Breathitt County Spotter Training March 7-


ARES Webinar 3-1-2016

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TRAFFIC ALERT: I-75 SB is closed just before the Tennessee line due to a massive rock slide in TN. Could be closed several days. Detours for I-75 SB traffic: take Jellico exit 160 to TN 297 to TN 63 and re-enter I-75 at exit 141 (Caryville). Wide load vehicles will need to detour at Exit 29 in KY to US 25 E and take the Cumberland Gap Tunnel into TN. Detour is approx 26 miles.



Jackson County NWS receives Ham Radio Spotter Reports

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Severe Weather occurring on
Feb 14th and 15th
On Sunday afternoon Feb. 14th snow began to fall over Eastern Kentucky. The Jackson National Weather Service issued a warning for this area requesting spotter reports.
A Skywarn Net was activated on Hazard Repeater at 5:30 PM with ASEC Johnnie Brashear KY4JLB as Net Control. Tony Edwards KJ4FYM with the Jackson Weather Service Office had a couple days earlier came by Johnnie’s home and set His computer up to log into the National Weather Service Chatroom so as to be able to feed reports instantly to everyone on duty in their office. The Net was closed at 11 PM with 5.5 hours of duration. Next day Feb 15th the net was re-activated from 9 AM until 10 AM getting reports for a total of 1 hour duration. 24 Amateurs who radioed reports to Net Control were:
K4JNR David at Hazard in Perry County
KF4MF Danny at Blackey in Letcher County
KM4OXO Jeff at Wellington in Menifee County
KK4CZO Gary at Big Creek in Perry County
WB4NZS Morris at Viper in Perry County
KK4WH Tim at Benham in Harlan County
KE4OZS David at Farler in Perry County
KA4AOU Jim at Ary in Perry County
KY4RDB at Blackey in Letcher County
WB4IEA Bob at Farler in Perry County
KE4WXC Raymond at Redfox in Knott County
KD4HPR Jack at Leburn in Knott County
KJ4LOB Donnie at Hallie in Letcher County
KK4QBV John at Red Star in Letcher County
KK4UUY Dacker at Dwarf in Perry County
N4TLL Tim at Jenkins in Letcher County
KY4DJW Darian at Lotts Creek in Perry County
KM4CTJ Adam at Cumberland in Harlan County
N8TTR Mike at Hazard in Perry County
KM4NXA Josh at Wise, Virginia
K4BHR Jim at Slade in Wolfe County
AF4YJ Wayne at Rosspoint in Harlan County
K4SJA Steve at Booneville in Owsley County
KF4CMG Cleve at Kodak in Perry County
Evaluation of Net
Good participation with good reporting.
Local chat on 28.375 USB constant with stations monitoring continuously.
Weather Spotter training needed for some which is available at several locations during next few weeks.
The Weather Service Chatroom allowed reports to be viewed immediately.
Submitted this the 16th day of February, 2016 by
Johnnie L Brashear KY4JLB ARES ASEC Region 4


LT.GOVERNOR K5EIB Jenean Hampton speaks to NKARC

12698316_1253452331335480_2509360805276984620_o 12717215_226635877675479_7232887798787390247_n 12698509_807904582669529_2051500462391754391_o 12696979_1253452404668806_5143283405980463675_oLt. Governor Jenean Hampton happens to be an Extra Class Ham, and when NKARC President and ARRL KY Section-ASM R3 Greg W0QI  found out about that fact he set out to welcome her and show off amateur radio in the Commonwealth.

Lt. Governor Hampton accepted the invitation to speak to the Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club(NKARC). Lt.Gov. Hampton talked about her interest in ham radio when she was in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain writing computer code and seeing the MARS stations, and as she said” being an engineer and a geek” it interested her. Her husband Doyle, a retired Air Force Flight surgeon, is a ham KB5IFW and her interest continued until she finally took the exam for Technician and General in Bowling Green, KY. She remembers being talked about by her VE’s because she garnered a 100% on both tests. She returned later to take her Extra test and passed that again scoring 100%.  She adds she has been delayed in getting full involvement in the hobby because shortly after obtaining her license she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and then was on the campaign trail again  in the Kentucky Governors race with Governor Matt  Bevin.

Visiting NKARC, she discussed the need for the Commonwealth to seek and obtain more involvement from the ham community because she knows the importance of what amateur radio can provide “when all else fails”.  She also wishes to see more youth involved in amateur radio and was very pleased to hear a brief report by Mark AI4BJ, KY Section Youth Coordinator who is working on that wish. She has already visited the State EOC and the ham set up there and had a chance to speak with KY Section Emergency Coordinator Cecil K4TCD at the meeting.

Greg W0QI, presented her the title of “Professor” for the NKARC Education Department and Elmer University and the National Headquarters of ARRL, excited about having Lt. Governor Hampton as a ham sent a hardbound 2016 ARRL Handbook autographed by HQ Leadership and staff personnel. It was presented to her by Great Lakes Division Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD.