Kentucky Leadership Conference Set For EKU 8-15-2015

The Leadership Conference set for EKU Richmond Ky 40475, Some of the speakers will be from FEMA KYEM local EM and TN ARRL. More info to be posted as soon as I get confirmation from speakers. If anyone has any ideas i am open for suggestions. I also need to know how many ARES Memebers plan on attending so please go to the facebook page and  let me know there.

Our New Section Emergency Coordinator: Charles T. Dedman II, KI4MOE BIO

I am a retired Building Inspector from Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. I served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army and continued my military career with the Army Reserves and Ky National Guard retiring as a MSG.E-8 with 22 1/2 years communications as the Communications Chief. My Civilian career included skilled trades of HVAC, Refrigeration, Electrical,  Plumbing, and Facilities Maintenance.
I have 2 children, 3 grand children and 3 great-grandchildren and have been married and divorced two times. My parents were born and raised in Lexington as were myself, my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
I had two years of college, three years as a reserve police officer in Lexington and volunteer with Georgetown-Scott County EMA/OHS and LFUCG DEM.
I am a Constable in Scott County and work part time for Murray Guard.
I live in Georgetown and have previously served on the Habitat for Humanity Board and the Lions Club in Scott County. I am a member of First Christian Church in Lexington

Madison County Rescue Is Offering Classes

Madison County Rescue Squad is offering Tech. Level class for 4 weeks on every Sat from 9 till 12 at Station 3 EMS training room starting 05/30/2015.  For more info email

Kentucky Contest Group

The KCG (Kentucky Contest Group) meets annually at the Dayton Hamvention and this year was no exception.  On the agenda was a motion to modify the boundaries of the group to increase the potential contest members.  The group decided to move the central point a bit to the west and now includes the area around Paducah.  So if you’re a contester in the western part of Kentucky, the circle now includes your QTH.

If you’d like to get updates from the KCG, contact Dave Smith ND4Y.  If you’re already a member of KCG and aren’t receiving updates, drop Dave an email as well.

Remember, also, when you submit a contest score use ‘Kentucky Contest Group’ spelled out to ensure proper credit.  Every score, no matter how small, adds to the total.  So check the circle and see if you’re within the new boundaries for KCG.  And notice, it covers a substantial part of Tennessee and Indiana.

Need some more information?  Check out KCG on Facebook.

Dayton and W5KUB

Well, I missed Dayton again!  I’ve been licensed since the late 1970’s and have only made Dayton 1 time!  It always seems that life gets in the way.  If it wasn’t baseball with my kids, it was something else.  Yesterday I had to spend the day with KI4GDR (our youngest) as he graduated from WKU in Bowling Green.  That’s a good reason to miss Dayton.

However, for many years now there has been one ham that has brought those less fortunate a virtual visit to the Dayton Hamvention as well as several other regional hamfests.  That ham is Tom Medlin W5KUB.  Tom hails from Memphis TN these days and is retired from Fed Ex.  He travels with his close knit entourage and not only brings you the hamfest, up close and FREE but streams the entire trip from his truck

KC4WQ with W5KUB

to and from Memphis.  This has to be near the top of the ham geek pyramid and should make any technophobe blush with envy.

As Tom and friends were making their way home from Dayton today, hunger pangs had them jump off Interstate 65 just south of Louisville at the Brooks exit.  This is just a mere 1.5 miles from the KY4KY 146.70 repeater site and only 3 miles from my house.  So being the overbearing person I am, off I wandered to Cracker Barrel to introduce myself and thank Tom and friends for another great Dayton broadcast.

Tom was amused, I believe, that a local ham would drop in and say hi!  But it was a good visit.  He got fed well, I’m sure.  I know firsthand that this Cracker Barrel has some good cooks!  Check out Tom’s website at for more information on his video projects.  Thanks again Tom for all you do for amateur radio.