Field Day 10 days away

W4KBR GOTA station youngest op 7 years old

Field day is a short ten days away.  Are you prepared?  Are you looking for a place to visit or operate?  Well the ARRL has just the web page for you.  Find a field day operation near you.  Just click here.

I’ve used this page over the years when I’ve traveled during field day weekends.  You can meet some interesting characters on these excursions.  But here’s one use, I bet, you haven’t considered.

Use the field day locator to find stations in your area to work during the operation.  You can determine azimuth from the map and this can be especially rewarding for your VHF/UHF operations.

Good luck and hope to see you on the air for Field Day 2016.  Look for our operation at KY4KY and W4KBR(GOTA)

Words, words, words

In this politically charged environment words are more than just important, they can make or break a club, a friendship or run potential amateurs away.  A BIG reminder… two conversations to avoid on our bands are politics and religion.  Why?  Because more fights are started over these two subjects than any others.

On the next front is conversations with new or potential amateurs.  All of us were newby’s at one time and all of us said or did silly things.  If an older ham had chastised you on the air or ridiculed you would you have hung around?  Maybe, maybe not?!

wordswordswordswordsAlso, in our multimedia world, so much of how we communicate is the written word.  And the proper use of words is most important.  Trying to communicate without using the correct words can be confusing or at worst shows the education level of the writer.  Learn to use the correct spellings of your, you’re, to, too, two, are, our, their, there and they’re.

You and I or you and me?  Easy, drop the first person and if it sounds wrong, it most likely is.  And the I or me always follows the other person, not me and whoever.  Punctuation is important too.  If you place a comma in the wrong place or forget to put a comma in there, meanings can be drastically different.

As my old English teacher from high school said, ‘You know what you want to say, but the reader has no idea’.  You have to convey your written ideas so that someone can understand your thoughts without your verbal input.

So choose your words wisely.  Use the correct word, use the correct tense and if you’re unsure, refresh your understanding of your language in both verbal and written form.  Your reader will appreciate it and you will be less prone to misunderstandings and the troubles that arise.

KI4OJG appointed ARRL SLC

Secimage  Section Manager Alan KY1O announced the appointment of Mark KI4OJG as a State Government Liaison.

Mark from Woodford County is employed by the KY Transportation Cabinet.

Mark commented:Alan. I am indeed honored to accept this position and will do everything in my power to assist everyone that I am in contact with via amateur radio,not to mention state government interaction. I tend to follow pending legislation pretty closely as a rule. Enough of that,Now it’s time to get to work. Best Regards & 73 DE (Mark)KI4OJG.

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2016 KY Communication Interoperability Exercise

CONTACT: Buddy Rogers
Office Tel. No. 502-607-1611 / Cell Tel. No. 502-382-6006

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 6, 2016) Kentucky Emergency Management announces the 2016 Kentucky Communications Interoperability Exercise (COMEX).

WHO: Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky Army National Guard in partnership with USNORTHCOM

WHAT: Statewide communications exercise and testing

WHERE: Owensboro, Kentucky
Morehead, Kentucky

WHEN: The 2016 Exercise will be a three week event. The first week (June 6-11) will focus on Command Post interoperability and communications classroom training. The second week (June 13-17) will focus on tactical communications used for catastrophic domestic responses. The third and final week (June 20-24) will focus on testing statewide communications systems

Interviews with key participants available.

Media wishing to observe are encouraged to visit their select locations on Day 2 and are asked to call the listed contact in advance.

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Grayson/Hardin/Davies County ARES assist SAR

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As you heard at as the HC ARES Net was closing last night, ARES was requested for comms for the search for the light plane missing near Rough River State Park. It was believed that it was within a few miles of the airfield there, but the terrain is hilly and forested.

About 40-50 people representing a number of groups, agencies, and counties were there. Going by memory (W8QAS has the paperwork), there were about 9 Amateurs registered and serving in communications, plus several more with CAP and other organizations but not registered as hams. I was from Hardin Co, W8QAS and one or two more from Grayson Co, most of the rest from the Owensboro area. There were 3 CAP teams and about 5 other teams on the ground, with about 3 light planes and one helicopter in the air; joined in the afternoon by a military chopper. (W8QAS will correct and complete the details when he has time).

An Amateur Radio Operator was sent with several of the ground teams, operating on the KY simplex frequency; CAP used VTAC11; two or three area fire frequencies were in use; and the Westview repeater to relay hourly updates to WA4YPQ in E’town.

We set up behind the airport building, using W8QAS’s truck to support two antenna masts, each with a dual-band J-pole (plus American flag and ARES pennant). Four (4) dual-frequency Kenwood radios were used as we had to operate and log up to 7 frequencies constantly. The equipment worked flawlessly; earphones were required when planes were departing or whenever a helicopter was on the ground. Power for the rigs was from a deep-cycle lead-acid battery. A park ranger brought us a canopy (a neglected item by Roy and me); with the partial overcast and breeze it was quite comfortable tho warm. The young CAP members had excellent comms, as expected.

Red Cross provided lunch, hydration, and snacks. They had to be brought in from Leitchfield, so getting them there took a while. There was a handy tree with several picnic tables which provided them with a good location. Their services were much appreciated.

A number of radio and TV stations had crews there by mid-afternoon. They were from a number of locations, several of the calls not familiar to me. They were all still there when I secured about 1600 ET, waiting for a final briefing. I have no info on the crash site except it was located from the air, not too far from the airfield.

We were only called out “for communications”, so we didn’t know what would be needed. Therefore, both W8QAS and I took a lot of gear. Most of it was needed! Figuring out frequencies, etc, went smoother than usual on a SAR as a couple of the firefighters were also hams and on top of things.

In the pictures take from the airfield side, the operating position is under the American flag and ARES pennant, Red Cross is set up under the tree right behind us. Note the 4 radios, plus a couple of HTs and other stuff, on the table.

Again, a number of counties, agencies, and organizations were involved; a number of FDs, the CAP (a bunch of guys and gals), EMS, SAR groups, ARES, several EMs, pilots, and others. The local EM and the others were greatly appreciative of our coming down and providing the comms for them, and helping provide closure.


Princeton KY Hamfest this weekend

imagePrinceton, KY Hamfest this Saturday 6/4/16 8-1 PM… if in or near Western KY, then please try to attend and support this event. Click the link for more info