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Kentucky Colonels Amateur Radio Club - History


In the summer of 1956, a group of amateur radio operators in Bowling Green, Kentucky, organized the Warren County Radio Club and applied for affiliation with the American Radio Relay League.  In September 1956, the group set up a demonstration table at the Southern Kentucky Fair.

Paul Shaw (W4OOS) was the first president and Alger Hanks (K4LOA) was the Secretary-Treasurer.  On November 17, 1956, the club applied for ARRL Affiliation with 18 licensed radio amateurs in the club of whom 14 were ARRL members.  In April 1957, the ARRL approved the application and the club was issued a charter.  The club call was K4OCH.

The club offered their services to the city of Bowling Green for Civil Defense in 1962 and received affirmative replies from Mayor Robert Graham and Sheriff Hubert Phelps. They contacted several government agencies about purchasing surplus equipment and received replies from Rear Admiral Bernard Roeder, US Navy, US Senator John Sherman Cooper, and US Representative William H. Natcher, Kentucky Governor Bert Combs and US Army Major Sidney Rexford on steps to take to procure the equipment.

Alexander Carter W4CMP Roger ??? K4HDS
Neal McGown W4KBY John Hudson K4CIZ
H. O. Scott W4NGZ James West W4TGT
Norman Reynolds W4LBW Charles Ingram KN4KSG
Paul Shaw W4OOS Joseph Roemer W4IVY
John Patrick W4PLN Jack Herndobler W4RNY
Leroy Whittle K4IAA Leon Garrett K4CIT
Maurice Tuttle K4YYW Knight Rebus KN4HIP
R. B. Hooks KN1FE Alger Hanks K4LOA

In September 1962, a motion was approved to adopt the name of Kentucky Colonels for the club if approved and commissioned by the Governor and Lt. Governor; and a letter was sent to Lt. Governor Wilson Wyatt who had given verbal approval.  Final approval was received in 1963.

The first hamfest of the Kentucky Colonels Amateur Radio Club was August 4, 1963 at Beech Bend Park. The major door prize was a six-meter transceiver kit.  Seventy-six hams and their families attended.

In 1965, the club call was WA4VXO. It was later changed to K4LOL and is currently KY4BG. 

Source: KCARC Minutes Archives.

 

Warren County Radio Club Presidents

1956-57 - Paul Shaw - W4OOS 1961 - Jim Glass - W4CDK
1958-59 - James Glass - N4CDK 1962 - Robert D. Maggard - K4NQV
1960 - Neal McGown - W4KBY  (club named changed in 1962)


KCARC Presidents

1962-63 - Dean Maggard - K4NQV 1992 - Bob Holzapfel - KB4FEN
1964 - Bill Skinner - WA4CLZ 1993 - Ed Gann - N4HID
196? - T. C. Cottrell, Sr. - WA4OPS 1994 - Don Meredith - N4THE
196? - Warren Harris - K4PKX 1995 - Dean Maggard -K4NQV
1974 - Jack Shultz - K4LOL 1996 - Hank Cantrell - W4HTB
1975 - Norm Elder - WA4FJY 1997 - Gary Hext - K4UU
1976 - Jim Erskine - WA4AUR 1998 - Leon Garrett - K4CIT
1977 - John Reasoner - WA4QMQ 1999 - James Coleman - KC4HGY
1978 - Bob Forsee - WA4IGS 2000 - Fred Painter - KA4CFW
1979 - Pete Hurt - WD4IRP 2001 - Roger Ford - KD4JPF
1980 - Steve Garrity - KB4YI (Jan-June)
1980 - Don Tuggle - N4AOC
(July - Dec)
2002 - Carroll Brooks - KC4HDG
1981 - Jim Manco - KB4PI 2003 - Jean Odum - KE4WVX
1982 - Bob Cobb - WA4CLL 2004 - Michael Kallstrom - NU4Q
1983 - 2005 - Jeff Martin - WB4JM
1984 - Ed Gann - N4HID 2006 - John Coe - KY4COE
1985 - Bob Forsee - WA4IGS 2007 - Timothy Robinson - KF4MGU
1986 - Tom Williams - WB4SCV 2008 - Mike McClure - KW4MAC
1987 - Jess Denhardt - KB4OLU 2009-10 - Ed Gann - N4HID
1988 - Ken Newman - KB4ALC 2010-11 - Claire Rinehart - KF4IWX
1989-90 - Don Meredith - N4THE 2012 - John Renfrow - K4FRO
1991 - Bob Cobb - WA4CLL 2013-16 - Ed Gann - N4HID
   

KCARC Bent Screwdriver Award Recipients

2015 - Hank Cantrell - W4HTB 197? - Bob Cobb - WA4CLL
2014 - Greg Lake - KY3B 199? - Leon Garrett - K4CIT
2013 - Gary Hext - K4UU  
2012 - Greg Lake - KY3B  

 


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