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 The previous website was running an outdated and increasingly unsupported version of Joomla that was falling apart one plugin at a time.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: Be intuitive to use and easy to read Be powered by a well-supported open-source CMS engine Maintain recent content from the…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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