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HAM Radio is an active service in Central Kentucky

HAM Radio is a strategic part of emergency communications. The Central Kentucky Amateur Radio Club (CKARC) is an involved section of large-scale emergency operations when communications have been compromised or are in need of supplementation. This is a three-part story on the vital service in our area. First we look at the background.

Dave Leach, President

Central Kentucky Amateur Radio Club

The Central Kentucky Amateur Radio Club (CKARC) was formed December 16, 1966 in Campbellsville, KY. by eight voting members. Then just two years later it proceeded to incorporate. The original incorporators were Buckner Miller, Paul Smith, and Hershel Dabney.

Also in 1966, the club became affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL). Since 1914 the ARRL has been the largest membership association of Amateur Radio enthusiasts in the USA. The ARRL was formed by Hiram Percy Maxim and Clarence D. Tuska and continues to be the primary spokesperson for Amateur Radio still today.

The main function of the CKARC hasn't changed since its inception: to carry on the science of radio communications, to foster the interest and participation of the members in radio activities, and to serve the public in times of emergency or disaster. Keep in mind that many times when regular forms of communication fail during an emergency, it's the Amateur Radio community that can still operate to fill that void. And today due to ongoing technological advances, we have even more ways to communicate than ever before.

At present, we have 33 paid club members and approximately 210 people using our CKARC Facebook page to post Amateur Radio related information. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month January through October at 6 pm Central time at the Emergency Management Building in Columbia, KY. Also, we do new or upgrade license testing quarterly or we can usually accommodate at our regular meetings with advance notice.

Also, the CKARC maintains a website which gives additional club information such as a link to contact the club officers, news, net control operators, etc.
President Dave Leach, KA8YID, 270-566-3831 provided this part of the HAM Radio story in our area. Over the next few days we will look at an overview of the local group from Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management Director, and then a look at future leaders.

This story was posted on 2022-01-16 15:09:58
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