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

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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 on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 12223

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7614

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5814

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4923

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4215

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12223

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8839

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 25, 2015 1279

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 1020

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 883

Planning Commission Approves Zoning Amendments…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 839

Superheroes ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 732

Focus on Hopkins County: Interview with Sheriff…

by Tim Thomas
April 25, 2015 685

Webster County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
April 25, 2015 603

Tobacco Quitline Callers Eligible for Extra…

by Beth Fisher
April 25, 2015 561

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 547

Keeping the Faith - 'To Die Trying'

by Ronnie McBrayer
April 25, 2015 519

Hooked on Science - 'Magnetic Money'

by Jason Lindsey