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Repeater Updates Nov 20th
The new Priest River repeater is on the air and has a good local coverage area around Priest River, Newport and Oldtown. It is linked in with the BCARC system. If you are in West Bonner Co. and want to give it a try, program your radio for 443.875 (receive) with a plus offset (transmit on 448.875) and a 123.0 Hz tone on both transmit and receive sides. We would like club members to try and see just how far it reaches in all directions. Per Larry, he was able to get into it within about 3 miles north of Blanchard while driving south on Hwy 41.
Please see the Repeaters page for details on our repeater project and the Bonner County linked repeater system.
BCARC Meeting DEC 10th Special Time 6:30PM!!
Next meeting for BCARC is Tuesday Dec 10th. We will be starting earlier at 6:30 PM local time. Please come and cast your vote for 2014 officers. We will also take additional nominations prior to the voting.
We are also having a holiday pot luck as in past years. If you can't bring anything, don't worry as there has always been plenty. You can bring anything as an entrée or dessert. There are a few plug in's for slow cookers or hot plates if you bring those. We will start at 6:30pm instead of the usual 7pm. The doors will be open by 6pm for set up.
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 Nov 19th
Next meeting for Bonner County ARES/RACES is Tuesday Nov 19th, 7:00 PM local time. Presentation: TBA
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.