Events

SKYWARN Recognition Day 12/2/2011

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN amateur radio operators make to the NWS. For a 24-hour period, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

This is a fun contest, an opportunity to get to know the NWS personnel, and an excellent opportunity for fellowship with other SKYWARN hams. In years past, the NWS office has graciously provided pizza, doughnuts, cake and snacks.

The 2011 edition of SKYWARN Recognition Day will occur on 12/3/2011 from 0000Z to 2359Z (Local time will be Friday December 2nd at 6:00 P.M. until Saturday December 3rd at 6:00 P.M. CDST).

CLICK HERE to register to volunteer for the SRD Special Event!


Masonic Lodge’s Motorcycle Run 10/29/11 (PDARC)

We have been invited to support the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club (PDARC) in providing communications for the Childress Masonic Lodge’s motorcycle run fundraiser on October 29th. We will have stations at the Masonic Lodge, Kirkland, Paducah, Cee Vee, and junction of US 287 and FM 658.  All communications will again be on the N5OX repeater (mobile units required, HTs will not work).  One cycle will have an APRS tracker on it.

The first rider departs from Kirkland (10 mi east of Childress) for the 107 mile trip at 11:00 AM, and the last rider departs at 1 PM.  The event should be complete by about 3 PM.  There will be food at the Masonic Lodge where the ride ends.

This is also Delbert Days in Childress–Delbert Wilson’s collection of old cars will be on display in the area of the Masonic Lodge.

CLICK HERE to volunteer or email Jim Moody @ NL7C@Yahoo.com

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

 

 


Results: Tour d Cotton 10/1/11

Today we provided ham radio communications for a charitable bicycle race to restore the historical Palace Theater in Chisdress Texas. Initially, the race coordinator was unsure of the benefit of ham radio communications in such a scenario. By the end of the race, she was raving about us and urged us to come back next year.

10 operators (6 from Amarillo & 4 from Childress) provided support communications for 31 cyclists covering 98 rural route miles by handling 97 pieces of radio traffic during the event which lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes. We truly showed the race staff and the community of Childress what amateur radio operators are capable of. For us, this was an excellent training exercise in emergency communications skills. But most importantly, WE HAD FUN!

I am grateful to all who participated: KE5ZRU, KE5WXN, N5LTZ, W5FQZ, KF5CBR, KF5CBS, N5OLP, AF5S, & W5VTH


45th annual Central States VHF Society Conference July 28-30 2011 in Irving TX

Hello to all Radio Amateurs;

I wish to remind those who may not have seen or heard, of an impending event which may be of interest to you that is being held in Irving, TX; which is namely the 45th annual Central States VHF society’s annual conference.  If you have any interest in the VHF and UHF weak signal activities, this gathering is for you.  This year the conference is being held at the Westin DFW in Irving TX, on the dates of July 28 through the 30th, 2011.

The conference starts with registration on Thursday (7/28) evening, which extends through Friday, July 29, with antenna measuring, preamp measuring and talks/seminars also scheduled throughout the day.  On Saturday, the seminars continue, and a banquet and prize drawing are featured that night. Other features include a dealer display, of VHF/UHF goodies, flea market, family program with tours of many attractions in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, rover and antenna displays, and lots of socializing with familiar voices, which allows you to meet many of those with whom you have been making those enjoyable V/U QSOs.

Much more detailed information on the 45th conference can be found at the website; http://www.csvhfs.org, including links to the hotel for those who plan to stay the duration, and a link to an online registration page for conference registration.  Many in the DFW area may opt just to attend for the day on Saturday, but come and join us for the entire weekend if you can.

For more information, you can contact me here, at the address in the header, or please send an email to Chuck Clark, AF8Z, the conference host.  Chuck can be reached at af8z@earthlink.net

Thanks for considering, hope to see you in Irving!

Ken Boston W9GA
Promotions; Central States VHF society


PARC/ARRL Field Day 2011 PowerPoint Show by KE5ZRT

Please follow the link below for a PowerPoint presentation by KE5ZRT summarizing the 2011 PARC/ARRL Field Day event.

Click Here: 2011 PARC/ARRL Field Day Presentation


Bike MS Wild West Ride 2011 July 23rd and 24th

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS Wild West Ride 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!

Meals

  • Free lunch/snacks—rest stops catered (generally sandwiches, mixed nuts, fruit, etc.)
  • Free lunch—at Miami in the park
  • Free dinner Saturday evening in Canadian
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning in Canadian
  • Free lunch Sunday in Canadian at the Quiet Inn—BBQ in the park

 

Lodging

  • YMCA—Free (bring your own bedding)
  • RV Park (Rodeo Grounds—north of Canadian) $10.00/night. Tent camping is also allowed.
  • Canadian Courts Motel (806) 323-8058
  • The Quiet Inn (806) 323-6111
  • Best Western Oasis Inn (806) 323-9660

 

I want to thank everyone for helping with the Bike MS Wild West Ride. 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!

To volunteer for an available position, call Terra Seright, KE5ZRU, AT 806-336-1746

Update 6/17/2011: The MS Society is providing all of their own SAG vehicles and drivers due to liabilities this year. However, we would still like to place a communicator in each of their vehicles if possible. A 70cm HT and a mag mount antenna will be sufficient.

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control A Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 ??KE5ZRT/u Chris & terra
Net Control B Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KD5DYP Adair Winter
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 N5YXN Carl Jeans
RS 3 TxDot Picnic Area Between Panhandle and White Deer 7:15 N5HPJ Henry Janhsen
RS 4 Clint & Sons Beef Jerky Plant, White Deer, Hwy 60 7:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 5 Celanese Plant West of Pampa on Hwy 60 near railroad tracks 8:00 KD5DYP Adair Winter
RS 6 TxDot weigh station East of Pampa on Hwy 60 8:30 N5ZLU Ronnie Kerr
RS 7 7 miles West of Miami on Hwy 60 9:00 KE5ZRT/u Chris & terra
RS 8 Lunch: Miami, in the park 9:30 AF5S Jim Moody
RS 9 Top of the BIG HILL on Hwy 60 10:30 W5MJM Mike McGlynn
         
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    
RS 2 At the turnaround on Hwy 33, about 15 miles east of Hwy 60 6:30    
RS 3 Same as RS 1 7:00    
         
Bike MS Wild West Ride SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1       Tony Ralf
Supply 2        
Lead SAG     KF5CBT Matt Carter
SAG        
SAG        
SAG        
SAG        
SAG        
Tour Director     KF5CBR April Brownlee
         
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone    
Amarillo 444.200 88.5    
Pampa 444.400 88.5    
Miami 444.850 88.5    
Canadian 443.750 88.5    
Talk Around 446.000 0    

Llano Estacado Challenge June 18-19, 2011

SHORT NOTICE! HAM RADIO ASSISTANCE IS REQUESTED…

 

The Crown of Texas Arabian Horse Club is holding its annual Llano Estacado Challenge horse endurance race this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 18th & 19th, at Plum Creek recreation area North of Amarillo. The horse club is requesting communications assistance from the local amateur radio community to coordinate the race and provide emergency communications as necessary. We have assisted with this interesting event for many years now and it is an excellent means of practicing our emergency communications skills in the field.

 

The horse club provides excellent campfire meals. Bring your own water jug, sunscreen, and camping gear if you intend to spend the night. A shovel and a roll of your favorite toilet paper would also be a good idea. You’ll need at least a 35 watt mobile vhf transceiver.

 

Please call Adair Winter, KD5DYP, to volunteer to help with this fun event 806 231-7180

 

 


MS 150 Bike Race Kick Off Event

Please join us for the MS 150 Bike Race kick-off event at Outdoor Element at 34th & Western in the Lack Shopping Center in Amarillo on March 31st at 5:00 pm. The event is free and there will be hot dogs, refreshments, and door prizes.

More information will be posted soon, detailing our community service volunteer roles as amateur radio operators in the MS 150 Bike Race in Amarillo. For general information about the MS 150, please visit the event website.

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Scouting for Meteorologists (and Hams) 2011-Amarillo

Scouting for Meteorologists is an annual outreach program sponsored by the National Weather Service in Amarillo for Girl Scouts of the Texas Oklahoma Plains and the Boy Scouts of the Golden Spread Council who are interested in weather as a career or hobby. Scouts are invited to become “Meteorologists for a Day” and to meet and interact with meteorologists from different segments of the career field such as television, emergency management, storm spotters, and the National Weather Service.

Scouts will have an opportunity to:

  • Generate a forecast or a warning
  • Participate in a severe weather simulation
  • Create a brief TV weather broadcast
  • Provide weather support during a emergency incident
  • Experiment with weather models
  • Learn the concepts of storm spotting and Amateur (Ham) Radio
  • Prepare for a career in meteorology

 

Where: National Weather Service 1900 English Road, Amarillo, TX, 79108

When: Saturday March 26th, 2011 1300-1700

Last year us SKYWARN Storm Spotters set up a booth in our corner of the NWS office and distributed amateur radio literature and gave an informative presentation to the scouts to show them what we do. We also gave them a chance to sit in a real live storm spotter truck, and play with the lightbar, wear hardhats and talk on a ham radio. Second to the weather balloon launch, the storm spotter presentation was a real favorite for the scouts. this is a great opportunity for us to provide a community service, support the scouts and the National Weather Service, and an opportunity to spark some potential interest in the amateur radio hobby for some of these kids who may be future community service volunteers.

We’re going to let the kids wear hard-hats and reflective ARES vests while they throw plastic practice golf balls at the truck as others sit inside the truck and report a simulated hail storm over ham radio!

To help with the Amateur (Ham) Radio/SKYWARN portion of this event, please Send me some mail! or call 806-231-4227

Chris Seright, KE5ZRT


ARRl PARC Field Day 2011 June 25-26!

Objective:

To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2011 will be held June 25-26, 2011.

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club will hold it’s Field Day event at the Don  Harrington Discovery Center this year. Please join us for equipment setup at 8:00 am, and we’ll start contesting at noon.

LOCATION

Located in the Harrington Regional Medical Center
1200 Streit Drive
Amarillo, TX 79106
Phone: (806) 355-9547

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Heading East on I-40: Take the Coulter Street exit and turn left (heading north). Go north on Coulter to Wallace Blvd (2nd light past I-40). Turn right on Wallace, right on Hagy (the next street) and left on Streit Dr (the next left). The Discovery Center will be on your left.

Heading West on I-40: Take the Coulter Street exit and turn right (heading north). Go north on Coulter to Wallace Blvd (2nd light past I-40). Turn right on Wallace, right on Hagy (the next street) and left on Streit Dr (the next left). The Discovery Center will be on your left.

Click Here for a Full Map

Rules, Entry Forms And Information Packets

Full 2011 ARRL Field Day Information Packet

Full 2011 ARRL Field Day Rules

Field Day VHF Operating Tips – Make the most of your free VHF Station!

211 ARRL Field Day Summary Sheet

2011 ARRL Field Day W1AW Bulletin Schedule

ARRL Field Day Overview

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity.  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, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.  It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with 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.

Please contact Mike McGlynn, W5MJM for details of how you can volunteer to help with Field Day in Amarillo.

mjmcglynn1951@yahoo.com

806-853-9460


2011 SEVERE WEATHER CONFERENCE, Amarillo

Amarillo Civic Center March 19, 2011

Booths: 9AM-12:30PM

General Session: 12:30PM-4PM

Spotter Training: 4:30PM-6:30PM


Upcoming Hamfests–West Gulf Division

01/14/2011  Cowtown Hamfest

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.cowtownhamfest.org

01/22/2011  San Antonio Amateur Radio Fiesta

Location: Schertz, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: San Antonio Radio Club
Website: http://w5sc.org

02/05/2011  Ada Hamfest

Location: Ada, OK
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ada Amateur Radio Club

02/12/2011  Williamson County Amateur Radio Club

Location: Georgetown, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Williamson County Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.wcarc.com

03/05/2011  West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club

Location: Elk City, OK
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club

03/05/2011  South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)

Location:  Rosenberg, TX
Type:  ARRL Convention
Sponsor:  Brazos Valley Amateur Radio club
Website:  http://www.houstonhamfest.org

03/11/2011  Oklahoma Section Convention (Green Country Hamfest)

Location:  Claremore, OK
Type:  ARRL Convention
Sponsor:  Green Country Hamfest, Inc.
Website:  http://www.greencountryhamfest.org

03/12/2011  Ninth Annual IARC Hamfest

Location:  Irving, TX
Type:  ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor:  Irving Amateur Radio Club
Website:  http://www.irvingarc.org/iarchamfest.html

03/19/2011  West Texas Section Convention (56th Annual St Patrick’s Day Hamfest)

Location:  Midland, TX
Type:  ARRL Convention
Sponsor:  Midland Amateur Radio club
Website:  http://www.hamfest.w5qgg.org

04/02/2011 HamEXPO

Location:  Belton, TX
Type:  ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor:  Temple Amateur Radio Club
Website:  http://www.beltonhamexpo.org/

via: JANUARY WEST GULF DIVISION NEWSLETTER


The 2011 National Storm Conference

TESSA–The Texas Severe Storms Association

Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Colleyville Center – Colleyville, Texas

The National Storm Conference is a full day of presentations from some of the top severe weather experts in the country. Storm spotters, chasers, forecasters, researchers, emergency managers and others gather at the conference for a day of learning and fun. It’s free and open to the public, so come and join us for the biggest event in Tornado Alley! The National Storm Conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Arrive early, seating is limited.

For more information please visit http://tessa.org/


2011 National Severe Weather Workshop

March 3 – 5, 2011

Norman Oklahoma

Please join us in Norman for a unique and growing workshop focused on hazardous weather information-sharing, and discussions on the effective transmission of messages about meteorological risk. Emergency managers, weather enthusiasts, teachers, students, meteorologists, broadcasters, and vendors in threat alerting, sheltering, and communications will gather, present, and discuss inter-related topics about weather hazards in early March. Some of the subjects that will be highlighted during the 2011 National Severe Weather Workshop include:

  • Impacts of Hazardous Weather Events: Response and Recovery
  • The Role of Law Enforcement in Weather Emergencies
  • Progress in Prediction Technologies
  • Siren Policy
  • National Weather Service Products, Services, and Outreach
  • Weather Radar Technology Updates and Training
  • Media Relations
  • Psychological Impacts and Issues of Significant Weather Events
  • Weather Trade and Technology Expo

More information at: http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww/


12th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day 2010

Update/Clarification: This event is Friday December 3rd at 6:00 PM Central until Saturday December 4th at 6:00 PM Central.

The 12th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Special Event will take place Saturday, December 4, 2010. SRD is co-sponsored by the ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS) as a way to recognize the commitment made by Amateur Radio operators in helping to keep their communities safe. During SRD, Amateur Radio operators can visit their local participating NWS office, working as a team to contact other hams across the world throughout the 24 hour event.

For more information on the SKYWARN Recognition Day Event please visit the ARRL Website.

Click Here for a slideshow of the 2009 SRD Special Event at Amarillo!

Raymond Winter, W5RAW, has volunteered to bring in an operating station and logging software. We need an antenna or two–we might know someone with a very nice tower trailer! Also, we need operator pairs (loggers and operators) who can work in shifts to cover a 24-hour period. Terra and I will take the early, early, early morning shift (0400-0800) unless someone else wants it! This year the Amarillo NWS will design and print the QSL cards for us.

To volunteer to help out with the Amarillo SKYWARN Recognition Day Special Event, please contact:

Chris Seright, KE5ZRT
Send me some mail!
or call 806 231-4227
or Twitter: @chris_seright

 

Update/Clarification: This event is Friday December 3rd at 6:00 PM Central until Saturday 6:00 PM Central.


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