Section Manager’s Report

June 2020
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager



WOW! Did you get your minimum monthly requirement of contest QSO’s in June? With both the WV QSO Party and Field Day on consecutive weekends, there was plenty of operating to be had. I mainly like to operate CW in contests, and learned a couple of interesting things in these. In the QSO Party I learned that QSO Parties have become quite popular in the last few years. I started on phone and worked a few, then moved to CW and called CQ WVQP. GOOD GRIEF! The first hour or so was a solid wall of responses! What great participation! If you didn’t enter you really missed something! Join us next year!!

Field Day was really different! Single operator, commercial power home stations (Class 1D) were allowed to fully compete this year. Okay, I know compete isn’t the right word. Field Day is an operating event and not a contest.  But it seemed the number of participating stations, and particularly 1D stations,  was extremely high. What did I learn? I learned that I can only operate CW for about 13 hours, then I can’t control the keyer! I apologize to the couple of stations that TRIED to copy my CW!  They couldn’t! I closed my station at 3:15 a.m. Sunday moning and came back late Sunday morning. Great fun!!



Want to be of service to, or even become famous in the WV Section? Volunteer for an ARRL Section Appointment.



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,



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 June 2, 2020.

Steven R Pugh, KE8OKZ, Athens, WV 24712-0270
Kristopher L Powell, KE8OIO, Ripley, WV 25271-1609
Danielle M Powell, KE8OIN, Ripley, WV 25271-1609
Brian Stevens, KE8OJQ, Charles Town, WV 25414-5647
John E Cornell, AD8FS, Huntington, WV 25701-4860
James R Mcneal, KE8OIT, Weirton, WV 26062-6230
Randall Lynch, KE8OJI, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5752
Aaron H Jones, KE8OLF, Vienna, WV 26105-2361
William C Brookover, KE8OLB, Vienna, WV 26105-3244

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



Because of the current Covid-19 emergency, all in-person WV Section hamfests have been cancelled.

STAFE SAFE! STAY ALIVE!! However, the WV State ARRL Convention will still be held, via ZOOM!



Start Date: 08/22/2020
End Date: 08/22/2020
Location: EVENT WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM ONLY please visit website for ZOOM details.
Website: – Please check to see ZOOM details.
Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council
Type: ARRL Convention
Public Contact: Gregory Greg Rinehart , N8XAQ
9817 Emmons Road Ashford, WV 25009
Phone: 304-545-8099

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)                                VACANT

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 – May  2020
Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM



HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager
WV Fone Net 744 52 542 31 W8YS
WV CW Net Early 82 31 218 30 KD8G
WV CW Net Late 124 12 227 31 KD8G
TOTAL 968 95 1001 93  



ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
District 6 ARES/RACES 76 2 78 5
KARC 158 0 340 5
Pendleton Co. ARES 13 0 16 2
BDARC 67 0 127 5
Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net 194 0 907 13
Easteren Panhandle Traf Net 482 2 401 31
PHARC 44 0 137 4
WV Multi County ARES 86 0 133 3
PCARC 133 0 210 5
Total 1253 4 2349 73



6 Meter Net Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Pocahontas 6 meter net 33 0 162 4



DIGITAL Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions



Station Activity Report  (SAR) – May 2020
Station Orig Rec Sent Del Total
KA8ZGY 73 7 17 2 99
WD8DHC 0 1 31 1 33
Total 73 8 48 3 132



Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) – May  2020
Station 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
KA8ZGY 26 24 30 10 0 10 116
WD8DHC 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
N8OYY 40 2 0 5 0 30 77
TOTAL 106 66 40 15 0 40 283



Ed Messenger, N8OYY, SEC

ARES/RACES 2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Cabell County ARES 30 0 98 4
District 4 ARES 66 1 57 4
District 10 ARES 210 4
Kanawha KARC ARES 1515 0 3313 62
Mineral County ARES 24 99 5
Mon County ARES 12 125 8
Multi County ARES 108 1 154 4
Raleigh ARES 11 0 180 5
Ritchie County ARES 4
Tucker County ARES 4
Wood County ARES 172 0 180 4
Totals 1938 2 4416 108