WARC held a picnic August 5 at Julian Price Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Over 25 members and guests attended, and a good time was had by all.


On Sunday, February 25, WARC participated (for the second time ever) in the North Carolina QSO party. A Group of enthusiastic Contesters assembled at the QTH of K2ODV, and operated from 10 AM till 8 PM. We used two stations in the Low-Power1 (100W) & Mixed (Cw/SSB) mode.

Operators included George-K2ODV, Corey-WB0RXQ, Eric-NI4E, and Rich-K1HE. Also, assisting were Mark-K4CK, Steve-N4SCM, and Dennis-KA4BOE.

BAND  QSOs    last year (2023)

80          116       30

40          407 170

20          265 0392

15          32 31       

10          6 1

2 4 00

TOT     830 624

The final result had been published, and once again we took third place in our category. Our score was better than last year, and we think we can see a path to perhaps winning next year.


K4MN CUMB 337,835 1053

W4MR JOH 289,375 907

WA4J WAT 253,160 829

a.  The ARRL bulk email system remains unusable so, in order to get information to the North Carolina ham community, I am sending this message to clubs with a request that you share its content with members in your club.

b.  LoTW apparently has been restored and can receive uploaded contact reports but once data has been uploaded there remains a delay in getting the data from the receiving server over to the server that posts the data to individual LoTW accounts.  See the discussion posted by ARRL at

c.  According to a posting on the ARRL webpage, nominations are now being accepted for the Roanoke Director and Vice Director. Incumbents are N2ZZ, Jim Boehner and N2COP, Bill Morine.  Information on the election process which will occur later this Fall can be found at

d. Information has been received from David (KI4W) hamfest chairperson that, due to a scheduling conflict over events at the Cumberland County Shrine Club, the Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society has cancelled the Swapfest scheduled for August 10.  Information can be found at

e.  The Rowan Amateur Radio Society will hold its Firecracker Hamfest on July 13 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave.,Salisbury, NC.  Information can be found at

f.  The Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society hamfest (often referred to as the Waynesville Hamfest) will be held on July 20 at the Smokey Mountain Event Center (Former Haywood County Fairgrounds)
758 Crabtree Rd. Waynesville, NC.  Information can be found at

g.  The Cary Swapfest will be held on July 20 at Cary’s Ritter Park, 301 W Lochmere Drive, Cary, NC.  Information can be found at . 

h.  Indications are that this may turn out to be a very active hurricane season.  Information on current tropical storm activity can be found at

i.  We made Field Day visits in Thomasville, Burlington, Chatham County, Lee County, Cumberland County, New Hanover County, and Brunswick County.  Dave Price (K4KDP) made visits in Wilson, Greenville, Grifton, New Bern and (little) Washington.  Together we logged 1176 miles traveling from home and back to home after the Field Day visits.  Thank you to the clubs for their hospitality and to Dave for helping clubs to get visits when and distances time did not allow me to visit more sites.

Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July,

Marv, WA4NC

NC Section Manager