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Hazard Hamfest Recap

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The Hazard Hamfest was held on Oct 26th sponsored by Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club and was proud to unveil a new club trailer to be used on Field Day and during emergency operations as a Command Post for ARES Amateur Radio Operators and if needed to help Red Cross or other relief organizations with transport of needed supplies into a disaster area in Eastern Kentucky. An ARES Meeting of Region 4 Members was held immediately following the Hamfest. Shown in pictures are various vendors at the Hamfest displaying their equipment for sale. Operating talk-in from the new trailer was Father Mike Chowning N8TTR. In the pictures You can see him proudly showing Dave Smith ND4Y and Will Christman KK4NBU of the Harlan County Club the trailers features.

Submitted by KY4JLB Johnnie Brashear President Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club.


Hazard Hamfest 2013

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Ride to the Summit

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On October 5th, 2013 the Harlan County Amateur Radio Club was involved in providing communication for the Cumberland Tourism, which held the 1st Ride to the Summit Bicycle Ride in which over 30 riders from other, more level, areas of the state and some from Knoxville, TN came with their bicycles to ride. The event started at 8 am in Cumberland and went to Loyall, then back through Cumberland and on to the top of Big Black Mountain then back down the steep mountain grade to Cumberland which was approximately a 70 mile trip.  There were members of the Harlan Club stationed along the route to call in as bikes arrived and departed from SAG (Support and Gear) Stations along the route, which had water, snacks, and restrooms available.  All bikes and Amateur Operators concluded around 3:30 pm and the sponsors had dinner for everyone and a debriefing was held.  There were no incidents and everyone including Hams had a great time.

Communications were handled as training for ARES with a Command Post established.  Communication was done via the Harlan and Black Mountain Repeaters.

ARES Members working the event were:


AF4YJ      Wayne Hensley EC Harlan County

KC4FNV   Steve Tolliver

KK4NBU  Will Christman IV

KJ4FVY    Mike Kelly

KK4MKG  Terri Kelly

KK4AJB    Joe Takacs

K4AVX      John Farler Region 4 ASEC

KY4JLB    Johnnie Brashear DEC Dist 10


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Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Station

Sep 7, 0900Z-2100Z                Call  W4P

Sponsor – KY Mountains Amateur Radio Club.
For Certificate:
send your QSL with a large Self Address, Stamped Envelope (SASE) 12 X 10 or so to hold an 8 1/2 X 11inch certificate
to K4AVX AS ON QRZ. OR, John Farler, 1264 Hall Mountain Rd, Viper, KY 41774.
Look for W4P throughout the day on different bands and modes, SSB, CW, and PSK-31. We will self spot on DX Spots, QRP Spots, and others.

KMARC To Host Special Events Station

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The Battle of Lake Erie Special Events Station celebrating the name sake of Hazard and Perry Co., will be held on Sat., Sept. 7. Operations will be from 9 AM – 9 PM, from different stations so we can cover more bands without interference problems.

1. N8TTR’s station all bands phone.

2, WB4NZS’s station digital ops all bands

3. K4AVX’s station CW OPS and phone, most bands.

4. KE4OZR station David has volunteered to help cover 20 – 10 meters.


All Station will use the call W4P


The repeater will be taken off the system so we can coordinate freqs, no two stations can operate on the same band and mode at the same time. Please plan to participate, as we will need lots of ops for all day on the air.

We plan to have a cookout in the evening at K4AVX QTH @ 6 PM for all participants.

I will send a text or checklist to use for the event. The next club meeting will be on Sept 6 at breakfast.

John, K4AVX

August KMARC Meeting

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The August meeting will take place on Monday, August 12 at 6PM at the Perry County Public Library near JC Penney’s in the Black Gold Shopping Center.

Local Hamfests in August 2013

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These hamfests are closer than the one on the other side of Lexington, and are inside.  I went to Huntington last year and it was a good one.
John K4AVX

TRI-STATE AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION HAMFEST – Saturday, August 10th 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Location is the Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Road, Huntington, WV 25701. Talk-in 146.760 tones 131.8. For more information contact Mark Killen, KD8QIG, 740-550-3778 or


PORTSMOUTH RADIO CLUB HAMFEST – Saturday, August 17, 2013, 8 A.M. TO 1 P.M. Location is the 17st armory, 2317 17th Street, Portsmouth, OH. Talk-in 145.390. For more information n8qa@portsmouth radio


PORTSMOUTH RADIO CLUB HAMFEST – Saturday, August 17, 2013, 8 A.M. TO 1 P.M. Location is the 17st armory, 2317 17th Street, Portsmouth, OH. Talk-in 145.390. For more information n8qa@portsmouth radio

Flatwoods Repeater Back on the Air

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After an extended absence, the repeater on Flatwoods Mountain at Dorton, KY in Pike County is back on the air. The only change from before is that the access tone has changed to 127.3 from the old, published tone. The owner of the repeater, KC4KZT, Henry Clark, has plans in the immediate future to link it into the East KY Link System of repeaters, which will extend coverage of the system to parts of Southeastern Pike County and west on the Mountain Parkway to areas that have previously been dark to the system. The data on the repeater is that the frequency is 146.895 with a positive offset of 147.495 and access tone of 127.3. It is located at an elevation of 2815 feet AMSL with the antenna, a Hustler G7-144 vertical mounted on a tower at the 50 foot level. Henry likes to make a point of the fact that, if you stand on the point where the repeater is located looking west, the only site higher than this one is in the Rocky Mountains. This is a big plus for amateur radio in Eastern KY and I look forward to using it.


Fred Jones WA4SWF


**The 148.895 repeater at Flatwoods is back on the air, but not yet on the link.
I could work this one from town before and it should be a good one.
Note the + offset. You might want to give it a try.

John, K4AVX

2013 Field Day

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The Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club, The Letcher County Amateur Radio Club, and the Harlan County Amateur Radio Club joined together for Field Day again on top of Pine Mt US 119 at the Whitesburg end of the Little Sheppard Trail Lookout for a day of fun. Tim Webb, KK4WH, won the drawing for the Kenwood TM-281A and Homer Fox, KI4GEW, won the drawing for the Yaesu FT-2900R Radios. In attendance were 20 Persons listed below:

KY4JLB Johnnie Brashear

KK4LLG Ernie Fugate

KB4ZHK Bert Hurt

KK4QBV John Back

KJ4ZZN Jack Caudill

ND4Y Dave Smith

K4MT Terry Richardson

AF4YJ Wayne Hensley

N4QBE Chris Riffe

KK4CZO Gary Oliver

KJ4LOB Donnie Eldridge with guest Josh Collins

KF4MF Danny Wright with guest Daniel Adams

WI4M Sid Adams with guest Ed Adams

KI4GEW Homer Fox

NQ4C Burl Estep

KD4YHW Matthew Turner

WB4NZS Morris Caudill


Morris seemed to enjoy the MFJ CW QRP Rigs on 15 and 20 Meters, Gary had His solar panels and battery setup running 40 Meters, Johnnie had a 6 Meter setup, and Burl enjoyed demonstrating His Stealth antenna although no one seemed to be able to see it. Jack was head cook on the grill and did a wonderful job of preparing the burgers and dogs. Jim was host and waiter for the event and as usual had everything in order. All in all we had a great time and no one came down with heat stroke.

Johnnie Brashear KY4JLB

President, KY Mountains Amateur Radio Club

Below are photos from the event.

ARES Eastern KY Healthcare Planning Coalition Drill

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Below is an after-action report written by John Farler, K4AVX, regarding the ARES Eastern KY Healthcare Planning Coalition Drill that took place on April 24th.


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