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2013 PARC ARRL Field Day June 22-23

What Is Field Day?

Amateur Radio operators have been transmitting from “the field” ever since radio has been around. Since 1933, the American Radio Relay League – the National Association for Amateur Radio – has formalized this activity for one weekend each June, called Field Day. During Field Day, over 35,000 “hams” across the United States, Canada, and many other countries take their radio gear out of their homes and set up temporary stations almost anywhere imaginable: public parks, beaches, mountaintops, baseball diamonds, atop parking garages, and yes, even in fields. They do so as part of a local club, with just a friend or two or their family, or individually. In 2011, over 1.4 million radio contacts were made between Amateur Radio operators during the Field Day weekend.

 

Why do hams do this?

Many radio clubs treat Field Day as a way to keep their communications skills up in case they are needed for an emergency. Still others treat it as a competitive event and try to make as many contacts as they possibly can (good clubs will make several thousand in a weekend). Some enjoy setting up in a public place, such as a neighborhood park or the parking lot of a shopping center, to help educate the public about what Amateur Radio is and what we do.

Perhaps the best reason is, it’s simply fun! Combining the great outdoors with radio fun makes for a great weekend. Setting up an Amateur Radio station in the field, often using makeshift antennas and a power source off the commercial power grid, is at the very essence of the DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit that runs through the Amateur Radio community. Hams use Field Day to teach the general public (and themselves, too) about what it takes to reliably communicate with a person across the country, without using the Internet or a cell phone network. They learn about electronics, physics and geography, and often use “green” energy sources (such as solar or wind power) to power their transmitters.

Communication takes place via a variety of methods. You can use a microphone and talk to people, interface your computer to a radio and type messages back and forth, or even use the tried-and-true method of Morse code; it’s been around since the 1840s and is still very much alive today.

 

Sound like a lot of fun?

It is! If you’d like to learn more about Amateur Radio, follow the links listed below. If you‘re reading this because a local club pointed you here, be sure to ask when that club is having its next meeting; they’d be happy to welcome new people interested in learning more about Amateur Radio.

 

2013 PARC ARRL Field Day

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club will participate in Field Day from the center of the new WTAMU Buffalo Sports Park across from the Activity Center in Canyon Texas. This decision was made out of necessity because PARC will be supporting the 2013 Bike MS fundraising event simultaneously from the same location, which will make things a lot easier logistically. Additionally, it is an excellent public location with all the amenities and food we need, at no cost to the club! Setup will begin at about 8:30 AM and the contest will begin at noon on Saturday and end at noon on Sunday.

The site offers a large, flat, grassy area that is well lit with restrooms very nearby. There is no access to commercial mains electricity and we do not have an available facility for indoor operations.

Click HERE for a map

PARC will enter Field Day as a category 2A, meaning a maximum of 2 transmitters may be used simultaneously and we will operate without commercial power.

 

PARC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS…

We need volunteers to help set up on Saturday, break down on Sunday, phone, CW, and digital operators, and captains to volunteer to head up each of the following Field Day operations. Please keep reading to see how you can help.

 

Stations:

 

Phone Station, Contacts=1 point

Captain: Mike McGlynn, W5MJM

 

CW Station, Contacts=2 points

Captain:

 

Digital Station, Contacts=2 points

Captain: Raymond Winter, W5RAW

 

Bonus Stations:

 

GOTA–Any Class A (or F) entry whose transmitter classification is two or more transmitters may also operate one additional station without changing its base entry category, known as the GET-ON-THE-AIR (GOTA) station. This GOTA station may operate on any Field Day band, HF or VHF, but is limited to one GOTA station transmitted signal at any time.

4.1.1.1. This station must use a different callsign from the primary Field Day station.The GOTA station must use the same callsign for the duration of the event regardless if operators change. The GOTA station uses the same exchange as its parent.

4.1.1.2. The GOTA station may be operated by any person licensed since the previous year’s Field Day, regardless of license class. It may also be operated by a generally inactive licensee. Non-licensed persons may participate under the direct supervision of an appropriate control operator. A list of operators and participants must be included on the required summary sheet to ARRL HQ.

4.1.1.3. As per FCC rules, this station must have a valid control operator present at the control point if operating beyond the license privileges of the participant using the station.

7.3.13.1. When a GOTA operator successfully completes 20 QSOs, they receive 20 bonus points. Upon reaching an additional 20 QSOs the same operator receives a second 20 bonus points, up to a maximum of 100 Bonus points per GOTA operator. An operator may make more than 100 QSOs but the QSOs over 100 do not qualify for an additional bonus.

7.3.13.1.1. Additional GOTA operators may earn the GOTA bonus points under this rule, up to the maximum of 500 bonus points. (Remember that there is a 500-QSO limit for the GOTA station. But no single GOTA operator may earn more than 100 of the GOTA bonus points except as provided in 7.3.13.2.)

7.3.13.1.2. A single GOTA operator must complete all 20 QSOs required before the bonus is earned. There is no “partial credit” for making only a portion of the 20 QSOs or “pooling” QSOs between operators.

7.3.13.2. If a GOTA station is supervised full-time by a GOTA Coach, the bonus points earned for each 20 QSOs completed under Rule 7.3.13.1. will be doubled.

7.3.13.2.1. The GOTA Coach supervises the operator of the station,doing such things as answering questions and talking them through contacts, but may not make QSOs or perform logging functions.

7.3.13.2.2. To qualify for this bonus, there must be a designated GOTA Coach present and supervising the GOTA station at all times it is being operated.

Captain:

 

Free VHF Station–Free VHF Station: All Class A entries may also operate one additional transmitter if it operates exclusively on any band or combination of bands above 50 MHz (VHF/UHF)without changing its basic entry classification. This station does not qualify for a 100-point bonus as an additional transmitter. This station may be operated for the clubs Field Day period and all contacts count for QSO credit. It is operated using the primary callsign and exchange of the main Field Day group and is separate and distinct from the GOTA station.

Captain:

 

Bonus Points:

 

Satellite–100 bonus points for successfully completing at least one QSO via an amateur radio satellite during the Field Day period. “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” (Rule3.7.2.), (the no-repeater QSO stipulation) is waived for satellite QSOs. Groups are allowed one dedicated satellite transmitter station without increasing their entry category. Satellite QSOs also count for regular QSO credit. Show them listed separately on the summary sheet as a separate”band.” You do not receive an additional bonus for contacting different satellites, though the additional QSOs may be counted for QSO credit unless prohibited under Rule 7.3.7.1. The QSO must be between two Earth stations through a satellite.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

100% Emergency Power–100 points per transmitter classification if all contacts are made only using an emergency power source up to a total of 20 transmitters (maximum 2,000 points.) GOTA station and free VHF Station for Class A and F entries do not qualify for bonus point credit and should not be included in the club’s transmitter total. All transmitting equipment at the site must operate from a power source completely independent of the commercial power mains to qualify.

Captain: Chris Seright, KE5ZRT

 

Media Publicity–100 bonus points may be earned for attempting to obtain publicity from the local media. A copy of the press release, or a copy of the actual media publicity received(newspaper article, etc.) must be submitted to claim the points.

Captain: Carl Jeans, N5YXN

 

Public Location–100 points

Done. WTAMU Event Center

 

Public Information Table–100 bonus points for a Public Information Table at the Field Day site. The purpose is to make appropriate handouts and information available to the visiting public at the site. A copy of a visitor’s log, copies of club handouts or photos is sufficient evidence for claiming this bonus.

Captain:

 

Message Orientation to Section Manager–100 bonus points for origination of a National Traffic System (NTS) style formal message to the ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator by your group from its site. You should include the club name, number of participants, Field Day location, and number of ARES operators involved with your station. The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period and a fully serviced copy of it must be included in your submission, in standard ARRL NTS format, or no credit will be given. The Section Manager message is separate from the messages handled in Rule 7.3.6 (Message Handling) and may not be claimed for bonus points under that rule.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Message Handling–10 points for each formal NTS style originated, relayed or received and delivered during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages). Properly serviced copies of each message must be included with the Field Day report. The message to the ARRL SM or SEC under Rule 7.3.5. does not count towards the total of 10 for this bonus.Available to all Classes. All NTS messages claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the site via amateur radio RF.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Alternate Power–100 bonus points for Field Day groups making a minimum of five QSOs without using power from commercial mains or petroleum driven generator. This means an”alternate” energy source of power, such as solar, wind, methane or water. This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells). The natural power transmitter counts as an additional transmitter. If you do not wish to increase your operating category, you should take one of your other transmitters off the air while the natural power transmitter is in operation. A separate list of natural power QSOs should be submitted with your entry.

Captain: Raymond Winter, W5RAW

 

W1AW Bulletin–100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW (or K6KPH) during its operating schedule during the Field Day weekend (listed in the rules announcement). An accurate copy of the message is required to be included in your Field Day submission. (Note: The Field Day bulletin must be copied via amateur radio. It will not be included in Internet bulletins sent out from Headquarters and will not be posted to Internet BBS sites.)

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Educational activity bonus–One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day operation includes a specific educational-related activity. The activity can be diverse and must be related to amateur radio. It must be some type of formal activity. It can be repeated during the Field Day period but only one bonus is earned. For more information consult the FAQ in the complete Field Day packet.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Site Visitation by an Elected Governmental Official–One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by an elected government official as the result of an invitation issued by your group.

Captain: Henry Jahnsen, N5HPJ

 

Site Visitation by a Representative of an Agency–One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by a representative of an agency served by ARES in your local community (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local Emergency Management, law enforcement, etc.) as the result of an invitation issued by your group. ARRL officials (SM, SEC,DEC, EC, etc) do not qualify for this bonus.

Captain: Henry Jahnsen, N5HPJ

 

Web submission–A 50-point bonus may be claimed by a group submitting their Field Day entry via the www.b4h.net/cabforms web site.

Captain: Chris Seright, KE5ZRT

 

Field Day Youth Participation–A 20-point bonus (maximum of 100) may be earned by any Class A, C, D, E, or F group for each participant age 18 or younger at your Field Day operation that completes at least one QSO.

Captain:

 

Safety–Responsible for overall safety of club members and the general public during Field Day operations

Captain:

 

Networking and Logging–

Captain: Adair Winter, KD5DYP

 

Please contact Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, to volunteer to participate in PARC ARRL Field Day. 806-231-4227 KE5ZRT@gmail.com


There is only one rule change for Field Day in 2013: Stations operating as Class A or B may begin setting up at 0000 UTC on Friday (which will be Thursday 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 CDT, 6:00 MDT and 5:00 PDT). The groups may start and stop their set-up, resuming the set-up later but may spend only maximum of 24 hours cumulative time for setting up their sites.

For a Field Day location near you, please see www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

For information and rules, please see www.arrl.org/field-day

For information about the ARRL, please see www.arrl.org

and www.arrl.org/reporter-media-information


2013 Bike MS, Ride the Rim, June 22-23

Saturday and Sunday June 22nd & 23rd

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS event serves two purposes. First and foremost it is a fun time to get together and give back to the community. We always have a lot of fun with this event each year. Second, and also equally important, it is practice for an actual emergency situation where Amateur Radio operators would be called upon to provide emergency communications. For more information, visit the Event’s Website

Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS Wild West Ride is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

2013 Route Change! Bike MS: Ride the Rim encircles the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon. Second only to The Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the south. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts and bike repair courtesy of OE Sports and Sun Adventure Sports. We start, finish and overnight from the beautiful campus of West Texas A&M University, with a trip down into historic Palo Duro Canyon State Park on day two.

Day One starts Saturday morning at 7 a.m., on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The route makes a loop around the rim of Palo Duro Canyon for a total of 105 miles on day 1, with an option to stop at 100K (64 miles). The finish line is back at the campus of WTAMU.

Day Two begins and ends Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on the WTAMU campus and goes to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Riders will be bused into the state park for brunch and photo opportunities and then bused back out to ride back to the WTAMU campus. The total on day 2 is 25 miles.

 

Meals

  • Free lunch/snacks—rest stops catered (generally sandwiches, mixed nuts, fruit, etc.), but bring a sack lunch in case your duties at the rest stops and along the route prevent you from eating the meals provided.
  • Free dinner Saturday evening at WTAMU
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning at WTAMU
  • Free brunch Sunday in Palo Duro Canyon
  • Free lunch Sunday afternoon at WTAMU

 

I want to thank everyone for helping with the 2013 Bike MS Ride the Rim event. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS fundraiser is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

To volunteer for an available position, call Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, at 806-231-4227 or email: KE5ZRT@gmail.com

We need volunteers for Net Control Operators, Rest Stop Communicators, Sweeper Truck Communicator, and Safety and Gear (SAG) Communicators. SAG Communicator is our hardest volunteer position to fill. The MS Society is providing all of their own Safety and Gear (SAG) vehicles and drivers due to liabilities. Again, due to liabilities, a SAG driver cannot communicate via radio, phone, or otherwise while transporting a rider. We desperately need to place a communicator in each of their vehicles if possible. A 70cm HT and a mag mount antenna will be sufficient. This is a great way to participate without spending your own gas money!

 

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control A 6:00 KD5DYP KF5QDD Adair and Mysti Winter
Net Control B 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliott
Sweeper 6:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1

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Slightly after the Intersection of 4th street & FM 1151 at DAKOTA ROAD 7:00-9:00 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 2

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Co Rd 1 8:00-10:00 N5YXN Carl Jeans
RS 3 (Lunch)

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Claude – Claude High School near the intersection of FM 1151 & Hwy 207 8:30-12:30 W5PVI Neal Lowe
RS 4

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On the road to the right at Dripping Springs Ranch 9:00-1:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 5

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Red Rock Ranch Canyon 8:00-2:00 K5KBV Ed Krizan
RS 6 Finish Line #1 -63 miles or 100K

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Gravel U-shaped area, just at the top of the hill 9:30-3:00 TX Militia Hams TX Militia Hams
RS 7

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FM 285 makes a 90 degree left turn at Wayside RS at a gas station with a post office inside 10:00-3:30 N5LTZ Chip Andrews
RS 8

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On Wayside Road/ FM 275 at Ceta Canyon Entrance @1721 10:30-4:00 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 9

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On I 27 North In gated area of the country road- across from the parking area 11:00-4:00
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliott
Sweeper 6:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 6:15
Bike MS Wild West Ride SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
Lead SAG KF5CBT Matt Carter
SAG 1
SAG 2 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 3
SAG 4
Mobile Medic (RV)
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Canyon 443.650 88.5
Wayside 444.575 88.5
Cross-Band 146.550 0
Talk Around 146.520 0

 


2013 SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday February 5th at 19:00 at the AES Building located at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. This class will be open to the public. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2013 Spotter Training Schedule is available here.

SKYWARN is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) severe weather spotting program with nearly 290,000 trained volunteers nationwide. Since the late 1960s, trained SKYWARN spotters have helped support the NWS’ primary mission of protecting life and property through the issuance of severe weather warnings. These dedicated citizens help keep their local community safe by conveying severe weather reports to their local NWS Forecast Office. SKYWARN spotters are integral to the success of our Nation’s severe weather warning system.

Every year the NWS conducts SKYWARN spotter training sessions. The NWS currently has 122 Weather Forecast Offices across the nation, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN program in their local area. There is no charge and a typical class takes about 2 hours to conduct.

Storm Spotter certification is required every two years, but please consider attending this class even if your certification has not expired. If you are not currently a SKYWARN spotter and you are interested in joining our volunteer group you are welcome to attend this training as well.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.  Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN name and logo are available here.

For more information about SKYWARN, please click here.

If you are interested in joining ARES, please click here.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, please click here.

 


New Ham Call Signs in the Panhandle

Once again, congratulations are due to these new Amateur Technicians now that they have received their call signs:

  • KF5TCX  Adam Snow
  • KF5TCY  Sarah Yung
  • KF5TCZ  Phillip Holmes
  • KF5TDA  Justin Baker
  • KF5TDB  David Doan

Ham Cram Results 12/8/12

Please join me in congratulating the new amateur radio operators that attended the December Ham Cram class on Saturday December 8th. Justin Baker of Amarillo, Phillip Holmes of Pampa, Sarah Yung of Amarillo, and Adam Snow of Perryton all attended the study class and all passed the Amateur Technician Exam! Additionally, David Doan of Amarillo passed the Amateur Technician Exam and Arthur Castillo of Amarillo upgraded to Amateur General Class! The first-time pass rate of this class was once again 100%.

I would like to thank all of those who helped make this event successful. Carl Jeans N5YXN unlocked and relocked the building for us. Dan McCabe WA8YYE and RC Harkness K5ORC stopped by the class to introduce themselves to the potential new hams, and I am especially grateful to Dan for teaching a portion of the class for me. Neal Lowe W5PVI and John Laur KF5SAB were the other 2/3 of the Volunteer Examination (VE) team and I am especially thankful to John for two reasons: John brought two of his friends to test for the Tech and General Exams, and John was a real help in putting together my first test session to serve as the fill-in liaison. Finally, I am grateful to Derek Vaughan KF5QCZ, of the Regional Advisory Council, who continues to support amateur radio in his efforts to train hams to serve as emergency communicators in all of the Texas panhandle hospitals.

I believe that the local amateur community gained some young and enthusiastic ham radio hobbyists this week!

The next Ham Cram study session will be Saturday, March 9th, pass the word!

73 y’all, KE5ZRT


SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012

December 1, 2012, from 0000z to 2359z
(Local Time: 6 pm Friday November 30 to 6 pm Saturday December 1)

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Eddie Wood N5SUJ has again agreed to bring out his tower trailer, and Raymond Winter W5RAW will be setting up his HF radio. We need volunteers to assist in setting up the operating station on Friday at around 4 pm. We also need volunteers who are interested in operating the radio in shifts during the 24 hour period. Please contact the POC for this event, Carl Jeans N5YXN, to make arrangements. Carl.Jeans@att.net

Click here for operating procedures

Click here for photos from last year’s event



October 2012 ARES Training

Just in case you missed the meeting this month, please feel free to view the training presentation below. We studied different methods of emergency activation procedures. Please note that our primary means of activation is through SMS text messaging. To register to receive text message alerts for SKYWARN, ARES and RACES in the Texas panhandle, simply enter your phone number and cell provider into the appropriate field in the right sidebar of the www.PanhandleARES.org website.

In studying this material, we realized that our ARES group is lacking in several emergency notification areas. Specifically, we will be working on providing our served agencies with multiple contacts for activation.

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Next Ham Cram 12/8/12

Attend a 6-Hour “Ham Cram” amateur radio Technician Class Operator license study session sponsored by members of the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club. This course will provide participants with everything they need to know to pass the Technician Exam. Every question in the question pool is covered.

Registration fee: $25 (non-refundable)

We will take a working lunch and pizza will be provided–you are welcome to bring a sack lunch if you prefer and a microwave is available. Bring a photo ID and $15 (cash, check, or money order) if you plan to take the Technician Exam following the study session. The test fee is separate from the $25 non-refundable class registration fee. Also, you may want to bring a calculator (not a smartphone) for use during the exam.

For successful completion of the exam, YOU MUST STUDY PRIOR TO THE CLASS! 1/2 hour per day of study for a week or two should be sufficient familiarization of the materials.

CLICK HERE for a free .pdf downloadable study guide.

CLICK HERE for free online practice tests.

Contact instructor Chris Seright for any questions or assistance KE5ZRT@gmail.com

Register Here


Spotter Activation May Be Necessary 9/5/12

ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. THE MOST LIKELY LOCATION FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE SOUTH AND EAST OF A DALHART TO GUYMON LINE. A FEW STORMS MAY BECOME STRONG TO SEVERE…WITH GUSTY WINDS TO 60 MPH AND HAIL TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS THE PRIMARY HAZARDS. THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SHOULD DIMINISH BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.


Tour d’ Cotton Bicycle Race Fundraiser

Correction: Saturday October 6, 2012

Volunteers Needed!

Tour d’ Cotton is a fund raiser of Childress Theatre Company, a nonprofit corporation, dedicated to the restoration of the historic Palace Theater in Downtown Childress Texas. For more information about the Palace Theatre please click here.

 The Tour d’ Cotton consists of 3 simultaneous bicycle races with distances of 60 miles, 30 miles and 8 miles. Each race begins at 0800, 0815, and 0830 respectively. We are looking for volunteer ham radio communicators to assist with communications at the rest stops. APRS support of the event would also be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to good use for a great cause. helping with this event is where the true spirit of Amateur Radio is. Let’s keep active with public service eevents and keep ham radio alive and useful!

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Tour d’ Cotton serves two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fun time to get together and give back to the community. We always have a lot of fun with this event each year. Second, and also equally important, it is practice for an actual emergency situation where Amateur Radio operators would be called upon to provide emergency communications.

Traditionally, we meet at Dawson’s Family Restaurant at 1709 Ave F NW in Childress before the race at 0630 to finalize the communications plan over a plate of biscuits and gravy.


To volunteer please contact:

Jim Moody, AF5S, 940-585-1168 jim.moody.jr@gmail.com

or

Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, 806-231-4227, KE5ZRT@gmail.com

 

Childress Repeater Information: 146.960 (-) with no PL tone.



ALS-600 Amp For Sale

PARC has decided to auction an Ameritron ALS-600 solid state amplifier. The amp is in good working condition and retails new for $1,500. Click here for a complete description of the amp. Contact PARC Treasurer Henry Janhsen henryj_tx@yahoo.com to place your bid. The winning bid will be announced at the next PARC meeting 10/6/12.


Tri State Fair Parade

For the 3rd consecutive year, the PARC will have a float in the parade.   The parade begins at 10:00 am on Saturday September 15th on Polk St in Amarillo. Contact KE5ZRT for details or to volunteer.


ARES Leadership Vacancies

The PARC ARES Group is looking to fill numerous vacant leadership positions within District 1 of the West Texas (WTX) Section.

Since Bob Sanders, N5TBD, has left our area, we still have not filled his position as District Emergency Coordinator and PARC ARES Committee Chairman. Additionally, we have many counties in the Texas Panhandle that are not represented by an Emergency Coordinator including: Dallam, Ochiltree, Lipscomb, Roberts, Oldham, Carson, Gray, Wheeler, Armstrong, Donley, Collingsworth, Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, & Hall.

District Emergency Coordinator (DEC)

The ARRL District Emergency Coordinator is appointed by the SEC to supervise the efforts of local Emergency Coordinators in the defined district.

Requirements:
Technician class license or higher; Full ARRL membership.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the training, organization and emergency participation of Emergency Coordinators in your district of jurisdiction.
  • Make local decisions in the absence of the SEC or through coordination with the SEC, concerning the allotment of available amateurs and equipment during an emergency.
  • Coordinate the interrelationship between local emergency plans and between communications networks within your area of jurisdiction.
  • Act as backup for local areas without an Emergency Coordinator and assist in maintaining contact with governmental and other agencies within your area of jurisdiction.
  • Provide direction in the routing and handling of emergency communications of either a formal or tactical nature, with specific emphasis being placed on Welfare traffic.
  • Recommend EC appointments to the SEC.
  • Coordinate the reporting and documenting of ARES activities in your district of jurisdiction.
  • Act as a model emergency communicator as evidenced by dedication to purpose, reliability and understanding of emergency communications.
  • Be fully conversant in National Traffic System routing and procedures as well as have a thorough understanding of the locale and role of all vital governmental and volunteer agencies that could be involved in an emergency.
  • Encouraged to earn certification in Levels 1 and 2 of the ARRL Emergency Communications Course.

Emergency Coordinator (EC)

Emergency Coordinator’s Manual

The ARRL Emergency Coordinator is a key team player in ARES on the local emergency scene. Working with the Section Emergency Coordinator, the DEC and Official Emergency Stations, the EC prepares for, and engages in management of communications needs in disasters.

Requirements:
Technician class license or higher; Full ARRL membership

Responsibilities:

  • Promote and enhance the activities of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) for the benefit of the public as a voluntary, non-commercial communications service.
  • Manage and coordinate the training, organization and emergency participation of interested amateurs working in support of the communities, agencies or functions designated by the Section Emergency Coordinator/Section Manager.
  • Establish viable working relationships with federal, state, county, city governmental and private agencies in the ARES jurisdictional area which need the services of ARES in emergencies. Determine what agencies are active in your area, evaluate each of their needs, and which ones you are capable of meeting, and then prioritize these agencies and needs. Discuss your planning with your Section Emergency Coordinator and then with your counterparts in each of the agencies. Ensure they are all aware of your ARES group’s capabilities, and perhaps more importantly, your limitations.
  • Develop detailed local operational plans with ”served” agency officials in your jurisdiction that set forth precisely what each of your expectations are during a disaster operation. Work jointly to establish protocols for mutual trust and respect. All matters involving recruitment and utilization of ARES volunteers are directed by you, in response to the needs assessed by the agency officials. Technical issues involving message format, security of message transmission, Disaster Welfare Inquiry policies, and others, should be reviewed and expounded upon in your detailed local operations plans.
  • Establish local communications networks run on a regular basis and periodically test those networks by conducting realistic drills.
  • Establish an emergency traffic plan, with Welfare traffic inclusive, utilizing the National Traffic System as one active component for traffic handling. Establish an operational liaison with local and section nets, particularly for handling Welfare traffic in an emergency situation.
  • In times of disaster, evaluate the communications needs of the jurisdiction and respond quickly to those needs. The EC will assume authority and responsibility for emergency response and performance by ARES personnel under his jurisdiction.
  • Work with other non-ARES amateur provider-groups to establish mutual respect and understanding, and a coordination mechanism for the good of the public and Amateur Radio. The goal is to foster an efficient and effective Amateur Radio response overall.
  • Work for growth in your ARES program, making it a stronger, more valuable resource and hence able to meet more of the agencies’ local needs. There are thousands of new Technicians coming into the amateur service that would make ideal additions to your ARES roster. A stronger ARES means a better ability to serve your communities in times of need and a greater sense of pride for Amateur Radio by both amateurs and the public.
  • Report regularly to the SEC, as required.
  • Encouraged to earn certification in Level 1 of the ARRL Emergency Communications Course.

To volunteer to serve in one of these vacant ARES leadership positions, please contact Assistant Section Manager/Assistant Emergency Coordinator/PARC ARES Vice Chairman Carl Jeans, N5YXN carl.jeans@att.net


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