ROWH Ceremony sign up

Have you decided to attend the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong Ceremony? It’s at noon at the GLH Hamfest and ARRL Kentucky State Convention on Saturday 9/10/16. If you plan on being part of this, be sure to sign up at so your certificate can be printed. This ceremony is something all hams should experience. Do note, you must be an ARRL Member to participate. You can join ARRL at

EMCOMM Planning meeting invite

wanted ARES to be aware the Local Emergency Planning Committee, along with Louisville Emergency Services, and Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, will be hosting the Fourth Annual Safety Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 0900-1300 at Home Depot, 6840 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40258. Emergency Communications is a vital part of any response effort and I thought perhaps Jefferson County ARES and AUXCOM might be interested in having a presence at the event. If you are interested and would like more details please let me know.


Paul Kern, MBA


Public Health Planner

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness
Office of Emergency & Public Health Preparedness
400 East Gray Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Office (502) 574-3646

Governor declares State of Emergency


Contact: Kentucky Joint Information Center

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 8, 2016) – The State Emergency Operations Center and
the Kentucky Joint Information Center remain activated at Level IV and
continue to monitor the strong weather system that has impacted the
Commonwealth over the last few days. The system has dropped at least 15
inches of rain in some areas of western Kentucky, resulting in severe
flooding causing roads and bridges to wash out.

KYEM has been communicating with the Governor, state partners and local
officials throughout the incident. The Kentucky National Guard assets are on
standby should assistance be requested. KYEM has received no reports of
injuries or deaths associated with the weather system. However, five minor
injuries were reported when a tornado struck from this weather system struck
a local business in Louisa, KY on July 4.

Michael E. Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) “With
Governor Bevin’s declaration of a State of Emergency, KYEM is able to assist
county officials and responders by leveraging requested state assets.”

The following city and counties have declared States of Emergencies:

Caldwell County
Christian County
Crittenden County
Hopkins County
Livingston County
Marshall County
Metcalfe County
Todd County
Trigg County
City of Cadiz
City of Princeton

KYEM reminds citizens to stay aware of their surroundings and weather in
their area. Some safety tips to remember:

Already saturated ground can cause additional flash flooding and trees to
easily topple

“Turn Around Down Drown”

Never approach downed powerlines, report them to your utility provider
and/or local emergency management

If you have any damages associated with this storm system, KYEM encourages
you to report weather related damages to local officials, take photos of the
damage and keep any repair receipts from the damages.

All media inquiries regarding the state response should be directed to (502)

All public inquiries regarding the state response should be directed to
(502) 607-6665.

State officials are monitoring social media and encourage the use of #kywx
when posting to social media in order to increase situational awareness.

A copy of the Governor’s State of Emergency can be found at where you can also “like” us on
Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter.image

Central KY ARS Hamfest is 9-24-2016

Please note that due to a conflict in scheduling, the organizers/members of Central Kentucky ARS have stressed that the date for their hamfest to be held in Richmond, Kentucky is NOT September 17 as listed, but instead WILL BE September 24, 2016. Only the date has been changed, all other details remain as published and announced. They apologize for the confusion, but the change was made due to a conflict which they tried to avoid, but were unable to.

Please pass the word to anyone you know and ask them to also pass the word around.



District 9 ARES event EF2 Tornado

imageimageSubj: DISTRICT 9 ARES NET

On July 4th 2016 a band of severe thunder storms with damaging winds impacted parts of Eastern Kentucky in Kentucky’s 9th ARES District. The areas receiving the most damage was confined to Pike and Lawrence County with Lawrence County receiving the most extensive damage.
Upon notification of damage resulting from the storm contact was established with all counties of District 9 to determine the need for communications assistance. It was determined that Lawrence County had received the most damage along the most impact occurring along US 23 and Ky. route 32 in Louisa covering approximately 2.5 miles. The structure receiving the most damage was at Wal-Mart in Louisa and JJ Jordan Nursing Home also in Louisa receiving the second most damage.
In Talking with Ross Leedy KG4GRJ EC of Lawrence County he indicated that all utilities and communications remained intact. Also received information at the same time of damage that occurred in Pike County.
A net was called at 7:03 pm est for the purpose of reporting damage and people requesting assistance by John Hager N4KJU DEC District 9. The reports consisted of damage to structures,topography, and utilities. The reports were sent to the National Weather Service in Jackson Ky by both Amateur radio and National Weather Service Chat The net closed at 8:46pm. Besides providing the weather service at Jackson with damage reports one amateur operator Ky4BP Brian Prater of Pikeville (Pike County) reported downed power lines along US Route 23 in the Scott Sub-division of Pikeville. A call was made to Ky Power advising them of the situation in the sub division. The dispatcher at Ky Power indicated this was the first call they had received regarding the situation at the subdivision. Power was restored within 2 hours and US 23 reopened.
In summary of the net there were 10 checkins, representing 5 counties within region 4 and one Station from Madison County-Berea Kentucky. A total of 10 messages of damage were reported from the amateur community to the National Weather Service at Jackson and one report to Ky Power and the NWS as noted in a previous paragraph. The following amateur participated in the net N4kJU John as NCS,KG4GRJ Ross EC of Lawrence County,KK4FVO Roy AEC Martin County,KY4BP Brian,KI4RND Kelly,KK4LQZ Roger,WJ4BP John,KI4BOQ Chris,KF4KPL Daniel and; WA4SWF Fred.
Finally the National Weather Service has classified and confirmed the event in Lawrence County as a EF-2 tornado. Fortunately there were no injuries or loss of life as a result of this storm. I personally want to thank all amateurs who participated and also thankful for the great working relationship we as amateurs have with one another and the National Weather Service.
Sincerely Submitted
John M. Hager/ N4KJU
Region 4 District 9 DEC