September 9 through 17 – Route 66 On The Air
Contact Ed K5KBV at (806) 683-5603 to sign up for operating times/band preference.
Everyone is invited to participate in this fun special event — preparations are finalized for “W6I” once again — and, to add even more novelty for operators, the PARC Mobile Operations Van will be in Adrian, TX, the exact middle of Route 66! Operate from your own QTH, or come on out to the van!
Route 66 OTA ADRIAN QTH Info: MidPoint Cafe (thanks to owner Dennis!) offers great pie and other baked treats along with delicious burgers, hot dogs, and a gift shop filled with Route 66 memorabilia. Additionally, the Fabulous 40s Motel (thanks to owner Ramona!) has graciously provided a convenient place to relax or take a break during operating times and a site with electricity for any unforeseen issues that may arise.
Ed K5KBV was this year’s event coordinator for W6I – thanks, Brad, for the help.
Thank you to local organizers Howard KD5CEM, Gene WA5ETK, Brad N5LUL and Ed K5KBV for your efforts past, present, and future that make this a fun activity for amateur radio operators in the panhandle and nation-wide!
July 10 – Boy Scout Radio Badge
Another enjoyable educational event — assisting Carl Jeans with BSA Radio Badge classes he recently held for one of our local Boy Scout troops. Carl talked about the dual band mobile radio and the handy-talkie in the “cab” and Mark demonstrated HF reception in the “operator’s” area. There were many questions about the WAS and Grid Locator maps. We used the Kenwood and a portable ATAS-25 antenna set to 40 meters this go-round, although next time we’ll take Carl up on his offer and see if we can’t get his ham-sticks up in the air for 80 meters!
We also presented one of the younger scouts, Daniel, with an “Altoid” practice key! He was having fun showing his buddies how CW worked (he came to Field Day as well) — we hope he continues his interest in CW. 73 to all these young men exploring the fascinating world of amateur radio!
June 24/25 – Field Day 2017
Coffee, a sturdy shelter, comfy lawn chairs, and lots of pizza, burgers and water are paramount. Operating is fun. W5WX is a phonetic tongue-twister. You never know who will show up at a GOTA station. Having a camper with a bed and heater is a plus. Drones are cool. Mysterious interference is frustrating. Antenna analyzers have limitations. Be prepared for any weather. Relax and enjoy the experience!
Adair KD5DYP reported: “We ended up with 400 CW QSO’s (Thanks Doug Speer!) and 682 phone QSO’s for a total of 1482 QSO points. Claimed score is 2964.”
James AB7II took some awesome pictures:
Cory KD5ROK captured action on his drone:
Looking forward to next year!
May 12 – Lamar Science Day
One of the van’s missions is to be available for educational events to promote Amateur Radio — and Lamar’s Annual Science Day was just perfect for our first outing of this type.
Our team set up three inside stations: RF (demonstrated with SDR and FRS radios), Morse Code (complete with practice Altoid keyers built by Mark KG5NWE) and Energy Transfer (which included a hands-on demonstration built by Robert WR9B). After the students finished the three inside activities, they headed outside to the van and, assisted by Ben W2CYV and Mark KG5NWE, made actual contacts via the north repeater with our remote crew (Brad N5LUL, James AB7II, and Ed K5KBV).
By the end of the day, we had demonstrated for 12 classes and a total of 197 students!
photos courtesy of Gene WA5ETK
April 8 – Skywarn Expo at the Civic Center
PARC and the *new* mobile operations van were there with promotional / educational materials, a practice keyer, “retro texting” code cards, and some fun folks. The van attracted a lot of attention and Brad even made some contacts throughout the day. Thanks to John K5FS, Mark KG5NWE, James AB7II, Brad N5LUL, Melinda KG5NWD and Jim NL7C for manning the info table and/or the van!