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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
 Generally at the T&T  on the ISU campus, details below
Finding PARC meeting location

Monthly Breakfast:
9AM, 3rd Saturday of Month

Sunday night net,  147.36, 8pm local time

On Facebook, search  @PARC57


What is Ham Radio,  it's "way" better than CB or
       Stamp Collecting , its a high tech hobby.
How to become a Ham, where to get help
SE Idaho Where to take a TEST
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: March 10 - 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..

Past Blasts


Old But
Not So Cold


last weekend N7PI worked 

Total Q's = 588   46 states 4 provinces, 5 DX

see link for details

two weekends ago  the ARRL DX contest

see link above , once on page look
below the IdQP results  see KIP's log

72 countries worked 


6 meter

Sporadic E ??????????

The Spring/Summer E-layer propagation season should be here in a few months. 
Get Ready NOW !
In general, sun spot's have little  effect on Sporadic E skip.
This means that 10 meters, and 6 meters will be open.  
(could be ??) (at times) (but not all the time) (maybe once in a while)

To get in on the E skip, you need to leave your radio ON, and  the volume turned up.

If you operate on 6 meters, you should know your grid square. 
You can find it by checking your info at QRZ.com. 

And speaking of QRZ.com, you might want to update your Email & Bio, put a picture of yourself up,  here are a few club members who have seen the light,   W7RSK  WB7DNU  K7CF, W7EKG, KO7P   sign up today

E skip is "Fickle" propagation, you never know when it will happen, any time(?) but mostly in the afternoon to early evening.

On ten meters, it would be best to scan from (say) 28.400mHz to 28.500 mHz. USB

On 6 meters either listen to 50.125mHz ( the national SSB calling Freq) or scan from 50.125 to 50.150. USB . 

If the band opens you will hear signals in those windows.

Bigger is better, a 200' tower with an 10 element beam is best , RIGHT  !

a dipole at 5 to 10 feet off the ground will work  too.
Now I don't give too hoots about your HOA, if you string a dipole for 6 meters up in back of your house,  Who's going to see it..  I won't tell..  its only about 9 feet long, and almost invisible.  you could paint it red to attract those HOA Nazi's. 
The only thing holding you back is your desire to DO IT .

leave your radio ON,
REMEMBER if you just walk into ur shack and flip on the radio,
take a quick listen up and down the band,  and hit the OFF switch, chances are you will never talk to anyone !!    you might have to listen for weeks ?? 
Another thought, CALL CQ on 50.125

Contact KIP for free copper wire. I have  insulators, and coax by the foot, cheap for sale.  (see the "radios for sale by owner" button , above)


And now a


Click it !

Johnson Viking Valiant
Modes: AM/CW
Bands: 160 - 10 Meters
Input Power: 200W-AM, 275W-CW
Final Tubes: Three 6146b in parallel
There are 18-tubes 
New Price: $349.50 kit and $439.50 wired
Manufactured between 1956-1962
Size: 11.5"h x 21.0"w x 16.25"d
Approx. Weight: 73 lbs
in 2018 dollars $3,718 
now you just need a receiver !
and a Desk that didn't come from Ikea 

  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 



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 & $1.50 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 Accidentt
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