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Welcome to the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to public service and the promotion of amateur radio. Each month we meet on the 2nd Thursday at the Gamewell Fire Department's meeting room. Hope to see you there!

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Bug & Fix for Digital Modes

(Note: Before making this post, I asked 2 Club members to verify that this is a “real” issue and received confirmation.  Ro K4HRM).

There’s a bug with the USB audio chipset used in many ham radio sound interfaces that occurs in Windows Vista and later. The affected chipset is the TI PCM2900 series, pre-C revisions.  A non conclusive list of devices using this chip line are all Icoms with built in USB sound interfaces(7100/7200), all Kenwoods with built in usb sound interfaces (590), several Yaesus, the MicroHam USB III and all Signalinks.

If you use digital modes, please refer to the following link and also view the video to see if you need to take any action to improve your performance.

https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/3eytah/huge_windows_bug_rui.

View video at https://youtu.be/guH0NMRRTAo

FW: Truck

John could use some help moving a refrigerator.  If anyone could spare some time and has a truck, please let him know. 
 
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:04:27 -0400
Subject: Truck
From: n4lbx1@gmail.com
To: thomasland@msn.com

hey guys was wondering if you knew of anyone that has a truck to haul a refrigerator on from the habitat for humanity store on Harper Road in Lenoir to Celia Creek Roadalso here in Lenoir just past the fire department in game will there is money to be paid for the help if you could spread the word thank you



        Thank You,
                             John M.Crowe (N4LBX)
                       Charlotte Regional Skywarn (NCO)  
                        Piedmont Spotter Group (NCO) (CO:Net Manager)
                         Caldwell Co. A.R.E.S Liaison  
                              828-572-0667(H)

New SSB Contest – Phone Fray

The rules for a new weekly SSB event, based on the North American QSO Party (NAQP), are located here:

http://www.perluma.com/Phone_Fray_Contest_Rules.pdf

It’s called Phone Fray. The start date is Tuesday (evening) July 28 (July 29 UTC). To accommodate busy schedules, the contest lasts for just 30-minutes and will be great for fast-paced NAQP practice and welcoming new contesters of all skill levels. 100 watts max makes everyone loud! No logs, just report scores to 3830scores.com.

Exchange: Name and State/Province/NA_Country

Please forward this email to your club and other amateurs that might be interested.

A free Yahoo Group reflector has been formed for PhoneFray communications and please consider joining in the fun using the following link:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PhoneFray/info

If this link does not work, send me a note and I will send you a direct invitation to join the group. Any questions, please send me a note any time. Thanks!

73, Dean, NW2K nw2k@arrl.net

Road Show Amateur Radio Club – Asheville NC

Since LARC has been so welcoming to me at your meetings the past two months, I’d like to extend an invitation for any and all LARC members to attend The Road Show Amateur Radio Club meetings.

Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 pm., at the Skyland Fire Dept. Talk-in 147.105+, PL 91.5,

Easiest way to get there is get on I-26 and take Exit 37, Long Shoals Rd. Go east on Long Shoals Rd – away from the French Broad River, and at the big intersection with Hwy 25, Hendersonville Rd (Exxon will be on the right), go straight across the intersection and the Fire Dept will be immediately on the right. (A shorter route, but easy to miss the turn is Exit 51 (Hwy 25-A) off I-40. Go south approximately 6 miles, and after going through the Mills Gap Rd intersection (Market Center convenience store will be on the right) , in about 3/4 mile look for and turn right onto Rathfarnam Rd on the right ( if you miss this road, the next one is Rosscraggon, and it intersects Rathfarnam). In about 1/2 mile, you come to the entrance – on the left – to the Fire Dept.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/9+Miller+Rd+S,+Asheville,+NC+28803/@35.484907,-82.524091,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8859ed0c818d9e65:0x24d31c718d4b5c43

Address is 9 Miller Road South, Asheville, 28803. (If you forget to put South in the address line, you’ll probably wind up in east Asheville, as there is a Miller Rd there as well.) Some GPSs may show this address as Skyland, which is what this area is called. (To frurther complicate matters, there is a Skyland post office near by with a zip code different from Asheville’s; don’t ask me…I don’t understand either :-) )

Philip N4HF n4hf.philip@gmail.com

Mutual Aid Request

I am copying and pasting from an email I received from Buncombe County ARES.

Buncombe County ARES has been asked to provide communications and situational awareness for even staff working “The Scream!” a USATF certified half marathon run on Saturday, July 18 – 6:00a.m to around 4:00pm. – Jonas Ridge (Mountain Crossing Mercantile Store) ending at Beach Mountain Resort. The event is capped at 300 runners.

The Scream! is a USA Track & Field certified point-to-point course that starts at the Post Office in Jonas Ridge, NC and finishes near the town of Mortimer, in the middle of nowhere. A map of the course with aid station detail is available by following this link (http://www.leetiming.com/ScreamMapRev.pdf).

BCARES needs several operators to work at aid station along the gravel road running through the Pisgah National Forest.

If you are interested please call or email us by July 10th. All planning and operations are run by ICS Format.

Dwight C Danner – W4DCD

BCARES Operation Chief – NN4BC

bcoares@gmail.com

Cell 828-423-3498 ”

If you would like to help, please let me know. I will pass it along to Dwight. This would be a good ARES training opportunity.

73 de ka4hkk

Tom KA4HKK

Caldwell County EC

Mutual Aid

I am copying and pasting from an email I received from Buncombe County ARES.
 
” 
Buncombe County ARES has been asked to provide communications and situational awareness for even staff working “The Scream!” a USATF certified half marathon run on Saturday, July 18 – 6:00a.m to around 4:00pm. – Jonas Ridge (Mountain Crossing Mercantile Store) ending  at Beach Mountain Resort. The event is capped at 300 runners.
The Scream! is a USA Track & Field certified point-to-point course that starts at the Post Office in Jonas Ridge, NC and finishes near the town of Mortimer, in the middle of nowhere. A map of the course with aid station detail is available by following this link.
BCARES needs several operators to work at aid station along the gravel road running through the Pisgah National Forest.
If you are interested please call or email us by  July 10th.  All planning and operations are run by ICS Format. 
 
Dwight C Danner – W4DCD
BCARES Operation Chief – NN4BC
Cell 828-423-3498  “
 
If you would like to help, please let me know.  I will pass it along to Dwight.  This would be a good ARES training opportunity.
 
73 de ka4hkk
 
Tom KA4HKK
Caldwell County EC

FW: ICS Field Event Jonas Ridge AREA

 I received this message from Buncombe County ARES yesterday but just opened it tonight.  If anyone is interested in helping with this, please let me know.  I have been working on Saturdays again, but I may see if I can help at the end.  I will pass along any names that respond.
 
Tom, ka4hkk
 
ka4hkk@arrl.net
 
Caldwell County EC
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:24:42 -0400
Subject: ICS Field Event Jonas Ridge AREA
From: bcoares@gmail.com
To: bcoares@gmail.com

Buncombe
County ARES has been asked to provide communications and situational awareness for
even staff working “The Scream!” a USATF certified half marathon run on Saturday,
July 18 – 6:00a.m to around 4:00pm. – Jonas Ridge (Mountain Crossing Mercantile
Store) ending  at Beach Mountain Resort. The
event is capped at 300 runners.

The Scream!
is a USA Track & Field certified point-to-point course that starts at the
Post Office in Jonas Ridge, NC and finishes near the town of Mortimer, in the
middle of nowhere. A map of the course with aid station detail is available by
following 
this
link
.

BCARES needs several operators to work at aid
station along the gravel road running through the Pisgah National Forest.

If you are interested please call or email us
by  July 10th.  All planning and operations are run by ICS Format. 

 

Dwight C Danner – W4DCD

BCARES Operation Chief – NN4BC

bcoares@gmail.com

Cell 828-423-3498  

Meeting Thursday!

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday July 9th at 7pm at Gamewell Fire Department. John Crowe will be giving a presentation on emergency antennas and we will be talking about several important business topics. Come out and join the fun and fellowship with other hams.

Tanner

FW: NC Section Newsletter, June, 2015

 Here is a copy of the ARRL NC Section Newsletter.  Lots of articles about Field Day (Pre FD)
 
73 de ka4hkk Tom
> Subject: NC Section Newsletter, June, 2015

> Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:32:24 -0400
>
> Posted June 30, 2015
> ARRL NC Section Newsletter
> June, 2015
>
> Greetings to all Hams across North Carolina from Karl W4CHX, your ARRL
> NC Section Manager!  
>
> S 1685 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 INTRODUCED IN US SENATE – On
> June 25th, S 1685 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 was introduced in
> the US Senate by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) with Senator Richard
> Blumenthal (D-CT) as the initial co-sponsor. The wording in S 1685 and
> HR 1301 are identical. S 1685 was read twice and referred to the US
> Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which is
> chaired by Senator John Thune (R-SD). For further information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/the-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-introduced-in-the-us-senate
> For comments by Senator Wicker on the benefits of S 1685, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/senate-sponsor-of-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-said-bill-promotes-regulatory-transparency-equali
>
> HR 1301 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 (Update) – As of June 30th,
> HR 1301 has 83 co-sponsors, including 4 Representatives from North
> Carolina: David Price (D-NC-4); Walter Jones, Jr (R-NC-3); Patrick
> McHenry (R-NC-10); and, David Rouzer (R-NC-7). For further information,
> see http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
>
> ARRL WEBSITE HAS NEW AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 PAGE – Since
> there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in the US House
> of Representatives and the US Senate, the ARRL has setup a combined web
> page to accommodate activities related to HR 1301 and S 1685, and to
> provide a central location (“clearing house”) for all information
> on these identical Bills. ARRL members are urged to contact their
> Members of Congress in the House of Representatives and the Senate and
> ask them to sign on to the Bills as a co-sponsor. For further
> information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-website-has-new-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-page
> and http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
>
> ARRL 2015 HURRICANE SEASON WEBINAR (7/20) – The ARRL will host a 2015
> Hurricane Season webinar on Monday, July 20th, beginning at 8:00 PM EDT
> (July 21, 0000 UTC). The approximately 90 minute-long webinar will
> discuss the role of Amateur Radio during the 2015 Hurricane Season.
> Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is encouraged
> to attend this webinar. Thanks to Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency
> Preparedness Manager, for providing this information! For further
> information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-2015-hurricane-season-webinar-set-for-july-20
>
> COLORADO TO HOST US AMATEUR RADIO DIRECTION FINDING CHAMPIONSHIPS
> (8/27-30) – Registration is open for the 15th USA and 8th IARU Region
> 2 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) championships, which will be
> held on August 27-30, in Elbert, CO. An optional ARDF “training
> camp” will take place on Monday through Wednesday, August 24-26, just
> prior to the Championships. Thanks to Joe Moell, K0OV, ARRL Amateur
> Radio Direction Finding Coordinator, for providing this information!
> For further information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/colorado-to-host-us-amateur-radio-direction-finding-championships-in-august
>
> NEW YORK HAM INAUGURATES “COLLEGIATE HAM RADIO OPERATORS” FACEBOOK
> GROUP – Sam Rose, KC2LRC of Syracuse, NY has started the
> “Collegiate Ham Radio Operators” Facebook Group. The Group is open
> to anyone interested in college ham radio clubs, including members,
> alumni, faculty, and prospective college ham radio club members. For
> further information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/new-york-ham-inaugurates-collegiate-ham-radio-operators-facebook-group
>
> FCC CHAIRMAN AND LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO SCALE BACK FIELD
> OFFICE SHUTDOWNS – An agreement has been reached between the US House
> Energy and Commerce Committee leaders and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to
> amend the Commission’s plans, which were announced in March, to close
> FCC field offices. Under the revised plan, 15 of 24 FCC field offices
> will be kept open. For further information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-chairman-lawmakers-announce-agreement-to-scale-back-field-office-shutdowns
>
> LICENSING CLASSES –
> Raleigh (NC): Technician licensing class, July 11 to August 1, 2015,
> sponsored by Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, contact Murray Merner,
> K4MHM by phone at (919) 803-7973 or by email at k4mhm@arrl.net for
> further information.
> Boone (NC): Technician licensing class, July 13 to August 24, 2015,
> sponsored by Watauga Amateur Radio Club, contact Vern Dyer, W5VM by
> phone at (972) 740-9620 or by email at w5vm@arrl.net for further
> information.
> Goldsboro (NC): Technician licensing class, July 13 to August 31, 2015,
> sponsored by Wayne County Amateur Radio Association, contact Peter Wene,
> WA5T by phone at (919) 440-2937 or by email at pete@wene.net for further
> information.
> Wallace (NC): Technician licensing class, July 18-19, 2015, sponsored
> by Duplin Emergency Communications Alliance, contact Robert Steen,
> N7ZKO by phone at (910) 285-5745 for further information.
> Raleigh (NC): General licensing class, August 8-29, 2015, sponsored by
> Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, contact Murray Merner, K4MHM by phone at
> (919) 803-7973 or by email at k4mhm@arrl.net for further information.
> To find upcoming classes, go to
> www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class Please note that a
> licensing class sponsored by your club or organization will not be
> listed on the ARRL website unless you register your class. ARRL
> Registered Instructors may list upcoming classes on the ARRL website.
> For further information, see
> http://www.arrl.org/License-instructor-registration Also, please let
> me know if your club is sponsoring a licensing class. Thanks!
>
> MEDIA HITS AND REPORTS – The following media hits and reports are
> included in this month’s newsletter:
> On advice for the upcoming storm season, see
> http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150529/ARTICLES/150529666
>
> On Stormfest at the Cape Fear Museum, see
> http://portcitydaily.com/2015/06/07/stormfest-coming-to-cape-fear-museum/
>
> On the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://caldwelljournal.com/event/arrl-field-day-hosted-by-lenoir-amateur-radio-club/?instance_id=276
>
> On “Lunch N Learn” about amateur radio presented by Terry Brown,
> AK4D, see
> http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/aging-matters-support-groups-for-caregivers-have-openings/article_2346bfa4-122a-11e5-a71a-53080c37e4a3.html
>
> On a special Field Day Newsletter from the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club,
> see http://n4lnr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/LARC-6FD-2015C1.pdf
> Thanks to Ro Maddox, K4HRM, Newsletter Editor, Lenoir Amateur Radio
> Club, for providing this report!
>
> On Stormfest 2015 at the Cape Fear Museum, see
> http://www.twcnews.com/nc/coastal/weather/2015/06/18/wilmington-stormfest-2015.html
>
> On the 6th Annual Stormfest at the Cape Fear Museum of History and
> Science, see
> http://www.wect.com/story/29361008/staying-ahead-of-the-storm-6th-annual-stormfest-at-the-cape-fear-museum-of-history-sciences
>
> On Onslow Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://www.jdnews.com/article/20150622/NEWS/150629820/-1/s
>
> On the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://mountainx.com/news/ever-ready-local-ham-radio-operators-provide-vital-link/
>
> On the Watauga Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://www.wataugademocrat.com/mountaintimes/entertainment/ham-it-up-at-field-day/article_9b23be3c-1b49-11e5-a439-23f2120b3179.html
> Thanks to Marv Hoffman, WA4NC, President, Watauga Amateur Radio Club,
> for providing this media hit!
>
> On Emergency Services Summer Camp and amateur radio, see
> http://publicradioeast.org/post/emergency-services-summer-camp-jacksonville
>
> On the Shelby Amateur Radio Club, the Cleveland County Amateur Radio
> Service, and Field Day, see
> http://www.shelbystar.com/article/20150620/News/306209985/0/SEARCH,
> http://www.shelbystar.com/article/20150623/News/306239981/0/SEARCH, and
> http://www.shelbystar.com/article/20150627/NEWS/150629041/0/SEARCH
> Thanks to Susan M. Ledford, K4ZXN, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, for
> providing these media hits!
>
> On the Gastonia Area Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://www.shelbystar.com/article/20150623/NEWS/150629665/0/SEARCH
> Thanks to Susan M. Ledford, K4ZXN, Shelby Amateur Radio Club, for
> providing this media hit!
>
> On amateur radio helping a teen with disabilities, see
> http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150627/LIFESTYLE/150629068/-1/s
>
> On the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, Wilmington VHF Association, and
> New Hanover County ARES; and, Field Day, see
> http://www.wect.com/story/29424176/local-radio-operators-participate-in-arrl-field-day
>
> On the Iredell County Amateur Radio Society and Field Day, see
> http://www.statesville.com/news/radio-enthusiasts-put-to-test-during-field-day-this-weekend/article_d161a21c-1c51-11e5-87e1-eb17285d92be.html
> Thanks to Howard Hecht, W1HO, Treasurer, Iredell County Amateur Radio
> Society, for providing this media hit!
>
> On the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/local-ham-radio-operators-compete-for-hours-made-contacts-worldwide/article_91eae53a-1dfa-11e5-9ec9-cbbf7a573e4b.html
> Thanks to Doc Holliday, WB4QIZ, Field Day Coordinator, Forsyth Amateur
> Radio Club, for providing this media hit!
>
> On Onslow Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2015 with WCTI Chief
> Meteorologist Donnie Cox, see
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwisczfMqCU&feature=em-share_video_user
> Thanks to Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE, an ARRL-trained Public Information
> Officer, for providing this media hit!
>
> On the Onslow Amateur Radio Club and Field Day, see
> http://www.jdnews.com/article/20150629/NEWS/150628923
>
> The following report regarding amateur radio operations (NI4BK) from
> the WWII battleship, USS North Carolina (BB-55), during the Museum
> Ships Weekend (6/6-7) was received from Jack Jacobs, WD4OIN: “The
> Museum Ships Weekend for 2015 was a big success! Success was not
> measured in total contacts but by total participation. This year we
> had 16 operators, which was a record number. Several local operators,
> who were not physically able to climb onto the ship, spotted us on the
> various DX clusters all weekend. We made a total of 712 contacts using
> SSB, CW, and Digital, and had a great time. The operators included:
> Jeff Holmes NC4JF, Jeff Wingfield KI4JDE, Bob Kiehlmeier WA3IRG, Steve
> Wilder AJ4JJ, Norm Clemmons KI4YSY, Hutch Hutchison NK0S, Jeff Bixby
> W4BIX, Allan Pellnat KX2H, Jay Barton N3QH, Brad Bradberry WD4FTR,
> David Williams N4JGD, Todd Chase KM4JGV, Bill Morine N2COP, James
> Kapetsky K3DEP, Stephen Russ NI4SR, and Jack Jacobs WD4OIN. Jack
> WD4OIN” In a separate email communication, Jack WD4OIN sent me an
> image of the commemorative certificate that was provided to the NI4BK
> operators – it looks great! Thanks to the operators for supporting
> Museum Ships Weekend; and, to Jack Jacobs, WD4OIN, Battleship Committee
> Coordinator, Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, for providing this
> report!
>
> The following information on learning Morse code was received from Ro
> Maddox, K4HRM: “Do you have a youngster that would like to learn
> Morse Code? ICOM and Boy’s Life have teamed up to create a Morse code
> game to help teach very basic Morse code:
> http://www.icomamerica.com/en/amateur/boyslife-morse-code-machine.aspx
> When they have mastered that, they can go on to Learn CW On-Line
> http://lcwo.net/ (You adults can go there now)” Thanks to Ro
> Maddox, K4HRM, Newsletter Editor, Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, for
> providing this information!
>
> The following report was received from Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE: “To
> all,
> Onslow County Amateur Radio Club members David W4JKU, Mike KK4VBG and
> Raeford WA4HMR spoke about Amateur Radio, Field Day 2015 and Onslow
> Amateur Radio Club on June 11, 2015 on Raeford’s [96.3] Thunder Country
> [Radio] Show. 73, Janice KJ4JPE” Thanks to Janice Hopkins, KJ4JPE,
> an ARRL-trained Public Information Officer for providing this report!
>
> The following email was received from Marv Hoffman, WA4NC. Since it
> had been more than 10 years since the Watauga Amateur Radio Club
> participated in Field Day, his report on the Club’s renewed Field Day
> effort is being shared with you: “Our first attempt at Field Day in
> over ten years was a great success and we owe a number of people our
> heart-felt thanks for their efforts. First, I want to thank James
> Harrison, WS4JH, who managed the event, working with Watauga Parks and
> Recreation to obtain permission to use the Howards Knob site, and for
> coordinating media outreach. Because of his efforts, we had visitors
> to our Field Day site and had the opportunity to explain ham radio to
> visitors who indicated their intent to take the Tech Class that is
> scheduled to begin on July 13. The goals of giving non-hams the
> opportunity to see ham radio in action, to get on the air and to inform
> the public about ham radio were met. Secondly, we all owe big “thank
> you’s” to Stan Ferguson, WA4SGF, and Jack Bechtel, KB4JEB, who
> should be recognized for their cooking skill and for the excellent food
> they prepared on the mountain. I doubt that many other clubs had food
> that was as tasty or as well prepared as did our club. While antennas
> were being put up, we had water, coffee and snacks. Stan and Jack
> cooked a hot meal for dinner on Saturday with hamburgers, hot dogs,
> sweet sausage with rolls, all the fixings, plus a delicious Banana
> Pudding dessert prepared by Bonnie Baublitz. We had fresh fruit,
> snacks, hot coffee and water throughout the night. The cooks made a
> hot breakfast of pancakes, link sausage, and hot coffee and prepared
> sandwiches for the lunch on Sunday. Jack, Stan and Bonne, you did a
> great job. Kudos go also to the crew that set up antennas, and brought
> rigs, generators, heaters, tents, cables, tools and expertise as well as
> spending time operating and sharing the fun. John Dinkins WA4J, Danny
> Horney KE4AAP, Scott Douglass K2SD, Jack Bechtel KB4JEB, Stan Ferguson
> WA4SGF, James Harrison WS4JH, Steve Baublitz W9SLB, David Hooper N4DE,
> Marv Hoffman WA4NC, Gus Perry WA4JPC, Randy Combs KC4ZSM, Doug Hall
> WA4UNS, Vern Dyer W5VM, Steve Marks N4SCM, Tim Harmon KE4KFV, Adam
> Lentz W9ACL, and Benson Wills NE4W all helped out. I am sorry if I
> have overlooked anyone. Overnight operators braved a long, windy and
> cold night on the mountain. Temps in the low 50’s with winds in the
> upper 20’s. Apprehension over rain squalls that passed to the north,
> east and south, and those rain storms that stopped by to check us out
> posed challenges to the Overnighters who kept the generator running,
> the plastic sheets intact, the heaters going and the rigs humming.
> David and Mary Hooper, Danny Horney, James Harrison, Stan Ferguson and
> I spent the night on the mountain and made contacts during the night.
> So, despite weather challenges and poor band conditions, 2015 Field Day
> will go down in my book as a success. What we may have missed in terms
> of large numbers of contacts was more than offset in terms of the
> fellowship and practical problem-solving experience that was gained by
> operating in difficult conditions. Thanks to each of you for making
> our club the success that it is. Marv, WA4NC” Thanks to the members
> of the Watauga Amateur Radio Club for your participation in ARRL Field
> Day 2015; and to Marv Hoffman, WA4NC, President, Watauga Amateur Radio
> Club for providing this report!
>
> NTS SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY 2015 –
> QNI (total check-ins): 2,028; Total messages passed: 544.
> Station Activity Reports (SARs), total number: K4IWW 309, W2EAG 196,
> WK4WC 146, KC4PGN 133, AK4RJ 122, K4JHB 122, W4DNA 81, WB4ZIQ 77,
> KF4OCU 61, W4TTO 59, KW4EMG 42, KE4AHC 34, KJ4JPE, 32, N2RTF 16, W4EAT
> 16.
> Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR), total number: KW4EMG 275, WB4ZIQ 180,
> WK4WC 155, W4DNA 150, KJ4JPE 147, K4IWW 130, W2EAG 110, AK4RJ 105, W4TTO
> 100, N2RTF 91, K4JHB 80, KF4OCU 76. Thanks to all stations for
> participating in NC Section traffic activities; and, to Dave Roy,
> W4DNA, Section Traffic Manager, for providing this information!
>
> SILENT KEYS – With deep regret, the passing of the following amateur
> radio operators is reported: Charles Otis (“Charlie”) Brown, Jr, W4VFJ
> (SK) of Wake Forest; William Dewey (“Bill”) Lambert, AK4H (SK) of
> Benson; and, Herman Coy Williams, WA4FGI (SK) of Knightdale. Please
> note it is not possible to post information about an amateur radio
> operator that has become a Silent Key without confirmation via a copy
> of an obituary or death certificate.
>
> SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS –
> July 15-17: Royal Rangers 2015 Camp-o-Rama, 1500Z-2200Z, K4R, Browns
> Summit, NC. Royal Rangers. SSB 21.250 14.250 7.150; CW 21.100; PSK-31
> 7.070. QSL. Steven R. Allen, 5691 Howell Dr, Dublin, VA 24084. Royal
> Rangers is a boys Ministry of the International Pentecostal Holiness
> Church and the Assembly of God Church. royalrangers1@verizon.net
> August 29: 125th Anniversary of Casar, NC, 0900Z-2359Z, K4C, Lawndale,
> NC. W4JL David Ledford. PSK 14.070 7.070; 14.262 7.262. Certificate.
> David Ledford, 2333 Curt Ledford Rd, Lawndale, NC 28090.
> September 10-21: The North Carolina Mountain State Fair, 1300Z-0100Z,
> N4F, Fletcher, NC. The Road Show Amateur Radio Club. 7.245; 40 20 15 10
> meters. Certificate and QSL. Bill Van Nuys, N4OOC, 57 Echo Lake Dr,
> Fairview, NC 28730. Check club website throughout the event for current
> operating frequencies on 40, 20,15, and 10 meters. Send SASE for QSL,
> large SASE ($0.98 postage) and $5 for QSL and Certificate.
> www.theroadshowarc.com
> September 12: 47th Annual National Hollerin’ Contest, 1500Z-2200Z,
> N4C, Spivey’s Corner, NC. Sampson County Amateur Radio Service. 14.264
> 7.264. Certificate. Cliff Ireland, KK4NC, 170 Pincroft Dr, Dunn, NC
> 28334. www.nationalhollerincontest.com
> Special Event Station listings in the NC Section newsletter are based
> on what appears on the ARRL website, see
> http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations Please consider listing
> your Special Event Station at least 60 days before the event, see
> http://www.arrl.org/special-events-application Also, please let me
> know if your club is sponsoring a Special Event Station. Thanks!
>
> UPCOMING DXPEDITIONS – It is hoped that you enjoyed the challenge of
> working K1N Navassa Island 2015 and made at least one QSO with the
> on-island team. In case you were wondering, here are some website
> links that provide information on four upcoming DXpeditions:
> TX3X Chesterfield Islands DXpedition, October 1-12, 2015, see
> http://www.tx3x.com/
> KH5 Palmyra Atoll 2016, January 11-26, 2016, see
> http://palmyra2016.org/index.html
> VP8 South Sandwich and South Georgia Project 2016, January-February,
> 2016, see http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/
> VK0EK The Heard Island Expedition, about March 16-April 8, 2016, see
> http://vk0ek.org/
> Please remember: it is not too early to be thinking about how to
> contact these rare (“most wanted”) and remote DX entities. For
> further information on other DX operations, see http://www.cdxa.org/,
> click on Coming Events, click on DXpeditions Listed On NG3K. See you
> in the pile-ups!
>
> UPCOMING HAMFESTS AND CONVENTIONS –
> July 11, 2015: 30th Annual Firecracker Hamfest, Rowan Amateur Radio
> Society, Salisbury, NC, see http://www.rowanars.org
> July 18: Mid-Summer SWAPFEST, Cary Amateur Radio Club, Cary, NC, see
> http://www.qsl.net/n4nc
> July 25: WCARS Hamfest 2015, Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society,
> Waynesville, NC, see http://wcars.org
> August 8: 17th Annual Cape Fear Amateur Radio Swapfest, Cape Fear
> Amateur Radio Society, Fayetteville, NC, see
> http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/17th-annual-cape-fear-amateur-radio-swapfest
> September 5-6: 59th Annual Shelby Hamfest/Roanoke Division Convention,
> Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Shelby, NC, see http://shelbyhamfest.org
> September 25-26: W4DXCC DX and Contesting Convention, SouthEastern DX
> and Contesting Organization (SEDCO), Pigeon Forge, TN, see
> http://www.w4dxcc.com/index.html It is not too early to apply for
> ARRL-affiliation of your club’s 2015 hamfest! For more information,
> see http://www.arrl.org/arrl-sanctioned-events
>
> QUA* – Wow, it’s hard to believe that ARRL Field Day 2015 is over!
> Did you know that Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held
> annually in the US and Canada? It sure is popular in NC – according
> to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator on June 24th, there were at least
> 58 Field Day sites in North Carolina.
>
> This year, I visited 12 clubs during the Field Day weekend. On Friday
> afternoon, the Field Day sites for the KnightLites – WQ4RP in Wake
> Forest, and PVRCNC – N4C in Creedmoor were visited. That evening, I
> drove to Suffolk, VA and stayed overnight with my son and his family.
> On Saturday, I visited the following clubs: The Albemarle Amateur Radio
> Society – K4WO in Elizabeth City; Pamlico Amateur Radio Club – K4BCH
> in Washington; Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club – W4AMC in Greenville;
> Wayne County Amateur Radio Association – W4HS in Goldsboro; Pamlico
> Amateur Radio Society (PARS) – N4PRS in Oriental; and, Onslow Amateur
> Radio Club Inc – NC4OC in Swansboro. On Sunday, I visited Hampstead
> Hams – NC4PC in Hampstead; NHC Emergency Prep Group – NC4NH in
> Wilmington; and, Brunswick Shores Amateur Radio Club in Southport. The
> NHC Emergency Prep Group was composed of members from the Azalea Coast
> Amateur Radio Club, Wilmington VHF Association Inc, and New Hanover
> County ARES. Although adverse weather was present during the weekend,
> it was fun to visit the sites, learn about the setup of radios and
> antennas, and talk with club members. The hospitality that was
> extended to me was appreciated greatly! By the way, I drove more than
> 1,000 miles during Field Day weekend!
>
> Earlier this month (6/8), I drove to Salisbury to attend the monthly
> meeting of the Rowan Amateur Radio Society. The turnout was excellent;
> and, the opportunity to present information about the NC Section was
> appreciated greatly. Thanks to the Members of the Rowan Amateur Radio
> Society for their friendship!
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want
> to provide input on our Section. I can be reached via email at
> w4chx@arrl.org or via cell phone. As always, thank you for sending
> your emails and club newsletters – they keep me informed about your
> activities and programs! And, to all of the clubs that sent Field Day
> photos – thanks! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming hamfest
> or club meeting. Finally, thanks for everything you are doing for
> amateur radio and your community! 73, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, ARRL North
> Carolina Section Manager, (919) 669-6068 (cell)
>
> *QUA is an international Q signal (prosign) meaning, “Have you news
> of _____?” In the absence of a question mark, QUA means, “I have
> news of ____.”
>
> ——————————————————————–
> ARRL North Carolina Section
> Section Manager: Karl F Bowman DVM, W4CHX
> w4chx@arrl.org
> ——————————————————————–

Field Day 2015

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Caldwell Community Emergency Response Team members setting up the climate controlled 12X16 shelter

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73 de ka4hkk
Tom