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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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KMARC Monthly Meeting

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The next KMARC Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, March 10th at 6pm at the Perry County Public Library.  Topics to be discussed include the Spring Cookout/Antenna Project, Field Day in June, Hamfest in October, and the New Whitesburg Hamfest!

We hope to see you there.


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At 0900 AM Jan 6th, 2014 Tony Edwards, WX4JKL with the National Weather Service in Jackson, KY came on the East KY Linked Repeater System calling for snowfall reports. He took 14 reports.
An East KY ARES/SKYWARN Emergency Net was immediately activated by KY4JLB, Johnnie Brashear ASEC Region 4. More reports were sent to the National Weather Service by e-mail throughout the activation after being collected by radio with the help of WB4WAU, Allen Epling, EC Pike County who then came on board as Net Control with Alternate Net Control KI4MOA, Larry Thacker AEC Pike County. An alternate frequency of 7.242 was established in case of repeater failure.
The Letcher County ARES/SKYWARN Net was run on Linked System at 9 PM with Donnie Eldridge, KJ4LOB AEC Letcher Co, Net Control collecting temp. reports, which were also sent to National Weather Service in Jackson. Shelter openings were also announced on the net.
Eastern KY ARES/SKYWARN Emergency Activation was terminated at 10 PM with operators encouraged to listen to their radios the next day due to low temps.
Listed below are the 41 operators who were on radio during this emergency activation to help collect snowfall amounts, temp readings, road conditions, and shelter openings:

KY4JLB Johnnie Brashear Perry Co ASEC Reg 4

WB4WAU Allen Epling Pike Co EC

KI4MOA Larry Thacker Pike Co AEC

WX4JKL Tony Edwards Breathitt Co

K4TDO Tim Osborne Breathitt Co AEC

WA4SWF Fred Jones Lawrence Co

KY4BP Brian Prater Pike Co

KY4RF Steve Ramey Pike Co

N4QBE Chris Riffle Letcher Co EC

KK4CZO Gary Oliver Perry Co DEC Dist 10

KK4LLG Ernie Fugate Knott Co EC

KF4MF Danny Wright Letcher Co AEC

KF4KPL Daniel Hensley Lawrence Co

K4SJA Steve Addison Owsley Co

KC4CG John Ingram Harlan Co

KJ4FVX Johnny Saylor Harlan Co

KK4IFF Jimmy Hatton Perry Co

KA4AOU Jim Osborne Perry Co

WB4NZS Morris Caudill Perry Co

WB4IEA Bob Spurlock Perry Co

KK4UUY Dacker Combs Perry Co

K4AVX John Farler Perry Co

N4KJU Johnny Hager Johnson Co DEC Dist 9

KR4YP Rick Ervin Leslie Co

KJ4LOB Donnie Eldridge Letcher Co AEC

KI4COX Keith Mckinster Carter Co EC

WB4CTX Jim Hicks Bracken Co EC

KR4WI Mathew Hollins Breathitt Co EC

KK4IWE Darren Watson Estill Co

KD4HPR Jack Buckley Knott Co AEC

KK4QBV Joh Back Letcher Co

KE4OZS David Pierce Knott Co

KF4EJS Chris Hacker Johnson Co EC

KF4XL Frank Belcher Pike Co

KD4ZDJ Cory Farmer Pike Co

AF4NO Greg Hess Pike Co

KK4LMU Davc Bailey Carter Co

KJ4UDN Rick Stevens Greenup Co

KI4UOL Johnny Primeau Pike Co

KD4HPR Jack Buckley Knott Co AEC

N4TLL Tim Lewis Letcher Co

Monthly KMARC Meeting

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The KMARC will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 13th, 6PM at the Perry County Public Library.

KMARC Helps Send Care Packages to Troops

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Several weeks ago, Gary Oliver, KK4CZO, attended one of our Friday morning breakfast meetings and announced that his office, MSHA District 7, had gathered items to create 15 care packages to send to local troops who are currently deployed in Afghanistan.  The packages were ready to ship and they were looking for another organization to help out with the shipping costs.  KMARC members stepped up and raised the money to help cover shipping.  Last night, one of the soldiers from the unit that received the care packages posted the following message on the KMARC Facebook Page:


I just received the care package sent by you all and the MSHA Coal Dist. 7 office and I was looking online for a club mailing address to send you a card, but I found your facebook page instead. Thank you all for the package. It always makes us feel good to know people at home care about us and that is especially true around this time of year. I shared the package with some other guys, like we always do. But, besides getting snacks and toiletries and such, the best thing about getting care packages is knowing that someone at home, that we may have never met, cared enough about our soldiers to send it.

I was wondering if your president, Johnnie Brashear, is the same Johnnie that used to work for Hazard Police Dept and the Water Patrol – if so, I met him a few times back in the 80’s and 90’s when I worked for Hazard PD. I am Army Reserve, so I live in Frankfort and work for the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet in civilian life. In the Army I am an Infantryman and Drill Sergeant and my reserve job is usually training privates or ROTC cadets at Ft. Knox and Ft. Sill, but I have deployed twice to train the Afghan army and police. Anyhow, this is my second time in Afghanistan and, with any luck, I’ll be home by February.

You all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you again for the care package.

SSG Brenn O. Combs
Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.


2013 KMARC Christmas Dinner

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We had over 40 people present Saturday at the Christmas Dinner.  They came from four counties around the area, and all had a good time and good food and fellowship.

Jim Osborne, KA4AOU, is awarded the KMARC Operator of the Year Award by cluib president Johnnie Brashear, KY4JLB.

Jim Osborne, KA4AOU won the KMARC Amateur Radio Operator of the Year Award for all his support of the many club activities. He is always there for all events, and goes beyond the call of duty.

This fact is obvious at Field Day, the Hamfest, and the Christmas Dinner. Jim has been a ham for many years, and recycled to get back on the air a few years ago. He serves as the Net Manager for the Perry Co. ARES/SKYWARN Net, and does the net report each month. He’s also active as an ARES member, and checks into several nets each week.

His son Chris is KJ4SFI, who has had his license several years. Jim is the type of person who jumps right in to help, and he is the ideal club member, who is very deserving of this award. (Not to mention his work as social chairman!, who comes up with good food arrangements and menus.)

John, K4AVX
KMARC Secretary & Treasurer

Below is a slideshow of pictures taken at the Christmas Dinner.  To view all the photos in an album format, click here.


Snowfall Measuring Procedures

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Take a look at this link for information regarding the proper way to measure snowfall.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Edwards

Photo Courtesy of Tony Edwards

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