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Club Nets are held every Sunday evening on-the-air at 7:00 PM local time on the 146.780 (100 Hz tone) club repeater and other linked repeaters. Please see the Home menu page or the Repeaters menu page for current linked repeater status.
New Technician Question Pool
If you are currently studying or thinking about studying for a US Technician Class Amateur license, you will need to take your exam by June 30th, 2014 if studying with the current 2010-2014 question pool. A new Technician Class Element 2 question pool for years 2014-2018 was released for publication by the NCVEC Question Pool Committee. Exams given using this new question pool will start on July 1, 2014. You can download the new question pool and related graphics by clicking here.
2014 Membership Dues
It's that time of year that the BCARC membership dues are once again due. Club Dues are still a bargain at only $18.00 per year for individual membership. Family members at same address receive a discount which is $9.00 for the 2nd family member ($27.00 for couple) and $6.00 for each additional family member at the same address. Dues are due by the January meeting each year.
For newly licensed HAM's (licensed for less than one year), dues are waived for the first 12 months in which they join. The remaining months between the end of their free 12 month period and December 31st of that calendar year will be pro-rated at $1.50 per month (1/12 the yearly rate) for the remainder of that calendar year.
You may pay for more than one year at a time. If unable to make the January meeting, dues can be mailed to: BCARC, P.O. Box 792, Ponderay, ID 83852
If you would like to join BCARC, please download club membership application here.
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BCARC Meeting May 13th
Next meeting for BCARC is Tuesday May 13th.
The BCARC club general meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM local time. Meeting location is at the Bonner County Environmental Health office (part of Panhandle Health District) at 322 S. Marion Ave. in Sandpoint, Idaho. Look for the Meandering Moose Motel at the intersection of Marion Ave and Highway 2. Turn south and look for parking lot on right hand side just before the first cross street intersection.
Click here for Google map to meeting location.
Bonner County ARES/RACES meeting May 13th
Next meeting for Bonner County ARES/RACES is Tuesday May 13th, 5:30 PM local time. Presentation: TBD
The Bonner County ARES/RACES net is Tuesday nights at 6:45 PM local time.
More information about Bonner County ARES/RACES meetings and nets can be found by visiting the Bonner Co ARES
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.