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Please be aware that since these are archives, some of this material is very dated and some of the links may be out of date.

October 25, 2009
Tim Slay's (N4IB) presentation at the October 17 2009 State ARES meeting (pdf)
June 24, 2009
I would like to THANK all persons who participated in this two day drill. It was amazing as I was at the Eastern Branch for awhile yesterday to hear all the stations checking in, and listening to the net while mobile going to work. It really showed what we can do when all work together to accomplish one goal, which is to provide our citizens of NC backup, and sometimes primary communications to emergency management. Special thanks to those who attended many hours of meetings with emergency management officials who were planning this drill. Also to those who helped in getting the very valuable Winlink System setup at the State EOC, and the Western Branch, and soon to be at the Eastern Branch, which really came through.
 -- Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK
June 23, 2009
Earthquake Drill in Progress
North Carolina ARES members are currently participating in a "graded" North Carolina Emergency Management/FEMA exercise involving an earthquake centered in Buncombe County. The Tarheel Emergency Net is activated, operating on 3.923MHz earlier this morning and has now moved to the daytime frequency of 7.232MHz. Stations from across the state are encouraged to check in and help relay traffic from the affected areas in western NC. In addition to the Tarheel net, stations in western North Carolina are using VHF repeaters in the area linked together on the Piedmont Coastal Repeater Network. Packet and Winlink is also in use. While the drill began this morning, most of the activity will occur tomorrow (June 24) with an agency interoperability exercise which will overlay the western branch earthquake exercise and promote testing of facilities/pathways between various government agencies and the Amateur Radio community. This event is the first statewide interoperability test across disparate facilities and will form the basis for follow-on exercises to test overall interoperable capabilities across the range of State agencies and the Amateur Radio community.
The drill runs today, June 23 until 8:00pm and will run tomorrow, June 24 from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
June 20, 2009
Emergency Drill June 23-24 2009
The Tar Heel Emergency Net will be activated in coordination with the statewide emergency drill beginning at 7:00am Tuesday, 23 June. This drill will be used to evaluate working relationships between ARES and served agencies, evaluate equipment and techniques used to respond to specific scenarios, introduce new operators to ARES, evaluate participation and interest in ARES programs at all levels, and to evaluate cooperation between ARES and other programs of the ARRL Field Organization.
More information is available on the THEN Page.
June 14, 2009
Countdown to Field Day
If your club is interested in having visitors and media, be sure to register your site at so that it can be found.
If you are not part of a field day group check out the site to find a place nearby to participate.
June 12, 2009
NC Amateur Radio Appreciation Week June 21-28
Attached as a PDF file is the 2009 proclamation from Gov. Bev Perdue proclaiming Amateur Radio Appreciation Week June 21-28. Please pass along to your affiliated clubs. HINT: a printed out copy of the proclamation on display at your club’s Field Day public information table makes a nice 100 point contribution to your club’s total FD score.
Governor's Proclamation (pdf)
--Bill Morine, N2COP
May 17, 2009
Tar Heel Emergency Net Web Site
The Tar Heel Emergency Net now has its own web site. Take a look. It is linked from the menus of the NCARRL pages and the NCARRL ARES® pages.

May 2, 2009
Statewide ARES Meeting

Here are the PowerPoint Presentations from the May 2 Statewide ARES Meeting: Bob Conder would also like to add that the ban on sending Text Messages while driving passed the legislature. This ban has absolutely no effect on Amateur Radio. (ETA except to make the roads safer for us -- web master.)
April 18, 2009
Section Guide
A new Section Guide with handy information needed during Emergencies or traveling around the section is now available on the right hand menu and here. Print copies to put in every car, your desk at work, your briefcase, your emergency box and anywhere else you may need this valuable information.
NC Section Guide (Word Document)
April 18, 2009
The Dayton Hamfest has selected our own Danny Hampton, K4ITL, as "Amateur of the Year". Danny is the architect of the Piedmont Coastal Repeater Network, established in the early 1970s, which today sports more than 40 machines in North Carolina. The system is heavily used for public service work. Hampton has enhanced the network's utility with custom audio processing boards and RF components. The North Carolina Office of Emergency Management and SKYWARN have recognized the network's vital role in emergency communications. Recently, Danny helped coordinate the development of the "CARES" system - a local hospital-based Amateur Radio emergency repeater system that ties 10 facilities together. A ham since 1958, Danny is the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA) technical committee chairman as well as the ARRL North Carolina Section Technical Coordinator.
November 30, 2008
SKYWARN Recognition Day, 2008
SKYWARN Recognition Day takes place on December 6, 2008. Over 100 NWS offices across the country will participate in the event, including the Raleigh National Weather and Central Carolina SKYWARN.
November 25, 2008
James (Jim) Rogers N4EUX Area 12 DEC passed away early Sunday morning, November 22, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He passed on after having surgery last Wednesday on an aenurism on an artery. The service will be at 3pm Tuesday, November 25 in Lenoir.
September 26, 2008
2008 Statewide SET
The Statewide SET is Saturday, October 4, 2008. Contact your local or district EC for information on participating. The plan for the statewide exercise is attached below.
  2008 SET Plan (Microsoft Word Document)
September 12, 2008
Hurricane Ike
ATTENTION ALL AMATEURS: With Hurricane Ike fast approaching landfall in the Gulf Coast area, Net operations in the upper portions of 80, 40 and 20 meters have been activated. The ARRL asks Amateur Radio operators to be considerate of these Nets -- if you are asked to change frequencies because you're on a Net for Hurricane Ike operations, please cooperate.
--From the September 12 ARRL Letter
September 6, 2008
Hanna Wrap-up

Thanks to all NC ARES members that participated in Tropical Storm Hanna. I'm sure we are all glad this storm was not as bad as it could have been, and the speed at which it went through our state.

This was actually a good drill to see how our systems perform. The Tarheel Emergency Net operated from 1930 hrs edt Friday night until 1230hrs EDT Saturday, with several net controls, and all did an excellent job. During the overnight hours there were lots of standby time, and at one point Dave W4DNA had a station in Ill, doing relays for us, due to the 75mtr band going very long. Also would like to thank those stations for standing by and listening to our net. We all like to thank those out of state stations helping out.

Now lets all keep those people in the path of Ike in our prayers.

Thanks 73
Bernard Nobles WA4MOK, NC SEC

September 5, 2008
Help needed on Tarheel Net
As hurricane Hanna approaches our coast, the NC ARES organization is preparing to respond. The state EOC and eastern branch EOC will be staffed throughout the event, but we need help on the Tarheel Emergency Net. The Tarheel net will operate in either active or standby mode, as appropriate, from 7:30pm tonight for as long as needed. Net control operators are needed and others are also needed to stand by on frequency or via telephone in case we need help. You don't have to be in the affected area to help, in fact, it's best to have NCS stations and liason/relay stations who aren't experiencing severe conditions. If you're available, please send an email to our section traffic manager, Dave Roy, W4DNA at Please include your phone number and availability. Thanks in advance for your help.
  --Tim Slay, N4IB
September 4, 2008
Hanna Update
Current situation as regards State EOC: The State EOC will activate in 24 HR mode beginning FRI 0700 HRS 05 SEP 08. There is no current requirement for Amateur radio Activation to Level 2 until about 1900 HRS (7 PM) FRI 05 SEP 08. Our anticipated activated interval is through early afternoon SAT 06 SEP 08.
Our current staffing needs are met for EOC operators, for the anticipated interval at Level 2.
  --Tom Brown, N4TAB
September 3, 2008
Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hanna
NC ARES is closely monitoring the development and potential track of Hanna and is in regular contact with North Carolina Emergency Management. Wake County ARES is operating at Activation Level 3 in support of the State EOC ( ARES members should take note of this and prepare accordingly.
August 9, 2008
The North Carolina Section Simulated Emergency Test will be held Saturday morning, October 4 from 8am to 12noon. The Tarheel Emergency Net will be active on 3.923kHz during this time to handle traffic and coordinate the excercise. While local SET's can be scheduled any time during the fall, I encourage you to consider holding your local SET on the same day. Our neighboring sections are holding SET's on October 4 and we are planning a wide-area disaster excercise related to hurricanes. More details will be available soon, but mark your calandars for October 4!
--Tim Slay, N4IB
June 14, 2008
Amateur Radio Week
Governor Mike Easly has proclaimed June 22-June 28 be Amateur Radio Week in North Carolina. Bill, N2COP recommends that a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation be printed and maked it part of each group's official displays at Field Day.
Governor's Proclamation (pdf)

May 15, 2008 Updated June 3, 2008

Notes and Presentations from State ARES Meeting
NC ARES met in Raleigh on Saturday, May 3, 2008.
  • Notes from meeting
  • Tim Slay, N4IB Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • April 30, 2008
    Battleship USS North Carolina Contacts Submarine USS North Carolina via Amateur Radio

    Congratulations to members of the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club for orchestrating a successful amateur radio contact between the battleship USS North Carolina and her namesake, docked in Wilmington for a commissioning ceremony this weekend. The director of the museum ship and the Captain of the new attack submarine USS North Carolina made a 2 meter contact yesterday. The event was covered by WWAY TV and video can be seen at the link below:
    This is the first known conveyance of radio greetings between two namesake military vessels since the cold war era. This weekend the ACARC will be operating a special event station from the radio room of the battleship North Carolina to celebrate the commissioning of the new submarine.

    March 20, 2008
    Bill Edwards, K4BWC, SK
    Bill Edwards, K4BWC became silent key Thursday afternoon, March 20, 2008. Billy has run the Raleigh 146.73 repeater for many years. He is currently an Assistant Director for the ARRL Roanoke Division.
    January 16, 2008

    Mark Rappaport, W2EAG, will be leading an on-the-air traffic handling class beginning Sunday, February 5 at 5pm on 3.861MHz. The course is very intensive and will be held every Sunday for about 12 to 14 weeks, with about 30 minute sessions. This is a good refresher course, even for those who have been in traffic handling a long time. It is especially good for those who are ARES and RACES members. Topics covered include NTS Structure, Prosigns/Prowords etc, Message Format, and much much more. A roster will be kept to keep track of stations checking in. Participants who are ARRL members will receive an appointment as an Official Relay Station.

  • Training Guide

  • For more info, contact Mark at

    November 23, 2007
    SKYWARN Recognition Day 2007

    SKYWARN Recognition Day was created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to celebrate the contributions that SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During a 24-hour period, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

    SKYWARN Recognition Day 2007 officially takes place Saturday, December 1, 0000-2400 UTC. Over 100 National Weather Services offices across the nation will participate in this 9th annual event, including the Raleigh National Weather Service.
    More (MS Word .doc file)
    --Virginia Enzor,

    October 23, 2007
    SKYWARN Training in Raleigh
    The National Weather Service will present Basic SKYWARN Spotter Training and a NC Winter Weather Seminar on Saturday, November 10, from 9am to 12:30pm, at the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross on 100 Peartree Lane in Raleigh, NC.
    The following topics will be covered:
    Please register in advance by emailing Central Carolina SKYWARN Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor at

    September 24, 2007
    NC Radio Museum on Public TV

    The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum in Asheville, NC will be featured on UNC public television's Our State program on Thursday, October 4 at 8:00pm. You'll see Tommy Queen, K4BNP, demonstrate Morse code on an old "clicker". Dave Anderson, K4SV, will talk about DX and ham radio and you'll get a short video tour of the museum!

    If you're interested in visiting, the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum is located on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. It is open Fridays from 1-3pm, but tours can be arranged at other times. For more information, go to .
    -- Tim Slay, N4IB

    September 19, 2007
    Information about the new NC Antenna Bill, which goes into effect on October 1 is now available. -- Tim Slay, N4IB

    May 9, 2007
    House Bill 1340, the "Amateur Radio Antenna Bill" passed the NC House unanimously, 115-0, at 5:09 PM Tuesday. The bill has been referred to the NC Senate where we hope to have a companion bill soon. Thanks to all of you who contacted your state representative. None of us imagined this would happen so quickly! We will need you to make the same great effort to build support with your state senator as soon as a number is assigned for the companion bill. I'll send more info on the senate bill as soon as it's available.

    A special thanks to the bill's sponsor Rep. Danny McComas (R - New Hanover) and to former Wilmington mayor Hamilton "Ham" Hicks, KB4BR, for shepherding the bill through the House with overwhelming success. Ham asks that each of you consider sending your state representative a "thank you" note for their vote of support. Too often this is neglected and it can mean a lot to your representative.

    Very 73,
    Tim Slay, N4IB

    May 8, 2007

    2007 NC Governor's proclamation for Amateur Radio Recognition and Appreciation Week.

    May 5, 2007
    H1340 - NC House Bill Ruling for PRB-1
    As noted in the March 2007 Section News, from ARRL Web, Amateur Radio antenna legislation has been introduced in the North Carolina House and Senate! Bill S404 is sponsored by Senator Julia Boseman of Wilmington. Bill H1340 is sponsored by Rep. Danny McComas from Wilmington and Rep Nelson Dollar of Cary. It’s a great first step but, as Rep McComas said "We’ve still got a long way to go." House Bill H130 is going through committee NOW. Here is a sample letter to send to your representative.
    H1340_Sample_Letter.doc (Microsoft Word Document).

    February 28, 2007
    New ARES Presentations Available
    Here are an updated ARES presentation the latest NC Section Update that I've been sharing with clubs. - Tim Slay, N4IB
    NC Section Update (3.2M ppt)
    ARES Presentation (150K ppt)

    Annual Statewide ARES Meeting

    Our statewide ARES meeting is coming up soon. This year it will be on March 31 due to the Raleigh Hamfest being on April 1st. The meeting will be held at the State EOC 116 West Jones St, Raleigh, starting at 1030 am. There will be multiple speakers, and I am presently working on the agenda. If you have ideas of what you would like to see & hear let me know. Of course there will be doughnuts & coffee. More to follow shortly. Thanks 73 -- Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK
    January 8, 2007
    New URL for Central Carolina Skywarn
    Central Carolina SKYWARN has a new URL: Please update your bookmarks. Thanks!

    November 23, 2006
    Important Notice
    CSN Frequency Change

    Carl Starnes, W4EAT, manager of the Carolinas Slow (CW) Net has announced that the net has been moved to 3571kHz in response to the FCC's pending rebanding of 80m. The CSN serves both North and South Carolina and meets nightly at 8pm, running CW at 8-10wpm. The net is a great place to get some training in CW traffic handling and you might even find your code speed creeping upwards! The net's web page is if you'd like more information.

    November 20, 2006
    Skywarn Recognition Day
    Skywarn Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2, 0000-2400 UTC. Central Carolina Skywarn is hosting a special events station. See the article for full details

    An updated copy of the Section Update from our Section Manager, Tim Slay, N4IB has been posted. (150 KB PowerPoint presentation)

    October 18, 2006
    Skywarn Training in Central North Carolina

    CISCO Systems Amateur Radio Club, Central Carolina SKYWARN, and the National Weather Service are teaming up to offer a day of Severe Weather Training on Saturday, November 4. See the flyer for details and registration information. You must preregister by November 1 to attend.

    October 18, 2006
    Jamboree on The Air (JOTA) is This WEEK
    The Annual ARRL Jamboree on the Air is October 21. Make your plans now to operate with your local troop of Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Information on contacting your local troop can be found here.

    October 8, 2006
    Chemical Fire in Apex NC
    According to Bob Conder, K4LRC, Wake County Ares ASEC, Wake ARES was not activated by Wake County Emergency Management. While all were prepared to jump in at a minute's notice, we only go when activated by Emergency Management. Apex has lots of practice for such an event, due to their being downwind from a nuclear power plant.
    Bob Conder K4RLC
    AEC Wake County, NC ARES

    June 24, 2006
    THEN Training Net June 27th
    At 7:30PM on Tuesday, June 27th, we will conduct another severe WX training session on the Tar Heel Emergency Net (3923 kHz). Jeff Orrock KI4KKX, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Raleigh NWS will present a program relating to the 2006 Hurricane outlook. There is an accompanying Power Point presentation (in ppt and pdf formats) available at

    The program will originate at the NCEM EOC in Raleigh, NC and will be transmitted on the THEN (3923 kHz), the PCRN linked repeater network ( and IRLP (node info TBA).

    Please disseminate this information to your local wide audience.
    -- Courtesy of Tom Brown, N4TAB

    Jamboree on The Air (JOTA)
    The Annual ARRL Jamboree on the Air is held the third weekend in October of each year. Make your plans now to operate with your local troop of Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Information on contacting your local troop can be found here.

    May 26, 2006
    Tim Slay, N4IB has been visiting various clubs and events. Here are the slides that he has been presenting at these meetings.
    Tim's Section Update (PowerPoint)
    May 23-26, 2006
    North Carolina Amateur Radio Recognition and Appreciation Week
    North Carolina Governor Michael Easley has proclaimed June 18-25, 2006 as Amateur Radio Recognition and Appreciation week.
    April 1, 2006
    New North Carolina Section Manager
    Welcome to our new Section Manager, Tim Slay, N4IB. See the Section Officials Page for his particulars. We thank John, W4CC for a job well done the past six years. We will miss him as Section Manager, but we hope to see him active in many other ARRL roles.

    October 31, 2005
    Ed Stephenson, AB4S, SK
    Ed Stephenson, AB4S became silent key early Monday, October 31 after a six month fight with cancer. Ed was NC Section Communications Manager from 1981-1982. He was also the Treasurer for PCRN for many years.
    Ed enjoyed many aspects of amateur radio. He was an enthusiastic CW operator, he enjoyed public service and field day. Ed's favorite activity was being a friend and mentor to many, young and old. That includes the webmaster, who writes this announcement with a heavy heart, having first met Ed when she was a college student many years ago. Ed will be missed by many.
    October 3, 2005 and October 8, 2005

    This is rescheduled from September when Hurricane Ophelia had the audacity to intervene.

    Announcing another timely training session by Jeff Orrock Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Raleigh NWS (BTW, Jeff is now "one of us", he is KI4KKX).

    Wake ARES, Central Carolina Skywarn, NWS/Raleigh and NC ARES will present a Special Training Session at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:30 PM. The program will be carried on the THEN (3923 kHz), the PCRN linked repeater system and other systems.

    The title of the presentation is:

    in which Jeff will contrast the historical relevance of the effects of hurricane intensity upon NC, with current events. This promises to be a very interesting program.

    A supporting Power Point (PPT) file with graphics is available for download from the following sites:

    Having looked at Jeff's PPT presentation and discussed the program with him, I can assure you that you'll not want to miss this event.

    Thanks and 73,

    Tom Brown N4TAB
    ASEC Central Branch

    September 14, 2005

    Due to Hurricane Ophelia, we'll reschedule this session for the first evening that Jeff Orrock's calendar allows.

    September 11, 2005

    Announcing another timely training session by Jeff Orrock, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Raleigh NWS (BTW, Jeff is now "one of us", he is KI4KKX).

    Unless preempted by Hurricane Ophelia, Wake ARES, Central Carolina Skywarn, NWS/Raleigh and NC ARES will present a Special Training Session at 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 15. The program will be carried on the THEN (3923 kHz), the PCRN linked repeater system and other systems.

    The title of the presentation is:

    in which Jeff will contrast the historical relevance of the effects of hurricane intensity upon NC with current events. This promises to be a very interesting program. A supporting Power Point (PPT) file with graphics will be available for download prior to the program date. Notice of availability of the PPT file will be reported on this page, on the Central Carolina Skywarn website, the Wake ARES website and my website. Download sites will be the NWS website and my website and the full URLs will be provided when the notice of availability is made (probably Tuesday).

    Notice of PPT availability at:

    Additional information regarding this program to follow.

    Let's hope that Hurricane Ophelia goes quietly into the night.

    Thanks and 73,

    Tom Brown N4TAB
    ASEC Central Branch

    September 5, 2005
    Hurricane Katrina Deployment In Progress

    This is from our SEC, Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK. If you wish to help with Hurricane Katrina Deployment, you must follow these instructions to the letter.

    As was announced on the Tar Heel Emergency Net tonight by Tommy Queen K4BNP, the ARRL sanctioned registration/notification efforts in support of Hurricane Katrina relief have begun. At this point, it is expected that 500 to 700 experienced Amateur Radio Operators will be needed in the first deployment. If you have not signed-up and are prepared to enlist for a several week deployment, go to and fill-in the details. If you have already signed-up, await your call.

    DO NOT DEPLOY WITHOUT SPECIFIC WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS IN-HAND. Security is very high and if you do not have a written copy of your orders, you will not pass the first check-point.

    If you are called and actually deploy, please send an email to that effect to so that the NC ARES leadership will be aware of your deployment. This is very important.

    Thanks to all that are considering this important effort and to the family, friends and colleagues in the Ham community that support your decision.

    Please copy this message to all of your local email lists and reflectors to ensure the widest dissemination of the content.

    73 to all,

    Bernie Nobles WA4MOK
    NC Section Emergency Coordinator
    NC Amateur Radio Emergency Service

    September 2, 2005
    Hurricane Katrina Recovery Information
    We have received the following two announcements about Amateur Radio help with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. There is information within the messages about registering your availability and willingness to help.
    More information will be posted as it arrives.

    FRIDAY September 2 2005

    There are very few Amateur Radio operators being sent into the most devastated areas. The primary problem is the lack of transportation and motor fuel. Many key roads remain closed by damage, flooding, or to prevent access to areas that are still unstable. We are beginning to receive some requests to support long term shelters outside of the most severely impacted areas. These will replace the traditional short-term storm evacuation centers. Most of these requests are being managed with nearby resources. Larger long-term shelters are being opened in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas; also being supported by local resources.

    All of us know this will be a months-long effort. Just because we are unable to immediately send those of you who have registered here, that does not mean we will not in the future. Your patience in awaiting an assignment that may never come is appreciated. At this moment, the number of volunteers is exceeding the requirements by about 100 to 1, if not more. The requirements is likely to change in the future, we are unable to give any idea of when that will be.


    September 1, 2005


    The on-the-ground situation in SE Louisiana and SW Mississippi is as bad as television is reporting. Neither state is permitting disaster relief agencies into the affected areas except on a very limited basis and only then where conditions are stable. Nearly everyone is still staging as close by as possible and waiting.

    The Louisiana SM (Mickey Cox K5MC) and SEC (Gary Stratton K5GLS) are in communications with state officials, who have directed them to NOT advertise for volunteers. Some volunteers have been requested, and these are being staged at the state EOC.

    The situation for the Mississippi SM and SEC, Malcolm Keown W5XX, in Vicksburg MS is very uncertain. His station is completely on the ground and EchoLink repeaters in the area are off-the-air. Attempts to contact Assistant SMs have been unsuccessful.

    An Amateur Radio operator registration web site has been setup and is ready to go public when approval is received. Some Amateur Radio operators are known to be traveling towards the affected areas with emergency services and disaster relief agencies as dedicated communications resources.

    Despite everyone's nearly overwhelming desire to help, about all we can do right now is to make preparations for a prompt response when the officials finally give their approval. None of us know when that will occur.

    Jerry Reimer, KK5CA
    South Texas

    June 27, 2005
    Claude Chaffin K4CWZ SK

    The following message was sent by Tom Brown, N4TAB on June 22:

    I regret to advise that Claude Chaffin K4CWZ is a Silent Key. Our old friend and mentor and gentle stimulator, is no longer with us.

    Claude was Manager of the Tar Heel Emergency Net for many years and was a champion of ARES and NTS in NC. Tar Heel nets on the Tuesday training night always saw Claude with a cogent subject and he entreated participants to contribute and learn. Few among us were not touched by this gentle man.

    But, there was more, much more. You never heard the critical voice; rather that of the entreating learn. ...but, mostly, to participate.

    Tonight, I made the "SK" announcement on the NC Evening Net and the Tar Heel Emergency Net and I struggled with both. I was still trying to do what he admonished..."do it well". I think my emotions got in the way.

    Though the bell has tolled upon one of us, it has not done so upon all of us. Let's remember Claude...for all that he was and all that he hoped we would be..and make our NC ARES a better place.

    73 Claude.

    Tom Brown N4TAB
    DEC Area 7
    June 5, 2005
    Field Day, 2005
    We only have a few entries for the Field Day listing, but they are now posted. If you have had difficulty sending your entry, send the information directly to, and I will send a confirmation within three days. If you would welcome visitors on Field Day, please send us your information as soon as possible.

    Field Day listings

    March 30, 2005
    Field Day 2005
    Field Day will be here before you know it. This year it will be the weekend of June 25th. We are assembling a web page that will be posted at the beginning of June 2005 with information regarding Field Day operations. This information will allow radio amateurs visiting your area or without a club to locate Field Day sites to visit and possibly operate as well.

    January 18, 2004
    Personal Emergency Preparedness information provided by W4CC has been posted on the NC ARES page.

    September 2, 2004
    Hurricane Frances
    A briefing was presented by Sarah B. Wray, GIS Administrator for NCEM, today (09/02/04) at 1330 at the State EOC. The main concern, based on the projections at that time, is for flooding in the central and western part of NC. While not definite, it looks like amateur radio operators will be busy providing emergency communications during this event. Ms. Wray provided information that related to rain events in the western part of NC.

    The state has asked that amateur radio operators be ready to man ALL NCEM Branch offices. If you can PLEASE make yourself available to your county EC to support this effort.

    Detailed information and copies of PowerPoint presentation from the briefing

    August 12, 2004
    Hurricane Charley

    Hurricane Charley appears to be heading towards a landfall somewhere near Tampa, Florida on Friday afternoon. It is currently expected to follow a path that will cross Eastern NC near the Interstate 95 corridor on Saturday afternoon. At that time it will probably be tropical storm strength (39-73 mph sustained winds). However, almost the entire state of North Carolina is within the potential track area, so the actual path could be very different than what we expect today.
    Hurricane Charley Information for NC Radio Amateurs (will be updated throughout the event, check back often).

    July 26, 2004

    From Jeff Orrock National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Raleigh Office:

    As most of you are aware we will once again run a Hurricane Net this season from the State EOC on July 29th at 7:30pm. [Arrangements are being made to transmit the net over the Tarheel Emergency Net on 3923 kHz, PCRN, and on the Echolink WX-Talk Conference and IRLP Reflector 9210 - KN4AQ]

    John Guerriero KG4HDT and Tom Brown N4TAB have been coordinating this along with me.

    Hams monitoring the net from home can get the most out of it by watching the graphics on their computer. I have loaded 3 versions of the Hurricane Net presentation onto the SKYWARN page. One link contains images of each slide (loads the fastest, the second link is an online presentation and the third is the actual PowerPoint which you can download and run on your own PC if you have PowerPoint. The PowerPoint presentation file is 15MB.

    The Hurricane net files can be found at


    March 21, 2004
    There will be a NC ARES Meeting in Raleigh on Saturday, April 3 starting at 10 am, location will be the state EOC. Hope to see all there. - WA4MOK
      Meeting Agenda
      Directions (pdf)

    January 18, 2004
    Personal Emergency Preparedness information provided by W4CC has been posted on the NC ARES page.
    November 18, 2003
    At the Benson JARSfest on Sunday November 16th, TC Danny Hampton, K4ITL received a plaque for the 2002 ARRL Technical Service Award. Congratulations again to Danny for all he has done for the ARRL NC Section, SouthEastern Repeater Association, Piedmont Coastal Repeater Network and many other organizations. "I can't think of a more deserving recipient." - W4CC
    September 16, 2003
    Hurricane Isabel appears to be heading towards a landfall somewhere between North Carolina and Virginia. If the storm strikes North Carolina, the best current guess is that it will take place sometime on Thursday September 18th. Right now the entire state is potentially at risk, with the eastern part of the state closest to the center of the potential track area.
    Hurricane Isabel information for North Carolina Radio Amateurs

    September 5, 2003
    It is with great sadness that we report Wayne Ross, WD4JPQ of Winterville became a Silent Key on September 5th. Wayne was the District EC for Area 2 and has been an outstanding contributor to ARES for quite a few years. He will be greatly missed.
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