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Status:East KY SkyWarn (amateur radio) KS4XL-Flatwoods, East Kentucky Link System (KY4ARC)- Painstville, KB8PCW- Horsepen Mt, AI4UK-Lanore WV, KD4DAR-Pikeville.
Welcome to the East Kentucky Amature Radio Emergency Network."Communication is our Passion, Getting Life Saving Information out is our Duty."
Amateur Radio, sometimes referred to as ham radio, has always had a responsibility to perform communications in the public service. In fact, it’s one of the basic purposes of the Amateur Radio Service defined by the FCC. You’ll find a lot of hams enjoy using their skills and equipment to help their communities. You, too, can be part of this rewarding experience when you participate as a radio operator in public service events like parades and walk-a-thons and/or in emergency service activities such as search and rescue missions, and in disaster relief operations.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) is part of the ARRL or Amateur Radio Relay League’s extensive volunteer field organization dedicated to public service. ARES® is comprised of amateur radio operators nationwide who volunteer to provide a resource of trained operators for reliable primary or secondary communications links for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Every licensed amateur radio operator, regardless of license class, membership in the ARRL, or any other organization, is eligible for membership in ARES®.
East Kentucky, working with other ham radio operators and groups across the Commonwealth and the nation has a long history of providing emergency service communications. In 1937, Kentucky hams proved radio contact could be established between cities and towns affected by the historic flood that year along the Ohio River and its tributaries. After the end of World War II, formal Amateur Radio Emergency Corps groups across America were formed to provide communications to groups such as local and state civil defense as well as other governmental and humanitarian agencies when all other means of communications failed. Today, this same effort continues in the form of ARES®.
ARES members primarily assist county emergency management and local government agencies as well as non-profit humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. With further training beyond ARES®, we also support the local National Weather Service Offices (NWS) in Jackson and Surrounding Weather Offices with SKYWARN® storm spotting as well as supplying auxiliary communications support to the US Army’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Madison County.
Most of the activities are on VHF and UHF voice. However, all authorized amateur frequencies and modes, HF, packet, slow-scan, and others can be used. ARES® in District 8 has access to permanent amateur radio stations at several county Emergency Operation Centers within our district, courtesy of federal funds provided through the CSEPP program. In addition, we receive support from several generous amateur radio repeater owners and trustees in our service area who have currently linked together several VHF/UHF repeaters for use in District 8 and the surrounding area.
ARES® and RACES provide a single “service” – communications. Therefore, ARES® members are trained to be skilled emergency communicators. However, this does not necessarily mean you must go into the field. There are jobs you can do from your home or office, like operating as the net control station, logging information, or helping make telephone calls.
What Is Skywarn?
Simply put, Skywarn is a storm spotter program organized, originally in the 1960s, by the National Weather Service. Skywarn is a totally volunteer program and includes some 350,000 to 400,000 trained spotters nationwide. Anyone can volunteer, but the program largely attracts those with an emergency services background or amateur radio operators.
Spotters provide weather reports all the time, but their main role involves severe storms. Spotters are trained to identify and report many aspects of severe storms, such as wind speed, hail size, tornadic development, and any damage observed in their area.
These are not storm chasers, but storm spotters. They don't chase down storms, but rather report what is happening in their communities in order to help the National Weather Service better see the "ground truth" about storms and more effectively warn the public by issuing warnings. Even with today's technology, storm spotters and the Skywarn program remain a vital pillar in the structure of severe weather alerts in the United States.
Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM)-https://kyem.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx Emergency Management shares the Governor's vision to coordinate a system of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery and protect the lives, environment, and property of the people of Kentucky.
KYEM is a division of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and its role and function are governed by legislative action as dictated in Chapter 39A-F of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
KYEM consists of our main office located on Boone National Guard Center, at 100 Minuteman Parkway, in Frankfort, KY 40601, and 10 Area Offices located throughout the state.
Although state and local governments are ready to assist the public during times of emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home. In the event of large-scale disasters, it may take time to respond immediately.
SpotterNetwork-https://www.spotternetwork.org/ The SpotterNetwork brings storm spotters, storm chasers, coordinators, and public servants together in a seamless network of information. It provides accurate position data of spotters and chasers for coordination/reporting and provides ground truth to public servants engaged in the protection of life and property.
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Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real-time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry.
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CocoRaHS-Kentucky-https://www.cocorahs.org/state.aspx?state=ky observers provide great volunteer service to the community, the county, and the state by providing information on precipitation, snowfall, and snow depths. The information is used by government and university scientists, community officials, farmers, county emergency managers, watershed managers, drought monitors, and by your friends and neighbors.
Kentucky Mesonet-http://www.kymesonet.org/about.html A division of the Kentucky Climate Center is statewide monitoring weather and climate monitoring infrastructure with an operations center housed at Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research and Development. It is based upon a network of automated stations that monitor near-surface environmental conditions in the domain from 10 meters above the surface to one meter below the surface.
Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code-https://www.weather.gov/nwr/counties NWR service to a county depends on reliable signal reception, which typically extends in about a 40 mile radius from the transmitter, assuming level terrain. Counties without NWR coverage or partial NWR coverage will be so indicated. Some counties or parts thereof, especially in mountainous areas, that are listed as having NWR coverage, may not have reliable reception in some locations due to signal blockages and/or excessive distance from the transmitter.
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