ARRL Sections - Kansas



Contact Information

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

Basic Information


                                                                                       Updated Jan 28

 Silent Keys

NØLS - Mel Seematter, Marysville

KDØBNQ- Brian Pintenich, Lenexa

WØDOB- Darrell Batchman, Greatbend

WØTM- Gary Yantis, Shawnee

KØSJZ- Ray Wildman, Phillipsburg

NØWNT- Terry McDonald, Topeka

WAØPBQ- Donald Inbody, Overland Park


Changing back      <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<                                                                                                                      Conditions have improved for 75 meters in the evening.                                    Therefore we are moving back to the regular times of 6:00 for the WX Net and 6:30 for the Sideband Net on Monday February 6.


We are well into fall and beginning the indoor season. But there is still much that can be done outside the shack. The National Parks On The Air event and contest continues to  the end of the year. You or a group can still activate one of our Kansas sites. Johnson Co RAC auction is the Saturday before Halloween, out back behind the house. Antenna work can be done before snow falls, unless you are a purist that believes in waiting for sleet and frost bite to string up the BIG dipole. You could also go to a park, set up QRP and do some Public Relations at the same time.

Get others involved and have fun.


Around The Section

Mine Creek Hamfest is February 4 at LaCygne.                                      Community Building on Broadway, Opens at Nine AM, Contact Ron KBØ     913-757-3758

Valley Center ARC sponsored the Wichita Area Hamfest  in downtown Wichita once again. Along with B&H Sales and D&L  they had folks stitching ball caps.  Participants came from all over central and Southern Kansas to meet and catch up on Ham Radio events. Listening on the Kan-Okla system I heard at least one car load coming up from Oklahoma. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to see KBØNRG-Ron from Pittsburg representing S.E.K. ARC

Johnson County RAC Auction and Outing was the place to be. The club has held an auction at the Ensor Museum and Park for many  years and I’m always amazed at the breadth of the items presented. Late model transceivers and interesting mystery boxes along with generous attendees make for a fun morning. If you were looking for tower sections, signal generators or maybe  a mint condition TS-430S you were in luck.  The auction proceeds are split with the museum to help maintain it and keep it open.

Santa Fe Trail put KSØKS on the air for the NPOTA event.  About 20 club members participated at a roadside park near Gardner where the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails split. The club made several hundred contacts on that Saturday.  The Gardner News  did a piece on the event as well. 

Hiawatha ARC is celebrating 50 years as a club, 49 as a League affiliate.

Emporia ARS will operate their annual Veteran’s Day Special Event from the 5th thru 11th of November. The club also plans to have a float in the parade on Friday the 11th.  Listen for  KØV.

Douglas County ARC and the Lawrence Public Library collaborated for an ARISS space station event early in September. The station was in range for less than 10 minutes, using 2 meter FM, but allowed approximately 15 students to ask Takuya-KF5LKS some very well thought questions. Some of the kids also asked questions submitted by the general public. The club did an excellent job of putting this together. Congratulations to all those involved.

At the KCDX club Jeff-ACØC made a presentation on power supplies, comparing switching type and linear. He also went over how to modify a high current computer supply for amateur use. DXers need power too.

Wheat State Wireless Assn. program was held in the parking lot. NØSWP brought his service monitor and watt meter to check out members mobile VHF-UHF transceivers. They all were fairly sensitive. In the power output category it was discovered one members mobile was only putting out a fraction of the expected power. Checking transmitters might be a good club event during fair weather. Few of us have an accurate VHF wattmeter.

Patrick-KEØIDD won Johnson Co RAC first UHF shootout back in August. The church parking lot served as the range. KØWJ, who is himself a Shootout King, officiated as well as presented Patrick with the trophy plaque.

McPherson ARC and other area Hams provided support for the Mobrey Metric bike ride this summer held between Elyria and the Smoky Hill River. 

A Ladies Net is being held Tuesdays at 8PM on the Derby 146.85 and 442.325 Wichita repeaters and the Kan-Okla system. Barb-KDØWAU is Net Manager. Dial it up !

K-Link linked repeater system has a net on Saturday nights at 9PM. Hosted by Chuck-NØMXI from Minneapolis, check-ins are taken by region and all stations afterwards. Dial up your local K-Link station and see who else is there.


Fred Fish Memorial Award                                                                                      Many of you know Larry Lambert-NØLL from Smith Center is a serious VHF enthusiast. Recently he completed a journey that began more than 30 years ago. Late in August Larry worked the final continental U.S. grid square on 6 meters in his quest for the Fred Fish Memorial Award.   33 years, 8 months it took to make contact in all 488 grid squares in the 48 contiguous states.While traveling through Omaha Larry met with WN0L who checked his cards. With that part of the process complete the application was then submitted to ARRL HQ. On October 12 Larry earned FFMA# 6. He used old school techniques and determination to reach this goal. Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish, W5FF (SK), who is the first amateur to have accomplished this feat.  Congratulations Larry !

====================================================================               September  2016 Reports

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NET ACTIVITY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kansas.Nets-------Sessions---Check-in--messages------Managers. --------------
NB0Z ------------------0-----28-------24--------1---------53
~~~~~~~~~~~PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL(PSHR)~~~~~~~~~                                 
Categories>>>>   1.   2.    3.    4.   5.   6.   T  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

K0RCJ Richard      25    0   30   20   0   10    85
KB0DTI Ron          40   40   20   85   0     0    185

Room for more doers here:

Emergency Contacts:

SATERN Liaison: Rich Britain-NØENO  Lenexa   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-------- KB0PPQ Dy. 6:30 PM 3920 kHz
Ks Phone Net-----------  KB0PPQ MWF 6:45 AM 3920 kHz
Ks Phone Net----------- KB0PPQ 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. 7:30 PM 3547 kHz
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TENTH REGION NET REPORT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

53  Sessions,  97 (QTC)messages, KS represented 50 % of net sessions by  NBØZ
Dave W0SS/Mgr. Meets daily at 7:45PM and 9:30PM on 3.562 MHz

KS represented  Ø % of net sessions.   Position: OPEN. Ask me about it.
Meets M-W-F 10:00A on 7280,  Cory KCØYNS/Mgr.

-------------------------------------------------------------                                                        Digital Rep:  OPEN

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

Mine Creek ARC----------5-----------24--------0------KB0DTI
Wheat State Wrls ---------4----------33---------0------KB0DTI
Central Kansas QCWA--4-----------26---------0------N0LL
US Center ARC-----------
Wheat Shocker------------4-----------74---------0------
Wheat Shocker 440-------3-----------41---------0------

Independence ARC-------4------------13---------0-----K1ISH

Pilot Knob ARC------------4------------39---------0-----QRZ

South East KS ARC------0------------00---------0-----KA0EGE

Western Kansas 160-----0----------000---------0------KD0EZS
NCK ARES\ K-Link-------4-----------87----------0------N0MXI 

Room for more here :

Kansas Information Website, Kansas QSO Party, Club Resources , Ensor Museum and Park

Kansas Officials

  • Ron Cowan

    Section Manager,
    Section Traffic Manager

    Ron D. Cowan KB0DTI

  • Laurance Staples

    Public Info Coordinator

    Laurance S. Staples W0AIB

  • Michael Stewart

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Michael D. Stewart N0TU

  • William Brinker

    Technical Coordinator

    William R. Brinker WA0CBW

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