Greater Louisville Hamfest 2015
8:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday, September 12, 2015
Paroquet Springs Conference Centre
Admission: $7 Advance, $8 Day of Show
Kids Under 13 FREE!

Talk-In: 146.700 MHz (PL 79.7 Hz) and 443.700 MHz (PL 79.7 Hz)
F R E E    P A R K I N G ! ! !
Free Friday Night Camping (No hookups or dumping)


View or Download the GLH-2015 Mailing or the GLH-2015 Flyer.


SCHEDULED FORUMS, MEETINGS & PRESENTATIONS

ADAM SHEPHERD ROOM B - HAMFEST FORUMS (Download GLH-2015 Mailing)

  • 9:00am ARRL/ARES Forum (45 Minutes)
          Learn how the ARRL has been supporting Amateur Radio in Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. ARRL representatives will be there to update you on the latest ARRL activities and answer any questions you might have about the ARRL.

  • 10:00am DX Spotting Networks by the Kentucky DX Association (45 Minutes - Adam Shepherd Room B)
          Dave Trainor N8ZFM, the sysop of the KY4XX-3 node and a member of the Kentucky DX Association, will provide the history, operation, and capabilities of Louisville's newest DX Spotting Network. The KY4XX-3 node is free for all to utilize, with this forum explaining many of the aspects of the local Internet node, as well as basic information on how DX Spider networks operate. Questions are welcome both during the presentation and afterwards.

  • 11:00am Open Forum Q & A by the Kentucky DX Association and Kentucky Contest Group (45 Minutes - Adam Shepherd Room B)
          Members of the Kentucky Contest Group and the Kentucky DX Association will provide an open forum period for anyone seeking information regarding Amateur Radio Contesting or HF DXing. The informal forum will be a great opportunity to:
    • Obtain information on the ARRL DXCC program
    • Ask questions of experienced operators
    • "How to" information
    • Internet resources
    • Meet-and-Greet for the Contest oriented operators and DXers from across the Commonwealth
    • Information on the KCG and KYDXA organizations

    JACOB BEAM ROOM - KENTUCKY ARRL/ARES LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (Download Brochure-updated 8/31/15)

  • 8:15am Welcome & Section Vision/Goals (30 Minutes)
          Kentucky Section Manager Alan Morgan KY1O and Kentucky Section Emergency Coordinator Cecil Dennis K4TCD.

  • 9:00am ARRL - Working for Hams (45 Minutes)
          Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams WA8EFK & Great Lakes Division Vice Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD will discuss Federal bills affecting Ham Radio from the Level, Increase in ARRL Dues and National Parks Field Day.

  • 10:00am Emergency Communications Training (45 Minutes)
          Training Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Woodrow W. Will KK4DEO. Attendees will have many years of experience as Ham Radio Operators but are they prepared for emergency communications. Discussion will be held about a central clearing house for training records management. Time will be allotted for participation from the audience to form future goals of training for KY ARES.

  • 11:00am "The State of Traffic in Kentucky" and Winlink Net (45 Minutes)
          ARRL Kentucky Section Traffic Manager Jim Rayburn KC4QBK will discuss "The State of Traffic in Kentucky" and Winlink Net. Jim is also seeking volunteers for Assistant Section Traffic Managers.

    ADAM SHEPHERD ROOM A - KENTUCKY ARRL/ARES LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (Download Brochure-updated 8/31/15)

  • 9:00am Emergency Operations Overview (45 Minutes)
          KYEM Patrick Compton KF4FMZ will present an overview of the State EOC, KY4EOC, Station and Amateur Radio support to KY Division of Emergency Management. Review and discussion of the 2015 COMEX. Notes on Statewide Interoperability.

  • 10:00am Interfacing with the Red Cross (45 Minutes)
          Paul L. Kern NK4P/W4ARC (Direct Services Support Manager Amateur Radio Communications Liaison Kentucky Region - American Red Cross). This session is about how Hams can interface with the American Red Cross.

  • 11:00am Working with Search & Rescue (45 Minutes)
          James Brown KJ4YIG discusses how we can work with search dog groups and other SAR units. James will provide a tour and information on his mobile platform. He is very involved with both ARES and the Jefferson County Search Dog Association unit. James has been working on a mobile emergency communications platform out of his own pocket to help both agencies.

  • 1:00pm ARES State Leadership (45 Minutes)
          This session will be open discussions on topics affecting ARES on a state wide basis. Topics will include but not be limited to Recruitment & Retention, Training YOU would like to see developed for use locally, monthly reporting and you. You may introduce topic during the course of the gathering.


    SCHEDULED EVENTS
    (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)

  • INDOOR HAM-MANIA
    • Vendors and Flea Market (List of Hamfest Merchants)
           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 earch 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 Praoquet Springs Conference Centre Concession Stand.

  • INDOOR EXHIBITORS
    (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.

    • Jefferson County Search Dog Association
           Meet the Search And Rescue Dogs and Handlers who assist agencies in searching for lost individuals. 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.

  • OUTDOOR TAILGATING

  • OUTDOOR EXHIBITORS
    (Exhibitors announced as they are determined.)
    • 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 show 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.

      To find out more about search and rescue by visiting our website at JCSDA.com.

    • StarGeezer Astronomy (Viewings 9:30am and 12:30pm)
          StarGeezer Astronomy Radio amateurs love sunspots! Have you ever seen those solar storms up close and personal? View the sunspots with Mark Steven Williams, K9GX, aka "The StarGeezer", through a giant telescope with special solar filter. Mark will have his telescope set up in the tailgating parking lot near the main entrance for viewings.

      Register at the StarGeezer Astronomy booth for astronomy prizes including "Eclipse Shades" safe solar viewers, tickets to the Rauch planetarium and laminated Stargazing guides from BarCharts.com Winners must be present. StarGeezerAstronomy.com is a GLH-2015 Prize Donor. Prize drawing will be at 1:30pm inside before the Major Prize drawings.

      Free September Sky Maps while supplies last. For the latest astronomy news visit StarGeezerAstronomy.com. Never look directly at the sun without proper filters, permanent blindness can occur in less than a second.

    • Bluegrass E-Cycle 10:00am - 12:00pm (Bins located between the building and tailgating area.)
          Bluegrass E-Cycle Don't just throw away old electronics when you can recycle it! Bluegrass E-Cycle will have bins available to recycle many of your unused electronics items from 10am until noon.

      We are dedicated to keeping electonics out of landfills and are proud to provide responsible electronics recycling at no cost to you. Unwanted computers and similar equipment are rapidly clogging our landfills and pose an environmental hazard. Bluegrass E-Cycle provides computer and electronics recycling in Louisville KY, Cincinnati OH, Charleston WV, and surrounding states.

      Items we recycle include Batteries, Cable, CDs, Cell Phones, Circuit Boards, Computers, Consumer Electronics, Game Consoles, Ink and Toner Cartridges, IT Equipment, Keyboards, Laptops, Mice, Modems, Monitors, MP3 Players, Network Equipment, Phone Systems, Printers, Routers, Satellite Boxes, Servers, Speakers, Switches, Telecom Equipment, UPS Units, Video Games and Wire. We cannot accept Kitchen Appliances, Microwaves, Light Bulbs or Old-style CRTs/monitors and projection TVs. For CRT Monitors and Projection TV's we recommend the Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center (free of charge to Jefferson County residents). Best Buy will recycle CRT monitors and TVs under 32 inches.


    MAJOR PRIZES

  • Alinco DX-SR8T 100 Watt HF Transceiver

  • Icom IC-V8000 2 Meter Mobile Transceiver

  • Icom IC-V80 Handheld Transceiver

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