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ARRL HF BAND PLANNING COMMITTEE SEEKS COMMENTS ON RECOMMENDATIONS

The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee has released its recommendations, and is soliciting comments from all Amateurs. Details of the proposed Band Plan can be downloaded below:

To submit your consents, go to www.arrl.org.


January 2020 Meeting Program File

Bill Baudry, NC4WB, gave a very nice presentation at out January 2020 club meeting on the National Traffic System (NTS0. If you missed it, or if you need a refresher on the basics of handling formal traffic, here it is:

WA4NC ELECTED ARRL NC SECTION MANAGER (SM)

Our own Dr. Marv Hoffman, WA4NC, has been elected ARRL North Carolina Section Manager, effective April 1, 2000. The ARRL web site summarizes the responsibilities of this office as follows: “The Section Manager is accountable for carrying out the duties of the office in accordance with ARRL policies established by the Board of Directors and shall act in the best interests of Amateur Radio.” Further details of this position can be seen at http://www.arrl.org/section-manager. After reading this, you will agree that Marv has a big job ahead! I am sure our club will support him as he carries out his new duties!

WARC ASSISTS IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

Watauga ARES/Auxcomm amateur radio operators were asked to assist the Red Cross during a recent law enforcement operation. On March 22 over 100 law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel conducted an intensive day-long search over rugged terrain in western Watauga County, looking for a missing person who had left his home and had not returned. We picked up and distributed sandwiches, chips, fruit, coffee, water and soft drinks for the search personnel for lunch and returned later in the day with a hot meal when the search personnel returned to base camp. W4ZW George, WA4NC Marv, and KB4JEB Jack supporting search operation

George W4ZW, Marv WA4NC, and Jack KE4JEB

WA4J CALLSIGN ASSIGNED TO WARC

We are proud to announce that the callsign WA4J, which belonged to our club member John W. Dinkins, SK, has been assigned to the Watauga Amateur Radio Club. The familiar WA4J Repeater ID is once again announcing its presence on 147.36 MHz. Thanks to Repeater Trustee Doug Hall, WA4UNS, for his efforts in this matter.