Archive for March, 2011

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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Weather Watch Operations Training – 2011 Severe Weather Season

Bob, Daniel, Terra and I attended the Weather Watch Operations training today, presented by the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management (OEM), at the Amarillo Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Some of the topics covered were: OEM Duty Officer Watch, Weather Watch activation and staffing, and warning criteria. Jose Garcia Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Amarillo National Weather Service (NWS) office stated that in years past he usually had been more able to predict the upcoming season, however this season he is uncertain of the weather to expect. Garcia also stated that we are transitioning out of a La Nina cycle which generally means warmer, drier weather which may cause us to experience a below average severe weather season, but the fire weather threats we have experienced will likely continue. Garcia also indicated that our Spring severe weather cycle may be earlier than normal with higher possibilities of severe weather in April and May, rather than May and June.

Have a safe storm spotting season, KE5ZRT


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


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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


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