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PARK will be holding a Technician Licensing Class on Saturday and Sunday, August 1 & 2 at the Allen Fire Station.  The class will run from 8 - 4:30 on Saturday, and 9 - 3 on Sunday.
VE testing will be offered immediately following the class for a cost of $14.
Seats are limited and the class is open to anyone interested in Amateur Radio.   Please contact Jay Rawot, KE5KOV at JRawot[at]yahoo[dot]com if you have questions, or are interested in attending.
The class is free but we recommend that you purchase and review a license preparation book prior to attending.

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!



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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.

To officially get started, we will have a kickoff meeting on Saturday, July 25th at 10 AM. This meeting will be held at Two Rows restaurant on the NE corner of Bethany Drive and US75 in Allen. Interested folks are invited to join us for breakfast at 9AM (PARK's less publicized breakfast option), but it's also fine to just come for the meeting. The most critical items have already been addressed, so we will be discussing many of the details that have yet to be worked out. I expect the meeting to take less than an hour.

We will once again need to select 2 photos to grace the front and back of our QSL card for this year, so like last year, e-mail your winning shot(s)to me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it but please limit your submission to no more than your 5 best photos. The winner will grace the front of the card and the runner-up be featured as the inset on the back. Details are still being worked out, but I expect to have a small prize to award the winner.

The K5P yahoo group is active, so if you aren't already a member, please sign-up. The link to the group can be found on the PARK website, or simply go into yahoo groups and search for K5P. By far our biggest need is for operators. We will have 2 (and maybe even 3) HF stations going all three days and this will be an excellent opportunity for folks to get a little hands on experience on HF. Don't worry if you only have a Technician class license, we will have plenty of control operators to allow you to operate on HF.

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


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.