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Kentucky Colonel Amateur Radio Club

Kentucky Colonel Amateur Radio Club

Contact Information

Club Name:
Kentucky Colonel Amateur Radio Club
Call Sign:
Timothy A. Meyer KJ4ARE
Daytime Phone:
(270) 792-8356

Basic Information

Call Sign:
Annual Report:
Jun 01st 2021
Meeting Time:
4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Meeting Place:
See club web site:
Affiliation Date:
Mar 25th 1957
Contest, Digital Modes, DX, General Interest, Public Service/Emergency, Repeaters, School or Youth Group, VHF/UHF
Services Offered:
Hamfest, License Test Sessions, Mentor, Repeater

 Kentucky Colonels Amateur Radio Club - History

In the summer of 1956, a group of amateur radio operators in Bowling Green, Kentucky, organized the Warren County Radio Club and applied for affiliation with the American Radio Relay League.  In September 1956, the group set up a demonstration table at the Southern Kentucky Fair.

Paul Shaw (W4OOS) was the first president and Alger Hanks (K4LOA) was the Secretary-Treasurer.  On November 17, 1956, the club applied for ARRL Affiliation with 18 licensed radio amateurs in the club of whom 14 were ARRL members.  In April 1957, the ARRL approved the application and the club was issued a charter.  The club call was K4OCH.

The club offered their services to the city of Bowling Green for Civil Defense in 1962 and received affirmative replies from Mayor Robert Graham and Sheriff Hubert Phelps. They contacted several government agencies about purchasing surplus equipment and received replies from Rear Admiral Bernard Roeder, US Navy, US Senator John Sherman Cooper, and US Representative William H. Natcher, Kentucky Governor Bert Combs and US Army Major Sidney Rexford on steps to take to procure the equipment.

In September 1962, a motion was approved to adopt the name of Kentucky Colonels for the club if approved and commissioned by the Governor and Lt. Governor; and a letter was sent to Lt. Governor Wilson Wyatt who had given verbal approval.  Final approval was received in 1963.

The first hamfest of the Kentucky Colonels Amateur Radio Club was August 4, 1963 at Beech Bend Park. The major door prize was a six-meter transceiver kit.  Seventy-six hams and their families attended.

In 1965, the club call was WA4VXO. It was later changed to K4LOL and is currently KY4BG.

KCARC continues to host the Vette CIty Hamfest in Bowling, KY the first Saturday of October.

Source: KCARC Minutes Archives.


Club Statistics

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Kentucky Colonel Amateur Radio Club Officers

  • Timothy A. Meyer KJ4ARE

    Contact, President

    Timothy A. Meyer KJ4ARE

  • Julius W 'Bill' Reynolds K4PBS

    Treasurer, Secretary

    Julius W 'Bill' Reynolds K4PBS

  • Zachary Gene Rackovan N0ZGR

    Vice President

    Zachary Gene Rackovan N0ZGR


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