ARRL-TAPR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE – At the 36th annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), held September 15–17 this year in St. Louis, HamSCI members presented preliminary evidence that the August 21 solar eclipse had a significant effect on HF propagation. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

TWO DHS APPS OF INTEREST TO ARES OPERATORS – The following information was included in a recent ARES E-Letter: “Here are two good apps from the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications (DHS-OEC) of interest to ARES members: and … – Thanks, Barry Porter, KB1PA, Southern Florida Public Information Officer” (sources: KB1PA, ARES E-Letter, September 20, 2017)


SECURE FORMS ON THE WEBSITE – The security of your information on the ARRL website is extremely important to the League. ARRL has taken steps to encrypt/secure all forms on the site that contain personal or account information by using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). This includes the Shopping Cart checkout, the ARRL Donation Form, the site Login form, the Edit your Profile form, and New User registrations. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

REVISED ARRL FREQUENCY CHART NOW AVAILABLE – An updated ARRL frequency chart is now available for printing and downloading at The chart has been updated to include our new bands at 2,200 and 630 meters. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

WORLD MAKER FAIRE VISITORS URGED TO BUILD, MAKE, CREATE, COMMUNICATE – Ham radio exhibitors at the 2017 World Maker Faire in New York City over the September 23-24 weekend urged visitors to “build, make, create, communicate.” For further information, see and (source: ARRL website)

US SENATE CONFIRMS FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI FOR A SECOND TERM – In a mostly party-line vote, the US Senate on October 2 confirmed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a second term on the Commission. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

RADIO CAROLINE GETTING PERMANENT PERCH IN MW AM BAND – Radio Caroline, the latter-day incarnation of the famous shipboard pirate radio station that beamed rock music to the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, has obtained a license to operate permanently on 648 kHz at 1 kW ERP. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

WWROF WEBINAR ON CONTEST SEASON PROPOGATION OUTLOOK POSTED – “The October 4 webinar, “A Look at Propagation for the 2017 2018 Contest Season,” sponsored by the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF), has been posted. Conducting the webinar were Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, and Frank Donovan, W3LPL. … – Thanks to Ken Claerbout, K4ZW.” For further information, see (sources: K4ZW, ARRL website)

UTC APPROVALS TO USE 630- AND/OR 2,200-METER BANDS ARRIVING VIA E-MAIL – E-mails have gone out to an undetermined number of US radio amateurs from the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), approving the stations’ intention to use 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and/or 2,200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz). For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

QRZ DX AND THE DX MAGAZINE PUBLISHER CARL SMITH, N4AA, SK – QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6 decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought the two publications’ parent DX Publishing in 1997. “Carl was a ham’s ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great hobby,” The Daily DX Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, observed. “He did a lot for Amateur Radio over the years.” Licensed in Kansas City in 1954 as WN0YFT (later W0YFT), Smith served in the US Air Force from 1958 until 1966. He became W4NQA after moving to North Carolina. From 1968 until 1970, he was on the ARRL Headquarters staff and held the call sign W1ETU. When he moved to Virginia in 1970, he regained W4NQA and, after moving back to North Carolina, obtained N4AA in 1976. An avid DXer and at the top of the DXCC Honor Roll, Smith was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 2012. Smith was a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). He re-established QCWA Chapter 145 for the primary purpose of establishing the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum – now the Asheville Radio Museum – on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He also was a long-time Roanoke Division Assistant Director. For many years, he was the owner and manager of Georgetown Communications, an Amateur Radio store in Asheville. In the 1970s, Smith was instrumental in the formation of the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society and served a few terms as president. Through WCARS, he instituted the annual Asheville Hamfest. WCARS became a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator in the 1980s. He also established the KB4C Miriam Smith Award, in memory of his late wife. The award, presented annually by the ARRL Roanoke Division, honors an Amateur Radio operator from Western North Carolina who has demonstrated an active commitment to public service and emergency communication through ARES/RACES. Smith was among the founders of the SouthEastern DX and Contesting Organization (SEDCO) W4DXCC Convention, and his wife’s call sign is used on the air at the annual convention and for various operating activities. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

NEW IOTA WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING – For further information, see (sources: G3KMA, The Daily DX, ARRL website)

CWops ANNOUNCES AWARDS FOR ADVANCING THE ART OF CW – For further information, see (sources: K7NJ/4X4NJ, ARRL website)

NEW DIGITAL MODES CHANGING COMPLEXION OF BANDS AND PERHAPS OF HAM RADIO – The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

ARRL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE UPDATED ON ENTRY-LEVEL LICENSE, AMATEUR AUXILIARY REVISION – At its October 14th meeting, the ARRL Executive Committee reviewed plans to implement recommendations of the Entry Level License Committee; received a report from the ad hoc Amateur Auxiliary Study Committee; requested evaluation of ARRL membership program offerings; received a report on the “Force of 50” amateur radio operators deployed to Puerto Rico; and, thanked ARRL Staff for assisting with hurricane relief.

Other business included requesting a special Board of Directors meeting to consider Ethics and Elections Committee recommendations, and receiving a report on the progress of the S 1534 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 legislation. The Executive Committee asked Chris Imlay, W3KD, ARRL General Counsel, working with ARRL resources, to develop recommendations for possible deregulation of the Amateur Service rules; and, prepare and file an FCC declaratory ruling request, asking the FCC to resolve discrepancies between Parts 73 and 97, which regulate broadcasting and amateur radio, respectively. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANT – The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced five Excellence Awards and one supporting grant for 2017. The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio. … [Two organizations and 5 amateur radio operators received Yasme Foundation Excellence Awards.] … Receiving a Supporting Grant was Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, for his production and distribution of videos of interest to the Amateur Radio community through HamRadioNow and YouTube. The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to Amateur Radio, including DXing, and the introduction and promotion of Amateur Radio in developing countries. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

SIMPLE 40-METER DIPOLE SUPPORTS ADVANCED MARS RADAR – The venerable HF dipole has found a new home and purpose in space. For further information, see (source: ARRL website)

NAB NAMES UNC-TV WINNER OF 2017 PILOT INNOVATION CHALLENGE: Network takes $30K prize for plan to improve NCs emergency services communications – RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – UNC-TV, Public Media North Carolina, was awarded first place in the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters PILOT Innovation Challenge, Sunday, November 12, at the NAB Futures event in Palo Alto, California. The $30,000 award was granted for “creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content.” UNC-TV’s Director of Engineering and Emergency Services Adam Woodlief presented on behalf of the UNC-TV team. (Information about the award is available at:

UNC-TV’s proposal, Next Gen TV—Saving Lives One Alert at a Time, developed from discussions with members of the state’s public safety community. They came to UNC-TV with a question: “Could the data delivery capability of digital television broadcasting be leveraged to provide first responders with critical information faster and, potentially, with far greater detail than current communication systems?” UNC-TV determined to answer their question in the affirmative. Many fire departments and emergency service responders still utilize analog paging systems based on alert protocol developed over half a century ago. Although reliable, the system is limited in capability and, more importantly, delivers messages in a serial method. For multiple unit fire calls, these one-after-another messages can take more than a minute to deliver vital information to every responding unit and, as one fire official noted, “a fire can double in size in one minute.” Every means of reducing response time is critical. UNC-TV will work with public safety officials in North Carolina to prove the ability of the ATSC 3.0 “Next Gen” television system to deliver this critical messaging. Utilizing the UNC-TV “tall tower, high power” transmission network, this system could be the backbone for enhanced emergency messaging and the blueprint for systems around the country.

In addition to Woodlief, the UNC-TV team included UNC-TV Director of New Technologies, Compliance and Planning Don Smith and UNC-TV Senior Director of Technology Fred Engel. The team’s outside partners were Red Grasso, North Carolina FirstNet single point of contact, and Paul Sadowski, Research and Development, Radio Frequency Consulting engineer FGS LLC. A white paper developed by the team is available at … For further information on this press release or UNC-TV, please contact Ms. Rebekah Radisch, UNC-TV Marketing Communications, (919) 549-7177 or

Adam Woodlief is the son-in-law of former Wilmington mayor, Hamilton ("Ham") Hicks, KB4BR. Red Grasso, W2RED, and Paul (“Alan”) Sadowski, AH6LS, are enthusiastic supporters of NC AUXCOMM. Thanks to Bill Morine, N2COP, ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director, for providing this information! (sources: UNC-TV Marketing Communications, N2COP)

ARRL FIELD DAY 2017 RESULTS – The following report (edited) was received from Irv McWherter, K3IRV: “Field Day 2017 is over; the results have been tabulated and published with North Carolina stations comprised of individuals, groups and clubs submitting 95 logs in 23 different categories. Of those 95 logs, four were number one in the Nation, 15 ranked number one in the Roanoke Division, and 23 placed first within the North Carolina Section.

The following four stations ranked 1st place nationally: K8AC (1EB) Floyd Sense; W4HOG (4D) McDowell ARC; W4NC (9A) Forsyth ARC; and, W4EZ (9AB) Orange Co Radio Amateurs/Durham FM Assn.

Eleven stations (and the four identified above) ranked first in North Carolina Section and first in the Roanoke Division: NA4CC (1AC) Cleveland County ARS; WJ0J (1B1) Jaiwant Mulik; K4INC (1B1B) Great Outdoors Radio Club; N4CW (1C) Bertrand Michaud; AD8J (1E) John Getz; K4MN (2A) Cape Fear ARS; NC4RT (2B2B) Randolph Thompson; WE4A (2F) Franklin County ARC; AA4NC (3A) Still No Will FD Group; WQ4RP (4AB) The Knightlites QRP Club; and, W4DW (8A) Raleigh ARS.

The 15 stations identified above and the remaining eight stations placed first in their category within the North Carolina Section: N4CWZ (1A) Belews Cove Minions; N4ZAK (1B2B) Robert Little; N4QM (1D) Dennis O’Dell; W4DXA (1F) Carolina DX Association; W4FAR (2AC) Foothills ARC; AD6Q (2B2) David Black; W4PAR (2D) Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society; and, KT4NC (4A) Carolina ARC / Lincoln Co Volunteer Comms.

Congratulations to the individuals and teams that put forth the effort to achieve these rankings. To be the best in a category, it takes a great deal more effort than just good operating skill. There are points to achieve by getting elected officials and served agencies to visit, announcements in newspapers and media, and the list goes on. If you’re interested in your operation achieving better scores next year, read the rules in detail and start making plans months in advance. If you’d like to see the ranking in an easy to read format go to and enter ‘Contest Results’ in the Website Search window. Then click on the ‘Go Now’ in Results Database, then click on 2017 ARRL Field Day in the Select contest window. This will give you an excellent opportunity to see how close you came to being number one in your category and it can provide great incentive when you start planning for Field Day 2018. Again, congratulations to each and every North Carolina team member who participated in the 2017 Field Day, whether or not you were number one!” Congratulations to all participants in ARRL Field Day 2017; and, thanks to Irv McWherter, K3IRV, Public Information Coordinator (NC Section), for providing this report! (source: K3IRV)

JOTA “ALIVE AND DOING WELL,” ALTHOUGH 2017 PARTICIPATION DOWN FROM LAST YEAR – Nearly 8,000 Scouts got on the air for the 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the third weekend in October, National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND said. For further information, see (source: 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! (source: ARRL website)

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

On Ham radio operators watching Hurricane Harvey, see (source: Google search)

The following media hit was received from Carl Davis, W8WZ: “Here is a story NPR did about Ham Radio in Puerto Rico after the hurricane.” Thanks to Carl Davis, W8WZ, for providing this media hit! (source: W8WZ)

On Oscar Norris, W4OXH turning 100 years old, see (source: Google search)

The following report and media hit (edited) was received from Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE: “… Stan Harts KK4WCW of Hamstead Hams delivered a health and welfare message from SATURN net in Puerto Rico to a family in NC, with area code 910 same as his. The YouTube for Amateur Radio Newsline for Ham Nation – Oct. 4, 2017 has the story in Stan's own voice! 73, Janice KJ4JPE.” For further information, see Thanks to Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE, an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer, for providing this information! (source: KJ4JPE)

On JOTA 2017 in Murphy (NC), see (source: Google search)

On storm damage in Caldwell County and amateur radio, see (source: Google search)

On false claims that Department of Defense drill will affect the power grid, see and (source: Google search)

On the storms/tornado in Caldwell County, see (source: K4HRM)

The following report (edited) was received from David Houser, WA9OTP: “Mayland ARC supporting the record breaking ride Murphy to Manteo, Oct 5 and 6. Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is a GPS position beaconing system on 2 M (144.390). These signals are received by igate receiving stations across the country where the data is uploaded to the internet for mapping. KZ5ED operates an igate station. MARC has such a system installed in one of the chase vehicles on this Relay Ride. We had done the same thing on Chris Boone's 2010 attempt at the solo ride from Murphy to Manteo. … Chris' ride ended abruptly due to an accident.” Thanks to David Houser, WA9OTP, President, Mayland Amateur Radio Club, for providing this information! (source: WA9OTP)

The following report was received from Ralph Rognstad, Jr, W4RRJ: “… On August 5 and 6, Buncombe County ARES, with support from Haywood and Madison Counties, provided communications for the 11th Annual Lake Logan Multisport Festival. The Festival involved three triathlon events over the two days. There were approximately 400 participants each day. Communications were provided by 19 amateur radio operators located at rest stops and in SAG vehicles. Operations ran from 0600 to 1530 on Saturday and 0600 to 1130 on Sunday. Lake Logan lacks cell phone coverage, so radio communication was critical to ensure a safe event. DMR simplex was used for the run events. This allowed operators to gain experience using DMR at an actual incident. … 73, Ralph Rognstad Jr, W4RRJ.” Thanks to all the amateur radio operators for supporting these events; and, to Ralph Rognstad, Jr, W4RRJ, Emergency Coordinator (Madison County), for providing this report! (source: W4RRJ)

The following report was received from Rob Rousseau, KI4BKE: “… I'm pleased to say that Jim Wilson of K2BSA liked my JOTA report so much that he posted it up on their website here. We had a great time and the scouts had fun. 73, Rob.” Congratulations to all individuals contributing to the success of the K4C JOTA 2017 station; and, thanks to Rob Rousseau, KI4BKE, Cubmaster, Pack 66, Black River District (Wake and northern Harnett counties), Occoneechee Council, for providing this report! (source: KI4BKE)

The following report (edited) on JOTA 2017 was received from Dave Price, K4KDP: “North Carolina Amateur Radio operators sponsored JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) stations from the ocean to the mountains. Scouts were able to visit over 32 North Carolina JOTA stations, 50 Roanoke Division stations, and over 9,000 JOTA stations worldwide. The newly formed Boy Scout Troop 48 had their first JOTA exhibit with multiple stations, which was held in the friendly town of Faison. Mr. Ron Oates, AA4VK had a very nice exhibit and even had the Jamboree patch for the Scouts that attended. I had the privilege to visit the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society JOTA exhibit at the Latter Day Saints Church in Raleigh, then I met with Mr. Bill AK4BL operating his station at a large campout for the Scouts near Rolesville. The Wayne County Amateur Radio Association set up at Boy Scout Camp Tuscarora on Saturday evening. It was nice to be able to be a part of each one of these JOTA exhibits. I would like to say thank you to all that supported JOTA and for their work to share our hobby with the Scouts. 73, Dave K4KDP.” Thanks to Dave Price, K4KDP, ARRL NC Section Youth Coordinator – Scouting, for providing this report!

The following report (edited) was received from Stan White, KI4NC: “Turkey Trot 2017. All, The Hampstead Hams were well represented once again this year at the Hampstead Kiwanis Park Turkey Trot. Thank YOU for using your ham radio license to help others! I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the Ham Volunteers who not only provided communications support for the event but also added an additional layer of safety for all the participants, race staff, and other volunteers. A special THANK YOU to our Ham Volunteers: Bob WA3IRG, Frank KO4FD, John KM4QZV, Russ KM4DVD, Jamie N4JRA, Clayann KD5OSM, Kirk KD5OSN, Jeff KN4DGN, Stan KK4WCW, Mack KK4IRV, Paul KW4GI, Ron KM4CXP, Dave KK4DVS, Stephen NI4SR, Timothy KK4ARS, Jeff NC4JF, Dan KD4AGQ, and Marisa KJ4TAL. Thanks to the wives and fiances who would join in the fun this year, too! Thank you Katrin and Stephanie for volunteering at Station 4! In total, 19 Hams contributed 57 hours of public service: a $1,083.00 value! THANK YOU ALL for your public service spirit and contributions of time and equipment to provide communications and safety with the Hampstead Hams during the 10th Annual Hampstead Kiwanis Park Turkey Trot! A group photo has been posted on our Facebook page and website. With any group this large, we sometimes can't get everyone together for the photo. If you missed the photo op, please know we missed you being in it, too. Here it is: Happy Thanksgiving! 73 Stan KI4NC.” Thanks to all the volunteers for supporting Turkey Trot 2017; and, to Stan White, KI4NC, Secretary, Hampstead Hams, for providing this report!

The following report was received from Peter Van Houten, KG4WEZ: “Check out my Benson hamfest movie trailer! I've just uploaded a movie to YouTube! … You can check it out here:” Thanks to Peter Van Houten, KG4WEZ, for providing this video report!


QNI (total check-ins): 1,520; Total messages passed: 511.

Activity Reports (SARs), total number: KB4RGC 302, WC9CW 296, K4IWW 278, KC4PGN 186, AA3N 136, KW4EMG 116, KF4OCU 79, W4DNA 71, W4EAT 68, KJ4JPE 47, W4TTO 39, KE4AHC 37, WK4WC 34, KN4AAG 17, W3HL 9.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 300, WC9CW 190, W4DNA 160, KJ4JPE 145, WK4WC 140, K4IWW 130, KB4RGC 130, W2EAG 110, KE4AHC 107, W4TTO 104, AA3N 95, KJ4OCU 80.

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)


QNI (total check-ins): 1,815; Total messages passed: 517.

Activity Reports (SARs), total number: KB4RGC 294, WC9CW 244, K4IWW 196, AA3N 158, KW4EMG 119, KC4PGN 108, KJ4JPE 56, W4EAT 53, W4DNA 42, W4EDN 40, W4TTO 36, KE4AHC 32, W3HL 19, KN4AAG 18, W4CC 4, WK4WC 4, KI4UDZ 2.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 300, KI4UDZ 201, WC9CW 170, K4IWW 130, KB4RGC 130, W4DNA 120, KE4AHC 112, AA3N 105, W4TTO 96, KJ4JPE 90, WK4WC 49.

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)


QNI (total check-ins): 1,680; Total messages passed: 548.

Activity Reports (SARs), total number: WC9CW 283, KB4RGC 267, AA3N 191, K4IWW 167, KW4EMG 158, KC4PGN 149, WK4WC 129, W4DNA 71, W4EAT 71, W4EDN 41, W4TTO 38, KJ4JPE 35, KN4AAG 31, W3HL 7, W4CC 6, KE4AHC 0, KI4UDZ 0.

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 320, KJ4JPE 195, W4DNA 190, WC9CW 160, WK4WC 160, K4IWW 130, KB4RGC 130, W4TTO 108, AA3N 90, KN4AAG 66, 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: James "Ray" Adams, KD4YTF (SK) of Waynesville; Raymond Mershon Craig Jr, ex-N4KXV (SK) of Raleigh and Mt Pleasant (SC); Edward Eugene (“Ed”) Duck, WB4JVI (SK) of Fayetteville; John Walter Herron, W0UDR (SK) of Raleigh; Samuel H. Johnson, NC4SJ (SK) of Raleigh; William Gifford (“Giff”) Moore, KC4SAM (SK) of Fuquay Varina; Adrian Frank (“Smokey”) Powell Jr, KI4GNC (SK) of Clinton; Richard Arlen Price, KF4RAO (SK) of Waxhaw; Wayne Edward Shevlin, WA4SNC (SK) of Raleigh; Carl Ernest Smith, N4AA (SK) of Leicester; Robert Warren (“Bob”) Williams, K4JQR (SK) of Hickory; and, Nicholas John (“Nick”) Zedlar, KK4FYL (SK) of Hampstead.

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 February 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, 2018: 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, 2018: 44th Annual RARSfest/ARRL North Carolina State Convention, Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, Raleigh, NC,

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

July 21, 2018: Mid-Summer Swapfest, Cary Amateur Radio Club, Cary, 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* – Please keep everyone that has been affected adversely by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and other incidents – including the tornadoes in western NC and forest fires in the western States – in your thoughts and prayers.

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. 73, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, ARRL North Carolina Section Manager, (919) 669-6068 (cell)