March/April Monthly Meetings

The April meeting was another success with 20 in attendance.

Among topics discussed were the Dayton Hamvention coming up May 15th through the 17th.  Dayton is probably the biggest ham radio event of the year.  For more information visit the website.

The Princeton Hamfest will be June 6th.

Field Day 2015 was also discussed.  Only 3 stations will be operating this year instead of the usual 4.  Also, we are in need of CW operators this year.  Anyone interested in operating Field Day this year please contact a club officer.

Net control operators were set for April/May.  To view the NCO’s click here.

At the March Meeting we had a nice presentation from Dave Perry N4QS about his recent trip to Kuwait to operate in the CQ World-Wide CW contest with the VooDoo Contest team.  View the video below.

Finally, condolences to the family of Bud Jenkins WF5B who passed away Monday, March 30.  The following was written by Paul ND4X about Bud and is a nice tribute:

It is with a very sad heart that I am writing this.  Bud Jenkins, WF5B, passed away Monday morning (March 30, 2015) at 4:14 AM.

 Please check the newspaper for arrangements, but right now I understand that visitation will be at10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Paducah, KY at Lindsey Funeral Home.  Burial will follow later in the day at the military cemetery in Hopkinsville, KY, with full military honors.

 Many of us have known Bud for – not years – but for decades.  Bud was the type of friend, that no matter what you needed help with, he was the first to show up, and the last to leave.  He was always ready to help, no matter what, where or when – freezing cold or blazing hot – wet or dry.

 Many of us have seen Bud put on a climbing belt and ascend where no one else would even dare. If you needed a tower put up, or an antenna replaced, Bud was always there. 

 Bud always had a great station.  A couple of his favorite ham stories are about the time several of us operated the PA QSO Party from his station.  Our score was so good the PA contest committee decided that we must have been an in-state station instead of an out-of-state submission, and rejected our out-of-state submission.  True story, I swear.

Another time the Navy could not contact one of their ships afloat.  Several hours had passed since they were supposed to check in with the fleet, and people were becoming concerned.  Bud was in Navy MARS at the time, and they asked him if he would try to contact the missing ship.  Yep, you know it, Bud was able to contact the ship and relay the status back to the Navy communications team.  If you ever saw Bud’s tower and antenna system before the ice storm did its damage, you would understand how he could reach out and touch someone.

 I started to put “Silent Key” in the subject line, but for those of you who knew Bud, you will understand.  Some of us remember the time Bud almost caused a small riot at Dayton when we realized we were on a bus of CW QRP fans riding from the motel to the arena.  You could always count on having a great time when you were with him. 

 Bud’s passing is truly a great loss for everyone that knew him.  Bud will be missed.


 Paul – ND4X

Until next time…. 73’s and GET ON THE RADIO!!


February Monthly Meeting

The February 2015 meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association has come and gone with another good turnout of 24 attendees.  Remember the club meets the 2nd Monday of every month at the Emerging Technology Center Building of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  We meet at 7 PM in room 140.

There are a couple of good hamfests coming up.  The fourth annual Princeton Hamfest is June 6th, 2015 at the Fire Training Center in Princeton, KY.  For more information click the image below.

Princeton Hamfest

Another good hamfest coming up is the 2015 “Ides of March” hamfest at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Union City, Tennessee.  For more information click the image below.

2015 Hamfest Flyer

Net Control Operators have been set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.

Bruce KS4V gave a great presentation on the use of Anderson Power Poles.  For more information on Power Poles watch the video below or visit the Powerwerks website.



Princeton, KY Hamfest – June 7, 2014

Hi Everyone,  We’re right on track with the P’ton, KY Hamfest.  We hope you have already made plans to bring a truck load of friends and a truck load of treasure to trade, to our third ever, fest.  I’ll include the flyer down below, but I’d like to high lite some of the key points of the weekend here in Princeton.
The Pennington Folk Music Festival begins Friday on the Butler Campus at 6:00 PM.  Check out the Festival page on facebook for more details.  If you like Blues, you have got to stay up late for Alonzo Pennington on Friday night at 9:30.  He is a fantastic musician.  Bring your lawn chairs and a jacket.  Some of the previous 16 years have been cool at night.
Our Radio Fest opens for sellers and vendors at 6:00 AM on Saturday morning.  We still have tables available, but call or e-mail asap to reserve what you need.  Tables are FREE!!  Coffee is FREE this year, too!!  Still only $5 to get in.  Doors open to the masses at 8:00 AM.  Correct change will help.  The RED CROSS will have a bake sale.  ARRL VE’s will test at 9:00 AM.  Ed Plfueger will check qsl cards again this year.  We expect an ARES forum around 10:30 or 11:00.  Grilled Burgers and Dogs will again be offered, so please eat lunch with us.  We will have enough door prizes to give away, to have a drawing every ten minutes.  Maybe even more.  We’ll cap off the fest by giving away an Icom 718 HF radio.  Sorry, but you must be present to claim your prizes.  And, one prize per ticket will be the rule………….
The Free music festival continues all day Saturday,  with a talent contest beginning at 10:00 AM.  Music goes late into the night, too.  Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will head line the event, this year.  WOW!!!  What a BlueGrass sound…………..
What a great weekend to be in Princeton, KY.  Come see us if you can.  Rain or shine on both fests.
Please forward this e-mail to everyone on your ham or music contact list.  Do not be bashful with the forwarding!!!  See ya very soon, here in Princeton……………..Best wishes…………Mike Taylor……………President…………..Princeton Ham Radio Club……………..

Flyer 14 with prizes