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For the fifth consecutive year, The Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK) and the McKinney Amateur Radio Club (MARC) will jointly sponsor K5P, the Plano Balloon Festival Special Event Station - September 18 – September 20, 2015.

The purpose of K5P is to showcase to the public what Amateur Radio is about while promoting the Plano Balloon Festival to the world. It will also offer an excellent publicity opportunity for both clubs. But above all else, it will be a great opportunity to have fun making contacts across the country and around the world. For this one weekend, we will be the "DX" that many folks want to work.

Can you go to the K5P signup via the following link

Even if you aren't anxious to get on the air, we could still really use your help. Come out for a couple of hours to help with logging, or to just chat with passers-by about Amateur Radio and help explain to them what we are doing and what those funny looking antennas are all about. An online signup form will be available soon. I hope everyone will come out and help support this event. If anyone has questions, please feel free to e-mail me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks in advance for your support!

Stan NW5Q


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. If you are a new ham this is a good stress free event to help you learn how to operate in a net environment. Our job is to provide communications and support safety for the whole event. If you are an experienced ham this is an opportunity to work with the newer hams to show them how it is done by example.

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. 7st, 2015 and will be located at the Oak Point Center on Jupiter Rd.

Please contact Tony Campbell, W5ADC, 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.


he 2015 Plano Balloon Festival Volunteer registration is now open.

Welcome back, and we hope you will invite others that may be interested.

As in the past, the Yahoo Group {click underlined link} will be used for general announcements and Q&A. If you are a new volunteer please join this Yahoo group.

The 2015 Plano Balloon Festival webpage is 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 the "Staff" option in the registration if you have already been designated so.  Yes, you do need to respond to each query, with a choice or the optional value 'None'.

Only sign up once.  If you feel you have made an error or need to make a change, a link will be provided to you at the end of the sign up process that says “Edit my responses”.  Please keep that link just in case you do have to make changes.  If you don't know how to 'save' that link, you can right click on "Edit my responses" and save the link as a file, for later use.  Of course if all else fails, feel free to contact the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We thank you for your time and resources in advance!



PBF Comms Team


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.