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The 2015 Hazard Hamfest will be held on Sat. October 31, 2015.  It will be at the same site as last year’s event – The Hazard DAV #64, at 165 Industrial Drive.   $5 admission and $5 per table.  Contacts are Johnnie Brashear, KY4JLB, and Dacker Combs, KK4UUY,

2015 Hamfest

2014 KMARC Christmas Dinner

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Below are photos from the 2014 KMARC Christmas Dinner.  Congratulations to Jimmy Hatton, KK4IFF, for being selected as Operator of the Year.

2014 Annual KMARC Hamfest

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Below are photographs taken at the annual KMARC Hamfest held at the DAV building in Hazard.


Black Mountain Madness Bike Ride

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On Oct. 4th, 2014, the Harlan County Amateur Radio Club was again requested to provide communication for Cumberland Tourism which held its 2nd Ride to the Summit of Black Mountain which, this year, was named Black Mountain Madness  and dubbed the “Biggest Darn Hill in the State of Kentucky.”  30 bicycle riders came to ride the 70 plus miles starting from Cumberland to Loyal and back to Cumberland and passing through Benham and Lynch to the summit of Black Mountain at the Virginia state line.  The temp at the top was 36 degrees and never got much warmer!  Ham Radio Operators were stationed along the way at SAG stops where tourism personnel gave the riders water and snacks.  There were no incidents or injuries and communication was done through the Harlan 2-meter and Lynch 2-meter repeaters.  The event gave the Hams training in providing accurate information via the radio and was ran in an organized manner.  A debriefing was held at the event headquarters where food was provided and the bicycle riders could interact with the ham operators.  Hams were also given an event t-shirt.




Pictured left to right

KK4AJB Joe Takacs from Fayette Co

KK4WRU Kevin Hendrickson from Perry Co

AF4YJ Wayne Hensley from Harlan Co

KK4LLG Ernie Fugate from Knott Co

KV4ZH Will Christman from Harlan Co

KY4JLB Johnnie Brashear from Perry Co

KC4FNV Steve Tolliver from Harlan Co

Not pictured are

KJ4FVY Mike Kelly from Harlan Co

KK4MKG Terri Kelly from Harlan Co

KM4CTJ Adam Gibbons from Harlan Co

KMARC Cookout

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KMARC’s annual club cookout will be held on Monday, September 8th at 6pm at the Carr Creek Tailwater area (turn off of Hwy 15 onto Sassafras Creek Rd and take second left after passing dam).  Everyone is asked to please bring a covered dish.  It would also be a good idea to bring a folding chair.  Also, there will be a tailgate sale with proceeds benefiting the club.


Field Day Gun Raffle Winner

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Congratulations to Jim Arnold of Blackey in Letcher County for winning the KMARC Shotgun Raffle!  The winning ticket was sold by Bert, (4)

Field Day 2014

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The Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club met at the Knott County Campground at about 1,500 ft elevation in area where the annual trail ride is held where thousands of horse riders come from everywhere bringing their horses to ride the reclaimed strip mines. However, since this was not the event weekend, we only saw cows and ATV’s. The Club Communication Trailer was pulled in by Dacker KK4UUY followed by campers owned by Ernie KK4LLG, Gary KK4CZO, and Johnnie KY4JLB. Setting up the trailer was easy as were the camper trailers, but the new Buddipole antenna was somewhat of a chore since it was the first time used with so many parts and pieces and paperwork to read but it was finally understood and RF began to flow to it. The first contact was with W1AW Portable 3!  Jack KD4HPR came by and inspected setup since it was close to His OTH. Bert KB4ZHK enjoyed operating His 15 meter QRP CW rig throughout the night. The drawing for the shotgun was held and the winner was Jim Arnold of Letcher County. Evening meal was prepared with Cassie operating the makeshift outdoor kitchen. Later, a campfire was enjoyed and Gary’s Wife Eleshia provided marshmallows, hershey bars, and graham crackers and put together melted were a real treat. We all had a great time and are looking forward to Field Day 2015!

Field Day 2014

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Field Day is June 28th and 29th and the KMARC will be participating at the Knott County Campground.  The contacts to reserve space at the campground are Bill Reed 304-784-1981 or Debbie Reed 859-609-1288.  Rates are as follows:

$30 per site for 4 persons on Electric Sites

$15 per site for 4 persons on Primitive Sites

$5 for each additional person

There are 8 camp sites with electric and KMARC has reserved 4 of them.  1 site is for the ARES Trailer and will be paid for by the club.  The other 3 sites are for club members but must be paid for by each member using the site.

April KMARC Meeting and Cookout

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The Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club, LLC next meeting/cookout will beMonday, April 14th at 6 pm at Mike Chownings, N8TTR,  located at 329 Popular St in Hazard.  Directions from Old Bypass (Memorial Drive) are as follows; take LO Davis Drive to top of the hill near Memorial Gym and go straight through intersection onto Cedar St. Popular St. will be the 3rd street on right.  Go up hill to second parking lot.  Bring dish of your choice, we will grill hotdogs/hamburgers at location and you know the rest.  Talk-in 146.670  Johnnie President KMARC,LLC PoplarStMap1

SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training

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