Central Idaho Amateur
Radio Club
CIARC - Public Service
Public Service - Emergency Services

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club makes the repeater system available for emergency services, including Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and licensed amateur radio operators participating in Search And Rescue (SAR) activities, on a high priority basis. Emergency activity is best coordinated through the CIARC officers but can be coordinated over the air as needed. Emergency use of the repeater system will always take priority over non-emergency use.

If emergency operation is required and contact with CIARC cannot be made to coordinate operation of the repeater system, stations conducting emergency communications should advise other stations that may come on the repeater system that emergency communications are being carried out and the nature of the emergency. All stations not actively participating in emergency communications should yield use of the repeater for emergency communications.

For additional information on the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) organization, please refer to the Public Service and the Calendar menus.

Public Service - Non Emergency Services
Staffed Events

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club makes the repeater system available for non-emergency public service events when timely planning occurs and only if staffing is available. Entities wishing to request staffing and use of the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club repeater system for non-emergency public service events should make a request to the President of the CIARC using the contact information found on the Contact page. Such requests should include:

The above information is critical to performing a survey to determine if CIARC radio communications infrastructure is capable of supporting the event and to determine if sufficient staffing is available.

If disclosure of proposed station locations reveals a lack of radio coverage then CIARC may wish to amend station locations in order to achieve radio coverage. Early disclosure of station locations during event planning will enable CIARC to provide feedback, before planning is finalized, to best ensure radio communication capabilities. When planning your event, CIARC recommends that station locations are placed with an unobstructed or minimally obstructed view of Brundage Mountain in order to best ensure radio coverage.

Use of CIARC Repeater Infrastructure for Over-The-Air Events.

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club may make the repeater system available for over-the-air events, such as NETs, only with prior approval of CIARC.

For the purpose of this discussion, linking includes any remote over-the-air connection made to the CIARC repeater system. This includes using the 33cm link back-bone, a remote base, voice over internet protocol (VOIP) linking (i.e. EchoLink, IRLP, etc.) or any technology where a station is relayed onto the CIARC repeater system.

Linking into the CIARC repeater system for over-the-air events is strictly prohibited without prior permission. Further, CIARC will require DTMF control codes to enable the CIARC control operators to terminate the link should any abuse or equipment failure occur that is detrimental to the operation of the CIARC repeater system. Should any abuse occur, CIARC reserves the right, under FCC part 97.205 paragraph (e), to exclude any station from using the CIARC repeater system.

FCC Part 97.205 Paragraph E

Ancillary functions of a repeater that are available to users on the input channel are not considered remotely controlled functions of the station. Limiting the use of a repeater to only certain user stations is permissible.

Request for over-the-air services should include:

Approval for linking into the CIARC repeater system may be contingent upon system testing to ensure that radio signal quality and audio signal quality are acceptable. High amounts of radio frequency noise, incorrect deviation levels, poor audio frequency response or excessive telemetry may need to be addressed before approval is granted.

Public Service Events

CIARC has provided staffing and communications services for the McCall Winter Carnival, Salmon River Jet Boat Races and the McCall Trail Running Classic.

McCall Winter Carnival

McCall Winter Carnival

The 2012 Winter Carnival in McCall is now behind us.

Pictured above in the front row, from left to right, are: Felicia Tushkowski (KE7KQD), Kirk Eimers (K7KLE), Dave McQuade (W7LCC) and Martin Tushkowski (KE7KQE). In the back row, from left to right, are: Ray Montagne (W7CIA), Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) and Larry Stokes (N7IBC). Not pictured, but attending Winter Carnival, are Kermit Peterson (KB7BVR) and Tim Bailey (AD7IW).

Jet Boat Races

Jet Boat Races on the Salmon River, Riggins

McCall Trail Running Classic

The McCall Trail Running Classic, held on July 14th 2012, was a big success! Comments from the race organizers included:

There was also a large number of runner support crews and family who were very appreciative that they were able to determine the location and progress of their runners due to runner tracking and traffic handling that made that information available at the start / finish line.

Larry Stokes (N7IBC) staffing aid station #2

Thanks to Peter Lakomski (KE7TQV), Larry Stokes (N7IBC), Dave McQuade (W7LCC), Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA). Well done!