Section Manager’s Report


December 2018

Dan Ringer, K8WV

West Virginia Section Manager



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, and 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:

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.



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,, 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, 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



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



03/23/2019 | West Virginia Section Convention (Charleston Hamfest & Computer Show)

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,



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 You can find very detailed information on the current month’s contests in the “Contest Corral column of QST, or at



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!



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 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.

Then log in again at  this time, select the left box to log in.  You should see a list of options on a page:

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 to find your frn.

Spencer Graham, ACC



ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report

  1. ARRL Section West Virginia
  2. Month November
  3. Year 2018
  4. Total number of ARES members 442
  5. Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month 15
  6. Number of ARES nets active 22
  7. Number of nets with NTS liaison 16
  8. Calls of DECs/ECs reporting W8DUQ KD8SKZ KD8AZC WV8KJ KC8FZH




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



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
TOTAL 826 55 753 83  


ARES/RACES 2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
District 6 ARES/RACES 64 2 62 4
KARC ARES 61 0 152 4
Pendleton Co. ARES 15 0 18 2
Total 140 2 232 10


6 Meter Net Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions
Pocahontas 6 meter net        


DIGITAL Stations Traffic Time Min. Sessions


2 Meter Nets Stations Traffic Time-Minutes Sessions
BDARC 57 0 118 5
Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net 125 0 546 13
Easteren Panhandle Traf Net 410 2 419 30
PHARC 45 0 156 4
Total 637 2 1239 52
Station Activity Report  (SAR) –November  2018
Station Orig Rec Sent Del Total
KA8ZGY 32 2 2 2 38
WD8DCH 0 2 29 0 31
W8CPG 3 20 30 0 53
Total 35 24 61 2 122


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) –November   2018
Station 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
KA8ZGY 14 38 15 15 0 10 92
WD8DHC 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
W8CPG 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
TOTAL 94 118 55 15 0 10 292