Welcome Radio Ops and Guests!

Recent Announcements

  • Hands On Training For those that are new, it is encouraged you attend the hands on training.  This will teach you about the balloon construction, how they fly, and the safety things you ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2019, 7:45 PM by Chadwick Stelzl
  • 2019 Sign Ups Open Sign up for this year's event is now open.  This is the the 40th year for the festival, with amateur radio supporting most all of them.  Happy to have ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 1:27 PM by Chadwick Stelzl
  • 2018 Operations If you were not aware and did not receive notice by other means, the Plano Balloon Frstival for 2018 is cancelled due to high water and potential for more rain ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2018, 10:34 AM by Chadwick Stelzl
  • FRIDAY AM - Field Positions are filled for the Friday AM shift. 
    Posted Aug 14, 2018, 3:47 PM by Chadwick Stelzl
  • Frequency Changes 2018 Talk-in and Recovery Staging:                                     145.350 (-) pl 100.0Field OperationsField Operations/Ramp145.500 No Tone (Simplex)Alternate Operations145.800 No Tone (Simplex)Recovery OperationsRecovery ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2018, 9:57 AM by Chadwick Stelzl
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The Plano Balloon Festival has been supported for nearly 30 years, with sponsorship of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK) and with the aid of many other amateurs from the north Texas area. Our primary purpose is to provide communications and logistics support to the balloonists and organizers of the event.   With the aid of the outstanding volunteers, PARK was awarded the Volunteer Organization of the Year at the 2011 PBF.

With the event spanning the course of three days, a rather significant amount of resources is required to coordinate and administer. Operators are required in two general categories, Field Operations and Recovery. We also provide weather monitoring and liaison to many of the Public Safety agencies supporting the event.

This event has also been used to deploy new technology and techniques to validate their operational capabilities and exercise message handling, equipment deployment and operational procedures and discipline.

Visit the "What I Need to Know" Page

The links below and on the left, provide a short cut to the information you may be looking for. However, it is encouraged that you start with the "What I Need to Know" page.

We hope that we have presented everything as clearly as possible. Don't forget to check our FAQ section for the most commonly asked questions.

Special Thanks to the Following
Plano Amateur Radio Klub for the use of their Repeater
McKinney Amateur Radio Club for the use of their Repeater
North Texas Repeater Association for the use of their Repeater
KD5UMO Chadwick for the generation of the maps and training video.

For those that spend countless hours helping our amateurs prepare to be successful and enjoy this fun-filled weekend. Thank you!