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The Flathead Valley Amateur Radio Club, (FVARC), setup this web site to keep you informed of our clubs activities and provide you with FVARC news.
We hope these pages will provide you with the information you seek to become more knowledgeable of amateur activities in the Flathead Valley and more involved with our club!
All Flathead ARES Members and Hams:
I have been approached by the Flathead County Sheriff Search & Rescue Coordinator regarding a public service opportunity for Amateur Radio Operators in Flathead County. The opportunity entails providing communications support to the Flathead County Search & Rescue (Medical) and the Flathead County Sheriff Posse (Law Enforcement) during the busiest parts of the Northwest Montana Fair schedule. The Fair dates are: August 14 – 18, 2013. Duties would include coordinating communications (Net Control) between the Posse, SAR and the 911 dispatch center, and maintaining a log of activities. Amateur radio operators would be expected to work shifts in teams of two operators. More if the interest is there. A date prior to the fair will be established to provide equipment and procedural familiarization. In addition, there may be an opportunity to participate in a pre-fair emergency response exercise. The specific shifts needing coverage are:
Must Cover Shifts:
Thursday, August 15, 3 PM (1500 Hours) thru 11 PM (2300 Hours)
Friday, August 16, 3 PM (1500 Hours) thru 11 PM (2300 Hours)
Saturday, August 18, 3 PM (1500 Hours) thru 11 PM (2300 Hours)
Additional Shifts (If possible)
Wednesday, August 14, 3 PM (1500 Hours) thru 11 PM (2300 Hours)
Sunday, August 18, 2 PM (1400 Hours) thru 10 PM (2200 Hours)
Operators would be expected to arrive for their shift one half hour prior to shift change over in order to get briefed in by preceding shift. It may be possible to split the shifts into 4 hour segments. However, this is yet to be determined.
By taking advantage of this opportunity, you will be providing a much needed service, getting excellent operating experience, and saving your community considerable tax dollars.
If you are interested in providing support for this opportunity, please express your interest by sending an email to Chris Amyes at misc at cjamt.net.
I need to have the shifts filled by July 1 to allow sufficient time for the Sheriff's Office to execute plan B.
Thanks for your consideration,
Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator
Flathead County, Montana
The next Meeting of the Flathead Valley Amateur Radio Club will be:
7:00 pm Tuesday May 21, 2013
Flathead County Search and Rescue Headquarters
525 Three Mile Drive
Kalispell MT, 59901
Everyone, HAM or not is welcome to attend.
Main Topic - Weather Spotter Training.
Need Help with your radio? Bring your radio and user manual and we will pair you up with someone that can help.
Classes and testing are generally held at the Flathead County Search and Rescue (FCSAR) Headquarters, located at 525 Three Mile Drive, Kalispell.
License Exam Session: TBD
Fee for Exam Session: $12.00.
Class Schedule: TBD
Fee for Class is $35. Includes Study Book!
* If you pass the test for one license level there is no additional fee to take the test for the next license level.
* Exam participants need to present a photo ID
* Parents may provide confirmation of identity for minors that do not have photo identification.
* Social Security numbers are required by the FCC on all new license applications.
* Those testing to upgrade their current license to a higher level must provide two copies (Not the Original)of their current amateur license.
License copies can be printed online by going to: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp
1. Enter your call sign in the search field and click the Search button
2. Click on your call sign link to bring up more information
3. Click on "Reference Copy" in the upper menu
4. You will get a PDF file of your license that you can print
If you've studied on your own, have taken the sample tests online, and would like to test for your license NOW!, let us know! We'll set up a time, get three VE's together and get you tested ASAP!!!!! We want you licensed and on the air!
Every Saturday morning at 9am at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery located at 1390 US Highway 2 East. (See map below)
This is an informal get-together for an "eyeball QSO".
EVERYONE is invited, especially NEW hams! This is an excellent forum for new hams to be able to sit down with seasoned hams and absorb the hobby! Come on down and enjoy some GREAT Amateur Radio talk over coffee, ham and eggs!