NWS Jackson awards KY Hams!


On January 22-23, 2016 a major winter storm brought a swath of heavy snow to the heart of eastern Kentucky, with up to 20 inches falling in some areas. A few counties even established new snowfall records. During this storm local amateur radio clubs and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) played a critical role in communicating essential information to the National Weather Service.

Those serving as net controls during this event gathered snowfall reports and other information from amateur radio operators across eastern Kentucky, and then forwarded the reports directly to the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Jackson via email or NWSchat. The NWS then disseminated the reports in official NWS products such as Local Storm Reports. Of the 303 Local Storm Reports issued by our office during the event, 65 came from amateur radio operators, and most of these were provided by the net control operators.

To show our appreciation for their dedication and commitment to public service during the January winter storm, the National Weather Service in Jackson, KY formally awarded Johnnie Brashear – KY4JOB of Hazard, Fred Jones – WA4SWF of Louisa, and Tony Anders – W4WXR of London, with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Public Service Award. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for you communities!

KG4ZXN operates W8D at Hamvention

imageHere Billy KG4ZXN guest operates  with young ham KC9ZJX!

DARA donates funds back to Ham Radio

The Dayton Amateur Radio Club (DARA) presented ARRL’s Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD, and Rick Roderick, K5UR, with a $5,000 check to fund the Teachers Institute, $6,000 for the DARA scholarship through the ARRL Foundation, and a $10,000 payment towards their $100,000 Second Century Campaign pledge.

Dayton Hamvention Prize report

Major Prize #1 W2ARP Robert Pantazes Cape Coral,FL US Tower TX-455 Tower

Major Prize #2 W3PTL Steve Kolb Joppa,AL ICOM IC-7100
Major Prize #3 KB7XP Mike Roedel Scottsdale,AZ ICOM IC-7300
Major Prize #4 AB8JL John McLendon Massillon,OH Yeasu FTDX1200 with FFT-1
Major Prize #5 KD8WNS Gary Curtis South Lebanon,OH Kenwood TS-590SG
Major Prize #6 WA3NGA Andrew Horvath Uniontown,PA Kenwood TS-590SG
Major Prize #7 AA4EH Edward Hula Atlanta ,GA Kenwood TS-590SG
Major Prize #8 AF9U Drennen Gaffney Portage,IN Total Mast Solutions Hiperpod Mast System
Major Prize #9 KD2KEH Ken Knox Eggertsville,NY ICOM IC-718
major Prize #10 W3JJS Jim Squires Jefferson Hills,PA Winners choice of Tarheel antenna
Major Prize #11 K8SE Stephen Eckard Marion,OH ICOM ID-5100A Deluxe
Major Prize #12 KB4HAI Nelson Watts Hickory,NC Times Wire 500′ roll of LMR 400 plus connectors, boots, and crimp tool
Major Prize #13 KD8SES Matt Becknel Hamilton,OH Crank IR w/80 meter kit, plus 6’foot stand & storage bag
Major Prize #14 KD9FXY Kyke Bains Brownsburg,IN Yeasu FT-450D
Major Prize #15 KB8YVH Brian John Grove City,OH Xiegu X108G HF radio + AT-3208UV dual band handheld
Major Prize #16 KD0HKD Randall Schulze Kansas City,MO ELAD USA FDM-S2 SDR Receiver + SFE Development board
Major Prize #17 TA2ID Dogan Yenigun Istanbul,Turkey Butternut HF9V 9 band HF vertical antenna

@geocaching_ham 2017: May 19, 20 and 21 hamvention.org/about/hamventi…

KJ4SU- Carl Frank Wheeler now SK


KY Hams meet up at Dayton Hamvention

KJ4AKR Alex, KG4ZXN Billy, K4TCD Cecil, and KY4OD Greg meet up at Dayton Hamvention.image

KY- SEC announced COMEX Details

image2016 COMEX. Please send this out to everyone including states near us.

The first day is local nets NCS is DEC then DEC will pass it to ASEC then to KY4EOC with me CC’ed.

The second day is HF to KY4EOC and fillers from first day

Third day is airborne repeater,

All times are in link.

Then invite all other hams to the party if they would like as they will also been needed if the time really comes.


ROWH – Amateur Radio’s Secret Society

2016Feb_KY_SERA2The Royal Order of the Wouff Hong.  If you know not it’s meaning there is nothing I can share without penalty of censure… If you do know it’s meaning but have not wandered into this highly secret and privileged realm of amateur radio, you will have that opportunity at the Louisville Hamfest in September.  You must be an ARRL member to participate in the ceremony and pre-registration is requested. Register here http://louisvillehamfest.com/wouffhong.htm

If you have participated in the ROWH in the past and would like to be part of the presenting cast, please contact me for more information (kc4wq@arrl.net)

KMARC Pre- Field Day Activity


Youth in RadioSport survey please !

From: memberlist@www.arrl.org
To: Alaninohio2@aol.com
Sent: 5/6/2016 9:28:19 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Youth in Amateur Radiosport Survey

The ARRL Contest Advisory Committee is studying how to get more youth
involved in the contesting aspects of our hobby and has designed a very
thorough survey to solicit input. The committee would like as many
people to take the survey as possible and requests that you take the
survey and also ask any youth you know, whether they are hams or not,
to take it as well. The survey asks different questions that depend on
the answers you submit and will only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is: tinyurl.com/YouthHamRadio

Please help them to gather data by taking the survey, asking others to
take it, and sharing this email with your friends and clubs.

Thanks and 73,


ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK