Section Manager’s Report


April 2019

Dan Ringer, K8WV

West Virginia Section Manager





Many of us would like to work the ARRL Headquarters Station W1AW. But, it can be tricky. Typically it’s catch as catch can. Although operating hours are posted, those are hours when the station is made available to be operated, but not necessarily when someone is available to operate it.




You (all of you) are invited to make a contact with ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, when he operates from W1AW on May 13th at 1800 UTC on or around 14.250 MHz.

Two years ago I got to operate W1AW. It was a great experience. But a bit contest-like. Be prepared for a pileup! But keep at it!





Several additional sections of EC-001 have been scheduled, but they’re filling quickly:





The ARRL will be sending Paul Cianciolo, W1VLF, to the ARRL West Virginia State Convention, held on August 23-25, 2019.

Paul works in the Lab at ARRL as an EMC Engineer, and has prepared a presentation titled; “Not your Father’s RFI.”

In this presentation, Paul will speak on modern day RFI interference, line noise, grow lights, LED, switching power supplies, and solar power systems.

He will then compare these items to the relatively simple RFI issues of 50 years ago.





The League encourages Section Managers to review section appointments approximately every 2 years, and a review of West Virginia Section appointments is underway. With the assistance of SEC Mike Maxson, W8SI, the review of EC and DEC appointments has recently been completed. Please welcome our newest EC’s and DEC’s:


RODNEY ROCKWELL        N8RAT                  EC BERKELEY

TOM MARTIN                    KF4TNX                EC HAMPSHIRE

ED MESSINGER                 N8OYY                 EC TAYLOR          DEC DIST 2

BRIAN BIRCHER                               KE8AZF                 EC JEFFERSON

STEVE MEALEY                  W8OO                  EC LEWIS             DEC DIST 4

MARK SWEITZER               KD8MIV               EC TUCKER

CHRIS HATCHER                KC8AFH                                              DEC DIST 7

TRISTAN MORGAN           KE8ENC                EC LOGAN

CHARLES PRIEST               KN4OOH              EC MERCER

KEVIN DALTON                K8KDD                  EC BOONE


If you hold a section appointment, and would like to continue in the position, please contact West Virginia Section Manager, K8WV, at, to report your most recent activities.





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, and we’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




As of April 2, 2019


Frank W Kirk, KE8LSM, Dawes, WV 25054-0058

Stratton Mandirola, KE8LUS, Elkview, WV 25071-9415

Todd A Hawley, KE8LSL, Liberty, WV 25124-7311

Todd H Shrewsbury, KE8LSO, Winfield, WV 25213-9787

Don E Alexander, KE8LPP, Spencer, WV 25276-8133

Anthony W Barnett, KE8LSJ,  South Charleston, WV 25303-1715

Michael B Herd, KE8LPQ, Charleston, WV 25304-2344

Lee R Lewis, KE8LSN, South Charleston, WV 25309-5098

Allen T Atha, KE8LPO, Charleston, WV 25311-1723

Stephen J Schafer, KE8LSX, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6356

Eric F Withrow, KE8LSP, Ona, WV 25545-9741

Phillip W Lafferty, KE8LPJ. Mc Graws, WV 25875-0102

John C Rollins, KE8LQM, Bridgeport, WV 26330-6869

Littlejohn E Groves, KE8LUC, Mount Nebo, WV 26679-8202

Nathan Music, KE8LQL, Wardensville, WV 26851-8029


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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





05/05/2019 | JCARC Hamfest 2019

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

08/23/2019 | West Virginia State Convention

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


10/12/2019 | Parkersburg, Wood County Hamfest

Location: Mineral Wells, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Wood County Emergency Communications


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!





WV Section NTS Traffic Reports –   March 2019
Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM



HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager
WV Fone Net 729 47 514 31 W8YS
WV CW Net Early 65 12 176 30 KD8G
WV CW Net Late 56 4 125 29 KD8G
TOTAL 869 64 830 91  



ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
District 6 ARES/RACES 88 3 73 5
KARC 98 0 203 5
Pendleton Co. ARES 24 1 32 2
BDARC 52 0 114 5
Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net 162 0 753 13
Easteren Panhandle Traf Net 278 3 385 31
PHARC 52 0 163 4
Total 754 7 1723 65



6 Meter Net Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Pocahontas 6 meter net 34 0 208 4



DIGITAL Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions



Station Activity Report  (SAR) – March 2019
Station Orig Rec Sent Del Total
KA8ZGY 33 2 17 11 63
WD8DCH 0 1 16 1 18
W8CPG 3 12 3 0 18
Total 36 15 36 12 99



Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) – March  2019
Station 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
KA8ZGY 20 40 30 30 0 10 130
WD8DHC 40 18 10 0 0 0 68
W8CPG 40 18 30 0 0 0 88
TOTAL 100 76 70 30 0 10 286







Below is the March SEC report as submitted to ARRL. This is the summary rollup compiled from your individual county/district submissions.

If your callsign is not shown in Line 8, it means you did not submit a report. Reporting efficiency is only about 33%. We can do better than that. Please file each month regardless of the activity level in your county.


I know it feels meaningless to submit month-after-month reports of no activity. There is a solution for that — Get on the stick and do something! If you need suggestions, let me know.


You don’t need to be out there in the ‘wilderness’ unless you choose to be. Send me an email with your questions, concerns, or needs, and I will try to help.  Mike,


ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report


  1. ARRL Section West Virginia
  2. Month March
  3. Year 2019
  4. Total number of ARES members 446
  5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month 11
  6. Number of ARES nets active 22
  7. Number of nets with NTS liaison 16
  8. Calls of DECs/ECs reporting W8DUQ AB8CR KD8AZC WV8KJ WV8MAT



9a. Number of exercises & training sessions 24

9b. Person hours 106

10a. Number of public service events 2

10b. Person hours 32

11a. Number of emergency operations 1

11b. Person hours 4

12a Number of SKYWARN operations 0

12b. Person hours 0

13a. Total Activities 27

13b. Total person hours 142


Signature Michael Maxson W8SI

SEC West Virginia