KCARC Christmas Party after action report

Wild and Woolly night in Abilene town.

The KCARC Christmas party that was a resounding success  was held at the Joe Allen Corral Room .

First off I would like to thank Peg Richard KA4UPA for organizing and being the Master of Ceremonies for this years party.

Bar-B-Que was very good and plenty for everyone.

The Christmas ornament exchange was exciting with lots of thievery going on.

Bill ShawKJ5DX had his ornament hijacked too many times to count. He was a good sport and kept going back for more.

Thanks to everyone that attended and had a good time

73 de KF5ZQB Mike


VE Test Session

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00PM
Berry Lane Baptist Church 1515 Lakeside Drive Abilene,Texas

You will need a photo ID;
A copy of your Amateur Radio License if you are upgrading;
2 pencils;
A Calculator,

Walk-ins welcome.

Good luck!

73 de KF5ZQB

Let’s send Byrant KG5HVO to Germany


The K7RA Solar Update


The past reporting week (October 12-18) saw very little solar activity, with a sunspot number of 12 on October 15, meaning the average daily sunspot number was only 1.7, down from the already low average of 8.4 over the previous seven days.

Over the same two periods, average daily solar flux declined from 76.8 to 70.5, while average daily planetary A index increased from 8.9 to 21.1 and average mid-latitude A index went from 8 to 16.7.

Dr. Skov says there are sunspots just beyond the solar horizon which should soon come into view and begin to affect Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJDK3fGmVXg

Predicted solar flux over the near term is 74, 78 and 82 on October 20-22, 86 on October 23-26, 72 on October 27 through November 2, 70 on November 3-14, 72 on November 15-29, then 70 on November 30 through December 3.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on October 20-21, then 10, 5, 35 and 45 on October 22-25, 15 on October 26-27, then 10, 8, 5 and 5 on October 28-31, then 8 and 10 on November 1-2, 5 on November 3-6, then 28, 30, 40, 28, 26, 18 and 10 on November 7-13, then 12 on November 14-15, 8 on November 16-18, then 5, 35 and 45 on November 19-21, 15 on November 22-23, then 10 and 8 on November 24-25, 5 on November 26-27, then 8 and 10 on November 28-29, and 5 on November 30 through December 3.
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KCARC Christmas Party

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Key City Amateur Radio Club 2017 Christmas Party will held December 2,2017.

It will be held at Joe Allen’s Corral Room 301 S.11th St. Abilene,Texas

Start time is 7:00PM

Meal will be brisket and sausage buffet and will cost $16 per person payable at the door.

Please RSVP to Peg Richard KA4UPA By November 29,2017 at KA4UPA@suddenlink.net

We will have our Christmas ornament exchange after the meal.

Bring a wrapped ornament for each guest that wishes to join in the exchange.


73 de KF5ZQB

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The K7RA Solar Update


At 0549 UTC on August 3 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this warning:

“During UT days 4-5 August expect an increase in geomagnetic activity up to active to minor storm levels due to influence of the recurrent coronal hole.


04 Aug:  Active
05 Aug:  Active”

Spaceweather.com issued this warning later on the same day:

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