Winter Field Day Results 2018

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to support our joint WFD effort!
Special thanks to Ted, KF5POV, Lucas Fire Chief, for allowing us to use his fantastic facility.

This proved to be a very balanced effort and the final tally showed that we made the following:
SSB QSO’s – 120
CW QSO’s –  132
Dig   QSO’s – 114
Total QSO’s – 366

With all of the bonus points, our final score was 11,568 and our log has been submitted
This was a great joint effort and I hope everyone who came out had a good time.

Tony

W5ADC

PARK January General Meeting and VE Session

The PARK meeting will be held on Monday January 15th.  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.

Our speaker at the P.A.R.K. meeting next Monday, 15 Jan., is currently the Executive Director for two BEST Robotics not for profits — Collin County (CoCo) BEST, the hub that hosts the local competition for Collin and surrounding counties, and BEST of Texas Robotics, which hosts the annual University Interscholastic League (UIL) Robotics State Championship — BEST Division.

At CoCoBEST last October, Michael Payne, K5MFP took photos, and John Hatch, KF5BSS has posted them in the Gallery section of the P.A.R.K. web site <www.k5prk.net> in the folder CoCoBEST 2017. Please take a look at Michael’s photos as they fit in nicely with our speaker’s presentation this coming Monday.

The meeting will begin at 7 pm and the VE testing at 6 pm.

Tony

W5ADC

Winter Field Day 2018

Winter Field Day is approaching. This year the event iw January 27 – 28. We will be partnering with the Lucas Club and Fire Department. All are invited to attend. As in past years we will be operating from the Lucas Fire Department Training Room.

There will be three stations to operate as much of the 24 hour event as possible. We will have one station dedicated to digital modes, primarily PSK-31, one dedicated station for SSB and one that will be primarily SSB, but will have the ability to switch to CW or RTTY if anyone wishes to operate those modes. We plan to operate on 20/40/80m and we will be using the club call W5AWL, which will give us access to the Extra parts of the bands and allow us to confirm contacts in Logbook of the World.

Setup will start about 10am Saturday morning and the event starts at 1pm. We plan to operate until at least 9pm and possibly later depending on band conditions. We will plan to start up again at 8am Sunday morning and operate until the end of the event at 1pm. Teardown will begin at 1pm. Pizzas will be provided for dinner Saturday evening and everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert. We will have bottled water, but if you want soda or something, please feel free to bring it.

This will be a fairly informal operation, so there will be no signup for any task, just come out as your schedule permits and have some fun. I hope to see you there!

Thanks,

Tony
W5ADC

HAM RADIO CLASS October 21 and 22

The Plano Amateur Radio Club will be presenting a Technician level amateur radio class on October 21st and 22nd, 2017. The class will be held at the Allen Central Fire Station training center, which is located at 310 Century Parkway, in Allen TX.. 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 8:00am- 3:00pm on Sunday, with the EXAM starting at 3:00 on Sunday. Limited parking should be available on the north side of the fire station. Additional parking is available across the street (Century Parkway), at the City of Allen municipal complex. 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 a Technician License Class study guide prior to the class, and read through the course material at least once. The material is not difficult, but 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.

The course material we use matches the Ham Radio School’s Technician Class study guide, by Stu Turner, which should be 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 highly recommend this study guide.

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.

If you find it is easier for you to prepare by studying online material, and taking online practice exams, we would also suggest you look at “Ham Radio School’s” online material. They have excellent online study resources. We would also recommend looking at the online testing available at the “Ham Whisperer” website on the Internet.

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

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:

https://tinyurl.com/w5p2017

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

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