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We are within 30 days from the 2014 Plano Balloon Festival (September 19, 20, 21 2014) and volunteer registration is now open. Hams from around North TX support this activity and we hope you will join us this year. As in the past, a Yahoo Group will be used for general announcements and Q&A.  The web page will be used as the collection point for most everything you need to know and where you will be able to register. There is a large amount of information contained within the website.  It is not intended to overwhelm you or prohibit this from being a fun event by having so many "rules".  With any event, you need some procedures and the "best practice".  New volunteers and seasoned individuals are encouraged to look over the information and ask questions about anything that might not seem clear or is confusing.
Be sure to sign up early, particularly if you wish to work the Field.  There are a limited number of positions available each shift.  Only select "Staff" in the registration if you have already been designated so. Please only sign up once.  If you feel you have made an error, contact the volunteer liaison listed on the website. The 2013 documentation (and other years as applicable) remain in the documents section for you to browse and will be updated as necessary.
We thank you for your time and resources in advance!
PBF Comms Team
Additional information can be found at:


Hello Everyone, It's time once again for the Blackland Triathlon. This is a really fun and easy event that needs a lot of operators to be successful.  We need volunteers for all shadow and race positions...  probably about 25 - 30 operators again this year. We will need to be onsite at 6:00 a.m. for our briefing, get to your shadows by 6:30 a.m. and the kids race starts at 6:45 a.m.  We start releasing some people at 11:00 a.m. and it is usually completely over by 1:00 p.m. This event is again on Labor day, Monday, Sept. 1st, 2014 and will be located at the Oak Point Center on Jupiter Rd.

Please contact Erik Fuller, KE5VBO, at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you're interested in signing up for this fun event.


K5P - Plano Balloon Festival Special Event Station

For the fourth consecutive year, we will be activating the K5P Special Event Station.  The PBF will run Sept 19 - 21, 2014 this year.
*Please note that this operation is completely separate from the PBF field activities.*

Anyone interested in participating should first join the separate K5P Yahoo Group.

This is a special group created just for this event where most discussion and activity related to K5P will take place.  To join, just follow this link:

There are several ways for individuals to participate in this effort.

First, we are having a contest to find the coolest photo from previous festivals to adorn our special 2014 QSL card.  Entry is open to anyone until September 1st.  Just e-mail your best photo or two to Stan Starks at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    The judging committee will then select a winner whose photo will make this year's card unique.  The winner will also receive a small prize.

We also need folks to signup for shifts to help us setup and/or teardown, operate, or help/log.

For those new to amateur radio, and/or HF, this will be a great opportunity to experience the excitement of making contacts across the country and around the world.  Technician class licensees are especially encouraged to come out .  We will have control operators to assist and coaching will be available to help you make contacts.   Think of it as a little bit like Field Day (though with air conditioning), and with a bunch of  folks all over the country (and the world) wanting to make contact with us!  

Questions?  E-mail  them  to : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pick your time and signup for a  2 hour shift.  The signup is here:


Our friend Cindy Dicken, KF5POU, aka 'Cindy Bob" is battling cancer in Houston.

Her address down there is 459 W. FM 389 Fayetteville, TX. 78940. Her email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please take time to send her an email or drop her a get well card. What would be really nice is if everyone would send her a QSL card. Lets let Cindy Bob know that we are all pulling for her.


KF5FEA, Rusty.


If you are interested in obtaining PARK logo apparel, please contact;

B&B Embroidery


You can look at the offerings on the website, but call David, KF8WS or Shirley, N7UPY, to order.  They can provide you with the correct pricing.



Latest Newsletter Available

The latest copy of the newsletter is available here:
PARK Newsletter

The latest version of the newsletter is normally posted on or about the first of the month so check back each month for all the most recent happenings in the Klub.


Online Users Groups

If you would like to seek out help, you should consider registering on the 2 online user groups that most of our members use.

You can find the links to the "K5PRK" group and the "Laterisers" group here:

This link is also available in the right hand column of links near the top of the front page.  The link is listed under the "Club Information" heading as "PARK Online User Groups"

There are other interest groups listed on that webpage, as well.
The Field Day group will start to get active as we head toward field day in June.


'Late' Risers Breakfast

Come and join us at the Late Risers Breakfast at Poor Richards in Plano at 7:00 AM on Saturdays. Come as early as you would like since there are a couple of Klub members who normally open up the place and start the coffee.  There have been unconfirmed rumors that a few hearty souls from the Klub get there as early as the night before to start the ragchew around the table.

Also join the Laterisers yahoo group at:

Location: Poor Richards is located on the SE corner of Ave K and Park Ave in Plano, TX




Join us for the Good News Net on Thursdays at 845 pm local time. 

The Plano Amateur Radio Klub holds the Good News Net on Thursdays on the WD5ERD repeater (147.18+ MHz, PL 107.2) for the purpose of exchanging information about the Plano Amateur Radio Klub and Amateur Radio, in general. Participation in the Good News Net is open to all amateur operators. You need not be a member of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub to participate.


Early Risers Breakfast.

This is the place to get to know the guys that know the answers to your ham radio questions, and get finished early enough to still participate in the club events on Saturday morning.

The group is friendly and discussions lively.

Location: Tony's Cafe NW Corner of Spring Creek Parkway & Almo, Plano, TX

Time: 630am, Saturdays