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After Acion Report
Lt. 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.