Category Archives: Newsletter 2017.03


We need your help!

It’s our turn to clean up Century Parkway. Our first 2017 Adopt-a-Highway is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 am. If we have at least 10 volunteers, not only should this should take no longer than an hour but, we can also incorporate some search tactics .

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Registered Volunteers

  • Chris Diltz
  • William Ingram
  • Tammy Ingram
  • David Lindberg
  • Anna Sturdivant
  • Sandy Mason
  • Paula Bramble
  • Linda Hardy

Backpack Class Rescheduled

The 2017 Continuing Education program kicks off with everyone’s favorite: the backpack contents forum. The class was scheduled for the 2nd week in March but has been moved to March 30th so as not to conflict with Spring Break. We will still meet at Station 5 at 6:30 PM. If you haven’t subscribed to the event calendar, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

New General Class Operators

In mid-February, the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK) hosted a 4-day-long crash course for acquiring a General Class amateur radio license. Allen CERT members Linda Hardy, Randy Jones, and Chris Diltz attended and, on the final day, passed the exam.

This upgrade permits operators to transmit on high frequency bands that support long distance (skip) propagation, regional NVIS, and various data communications. Organized by our own Mike Pruden, the course lasted two full weekends and was supported by several Extra Class instructors and SMEs including William Ingram and Chris Smith. It should also be no surprise that Tammy Ingram found time to provide refreshments for the class – thanks Tammy! The entire effort added 137 volunteer hours for the program.

Allen CERT has been acutely focused on increasing the number of radio operators in the program. We now have 9 Extras, 5 Generals, and 28 Technicians for a total of 42 amateur radio operators. If you are interested in obtaining or upgrading your license, there are two simple methods:

Congratulations to Linda Hardy, Randy Jones, and Chris Diltz for passing their General Class Amateur Radio License exam.