CQ FIELD DAY! CQ FIELD DAY! The 24 hours of Field Day begin 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25. If you haven’t yet done so, please post your Field Day site location on the ARRL’s Field Day Locator map. It’s a great way to help other people find you!
EASY FIELD DAY BONUS POINTS AVAILABLE. An easy 100 bonus points can yours simply by sending the Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator an NTS-formatted message during the 24 hours of Field Day. The message only has to leave the FD site via Amateur Radio RF; it can be handled by any convenient means after it has been received off-site. Some of the Field Day messages have been delivered by telephone, e-mail, snail mail, or during one of our Section nets.
For groups who can access the 146.64 repeater in Southcentral Kentucky, I will be monitoring this repeater about 9 p.m. Saturday night to meet Glenn Foley, KO4OL to take his traffic; if you have traffic to list, contact Glenn or give me a call on the repeater Saturday night.
LOTS OF BONUS POINTS. There’s a variety of easy points you can earn to boost your Field Day score. See the ARRL’s Field Day packet for rules and information.
SM STAYING HOME THIS YEAR. I will be operating Field Day with a combined radio club/ARES effort using the callsign KB4KY. See you in the pile-ups!
OLDHAM COUNTY ARES LAUNCHED. An organizational meeting to see if there was interest in creating an ARES group in Oldham County was tremendous success! The meeting was held May 26, and had a good number of hams in attendance. ASM Kenny Heavrin, KY4COP, led the meeting, which was sponsored by the Oldham County Office of Emergency Management. Roman Rusinek, KE6YCW is the new Oldham County EC, and Rick Ewen, W4TLE is his AEC. Thank you gents for getting involved in your community!.
NEW ASM FOR YOUTH ANNOUNCED. Elijah Brooks, KJ4FZX, was recently appointed Assistant Section Manager for Youth here in the Kentucky Section. Elijah, 15, will be a sophomore student at Nelson County High School this fall. He’s interested in IT and engineering. He’ll be attending hamfests with the SM and contributing to this column as time goes on.
NEW ASEC FOR REGION 5. Speaking of getting involved in your community, I want to welcome Glenn Foley, KO4OL, who has stepped into the post of Assistant SEC for Region 5. The region includes District 11, 12 and 13. Glenn is also a Regional News Editor for the KYHAM news website, and he recently accepted the post of State Administrative Office for Kentucky Army MARS. Glenn has extensive experience in NTS and recently retired as communications officer from Madison County EM. Welcome Glenn, and thank you!
HAMFESTS! I had a great time at the Louisa Hamfest in mid-May. Its always great to get back in East Kentucky to see my friends and check out the bargains. Don’t miss the hamfest calendar for upcoming hamfests!
DIVISION CONVENTION. This year the Great Lakes Division Convention will take place the same day of the Findlay, Ohio Hamfest — Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. A whole host of forums are planned for the event! To find out more, visit the Great Lakes Division website.
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ACTIVITY REPORTS. Please submit your reports of your station activity, net or public service by the 9th of each month. The report forms on the KYHAM.NET web site are the easiest way for you to send in your reports (click here for the KYHAM reports page).
|2011 ARRL-Sanctioned Kentucky Hamfests|
|AUGUST 14, 2011 – Central Ky. ARRL Hamfest, sponsored by the Bluegrass ARS, American Legion Post #34, 745 W. Broadway, Lawrenceburg, Ky. Info: Jeanie Dalton, KB8QLC, (859) 619-8164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT. 10, 2011 – Louisville Sunrise Hamfest, sponsored by the Greater Louisville Hamfest Association, Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, Shepherdsville, Ky. Info:
SEPT. 17, 2011 – Richmond Hamfest, sponsored by the Central Kentucky ARS, Madison County Fairgrounds, KY 52, Richmond, Ky. Info: Mike Rogers, KE4ISW, (859) 624-9156 email@example.com.
OCT. 29, 2011 – Hazard Hamfest, sponsored by the Kentucky Mountains ARC, National Guard Armory, 782 Dawahare Drive, Hazard, Ky. Info: John Farler, K4AVX, (606) 476-9662 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANNING A HAMFEST? Get official ARRL sanction for your hamfest and receive special benefits such as free prizes, handouts, and other support. The League’s web site has a handy hamfest planner, as well as the rules for ARRL-sanctioned events. It’s easy to apply using the League’s online form. For details visit the Hamfests & Convention web page, or contact ARRL HQ by e-mail (email@example.com) or telephone, (860) 594-0262).
|Kentucky Section Net Schedules|
|KEN - The Kentucky Emergency Net is held every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, 6:30 p.m. Central time on 3972.5 kHz. The purpose of this net is training for emergency and is an ARRL sponsored net. Net Manager is Kentucky Section Manager KY4Z.
KDN - The Kentucky Digital Modes Net is held every Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 7:30 p.m. Central time on 3585 kHz using PSK31. The purpose of this net is training in the use of digital modes. Net Manager is Jim Rayburn, KC4BQK.
KDN-2 The Kentucky Digital Modes Net 2 is held every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 7:30 p.m. Central time on 3585 kHz using PSK31. The net follows the weekly KEN on Mondays, and you can find some of the regulars hanging out on the KEN frequency of 3972.5 kHz offering help to those with questions about the operation and use of digital modes on the KDN and KDN-2. The purpose of this net is training in the use of digital modes. Net Manager is Jim Rayburn, KC4BQK.
KYN - The Kentucky CW Net is held at 9 PM ET daily on 3535 kHz and runs at about 15 WPM. Information is available from the Net Manager for the format and procedures of the net. Net Control Stations will send to match the speed of those who check in. For more information, contact Net Manager John Farler, K4AVX.
|Kentucky Traffic Report – May 2011|
|NET NAME||SESSIONS||TRAFFIC||CHECK INS||NET MANAGER|
|Oldham County ARES Net||4||0||34||KB4IFE|
|Eastern KY ARES Net||0||WB4CLW|
|Perry County ARES Net||4||0||34||KY4JLB|
|Nelson County ARES Net||2||0||8||KY4Z|
|Hendeson County ARES Net||4||0||35||KC4BQK|
|Mesotrack SKYWARN Net||4||0||41||KC4S|
|Public Service Honor Roll – May 2011|
|KO4OL 130||AG4BC||KY4Z||KC4BQK 107||WD8JAW 111||WA4SWF 32|
|Station Activity Reports – May 2011|
|KO4OL 97||AG4BC||KY4Z||K4AVX 21||WD8JAW 10||WA4SWF 6||WD4ZDU||KC4BQK|
|Section Emergency Coordinator’s Report: May 2011|
|1.) Section: Kentucky
2.) Month: May
3.) Year: 2011
4.) Total Number of ARES Members:424
5.) Number of Active Nets:425
6.) Total Net Man hours: 1510.6
7.) Total Public Service Events: 62
8.) Total Public Event Man hours: 238.7
9.) Total Emergency Operations: 52
10.) Total Emergency Operation Man Hours: 483
11.) Total Events: 539
12.) Total Man Hours: 3304.3
Comments:Reminder: All ARRL ARES Appointees are required to have current ARRL membership. ARES appointees (OES, EC, DECs) need to file a monthly report so we can track activities. Minimum required ARES Training: KYARES Online Tests, FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. Recommended training for ARRL Field Station Appointees: ARRL EMCOMM Levels I.
ARES DISTRICT REPORTS
Calloway County: Only 4 of 5 Monday nights reported for May. Public Service Events include: 4.2 operator hours for District 1 Simplex Net for which I was NCS, as well as participation in the airborne repeater, District 2 Simplex net, as well as morning & evening HF nets conducted by the KY EOC during the NLE. Emergency Operations include: (2) Skywarn nets conducted on 05/23 and 05/25.
Graves County: 5/16/11 NLE Exercise: Conducted Graves County ARES net on 146.550 Simplex Witnessed Graves Co EM test of satellite phone Contacted KY4EOC on 7.228MHZ Contacted KY4EOC on Echolink – Brooks repeater node Attended KY EOC Conference Call Contacted KY4EOC on 3.972.5 Mhz
McCracken County: 1 weather activation this month
Caldwell County: drills include 4 days of nle and one emergency activation with several trees on cars and homes and limbs down everywhere, some quarter size hail and 1 3/4 inches of rain in 1/2 hour. we are short one weekly drill due to repeater failure. during the nle we made 20 contacts from several counties calloway, marshall. union and webster this may be a duplication due to computer problems
Crittenden County: conducted ares net on tuesdays. Checked into ares nets in webster unipn and caldwell. Helped in nle exercise from 16–19 may did manage to talk to owensburo webster and trigg counties when aircraft was flying. disapointed that traffic wasnt passed down through the counties
Hopkins County: Many operators participated in the NLE exercise on May 16th to test out all EOC communications systems including mobile Communications Truck. Operators tried various HF bands using voice and PSK 31, 2 meters using voice and APRS, 70CM using voice. Operators participating: KA4IGR, KG4FWD, KI4RTY, KI4CNW, KI4UBL, KI4OFS, and KG4URI. The group encountered a few problems with some feedline connections that had pulled loose which were quickly mitigated and operations resumed. The exercise proved to be very benificial to the Hopkins county operators in terms of brushing up on operating skills and knowledge of how the different radios operate. A few training sessions were held before the exercise to make sure most everyone was up to date on how certain equipment operated. We had 1 severe weather callout to assist with storm spotting in the Month of May. KI4UBL, KI4RTY, KG4FWD, KA4IGR particiapted in assisting with relaying spotter reports to the EOC and field spotting.
District 2 DEC: Month started with a lot of weather activity. Looking forward to Field day this month. Dayton Hamvention was great (as usual).
Daviess County: This does not include the NLE. 13 Participants 3.67 hours Total of 47.71 man hours 23 Probable Incidents reported (KD4PWL – I added hours in comments to net totals.)
Webster County: Two of the Nets shown were weather nets.
Logan County: AA4VO Steve and W4RRA Rodney,W0WSP Doug,KJ4CMD Ted,KI4JJT Gary,WB5OOL John,participated in the NLE earthquake drill on monday 5/16 setting up logan countys emcomm trailer and antennas operating uhf vhf hf. thanks de aa4vo steve.
Grayson County: 2 new members this month: W8QAS Roy Herman, KK4CEH Jennifer Garrigus.
Hardin County: 6-10 fellows involved in NLE in one way or another. 4 simultaneous table-top exercises in county during NLE. Full internal hospital drill. Comms for Run for the Red at Ft Knox. Only 2 Skywarn nets! AI4VF back from LA with Red Cross communications. KD4RMY/NNN0YTR doing OK, sluggish tho probably because of the extra med he’s still on (but off of the one that apparently caused his seizure).
Nelson County: Participated in the NLE on Monday, May 16. Several local members also participated. Planning a big June meeting for county operators prior to Field Day. Weather spotting and reporting kept members busy.
Bullitt County: SEVERAL NETS WERE DURING SEVER WEATHER AND NO LIST OF CHECK-INS WERE NOT FORWARDED TO ME. RUN FOR THE RED – FT KNOW RED CROSS – 11 MEMBERS SHOWED UP FOR 3 HRS.
Franklin County: Thanks to all for there hard work at KY4EOC during the NLE2011 exercise. We racked up about 120 man hours at the State EOC for this historic drill. Thanks to all for also supporting the Franklin Co Skywarn effort. May brought several activations when our County was under threat. Deron Rambo, the Franklin County EM Director, stated our service doesn’t go unnoticed and he thanks all for helping protect our community. Skywarn participants during May included: K4MIS, KG4RRI, KG4NNI, KF4AQV, KF4CRS, KY4KYW, KI4JPA, KI4VEF, KF4DFH, WA4CMO, KF4DSS, KF4MAE, KF4LMA, WD4EJQ, and KG4JCZ.
Jefferson County: 5.5 hrs for the Derby Breakfast, 1st weekend in May. 5.0 hrs Emcomm Tour de Cure Bike tour. Weekly Net for Jefferson Country ARES net, on the N9TV repeater 146.490. Starting June 7, the Jefferson County ARES net will be held on the following feq. 146.880, PL 100.
Boone: May traffic county 10.
Gallatin County: 1 weather net.25 NLE 2011 EXERCISE 3.5 HRS.
Grant County: 5.5 hrs for the Derby Breakfast, 1st weekend in May. 5.0 hrs Emcomm Tour de Cure Bike tour. Weekly Net for Jefferson Country ARES net, on the N9TV repeater 146.490. Starting June 7, the Jefferson County ARES net will be held on the following feq. 146.880, PL 100.
Owen County: Operated from the county EOC during the NLE on May 16. Attended a KYOHS grant workshop for county EMA.
Scott County: One of two “emergency operations” was NLE Exercise. We had four hams for eight hours during the communication portion. Several other Scott County members checked into KY4EOC net as well as Boone County net, but that was not counted for hours since it only took a minute per person.
D7 DEC AG4BC: Participated on Flying Pig Marathon communications team. Off-air time includes webEOC training, meeting with the Boone County EMA director, planning for the NLE and Hamvention activities related to ARES.
Region 3ASEC KY4COP: Assisted w/ Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati on 05-01-11 Parking Detail @ Farmington Historical site w/ Louisville ARTS club on 01-07-11 Run for the Red 10k race @ Ft. Knox on 05-14-11 Radio /net support for the National Level Exercise at the Frankfort EOC Of particular note was a formation meeting in Oldham Co on 02-26-11 to establish an ARES group. A new EC and AEC were appointed as a result of this meeting and the new EC is well on his way to getting a group organized.
Bath County: Area 8 ARES Nets 147.075 5 – KY EM Nets 3972.50 5 – Greater Mason County EM Net 145.470 NLE COM EX Net participant/Net Control (31 participants) on 5-16-11 NLE Hospital Exercise communications 5-17-11 for St. Claire Hospital/Gateway District Health Department.
Menifee County: Sorry this is late, but have been busy. Not much going on except recruiting members. THANKS, Dan Goodpaster KC4UXI Menifee County EC
Boyd County: Will be advertising this week for first meeting to take place mid month. This will also be the month the weekly ARES net in Boyd County will become active.
Carter-Elliot County: Worked on wind and rain damaged equip, took part in week long National Level Exercise
Floyd County: checked in day net 5-2-11, 5-9-11, 5-16-11, 5-23-11, 5-30-11. checked in ken 5-2-11, 5-9-11, 5-16-11, 5-30-11. checked in earth quake drill 5-16-11 on 3972.5 and 7228 from floyd co eoc
Johnson County: Aquiring equipmnet to be used by ARES personnel and ARCS personnel for emergency communications at Paintsville Fire Department Station #1
Lawrence County: checked in on several local nets and several ken net. had several weather net due to severe weather pased though lawrence co. also on one of the storm i was called out to man the eoc because half of louisa had lost power and lost one of the 911 tower from the high winds it was also were the louisa repeater 147.390 was. we had recorded wind speed of 60+ mph winds on that night. and also assisted withe the Ironton memorial day parade with wa4swf, kj4lvy and myself kj4grj. that is all i have to report this month.
Magoffin County: Working with Co. Officials to allow 2 Meter linked Repeater to be placed on County owned tower.
D9 DEC K4KBR: Working with Fred Jones on EC’s for two remaining as well as ARES members. 4 hours working on Phelps repeater, part of the East Ky Linking System..
Perry County: Moved Sunday Night 9 PM net to Wednesday as too many conflicting Nets on Sunday
D10 DEC K4AVX: Emergency op with Jackson NWS when a tornado warning was issued for Harlan, Letcher, and Pike Cos. Attended Weather Spotter Training in Whitesburg, Letcher Co., with the Pine Mtn. Rescue Squad. Told them about possible uses for Amateur Radio in their activities.
Region 4 ASEC WA4SWF: With the storms here in Eastern KY we were on the air here with nets giving weather conditions. The tower that held my 147.390 repeater here in Louisa fell during the storm and I it is still off the air at this time. Hope to have it back on very soon. The EC’s, ADEC and DEC’s in Region 4 did a very good job working with that storms and getting needed info into the 911 centers as well as the NWS. Many amateurs checked into a few ARES nets that were on the 2 meter linking system. Also for checked into the NLE net 3 time for the Earhquake Drill. Also checked in the Lawrence County EOC, Health Dept. and Three Rivers Hospital. The info and questions that had to be filled out really was great and I learned a lot from that drill. Also I worked the ARRL Booth at Dayton Hamconvention getting signatures about the HR 607. Also this month we had the Louisa Hamfest and thank Jim Brooks KY-SM for the setting up the ARRL table and answering questions and Matt Tinker ARRL Card Checker for being there too.
McCreary County: I attended meetings of the Big South Fork ARC, Lake Cumberland Amateur Radio Association, McCreary County Search & Rescue. Held two weather nets during the month to report severe weather, no severe weather noted on either occasions. Worked 3 hours at the Dayton Hamvention for the ARRL Legislative Action Booth.
Madison County: MADARES operated for NLE with the following stations participating: KO4OL, K4HH,KY4EOC, KK4AJL, KK4BQE, KF4KEF, KJ4OIK, KF4REN, KF4PMR, KG4VAR,KI4JWM,KI4RND,KJ4RPY,KC8WRQ, N4EWW,KY7ET, K4SJA, W4NHO. The net handled 3 pieces of traffic. The totals on nets includes WTEN which is on 146.715 at 2030 edt Wednesday evenings. CKARS participated in public service event for the Madison County Safety Fair on May 14.
Note: The reporting section of KYHAM is functional. Please submit all monthly reports there. EC reports will go to their respective DECs for totaling. Areas with no DEC will still come to me. This will make reporting and accountability more streamlined. http://www.kyham.net/emcomm/reports.html. Reports are due to your respective DECs by the 5th of the month. DECs need to have their reports to me by the 10th of the month. Please fill out the reports completely so they do not get returned for correction. Please do not “test” the online system.
Kenny Garrett, N4KLG