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Pocatello Amateur Radio Club
Established 1957

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 our club or
Ham Radio contact any Board Member.
see the "Station Index"  member roster below
Mike Vaughn
Dave Turnmire
Barbara Housley
John Wilson
John Sanderson
Dick Thomas
Jim Hicks


Recording Secretary
VP / Webmaster
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member

PARC , PO Box 2722,  Pocatello, Idaho 83206

Our meetings:  the 2nd Thursday of the month
 ISU campus, Trade & Technology Building, unless otherwise stated in the "news section"
Finding PARC meeting location

Monthly Breakfast:
9AM, 3rd Saturday of Month


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 in our area
  Tough Talk - for New Ham , The Hard Facts
PARC - community service

ARRL membership/renewal Link
Want to join our Club? Membership form

Click for test times and details

Next test: Sept 8  - 1pm
Click for Club Contact INFO


Radios FOR SALE  by owner

Internet LINKS

PARC Picture Gallery

Time in UTC:
2 Meter Repeaters in Pocatello
PARC - History & Bylaws

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



But Not So Cold

from three ex PARC members estates
see the "Yellow"  FOR SALE BY OWNER BUTTON ,above ,, 
some of the things are 
EXPLORER 14, BEAM,10/15/20M, with 30/40M 
roof tower 
gold plated presentation Key Speed-x
MFJ Multi Reader  CW   RTTY   Ascii
Bencher Iambic key 
Yaesu FT840  HF RADIO
Kenwood TS-440S  HF RADIO
Grundig  S350 Portable SW receiver
Astron RS-35   13.8V 35 amp  supply for your shack
Yaesu FT-51R  Dual Band ,  cross band repeater HT +++
Radio Shack PRO-26 Scanner 
           on the "For Sale by Owner" button

We had nine (9) candidates taking amateur radio 
license exams today.  All nine of the candidates 
passed their Technician class license exam 
and one candidate went on to pass her General exam.  
I want to thank the VEs who helped with the testing: 
Dave N7TZK; Craig WWN; Dick WA7VKE, Paul W7EKG.  
Without these great guys there wouldnt be any testing.

Mike Vaughn  WB7DNU

Meeting wrap up, 
well things didn't go too good for the 
demo of WSPR  ???

WELLLL   old Murphy,  nothing worked the way
it should,  so we couldn't do a demo.

I came home attached my equipment to my 40M 
dipole  running 10 Watts and this is what I 
got.signal heard in Hawaii KH6, Canary islands EA8
the south Pole DP & Curacao PJ2, see first picture,  

second picture is Zoomed 
in on the USA

You were going to be amazed , HI HI 
we will have this setup at Field Day, 
so stay tuned to the web for FD announcements.
FD is June 23 

 Zoomed in on the usa 

Thanks to 
K7ETE don, KIP john, WB7DNU mike,
WA7VKE Dick, W7CHE John, ND7O Rhett
Don did the hard part on the ladder ,  
KIP barked orders, mike brought the 
power impact driver, and REALLY 
these 6  Guys did a great job. 
Real hams helping other hams,  thanks 


Northwest Division Leader, 
Single Op, Low Power , Phone.

Northwest Division overall winner, 
Low Power, single op, for the RTTY roundup

Both are very impressive accomplishments.


Sunspots Vanishing Faster than Expected

May 1, 2018: Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots..   

The fact that sunspots are vanishing comes as no surprise. Forecasters have been saying for years that this would happen as the current solar cycle (solar cycle 24) comes to an end. The surprise is how fast.

Solar cycle 24 is declining more quickly than forecast, announced NOAAs Space Weather Prediction Center on April 26th. This plot shows observed sunspot numbers in blue vs. the official forecast in red:


Researchers are keeping a wary eye on the sun now because of what happened the last time sunspots disappeared. The solar minimum of 2008-2009 was unusually deep. The sun set Space Age records for low sunspot number. When the sun finally woke up a few years later, it seemed to have solar minimum hangover. The bounce-back Solar Max of 2012-2015 was the weakest solar maximum of the Space Age.
complete story at this LINK

Link to Blast From The Past database



Collins KWM-1    worlds first TRANSCEIVER.  
Introduction Date / Price: 1957 / $820       in 2018 dollars   $  7364     who says ham radio is expensive, today
The Collins KWM-1 is the first amateur band transceiver designed for mobile and fixed station applications. Final amplifier plate input power is 175 watts PEP on SSB or 160 watts on CW. A crystal plug-in unit allows for the selection of ten crystal positions, each covering a 100 kc segment in the frequency range of 14 to 30 Mc. NO 40 and 80 meters,    The Pi-L output network with roller-inductor provides for efficient and continuous tuning throughout the entire frequency range of operation.  This Radio was Rumored to be used in the U2 that Gary Powers was shot down in over Russia,..
a little additional personal info,    here is kip using his KWM-1 in 1970 was HS6ADE , Thailand .  Your webmaster !!!!  in the store room at the Takhli  PMEL building. a note,  by the 1970's  these were considered almost junk,  an all tube relic from the 50's and 60's.   so I did pay much for the radio,
I sure wish I still had my radio. 
now days, a KWM-1 is  a collectors treasure ..

click me ,, to enlarge


  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
Hosted FREE of charge !!
 by our friends at

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- jcwilson (at) ida.net
link to KIP's personal "Ham History" web