Section Manager’s Report

May 2020
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager


June is a pretty serious contesting month for those of us in West Virginia! We have both the WV QSO Party, and a special Pandemic Edition of Field Day!


Saturday June 20, 2020 – NOON through Midnight (Eastern time)
1600Z Saturday June 20, 2020 through 0400Z Sunday June 21, 2020

This is your opportunity to be sought after on the air – almost like being DX. Many, many operators, including DX, are looking for WV contacts, perhaps for WAS, for County Hunters, for an award of some other type, or perhaps just for the fun of it. Try it, you’ll like it!

Complete rules are at  Software is available at



Field Day 2020 is June 27-28.
1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

This Field Day is different, and an opportunity for those who, for whatever reason, cannot now or have not been able to participate fully in the past. Many of our member have physical limitations that preclude their getting out to the traditional Field Day sites, and thus are not able to share in the fun. This year you can operate from home as a full participant. Your home station can score points and can even work other home stations for points! Club members can work from home and contribute to their club’s totals!

Complete rules are at Software is available at



Want to be of service to, or even become famous in the WV Section? Volunteer for an ARRL Section League Appointment! More importantly, if you want to help with the public affairs role of amateur radio in West Virginia, volunteer for an ARRL Section League Appointment! Contact



Is your club getting the attention it needs and deserves?  Do you want new members, but prospective members can’t find you?  We can help you with that!

Each ARRL affiliated club can have a designated Public Information Officer (PIO)! The PIO is the club public relations officer and is nominated by their club and appointed by the Section Manager. You can read the official position description at
Interested? Contact K8WV or the WV Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Cory Sickles,




We have several openings for Emergency Coordinators (EC). Ideally, we would have one in each county. It is a serious position. You can read about it here:

Basic requirements: Technician-class license or higher; full ARRL membership, and achievement of Level 3 qualifications. (Must, within the period of 1 year, from the issuance of this document or appointment as EC, whichever comes later, or such further time period as authorized by the SM, complete all of the requirements for Level 3 qualification.)

In addition to the basic requirements it is important that an EC make a good impression when dealing with governmental officials, have excellent speaking and writing skills, work well with others as both a leader and a follower, and make monthly, timely reports to the SEC.

Interested? Contact K8WV or WV Section Emergency Coordinator Ed Messenger,**CLUBS!



Are you looking for a club? Contact Spence Graham, He’s the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). He’ll hook you up an ARRL Affiliated club or clubs close to you. You can also go to the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council(WVSARC)website and check “Club Contact for new members.” It lists some clubs that are not ARRL Affiliated.

If there isn’t a club near you, and you’d like to start one, we can help with that. Don’t know how to organize a club? We can help with that, too! Contact



As of May 4, 2020, we have no new amateur licenses granted for the month of April.



Because of the current Covid-19 emergency, please confirm that any listed hamfest has not been cancelled or postpone before the scheduled date.

08/08/2020 – Tri-State Amateur Radio Association’s 58th Annual Hamfest

Location: Huntington, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Tri-State Amateur Radio Association, Inc.


08/21/2020 | ARRL West Virginia State Convention
Location: Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Flatwoods, WV
Type: ARRL State Convention
Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council

NOTE: For the first time since the founding of the State Convention WILL NOT be held at Jackson’s Mill. It will be held at the Days Inn at Flatwoods. Tailgating will be set up in the parking lot outside the building on Saturday. All other events will be inside the Inn. Registration information will follow next month.


If your organization is conducting a Hamfest in West Virginia, please Be sure to let the League know ASAP.



If you’re planning your club’s program schedule, and would like to have a WV Section ARRL Official present a program, send a request with the necessary date/time information to We’ll get something set up!



No one person can coordinate all the activities involved with the West Virginia Section. Here are the volunteers who make it happen, with the assistance of many others.

Section Manager                                                              Dan Ringer. K8WV
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC)                               Spencer Graham, WT8WV
Assistant Section Manager (ASM)                               Jane Hardy, WV8JH
Mark Charles Kraham, W8CMK
Mike Maxson, W8SI
Louise Ann. Rinehart, KA8ZGY
Karl S. Thompson, K8KT
Public Information Coordinator (PIC)                        Cory Sickles, WA3UVV
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)                      Ed Messenger, N8OYY
State Government Liaison (SGL)                                Matthew J. Ahearn, KB2PNN
Section Traffic Manager (STM)                                   Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC
Section Youth Coordinator                                           William W. Stewart Sr, W2BSA
Technical Coordinator (TC)                                          Karl S. Thompson, K8KT
Randy Crowe, N8OZY

You can contact any of the cabinet members by email to <callsign>



WV Section NTS Traffic Reports –  April 2020
Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM



HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager
WV Fone Net 955 61 663 30 W8YS
WV CW Net Early 87 18 208 30 KD8G
WV CW Net Late 114 14 205 30 KD8G
TOTAL 1183 93 1095 91  



ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
District 6 ARES/RACES 66 2 80 4
KARC 116 0 194 4
Pendleton Co. ARES 14 0 21 2
BDARC 52 0 108 4
Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net 179 0 873 13
Easteren Panhandle Traf Net 321 3 392 30
PHARC 44 0 144 4
WV Multi County ARES 114 1 163 4
PCARC 130 0 203 4
Total 1036 6 2178 69



6 Meter Net Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Pocahontas 6 meter net 46 0 229 5



DIGITAL Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Station Activity Report  (SAR) –  April 2020
Station Orig Rec Sent Del Total
KA8ZGY 50 3 22 3 78
WD8DCH 0 2 18 1 21
Total 50 5 40 4 99
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) –   April 2020  
Station 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total  
KA8ZGY 27 40 30 10 0 10 117  
WD8DHC 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
N8OYY 37 5 0 0 0 30 72  
TOTAL 104 85 40 10 0 40 279  



ARES/RACES 2 Meter Nets

Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Cabell County ARES 41 0 124 4
District 4 ARES 57 1 84 4
District 6 ARES/RACES 66 2 80 4
Hancock County ARES 16 0 70 4
Kanawha KARC ARES 1465 0 2580 59
Logan County ARES 6 0 60 1
Multi County ARES 114 1 163 4
Parkersburg ARES 58 0 50 4
Pendelton  ARES 5 0 21 2
Upper Ohio Valley ARES 4 0 60 4
WCEC ARES 64 0 90 4
WCEC ARES Simplex 15 0 48 1
Mountain State Emergency Net 27 0 19 1
Totals 1938 4 3449 96