ARRL Sections - Kentucky



Contact Information

Section Name:
Jim Brooks, KY4Z
Daytime Phone:
(502) 349-2099
Evening Phone:
(502) 349-2099

Basic Information

Great Lakes


KY ARES CONFERENCE CANCELED. The KY ARES Conference planned for Nov. 8th has been canceled. Thanks to everyone who took time to pre-register for the conference, and we look forward to scheduling one in the future.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. There area a number of opportunities if you would like to step up and volunteer to help the Amateur Radio community.

SECTION MANAGER.  I will not be running for another term as Section Manager when my term ends in March 2015.  I have enjoyed serving the Kentucky Section, but it is time for another person to take on the job.  The SM position is an elected volunteer, and the filing deadline comes up near the end of this year. Visit the job description on the ARRL website (, or drop me an e-mail if you are interested.

AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR.  This volunteer position works to assist ARRL-affiliated clubs and helps recruit and coordinate new clubs, and help them coordinate activities and programs.  Read the ARRL ACC job description at

EMERGENCY COORDINATOR.  Does your county have an Emergency Coordinator? If you aren't sure, check, click "Local Info"; click your county which will bring you to your district and a list of counties and the volunteers.

VETTE CITY HAMFEST.  Due to an unexpected hospital stay, I was unable to attend the Vette City Hamfest in Bowling Green on Oct. 4th. But Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, came down for the fest. I worked with Dale for the years when he was Michigan Section Manager, and I can attest that we have a great voice representing Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan on the ARRL Board of Directors.

PSHR REPORTS.  Thanks to the hard work of Roman Rusinek, the section Public Service Honor Roll reports are now going to be archived each month in the KY Section ARES and NTS report compiled by Roman Rusinek, KE6YCW. The monthly PSHR totals are reported to ARRL HQ and published each month in QST.

NEED YOUR REPORTS!  If you are helping pass traffic, hold an appointment or are involved in other public service activities, please visit the PSHR report form on the website. 

HAMFEST CALENDAR. The final Kentucky hamfest of the year is in Hazard on the Friday before Halloween, Oct. 28th. I look forward every fall to my trip south of the "Kudzu Line" for the Hazard Hamfest.  Hope to see you soon in Hazard!



KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - AUGUST 2014. Many thanks to the Bluegrass Amateur Radio Society for their great hamfest on Sunday, Aug. 10! My son and I had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. The threat of rain never materialized, and the tailgating went on without delay -- though most of the sellers came prepared for inclement weather.

WELCOME TO THE NEW GREAT LAKES DIRECTOR, VICE-DIRECTOR. Please join me in welcoming our new division leadership, Dale Williams, WA8EFK and Tom Delaney, W8WTC, our new director and vice-director respectively.

I have worked closely with Dale in my nearly 8 years as SM, starting when he was Michigan Section Manager. Dale served as Great Lakes Division Vice-Director for the past four years and became director when former Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, stepped down in July. We extend Jim our appreciation for a job well done in his 12 years as director!

SAVE THE DATE: KY ARES CONFERENCE IS NOV. 8.  Saturday, Nov. 8th is the KY ARES Conference, which convenes once again at the Nelson County Civic Center in Bardstown.  If you have suggestions for the conference agenda, please contact the SM or SEC -- we want the conference to offer useful information for our section volunteers.

HAMFEST CALENDAR. The Greater Louisville Hamfest is once again also serving as the Kentucky Section ARRL Convention! The hamfest is only weeks away, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Sept. 13 - Ricmond Hamfest

Oct. 4 - Vette City Hamfest, Bowling Green

Oct. 25 - Hazard Hamfest

PSHR REPORTS. The section Public Service Honor Roll reports are now going to be archived each month in the KY Section ARES and NTS report compiled by Roman Rusinek, KE6YCW. 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!  The KY ARRL Section is seeking individuals who are interested in helping out the organization on the state level! Contact Section Manager Jim Brooks for more information,

AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR. The ACC is the primary contact and resource person for the ham radio clubs in the state. The ACC provides assistance to clubs and supports them as necessary. For more information on this Section-level appointment visit the ACC job description.

SECTION MANAGER.  My fourth term as Kentucky Section Manager ends on March 31, 2015, and it is time to offer the pass the baton to another volunteer.  The Section Manager is an elected position responsible for carrying out the duties of the office in accordance with policies established by the ARRL board of directors. Click here to read the complete job description


Kentucky Officials