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Posted Sep 30, 2011

FALL IS HERE - Finally some cooler temperatures and more Ham activities across the state. Take advantage of all that is out there throughout North Carolina

PUBLIC SERVICE - Oct. 1 - Crop Walk Against Hunger, Burlington; Oct. 8 - Lung Strong 5K/15K, Cornelius. More info; Oct. 15 - Step Out for Diabetes, Raleigh; Oct. 15 - Light The Night, Raleigh; Oct. 29 - Beach 2 Battleship iron distance Triathlon, Wilmington. More info; Oct. 29 - Habitat for Humanity, Durham. More info

JOTA - The 54th annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) will be 8 PM local Friday, October 14 through 8 PM Sunday, October 16. JOTA is officially the largest event in Scouting because it is an international event which includes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scout alumni, leaders past and present, families, or in other words, anyone with an interest in Scouting. Over the weekend, 500,000 people are expected to get on the air worldwide. Across North Carolina, many clubs work with Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and Cub Scout packs to offer badge related activities, such as the Radio Merit badge. Thanks to groups in Wilkesboro, Shelby, Forest City and Charlotte which will be among the many that will have formal programs for Scouts that weekend. Suggested HF frequencies and activities as well as full descriptions of JOTA can be found at and at For those with D Star access, Reflector 30 will be devoted to JOTA all weekend. Even Astronaut and Scoutmaster Mike Fossum will be on the air from the International Space Station. Youth are the future of our hobby so let's show them fun and excitement.

ARES - A reminder that there will be no Simulated Emergency Test (SET) exercise in North Carolina on October 1st, which ARRL has as a suggested date. Many states and sections around us will conduct SETs that day, but ours will be later with a date to be announced after the new state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Raleigh opens. Many operators gained real life experience emergency communications with Hurricane Irene in late August. Preliminary reports from FEMA and North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) show much praise for ARES overall and for the Incident Command Structure (ICS) certified operators who were deployed to the Eastern Branch Regional Coordination Center (RCC) in Kinston. They provided emergency communications between the RCC and impacted areas along the coast.

MEDIA HITS - WCNC-TV in Charlotte had a report about post Hurricane Irene ARES communications. Our State Government Liaison (SGL) Dr. Bob Conder, K4RLC, was a guest on WCOM-FM in Chapel Hill talking about Amateur Radio in disaster related communications. The Gaston Gazette ran a front page story about the Shelby Hamfest and its positive economic impact on the area. Finally, Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, of Cary has been a frequent guest host for regular host Bob Heil on Ham Nation, the excellent web TV show carried on You can catch Gary or any of the past 19 episodes at

PORTABLE OPERATING TIP - Whether it's EmCOMM or a DXpedition to the Outer Banks or the mountains, those who operate portable know that generators which rely on gasoline can run rough if the fuel sits in the tank for a while. Many thanks to Champ Cox, K2IUN, from Hertford for the tip on converting your generator to run on propane. It can take some tinkering to get the right amount of vacuum to feed the fuel intake, but Hams who have converted their gasoline generators to propane report not only long and reliable run times, but also more frequency stabilization with 60 Hz AC output. Good tutorial information at

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS - Oct. 8 - 229th Anniversary of the Battle of King's Mountain, NA4CC, Shelby. More info at; Oct. 15 - Car Show & Chili Cookoff in Trinity. More info at; Oct. 21 - 28th annual Lexington Barbeque Festival; Oct. 29 - 23rd annual NASCAR Days Festival, Randleman. More info at

HAMFESTS - Sat. Oct 8, Winston-Salem October Swapfest, 7 AM-12 Noon, Summit School Athletic Center, 2100 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, Talk-In 146.64 (PL 100.0); Sun. Oct. 9, Maysville Hamfest, Rte. 17, Maysville, Talk-In 145.31 (PL 82.5)

LICENSING CLASSES - This is a new category, thanks to expansion of ARRL's website. Oct 1, Cary, Technician. More info at

NTS REPORTS - August, 2011. QNI (Net Stations Check-In) 3739 (up 505 or 16%). Messages passed 742 (up 238 or 47%) Note - much of this increase due to Hurricane Irene. Many thanks to dedicated NTS operators for handling this traffic. STATION ACTIVITY REPORTS (SARs) K4IWW 477, WK4P 240, W4DNA 219, W2EAG 173, KC4PGN 86, W3HL 84, W4TTO 63, K4JUU 53, KA4IZN 45, KE4AHC 41, WB4Y 22, KD4SM 10, N2RTF 4. PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL (PSHR) WK4P 310, W4DNA 175, K4JUU 170, KA4IZN 155, W4TTO 140, K4IWW 130, KD4SM 110, W2EAG 110, KG4GPJ 104, N2RTF 29.

LAST WORD - If you're tired of heat, humidity and rain, raise your hand. What a year it's been. That's why Fall is so popular because we can get out of the shack and run portable. Outdoor Hamming is a lot of fun and actually my preferred way of operating. Enjoy the sunshine, cooler temperatures and fresh air. More next month.

73 de Bill Morine N2COP ARRL North Carolina Section Manager

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