CQ CQ CQ: Jan 20 meeting move to on air

posted Jan 18, 2022, 4:29 PM by Gene Jacobsen   [ updated Jan 18, 2022, 4:40 PM ]

CQ CQ CQ: Jan 20 meeting move to on air

Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases, the club has decide that it will not hold an in person meeting for the month of January, Jan 20, 2022.

In lieu of the in person meeting, please join us on air at 7:00pm EST via the CKARS Repeater; 146.865- PL 192.8.  This will be a directed net and all are welcome to join.  You may join over the air or via Echolink.

Please come join us for club news, events and discussions and enjoy the fellowship from afar. 

2021 ARRL Field Day Results

posted Dec 25, 2021, 12:13 PM by Gene Jacobsen

In 2021, CKARS again operated 6-Alpha at Camp Catalpa behind Lake Reba in Richmond, Kentucky. Operating CW and Phone from a mix of Solar and generator power, this was the first year in many that the iconic Airstream was missing in action.  However, the club was blessed with good and favorable weather for the duration.  

CKARS came in nineteenth overall with a score of 11,798 having a total of 3,528 QSOs. This gave the club the first in category (6A) with the next club at 7,350 (W4DW + W4RNC) out of Raleigh ARS.  CKARS also placed third in the Great Lakes Division, bested by the Black River Radio Ops by just a mere 66 points.  Other comparisons can be searched at the ARRL Result Database.

Field Day, whether Winter or Summer is a good way to enjoy some company and to test your skill and gear.  Digital has been a challenge the last few years, but looking ahead to 2022 - some issues should be well resolved.  Come join us for the fun, food and friendship, ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June.  Start planning now.

This link will take you to the QST Article 2021 ARRL Field Day Results,  

2021 - Merry Christmas

posted Dec 18, 2021, 2:45 PM by Gene Jacobsen   [ updated Dec 18, 2021, 3:16 PM ]

Merry Christmas to all and to all a full verified log.

Our final meeting is in the book, and we look ahead to upcoming contests and events of 2022 the members of CKARS wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Icom 7300 Raffle: Congratulations Terry

posted Jul 9, 2019, 5:33 PM by Gene Jacobsen   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 5:38 PM ]

would like to congratulate
For being the lucky winner of the
Icom IC-7300.

The drawing was held on
June 20, 2019
at the monthly meeting of the CKARS club.

All tickets were counted, placed in a suiting container and 
mixed by Club President Byron Perkins, K4BLP,
drawn by Club Vice President Kendra Bond, KK4NZI.

Thank you all who purchased tickets in support of the 
club, its repeaters and other projects.

Icom 7300 Raffle Update

posted Apr 28, 2019, 9:41 AM by Gene Jacobsen   [ updated Apr 28, 2019, 10:58 AM ]

Tickets - Tickets - Get your tickets soon!

Steve, KY4SGM is in the lead with the most tickets sold - Great effort to raffle off the radio and support the club - thank you Steve!  
Byron, K4BLP is second highest number sold - Thank you Byron!

With just a few months to go before the CKARS Richmond Hamfest, the number of tickets are dwindling and they will all soon be gone!  
If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, Get them soon!

Of the 200 tickets for this raffle, only 55 are available.  
And once they are gone we will be raffling off that brand new Icom 7300 Radio.  

Will you be the winner?  

See one of the following for your chance to win!
Byron, K4BLP
Steve, KY4SGM
Terry, AJ4A
Gene, KE4JXD

Tickets are only $10.00 each and proceeds help the CKARS Club and it's projects, including the pending 220 Repeater Build.

2019 Icom 7300 Raffle

posted Jan 19, 2019, 6:41 AM by Gene Jacobsen

The Central Kentucky Amateur Radio Society (CKARS) - is happy to announce that it will be raffling off a new Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver at the 2019 Hamfest OR when all tickets are sold.  There is a limit of 200 tickets, and each ticket is just $10.00.

Tickets can be purchased at any club event.

For more information please visit the Icom 7300 Raffle page.

Field Day 2018: Weather

posted Jun 18, 2018, 11:10 AM by Gene Jacobsen

Seems we could possibly have some weather this year. 

As it stands currently we are looking at the possibility of rain.  Please plan accordingly, with tarps or tents to protect operator and equipment alike.

Field Day 2018

posted May 22, 2018, 9:08 AM by Gene Jacobsen   [ updated May 22, 2018, 9:09 AM ]

Got your checklist? The days are counting down -

This year we will operate as either 4A or 5A as we have in the past.  We have locked in for CW and Phone, but could use GOTA, VHF and Digital.  

We are expecting to start lofting lines Friday Evening (Time TBA) for ease of setup Saturday.  Saturday arrival has to be established, but expect may to start arriving to stage things around 10am.

80 -
40 -
20 - Byron and Kevin

Also of note, there is a new playground (noted with the Red box).  Antenna placement may need to be adjusted from previous years to prevent snags and 'curious fingers'.
Camp Catalpa

Please plan for any sort of weather,.. and insects -

There is discussion that the club will provide on meal this year, however it is recommended that you bring your own beverage(s).  

Tickets for the Raffle drawing of the Icom 7100 will be available if you have not picked your up yet. - not many left - get yours soon!

Field Day 2018

posted May 5, 2018, 9:19 AM by Gene Jacobsen   [ updated May 14, 2018, 6:18 AM ]

June 23/24

Are you ready?  Here it comes, Come out and enjoy the company of fellow club members and bring a friend.  Field Day this year should be another great time to setup and test ourselves and our equipment.

Rain or Shine - Hot or ... hopefully no more snow!  Antenna lofting will begin about 9-10am Saturday with Operations kicking off at 18:00UTC / 14:00 EDT and ending 18:00 UTC Sunday.

This years rules did not change much from 2017, however you can find the updated information here:  ARRL 2018 Field Day Rules

May 2018 Meeting

posted May 5, 2018, 9:08 AM by Gene Jacobsen

Please be aware, the May 2018 Meeting is on a different day due to Hamvention.

This months meeting will be on MAY 10th, 7pm on NORTH Keeneland Drive Dairy Queen.

Also, tickets for the Icom 7100 Raffle should be available.

For those that are planning to attend Hamvention - please travel safe, and enjoy.

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