NC Mountain State Fair

The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great.   Our mission is to create unique experiences at an exceptional value in a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.

September 5th - 14th, 2014



Tom Penson WB4TP went silent key at 8:18 this morning August 17th
2014.  If you could please pass it along to anyone that would like to


After more the 7 years dealing with Duke (W4DK) it hurts to see a good man go. Duke has done an excellent job as the DEC of Area-15. We are fortunate to have his leadership and capability in our area. I understand the reasons that Duke is resigning. The good news is, we do have a capable replacement for Duke. Welcome Dick Smith (W4RSS) As the new DEC for Area-15. I’am look forward to working with Dick as the DEC. Duke will be around to assist you Dick.

Other News; congratulations, to Paul Tilley (KK4BRD) on the Miriam Smith award. It was a pleasure meeting and talk with you at WCARS Field Day

Paul - KD4OZIThe NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great.   Our mission is to create unique experiences at an exceptional value in a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.September 5th - 14th, 2014http://www.mountainfair.org/mountain-state-fair.html


----------WRS Hamfest

Saturday, July 26, 8:00 am  –  4:00 pm
The Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville, NC
(Guest list has been hidden at organizer's request)

After more the 7 years dealing with Duke (W4DK) it hurts to see a good man go. Duke has done an excellent job as the DEC of Area-15.
 We are fortunate to have his leadership and capability in our area. I understand the reasons that
Duke is resigning.
 The good news is, we do have a capable replacement for Duke. Welcome Dick Smith (W4RSS) As the new DEC for Area-15.
 I’am look forward to working with Dick as the DEC. Duke will be around to assist you Dick.

Other News; congratulations, to Paul Tilley (KK4BRD) on the Miriam Smith award. It was a pleasure meeting and talk with you at WCARS Field Day

Paul - KD4OZI
Just a quick reminder that the WCARS Hamfest is one week from today!
Our club appreciates your attendance at the 2013Hamfest and as the 2014 WCARS Hamfest Chair, I would like to personally invite you to attend our event again this year!
Our confirmed Vendor list is growing and we are looking forward to seeing the following vendors next Saturday:
  • Tarheel Antennas
  • Triad Electronics
  • Satellite Sam
  • J.M.R. Sales
  • Webster Communications
  • Ham World, Inc.
  • DBJ Radio
  • The Wireman, Inc.
  • T.A.W.
  • AC & DC Electronics, Inc.
  • N4HER
  • Custom Audio / Video Services
  • The Pole Man
  • Plus many other friendly vendors setting up in the Pole Barn and as tailgaters.
*The gate will open at 6:00 am on Saturday morning for those of you who will be setting up as a tailgate vendor. Remember, there is no cost to set up as a tailgater, but you will still need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the grounds. The main building will open for business at 8:00 am.

For your convenience, I have attached two PDFs. The first is the WCARS Hamfest Flyer with an advance order form at the bottom. If you are so inclined, mail it in now to receive your ticket at the early bird price of only $5.00 per ticket.  (NOTE: Unless you get a check in the mail on Monday for an early admission ticket price of $5.00, we will NOT be able to hold your ticket as a WILL CALL at the gate). Plus, if you order your ticket early, your name will be put into the drawing for the early bird registration prize. This year, the winner will have the choice of a Wouxun Dual Band HT with either 2m/440 or 2m/220 capabilities.

The second PDF lists the door prizes that WACRS is offering this year. Plus, many of the vendors will be providing additional door prizes. Good luck to all!
Please let me know if you have any questions. You may contact me via email at kj4tei@gmail.com or visit the WCARS website at www.wcars.org for additional information.

Also, please feel free to forward this email on to other Hams who might be interested in attending.
Jeff - KJ4TEI
WCARS Hamfest

Johnny Cash, Joseph Stalin, & The Great Morse Code Crack


Field Day June 28 & 29

Not one in your area look at this map.


May be easier to go to the one nelow baving problems as you can see.


Radio Amateur’s Sub-9 kHz VLF Signal Detected Across the Atlantic


How low can you go? A signal on 8.971 kHz has spanned the Atlantic, from North Carolina to the UK. Running on the order of 150 µW effective radiated power, very low frequency (VLF) experimenter Dex McIntyre, W4DEX, transmitted signals on June 2 and 3 that were detected by Paul Nicholson, an SWL in the UK. Earlier this year, Nicholson detected McIntyre's WH2XBA/4 Experimental Service VLF signal on 29.501 kHz. McIntyre needed no FCC license to transmit on 8.971 kHz, since the Commission has not designated any allocations below 9 kHz — dubbed “the Dreamers’ Band.” 

“I’ll probably make more transmissions on 8.9 kHz when there is no chance of thunderstorms,” McIntyre told ARRL this week. “Then, maybe sliding down in frequency to see how low I can go for Paul to detect the signal.”

Right now, McIntyre said his priority is to complete a transverter for the other end of the spectrum — 5.7 GHz. He’s also working on a second 24 GHz system as a loaner, “so I’ll have someone to work,” he noted. “Sure is lonely here above UHF.”

Nicholson used sophisticated digital signal processing (DSP) software to detect McIntyre’s transmission. The distance was approximately 6194 km (approximately 3840 mi). Nicholson was able to detect the VLF signal during both daylight and nighttime paths.

On June 1 and into June 2, McIntyre transmitted a steady, GPS-locked carrier at 8.971.000 kHz. Between 0000 and 0600 UTC, Nicholson measured a carrier at that frequency in Todmorden, UK. He combined the electrical and magnetic field receiver outputs to produce a unidirectional antenna response.

“This brought the signal up to a significant level,” Nicholson reported. “The signal bearing was roughly west. W4DEX is bearing 285° from here. The S/N is max on a bearing of 315°, which puts the prevailing southwesterly background nearer to the side of the antenna response. This gave the signal a respectable 12.5 dB S/N in a 46 µHz bandwidth.” Nicholson said McIntyre’s carrier also was visible during a daylight path in a 23 µHz bandwidth.

Just to confirm that Nicholson was actually detecting McIntyre’s signal, the two experimenters conducted a blind confirmation test. McIntyre changed his transmit frequency slightly, and Nicholson was also able to detect that signal at 8.971.100 kHz at the same strength. An e-mail response from McIntyre confirmed 8.971.1 kHz as the new frequency.

Is a two-way sub-9 kHz contact in the offing? “A two-way, transatlantic contact would be a hundred times more amazing than just a simple signal detection,” McIntyre said. “I seriously doubt I will ever have that receive capability. But not long ago I seriously doubted I would be the first to receive a transatlantic or New Zealand 137 kHz transmission. Going down in frequency has been as much fun as going higher. It’s all RF.”

McIntyre expressed his appreciation to Nicholson, “who was convinced this could be done with so little radiated power and for his continuous prodding to give it a try.” He also credited Nicholson’s “amazing weak-signal software.

McIntyre’s transmitter consisted of a Hewlett Packard HP 3586B selective level meter with tracking generator. The low-level generator output is amplified by a Wandel & Golterman A-160 level regulator, which feeds a Hafler P3000 stereo audio amplifier, which has been bridge connected for mono output. In this configuration, the P3000 is capable of putting out 400 W of audio into an 8 W load. McIntyre said the same generator and amplifier have been used on 137, 74, and 29 kHz experiments.

His antenna is essentially the same one he uses for 160 meters and for other LF experiments. For this experiment, however, it was equipped with a gigantic base-loading coil, which contains nearly a mile of wire. “The vertical wire is spaced 1.5 meters from the tower, hanging from an insulator 29 meters above ground,” McIntyre explained. “Top hat consists of about 170 meters of #18 Copperweld. Most of the top hat wires run about 7 to 20 meters over the top of a combination of oak and pine trees. Total antenna capacitance is close to 1200 pF.”

McIntyre also thanked Jay Rusgrove, W1VD, and John Andrews, W1TAG, for their technical advice, Markus Vester, DF6NM, for technical advice “and additional prodding,” Mal Hamilton, G3KEV, for coming up with the term “Dreamers’ Band,” and Stefan Schaefer, DK7FC, for “proving dreams can come true.”

He also expressed gratitude to Warren Ziegler, K2ORS, for the opportunity to experiment on 29 and 74 kHz, “and all the other VLF experimenters who posted their results on the RSGB LF Group and the Yahoo Sub 9kHz Amateur Radio group.


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To: Duke Knief
May 20 at 7:34 PM.
This has fairly wide distribution so far. If it's a dupe, hit the delete button.


This was from the Fox station in Atlanta.

From: W4UOC
Subject: Amatuer Radio Emergency Service and GEMA



Nov. 16, 2011: Joe Carcia mans the mic at W1AW at the American Radio Relay League Headquarters in Newington, CT.Allen Pitts / ARRL

iPhone, beware?

The newest trend in American communication isn't another smartphone from Apple or Google but one of the elder statesmen of communication: Ham radio licenses are at an all time high, with over 700,000 licenses in the United States, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Ham radio first took the nation by storm nearly a hundred years ago. Last month the FCC logged 700,314 licenses, with nearly 40,000 new ones in the last five years. Compare that with 2005 when only 662,600 people hammed it up and you'll see why the American Radio Relay League -- the authority on all things ham -- is calling it a "golden age."

"Over the last five years we've had 20-25,000 new hams a year," Allen Pitts, a spokesman for the group, told FoxNews.com.

For more information


So join the latest craze -- no iPhone app required.

Michelle Macaluso is part of the Junior Reporter program at Fox News. Get more information on the program here.

Also Thanks To Brian (AB1JU) Area-11, EC of Wilkes County, for providing me with the data



Foothills Amateur Radio Club
News and InformationServing Wilkes County, NC and the surrounding areas, The Foothills Amateur Radio Club welcomes you to our group!

Please join me in welcoming our new DEC for Area-14

Steve (N4SET), Steve is the Treasurer for the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society (WCARS) and is also heavily involved in Buncombe County ARES Skywarn Group.  I’am look forward in working with Steve and I sure that he will need help from the EC’s in Area-14. Welcome Aboard Steve.

Paul - KD4OZI

I will be at the Mecklenburg Ham fest in Concord Friday.  Should be
at the K4OGB table in the very Back by the doors (on the left side.
Stop buy and see me.
Sponsor: Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society

Paul - KD4OZI
Feb 28th-March 6th, 2010

Statewide Tornado Drill for 2014 Will Take Place on March 5th..

Please remember our activates for the next few days……

Check our web site for new detailed information on the NC QSO Party: http://cherokee.ccares.us/north_carolina_qso_party.htm

Jim, W4SDJ
Paul - KD4OZI (from Area-14)
Welcome our New Section Manager Karl Bowman (W4CHX).

I have worked with Bill a number of years and certainly hate to see him go.
When ever I met Bill at a Hamfest or meeting he always had a smile on his face
and an upbeat conversations.  Happy trails to you my Friend.

Paul - KD4OZI


Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:01:18 -0500 (EST)

Reminder! The 2014 North Carolina QSO Party, sponsored by the Raleigh
Amateur Radio Society, will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, from
1500z to 0100z (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST). For further information,
please see the NC QSO Party website,http://rars.org/ncqsoparty/ This
is a friendly, low-key contest, and a great opportunity to improve your
operating skills. Besides, it's fun to be on the other side of the
pile-up as operators around the world want to contact YOU!

Also, effective Thursday, February 20th, Karl Bowman, W4CHX, takes over
as ARRL NC Section Manager.
TNX es 73,
Bill Morine, N2COP

Garage Security
The following are videos on how to break into a garage
and how to deter thieves. Watch both.

How to get into a garage
Breaking into a Garage in 6 seconds

How to prevent it
The 6 Second Garage Door Break-In You Can Prevent

am pleased to announce that Roger Burt, N4ZC of Mount Holly, NC is the recipient of the 2013 Award. Roger will receive this award on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Charlotte Hamfest during the ARRL Forum.

Congratulations Roger.

ARRL Roanoke Division
Director: Dennis Bodson, W4PWF


One Ring Scam[edit]

The 268 area code has been linked to a form of telephone fraud known as the "one ring scam". The person perpetuating the scam calls the victim via a robodialer or similar means, sometimes at odd hours of the night, then hangs up when the phone is answered with the hope that they will be curious enough to call the number back. When the victim does this, an automatic $19.95 international call fee is charged to their account, as well as $9.00/min thereafter. Similar scams have been linked to Grenada (area code 473), Jamaica (area code 876), the Dominican Republic (area code 809) and the British Virgin Islands (area code 284).[1]


KD4OZI - 2/08/14

Monday, February 3, 2014 11:29 AM
Subject: ARRL Membership or renewal deals
It’s the time of the year for me to renew my ARRL membership. I want to share what I do for your consideration. There are always codes you can use to get a free book. This year I am getting “Hints & Kinks for the Radio Amateur" 18th edition which is new. In the past I have received others each year I renew. When you consider you are getting your membership. a great magazine and a “free" book for $39 it is a super deal! Don’t renew for multiple years for the little saving when you can get another book each year. Below are two of the renewal codes so look for a book you’d like to have and join ARRL or renew. Start building your ham radio library!

Jim Howard, W4SDJ
EC Cherokee County NC ARES
Home 828-837-3630 Cell 828-644-8675


 *Governor McCrory Launches ReadyNC App to Help Families Prepare for

*Raleigh, NC -* Governor Pat McCrory and Public Safety Secretary Frank L.
Perry announced the launch of a new mobile application today that will help
North Carolinians prepare for everything from minor traffic emergencies to
severe storms on a daily basis.

The app is free and available now in the AppStore for iPhones and Google
Play for Android devices.

"The ReadyNC mobile application is an all-in-one tool that both residents
and visitors can use to get the latest weather, traffic and hazard
information and know what to do to be safe," said Governor McCrory. "None
of us can predict when the next disaster will occur, but we can minimize
the impacts by preparing ahead of time."

Governor McCrory stresses the new mobile app does not replace calling
911. However, it can be used to find life-saving information.

The new app provides users with:

- real-time traffic and weather information
- critical information on how to be safe during different hazardous
- real-time information about opened shelters for evacuees (including
addresses, capacity, directions and if the shelter is pet-friendly)
- real-time updates on flood levels of major nearby creeks and rivers
- phone numbers and links to all North Carolina power companies to
report outages
- basic instructions on how to develop emergency plans and what to put
in your emergency supplies kit
- real-time information on which counties have issued evacuation orders
- contact numbers and links to websites for those who need help
recovering from a disaster
- direct links to the ReadyNC.org and NCDPS.gov websites and social
media accounts

"We've seen countless examples across the country and here in our own state
that remind us that those who are prepared ahead of time fare better during
disasters," said Secretary Perry. "This simple app will help each family do
just that."

The mobile application was developed by N.C. Emergency Management using
Citizen Corps funds that are designated to foster emergency preparedness.

Brian T. Simpson
Stanly County Emergency Services
201 S Second St
Albemarle, NC 28001
Office: (704)986-3650
Fax: (704)986-3653

Thanks to Bill (K4VET) for providing this infprmation to me.
Paul - KD4OZI

An excellent new video about Ham radio - about 30 minutes long.
Ray (KI4UDZ)
I hope you might help us to share the news about a new educational video about Amateur Radio. It is free to view and share and can be found here:
It has been created for anyone who wishes to encourage youth and adults to explore the world of Ham Radio and it also can be found on the home page of the project website at www.RadioQRV.com. Thank you for your consideration. 73, Mike
World Genesis Foundation   www.WorldGenesis.org


From: Carl W4EAT
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:25 PM

Subject: Helpful Info on Packet

Guys, I hope you find this article from Packet Radio: What? Why? How? published by Tucson Amateur Packet Radio Corporation to be helpful. Not just for Packet but for any electronics you might have. Enjoy!
How to Repair Packet Equipment

Will also work for other types of electronics.

STEP 1 Approach the ailing packet unit in a confident manner.
This will give the unit the mistaken idea that you know something.
It will also impress anyone who happens to be looking, and if the
unit should suddenly start working, you will be credited with its
repair. It this step fails to work, proceed to step 2.

STEP 2 Wave the manual at the unit. This will make it assume that
you are at least familiar with the source of knowledge. Should this
step fail to work, proceed to 3.

STEP 3 In a forcible manner, recite Ohm's Law to the instrument
(CAUTION: before taking this step, refer to some reliable handbook
to be sure of your knowledge of Ohm's Law). This will prove to the
unit, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you happen to know
something. This is a drastic step and should be attempted only if
the first two fail. If this step fails to work, proceed to step 4.

STEP 4 Jar the unit slightly. This may require anything from a
three to six foot drop, preferably on a concrete floor. However, you
must be careful with this step because, while jarring is an approved
method of repair, you, must not mar the floor or get the unit out of
tune. Again, this is a very drastic step. If it fails, proceed to step 5.

STEP 5 Brandish a large screwdriver in a menacing manner. This
will frighten the unit and demonstrate your knowledge of the
deadly "short circuit" technique. Proceed to step 6.

STEP 6 Add a tube...even though the unit is solid state... This will
prove that you are familiar with the node's design. This will
confuse the unit and thereby increase your advantage. If this
doesn't work, proceed to the most drastic and dangerous step. It
is seldom needed and is a final resort if all else fails!!

STEP 7 THINK . . . !
Sorry, it is no longer published or I’d buy several for my “close friends”. 
73 Carl


What happened at out Western Branch ARES Meeting..

     Regarding the ARES Access list, you probably should include a similar statement after the last entry and before the signature block. .......

Duke W4DK
This document contains personal information and is For Official Use Only.
When superceded, the document should be appropriately destroyed.
                                        Gentlemen -
During the recent Henderson County SET, the question of identifying members for security purposes came up.  If you're fortunate enough to be able to get a county ID card or something from the sheriff's office for your members, fine. Everyone may not be so fortunate, so here's a possible solution to consider.

Put together a list of your ARES members, FULL names as they appear on their drivers license, in alphabetic order, with NCDL numbers. A nice ARES logo on a letterhead looks good as well as the EC's or some other official's signature block at the bottom (don't forget to list the ECs info too). Date it, laminate the sheet and pass out to facilities where you may need access .... EOC, 911, hospital security office, etc. ..... for them to keep on file. A quick and easy picture ID system.......
and remember to keep it up to date as members come and go.

Here's sample wording you might use at the top of the document.....
For the purposes of Security and Facilities Access, the following named Individuals are members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and have completed the necessary NIMS courses for ICS Qualification:

Doe, John Quincy 2125551212

73' Duke W4DK


I received the message below from Earl WX4J. We now have an outlet for
traffic for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Note that in order
to it to be delivered the traffic must have a valid real telephone number,
not a Skype number.

So you can now edit your forwarding files to route NTSPR and NTSVI to the
WX4J MBO in Florida.

73 Dave WB2FTX




Nice to see Ham Radio show up in a commercial.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTeAtPFEuyc (Preview)
Dean Blair ~ Amateur Radio Call K2JB

Amateur Radio: It's not rocket science.
It's the Hobby preferred by rocket scientists.

ARES WESTERN BRANCH ANNUAL MEETING will be Saturday, November 2nd at the Higher Education Center of Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. For more details, go to www.kd4ozi.org

I had a chance to visit the NC Mountain State Fair and a WOW on their Amateur Radio setups.
Antenna's here, Antenna's there just say Antenna's every where.  The biggest antenna farm that I have ever seen in my years of Armature Radio.  Not sure if the number of their visitors but I had 10 folks in my group.
I was really impressed with all the  my visit as well as meeting and talking with the Repeater Guru
J.J. - WA4KNI, Rob-N4GAC and Dalton-W2ZM. 

The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great.

Count this another first for me 5 different Clubs....

Sponsored by:
The Road Show ARC - WA4TRS,

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club - W4YK,

Haywood County Amateur Radio Club - KW4P,

Catamount [Western Carolina University] Amateur Radio Group (CARGO)- K4WCU,

Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service - NA4CC.

For more information  http://theroadshowarc.com/

Look at their pictures.

Western Branch Fall Meeting - Morganton, NC
2128 S. Sterling St
Meeting Date: November 02, 2013
Start time 9:00 AM - Hard Stop 12:30 PM

The Higher Education Center campus.
Can hold up to 100 people.

WPCC Higher Ed. Center
2128 S. Sterling St
Room HEC 163


Need  your ICOM HF radio repaired?  Well, let us just say the ICOM man
has returned home and is back repairing ICOM HF rigs.

Paul Hansen, W6XA
Amateur Radio Service
1813A N Boulevard

Anderson, SC 29621


Thank Bill (WA2EDN) for providing the above information.