Hello to fellow Panhandle Amateur Radio Club Members & Friends

This coming year looks to be very exciting and productive for Panhandle Amateur Radio Club!  The year began in great fashion with an excellent crowd for the January meeting.  Another successful testing session by John K5IT adding several new Technician Class operators to the hobby and a General Class upgrade for Daniel Hoff KF5JED.

My thanks and appreciation to the officers and committees for their unflagging support and contributions in making PARC the great Club that it is.  Furthermore PARC could not exist without the support of its membership for which I am most grateful!

Special thanks to Larry Chancellor, new Technician Class operator, who has donated one of his beautifully hand crafted knives to us for a fund raiser.  Look for this to be included in some fashion in the Swapfest festivities.

It is my pleasure to report that our annual Swapfest has been set for May 11, 2019 at the club meeting location and will be an ARRL sanctioned event which means we will be listed in the QST and on the ARRL website.  Looking forward to another great Swapfest this year.  Further details to follow.

Other events and activities for this coming year include:

  • Wires X Overview with John Kruk, Yaesu Wires X Chief January 17th at 7:00 p.m. on the W5WX North Repeater 146.94 organized by Charlie W5CEH
  • Instituted a “Membership Committee” to encourage, build, & maintain membership
  • Participation at the NWS Severe Expo March 9th
  • Lamar Science Day May 17th
  • Opportunity to provide communications for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in Palo Duro Canyon April 27th
  • Special Event Station W5V operating from Texas Panhandle War Memorial March 30th, honoring our Vietnam Veterans
  • Field Day in June
  • Route 66 on the Air September
  • Tri-State Fair Parade in September
  • Christmas Pot Luck Luncheon in December
  • Of course the Saturday Breakfasts and Wednesday lunches and hopefully other social gatherings.  Suggestions welcome

Let’s roll up our sleeves and jump into this New Year with gusto!!

73 everyone  Kim  WK5X