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...
- 2017 Plano Balloon Fest Volunteer Signup (7/29/2017) - The 2017 Plano Balloon Festival is getting near. Communicator registration is now open. Please follow the formatting as suggested (it makes it cleaner on our end) and answer everything to the best of your knowledge. The form will provide a URL at the end that you should save if at some point you need to make a change to your desired assignment, etc. Also, share with your respective clubs and anyone you know interested. There is a lot of valuable information on the site and plenty of time to read it. For many, it is review. But we forget a ... Read More
- PARK General Meeting July 17th (7/21/2017) - The PARK meeting will be held on Monday July 17th. 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. There will be a number of topics to cover; repeater update, Field Day update and our featured speaker will be David Gilpin K5GIL, and his topic will be "Brilliant! The Power of One". The meeting will begin at 7 pm and the VE testing at 6 pm.
- PARK Apparel Vendor (7/21/2017) - If you are interested in obtaining PARK logo apparel, please contact; B&B Embroidery 817-471-4488 www.hamthreads.com 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. Tony
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.