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Update: Red Cross Disaster Drill Saturday 3/1/14

AMARILLO, TEXAS — The Panhandle is home to some of the nation’s fiercest weather and the Amarillo Chapter of the American Red Cross will be conducting a tornado disaster drill this Saturday.

The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with over 20 other Texas Red Cross chapters, will take part in the statewide simulated disaster response test. The group participated in a similar drill in 2011 along with limited PARC ARES assistance.

More than 600 disaster assessment volunteers will participate in the scenario. Those volunteers will handle mock conditions after reports of dangerous storms.

Other American Red Cross chapters participating are in Beaumont, Austin, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Dallas, Pampa, El Paso, Houston, Waco, Kerrville, Wichita Falls, Orange, Brownwood, Bay City, San Antonio, Tyler, Harlingen, Midland, Denison and Texarkana.

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Group will be assisting with this drill.

The PARC ARES group is proud to be able to assist the Amarillo Red Cross in this drill. Additionally, we look forward to assisting the chapter in selecting and assembling their own radio equipment, and we are eager to assist with training Red Cross volunteers to become new ham radio operators as well.

Please contact Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, to volunteer to assist with this drill. 806-231-4227, KE5ZRT@Gmail.com

We will operate locally on the PARC W5WX UHF repeater, and report at the end of the day to Red Cross HQ in Dallas on 40M SSB phone depending on operating conditions.

Updated 2/25/2014

Here is the general schedule for the drill. For those that have volunteered, I am super grateful! We will utilize the PARC UHF repeater 444.475/449.575 PL 88.5 for local communications.

Day of the Exercise

0800–The Exercise Controller, support volunteers, DA Supervisor, HAM supervisory workers report to the Amarillo office at 1800 S Harrison St. The Controller and support volunteers prepare exercise materials and place signs in the neighborhood. The DA Supervisor prepares street sheets, maps, and other applicable information for the DA Teams. HAM supervisory workers will set up any necessary equipment.

0900–The DA Teams and radio operators arrive and receive their briefing and materials. They depart to begin their assessments.

1200–Teams return to the headquarters for a brief AAR and lunch.

1400–DA Supervisors submit the final 5233 form to the Disaster Program Manager and information is transmitted to HQ via HF relay


January Ham Cram Results

Four individuals attended the Ham Cram on January 11th. One gentleman left early due to prior engagements and of the three that completed the study session, two (a husband and wife couple from Spearman) successfully obtained their Amateur Technician Class Operator Licenses. Congratulations to Clay and Crystal Scribner! We look forward to meeting you on the air. The next Ham Cram study session will be April 12, 2014.

I am grateful to Carl Jeans N5YXN, John Laur KF5SAB, John Ashcroft K5FS, Dan McCabe WA8YYE, Sarah Seright KF5TCY,  and Brad Miskimen N5LUL for their assistance.

73 de KE5ZRT Chris Seright

 


2013 Bike MS, Ride the Rim, June 22-23

Saturday and Sunday June 22nd & 23rd

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS event 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!

2013 Route Change! Bike MS: Ride the Rim encircles the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon. Second only to The Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the south. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts and bike repair courtesy of OE Sports and Sun Adventure Sports. We start, finish and overnight from the beautiful campus of West Texas A&M University, with a trip down into historic Palo Duro Canyon State Park on day two.

Day One starts Saturday morning at 7 a.m., on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The route makes a loop around the rim of Palo Duro Canyon for a total of 105 miles on day 1, with an option to stop at 100K (64 miles). The finish line is back at the campus of WTAMU.

Day Two begins and ends Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on the WTAMU campus and goes to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Riders will be bused into the state park for brunch and photo opportunities and then bused back out to ride back to the WTAMU campus. The total on day 2 is 25 miles.

 

Meals

  • 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.
  • Free dinner Saturday evening at WTAMU
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning at WTAMU
  • Free brunch Sunday in Palo Duro Canyon
  • Free lunch Sunday afternoon at WTAMU

 

I want to thank everyone for helping with the 2013 Bike MS Ride the Rim event. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS fundraiser 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 Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, at 806-231-4227 or email: KE5ZRT@gmail.com

We need volunteers for Net Control Operators, Rest Stop Communicators, Sweeper Truck Communicator, and Safety and Gear (SAG) Communicators. SAG Communicator is our hardest volunteer position to fill. The MS Society is providing all of their own Safety and Gear (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 A 6:00 KD5DYP KF5QDD Adair and Mysti Winter
Net Control B 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliott
Sweeper 6:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1

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Slightly after the Intersection of 4th street & FM 1151 at DAKOTA ROAD 7:00-9:00 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 2

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Co Rd 1 8:00-10:00 N5YXN Carl Jeans
RS 3 (Lunch)

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Claude – Claude High School near the intersection of FM 1151 & Hwy 207 8:30-12:30 W5PVI Neal Lowe
RS 4

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On the road to the right at Dripping Springs Ranch 9:00-1:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 5

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Red Rock Ranch Canyon 8:00-2:00 K5KBV Ed Krizan
RS 6 Finish Line #1 -63 miles or 100K

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Gravel U-shaped area, just at the top of the hill 9:30-3:00 TX Militia Hams TX Militia Hams
RS 7

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FM 285 makes a 90 degree left turn at Wayside RS at a gas station with a post office inside 10:00-3:30 N5LTZ Chip Andrews
RS 8

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On Wayside Road/ FM 275 at Ceta Canyon Entrance @1721 10:30-4:00 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 9

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On I 27 North In gated area of the country road- across from the parking area 11:00-4:00
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliott
Sweeper 6:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 6:15
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
SAG 2 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 3
SAG 4
Mobile Medic (RV)
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Canyon 443.650 88.5
Wayside 444.575 88.5
Cross-Band 146.550 0
Talk Around 146.520 0

 


2013 SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday February 5th at 19:00 at the AES Building located at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. This class will be open to the public. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2013 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. 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.

 


Ham Cram Results 12/8/12

Please join me in congratulating the new amateur radio operators that attended the December Ham Cram class on Saturday December 8th. Justin Baker of Amarillo, Phillip Holmes of Pampa, Sarah Yung of Amarillo, and Adam Snow of Perryton all attended the study class and all passed the Amateur Technician Exam! Additionally, David Doan of Amarillo passed the Amateur Technician Exam and Arthur Castillo of Amarillo upgraded to Amateur General Class! The first-time pass rate of this class was once again 100%.

I would like to thank all of those who helped make this event successful. Carl Jeans N5YXN unlocked and relocked the building for us. Dan McCabe WA8YYE and RC Harkness K5ORC stopped by the class to introduce themselves to the potential new hams, and I am especially grateful to Dan for teaching a portion of the class for me. Neal Lowe W5PVI and John Laur KF5SAB were the other 2/3 of the Volunteer Examination (VE) team and I am especially thankful to John for two reasons: John brought two of his friends to test for the Tech and General Exams, and John was a real help in putting together my first test session to serve as the fill-in liaison. Finally, I am grateful to Derek Vaughan KF5QCZ, of the Regional Advisory Council, who continues to support amateur radio in his efforts to train hams to serve as emergency communicators in all of the Texas panhandle hospitals.

I believe that the local amateur community gained some young and enthusiastic ham radio hobbyists this week!

The next Ham Cram study session will be Saturday, March 9th, pass the word!

73 y’all, KE5ZRT


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.

 


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


PARC ARES Now Has A Twitter Account

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service group (PARC ARES) now has a Twitter account, @PanhandleARES, as an extension of the www.PanhandleARES.org website. There is no cost to the PARC for this account, and it will be maintained by KE5ZRT. The Twitter account will allow us to communicate more easily with the surrounding ARES groups in the region. We will also be able to receive and forward information from local, regional and national emergency services groups such as FEMA, TxDOT, Red Cross, local and national media, NWS personnel and more.  Further, @PanhandleARES will facilitate another avenue of dissemination of information. Please follow @PanhandleARES for news of local events related to the PARC, PARC ARES, and pertinent local emergency information.

If you are new to Twitter, or you are unfamiliar with Twitter, please check the following link for more information: http://twitter.com/about


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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