Ham Radio Technician Class

Key City Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) will be hosting an Technician Operator Ham operator class starting March 3 2018.

Classes will be held at Abilene Regional Medical Center (ARMC)   Women’s Center.

Classes will start at 8:30AM Every Saturday starting March 3rd.

The cost of the class is free but student will need to purchase class book. The books will be available at each class session.

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NWS San Angelo SKYWARN Spotter Training Schedule for 2018

TBD = To Be Determined

Tuesday Jan 16 Runnels Winters Fire Dept. 7:00 PM
Monday Feb 12 Concho  Eden Fire Dept. 7:00 PM
Tuesday Feb 13 Schleicher Eldorado Fire Dept. 7:00 PM
Tuesday Feb 20 McCulloch Brady VFW At Richards Park    6:00 PM  
Saturday Feb 24 Taylor  Abilene Abilene Christian University-
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building
(Hart Auditorium)
9 AM to Noon
Saturday Mar 3 Brown Brownwood Howard Payne University-
Newman Hall
9 AM to Noon
Monday Mar 5 Jones Stamford Fire Dept. TBD
Monday Mar 19 Nolan Sweetwater Texas State Technical College 6:00 PM
Tuesday Mar 20 Menard Menard Fire Dept.   7:00 PM
Wednesday Mar 21 Sutton Sonora Fire Dept. TBD
Saturday Apr 14 Tom Green San Angelo Trinity Lutheran Church 9 AM to Noon

VE Test Session

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Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00PM
Berry Lane Baptist Church 1515 Lakeside Drive


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

March KCARC Meeting

This months club meeting will held on Monday March  12th at 1900 hours at Cobb Park Recreation Center.

It is at 2302 State Street Abilene,Texas

There will be information and training on the upcoming Steam and Wheels Bike Ride. If you would like to help out please attend the meeting.

There will discussion Texas State Parks on the Air (TSPOTA). TSPOTA will be held the  first weekend in April.

There will also be a report on the ongoing Technician Class.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

February KCARC Meeting

This months club meeting will held on Monday February 12th at 1900 hours at Cobb Park Recreation Center.

It is on State Street. There will be a report on Winter Field Day, information on Skywarn Training and information

on Texas State Parks on the Air (TSPOTA).

There will also be some discussion on the upcoming Technician Class.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Late Breaking News

Tonight’s meeting will be in the Cobb Park Recreation Center.

This is a permanent move. Peg Richard KA4UPA beat everyone else to reserve the room so we have it all year.

January KCARC club meeting

This months club meeting will held on Monday January 8th at 1900 hours at Cobb Park Activity Center.

It is on Forrest Street between State Street and North 10th.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day Association

 Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

 We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

 Disasters are unpredictable by nature and can strike when you least expect them. WFDA’s goal is to help enhance your skills and ready you for all environmental conditions found in the US and Canada during the spring, summer, fall and winter Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and state authorities are expecting when they reach  out to the emergency service groups that offer their services.

 If you are serious about emergency communications as we are; we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge to that of a normal summer time field day.

During 2006 the suggestion for SPAR to sponsor a Winter Field Day was made and after discussions in the Forum, rules and a date were set. On January 13-14, 2007 the First Annual Winter Field Day was held and based on comments from participants; this will indeed go down in the record books as the start of an annual tradition.

It all started in June when Charles, N5PVL asked if SPAR would be interested in sponsoring a winter field day activity. There followed a discussion, proposed rules and modifications, all culminating in a vote in September approving SPAR’s sponsorship. Next cam a flurry of activities to get the word out on a very short notice and finally, the actual contest in January.

Walt (W5ALT) and Charlie (KY5U) contributed greatly to the success of SPAR and WFD. However, due to medical issues, activity within SPAR, their forum and support of WFD have declined. Walt did state in the forum that he was somewhat overloaded.

Many amateur operators were upset that 2015 scores were not posted and we could not get a response out of SPAR. They also thought that WFD would just fade away. That is when several of us band together and formed Winter Field day Association.

The rules were the same until we felt a change in rules was needed. The date is still the last full weekend in January. A committee was setup to get things setup and running.

They are: Tom (WD8MBE), Bill (VE3FI), Dave (W3DET), Erik (WX4ET) and Ken (N8KC).If there are any questions, comments, suggestions or complaints, please contact us.

Meet The Team
Tom (WD8MBE)
Bill (VE3FI)
Dave (W3DET)
Erik (WX4ET)
ken (N8KC)

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


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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