About Us

The Key City Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) is a local amateur radio (Ham) club composed of members from Callahan, Jones, Nolan, and Taylor Counties serving Abilene, Texas and the surrounding areas. Our club call sign is KC5OLO.

KCARC is an Affiliated Club of Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) and supports many of the goals of ARRL. KCARC highly recommends its members join ARRL to help support Amateur Radio.

Amateur radio includes a wide spectrum of communications, including AM, FM, Single Sideband, Voice, CW (Morse Code), Digital packet, HF (shortwave) and radio teletype, satellite communications, radio direction finding, VHF and UHF repeater operation, and integrated internet and repeater operations.

KCARC is also a service club dedicated to the furtherance of Amateur Radio, the enjoyment of the hobby by its members, the education of its members and the public in radio communication, and service to the community through communications support and other means. To accomplish this the club holds various meetings and events, participates in local, state and national events, holds educational activities, and provides Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing to facilitate licensing of interested and qualified applicants. Primary activities include monthly Membership meetings, regular VE examination sessions, participation in the summer ARRL Field Day and other special events throughout the year. In all these events, the public is welcome to participate.

The KCARC meets the 2nd Monday of the month (except December) at 7:00 pm at:

   Cobb Recreation Center
   2302 State St.
   Abilene, Texas 79603

To promote the exchange of information on a regular basis, the club hosts two weekly communications nets:
| Key City Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) local Information Net is every Thursday at 2000 hrs.

| Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) local Emergency Net is every Tuesday at 2000 hrs.
    146.76 MHz repeater / -0.6 offset / 146.2 MHz tone
    Abilene, Texas