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 September 18th 7:00 pm (9/18/2017) - The PARK meeting will be held on Monday September 18th. 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 Plano Balloon Fest Training. We will also have a repeater update. The meeting will begin at 7 pm and the VE testing at 6 pm. There is still a need for additional volunteers. Your help is needed to fill open positions! The weather is shaping up to be very nice with mild temperatures – a perfect time to have a great time while using your communication ... Read More
- PBF Special Event Station 2017 (9/10/2017) - After consideration of multiple locations, the Lucas Fire Station classroom was the most practical solution. While this does have the negative of not being at the event, it also offers a number of positives. Parking will no longer be an issue and we won't have to manage parking passes. Interested folks will be able to just stop by without prearranging anything. We won't need generator power, or gasoline. The air conditioning is excellent, restroom facilities are co-located and no one will have to worry about getting stuck in the mud like we did last year should it rain. Because band ... Read More
- Little Buggy Kids Triathlon September 4th (8/30/2017) - Getting a bit of a late start this year, but the event is on! About 10 communications volunteers are needed to support the event. Rally time will be about 6:15 am, with the event concluding by about 10 am. It will be staged from the William Recreation Center this year. Please contact Kip, AE5IP, to sign up to support the event. Kip can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org Additional information is attached to the calendar event notice. Thanks, Tony W5ADC
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.