ARRL offers summer Teachers Institute

Integrate Science and Math with Engineering and Technology by Exploring Wireless Technology

ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, is offering two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) during the summer of 2017. The ARRL Teachers Institute is an expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom. Topics at the TI-1 Introduction to Wireless Technology, include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller programming and basic robotics. ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering.

The linked article from the March issue of ARRL’s journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer. Read “Amateur Radio in the STEM Classroom” in the 2016 April issue of Tech Directions to learn how four Teachers Institute grads employ amateur radio in their classrooms.

Visit the ARRL website at: for more details.
Go to for information about applying and to download an application.

Application deadline is May 1.


Debra Johnson, K1DMJ
Education Services Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111-1494

Office:(860) 594-0296
Fax: (860) 594-0259

ARRL Club Coordinator has new call and email

Kentucky Section Affiliated Club Coordinator/ State Government Liason Mark Currens has a NEW call- he is now N4VER! He also has a new email read below:

Hello Again. I have created a new email address which reflects my new vanity callsign. The new address is as follows; instead of; Thanks & 73 DE Mark/N4VER.

Lightning, floods and locust

lighningWell it’s that time of year again.  Last evening a significant part of Kentucky and Indiana endured a night of heavy rain and significant lightning and thankfully no reports of locust.  Following is a reminder as to what things we, as spotters, need to report and more importantly, what NOT to report.

With the potential for severe weather the NWS has asked that we monitor the 146.70 Bullitt ARS repeater and report any severe weather…. this does not mean, you announce when it’s raining or the rain has ceased. It means, report rain in excess of 1 inch per hour, wind in excess of 50 MPH (the trees will bend dramatically, loose things in the yard will roll along), and of course any visible funnel or tornado spotted. Please DO NOT announce that you are monitoring or any weather events that do not meet the above criteria. In times of severe weather, quiet is a good thing. IF the weather service station comes on and announces a formal net, then please follow the directions from net control.

We have been very fortunate in the Louisville metro area for the past few years.  Weather events have been minimal to non-existent but that doesn’t last forever.  Be prepared.  Be smart and remain safe.