New Meeting Location

The Nelson County Radio Club, formerly known as KARS, has been meeting at the EMS training room at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month. Lately, we have had problems accessing the training room due to the need for EMS personnel to respond to incidents.

Beginning May 7th, 2018, NCRC will begin meeting at the Nelson County Public Library on the second Monday of the month in community room #1 between 7 and 8 PM.

Free Technician License Class and Examination

THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 288, BLOOMFIELD, is offering a FREE LICENSE CLASS for those wishing to become LICENSED HAM RADIO OPERATORS.  The INSTRUCTION IS FREE; unless a current study guide is already in possession, the student will ONLY PAY $30.00 (POSSIBLE $10.OO REFUND) for your book. Post 288 MEMBERS and any enrolled BOY SCOUT will receive their book free, courtesy of Post 288.    The class will be held on APRIL 8 AND 9, from 9:00 AM TO 6 PM EACH DAY.  An EXAMINATION SESSION is to be held in the same location, THE LEGION HUT IN BLOOMFIELD, on APRIL 29. Those who pass the exam(s) will be FULLY LICENSED. 

We welcome any and all who may wish to become a licensed ham operator; Legion membership is not required.  There is no longer a requirement to learn and demonstrate the ability to do Morse code.  We particularly encourage EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL and BOY SCOUTS to attend and become licensed.  This class should provide the Boy Scouts all the requirements for their MERIT BADGE.   

Ham operators have always been a main stay in EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS and are the primary providers of communications for both, the State and local EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES (EMA) and are a part of the NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY back-up communications effort, plus we enjoy the science and technology to talk all over the world on many different modes, including voice over the internet and e-mail over radio links.  In a National emergency, the telephone and cell phone systems will be destroyed or overloaded, but the Ham Radio network will be there ALWAYS.  Want to be involved?   


December KARS Meeting/Christmas Dinner

KARS Members,

Colton’s Steakhouse Bourbon room has been secured for the December KARS Meeting/Christmas Dinner. The December meeting will take place 1800 ET, Monday, December 12, 2016.

The Christmas Dinner will begin with a short KARS business meeting.  During the business meeting the nominated officers for 2017 will be listed, nominations from the floor will be accepted, and the vote for the 2017 officers will be held.  The election will close the meeting and Christmas Dinner will follow.  Members attending are asked to arrive at 1800 so the business meeting may be conducted expeditiously.

The Bourbon Room has seating for 16.  Please let John Czerwinski know if you will be attending by emailing him at Colton’s Steakhouse is located at 1001 Granite Dr. Bardstown, KY 40004.

Thank You,
Chandler M. Young, W4CMY
KARS President

April Meetings

The Bardstown area Kentucky Amateur Radio Society (KARS) will hold its
2016 meetings on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of each month in the
EMS building at the intersection of Buchanon Blvd and Atkinson Hills Ave
in Bardstown at 7 pm local time.  April’s meetings are scheduled for
Monday, 11 April and Wednesday, 27 April.  Topics at these meetings
shall include Red Cross cooperation, progress on the planned 25 June
joint shelter activation exercise with the Red Cross and a Fox Hunt
demonstration on Wednesday, 27 April.  All amateur radio operators and
anyone interested in learning about amateur radio is encouraged to
attend KARS meetings.  KARS conducts a general interest net on the
Bardstown 2m repeater (frequency: 145.470, PL 151.4) each Sunday evening
at 9pm local time.  The KARS Weather Training Net is conducted on
Wednesday evening at 8:30pm local time on the same repeater.  Licensed
amateurs are encouraged to call in to either or both nets.

December Meeting/Christmas Party

The Kentucky Amateur Radio Society (KARS) will not have
it’s second November meeting (which would normally fall on Wednesday, 25
November) due to its proximity to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Likewise, there will be only one KARS meeting in December since the second
December meeting would fall on Wednesday, 23 December, just before the
Christmas Holiday.

KARS will hold it’s Monday, 14 December meeting /
Christmas Party at Mammy’s Kitchen in the Barn Room between 6pm and 8pm.  All
Amateur Radio operators are invited to attend.  If planning to attend
please call KE4KBM, John, at 501 507 9329 to let him know you are
coming.  Election of KARS 2016 officers will take place at the 14
December meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Chandler at

Upcoming 2015 Hamfests

Vette City Hamfest

Date: Saturday, 10/03/2015

Location: Bowling Green, KY

Talk In: 147.330 (PL 107.2)



Richmond Hamfest

Date: Saturday, 09/19/2015

Location: Madison County Fairgrounds, 3237 Old Kentucky Route 52
Richmond, KY 40475

Talk In: 145.370 (PL 192.8)



Greater Louisville Hamfest

Date: Saturday, 09/12/2015

Location: Shepherdsville, KY

Sponsor: Greater Louisville Hamfest Assoication

Talk In: 146.700 & 443.700 (PL 79.7)



Central Kentucky Hamfest

Date: Sunday, 08/09/2015

Location: Lawrenceburg, KY

Sponsor: Bluegrass Amateur Radio Society

Talk In: 146.760