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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)

(Events announced as they are determined.)

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm W.C.A.R.S. VE Testing (Isaac W. Bernheim Room)
         Signup begins at 8am.
    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)

  • 12:30pm Safe Solar Viewing Demonstration and Telescope Viewing of the Sun and Sunspots (Outside)
    Presented by StarGeezer Astronomy, Mark Steven Williams, K9GX

  • 1:15pm Major Prize Drawings
    See our Major Prizes page for this year's giveaways.

    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 Major Prize drawings.
    • PSCC Concession Stand
                 Delicious food and refreshing beverages available all day.

    (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 families in finding lost loved ones. 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.

    • Air+Space Academy
           The goal of the National Air & Space Education Institute through its Air+Space Academy program is to increase the number of high school students entering the aerospace/STEM (Science, Technology, Education & Mathematics) pipeline so that they can realize their dreams and accomplish their goals.


    (Exhibitors announced as they are determined.)
    • Safe Solar Viewing Demonstration and Telescope Viewing of the Sun and Sunspots (12:30pm)
          Presented by StarGeezer Astronomy. View the sun and 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.


    See our Major Prizes page.


    HENRY CRIST ROOM (Second Floor - Elevator Available) (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 9:00am - 9:45am Amateur Radio and the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
               Mark Williams K9GX will explore the exciting details of the Special Event on the air ham radio activities during the week prior to and on August 21, 2017.
          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 - 10:45am 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

  • 11:00am - 11:45am Aerospace Education in Kentucky

    JACOB BEAM ROOM (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 10:00am Good Morning Kentucky Net Meeting
               This is a meeting for anyone involved with the Kentucky Net.

    ADAM SHEPHARD ROOM (ARRL KY State Convention) (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 8:00am - 9:45am Amateur Radio & Youth Recruitment/Activities
               Presented by Mark Volstad, AI4BJ, Section Youth Coordinator

  • 9:00am - 9:45am Technical/Digital Presentation
               Presented by Chuck Milam, N9KY, Section Technical Coordinator

  • 10:00am - 10:45am SERA & Repeater Coordination
               Presented by William Call, KJ4W, SERA Board of Directors & KY Assistant Section Manager Region 1

  • 11:00am - 11:45am KyEM Update/COMEX Review
               Presented by Patrick Compton, KF4FMZ, Kentucky Emergency Management Staff

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm Red Cross/Other Served Agency Presentations
               Presenters to be determined.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Kentucky ARES/ASEC/ASM Updates - Review of Regional Workshops 2016
               Presented by Cecil Dennis, K4TCD, Section Emergency Coordinator

    JOHN McDOWELL BALLROOM (ARRL KY State Convention) (Download GLH-2016 Color Mailing)

  • 8:00am - 8:45am Welcome to the ARRL Kentucky State Convention
               Presenter to be determined.

  • 9:00am - 9:45am ARRL Great Lakes Division - ARRL Updates
               Presented by ARRL Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK and ARRL Assistant Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD

  • 10:00am - 10:45am ARRL Headquarters Representative
               Presenter to be determined.

  • 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.

               Presented and performed by Buddy Sohl, KC4WQ & Company.
         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.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Kentucky MARS Group Meeting
               Conducted by Harvey Frye, AA4HF

    All presenters, forums, presentations, displays, exhibitors and/or events are subject to change, substitution, unavailability or cancellation without notice.