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2014 Bike MS Results

On behalf of myself and the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club, I want to thank everyone for participating in Bike MS 2014. We had an excellent turnout of volunteers for the event and the ride was successful and safe, thanks to all of you. There were many  situations during the race that simply could not have been handled without the use of amateur radio for communications because of the lack of cell phone signal coverage along the cycling route. Thank you for volunteering. The lessons learned from our participation in this event are immeasurable and will help to ensure that our local radio operators are prepared and trained to assist in providing communications to support our community in times of disaster or emergency. Furthermore, this event simply would not be as safe and possible without your support. Your professionalism, dedication, and participation are greatly appreciated.

Towards the end of the event, we began a conversation over the air suggesting ways to streamline and improve our performance in this event in the future. The following are some considerations that were noted.

  1. SAG Operations: We will be taking steps to coordinate the SAG operation better by putting the SAG communicators directly under the responsibility of Matthew Carter, KF5CBT, the Bike MS SAG coordinator at least two months prior to the event for better coordination and instruction.
  2. SAG Operations: Portable APRS all-in-one units in each SAG vehicle would aid in streamlining logistics
  3. SAG Operations: All SAG vehicles need to be marked with magnetic signs, amber lights, and should be equipped with medical kits in addition to the kits that are already at each rest stop.
  4. General Route Improvement: The route could be marked better with signs for vehicles supporting the event and to make the route more visible and safe by making the public more aware of the cyclists on the road
  5. General Route Improvement: One cyclist complained that the diesel sweeper truck was too loud and it felt like the sweeper truck was “stalking” the cyclist at 100 yards. The sweeper truck and supply truck drivers should be more mindful of the louder diesel support vehicles.
  6. Ham Radio Logistics:  We need to develop a “Floating Comms” position to provide better logistical support. This position would be responsible for transporting lunches to all of the volunteers at rest stops 4, 5, and 6 which are located prior to the lunch rest stop, and to rest stops 8, 9 and 10 which are located after the lunch rest stop. This float position can remain flexible to provide other logistical support as needed.
  7. Breakfast: We need to find a suitable and agreeable location for a breakfast meeting prior to the event next year.
  8. Sweeper Truck: The sweeper truck needs signage and amber lighting to provide better visibility and safety for the cyclists.
  9. Sweeper Truck/Setup Truck: We need 5 gallon water jug and 5 gallon water cooler racks for both trucks.
  10. Day 2 Rest Stops: One cyclist commented that we should have TWO rest stops on day two rather than a single stop for the 50 mile route.

Please submit any and all other suggestions to Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, at 806-231-4227 or KE5ZRT@gmail.com for consideration. We want to support this event in the best way possible  and your input and feedback are critical.

Thank you again, to all who volunteered to support this event and I look forward to your feedback and participation for years to come.

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control A Approximately 100 yards behind the lead cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
Net Control B Assigned rest stops 06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper Approximately 100 yards behind the tail cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 Miles from start: 13.9 

Identifier: At “Home  Elevator company” gravel parking lot

06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 2 Miles from start:  23.5 

Identifier: Will be near curve in road where 1258 and Parsley road meet. Gravel road leading to big, red equestrian barn, behind windmill.

06:30
RS 3 Miles from start: 36.2Identifier: Intersection of FM 1258 and County Road 6. Gate has sign identifying the ranch behind it.  Also by a windmill. 07:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 4 Miles from start:  45.8 

Identifier: Northern Natural Gas: Claude Compressor Station

07:30 KF5MUA Bill Lewis
RS 5 Miles from start: 52.6 

Identifier: SAG stop; pull off shoulder area. This is a large dirt pull off area on the west (right) side of the road. You can also see a dirt road going up the hill just slightly to the south on the same side of the road. This location is IMMEDIATELY before beginning the descent down into the canyon. There is a road grade sign here.

08:00 N5BNU John Kimber
RS 6 Miles from start: 58.1 

Identifier: This is a large dirt pull-off area at the bottom of the canyon on Hwy. 207 on the west (right) side of the road. There is a gate identifying “Red Rock Ranch.” Set up SOUTH of the gate. Gate should not be blocked. There is plenty of room.

08:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 (Lunch) Miles from start: 61.6Identifier: Top of hill in graveled shoulder curve on west (right) side of 207. Same as last year (was rest stop 6 last year). This is also lunch. 09:00 KF5IDK Kim and Jinnee Parr and TX Militia Volunteers
RS 8 Miles from start: 72.4 

Identifier: This is just west of where 285 dead ends and turns west (left) at Wayside. The rest stop is located at the town gas station—a blue-gray building also known as Watson Oil Co.  Stamped event post cards are available here. When rest stop closes please deliver post cards to the gas station or the home next door and they will mail them.

09:15 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 9 Miles from start: 81.3 

Identifier: Entrance to Ceta Canyon, on the northeast shoulder of 285.

09:30 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 10 Miles from start: 92.4 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

09:30 KF5TTJ Jerry Lister
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 06:30 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper 06:30 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS1 Miles from start: 23.76 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

06:30 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 06:30 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
SAG 7 RS 6-7 06:30 KF5CBT Matthew Carter
SAG 3 with Tammye Jackson 06:00 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 9 RS 8-9 KE5ZTZ Tony Ralf
SAG 12 roving 06:00 KC5EZO Don Brostow
SAG 13 roving 06:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee

 

 


SKYWARN ACTIVATION ALERT 6/8/2014

NWS AMA has requested SKYWARN activation at 6:00 PM today. NCS will be KE5ZRT & KF5TCY. All participating stations please check-in on any Caprock Intertie linked repeater system as you are available.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

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SKYWARN ACTIVATION ANTICIPATED 6-7-14

Thank you all for your dedication and professionalism during the SKYWARN net yesterday evening. We have another round of storms coming in this afternoon and spotter activation is anticipated. Please monitor the Caprock Intertie linked repeater system for further details.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

 


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

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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Bike MS 2012 Results

On behalf of myself and the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club, I want to thank everyone for participating in Bike MS 2012. We had an excellent turnout of volunteers for the event and the ride was successful and safe, thanks to all of you.

 

 

The following played a major role in Bike MS 2012:

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control Day One Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KD5DYP & KF5QDD Adair & Mysti Winter
Net Control Day 2 Starting Line, Canadian TX 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliot
Float / Comms Expert Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 N5LTZ Chip Andrews
Sweeper Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KE5WXN Matthew Artley
RS 1 I-40 East and Hwy 207 6:45 W5PVI Neal Lowe
RS 2 East on Hwy 60 from Hwy 207 7:00 N5HPJ Henry Janhsen
RS 3 TxDot Picnic Area Between Panhandle and White Deer 7:15 TX Militia Hams TX Militia Hams
RS 4 Clint & Sons Beef Jerky Plant, White Deer, Hwy 60 7:30 KF5QET & KF5QES Chandice and Ben
RS 5 Celanese Plant West of Pampa on Hwy 60 near railroad tracks 8:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
RS 6 TxDot weigh station East of Pampa on Hwy 60 8:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 7 miles West of Miami on Hwy 60 9:00 AF5S Jim Moody and Childress Hams
RS 8 Lunch: Miami, in the park 9:30
RS 9 Top of the BIG HILL on Hwy 60 10:30 KD5DYN Lee Arthur
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control C 6:00
Sweeper Starting Line 6:00 KE5WXN Matthew Artley
RS 1 About 3 miles East of Hwy 60 on Hwy 33 6:15 KF5QET & KF5QES Chandice and Ben Cook
RS 2 At the turnaround on Hwy 33, about 15 miles east of Hwy 60 6:30 KD5DYN Lee Arthur
RS 3 Same as RS 1 7:00
Roving Medic KC5OMK Monty Denney
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 KE5ZRS James Lowe
SAG 2 KF5KEH Roland Taylor
SAG 3
SAG 4
Mobile Medic (RV) KC5OMK Monty Denney
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee

Y’all are awesome! I am excited about the 2013 event. We will have an entirely new course that will start in Canyon, TX and end at the same place. The only communication complication will be at the low spot between Claude on Hwy 207 and Wayside. We may need to set up a cross-band repeater in that location.

Thanks y’all!!!!

73

2012 Bike MS Slide Show


Announcement: Repeater Frequency Change

This is notice that the frequency pair of the W5WX West Repeater in Amarillo has been changed from 146.660. The frequency is now 147.340/147.940 PL 88.5


A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THETEXAS AND OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. LARGE HAIL TO THE SIZE OF BASEBALLS AND DAMAGING WINDS UP TO 70 MPH WILLBE THE PRIMARY HAZARDS. IN ADDITION…HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSELOCALIZED FLOODING OR FLASH FLOODING.

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NEEDED NOW. PLEASE CONTACT NCS ON THE CAPROCK INTERTIE OR 336-1746 IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE.


Ham Cram Results, 6/9/12

Terra Seright and I made 5 new hams today at my 6th 6-hour Ham Cram study session. 6 people took the class, 5 took the Technician Exam and all five passed. One student has been a Technician for 15 years and wanted a refresher class before she studies for her General Class exam. I am really enjoying these classes. I want to thank Terra Seright, KE5ZRU, for being the Volunteer Examination Liasion along with VEs Monty Monty Mark Denney, KC5OMK; and Carl Jeans, N5YXN. Thanks to Henry Janhsen for opening up the building and waiting for me when I was late to class. Thanks to RC, K5ORC, for sitting in on the class for support and for mentoring some of the new folks. I look forward to the next scheduled Ham Cram in September and a possible Ham Cram in Fritch for five potential hams sometime sooner.

If anyone else is interested in becoming a ham radio operator, please check here for updates: http://panhandleares.org/?page_id=1066


RAC Ham Cram Class 2 of 3 Results 4/20/12

Last Friday, 5 students attended the PARC Ham Cram Class to obtain their technician license to become emergency communicators for the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council (RAC). All 5 were hospital employees in Amarillo. All but one student were able to successfully complete the exam resulting in an 80% pass rate. As most of you know, this is difficult subject matter for someone without a background in communications or electronics. The one student has not given up and is studying on her own and will attend the next class as well. I am certain that she will do well in her next exam session.

The next RAC Ham Cram is scheduled for 8:30 AM on Friday April 27th, at 1900 Line Avenue. Anyone is welcome to sit in on the class. If you are an experienced ham, I WILL call on you for assistance!

The PARC ARES group is eager to continue in our partnership with the RAC in licensing and training emergency communicators, and also in receiving CPR and first-aid training from the RAC.

 


RAC Ham Cram Class 1 of 3 Results 4-13-12

Today two students attend our first Ham Cram class presented by the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club for the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council. We had another 100% pass rate and Parmer County Medical Center now has two new emergency communicators. We look forward to future opportunities in our partnership with the RAC to put trained and licensed hams in each of the panhandle hospitals.

I am grateful to N5TBD, N5BNU & KE5ZRU for their assistance today.


Spotter Training Results

We had a great turnout for the SKYWARN storm spotter training last night with the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC) Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group with 37 in attendance. As always, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Krissy  Scotten was well prepared, educational and entertaining. In case you missed the training here’s a schedule for more opportunities:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/?n=spottertalks


What is ARRL Field Day?

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.  It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar. The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, pre-planned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters.  Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

What is the ARRL?

The American Radio Relay League is the 150,000+ member national association for Amateur Radio in the USA. ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

What is Amateur Radio?

Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents.  Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks.  Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.
The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications.  Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.

What is the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC)?

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club is a non-profit organization for the promotion and enjoyment of the Amateur Radio Hobby; fellowship with other panhandle operators; emergency preparedness and public service. The Club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, Inc.
The Club meets on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am at the Amarillo Emergency Services Building located at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX.
All licensed Amateur Radio operators; any one interested in the radio hobby or those wanting to obtain an amateur radio license are invited to attend. License classes are held as needed and testing in held monthly following the monthly meetings. Programs are both informative and educational, presenting topics of interest to the Amateur radio community. Those wishing to sit for the license exam, should contact one of the club officers prior to the meeting to schedule the exam.
Club members hold an annual Picnic/Swapfest in May and participate in Field Day in June. Publice service activities include providing race communications for the Annual MS 150 Bike Race, participation in the annual Skywarn Recognition Day and Boy Scout JOTA activities. In 2010, members also participated in the Tri-State Fair Parade. Members interested in emergency preparedness will find enjoyment in participating in the local Panhandle ARES special interest group.
The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club is grateful to the staff at Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch for hosting the 2012 PARC Field Day event at their facility this coming June 23-24, 2012. We would be thrilled if the Boy’s Ranch family would stop by and visit us to share in the fun.

What is Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch?

About Us

Cal Farley’s is one of America’s largest privately-funded child and family service providers specializing in both residential and community-based services at no cost to the families of children in our care.

Cal Farley’s offers three types of services to children and families: residential, educational and community-based. The residential, or campus-based, programs offer children a campus environment where children live in homes or cottages at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or Cal Farley’s Girlstown, U.S.A.. Ten to 12 children live in the homes with house parent couples providing supervision, mentoring and parenting. Our basic-care services offer 24-hour supervision in a small community setting.

The educational programs provide the children on our campuses academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities similar to those offered at other Texas public schools.

Our community-based services currently offer a variety of resources to children and families living in or near four Texas metropolitan areas, including Amarillo, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Not all children require or would benefit from our residential services, but many families can benefit from our expertise without resorting to the challenges related to out-of-home placement.

Contact Neal Lowe, W5PVI, for details on how you can participate or visit the 2012 ARRL PARC Field Day event.

Here’s a few photos of the 2012 ARRL PARC Field Day site at the Boy’s Ranch Facility (for antenna sizing and perspective, the site is roughly 80 x 135 paces)

 

 

 


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