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Pocatello Amateur Radio Club
Pocatello, Idaho


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If you need information about Ham Radio  or our club, contact any Board Member.
see the "Station Index"  member roster below.
Beverly Hewett N7WYK  President
Moritz Rupert KJ7DPY  Board Member
Willis Whatley WA5VRL  Board Member
Brad Maxwell N7FLM  Board Member
Dave Turnmire N7TZK  Secretary/Treasure
Craig Evans K4TCO  Vice President
Kevin Pendlebury KI7UKJ  Recording Secretary

The Pocatello Amateur Radio Club attempts to present timely programs that are intended to broaden the knowledge of our hobby to both those seasoned*  hams as well as newer hams
bring you questions, 
bring your comments, 
bring your experiences and knowledge.
See you at a meeting.

Our meetings: 

Second Thursday of every months
7pm, ISU, T&T building
see below (news section) for program details

How to find our meeting

PARC Two Meter NET
Sunday nights  8 pm local
146.82 repeater  100hz
Until further notice.
the PARC  147.36 repeater is non-functional until summer.

* Definition:   "seasoned hams",   mostly seasoned with large quantities of salt.. HI HI

  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
  ARRL membership/renewal Link
  Want to join our Club? 
  PARC is an equal opportunity employer

    PARC , PO Box 2722, Pocatello, Idaho 83206


Click for testing details

next fall !! no summer tests
 ALL info is on the testing page
Click for Club Contact INFO

system is TOTALLY confusing to me
and impossible to navigate..
The Webmaster has written, in English,
 easy (?) to follow instructions for::
your ham license

PARC Picture Gallery

But Not So Cold


Time in UTC: 2 Meter Repeaters in Pocatello
internet Links of interest
PARC - History & Bylaws

In the area just below, you will find the latest news
and information  from PARC, it is updated often..
Most information won't last more that a month
There is no COLD information below, .

Next PARC meeting
June 9..
the next program is building some directional antennas for the
September meetings   Transmitter Hunting exercise.



PARC -----PrePlaning for FieldDay  We are getting ready for Field Day on June 25th: Dick Thomas [WA7VKE] has volunteered to organize the dinner. The club will provide fried chicken.  The club will also provide the paper goods [plates, eating utensils, napkins, and garbage bags]. We are asking for everyone to bring a salad, sidedish, or dessert to share. And please BYOD [bring your own drink]!
Since the club is providing the meat there IS a signup sheet ... see below
we want to get enough chicken.. BUT not too much.

Plan to come for the afternoon/evening and enjoy a relaxing time, make some contacts, encourage family and friends to participate and see what HAM radio is all about!

At the May  meeting we had a lot of  folks sign up for the dinner.. (see below)
We need to know if you are coming. YES WE DO!
Please,  if you did NOT sign up at the meeting,
either call Dick or email him,, This is important.
also,  IF you've signed up, and your plans change,
please email  Dick..

so far
Rhett ND7O - 2
Neil W7NJM - 2
K7OKG & KG7IZF -2?
Marty KA7OUT -6?
Graig K4TCO -2
Scott KJ7CZY - 2?
Doyle KC7LCQ -2 ?
Beverly & Elborn - 2
Mike WB7DNU -2
Jim  KO7P -2?
Dave N7TZK -1
Frymire's KM5F -2?
Bill KI6HOG -2?
John kØip -2
Dick WA7VKE  -2
I see some question marks, you need to confirm


FIELD DAY is about 5 weeks away, we have time.

Operational plans:  we will have our tower trailer
and a 3 band beam.   WE are still looking for a
location..  So how many trees or other structures
that dipoles can be attached to is UNKNOWN at
this time.
IF you want to bring your equipment and try it out
including portable antennas, radios, etc,  Please make your
intentions known to k0ip   at  wa0dyu@gmail.com.

we are open to any ideas.




  A Blast from the past ??  made in the USA ,    
here's a link to PAST blast's"

National NCX-3

Modes: SSB/AM/CW
Bands: 80, 40, 20 Meters  Only 3 bands
Input Power: 200W PEP-SSB, 100W-AM, 180W-CW
Filter: Crystal
Receiver Incremental Tuning (RIT): No
Noise Blanker: No
VOX: Yes
Power Supply: Separate AC & DC Supplies
Final Tube(s): 2ea. 6GJ5
Price/Year: $369/19632022 $3,490 power supply was extra
Size: 6.0"h x 13.75"w x 11.75"d
Approx. Weight: 22 lbs

When I was first a ham, the radio club I belonged to bought
one of these for the club shack at the Red Cross Building,
Mission, KS


upcoming ham events.

The NorthWest's Largest Convention,
June 3-5 2022,
"On the beautiful Pacific Ocean Beach"
This is a great convention to go to! Lots to do
and see. Here is a link for more information:













September PARC Meeting will be a fox hunt
Here is a brief description of what a fox hunt is and how it works,
Further down the page will be a link to download the complete article written by PARC member KR7W,
it includes detailed instructions, parts list, etc   There is also a link to buy an Offset attenuator , its cheap.

June Meeting (June 9) will be the construction and testing of the antennas.
everyone need to get a JUMP on this , "that is"  get started collecting parts.   Note: the club will have RG-58
coax on had at the meeting,  plus  Tools,  Soldering equipment 




Amateur Radio Direction Finding, also known as Fox Hunting, Bunny Hunting,
and Hid
den T Hunting– ... is an interesting and fun radio activity.
A ham license is not needed to participate in finding hidden transmitters.

There are two types of Fox hunts– ‘Mobile’ where hunters use a vehicle to hunt within a
large area
and ‘On Foot’ where hunters walk or run to find the transmitter.

ARDF uses two frequency bands:
80 Meters and 2 Meters. The most popular band is 2 meters.
PARC will be using 2 meters, On Foot.

ARDF has 4 main components:

The Hidden Transmitter– The Fox—Usually a Handy Talky being controlled by a timer
that automatically turns the transmitter ON for a set time, then OFF for a set time– then
repeats. The Timer/Controller also sends it’s call sign– usually in Morse Code. The Flag,
next to the transmitter, in the above diagram is what the Hunter is hunting for.

The Directional Antenna- almost always is a lightweight hand held Yagi. The most
popular Yagi used is: The Tape Measure Yagi. The flexible tape measure elements
make it easy for the hunter to push through brush or bushes to find the Fox.

An Attenuator– to lower the signal level of the Hidden Transmitter when the hunter
gets within close range. Without the attenuator– the hunter’s handy talky will be over-
loaded and the Signal Strength Meter will always be at MAX. The Attenuator lowers the
Fox’s received signal level to an amount where the S-meter will be useful for the hunter
to determine the Fox’s direction.

A popular attenuator is the
Active Attenuator. This gizmo has electronics that shift the
Fox’s received signals frequency in order for the user to lower the signal level- with a
knob– like a volume control. The goal is to keep the Fox’s signal level within the range
of the handy talkies S-meter.    

The Hunter’s Handy Talky- Used in conjunction with the Directional Yagi Antenna and
Active Attenuator– using the S-meter to receive and determine the direction of the Fox’s

More details of the 4 ARDF components and how to create your own Tape Measure Yagi

and Attenuator follows:


      Click Here   for  Complete info. parts list,  instructions, .


this is the link to the  offset Attenuator,   Kit or Assembled,, your choice !!
Fox Hunt Offset Attenuator - 3rd Planet Solar / KC9ON
NOW,  if you have an amazon account use that for cheap shipping (like$5.44), otherwise shipping is $20



  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 10 6 & 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 often !
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.


To all new hams
We encourage you to at least join the ARRL for one year, 
give it a try,
you will be receive QST magazine which will exposed you to many facets of our hobby.

After a year, If its just not your thing, drop out.
Its simple, but give it a try.

ARRL membership/renewal Link 



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 !!

                  THESE DEVICES SAVE LIVES !

   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  !! 

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
here's a link to the webmasters "Ham History" web