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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


Everyone is invited,  PARC member or not,  come and experience
a little HF radio,  sit and watch, help put up the antennas,  get on 
the air and make some contacts.
Antenna setup starts at 9 am, don't be early. 
we will be operating from Constitution Park.  Just south of the 
I-15 and south 5th exit, on south 5th ave.  
The PARC FD Dinner starts at 6pm,  don't be late,  we will have a
grill to cook on,  So here's the instructions ,  bring everything you 
need ,  forks- knives-plates, etc   and your choice of meat,  
and a COVERED or UNCOVERED dish to share.  Out dinner is 
always a good time,  its for your entire family.

We plan to have at least 2 multi band antennas set up..  
along with radios.. however, want to use your radio 
bring it along and try it out,  
There's lots of trees, want to try out your 
antenna bring it along tooo  and string it up . 
we are providing 120VAC to run radios/computers, etc.

ok if you have questions feel free to call John  208 251 6441 
for more details, 

we hope to see a bunch of you guys at the event.
starts at 9am,  dinner at 6pm  and probably folding up by nightfall.
for you new guys that might not know what FD is all about 
keep reading 

"What is Field Day",

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, , encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout the USA have practiced the deployment of radio communications equipment in environments typically outside the home stations.

Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.).  as does PARC.

Although the official ARRL field day lasts 24 hours,  PARC takes a somewhat more 'laid back' approach,  that being Saturday only.  setup starts in the morning, FD gets underway at 12 Noon  and we will operate the radios until everyone wants to go home, that being sometime after our FD Dinner..

PARC plans to have several stations on the air,  we encourage new hams to come and make some contacts. If you want (?) with some help from an old timers who's been there and done that, a little instruction goes a long way to make some easy FD contact.

WE ENCOURAGE everyone to set down and make a few contacts,  but if you just want to watch and make some new friends now's your chance !!

Field day is June 23,  Stay tuned to the PARC home page for more details,

Remember this is only a few weeks or days away, depending when you read this..
Please plan to attend.  Everyone is invited. 
Experience Ham Radio beyond 2 meters.



































from three ex PARC members estates
see the "Yellow"  FOR SALE BY OWNER BUTTON ,above ,,
here's a few of the things that are listed

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

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,
However, I sure wish I still had this 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