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11/7/2015 from the VEC

Stephen Davis   - new Tech
Nathan Longwell – General – N5GLM
Ed Maikranz – Extra – KG5UN

Congrats to these.

Thanks to the VE team for giving their time.
Bill Shaw – KJ5DX
Jake Mullins – KC5GZP
Peg Richard – KA4UPA

de Ron Harden – VEC – KB5DSL


Tom Maloney, KB5GAW

It is with a great deal of sadness that I must announce that Thomas E. Maloney III, KB5GAW, became a Silent Key the morning of October 10, 2015. Tom was a long time member of the ARRL and the Key City Amateur Radio Club in Abilene. Funeral arrangements are currently being made through the Hamil Famly Funeral Home in Abilene.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.

President, KCARC
West Texas Section Manager

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 in the US House of Representative and S 1685 in the US Senate –  would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced HR 1301 on March 4 with 12 original cosponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats in the US House.  US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S 1685 on June 25, with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as the original cosponsor, in the US Senate.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. S 1685 has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and
the Internet, which is chaired by the bill’s sponsor, Wicker.

ARRL members are urged to contact their members of both the House and the Senate, asking them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. Route letters for your member of Congress to:

Attn  Amateur Radio Parity Act grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

For sample letters and to determine who represents you in Congress, go to

Follow the instructions there to prepare your support letters for both H.R. 1301 and SB 1685.  Letters are important to elected officials.The more letters received by your Representative and Senator the more likely he/she are to support amateur radio.

Please do your part.  Send your letters today.


Field Day 2015


Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 27 – 28 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

June 23, 2015

Members of the Key City Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 27 – 28 at Hamby VFD, 4408 Hwy 351. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques,as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independentcommunications network. Over 45,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2014.

It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Key City Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Abilene, Texas.

For more information about Field Day, contact Ron Harden, President, KCARC, 854-1982, or visit or


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