Section Manager’s Report

 SECTION MANAGER REPORT January 2020 Dan Ringer, K8WV West Virginia Section Manager 

** DID YOU KNOW? There is A LOT going on with the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL or League to its friends and members) so lets get started! 

** NEW ARRL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER At its January 17 - 18 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors did not elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as the ARRL Chief Executive Officer. As of January 20, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, became interim CEO. Mr. Shelley was ARRL's Chief Financial Officer for 28 years and CEO during 2018 before his retirement. The Board has created a search committee to select the next CEO. More details on this and other matters that took place at the Board meeting will be released shortly. 

**  If you have questions about how to get started in ham radio, On the Air has the answers.   On the Air, ARRL’s new bimonthly magazine for beginner and intermediate hams, is here! All ARRL members can access the digital edition through the new ARRL Magazines app (see details below).  In the first issue of On the Air January/February 2020, you'll get:  A guide to buying your first handheld radio Step-by-step instructions for building simple antennas for VHF and HF A full-page infographic that explains how the ionosphere makes long-distance radio communication possible An “Up Close” Q & A with Jeremy Hong, KD8TUO, who reveals his favorite resources for new hams.         …and much more! ________________________________________ 
Download the NEW ARRL Magazines App! The perfect companion for members on the go! The new ARRL Magazines app replaces the QST app. Use the app to access current and back issues of On the Air magazine and QST, ARRL’s monthly membership journal. The ARRL Magazines App is available free for download in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, or visit for more info. If your device is setup to update apps automatically, the ARRL Magazines app will replace the QST app.  

** ARISS News Release Message to US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity   Call for Proposals from US Educators: Upcoming Proposal Window is February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal US education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS will open a proposal window February 1, 2020 for ham radio contacts that would be held between January 2021 and June 2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations whose proposal features a way to draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. The window for accepting proposals closesn March 31, 2020.   Proposal information and documents are at    

The Opportunity 
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will support scheduled Amateur Radio contacts for students and their communities. These radio contacts are voice-only, approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts in a question-and-answer session. ARISS radio contacts and plans in submitted proposals can afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts about space research conducted on the ISS and what it is like to live and work in space, and to learn about ham satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of spaceflight and complexity of scheduling on-board ISS activities, education organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of a radio contact. Local ham radio groups volunteer to provide educational radio activities and the equipment and operational support to enable communication between the ISS crew and students using Amateur Radio.   More Information For proposal information and more details, i.e., expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, go to  Please direct any questions to . 

** AC Report To FCC Endorses Amateur Radio for EmCOMM The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) to the FCC’s report 2019-3 on emergency communication response is a publicly available document which has a date of last September, but which was recently brought to the attention of the ARRL board.  We encourage you to read pages 11-12, on which there are four paragraphs praising Amateur Radio in disaster recover.  The IAC consists of state and municipal officials, the majority of them elected. You can read the report at:   

** HELP REALLY REALLY WANTED: Want to become famous in the WV Section? Volunteer for an ARRL Section League Appointment!  

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS Each ARRL affiliated club should have a designated Public Information Officer (PIO)! Basically, 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   EVERY CLUB NEEDS ONE! 

EMERGENCY COORDINATORS We have several openings for Emergency Coordinators. 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. 

**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 January 3, 2020 

Christopher A Neal, KE8NRB, Martinsburg, WV 25404-1897 
Brett D Chafin, KE8NQW,  Fort Gay, WV 25514-7027 
Shawn K Kitts, KE8NQV, Fort Gay, WV 25514-7327 
Steven A Johnson, KE8NNM, Philippi, WV 26416-7707 
John D Lewis, KE8NQF, Mount Lookout, WV 26678-0331 

Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest hobby on Earth!! 

CLUB PRESIDENTS: See someone above from your county? Invite them to a club meeting! Get them on the air and involved! (Addresses can be found at 


Charleston Hamfest, ARRL West Virginia Section Convention  Location: Charleston, WV Type: ARRL Convention Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee Website: 08/21/2020 

ARRL West Virginia State Convention  Location: Weston, WV Type: ARRL Convention Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council  Website: 

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

** CLUB PROGRAM? 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! 

** SECTION CABINET 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   
Louise Ann. Rinehart, KA8ZGY  
Karl S. Thompson, K8KT
Public Information Coordinator (PIC)                      
Cory Sickles, WA3UVV 

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Michael E. Maxson, W8SI 

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 

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

** STM REPORT WV Section NTS Traffic Reports – 
December 2019 
Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM 
HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager WV Fone Net 814 49 618 31 W8YS WV CW Net Early 69 10 152 29 KD8G WV CW Net Late 96 24 179 29 KD8G WV ARES/RACES 0 0 0 0 TOTAL 979 83 949 89 ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions District 6 ARES/RACES 76 2 74 5 KARC 93 0 190 4 Pendleton Co. ARES 16 0 25 2 BDARC 38 0 97 4 Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net 127 0 546 13 Easteren Panhandle Traf Net 122 3 156 14 PHARC 68 0 215 5 Total 540 5 1303 47 6 Meter Net Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions Pocahontas 6 meter net 20 0 98 4 DIGITAL Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions DAREN Station Activity Report  (SAR) –  December 2019 Station Orig Rec Sent Del Total KA8ZGY 28 4 10 4 46 WD8DCH 0 0 14 0 14 Total 28 4 24 4 60 Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) –   December 2019 Station 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total KA8ZGY 19 40 30 20 0 10 119 WD8DHC 40 14 10 0 0 0 64 TOTAL 59 54 40 20 0 10 183 

** SEC REPORT  ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report 
1. ARRL Section West Virginia 
2. Month December 
3. Year 2019 
4. Total number of ARES members 444 
5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month 15 
6. Number of ARES nets active 24 
7. Number of nets with NTS liaison 17 
9a. Number of exercises & training sessions 42 
9b. Person hours 254.3 
10a. Number of public service events 2 
10b. Person hours 32.0 
11a. Number of emergency operations 0 
11b. Person hours 0.0 12a Number of SKYWARN operations 0 
12b. Person hours 0 
13a. Total Activities 44 
13b. Total person hours 286.3 
Signature Michael Maxson W8SI SEC West Virginia

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