NORTH CAROLINA SECTION NEWS - January, 2011
Posted Jan 31, 2011
Happy New Year! Your section officers met in Durham this past weekend to discuss direction and policy for the North Carolina section for 2011. One of the top issues was club relations. The section officers designated January as "Club Month" in which the main focus of this monthly section newsletter will be section clubs.
ATTENTION CLUBS - If you are an officer or member of one of the 63 active ARRL
affiliated clubs in North Carolina, please pay special attention to this article. About 40%
of information about NC clubs on the ARRL website is either wrong, outdated or has
broken hyperlinks to a club's website. Since many clubs change leadership in January
with the start of a new year, now is the perfect time to update your records. A designated
club officer should log into the website, then go to the club update section of the website
Having accurate club records is important for many reasons, but one of our section goals
is to have a master calendar on the section website at
As Section Manager, one of the most frequent questions I hear is what should clubs do
for programs. I invite you to explore the club resources pages on ARRL's website at
Many clubs in North Carolina are already performing at the level of ARRL's Special
Service Club (SSC), the epitome of what an Amateur Radio club should be. SSCs are
leaders in offering licensing and training classes, VE sessions, holding special events,
providing mentoring (Elmering) to Hams and show a strong spirit of community service.
Only six of NC's 63 clubs have elite "SSC" status. Congratulations to the Alamance
ARC of Burlington, Blue Ridge ARC, High Point ARC, Mecklenburg ARS of Charlotte,
Raleigh ARS and Tri-County ARC for being Special Service Clubs. Many clubs have
been SSCs in the past and may still be meeting SSC requirements, but have forgotten the
annual filing to maintain SSC status. If your club is active, consider reaching higher to
become a leading club and earn the prestige of being listed as a Special Service Club. To
see if your club qualifies, read the section on Special Services Clubs in the Active Club
Primer then go to
ARRL section officers are available to try to appear at club meetings. I say "try" because some clubs are quite distant from the QTHs of many section officers. However, thanks to technology, we can use Skype, Echolink or IRLP to join your group if one of us can't make it in person.
Finally, when it comes to managing your club, you not only have Norm Fusaro at ARRL
headquarters as a fulltime resource, but also the North Carolina section is fortunate to
have Mike Lewis, WA4KE, as its Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). Feel free to send
Mike an email with your club questions to
LICENSING CLASSES - this is related to the story above, but there is no listing in
North Carolina for training classes. The section officers would like to maintain a
calendar of Technician, General and Extra licensing classes. If your club or organization
has such classes coming up in 2011, please send a listing to the Section Webmaster Susan
HAMFEST THIS SATURDAY PLUS ONE MORE - Reminder: FirstFest is this
Saturday, January 29th (rescheduled from January 8th because of WX), at the Summit
School, 2100 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem from 7 AM to 12 Noon. Talk-In 146.64
PL 100.0, alternate 145.47 PL 100.0 Details:
NC QSO PARTY - Get ready. The NC QSO Party is scheduled for Sunday, February
27th from 12 Noon to 10 PM local time (1700 UTC Feb.27 through 0300 UTC Feb.28).
If you've ever wanted to be on the receiving end of a pile-up, here's your chance. This
once a year 10 hour event is the perfect occasion for any North Carolina operator to get
the feel of contesting as stations around the globe will want to make contact with stations
in all 100 counties. This year retired Battleship North Carolina, operating as NI4BK, will
be a bonus station along with stations in Cherokee and Dare counties, and the flagship
station of Forsyth ARC, W4NC, host of the NC QSO Party. Details:
HAPPY 80th ANNIVERSARY - Speaking of the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club of Winston-Salem, it celebrated its 80th anniversary last month. It was incorporated December 30, 1930, and is North Carolina's oldest continuously operating Ham Radio club. The event was celebrated with an Echolink talk-in. Congratulations to FARC.
SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP - Twice a year in October and February, school kids under the guidance of Ham volunteers and teachers get on the air and discover the fun of Ham Radio in School Club Roundup (SCR). Roger Bacon Academy, a charter school in Leland (Brunswick County), has three faculty members who are licensed and plans to be on the air next month during the February 14-18 event. Roger Bacon is installing a permanent station at the school and has applied for a club call sign. Past participants in SCR have included Pitt County Community College's station, K4PCC, from Greenville.
MEDIA HIT - The Alamance Amateur Radio Club had a nice story entitled "Communication is Key" published in the Burlington Times News on December 30th.
SKs - We regret to report the passing of Heber Adams, W4GDF of Greenville; Bill All, N3KKM of Winterville, and Corky Porter, WD4MYX of Rocky Point.
WELCOME NEW NET CONTROL MANAGER - Adam Lawler, WK4P, of West Jefferson is the new NCM for the North Carolina Evening Net (NCEN), which meets on 3923 KHz at 6:30 PM Local time. Thanks Adam for heading up this fun, informative traffic net.
DECEMBER NTS REPORTS - QNI (Net station check-ins) 2,960 (up 214 or 7%). Messages passed - 501 (down 1). STATION ACTIVITY REPORTS (SARs) K4IWW 510 (BPL level), KI4YV 212, W2EAG 207, W4DNA 134, WK4P 131, W4TTO 76, W3HL 44, W4EHF 44, KE4AHC 35, KC4PGN 30, NC4VA 22. PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL (PSHR) NC4VA 268, W4DNA 215, K4IWW 130, W2EAG 110, W4TTO 100, KI4YV 90, WK4P 90.
ARES - 672, down 28 (due largely to inactive appointments being terminated). ICS credentialed members - 280. DEC/EC reports - 36 of 100 counties ATTN: ECs and DECs - if you're not filing your monthly reports, your ARES members aren't included in section reports.
LAST WORD - In the November and December monthly newsletters I mentioned that the section officers would be meeting January 22nd to discuss issues affecting the North Carolina section and to set policies and goals for 2011. We met last Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM in Durham, and only took a half hour for lunch. I was very pleased that nine of the ten section officers were able to make it. Joining me were Asst. Section Manager Tim Slay, N4IB; Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Brown, N4TAB; Section Traffic Manager Dave Roy, W4DNA; Affiliated Club Coordinator Mike Lewis, WA4KE; Public Information Coordinator Woody Woodward, K3VSA; Section Webmaster Susan Langley-Jones, WA4AKB; Section Technical Coordinator Danny Hampton, K4ITL; and State Government Liaison, Dr. Bob Conder, K4RLC. No one is sure when the last time a section leaders meeting was held, but we had thoughtful and in-depth dialogue about many issues. In the months ahead, you will see the fruits of our labor come forward as we all strive to make the section work better. All who attended agreed that it was worthwhile meeting once a year to go over section matters, and we plan to meet again in 2012. In this issue of the newsletter we talked about club relations. You'll see results from our other discussions in the future. Rest assured that you have dedicated and committed leaders representing the interests of ARRL's 4,000 members in North Carolina and the state's 18,000 licensed Ham operators.
73 de Bill Morine N2COP ARRL North Carolina Section Manager
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