Bonner County Amateur Radio Club   bcarc

County Wide Repeater Project

BCARC in cooperation with Bonner County ARES/RACES and the Bonner County Dept. Emergency Management is in the process of acquiring equipment and funds for a project to set up amateur radio equipment in several communities in Bonner County. Our goal is to build a county wide amateur communications system to support the communities through out Bonner County in a natural disaster or other emergency situation and that can be accessed with low power radios, a.k.a a 5 watt handheld, from anywhere in the county.

We are looking for donations of funds, VHF/UHF repeaters, VHF/UHF radios, VHF/UHF antennas and coax to be used on this project.

BCARC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the state of Idaho and the IRS as a public charity. Part or all of your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to a tax professional for details on donations.

Please see the Repeaters page for details on the Bonner County linked repeater system.

Bonner County ARRL VE Testing Team

We are looking for any Extra class operator that is an existing ARRL VE or wishes to become a ARRL approved VE to join our testing team. You do not need to be a member of BCARC. In the past we have brought in VE's from surrounding counties and even from Montana to help with local Bonner County test sessions. Please help us build a local VE testing team so that we can have local test sessions on a more frequent basis. For more information on becoming a ARRL VE, please visit ARRL Volunteer Examiner web page.

Older pre-2016 News Articles

Bonner Co. Fair Aug 20th-24th a Success

The 2013 Bonner Co. Fair held 8/20-8/24 in Sandpoint went smoothly. Thanks to the 14 operators who had participated either at the fair grounds or had helped prior to the fair getting the command trailer operational. Thanks to Larry KF7TNA who loaned us the use of a VHF/UHF cross band repeater running on 145.600 simplex and 446.350 simplex. Thanks to Bonner Co. for loaning us the use of VTAC radios that allowed us direct communication with Bonner EMS. This was the first year we had that capability.

2013 Sandpoint 4th of July Parade a Success

The 2013 Sandpoint 4th of July Parade went great with 10 operators placed around the parade course and staging areas.

Field Day 2013 a Success

Field Day on June 22-23 had a good turn out. This was our first Field Day as a club in many years. We ran 4A meaning 4 transmitters operational at same time. We had 24 people sign the guest log. Of those 24, we had 6 try their hand at the microphone. We used the BCARC club callsign of K7JEP. Good work everyone. Now the big wait for the results to be published in QST.

Idaho Tower Bill 1065

Update on Idaho Senate Bill No. 1065 has passed both senate and house votes and has gone to Governor to sign. This bill will require all guyed towers in Idaho to be painted orange and white with flashing lights on top and orange balls on the guy wires. It DOES exclude amateur radio towers. Read full bill at: HERE

Now if Idaho will follow Montana and other states by adding a law protecting amateur radio antennas and towers from local laws and covenances.

Congratulations New Hams and Upgrades!

We had 19 people at the testing session March 26th. 2013. Only 1 person trying for Tech did not pass that I know of. There was a few upgrades to General and Extra.

Great job to Brian KD7MTH, Josh KE7MTF and Kraig KE7SKJ for teaching the classes. A thanks goes to Anthony AE7HS, Mike WB7RBH, Art N7MNK, Ed KE7MDQ and Kirk N6SXR who all came down from Boundary county to administer the test. Also a big thanks to Sandpoint Parks & Rec for the use of the Community Hall.

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