ARRL Sections - Kansas



Contact Information

Section Name:
Ron Cowan- KBØDTI Section Manager
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:

Basic Information


                                                                                        Updated Aug 28                                                                                                       Photos Updated Aug 14

Silent Keys

WAØOQA- Dick Gilcrease, Scott City                                                                    KCØAMF-Velora Krehbiel,Lakin                                                                          KCØPDY- Jim Elliott, Overland Park                                                                          KCØSII- Phillip  Endacott, Topeka                                                                   
WAØIKA- Jerry Gray, Lawrence                                                                              KCØRH- James McBee, Topeka                                                                        KC5TES- Tim Taliaferro, Caney


Kansas Convention

Summer has arrived and it's time for our annual meeting. Central Kansas ARC is ready to welcome us for a weekend of Ham Radio fun.  The program schedule looks full and extends into the afternoon with many group gatherings and presentations. The Kansas Section meeting will open with the presentation of the Kansas Radio Amateur Of The Year. Recognition and bulletins will also be included in the meeting.   Kansas Weather Net will get together after lunch as in the past few years. One of the topics I want to discuss with the group is what makes a healthy and active club.

Webster Conference Center is easy to find. From I-70 Take the Ohio Street exit and turn North. It's on the West side of the road.

CKARC website:

I am looking forward to seeing you August 17 at Salina. 'til then 73, Ron-KB0DTI



Crown Amateur Radio Association will operate Pony Express Special Event Station Sunday, August 31 from 9:30A. to 4P from the historic Hollenberg Pony Express Station near Hanover, KS.

KØASA will operate an 1860s-style Telegraph Office as part of the Hollenberg Pony Express Station Festival. Target frequencies: 7.045, 14.045, 14.245 & 18.085 MHz. They plan to be on 40m at 11A and 2P and other times.

A very nice certificate and QSL are available.

 Kansas QSO Party will be held Saturday August 23  from  9:00AM - 9:00PMCDT  and Sunday August  24 from 9:00AM - 3:00PMCDT Full details:

Mo-Kan Council of Amateur Radio Clubs has been dissolved. Founded in the 1970s, it’s purpose was to exchange information between clubs, their activities, as well as any general information of interest to the local amateur community. This was well before internet and list servers. The active clubs in KC sent reps. to meetings and the weekly 2 meter net.  W0AFQ and K0IEW were among the founding members.

South East Kansas ARC is now an ARRL affiliated club.                                        Officers are: President Joe WØMQY; Vice President Jack Dock WDØCFH Secretary/Treasurer Loren Chancey KDØRTXThey meet the last Saturday at Hardees in Pittsburg. 

New Net Controls
KDØARW-Eric, WAØDTH-Terry, KBØPQP-Cary and KCØQT-Tom have come on board as NCS. You’ll hear Eric Saturdays Terry Mondays and Cary Wednesdays on the Sideband Net and Tom M-W-F mornings on the Phone Nets. There are still a few empty spots to fill.

Winter / Spring Happenings

Kansas Day Round Up

Two groups put stations on the air to celebrate our statehood this year. KSØKS filled the air for Santa Fe Trail ARC, set up again at the Mahaffie Heritage Center. This museum and stage coach stop is a great venue for the event and has good traffic from the other things going on there each weekend. The club stayed busy during the 5 hour event making contacts across the country. They hold their event on the Saturday closest to January 25th.

Kansas Day for Elk County ARS was on January 29th. The team made over 5 dozen contacts in a few hours on 20 meters that included Hawaii and Italy, and they got some press! 

Wichita ISS Event

The folks in Wichita put together an International Space Station program in February at Exploration Place, Sedgwick Co. Science Center. They had the attention of about 60 kids and many adults as the space station passed over allowing them to converse with an astronaut using Ham Radio. David-NØYKG and John-NØUBQ said there was a glitch with the first pass. More attenuation in the cable runs than anticipated. The SAREX liaison was able to coordinate a second attempt  and everything went well with that pass.  AMSAT loaned an azimuth-elevation combination rotator for the effort.  The local TV station was there of course. 

A general presentation on Amateur Radio including repeaters was presented to round out the Ham Radio experience 

NØKFS- Bill from Troy has moved over the river to St Joseph, MO and retired from managing our Sideband and Phone nets. He plans to get back on the air in the future. Thank you Bill for calling 8 nets a week and for putting in more than 15 years as our Net Manager.

Santa Fe Trail held their first Amateur Extra upgrade class, with two dozen students. Club members put a great deal of effort into the class to make it a fun worthwhile experience.

W1AW/0 was heard emanating from our section in February. This session was coordinated by K0BJ. If you missed out on Kansas you can try again in the fall. 

Wavelength and apertures was one subject that came up at a Hiawatha ARC meeting. The example of AM Broadcast not passing well through a truss bridge was used.

NZ0F with help from presenters put on a new licensee orientation seminar-program. The first was so well received he scheduled another on the other side of town. The nearly two hours covered repeater and net etiquette, general operating practices and protocols. A station was set up in the meeting room for Mic-shy licensees to check-into a live net. KC DX Club provided door prizes. 

Olathe Marathon was run with 3500 participants supported by 35 radio amateurs. A manageable ratio for the all day event. KCØQBU-Dennis and NZØF-Herb were the coordinators. 

Pilot Knob Amateur Radio Club hosted a Special Event Station in April at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth.

Emporia ARS held a fox hunt in April. Held on the college grounds, this one was on foot. Jim-WX0U built the fox into a small electrical transfer switch box.

W0PBV-Myron has been presenting various electronics theory programs at MAARS (Manhattan ARS) meetings this spring.

Central Kansas ARC has replaced some equipment at Kansas Wesleyan University.  Kathryn- KD0OWZ and  Eric-N0YET  tested the station by making some DX contacts prior to the February meeting.

K-Link expanded to Eldorado in March with the 443.100 machine. 

Wichita ARC plans to put Exploration Place on the air for Kids Day-June 21. A great lead in to Field Day!

Johnson County RAC will hold an HF mobile antenna shoot out June 13th.


June  2014 Reports

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NET ACTIVITY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kansas.Nets-------Sessions---Check-in--messages------Managers. --------------
NB0Z ------------------0-----37-------25--------1----------63
Categories>>>> 1.   2.    3.    4.   5.   6. Totals                                                              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ KB0DTI Ron      40   40   20    20   0   0   120

Emergency Contacts:
State RACES Officer: James Tuggle-KCØNYK

SATERN Liaison: Rich Britain-NØENO             Kansas and Western MO Division Net Tuesdays 8:30 pm on 3.820+/- 10   PSK31 Tuesdays 9:00pm on 3.5795U
MARS Liaison: John Halladay- KAØJMO, Lawrence

Kansas MARS: Mike Woolverton- WBØZPW, Overland Park

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~KANSAS ARRL NTS NETS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ks Sideband Net-------- XXXXXX Dy. 6:30 PM* 3920 kHz
Ks Phone Net-----------  XXXXXX MWF 6:45 AM 3920 kHz
Ks Phone Net----------- XXXXXX S,S 8:00 AM 3920 kHz
Ks AM Weather Net------ WB0YWZ Dy 7:00 AM 3920 kHz
Ks Weather Net--------- WB0YWZ Dy. 6:00 PM 3920 kHz
Central States Tfc Net--KE0DL M-F 12:30 PM 7253.5 kHz
QKS CW NTS Tfc Net----- NB0Z Dy 7:00 PM 3547 kHz
QKS CW NTS Tfc Net----- NB0Z Dy 10:00 PM 3547 kHz
QKS-SS Slow Speed Net-- WD0ESF Mon. 7:32 PM 3547 kHz
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TENTH REGION NET REPORT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

60  Sessions (QNI)check-ins ?? 157 (QTC)messages, KS represented 40 % of net sessions by  NBØZ
Dave W0SS/Mgr. Meets daily at 7:45PM and 9:30PM on 3.562 MHz

00  Sessions,  KS represented  00 % of net sessions by:  KEØDL and NØYZN
Meets M-F 10:00A on 7280 Jerry KCØVTT/Mgr.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ KANSAS INDEPENDENT NETS~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mine Creek ARC----------4-----------20--------0------KB0DTI
WheatState Wrls ---------5-----------35---------0------KB0DTI
Pilot Knob ARC-----------0-----------00---------0------KC0JCQ
Central Kansas QCWA--5-----------29---------0------N0LL
US Center ARC-----------4-----------22---------0------N0LL
Wheat Shocker------------2-----------52---------0------Feed Back
Wheat Shocker 440-------2-----------40---------0------Feed Back

Western Kansas 160-----0-----------00---------0------KD0EZS

Room for more here :

Kansas Information Website, Kansas QSO Party, Club Resources

Kansas Officials