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Bike MS Wild West Ride July 28-29 2012

Saturday and Sunday July 28th & 29th

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!


  • 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 at Miami.
  • Free lunch—at Miami in the park (don’t count on lunch being delivered to your rest stop). Be prepared.
  • 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


  • 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 or email:

This is our hardest volunteer position to fill: The MS Society is providing all of their own 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 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
Mobile Medic (RV) KC5OMK Monty Denney
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

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.

Donated Ham Gear Available for Bid

A pick-up load of amateur radio gear was graciously donated to the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC) and is being silently auctioned to raise funds for the club. The list of available equipment is attached to this post. To place a bid, simply email Bob Sanders, N5TBD, PARC President at List the item(s) you are wanting along with your bid for each item. All reasonable bids will be considered.

Click Here: Donated_equipment_list(1)

Closing date for bidding is Saturday May 5th

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