Central Idaho Amateur
Radio Club
     
About CIARC
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The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club has a primary service area that includes Adams County, Valley County and Southern Idaho County. Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club communications services may extend into other areas where coverage is available or where radio linking or voice over internet protocol (VOIP) radio linking services are available. The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club welcomes Amateur Radio operators from both inside and outside the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club primary service area.

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club (CIARC) was founded in the early 1980's. Lenard Crogh, W7HXU, was one of the first amateur radio operators to install a 2m repeater on No Business Mountain - Lookout Peak in the late 1980's. The No Business Mountain repeater operated on 147.020 MHz with a positive (+) offset and a 100.0 Hz CTCSS tone.

In January of 2009, the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club, with the permission of Brundage Mountain Ski Patrol and Brundage Associates installed a 70cm repeater on Brundage Mountain. The Brundage Mountain repeater operated on 442.500 MHz with a positive (+) offset and a 100.0 Hz CTCSS tone.

In the summer of 2012, additional linking capabilities were added to the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club repeaters, with a focus toward emergency communications capabilities and to provide an extensible repeater network. This includes a 33cm link back-bone and voice over internet protocol (VOIP) radio linking capabilities. Voice over internet protocol (VOIP) radio linking provides world-wide access to the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club repeater network and supports both EchoLink and Internet Radio Linking Protocol (IRLP) capabilities.

Random Operating Tip

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DMR: AVOID EXCESSIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcements should be used sparingly. Many operators on DMR are in the habit of announcing their presence on DMR. Many of these announcements occur without applying the Listen First technique described above. There is a time when such announcements are sensible, but far more often than not, such announcements are disruptive and annoying. An announcement may be necessary to notify other repeater users that the repeater is now on a specific talk-group. But for most other purposes, such announcements are unnecessary. If an announcement is made, for the sake of notifying other repeater users that a specific talk-group is in use, the announcement should be made only once, and should not be periodically repeated. Operators should not make themselves a nuisance by periodically and repeatedly announcing their call sign and that they are listening to a specific talk group as doing so literally drives other operators, who may be waiting for a call, to move to another talk group. Remember: A talk group is a wide-area resource, used far beyond the scope of your local repeater or hot-spot, and requires being courteous to other operators by using the resource sparingly. Over use of announcements tends to deter station operators from monitoring or communicating on a talk-group.


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W5YI-VEC EXAM SESSIONS

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING STUDY & EXAM SESSIONS

Amateur Radio licensing study & exams are planned for the following dates, locations and schedule:

2017 AMATEUR RADIO STUDY & EXAM SESSIONS
SESSION DATE LOCATION NOTES
11 TBD TBD  
12 TBD TBD  
13 TBD TBD  
14 TBD TBD  
15 TBD TBD  

The combined fees for the study session & examination session are $30. Fees for the examination session only are $14. Pre-registration is required. Please click here to register. Additional information can be found by clicking here.

We use the BAEARS study method, which is an exercise in short-term memory. No prior study is required for participants in our study session.

Additional information and instructions will be sent to registrants, via email, prior to the scheduled study and exam session.

STUDY & EXAM SESSION SCHEDULE
TIME EVENT
8:00 AM REGISTRATION
8:30 AM INTRODUCTIN & INSTRUCTIONS
9:00 AM STUDY SESSION #1
9:45 AM BREAK
10:00 AM STUDY SESSION #2
10:45 AM BREAK
11:00 AM STUDY SESSION #3
11:45 AM BREAK
1:00 PM STUDY SESSION #4
1:45 PM BREAK
2:00 PM STUDY SESSION #5
2:45 PM BREAK
3:00 PM STUDY SESSION #6
3:45 PM BREAK
4:00 PM EXAMINATION

CIARC Repeaters

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club maintains several Open repeaters, which are available for all Amateur Radio operators. Affiliated member owned open repeaters are also available. Please check the Repeaters menu to access pages with more information regarding CIARC repeaters, or click here.



The above photo is a panoramic view from the No Business Mountain repeater site, with Council just over the horizon at the left,
New Meadows about one quarter in from the left, McCall just to the left of Center, and Cascade to the right.


Call Sign Location Frequency MHz Offset Encode CTCSS Type
KC7MCC No Business Mt 147.0200 - 100.0 Analog FM Repeater
KC7MCC Brundage Mt 146.9000 - 123.0 Analog FM Repeater

CHANGES IN PROGRESS: 2017 is revealing new challenges with repeater maintenance, along with significant changes to member affiliated repeaters. Please check the Repeater Status page, and the pages for the individual repeaters, found under the Repeaters menu, for the latest status and descriptions of installed equipment and capabilities.


Membership

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club has experienced significant growth in membership since 2012. Please come and join us!


membership growth chart

Membership fees for the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club are:


CIARC Membership Fee Schedule
Membership Type Membership Level Payment Date Notes Fee
Individual First Time On or before June 30   $15.00
After June 30   $7.50
On or after Dec. 1 Dues applies to next full calendar year $15.00
Continuing Jan 1 through Dec 31   $15.00
Lifetime Any   $150.00
Family First Time Jan 1 through Dec 31 Includes all immediate members of a family $25.00
Continuing

Non-lifetime memberships expire at the end of the calendar year. Members who have not renewed by the March 31 will be dropped from the club roster. Membership applications and renewals can be submitted via the web, at the monthly club meeting or by mail. Membership fees can be submitted at the monthly club meeting or by mail (see mailing address on web membership application form).

Memberships that are not maintained in good standing are dropped from the roster on April 1.

Meetings

You're Invited! The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club meets regularly on the first Thursday of each Month at 7:00 P.M. local time, at the McCall St. Lukes Hospital Allen-Nokes Building , located at 200 Forest Street in McCall. Meeting agendas and meeting minutes can be accessed from the Calendar menu.


  Meeting Map  

Nets

There are several opportunities each week to participate in NETs. This includes Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club related NETs and NETs that are affiliated with the club or its members, such as Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES).

The CIARC NET is held monthly, on the Wednesday immediately preceding the meeting, at 8:00 PM local time. The CIARC NET operates on the No Business Mt. and Brundage Mt. repeaters. Check the repeater status page if you are not able to access one of the CIARC repeaters. CIARC members may obtain a copy of the NET script by logging in and selecting the Net Boiler Plate (Roll Call) menu item that can be found under the Members menu.

The Idaho ARES District 3 NET is held weekly on each Monday night at 2030 hours local (Mountain) time. This NET is conducted on the K7BSE repeater (i.e. 146.940 MHz, -offset, 100.0 Hz CTCSS) and is available via a link to the K7ZZL 70cm repeater on Snowbank Mt. (i.e. 443.300 MHz, +offset, 110.0 Hz CTCSS), and then by a remote base connection to the CIARC Brundage Mt. repeater. When all components are operating, amateur radio operators may participate through any of these repeaters. Additional information can be obtained by clicking here. NOTE: The K7ZZL 70cm repeater component of this network is currently out of service, and the loss of this critical component also results in the loss of the ability to participate in this NET while using the CIARC repeaters at No Business Mt. or Brundage Mt., or the KA7ERV repeater that is located on Pilot Peak in Boise Co. Direct access to the K7BSE 2m repeater is possible from many parts of Long Valley in Valley County when mobile power levels and a gain antenna are used.

Valley County ARES periodically conducts net operations on either the CIARC repeater network, or on the Valley County ARES Simplex frequency of 147.530 MHz. These NETS are conducted to provide both training and an opportunity to improve operator proficiency in traffic handling and other Valley County ARES activities. The Valley County ARES NETS are not on a fixed schedule. Announcements of Valley County ARES activities occurs via email distribution to registered Idaho ARES members within Valley County. The best way to stay informed of these activities is to join Idaho ARES (it is FREE) by visiting the Idaho ARES web-site. You can register to join Idaho ARES by clicking here.

2017 Public Service Calendar

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club will be needing volunteers for the 2017 Public Service events shown below. The staffing requirements represents a minimum staffing level that is required to support the event.


DATE EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED CONTACT
July 15 McCall Trail Running Classic (MCTRC) 10 Volunteers Needed
(5 radio operators & 5 support personnel)
Ray (W7CIA)
July 23 4 Summit Challenge 5 John (K6JMQ)
September 16-17 IMTUF 100 See Valley Wide REACT web-site VW REACT

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please consider volunteering to assist with providing communications services for the above Public Service events. Our role has become critical to supporting event safety and assessing event status. We need your help to fulfill this role. Thank you!


The 2017 McCall Trail Running Classic communications plan can be viewed by clicking here.

2017 CIARC Operating Activities

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club is planning on participating in Field Day. Prior to Field Day, the 7th Call Area QSO party, and perhaps the ARRL VHF/UHF contest will be used as training opportunities to help Amateur Radio operators who are not familiar with High Frequency (HF) operation, to receive training and gain operational experience.


DATE EVENT INFORMATION CONTACT
1300Z, May 6 to 0700Z, May 7 7th Call Area QSO Party Training event leading up to Field Day. Jeff (KG7CW)
1800Z, Jun 10 to 0300Z, Jun 12 ARRL VHF/UHF Contest Training event leading up to Field Day. TBD
June 24-25 Field Day Field Exercise, EMCOMM Preparation Jeff (KG7CW)

JOIN US: Please consider joining us for these operating activities.


Members interested in participating in any of these operating activities are invited to contact the individual listed. If you are not an Amateur Radio operator, but are still interested, use the Contact CIARC form to inform us of your interest.

2017 FIELD DAY

Each year since 1933, on the last weekend of June, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the world's largest and oldest amateur radio organization, hosts its annual Field Day, an exercise encouraging emergency communication readiness among amateur radio operators. It is the largest annual emergency preparedness exercise in the world, with over 40,000 amateur operators participating.

What is Field Day and what's in it for our club and for us as individuals? On its face, Field Day is an event where-in radio amateurs practice the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in challenging environments ranging from remote mountain tops, forests, deserts and even local parking lots. They go “off-the-grid” and become self-sufficient communications centers. These groups so often become a close-knit team of learners, problem solvers and doers who work together to get the job done.

Field Day is much more than going to a location and setting up a radio station. It presents the opportunity to experience and learn areas of amateur radio we otherwise may not be exposed to. The 2017 CIARC Field Day will present to our members—regardless of license class or experience—the opportunity to operate on a wide area of the amateur radio spectrum. This will include phone, digital and CW modes. Club members who have yet to explore these modes will be working alongside experienced hams who will guide them. You will learn about—and how to operate—a variety of radio types, antennas, and ancillary station equipment. If you choose to set-up and operate your personal equipment, team members will be there to support you. Training in several modes will be available prior to the event.

Every participating CIARC member brings something unique to Field Day. It matters not that you have yet to participate in this event, your talents and skills will be put to use. The ARRL provides a documentation process allowing us to take measure of our Field Day team's effectiveness. In 2016, the CIARC team finished in first place over participating teams in Idaho, and fifth in the nation in our operating class. Much was learned from last year's event, and it is hoped this year we will do even better.

You can learn more about the CIARC 2017 Field Day and how you can become part of the team by contacting Jeff Lappin or John Quinzio.


Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Jeff Lappin (KG7CW) .



Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for John Quinzio (K6JMQ) .


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