Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Area Ham Interests/Assistance/Presentation Topics Registry

Your ham radio needs can be better served by letting the club and fellow hams know your interests, areas you need help, or areas you can assist other club members. Presentation topics you would like to see at a club meeting can also be listed.

All membership email you receive from the OCRA website includes a link you can use to update your listing. Simply click on the “Membership Record Access Link for (your first name, your callsign)” link in that email to update your ham interest profile.

Your access link can also be obtained by clicking here and following the directions listed.

     Interest Summary from 89 Member Profiles


              Antennas - EZNEC COAX Ladderline Connectors Tuners Stealth         55
              APRS - Automatic Packet Reporting System                           24
              ARES - Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder              17
              AuxComm/EmComm - Area Nets Training                                25
              CERT - Community Emergency Response Team                           22
              Contesting                                                         8
              CW - Frequency Band Plan                                           25
              Digital -  JT65, PKS31, RTTY, Winlink,WSJT, and others             36
              DMR - Digital Mobile Radio                                         21
              DXing                                                              35
              Field Day                                                          39
              Mobile Ops                                                         23
              Nets/Net Control Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder    22
              Public Service                                                     29
              QRP (Low Power)                                                    23
              Remote Station Ops                                                 13
              Repeaters - Area Repeater Listing                                  18
              Repeater Crew                                                      13
              Satellite Ops - AMSAT Satellite_Contacts Frequencies               10
              SOTA - Summits on the Air in North America                         9
              SSB - Frequency Band Plan                                          30
              Vintage Radio - Vintage Radio Boulevard                            10

Bands of Interest


          160m-16; 80m-37; 40m-50; 30m-27; 20m-50; 15m-45; 10m-53; 6m-45; 1.25m-14 70cm-38


 

94 Hams in the Area Listing Interests with 40 Needing Assistance

Callsign KF4O
First Randy
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, CW, Digital, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, ares
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area First licensed in 1970 (16 years old) as WN4POA. Later as WB4POA, KF4DW (Extra in 1997) and finally as KF4O (vanity).Also BV8/KF4O in Taiwan. (missionary
Callsign KW4EE
First Kevin
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Public Service, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I have been licensed since 1973, but was fairly inactive for my years. I hold an advanced class license which is no longer issued. I recently retired and am getting back on the air more frequently. I enjoy contesting, especially CW contests as well as
Callsign W4OFZ
First Banks
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Nets/Net Control, SSB, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area First Licensed 9/22/1948 Class B
Callsign KM4IWI
First William
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CW, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Callsign N4GF
First Roger
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, QRP (Low Power), POTA
Callsign AK4W
First Ed
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, Toantennas
Callsign KO4DHJ
First Ken
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, Field Day, Foxhunting, Nets/Net Control, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio, ares
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Fix, Install, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Vehicle Antenna, Connectors, Feedline, Grounding, Tuner, 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, Digital Wire-X Fusion C4FM
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I'm originally from Pittsburgh, PA and for over 33 years worked for the NCR Corporation out of Dayton, OH and now Atlanta, GA. I moved here to the Tarheel state in June of 1999. Retired from NCR in 2003 and began a position with Duke Univer
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest Ham clock using inovto quadra
Callsign N8BR
First Bill
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CW, Field Day, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Operate, HF Station, Vehicle Antenna, Multiband, Tower, 160m
Callsign KM4MDR
First John
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Digital, DX, Field Day, QRP (Low Power), POTA (Parks on the Air)
Callsign KA5JUJ
First Martin
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Operate, HF Station, Wire Antenna
Callsign KQ4BYL
First Jody
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CW, Digital, Field Day, QRP (Low Power), SOTA
Callsign K4GEF
First RICHARD L
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Repeaters, 2m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Got general class ticket 1956. Inactive long time, trying to get a toe back in the water with 2 meter xcvr. Learning to program it....slowly. everything at 81 is done that way, hi !
Callsign KN4DRN
First Michael
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Satellite Ops, SDR
Callsign KN4JYP
First Kathy
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas
Callsign KO4QLU
First Patrick
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, Field Day, SSB, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Licensed about three years ago just after my 72nd birthday. I have a Extra Class license. I am i
Callsign W4FK
First Bob
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, Satellite Ops, SDR, SOTA, SSB, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ HF Station, Tower
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I’ve been a HAM since the late 90s. Took a break and now back in it. Enjoy building antennas. Starting into DMR. Like DX ,really like local chatter on simplex and repeaters.
Callsign KO4RON
First Ron
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, Digital, DX, Foxhunting, Public Service
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Decision, HF Station, Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area 2021 Technician licensee, now General. 1 Yaesu FT-991A. I've
Callsign K4LIF
First Dan
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CW, Field Day, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SSB, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Newly licensed. General on 6/16/22. Interests:,,POTA, DXing
Callsign WA1QCE
First Ron
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CW, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, SDR, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Fix, HT Unit, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Stealth Antenna, Connectors, Feedline, Grounding, Noise, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Purchasing a home here in Durham. Decided to look for a radio club here. My daughter has lived in Chapel Hill for 10 yrs so we know the area. Ad
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest Dealing with an HOA that doesn’t allow antennas.Ft8 operation and other digital modes including RTTY.
Callsign KM4NOU
First Joel
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, 40m
Callsign NC4CD
First Charlie
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Digital, DMR, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, Repeater Crew
Callsign KR4UB
First Dan
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Remote Station Ops, Repeater Crew, SDR, SSB, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, FT-8
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Antennas, OCRA Website, Video Conferencing
Callsign N4KF
First Ken
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, Digital, DX, Public Service, SSB, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, ares
Callsign KY4OU
First Christopher
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, Auxcomm, Digital, DMR, DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SDR, SSB, 20m, 2m, 70cm, ares
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I was a member of OCRA in years past, recently upgraded to Extra and changed my call. Have been getting back into the hobby lately and wanted to get back on the membership roster for OCRA.
Callsign N1QYW
First Steve
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Public Service, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Decision, Operate, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area 15 years rusty with tech license. Helped with comms for the Boston Marathon before widespread cellphone use.
Callsign KX4P
First John
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CW, Digital, DX, Field Day, Remote Station Ops, SSB, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ lots of occasional needs!
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area 434
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest HF, Propagation, vintage, etc.
Callsign K2IX
First Barry
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, SDR, SSB
Callsign KD4JWF
First Jose
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Satellite Ops, SOTA, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, ares, Go Kits, Raspberry PI
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Remote Station, Stealth Antenna, Grounding
Callsign KN4QBZ
First Fred
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, Field Day, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SSB, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, SHARES, DMR, DSTAR, WinLink
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Decision, Fix, Install, Operate, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Remote Station, Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Stealth Antenna, Vehicle Antenna, Connectors, Feedline, Grounding, Multiband, Tuner, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, DMR. DSTAR, bonding, grounding
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Focused on AuxComm emergency communications seeking new ways to execute our PACE plan - - particularly the "C" and "E".
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest PACE Plans, WinLink Field Situation Reports, Inter-County Exercises (Chatham, Orange, Alamance, Durham, Wake) beyond Field Day, Repeater Maps, P2P, Community (non-ham) nets, PAWS, VIPER, EOC needs
Callsign Charles
First Charles
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, 80m, 40m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Decision, Grounding
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Looking to obtain my amateur license
Callsign KM4MBG
First Jack
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Digital, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR
Callsign KF4PAB
First Lenore
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, Field Day, Repeaters, 2m, 70cm
Callsign WA4PSC
First Howard
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Contesting, CW, Field Day, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
Callsign KO4GJO
First Boyd
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, SDR, SSB, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Callsign KZ1X
First Steve
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, construction
Callsign KM4WXW
First Jeffrey
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Auxcomm, CERT, Field Day
Callsign KQ4JDJ
First Jere
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, Digital, DMR, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, SDR, SSB, I realloy need to understand relpeaters and linking and digital vs analog repeaters. Not sure I have much to offer field day at this point. I am starting to participate in public service events with NCHPS. No sure I can do Orange Cnty nets with my current set up.
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ HT Unit, HF Station, Grounding, 2m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Licensed 1/2023. Still stumbling the hobby. Limited to HT's. Public Service and EmComm are interests. Someday HF. Digital modes (APRS, DMR,YSF, FT8, well just about all of them I guess.)
Callsign AC4RD
First Ken
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Contesting, CW, Digital, DX, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), 15m, 12m
Callsign W4BOH
First Wilson
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Public Service, Repeater Crew, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm, ares, Offering help with HF tube operation
Callsign K4OGP
First Chris
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Public Service, QRP (Low Power)
Callsign KO4ICM
First Doug
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CW, QRP (Low Power), 40m
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Advice on CW
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Interested in CW, newly licensed ham.
First Jeremy
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Mobile Ops, Public Service
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Grounding, 2m, 70cm, Base Antenna
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I became involved in amateur radio to volunteer for public service events. I am currently serving as the Public Service Director for the Raleigh Am
Callsign KO4TXN
First Steve
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I enjoy POTA using EFHW antennas in the parks. I also enjoy chasing DX from home.
Callsign KK4NNQ
First Mark
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, SOTA, 2m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Experienced Technician-level. Member of Chatham County CERT and AUXCOMM. As I frequently hike and bike in remote areas, I primarily use my radio as a safety communication device. I am also working with DMR.
Callsign WQ8U
First Mac
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CW, Vintage Radio, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Ham for 70 years; love Boat Anchors and CW
Callsign KK4VOU
First Ted
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CERT
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Operate, Vehicle Antenna, Programming Baofeng
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Newbie looking to learn. NC CERT certified
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest Have been trying to use the CHIRP software to program Baofeng radio. Sure that I am overlooking something simple. Would be willing to pay a HS or college student for assistance. Many thanks!
Callsign KY4HU
First Charles
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Digital, DMR, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Remote Station, Feedline, Grounding, Tower
Callsign N1LN
First Bruce
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, SSB, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
Callsign N1YXU
First Laurie
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service
Callsign WB1AJJ
First Jonathan
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CW, DMR, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, Satellite Ops, SDR, SSB, Vintage Radio, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, ares, PI/Arduino
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I’ve been a ham for over 40 years, I particularly enjoy building or repairing ham gear, from DC to daylight. Enjoyed my time in Durham, looking forward to a return trip when possible.
Callsign KQ4IWB
First Mike
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Stealth Antenna
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Hello, I just recently passed my General class test and am brand new to amateur radio. I recently retired from the US Army where I served for 25 years and now for for Dell Technologies as a Product Management planner.
First Bob
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Repeaters, 6m
Callsign KO4UFU
First Eldon
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, 10m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I'm newly licensed and interested in all aspects of amateur radio.
Callsign KK4VUR
First John
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ SDR
Callsign KQ4GKB
First Nyi
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Digital, DMR, 10m, 2m, 70cm
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Operate, HF Station, 10m, 2m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area DX, DMR
Callsign W4AEN
First Ed
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, Field Day, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, SSB, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Decision, Install, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Grounding
Callsign KJ4TTU
First Steve
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, Mobile Ops, Repeater Crew, SDR
Callsign KQ4PES
First Kent
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Field Day, Public Service, 40m, 2m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Decision, Operate, HT Unit, Mobile Unit
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Newly licensed. Want to learn more about Amateur Radio. My interests are in Emergency Services. I have 10 years experience as a Police Officer. Been in the Fire Service since 1973. Past member of Lake Royale CERT.
Callsign KV4ZR
First Loren
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CW, Digital, DX, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SDR, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Callsign KU4GC
First Dee
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CW, Digital, DX, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, SSB, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio, paper chase
Callsign WB4OSU
First Sherri
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Digital, DX, Field Day, Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, PSK-31, FT-8, RTTY, FELD HELL, Winlink
Callsign N4KW
First Pete
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Repeater Crew, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, antennas
Callsign N7RYN
First Ryan
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Digital, DMR, DX, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SDR, SOTA, SSB, Vintage Radio, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I have been a ham for 20 years. I enjoy all aspects of radio. I spend most of my time building things and learning what I can. I have interests in SOTA, POTA and portable operations. I also have a TARPN node and enjoy packet radio, satellites and APRS.
Callsign N4JQR
First J R
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, Field Day, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, SDR, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Callsign KN4VXC
First Leo
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, QRP (Low Power), Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Recently experimenting with plate modulated AM transmission at the 10 - 20 watt carrier level on 160 and 80 meters.
Callsign N2XZF
First Paul
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, 20m, 10m, 2m
Callsign KC1TWR
First Tim
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, Field Day, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, SSB, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio, ares
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Wire Antenna, Grounding, Multiband, Noise, 80m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Moved to NC June 1, 2023 to be near grandkids. In Connecticut I was active in locals clubs, ARES, and Red Cross Disaster Services. I obtained my Tech license
Callsign KK4JGT
First Terry
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, 2m, 70cm, ares
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Not newly licensed but not very experienced. Interested in amateur radio for CERT and AuxComm, and DMR.
Callsign KD4UCZ
First Charles
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Digital, Satellite Ops, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
Callsign KO4SZE
First Bob
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Field Day, Foxhunting, QRP (Low Power), Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 2m
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Returning to the fold after an almost 60 year absence. No specific interests yet as things have changed and morphed a lot. Just taking it all in ATM.
Callsign K4SAR
First Joe
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, Field Day, Foxhunting, SSB, 15m, 10m, ares
Callsign W7GBP
First Michael D
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Auxcomm, CERT, DMR
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I am a relatively new Ham and a member of the Chatham County Auxcom group.
Callsign KZ4ES
First James
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, Digital, DMR, Mobile Ops, Public Service, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Mobile Unit, DMR and VARA FM
Callsign W4SAR
First Dave
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Digital, Field Day
Callsign KD4YJZ
First Karen
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, 10m, ares
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Operate
Callsign KK4RRT
First Michael
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Auxcomm, CERT, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), 20m, 10m, 2m, 70cm, ares
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Install, HF Station, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Grounding
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area In January I passed my General exam. Though I got my Novice license as a teenager, I let it lapse when entering college and only returned in 2013 at the suggestion of friends. I am i tending to get onto HF this fall.
Callsign W1KES
First Keith
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ CW, DX, Field Day, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m
Callsign KJ4VWG
First Sam
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Contesting, CW, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, SDR, SSB, ares, ADS-B, Radio Astronomy, NEC2 Internals
Callsign W4AIR
First Daryl
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, 20m
Callsign KN4ZHP
First Mike
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, SDR, SOTA, AF MARS
Callsign KN4VXB
First Aurora
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, CERT, Public Service, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Build, Fix, Install, Operate, Want classes teaching ham radio
Callsign K6LZL
First Wyatt
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, 80m, 40m, 2m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I’m an experienced HAM and I like many different modes of communication. I’ve worked with disaster planning and emergency communications with DHS and LA County Sheriff Dept. Recently moved to NC over a year ago.
Callsign N3LTV
First Doug
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, Digital, Foxhunting, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 2m, 70cm
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area Interests: Building/fixing ham equipment. Building the North Carolina Packet (NCPACKET) network and TARPN, Auxcomm
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest Auxcomm,
Callsign N4SJW
First John
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, Allstar
Presentation_Topics_of_Interest Allstar, DMR
Callsign KN4EOO
First Rick
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, DMR, Mobile Ops, Public Service, ares
Callsign KA5ETS
First Douglas
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Auxcomm, CERT, Contesting, CW, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio, ares, antennas, FT8
Callsign KW4JY
First Calvin
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Digital, DX, Remote Station Ops, SDR, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, digital, antennas
Callsign KO4BHX
First Ben
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, APRS, CW, DX, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), Satellite Ops, SDR, SOTA, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m
Callsign K4FD
First Dan
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Packet Radio
Callsign JRW-01-93
First Jason
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Repeaters, Repeater Crew, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, ares
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Decision, Fix, Operate, HF Station, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Multiband, Tuner, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, Decision
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I am interested in joining this group for many reasons. I would like to make friends and have conversations with people who share my interest. I would like
Callsign KQ4PEC
First Mike
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ APRS, CERT, Digital, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, 2m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Install, Mobile Unit, Vehicle Antenna
Introduce_Yourself_to_other_Hams_in_the_Area I am newly licensed and wanting to join a community to learn more. I've always loved computers, so the digital modes possible with ham radio are really exciting to me. I also think that helping with public service events would be fun. I'm new, and I'd be
Callsign W4LMW
First David
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, SDR, 2m, ares
Ham_Radio_Assistance_Needed_ Install, Operate, Mobile Unit, Tower, 2m
Callsign W4KIL
First Andy
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ Antennas, CW, Field Day, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m
Callsign AI4MW
First Tommy
Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_ DX, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m

 

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Danny Hampton, K4ITL Repeater Builder, Mentor, SERA Leader & FCC Liaison, SK February 28, 2024

OCRA like many other ham clubs, repeater builders and users owe a great debt of graditude to Danny, K4ITL for his very gracious and generous help to anyone with a genuine willingness to learn and build repeater systems to his level of excellence.

Below is the lifetime membership presented by OCRA to Danny at the April 2009 RARS Hamfest in appreciation for his technical assistance, mentoring and advice over the years that has greatly helped in keeping the tall tower OCRA 442.150 repeater on the air.

His talent and generosity was widely recognized.

https://hamvention.org/2009-hamvention-award-winners/

https://www.wral.com/story/engineering-contractor-danny-hampton-has-died/21308694/

http://pcrn.net/

https://sera.org/home/

© 2024 photo by KR4UB, OCRA Inc

The plaque gold section above contains the award text in Braille

© 2024 photo by KR4UB, OCRA Inc

A perspective from two long time repeater builders……

Charlie Durst NC4CD, principle DFMA Repeater Builder

https://www.dfma.org/

It was with great sadness that I heard on Wednesday evening that Danny Hampton, K4ITL, of Raleigh, had died.

I first met Danny in the early 70’s at his home in Raleigh. One of the original members of DFMA, Wayland “Doc” McKenzie, K4CHS, took me to meet Danny one evening at his home. He said, “let me turn on some lights for you”. Danny was blind since birth and his wife, Sandy, was also blind. Together they raised their two children, both sighted. After Sandy’s death, he married a childhood friend, Rose, who survives him. Danny grew up in Kannapolis and attended the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. He had become quite skilled in electronics and worked for the Johnson radio dealer and later with Nextel. After Nextel, he worked with my CSI business partner, Elmo Yancey, in their company, Direct Call. Direct Call provided community repeater and telephone interconnect radio systems before cell phones were available. CSI built the towers for Direct Call.

Danny was a master at designing and building repeaters and linked repeater systems. In the 1970’s he built the PCRN analog linked repeater system that covered North Carolina from coast to coast and into Virginia and South Carolina. As digital radio technology emerged, he designed and built the PRN system which now has over 60 repeaters in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia linked via the internet using DMR technology originally pioneered for the commercial market by Motorola.

Danny developed an amazing skill at tuning receivers, transmitters, and duplexers to make a highly functioning repeater. He had a service monitor and other test equipment that ‘talked’ to him. Relying on a keen sense of hearing, he could probably hear a tenth of a dB change in a noise level in a receiver he was tuning.

Many repeaters in the Carolinas and Virginia transmit the call sign K4ITL. Many of these repeaters are on tall TV towers in Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington and had the equipment located near the antennas at heights of over 1500 feet. On several occasions, a repeater would develop a technical problem that required his personal attention. He would put on his safety belt and ride the elevator up the tower to the repeater. Someone asked him if he was afraid of those heights. His response was, “No, I don’t look down !!”

On many occasions Danny’s days and nights would get mixed up and he would send me an email at midnight asking if I was still up for a phone call. Being a night-owl, I would email back and we would talk on the phone until 1 or 2 am about some technical subject. I knew he was ok with email because his computer talked to him.

Danny was recognized for his skills and contributions to the repeater community at the Dayton Hamvention in 2009 when he received the “Ham of the Year” award. Danny was instrumental in the Southeast Repeater Association (SERA) since its beginning in the early 70’s as the Carolinas Virginia Repeater Association. For many years he was the Director for the North Carolina Division and was currently serving as President of SERA.

The ‘shoes that will have to be filled’ by his absence are tremendous. The loss of Danny leaves a void in our hearts as he was a dear friend of many. His expert technical abilities will be difficult to be replaced. The funeral service will be at the McCullers Community Baptist Church in Raleigh with visitation at noon and the funeral at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 6th.

Rest in peace, good friend. Enjoy the tallest antenna site and the beautiful view that you can see from there.

73 Charlie NC4CD

Dan KR4UB, principle OCRA Repeater Builder

We both grew up in Kannapolis, NC where our paths crossed two different ways. In looking through my amateur radio station log, my first QSO with Danny was on June 14, 1964 on 3.830 with Danny back for the summer at his childhood home, a whole 2 miles away. Things seemed a lot more distant as a kid back then.

I eventually met Danny face to face through a conversation his father and my father had.  Our respective fathers worked at two businesses just a block or two apart, and both were customers of each other’s business. That’s the way things were in a small town.  One day Danny’s father stopped by my Dad’s workplace and as typical, Dad’s talked about what their kids were up to.

When Danny’s father Wade Hampton Sr., was told of my desire to go the NC State to get an engineering degree, he strongly urged I have a face to face conversation with Danny.

Danny spent much of his early childhood as student in Raleigh at the NC School for the Blind and knew about NC State’s reputation of being a very tough engineering school. He  had a piece of advice to give me. His words were, “if you’re planning to go to NC State, you better be prepared to work your ass off”.  How true that turned out to be.  He was not one to mince words and spoke plainly and directly.

Our paths did not cross again until 30 years later, when John Welton, N4SJW and I took on responsibility for the OCRA 442.150 and the other club repeaters.  Danny was very gracious and generous to anyone who demonstrated a genuine willingness to learn and build repeater systems to his level of excellence.  You can’t venture very far in the ham community without crossing paths with many others that Danny has similarly helped and turned into long term working relationships.

He was gifted in his ability in building relationships with so many hams and institutions who in turn, helped him build the repeater systems he dreamed of.

Maybe it was growing up in a small town where most everybody seemed to know everybody and if you needed help and was one willing to give help, life long relationships were built.

73  Dan, KR4UB

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