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Tour d’ Cotton Bicycle Race Fundraiser

Correction: Saturday October 6, 2012

Volunteers Needed!

Tour d’ Cotton is a fund raiser of Childress Theatre Company, a nonprofit corporation, dedicated to the restoration of the historic Palace Theater in Downtown Childress Texas. For more information about the Palace Theatre please click here.

 The Tour d’ Cotton consists of 3 simultaneous bicycle races with distances of 60 miles, 30 miles and 8 miles. Each race begins at 0800, 0815, and 0830 respectively. We are looking for volunteer ham radio communicators to assist with communications at the rest stops. APRS support of the event would also be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to good use for a great cause. helping with this event is where the true spirit of Amateur Radio is. Let’s keep active with public service eevents and keep ham radio alive and useful!

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Tour d’ Cotton 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.

Traditionally, we meet at Dawson’s Family Restaurant at 1709 Ave F NW in Childress before the race at 0630 to finalize the communications plan over a plate of biscuits and gravy.

To volunteer please contact:

Jim Moody, AF5S, 940-585-1168 jim.moody.jr@gmail.com


Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, 806-231-4227, KE5ZRT@gmail.com


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

Spook-O-Ree and PARC

The Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted the 24th annual Spook-O-Ree at Camp Don Harrington on Saturday October 22nd and 29th. The event drew boys outdoors where they executed physical trials and learned values of the Cub Scouts. Represented the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC), N5HPJ & WD5FOI Coordinated a demonstration of ham radio in which KE5ZRT & KE5ZRU explained the fundamentals of amateur radio mechanics, on-air activities, and ham radio’s role in SKYWARN storm spotting. Others that superbly supported the event included: N5YXN, K9DMV, & K5BOB. Many other operators assisted from home by engaging the scouts in on-air conversation, but the star of the show had to be N5BNU who talked to the scouts over the radio for an amazing 4 hours and 15 minutes!

Over the two weekends approximately 850 scouts were introduced amateur radio and made their first 2m simplex and repeater contacts using the Caprock Intertie linked repeater system. The PARC is grateful for all that assisted, and especially grateful to the Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America for the opportunity to share ham radio with so many scouts.

Link to a Spook-O-Ree Photobucket slide show: http://s926.photobucket.com/albums/ad106/tornado-alley-rats/Spook-o-ree2011/?albumview=slideshow

Feel free to copy or download any of the photos for your own use.


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!

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!


  • 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



  • 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
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



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



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

2011 Severe Weather Conference Amarillo Volunteers Needed

We are currently seeking a volunteer to coordinate a booth at the conference on Saturday March 18th 9:30-12:30. We need to demonstrate a UHF / VHF station, a packet station, and an APRS station. We have some literature available and also a large banner with the club logo. I have a power supply if needed and also some reflective ARES vests. Please contact me, Chris Seright, at 806-231-4227 to volunteer to be the coordinator for this event.

2011 PARC ARES SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday March 8th 2011 at 19:30 at the AES Building at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2011 Spotter Training Schedule is available here.

Skywarn® is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) severe weather spotting program with nearly 290,000 trained volunteers nationwide. Since the late 1960s, trained Skywarn® spotters have helped support the NWS’ primary mission of protecting life and property through the issuance of severe weather warnings. These dedicated citizens help keep their local community safe by conveying severe weather reports to their local NWS Forecast Office. Skywarn® spotters are integral to the success of our Nation’s severe weather warning system.

Every year the NWS conducts Skywarn® spotter training sessions. The NWS currently has 122 Weather Forecast Offices across the nation, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the Skywarn® program in their local area. There is no charge and a typical class takes about 2 hours to conduct.

Storm Spotter certification is required every two years, but please consider attending this class even if your certification has not expired. We have some new personnel out at the Amarillo NWS, and this would be a great time to meet them. Additionally, Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be instructing our training and she has indicated that she will be putting together a more “robust” or “advanced” curriculum specifically for our group. If you are unable to attend this training, information on future spotter trailing classes will be posted here as information is available. If you are not currently a SKYWARN spotter and you are interested in joining our volunteer group you are welcome to attend this training as well.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.  Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available here.

For more information about SKYWARN, please click here.

If you are interested in joining ARES, please click here.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, please click here.

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/

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