ARRL Sections - Kansas



Contact Information

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

Basic Information


                                                                                        Updated Jul 15                                                                                                        Photos Updated Jul 1

Silent Keys

KCØPDY- Jim Elliott, Overland Park                                                                          KCØSII- Phillip  Endacott, Topeka                                                                   
WAØIKA- Jerry Gray, Lawrence                                                                              KCØRH- James McBee, Topeka                                                                        KC5TES- Tim Taliaferro, Caney
KØWPM- Bill Matthes, Concordia


Field Day is here!

The biggest and most popular event on a Hams calendar has finally arrived. There are 20 groups shown on the ARRL locator map for Kansas. There are some groups that participate from locations not accessible to the public such as Class F(EOC)so there will be a few more stations on the air than shown.

Go down the check list to make sure you are not forgetting power strips, adapters, the power cord you made up for the digital interface etc, duct tape. How are you handling breakfast ? Rain gear might be appropriate for clubs in the North East quarter of the state this time.

Many of you will generate a Radiogram to me for bonus points. I will not be on the Sideband Net Saturday nite, however, if a station picks up traffic and relays it to me that station can claim 10 points per message for the relay function. I will be running the Phone net Sunday morning at 8A on 3920KHz and can receive messages there.

Send me pictures and things worth sharing. Maybe you will end up having a nice dinner or special guest at your site. Tell me about it.

Have fun and enjoy.  Be Safe.



South East Kansas ARC is now an ARRL affiliated club.                                        Officers are: President Joe WØMQY; Vice President Jack Dock WDØCFH Secretary/Treasurer Loren Chancey KDØRTXThey meet the last Saturday at Hardees in Pittsburg. 

New Net Controls
KDØARW-Eric, WAØDTH-Terry, KBØPQP-Cary and KCØQT-Tom have come on board as NCS. You’ll hear Eric Saturdays Terry Mondays and Cary Wednesdays on the Sideband Net and Tom M-W-F mornings on the Phone Nets. There are still a few empty spots to fill.

Winter / Spring Happenings

Kansas Day Round Up

Two groups put stations on the air to celebrate our statehood this year. KSØKS filled the air for Santa Fe Trail ARC, set up again at the Mahaffie Heritage Center. This museum and stage coach stop is a great venue for the event and has good traffic from the other things going on there each weekend. The club stayed busy during the 5 hour event making contacts across the country. They hold their event on the Saturday closest to January 25th.

Kansas Day for Elk County ARS was on January 29th. The team made over 5 dozen contacts in a few hours on 20 meters that included Hawaii and Italy, and they got some press! 

Wichita ISS Event

The folks in Wichita put together an International Space Station program in February at Exploration Place, Sedgwick Co. Science Center. They had the attention of about 60 kids and many adults as the space station passed over allowing them to converse with an astronaut using Ham Radio. David-NØYKG and John-NØUBQ said there was a glitch with the first pass. More attenuation in the cable runs than anticipated. The SAREX liaison was able to coordinate a second attempt  and everything went well with that pass.  AMSAT loaned an azimuth-elevation combination rotator for the effort.  The local TV station was there of course. 

A general presentation on Amateur Radio including repeaters was presented to round out the Ham Radio experience 

NØKFS- Bill from Troy has moved over the river to St Joseph, MO and retired from managing our Sideband and Phone nets. He plans to get back on the air in the future. Thank you Bill for calling 8 nets a week and for putting in more than 15 years as our Net Manager.

Santa Fe Trail held their first Amateur Extra upgrade class, with two dozen students. Club members put a great deal of effort into the class to make it a fun worthwhile experience.

W1AW/0 was heard emanating from our section in February. This session was coordinated by K0BJ. If you missed out on Kansas you can try again in the fall. 

Wavelength and apertures was one subject that came up at a Hiawatha ARC meeting. The example of AM Broadcast not passing well through a truss bridge was used.

NZ0F with help from presenters put on a new licensee orientation seminar-program. The first was so well received he scheduled another on the other side of town. The nearly two hours covered repeater and net etiquette, general operating practices and protocols. A station was set up in the meeting room for Mic-shy licensees to check-into a live net. KC DX Club provided door prizes. 

Olathe Marathon was run with 3500 participants supported by 35 radio amateurs. A manageable ratio for the all day event. KCØQBU-Dennis and NZØF-Herb were the coordinators. 

Pilot Knob Amateur Radio Club hosted a Special Event Station in April at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth.

Emporia ARS held a fox hunt in April. Held on the college grounds, this one was on foot. Jim-WX0U built the fox into a small electrical transfer switch box.

W0PBV-Myron has been presenting various electronics theory programs at MAARS (Manhattan ARS) meetings this spring.

Central Kansas ARC has replaced some equipment at Kansas Wesleyan University.  Kathryn- KD0OWZ and  Eric-N0YET  tested the station by making some DX contacts prior to the February meeting.

K-Link expanded to Eldorado in March with the 443.100 machine. 

Wichita ARC plans to put Exploration Place on the air for Kids Day-June 21. A great lead in to Field Day!

Johnson County RAC will hold an HF mobile antenna shoot out June 13th.


April  2014 Reports

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NET ACTIVITY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kansas.Nets-------Sessions---Check-in--messages------Managers. --------------
NB0Z ------------------0-----18-------12--------0----------30
Categories>>>> 1.   2.    3.    4.   5.   6. Totals                                                              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ KB0DTI Ron      40   22   10    0   0   0   72

Emergency Contacts:
State RACES Officer:

SATERN Liaison: Rich Britain-NØENO             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-------- XXXXXX Dy. 6:30 PM* 3920 kHz
Ks Phone Net-----------  XXXXXX MWF 6:45 AM 3920 kHz
Ks Phone Net----------- XXXXXX 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. 7:32 PM 3547 kHz
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TENTH REGION NET REPORT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

57  Sessions (QNI)check-ins ?? 126 (QTC)messages, KS represented 57 % of net sessions by  NBØZ
Dave W0SS/Mgr. Meets daily at 7:45PM and 9:30PM on 3.562 MHz

22  Sessions,  KS represented  86 % of net sessions by:  KEØDL and NØYZN
Meets M-F 10:00A on 7280 Jerry KCØVTT/Mgr.

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

Mine Creek ARC----------0-----------00--------0------KB0DTI
WheatState Wrls ---------4-----------21---------0------KB0DTI
Pilot Knob ARC-----------0-----------00---------0------KC0JCQ
Central Kansas QCWA--4-----------26---------0------N0LL
US Center ARC-----------3-----------18---------0------N0LL
Wheat Shocker------------0-----------00---------0------Feed Back
Wheat Shocker 440-------0-----------00---------0------Feed Back

Western Kansas 160-----0-----------00---------0------KD0EZS

Room for more here :

Kansas Information Website, Kansas QSO Party, Club Resources

Kansas Officials