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KD4OZI / ARES Western Branch Archive News

Here is where all that "new" news goes after it grows up... You never know when you might need to check on some of those older electrons...


- Paul, KD4OZI

KD4OZI Archive News


The memorial service for Ed, KA4WWV will be this coming Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the United Methodist Church on Route 16 in Millers Creek.
(3260 NC-16, Millers Creek, NC 28651)
The family will receive visitors starting at 1:00PM. There will be a memorial service following at 2:30PM. The family will also be available after the service for additional visitation.
If you have club attire (or other amateur radio attire), please feel free to wear it.
As is tradition, please bring a blank QSL card for the family.

My deepest sympathies go out to the Mulholland Family.


Silent Key

It is with a saddened heart that I must report the passing of Larry Shumway N5DHY (SK) overnight last night at the Erhlanger-Murphy Medical Nursing Facility after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

This information has been provided by Larry’s wife, Pat Shumway N4NVO.

Larry was a well liked and well respected member of the Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM team for a little over 5 years who will always be remembered for his frequent smile and good sense of humor.  He was also well-liked by all of the local radio amateurs. Pat has indicated that she would like to have a memorial service at some point within a month’s time at the Brasstown Community Center, however, the date and time have not yet been set.

May God Bless and watch over Pat Shumway and family at this time of grief.

There will be a memorial Silent Key Last Call on the combined Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM and WCARS-Murphy Chapter Net on Thursday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm EDT/2300 UTC on the K4AIH 147.045- reapeater. (Echolink node KD4UYR /R 821243)

Silent Key

Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK

Former “Coast to Coast AM” and “Dreamland” radio host Art Bell, W6OBB, of Pahrump, Nevada, died on Friday, April 13, at his home, the Nye County Sheriff's Office announced. He was 72. A KSNV news report indicated that Bell's family was with him when he died.

Silent Key

SK – The Wire Man N8UG - Pressley Jones

04-14-2018, 05:49 PM

Pressley W. Jones, N8UG, from Landrum, SC passed away 10 April 2018.

Information from thewireman website:


FAQ City: The Forgotten Cold-War Bunker Buried Outside Charlotte

Ed Griffin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

NPR's WFAE (90.7 MHz) has a podcast called FAQ City that answers listener's questions about things dealing with the Charlotte area. A recent episode featured a Stanly County site and "stared" W4DEX. (Good interview Dex)

I imagine many of the younger hams in our area may not even be aware that Stanfield was home to a massive underground communications bunker, built by AT&T in the mid/late 60's and stayed operational until 1991. W4DEX spent the majority of his AT&T career there.

Several years ago, some club members were treated to a Saturday morning tour of the empty facility with Dexter. (There's a nice tower on the property and it's for sale, in case the club would like to consider a really secure clubhouse)

You can listen to the podcast by clicking this link:

The tour of the facility, mentioned in the podcast can be seen on YouTube here:


There are other YouTube videos on this bunker, just search "AT&T Stanfield" on YouTube and you will find several.

Some pictures, featuring a somewhat younger W4DEX can be seen here:

Click on the top picture for the slide show after reading the article.

If you get a chance to chat with Dex about his years underground in Stanfield, ask him about Air Force One. It's an interesting story.


 Why ARRL is Recommending Enhanced HF Privileges for Technicians

ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for the entry-level Technician license to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, and 15 meters, where Technicians already have CW privileges. ARRL believes the additional digital privileges will attract younger people to Amateur Radio.

The proposed additional HF phone privileges are 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz. Technicians already have HF privileges on parts of 10 meters.

Some in the Amateur Radio community have questioned the need for expanded Technician privileges or to express other perspectives. ARRL has responded to point out some of the key advantages of its petition, which recognizes the tremendous technological advances and changes in Amateur Radio. Some key points:

  • A thorough review of operating privileges available to the entry-level license has not taken place since the late 1970s, when the Novice-class license -- the entry-level license at that time, and no longer issued -- was modified to allow Novices access to a limited portion of 10 meters. This included the first HF phone privileges for Novices.

  • The 2-year process that led to the development of ARRL's petition includes significant input from the Amateur Radio community. The two surveys that the ARRL board's Entry-Level License (ELL) Committee conducted on this issue drew more than 8,000 responses from ARRL members.

  • The 378,000 Technician licensees comprise more than half of the US Amateur Radio population, yet the Technician-class license no longer serves its original purpose from 18 years ago. Many Technicians do not participate actively, pursue on-air and public service opportunities, renew their licenses, or upgrade. An uncomfortably large attrition rate exists among Technician licensees. Technician licenses are not upgrading, because they don't find their operating privileges interesting enough to keep them in the hobby.

  • The proposed addition of 275 kilohertz of HF phone privileges, spread across 80, 40, and 15 meters, would allow Technicians the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of HF propagation. In addition, this proposed change would allow Technician licensees to participate in public service-oriented, emergency, and Section traffic nets on 75 meters, from 3900 to 4000 kHz, where primary state/Section-wide public service activities often take place.

  • Additional operating privileges for Technicians will not limit their incentive to upgrade. ARRL points out that Technicians now have access to 850 kilohertz of spectrum in four HF bands. ARRL proposes an additional 275 kilohertz on three of those bands, so the total under this proposal is 1,125 kilohertz on four bands -- 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.

    Compare that to current General-class HF privileges: 3150 kilohertz across nine HF bands -- 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters. In addition, Generals have access to the five 60-meter channels and to the two newest bands, 2200 and 630 meters. The incentive to upgrade from Technician to General is a tripling of the available HF spectrum; upgrading to General allows access to eight additional bands, including the prime daytime bands of 20 and 17 meters. Also, Technicians upgrading to General or higher are permitted the maximum amateur power level of 1500 W PEP.

How to prepare for hurricane season

A thanks to Duke Energy

WCARS members,

We will be having Field Day (June 23,24) again in the parking deck at A-B Tech. As like last year we will have the antenna's up on the top level and radio setup will be on the 6th level using generators.  We also will be allowed to grill hamburgers/hot dogs and eat dinner Saturday evening. We will also need volunteers to set up and bring tables and chairs to use. I would ask that those coming, please bring a covered dish to help out with dinner. At the June WCARS meeting I will be bringing a sign up sheet for both food and for people to help out working a station. We will need operators for all stations and for those that want to stay up all night to operate a station can do so. Please think about how you want to help and let me know at the next meeting.

Randy Harris KI4VLW


Here are a few thing for everyone to keep in mind.

1. I'm still trying to get (asking) folks to sign up for the NEW  https://www.KD4OZI.ORG website.

To sign Up? Key the Sign Up and enter some data.

2. Hurricane Season is almost upon us (June 1st),

Weather Underground - https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane is what I use to track these. If the Hurricane is in the Atlantic Ocean I will track it daily until it not listed as a hurricane anymore.

3. EC's - you can have assistant E.C. (A.E.C.) all you have to do is talk with your Area District Coordinator and justify your need. If you forget to send in your monthly report here is your chance to assign an A.E.C. and other things you may need help with.

Oh, congratulations to one of the new A.E.C. for Iredell County.

My plan is to list one of the Monthly E.C. reports to show what is going on in that County, they may be doing something that your club is able to do.

Below is an announcement from Iredell County, followed by the Monthly Report for Area 14, Cherokee County, Kevin Heyboer (KD4UYR) E.C.

From: Dennis White

May 8 at 9:58 PM

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our newest AEC for Iredell ARES; Jimmy Levan. Jimmy has trained at the EOC, served as NCS and attended some meetings which I couldn't attend as well sending emails to different agencies on behalf of ARES. Jimmy has completed numerous certifications: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, ICS-800, ICS-300 and ICS-400.

We have a lot of work/projects coming up so please volunteer to assist.

Iredell County ARES staff:

Rick McClure KE4TEP AEC

Jimmy Levan N4SZF AEC

Howard Hecht W1HO


Dennis L White


Iredell County ARES Emergency Coordinator

=== Begin Report for KD4UYR ===

Amended: no

Title: EC

Name: Kevin Heyboer, Call: KD4UYR , Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jurisdiction: Cherokee County

Date: April, 2018

ARES Members: 39, Decrease by (2)

AUXComm Members: , Same by (number)

Net Name: Cherokee Co ARES Net, Net Sessions: 4, Net Liaison: NCEN

Number of Drills, Tests, Training Sessions: 5, Hours: 45.05

Number of public service events: 0, Hours: 0

Number of Emergency Operations: 0, Hours: 0

Total ARES Operations: 5, Hours: 45.05

--- Begin Comments for KD4UYR ---

The month of April was calm in Cherokee County . At our monthly meeting, we discussed how to make inexpensive antennas from common objects which could be used in an emergency or to increase the range of an HT. We also began planning for Field Day.


Unfortunately, we lost Larry W. Shumway, N5DHY (SK), to his battle with esophageal cancer. His wife, Pat, N4NVO was also on our roster and she has asked to terminate her membership. She had gotten her license primarily to be able to communicate with her husband during a disaster if necessary.


At our upcoming May meeting, we will be finalizing plans to assist the Warriors Veterans Outreach with communications during their annual 22 mile march down US 19/74 to bring awareness to the 22 military veterans who take their own life every day. This will be our third year providing communications support to this operation as a public service.


Our partner group, the WCARS-Murphy Chapter, has received its club call sign of KN4LIG. We are now in the process of applying for a vanity call sign which represents the club. A final decision of which call signs to put on the request form will be made at the May meeting on May 8th. As the trustee of the call sign is an extra class operator, we can request a 2 X 2 call sign. The front runners which show available in the FCC database are WC4NC, NC4MU, and NC4MY.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR

Emergency Coordinator

Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM

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=== End Report for KD4UYR ===

From: Ed Griffin

it's cheap and you'd get plenty of exercise.


I should have mentioned..

If you go to https://archive.org/ and in the search block, type in
something like 73 magazine, you will get access to many issues
of that fun magazine.  Lots of stuff on that site.
Here is a link to lots of older (and not so old) ham radio related
magazines, books and articles.  Scroll to the bottom of the page
and the screen will keep adding pages.  Lots of interesting stuff
especially for some of our newer hams.

Wouxun.US / Import Communications

Ed Griffin
PO Box 451 
New London, NC  28127

Weather Underground https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane



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