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...
- Tour de Cure October 14th (10/13/2017) - I know this is short notice, but the Denton County Amateur Radio Association is asking for our assistance in supporting a bike rally in our general area. The Tour de Cure, starting at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Road, Parker, TX 75002. This ride benefits the American Diabetes Association. In years past, Tour de Cure has been held in Denton County, but the event organizers have moved it to Collin County this year. DCARA has another ride to support on the same day, so the success of this event hinges on participation from other area clubs and radio amateurs. The ride ... Read More
- HAM RADIO CLASS October 21 and 22 (10/3/2017) - The Plano Amateur Radio Club will be presenting a Technician level amateur radio class on October 21st and 22nd, 2017. The class will be held at the Allen Central Fire Station training center, which is located at 310 Century Parkway, in Allen TX.. As always the class is free, the EXAM is $14.00 cash. We are looking at a timeframe of 8:00am- 5:00pm on Saturday and 8:00am- 3:00pm on Sunday, with the EXAM starting at 3:00 on Sunday. Limited parking should be available on the north side of the fire station. Additional parking is available across the street (Century Parkway), ... Read More
- CoCoBEST Robotics Communicators Needed (9/27/2017) - Its time to begin thinking about the CoCoBEST robotics competition on Saturday, October 21st. P.A.R.K. has provided communications for this event for some time, and we have been asked for our services once again. This is a fun, indoor event, with light breakfast, snacks, and free lunch as a bonus! Plus, you get to see the ingenuity of 50 middle and high school teams as the robots they've created, out of identical sets of components, compete to solve a problem. We need a few additional volunteers for this event (Some of last year's crew had so much fun they've already volunteered!). ... 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.