Section Manager Newsletter

April 30, 2024
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager


We’re all pretty excited to have the encyclopedia of the world available to us via the library known as the Internet. Yet many of us are upset at the possibility that our favorite print publications might soon be available only via that same electronic medium. Let’s take the ARRL’s QST for example. As an ARRL member you can access, read and PRINT any QST article from 1915 to the present. Impressive isn’t it? AND all of the League’s other periodicals are available also!

Yes, I like to be able to take my copy of QST to the bath . . . er, bedroom, but that what laptops and tablets are for. I’m going to like “Ereading” the whole history of amateur radio without having to handle musty old magazines!


05/05/2024 – Jackson County ARC Hamfest

Location: Ripley, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Jackson County ARC

08/10/2024 – Tri-State Amateur Radio Association Hamfest

Location: Huntington, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: TARA


Would your group or club like to host an ARRL WV Convention? Contact for more information!

If your group is planning a Hamfest, flea market or any similar activity, be sure to list it with the ARRL as soon as you have a date and location so that everyone interested can learn of it and participate.



As of April 5, 2024

Linda Langridge, KF8AOX, Princeton, WV 24739-7040

Thomas D Dillon, KF8AJX, Princeton, WV 24740-3328

Clay L Young, KF8ANY, Pineville, WV 24874

Austin Boothe, W8ABP, Ballard, WV 24918-5127

Douglas W Rider, KF8AMG, Hillsboro, WV 24946-8857

Ryan Bass, KF8AQV, Dunbar, WV 25064-2404

James L Tate, KF8AQU, Eleanor, WV 25070-0352

Chad A Adkins, KF8ARN, Eleanor, WV 25070-1118

Steven C Hoover, KF8ANK, Elkview, WV 25071-9372

Michael J Miller, KF8AOZ, Elkview, WV 25071-9425

Jonathan N McCallister, KF8AQS, Red House, WV 25168-7588

Stacey L Wheeler, KF8ASA, Ripley, WV 25271-5143

Eliott L Bales, KF8AOE, Walton, WV 25286-9098

Alicia R Raab, KF8AKE, Charleston, WV 25314-1863

John S Carr, KF8AJZ, Charleston, WV 25314-1863

Abbey Powell, KF8ARM, Martinsburg, WV 25401

Jeremiah M Collins, KF8ALS, Gerrardstown, WV 25420-3050

Richard Garbett, KF8AQB, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-5955

Wesley R Anderson, KF8AMV, Hedgesville, WV 25427-6264

Joshua Householder, KF8AQN, Hedgesville, WV 25427-7383

Jon E Paananen, KF8AKW, Kearneysville, WV 25430-0621

Christopher L Woodie, KF8ALA, Kearneysville, WV 25430-2581

Eddie Householder, KF8ANN, Kearneysville, WV 25430-6503

Tyler W Jarrett, KF8AKA, Culloden, WV 25510

Samuel Dawson, KF8AJQ, Culloden, WV 25510-9153

Douglas Sellards, KF8ARH, Naugatuck, WV 25685-0021

Gary W Matty, KF8AKF, Huntington, WV 25705-1906

Dalton W Brandstetter, KF8AJW, Beckley, WV 25801-9454

Joshua L McKinney, KF8AIZ, Daniels, WV 25832-9538

Earl M Mayfield, KF8AMR, Fayetteville, WV 25840

Larry D Montgomery, KF8ANX, Mullens, WV 25882-1550

Richard K Charlton, KF8ARZ, Wheeling, WV 26003-4500

Mathew J Wood, KF8ASD, Wheeling, WV 26003-5350

David L Fish, KF8AOV, Moundsville, WV 26041-2043

Dylan Richards, KF8AJM, Parkersburg, WV 26101-6717

Matthew S Wilson, KF8AKC, Vienna, WV 26105-1141

Marcus Whited, KF8AJD, Davisville, WV 26142-0277

Jason M Claypoole, KF8ARV, Buckhannon, WV 26201-9625

Robert J Cooke, KF8ARX, Morgantown, WV 26501-4533

Mahbubur Rahman, KF8ALK, Morgantown, WV 26501-6717

Michael J Riley, KF8AQR, Arthurdale, WV 26520-0398

Joshua Pierson, KF8AJP, Fairmont, WV 26554-9148

Joshua E Cottrell, KF8ANI, Sutton, WV 26601-1232

Dewayne A Lichliter, KF8ALY, Capon Bridge, WV 26711-9424


Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest hobby on Earth!!

And congratulations, too, to the VE’s who made these exam sessions possible!

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






Unfortunately, WV hams have been seriously restricted in our ability to engage in public service events during the past couple of years, or to do much other than operate. So, it’s more important than ever to let people know what we do to be ready to respond when help is needed!  The positions of Public Information Officers and Emergency Coordinators are designed to fill these needs. Please consider volunteering!




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







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. Contact for more information.



**  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




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! Want to do it by Zoom? We can schedule that for you!





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)

Mark Charles Kraham, W8CMK

Michael E. Maxson, W8SI


Public Information Coordinator (PIC)

Patrick Clark, K8TAC


Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)

Ed Messenger, N8OYY


State Government Liaison (SGL)



Section Traffic Manager (STM)

Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC


Section Youth Coordinator



Technical Specialist (TS)

Randy Crowe, N8OZY
Rich Clemens, KB8AOB