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Club Meetings Resume



The first post-pandemic in-person meeting will be the May business meeting on 5/6/21 .


The monthly business meetings had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now have resumed.  The monthly business meeting of the Jackson County Amateur Radio Club will be held Thursday at 7:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the fire station in Ripley.




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Monthly Meeting Canceled


The monthly business meeting of the Jackson County Amateur Radio Club has been canceled.




SKYWARN      and status of SkyWarn / Amateur Radio interoperability



There was a SKYWARN class at the Greene Center in Kenna WV.

The instructor was Tony Edwards of NOAA.


I attended the class, and noticed that Amateur Radio was not part of the presentation.

Later, I sent an email asking why.


Tony Edwards - NOAA Federal <>

To: Randy Barr

Hello Randy,


I didn't talk about amateur radio in the presentation because we don't have a good system for incorporating amateur radio into our operations right now.  I'm a ham myself, KJ4FYM, and understand how much of a benefit it could be to our operations.  However, shortly after I arrived at this office, the building we are in developed a serious mold issue and we had to actually evacuate the building for a few months.  They took everything out of the building and gutted it.  We are back in the building now, but we don't have much furniture and our ham radio equipment has never been reinstalled.  The NWS is actually building us a new facility at the Tech Park in Charleston, so while that is going on we are in limbo and just getting by with what we have.  My goal when we get into our new facility is to have a designated area for ham radio equipment.  If/when that happens, I'll be doing more outreach to the ham community and will get some protocols in place to get that incorporated back into our operations.  In the meantime, feel free to identify yourself as a ham radio operator if/when you call in a report.










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.




New Club Member

We have recently had a new member join the club.

Welcome:  Bryan  KE8MFN   ( new callsign: W8FR )



Jackson County Junior Fair

July 22 - 27     2019

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

The Jackson County Amateur Radio Club is operating a station at the fair.

We have a 2-meter and an HF radio set up. 




We are located near the main entrance to the fair, next to the original exhibit hall.



We have a large white tent located next to Riverview Consession’s big red trailer.


Blue Ribbon

Congratulations to Liam Chapman  ( grandson of N8RJ )  on his blue ribbon for Rabbit Showmanship.









Field Day

ARRL Field Day is June 22 – 23.   2019

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 22, 2019 starting at 2 p.m. and ending on Sunday June 23, 2019 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.






New Club Members

We have recently had three new people join the club.

Welcome:  Rich,  Ed Sr,  &  Ed Jr.





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 (wv8z), 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.