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MVARC maintains an Email List with over 150 subscribers.  This Email List is used by members for discussion about daily amateur radio activities and club events.  It's a great way to stay informed of what's happening in the Magic Valley regarding amateur radio and club activities.  To be placed on the MVARC Email List, send your email address to "web @"                           

MVARC Explorer Post 773

New MVARC Officers   4/14/2019
President:  Jim Kennedy W7OUU
VP: Brent Adamson K2SAW
Secretary: Alex Payne KF7LDR
Treaurer: Terry Nelson AD7P
Member at Large: Kelly Klaas K7SU


MVARC will be participating in Radios In THe Park on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at Twin Falls City Park from 9 a.m. until noon.  This is an opportunity to share ham radio with the general public and promote the hobby.  Please stop by and see us.

Swap Meet Scheduled for Rupert!

Mini-Cassia Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Serving the Rupert (Minidoka Co.) and Burley (Cassia Co) areas will be having a Tailgate Swap Meet 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, August 24, 2019, Bring your electronic -Amateur radio gear out to swap---trade---buy---sell---donate--give away.  Come on out to network with hams around the Southern Idaho and other parts unknown.  Enjoy a Saturday morning  and early afternoon. This is the 10th year for this event.  Come and support your local hams. 
Saturday, August 24, 2019 Time 9 AM - 1 PM  at the Minidoka County Fairgrounds, Rupert, Idaho.....  085 Baseline Road  Highway 25  which in approximately .85 of a mile EAST of Rupert.


More improvements to the Southern Idaho Digital Fusion Net.

The SIDFN currently meets each Thursday evening at 1845 hours MDT on the following FUSION repeaters... 443.750, 443.950, 449.200, 442.300 in southern Idaho and 145.47 (-600) in the Boise area and 145.39 (-600) in the Weiser area. Also on FCS-3-13 and Wires-X Room 43210

We currently have roll call and take FUSION questions and ham gear wanted or for sale.

Our new addition...we will have a technical presentation about something "ham radio" every 4th Thursday of the month (we will forego the question of the week in lieu of the presentation).

June 27th, Lance KB7SQS will talk about Yaesu System Fusion, specifically the PDN vs NODES vs ROOMS and what is unique about each one and what equipment is needed for each.

July 25th: "Bil" K8MPW, will talk about SOTA (Summits on the air), equipment needed, how to activate a summit etc.

We will have more presentations each month. If you have an idea for a presentation let me know and I will try to find a "guru" on the subject who could give a presentation.


MVARC Annual Christmas Party      1/12/2019

It was a wild and roudy shindig at the annual MVARC Winter Party on Saturday, January 12th.  But luckily the police were held at bay by the great staff at the Happy Landing Restaurant.  Who knew that dancing naked on the tables at a public place was illegal?  At any rate we had a GREAT turnout and even had some new faces.  Congratulations to Alex Payne KF7LDR for getting the HAM OF THE YEAR award.  Bob Rodman N7SVI won the big prize of the evening, the Yaesu FTM-100 Fusion radio.  And "Bil" K8MPW, MVARC President, was a GREAT Emcee.  


Dan Marler K7REX is Idaho SM Elect   12/8/2018

ARRL election polls for Idaho's ARRL Section Manager (SM) are now closed; Dan Marler, K7REX is now Idaho's ARRL Section Manager elect. Ed Stuckey, AI7H, will be stepping down after serving ten (10) years as Idaho's ARRL SM and passing the hat over to Dan April 1, 2019.


Idaho Section ARRL Introduces New Idaho ARRL Website  12/8/2018

It's a new look for the Idaho Section ARRL website.  The new site launched officially at midnight December 8, 2018.  The new site has many resources for Idaho hams that were not previously available including a forum page.  There are several forums that you can now participate in and new ones can be created on the fly.  The statewide repeater list has also been updated and there is an online form that you can fill out and send with corrections you may have to the current list.  There is a COMING EVENTS page where you can list upcoming events and activities for your local ham radio club.  This is also a work in progress so new features will be added along the way.  If you have ideas for features please email K7SU  The link for the new site is  Be sure to pass it along to others who may not know. 


Idaho SM Ed Stuckey Announces Two Team Changes and One New Appointment  12/5/2018

Idaho ARRL Section Manager Ed Stuckey AI7H, has announced two appointment changes and one new appointment to the Idaho ARRL team. 

Terry Fletcher, K7THF, has been appointed to the position of ARES Emergency Coordinator for Twin Falls County. Fletcher's ongoing work in organizing emergency communications in Twin Falls County is being formally recognized through this appointment as EC for Twin Falls County. 

Richard Dees W7BOI, has been appointed the Section Emergency Coordinator for the Idaho Section. Dees will oversee County Emergency Coordinators (EC's), District Emergency Coordinators (DEC's), and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators (ASEC's) from around Idaho. 

Marty Edwards AK7ME, formerly Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), has been appointed Assistant Section Manager (ASM). Edwards will assist the Idaho Section Manager in duties from his eastern Idaho section.

Video link of first meeting/planning session for a new Idaho State Convention

 A meeting was held in Boise November 1st among representatives from various Idaho ham radio clubs.  The purpose of the meeting was to see if there is enough support to revive the Idaho State Convention.  The meeting was recorded and can be viewed in its entirety from THIS LINK.  After viewing the video please email any comments you may have to ARRL Asst. Section Manager Dan Marler.   dan . marler @ gmail . com

A New Idaho State Convention May Be in the Works

Idaho ARRL Asst. Section Manager Dan Marler told the members of the Magic Valley Amateur Radio Club Saturday that he is working to bring back the Idaho State Convention.  He said the convention was a great thing for Idaho hams and he would like to help the various clubs around the state work together to bring it back.  He said with several clubs working on it there is a better chance of long-term success.  He will be forming a work group soon with representatives of the various clubs around the state to start working toward that goal.  The meeting will be announced later but will probably be held in the Boise area.  The Idaho State Convention was started in 2009 by the Voice of Idaho ARC.  The last year it was held was 2017.

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