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KY4JLB presented award from NWS

Club President of Kentucky Mountains ARC, Johnnie Brashear KY4JLB, was presented a Public Service Award from the National Weather Service this morning, at the weekly KMARC breakfast meeting. Johnnie was recognized for acting as the net control station, during the winter storm on January 22-23, 2016. During the storm Johnnie took snow fall reports from local amateur radio operators across the East Kentucky region and relayed those to meteorologist at the NWS office in Jackson. This valuable “on the ground data” helps the NWS verify and adjust their forecasting models. Amateur radio in East Kentucky and the NWS, have a close working relationship. Of the 300 reports that came into the NWS Jackson office during the storm, almost a third were from amateur radio operators.image image image

DHS Shares interop test with Hams

On Thursday, April 21 (1200-1900 UTC), US Department of Homeland Security SHARES (SHared RESources High Frequency Radio Program) stations will demonstrate interoperability with other SHARES stations, other federal government stations, and Amateur Radio stations involved in emergency communication — including tests and exercises — on the five 60 meter channels where the Amateur Service is secondary. This is being included in an exercise being conducted in Pennsylvania. The primary period for interoperability demonstration will be between 1600 and 1630 UTC. The suppressed-carrier reference frequencies (dial frequencies) for USB communication are 5330.5, 5346.5, 5357.0, 5371.5, and 5403.5 kHz.

We want to be certain that the Amateur Auxiliary is aware of this exercise and to confirm that these communications are permitted under 97.111. OOs may hear an Amateur station participating in the exercise communicating with a non-Amateur station. Please be advised that the necessary approvals for those communications have been received and communications between Amateur and approved Federal services stations on the 60-meter band as part of the exercise should not be considered a violation of the rules.

We are aware of additional exercises down the road where this type of interoperability communications between amateurs and Federal government stations on the 60-meter band will occur. As an Official Observer, please check with ARRL HQ if you suspect a problem on the 60-meter band of Amateurs communicating with non-Amateur stations. Of course, the regular activities as an OO relevant to that band are “in play” and other problems should be addressed at your discretion as warranted.

Thanks for your efforts in serving the Amateur Community as a member of the Amateur Auxiliary. You make a difference!


Dan Henderson, N1ND

Regulatory Information Manager

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio



Chuck Skolaut KØBOG

Field & Regulatory Correspondent

ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio®



Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day” on Saturday, April 25, 2016. The idea, said Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, is to determine if the sometimes-vaunted near-vertical incidence skywave — or NVIS — concept really works as an antenna for emergency communication on HF. NVIS, is a technique that allows using HF for highly reliable short-range communication.

“We are encouraging groups in every Ohio county to devise several portable NVIS antennas that they think will perform, and then actually test them on the air,” Broadway said. The program grew out of an annual antenna party in Ashtabula Count that has been both operating event and early spring picnic, Broadway said. Participants “found a vast difference in actual antenna performance, and have been able to narrow down their choices for a real emergency setup,” he explained. Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club-ARES is sponsoring NVIS Antenna Day.
Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day will begin at 1400 UTC with operation on both 40 and 80 meters at 100 W, “as you might during a real emergency,” Broadway said. “While a typical session might go through the afternoon, there is no official closing time.” He pointed out that those taking part in NVIS Antenna Day don’t have to set up completely portable or remote stations, the location should offer sufficient space for several antennas and be in a fairly quiet RF environment.
Suggested frequencies are 7240, 7244, 7248, and 7250 kHz, and 3850, 3870 and 3930 kHz on SSB and 3585 and 7072 for digital modes, all plus or minus existing activity.
Broadway stressed that the event is not a contest but is aimed specifically at determining the best of several NVIS antenna designs through signal reports and coverage area. “A group could very well make several contacts with the same station as they try different antennas,” he said. “Stations at key locations, such as the Ohio EOC, will be on the air.”
Broadway asked participating groups to list their top three antennas with descriptions and photos. “Ohio ARES will see if any particular antenna design bubbles up as the top performer across the entire state,” he said. “Antenna experimentation is an integral part of the hobby, and the outcome will benefit each ARES group or club by helping to create an arsenal that can be deployed during a real emergency.
As an added benefit, he noted, the event also could be a terrific opportunity to test potential Field Day antennas. NVIS Antenna Day is open to all hams, and Broadway hopes they will become interested in joining their local ARES organizations. A poster/report form is available.
For more information, contact Ashtabula ARC-ARES. — Thanks to Ohio SEC Stan Broadway, N8BHL

In Cincinnati, Ohio meet in the Village of Greenhills at the Commons, 146.670- 123.0.

ucky stations encouraged to participate