The Kentucky Amateur Radio Society
By Jim Brooks,
radio operators have been present in Bardstown for many, many
years. They are bankers, teachers, businessmen and women from
all walks of life.
The first hint of an organized radio club was kicked off by the
then-editor of the local newspaper who was both a native son and
amateur radio operator, Dave Greer, N4KZ. Several small articles
were published regularly in The Kentucky Standard regarding an
organizational meeting for anyone interested in ham radio and
year was 1986.
FOUNDED. From these meetings the club had its start, and by
mid-1986, monthly meetings were being held. Late that year, the
club announced it would conduct a Novice license class. This writer
and his brother, along with several others entered the hobby via
this class, which was completed in early 1987.
has never been an extremely formal club, and its structure has
always been very loosely knit. There were no club dues for several
years. At some point $10 was the suggested amount for dues to
help defray the costs of the newsletter. All amateurs were welcome
at club functions regardless of dues-paying status.
OFFICERS. Seldom were more than 3 officers ever elected; these
typically would have been president, secretary and treasurer.
Sometimes the secretary and treasurer's position would be combined.
list of past KARS presidents includes Dave Greer, N4KZ; Gary Miracle,
KM4BG; Dick Baynham, N9RR; and Jim Brooks, KY4Z (my apologies
to anyone left off the list). Ed Fowler, KC4RIY is currently serving
any radio club, KARS has seen both active and dormant times. In
the end, a club is nothing with its members, whom volunteer their
services to make the club function.
& REPEATER. In an effort to support the new license privileges
that were allowed by Novice Enhancement which gave Novices 10
meters phone privileges in March 1987, the KARS 10-Meter Net was
launched. At the time there was no repeater in Bardstown, and
most Bardstown hams met on the Springfield 2-meter repeater owned
by Murray Walker, W4SJH. A 2-meter net was also started for the
the club itself, the KARS nets were also informal, but served
as meetings "on the air" and a place for hams to discuss
radio-related events and enjoy the hobby together.
KARS nears completion of it's second decade of service to the
amateur community, there's no time like the present to get involved
in the club. Join it if you aren't a member. If you're a member,
volunteer to lead a committee; offer to do a program; talk about
your latest DX. The name of the game, after all, is FUN!