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Greater Louisville
  Hamfest 2023

8am-2pm Saturday, September 9

Paroquet Springs Conference Centre

Whatever the Weather,

We'll Hamfest Together

Tickets $8 Advance, $10 (cash only) Fri & Sat at the Hamfest

Scouts and Scout Leaders in uniform & under 13 Free

Talk-In: 146.700 MHz (CTCSS 79.7 Hz)
2023 KY Amateur of the Year

     We are now soliciting nominations for the KY Ham of the Year. The submission deadline is in mid August. We are looking for the Radio Amateur in the Commonwealth of Kentucky whose outstanding record in the year preceding nomination merits recognition for contribution to the Amateur Radio Service. For complete details on how to submit your candidate, go to our web page KY Ham of the Year.


     We're ready for Kentuckiana's most exciting ham radio event. With increased community support, even bigger and better things are in the works. Another fun hamfest is headed your way this September.

Major Prizes

     Even bigger prizes are in the works for GLH-2023. We will be announcing them toward the end of June.

Mail Order Ticket Changes

     This year tickets ordered by mail will be held for pickup at the hamfest, even if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included. Ticket pickup and receipt information is detailed on our Order Confirmation page.

     When ordering tickets and spaces by mail, please note the address change on the form. Orders now go directly to our treasurer, Dick Truax K9RT. Confirmation will be sent to the email address provided on the form.

Scouts Radio Merit Badge Class

     Steven Driver N9BWT of Troop 1 in Kentucky has been providing a Scout Radio Merit Badge class for several years, with 31 Scouts coming together from different troops to join in this event. With continued success to introduce young people to all aspects of radio, Steven will again be leading this venture. This is an all-day event with an on-site, on-the-air Amateur Radio station demonstration concluding the class.
    Because of the room size, this year's class will be limited to 30 Scouts. Information on class signups will be available later this year.


Volunteers on the Air Forum

     Mark Steven Williams K9GX is the W1AW/9 Indiana VOTA volunteer coordinator. Volunteers on the Air is a year-long operating event honoring all ARRL volunteers. Highlights of the event include earning points for contacting W1AW portable stations and contacting ARRL volunteers or members on the air, using Logbook of the World as the QSOs data source. Participants will work W1AW portable stations and ARRL volunteers to earn QSO points.
    With the first Indiana VOTA operation on July 26, Mark will be part of this event and will share his experience in a forum at GLH-2023. A second W1AW/9 Indiana VOTA will be in December, so the forum will provide more insight on this event.

Summits on the Air Forum

     Michael Whitman N4DCW is the SOTA W4K Association Manager for Kentucky. Summits on the Air is an award program focused on portable operating from designated mountain summits. With over 200 summits in Kentucky, it is a thrilling way to combine Amateur Radio with hiking and the outdoors. Participants can be an activator (operating from summits), a chaser (from your home station or elsewhere), or as a short wave listener.
    Join Michael at this forum as he covers the basics of activating and chasing and online SOTA resources. The focus will be on W4K - Kentucky summits, although the information will inform activations and chases of any summit worldwide. More information about the program can be found at


ARRL Forum

     The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio, founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim, ARRL is a noncommercial organization supporting the awareness and growth of Amateur Radio worldwide.
    Charles O'Neal KE4AIE, who began his term as ARRL Kentucky Section Manager this year, will be here to present a forum on this area's ARRL activities. Great Lakes Division Vice-Director Scott Yonally N8SY, who has been with us during the planning stages of GLH-2023, also plans to be here for the presentation. They will also be at the ARRL Booth to answer and questions about ARRL and, if you are not a member of the League, will assist you in becoming a member in support of Amateur Radio.

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