Section Manager’s Report


March 31, 2022

Dan Ringer, K8WV

West Virginia Section Manager



ARRL News | New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply To Amateur Radio License Upgrades


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an Amateur Radio Licensee’s operator class and changes to club station trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect on April 19, 2022.


“We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and administrative updates such as a change of mailing or email address. Most current licensees therefore will not be charged the new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for a new vanity call sign.”

ARRL previously reported that the new $35 application fee for Amateur Radio licenses will become effective on April 19, 2022. Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee are available from the ARRL VEC.




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During the 4th quarter of 2022 AmazonSmile made a charitable donation to the American Radio Relay League, in the amount of $2,922.97. So far, AmazonSmile has donated a total of $59,795.35 to the League.





05/01/2022 – JCARC Hamfest 2022

Location: Ripley, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Jackson County Amateur Radio Club


07/30/2022 –  WV State Amateur Radio Convention

Location: Flatwoods, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest and Convention
Sponsor: WV State Amateur Radio Council



As of March 3, 2022

Randall R Lytle, KE8TYW, Union, WV 24983-6935

Jamie D Russell, KE8TYP, Liberty, WV 25124-8027

Tina M Heffner, KE8UAH, Maysel, WV 25133-0308

Taylor W Raab, KE8TXU, Charleston, WV 25314-1863

David C Quade, KE8TXO, Charles Town, WV 25414-5609

Thomas P Nicholson, KE8TZU, Hedgesville, WV 25427-3528

William Pappas, KE8TZV,Shepherdstown, WV 25443-4383

Melissa Eakle Leasure, KE8UAZ, Huntington, WV 25701-8505

Robert L Fischer, KE8UAG, Huntington, WV 25701-9406

Gregory J Renzelli, KE8TXV, Anmoore, WV 26323-0416

David A Beeson, KE8UAX, Philippi, WV 26416-7162

Robert B Watson, KE8UAV, Salem, WV 26426-8030

Amanda B Stewart, KE8TZP, Tunnelton, WV 26444-8844

Andrew S Mason, KE8TZQ, Morgantown, WV 26508-4246

Malcolm D Milligan, KE8TYX, Morgantown, WV 26508-7442

Rodney L Bean, KE8UBK Morgantown, WV 26508-9414

Charles M Huffman, KE8TZO, Fairmont, WV 26554-4168

Charles M Snider, KE8UBH, Metz, WV 26585-7073

Kevin Hinton, KE8UAW, Leivasy, WV 26676-0172


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



**  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)

Cory Sickles, WA3UVV


Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)

Ed Messenger, N8OYY


State Government Liaison (SGL)

Nathan Burdette, WV8NAB


Section Traffic Manager (STM)

Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC


Section Youth Coordinator

William W. Stewart Sr, W2BSA


Technical Coordinator (TC)

Randy Crowe, N8OZY

Rich Clemens, KB8AOB


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