Category Archives: Newsletter 2017.08

2017 Preparedness Expo

UPDATE 8/31/17: The 2017 Allen Preparedness Expo has been cancelled on account of all participating agencies redirecting focus to hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We look forward to next year’s expo.

September is National Preparedness Month and, as usual, we celebrate by hosting the annual Allen Preparedness Expo. Several community-based and professional organizations such as AFD, COP, CFA, and Minuteman Disaster Response will bring their exhibits. This is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the general public with plenty of giveaways and raffle items.

The expo will take place at Lowe’s Home Improvement, September 2nd, 09:00 – 14:00.

Sign up below to help out.

Century Pkwy Cleanup – Aug 19

Time to Clean Up!

As part of our contract with Keep Allen Beautiful, we must perform a routine cleanup of Century Parkway 4 times a year. Our next cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, August 19 at 9:00 AM. We also employ the use of amateur radio to facilitate the process and keep track of activities so this is a great opportunity to hone those skills, although amateur radio licensing is not a participation requirement for this event.

Volunteers Needed

If you can spare 90 minutes on 8/19 to assist with the effort, type your below and click Submit. Remember: The more volunteers we have, the faster this goes.

Technician Course & Exam

Save the Date

The Plano Amateur Radio Club will be presenting a Technician level amateur radio class on August 12th and 13th, 2017. The class will be held at the Lucas Fire Station training facility.  The fire station is located at 165 Country Club Ln, which is just north of Bethany & Lucas Rd, in Lucas.  Lucas is located just east of Allen, TX off US Hwy 75 at the Bethany Rd. Exit.

What to Bring

As always, the class is free, the EXAM is $14.00 cash. We are looking at a timeframe of 8:00am- 5:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am- 2:00pm on Sunday, with the EXAM starting at 3:00 on Sunday.  Parking should be available on the south side of the fire station.  A government issued photo ID will be required to take the exam on Sunday afternoon (FCC Requirement).

Other amateur radio class exams (General, Extra) will also be available for those wishing to take those exams. You need to bring a copy of your current amateur radio license to do so.

How to Prepare

To prepare for this class, we urge you to pick up a copy of the Ham Radio School’s Technician Class study guide prior to the class, and read through the course material at least once. You should not expect to just walk in to the two-day training class and grasp all the necessary information to successfully pass the exam. But, if you prepare by reading through the study guide, and marking any items that you have questions about, and then pay attention and ask questions during the 2-day training class, there is an excellent probability that you will pass the exam with a high score.

These study guides are available locally at the Ham Radio Outlet store 701 E. Plano Parkway Suite 406, across the street from Fry’s Electronics in Plano.  The cost for the study guide should be $19.95.

We also have many used study guides available, which we can loan you for $14.00 cash security deposit.  When you return these used study guides, in good condition (not marked up or dog eared), your $14.00 security deposit will be applied to the $14.00 cost to take the examination.  Basically, we save you the cost of buying the study guide.

Sign Up

To register for this class, or if you have additional questions, please send an email to Mike Pruden (NN5ZZ@ARRL.NET). Please provide:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Organization (e.g., CERT), if applicable
  • Indicate if you need a study guide