Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club

Sharing and Promoting Amateur Radio in the Northern Kentucky Area

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News and Coming Events

Local Hams Help High School Club

A group of Northern KY Hams recently upgraded the antenna systems for the Dixie Heights High School Radio Club (KY4DH).  Those who helped were (left to right above) Jack, AB4WS; Joe, WA4VAG; Tom, NV4H; Greg, WA4SRF; Sherri, KJ4MOB, club sponser; and Dick, WB4SUV.  Photo by Gary, KI4LA, who also participated.

October NKARC Meeting Replay

THANKS to Ray Novak, N9JA, ICOM Senior Sales Manager, for a great presentation on the new ICOM IC-705.  This new, 160-2M plus 70CM, radio is small in size, but huge in features, including D-STAR.  Click the link below for a replay.

AB4WS Radio Show

For the latest Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio News listen to Jack Prindle's weekly podcast.  Jack's Radio Show is also available as an iTunes podcast.  Just search for "AB4WS Radio Show."

VE Testing

  • An in-person ARRL session is actively taking registrations for Danville, KY, sponsored by the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club.  Testing will be at 10 AM, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at 45 Spears Lane in Danville, at the American Legion Post 46.  Pre-registration is requested with John Wulf, K4FT, at 563-505-0339.  The cost is $15.
  • A Laurel test session, sponsered by the Highland ARA is planned for 1PM, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at the Highland County EMA Office, 1487 N. High St., Hillsboro, OH 45133. Sign-up at
  • A W5YI session is scheduled to be held in Winchester, KY, on Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, at 200 Maryland Avenue in Winchester.  If you wish to inquire on this test session you may contact Darrell Epperson at 859-771-1834.

Temporary International Mail Service Disruptions

Oct. 16, 2020
The USPS is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Suspension Due to Foreign Postal Operator Service Suspension:
  • Honduras, Madagascar, Turkmenistan, Libya, Panama
  • Suspension Due to Unavailability of Transportation:
  • Angola, Lebanon, Republic of Congo, Tajikistan, Brunei, Liberia, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turks & Caicos, Cameroon, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Vanuatu, Chad, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Yemen, Cuba, Niger, South Sudan, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Syria

    USPS Customers: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed here, until further notice.

    School Club Roundup

    Oct. 19-23, 2020
    Look for the Dixie Heights High School club, KY4DH, on 14.250-14.280 MHz, or 7.225-7.255 MHz after 2:40 PM.

    CQ World Wide DX Contest, SSB

    Oct. 24-25, 2020
    The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

    KY Parks On The Air Contest

    Oct. 24, 2020 (Rescheduled)
    The Murray State University Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring the first Kentucky State Parks On The Air (KYPOTA) contest on Oct. 24.  The purpose is to promote public awareness of ham radio and Kentucky’s beautiful state park and national park system; to contribute to the recognition that Kentucky has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Kentucky’s Amateur Radio Operators; to encourage contact with other Amateur Radio Operators around the state, country, and world; and to provide additional operating experience for Amateur Radio Operators.

    KDKA's 100th Anniversary Special Event

    Nov. 1-30, 2020
    2020 is broadcast station pioneer KDKA’s 100th anniversary.  To celebrate this great milestone there will be a month-long special event operation put on by multiple Western PA clubs.  Look for special callsigns K3A, K3D and K3K. Also, look for special callsign W8XK – KDKA’s callsign before it was KDKA.  Special QSL cards are available, and a certificate if you work all four callsigns.  QSL information will be posted on the respective callsign QRZ pages.

    Nominations Open for Club Officers

    Club members are welcome to nominate a member for a club office for 2021.  Available offices are:
    -Vice President and Presentation Coordinator
    -Director at Large (duties include fund raising)
    Email nominations to

    Kentucky Emergency Net

    Now is more important than ever for you to check into the Kentucky Emergency Net.  The Kentucky Emergency Net meets every Monday Evening at 7:30 PM Eastern Time on 3972.5 KHz. If you cannot check in via HF you can check in using one of these alternate modes:

    • Yaesu Fusion Wires-X W4IOD Node Number 43114
    • YSF Reflector W4IOD YSF40806
    • DMR Brandmeister Talkgroup 31211 Kentucky ARES
    • DSTAR REF056A
    • Echolink W4IOD-R 226113
    Check-ins are managed through Netlogger.

    Support Kentucky District 6 Amateur Radio Emergency Team Through AmazonSmile

    Now you can support the local Kentcuky District 6 (previously District 7) Amatear Radio Emergency Team just by shopping on Amazon.  AmazonSmile allows you to select your favorite charity to receive a donation for your eligible Amazon purchases. Click the link below for more information and, if you decide to help, select Kentucky District 7 Amateur Radio Emergency Team, Inc as your charitable organization.  Thanks!

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