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2016 Field Day Logo

NO CHARGE, FREE!!!!! Come on out and join us, as we get ready for Field Day 2016. Got something you want to sell? Bring it as well. Know someone who wants to be a amateur radio operator? Bring them along as well. The Letcher County Club, will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs. So bring a comfy chair and come on out and socialize with area hams.

Coming from Hazard on KY 80 approx. 4 Miles West of Hindman Red Light turn left onto KY 1098.

Coming from Prestonsburg on KY 80 approx. 2 Miles East of Sportsplex turn right onto KY 1098.

At top of Hill on turn left onto gravel road and stay straight. Talk In on simplex 146.520.

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EKY Repeater Audio on the Internet

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Click the image above to listen to a live audio feed (will open in new window) of East Kentucky Amateur Repeaters listed below.  Many thanks to KK4WH.

  • 146.550/S  – Ky. Statewide Simplex  E KY simplex net (Wednesday 9pm)
  • 146.670/R – Perry County
  • 147.105/R – Harlan County
  • 146.850/R – Perry County (back-up)
  • 145.350/R – Letcher County
  • 147.375/R – Buckhorn Lake area
  • 146.760/S – Harlan-Letcher County<coming soon>

KY4JLB presented award by NWS Jackson Office

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Club President Johnnie Brashear KY4JLB, was presented a Public Service Award from the National Weather Service on April 29th, at the weekly KMARC breakfast meeting. Johnnie was recognized for acting as the net control station, during the winter storm on January 22-23, 2016. During the storm Johnnie took snow fall reports from local amateur radio operators across the East Kentucky region and relayed those to meteorologist at the NWS office in Jackson. This valuable “on the ground data” helps the NWS verify and adjust their forecasting models. Amateur radio in East Kentucky and the NWS, have a close working relationship. Of the 300 reports that came into the NWS Jackson office during the storm, almost a third were from amateur radio operators.

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.

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