Grayson County Repeater Group Now Forming

Derrick Garrigus, KJ4VHZ, Grayson County EC, reports that hams in Grayson County are well on their way with organizing a new repeater group for the county.  After an initial informal meeting, several area hams expressed interest in forming a club and re-activating the local repeater, which has been dormant for some time.

Grayson County is prone to storm tracks, and has been the site of four confirmed tornadoes in 2011 alone; an EF0, two EF1’s, and most recently an EF2 on April 26th of this year, according to the National Weather Service.  Having a repeater to enhance communications in Grayson and surrounding counties could significantly improve warning times, as well as provide improved overall communications in the area.

The next meeting for the group will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM Central at the Clinton Street Church of Christ, 506 North Clinton St. in Leitchfield in order to elect officers and discuss repeater progress.

For those interested in attending, participating in the club, or simply lending a hand, contact Derrick, KJ4VHZ by e-mail at or phone at (270) 200-3029.

Antenna and Soldering Workshop in Radcliff

Hardin County ARES is planning a Workshop on Saturday, September 24, at Radcliff Fire Station #1, located at 604 South Wilson Rd, Radcliff, Ky.  This will run 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET with a break for lunch, and will be open to anyone who wants to increase his or her soldering, antenna-building, testing, and troubleshooting skills.  You don’t even have to have a license to participate!

Cost for each station will be minimal in order to cover only the cost of any supplies or materials used.  If you have your own coax, connectors, twin-lead, or other supplies that you’d like to use, bring them and let some of the more experienced hams help you learn how to put it all together! If you’d like to use your own soldering gun or pencil, multi-meter, analyzer, or other tools, please feel free to bring them along.

Workshop stations will include the following (all costs are estimated):

  • Simple Soldering Workstation (no cost)
  • Install PL-259 connectors onto coax and test; take home your coax jumpers ($8-10)
  • Build a roll-up emergency two-meter J-pole with coax and connecter ($8-10)
  • Build a 3-element two-meter portable Yagi out of PVC and a metal tape measure. ($10)
  • Build a 19″ wire whip on BNC or other connector for emergency work ($5-8)
  • Deploy a couple of temporary HF antennas for practice (no cost)

Lunch is on your own, and you can either “brown bag” it or there are several fast-food restaurants in the immediate area.

Come on out, enjoy the fellowship, learn a little something, and take home a project that you can put to use!  Space is limited, so please contact Shelby Ennis, W8WN, Hardin County ARES EC via e-mail at with any questions, or to reserve your spot at the workshop.

Region 5 News Editor

I would like to introduce myself as the ASEC Region 5 and the Region 5 Kentucky Amateur Radio  News Editor.  My name is Glenn Foley and call is KO4OL.

For those curious, Kentucky Region 5 contains Districts 11, 12, and 13  and is made up of the following counties: (D11)Bell, Clay, Jackson, Laurel, McCreary, Rockcastle and Whitley (D12) Adair,Boyle, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, Mercer, Pulaski, Russell and Wayne.
(D13) Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison,Nicholas, Powell and Woodford.

If you are located in one of these counties, please consider keeping me up to date with ham-related happenings in your area. If your group publishes a newsletter or sends out a periodic e-mail highlighting any activities, training,
accomplishments, or public service your members are involved in please put me on that mailing list and I will post info from them on the  Kentucky Amateur Radio News page.  You can email news to  Also if you are interested in being a
Emergency Coordinator(EC) or assistant , or know someone who might be
interested, please let me know as many counties do not have ECs.

I’ve been a ham for 31 years, and was first licensed as KA4MTX and am Extra Class. I enjoy many aspects of the hobby, including CW and digital modes, emergency preparedness and communications, and am very involved in the National Traffic System.

I live in Richmond and retired Dec 1, 2009 from the Madison County EMA where I served 13 years as Communications Officer. Prior to that I was employed by the Blue Grass Army Depot, and retired from Anniston Army Depot, Anniston, AL in 1995 after serving as Chief of Security in both places.

My wife Brenda and I have been married for 43 years and we have two sons and four grandchildren, 2 boys and 2 girls.  I served
in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and with Charlie Medical Battalion in DaNang and  the 1st BTN 4th Marines in Vietnam. After the tour, I worked full time and went to EKU part time and finally got my degree  in Police

My other cheap (ha ha) hobbies besides radio are golf and motorcycling. I am a member of Westside Christian Church in Richmond where I lead the singing part of the service.

Again, if you have any news for Region 5, send it my way.


LTARC Offering Free Membership to Testers

If you know someone who’s ready to get that first ticket, Hardin County Testers and the Lincoln Trail Amateur Radio Club are making an offer that’s hard to pass up!

According to Archie Mack, AF4EB, Volunteer Examiner and President of the LTARC, any person who tests and successfully passes the Technician license exam at an LTARC testing session will receive a FREE membership in the Lincoln Trail Amateur Radio Club for the remainder of the year.

Testing for Amateur Radio licenses occurs on the second Saturday of each month at the Hardin County Library in Radcliff, across from the North Hardin High School on Logsdon Parkway.  Registration begins at 9:30 AM and testing starts at 10:00 AM. No appointments are necessary and talk-in will be available on 146.980 MHz VHF repeater for licensed amateurs.

You will need two forms of identification (one must be a picture ID) and $15.00 for the test fee.  Please bring exact change if possible.  If you are a licensed amateur bring a copy of your license to turn in to the examiners.  If you have passed elements but not upgraded your license bring original CSCE to show and a copy to turn in to the examiner.

Learn more about the Lincoln Trail Amateur Radio Club by visiting their web site at  For questions, contact Archie Mack, AF4EB at (270) 351-6931, or by e-mail at

Oldham County to Sponsor D-STAR Presentation

Region 3 ASEC Kenny Heavrin, KY4COP reports:

Saturday, August 20th, 10:00 am at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, Doug House, KF4REN, of the W4DSI repeater group in Lexington will be the speaker. The presentation will focus on the D-STAR technology and how it can be beneficial for emergency communications. The meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. There will be an informal breakfast gathering prior to the start of the meeting beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Cracker Barrel in LaGrange. This presentation is open to all licensed amateurs, but seating is limited.

For questions, reservations, and directions contact Oldham County AEC Rick Ewen, W4TLE, at

Hello From Region Two

Hello, and welcome to the initial contribution of one of the “greenest” editors you’ll meet!  I’m Doug Lamb, K4EK, and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as your new Region 2 KYHAM News Editor.

For those curious, Kentucky Region 2 contains Districts 4 and 5, and is made up of the following counties:  (D4) Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Warren, (D5) Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor, and Washington.

If one of these is home for you, please consider keeping me up to date with ham-related happenings in your area.  If your amateur radio group publishes a newsletter or sends out a periodic e-mail highlighting any activities, training, accomplishments, or public service your members are involved in, by all means give me a shout and put me on that mailing list!

I’ve been a ham for 12 years, and was first licensed as KB9YEW.  I enjoy many aspects of the hobby, including CW and digital modes, emergency preparedness and communications, home-brewing and general tinkering.  I’ll very rarely pass up the opportunity for a good rag chew as well!  I’m a member of the Hardin Co. ARES group and serve on the board of directors.  I act as liaison to a couple different served agencies, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to give back to the community with such an active and forward-thinking bunch of folks.

I live in Elizabethtown with my wonderful wife and four great kids, and spend my days as a systems administrator (primarily Linux) for a regional wireless and network services provider.

I’m proud to have grown up in the metropolis of Paint Lick, Ky in Garrard County.  After graduating from EKU, I worked as a paramedic in Madison Co., Clark and Floyd Co. (IN), and at Louisville EMS, then as Director of EMS in South Central Indiana for some time.

I went back to Purdue University, and later shifted into the field of technology. I’ve worked in the areas of network routing, systems integration and design, teaching, and server administration over the past 15 years or so.

For even more fun, I play music.  You may have even seen me in the past with bands in the Louisville and Lexington areas, but right now I’m relatively content to play solo shows a couple times a month as time permits, or to fill in with old friends when they need an extra instrument or voice.

Please let me know of ham happenings in your area!  (Or you can drop me an e-mail just to say hey.)  You can reach me by e-mail at

Best Regards,

Doug, K4EK

NWS Releases new “Spotter Guide.”

The National Weather Service has issued a new Spotter Guide brochure. Click here for the document.

Take care, 73, Pat, KD4PWL

Summer Radio

Ham radio doesn’t end when it gets hot. We’re coming into a new sunspot cycle so hopefully propagation will continue to improve.

If you’ve been watching the bands lately they have been anything but cooperative but there have been some bright spots.

Watch the higher frequencies, 10, 6 and 2 meters. You might be surprised with some late evening openings. There are even the occasional double E hops to the west coast on 6. With some of the solar flares generating aurora, 2 meters sometimes provides some interesting propagation.

Locally don’t forget the Louisville Hamfest will be happening on September 10th this year at the Paraquet Springs in Shepherdsville. It starts early so come out and meet and greet some of the voices you have met on the air. You can find info on Facebook at and on the web at . Many thanks to Bob K4RVM and all his helpers to keep the Louisville Hamfest healthy and growing.

Hope to see you there