Hi KY Hams….. sorry to have not been able to update the Region 3 news for a few weeks. Life sometimes gets in the way.
There has been a ton of activity around amateur radio all caused by sunspots! YAY, they’re back!
Ten meters has been hopping and there’s even been F2 openings on 6 meters. A lot of our tech operators have gotten their first taste of real propagation with such great 10 meter openings.
Contests this past month have been plentiful and well attended. November is the daddy of the contest season, starting off with CW Sweepstakes. This contest has the longest and most difficult exchange. It’s a ton of fun whether you’re serious or just looking to fill in a few blanks on your WAS award. The following weekend was the KY QSO party. This is an opportunity to put KY in a lot of logs and have a friendly competition at the same time. This always conflicts with the opening weekend of modern firearms deer season so your editor gets to operate portable in LaRue County. My vertical wasn’t cooperating so went to 40 meter SSB and put about 20 Q’s in the log. It was great to see some friends from neighboring states drive into KY for some rover operation. Last weekend was ARRL SSB sweepstakes. This one definitely clogs up the phone bands with lots of contesters. It was FB to see so much activity on 10 meters.
With so much activity around the world it begs a mention about using the ARRL’s Logbook of the World. There were so many logs and QSO’s from the DX and CWSS contests that the servers were running more than 3 days in arrears. But kudos to the ARRL techs for working through the logjam to get updates to a reasonable time frame.
The Bullitt ARS has done a major redo of the popular 146.70 repeater. A new repeater has been installed and after a few false starts is up and running. The voice ID and controller should be installed before years end and if funds allow a new antenna to replace the aging one.
A great idea was introduced to me a couple of months ago. What do you do with your old QST’s? Well a few of mine have found new homes in waiting rooms from the auto repair shop to the doctors office. I attach a couple of stickers pointing the reader to the KY4KY.com website to find out more about amateur radio. Thanks to KY4COP for a great idea.
On a final note, the St Aloysius RC has been active on 10 meter sideband on Wednesday afternoons and report QSO’s from CA, WA, and BC. It’s fun to watch 9,10 and 11 year olds make conversation with some of our hams across the world. One highlight was talking to a ham in WA whose age was more than the 7 kids in the shack combined!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this update. Remember to make one contact a day and keep your radio spirit alive and well.