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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)



  • 9:00am - 9:45am Solar Eclipse Event Station
               Mark Williams K9GX will discuss his proposal about organizing a statewide special event station for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Billed as "the most exciting 2 minutes, 40 seconds in astronomy," the exact location of the 2017 eclipse is on the Orchard Dale historical farm just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Cities in Kentucky that will be able to view the eclipse will include Princeton, Cadiz, Benton, Dawson Springs, Paducah, Madisonville, Central City, Russellville, and Bowling Green. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the U.S. was July 11, 1991, but it could only be seen from part of Hawaii. StarGeezer Astronomy

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm K5P DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll
               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.
         Background: 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.
    Hal Turley W8HC
    Hal Turley, W8HC


  • (Time TBD) SERA & Repeater Coordination Issues
               Join Bill Call KJ4W (SERA Kentucky Director Coordinating Western Kentucky) to learn what's involved in coordinating repeaters and how important their work is to keep our communications free from interference.

  • (Time TBD) Technical Session on Raspberry Pi, SDR, etc.
               Chuck Milam N9KY and others will provide an interesting look into the marvelous little $35 computer called the Raspberry Pi and some of the amateur radio projects that can be created using this inexpensive, but versatile device.


  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm The Royal Order of the Wouff Hong Ceremony
    Royal Order of the Wouff Hong

    Wouff Hong
    Wouff Hong photo and information courtesy ARRL.

               Requirements to Attend Ceremony:
              [1] Must be a licensed Amateur Radio Operator
              [2] Must be an ARRL Member (Mermership ID Required)

         The Wouff-Hong 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.
         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 (pictured), the Wouff Hong is a constant reminder to Amateur Radio operators to be mindful of their operating etiquette.
         During Greater Louisville Hamfest 2016 and ARRL Kentucky State Convention, Amateur Radio Operators who are ARRL Members are invited to witness the ceremony of the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong.

    (Events announced as they are determined.)

  • W.C.A.R.S. VE Testing (Isaac W. Bernheim Room)
         Signup begins at 8am. Testing 9am - Noon.
    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)

  • Major Prize Drawings at 1:30pm

    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 main prize drawings.
    • Concession Stand
                 Delicious food and refreshing beverages available at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre Concession Stand.

    (Exhibitors announced as they are determined.)
    • 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.
           Advancing the art and science of radio since 1914. Meet your ARRL representatives and get your QSL Cards checked.


    (Exhibitors announced as they are determined.)


    To be announced later in 2016.

    Note: All forums, prizes, merchants, displays, exhibitors and/or events are subject to change, substitution, unavailability or cancellation without notice.