Hurricane Watch Net Now Active

Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC)

The Hurricane Watch Net is Active as of 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC) this morning. We are operating on 14.325.00 MHz. At the this of this post, Ian is a Cat 1 Hurricane and forecast to rapidly intensify into a powerful Cat 3 Hurricane later today.

This morning, we hope to receive weather data from the Cayman Islands
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VE Test Session

VE Testing will be held at the Mall Library this coming Saturday October 1st at 1 p.m. local.

Preregistration is appreciated. Send me an email at:

Anyone wishing to test for a new license or an upgrade is welcome.

Please bring a copy of your current license if licensed, your FRN number and $15 in EXACT change.

If you do not have a FRN number go to:…/getting-fcc-registration-number-frn

See you there! Good Luck!

CQ News: Hurricane Watch Net Activates as Fiona Heads North

As of 10:00 AM EDT (1400 UTC) Thursday, Fiona remains a powerful Cat 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph. The Hurricane Watch Net will activate this afternoon at 5:00 PM EDT (2100 UTC) on our primary frequency of 14.325 MHz. We will activate our 40-meter net on 7.268 MHz at 7:00 PM EDT (2300 UTC). We will remain on 20 meters for as long as propagation will allow and remain active on 40 meters until no longer required or propagation goes away. Should Fiona make direct landfall, we will resume operations Friday at 9:00 AM EDT (1300 UTC) to
assist with post-storm reports and any outgoing Health and Welfare Traffic, which would be at the direction of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN).

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September VE Test Session

Our next VE Test Session will be held at the Mall Library in Abilene on Saturday September 3rd, 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. The testing fee is $15.00.

You will be responsible for the $35.00 FCC license application fee.
FMI on the application fee, follow this link

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

Good Luck!
de RJ,

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,