Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Owensboro Amateur Radio Club Reaches Out to Younger Audience

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/2/13) - The Owensboro Amateur Radio Club has been a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth since 1954. The club is a medium for training operators and for exchanging idea between members to increase knowledge about the ham radio to the public.

Ham radios, more popular in the past than they are today, are used by designated radio frequency for recreation, emergency communication, and exchanging of messages using Morse Code and the International Phonetic Alphabet.
 
Amateur radios were formerly popular for emergency services, but that has shifted over the years to entertainment purposes, says club member, Walt Shipman.
 
“We still use them during emergency situations in Owensboro and Daviess County,” Shipman said. “They provide communication to emergency workers and also weather reports.”
 
In order to operate the radios on a frequency, technicians have to be licensed, which is determined by a test. The club helps members taking tests for new licenses and also to renew licenses. Members also practice their Morse Code techniques. The language containing dashes, dots, and spaces, can be very difficult to new learners.
 
The club hosts a children’s program at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History where kids can learn the Phonetic Alphabet while making crafts.
 
“We are trying to get younger folks interested,” Shipman said Thursday. “It’s where it starts.”
 
The Owensboro Amateur Radio Club Vice President, Bob Spears, agreed, saying that the club’s members are getting older and might need younger people to take their places some day.
 
“You know what they say, ‘When all else fails, amateur radio will still be there’,” Spears said.
 
For more information on the Owensboro Amateur Radio Club, visit: www.k4hy.net.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Taylor Riley

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Calloway HS Teacher Receives Kentucky 2014 Outstanding Business Teacher Award

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (7/26/14) — Vicki Simmons, Calloway County High School Business teacher, received the 2014… Read More

Calloway County Schools Announces 'STOP! Tipline'

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (7/24/14) — In an effort to use every available resource to maintain a safe learning environment,… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 22, 2014 4199

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 3148

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 2212

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 23, 2014 2196

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 23, 2014 1883

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 22, 2014 4199

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 2212

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 23, 2014 2196

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 21, 2014 1254

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 25, 2014 1242

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 22, 2014 1290

Alliance for a Drug Free Owensboro and…

in News by Carla Shelton
July 22, 2014 1235

Daviess County Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
July 23, 2014 1234

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 23, 2014 1149

Fall Baseball League Registrations

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 689

US 231 Ohio River 'William Natcher'…

in News by Keith Todd

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 3148

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1883

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1640

Swinging for Sadie Raises $6,000 for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1050

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 866

Marching Mustangs Band Camp Underway

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03