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KEN: MONDAY 3.972.5  2330Z

KDN: TUESDAY 3.587 0030Z

KYN: DAILY 3.537  0100Z

















APRIL 2017


Where did the month of April go?  Certainly been a world wind occurrence.   As mentioned earlier enjoyed meeting the folks at the Etown Hamfest and getting to meet the members of the NKARC in Edgewood,KY.  If I haven't had a chance to meet you, make a point to introduce yourself.

As mentioned earlier, a Questionnaire was sent out to the leadership of ARES.  You should have received one if your email address is current in KYHAM.  The following ECs, DECs, ASECs responded to the Questionnaire.  AB4WS, KE4YCW, NV9V, KM4KGN, KM4VQD, KK4AVI, AG4TY, KI4GWN, AA4RL, and KY4WHT.  My hat's off the those who took a little bit of time to inform me and KY SEC, Cecil Dennis what is happening around the state, our strong and weak points and what we need to build on.  There is activity around the state but in small pockets and some very glaring bear spots.  You know where these are I am sure. What is encouraging is where there is activity folks realize the need for taking and completing the FEMA NIMS courses, 100, 200, 700 and 800.  I cannot emphasize enough how important these are for future growth in Kentucky. More on this as we go forward.

Good News! Help is on the way.  Welcome, Joe Warren  KB9LXH, new EC for Jackson Co.  Very important county in regards to weather information. Joe has hit the ground running already sending out letters to new recruits, making a personal visit with the county EMA leadership and working toward June's KYCOMEX.  Way to go Joe!  There is an great example of building a great ARES program.  

More good news!  Welcome Gary Rosenau KW4YQ new EC for Laurel County.  I am sure we will hearing more from Gary as he gets his feet planted firmly to the ground and establishes his contacts. More folks will want to participate with the Laurel County ARES.

Isaiah Corder KM4JIT, EC Wayne Co is reporting near completion of their mobile command post.  Wow, look forward to seeing the end product with possible photos.  What a great way to show off ARES around the county.

Greg Taylor KY4OD, EC Mason Co continues to build the membership in ARES.  Now providing training for new members and the lastest gathering of the membership, they shared their go-kits! What about you?  When is the last time you checked out your go-kit?  Do you have one?

Bob Spears, AA4RL in Daviess County along with several others in District 3 has made great efforts in building a "last mile inner structure", using the long established Winlink software and nodes.  Currently have 4 of the 7 counties tied together and currently working with District 2 in linking that area together.  Take a look at APRS.FI if you are curious as to the area and coverage.  Winlink has already been demonstrated to regional Hospitals regarding its purpose and function on moving email and reports, when all else fails.  They are excited! Winlink has been demonstrated at Cave City and Etown by Jim Rayburn KC4BQK STM.  If you have seen the map, you can see what they have and what they hope to accomplish going forward.  Please contact Bob AA4RL; Jim KC4BQK  for further information.

Our thanks and appreciation go to Roland Brown KY4RDB who submitted his resignation as EC for Letcher Co.  Hopefully, a very capable replacement will try to fill his shoes in the near future.

Get all aboard, time to toot that train whistle!  Our ACC   Mark Currens N4VER has been busy contacting clubs whom by oversight may have failed to renew their club affiliation with the League or let the SSC status lapse.  With his hard work, good news for those who pound the pavement.  

KY Radio Operators Club  - Fishersville KY became affiliated on 3/25.  Morehead ARS - Morehead KY became affiliated.  Bullet Co "BARS" became a Special Service or renewed the SSC status.  Owensboro ARC renewed their SSC status with the League on 3/23.  In my opinion, the active clubs are the ones that stir the drink.  Keep it coming and pass the word.

Chuck Miliam N9KY, TC reports more interest in DMR.  He is unpacking his own Shark Hotspot and getting it tuned up, to join fellow DMR users across the state.  There is a weekly net held on  KY Statewide on Thursday evening where numerous operators across the Southeast join in on the fun.  If you have not tried DMR don't be afraid to ask someone.  It is a growing technology.  Can't wait to see what Xenia (Dayton) may have this year. Welcome TS, Jim Rayburn KC4BQK - Henderson.

Bill Hillyerd  K4LRX  OOC has been busy of late, which is not really a good thing.  You see bill gets involved when others try operating practices that are outside of the FCC good book part 97.  Let's say he has been busy pounding keys and expounding the "Thou Shout not..." scripture to a view folks.  Let's hope that his efforts are able to tame the situation and may make a new Ham out of someone gone astray.

Proud of your QSL!  This year's Xenia (Dayton)  Hamvention will borrow a tradition from Friedrichshafen, Germany’s Ham Radio event a QSL wall. For further info

The KY SM will be in and out of the ARRL Expo, in the Field Service booth. Please drop by.

This month's activities will slide around the Dayton/Xenia Hamvention.  If haven't already done so, mark your calendars for next week - May 19th - 21st.  Dayton Hamvention . They say crowds may exceed 30,000, WOW!  I hope folks bring their own parking garage. Expect a mad house.  Hopefully, they will have a very effective transit system as in years pass.


Upcoming Hamfests:

 Ashland May 13; 

 Princeton Hamfest June 3; 

 Big Sandy Hamfest - Louisa - July 22

Paintsville Hamfest - Sept. 30

Great Lakes Division Hamcon - Oct. 7, 8


On the Air Events:  Armed forces Day Cross Band

MAY 13:  Armed Forces Day Cross Band


W4NHO: 1. 27 2. 39 3. 20 TOTAL 86

KC4BQK: 1. 16 2. 10 3. 30 6. 40 TOTAL 96

KO4OL: 1. 40 2. 40 3. 30 TOTAL 110


W4NHO:  39

WB4ZDU: 33

KO4OL:  78


Welcome Gary Kohtala K7EK ORS  - Radcliff KY

Our prayers and concerns for Jim Vaughn K4TXJ who was trying to impress his wife on how graceful he was and became an unwanted pretzel.  Hope he can be on the mend soon and be graceful on his new wheels.

Until next month, be safe and don't be afraid to be accused of being radioactive.



Steve Morgan


Kentucky Section Manager





KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS.  April 10, 2017    




I want to take this opportunity to thank Alan Morgan, KY1O  outgoing SM and his team for an outstanding job as the Kentucky SM.  Being SM is not an easy task and unless you have walked in the job as SM, it is easy to criticize.  Alan did a great job on updating the Kentucky database. That in itself is a difficult job trying to match the leagues database with our database.  If you hear Alan on the air or able to meet him don't hesitate to shake his hand.


As we turn another page in the history of the ARRL SM (SCM), I appreciate the support the section has given me as I take the reins as SM.  It is a humbling experience. I am here as a able servant and hope that we can build upon the previous mangers' efforts. I might add that as an individual, I cannot do anything by myself.  It is our work together as members and non-members alike that we will grow.  Our task is great but with your help we will proceed.

I hit the ground running and have already added to our leadership team in Kentucky.  Team leaders please don't hesitate on moving names and positions to me after you add a member. That is the only way we can keep the database up to date is keep the flow from bottom to top running smoothly. I will allow our team members to share with you changes that have been added to our leadership and field organization. Also, I welcome the renewals of affiliated clubs and SSC clubs.  There are also clubs that are attempting to become SSC status. Great! Announcements will follow shortly by ACC Mark Currens N4VER.

It was a pleasure to see the new and old (hum?) faces at the Etown hamfest on April 1.  We discussed a variety of topics including amateur radio license plates,  education of ARES members including updates in NIMS, SARA and the repeater directory, state and local nets plus Radio Relay International and finally the DMR "Digital Mobile Network" in the state. Great things are on the horizon.  

Anyone involved in ARES, you should have received a questionnaire from Cecil Dennis, K4TCD  KY SEC regarding many important questions on how we stand in ARES.  The questionnaire was not sent to fill up your mailbox. It is expected that we receive information in return.  We are giving you the month of April to comply.  If we do not receive input from you, especially ECs it tells us you are no longer interested in holding your appointment. Please help us.   You should have received a request from Roman KY6YCW to assist on funding KYHAM.  There are costs involved and your help in the past has certainly been appreciated.  Let him know he is appreciated and assist him in running KYHAM.  

I hope you will be radioactive this month and do something nice for your fellow mankind. Be kind and be safe.


Until next month, 73.

Steve W4NHO

Kentucky Section Manager

Cell: 270-926-4451



Station Activity Reports: WB4ZDU 27  W4NHO 39

PSHR:  W4NHO  1/28 2/36 3/10 = 74; KO4OL  120; KY4Z 43  

Travel events:  April 10 Northern KY ARC  

Upcoming Hamfests:

May 13 Ashland KY

May 19-21 Dayton Hamvention

June 3 Princeton KY      



I want to thank all Kentucky ARRL Members for allowing me to serve as your Kentucky Section Manager for this past 2-year term! Steve Morgan, W4NHO will take over as SM on April 1, 2017 and I know he will do a great job promoting ARRL and improving our great hobby of Amateur Radio across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Please give Steve your full support as he hits the ground running in this capacity. You can reach Steve at this email address:

Thanks & 73,

Alan D. Morgan, KY1O - ARRL Kentucky Section Manager




KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - December 21, 2016

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a safe and healthy Happy New Year for 2017! Please enjoy quality time with your family and friends during this holiday season.


Alan D. Morgan, KY1O - ARRL Kentucky Section Manager


KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - November 7, 2016

Hamfest season in KY has come and gone for another year. I want to thank the many who supported these events through attendance, being a vendor, working at the events, securing prizes, setting up tables and chairs, and the very many other tasks that have to be done to put on these hamfests in support of our great hobby! May next year in 2017 be another fun Hamfest season across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

This coming weekend (1400z Sat Nov.12 to 0200z Sun Nov.13) is the KY QSO Party and we need HF operators on the air to support this event sponsored by the Western KY DX Association. More info and rules can be found at:

Kentucky Emergency Net (KEN) is still looking for a few NCS volunteers to take a turn and help out with the net on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM ET. Contact either the Section Traffic Manager at: or the Section Emergency Coordinator at: if you or someone you know may be interested.

If you have ham related news to share please email it to: Greg Lamb, W0QI who is Public Information Coordinator/Assistant Section Manager - Region 3 at: If you email him photos then give a description of the event, photo credit, along with who is shown in the photo from left to right as he would greatly appreciate that and ARRL HQ may use some of these photos as well in their PR efforts.

Holiday season is upon us now, so I want to remind everyone to make some quality time for family and friends and spread some love and good cheer all around (yes, especially on the air)... who knows old St Nick may just put something nice that is ham related in your big stocking this year and appoint you as an honorary elf or something.

Thanks & 73,

Alan, KY1O - ARRL Kentucky Section Manager


KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - September 13, 2016

Upcoming KY Hamfests:

CKARS - Richmond, KY - September 24

KCARC - Bowling Green, KY - October 1

KMARC - Hazard, KY - October 29

Many thanks to all who worked so very hard to bring you the Greater Louisville Hamfest & ARRL Kentucky State Convention! If I started mentioning names I am sure to miss someone, so I will just say a huge thanks to all who help to make it such a success and to all those who attended and took part in the many varied activities this year! Put on your calendar for next year's GLH for 9/9/2017.

Our Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean M. Hampton, K5EIB was a big hit at this year's event and she was very well received by many who got a chance to talk to her and have photos taken with her as well. She gave a great welcome speech to those in attendance too. Our thanks to Jenean, K5EIB for all her support of ham radio across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Lt Gov also stated that she desires to see much more involvement with amateur radio operators between KyEM and local Emergency Management Agencies too.

The Royal Order of Wouff Hong Ceremony inducted over 50 ARRL Members into the Order during the convention as well. Buddy, KC4WQ had a great team to put on this ceremony, so many thanks to them for volunteering to play their respective parts!

Thanks & 73,

Alan, KY1O ARRL Kentucky Section Manager


KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - August 10, 2016 (Revised 8/15/2016)

Upcoming KY Hamfests:

GLHA - Shepherdsville, KY - September 10

CKARS - Richmond, KY - September 24

KCARC - Bowling Green, KY - October 1

KMARC - Hazard, KY - October 29

The ARRL/ARES KY Leadership Team has been working on setting up for the ARRL Kentucky State Convention in conjunction with the Greater Louisville Hamfest from 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center off of I-65 at exit 117 in Shepherdsville, KY. Please plan on attending next month and stay the full day as there are many fun activities going on all day during this event up until 2 PM. We encourage all ARRL Members to attend the Wouff Hong Ceremony at Noon(you need to preregister for this ceremony to get your certificate on Many thanks go out to Bob, K4RVM the Hamfest Committee Chairperson who has done a lions share of work putting it all together along with the other committee members.

Kentucky LT Governor Jenean Hampton, K5EIB will be present at the GLH & ARRL Kentucky State Convention from 8 to 9am and will give a Welcome address and discuss her ham radio adventures with the group. The LT Gov will be available for photos at the ARRL booth from around 8 to 8:30am as well.

Please plan on attending the events above and supporting the sponsors of them and certainly enjoy the comradery and fun to be had by all in attendance. There will be ARRL/ARES forums at these hamfests so try to sit in on those as well and enjoy the discussions on latest news and events.

There is an opening in KyARES for an Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator - Weather (ASEC-Wx). If interested, please contact the KY SEC - Cecil Dennis, K4TCD at: or send me at email to This is a final call to anyone interested in serving in this position as we have had 4 people interested so far in volunteering.

Richard F. Haltermon, KD4PYR from Union, KY was recently appointed as KyARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Region 3 (ASEC3) covering Districts 6 & 7 in KY. Congratulations to Rick and we want to thank him for volunteering to serve in this capacity. Also, many thanks to Dennis Lutz, W2QN for his service as ASEC3 in the past.

There are still some volunteer opportunities available within the ARRL Kentucky Section, so visit this website to see if you may be interested in serving in one of them soon:

If you have amateur radio news to share with others please send it to: ARRL Kentucky Section Public Information Coordinator Greg Lamb, W0QI at

If you want to know about Amateur Radio Emergency Services in the ARRL Kentucky Section please contact: Section Emergency Coordinator Cecil Dennis, K4TCD at

If you need information about interference or have a complaint about inappropriate or illegal amateur operations please contact: ARRL Kentucky Section Official Observer Coordinator Bill Hilyerd, K4LRX at

If you are needing some technical assistance with amateur radio or related information you can contact: ARRL Kentucky Section Technical Coordinator Chuck Milam, N9KY at

The four or five volunteers listed above are just a few of the many volunteers available in the ARRL Kentucky Section ready to assist you as ARRL Members, so take advantage of their services when needed.

Thanks & 73,

Alan, KY1O ARRL Kentucky Section Manager

Links: Your source for KY ARRL/ARES and other Info, Kentucky Section Facebook Page

Kentucky Officials