Amateur Radio licensing study & exams are planned for the following dates, locations and schedule:
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.
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.
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club maintains several Open repeaters, which are available for all Amateur Radio operators. Please check the Repeaters menu to access pages with more information regarding CIARC repeaters.
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club has experienced significant growth in membership since 2012. Please come and join us!
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|
|Family||First Time||Jan 1 through Dec 31||Includes all immediate members of a family||$25.00|
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.
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.
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.
The Texas DMR Tech NET is held on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM local (Mountain) time, and is available via BrandMeister DMR talk-group 3148. During the scheduled NET period, talk-group 3148 is available as a static talk-group on time-slot 1 on the W7CIA DMR repeater.
About Amateur Radio
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