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

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.

Website Renovation

Hello everyone,
You may have already noticed the new look of 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


John Hatch – KF5BSS Webmaster