SECTION MANAGER REPORT
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager
** ANOTHER YEAR
2018 is nearly in the log, with 2019 coming. I hope Santa, or the Elves, or USPS, or Fed Ex, or UPS (the delivery service, not the power supply) brought you everything you have been dreaming about. Winter has finally raised in most of the West Virginia Section, so it probably not a good time to be working on antennas. So what to do? OPERATE! The HF bands are quiet! So, clean up your station and work a few new countries, states, counties, grids, contests, handle some traffic, or do whatever you find rewarding. If you’re not on HF, this is a great time to study for, take and pass that General or Amateur Extra exam! It’s all out there! Enjoy!! And, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We’re still waiting to hear from League Headquarters about the results of the comments to, and implementation of the pending ARES Strategic Plan. There were A LOT of comments forwarded from members to the proposed plan, so it will likely take a bit of time to review them all. Hopefully we’ll hear something after the first of the year.
Nevertheless, in anticipation of the new plan, your SEC, Mile Maxon, W8SI, and I, K8WV, we’ll be making some EC and DEC appointments over the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t voiced your desire for such an appointment, please send an e-mail to K8WV@arrl.org, and W8SI@arrl.net ASAP. Please include a statement about your qualifications, and you county of residence. You must be a licensed amateur, member of the ARRL.
If you haven’t had a chance to read the current draft of the Strategic Plan, please do so now. You can download a copy at: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Media%20&%20PR/ARES/ARES%20Strategic%20Plan%20-%20final%20-%20PSC.pdf.
We will be seeking ARES leaders who will commit to implement the Plan, work to complete the recommended and required courses, and who will develop a strong program in their own counties and districts.
** SECTION APPOINTMENTS
The League recommends that each Section Manager review all section appointments periodically, and suggests such review be conducted every 2 years. If you hold a Section appointment and would like to continue in your position, please contact me, your Section Manager, K8WV@arrl.org, and let me know of your recent activities and plans. If you would like to receive an appointment, please let me know what position you’re interested in, and a bit about your qualifications and plans.
Are you looking for a club? Contact Spence Graham, WT8WV@arrl,net. He’s the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). He’ll hook you up with the club or clubs close to you. If there isn’t one, and you’d like to start one, we can help with that, also. Send a list of the Zip Codes in your area to K8WV@arrl.org, and he’ll get you a list of hams living in those codes. You might be surprised how many there are! Don’t know how to organize a club? We can help with that, too, contact K8WV@arrl.org.
** NEW WEST VIRGINIA HAMS!
As of December 4, 2018
David W Thompson, KE8KZA, Princeton, WV 24740-2853
Walter S Johnson, KE8KZQ, Bunker Hill, WV 25413-3612
Louis J Costanzo, KE8KVE, Dallas, WV 26036-3102
Jamie M Allen, KE8KYK, Buckhannon, WV 26201-8456
Charles J Mccullough, KE8KYJ, Bridgeport, WV 26330-7639
Robert W Stewart, KE8KVW, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525-5813
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 http://www.arrl.org/fcc/search)
** UPCOMING WEST VIRGINIA HAMFESTS
Location: Charleston, WV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee
08/23/2019 | West Virginia State Convention
Location: Weston, WV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council
If your organization is conducting a Hamfest in West Virginia, please be sure to let the League know ASAP. Contact Gail Iannone, email@example.com.
** ON THE AIR EVENTS
|Jan 1||Straight Key Night||Logs due: 2359Z Jan 31|
|Jan 5-6||RTTY Roundup||Logs due: 2359Z Jan 13|
|Jan 19-21||January VHF Contest|
|Feb 11-15||ARRL/LIMARC Spring School Club Roundup|
|Feb 16-17||International DX CW Contest|
Get the details for ARRL contests at www.arrl.org/contest-calendar. You can find very detailed information on the current month’s contests in the “Contest Corral column of QST, or at http://contests.arrl.org/
** 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 K8WV@arrl.org. We’ll get something set up!
** AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR REPORT
Beginning in March, access to the FRN data will not be direct; you will have to access through the CORES, commission registration service.
You can go ahead now and set it up. In the end, it will really not be a lot different than it is now, except you can’t go directly to fcc.gov/uls anymore.
To create your CORES id, and associate it with your FRN, take these steps:
Look at the middle box, labeled “Need a Username?” and has a Register button in the middle. Use the Register button.
This basically requires only an email address as your user name, and your full name. I suggest using the same email address as you have for your current FRN access.
An email will be sent to you to confirm your user id. Respond to it.
Select the first one, Associate Username to FRN Link your registered username to an existing FRN.
It will want to know your FRN. There are other search options you can use to find it. You can also look yourself up on www.qrz.com to find your frn.
Spencer Graham, ACC
** SEC REPORT
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
- ARRL Section West Virginia
- Month November
- Year 2018
- Total number of ARES members 442
- Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month 15
- Number of ARES nets active 22
- Number of nets with NTS liaison 16
- Calls of DECs/ECs reporting W8DUQ KD8SKZ KD8AZC WV8KJ KC8FZH
WV8BS KD8BMI KD8MIB KC8CSE
WB8NSL KC8EHD KD8MIV WD8PAD
9a. Number of exercises & training sessions 35
9b. Person hours 150.3
10a. Number of public service events 4
10b. Person hours 44.0
11a. Number of emergency operations 1
11b. Person hours 4.0
12a Number of SKYWARN operations 0
12b. Person hours 0
13a. Total Activities 40
13b. Total person hours 198.3
Signature Michael Maxson W8SI
SEC West Virginia
** NTS TRAFFIC REPORTS
|WV Section NTS Traffic Reports – November 2018|
|Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM|
|HF Nets Reporting||Stations||Traffic||Time Minutes||Sessions||Net Manager|
|WV Fone Net||725||37||480||30||W8YS|
|WV CW Net Early||57||4||127||26||KD8G|
|WV CW Net Late||54||14||128||26||KD8G|
|ARES/RACES 2 Meter Nets||Stations||Traffic||Time Min.||Sessions|
|District 6 ARES/RACES||64||2||62||4|
|Pendleton Co. ARES||15||0||18||2|
|6 Meter Net||Stations||Traffic||Time Min.||Sessions|
|Pocahontas 6 meter net|
|2 Meter Nets||Stations||Traffic||Time-Minutes||Sessions|
|Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net||125||0||546||13|
|Easteren Panhandle Traf Net||410||2||419||30|
|Station Activity Report (SAR) –November 2018|
|Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) –November 2018|