Tour de Gap

The members of the Key City Amateur Radio Club provided communications for the Tour de Gap, Saturday July 23, 2022. This event helps the club members train for emergency events and helps keep the riders safe as they ride across the back roads of south Taylor county.

250 Riders rode 0n their choice of 3 routes, an 11 mile, a 50 Kilometer or a 100 Kilometer route.

Members of the club manned communication posts at check points and roved each course as safety drivers.

Jewell Harden, KB5GSP, SK

Jewell Marie Harden, KB5GSP,  81, went to be with the Lord on June 25, 2022, in Abilene, Texas.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the First Baptist Church, Abilene, directed by Fry~Smith Funeral Home, Tuscola. A visitation will be held before the service at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church, Abilene. A private burial will precede the funeral service.

She is survived by Ron, KB5DSL,her husband of 63-years; brother, Jimmy Taylor (Lissie) of Abilene; sister, Sharon Givans, of Kingman, Arizona; her children – Ron, Jr., WT5X,(Tammy, KB5NLP), Leland (Elise), and Teresa Spikes, KD5JOR, (Ricky); grandchildren – James (Tina), Suzanne,  KE5VBK (Rusty), Victoria, KF5VSI, Verity, Nathaniel, Tanner, Tyler (Sylvia), and Derrick; and 7 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to City Lights, Care of First Baptist Church, Abilene, 336 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79601

Our Deepest Condolences

Margaret Cathryn (Grogan) Chancey, 81 of Abilene, passed away at her home on Monday, June 13, 2022.  There will be a visitation with the family on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Baker Height Church of Christ, 5382 Texas Avenue.  A private family burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson.  Arrangements under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors.

Margaret was born on August 31, 1940 in Abilene to Paul and Edna Grogan.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Mark.  She is survived by her husband Morris Chancey of Abilene and her daughter, Melody Barczak of Porum, Oklahoma.

Margeret was an associate member of the KCARC and the YF of Morris Chancy, WA5GIM

Condolences may be left for the family at

KCARC Field Day 2022

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June,  the KCARC and more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

This year the KCARC will be back at the Hamby Volunteer Fire Department Station located at 4408 Hwy 351.

Our Schedule of Events:
Set up 9am
1pm Start Operating
6pm Dinner – Bring a side dish, the meat is provided by the club (Donations accepted)
10am  VE Testing Session
1pm Break down

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio.

VE Test Session

VE Test SessionOur next VE Test Session will be held at Field Day, Sunday June 26th, 2022 at 10am  at the Hamby Volunteer Fire Department 

If you wish to test you must be preregistered. You will also need to have a Federal Registration Number or FRN from the FCC. Go to: to obtain your number.

Please email me at:  for instructions on what you will need to bring to the test session.

Good Luck!
de RJ,

VE Test Session May 7th

Our next VE Test Session will be held at the Mall Library in Abilene on Saturday May 7th, 2022 at 1 p.m. CST.

If you wish to test you must be preregistered. You will also need to have a Federal Registration Number or FRN from the FCC. Go to: to obtain your number.

Please email me at:  for instructions on what you will need to bring to the test session.

Good Luck!
de RJ,

SkyWARN Meeting

There will be a local Abilene SkyWARN group meeting at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library at 6pm on 21 April 2022. Anyone interested in SkyWARN spotting is encouraged to attend; this is a local presentation concerning our local group’s operations and is distinct from the NWS SkyWARN training that was held last February.

Test Session, April 7

We will be having an unscheduled VE test session Thursday night, 4/7 at 7pm, at the Mall branch of the Abilene Public Library. This could be the last session prior to the FCC implementing their new fee. Currently the administrative fee is $15.00. If you are ready to test this is an open session. Please let me know. WT5X@WT5X.ORG.
73 and good luck
VE Liason

ARRL News | New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply To Amateur Radio License Upgrades

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an Amateur Radio Licensee’s operator class and changes to club station trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect on April 19, 2022.
We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and administrative updates such as a change of mailing or email address. Most current licensees therefore will not be charged the new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for a new vanity call sign.”
ARRL previously reported that the new $35 application fee for Amateur Radio licenses will become effective on April 19, 2022. Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee are available from the ARRL VEC.