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KMARC Monthly Meeting

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The next meeting of the KMARC will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 6:00PM at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, 200 Veterans Drive in Hazard.  Testing will be conducted at 7:ooPM.

KMARC Christmas Dinner – Photos

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The annual KMARC Christmas Dinner was held on December 12th and was attended by nearly 50 people.  Below are a few photos from the event:

KMARC Christmas Dinner

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The Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club, Inc. annual Christmas Dinner will be held Saturday Dec. 12th 7:00 PM at Your Place Restaurant at Vicco/Happy on KY 15 next to Napa Auto Parts.  All Amateur Radio Operators and their families are invited.  Price of meal is arround $8.00 person, 5 and under free plus $1.00 per person  tip.  When arriving please pay Jim Osborne, KA4AOU. You also need to let him know how many in your party are planning on coming in advance so enough food is prepared. You may  e-mail Him at
See You there,
Johnnie Brashear
KY4JLB President

Technician Class

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If you know of anyone that is interested in a Technician class, one will be starting at Hazard Veterans Center in October.
These are the date’s.
Tue, Oct 6, 6-9pm
Thur, Oct 8, 6-9pm
Tue, Oct, 20, 6-9pm
Thur, Oct, 22 6-9pm
Sat, Oct, 24, 9-12, Lunch 12-1, Test after Lunch.
For more information, contact Ernie (KK4LLG) at

Black Mountain Madness Bike Ride

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The 2015 Black Mountain Madness Ride to the Summit was held Saturday, September 19th with 35 bicycle riders participating.  The ride started at the Cumberland Senior Citizen Center and traveled through Loyall, Cumberland, the coal mining towns of Benham and Lynch, to the summit on the Virginia line at 4,000 feet in elevation, and then over 70 miles riding down the treacherous, curving highway back to Cumberland.  The first place rider took 3 hours and 18 minutes to complete the course and the last rider took 5 hours and 59 minutes.

It was a long day with amateur radio operators meeting up at 6am for the event briefing.  Communication was done via the Harlan and Lynch 2 meter repeaters.

Ham Radio Operators/ARES Members participating in the event were:

Wayne Hensley, AF4YJ from Harlan County

John Ingram, KC4CG from Harlan County

Terri Kelly, KM4MKG from Harlan County

Mike Kelly, KJ4FVY from Harlan County

Don Ricard W1LQE from Harlan County

Joe Takacs, KK4AJB from Fayette County

Roy Covin, KJ4YSY from Fayette County

Johnnie Brashear, KY4JLB from Perry County

David Pierce, KE4OZS from Perry County

Ernie Fugate, KK4LLG from Knott County was on his way to the event but had a collision with a deer and his vehicle became disabled


Black Mountain Madness 2015 2     Black Mountain Madness 2015


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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.


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