Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club

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Joe Stern, KI4QG, Silent Key

KI4QG, Joe Stern, in now a Silent Key according to his cousin.  Joe worked decades for United Dairy Farms (UDF) and was such a loyal and dedicated employees the Lindner Family knew him well and always greeted Joe warmly!   Joe retired a few years ago.  He was a loyal and long time member of NKARC.  You may remember KI4QG Joe from Field Day, helping others put up a rope using his potato gun.  He became well adept at one time shots.  Joe worked continually through Field day with his cooler by his side full of UDF milk, cereal , cigarettes and his written log.  Joe died of natural causes and no service information is available.  RIP Joe, and 73 to KI4QG!

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."

ARRL Issues Temp. Field Day Rule Waivers

The ARRL announced two temporary rule waivers for 2020 Field Day.
1) For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.
2) In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).

CQ World-Wide WPX Contest, CW

May 30-31, 2020

Nationwide Red Cross Radio Drill

May 30, 2020
Goals: 1. Activate county level ARES organizations for shelter communications.  2. Pass messages containing Red Cross information between simulated shelters and County Control Station with an emphasis on digital communication.  3. Organize and pass message to a state hub via fldigi or WinLink.  A practice run for this exercise is scheduled for May 23, 9AM-1PM.

Kentucky QSO Party

June 6-7, 2020
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2

ARRL June VHF Contest

June 13-15, 2020
50 MHZ and up, all legal modes, FM included (sans repeaters).  A good chance for Techs to have some contesting fun.  Lots of activity on 6M FT8 lately.

State of the Hobby Survey

Would you like to express your opinion about the Ham Radio hobby?  For the fourth year in a row, Dustin, N8RMA, is conducting an online survey on "State of the Hobby."  Click the link below to take the survey, or just look at the results from the previous three years.

Contest University 2020 on YouTube

If you weren't able to participate in the 2020 Contest University online in real time, you can still take advantage of this remarkable event.  It was recorded and is now available on YouTube at the link below.  You may also view or download the presentation slides.  Enjoy!

AI4BJ Helps Scouts Win Merit Badge

In spite of the pandemic, club member Mark Volstad, AI4BJ, assisted by Robert Westbrook, KJ4FZS, recently helped several Boy Scouts earn the Radio Merit Badge.  The annual Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Challenge, sponsored by the Dan Beard Council started as planned at Scott High School on March 7.  However, the second session scheduled for March 28 was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  When it became apparent that the shelter-in-place order would not be lifted soon, it was decided to complete the second session online via Zoom meeting.  This happened on April 25.  Three scouts successfully completed the requirements for the Radio Merit Badge.  One of them was Daniel, KY4DRW, from Troop 727 in Burlington. The other two were from Troop 186 in Lebanon, Ohio.  Congratulations to all!

New RF Exposure Rules

The FCC Human Exposure Rules, originally released in 1998, will change on June 1, 2020.  Amateurs no longer have categorical exclusions to evaluation.  For more infomation, follow the link below and see page four of PostScript, the Ohio Section News Letter by Scott Yonally, N8SY.

FCC Provides Flexibility to Volunteer Examiners

The FCC has clarified it's position on remote exam sessions stating, “The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish to develop remote testing methods or to increase remote testing programs already in place.”  However, few groups have yet to undertaken remote or online VE testing.  Those who have are overwhelmed with applicants.  Stay tuned.

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
  -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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