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News is posted with the most recent article appearing at the top of the page.

 
 

Field Day Page added

A separate Field Day page has been added to the web-site, and is accessible under the Public Service menu.  A portion of the original article on the home page has been retained as a teaser, and provides a link to the full Field Day page.  The new page includes photos of the 2017 Field Day event, provided by John Quinzio (K6JMQ)


News from the Web Site Administrator, article 35, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2017-09-21 15:51:16 UTC

 
 
 
 

Facebook page update

Hey CIARC has a Facebook page!  I’m now the administrator of the club Facebook page and I plan to keep it active and interesting.  Please "Like" the page and post photos of your radio related activities!

- Karin



Link:

https://www.facebook.com/Central-Idaho-Amateur-Radio-Club-CIARC-102543639796333/



Name of page:

Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club - C.I.A.R.C.

News from the Secretary, article 34, posted by KG7MFC Karin Didisse on 2017-09-18 23:39:20 UTC

 
 
 
 

St. Lukes Hospital - Station Installation Completed

The permanent installation of the Amateur Radio station at St. Lukes hospital in McCall has been completed.  This station is intended to support EMCOM logistical communications, through staffing by both Idaho ARES and Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club amateur radio operators, during disaster, civil emergency and exercise events.



It is hoped that Idaho ARES and other local Amateur Radio clubs are able to support the completion of similar installations at other St. Lukes facilities, leading to the construction of network capability among St. Lukes hospitals, and in the process, advancing both Amateur Radio capabilities and involvement in supporting St. Lukes and other served agencies in a time of need.



For more information, please see the article posted on the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club web-site by clicking here.


News from the Web Site Administrator, article 33, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2017-08-19 14:45:45 UTC

 
 
 
 

4-Summit Challenge Communications July 29

The following planning information concerns Public Service communications supporting the 4-Summit Challenge on July 29.


  • The Brundage Mountain 146.900 MHz repeater will be turned off during the 4-Summit Challenge.
  • A portable repeater, operating on the Brundage Mt repeater frequency of 146.900 MHz, will be deployed on the FS-493 road to provide communications along the South Fork.  This repeater will use the exact same frequency and sub-audible tone access as the Brundage Mt. repeater.  Operators should simply select the Brundage Mt repeater channel (i.e. the channel named CIAR2B).
  • With the portable repeater deployed, the VCSAR trailer will act as the communications control point, as it did for last year’s event.  If the repeater does not work out, this may change.
  • A VHF DMR hand-he ld radio will be loaned to Larry Mangum (KG7GKQ), who will be deployed at the start/finish line.  Communications between KG7GKQ and W7CIA will occur on the W7CIA VHF DMR repeater in Cascade. W7CIA will act as a relay to KG7GKQ as necessary.
  • Note that due to a failure to publish the proper event date in the minutes, W7CIA has committed to support another event, and this will occur simultaneous to supporting the 4-Summit Challenge.  As such, communications with W7CIA may be delayed at times.
  • Backup 2m simplex will be on 146.420 MHz.
  • Backup HF COMMS will be on 60m channel 4 (i.e. dial frequency of 5371.5 MHz on Upper Side-Band).
  • Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will provide relay services between traffic on the portable 146.900 MHz FM repeater and Larry Mangum (KG7GKQ), who will be operating on the W7CIA 146.960 MHz DMR repeater.  Please be aware that Ray Montagne will be simultaneously supporting another radio exercise, and relay traffic between repeaters may be delayed.

News from the Member, article 32, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2017-07-22 20:42:32 UTC

 
 
 
 

Brundage Mt. Repeater and July 29th 4-Summit Challenge

We have still not been able to coordinate and perform maintenance on the Brundage Mt. 146.900 MHz repeater.  We had planned on turning off the Brundage repeater during the 4-Summit Challenge, but a new failure mode has revealed itself and we are unable to reliably control the Brundage Mt. repeater.

This means that is is almost certain that both the Brundage Mt repeater and the portable repeater, constructed to support communications for the 4-Summit Challenge from Forest Service Road 493 (above the South Fork), will be operating simultaneously.

It is possible that stations that are not participating in the 4-Summit Challenge may hear both repeaters.  If you hear both repeaters, please do not key up to ask what is going on as that may result in interference to some of the stations along the South Fork.  We would like to ask all CIARC members and guest station operators that are not participating in the 4-Summit Challenge to use the No Business 147.02 MHz repeater on July 29th and avoid using the Brundage Mt 146.900 MHz frequency on that date.


We expect to be testing the portable repeater from the Forest Service Road 493 location on Sunday, July 23.  Our focus is to verify coverage along the event course on the South Fork and not to collect any reports from Long Valley.


Thank you for your cooperation in allowing us to complete this important field test and for managing your frequency use during the 4-Summit Challenge on July 29th.


73, Ray Montagne (W7CIA)


News from the Member, article 31, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2017-07-22 17:28:58 UTC

 
 
 
 

McCall Trail Running Classic 2017

To all CIARC members who participated in providing public service communications in support of the McCall Trail Running Classic, a heartfelt thank you!


This year, the event ran extremely smoothly.  There were no SAR events, although one runner suffered a significant injury (but finished the course).!


Your comms performance was simply outstanding!  Traffic cadence, communications language, proper use of tactical call signs in conjunction with required FCC station identification were all spot on, and it was quite clear, from listening to how you all handled traffic, that you truly are experienced and disciplined radio operators.  Good job!!


Again, thank you!!


News from the Member, article 30, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2017-07-20 00:21:18 UTC

 
 
 
 

July VE Session #11 - New HAMS

Congratulations to new Technician Class licensees who attended our study and exam session #11, held on July 8th at Idaho First Bank in McCall:



Jim Fluckiger, KI7OVV

Jacob Harpt, KI7OVX

Mark Graham, KI7OVW

Gary Powell, KI7OVY



Well done!

News from the W5YI-VEC Contact VE, article 29, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2017-07-16 02:32:47 UTC

 
 
 
 

Congratulations New Licensees and Upgrades!

Saturday, November 5, 2016 saw our tenth combined study session and W5YI-VEC testing session.  This session was held at Legion Hall, in Horseshoe Bend. 

Congratulations to new licensees:

Michael Butler, KI7IGD
Verleen Heck, KI7IGE

Congratulations to the following operators who upgraded to the General class license:

JoAnn Blout, KF7CEP
John Updegraff, KI7BUM

News from the Secretary, article 28, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2016-11-15 21:56:36 UTC

 
 
 
 

Amateur Exam and W5YI-VE Test Sessions

August 6th saw the 8th Study Session & W5YI-VE Test Session, held at the Cascade EOC. This session resulted in licensing two Technician Class licensee and one General Class licensee. Congratulations to the following individuals:

Jason Bailey - KI7GLB - Technician

Nathan Tuning - KI7GLC - Technician

Brett Copperi - KG7WVX - General

September 10th saw the 9th Study Session & W5YI-VE Test Session, held at Idaho First Bank in McCall. This session resulted in licensing three Technician Class licensee and one General Class licensee. Congratulations to the following individuals:

Benjamin Ballard - KI7GZI - Technician

Mark Johnson - KI7GZH - General

Barbara Kwader - KI7GZT - Technician

Garnet Kwader - KI7GZG - Technician

Saturday, November 5th, will see the 10th session, to be held at Horseshoe Bend. Space is limited so this class will be limited to 30 registrants. Prior registration is required. Information is available on the CIARC web site. This session is being held at the request of the KA7ERV Repeater Group, and will be staffed by their VEs. Any VE team member is welcome to attend.

News from the Secretary, article 27, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2016-10-04 05:09:31 UTC

 
 
 
 

W7CIA Repeater Moves To 2-Meters

The W7CIA UHF/70cm repeater, which operated on 441.925 MHz, has been permanently taken out of service.  This repeater has been replaced with a W7CIA VHF/2-Meter repeater, which operates on 146.960 Mhz with a -OFFSET and a tone of 123.0 Hz.  The W7CIA VHF/2-Meter repeater is linked full-time to the CIARC link backbone.  This repeater should provide advantageous coverage for operators when south of Little Donner on Highway 55.  Please see the Repeater Status page, found under the Repeaters menu, for more information.

News from the Secretary, article 26, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2016-07-04 00:31:24 UTC

 
 
 
 

April 2, 2016 VE Session Report

April 2, 2016 saw the VE team holding a study and exam session at the First Idaho Bank in McCall.  The following individuals successfully passed their Technician Class license exam:

David Pfost - KI7DHH
John Platt - KI7DHI
Robert Wagner - KI7DHJ
Kayden Zimmerman - KI7DHK
Konner Zimmerman - KI7DHL
Kyan Zimmerman - KI7DHM

The following individual successfully upgraded to Amateur Extra class:

Bob Glenn (N7BVX)

Congratulations to all new licensees and upgrades!

Thank you to the following W5YI-VE Team Members who made this session possible:

Dave McQuade (W7LCC), Ron Wilson (AD7DQ), Bob Glenn (N7BVX), Dave Bracht (KC7JHX), Bob Renn (KF7JPJ), Larry Stokes (N7IBC), Richard Wagner (W7ELE).

News from the Secretary, article 25, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2016-04-09 02:24:57 UTC

 
 
 
 

Horseshoe Bend Technician Study Session and W5YI-VEC Test Session UPDATE

The Horseshoe Bend session saw 31 participants, with 27 participants passing the Technician class examination.  CIARC wishes to express congratulations to all participants passing the Technician class examination.  The following new Technician class licenses have been issued:

JOHNATHAN ADAMS, KI7BTP
JAY BANGERER, KI7BTQ
VICKY BANGERER, KI7BTR
KATRINA BARBER, KI7BTS
RANDALL BARBER, KI7BTT
MASTON C BARRON, KI7BTU
RANDOLPH BATES, KI7BTV
DAYTON T BUTCHER, KI7BTW
ERICK COBB, KI7BTX
SHARRY COLES, KI7BTY
VICTOR COLES, KI7BTZ
BRIAN HECK, KI7BUA
KEVIN HECK, KI7BUB
RONALD HECK, KI7BUC
RONALD JENKINS, KI7BUD
EDWIN JONES, KI7BUE
LARRY LUTKE, KI7BUF
STEVEN RANSOM, KI7BUF
GARY RINDLISBACHER, KI7BUH
JOHN RINDLISBACHER, KI7BUI
MARSLEE ROBERTS, KI7BUJ
JIMMY SMITH, KI7BUK
KURT SUNDQUIST, KI7BUL
JOHN UPDEGRAFF, KI7BUM
RANDALL WHITING, KI7BUN
BRANDON WITHERS, KI7BUO

One application is pending with the FCC.

Thank you to the following VE TEAM members for their support in making this session happen:

Roy Fields, W6XS
Dave McQuade, W7LCC
Ron Wilson, AD7DQ
Bob Glenn, N7BVX
Bill Beckham, W7CBS
Rob Blout, KA7ERV
Richard Wagner, W7ELE

News from the W5YI-VEC Contact VE, article 24, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2016-03-03 17:33:59 UTC

 
 
 
 

Horseshoe Bend Technician Study Session and W5YI-VEC Test Session

On February 20, four CIARC VEs traveled to Horseshoe Bend to support the KA7ERV Repeater Group in conducting a technician class study session, followed by a W5YI-VEC test session.  This session saw 31 registrants, with 27 registrants passing the exam (an 87% passing rate).  This session had three times as many registrants than our previous average attendance.

Thanks to Bill Beckham (W7CBS), Dave McQuade (W7LCC) and Richard Wagner (W7ELE) from CIARC, and to Roy Fields (W6XS), Ron Wilson (AD7DQ), Bob Glenn (N7BVX) and Rob Blout (KA7ERV) from Boise County, for supporting this event.

I’m trying to imagine hearing 27 new sequential call signs on a repeater....   Oh my!

News from the W5YI-VEC Contact VE, article 23, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2016-02-22 18:56:24 UTC

 
 
 
 

New VE Test Session Guest Policy

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Only persons that are a certified Volunteer Examiner (VE) member of the Volunteer Examiner Team, or a registered student / applicant, or a parent or guardian of a registered student / applicant, or a candidate Volunteer Examiner that has specific approval and instructions from the Contact Volunteer Examiner (CVE), will be allowed to attend the W5YI-VEC Test Sessions. Other persons waiting for an applicant to complete the session will be required to wait outside of the test facility.

This policy is not negotiable and there will be no exceptions made to this policy.

News from the W5YI-VEC Contact VE, article 22, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-10-21 00:34:43 UTC

 
 
 
 

CIARC HWY Clean up

To All

Just a reminder that tomorrow 17 Oct 2015 is the bi-annual highway clean up in New Meadows  We will meet at the Chevron station in New Meadows at 07:45 and leave for the hwy dept at 0800. Please join us!



73’s

Richard

W7ELE

News from the President, article 21, posted by W7ELE Richard Wagner on 2015-10-17 00:01:29 UTC

 
 
 
 

October 3rd Amateur Radio Study and Exam Session

Saturday, October 3, 2015 saw the VE team running a study and exam session for the Technician Class license at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Cascade.  The following individuals have received their new Technician licenses:



KG7WVX, Cupperi, Brett

KG7WVY, Donely, Nolan C

KG7WVZ, Fluckiger, John

KG7WWA, Fluckiger, Ward

KG7WWB, Forster, Jeffrey

KG7WWC, Gestrin, Brian

KG7WWD, Greenman, Devin

KG7WWE, Kulm, James

KG7WWF, Perkins, Lee

KG7WWG, Putman, David

KG7WWH, Ryan, Paul

KG7WWI, Scarborough, Larry

KG7WWJ, Schmalfuss, Andrew

KG7WWK, Severinsen, Cody

KG7WWL, Tuning, Taylor



Thanks also go out to the Volunteer Examiners who supported this session:



Richard Wagner (W7ELE)

David Bracht (KC7JHX)

John Quinzio (K6JMQ)

Bob Renn (KF7JPJ)

Bill Beckham (W7CBS)



And thanks also to Jeff Kerby (KG7GKP) for helping out with the session.



Best regards, Ray Montagne (W7CIA), W5YI-VEC Contact VE

News from the Training Chairman, article 20, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-10-14 00:20:05 UTC

 
 
 
 

South Valley County Remote Receiver Moved To 146.300 MHz

The remote receiver in southern Valley County was moved from 147.620 MHz to 146.300 MHz, rechanneling from the No Business Mountain repeater to the Brundage Mountain repeater, on 25 August 2015. This was done to better serve the southern section of Valley County by allowing stations that access the remote receiver to listen to the repeater that is best heard in the southern section of the county (i.e. the Brundage Mt. 146.900 MHz repeater). This will require reprogramming of radios that are configured to transmit on the CIAR2S named memory channel using 147.620 MHz to now use 146.300 MHz.

News from the Technical Chairman, article 19, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-08-25 18:15:25 UTC

 
 
 
 

Balun Class Documentation Posted

The PowerPoint presentation that was given by John Quinzio [K6JMQ] for the Balun Class that was held on August 15, 2015 has been posted to the web-site.  The presentation can be found by selecting the Projects menu item under the Resources menu.

News from the Secretary, article 18, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-08-25 17:22:32 UTC

 
 
 
 

Amateur Radio License Study and Exam Scheduled for October 3, 2015

An Amateur Radio license study and test session has been scheduled on October 3, 2015, and will be held at the Valley County Emergency Operations Center, located at 108 W Spring Street in Cascade.  Please register on-line at this web-site using the Class & Test Registration form that is located under the About menu if you wish to attend this session to obtain a new amateur radio license or to upgrade an existing license.

Registration is required.

News from the Training Chairman, article 17, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-08-25 16:39:40 UTC

 
 
 
 

Idaho ARES District 3 Communications Improved

The August 17, 2015 session of the Idaho ARES District 3 station readiness NET saw the K7ZZL 2-meter remote base reconfigured to access the new Brundage Mt. repeater that operates on 146.900 MHz (see Repeater Status under the Repeater menu for operating parameters).  With this change, stations operating from both Adams and Valley counties saw full-quieting bidirectional communications with the NET operations.  Expansion of the CIARC linked repeater network, including the migration from 70cm to 2m at Brundage Mt, presents a substantial improvement in communications coverage footprint and an increase in emergency and public service communications capability.

News from the Technical Chairman, article 16, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-08-25 16:41:27 UTC

 
 
 
 

Operating On A Linked Repeater Network

During the August 2015 CIARC general membership meeting, a presentation was given to explain why repeater linking is done, and how to adapt your operating practices to get the most out of using a linked repeater network.  This presentation has now been converted to a web page, titled Operating on a Linked Repeater Network, and can be found under the Repeaters menu.

News from the Technical Chairman, article 15, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-08-25 16:40:43 UTC

 
 
 
 

Idaho ARES District 3 NET Linking Update

CIARC has been informed by Larry Smith (W7ZRQ) that the remote base that is attached to the K7ZZL  repeater has been reprogrammed to operate on the new Brundage Mt. repeater that operates on 146.900 MHz, -Offset, 123.0 Hz CTCSS.  CIARC is not aware of any testing of this change, and although testing has been offered, it may be that the first operational use of this capability will be on this coming Monday’s (i.e. August 17) Idaho ARES District 3 NET.

If this change proves to be functional then CIARC stations should be able to check-in to the Idaho ARES District 3 NET directly on any of the CIARC repeaters with fully bidirectional communications being available.  If any problems occur with stations checking in to the Idaho ARES District 3 NET, stations should revert to performing check-in through the K7ZZL repeater that operates on 443.300 MHz, +Offset, 110.9 Hz CTCSS.

If testing is performed, the result of that testing will be placed into this article.

News from the Secretary, article 14, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-08-12 18:55:29 UTC

 
 
 
 

McCall Trail Running Classic 2015

All of the repeaters that participate in the CIARC repeater network will be used to support public service communications for the McCall Trail Running Classic (MCTRC) on Saturday, July 18th.  This is an all-day event.

Stations not participating in the MCTRC NET are requested to give MCTRC NET stations priority access to the repeaters.

The primary repeater for the MCTRC will be the new 146.900 MHz repeater on Brundage Mt.  The 442.500 MHz repeater has been removed from service.

There appears to be degrading transmit and receiver performance with the No Business Mt. 147.020 MHz repeater and this may not be be usable during the MCTRC event.

The repeater network may be tied to a remote base that is operating on 147.41 MHz in order to augment communications capabilities for stations that will be located in poor coverage areas.  This will be enabled in the early hours on Saturday.  If it is determined that the remote base is not necessary to maintain communications with stations, the remote base will be remotely commanded off.  Tone access will be required to be heard by the remote base.

News from the Secretary, article 13, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-07-17 14:46:09 UTC

 
 
 
 

Brundage Mt. 70cm Transition to 2m

CIARC BRUNDAGE MT 2-METER REPEATER

The new Yaesu Fusion DR-1X repeater, with Arcom RC210 repeater controller and Kenwood TK-981 33cm link radio and the new Telewave 2-Bay Folded Dipole antenna, has been installed at the Brundage Mt. repeater site (July 16th).  

The operating parameters for your radio are:

    KC7MCC
    146.900 MHz
    + Offset
    CTCSS 123.0 Hz

If you have a radio programmed from our master file, this will be the memory that is named CIAR2B, and indicates you are operating on the CIARC 2-meter repeater on Brundage Mt.

This is NOT THE SAME 146.900 K7IDA REPEATER THAT APPEARS IN REPEATER DIRECTORIES.  Please make sure that radios are programmed with a CTCSS of 123.0 Hz.  If a station operator uses radio configuration data from the repeater directories, they will find that they do not have access to the repeater.  Information has been submitted to to have the K7IDA repeater de-listed and to have the KC7MCC repeater listed, but this has not occurred as of this writing.

COURTESY BEEPS

The 2-meter Brundage Mt. repeater transmits courtesy beeps on the squelch tail.  There are two types of courtesy beeps on the Brundage Mt. 2-meter repeater:

‐   A tripple beep indicates that a station that is using a repeater on the linked
    repeater network that is other than the Brundage Mt. 2-meter repeater, has
    un-keyed.  This means that it is OK for you to transmit in response.

‐   A dual tone beep is transmitted for 100 milliseconds during the last 200 milliseconds of the squelch
    tail when a station that is using the Brundage Mt. 2-meter repeater has un-keyed.  This means that
    it is OK for you to transmit a response.  

Both courtesy beep types are intended to help you identify when it is OK to respond with your transmission.  Squelch tails can be difficult to identify, especially if the signal is noisy.  The courtesy tones should help avoid having stations transmit simultaneously if they are utilized by participating stations.

SOMETHING NEW WITH THE BRUNDAGE MT 2-METER REPEATER

A new repeater controller has been installed with the new repeater hardware.  This controller has voice identification, and also includes the capability to have the repeater make hourly announcements.

For example, July 18th's McCall Trail Running Classic will have the following voice announcement enabled:

    KC7MCC, CENTRAL IDAHO AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
    PUBLIC SERVICE EVENT TODAY
    MCCALL TRAIL RUNNING CLASSIC
    PLEASE GIVE NET OPERATIONS PRIORITY

Other announcements have been prepared for other activities, including meeting and NET announcements.  These can be enabled or disabled at the discretion of a designated control operator.  A list of other available announcements include:

‐    McCall Winter Carnival
‐    McCall Trail Running Classic
‐    IMTUf 100 RACE
‐    Repeater Maintenance
‐    Highway Cleanup
‐    Valley County Search And Rescue
‐    NET This Wednesday, Meeting This Thursday

Please note that these announcements are only broadcast on the Brundage Mt. 2-meter repeater.

If stations are using the repeater, the identifier will revert to a morse ID to minimize interference to stations using the repeater.

ABOUT REPEATER LINKING

Linking means that the repeaters are tied together.  When repeaters are linked together, anyone talking on an individual repeater is heard on all of the repeaters simultaneously.  It is analogous to a conference call.  The main benefit of linking repeaters is to increase the repeater coverage foot print.  A single repeater can only see a limited amount of real estate.  Two repeaters that are not linked together will see their own limited amount of real estate.  When repeaters are linked together, forming a network of repeaters, the network sees the real estate of all of the repeaters combined.

After completion of installation of the Brundage Mt. 2-meter repeater, there will be three repeaters actively participating on the network.  These include:

    KC7MCC    147.020    +Offset    100.0 Hz    No Business Mt.
    KC7MCC    146.900    -Offset    123.0 Hz    Brundage Mt.
    W7CIA      441.925    +Offset    100.0 Hz    Cascade

A fourth repeater, the N7IBC 70cm repeater, operating on 444.125, although having a link radio, is currently is not able to participate in the linked repeater network due to a lack of signal path on the linking frequency.  We are working to resolve this issue.

You, as a radio operator, can take advantage of this by selecting the repeater that best covers where you are.  For example, if N7IBC is traveling from Smith's Ferry, through McCall, and on to Burgdorf, he would select the W7CIA repeater between Smith's Ferry and the top of Little Donner Pass.  From Little Donner Pass to McCall, he might switch to the KC7MCC / No Business Mt. repeater.  Then, from McCall to Burgdorf, he would switch to the KC7MCC / Brundage Mt. repeater.  During this transition across three repeaters, he could continue to communicate with stations that are using any of the networked repeaters (i.e. contact is not lost as he switches channels to maintain communications with the repeater network).

One thing that participating station operators need to be aware of is that each repeater receiver has a tone decoder, and it can take approximately 1/4 second for the tone decoder to detect your transmitter's tone before keying the repeater.  Further, each link receiver also has a tone decoder, requiring 1/4 second for the tone decoder to detect a repeater's linked transmission.  This means that it may take up to 1/2 second for a repeater transmitter to activate in response to a participating station's transmission.  As a good practice, you, as a participating station operator, should use the following procedure to avoid having the first 1/2 second of your transmission from being lost due to key-up delays:

‐    Key your transmitter
‐    Wait 1/2 second
‐    Begin speaking

Adhering to this procedure will ensure that your entire transmission is heard, and will avoid having other stations asking that you repeat your transmission.

442.500 MHz 70cm REPEATER

The 70cm repeater, which operated on 442.500 MHz, has been removed from service.  We are exploring opportunities to redeploy the 70cm equipment.

News from the Secretary, article 12, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-07-16 02:09:13 UTC

 
 
 
 

McCall Trail Running Classic

A reminder to all users of the CIARC repeater network:

The CIARC repeater network will be used to provide public service communications in support of the McCall Trail Running Classic on Saturday, July 18th.  All users / operators are requested to give the McCall Trail Running Classic NET operations priority access to the repeater.  NET operations will begin at approximately 5:30 AM and continue until all race participants have left the last aid station toward the start / finish line.  

This is an all-day event.

Thank you for your cooperation.

News from the Secretary, article 11, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-07-13 13:44:43 UTC

 
 
 
 

No Business Mountain - Kenwood TKR 750 Repeater

The Kenwood TKR-750 repeater, which was donated by Brad Forker (KC7JLU), has been installed at the No Business Mt. communications site.  Further details may be available on the Repeater Status page.  Updates to the VHF / 2-meter repeater pages for the 147.020 MHz repeater will be posted as soon as they are available.

News from the Secretary, article 10, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-07-13 13:43:08 UTC

 
 
 
 

Interfacing an Aviation Headset to a Baofeng UV-5R, UV-82 or Kenwood TH-F6

A schematic has been posted to the <b>Projects</b> section under the <b>Resources</b> menu that details how to interface an Aviation Headset to a Baofeng UV-5R, UV-82 or Kenwood TH-F6 hand-held transceiver.  This capability is being used by several amateur radio operators while in ATV or UTV vehicles, and has now been installed in one vehicle being used by a Valley County Search And Rescue member.  See Interfacing an Aviation Headset to a Baofeng UV-5R, UV-82 or Kenwood TH-F6 series radio
.  Aviation Headset jacks can be ordered from Aircraft Spruce
.

It should be possible to adapt this circuit to support race pit crew headsets, such as are used by Nascar teams.

News from the Secretary, article 9, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-06-30 22:41:17 UTC

 
 
 
 

Amateur Radio License Testing - May 16, 2015

On May 16th, a study and test session was held at the McCall Legion Hall, and resulted in three new Technician class licensees and two upgrades from Technician class to General class licenses.

New Technician class licenses have been issued to:

Brian Hamilton (KG7UAB)
Ben McCammon (KG7UAC)
Jeffrey Roff (KG7UAD)

Upgrades from Technician class to General class licenses were issued to:

Karin Didisse (KG7MFC)
David Schott (KG7MFH)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Thank you to the VE team members who supported the study and test session:

Tim Bailey (AD7IW)
Dan Kallies (KG7GKO)
Dave McQuade (W7LCC)
Larry Stokes (N7IBC)
Richard Wagner (KG7GKS)

Best regards, Ray Montagne (W7CIA)

News from the Secretary, article 8, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-05-28 22:51:25 UTC

 
 
 
 

SEA-PAC

SEA-PAC, the largest Ham Convention in the Northwest, will be held June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon.

A flyer can be downloaded here
.

See SEAPAC
for further information.

News from the Secretary, article 7, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-02-09 21:03:25 UTC

 
 
 
 

New Licensees and Upgrades

September 27th saw another W5YI-VEC test session, preceded by a study session for the General and Technician class licenses, and supported by Dee Perrins N6HWI and Allan Perrins WB6PHE of the BAEARS
organization.

Congratulations to Dan Kallies KG7GKO and Dave McQuade W7LCC on their upgrade to the Amateur Extra class license.

Congratulations to Bill Beckham KG7GKK, Dave Bracht KC7JHX, Philip Good KB7BVS, Jeff Kirby KG7GKP, Larry Mangum KG7GKQ and Bob Renn KF7JPJ on their upgrade to the General class license.

Congratulations to Rick Anderson KG7OGP, Christian Beckham KG7OGQ, Molly Landers KG7OGS, Ryan Landers KG7OGR and Steven Landers KG7OGT on passing the Technician class license.

This session was also supported by Tim Bailey AD7IW, Larry Stokes N7IBC and Richard Wagner KG7GKS acting as volunteer examiners, and Peter Lakomski KE7TQV assisting with registration.

Congratulations to all who passed their exams, and thanks to those who supported this session!

For those new Amateur Radio operators, we’ll be attempting to secure a venue and schedule a date to hold a free class to provide familiarization with radio operation, operating protocols and the language of Amateur Radio.  Email notification will be provided when we have this event scheduled.

Best regards, Ray Montagne W7CIA & W5YI-VE

News from the Secretary, article 6, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-02-09 21:14:38 UTC

 
 
 
 

Monday Evening Idaho ARES District 3 NET

Because of the lack of signal path, in either direction, between the K7ZZL 2-meter remote base that is located on Snowbank Mountain, and the KC7MCC 2-meter repeater that is located on No Business Mountain, the K7ZZL repeater is now transmitting with a CTCSS of 110.9 Hz.  This request was made to K7ZZL because the Idaho ARES District 3 NET was not holding up the No Business Repeater and could not be copied.

The change in CTCSS tone to 110.9 Hz enables the K7ZZL signal to be heard at the remote receiver located south of Cascade.  This makes the Idaho ARES District 3 NET copyable with a full quieting signal on all repeaters that are connected to the CIARC repeater network.

Because the K7ZZL 2-meter remote base is still listening to the KC7MCC 2-meter repeater, and no viable signal path exists from No Business Mountain to Snowbank Mountain, there is no viable return path to enable bidirectional communications.  Because of terrain obstruction, operators attempting to communicate back into the Idaho ARES District 3 NET by using any of the repeaters on the CIARC Repeater Link Backbone (i.e. KC7MCC 2-meters on No Business Mt, N7IBC in McCall or W7CIA in Cascade) will not be heard by the Net Control Station.

If you wish to communicate back into the Idaho ARES District 3 NET, it is recommended that you use the K7ZZL repeater directly (i.e. 443.300 MHz, +offset, 110.9 Hz CTCSS).

News from the Secretary, article 5, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2014-09-05 16:01:09 UTC

 
 
 
 

Amateur Radio Class and Testing Session

Announcing that the next Amateur Radio Class and Testing Session will be held on September 27th.  Please see the Class and Testing Announcement under the About menu.

News from the Secretary, article 4, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2014-07-30 04:45:40 UTC

 
 
 
 

McCall Trail Running Classic 2014 Completed

MCTRC volunteers,

Thank you very much for your support in providing public service communications, on behalf of the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club, to the McCall Trail Running Classic.  

Here’s what you did:

* Provided a total of 9 volunteers to support four aid stations and the start / finish line.

* Provided 95 hours, 21 minutes of man power of public service communications.

* Handled a scheduled 914 separate pieces of scheduled traffic, conveying the status of each runner to race staff.  Had all registrants participated, you were prepared to handle 1021 separate pieces of scheduled traffic.

* Handled countless other pieces of unscheduled traffic to clarify or fill in data, assess the status of individual racers, and assess the condition of the race course.

You all did a fantastic job!!!

Once again, thank you to:

* Jeff Kirby (KG7GKP)
* Richard Wagner (KG7GKS)
* Larry Mangum (KG7GKQ)
* Peter Lakomski (KE7TQV)
* Hank Welch (W6HTW)
* Judy Welch (KJ6NIM)
* Dan Kallies (KG7GKO)
* Bob Renn (KF7JPJ)
* Ray Montagne (W7CIA)

News from the Secretary, article 3, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-02-12 20:10:40 UTC

 
 
 
 

License Upgrades & New Licensees

Congratulations to Mike Huston (KG7GKN), Dan Kallies (KG7GKO) and Richard Wagner (KG7GKS) on upgrading to the General class license.

Congratulations to Colin Chambers (KG7MFA), John Dickey (KG7MFB), Karin Didisse (KG7MFC), Lee Duncan (KG7MFD), Todd Fluckiger (KG7MFE), Trena Fluckiger (KG7MFF), Richard Platt (KG7MGZ), Shelly Platt (KG7MFG), David Schott (KG7MFH) and Mike Schott (KG7MFI) on passing the Technician class license.

Of all 10 registered for the class and test session, and one individual registers for the test session only, all passed their test!  Excellent job folks!

Thank you to Allan Perrins (WB6BHE), Dee Perrins (N6HWI) and Ross Peterson (WB6ZBU) of BAEARS for their assistance in conducting this session.  Thank you also to Tim Bailey (AD7IW), Dave McQuade (W7LCC) and Larry Stokes (N7IBC) for acting as Volunteer Examiners for this session.

News from the Secretary, article 2, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2015-02-12 20:09:16 UTC

 
 
 
 

Technician Class License Test Session and Class

When: Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: McCall Fire Deptartment at 201 Deinhard Lane

Fee: $30.00 at the Door. Fee covers class session, followed by testing session. $14.00 for test session only.

PLEASE USE THE  REGISTRATION FORM LOCATED UNDER THE About MENU TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS / TEST SESSION.

See the test session announcement under the About menu for additional details.

News from the Secretary, article 1, posted by W7CIA Ray Montagne on 2014-04-18 15:56:34 UTC

 
 

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