Bonner County Amateur Radio Club   bcarc

Welcome to BCARC.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization promoting amateur radio, providing communications and serving the interests of communities in Bonner County Idaho.

Thank you for visiting the site of one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in Northern Idaho. Your "All mode, all band" family friendly club since 1961!


Bonner County ARES will be hosting a VE Test Session on Saturday, Aug 14th at 10 AM.  Click HERE for more details.


BCARC Joins North Idaho Repeater Group

Our Hoo Doo repeater is now linked 24/7 to the NIRG repeater on Blossom Peak.  This now gives us coverage into much of Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah and Bonner counties of Idaho as well as parts of Spokane and Pend Oreille counties of Washington.  The Blossom Peak site also has Echolink and IRLP access to link with sites and talkgroups around the globe.  When traveling you can also connect through a site where you are at back to Blossom Peak to talk to family and friends back home.  More info about this linked system can be found at the North Idaho Repeater Group website.


BCARC Membership

Please join today by downloading club membership application from the Downloads Page. Club Dues are $18.00 per year for individual membership.  Family members at same address receive a discount which is $9.00 for 2nd family member and $6.00 for each additional family member at the same address. Club Application and Dues can be sent to the Club PO Box

PO BOX 792
Ponderay, ID  83852



BCARC Club Nets are held every Sunday evening on-the-air at 7:00 PM local time on the North Idaho Repeater Group linked repeater system. Following the net we hold a simplex radio tree net to try and form a simplex network to communicate accross Bonner County in the event that the Repeaters go down. this net is held on 146.52


BCARC Meeting

The BCARC club general meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM local time. Meeting location is at the VFW Hall, 1325 Pine St, corner of Pine and Division.  (anyone intrested in attending a club meeting should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure the meeting has not been moved outside or to zoom)

Click here for Google map to meeting location.


Amateur License Testing

BCARC does not currently host a sponsored VE team.  The KARS club in Hayden ID tests every month before their regular club meeting. You can go to their club web site for directions and times. A schedule is listed at the bottom of their page.  The overall area has a couple of active VE groups that test fairly often. For dates and other exam info go to the links listed below to search for scheduled exams in your area.

ARRL VEC exam search
W5YI VEC exam search
GLAARG VEC exam search

For the exam you will need to have photo id such as a drivers license or school id card and also know your SSN for the license paperwork. You can bring a simple calculator (no programmable memories) if you need it. The VE team will furnish pens and blank paper for calculations if you need it. No cell phones or other electronics allowed while taking the test.

If you pass the Technician level exam, you can then also take the General level exam at no additional cost. I would recommend trying for the General level even if you haven't studied for it, you might surprise yourself and pass!

Looking for more information on getting your amateur radio license? Check out the New Ham License page.


Bonner County ARES/RACES

For information about Bonner County ARES/RACES meetings and nets please visit the Bonner Co ARES web page.