This page and the Calendar page are used for notifying members of scheduled Club activities or changes in those activities. It will also notify members of any upcoming items considered of interest to Club members (such as ARRL or FCC fee or regulation changes with links to those items). The page will change frequently as notifications become outdated and are removed. If you have an item you feel should be posted here for our members send me an email.

Trivia: 

  • Where would you tune for a signal that has the same numeric value of frequency in Mhz and wavelength in meters?  (17.320508 MHz = 17.320508 meters)
  • VHF enthusiasts discovered and documented what unusual propagation mode? Trans-equatorial skip. TE was not considered possible at VHF until hams found it.

15 Mar 2023 –  Scatter Shooting

  1. Reminder: Join us at our next breakfast – 25 Mar – at Connies at 9:00AM.
  2. This Thursday the Idaho State ARES/RACES net will be beginning the Spring/Summer schedule for the net: Phone Portion at 8:30/20:30 MDT ; 7:30/19:30 PDT and Digital portion at 21:00 MDT 20:00 PDT. Contact  ka7erv@… for Zoom information.
  3. The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum “K3NEM” puts on several classes every year, they use to only be in person but thanks to COVID they are now online. https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/

Classes & Exams: https://www.k3nem.org/?page_id=12

      1. Free weekly 3-hour Zoom sessions providing info on a wide range of Amateur Radio Operating Activities will start on Thursday March 30 and run through June 15 at 6:30 PM Eastern time.  Each session is independent, so you can attend all or just selected evenings.  The presenters will be folks very experienced in the various subjects.
      2. A detailed syllabus will be published before the classes begin.  Attend them all, or any that you like, but you must register for the classes.  To receive registration information, contact Rol Anders, K3RA, at roland.anders@comcast.net. 
      3. Subjects will include:
        • All About Operating–A general Introduction
        • Amateur Radio Organizations—Local to International
        • Ham Radio Awards
        • DXing-History and Tips from the Experts
        • QSLing-How to get that needed card for DXCC or WAS
        • VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work and “Roving”
        • Image Operating—Slow Scan and Fast Scan TV
        • Remote Station control over internet
        • Learning CW in the no-code era
        • Digital Modes—From RTTY to FT8 and beyond
        • Contesting—How to get started, tips for the beginner and intermediated contester
        • Logging Software—What’s available, how to use
        • Propagation—A general intro to HF Propagation
        • Amateur Satellites—How to get started
        • Portable (backpacking) operation—Tips from an expert
        • Setting Up a Modern (or not so modern) HF Station
        • Lightning Protection and Grounding
        • Traffic Handling
        • Public Service, Emergency Communications 

Rol Anders, K3RA is the primary instructor and part of the group that writes the questions for the question pools, so to say he know his stuff is an understatement. He is also one of the organizers of one of the largest (if not the largest) field day events W3AO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSKTeNGJtm0

Website:

    1. The Club’s monthly presentations, in PowerPoint format, can now be downloaded from here.  A more permanent link, or possibly multiple links, will be added on the website later when I figure out the best place to put it.
    2. The March issue of the COAX can be downloaded here.  Be aware that the link in the COAX for our presentations is broken.  The above link is correct.
    3. The calendar has been updated for all known events for this year.
    4. I have received an email from Dan Rund with an update to the N Idaho Repeaters page and will be updating those files soon.
    5. The groups.io site is now a premium site which will allow making some recommended changes.  If you are not a member, it is highly recommended that you join the group.  BCARC members will have to subscribe to groups.io in order to receive direct email communications from the Club.  Non members will need to access this website for links to the monthly presentations (PowerPoint format) and the COAX Newsletter.
    6. Due to the lack of use by members of the membership and forum area, and with the acceptance of groups.io in its place, a member’s only area with a forum has become unnecessary.  Therefore, all areas previously restricted to members only will be removed.  Club updates will continue to be posted on the updates page and the calendar will continue to be updated; as well as the routine maintenance of the site.
A reminder:  Club dues are due on or before the Jan. meeting.  A renewal form can be downloaded from here.  I have revised the form to give you more room to write.  By completing a new form each year we are able to verify and maintain accurate records for our membership.