Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash with his best friend, Willie Post, was probably the greatest political sage this country ever has known.
A few of his observations to ponder:
“There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.”
“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.”
“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”
Welcome to BCARC
Thank you for visiting the site of one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in Northern Idaho. We are a non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable Idaho Corporation, Federal ID Number 82-0425697 incorporated in 2002 to promote amateur radio and serve the interests of the communities in Bonner County Idaho.
The Bonner County Amateur Radio Club was initially established in 1961 by a small group of amateur radio operators with a strong desire to promote amateur radio, to join together in fellowship, and to provide a service to the communities within Bonner County Idaho. In May 1969, we became an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Affiliated Club. On 14 Feb 2003, the Club was granted a sequentially numbered club call sign of KD7UJQ and on July 2, 2003, the Club’s call sign was changed to K7JEP in memory of Neal Fredstrum who became a silent key in January 2003.
BCARC is an all mode, all band operational club, with interests in all fields of Amateur Radio. To see proposed projects, progress in on-going projects, topics of interest to be presented at our next meeting, or changes in meeting schedule see the Club Updates page.
Information regarding our Officers, By-Laws, etc. can be found on the About Us page.
The BCARC Club general meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM local time. A pre-meeting discussion is held at 6:00 PM for two groups: for new Technicians to receive answers to questions they may have or attend a scheduled topic and a separate group for more experinced Hams to discuss any issues they may be encountering. The meeting is held at the VFW Hall, 1325 Pine St, corner of Pine and Division. The Club also holds a monthly breakfast at Connies in Sandpoint on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM. As either or both may change due to holidays or other conflicts, please check the Calendar and Club Updates for any changes to times or location of meetings. We want to thank the VFW for allowing the use of their facilities. Click here for Google map to meeting location.
Our members have traditionally assisted in local events. Just a few of our activities are listed here. We furnish communication support, for such events as the annual Lion’s Club 4th of July Parade, the Long Bridge Swim, and, until recently cancelled, the Lake-to-Forest Triathlon bicycle route. A radio station or booth is usually set up during the annual Bonner County Fair. We have a monthly breakfast held at “Connies Restaraunt” in Sandpoint and an annual picnic. We offer Elmers, classes, and pre-license training. When needed we host antenna raising parties for the less mobile amatuer operators in our area.
Please contact one of our club officers if you know of an event in Bonner County Idaho in need of communication support.
BCARC Membership and Dues
Membership dues for the club are used to maintain the club’s repeater, equipment insurance, website, and general operating expenses. All club activities and services to the communities of Bonner County Idaho are provided strictly on a volunteer non paid basis in accordance with good amateur radio practice and with FCC part 97 rules.
The club is open to all licensed amateur radio operators and potentially licensed operators. Our yearly dues are $18. However, there are special considerations for newly licensed, and family members (see the About Us page). A membership application can be downloaded by clicking here.
BCARC does not currently host a sponsored VE Team (Voluntary Examiner Team) although several members are actively engaged in the effort with the Bonner County ARES group. Other groups in our area have active VE Teams that test fairly often. Further information is provided on the New Ham page.