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The August 2017 Newsletter from North Carolina Section Manager, Karl Bowman, W4CHX.
Posted Aug 31, 2017

ARLB017 Operating Procedures During Hurricane Irma
Sep 9, 2017

QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 17 ARLB017 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT September 8, 2017 To all radio amateurs

Please be aware that due to the breadth of this series of weather events, numerous emergency and public service nets are in session, especially on the 80, 40, and 20 meter bands. US licensees are reminded that Part 97.101 (c) always gives priority to stations providing emergency communications. All stations should be aware that in a large-scale natural disaster, immediate threats to life and property can happen quickly. In order for Amateur Radio to play an effective role in supporting humanitarian efforts, it is key that all licensees cooperate to minimize potential on-air problems.

Amateurs should also be aware that the primary users on the 60-meter channels are using those channels extensively. Amateur stations, as secondary users, must ensure that their communications are conducted in such a manner to ensure that Federal government stations, as primary users, can have immediate use of any 60-meter channel. Amateurs, please make sure you are leaving adequate breaks between transmissions to allow the primary stations to use the frequency. If a primary user does break into an amateur contact on the frequency, the amateurs involved should immediately cease their transmissions.

At this time, it is ARRL's understanding that only Amateur Radio Emergency or Amateur Radio Priority traffic is moving in and out of the affected areas. Amateur Radio Health and Welfare communications are being queued up for later delivery into the affected area, as the emergency and priority traffic eases.

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, it is human nature for persons outside of the affected area to seek information on their loved ones. Those wishing to send Health and Welfare queries are encouraged to use the American Red Cross's ''Safe and Well'' website to facilitate those contacts:

Susan Jones, WA4AKB
NC ARRL Official Bulletin Station

Sep 7, 2017

At the present time, the impact of Hurricane Irma on the State of NC and parts of NC is not known. Please observe your local weather conditions and make plans to be safe. As information becomes available about the need for your assistance, it will be disseminated. You may also find information on the NC ARRL and US AUXCOMM websites, see and Please do not self-deploy. If your Amateur Radio/COMU skills are needed, rely on your local EC and/or Emergency Management Agency to request your activation. Again, please be safe.

As information, you should download the ReadyNC app for your cellphone. See info below. It offers lots of information to help keep you informed and safe.

Tom Brown, N4TAB
NC Section Emergency Coordinator
NC AUXCOMM Coordinator


Plan. Prepare. Stay informed

Oct 5, 2016

At the present time, the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the State of NC and parts of NC is not known. Please observe your local weather conditions and make plans to be safe. As information becomes available about the need for your assistance, it will be disseminated. You may also find information on the NC ARRL and US AUXCOMM websites, see and Please do not self-deploy. If your Amateur Radio skills are needed, rely on your local EC and/or Emergency Management Agency to request your activation. Again, please be safe.

Tom Brown, N4TAB
NC Section Emergency Coordinator

Sep 2, 2016

Kenthony "Dave" Price, K4KDP of Goldsboro has been appointed Section Youth Coordinator - Scouting for the NC Section. Dave K4KDP is an active member and past president of the Wayne County Amateur Radio Association. He has 28 years of service in telecommunications with 14 years as a cell phone tower site technician. Dave K4KDP has been active in Boy Scouts for 21 years, currently serving on the Wayne County District Committee, Troop 258 Chaplain and a merit badge counselor. Dave K4KDP was awarded the District Award of Merit, the ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting ("Square Knot") Award and most recently, the Silver Beaver Award from the Tuscarora Scout council. He has set up and organized numerous Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) events and taught Radio Merit Badge to approximately 200 Scouts. His website,, has links and information on Ham Radio. Dave K4KDP also has the Facebook pages, "A Scout is Reverent" and "Boy Scout Amateur Radio." He is Trustee of KT4BSA (Kamp Tuscarora 4 Boy Scouts America), an amateur radio club that activates during Scout events. Dave K4KDP enjoys seeing Scouts, and those new to amateur radio, sitting in front of his Icom 706 radios turning the dial and making contacts they located on the bands. He is interested in helping other Scout leaders earn the ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting ("Square Knot") Award. Dave K4KDP asks that if you or another Scout leader feel they have completed the requirements, please let him know. On behalf of the NC Section, thanks to Dave Price, K4KDP for accepting this position - we look forward to working with you!

Apr 28, 2016

Irv McWherter, K3IRV of Lillington has been appointed Public Information Coordinator for the NC Section. He is an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer and serves in that capacity for his home club, the Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society. Irv K3IRV and his XYL, Sandy N3LDY, moved to North Carolina after Irv K3IRV completed a career as a Navy contractor in the Washington DC area. His interests in amateur radio are diverse. He enjoys chasing DX, QRPing in parks, learning CW, and casual contesting. Irv K3IRV has been a Ham since 1991 and a QSL Manager for over 15 years. In supporting the over 30 calls he manages, Irv K3IRV figures he has responded to over 20,000 requests. Irv K3IRV and Sandy N3LDY are sorters for the ARRL 3rd area incoming bureau. Irv K3IRV is also a member of the Carolina DX Association. Irv K3IRV succeeds Paul Jones, K4VCF, who resigned from the position due to other obligations. On behalf of the NC Section, thanks to Paul Jones, K4VCF, for his service as Public Information Coordinator; and, thanks to Irv K3IRV for accepting this position Ė we look forward to working with you!

Charles W. ("Weldon") Fields, Sr, W4AJT of Greensboro, NC (SK)
May 7, 2015

It is with deep regret that we are informing you of the passing of Charles W. ("Weldon") Fields, Sr, W4AJT of Greensboro. Weldon was the oldest known Ham in North Carolina and the longest licensed amateur radio operator in our State having received his license in 1930. He made many contributions to our Country, our State, and to amateur radio during his lifetime. He was a founding father of the Tar Heel Emergency Net in 1947, which continues operations to this day. In September of 2011, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine was bestowed upon Weldon. In 2014, Weldon was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian honor -- for his service to the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Al Guin, W4ZQB, SK
Mar 30, 2015

Al Guin, W4ZQB, former NC Section Communications Manager passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Al had a bad fall in his home and did not recover from complications.

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014
Dec 1, 2014

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 officially takes place Saturday, December 6 from 0000-2400 UTC. Over 100 National Weather Services offices across the nation, including the Raleigh National Weather Service, are expected to participate in this annual event.

A QSL card will be available for this event.

Details (Word Document)

Virginia Enzor NC4VA
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARN

ARRL Field Day weekend has arrived!
Jun 27, 2014

I want to remind all participants to make every effort to avoid injury and other, more serious accidents.

Please be careful driving to and from your Field Day site. Please use caution when putting up antennas: avoid power lines, be careful with antenna launchers, and consider the need for gloves and hard hats. Bring plenty of insect repellent and sun block lotion. Donít forget to drink plenty of water! And finally, be careful when servicing or re-fueling your generators!

During your Field Day site meetings, please consider the need for any other safety precautions, which are unique to your operation.

I am looking forward to visiting Field Day sites in western NC! I will be starting in Murphy on Saturday morning. I am going to visit as many sites as possible considering the distances involved and the operating plans for the individual club efforts.

Karl Bowman, W4CHX
ARRL NC Section Manager

New North Carolina Section Manager
Feb 19, 2014

Effective Thursday, February 20th, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, takes over as ARRL NC Section Manager. We thank Bill, N2COP for his years of service and congratulate Karl on the new position.

2014 North Carolina QSO Party
Feb 19, 2014

Reminder! The 2014 North Carolina QSO Party, sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, from 1500z to 0100z (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST). For further information, please see the NC QSO Party website, This is a friendly, low-key contest, and a great opportunity to improve your operating skills. Besides, it's fun to be on the other side of the pile-up as operators around the world want to contact YOU!

TNX es 73
Bill Morine, N2COP

2013 NC Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
Oct 16, 2013

This is the initial information about the NC SET. This event will build-upon that of last year, in which we emphasized learning to use the Winlink email-via-HF Radio. Hopefully, you still dust that off and maintain your skills. This year we're going to use that again and we're going to add some additional Digital capability.

More information is posted at NCARES SET 2013.

Thanks and 73,

NC AUXCOMM Coordinator

Field Day 2013
Jun 18, 2013

Are you an officer or webmaster for a club or group sponsoring a Field Day open to the public? If so, help everyone out by:

  • Use the ARRL Field Day Locator (
  • Put the location of your field day on the FRONT PAGE of your web site
  • Include times that you expect to start setting up
  • Also include good directions and the closest street address that you can provide for those with GPS's. The street address is the easiest way for many GPS to find your location.
  • If you will be monitoring a repeater, include talk-in frequencies. If you do post a talk-in, be sure someone is monitoring.
  • Include special details like is there a GOTA Station, a potluck? A "swimming hole"? Needs for items someone could bring? Someone to help with Girl Scout or Boy Scout badges?
  • Put the same information on your club's Facebook page.

SKYWARN Spotter Training
Apr 18, 2013

Spotter training is available on April 23 and 30, 2013

Announcement (pdf)

Virginia Enzor

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012
Nov 27, 2012

The 2012 SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 1, 2012.

Announcement and Details (pdf)

Virginia Enzor

Hurricane Sandy
Oct 27, 2012

The Tar Heel Emergency Nert is currnently in Standby Mode with the approach of tropical storm Sandy.

The primary net frequency is 3923 kHz; alternate is 7232 kHz.
See the THEN Page for more

Mark Cantrell

Hurricane Sandy
Oct 27, 2012

At this time, Hurricane Sandy is not expected to affect the North Carolina communications infrastructure. The ARES officials are proactively in contact with our served agencies. There is currently no ARES activation expected.

Tom Brown


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