Archive for October, 2011

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 @

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



Chassis Mount for 2 Powerpoles Sets (4 conductors)


This is an excellent universal Anderson Power Pole connector to add to your mobile installation for EmComm purposes!

Traffic Net

The 7290 Traffic Net is an independent, public service traffic net operating on or about 7290 kHz, and has been in continuous operation since 1952, handling formal written traffic, informal messages and operating extended sessions during emergencies or special needs. All Amateur Radio Stations licensed to operate on this frequency are welcome to check in with or without traffic and are not required to take traffic in order to participate.


To promote and encourage more regular check-is and participation in the PARC ARES nets,  the committee has decided to conduct WEEKLY nets on Thursdays at 7:30 pm local time, rather than on the first and third Tuesdays as we have conducted the nets previously. Additionally we will incorporate pertinent training material into these nets.

The purpose of these nets is to verify which repeaters and operators are capable of responding in an actual communications emergency and to pass information, traffic and training amongst the ARES group in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle counties.

Please participate in the PARC ARES nets each Thursday at 7:30 pm on any Caprock Intertie linked repeater beginning in November 2011. Visit for repeater information.

To serve as NCS for the PARC ARES Net contact N5TBD ARES Chair or N5YXN ARES Vice-Chair.

ARRL West Texas New Website

The national association of amateur radio in West Texas is building a new website with many useful and informative features. Please visit

This site (Panhandle ARES) now features an RSS feed widget in the sidebar column to display updates and news from ARRL WTX. Click on the links to view the full story.

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

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