Happy Thanksgiving

Here’s wishing you and yours a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.  So for what do you have to be thankful this year?  I’m sure with just a little thought the list can be rather extensive.

Amateur radio wise, I am thankful for good propagation, good manners on the air and meeting new friends daily.  But there is also the consistent and faithful hams for which we should be thankful.

KT4GB VE 2009 Louisville Hamfest

Nearly 20 years ago the Bullitt ARS (Shepherdsville) began a net on Sunday evenings, focusing on fellowship.  Net control would ask for check-ins, updates on health and welfare (so often one of our ham family gets in a poor health way and few know about it), and prayer requests.  Good news is shared as well as not so good.

From the early days, Mary Jo KT4GB was a net control.  She would fill in faithfully when Roger KD4RWU was unable to call the net.  Mary Jo’s voice has become an expected and soothing addition to the 146.70 repeater each Sunday evening (8PM ET).  So this season, we at the Bullitt ARS, are thankful for a long time member and gracious host of the Fellowship Net.  Feel free to chime in and say hello to KT4GB on Sunday night!

Thanks Mary Jo and continued blessings and success.  The 146.70 repeater uses a 79.7 PL and is also available via echolink.

KY Mountains ARC School Visit

Ernie Fugate, KK4LLG, speaks to the students about the fundamentals and history of Amateur Radio.

Several members of the Kentucky Mountains ARC  around Perry Co. gave a presentation to Mrs. Caudill’s after school Robotics Club on Friday, November 8th.  John Farler, K4AVX;  Ernie Fugate, KK4LLG, EC for Knott Co. and Johnnie Brashear, KY4JLB, REG 4 ASEC, spoke to the class about ham radio and its emergency use, and how repeaters work, and how the linked system gives added coverage in Eastern KY. Ken Robinson K4KBR power point on linked repeaters.

Johnnie Brashear, KY4JLB, demonstrates ham radio with the two meter transceiver in his truck


After the class room presentation, Johnnie demonstrated 2 meters both locally on the Hazard Repeater, where several operators talked to the students, and on the East KY Linked System.  The students were very interested, and had lots of questions about Amateur Radio and how it works.  Several talked to the operators on two meters.

The whole group with Johnnie, John, and Ernie.


Welcome to November

Goodbye October and hello November.  This month is the king month for Radiosport!  November kicks off today with the mother of all contests, the ARRL CW Sweepstakes.  This is the most challenging exchange (remember you have to get it all right or the QSO doesn’t count) and draws some of the most seasoned contesters and contest teams.  This is also the 80th running of this event and the ARRL has other awards rather than just winning certificates.

Stateside contests are a great way to work on that worked all states award as well as developing your ear for CW.  And the great thing about contests, you can participate at your speed.  You can set your own goals and you can send your entry in or just add a bunch of quick QSO’s to your logbook.

All in all, just have fun.  Get some on the air time and put your section on the map.  By the way, KY is quite often missed by contesters during sweepstakes.  So go make someones day!  And have a ton of fun along the way.


80th Sweepstakes Special Awards

Station Participation Award

Operators can print the certificate, along with the stick-on endorsements (standard Avery 5160 template). Stickers can be affixed to the certificate to recognize special achievements unique to the 80th Sweepstakes:

– Make 80 QSOs (per mode)
– Make 800 QSOs (total)
– Make 8,000 points (either mode)
– Make 80,000 points (total)
– Work 80 M+S stations (total)
– Work 80 Q stations (total)
– Work 80 U stations (total)
– Work 80 A stations (total)
– Work 80 B stations (total)
– Work 80 sections (either mode)
– Work all 68 original 1930 sections (click here for a list)
– Work all sections traversed by Interstate 80
– Work all 80 degree West longitude sections