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North Carolina

North Carolina

Contact Information

Section Name:
North Carolina
Karl Bowman, W4CHX
Daytime Phone:
(919) 669-6068
Evening Phone:
(919) 669-6068
(919) 870-5605

Basic Information


31ST ANNUAL JARSFEST 2019, BENSON, NC (11/17) – The 31st Annual JARSfest 2019 will be held on Sunday, November 17th in Benson, NC.  The location for the hamfest is American Legion Complex, 605 N Wall St, Benson, NC 27504.  The hours for the hamfest are 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  Outdoor tail-gating opens at 6:00 AM.  Tickets are $7.00 at the door, children (under 16) free with an adult.  Talk-in on 147.270 MHz (+600); back-up talk-in on 146.970 MHz (- 600).  In addition to the flea market, dealers will be present.  Prize drawings, food, and exams will be available.  VE exams begin at 9:30 AM (sharp), walk-ins only, no pre-registration required.  All necessary forms will be provided.  Bring photo ID, original and copy of current license (if licensed); and, original and copy of CSCE’s for test elements passed that are not reflected in your current license class.  The examination fee is $15.00.  VE testing will be done by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society VE team.  To reserve an inside table or to obtain more information, call 919-934-9623 or 919-820-3498 (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM); or, send an email to jarsmember at yahoo dot com.  The 31st JARSfest 2019 is sponsored by the Johnston Amateur Radio Society,





January 11, 2020: W4NC First-Fest, sponsored by Forsyth Amateur Radio Club, Robinhood Road Baptist Church, 5422 Robin Hood Road, Winston-Salem, NC.  Talk-In: 145.47 MHz (PL 100), Public Contact: David Shoaf KC4X, via phone at 336-930-9462 or email at


March 13-14, 2020: Charlotte Hamfest / ARRL North Carolina Section Convention 2020, sponsored by Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC Highway 49 North, Concord, NC 28025.  Talk-In: 146.655 MHz (-600, no tone).  Public Contact: Tim Slay N4IB, via phone at 704-948-7373 or email at


April 11, 2020: RARSfest / ARRL Roanoke Division Convention, sponsored by Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, Jim Graham Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27601.  Talk-In: 146.640 MHz, no tone.  Public Contact: Charles Littlewood, K4HF, via phone at 919-818-8171 or email at


July 11, 2020:  Firecracker Hamfest, sponsored by Rowan Amateur Radio Society, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Avenue S, Salisbury, NC 28144.  Talk-In: 145.41 MHz (PL 136.5).  Public Contact: Ralph Mowery, KU4PT, via phone at 704-279-4737 or email at


July 25, 2020: WCARS Hamfest, sponsored by Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society, Haywood County Fairgrounds, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC 28785.  Talk-in: none.  Public Contact: Ruth Berner, WA4VT, via phone at 828-216-2510 or email at


(source: ARRL website)


North Carolina Officials

  • Karl Bowman

    Section Manager

    Karl F. Bowman W4CHX

  • Chuck de Court

    State Government Liaison

    Chuck de Court W3WZN

  • Enrico La Monica

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Enrico G. La Monica W4ZRA

  • Thomas Brown

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Thomas A. Brown N4TAB

  • Timothy Slay

    Affiliated Club Coordinator,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Timothy B. Slay N4IB

  • David Roy

    Section Traffic Manager

    David A. Roy W4DNA

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  • Kenthony Price

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Kenthony Dave Price K4KDP

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  • Wade Hampton

    Technical Coordinator

    Wade D. Hampton K4ITL