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New Repeaters. 

We have purchased two Yaesu System Fusion C4FM repeaters. 

One has been installed at the existing Ripley repeater location.

The other has been installed at a new site in Southern Jackson county,

the Fisher Ridge water tower.




Ham radio course and tests

Technician Class License Cram Course

Presented by Charleston Area VE Group


Saturday March 9th, 2019

Location: Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority

601 Brooks St.

Charleston, West Virginia 25301

All ages welcome.

8:00 AM Limited seating first come first serve.

All class license exams will be given at 11:30 PM


Costs for All Examinations are $15.00

Bring Photo I.D.


   Terry Sanner for sign up – 304-925-1662

   David Poe – 304-965-3838


Jim Mangus

Kanawha County Metro 911

Communications Coordinator

304-746-8730 (direct)

304-746-7911 (main)

304-767-5911 (cell)

304-746-7914 (fax)






The WV SIEC / SIRN will be offering the WV Specific AUXCOMM Course    April  13th - 14th 2019 for Amateur Radio Operators in Parkersburg, WV.

Cost of the Course: Free

Food and Drinks: On your own

Lodging: On your own

Location  Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department,

                  1st Floor Conference Room

                  211 Sixth Street,

                  Parkersburg, WV 26101,                

                  39°16'01.6"N 81°33'34.2"W   /   39.267101, -81559497 


This announcement should provide enough time for prospective students to achieve the NIMS/ICS prerequisites.


Prerequisites Required :


1.            IS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100, (or any a,b,c version);

2.            IS-200, Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents,

               (or any a,b version);

3.            IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction, (or any a,b version);

4.            IS-800, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction, (or any a,b,c version) ;

5.            Amateur Radio FCC license (Technician Class or greater) ;

6.            Interest in auxiliary emergency communications (A.R.E.S. or other Emergency Services Group); and

7.            A desire to learn how to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS environment.

To better determine class size, inquire about possible motel discounts/special rate, please send intent for attendance and if you may require lodging to  as soon as possible.

The WV AUXCXOMM Course will assist amateurs / groups interested in emergency communications understand the communication roles that are needed in today’s expanding / collapsing ICS environments. Amateur radio operators receiving this training will see how they can better assist Emergency Communication Managers in ICS environments throughout the State of West Virginia.

This is a great opportunity for the West Virginia Amateur Radio Community in support of our Federal, State, and Local First Responder Community

Additional information will follow to those that inquire / pre-register by email.


Jim Mangus

Kanawha County Metro 911

Communications Coordinator

304-746-8730 (direct)

304-746-7911 (main)

304-767-5911 (cell)

304-746-7914 (fax)




Everyone wanting to attend the AUXCOMM Course in Parkersburg, WV April 13th - 14th 2019 will need to register at WV Military Affairs and Public Safety Training Center Web Site found at <click on> “Create New User”.

After your new account is created, “Log In” with your User ID & Password, The CourseMill 7.1 home page should then be displayed on your screen, look to the right of the WV Military Affairs and Public Safety seal, <click on the 3rd tab over> “Course Catalog”. When the course catalog page pulls up, look for Catalog ID “A364” West Virginia Specific AuxComm Course - and <click on> “Enroll”.

The next step to receive approval to attend the course, prospective students will need to send soft copies of the following certificates: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800, and call sign to Jim Mangus via e-mail (Students are required have a current Technician class (or higher) Amateur Radio License).

The deadline for registration is 5 P.M. (1700 Hours) April, 08th 2019.

If you need the prerequisites (IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, IS-800.b), on line training can be found at 






                 40th ANNUAL - ARRL APPROVED





SUNDAY MAY 5th, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Details:  HamFest Flyer PDF



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New Club Members

We have recently had three new people join the club.

Welcome:  Rich,  Ed Sr,  &  Ed Jr.




Jackson County Junior Fair

July 23 - 28     2018

Jackson County Jr Fairgrounds
157 County Farm Road
Cottageville, WV 25239

The Jackson County Amateur Radio Club will operate a station at the fair. We will have a 2-meter and an HF radio set up.




Field Day

ARRL Field Day is June 23 – 24.   2018

Our Field Day operations site will be at the Ripley Fire Department

337 Main St, Ripley, WV 25271



The Jackson County Amateur Radio Club will be holding its annual Ham radio field day out back at the Ripley Fire Dept.   The event will be held on Saturday June 23, 2018 starting at 2 p.m. and ending on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 2 p.m.    Field day is when all Ham clubs and Ham radio operators try and make as many radio contacts as they can from 2 p.m. saturday thru 2 p.m. Sunday.   All Ham radio operators and anyone interested in Ham radio are welcome to stop by and see what Ham radio is about, make some contacts, and have a good time.



Massive search for missing 3-year-old Jackson County boy.

MAY 15 2018


KENNA, W.Va.  A missing 3-year-old Jackson County boy has been found safe.

Search crews located Makilynn Cole Berry on Tuesday morning. The boy walked away from his home on Bonny Knob Lane about 7:15 p.m. Monday.  A massive search had been under way to locate the boy. Investigators said they estimated there were anywhere between 400 to 500 people searching for the boy since Monday evening.

"The number of troopers, city officers, county officers, volunteers, firemen from probably close to every county in the state. I couldn't even come close mentioning everybody, let alone the civilians. I'm going to guess we've had 400-500 people up there since 8 o'clock last night," Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said.  Boggs said a family located the missing child in a hay field in the Savannah Oaks subdivision about three miles from his home. Boggs said the boy looks "good, looks healthy and looks happy."

Neighbors had been searching for the boy.  "This is the best response and best outcome of any search I've been involved with," Boggs said.  Investigators said it appears the boy wandered from the home.

"I think it was truly one of those moments that we've all been capable of having. You turn your head and then 'uh oh.' And it appears that that's what this is. And again, it took us a long time, but the conclusion was exactly what we were looking for," the sheriff said.


The Jackson County Amateur Radio Club provided assistance for the search effort.  Four club members were on scene in Kenna:  Ed Osborne KC8HXA, and Kenny Reed KD8ZRA, were assigned to the search effort.  Larry Cook KC8ZRE, and Randy Barr N8RJ, were at the Kenna VFD pre-staging area, receiving donations of food and water and providing info to the public and volunteers as they arrived.