Here’s a message from our club President:
Welcome to the Pamlico Amateur Radio Society (PARS) web page. We hope to show what the members of our group do to assist each other, our community, and the promotion and development of amateur radio.
PARS-Sponsored Activities Include:
- Training classes and exam sessions in Pamlico County locations. Please check back for new info on upcoming training classes and exam sessions.
- Experienced club HAMs are pleased to help new people one-on-one and in group sessions. They will come to your house to help put up antennas, solve installation problems, teach you how to use your radio, and help you make those first contacts.
- Members receive the weekly PARSgram email which provides information specific to our area, such as HAM radio events and activities, training, meetings, equipment for sale or trade locally, solar numbers, and contests, among others.
- Our members assist by providing communications for community events such as the annual Dragon Boat Races, the Tour of Homes, Cycle North Carolina, and the Lucky Charms Challenge Race which raises money for the Wounded Warriors project.
- Each June, our members and over 2,500 Amateur Radio Clubs throughout the U.S. participate in the annual Field Day event including a “Get On The Air” (GOTA) station, where the general public and new and inexperienced HAMs can make contacts under the guidance of an experienced operator. Working “off the grid” with only emergency power supplies, PARS members make contacts with fellow HAMs across the nation using voice, Morse code and radioteletype. Our invited guests have included a scouting troop and a number of county leaders. This event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which is the national association for Amateur Radio. More information on Amateur Radio is available on their website, www.arrl.org.
Our members are also active with:
- Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) which provides emergency communications backup when regular communications services are down due to hurricanes or other natural disasters.
- Skywarn, using amateur radio, provides information on local conditions to the National Weather Service during severe weather events.
- Contesting, in which one tries to make contacts and exchange information with as many other stations as possible, including those in foreign countries.
Our monthly meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month (except June) at 9 a.m. at the Village Restaurant (Brantley’s) in Oriental NC. Here is a Google map. Non-members are welcome to join us and learn more about PARS. Come in early and order breakfast before the meeting. We hope you will complete the application and join PARS!
Bill Michne, WM3X