Website Renovation

Hello everyone,
You may have already noticed the new look of k5prk.net. The past few months I have been working on a full overhaul of the club website. The previous website was running an outdated and increasingly unsupported version of Joomla that was falling apart one plugin at a time. This made it difficult to maintain and contributed to the delay of several monthly club newsletters.

My primary design goals for the new site were that it needed to:

  1. Be intuitive to use and easy to read
  2. Be powered by a well-supported open-source CMS engine
  3. Maintain recent content from the previous site (photos and documents)

The website now runs on the popular WordPress CMS engine using a minimalist theme. Online club documents and articles have been moved over to a public Google Drive folder where you can find a complete archive of every upload to the the previous site’s “Articles and Files” section.

Please take a few moments to browse around the new site to see if there is anything I should add or change in regards to its design. Let me know what you think, especially if you think something important is missing. My email is webmaster@k5prk.net.

73s,

John Hatch – KF5BSS

K5PRK.net Webmaster

Technician License Class August 12/13

The class will be held at the Lucas Fire Department which is just north of Bethany/Lucas Rd,  in Lucas.  Lucas is located just east of Allen, TX off of US Hwy 75 at the Bethany Rd. Exit.

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 9:00am- 2:00pm on Sunday, with the EXAM  starting  at 3:00 on Sunday.  Parking should be available  on the south side of the fire station.  A government issued photo ID will be required to take the exam on Sunday afternoon (FCC Requirement).

Other amateur radio class exams (General,Extra) will also be available for those wishing to take those exams. You need to bring a copy of your current amateur radio license.

To prepare for this class, we urge you to pick up a copy of the Ham Radio School’s Technician Class study guide prior to the class, and read through the course material at least once. You should not expect to just walk in to the two day training class and grasp all the necessary information to successfully pass the exam. But, if you prepare by reading through the study guide, and marking any items that you have questions about, and then pay attention and ask questions during the two day training class, there is an excellent probability that you will pass the exam with a high score.

These study guides are available locally at the Ham Radio Outlet store 701 E. Plano Parkway Suite 406, across the street from Fry’s Electronics in Plano.  The cost for the study guide should be $19.95.

We also have a number of used study guides available, which we can loan you for $14.00 cash security deposit.  When you return these used study guides, in good condition (not  marked up or dog ear’ed), your $14.00 security deposit  will be applied to the $14.00 cost to take the examination.  Basically, we save you the cost of buying the study guide.

To register for this class, or if you have additional questions, please send an email to Mike Pruden at ( NN5ZZ@ARRL.NET). Please provide your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, and TELEPHONE NUMBER.

Let us know if you are interested in one of our used study guides, and we will contact you regarding how to pick up your copy.

Thanks

Mike Pruden

NN5ZZ@ARRL.NET

PARK General Meeting July 17th

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.

Collin Classic July 21st Communications Support

The Collin Classic is now sponsored by and supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County.  In Collin County since 1968, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  They are located in McKinney, Plano and Frisco.  This year the Collin Classic is starting from, Oak Point Park in Plano.  Many of you will know this as the balloon launch field.  The route will generally follow the old Wild Ride route.  The new date will allow us to provide excellent support.  In additional to general rest stop and shadow support, we have also been asked to help with SAG if possible.  Most positions have a start time of 8:00 am.  A link to the event web site is below.  Please contact me as soon as possible if you can help.

http://www.bgccc.org/events/collin-classic-bike-rally/

Thanks,

Tony

Emergency Preparedness

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. Many of our club members participate in various groups that support emergency preparedness such as ARES, RACES, and Skywarn. Through ongoing training and drills these hams are constantly working to improve their skills and stay ready in case they are called upon during an emergency.

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 use in amateur radio. Periodically, sessions are also held on the weekends to cover specific topics in depth, or to build projects. Everyone is invited to participate, if you would like more information about the upcoming topics, please see the “Events” section of this website. If you have a topic that you would like to share, please contact the Activities Director to set up a time and date.

Public Service

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 radio to shine. Many Plano Amateur Radio Klub members volunteer their time and ingenuity to make sure these events are successful, by providing communications support that matches the needs of each individual event. If you would like to become involved, check the “Events” section for upcoming events, and join the forum that corresponds to the event you’re interested in.

PBF

For the sixth consecutive year, we will be activating the PBF Special Event Station.   This year we will be using  a new callsign:  N5B.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, a special event station is just a way for us to get on the air to promote amateur radio to the general public and to promote the PBF to the amateur radio community.  We will once again be located in our usual spot at the far back of the First United Methodist Church property next to the festival entrance.  We plan to will operate 3 stations all on SSB this year.   Parking passes will be available so that you will have free access to the station.  More information may also be found by visiting the N5B page on www.QRZ.com.

*Please note that this operation is completely separate from the PBF field activities.*

Anyone interested in participating (who is not already a member) should first join the separate N5B Yahoo Group.

This is a special group created just for this event where most discussion and activity related  to  N5B will take place.  It’s a closed group to reduce spam, but all I need is your callsign and your basic info and I will be glad to promptly add you to the group.

To join, just follow this link:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/N5B/info

There are several ways for individuals to participate in this effort.

First, we are having a contest to find the coolest photo from previous festivals to adorn our special 2016 QSL card.  Entry is open to anyone until September 1st.  Just e-mail your best photo or two to Stan Starks at:  nw5q@arrl.net The judging committee will then select a winner whose photo will make this year’s card unique.  The winner will also receive a small prize.

We also need folks to signup for shifts to help us setup and/or teardown, operate, or help/log.

For those new to amateur radio, and/or HF, this will be a great opportunity to experience the excitement of making contacts across the country and possibly around the world.  Technician class licensees are especially encouraged to come out .  We will have control operators to assist and coaching will be available to help you make contacts.   Think of it as a little bit like Field Day (only with air conditioning), and with a bunch of  folks all over the country (and the world) wanting to make contact with us!  Questions?  E-mail  them  to : nw5q@arrl.net

Pick your time and signup for a  2 hour shift.  The signup is here:  http://tinyurl.com/n5b-plano

Please come out and join us.  We always have a lot of fun!