May Newsletter

KCARC Meeting
Monday, May14, 2018, 7 PM
Cobb Rec Center
2302 State St.
Thursday, 8 PM on 146.76 repeater
(146.2 Hz tone)
Club Website:
2018 Officers:
Steve Ayers, KE5ES, President,
Mike Roche, KF5ZQB, Vice President,
Kathryn Wilson, KG5THK, Secretary,
Peg Richard, KA4UPA Treasurer
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The Prez Sez …CQ CQ CQ…
It is May and the beginning of Summer! I was pulling up the document that I use
as a template for my newsletter submission and after reading it I realized that it is
exactly what I wanted to say THIS month. In January I submitted:
I was just thinking the other day of what we could do as a club that would be fun,
informative, and not cost a lot of money. The thought of setting up some radios
and antennas to work all bands in a city park came to mind. To keep cost down the
event would be a “Bring your own refreshments”. There are a few operators that
can bring a variety or radios and antennas. This would give everyone a chance to
fellowship and explore the hobby. I will not go into specifics as it is only an idea
right now. If anyone would be interested let me know.
Once again I am asking for ideas. I would like to see the club do more than “Show
up for the meeting”. I really would like to see members step forward and volunteer
to lead “DXpeditions” around the Big Country. It doesn’t have to be major
operations or disaster preparedness exercises. I started in this hobby to have fun,
get out, and interact with others. At the next meeting please come up with ideas.
Once again: If anyone is interested let me know at .
Thank you.
Steven Ayers
KCARC President
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We need your help! In Abilene/Taylor county, we have over 300 hams.
Emergency Communications is one of the things that ham radio operators do, and as part of the privilege of having a ham license (with no fee to obtain one).
The FCC expects us to help when the need arises. Skywarn is one of those needs. We have a commitment to the City of Abilene and citizens of Taylor County (and surrounding areas) to answer the call, when severe weather threatens.
There is a sinking feeling on the part of the control operators and Skywarn leaders when the call goes out on the 146.760 repeater for Skywarn spotters and NO ONE answers the call. We realize that Skywarn is a volunteer entity, and this is why we need people who are committed to helping.
We have several new hams that are anxious to help and use their new license privileges. How about us (old hams…or should I say more experienced ham) setting an example and helping them learn the hobby that we enjoy. Volunteer to help out with emergency communications/Skywarn.
Volunteer to take someone with you and go out spotting. Show them the ropes and how to do it.
At the very least, when the call goes out for help, if you can’t get out and mobile spot, call in from your current location and spot from there. Mobile spotters are also very much needed.
Please, please listen to 146.760 when severe weather threatens, answer the call.

Bill KJ5DX
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Reminder that 2018 dues are payable at
$20.00 per family, all living at one address,
or $15.00 per individual for the year.
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05/18/2018 | Great Lakes Division
Convention (Dayton Hamvention)
Location: Xenia, OH
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
06/08/2018 | West Gulf Division
Convention (Ham-Com 2018)
Location: Plano, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Ham-Com, Inc.
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June 2018
9-11 June VHF
16 Kids Day
23-24 Field Day
July 2018
14-15 IARU HF World Championship
August 2018
4-5 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest
18-19 10 GHz & Up – Round 1
19 Rookie Roundup – RTTY
September 2018
8-10 September VHF
15-16 10 GHz & Up – Round 2
29-30 EME – 2.3 GHz & Up
October 2018
15-19 School Club Roundup
27-28 EME – 50 to 1296 Mhz
November 2018
3-5 Nov. Sweepstakes – CW
17-19 Nov. Sweepstakes – Phone
24-25 EME – 50 to 1296 MHz
11/30-12/2 160 Meter
December 2018
11/30-12/2 160 Meter
8-9 10 Meter
16 Rookie Roundup–CW
For a more extensive Ham Radio Contest Calendar, check this website:
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Sponsor: Key City ARC
Date: May 05 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Peggy Richard (325) 672-8889
Location: Berry Lane Baptist Church
1515 Lakeside Drive
Abilene TX 79602-4123
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SPOTLIGHT ON DX, VK7CW – My friend, Allen-KA5TJS, excused himself from our 75 meter SSB QSO about 6:15 AM for a CW contact with VK7CW.
When Allen returned he emailed me: “I have had 15 QSO’s with him since January
of 2017. He is one of the most reliable stations from AUS (Australia).
All CW of course! He has a great fist and very nice guy. A lot of those were during a
SKCC contest or sprint. They are all on 40 meters somewhere.”
Steve Salvia
Tasmania, Australia
Welcome My Dear Friend
Greetings From The Island Of Tasmania Thank you for taking the time to look up my
I live on a small acreage in a rural area of North West Tasmania, about 30 kilometres
south west of Burnie.
My interest in radio and communications goes way back to my younger days and was
further inspired after I enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1981. During
my career I served proudly as a member of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals for 20
I was first licenced in 1995 and my previous calls were VK4EMS and VK8AM. Between
1999 and early 2001 I made two separate trips to Bougainville where I was very active
as P29BI (Bougainville Island).
Due to unforeseen circumstances and work commitments I was off the air from late
2001 until early 2012. In 2011 I relocated from the Northern Territory to the beautiful
island of Tasmania, where I was lucky enough to obtain the VK7CW call.
My main station consists of an ICOM IC- 7300, a Palstar AT2K manual antenna tuner
and an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier. My antenna system consists of a KIO Hex beam
for 20-6m, a fan inverted vee for 160m/80m/40m/30m and a monoband
ground plane for 30m.
For portable and QRP operations I have a Youkits HB-1B MK3 CW transciver,
an MFJ-9020 20m QRP CW transceiver, a Yaesu FT-857D and a Yaesu FT-817nd.
My main passion and interest in this great hobby is CW and I really enjoy using one of
my bugs (semi-automatic keys) or one of my sideswipers (cootie key). Including my
Alabama Vibroplex Blue Racer (circa 2000) pictured below.
Or my 1953 Vibroplex Presentation model with La Hiff adjustable main spring pictured
Or my World War II Australian Buzza No.100 Double Lever key pictured below.
Using a sideswiper is very natural and it is very easy to homebrew a key as you can be
seen by my steel ruler sideswiper below. I truly cannot believe that they are not more
A classic sideswiper ‘The Twanger’ made by Tom G3HGE (pictured below).
My interest in CW has led me to gather a small but ever growing collection of
keys. Collecting keys is very addictive and I am always on the lookout for more,
especially vibroplex bugs and sideswipers.
Having so many keys with different sending styles can get confusing. For that reason I
use my left hand to send with a straight key and sideswiper. For single lever and dual
lever (iambic) I use my right hand. For semi-automatic bugs I can use either a left
handed or right handed version. I do try and use all of my keys on a regular basis,
including my left handed 90 degree Vizbug (pictured below) which was made by Tom K4VIZ.
Being very passionate about CW I continuously strive to improve both my sending and receiving skills. I do hope that this great art is never lost and would encourage anyone of any age to take the time and effort to learn this very rewarding and enjoyable skill.

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