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7/11 Repeater Update


The Samuels UHF 445.475 (simplex/no tone) has been replaced with VHF 144.945 (simplex/123.0 Hz tone). The latest addition to the BCARC repeater project is Hoo Doo Mtn on 443.375 ("+" offset/136.5 Hz tone). The BCARC Sagle 146.780 ("-" offset/100 Hz tone) repeater has been switched from the Baldy 145.49 repeater to Hoo Doo. Also tied in is KF7TNA's Spirit Lake 146.720 (simplex/no offset/123.0 Hz tone) repeater. The Priest River 443.875 ("+" offset/123.0 Hz tone) repeater is currently off line for maintenance but when it returns will be tied into the system. The Baldy 145.49 repeater is no longer connected with the BCARC system. So far we have had individuals check in from the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane areas. We are interested to see how far north around Priest Lake or up the Pend Oreille River valley toward Ione it is able to reach.




Emergency Mid Term Election


We have openings and taking nominations for the positions of President and Director. Nominations will be taken up to the election at the Augest meeting. Give your nomination during a club net, at the July or August meetings or by email to: BCARC




BCARC Nets


BCARC Club Nets are held every Sunday evening on-the-air at 7:00 PM local time on the 146.780 ("-" offset/100 Hz tone) club repeater and other linked repeaters. Please see the Repeaters menu page for current linked repeater status.




BCARC Meeting


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


Bonner County ARES/RACES general meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM local time. 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 web page.


County Wide Repeater Project


BCARC in cooperation with 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.