Greater Louisville Hamfest 2016 and ARRL Kentucky State Convention
8:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday, September 10, 2016
Paroquet Springs Conference Centre
Admission: $7 Advance, $8 Day of Show
Kids Under 13 FREE!

Talk-In: 146.700 MHz (CTCSS 79.7 Hz) and 443.700 MHz
F R E E    P A R K I N G ! ! !
Free Friday Night Camping (No hookups or dumping)
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(Events announced as they are determined.)

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm W.C.A.R.S. VE Testing (Isaac W. Bernheim Room)
         Signup begins at 8am.
    You Must Bring the Following:
    • $10 Fee - Exact Amount - Cash Only
    • A Valid Picture ID (Driver's License, etc.)
    • Your Original and One Copy of Your Ham License and/or Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE)

  • 12:30pm Safe Solar Viewing Demonstration and Telescope Viewing of the Sun and Sunspots (Outside)
    Presented by StarGeezer Astronomy, Mark Steven Williams, K9GX

  • 1:15pm Major Prize Drawings
    See our Major Prizes page for this year's giveaways.

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    ALL-DAY EVENTS (8:00AM - 2:00PM)

    • Vendors and Flea Market
           New and used merchandise to see and purchase.
    • ARRL QSL Card Checking (ARRL Booth)
                 DXCC Card Checker Jim Vaughan K4TXJ will be on hand to check your QSL Cards. He can also check WAS and VUCC awards. (Note: DXCC Card Checkers cannot check CQ awards, but only ARRL awards.)
    • Hourly Door Prizes
                 Prizes drawn throughout the day. Must be present to win.
    • Extra Prize Tickets
                 $1 each of 6 for $5. Sold all day long. Good for Door Prize and Major Prize drawings.
    • PSCC Concession Stand
                 Delicious food and refreshing beverages available all day.
    • Major Prize Drawings
                 Drawings for the Major Prizes will be at 1:15pm at the Major Prize Booth. You do NOT have to be present to win. Major Prize Details

    • American Radio Relay League
                 Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim, ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US and the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. ARRL's mission is based on Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership.
           ARRL has been advancing the art and science of radio since 1914. Meet your ARRL representatives and get your QSL Cards checked.

    • Jefferson County Search Dog Association
                 Meet the Search And Rescue Dogs and Handlers who assist families in finding lost loved ones. They depend on amateur radio communications and use APRS and radio equipment to track and communicate with their teams. They are equipped to handle First Aid and trauma and are ready for deployment at a moments notice.
           This is a great time to learn more about Search and Rescue operations and how amateur radio plays a vital role. JCSDA will have Activity Books for the kids and other informational material.

    • StarGeezer Astronomy/K9GX
      All American Eclipse Glasses
      HamTagZ Key Fob

      Midland WR-11 Weather Radio
           Visit the StarGeezer Astronomy/K9GX booth and pick up your Eclipse Shades or Eclipse Viewer for safe viewing of the "Great American Eclipse" of August 21, 2017 or the Sun and sunspots anytime!
           Order your custom "HamTagZ" key fob. Have your call or name personalized in a custom key tag of sturdy white oak. HamTagZ make great gifts, too! Have one custom made for each member of your family, vehicle or set of keys.
           Enter our drawing for VIP passes to our Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Western Kentucky on August 21, 2017 or a Midland WR-11 Weather Radio, a pair of Eclipse Shades safe solar viewers or a HamTagZ key fob.
           Earn a prize ticket with each purchase of $10 or more at our booth. Prize drawings for weather radios, Eclipse Shades and HamTagZ will be held at the StarGeezer Astronomy/K9GX booth at 12:15pm, Saturday, Sept. 10th. Winners must be present.
           Before you purchase that used rig in the flea market, test it at our booth. We'll have a 12 volt/30 amp regulated power supply, 100 watt dry dummy load and Bird RF watt meter available to power up and test radios before you buy.
           StarGeezer Astronomy/K9GX is providing door prizes to the Greater Louisville Hamfest. For more information visit or StarGeezer Astronomy on Facebook.

    • Five Star Promotions
                 David King will have a vinyl cutting machine to make custom stickers, call signs, license plates and more.
           He will also have his pin-on button making machine to make custom buttons.
           Visit the Five Star Promotions booth to get customized products for your shack!

    • Air+Space Academy
           The goal of the National Air & Space Education Institute through its Air+Space Academy program is to increase the number of high school students entering the aerospace/STEM (Science, Technology, Education & Mathematics) pipeline so that they can realize their dreams and accomplish their goals.

    • Visit the outdoor tailgating area for all kinds of amateur radio rigs, accessories and other items that might be just what you need for your ham shack. Tailgating participants start setting up as early as 6:30am and tickets can be purchased at the Outdoor Ticket Booth for $8 each.

    • Safe Solar Viewing Demonstration and Telescope Viewing of the Sun and Sunspots (12:30pm)
               You've probably heard the propagation effects of the Sun and the solar storms we call sunspots. Safely view our star and the sunspots, most of which are larger than planet Earth, with a special telescopic viewing of the Sun with "StarGeezer" Mark Steven Williams, K9GX.
           Mark will set up telescopes with special solar filters for viewing of the Sun at 12:30 pm in the Paroquet Springs Conference Center parking lot. Caution: Never view the Sun without proper solar filters, permanent eye damage will result.

    • Jefferson County Search Dog Association
          Jefferson County Search Dog Association      JCSDA will feature their communications trailer with HF, VHF, UHF and 800 MHz capabilities with an antenna and tower. Used on-site during searches and emergencies the trailer also has a portable generator and GPS for mapping.
           Throughout the day they will also have drone flights which are used for locating missing persons, damage assessment, situational awareness and more.
           Additionally during the day, JCSDA Handlers will explain how the Search And Rescue Dogs are trained to locate missing persons. Handlers spend hundreds of hours of classes and field training. The dogs are specifically trained to locate missing persons in a variety of situations from crime scenes to emergency rescues after disasters.

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    See our Major Prizes page for full details.

    1) MFJ-259C 530 kHz - 230 MHz SWR Analyzer with MFJ-1312D AC Adapter
    2) MFJ-4035MV Adjustable 30/35 Amp Regulated DC Power Supply
    3) Hy-Gain VB-64DX 4 Element 6m Beam Antenna
    4) MFJ-815D 1.8-60 MHz SWR/Wattmeter with MFJ-1312D AC Adapter
    5) MFJ-382 Amplified Speaker with MFJ-1312D AC Adapter
    6) MFJ-112B DX'ers World Map Clock
    7) MFJ-112B DX'ers World Map Clock (Yes, we're giving away two of these)
    Additional Prizes: Two $25 ARRL Store Gift Certificates

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    HENRY CRIST ROOM (Second Floor - Elevator Available) (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 9:00am - 9:45am Solar Eclipse Forum
         Mark Steven Williams K9GX - The StarGeezer Magda Moses KM4EGE      The "Great American Eclipse" of August, 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse visible across the entire U.S. in nearly 100 years. The last time Kentucky experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1869!
         On August 21, 2017 the Moon's shadow will sweep across the U.S. along a 70 mile wide path of totality that will cross Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina rushing from coast to coast in about 90 minutes. In the north Pacific ocean the Sun will rise eclipsed. Early that Monday afternoon the Moon's shadow will begin to nibble away at the Sun's disc for observers in Kentucky.
         Observers in Livingston, Crittenden, Lyon, Caldwell, Trigg, Christian and Todd counties will witness one of nature's most amazing spectacles as an eerie darkness falls across the area, the stars and several planets appear and the Sun's dynamic corona is revealed for up to two minutes and forty seconds.
         All of the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be witness to a partial solar eclipse. Learn how to safely observe the "Great American Eclipse", get the most of your viewing experience, and the HamSCI radio propagation experiment.
         HamSCI (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation) is an effort to publicize and promote various scientific efforts and projects involving amateurs and Amateur Radio. This "big picture" effort will help foster collaboration between amateurs and the research community that may be unaware of the resources Amateur Radio provides.
         Mark Steven Williams, K9GX, of StarGeezer Astronomy will share the history and science of eclipse research and plans for TSE2017. Magda Moses, KM4EGE, will discuss the HamSCI propagation experiment.
         After the forum visit the StarGeezer Astronomy/K9GX booth and pick up your own pair of Eclipse Shades safe solar viewers.
         Mark is a broadcaster and radio amateur who has operated ham radio from North America, the Caribbean and Scandinavia. K9GX has presented dozens of astronomy and ham radio outreach events including school contacts with astronauts aboard a Space Shuttle mission and the International Space Station. Mark is former Observatory Director at the Louisville Astronomical Society's James Baker Observatory, former President of Louisville's Amateur Radio Transmitting Society and author of Out of this World Outreach, Sky and Telescope magazine, May, 2014. Mark is known as "The StarGeezer" and his astronomy outreach website is
         Magda Moses is a senior at Virginia Tech, double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. She is also the Vice-President of the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association and holds an Extra Class license.

  • 10:00am - 10:45am K5P DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll
         Hal Turley W8HC      Hal Turley W8HC is presenting a forum of the K5P DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll. On the air in the South Pacific with the team from January 12 through 25, 2016, K5P made over 75,000 contacts during its operation. Access is severely restricted and permissions to operate on these rare and extremely controlled locations are very difficult to obtain. Be sure to join Hal as he highlights the exciting DXpedition.
         Hal earned his ham license in 1967, served as ARRL SM for West Virginia and previously was president of the West Virginia DX Association. He is currently a DXCC card checker and is the "H" letter manager for the 8th Area Incoming QSL bureau. On the DXCC Honor Hal has 349 entities and 9-band DXCC. He has operated several M/M contests from the QTH of W4MYA, 6 CQWW from 4X as 4X0WV & 4X0C and from several of his "ham-cations" from 4X, EI, GI and EA8. Hal was part of the NH8S Swains Island DXpedition in 2012 and was with the K9W Wake Island Commemorative DXpedition in 2013.
         The Kentucky DX Association is sponsoring Hal's visit and accomodations. In appreciation for sharing his time and exciting presentation, the Greater Louisville Hamfest Association, Inc. and the Kentucky DX Association will provide a donation to Hal's next DXpedition.

  • 11:00am - 11:45am Dogs With Radios
         Jefferson County Search Dog Association      Members from the Jefferson County Search Dog Association will discuss how Search And Rescue (SAR) Teams use Amateur Radio during emergency situations. Learn how they use the dogs and radios. Find out the different types of disasters they respond to and their capabilities. Discover how various types of search dogs are used and how the dogs can do what they do. Meet members of the JCSDA team - dogs and handlers.

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm Ham Radio, NASEI, and the Largest Industry in Kentucky. What Do They Have in Common?
               The National Air and Space Education Institute (NASEI) is a leading provider of Aeronautic and Aerospace based educational programs for students from grades 9 through 12. Ham radio has a role in the Space Science aspect of this program. Come hear what the tie in is and about the relationship of these activities to the over $8 Billion Aerospace industry in Kentucky.

    JACOB BEAM ROOM (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 10:00am - 10:45am Good Morning Kentucky Net Meeting
               This is an informal meeting for anyone involved with the Kentucky Net. We welcome you to join us.

    JOHN McDOWELL BALLROOM (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 8:00am - 8:45am Welcome to the ARRL Kentucky State Convention
         Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, K5EIB      Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, K5EIB will be honoring us with a welcome speech from 8:30am - 9:00am. reported in February, she was invited to speak at the Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club where she talked about her interest in ham radio when she was in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain writing computer code and seeing the MARS stations, and as she said "being an engineer and a geek" it interested her.
         Additionally, the Lt. Gov. discussed the need for the Commonwealth to seek and obtain more involvement from the ham community because she knows the importance of what amateur radio can provide "when all else fails." She also wishes to see more youth involved in amateur radio.
         Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is an Extra Class Ham. She remembers being talked about by her VE's because she achieved 100% on her Technician and General Class tests. She returned later to take her Extra test and passed that scoring 100% once again.
         She commented about being delayed in being fully involved in Amateur Radio because, shortly after obtaining her license, she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. She then was on the campaign trail again in the Kentucky Governors race with Governor Matt Bevin.
         We are honored to have the priviledge of Lt Gov. Jenean Hampton at this year's hamfest and convention. We invite everyone at the show to welcome her and let her know just how important Amateur Radio is in Louisville and the surrounding community.

  • 9:00am - 9:45am ARRL Great Lakes Division - ARRL Updates
         ARRL Director Dale Williams WA8EFK ARRL Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD      ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams WA8EFK and ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD will present this forum. The main purpose of our ARRL Forum is to meet with ARRL members and provide information on what the League is doing on your behalf, and in turn, hear what your consider the important issues in amateur radio right now.
         We hope to bring the latest developments to light and offer the opportunity for you to let us know your concerns. Many are asking about our new leadership, what kind of changes we might expect and how the ARRL is really doing these days. These will be covered for certain, while we roll in any news about FCC actions or major RFI issues and the like.
         As we have the opportunity to host these forums, we feel the actual movers and shakers of ham radio are present. This also gives the local sponsor or the Section Manager the chance to recognize the work of the dedicated volunteers who make this all happen and these kind of presentations can be added to our agenda.
         Dale was Great Lakes Division Vice Director from January 2012 to July 2014, when he took over as Director. He previously served as ARRL Michigan Section Manager from 1992 until 1997 and from 2003 until 2011.
         Tom was a Public Information Officer for about a decade. He is active on the Queen City Emergency Net and belongs to several clubs in Cincinnati. Active in public service work, Tom is also the volunteer chairman of the Communications Committee for Disaster Services at the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

  • 10:00am - 10:45am ARRL Headquarters Representative
         8/31/2016 CHANGE OF SPEAKER: There has been a change in the availability of our guest from ARRL Headquarters. Our original plan called for Brennan Price N4QX to be attending, but that will be changed to Norm Fusaro W3IZ. Norm works with ARRL's Affiliated Radio Club Program and Special Service Clubs at headquarters. His talk will focus on clubs, but could include some profiles on current headquarters events. His QRZ page provides a lot of additional details.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm The Royal Order of the Wouff Hong Ceremony
         Royal Order of the Wouff Hong Wouff Hong      Presented and performed by Buddy Sohl, KC4WQ & Company.
         Requirements to Attend Ceremony:
              [1] Must be a licensed Amateur Radio Operator
              [2] Must be an ARRL Member (Membership ID Required)

         The Wouff Hong (pictured at right) is amateur radio's most sacred symbol and stands for the enforcement of law and order in amateur operation. It is a fictional tool used to "punish" Amateur Radio operators, who demonstrate poor operating practices.
    Wouff Hong Cast 2004      Legend has it that the Wouff Hong was invented by Hiram Percy Maxim (founder of ARRL) under the pseudonym, "The Old Man," just as amateurs were getting back on the air after World War One. Early in 1919, "The Old Man" wrote in QST "I am sending you a specimen of a real live Wouff Hong... Keep it in the editorial sanctum where you can lay hands on it quickly in an emergency." The "specimen of a real live Wouff Hong" was presented to a meeting of the ARRL Board and the Board voted that the Wouff Hong be framed and hung in the office of the Secretary of the League. On display at ARRL HQ today, the Wouff Hong is a constant reminder to Amateur Radio operators to be mindful of their operating etiquette.
         2004 was the last time for the cermony in Louisville - our very first show at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. (Pictures right - courtesy Buddy Sohl KC4WQ.)
         During Greater Louisville Hamfest 2016 and ARRL Kentucky State Convention, Amateur Radio Operators who are also ARRL Members are invited to witness the ceremony of the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. All attendees will receive a certificate of honor to the ROWH. Please register in advance so we can have your certificate ready. Register for the ROWH

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Kentucky MARS Group Meeting
         Harvey Frye AA4HF      Conducted by Harvey Frye AA4HF.
         MARS stands for Military Auxilliary Radio System. The primary focus of MARS activities today is centered around their capability to provide critical communications prior, during, and following disasters or contingencies for their customers. If you are a FCC licensed, U.S. amateur radio operator who is living or working abroad, anywhere overseas, then you may be eligible to join MARS.      Harvey was first licensed in 1958 as KN4YPT, upgraded to K4YPT in 1959. He has had his current call, AA4HF, since 1977. Harvey is a MARS Member and his interests include Skywarn, Field Day, Hamfests, mobile operations, county hunting and ragchewing. He also is involved with community service, kit building and computer programming.

    ADAM SHEPHARD ROOM (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 8:00am - 8:45am Amateur Radio & Youth Recruitment/Activities
         Mark Volstad AI4BJ, KY Section Youth Coordinator      Presented by Mark Volstad AI4BJ, KY Section Youth Coordinator. In his first year as ARRL Section Youth Coordinator, Mark has tried various approaches to introducing amateur radio to middle and high school students and Boy Scouts. Learn which ones worked well, and which ones not so well, and share your own experiences with him. He will also be giving a live demonstration of the Arduino-based Morse code sending/receiving/decoding system that he put together to capture the interest of young hams-to-be.
         In October, Mark joined enthusiastic scouts of Troop 437 in Fort Thomas, KY. They made contacts with fellow scouts and hams in Oklahoma, San Francisco and Fleming Island, Florida during the 2015 Jamboree-On-The-Air (pictured).
         Along with Dave Core K8WDA, Mark instructed a free Tech-In-A-Day class in conjunction with the Northern KY ARC and Boy Scouts in Erlanger, KY in January. Both received Professorships from NKARC for their great Tech-In-A-Day program in recognition for their education and development of Amateur Radio Operators.

  • 9:00am - 9:45am Technical/Digital Presentation
         Chuck Milam N9KY, Section Technical Coordinator      Presented by Chuck Milam N9KY, KY Section Technical Coordinator. This will be more of an open forum to discuss technical issues in the Kentucky section. There will also be a few demonstrations of some newer and interesting technology. There will be an introduction of KY Section Technical Coordinator and Technical Specialists and a brief overview of the KY Section Technical Team Activities and what we do.
         There are two other Technical Specialists that make up our section Technical Team. They are tentatively planning on attending to contribute to the presentation as well.
         Technical discussions and demonstrations include Raspberry Pi/Arduino Projects in the Ham Shack, SDR USB Dongle Receivers and Satellite Operations.
         Plus, we want to learn about other projects that you might be doing and what we should know about them.
         Chuck works in the Information Technology field, specializing in systems and network security. He was always interested in ham radio - ever since he was a child - and never lost the sense of wonder about it. He operates mostly HF, but enjoys a VHF/UHF FM repeater ragchew when he's on the road. Chuck enjoys chasing DX, working special event stations and entering the occasional contest.

  • 10:00am - 10:45am SERA & Repeater Coordination
         Bill Call KJ4W, SERA Board of Directors & KY Assistant Section Manager Region 1      Presented by Bill Call KJ4W, SERA Board of Directors & KY Assistant Section Manager Region 1
         Coordination is a process of working together to maximize our enjoyment of ham radio. SERA coordinators work with repeater owners to help select operating frequencies and other parameters so repeaters can co-exist with minimum interference to each other's users. Coordinating a new two-meter repeater in Kentucky is very difficult, especially for traditional analog usage. The two-meter band is essentially full. We can probably accommodate requests for other bands, and there are some possibilities for the narrow-band digital-only modes even on two meters.

  • 11:00am - 11:45am KyEM Update/COMEX Review
         Patrick Compton KF4FMZ, Kentucky Emergency Management Staff      Patrick Compton KF4FMZ, Kentucky Emergency Management Staff, will present an overview of the KY4EOC Station and Amateur Radio support to KY Division of Emergency Management. He will also discuss and review the activities of the 2016 COMEX along with brief notes on Statewide Interoperability.
         Patrick Compton has over 16 years of volunteer and public safety and emergency management communications background. He currently works in the Operations Section of Kentucky Emergency Management, in the Emergency Communications & Information Center (ECIC), located at the State EOC, in Frankfort. He also has 8 years of electrical engineering and 4 years of electrical contracting experience.
         KYEM shares the Governor's vision to coordinate a system of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery and protect the lives, environment and property of the people of Kentucky.
         COMEX stands for Communication Interoperability Exercise. The 2016 exercise was a three week event from June 6th through the 24th. It focused on Command Post interoperability and classroom communications training, tactical communications used for catastrophic domestic response and testing the statewide communications systems. The goals were to certify that every mobile command vehicle could connect through state interoperability channels and to ensure staff members were properly trained to operate the interoperability system.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Kentucky ARES/ASEC/ASM Updates - Review of Regional Workshops 2016
         Cecil Dennis K4TCD      Presented by Cecil Dennis K4TCD, Kentucky ARES Section Emergency Coordinator.
         ARES provides many back up communication services to the community during disaster and community events, and much of it is already done as part of many amateur radio activities. Whenever possible we coordinate with local emergency services organizations to provide a backup in case a need arises to supplement normal lines of communications.
         All levels of licenses are a useful part of the ARES system and all ages and abilities can help to make ARES great. There is free training provided that you can take at your own pace to enhance your knowledge and skills. ARES asks that you report your activities through an online, easy to use reporting system so we can gather data on ARES activities in Kentucky.
         More information on amateur radio in Kentucky - including all about ARES - can be found at, the Kentucky Amateur Radio Website.

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