CoCoBEST Robotics Communicators Needed

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!). The time frame is 7:00am – 5:00pm, though some will be able to leave sooner. If we have enough volunteers, we can split the day with some working the morning, others the afternoon, and both getting lunch.

Please contact Dave W8OV to volunteer:, or reply to this announcement, and include your email and phone number.


Dave, W8OV

PARK General Meeting September 18th 7:00 pm

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 skills!

Please visit 2017 PBF Volunteer Database and complete your signup – and follow the formatting as suggested (it makes it cleaner on our end) and answer everything to the best of your knowledge.



PBF Special Event Station 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 conditions have been quite poor, this will be a simplified operation with only 2 stations on site. I expect we will be on 20 and 40 meters SSB most of the time. As in years past, folks are welcome to operate other modes from home so long as we can coordinate operations and contacts are logged in software that can produce an ADIF file. Please contact me if you wish to do this.

We will follow a schedule similar to previous years with setup on Friday morning and teardown on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone may signup to participate here:

This year’s operation will be a little different, but should still be a lot of fun. It will be a great opportunity for anyone (but especially new Techs) to get familiar with HF operation. I hope many of you will consider coming out to help and have fun.

73, Stan NW5Q

Little Buggy Kids Triathlon September 4th

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 Additional information is attached to the calendar event notice.




2017 Plano Balloon Fest Volunteer Signup

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 lot during the course of a year.