The Plano Amateur Radio Klub supports educational projects and promotes the hobby of amateur radio. Although the club is based in Plano, we are very active in all of Collin County, and much of North Texas as well. We encourage and facilitate as much participation as possible in the many facets of this hobby. Our goal is to provide resources to both the amateur radio community, as well as the communities we live in, and around, through increased knowledge and public service. Here are a few ways that we serve:
During times of civil emergency and natural disaster Hams often play a key role in establishing and maintaining various methods of communications when traditional methods have failed or have become impractical to use. Hams also pass traffic and coordinate with local, state, and federal officials to help manage emergency situations....
Training and Continuing Education
Both the beginner, and the seasoned amateur radio operator, will have the opportunity to learn, and to share their knowledge and skills with others through the Plano Amateur Radio Klub. A guest speaker presents a new topic at each monthly meeting. The topics are broad, but all have a practical...
North Texas is very active with community and charity events. These events include hundreds or even thousands of participants, and are often spread over a wide geographical area. By nature, this requires efficient point to multipoint communications that make cellular an impractical communications solution. This offers an opportunity for amateur...
- PARK General Meeting November 20th 7:00 pm (11/20/2017) - The PARK meeting will be held on Monday November 20th. The location at the First Methodist Church of Plano. It is located at 3160 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano,TX. We will be meeting in the large reception area. The featured topic will be about Search One Rescue Team. They are a volunteer non-profit organization available to assist any official governmental agency with the location of lost or missing persons. They specialize in searching with trained search dogs. They also have a very professional communications component to their team. There will be a few other topics that we will cover: 2017 Field Day results 2018 ... Read More
- Texas BEST & UIL Robotics Championships (11/15/2017) - I've been asked to organize radio communications for a portion of the competition. This year the non-robotics portion (displays, notebooks, marketing presentation, T-shirts) will be held at UTD's Richardson campus. Because things will be spread among 3 buildings, they would like 4 radio operators for Thursday Dec. 7th, 9 AM - 6 PM, and Friday Dec. 8th, 7 AM - Noon. I need 2 more operators for those two days. In addition, BEST is looking for general volunteers, as well as a pit boss for the actual robot competition, which will be held at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco on ... Read More
- Meals on Wheels – Thanksgiving November 23rd (11/7/2017) - It is that time again for the Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels Thursday Nov 23rd. I am looking for 7 or so volunteers . Time arrive by 7:30am and should be done I hope by 10 or 10:15 am Safety vest needed Comfortable shoes ( will be standing at all locations) Clothing according to the weather HT low power on simplex headset , speaker mic or ear piece would really help The location this year will be at the XO building which is a block West from the VNA building. It is the street before at Brook River Dr which is just before Elm brook Dr ... Read More
What is Amateur Radio?Amateur Radio (or Ham Radio) is both a hobby and service centered around communicating with a variety of people using a variety of radio equipment. Here is a great introductory article on the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) website
Get your Ham licence!PARK provides VE testing for all three classes of Amateur Radio licences. Please visit here for more info on when and where PARK provides VE testing. If you'd like to learn what it takes to pass the exam, There are a number of useful resources for study here.