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Alan D. Morgan, KY1O
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(859) 753-5092
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KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - December 14, 2015


Report of Activities for 2015 – ARRL Kentucky Section 


Alan D. Morgan, KY1O ARRL Kentucky Section Manager 


I took office as Section Manager on April 1, 2015 (I tell people April Fool’s Day was very appropriate for me to take on a new challenge such as this certainly is in being an SM.) 


My Initial Goals/Priorities as new Section Manager were as follows: 



To update ARRL Field Appointment database – corrections, deletions, and additions. Update Appointment Info on too.



To fill vacant ARRL Field Appointment Positions with active involved amateur operators who want to work as a Leadership TEAM



To increase participation in EMCOMM/ARES Exercises and Events, especially COMEX and SET, as well as regional, district, & local activities.



To form 5 Regional Leadership Teams with ASEC, ASTM, ASM, & PIO. Supported by: SM, SEC, STM, & PIC on a statewide basis. 


It took me over 8 months and still working on corrections, updates, and additions to the Field Appointments and to have ARRL’s database for the Kentucky Section corrected. I very much appreciate Steve Ewald and Leona Adams assistance in this matter as well. 


With the very able assistance of the Assistant Section Manager and Public Information Coordinator for Kentucky Section, Greg Lamb, W0QI (formerly W4TSA) has put us in the forefront of getting timely information out to our ARRL Members across KY. We now use Twitter, Facebook, email distribution, websites ( and other media to keep all who are interested informed of ARRL and other amateur radio related events, such as: contests, operating events, training, testing, technical innovations and information, new equipment available, new hams, new field appointees within our Section, etc. On several instances National ARRL PR has picked up and used our news releases across their media formats too. Kentucky even got a good mention during the SM Workshops for being out in front on use of new media outlets to get the word out to the ARRL members quickly. 


I made a few initial appointments and then had to make some changes for various reasons to form a better leadership team for our Section and now I think we are working out the bugs in our programs to do a better job of implementation into the future. In this vain we held an ARRL Leadership Conference at the Greater Louisville Hamfest in Shepherdsville, KY in September to roll out our new team and information to our leaders/members. This conference was a great success judging from all the positive feedback that I received and the very nice write up it got in the SERA Journal too. 


I am working with the newly appointed Technical Coordinator Chuck Milam, N9KY to form a team of Technical Specialists that can be contacted for information to assist ARRL Members in various aspects of our hobby. Chuck is currently recruiting more folks to serve in the TS capacities on his team. 


Section Emergency Coordinator, Cecil Dennis, K4TCD has hit the ground running in his capacity and got the ball rolling on numerous aspects of ARES Programs across our Section. We started requiring compliance with ARRL and Section rules, policies, and procedures and received quite a few complaints from those who weren’t used to having to meet those guidelines. We even lost a few good ARES Members/Leaders, but some of the basic rules of ARRL Membership, basic level training requirements, monthly reporting, etc. were not being met and had not been enforced in the past by Section Leadership. We even had some complain to the Great Lakes Division and ARRL Headquarters CEO level, but they must understand that if they don’t want to meet basic ARRL/ARES requirements, then their services are no longer needed in this Section's ARRL/ARES Programs. So, we are now passing the forming and storming phases of our new ARES team and moving toward more norming now. 


Our Section Youth Coordinators Mark Volstad, AI4BJ & Lucas Brown, KK4ZNJ are both working on programs and recruitment of youth into our hobby with various scouting and other event outlets. 


I had the Section budget purchase from ARRL Sales 6 of the nice blue background ARRL Banners (one for each of our regions for the ASMs and myself to have on hand for events in their areas). These have worked out very nicely on display at Hamfests, Operating Events, etc. across our Section this year. 


We also are preparing for the NPOTA operations and purchased 2 of the NPOTA Banners to loan out to operators at these events in 2016 in the 2 National Parks in KY. 


I attended the Section Manager Workshop at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT. in September and very much enjoyed that training. It was great sharing ideas and information with the 19 other SMs in attendance as well. I took many notes home to KY with me from the Workshop and have worked on implementation of some of them and will continue to promote the ARRL programs in the KY Section. One of the highlights was getting to operate W1AW on air during my visit!


I attended several Hamfests during 2015 across Kentucky and including Charleston, WV & Meriden, CT for the CT State Convention and met with CT & Eastern MA SMs during this event as well. 


I was on a temporary work assignment supposed to only last for 3 months and it turned into 8 months at the US Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT.  I took off a week from work to return to KY to prepare for and attend the ARRL Kentucky Leadership Conference in September. While in NE I traveled up to Maine and met with Bill Crowley SM for Maine and had lunch with him discussing various ARRL/ham related issues too. 


I have been in communication with Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia SMs to coordinate activities during 2015 too. 


I have participated in some of the SM Conference Calls quarterly. 


Our ARRL Leadership Team under the leadership and guidance of ASMs are currently working on setting up ARRL/ARES Regional Workshops in each of the 5 regions in Kentucky for 2016. Also, making preparations for the 2016 ARRL State Conference on September 10, 2016 to be held in conjunction with the Greater Louisville Hamfest once again in Shepherdsville, KY. The newly sworn LT Governor of Kentucky, Jenean Hampton, K5EIB will also be extended an invitation to attend the ARRL State Conference and speak to the group in attendance.


Many club meetings were also attended by myself and the ASMs across the Section promoting ARRL Programs and doing membership recruitment for ARRL.


I am sure I am leaving out some of the activities that I or other appointees have participated in during 2015 and will send a follow-up report if anything of importance comes to mind. 


Looking forward to a very productive 2016 with ARRL activities in the Kentucky Section.


Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to ALL!


Respectfully submitted, 


Alan D. Morgan, KY1O

ARRL Kentucky Section Manager


KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - November 23, 2015

I send everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you and your family/friends enjoy the holiday and get to spend some quality time together.

I am now back in KY after what was supposed to only be a 3-month temporary assignment on the US Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT, which turned into an 8-month one. It was a lot of fun though getting an opportunity to spend that time traveling around sightseeing in New England and meeting many hams while up there in the area. At least my ONE callsign fit in up there I guess. LOL I will get to enjoy some time here with family and friends through New Years and get some projects I want to accomplish underway and maybe a few completed before I head out on my next safety consulting assignment.

Many are now gearing up for the National Parks On The Air 2016 Event and it sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun activating and operating from and with the various stations that will be set up in all the park locations around the USA during the year long Centennial celebration.

WRC-15 opened up more frequency allocation worldwide on the 60 meter band recently and as soon as the FCC completes their rules revision we will see some changes here in the US and be able to work more countries on that band. Please be very mindful of power limitations and other restrictions when operating on 60 meters.

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 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.

Reminder: ARRL Annual Dues go up by $10 per year starting in 2016, so you may want to renew before the end of the year to take advantage of savings on your membership soon.


Again... Happy Thanksgiving... Take care for now & 73,

Alan, KY1O KY Section Manager


KENTUCKY SECTION NEWS - September 22, 2015

Many thanks to all who took their time away from family and friends to spend the day on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to attend the ARRL Kentucky Section Leadership Conference in Shepherdsville, KY at the Greater Louisville Hamfest. The conference was a great success and I appreciate all who planned and particpated in the event this year.

Next year on September 10, 2016 will be the ARRL Kentucky Section Convention during the Greater Louisville Hamfest once again. There will be several ARRL/ARES forums and a Woulff Hong Ceremony at high Noon. Please put this on your calendar to attend in 2016.

Each of the 5 Regions in Kentucky Section will hold their own ARRL/ARES Leadership Conferences/Workshops prior to September 10, 2016 in order to come to the convention to share their information with others.

I want to encourage you to take the ARRL EC-001 and EC-016 Courses and you can sign up on this website to take them. Another set of 3 training courses on line should be taken on as well.

73, Alan - KY10 KY SM



The ARRL Kentucky Section Leadership Conference is now to be held during the Greater Louisville Hamfest in Shepherdsville, KY on September 12th starting at 8 am during the forum sessions. Brochure with session listings has been sent out via email and posted on line. If you have any questions please contact or myself. I hope to see you there on Saturday, September 12th at the hamfest/conference.

73 Alan, KY1O



New Section Emergency Coordinator takes the helm of KyARES effective July 21, 2015. Thomas 'Cecil' Dennis, K4TCD from Covington, KY is the new SEC and will be looking for ARRL Members who want to volunteer in EMCOMM or assist in a leadership role in the KyARES organization. You can contact Cecil via email at or through

Alan - KY1O



THANKS TO JIM, KY4Z... After serving 4 terms as Section Manager (8 years) I want to thank Jim Brooks, KY4Z for his service to our hobby.

UPCOMING EVENTS... Kentucky ARRL/ARES Leadership Conference to be held during the Greater Louisville Hamfest in Shepherdsville, KY on September 12th starting at 8 am.

Great Lakes Division Convention in Columbus, OH on August 1, 2015. We would like to see Kentucky well represented at this year's event if possible, please attend.

Several Summer/Fall Hamfests are coming up too... please attend these events as well and support the vendors at these events to keep them coming back and setting up again the next time. Many clubs depend on these events as fundraisers for their operations too. Help them out won't you?

My goals and priorities as the new SM of Kentucky... My main number one goal as SM is to get the ARRL/ARES Field Appointments under control and all information on them updated with certificates issued out accordingly. Second goal is the Kentucky ARRL/ARES Leadership Conference to be held each year. Third is to get KY hams active in COMEX and other EMCOMM exercises across the Commonwealth. Forth is to enjoy the hobby as a ham like everyone else in my own special ways. Several have criticized me not being active on HF, but I am regularly active in other aspects of the hobby such as APRS (you can track KY1O my cellphone or KY1O-9 my SUV), VHF/UHF operations (including D-STAR & DMR - Yaesu format), reading on updates to keep abreast of events and activities within the hobby, attending many hamfests conferences, and conventions and other events as well. I do occasionally get on 40 meters around 7.225-7.231 MHz on base and/or mobile.

I will be attending an ARRL SM Workshop at ARRL HQ in Newington, CT in September to learn more about being a Section Manager. I just hope they can teach an old dog some new tricks!

73 for now, Alan - KY1O



A FINAL FROM KY4Z.  As the end of the month of March approaches, warm weather and hamfest season have arrived! 

This month marks the final days of my term as Kentucky Section Manager. Alan Morgan, KY1O, will be Kentucky SM on April 1st. Please join me in welcoming Alan as SM. He brings many years of ham radio experience, as well as experience in emergency services and real enthusiasm for our hobby.

I wish to thank all of you who participated in any of the ARRL-sponsored programs -- volunteer testing, ARES, the OO program and those of you who supported the ARRL in Kentucky during my eight years as SM. It was only with your support that the ARRL programs function, and again, my thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and talent to your community and Amateur Radio.

One of the ARRL's most important programs is ARES, and I must thank all of you who volunteer your efforts in your local programs. My  thanks as well to the many coordinators who make the program work on the county, district and regional level. 

Thanks also to those who served in the important Section Emergency Coordinator position - Jim McDonnell, W2LTB, Kenny Garrett, N4KLG, and John Hudson, KO4XJ. I would be remiss if I did not also give my thanks to Pat Spencer, KD4PWL, the founder of KYHAM. net website for his website work and his long support of the KY ARES program, and to Roman Rusinek, KE6YCW, who now serves ad KYHAM administrator, as well as collects and manages all the reports submitted by KY ARES coordinators. 

Also stepping down at the end of the month is Kentucky Section Emergency Coordinator John Hudson, KO4XJ. My special thanks to John for stepping up and taking on an important volunteer position. 

And thanks to many others who have served in my Section Cabinet over the years. There are opportunities to fill a number of vacancies in the cabinet as Alan, KY1O, takes over as SM. If you are interested in stepping up to consider a statewide volunteer position, contact Alan, KY1O. The volunteer cabinet positions include:

Section Emergency Coordinator
Affiliated Club Coordinator
State Government Liaison
Public Information Coordinator
Technical Coordinator
Section Youth Coordnator

For more information, click the links for the ARRL position descrptions.

My thanks again for your support during my term as SM. I look forward to see you all again on the hamfest circuit.


Jim Brooks, KY4Z
KY Section Manager, 2007-2015



CONGRATS KY1O.  Please join me in congratulating Alan Morgan, KY1O, who is now Kentucky Section Manager-elect and will begin his term on April 1, 2015. Between now and then, Alan and I will be working together in order to effect a smooth transition when his term begins. 

FORMER SM BILL USCHAN, K4MIS, SK.  Former Kentucky Section Manager Bill Uschan, K4MIS, became a Silent Key on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, following a short illness in Appleton, Wisconson. He was a retired employee of the Kentucky Department of Finance. In 2013, he moved to Appleton to be close to his sister and brother. He was a long time member and former president of the Capital Amateur Society. He served in communications for KY Emergency Management at the state Emergency Operations Center at Boone Center. He supported Franklin County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, and Skywarn ham radio operations. He was a member of the Frankfort Police Citizens and a member of Franklin County CERT. He also participated in many local and state disasters and was active in many KY Emergency Management exercises until falling ill. Additionally, Bill served several years as an Assistant Section Manager.

PSHR REPORTS.  Thanks to Roman Rusinek, KE6YCW, the Kentucky Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports are now compiled into the monthly section ARES/NTS spreadsheet information that is archived. 

Additionally, the PSHR reports are forwarded to ARRL HQ for inclusion in the Field Organization Reports column each month in QST magazine.  While we certainly honor everyone's input, the Honor Roll listing is formal recognition of those ham volunteers who accumulate 70 points or more in a month.

How do you earn points? Through your public service activities -- traffiic handling, appointments, participation in a public service net, emergency operations or public service communications support. For the details on the PSHR, visit

For the last few months, only one station is regularly filling out a monthly PSHR report. Not only does your report put your volunteerism into numbers, it also provides you with feedback on the work you do -- and recognition as well.

The report also helps HQ track the public service and traffic handling activities in each Section. We need your participation!! To submit your PSHR report, visit the KYHAM website reports page here:

BOY SCOUT AMATUER RADIO AWARD. The Boy Scouts of America, in conjunction with the ARRL, created a new service award called the "Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award."

The new award recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and valuable Amateur Radio experience. This program allows Scouting leaders to wear the Community Organization Award square knot on their uniform, in recognition of their service within their community organization.

For more information about the award, visit the BSA website or the ARRL story here:

QST FROM KY4Z.  As the holidays approach, I want to wish all Kentucky's Amateur Radio operators a very Merry Christmas and a safe and joyous New Year.  Though my term doesn't end until the last of March, this is a good time to express my appreciation to all of you for the support I have received over these past eight years of service as Kentucky Section Manager.  I especially wish to thank those who have volunteered and continue to volunteer in various roles both inside and outside ARRL programs, including ARES, the Official Observer program, Volunteer Examiner program, etc. There's no greater service one can ask than to help your community. Thank you all!



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


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