"Bicycle Mobile on the HF Bands"
An article with the above title, authored by club member, Christian Bravo, W4ALF, appears in the August 2020 issue of QST. It is also currently
available, for free, on the ARRL web site. Look for it on the page at the link below.
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."
Free Webinar: "Understanding Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS)"
12-1PM, July 15, 2020
-By Paul Denisowski, KO4LZ, Product Management Engineer at Rohde & Schwarz, with over 20 years of both lab and field experience in test and measurement.
This short presentation starts with a review of the HF propagation theory, then introduces the fundamental concepts behind NVIS and both the strengths
and weaknesses of NVIS-based HF communications. Particular attention is given to the differences between NVIS and low-angle HF skywave antennas and the
various methods of implementing NVIS using different antenna types, such as horizontal dipoles or loop antennas.
-From ARRL Ohio Section PostScript, July 4th Edition
MARS HF Skills Exercise
July 20-24, 2020
Members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct an HF skills exercise July 20 - 24 to hone their operating skills and messaging-handling
capabilities. MARS members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community via the 60 meters Channel 1 Net (5330.5 kHz dial) twice a day, the SATERN HF
net (14.265 MHz), and by contacting various stations via HFLink throughout the exercise.
This exercise will be announced via WWV at 00:10 and via WWVH at 00:50 starting on or about July 13.
Club Meeting & WLW Virtual Tour Replay
Thanks to Al, WB8RGE, the recent NKARC meeting was captured on video. So now, if you missed the meeting or want a replay of
the excellent virtual tour of the historic WLW transmitter facility by Geoff Mendenhall, W8GNM, enjoy it at your leisure on YouTube.
See the link below. Also, thanks to Jack, AB4WS, for editing the video.
Online Amateur Radio License Exams
According to wb5qng.org, online VE testing is available from
HAMSTUDY. See the links below for more info and to schedule a test session.
KY Parks On The Air Contest - New in 2020
Aug. 29, 2020
The Murray State University Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring the first Kentucky state Parks On The Air (KYPOTA) contest on Aug. 29. 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 Kentuckyhas 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.
International Mail Service Disruption
From ARRL Ohio Section PostScript, July 4th edition
The US Postal Service (USPS) has temporarily suspended international mail acceptance for items addressed to certain destinations due to service
impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation could result in the return or loss of mail, such as QSL cards, addressed to affected
parts of the world.
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!