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North Carolina

North Carolina

Contact Information

Section Name:
North Carolina
Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC
Daytime Phone:
(828) 964-6626
Evening Phone:
(828) 964-6626

Basic Information


Addendum: March 16, 2020:


48th ANNUAL RARSFEST / ARRL ROANOKE DIVISION CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED – The following information was received from Chuck Littlewood, K4HF: “…Cancellation of RARSfest 2020 due to government mandate.  Greetings, We are sad to announce that the 48th Annual RARSfest/Roanoke Division Convention, scheduled for April 11, 2020, has been cancelled in accordance with our Local government mandate.  The health and wellness of all involved are a priority of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, and, there are no plans to reschedule the event this year.  In an attempt to reduce the inconvenience to our loyal attendees all paid pre-registration monies will be refunded.  PayPal and Check payments will be returned through the proper channels and cash payment persons will be contacted by RARS.  We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to having you join us next year on April 3, 2021.  Your understanding and patience will be greatly appreciated.  Kindest regards, The 2020 RARSfest Committee, Tara Goodwin, W4TSW, Chairwoman; John Honeycutt N8ZU, RARS President; and, Chuck Littlewood, K4HF, RARS ARRL Liaison.”  Thanks to Chuck Littlewood, K4HF, for providing this information.  (source: K4HF)


DAYTON HAMVENTION ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2020 SHOW – For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancellations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.  For further information, see  (sources: WV1X, ARRL website)

FIND HAMFEST AND CONVENTION CANCELLATIONS – For information on hamfest and convention cancellations, see  (source: ARRL website)

Addendum: March 14, 2020: 


VISALIA INTERNATIONAL DX CONVENTION, OTHER EVENTS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS WORRIES – Concern over COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of the 2020 International DX Convention (IDXC), which was to be held April 24 – 26 in Visalia, California.    Additional amateur radio-related events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) fears.    The ARRL has created a URL that will search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database for canceled events, see    For further information on the article, see  (source: ARRL website)


Posted: March 9, 2020:


2020 CHARLOTTE HAMFEST AND ARRL NC SECTION CONVENTION, CONCORD, NC (3/13-14) – The Charlotte Hamfest will be held on Friday, March 13th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, March 14th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, in Concord, NC.  The location for the event is the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4551 Old Airport Road, Concord, NC 28025.  Talk-In: 146.655 MHz (no tone); backup on 146.940 MHz (118.8 Hz).  In addition to the flea market and commercial vendor exhibits, the 2020 Charlotte Hamfest will have raffle prizes; and, on Saturday, QSL card checking and VE testing by WCARS.  The forum sessions will include presentations on RFI issues for radio amateurs; radio and the disappearance of Amelia Earhart; building a solar generator; and, the ARRL and Charlotte Area Club forums.  The 2020 Charlotte Hamfest is sponsored by W4BFB – Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society Inc.  Public contact: Tim Slay N4IB, via phone at 704-948-7373 or email at  For further information, see (sources: Charlotte Hamfest and ARRL websites)

48th ANNUAL RARSFEST AND ARRL ROANOKE DIVISION CONVENTION (4/11) – The 48th Annual RARSfest and ARRL NC State Convention will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in Raleigh.  The location for the event is the Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607.  Talk-in via W4DW 146.640 MHz (no tone); backup on 146.880 Mhz (131.8 tone).  In addition to the flea market and commercial vendor exhibits, RARSfest will have door prizes, a hands-on construction project area, QSL card checking, an indoor fox-hunt, a satellite communications demonstration, and walk-in VE testing at 9:00 AM sharp.  The open forum sessions will include discussions on the ARRL Roanoke Division and the NC Section.  In addition, there will be presentations on D-STAR, Fusion, and DMR voice mode technology; Satellite communications with amateur radio; and, NWS SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training.  The 48th Annual RARSfest is sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society.  Public contact: Charles Littlewood, K4HF, via phone at 919-818-8171 or email at  For further information, see  (sources: RARSfest and ARRL websites)



April 4: Down East Hamfest, sponsored by Down East Hamfest Association, Lenoir Community College Gymnasium, 231 NC Hwy 58 South, Kinston, NC 28501.  Talk-In: 146.685 MHz (PL 88.5).  Public contact: Byron Highland, K4BMH, via phone at 252-347-1498 or email at

April 25: 23rd Annual Catawba Valley Hamfest, sponsored by McDowell Amateur Radio Association, Burke County Fairgrounds, 145 Bost Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Talk-In: 147.150 MHz (PL 94.8).  Public contact: Michael Fox, KF4MWX, via phone at 828-437-2787 or email at

May 9: 16th Annual Rockingham County Swapfest, sponsored by Rockingham County Amateur Radio Club Inc, Community Baptist Church, 509 Triangle Road, Reidsville, NC 27320.  Talk-In: 147.345 MHz (PL 103.5).  Public contact: James Patterson, N4CE, via phone at 336-453-4218 or email at   

May 30: The 46th DurHamFest, sponsored by Durham FM Association, Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27254.  Talk-In: 145.450 MHz (PL 82.5) and 442.150 MHz (PL 131.8) monitored.  Public contact: Linda Jackson, KF4LJZ, via phone at 919-805-0289 or email at

July 11: 35th Annual 2020 Firecracker Ham-Fest, sponsored by Rowan Amateur Radio Society, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Avenue S, Salisbury, NC 28144. Talk-In: 145.410 MHz (PL 136.5).  Public contact: Ralph Mowery, KU4PT, via phone at 704-279-4737 or email at

July 18: 47th Annual Cary Mid-Summer SWAPFEST, sponsored by Cary Amateur Radio Club, Harold D. Ritter Park, 301 W Lochmere Drive, Cary, NC 27511. Talk-In: 146.880 MHz, (-600, no tone).  Public contact: Jim Williams, W4VCF, via phone at 919-552-1980 or email at

July 25: Waynesville Hamfest 2020, 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

August 8: 22nd Annual Ole Fashioned CFARS SwapFest, sponsored by Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society, Cumberland County Shrine Club, 7040 Ramsey Street (US Hwy 401 N), Fayetteville, NC 28301.  Talk-In: 146.910 MHz (PL 100).  Public contact: David Cowart, KR4OE, via phone at 910-624-1394 or email at

September 4-6: 64th Shelby Hamfest, sponsored by Shelby Amateur Radio Club, Cleveland County Fairground, 1751 East Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150.  Talk-In: 146.880 MHz.  Public contact: Jane Hamrick, K4JPH, via phone at 704-466-8032 or email at

(sources: ARRL and hamfest websites)



Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, April 4, sponsored by Gaston Radio Club, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at 704-827-2138 or by email at for further information.

Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, June 6, sponsored by Gaston Radio Club, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at 704-827-2138 or by email at for further information.

Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, August 8, sponsored by Gaston Radio Club, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at 704-827-2138 or by email at for further information.

Gastonia (NC): Technician license class, October 3, sponsored by Gaston Radio Club, contact Tony Jones, N4ATJ by phone at 704-827-2138 or by email at for further information.

To find upcoming classes, go to  Please note that a license class sponsored by your club or organization will not be listed on the ARRL website unless you register your class.  ARRL Registered Instructors may list upcoming classes on the ARRL website.  For further information, see (source: ARRL website) 

73 and be safe!  Karl W4CHX, ARRL NC Section Manager (2014-2020), 919-669-6068 (mobile)


North Carolina Officials

  • Marvin Hoffman

    Section Manager

    Marvin K. Hoffman WA4NC

  • Max Hopper

    State Government Liaison

    Max H. Hopper K4BMN

  • Michael Jordan

    State Government Liaison

    Michael L M Jordan K3ZMD

  • Timothy Slay

    Assistant Section Manager,
    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    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

  • Thomas Brown

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Thomas A. Brown N4TAB

  • Charles deCourt

    State Government Liaison

    Charles H. deCourt W3WZN