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 <> 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.



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!



Christmas Meals on Wheels Communications Support Dec 25th

Greetings Everyone,

Thanks for volunteering this year for Thanksgiving  Vising Nurses Association Meals on wheels this year will  be using the XO buildings parking lot which is 1 block West of the VNA building. It will be at the corner of W Mockingbird Ln and Brookview.Ln.
Parking will mainly be over at the Wells Fargo parking Garage
We will use 146.42 simplex this yr.
There will be around 370 routes again this yr.
Plan on being at the the site around 0730 and we should be done I hope around the usual time of 10 or 1015 time frame.   Make sure you have your safety vest green or orange either one is fine and some good on your feet shoes.  Look foreword to seeing everyone again this yr and again thanks for volunteering.
Dave W7DAV

PARK Christmas Party – December 18th

Join us for the annual PARK Christmas Party on Monday December 18th.  It will held at Furr’s Fresh Buffet, 1900 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074.  Dinner starts at 6:00 pm continuing at 7:00 pm with prize drawings.  We have about $1,500 of prizes to give out to the luck winners.  Your 2018 paid membership gets you a price ticket and additional tickets can be purchased at the party.  We hope to see you there for the good food, fellowship and fun.

PARK General Meeting November 20th 7:00 pm

The PARK meeting will be held on Monday November 20th.  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 about Search One Rescue Team.  They are a volunteer non-profit organization available to assist any official governmental agency with the location of lost or missing persons.  They specialize in searching with trained search dogs.  They also have a very professional communications component to their team.

There will be a few other topics that we will cover:

  • 2017 Field Day results
  • 2018 Field Day Planning
  • 2018 Winter Field Day
  • Other upcoming events



Texas BEST & UIL Robotics Championships

I’ve been asked to organize radio communications for a portion of the competition. This year the non-robotics portion (displays, notebooks, marketing presentation, T-shirts) will be held at UTD’s Richardson campus. Because things will be spread among 3 buildings, they would like 4 radio operators for Thursday Dec. 7th, 9 AM – 6 PM, and Friday Dec. 8th, 7 AM – Noon.

I need 2 more operators for those two days.

In addition, BEST is looking for general volunteers, as well as a pit boss for the actual robot competition, which will be held at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco on Friday Dec. 8th, 3 PM – 7 PM, and Saturday Dec. 9th, 7 AM – 5 PM.

Contact Information for volunteers:

Radio Operators: YOU MUST REGISTER AT: <>tab to General Assistance / Communications/radio. Please register for each time slot for which you can volunteer. (Suggestion, enter your call after your last name.) First two folks get the positions.

General Help: YOU MUST REGISTER AT:<> tab to area of interest. Please register for each time slot for which you can volunteer.

73, Dave W8OV

Meals on Wheels – Thanksgiving November 23rd

It is that time again for the Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels Thursday Nov 23rd.
I am looking for 7 or so volunteers .
Time arrive by 7:30am and should be done I hope by 10 or 10:15 am
Safety vest needed
Comfortable shoes ( will be standing at all locations)
Clothing according to the weather
HT low power on simplex headset , speaker mic or ear piece would really help
The location this year will be at the XO building which is a block West from the VNA building.
It is the street before at Brook River  Dr which is just before Elm brook Dr which is the normal site.
Contact Dave  W7DAV at

Tour de Cure October 14th

I know this is short notice, but the Denton County Amateur Radio Association is asking for our assistance in supporting a bike rally in our general area.

The Tour de Cure, starting at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Road, Parker, TX 75002.

This ride benefits the American Diabetes Association. In years past, Tour de Cure has been held in Denton County, but the event organizers have moved it to Collin County this year. DCARA has another ride to support on the same day, so the success of this event hinges on participation from other area clubs and radio amateurs.

The ride starts at Southfork Ranch in Parker Texas and heads east towards Josephine. The link below is to the 62 mile route, which is inclusive of all of the shorter routes.

The reporting times have not been finalized yet, but the earliest positions can expect to start around 6:30AM and the latest positions should be finished by early afternoon.

We are primarily looking for stations to assist with rest stops and roving. The signup is below:

They will be using the PARK UHF repeater to support this event.




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.

Mike Pruden

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