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Pocatello Amateur Radio Club
Established 1957
Everyone, licensed or not, is always welcome at our meetings,
and other activities like Field Day, Christmas Party, Breakfasts,   etc..  

IF (?) your setting at home

staring at your Baofeng

saying to yourself " is this all there is ? "

you should attend a few of our meetings,

our programs cover a host of interesting Ham Radio Topics,

and we would like to meet you.

Pocatello Amateur Radio Club, ham radio, Idaho Ham Radio Repeaters, Idaho amateur radio exams, ham radio exams, Idaho Amateur Radio, ham radio Idaho, ARRL ,
If you need information about Ham Radio  or our club, contact any Board Member.
see the "Station Index"  member roster below.
Jim Hicks
Dave Turnmire
JD Mann
John  Wilson
Neil Murdock
Dick Thomas
Ken Housley


Recording Secretary
VP / Webmaster
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member

PARC , PO Box 2722,  Pocatello, Idaho 83206

Want to join our Club? 
ARRL membership/renewal Link

PARC is an equal opportunity employer

Our meetings: 
the 2nd Thursday of the month
ISU campus, Trade & Technology Building,
unless otherwise stated in the "news section"
 7PM Local Pocatello time.

Finding PARC meeting location


  What is Ham Radio,  it's "way" better than CB  or stamp collecting,  HR can be a  Hi Tech Hobby
  How to become a Ham, where to get help
  Where to take a TEST in SE Idaho
  Other Ham Clubs around Pocatello
    Straight Talk - for  new and old hams
  crazy talk by the webmaster that you may or not
  agree with.  And it's Not necessarily politically correct.  
  NEW Hams, Must watch video. Ask Dave #12
  PARC - community service caution


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Next test:  March 9,   1pm
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PARC Picture Gallery

Time in UTC: Radios FOR SALE  by owner 2 Meter Repeaters in Pocatello
Internet LINKS
PARC - History & Bylaws


In the area just below, you will find the latest news
and information  from PARC, it is updated often..



But Not So Cold

Good attendance at our Feb meeting ,   KG7IDY, KIP, KG7IZF, KG7IZG
WA7VKE, N7DGN, Mrs DGN, N7TZK, KO7P, KI7VMF, one unlicensed.
and a great, and very informative program about batteries.

Several folks at the meeting want it posted here on the web so they could look
it over again,,   here's a link to the PDF presentation,  although not live like at the
meeting, there is LOTS of good information,
                                Presentation Link

Heads up
Pocatello Amateur testing .......................

March 9th   ,
all the details at this LINK


Coming soon,  March 9th, 
the IDQPThis is a call for operators.. want to try your luck from my
shack,  will provide training,  etc etc,,    contact KIP on the roster page.
We will have between 12 noon Saturday into the evening, , thats a lot of
hours. need ops to win for Idaho,  
Its fun, its fast ,  you won't be bored..  We can run RTTY if you want or
just plain jane SSB..

NEW HF OPERATORS --THINGS TO DO, see article to the right !!

At least one old operator wanted THINGS TO DO, so I put in some time
operating in the ARRL  CW  DX   contest,   I think another club member was on
too ????  

I had a good time,  I used spotting networks to find new ones, 
I tried to only work multipliers,  not just random stations
in this contest Idaho is a multiplier for the DX stations,   
My total Q's 120,   in 85 DXCC countries..  

see log LINK  
and yes the sunspots are at Zero, but the bands are NOT dead..

THINGS TO DO for old operators..............

Your assistance is requested
The PARC Board is looking for NEW ideas for club programs. we're happy  to cover the same topics every several years. BUT WE are sure some of you newer hams  have some great ideas we have overlooked, WE  request your presents and ideas at our meetings..   Please attend our meetings !
This is reprinted from the ARRL contest newsletter, the 
entire newsleter is available at 
Feb 6 edition.

If you're not part of a local radio club with members involved in HF
contesting, consider joining one. Besides being able to draw upon the
expertise of other amateurs, some projects such as those involving antennas
and cabling can be made easier when others help out. Enthusiasm begets
enthusiasm, and many clubs encourage contest participation with inter-club
competitions and club awards for contest activity. One place to find a club
is the ARRL Contest Club List. Clubs on the list submit or intend to submit
contest logs for ARRL contests.

The upcoming ARRL International DX Contests are great opportunities to
work a lot of DX for fun or to increase your DXCC totals. In this contest
multipliers count per band, and the DX stations will only be looking for US
and Canadian stations.

And speaking of things to do, 
just to the left is a Call for Operators, 
now not to brag toooo much , but if I don't
you probably won't know. My station  (KIP)
while not world class, certainly out classes
most area stations, So when you push the TX
button, you expect something to happen, 
No, not smoke. With a Big antenna, (repeat
sort'a BIG) a Hi Power amplifier, and a 
nice radio,although not a Yaesu,  you 
expect to get contacts. 
THIS IS NOT QRP, Notice to airman, or 
birds: flying in front of  my antennas 
is not advised, RF burns are possible !  
think incineration ?? 
Sorry, Just stating the facts. So again, 
check out the Idaho QSO party op at my Shack.
Here's your chance to try something new.
sincerely John Wilson  
already on the sign up sheet are 
WWN supporting CW
KO7P  sunday morning,
W7NJM  between 12:30 and 2 pm Saturday.
K7ETE, is on the list, variable times 
and me KIP  picking up the slack, 
WHO else wants to give it a try ?? 

here is a sample of whats possible 
a bit old, but it was a really big deal then,,  
W1AW and PARC 

Watching your 2 meter HT Charging isn't much fun, 
this is !!!!!!!


  Callsign look ups:
Need to find out where someone lives, sending a QSL card ?
 * QRZ.com


 *The University of Arkansas ham lookup
  DX SPOTS & more
 *DX Sherlock Maps - current band conditions 106 & 2  meter  
          *DX Summit - http://new.dxsummit.fi/#/  SPOTS
          *DX Watch -  http://www.dxwatch.com/  SPOTS
          *APRS NETWORK DATA Two meter propagation map
YOUR Propagation use the Reverse Beacon Network                  
              this link shows W1AW, to change to your call , just above the list
              see "search spots by callsign" , then to see the map display,,
              on the right top side of the page , click "options" show/hide go down
              just a bit and click show map. Why does this need to be so complex
  These ARRL newsletters are update regularly,
click the link, pick the latest edition at the top of the list 
  ARRL NEWS  General Ham News.  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter  
  ARRL Contest Newsletter       http://www.arrl.org/contest-update-issues  
  ARRL   ARES  E-Letter     http://www.arrl.org/ares-el
if your main interest is emergency communications
you should check into
  PV-ARES web.
  ARRL "The Doctors in"      https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/       The Dr's in Audio podcasts, worth checking out,  a new topic is covered
every 2 weeks,  this link takes you to the topic index 
  Want to find out what's coming in the next few weeks, check here



like Hats, T-shirts, Jackets, etc, available from

Old Town Embroidery, call 234-2679

Anderson Power Poles are available from our club treasure

Here's a video link about the Power Pole connectors   LINK
you do not need a crimper,  several club members will loan theirs
to you or crimp the cables for you at a club meeting
The Club has purchased a quantity of these Anderson Power Pole's. They are available at the meeting for $1.25  a set for the 15, 30 amp varieties & $2.25 for the 45amp units. contact the treasure at the meetings.











This map installed 1 Jan 2013

Visits to our web over the last 24 hours

This is no substitute for turning your radio ON

   The PARC home page is always under construction, its up-to-date, so     check back often for  News and HAM activities effecting our members      and the hams in Southeast Idaho .    The webmaster makes no promises as to spelling and grammar  !! 


Safety is No Accident
Think before you act !
Be Careful, we want you alive !
Here's some surprising  facts about        

make sure you have operating smoke detectors
preferably at least one on each floor of your home .
More is Better !!


Our WEB is
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Promoting Amateur Radio in Idaho.
If you're considering a internet provider,
you might want to check them out !! 
For info click their logo.

This test Pattern has circles, not ovals, if you see ovals, chances are your windows settings are incorrect for your monitor.

PLUS: if you have a gas furnace , hot water heater,
fireplace insert, anything that uses combustion
you need a CO detector

Pocatello Amateur Radio Club, Pocatello Idaho USA
if you have ideas, corrections, anything to make this web
or our club
better ,  email me-  wa0dyu(at)gmail.com
link to KIP's personal "Ham History" web