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Section Name:
Jack Smith KE4LWT
Daytime Phone:
(662) 523-0000

Basic Information

August Section Manager's Report, Virginia Section

June Virginia Section Manager’s Report 


Safety message.

We’re getting into the thick of tropical storm season, and some of us have unfortunately already had our first taste of it. 

I encourage everyone to review their personal emergency plans, and make sure that you are able to take care of yourself and your family, including the small furry members. Have an evacuation kit, and remember to never drive through flood waters. Just because you can see the guard-rails or other items does not mean the road is still there. 


Contest Calendar
20-21 10GHz and Up, Round 1
21 Rookie Roundup – RTTY
27-28 Earth Moon Earth (EME) 2.3GHz and Up

10-12 September VHF
17-18 10 GHz and Up, Round 1
17-18 EME 2.3GHz and Up ++ Affiliated Clubs From the VA ACC Mike WA8AHZ: Five hundred new Hams have been licensed in Virginia since the beginning of the year -- an average of 75 new  Hams per month.  As a nation-wide statistic, more than half of new Hams never get on the air (or only do so a few times and drop the hobby).  For the new hams reading this update, if you haven’t already done so, consider reaching  out to a local radio club.   Seek an ELMER (mentor) to help you learn more about the hobby, and get you on the air!  Looking for a local club?  ARRL provides a “find a club” website at:  For the more experienced Hams:  consider volunteering as an ELMER -- you’ll learn a lot and a make a life-long friend.  Questions about Clubs, drop me an email at: WA8AHZ <at> ++ Section Manager Events/Scheduling If your club, ARES group, or even a partner organization would like for me to speak with them, please contact me for scheduling. These engagements help us understand what the needs are in your area, and throughout the State. Please reach out to me at or ++ Upcoming events Tidewater Hamfest, August 13. For more information go to Hurricane Season began 1 June, and runs through 30 November For upcoming events throughout the ARRL® you can see: for Hamfests/Conventions. This is particularly useful if you’re traveling, or live near one of our neighboring states. ++ Position vacancies The Virginia Section has many vacancies open. Some of these are the traditional ARRL appointments, but there are also a good number of non-traditional positions available which can contribute greatly to the Virginia Section. For more information on these, see! or feel free to contact me directly. To make the section successful, it takes a wide variety of skills. Some of the things we’re looking for that are non-traditional will be for the ARES® organization, and some will be for things like the GOTA For Life Initiative. There will be many opportunities to help lead the Virginia Section into the future. ++ Amateur Radio Emergency Services® (ARES®)
For the first time in Virginia, there has been an out-of-state mutual assistance request sent through formal channels. While the need did not materialize, the lessons learned from working with our Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) and neighboring ARES organizations was very valuable. The ARES® Mutual Assistance Team (MAT) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), developed by Wayne N1WR, and the Amateur Radio Resource Typing document, developed by John N5TIM, both proved to be valuable and easy to understand documents, even for those who had no amateur radio experience. The lessons learned will be incorporated into a document for later circulation.

For July there are 474 operator hours reported, which while this may sound low, is actually to be expected as this is on the heels of Field Day. This is 24 Emergency Coordinators representing over 30 Counties and Independent Cities. ++ Special Projects +++ Get On The Air (GOTA) For Life Ed KW4GF continues to work on the Get On The Air (GOTA) For Life Those interested can contact Ed at ++ Closing comments As always, should you have any question, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me. If it’s something with your local organization, always try to work through them first. Of course, you do not have to be a member of a club or ARES® unit to reach out to me regarding ARRL® Virginia concerns.
73, Jack KE4LWT


Virginia Officials

  • Ken Longnecker

    Public Info Coordinator

    Ken T. Longnecker KN4BAF

  • Wayne Rash

    Public Info Coordinator

    Wayne Rash N4HCR

  • Jack Smith

    Section Manager

    Jack R. Smith KE4LWT

  • Edward Gibbs

    Public Info Coordinator,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Edward P. Gibbs KW4GF

  • Michael Aimone

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Michael A. Aimone WA8AHZ

  • Carl Clements

    Section Traffic Manager

    Carl A. Clements W4CAC

  • John Kanode

    Assistant Section Manager

    John C. Kanode N4MM

  • Brendan O'Neill

    Assistant Section Manager

    Brendan P. O'Neill KM4HRR

  • Gurney Grant

    Assistant Section Manager

    Gurney W. Grant W4WIN

  • Robert Myers

    Assistant Section Manager

    Robert W. Myers K2TV

  • Martin Krupinski

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Martin A. Krupinski KE4KEW

  • Howard Wood

    Technical Coordinator

    Howard E. Wood WA4PGI


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