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NORTH CAROLINA SECTION NEWS - August 2012

Posted Aug 30, 2012

This issue is chock-full of great information. I recommend you get a cup or glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy.

SHELBY HAMFEST THIS COMING WEEKEND - Organizers of the Shelby Hamfest ("The Grand-Daddy") are emphasizing that the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte won't have any impact on the hamfest this coming weekend. Also, a recent lodging survey shows that many hotel and motel rooms are available, so get out this Labor Day weekend and enjoy the hamfest. Info at www.shelbyhamfest.com

SPECIAL YOUTH EDITION - This issue of the monthly section newsletter will highlight four extraordinary young North Carolina Hams. After you read their profiles, you'll agree the future of our hobby looks bright with these Hams setting the pace:

ARRL HIRAM PERCY MAXIM AWARD GOES TO DEREK BROWN, W4DTB -15 year old Chapel Hill Extra class operator Derek Brown, W4DTB, is the 2012 winner of ARRL's Hiram Percy Maxim Award. Named after the founder of the American Radio Relay League, the Hiram Percy Maxim Award is bestowed by the ARRL board of directors to an operator under the age of 21 who best exemplifies the spirit of Amateur Radio. Derek was selected from many other qualified nominees from across the nation. First licensed in 2010, Derek has confirmed over 140 countries, has earned his DXCC, and is closing in on his WAS award. He also completed NIMs/ICS courses 100, 200, 700 and 800, and serves as an Asst. Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for Orange County ARES(r). Of particular interest to Derek are digital modes and satellites. He is also the founder of the Youth Amateur Radio Club of America (YARCA.ORG), which aims to further youths in Amateur Radio. The website offers Amateur Radio training for affinity groups such as Boy Scouts. When not doing Amateur Radio, Derek attends Durham Academy where he is on the debating team. Congratulations Derek on being this year's Hiram Percy Maxim winner.

YOUTH WINS PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD - 12 year old Christopher Tate , KJ4UBL, of Burlington is the 2012 North Carolina Public Information Officer (PIO) of the year. Christopher was chosen from the section's 14 official ARRL PIOs for his outreach in the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement by demonstrating kits he's built at the Burlington and Raleigh MakerFaires. In addition, Christopher has been the spokesman for the Alamance Radio club, and appeared in Field Day stories on Greensboro TV stations. A General Class licensee, Christopher operates phone and CW, and he's a regular on the Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN). He appears in ARRL's DIY video operating a solar powered QRP rig on CW at the 2011 Raleigh MakerFaire. You can see a copy of the DIY video at http://www.arrl.org/diy When he isn't Hamming, Christopher is an accomplished pianist. Like all newly appointed North Carolina ARRL PIOs, Christopher completed ARRL's PR-101 course on how to be an effective PIO. Congratulations, Christopher.

YL ACTIVE IN EMCOMM, PUBLIC SERVICE AND DIY - 14 year old Margaret McGuire, KJ4RGQ, of Washington became licensed at age 11 as a Technician and soon after upgraded to a General Class license. During Hurricane Irene, she served as the communications operator at the Washington High School shelter relaying traffic to the American Red Cross. She routinely serves as net control station for the Downeast Hospital Net, and participates in local public service events such as MS Walk. Margaret has completed ICS courses 100, 200, 700 and 800 and is active in ARES(r). She has built an Elecraft K2 receiver and her own antennas, and she has used radio telemetry via Amateur Radio to track turtle migrations for a school science project. Margaret is an inspiration and a role model to all young Hams.

YOUTH CONTESTER AND DXer SHINING EXAMPLE - 13 year old Garner Fleming, KK4CLY, of Mebane has racked up many awards in the one year since he has been licensed, such as DXCC Mixed, Phone, CW, 10M and soon to be 15M and WAS. You can see a picture of Garner in action on page 101 of the September issue of QST. Q: So how did this young teenager achieve these awards? A: As a TECHNICIAN! That's right - Garner is a Technician Class operator. He is an ace on CW, and takes advantage of Technician CW privileges on HF. The next time you hear a Technician Class operator complain he can't do DX with his license, tell him about Garner. Oh, and Garner still has time to play on football, basketball and baseball teams. Congratulations, Garner.

North Carolina is fortunate to have many talented young Ham operators. We will continue to profile young Tar Heels operators in future issues of the newsletter, and if you know of one you think deserves mention, please drop a line to Section Manager Bill Morine at n2cop@arrl.org NC ARES/AUXCOMM GETS FAVORABLE REPORT FROM HOMELAND SECURITY - The Dept. of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications released a case study on the performance of emergency communications during Hurricane Irene in August, 2011. Irene was the first named storm in which North Carolina's revised ARES(r) structure was used, and according to the report, it performed extraordinarily well. Since 2010, NC ARES(r) has undertaken a series of organizational improvements. The first was the requirement that all appointed County Emergency Coordinators (ECs) and higher have FEMA's Incident Command Structure (ICS) training through ICS courses 100, 200, 700 and 800 in compliance with former Gov. Mike Easley's Executive Order. Sixty-five of North Carolina's 100 counties are now headed by ICS trained ARES(r) ECs, and North Carolina is approaching 500 ARES(r) volunteers who have completed all four ICS courses. Then, beginning in 2011, ARES became part of North Carolina AUXCOMM, a partnership between ARES(r), RACES and MARS, modeled after a DHS/OEC initiative. Some 30 ARES(r) volunteers have gone through the second phase of DHS training called "COML", or "COMmunications unit Leader" and 15 others have completed the OEC AUXCOMM class. This was the model used at the North Carolina Emergency Management's (NCEM) Regional Coordination Center (RCC) - East in Kinston last August during Hurricane Irene. As the report points out, during the height of the storm, the only form of communications between Kinston and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Raleigh was Amateur Radio. North Carolina is rapidly emerging as one of the national models for Amateur Radio emergency communications. Congratulations and thanks to Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Tom Brown, N4TAB, and his team for making NC ARES professional and effective. You can see a copy of the report at http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHS/2012/08/16/file_attachments/150291/Case%2BSt udy_Hurricane%2BIrene_Final-2012.pdf SIMULATED EMERGENCY DRILLS (SETs) OCTOBER 13 & NOVEMBER 10 - SEC Tom Brown, N4TAB, has announced two short SETs for Saturdays October 13 and November 10. Both of these exercises are sequential and build upon each other. Emphasis this year will be on digital modes, although phone will also be used. The exercises will focus on not only the ability to move traffic digitally, but also the difference between modes, and when and how accompanying files - such as spreadsheets and pictures - can be sent. Those who may want to work with soundcard-based Winlink protocols during the SETs can check to see if their computer soundcards are compatible by running a software test available from http://www.pa-sitrep.com/checksr/CheckSR.exe . More details in the next newsletter.

NEW STATE GOVERNMENT LIAISON - There are ten ARRL North Carolina section officers. One of the lesser known but extremely important positions is State Government Liaison, or SGL. For the past four years, Dr. Bob Conder, K4RLC, has represented the interests of North Carolina Hams in the legislature in Raleigh. Dr. Bob was instrumental in getting Amateur Radio exemptions in the many anti-cell, anti-texting while mobile bills that popped up. Every time you drive down the road and operate legally in North Carolina, you can thank Dr. Bob Conder. Bob, a practicing psychologist, has been asked by his profession's national association to join its federal legislative team, and he thought it was time for a change. By the way, Dr. Bob was a key figure in the passage of the state's sports helmet law which helps to protect kids from concussions. Replacing Dr. Bob is Chuck Decourt, W3WZN, of Raleigh. Chuck brings professional insight in dealing with elected officials as a broadcast executive. Our thanks to Dr. Bob as he leaves and to Chuck for accepting the position of SGL.

KA4IZN EARNS PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL - Hats off to Jimmie Proctor, KA4IZN, of New Bern for achieving ARRL's Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), which recognizes the efforts of operators who are active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication support. Jimmie has been diligent over the past year checking into many section wide nets and handling traffic. To earn PSHR, an operator has to participate regularly in ARES(r) and NTS activities. You can learn more about PSHR at http://www.arrl.org/public-service-honor-roll

DICK SMITH, W4RSS, WINS MIRIAM SMITH AWARD - There are only two awards within the Roanoke Division - the Vic Clark Roanoke Division Service Award, and the Miriam Smith KB4C Award. While the Vic Clark Award covers all four sections comprising the Roanoke Division - North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia - the Miriam Smith KB4C Award is given annually to a Ham in western North Carolina active in his or her commitment to emergency and public service communications. The 2012 recipient is Dick Smith, W4RSS, of Fletcher who was recognized for his many contributions to public service in Buncombe County. The award is named after Miriam Smith, KB4C (SK), long time Buncombe County EC, and YL of Carl Smith, N4AA, Publisher and Editor of DX News and current Buncombe County EC. You can read more about the Miriam Smith Award at http://www.arrl-roanoke.org/?top=awards

ROANOKE DIVISION LEADERS RE-ELECTED - North Carolina is part of ARRL's Roanoke Division, and its leaders have been re-elected to new three year terms without opposition. Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, of Arlington, Virginia, and Vice-Director Dr. Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, of Aiken, South Carolina regularly attend larger hamfests in North Carolina and are always accessible about ARRL matters. We welcome Dennis and Jim back for another term.

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ABOUT NEW EXTRAS - There are many classes to help prospective Hams earn a Technician Class license and occasionally a General Class class is held, but Dave Ritter, ND4MR, of North Wilkesboro conducted a class to earn a Amateur Extra class license. Dave had a hidden motive - he wanted to upgrade himself, so he put together a multi-week course. Out of 9 participants, 7 passed, including Dave. Many thanks to Dave for offering the rare chance to reach Ham Radio's highest rung.

HAM RADIO AT THE COUNTY FAIR - The Moore County Amateur Radio Society (MOCARS) and several western NC clubs are reviving an old idea - Amateur Radio at a fair. Having a booth at the fair was a staple of Ham Radio through the end of the last century. Before internet and cell phones, many Ham clubs offered to send free Radiograms on behalf of fairgoers. Today the emphasis is on educating the public on Ham Radio as a hobby, public service and emergency communications. MOCARS will be at the Moore County Fair every evening August 27 through September 1st, and several western North Carolina clubs spearheaded by The Road Show ARC will be at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair (see Special Event Stations section below for more details) IDEA: Use your local fair for demonstrations and to recruit attendees to future licensing classes.

SKs - We regret to report the passing of Dr. Otha Barnhill, W4HDE, of Elizabethtown and George McBride, W4DGJ, of Hillsborough. Many will remember George as net control station for the Saturday morning net of Chapter 126, the Piedmont Chapter, of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA).

NTS JULY SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT - QNI (total check-ins) 3305, TOTAL MESSAGES PASSED 507. STATION ACTIVITY REPORTS (SARs) W2EAG 190, K4IWW 183, WB4ZIQ 161, W4DNA 111, WK4P 80, W3HL 70, KJ4RUD 69, W4TTO 43, KE4AHC 36, K8SKX 32, N2RTF 30, K4JUU 28, KS4PG 26, KC4PGN 25, KK4BVR 23, KJ4JPE 17, KA4IZN 13, AK4RJ 12. PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL (PSHR) KK4BVR 268, KA4IZN 193, WB4ZIQ 160, WK4P 160, W4TTO 155, KJ4JPE 137, K4IWW 130, W4DNA 125, W2EAG 110, K4JUU 108, KJ4RUD 100, N2RTF 100, AK4RJ 62.

HAMFESTS - September 1-2, Shelby Hamfest, Dallas Park (Biggerstaff Park), 144 Leisure Lane, Dallas, NC 28034 Talk-In 146.88 and 147.12. Details at www.shelbyhamfest.com

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS - September 7-16, North Carolina Mountain State Fair, N4F, Fletcher, NC. The Road Show Amateur Radio Club and the Amateur Radio Clubs of Western North Carolina. 50.135 28.425 21.325 14.290. Certificate & QSL. The Road Show ARC, 57 Echo Lake Dr, Fairview, NC 28730. Sponsoring clubs: Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society (WCARS), Western Piedmont ARC, McDowell Amateur Radio Association (MARA), Mayland Amateur Radio Club, Haywood Amateur Radio Club, The Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club, and The Road Show ARC. n4f.theroadshowarc.com ; September 15-16, Carousel Festival, K4EG, Burlington, NC. Alamance Amateur Radio Club. 14.290 7.200. QSL. Alamance Amateur Radio Club, c/o Carousel Festival, PO Box 390, Elon, NC 27244. Celebrating the historic Dentzel Carousel. Follow us at: cwfun.org/funspots/carousel. k4eg.com

LICENSING CLASSES - Skyland. September 20 - November 8 (8 sessions) General Class license preparation. More information n4ooc@aol.com To find local classes, go to www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class To register a class, go to: www.arrl.org/register-a-new-license-class

PUBLIC SERVICE - September 12th, Carolina Cycling Time Trials, Lowe's Speedway, Concord, 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM. More info at www.ridemaps.com ; September 15-16, Easter Seals/UCP Ride Without Limits, Pittsboro, NC. Details at www.hampublicservice.org ; September 22-23, Breakaway to the Beach, 2 day 150 mile ride from two starting points: Columbia (Kershaw), SC and Charlotte (Monroe), NC both finishing at Sunset Beach (Brunswick Co.), NC. Volunteer and details at: http://ms150maps.com/2012/ham_signups.php

MEDIA HITS - Ashe County's jeffersonpost.com recognized the support of the Ashe County ARC for its help with the Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Race on August 18th; The August 21st edition of the Shelby Star had a letter from a reader thanking the Shelby Amateur Radio Club (SARC) for providing logistical support for the first annual Lattimore Baptist Church 5K run which helped raised money for new playground equipment; and the August 29th edition of the Greenville Daily reflector has a letter from a reader advising residents to prepare for disasters, including knowing volunteers such as Amateur Radio operators.

QUA* - Two observations this month - one good and one not so good. The good one: a BIG round of applause to Derek Brown, W4DTB, of Chapel Hill for winning the premier youth recognition in Amateur Radio, the Hiram Percy Maxim Award. Derek is most deserving of the award, as is countless numbers of other young operators across the state. Old timers complain to me that they never see young people at meetings. One of the reasons may be do clubs really roll out the red carpet for young OMs and YLs? For those who get CQ magazine, read editor Rich Moseson's very telling editorial in the September issue about how unwelcoming some Hams and clubs are to young operators. The truth is kids today often have homework and other extracurricular events at the same time as Ham club meetings. Just because they haven't shown up to a meeting doesn't mean they aren't active. These young people are the future of our hobby. No one is going to remember 20 years from now if they didn't pass a 5 WPM code test. Be receptive and lend young operators encouragement and help. And have your club consider a youth outreach program. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Now the not so good observation. I was disappointed in the FCC's recent report to Congress in which it did not feel the need for antenna relief for homes with codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) because there are ample places to purchase housing without CC&Rs. (See http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0820/DA-12-1342A1.pdf ,section 39, page 13 of the report) Really? According to the North Carolina Homeowner's Association in Raleigh, 62% of all housing units in NC now belong to homeowners associations, and most of those have CC&Rs. We all know that housing trends are showing more, not fewer covenants, especially as multi-unit housing gains in popularity. So we can expect the 38% of North Carolina housing not in CC&Rs to further dwindle. More chilling, however, is that CC&R covered housing is more pronounced in urban and suburban areas where there is a higher concentration of people. So if a metropolitan area is hit with a disaster, how many Hams will have the equipment and will have practiced sufficiently to respond effectively? For those Hams who live in the remaining 38% of homes regulated only by municipal and county zoning ordinances, please make sure your local governments are aware of the 2007 state antenna laws which permit reasonable accommodation up to 90 feet. You 38% may have to respond for the other 62%.

*QUA - CW net control signal meaning "Do you have news for me?"

73, Bill Morine, N2COP ARRL North Carolina Section Manager

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