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WARC FOX HUNT ANTENNA BUILFIMG WORKSHOP – 4/23/2023

Here are some pictures from the workshop held at Roger, W4MW’s QTH.

ARRL FFIELD DAY 2021 RESULTD

WARC elected once again to participate in Field Day from individual home stations (Class 1D). Five members have submitted scores so far, and the results are listed below. Thanks to all who participated.

CALLMODEQSOPOINTSPOWERSCORE
NI4ECW70014001002800
K2SDCW4128241001648
N4DEDIGI4284100218
WS4JHSSB6666100132
KE4AAPSSB141410028
BONUS POINTS 250
TOTAL5076

GREETINGS FROM THE HIGH COUNTRY

We certainly are not in the throes of Winter up here.  There were a few snow flurries a week ago.  Beech, Sugar and Appalachian Ski operations are open with blown (man-made) snow and not all ski runs are open yet.  At this moment, the temperature here is 54 degrees and the overnight low was 41.  Slope operators need temperatures below 38 degrees to make snow.  The current temp and the rain forecast over the weekend, does not bode well for the snow base that is on the ground.  We did have lows in the lower 20’s and the winds got up to 44 mph at 7 a.m. on November 20.  

I would describe our weather as involving variable forecasts.

ARRL MATTERS

Board Election and Electronic Voting

ARRL members elect five directors each year to serve a three term that begins on January 1.  

The Southeast Division Director, Mickey Baker, N4MB (who represents Alabama · Georgia · Northern Florida · Puerto Rico · Southern Florida · US Virgin Islands · and West Central Florida) overcame challenges from two others running for Southeast seat on the board .  Incumbent Directors in four other Divisions up whose terms were about to end had no opposition and were declared re-elected without a vote.  Info at http://arrl.org/news/2022-arrl-board-of-directors-election-results .

This ARRL election cycle used a hybrid system of paper ballots and electronic voting.  No information has been released as to what percentages of votes were cast via paper or computer but ARRL intends to make greater use of electronic voting in the future.

FRANKLIN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB CELEBRATES A HALF CENTURY OF ACTIVITY

On November 19, the Franklin Amateur Radio Club celebrated its founding 50 years ago.  They operated of several ham bands using their club callsign KF4RC and had a bountiful luncheon.  State Government Liaison, Max Hopper, K4BMN, represented NC ARRL and presented the club with a 50 year celebratory plaque from the Roanoke Division Director Jim Boehner and Vice Director Bill Morine.  Max also presented the club with the fifth SUGAR (Supporting Upgrading Growing Amateur Radio) Award given by the NC Section to recipients who have made a special contribution to amateur radio in North Carolina.  Congratulations to the Franklin Club along with wishes that its sixty or so members continue to be active in ham radio.

HOW OLD IS YOUR CLUB?

The NC Section would like to recognize the oldest radio club in North Carolina.  If you club is older than 50 years, please drop me a note before January 15 so we can arrange an appropriate recognition to celebrate “THE OLDEST CLUB IN NORTH CAROLINA”.  

Is your club the oldest?

MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE – AWARD IS 100TH ANNIVERSARY HANDBOOK

ARRL recently announced a program whereby affiliated clubs can enroll, as well as renew, persons as ARRL members.  The affiliated club must complete the paperwork and remit the dues for each member being processed.  Clubs will be rebated by ARRL $5 for each member who renews and $15 for each new member the signs up and completes the necessary paperwork.

The club should follow the process for both new and renewal applications.   Each new or renewing ARRL member should fill out the membership application for Affiliated Clubs.   Payment in FULL can be made to ARRL by check, credit card, or cash.   The club then sends all applications with FULL payment along with the Club Commission Reconciliation Form to ARRL for processing.   The memberships are processed once they are received by ARRL and the club receives the commission.   Commission payments can be made by check to the club or Direct Deposit.  The applications must have full payment sent to ARRL and the commission is then paid to the club by ARRL.

But wait, there’s more!

Besides the dues rebate provided by the ARRL, the North Carolina Section will provide a copy of the 100th Anniversary Edition of the ARRL Handbook to the affiliated NC club that enrolls the most  members  through the ARRL program between January 1 and March 31.

OTHER MATTERS

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

December 3 is Skywarn Recognition Day across the country.  Many of the NWS Forecast Offices will be seeking on the air contacts with storm spotters and others to celebrate the work of volunteer storm spotters.    There are several NWS offices that provide forecasts and storm warnings for various parts of North Carolina.  These include Morristown TN, Greer SC, Blacksburg, VA, Raleigh NC, and Wakefield VA. Many of these forecast offices will be on the ham bands making contacts.  For information about Skywarn Recognition Day go to https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition.

UPCOMING EMCOMM COURSES

a.         WINLINK RADIO EMAIL COURSE –This is a ten module course that develops a good understanding of what Winlink can do and how to use its capabilities.  Students will receive a new module each time one is completed.  All modules must be completed by January 2, 2023.I Information can be found on TERMS (https://terms.ncem.gov/TRS/logon.do ) under the date November 21.  

b.         AUXCOMM – although final details are being worked out, the Auxcomm course will be offered in Sanford on January 27, 28 and 29, 2023.   Certificates of completion for the current versions of ICS 100c, 200c, 700b and 800d and a valid amateur radio license are required in order to register for the Auxcomm course.  The course will soon be listed in TERMS but is not yet listed.  Take this period to update or complete the ICS courses which are coffered on line, with no cost, at https://training.fema.gov/is /  .

Upcoming  Ham License  Classes

  1. Cabarrus County (Concord) – Cabarrus Amateur Radio Society released this information.  Ham Radio Licensing classes for 2023. 

Technician Class Instruction – This class is for those who do not currently hold an FCC Amateur Radio license.  Classes are held in six sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00PM and last about 90 minutes. The last session will include a testing opportunity.   Session Dates: January 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, and Feb. 2.

License Upgrade classes For currently licensed Amateurs desiring to upgrade to General or Amateur Extra.   Session Dates:  February 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and Mar. 2.  For information contact Dave Whiteley W4DPW at hospiceforcars@windstream.net

  • WAKE FOREST NC

Chris Cancilla (W4CEC) is arranging a Technician License course  on the last three Saturdays in January at the American Legion.   This class will be followed later by a General License course.  For information go to https://w4cec.com/registration/ .

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

COLORADO HAM CITED BY FCC FOR UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION ON STATEWIDE PULIC SAFTEY SYSTEM

On November 16, 2022, David Dean, K0PWO, received a Notice of Violation from the FCC for operating a radio on the Colorado Statewide Digital Trunked Radio System.  According to FCC notice, Dean was in possession of a cloned radio which was recognized as illegitimate each time the radio was turned on and pinged a nearby tower.  The notice can be found at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-389269A1.pdf .

CLOCK ISSUE IN ICOM 7300

I purchased an ICOM 7300 approximately four years ago.  Recently the clock display stopped keeping time and started at 0:00 each time I power edit up the rig  

One option is to replace the clock battery which requires opening up the radio and doing chassis-level work.  However, you do not want to do a battery replacement, you may want to download and install the ST-4003W firmware update from ICOM that synchronizes your radio clock display with the clock on your computer each time you power up your 7300  Information can be found at https://www.icomjapan.com/support/firmware_driver/3428/  .

CLOSING COMMENT

Most of us will find joy and happiness as we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow.  Most of us will sit at a bountiful table filled with scrumptious food beings s hared with family and friends and   perhaps we will eat more than we should.

However, not everyone will have the celebration that most of will have.  The list includes members of the military who are far from home, people in hospitals and hospice centers as well as those who care for others.  There are our public safety responders, including fire, police, EMS, and telecommunicators who will be there at 911, ready to send you the help you may need.  Some parts of the country will experience harsh weather that requires utility workers to leave home to restore essential services.

Unfortunately, there are people who have face financial struggles who will not see much to be thankful for.  

Here in Watauga, the Sheriff’s Department is collecting clothes and other items for the homebound elderly and the homeless.  

Take a minute and think of all the stuff that you might donate to a homeless shelter or a church-related clothing or food bank.

I want to send Thanksgiving wishes out to NC ARRL members across the state with hopes that you have a day of family get-togethers, filled with happiness over our many blessings.

Marv, WA4NC

NC Section Manager

Mkhoffman2006@gmail.com