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Upcoming Events
Mon, Sep 19th, 2016, @7:00pm
PARK General Meeting
Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016, @8:00am
Plano Balloon Fest
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I need about 20 people to signup for the Blackland Triathlon.

It will be Monday, September 5, 2016 (Labor Day)
Arrive at 6:15 a.m.
Briefing at 6:25 a.m.
Get in position at 6:30 a.m.
First race is 6:45 a.m.

Should be done by noon. They will feed you (usually burgers) at the end.

Mostly this requires a HT preferably with a ear piece as some positions are loud.

I also need people who can setup in someone else's vehicle with batteries, (Cones, Police, Medics)

I need someone to be Tail-end Charlie and follow the last bike rider for the kids race, and last rider for the adult race. This way we know when the course is clear.

If you just have a vehicle system, we can place you on the race course, where your higher power will get back to the net control.

If you have a golf cart or gator and can bring it, let me know, we can put you to work on special assignments.

If you can be bicycle or motorcycle mobile let me know.

Send Kip AE5IB an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.

I need your


Call sign:

Cell phone number:


Equipment you can bring:

Preferred assignment (if you have one):

Any special requirements:


Also join the blackland_tri_comm_support yahoo group email list by sending an email to

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to keep up to date on whet is going on.

Kip, AE5IB


For the sixth consecutive year, we will be activating the PBF Special Event Station.   This year we will be using  a new callsign:  N5B.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, a special event station is just a way for us to get on the air to promote amateur radio to the general public and to promote the PBF to the amateur radio community.  We will once again be located in our usual spot at the far back of the First United Methodist Church property next to the festival entrance.  We plan to will operate 3 stations all on SSB this year.   Parking passes will be available so that you will have free access to the station.  More information may also be found by visiting the N5B page on www.QRZ.com.

*Please note that this operation is completely separate from the PBF field activities.*

Anyone interested in participating (who is not already a member) should first join the separate N5B Yahoo Group.

This is a special group created just for this event where most discussion and activity related  to  N5B will take place.  It's a closed group to reduce spam, but all I need is your callsign and your basic info and I will be glad to promptly add you to the group.

To join, just follow this link:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/N5B/info

There are several ways for individuals to participate in this effort.

First, we are having a contest to find the coolest photo from previous festivals to adorn our special 2016 QSL card.  Entry is open to anyone until September 1st.  Just e-mail your best photo or two to Stan Starks at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The judging committee will then select a winner whose photo will make this year's card unique.  The winner will also receive a small prize.

We also need folks to signup for shifts to help us setup and/or teardown, operate, or help/log.

For those new to amateur radio, and/or HF, this will be a great opportunity to experience the excitement of making contacts across the country and possibly around the world.  Technician class licensees are especially encouraged to come out .  We will have control operators to assist and coaching will be available to help you make contacts.   Think of it as a little bit like Field Day (only with air conditioning), and with a bunch of  folks all over the country (and the world) wanting to make contact with us!  Questions?  E-mail  them  to : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pick your time and signup for a  2 hour shift.  The signup is here:  http://tinyurl.com/n5b-plano

Please come out and join us.  We always have a lot of fun!


The 2016 Plano Balloon Festival is September 23-25.

Please visit the site below to review information and sign up.  There is a lot of information on the website that you should review.  The documents, based on over 30 years of experience, have answered a lot of information for volunteers and kept us safe.  It is a great opportunity to serve our community and have a lot of fun doing it.

Field fills up quickly and once each shift reaches its limit, the opportunity to register for that time slot will be removed.

Overall site:


Get registered and what each position brings:


Training for communications volunteers will be held at the PARK meeting on September 19th.


If you are interested in obtaining PARK logo apparel, please contact;

B&B Embroidery



You can look at the offerings on the website, but call David, KF8WS or Shirley, N7UPY, to order.  They can provide you with the correct pricing.