Last winter’s ice storms were a sobering reminder that the conventional communications infrastructure that we have grown very comfortable using is very fragile. Cell phones and Internet have become the primary source of communication in our daily lives and we rarely think about how we would communicate without them. Ham Radio uses simpler, yet, more resilient technology that has proven itself in times of power and communication loss.

In every disaster you can always find Ham Radio Operators providing emergency communication; using their own equipment and emergency power.  Hams who provide this service are usually a part of A.R.E.S (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) and work along with the community’s disaster service.

Hams routinely check in with one another by participating in weekly Radio Nets. This allows everyone to get to know each other and become familiar with each others capabilities.

Now that I’ve settled back into Berea, Kentucky, I want to re-connect to it’s emergency communications system so that I’ll still be ‘online’ when the lights go out.  I’ve got a 2 Meter Radio, Antenna, and Emergency Power.  Only thing left to do is to find a good place to install the antenna and begin checking in on the local radio nets!

Amateur Radio Nets

Monday7:00 PM146.865-192.8Madison County ARES Net
Wednesday8:30 PM146.715-100.0Wilderness Trail Emergency Net

More info:

Madison County:
Amateur Radio Nets
Monday7:00 PM146.865-192.8Madison County ARES Net
Wednesday8:30 PM146.715-100.0Wilderness Trail Emergency Net


Amateur Radio Emergency Service:
EC: Vacant.
OES: Martin Hensley, KF4EBC 859-986-1254 Email
OES: Craig Still, N4CQR 859-986-3281


Amateur Radio Organizations:
Central Kentucky Amateur Radio Society144 Allen Douglas Dr, Richmond, KY 40475
Michael Rogers, KE4ISW,Email 859-624-87573rd Thursday at 7:00 PM
Madison Co EOC, Keeneland Dr


Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiners:
Terry Holman, AC4PYEmail 156 Norton Dr, Richmond, KY 40475859-623-1711
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