September Meeting

This months club meeting will held on Monday September 10th  at 1900 hours at Cobb Park Recreation Center.

It is at 2302 State Street Abilene,Texas

This will be the first meeting that will not be a business meeting.

Business meeting will be held quarterly or as needed.

The other other months will be technical meetings.

Each meeting will have central theme with side topics as needed.

This months meeting will be on antennas.

If you have question/issue/problem with an antenna bring it to the meeting tonight.


There will also be a report on the just completed  Technician Class.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

September Newsletter

Club Flyer

Fall Class

August Newsletter

Field Day 2018

Schedule for Field Day 2018

Field Day(FD) 2018 will held at

Shrine Club House

5272 Jarmin Street


Friday June 22

0800 CDT Meet and eat breakfast at McDonald’s on Judge Ely Blvd.

After breakfast go to Site to set up Towers and antennas.

Everyone is on their own for lunch if setup takes that long.

Saturday June 23

0800 CDT Meet at site to complete setup.

Breakfast will be available for a donation.

Everyone is on their own for lunch.

1800 UTC (1300 CDT) Commence operations for FD 2018.


Modes and bands will determined by conditions.

1800 CDT Evening meal Brisket and Sausage will be provided for a donation.

Bring a your favorite covered dish and/or dessert

Donation cans will be available for building,generator and for Shrine Club Programs.

Bring cash or check for donations.

Sunday June 24

Everyone is on their own for meals on Sunday or eat leftovers

from Saturday evening.

2059 UTC (1559 CDT) End of Field Day 2018

Take down all equipment and antennas.

We will need a lot of help on this. It will be hot and lot of help wold make it go faster

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC(1300CDT) Saturday and running through 2059 UTC(1559 CDT) Sunday. Field Day 2018 is June 23-24.

More information will be posted here and at the KCARC Facebook Page

KCARC will hosting Field Day 2018 operations

Shrine Club House

5272 Jarman St

Abilene, Texas 79601

What is ARRL Field Day?

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex —ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
What is the ARRL?
The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA, representing over 170,000 FCC-licensed Amateurs. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.
What is Amateur Radio
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.
The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.
For More Information visit:
Updated: 2/2018


KCARC June 2018 Newsletterdraft

Here is the link to the June 2018 Newsletter.


KCARC News2018_06

Hams on the Lake


Hot Dogs 

Ham Radios


May 26, 2018

1400 Fun and Radios

1600 Feed Our Faces


Sea Bee Park

FM 600

South end Lake FT. Phantom

Talk in 146.760 pl 146.2

Bring food, drinks, radios and antennas

This will be a chance for everyone to meet and work with and/or on radios.

If you are having problems with your radios bring them out.

Someone will be there to help fix issues.

Call Mike KF5ZQB if you have special problem that you need help with.

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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Pegged by Peg …
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.

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.